Stocks closed sharply lower Monday as an escalating trade war between the U.S. and China rattled Wall Street.Technology companies, which would stand to lose greatly in an extended trade battle, led the broad sell-off. The losses handed the benchmark S&P 500 index its biggest loss since January.On Monday:The S&P 500 index fell 69.53 points, or 2.4%, to 2,811.87.The Dow Jones Industrial Average dove 617.38 points, or 2.4%, to 25,324.99.The Nasdaq composite slid 269.92 points, or 3.4%, to 7,647.02.The Russell 2000 index of small company stocks lost 49.99 points, or 3.2%, to 1,523.For the year:The S&P 500 is up 305.02 points, or 12.2%.The Dow is up 1,997.53 points, or 8.6%.The Nasdaq is up 1,011.75 points, or 15.2%.The Russell 2000 is up 174.44 points, or 12.9%.The Associated Press
CALGARY — Zinc miner Nexa Resources S.A. made its listing debut on the Toronto Stock Exchange Friday as part of a dual listing that raised less than initial estimates.The company priced the 31 million listed shares (TSX:NEXA), also listed on the New York Stock Exchange, at US$16 a piece to pull in an expected US$496 million.Nexa had said in earlier filings that it expected to raise up to US$651 million by pricing the shares between US$18 and US$21 per share.Company CEO Tito Martins said he’s pleased with the offering and plans to spend the proceeds on a new mine in Brazil as well as on a brownfield site in Peru.“To be able to develop those project, we feel the best way is to access the capital market,” he said.Martins added that the listing gives the company more flexibility for the future, and that Canada was a natural listing for the company while the New York listing adds liquidity.“Clearly, the Canadian environment is the proper one for a mining company. Companies of our size, they’re very well traded in the TSX.”The Luxembourg-based company, which recently changed its name from Votorantim Metais Holding S.A., says it’s one of the five largest zinc producers in the world with mines in Brazil and Peru.TSX CEO Nick Thadaney said in a statement that the listing is one of the largest mining IPOs in the exchange’s history.Nexa’s listing marks the third mining IPO on the TSX in the last two weeks, including Titan Mining Corp. (TSX:TI) and Ero Copper Corp. (TSX:ERO) last week.The company’s share price was up US$1.80, or 11.3 per cent, to US$17.80 in mid-afternoon trading on the NYSE.
The overwhelming roar of 24,584 fans screaming “dos a cero,” was the only audible thing in Crew Stadium at the end of the U.S. men’s national soccer team’s 2-0 victory over Mexico in a 2014 World Cup Qualifying match. The win, coupled with a tie between Honduras and Panama, officially qualifies the men for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and it is the team’s fourth straight win over Mexico in Columbus since 2001.Before the match even began, fans of both teams were jumping up and down and yelling chants of support for their teams. The smell of beer, fireworks and body odor lingered in the air throughout the match.The U.S. beat Mexico by the same score in the last World Cup qualifying match played in Columbus in 2009.Not even five minutes into the second half, U.S. forward Landon Donovan took a corner kick and placed it perfectly into the box for teammate and fellow forward Eddie Johnson, who scored the game’s first goal, sending the crowd into a frenzy.“This is awesome!,” said Tom Shutt, who attended his first match of international play Tuesday. “We missed the game here last year and we weren’t going to miss it again this year.”Last year, the U.S. team played Jamaica in Columbus and won 1-0 in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match.Almost exactly 30 minutes later, the U.S. recorded a second goal, giving the team a 2-0 cushion with 12 minutes remaining. Donovan scored from almost point-blank after receiving a pass from the right side of the box from midfielder Mix Diskerud. The fans went wild.“It’s overwhelming,” said David Wintman from New York. “I’ve been to other sporting events before, but the energy here — it’s insane!”The U.S. had a chance to make it a 3-0 victory in extra time when forward Clint Dempsey was tripped up in the box by a Mexico defender. Dempsey missed the penalty kick and not even a minute later the referee blew his whistle to end the match.“It was very exciting!” said Asia Tonti, an OSU graduate student attending the game. “Everyone was very supportive of the team during a much needed victory. I am very proud of the way Columbus looks tonight.”
