Emperor Cruises has launched the first five-star all-inclusive cruise on Nha Trang Bay and plans to begin overnight cruises on the bay by the end of the year.The cruise ships have eight all-inclusive suites, butlers on board, and limousine services to and from the port, with plans to grow to 18 suites next year.Emperor Cruises spokesman Allister Esguerra said the cruise is a fantastic five-star experience. “Emperor Cruises plans to bring tourists to the bay to gaze at the sunset, sip on cocktails, and enjoy romantic dinners while cruising on one of the 29 most beautiful bays in the world,” Mr Esguerra said.“The first cruise was a success and marks an important milestone not only for the company but also for Nha Trang’s tourism industry.”Guests can also enjoy a set seafood dinner with unlimited wine and romantic music, while taking in the stunning views of Nha Trang Bay. The cruise was inspired by the luxurious life of Emperor Bao Dai, as he often chose to spend his leisure time in Nha Trang, and fishing on a beautiful dragon boat.The cruise takes 40 minutes along the coastal road from Cam Ranh International Airport to reach downtown Nha Trang and another 15 minutes to reach the port.Destinations on its Day Cruises include a visit to Hon Mieu, snorkeling and diving at Hon Mun, cruising around Hon Mot and Hon Tam, and dropping in at Dam Bay for lunch, before continuing on to Tru Beach for trekking, beach activities, and kayaking.The cruise ends with views of the Bao Dai villas, which is nestled on a small headland near the city.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman
Both parents of a three-month-old baby boy who died last month from head injuries are expected to be prosecuted, a police spokesman said on Thursday.According to the head of the Paphos CID Michalis Ioannou, Attorney-General Costas Clerides ruled that both parents of the baby ought to be prosecuted. After the completion of investigations police sent the file of the case to the state legal services to receive instructions as to how to proceed.Following instructions of the attorney-general, he said, both the baby’s parents are expected to be prosecutedThe couple, both 29, were arrested four days after the baby died, and were remanded for six days. Their remand was extended by six more days. It expires on Friday. The offences for which the couple will be investigated will be made known then.Police decided to further investigate the case following the post mortem results. The parents had reported that their son sustained the injuries by falling from a couch but they were arrested after a post mortem revealed that the severity of his injuries was incompatible with a fall from a 70cm high sofa. According to the pathologists in charge of the case such injuries can only be caused by a fall from a greater height.The baby died on February 22, four days after his father rushed him to Paphos general hospital in a comatose state. Doctors initially declared him dead, saying he had ingested his own vomit but they managed to resuscitate him. He was transferred to Makarios children’s hospital in Nicosia but died later. A head scan showed brain injury and an epidural hematoma.The couples other two children, aged two and three, are being cared for by the welfare services.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
By Stelios OrphanidesThe Central Bank of Cyprus is likely to issue new and stricter guidelines to supervised lenders governing anti-money laundering requirements as early as next week, a source familiar with the matter said.“There are two areas that need to be addressed more effectively,” a source familiar with the matter said in a telephone interview on Tuesday. “One concerns shell companies, which essentially are not engage in any business (activity) but are used to transfer funds from one place to another. The other serious issue concerns business introducers where things have to get stricter”.While the Central Bank of Cyprus has not taken its final decision about the specific contents of the new anti-money laundering guidelines, the new measures come days after the US praised Cyprus for its recent efforts in combatting financial crime.On Friday, the Treasury Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing Marshall Billinglea had meetings with central bank governor Chrystalla Georghadji, finance minister Harris Georgiades and foreign minister Nicos Christodoulides.Billingslea discussed with them “the positive improvements and reforms that Cyprus has made in its anti-money laundering regulations and regulatory oversight,” the US embassy in Nicosia said in a statement on its website. “Discussions also explored areas where the United States and Cyprus can continue to partner to fight threats to the international financial sector”.“Positive, long-term economic development requires a strong and well-regulated banking sector,” the statement said. “It is vital that illicit actors know that Cyprus is not open for business. The US was encouraged by the commitments made by Cypriot officials today and will continue to work together to combat corruption, money laundering, and other financial threats”.A year ago, Georghadji said that the US Treasury had threatened in July 2014 to ban the entire banking system of the island from transacting in US dollar unless authorities took action against the Cyprus branch of FBME Bank, which it described as a financial institution of primary money laundering concern. The central bank subsequently placed the lender under administration and subsequently under resolution.