Qatar Airways flight lands safely after emergency

first_img Sponsored Stories ___Jon Gambrell can be reached at Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix ErrorOK.. ErrorOK (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Qatar Airways said the flight’s pilot noticed one of the 10 tires on the aircraft had a low pressure after taking off from Doha early Saturday morning. The airline said the pilot did not declare an emergency over the tire, though local officials said the pilot had. Firefighting equipment and emergency workers stood by for the aircraft’s landing at Lagos’ Murtala Muhammed International Airport, said Harold Demuren, director-general of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.Images of the aircraft after its landing showed the tire had peeled away from the landing gear. Those onboard later said they had no idea the flight had any problem until after it landed.Foreign carriers flying into Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, have had troubles before, including arriving at airports and finding their runway lights out. In one case involving an Air France flight in 2005, an airplane tore through a herd of cattle that somehow found its way onto a runway at Port Harcourt’s international airport.Local air carriers in Nigeria remain plagued by funding problems and allegations of corruption in the country. In June, a Dana Air flight from Abuja to Lagos crashed just before landing, killing more than 160 people. Recently, the nation’s top carrier, Arik Air Ltd., suspended flights over what it claimed was government interference and corruption by the nation’s aviation minister. The airline has resumed its flights. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Patients with chronic pain give advice Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   Top Stories Associated PressLAGOS, Nigeria (AP) – A Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Nigeria landed safely Saturday after the pilot discovered a problem with the aircraft’s landing gear, authorities said.The Airbus 330 aircraft, carrying 148 passengers and 14 crew members, landed in Lagos just after 1 p.m. local time (1200 GMT) with no one onboard sustaining any injuries, state emergency management director Femi Oke-Osanyintolu said. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

IMEX Frankfurt 2016 promises valuable business opportunities great connections and fresh thinking