bunticghioneajureckilijewskinikcevicpolish cuppuchar polskistojkovicsyprzakvive kielceWisla Plock ← Previous Story Polish Cup: Wisla Plock and Vive Kielce to play in the final after both win Next Story → DHB-Pokal: THW Kiel defends German Cup title after defeating SG Flensburg Very exciting meeting was played in the Polish Cup final. Vive Targi Kielce after really balanced duel beat Wisła Płock 28:27, winning the cup for the fifth time in a row. In the first half both teams had problems with an attack, but it was merit of goalkeepers – Marin Sego (Płock) and Sławomir Szmal (Kielce). Neither team could take a clear lead, and the result fluctuated around tie until the end. Players came down to the locker room with the result 14:12 for Kielce. Beginning of the second half was the festival of mistakes of both teams, however Kielce fared better, winning 18:12 in 37′ minute. Than Wisła changed the defense to 5-1, what was the key to success, which allowed them to return to the game. The rest of the match was aligned, but it still goalies played leading roles in their teams, which confirms the award for the best player in the game for Szmal.Vive Targi Kielce – Orlen Wisła Płock 28:27 (14:12)VTK: Szmal, Losert – Bielecki 1, Jurecki 2, Lijewski 3, Grabarczyk, Stojković 3, Musa 1, Strlek, Cupić 3, Rosiński 2, Buntić 3, Jachlewski 3, Olafsson 2, Zorman 4Wisła: Sego – Spanne 1, Wiśniewski 6, Ghionea 9, Nikčević 3, Syprzak 2, Toromanović 2, Chrapkowski, Eklemović 2, Kubisztal 1, Kavas 1, Twardo, Ilyes, ZołoteńkoThe best scorer of whole tournament was Valentin Ghionea (Wisła Płock), goalkeeper – Marin Sego (Płock), and an MVP statuette went into the hands of Uros Zorman (Vive Targi Kielce).Third place in contest took Azoty Puławy, winning against Chrobry Głogów 32:26.TEXT: Ida Baran
Harry Maguire has shown his support for England’s coach Gareth Southgate for his “brave” decision to rotate England’s squad for their final World Cup group game against Belgium on Thursday.In their World Cup Group G clash against Belgium, Southgate made eight changes to his starting XIleaving the competition’s leading scorer and his captain Harry Kane on the bench but they lost 1-0 to Belgium.The selection sparked mixed reactions from supporters with some saying that he has snatched the team’s momentum with the changes while some think the changes are good as it now gives a smooth ride to the finals for key players. Reacting to the reactions, Macquire said via Sky Sports.“He’s a brave manager and he makes big decisions in big times,”Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“You can say he is brave but so is (Belgium manager) Roberto Martinez: he also made a number of changes (9) I think they were both probably looking at the bigger picture and know that the next game is the biggest one of them all.“Gareth is a man of great knowledge. He fills you with confidence no matter what decision is made. We all trust him as a group and hopefully it’s the right decision in the long run. It’s only a good decision if we go and put in a performance in the next game and qualify for the quarter-finals.”“Falcao had a difficult time in England clearly, but outside of England he’s a very high-profile player,” said Cahill of a player who has struck 51 times for Monaco in the past two campaigns.“He’s scored many, many goals. He did have a difficult time in England, showed his character when he went to find his form again and now he’s a huge player for them.
Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter May 6, 2019 Ed Lenderman, Posted: May 6, 2019 Ed Lenderman 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A call today for Mayor Faulconer and the City Council to keep the money earmarked for the failed Balboa Park Plaza de Panama Project in the FY-20 budget anyway– because it’s still needed for Park improvements.Gathered in front of a stand-alone public restroom in the Palisades Section of the Park, right by the Air and Space and Automotive Museums, city, civic and cultural leaders, including 3rd District Council Member Chris Ward, said Mayor Faulconer and the rest of the Council need to appreciate that although the Plaza de Panama Project is dead, the $9.5M dollars for it in the FY-20 proposed budget needs to stay right where it is– i.e.: Balboa Park.Ward: “The point of today’s press conference is, and the work we’re advocating for the City Council is to make sure we retain that money in Balboa Park for other capital improvement needs.”KUSI has done a number of stories recently on the major improvements needed for the Park’s aging buildings and that the philanthropy of organizations like Friends of the Park is only going to go so far.A perfect example said the people gathered in the rain, of the failure of the City to contribute the money needed to keep San Diego’s Crown Jewel looking reasonably well, as opposed to pristine, is the deplorable conditions of the Park’s bathrooms. Yes, the museums and other attractions, including the Starlight Bowl, are in need of major upgrades, but attention must be called to something as basic as a dilapidated bathroom.The Mayor’s updated numbers for the FY-20 budget come out next week and everybody at the gathering said we’ll know a lot more then. A public restroom in Balboa Park in deplorable condition, City, civic a nd cultural leaders calling on the Mayor and Council to keep money earmarked for failed Plaza de Panama project in the FY 20 budget dedicated to improvements here, including something as basic as restrooms pic.twitter.com/aZDKK9sCYc— Ed Lenderman (@EdLendermanKUSI) May 6, 2019 $9.5 million earmarked for ‘Plaza De Panama’ and other Balboa Park improvements in 2020 budget
In this file photo taken on 3 April 2017 a Nepalese veterinary and technical team prepare to dart a one-horned rhino in Chitwan National Park, some 250km south of the Nepali capital Kathmandu. Nepal on 12 July gifted China a pair of endangered one-horned rhinos in a diplomatic gesture to its powerful neighbour and major investor. The young male and a female rhinos, Rudra and Rupsi, boarded a charted flight bound for Guangzhou along with a team of Nepali experts. Photo: AFPNepal on Thursday gifted China a pair of endangered one-horned rhinos in a diplomatic gesture to its powerful neighbour and major investor.The young male and a female rhinos, Rudra and Rupsi, boarded a charted flight bound for Guangzhou along with a team of Nepali experts.”The rhinos were loaded in the plane in their crates and are on their way now. They were healthy and doing well,” Man Bahadur Khadka, chief of Nepal’s department of parks and wildlife conservation, told AFP.The rhinos are expected to be released into a safari park in Guangzhou.K.P. Sharma Oli had promised China the rhinos in 2016 during his previous tenure as Nepal’s prime minister.This gift comes shortly after Oli’s visit to China last month when, as Nepali prime minister once more, he signed deals with Beijing including a railway linking Tibet and Kathmandu.”I hope that this exchange will help strengthen the friendship between our nations in the coming days,” Oli said at a ceremony Thursday for the rhinos attended by China’s ambassador to Nepal, Yu Hong.A second pair of rhinos is being prepared to be sent as well.Nepal is seeking closer ties and much-needed energy and infrastructure investment from China, which has flexed greater economic and diplomatic muscle in its Himalayan neighbour in recent years.They are not the first recipients of Nepal’s “rhino diplomacy”.The landlocked Himalayan nation has gifted at least 22 rhinos to other countries, including six to the US and four to India.Thousands of one-horned rhinos once roamed the southern plains of Nepal but rampant poaching and human encroachment on their habitat reduced their numbers to around 100 in the latter part of last century.A successful anti-poaching and conservation initiative has seen the population steadily climb over the past decade to around 645.