“We got the message and it is up to us to do what we have to do to get results,” the source added.In December 2013, the Central Bank of Cyprus issued its fourth directive on the prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing in an attempt to strengthen compliance in the banking sector. The new directive was based on the recommendations of an audit requested by Cyprus’s international creditors who financed its 2013 bailout.You May LikeThe Bowling Pro Shop in Gardnerville, Nevada: Summer Doubles TournamentBowl In Our Summer Doubles TournamentThe Bowling Pro Shop in Gardnerville, Nevada: Summer Doubles TournamentUndoL&C MagazineThe Most Unforgettable Oscars Outfits Of All TimeL&C MagazineUndoBuzzsteackStrong Differences Between American Fillet or Steak TartarBuzzsteackUndo State Legal Service condemns attack on attorney-generalUndoClear winner in first round of Kition bishop voteUndoFour dead in California garlic festival shootingUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Turkey will continue its drilling activities with determination, Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay said on Sunday from Kyrenia.“Whoever intends to limit the Turkish continental shelf in the Gulf of Antalya should be aware that Turkey will pursue its exploration and drilling activities with determination,” Anadolu news agency quoted him as saying.“Every centimetre of our land is valuable and essential,” he added during the launch of a rescue ship called Gemi Kurtaran.Turkey currently has two drill ships stationed off the coast of Cyprus with Turkey saying this week that more would be dispatched.The rescue ship will be used in possible sea accidents in the Mediterranean and also to prevent pollution, Oktay said.“Turkey defends the eastern Mediterranean so it is a sea of peace and it is right to extract the natural resources and thus to share them”.Oktay is in the north as part of celebrations to mark the 45th anniversary of the Turkish invasion on Saturday.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake coverage that comes with optionsCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Our View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoTales from the Coffeeshop: Lies, lies and holy revelationsUndoA grotesque choice of prime minister for Britain?Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
LANSING – The Michigan Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved legislation authored by Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, to help reduce municipal costs, advancing the bill to Gov. Rick Snyder for his review and possible signature into law.House Bill 4888 would allow an assessor to maintain the local property assessment roll electronically, instead of on paper only. The legislation would eliminate the need to reprint entire rolls for storage should a single mistake be found.“To see the Senate agree unanimously proves this is common-sense legislation, helping our county, township and local governments improve in efficiency and cut costs,” said Rep. Hughes. “This bill is a direct result of my meetings with local officials in Muskegon, leading the way to common sense practices for the whole state.”Rep. Hughes credited Muskegon County Equalization Director Donna VanderVries with helping develop the bill and also testifying twice before House and Senate committees in support of the legislation.“This bill addressed a critical need and will help bring storage of assessor rolls into the 21st century,” said VanderVries during her testimony before the Senate Committee on local Government in early February.HB 4888 also garnered the support of the Michigan Department of Treasury, Michigan Assessors Association and Michigan Townships Association. Categories: Hughes News,News 24Feb Rep. Hughes’ assessor legislation gains unanimous Senate approval
Categories: Lower News,News State Rep. James Lower of Cedar Lake, chair of the House Local Government Committee, voted in support of a trio of bills before the committee on Wednesday.Lower was active in guiding House Bills 4105 and 4334 to the House floor for further consideration. The bills create two separate acts to prohibit local units of government from enacting or enforcing ordinances that prevent police from communicating with federal officials regarding a person’s immigration status.HB 4105, introduced by Rep. Pamela Hornberger of Chesterfield Township, creates the Local Government Sanctuary Policy Prohibition Act, which applies to cities, villages, townships and charter townships.HB 4334, introduced by Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain, applies to counties.