first_imgDavid Dubois, Immediate Past Chair of the Convention Industry Council and President & CEO of IAEE, is set to deliver the keynote at the opening ceremony of IMEX in Frankfurt, launching three days of business opportunities, networking and a comprehensive education programme. The show, taking place from April 19 to 21 at Messe Frankfurt, has been developed following feedback from buyers and exhibitors and is designed to address some of the hot topics in the meetings and events sector.More for Hosted BuyersMore than 20 new hosted buyer groups from around the world are set to attend IMEX Frankfurt 2016. These include buyers from the U.S., Poland, China, South Africa and South America, plus UNICEO – the network for corporate event decision makers. ISES (International Special Events Society) is also bringing their Global Event Summit to the show for the first time.Revised group appointment timings will give buyers more time to explore the show floor, discovering new exhibitors, education and networking opportunities – the show will now open at 9.45 am local time, with no group appointments scheduled before 11 am or after 4 pm.Buyers can meet numerous new exhibitors such as Sardinia, Catalunya Convention Bureau, Wyndham Hotels, Condor Airlines, Variety Cruises and ESA Central & South America. Many established exhibitors have expanded their stand space, including Sri Lanka, Serbia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Portugal; and hotel groups – Hilton International, Maritim Hotels and Preferred Hotels.Topical educationWith over 180 education sessions at IMEX Frankfurt 2016, visitors are sure to find sessions that match their needs. The Inspiration Hub, home to all the show floor education, will host experts exploring Business Skills, Creative Learning, Diversity, General Education, Health and Wellbeing, Marketing / Social Media, Personal Development, Sustainability, Technology, Trends and Research. CMP / CEU and ISES Points can also be accrued at many sessions. New for this year is a series of short and snappy talks focused on ‘Trends and Future-Think’. These TED-style talks brought to IMEX in Frankfurt by the Swedish Network of Convention Bureaus, promise to introduce an ‘innovative Swedish interactive learning experience’.The sharing economy is a hot topic at the show this year, explored through the comprehensive education programme including a panel session of sharing economy pioneers discussing: How can we work with the new sharing economy? Senior representatives from, VizEat and Maritz Travel Company will detail their experiences and explore how the ‘old’ and new economies can work together for mutual benefit. Jean-Michel Petit, CEO and co-founder of VizEat, the European leader of social dining, will further explore the shared economy, particularly food tourism and authenticity, in his session: The unexpected power of shared meals.‘Business is Personal’ is another major area of focus with sessions designed to help buyers and exhibitors to grow and develop both professionally and personally. Business Skills and Personal Development educational tracks explore this theme with sessions on leadership skills, developing confidence and fostering strong connections. Jonathan Bradshaw delivers ‘The Meetology’ guide to influence and persuasion while Laura Richey from WINiT (WomenInTravel) shares her advice on ‘dealing with challenging people’.There are also numerous ways for both buyers and exhibitors to join the Business is Personal theme off the show floor, via meditation and yoga sessions in the new Be Well Lounge (supported by Weichlein Tours + Incentives and Munich Convention Bureau), or by joining others for an energetic start to the day at the IMEXrun, sponsored by Rio de Janeiro.Fresh from its success at IMEX America, the Play Room will host its interactive ‘quirkshops’ at IMEX in Frankfurt. ‘Play with a Purpose’ brings this new feature to the show, providing a creative, interactive, hands-on “play space” designed to provide a fresh look at meeting planning.Dedicated featuresAs part of the show’s comprehensive education programme, PCMA Business School is bringing its prestigious Business School to Europe for the first time alongside IMEX in Frankfurt. Hosted by Congress Center of Messe Frankfurt, this free of charge programme is open to all and offers executives the chance to develop core business skills and learn from an MBA level professor.Exclusively Corporate @IMEX is a dedicated education and networking event solely for corporate meeting and event planners. Leading business strategist, Dr Kaihan Krippendorff, will deliver a keynote on how to develop ‘mental agility’, sharing insights from his study of over 200 successful innovators. At a Mock Trial, new for this year, participants can turn their hand to becoming prosecution and defence lawyers exploring a real, ethical scenario in an authentic courtroom setting in an engaging, entertaining educational session.A dedicated education and networking event for exclusively for association executives, Association Day, attracts around 300 professionals from 40 countries each year. This year’s collaborative programme has been developed in response to issues raised by participants at last year’s event – how to remain relevant. Charles Leadbeater is set to harness this in his keynote address. As a leading authority on innovation and creativity, he has advised companies, cities and governments across the globe and is regarded as one of the top management thinkers worldwide.Finally, the renowned Politicians Forum brings together up to 40 politicians and political influencers with around 80 industry leaders to discuss building and sustaining a successful meetings industry. This year the keynote speaker is Hon Minister Stuart Ayres, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events for New South Wales detailing ‘How Meetings and Events Can Fulfil Political Optimism’.last_img read more

