Related posts:Argentina to declassify Falklands War files Argentina announces end of forex restrictions New government, same claim over Falklands in Argentina Argentina starts talks with ‘vulture’ creditors LONDON, United Kingdom — Argentina on Friday defended its decision to take legal action against companies exploring for oil off the Falkland Islands, the latest twist in a tense sovereignty dispute with Britain.Last week, the Argentine government said it had launched legal proceedings against three British firms — Rockhopper Exploration, Premier Oil and Falkland Oil and Gas Limited — and two from the U.S., Noble Energy and Edison International.“Argentina will use the full force of national and international law to prevent Argentine resources from being exploited,” Argentina’s Secretary for the Malvinas Daniel Filmus told a press conference at the London ambassador’s residence.Britain and Argentina fought a 74-day war over the Falklands in 1982 which killed 649 Argentine troops, 255 British service personnel and three islanders.Argentina claims it inherited the remote South Atlantic islands, which it calls the Malvinas, from Spain when it gained independence.But Britain argues it has historically ruled them and that the islanders should have the right to self-determination.Britain’s Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond accused Argentina of “bullying” by taking legal action Friday.“It is an outrageous piece of bullying and threatening against the Falkland Islanders’ perfect right to develop their own economic resources,” Hammond told Sky News television.“Argentina needs to stop this kind of behavior and start acting like a responsible member of the international community.”Filmus and Argentina’s ambassador to London, Alicia Castro, said they were shocked by British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon’s claim last month that Argentina posed a threat to the archipelago.Fallon announced that the Falklands’ military defenses would be boosted with a £180-million ($268-million) program over 10 years in response to the “continuous intimidation” from Argentina.“Whoever says that Argentina is posing a threat to the inhabitants of the Malvinas Islands is lying,” Castro said.Read also: Argentina to declassify Falklands War files Facebook Comments
ErrorOK ErrorOK Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Could another quarterback controversy be brewing inArizona?According to ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski, a guest onArizona Sports 620’s Burns and Gambo, the Cardinals shouldopen up competition between Kevin Kolb and John Skeltonthisoffseason.“I really believe that this quarterback job at Arizona isgoing to be open,” Jaworksi said. “I think John Skeltonhas shown enough where they’ve got to take a good, hardlook at him and say maybe we have two really goodquarterbacks here, let’s open this competition.” D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ “I really believe that competition brings out the best inplayers,” Jaworksi added.Let the games begin. Comments Share Jaworski acknowledged that while it is awfully tough toassess Kevin Kolb’s injury-plagued season with theCardinals, he was surprised by the quarterback’s lowcompletion percentage.“Kevin is normally a very accurate passer,” Jaworksistated. “I thought he’d be around 65% in this Cardinalsoffensive structure, not where he’s at 56-57%. So hehasn’t played up to his talents. He really hasn’t.”While the young Skelton has had his own struggles gainingmomentum early in games, Jaworksi believes he has to lookno further than Drew Brees for inspiration.“I actually like the New Orleans Saints approach and howDrew Brees likes to start his games,” Jaworksi said.“Their first 15 plays are scripted and for the most partthose scripted plays are high-percentage passes. I think ayoung quarterback, you’ve got to give him the first downpasses and high percentage throws.”Jaworksi didn’t give the edge to either Kolb or Skelton.He feels a good natured battle for the starting job couldpush both players to the next level — which would onlybolster the Cardinals’ chances for a winning season nextyear.