“We can’t have local politicians barring our police officers from communicating or coordinating with Federal Immigration officials. Police officers should be allowed to do their job.” Lower said. “This legislation simply ensures political gamesmanship won’t stand in the way of law and order.”According to data from the Pew Research Center, in 2014 Michigan had approximately 130,000 unauthorized immigrants. In Michigan, four cities – Lansing, Ann Arbor, Detroit, and Ypsilanti have passed ordinances that limit police involvement or reporting on immigration matters. Lansing recently declared itself a sanctuary city in April, but then rescinded the resolution a little more than a week later. Other cities have considered similar measures.Lower was also instrumental in advancing House Bill 4616, introduced by committee member Rep. Gary Howell of North Branch, to the House floor.The bill allows individuals to act against a local government in circuit court for enacting firearms ordinances that are in violation of state law. Penalties would be levied to local officials who knowingly enforce those ordinances and would be necessary to ensure that ordinances in violation of existing state firearms laws are not adopted.The bill provides that local governments will have 60 days after the effective date of the bill to repeal all invalid ordinances. Any local unit of government refusing or neglecting to repeal such ordinances could be sued by any state of Michigan resident in circuit court.“This allows for citizens to bring action when this particular constitutional right is being threatened,” Lower said. “We needed to have some teeth in state law; otherwise there is no consequence for having local ordinances that do not conform with existing law. If you are not following laws that are already in place, there will be consequences.” 09Jun Rep. Lower votes in support of key legislation moving to House floor
12Jun Rep. Barrett invites residents to upcoming coffee hours Categories: Barrett News State Rep. Tom Barrett invites residents to join him for a cup of coffee and conversation during his local coffee hours.The meet-and-greet will take place Wednesday, June 27 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Riverside Café located at 420 E. Capital Ave., in Bellevue.“I always look forward to talking with people of Eaton County,” Barrett said. “Meeting face-to-face to discuss the concerns of citizens is what helps make me an effective representative.”No appointment is needed to attend coffee hours. Those who are unable to attend are encouraged to contact Rep. Barrett’s office by phone at 517-373-0853 or by email at TomBarrett@house.mi.gov. ###
Share56TweetShare6Email62 SharesMarch 15, 2017; New York TimesAmong its $54 billion in domestic spending reductions, the president’s proposed draft budget blueprint eliminates funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. How important are these to the big picture?The two endowments have existed since 1965; President Lyndon B. Johnson signed them into law in the belief that an “advanced civilization” should value arts and culture. The $300 million spent in total on their annual budgets could be considered a “rounding error” for their tiny portion of the federal spending, but they have had an impact on artists of all genres for over 50 years.Jane Chu, the chair of the Arts endowment, requested that her staff continue their normal routine as Congress takes up its part of the budget’s creation. William D. Adams, chairman of the Humanities endowment, released a statement that said, “We are greatly saddened to learn of this proposal for elimination, as NEH has made significant contributions to the public good.” He pointedly mentioned the endowment’s support in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell home state of Kentucky and for “theater work by veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.”As we know, arts and humanities organizations are overwhelmingly nonprofits. Since fundraising is a priority, arts advocates as well as board members of cultural nonprofits have raised the question, “What does this do to the individual perspective, the individual donor, and the corporate donor? Will the arts slide farther down the list of priorities in a community?” As Sopan Deb wrote for the New York Times:Some advocates for the arts endowment, which doles out far less money as a percentage than many other governments around the world, have said that its importance is less about the money and more about the message that it sends about the importance of culture in the United States.In a timely report, the University of Pennsylvania, the president’s alma mater, has issued a study on the social impact of culture that provides a counterpoint to the argument that the arts do not count. “Culture and Social Wellbeing in New York City” used all the boroughs of the city to gather data on the impact of culture in communities. The report found:In lower-income neighborhoods, cultural resources are “significantly” linked to better health, schooling, and security. The research, which was controlled for economic wellbeing, race, and ethnicity, found the presence of cultural resources is associated with:A 14 percent decrease in cases of child abuse and neglectA 5 percent decrease in obesityAn 18 percent increase in kids scoring in the top stratum on English and math examsAn 18 percent decrease in the serious crime rateThe study made use of over 50 nonprofit organizations, which provided data along with qualitative interviews on direct experience in their individual communities. As reported by A.M. New York, some of the funding for the study came from the New York Community Trust.