MBA Speaker Portrays Changing Demographics in Homeownership

first_img Share MBA Speaker Portrays Changing Demographics in Homeownership Minorities and seniors are growing their share of the national population more than ever, “”William H. Frey””:, senior fellow with the “”Brookings Institute””:, told attendees at the “”Mortgage Bankers Association’s””: annual convention and expo Chicago Wednesday.[IMAGE]There is also a continuing population shift out of the “”heartland”” states to what Frey classifies as the “”new sunbelt,”” states in the Mountain Time Zone and states along the Atlantic Coast, but excluding Florida and including North Carolina. There were net population gains in all states, with the exception of Michigan, he said. But most of the gains were from immigrants or from people under age 30 moving into the states. The migration of Generation X and older workers largely stopped near the end of the decade, Frey added. Workers without a college diploma don’t have the transferable skills that employers seek.Minorities have a higher propensity to rent than white citizens, he added.His remarks follow recent reports showing a return to rental properties at faster rates by more Americans nationally, with a “”Fannie Mae””: “”outlook””: from “”Doug Duncan””:, the GSE’s chief economist, holding that 32 percent of survey respondents would rent rather than buy their next homes.The numbers arrive despite a recent “”Trulia””: survey finding “”home affordability outpacing rental costs””: in 74 percent of the nation’s metropolitan areas.[COLUMN_BREAK]The first Baby Boomers turned 65 last January, marking the first of 20 years of a swelling senior population. Like population as a whole, the most impacted states will be those in the “”new sunbelt,”” along with Texas and Florida, according to Frey.For the most part these states are not seeing a large influx of seniors, but rather “”aging in place”” of people who moved there years earlier who will be entering their “”Golden Years.””Most of the movement among homeowners in the last couple of years has been local rather than to other parts of the country, Frey said.States like Colorado, Utah, and Nevada will need to meet this demographic shift by providing more housing that caters to the needs of seniors, Frey said. By contrast, Texas is the fastest growing state for children, mainly from a strong influx of immigrants. The shifting population in terms of age differences will determine voting trends in those states for issues like services for seniors and for younger generations.States south of the Mason-Dixon Line are also seeing a predominance of “”brawn over brains,”” the percentage of the population without a college degree compared to the percentage of the population with a college degree, he said.Large cities like New York and Chicago are seeing increases in their Hispanic populations, but decreases in most other ethnic groups. Atlanta saw a decrease in its white and black population, though the Atlanta metro area saw a strong increase in its black population. Other urban areas are seeing strong growth in their Hispanic populations, while other suburban areas are seeing influx of black residents, he said.Another factor in the population trends is that about 70 percent of the new seniors over the next several years are predominately white, while whites are a minority of new children in the U.S.He advised young mortgage bankers to look at the new Sunbelt states along the Atlantic Coast along with North Carolina and Colorado and Texas as the prime areas for future business growth.Utah is another potential mortgage growth area because the median age is only 29, meaning strong expected growth in household formation ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô the people who will be looking to buy homes, he said. October 13, 2011 441 Views center_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Agents & Brokers Fannie Mae First-Time Homebuyers Home Prices Home Sales Housing Affordability Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Bankers Association Pending-Home Prices Processing Service Providers 2011-10-13 Phil_Brittlast_img read more

Cuba looms as a Pure Michigan market

first_img23Mar Cuba looms as a Pure Michigan market Categories: Lauwers News,News Cuba has been in the news during the past few months. There are strong signs that the United States government is ending the decades-long frosty relationship with the island nation that developed during the Cold War.While initial overtures between Washington and Havana have shown some give and take, there are still plenty of obstacles in the way before we can freely travel to Cuba and do business with that nation on a regular basis. Cuba is currently on America’s terrorist watch list. American banks cannot provide credit to any businesses in Cuba. Questions pertaining to property ownership dating back to the Cuban revolution in 1953 still persist.That said, recent developments in U.S.-Cuban relations have piqued interest in the Michigan agriculture community. As chair of the House Committee on Agriculture, I was eager this week to hear testimony from Jim Byrum with the Michigan Agricultural Business Association about his recent trip to Cuba as part of an American agricultural coalition. He brought back exciting prospects about the possibility of Michigan and Cuba eventually establishing trade relations – once the diplomatic obstacles have been overcome, that is.I have firsthand knowledge of the barriers facing such a relationship. I was part of an agricultural expedition to Cuba in the 1990s, traveling there with educators, health professionals and fellow agriculturists to exchange farming knowledge.Much has changed in those two decades since I was there. And now that our two nations appear open to a more diplomatic relationship, the possibility of trade between Michigan and Cuba is possible.Michigan produces three commodities that would be of high interest to Cuba: black beans, milk and apples. Black beans and dehydrated milk are staples in Cuba, with each family provided government coupons for these commodities on a monthly basis. Apples are a rare and highly prized delicacy there.So imagine if trade relations were opened between the two nations. Michigan-grown black beans could become part of the Cuban diet, as could the milk we produce at our dairy farms. Apples, which are over-abundant in Michigan markets to the point that excess harvest must be juiced, could find a new and lucrative market off Florida’s coast.But relations will not be normalized overnight. As Mr. Byrum told the committee, we are not looking at trading with Cuba tomorrow. Building a relationship with Cuba is a long-term process, and there is no guarantee that Michigan will be trading apples for pineapples in the near future.But the prospects are intriguing, and I look forward to hearing more about the possibility that one day we could be instrumental in feeding a nation hungry for Pure Michigan products.####center_img By state Rep. Dan Lauwers, R-Brockway Township, chairman of the House Committee on Agriculturelast_img read more