2019 Tech Trends Worth Getting Hyped AboutYou Can Finally Buy A Terabyte SD Card Thanks to Lexar It’s been a long ride — and a long wait — to Harley-Davidson’s first all-electric motorcycle but it looks like it’s finally coming in August 2019. On Monday at CES 2019, Harley-Davidson announced that it has started taking preorders for the LiveWire, the electric bike it unveiled in 2014.“We’re at a historic juncture in the evolution of mobility, and Harley-Davidson is at the forefront,” CEO Matt Levatich said in a statement. The company showed off two prototype electric bikes at the show in Las Vegas.The LiveWire will be in dealerships in August 2019 and will carry a $29,799 price tag.AdChoices广告With the bike, Harley aims to give riders the ride of their life. The bike will go from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, with 100 percent of the motor torque available instantly. It features a high-voltage battery and will cover an estimated 110-mile range on a charge.It can be charged from a standard household outlet, using the Level 1 charger and power, or users can also visit any public Level 3 DC Fast Charge station for a faster charge.Riders will be able to locate charger stations through an app, and dealerships that sell the electric bikes will have stations, thanks to a new system called H-D Connect. The app also lets users check bike vitals like battery charge status, see the bike’s location on a map, and get security alerts if it’s been bumped, tampered with, or moved. GPS-enabled stolen-vehicle tracking is also available.For customers new to Harley, the LiveWire promises to be super easy to use. Harley lets riders get instantaneous power the moment they twist the throttle — mo clutch to release, no gears to run through.Photo Credit: Harley-DavidsonAbove the handlebar is a tilt-adjustable color-touch screen for the best viewing angle every time. An instrument screen also allows access to a navigation system, music and more.The bike’s suspension has seven riding modes to choose from (four are standard, and three can bu customized) and the electric motor is positioned low in the frame to lower the bike’s center of gravity.The LiveWire is available in three sleek color options: vivid black, yellow fuse, and orange fuse. It is finished to give the look of anodized metal.For more info on the LiveWire, visit the Harley-Davidson website.More on Geek.com:Chinese Company Debuts ‘World’s Cheapest Electric Car’ Which Costs Less Than $9,000Garmin Unveils Its First 4G LTE-Enabled SmartwatchPassengers Freak Out Over Tesla Roadster’s Record-Setting Acceleration Stay on target
D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ “I think it’s impossible to replicate anotherorganization, I think you have to be yourself, developyour own formulas,” Jaworski said. “Not only from an onthe field aspect, but also how you’re going to run yourpersonnel department, how you’re going to run yourorganization.”Jaworski said it makes sense that teams would look at asuccessful franchise like Pittsburgh and want to be likethem, but that they won’t do so by copying the black andgold.“There are very few people that run their organizationslike the Pittsburgh Steelers,” he said. “They’ve beendoing this for 50 years — not only just the last 10 years— and they have that profile of what they want to do.“I think each individual team must develop their ownprofile.”The Cardinals’ profile is still being put together, but ifthe idea has been to truly become the Steelers of the Westthey are not only failing, but probably participating inan exercise of futility. Comments Share The idea of turning the Arizona Cardinals into PittsburghWest has been around ever since the team hired KenWhisenhunt to be head coach.Whether it was putting them on the coaching staff orsigning some in free agency, the Cardinals sideline islittered with former Steelers. ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski, as a guest on ArizonaSports 620’s Burns and Gambo, said trying to be theSteelers is the wrong way to go for the Cardinals. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke
Attorney for the late Aaron Hernandez writing a book NEW YORK, N.Y. – The defence attorney for the late Aaron Hernandez is writing a book about the former NFL star and promises “shocking revelations.”Jose Baez’s “Unnecessary Roughness: The Life and Death of Aaron Hernandez” is coming out Aug. 21, Hachette Books told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The book was written with the co-operation of Hernandez’s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, and will include a foreword by her. According to Hachette, “Unnecessary Roughness” will be the “definitive, insider” story on Hernandez.Hernandez, a former standout tight end for the New England Patriots, was found hanging in his cell last April 19, hours before his ex-teammates were due to visit the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl victory. The 27-year-old athlete had been serving life without parole for a 2013 murder. This combination photo shows defense attorney Jose Baez on the first day of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez’s double-murder trial at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston on March 1, 2017, left, and defendant Aaron Hernandez in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston on Oct. 5, 2016. Baez is writing a book about the former NFL star called, “Unnecessary Roughness: The Life and Death of Aaron Hernandez,” and promises “shocking revelations.” The book will be released on August 21. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, left, and John Blanding/The Boston Globe Pool Photo) by The Associated Press Posted Jan 30, 2018 6:16 am PDT Last Updated Jan 30, 2018 at 6:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Categories: Bellino News 11May Rep. Bellino invites residents to May office hours State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe will host office hours during May to meet with residents in Monroe and Wayne counties.“I look forward to the opportunity to meet with community members face-to-face and hear their input about the district and state as a whole,” Rep. Bellino said.Rep. Bellino will meet with residents at the following times and locations:Friday, May 19 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Tim Hortons, 404 S. Monroe St., Monroe;Friday, May 19 from 5 to 6 p.m. at Blue Heron Trading Company, 26217 Huron River Drive, Flat Rock; andMonday, May 22 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Sumpter Township Senior Center, 23501 Sumpter Road, Belleville.Appointments are not necessary during office hours. Anyone unable to attend is encouraged to contact Rep. Bellino’s office at (517) 373-1530, email JosephBellino@house.mi.gov or visit www.RepBellino.com.
Categories: Crawford News Roads in Oakland County would benefit from legislation approved today by Rep. Kathy Crawford and the Michigan House.The $175 million bill provides additional money for road preservation and construction across Michigan as early as this summer.“The people’s tax dollars pay for these roads and they certainly shouldn’t have to put up with the condition they’re in,” said Crawford, of Novi. “After the winter we’ve had, the roads are going to get worse and worse. We must make road funding a priority now, while funds are available, before potholes damage any more vehicles.”In addition to state projects, the bill includes money for county, city and village roads throughout Michigan. Estimated local allocations include Oakland County ($7,015,327.75), and the cities of South Lyon ($62,088), Novi ($381,939), Walled Lake ($40,423) and Northville ($38,348).The money is left over from a previous state government budget cycle and is already available, meaning no budget cuts or additional fees or taxes are required for the investment. The money included in the bill approved today comes in addition to previous changes providing more funding for road and bridge projects across the state.House Bill 4321 advances to the Senate for further consideration.### 21Feb Crawford supports funding for road repairs Tags: road funding
Share14TweetShare1Email15 Shares October 29, 2015; The Brookings InstitutionIn his role as a nonresident senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution, Fredrick C. Harris, a professor of political science at Columbia University and Director of Columbia’s Center on African-American Politics and Society, has written a brief but telling critique of President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative. The White House initiative was unveiled at the end of February 2014 with the aim of addressing the societal inequities that were affecting black and Latino young men in America, particularly in educational attainment, employment, and in the criminal justice system.Harris points out that while My Brother’s Keeper was a presidential initiative, there have been state-level commissions and task forces addressing issues facing young black men in several states, beginning with the first, which was established in Ohio in 1989. While most of these commissions either do little or no longer even exist, some have sponsored initiatives that look like the kinds of activities that My Brother’s Keeper programs typically address in the areas of criminal justice, education, employment, health, and strengthening families. For example, Indiana’s commission has sponsored the Indiana Black Barbershop Health Initiative, involving diabetes and blood testing at 54 black barbershops throughout the state. Connecticut’s commission supported legislation that would establish a process for ex-offenders to earn state-issued “certificates of rehabilitation” that would help them find and keep jobs.Harris’s critique of President Obama’s initiative relies on a few key themes:Harris takes issue with President Obama’s “no excuses” speeches at Morehouse College and at the White House announcement of My Brother’s Keeper that suggested that the responsibility for succeeding was up to black men themselves, that young black men had to “step up and seize the opportunity for their own lives,” and that they had to do more create stable families and be better fathers. Harris contends that the “rhetoric about the lack of responsibility does not match reality, and indeed it reinforces existing stereotypes about black men, particularly as fathers.” Citing statistics that show the greater involvement with their children of black men as fathers in both married couple households and unmarried households, Harris suggests that the instability in black family life is due to structural conditions, including the “disappearance” of so many black men from their communities due to incarceration or murders. “Because of the institutional barriers