“This research confirms and builds on what we’ve seen about the power of art to shape communities and improve lives,” said Kerry McCarthy, director of thriving communities at the Trust. “Our grantmaking boosts the arts in neighborhoods that need it most, so we are thrilled to use the findings to hone this strategy.”Tom Finkelpearl is New York City’s Commissioner of Cultural Affairs, overseeing a budget the same size as the federal arts endowment. He knows the pressure of fundraising for the arts; prior to the appointment, he spent a dozen years with the Queens Museum of Art on the former grounds of the 1964 World’s Fair.From personal experiences with works of art, to regional economic development—no matter how you look at it, art and culture have a transformative effect on our communities. […] Now, SIAP’s groundbreaking report brings us a greater understanding of how these benefits play out on a neighborhood level. This remarkable research makes it clearer than ever: Access to culture is a defining feature of a healthy community. As we continue to develop the CreateNYC cultural plan, we will use these findings to better appreciate and advocate for the role that art and culture play across all five boroughs.Before Congress decides to cut funding to the arts and humanities, they should be made aware of the interrelations between arts and education, safety, and the economy. This report should be required reading, and perhaps the administration and Congress would benefit from a bipartisan board retreat. Nonprofits know the value of bringing their boards together for a whole day to get to know each other, strategize for the best direction for their organizations, and plan to obtain the tools to achieve their goals. Congress could have their retreat in the Smithsonian, an excellent arts and culture organization just down the street.—Marian ConwayShare56TweetShare6Email62 Shares
Share4Tweet6Share1Email11 SharesThe view from aerial tour of Hurricane Sandy damage of New Jersey’s barrier beaches. (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Herbert)October 25, 2017; Next CityAn effort to prepare for catastrophic flooding in the northeast US might provide some lessons to the nonprofit sector in how to approach collaboration.Five years after Hurricane Sandy blasted into the shoreline of New Jersey, the city of Hoboken developed an exciting new idea on how to avert another such disaster. They applied for and got an award from the federal government for what’s being called “Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge.” Now, nearby Jersey City is launching a plan of its own. This $2 billion project would build a two-mile long seawall, do some landfill, and add new property close to the shoreline. The problem is that the flooding blocked by the seawall has a strong probability of heading toward Hoboken and could overwhelm the plan being developed there.A new report from the Regional Plan Association suggests that this kind of uncoordinated local planning is very common and unlikely to have any real success. “Coastal Adaptation: A Framework for Governance and Funding to Address Climate Change” outlines several key recommendations to avert disasters like storms on the scale of Hurricane Sandy and the consequences of the expected rise of coastal seawater as global warming melts the Arctic shelf. Key recommendations include:Produce and update a regional coastal adaptation plan that aligns policies across New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.Develop and manage science-informed standards that would guide adaptation projects and development in the region.Coordinate and encourage collaborative adaptation projects across municipalities in all three states.Evaluate and award funding from new adaptation trust funds aligning with the standards that are to be established.The plan argues that “coastal flooding is a regional risk that is largely managed locally,” which leads to an uncoordinated approach with conflicting interests, approaches, and priorities. The recommended Regional Coastal Commission would be a collaboration among existing entities in each of the three regions that are addressing climate change adaptation in some way already across a variety of disciplines. This would include, but should not be beholden to, politicians, according to the report.Apparently (and remarkably), although one of the basic tenets of environmentalism is that everything is connected to everything else, no body like the Regional Coastal Commission exists anywhere in the United States to address issues of rising coastal water, although a similar recommendation was made for a regional body in the San Francisco area. The goal of keeping politicians involved—but a little at arm’s length—is to ensure the program cannot be politicized or made subject to changes in local political leadership. Of course, leadership and championship must emerge from somewhere, and it is in such cases that the civil sector—that is, philanthropy and nonprofits—need to step forward.—Rob MeiksinsShare4Tweet6Share1Email11 Shares
Indian movie channel UMP Movies has launched on Sky in the UK.The Hindi language channel has a library of over 400 titles, including recent blockbusters Guzaarish, No One Killed Jessica, Tees Maar Khan, Tere Bin Laden and Kartik Calling Kartik. It will carry English subtitles.The deal between UTV and Sky was brokered by TVMedia3.MK Anand, CEO at UTV said: “With the launch of UMP Movies in the UK we further expand our international footprint. The UK is a vital market for us as it has a large South Asian diaspora who are avid Bollywood movie lovers. We are proud to be associated with the UK’s largest media sales house – Sky Media, which comes with extensive media prowess in the region. We look forward to a successful entry into the region.”