Rep Runestad votes in favor of right to carry legislation

first_img Categories: Runestad News 08Jun Rep. Runestad votes in favor of ‘right to carry’ legislation State Rep. Jim Runestad speaks on the House floor today in support of legislation allowing law-abiding citizens, who are not prohibited from possessing a firearm, to carry concealed without a permit in Michigan.State Rep. Jim Runestad, of White Lake, today voted on the House floor to support a four-bill package allowing law-abiding citizens, who are not prohibited from possessing a firearm, to carry concealed without a permit in Michigan.“We already allow people to carry a firearm openly without a fee or training requirement. This legislation is about getting rid of unfair penalties for law-abiding citizens, who are lawfully in possession of a firearm,” said Runestad, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, where the bills were first considered.“Concealed carry is not any more dangerous than open carry and responsibility can’t be legislated. People who want to carry a firearm choose training regardless of whether they carry open or concealed, and the thirteen other states that have made training voluntary see an uptick in demand.”This legislation retains the current requirement that a background check be completed before a handgun purchase is made. Under the plan, the current CPL permitting structure will remain in place to allow Michigan residents an option to obtain a CPL to continue to carry and receive reciprocity in states that recognize Michigan’s permit. A CPL will also continue to allow people to carry openly in certain restricted zones.House Bills 4416-19 now move to the Senate for consideration.###last_img read more

The Problem with Innovative and Fetishized Nonprofit Approaches to Homelessness

first_imgShare489Tweet2Share22Email513 SharesApril 30, 2016; Arizona Republic, the San Diego Union-Tribune and Philadelphia Business JournalFor some time now, NPQ has covered the myriad of housing solutions that are being proposed to the homeless crisis, from the controversial tiny house movement to the use of shipping containers and even artificial igloos. This is hardly a new phenomenon. We have seen one bright-eyed young thing after another come up with a social enterprise in this sphere, get a bunch of press and then, presumably, move on. Most of these ideas exist outside the realm of what most people would long for in their own housing,Take a newly minted nonprofit in Boulder, Colorado, that has come up with the idea of placing affordable housing in local backyards. Goose Creek Neighborhoods has just received its IRS determination letter and is wasting no time getting the message out, although maybe it should. David Adamson, the executive director of Goose Creek, is proposing that established neighborhoods fill their backyards with smaller houses, or even tiny houses. “When you get more people living on the dirt, it makes the rent go down,” said Brad Smith, a renter in a proposed eco-district in Boulder where there are already homes behind homes. In order to open land to a more diverse population, the program would ask homeowners living from 6th to 9th streets in Boulder to join a land trust and essentially share their land.It remains to be seen how many people would buy into this idea. Aside from clearly assuming the best in his neighbors, present zoning laws do not permit Adamson’s concept of doubling the amount of homes on a plot of land. He also does not elaborate on how he will convince the current residents who have purchased their homes in this neighborhood, which was defined and complete as far as they knew, to make such big changes. There is no mention of how the cost of the little houses would be paid, or even who would pay them.While one could argue that at least this nonprofit and others are proposing solutions to combat the problem, it’s important to note that proposals such as Adamson’s and the proposed “igloos” in Hawaii only offer temporary relief. They do not address any of the underlying causes that would cause someone to lose a stable home and seek alterative housing.The search to find realistic, long-term solutions to homelessness is only further complicated as cities are torn on the best way to address homelessness, as seen in San Diego, California last week. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that “hardscaping”—rocks installed by the city to deter homeless encampments below a freeway overpass—has sparked a debate between people arguing for compassion and residents demanding safer, cleaner streets and sidewalks clear of homeless people. The hardscaping, which is similar to the spikes we have seen implemented elsewhere, was installed at the request of some residents, who cheered as the rocks were being delivered.Those advocating for homeless resources were appalled by the rock solution and called on the city to install tiny homes as a “long-term” fix instead of forcing those without homes to simply move to another area. Ironically, as Jeeni Criscenzo, president of the homelessness nonprofit Amikas, told reporters at a press conference outside the San Diego City Hall, “instead of coming up with innovations, [San Diego officials] came up with pest control.”Yet, as NPQ has reported, there are two sides to the coin when it comes to the tiny house movement, a fact that some in the nonprofit community have repeatedly failed to acknowledge. There’s nothing wrong with tiny houses in general, but when they are promoted as a solution to homelessness, they take on a different potential. As NPQ readers know, in contrast to the fully-fitted-out smaller living space that a tiny house by choice provides, tiny homes for homeless people are often the size of a garden shed. After tiny homes popped up in the San Pedro community of Los Angeles, Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino felt it would not be long before they became a threat to public safety.Buscaino pointed out some of the problems with just giving homeless people tiny homes. Being built with wheels means they can be moved frequently enough to skirt laws against loitering or trespassing. While the homes offer shelter from the elements, they often lack running water, restrooms, temperature regulation, and cooking amenities. Some likened the San Pedro tiny home community to a chaotic homeless encampment with better facilities. When considering its serious limitations, the tiny homes themselves can be considered “pest control,” or as noted by Criscenzo, simply moving from one non-solution to another without addressing the underlying causes of homelessness.What’s missing from all of this is an understanding of the human complexity of what we call “homelessness” and the need to consider issues like community, engagement, and integration. The prospects as we look at them focus on the structures, often fetishized and entirely inadequate, and we are reminded of other marginalized, overcrowded, low-income ghettos around the world. In short, the discussion’s lack of maturity undercuts some more serious consideration of cause, need, and solutions. The problem is with innovation that believes its own bright-eyed press: It cannot and should not stand apart from historical lessons and respectful and engaged practice.—Carrie Collins-Fadell, Marian Conway, Shafaq Hasan, and Ruth McCambridgeShare489Tweet2Share22Email513 Shareslast_img read more