Go back to the enewsletterIHG will soon debut its boutique luxury brand Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants in the UK with the opening of Kimpton Fitzroy London in late October 2018.Kimpton Fitzroy London, the first UK hotel for the brand, will open in London’s Bloomsbury neighbourhood in an iconic heritage building which originally opened in Russell Square in 1898. The hotel will be named after the original architect of the hotel, Charles Fitzroy Doll: a titan of British architecture in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, who specialised in designing hotels. Today, the Kimpton Fitzroy London stands for vision and craft, history and modernity, and luxury and timelessness. The hotel also further honours the name with Fitz’s bar, the hotel’s glamorous cocktail bar.Earlier this year IHG and Covivio entered an agreement to re-brand and operate 12 hotels (and one pipeline hotel) currently operating under the Principal and De Vere brands. The Principal London is the first of these hotels to be re-branded as Kimpton Fitzroy London. Next year will see a continuation of the brand’s momentum with additional Kimpton hotel openings in highly desirable cities such as Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester.Kimpton first opened in Europe last year with the opening of Kimpton De Witt in Amsterdam, and since then the brand has rapidly increased its global footprint following signings in Tokyo and Paris, both set to open in 2020, and Kimpton Frankfurt, due to open in 2023. In the next few months Kimpton Da An Hotel in Taipei will also open its doors.Founded in 1981 by Bill Kimpton, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants pioneered the concept of unique, distinctive, design-forward hotels in the United States. The boutique luxury brand was acquired by IHG in 2015 and currently operates 67 hotels and 82 restaurants, bars and lounges in the U.S., Caribbean and Europe.Go back to the enewsletter
An 18-year-old boy is in critical condition at Nicosia General after his motorcycle was hit by a car in Paphos on Tuesday.Police said the teen was turning right on Evropis Avenue at approximately 1:30pm when the car coming from the opposite direction hit him at the traffic lights near the Stelios Kyriakides stadium.The 18-year-old was initially taken to the emergency department at Paphos General, where doctors said he had a head injury.The teen was then transferred to Nicosia General due to the severity of his condition.The driver of the other car was given an alcohol breath test, which turned out negative.You May LikeCultivated KnowledgeRanked: The 30 Weirdest Cars Of All-TimeCultivated KnowledgeUndoTrading BlvdAt 59, Magic Johnson Owns A Very Famous Food FranchiseTrading BlvdUndoNutrition ExpertWhat Happens When You Eat Celery Every DayNutrition ExpertUndo Two days of music to dance toUndoClear winner in first round of Kition bishop voteUndoFrom space heroes to artists: women written out of historyUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Categories: Howrylak News 09Jun Rep. Howrylak announces consumer education event on June 16 State Rep. Martin Howrylak of Troy is partnering with the Michigan Attorney General’s office to host his fourth consumer education event this year on Friday, June 16 at the Hunter Community Center, located at 509 Fisher Court in Clawson.This event is intended to provide citizens with information regarding the latest phone, mail and online scams.“I hope to provide an opportunity for citizens of all ages to learn the warning signs of potential scams and how to avoid them,” Rep. Howrylak said.The presentation begins at 11 a.m. with a light lunch provided. Admission is free. For more information, please contact Rep. Howrylak’s office at (517) 373-1783 or via email at MartinHowrylak@house.mi.gov.
On Saturday, I attended the 12th Annual Livingston County Community Connect event. Community Connect is a free one-day event that aims to connect people to information and services such as employment services, free lunch, legal consultations, haircuts, health screenings, and various other community resources. Thank you to everyone that participated in this informational program.***I would like to congratulate Jeff Nelson, the Business Development Manager of Bulldog IT Services for being named the Hartland Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year. Jeff has been a very active member of the HCOC and a vital part of many community projects. I’m honored to have received the Hartland Chamber of Commerce Business Advocate of the Year award. Thank you to the Chamber for selecting me for this truly special award.***Congratulations to Jeremy Thurmond for receiving the Hartland Area Fire Authority Firefighter of the Year award during the department’s annual recognition program. This department has a long history of providing protection and safety to our community.***Last week on Jan. 28, 30, and 31, severe weather conditions gripped the state of Michigan, forcing an unprecedented shutdown of the state government. I would like to thank all of our first responders who helped residents in our community during this cold and snowy period. In addition, a special thank you goes out to each and every one of you who helped and checked in on friends, family, and neighbors during this time to make sure everyone had the supplies and necessities required to stay warm. Adverse weather such as this requires us to band together as a community, and it is a credit to our community that we did just that.