Sports broadcaster ESPN has launched a new football brand called ESPNFC.ESPNFC replaces ESPNsoccernet as ESPN’s global football brand online and on mobile devices. On mobile, the ESPNFC app offers news and results as well as audio and video content. The app, available on Apple, Windows and Android devices, can be personalised by favourite teams, leagues and tournaments.The online ESPNFC platform had a soft launch during the Euro 2012 tournament in June and has now launched as a full service ahead of the start of the English Premier League this weekend. The site includes a Live MatchHQ service that includes real time scores, stats, highlights and a message board.Outside of the UK, ESPNFC will be integrated into ESPNdeportes.com, which serves Spanish-speaking communities in the US.
The BBC is due to debut a new Peter Kay-starring comedy series on the iPlayer before it broadcasts on TV, as part of its original content commitment to its online service.The show will be the first full BBC series to air online before linear TV, and comes after the corporation announced in February that it will launch 40 hours of content on its catch-up service in the next year before it airs on TV.Car Share (6×30’) will air in its entirety before moving over to the BBC’s flagship channel BBC1. The sitcom will star high profile UK comedian Peter Kay, who entered the Guinness book of records last year for selling the most tickets ever for a stand-up comedy tour – 1.14 million across 113 arena dates.The news comes just days after the BBC ordered a strand of six original dramas for the iPlayer from its youth-skewing network BBC3.“It is hugely exciting that Peter Kay is coming to BBC One with his new series – even more so with the innovative plan we have to launch the show online,” said BBC1 controller Danny Cohen.
Set-top provider Pace said that it has made continued momentum across the business in the last five and a half months and that improvements to its supply chain is producing “meaningful benefits.”In an interim management statement, Pace said that it expects to retain a net cash position to the end of 2013 and, excluding acquisitions, expects that strong cash flow will continue.“Wins with tier one customers reinforce our leadership position in pay TV hardware and our strategy of widening out our products and services continues to build momentum with wins and deployments across all of the regions we operate in,” said Pace CEO Mike Pulli.He added that Pace’s October acquisition of Aurora Networks for US$310 million (€230 million) in cash “represents an important step in the evolution of Pace and enhances our strategy to widen out and build a broader platform from which to drive revenue.”“Acquiring Aurora will allow Pace to expand beyond our core business and build deeper and more embedded relationships with our customers, which the company believes will strengthen Pace’s position as a market leading solutions provider for the pay TV and broadband industries,” added Pulli.
Liberty Global-owned satellite pay TV unit UPC DTH has added three channels to its offerings, which cover the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania.UPC DTH has added Comedy Central Extra to its UPC Direct, freeSAT and Focus Sat services in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania.Paramount Movie Channel will be also added to the UPC Direct services in Hungary and Focus Sat services in Romania, while UPC DTH will also begin offering Nick Jr to UPC Direct subscribers in Hungary.Comedy Central Extra will be available as part of Plus package and Paramount Movie Channel as part of the Medium package. Customers will be able to access Nick Jr as part of the Plus package provided they have a new Humax-supplied HD-capable set-top or DVR.“We are pleased to further enrich our line-up through the addition of Comedy Central Extra in all our markets, Paramount Movie Channel in both Hungary and Romania and finally Nick Jr in Hungary. This will further enhance our already rich packages of channels giving our customers more choice that will satisfy their whole family. This is a continuation of the UPC Direct commitment to quality without compromise,” said Zoltan Pinkola, regional director of sales and business development.