Leading French commercial broadcaster TF1 is makin

first_imgLeading French commercial broadcaster TF1 is making JJ Abrams’ latest scripted series Alcatraz available a day after it is aired in the US.The show, which bowed on the Fox network on Monday with solid ratings, is available with subtitles as part of TF1’s premium video-on-demand offering of US series. Customers wanting to watch the series on demand need to be viewing TF1 over a cable or IPTV service. Each instalment costs €1.99. The show will be broadcast on the linear TF1 channel at a later date.last_img

Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson has left the company foll

first_imgYahoo CEO Scott Thompson has left the company following a board meeting held yesterday morning.The former PayPal exec stepped down following allegations that he had faked a computer science degree on his CV.Thompson had been at the internet company for less than six months and has been replaced on an interim basis by ex News Corp man Ross Levinsohn.last_img

Kevin Reilly has been promoted to chairman of ente

first_imgKevin Reilly has been promoted to chairman of entertainment at Fox Broadcasting Company. Reilly, who was formerly president of entertainment at the News Corp-backed US broadcaster and studio, will now oversee all programming, scheduling, marketing, research, digital and business affairs.
He will continue to report to Peter Rice, who was recently promoted to chairman and chief executive of the Fox Networks Group. 
”Kevin is a uniquely gifted executive with the strong strategic vision and creative instincts to ensure that Fox continues to drive the future of our industry,” said Rice. “We are incredibly fortunate to have him here and thrilled he will be with us for many more years.”last_img

Disney is launching its first SVOD movie service i

first_imgDisney is launching its first SVOD movie service in Europe with Portuguese cable operator Zon Multimedia.Zon said it will add the Disney Movies on Demand service to its platform from November. The service will offer a catalogue of movies from Disney and Pixar, with launch titles to include Ratatouille, Pirates of the Caribbean and Enchanted.This will mark the first time Disney has launched a movie on-demand service in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.last_img

An average of threequarters of teenagers in the U

first_imgAn average of three-quarters of teenagers in the UK, France and Spain discuss what is being watched on TV using social networks from a mobile device, while eight out of ten use the internet while watching TV, according to new research commissioned by telco Orange.The Orange Exposure 2012/2013 independent study by TNS into mobile media habits across the UK, France and Spain for the advertising industry also found that adult mobile and tablet users are increasingly ‘snacking’ on their mobile device while watching TV. Nine out of ten consumers in the UK said they access the internet at the same time as watching TV.According to Orange, this is presenting opportunities for advertisers, with one third of mobile users investigating potential purchases based on something they watched on TV, and over one quarter of mobile users responding to short codes appearing on TV adverts.last_img read more