***This week, I have been attending various workshop programs for legislators and staff on current and historical education funding and revenue sharing for our local and county government.The Health Policy Committee held its first meeting for the term this week. Along with being an organizational meeting, we heard presentations from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Michigan Association of Health Plans on how insurance policies are determined.***Please join me for this month’s coffee hours on Friday, Feb. 15 at the following times and locations:2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Fowlerville Farms, 941 S. Grand Ave. in Fowlerville;4 to 5 p.m. at Biggby Coffee, 11325 W. Highland Road in Hartland; and5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at All Star Coney Island, 934 Michigan Ave. in Howell.As always, I look forward to seeing you and hearing your thoughts!***If you have any ideas, comments or questions for my office, please do not hesitate to call us at 517-373-8835 or send an email to HankVaupel@house.mi.gov. We are happy to hear from you! 11Feb Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: February 10, 2019 Categories: Vaupel News
07Mar Rep. Yaroch: My real roads plan that won’t break your pocketbook Categories: News,Yaroch News We’ve finally heard the governor’s plan to fix Michigan’s roads – a ridiculous 45-cent per gallon tax increase she proposed during her budget presentation this week.There’s no way I can possibly support that plan – especially when Macomb County is a donor to the state transportation system. We pay far more in taxes and registration than we get back under the state’s road funding formula, and our roads suffer as a result.If I am going to disagree with the Governor, then I should be prepared with my own plan. That is why I have re-introduced my roads plan in the Michigan Legislature.First things first, let’s not wait until 2020 to fully implement the already existing road funding plan adopted in 2015, before I came to the House. The state already raised gas taxes and registration fees. Let’s commit $600 million of the state income tax to roads now, rather than waiting to until 2020, as provided under the 2015 plan. This not a tax increase; it is committing tax dollars we already collect and redirecting it to roads. House Bill 4263 is a crucial first step.Another key step is getting better use from our state’s investment in economic development. Potholes are one of the biggest roadblocks to Michigan’s growth. The solution: Focus more of our economic development resources on fixing our roads, which would be accomplished through my plan. I have introduced House Bill 4093, which is a good starting point to move money from the strategic fund to roads. Let’s encourage Michigan to thrive by investing in our roads.It is time for Macomb County to stop being a donor county. We pay more into the system than we get back because of our broken road funding formula. The current road funding formula considers the length of the road — but ignores the width of the road. It does not make sense to fund a two-lane road the same as you would a five-lane road. My bill, HB 4062, would be one fix to this system and more fairly distribute road funds across Michigan.We should allow townships to take jurisdiction of their roads and receive road funding directly from the State as opposed to going through the county. Many townships already provide water and sewer systems, and it only makes sense that it would be more efficient to give townships the opportunity to coordinate roads, water, and sewer in one plan.As for the governor’s proposal to raise the gas tax by 45 cents – Macomb County residents are already paying enough in taxes.The 2015 road plan that came about before I came to the Michigan House hasn’t even been fully implemented yet. Before we start talking about raising taxes again, let’s prioritize road funding in the upcoming budget and fix the road funding formula which shortchanges Macomb County.It’s time for us to govern and get this done.(Rep. Yaroch represents the 33rd District in the Michigan House.)
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesMarch 20, 2014; Hypervocal This story should be seen as one in a lengthy discussion about the role of provocative marketing in changing behaviors.On Tuesday, National Review Online ran a short piece revealing that the D.C. Abortion Fund was giving away pendants shaped as coat hangers to anyone who donated at least $10 per month to the D.C. Abortion Fund. This sparked a mini-media frenzy as other conservative media picked up the image and expressed pained outrage, but as Marisa Kabas writes in HyperVocal, the outrage is a bit slow in coming.The D.C. Abortion Fund is, according to its website, “an all-volunteer nonprofit that makes grants to D.C. area women and girls who cannot afford the full cost of an abortion” and it has offered the pendant as an incentive for giving since 2009. “It’s all very strange because we’ve had this same campaign for quite a long time, at least four or five years,” said Val Vilott, board president of the D.C. Abortion Fund. She also said that DCAF has heard objections to the pendant previously, but they do not intend a change. For those of us who are made queasy by the image, maybe that is the point. Vilott says, “It’s an important reminder of the work we do for abortion access…. The coat hanger to us serves as reminder of what women went through without access to safe reproductive healthcare.” “We never want to see those days again,” Vilott said. “The same people who are up in arms over the hanger necklace are exactly the opponents looking to make abortion illegal. Then women would have to resort to methods like the coat hanger.”