UK service provider TalkTalk reported its “strongest ever quarter” for combined uptake of its TV, mobile and fibre broadband offerings in its fiscal third quarter.Announcing its results for the three months from September to December, TalkTalk said that 115,000 more homes signed up to TalkTalk TV, 50,000 took mobile and 88,000 signed up to fibre broadband in the quarter.Its TV service now claims 1.3 million customers, a third of TalkTalk homes, and TalkTalk claims it remains the fastest growing TV service in the UK.The service provider added that its recent acquisition of digital movie and TV service, Blinkbox Movies will “accelerate development of TalkTalk TV by delivering key services significantly faster, such as a TV app to customers for in and out of home viewing on multiple devices.”Among the other highlights listed for the quarter was customers’ “strong response” to TalkTalk’s new quad-play offering, and its new multi-year MVNO agreement with Telefonica UK to support this.TalkTalk’s on-net churn also fell to 1.3%, the lowest level in three years.“Today’s results demonstrate the strong and growing demand for our value-for-money products, as we saw our strongest ever quarter of TV, mobile and fibre adds with our lowest ever reported churn,” said TalkTalk CEO Dido Harding.“We are excited about the future of quad-play. TalkTalk is ideally positioned to push home its strategic advantage in an industry undergoing major changes. Our customers recognise the significant savings they can make on all four products from TalkTalk.“We remain confident in our plans for delivering sustainable growth and a more profitable business over the medium term, and remain on track to deliver our FY17 targets.”
Six out of 10 UK TV viewers pay for a subscription VoD service, according to research by OTT quality assurance and data specialist Conviva, with three in 10 saying they looked at the breadth of a content library as the key reason to stay with a service or churn.The majority of online TV viewers still prefer viewing via a computer, with 79% saying they view content through this device, compared with 47% on tablets, 44% on smartphones, 29% on smart TVs and 26% each on game consoles and a group of other connected devices including Roku and Apple TV.According to Conviva’s Don’t Break the Spell report, 35% cited quality of experience as the single most important factor in choosing an OTT service, compared with 32% citing the amount of content on offer. Twenty-three per cent cited price, while 7% cited a recognizable brand and 3% the number of devices supported by the service.Breaking down the quality figure, 12% of respondents said that content availability and quality on connected devices was the most important factor in deciding whether to keep or cancel an online video subscription, while 10% cited availability and quality on smart TVs and 5% availability and quality on mobile. Five per cent cited quality of customer service and 29% cited the content library rather than a quality issue as the key factor. Some 41% of respondents declined to reply to this question.A third of viewers said they would abandon a short video immediately if the resolution was poor or the video was interrupted, while 27% said they would abandon it within 30 seconds and 24% within one minute. Sixteen per cent said they would continue to watch regardless.Conviva surveyed 400 UK consumers about their attitudes towards online TV.
Swiss service provider, Sunrise, is planning to launch a new smart TV service that will enable its viewers to watch time-shifted TV on over 230 channels.Sunrise Smart TV is due to go live on November 1, offering an service that the operator claims will give viewers a choice of around 30,000 programmes every day.Viewers can tune-in on the TV and on up to five smartphones and tablets via the new Sunrise TV app, which also includes record and ‘push to TV’ functionality.A cloud-based recording function means that customers can record up to 1,200 hours of content, including numerous programmes at once.The enhanced ComeBack TV function means that viewers can watch more than 230 time-shifted channels, compared to a previous 110 channels, with programmes available for up to seven days after their transmission date.“The usage behaviour of TV consumers has changed. They are mobile and they do not want to be tied to fixed transmission times, set by the broadcasters,” said Sunrise chief marketing officer, Timm Degenhardt.“With the new, ‘smart’ package from Sunrise TV, we are meeting these needs and are making television more attractive and interactive. In addition, our customers now have access to the comprehensive package of Sunrise Smart TV at any time and from anywhere.”