Media services group Canis Media has made two new

first_imgMedia services group Canis Media has made two new city-based digital-terrestrial video channels available for long term lease. Canis Media is acting on behalf of multiplex owner Comux UK and is offering broadcasters and channel owners access to approximately 10 million DTT homes on two new 24/7 UK Freeview video streams. The streams have the capacity to carry two different SD channels or one HD channel.The two streams will have the same footprint as the local TV network that Comux UK is building out across the UK. This will include London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Leeds, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast in Phase 1 of its roll out. The sale will generate revenue for the local TV initiative, which will support the development and promotion of local TV channels, according to Canis Media.Fergus Lawson, managing director of Canis Media said: “These new ‘City DTT’ video streams are unique in so far as this is a free-to-air digital terrestrial multiplex that is available only in the UK’s major towns and cities. This means they have the potential to deliver an affluent urban audience. We anticipate a lot of interest from a wide range of broadcasters and channel owners who are keen to talk to this highly sought after demographic.”last_img read more

Orange in France is launching a new channel next m

first_imgOrange in France is launching a new channel next month in partnership with HBO, called OCS City, ‘génération HBO’.The channel, which joins Orange’s suite of OCS-branded movie networks, comes on the back of the firm’s content renewal deal with HBO back in January, which gave OCS first-broadcast rights to HBO shows in France.In its new home, HBO series will air on a linear basis on OCS City on Monday nights at 20:40.At the same time OCS announced the launch of OCS Go, a “delinearised” on-demand channel. This will offer new HBO series episodes 24 hours after they appear in the US, as well as older HBO shows like The Sopranos, The Wire and Six Feet Under.As part of its overhaul of its OCS offering, Orange said that it is also merging its OCS Max and OCS Happy channels and discontinuing OCS Novo.Some of the latter channels’ programming will instead find a new home on OCS City, Orange said.OCS City will launch on October 10. As of this date, the OCS service will consist of: TV series channel OCS City; adrenaline channel OCS Choc; classic film channel OCS OCS Géants; an ‘event channel’ for the whole family OCS Max; and on-demand channel OCS Go.last_img read more

Christina Foley Adult content specialist Playboy h

first_imgChristina FoleyAdult content specialist Playboy has promoted Christina Foley to managing director of Playboy Plus.Foley, who was previously director of sales and marketing, will be responsible for overseeing and increasing Playboy Plus Europe’s business interests in linear channels, VoD and digital media activities throughout Europe, India and Africa and Worldwide content distribution to third party broadcasters.Prior to joining Playboy Plus in 2013, she was vice-president, distribution and business development at A+E Networks UK.Playboy has also promoted David Cooke to director, digital new media, Dan Alderman to director of European products and Paul Martin to senior manager, business development.last_img

NBCUniversal has launched its 13th Street Universa

first_imgNBCUniversal has launched its 13th Street Universal HD channel in Poland on the Cyfrowy Polsat and nc+ platforms.The channel is NBCUniversal’s third HD service to launch in Poland, following launches of Universal Channel HD and E! Entertainment HD.13th Street Universal HD will be part of Cyfrowy Polsat’s Film HD package. However, the service will be available for all subscribers for one month until April 14.On nc+, the channel will be part of the operator’s Start+ package. Anna Limbach-Uryn, nc+ programme director, said that the addition took the number of HD services on the platform to 81.Shows on the channel in March include new local documentary series Kobiety i Mafia (Women and the Mafia).last_img