that particularly exist for poor and working-class minority fathers—incarceration and its social consequences, high rates of unemployment and underemployment, state laws that criminalize fathers for non-payment of child support,” Harris writes, “many are likely to experience difficulties in meeting financial obligations for their children despite contributing in various other ways to childrearing.”Harris also challenges the My Brother’s Keeper emphasis on internship programs, mentoring programs, and apprenticeships that help young black men learn the “soft skills” needed for success in the job market. He argues that while these programs are useful, they “only benefit the few who are fortunate enough to be part of the initiative.” He adds, “the incremental policy changes, program demonstrations, and requests for additional funding for existing government programs [that are part of My Brother’s Keeper] merely tweak around the edges of what has been a long-standing crisis that has only grown over the decades.” Believing that “far more aggressive approaches” are needed to overcome structural barriers that undermine the possibilities of success for young black men, Harris calls for programs that aim to “root…out the hidden laws and practices that perpetuate disadvantages [young black men]…encounter in schools, the criminal justice system, and employment opportunities.” One example would be the Second Chance Pell Pilot program, which would make federal and state prison inmates eligible for Pell Grants.A third point that Harris raises goes back to the largely dormant state commissions. He argues that many of the structural disincentives that limit the achievements of young black men are in state and local policies and practices, such as various restrictions in states such as Delaware, Illinois, Michigan, Texas, and Georgia that prohibit ex-offenders from obtaining business licenses or professional certifications in fields such as roofing, boxing, interior designing, and even barbering in some places. He suggests that the president’s initiative should aim to “reinvigorate” the state commissions and partner with them in areas where the solutions are likely to be more readily or pragmatically found in state and local practices, particularly in education and criminal justice reform.Harris concludes, “My Brother’s Keeper’s modest, targeted investments in human capital development and the emphasis of character building and behavior-altering strategies will fall short unless major policy changes that disrupt the barriers placed before poor and working-class minority youth are made.” While that is undoubtedly true, he doesn’t address the structure of My Brother’s Keeper, which makes those recommendations so difficult to implement. It isn’t really a government program, but a compilation of scattered initiatives funded by charity and philanthropy around the country. In the tabulations of programs that fit the My Brother’s Keeper mold, the dominant models are self-improvement and mentoring kinds of initiatives that are little different than what charity and philanthropy has been delivering in black communities for decades with little appreciable change in the structural issues that need to be overcome.There is an important “structural” agenda to be pursued, but it is almost typically explained by advocates through example or anecdote rather than comprehensively laid out to be addressed by state and federal initiatives. Moreover, despite the structural rhetoric of many who have attached themselves to My Brother’s Keeper, there are many influential players in this inchoate program who are much more strongly attached to the self-reliance, self-improvement, bootstrapping solutions to the challenges faced by young black men than they are to pursuing a political agenda to thoroughly replace structurally inequitable policies with interventions that specifically aim to redress and remedy the imbalances.NPQ has raised these concerns from the outset of the program, at the release of its initial program priorities, and most recently when the White House announced that My Brother’s Keeper was going independent under the direction of a board led by corporate leaders and sports and entertainment icons. Remember, at the outset of My Brother’s Keeper, both Al Sharpton and Bill O’Reilly enthused about the initiative, finding common ground in the effort’s focus on self-improvement as opposed to the thornier challenge of comprehensively identifying and correcting structural barriers. Now that the initiative is moving out of the White House altogether, it might have the ability to craft some flexible efforts that perhaps were not possible as a program in the White House, but it loses the potential for having inside access to enact the government reforms that Harris hints at as necessary for overcoming structural barriers.—Rick CohenShare14TweetShare1Email15 Shares
Lithuanian telco and pay TV operator Teo ended September with a total of 147,104 IPTV and DTT customers.Teo saw its Digital Gala DTT customer base increase by 22.2% year-on-year to 71,346, while Interactive Gala IPTV subscriber numbers were up 19.8% to 75,758.TV services contributed LTL12 million (€3.5 million) of revenue during the third quarter, an increase of 26% on the same period a year earlier. Total revenue was down 4.8% to LTL185 million due to decreases in telephony and internet services revenues.