Google Fiber has opened up sign-ups for residents and businesses in Charlotte, North Carolina, 18 months after it said it would roll out its high-speed internet service there.Google is launching in the Highland Creek neighbourhood of the city, offering fiber broadband at speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps, a TV package and the option of a ‘Fiber Phone’ add-on.“It will take time, but we’re working hard to bring Fiber to as many neighbourhoods as possible in Charlotte. We’ll be opening new neighbourhoods for signups as we complete network construction in those areas,” said Mary Ellen Player, city manager, Google Fiber Charlotte.Google announced plans in January 2015 to launch Google Fiber in 18 more US cities across four new metro areas – Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville and Raleigh-Durham.Google kicked off its Fiber initiative six years ago in Kansas City and has now connected cities across the country.Last month Google said it is “exploring the possibility” of rolling out Fiber to Dallas, while earlier this year it also said it would launch in San Francisco and Huntsville.
Melody TanViacom International Media Networks has named a new COO, as current incumbent Jose Tolosa moves to a new role oversee company-wide transformation.Long-serving exec Melody Tan has been promoted to the number two post at the international arm of US media giant Viacom.She will report to president and CEO David Lynn, who moved up to his post a year ago after Bob Bakish became company chief executive.She is currently executive VP of programming, strategy and operations for MTV, VH1 and Logo, working alongside Chris McCarthy, who leads those Viacom networks.Tolosa, meanwhile, has been named chief transformation officer at Viacom, a new role that will see him oversee a team responsible for transforming the business.He will report to Bakish, who has made removing silos between the various Viacom businesses a key priority of his strategy. Despite the move welcomed by many, the company share price has dipped in the second half of 2017.Effective immediately, Tan will oversee VIMN’s growth strategy, focusing on “high-value and high-growth markets” and putting more effort on content and distribution on “OTT revenue opportunities”.She will also oversee finance, business and legal affairs, strategy and operations, business intelligence, multiplatform products and HR.Bakish said Tolosa, who has been with Viacom for nine years, “brings to this new role a strategic and global perspective and unmatched insights into Viacom’s business”, recognising the roles he had played in launching the Viacom Play Plex apps and expanding them into the US.“Jose has played a leading role in growing the size and profitability of our international business,” added Lynn. “I’m very sorry to see him leave VIMN, but excited for his new opportunity with Viacom and delighted to have an executive of Melody’s quality to replace him in this important role.”
UK media and telecoms regulator Ofcom has named Yih-Choung Teh as group director for strategy and research.He has been a director in Ofcom’s competition group since 2007, working on a wide range of media and telecoms issues.Over the last three years, he has been responsible for leading on the competition aspects in Ofcom’s major review of digital markets, the Strategic Review of Digital Communications, and their implementation.Before joining Ofcom, he worked for a strategy consultancy in the telecoms sector, providing policy and strategy advice to public and private sector clients around the world.He has also held an academic research post in the University of Oxford, having completed a DPhil in Mathematics, researching mathematical models of communication networks. He also has an MA in Mathematics and a Diploma in Mathematical Statistics, both from the University of Cambridge.Yih-Choung Teh said: “I’m thrilled to be taking this role at a time of extraordinary change in communications. I look forward to helping Ofcom build on its work to extend mobile and broadband coverage, support our broadcasting and postal sectors, and help the UK remain a world-leader in digital innovation.”Sharon White, Ofcom Chief Executive, said: “I am delighted to appoint Yih-Choung to oversee Ofcom’s strategy and research work. Yih-Choung is a highly experienced and respected colleague, and he brings a broad range of knowledge and leadership qualities to the role.”