Broadcast management software specialist SintecMed

first_imgBroadcast management software specialist SintecMedia’s management team and Francisco Partners, a global technology-focused private equity firm, have acquired SintecMedia from its existing shareholders, including Riverwood Capital.SintecMedia’s products manage multi-platform ad sales, traffic, billing, programming and rights, processing over US$33 billion in advertising revenue around the globe. Financial details of the deal are not being made public.Using the new resources and investment from Francisco Partners, SintecMedia said it will continue to accelerate the expansion and development of its cutting-edge product portfolio including OnBoard, its state-of-the-art programmatic sell-side platform.“I am proud of SintecMedia’s employees and am excited for this partnership between management and Francisco Partners. As a leader in the fast-changing broadcast and media business software management arena, we have taken great strides with Riverwood Capital, increasing sales more than four-fold, adding staff and offices in the US and internationally, and addressing the needs of small, medium as well as Tier 1, Tier 2 and international broadcasters,” said Amotz Yarden, CEO and co-founder of SintecMedia.“Nothing is changing in SintecMedia’s business operations. We will continue to play a pivotal role in the way advertising is bought, sold and managed in the diverse media industry and our customers will continue to receive future-proof technological continuity combined with our innovative aptitude and deep domain expertise. I look forward to many years of exciting growth.”last_img read more

As part of the expanded agreement IBCAP and Nagra

first_imgAs part of the expanded agreement, IBCAP and Nagra will implement various strategies including the establishment of a monitoring lab to monitor and detect unauthorised use of IBCAP member content and automated systems to monitor set-top boxes, websites, and other streaming platforms.Nagra will detect servers providing IBCAP member content without authorisation, including both linear feeds and VOD content, and take actions to have that content removed. The company will also provide investigation services and enhanced litigation support tools.Nagra’s investigation services will be focused on identifying retailers selling pirate services, educating them about the risks of selling those pirate services, and collecting evidence for future investigations and lawsuits.IBCAP represents over 30 members and over 130 television channels from around the world, including well-known broadcasters of Arabic, Hindi, Urdu, and Bangla content.“While anti-piracy measures against mainstream content seem to be an increasing priority for distributors and content owners, no organization was focused exclusively on protecting international and multicultural content. IBCAP was formed three years ago to fill this gap and has achieved significant success through its monitoring and takedown efforts. The expansion of our agreement with Nagra will help us leverage the latest technologies and expertise in content protection and anti-piracy with the aim of putting pirates out of business and replacing them with legitimate providers,” said Chris Kuelling, executive director of IBCAP. ““Nagra is constantly expanding its portfolio of content value protection technologies and services, and this contract marks a milestone in our commitment to support broadcasters and content creators in the protection of their content from piracy in foreign markets,” said Frederic Guitard, vice-president media security services, Nagra.“Developing automated, state-of-the-art tools to detect unauthorized streaming – especially on increasingly popular IPTV set-top boxes and Kodi add-ons – helps ensure we can take swift and decisive action against pirates and maintain the value of the services offered to IBCAP members.”last_img read more

irtual reality social network AltspaceVR said it

first_imgirtual reality social network, AltspaceVR, said it will “live on”, despite announcing its imminent closure late last month.In a blog post titled ‘AltspaceVR is back’, the company described recent weeks as a “rollercoaster ride” and said that it was able to continue due to “an outpouring of support”.“We’re now deep in discussions with others who are passionate about AltspaceVR who want to guarantee that our virtual oasis stays open,” said the company.“We feel confident saying to our community that you don’t need to find another place to meet your friends in virtual reality. AltspaceVR is not closing down.”The news comes after Oculus founder Palmer Luckey indicated he could step in to help AltspaceVR in the wake of its initial shutdown announcement, tweeting: “Should I try to save @AltspaceVR? (caveat: may not be possible)”.Luckey yesterday tweeted a link to the ‘AltspaceVR is back’ post without making any further comment on whether he was involved in the comeback.AltspaceVR said at the end of July that I would close on August 3, citing “unforeseen financial difficulty”.The venture-backed firm, which allows people to meet in a virtual environment, said that the combination of a failed funding round and the “general slowness of VR market growth” had made most of its investors “reluctant to fund us further”.Separately, Linden Lab, the company behind Second Life, launched a virtual reality world called Sansar in public beta earlier this month.last_img read more