French telecom regulator ARCEP is to launch a public consultation on its analysis of the country’s digital-terrestrial TV transmission market, focusing in particular on whether transmission services provider TDF enjoys a dominant position.According to ARCEP’s analysis, while TDF has a dominant position in the market, with numerous constraints – notably the need to build an alternative national broadcast infrastructure – on new entrants, it is also true that alternative players have gained a foothold in DTT distribution, with tangible results in terms of infrastructure competition. ARCEP said it wanted to regulate the market in a way that was responsive to the needs of alternative distribution providers without placing unnecessarily punitive obligations on the incumbent.The public consultation, to be launched in April, will seek views on the exact nature of a regulatory regime to be implemented by the end of June.
Sky Deutschland will launch a local version of US drama network Sky Atlantic HD in May.The pay TV operator has signed an output deal with HBO that will see the latest series of hit dramas including Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire along with older titles including The Sopranos, Entourage and The Wire being made available to German and Austrian customers.Sky Atlantic HD will be available exclusively on Sky’s DTH platform and via its online services Sky Anytime and Sky Go. Sky is yet to announce the price of the channel.Sky’s UK counterpart BSkyB launched Sky Atlantic on its platform last February.
Welsh public broadcaster S4C has launched on streaming service TVPlayer, making its programming available on-demand to viewers in Wales and the wider United Kingdom.TVPlayer is a free app developed by tech company Simplestream that fully launched earlier this year.It allows consumers in the UK to watch UK channels on connected devices and claims to have a million users and with the addition of S4C it carries 35 channels including those from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5. S4C will be carried in TVPlayer’s ‘Entertainment Pack’ from today.The channel carries entertainment, current affairs and factual programming in Welsh.Elin Morris, S4C director of corporate and commercial Policy, said, “TVPlayer offers a new way of accessing the Channel and the app gives people the freedom to watch on a wide variety of mobile devices. This provides an additional way for audiences to find and enjoy S4C’s content.” The TVPlayer app can be downloaded from the Apple App store, for Android devices via the Google Pl,ay store and for Amazon’s connected devices via the Amazon Appstore.