Amazon Prime Video has boarded a first highend dr

first_imgAmazon Prime Video has boarded a first high-end drama from All3Media, which is producing for its backer, cable giant Liberty Global.The Feed will go out in the US, Canada and Latin America as an Amazon exclusive with Liberty-owned Virgin Media airing it in the UK as its debut scripted original.Other Liberty cable services will offer it to customers in their respective territories.The drama comes from The Walking Dead writer Channing Powell, with distributor All3Media International and All3 prodco Studio Lambert attached.In 2016, All3 scored a high-end drama output deal with Liberty and Virgin.The Feed will be based on a recently published novel from Nick Clark Windo of the same name, and will launch globally in 2019.Set in London in the near future, the psychological thriller centres of the family of a man who created an omnipresent technology that is implanted into nearly everybody’s brain, allowing them to share information, emotions and memories instantly. The family is driven apart as the tech goes wrong and people with the implant become murderous.Powell, a writer and co-executive producer on the past five seasons of AMC’s The Walking Dead, is executive producer along with Susan Hogg (Three Girls) and Stephen Lambert, with Carl Tibbetts (Black Mirror) directing.“The Feed has an incredibly provocative story that will challenge and entertain our customers,” said Brad Beale, VP of worldwide TV content acquisition at Amazon Prime Video.  “Channing Powell has an amazing track record captivating audiences globally and we’re excited to be collaborating with her on this project.”For Liberty Global, the commission is part of a drive to own more of the content it offers subscribers.Last year, it commissioned a debut drama, The Rook, from Lionsgate (a studio in which it is a shareholder). Starz, which Lionsgate bought in 2016, will air that in the US.Working with All3, which it owns along with Discovery Communications, is a large component of that strategy, chief programming officer Bruce Mann has said.“We want large scale, ambitious shows about contemporary ideas that make a global impact and get people talking, and so we were delighted Stephen and Susan brought us such a bold and thought-provoking series,” he said today.Studio Lambert, meanwhile, is known for unscripted series such as Gogglebox and Undercover Boss, but made a significant impact with its debut scripted series, the BBC three-part drama Three Girls.All3Media International has rights for territories not covered by the agreement.last_img read more


first_img AWARD-WINNING ‘INVASION HEROES & LEGENDS’ RETURNS FOR HALLOWE’EN FAMILY SPECTACULARFOYLE ARENAMARTIN RYANTHE EMERALD GARRISON ShareTweet Superhero lovers will also get the chance to meet their friendly neighbourhood Spiderman, Superman, Transformers, the Ghostbusters, Harry Potter, enchanted princesses and many more characters of the silver screen and comics.Ireland’s longest running costuming club, The Emerald Garrison, are excited about bringing the award-winning family show back to the city.Martin Ryan, spokesperson for The Emerald Garrison, said: “We’re really delighted that ‘Invasion Heroes & Legends’ the largest unofficial fan event is making its return to Derry and will be part of the amazing Hallowe’en celebrations!“This event will be even bigger and better than any of the previous shows, and will showcase lots more sets never seen before in Derry – including the amazing giant Snow Speeder Vehicle. HEROES, legends – and even villains – will invade the Foyle Arena in Derry on 28th & 29th October for a truly amazing Hallowe’en family spectacular.The hugely popular ‘Invasion Heroes & Legends’ is to make a return to the city – this time bigger and better than before.Superheroes, Stormtroopers, Daleks, Transformers and a host of characters from your favourite TV series and films will descend on the city in a show bursting with fun interactive activities, life-sized props and sets.Fans of Star Wars, feverishly awaiting the release of ‘The Last Jedi’ in December (filmed on location in Malin Head), can meet Darth Vader and his Stormtroopers as well as learn how to defeat them at the Force Training Academy. “With a host of new characters from your favourite TV series, films and comics, it’s a truly spectacular show not to be missed by fans and families.”The ‘Invasion Heroes & Legends’ show will take from 10am – 12.45pm and 2pm – 5pm will take place on Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th October in the Foyle Arena.Tickets priced at £9 each or £35 for a family of 4 are available from the Foyle Arena or at ‘INVASION HEROES & LEGENDS’ RETURNS FOR HALLOWE’EN FAMILY SPECTACULAR was last modified: September 28th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more