Quality assurance specialist S3 Group has been chosen by Estonian cable operator Starman to supply its StormTest Warning Center for live network testing of its video services.Warning Center tests and tracks the impact of new service deployments in live networks across end-user devices, provides automated service validation, and performs remote troubleshooting through a cloud-based system.At Starman, Warning Center is expected to perform more than 6,000 individual tests per day, to provide Starman’s network operations teams with continuous, automated monitoring and insights into the service delivery and performance of its linear and on-demand services. Starman will run remote test scripts to determine the impact of a new deployment on QoE of their live services, gathering KPIs that include audio availability, video availability, image quality, EPG rendering, channel change times, VOD access times, while triggering alerts for any potential issues.Starman and Lithuanian subsidiary CGages provide services to 860,000 households in the Baltics.“Starman is committed to providing our customers the highest quality video services and adopting cutting-edge technologies to ensure that happens. StormTest Warning Center gives our operations teams 24/7 access to real-time analytics and live service monitoring that provide insights into the availability, stability, and quality of video services,” said Hanno Liiva, Chief Technology Officer at Starman.“Progressive operators, such as Starman, are moving toward a model of continuous service testing on devices in live network environments to ensure that performance in the field actually matches the expected results of their lab tests,” John Maguire, Chief Strategy Officer, TV Technology at S3 Group. “StormTest Warning Center provides Starman with the real-time, live service testing capabilities and business intelligence needed to keep its services performing well around the clock.”S3 will use its presence at IBC to feature its portfolio of StormTest automation products and Professional Services with a focus on: Multiscreen and 4K Test Automation, Live Service Testing, and Integration Services, including Reference Design Kit (RDK) migration support.S3 Group exhibit on Stand 3.B39 at IBC
Several actors and TV industry names used their BAFTA award acceptance speeches to register strong support for the BBC, just days before the publication of a government report on the future of the UK public broadcaster.Wolf Hall pair Peter Kosminsky and Mark Rylance were the most vocal on a night when their period drama scooped two of the big awards.Accepting the best drama series accolade, the first award on the televised coverage of the awards ceremony, Wolf Hall director Kosminsky said he wanted to defend the BBC “in the week our Secretary of State John Whittingdale described the disappearance of the BBC as a tempting prospect”.He said: “The main job of the BBC is to speak truth to power, to report to the British public without fear or favour no matter how unpalatable to those who might be in government. It is a public broadcaster, independent of government. It is your BBC.”He added that the Corporation and Channel 4 could disappear in their current forms unless the public stand up for them. “If we don’t, blink and it will be gone. No more Wolf Hall, no more award-winning Dispatches documentaries on Channel 4, just a broadcasting landscape where the determinate of whether something gets made is if it’s likely to line the pockets of its shareholders.”Other attendees to come out and register support for the BBC included Ian Hislop and James Nesbitt.Hislop picked up the gong for best comedy and comedy entertainment programme for satirical news quiz Have I Got News for You.He said: “The BBC have allowed Have I Got News For You to be rude about governments … and rude about the BBC, which is a privilege you are given with public service broadcasting and not on state television.”Nesbitt, star of Sky’s hit drama Lucky Man, was presenting an award alongside Game of Thrones star Rose Leslie.Nesbitt said: “Let’s face it, everyone in this hall is able to do what they do as well as they do because of the BBC. Do not strip it away.”The support for the BBC came ahead of this week’s white paper in which the government will outline its vision for the future of the BBC. The corporation’s governance and remit are being questioned and its entire remit and funding are under the microscope ahead of the upcoming renewal of the charter that governs its activities.
Colin McLeodLong-serving London-based NBCUniversal executive Colin McLeod is to leave the US media giant’s international operation this year, DTVE sister title TBI has revealed.NBCUniversal International’s managing director for the UK and emerging markets will leave the business after a decade.He will remain with the business into the second quarter of 2017, with a recruitment process for a successor underway.Sources say McLeod is highly respected at NBCU, and is leaving to spend more time with his family after a long run in management positions. An NBCU spokesperson confirmed his departure this morning.McLeod joined NBCU in 2007, when the US company acquired UK-based channels group Sparrowhawk Media Group, which housed the Hallmark Channel and KidsCo. He then rose through the ranks, leading the central and eastern Europe channels operations for many years among other top-level duties.In December 2015, he took on his current post, MD of the UK and emerging markets, as part of a restructure that Digital TV Europe revealed at the time.Former UK MD Nicky Douglas exited as part of that change, which in effect brought NBCU’s emerging markets and British channels under the same umbrella. Similar, centralised hubs that align networks with distribution were also established in Latin America and Asia.NBCU International Networks, which was established as a brand name in 2015, houses stations such as Universal Channel, 13th Street, Syfy, E! and Style Network in more than 167 territories worldwide.