—Ruth McCambridgeKEYWORDS: ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share4TweetShareEmail4 Shares September 24, 2014; San Jose Mercury NewsArt Heroes, as they say on their website, “connects nonprofits with a global community of design instructors and students who provide free design services.” The organization is dedicated to serving nonprofit causes by providing free, high-quality design work on projects like logos and websites. In the process, it provides design students with real-world projects to improve both their portfolios and the world and offers design educators the opportunity to teach social values alongside design principles and applications.This nonprofit was created by Kevin McMahon in May 2014 and strives to match students who need real-life career experience to nonprofits that require graphic design work. This is a win-win situation that exemplifies a traditional internship exchange between a student and an organization.Currently, Art Heroes has 40 registered colleges and universities participating in the program, including University of Denver, University of Southern California, Syracuse University, and Fordham University, just to name a few. On the student side, McMahon mentioned that in a given day, an average of 80 students sign up seeking volunteer opportunities.The Art Heroes career development model breaks down the geographic barriers between nations, too. As students get matched with nonprofit organizations, they are also paired with instructors from around the world who can assist the student with his or her graphic design work. For example, a student residing in the United States can volunteer for an organization in China and gain a wide range of experience in his or her portfolio.Most universities and colleges offer programs that engage students in real-life internships or practicums to enhance their studies well beyond the classroom. The University at Buffalo, as an example, offers a “Fieldwork in Arts Management” as part of its Arts Management Master’s Program that is “designed to provide students with the opportunity to learn about the professional environment and to bring together the theory and practice of arts management. It is intended to prepare students for their future careers as arts managers.” These types of programs model a well-rounded education for students. McMahon takes this to the next level and expands horizons by creating international partnerships, experiences, and career development opportunities.What’s most interesting in the Art Heroes process is that not all who apply are art majors or going for a career in graphic design. There is a range of students wishing to gain experience for their professional careers, from designing reports to making PowerPoint presentations. So this is not exclusive to art students, but student learning overall.It is great to see a nonprofit’s mission serve both the nonprofit sector and help professionalize the student experience at colleges and universities. Art Heroes is an organization in its infancy. As it grows, it will be interesting watching how far its size, scope, and mission can reach as it continues matching nonprofits to student experience.—Jennifer Swan Share4TweetShareEmail4 Shares
Share2TweetShare1Email3 SharesOctober 11, 2015; Sacramento BeeGive the California legislature and Governor Jerry Brown credit for taking an official stance against the racially derogatory epithet that is the strongly-defended name of Washington, D.C.’s National Football League franchise owned by internet mogul Daniel Snyder.At the end of 2013, the Capitol News Service counted 62 high schools in 22 states that used the same epithet as the nickname for their teams, though that’s down from about 90 high schools a quarter-century earlier. Four schools in California were counted as using the name.The legislation that Brown signed last week, Assembly Bill 30, prohibits high schools from adopting or using the name favored by Snyder and allowed by the NFL. Eleven years earlier, then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed similar legislation, arguing that local school boards should control interscholastic policies. Brown and the legislature seem to believe that the use of racially derogatory epithets is a valid reason to override a school board in this instance.The thinking from California that the Washington NFL team’s name might be objectionable seems to have escaped one of the major presidential candidates. Jeb Bush told radio host Hugh Hewitt—and we quote him for accuracy and completeness:There was a big argument about the Washington Redskins, the Redskins being a pejorative term. I think “Washington” is a pejorative term, not the Redskins, so they’ll get through it, they’ll figure it out.”It is debatable whether Bush’s unnecessary defense of the Washington NFL team name is related to the $100,000 donation team owner Daniel Snyder made earlier this year to the Right to Rise Super PAC that supports Bush’s presidential candidacy. The statement puts Bush in line with his competitor, Donald Trump, who earlier this month pronounced the name just fine. “I know Indians that are extremely proud of that name…They think it’s a positive,” he said. “Honestly, I don’t think they should change the name, unless the owner wanted to.”Trump, Bush, and Schwarzenegger might not be bothered by the name, but some high schools are rethinking the epithet as a nickname, along with the associated variety of derogatory mascots. The Goshen, Indiana school board voted to get rid of the name that the high school shared with the Washington NFL team as of 2016. Other schools seem a little confused by the controversy. In Tulsa, Oklahoma, Union High School seems to have decided to keep the name shared with the Washington NFL team, but reportedly has ditched its Native American mascot in favor of something called “Hyper.”An earlier statement from Bush defended the name on another radio show: “I don’t think it should change it…. I don’t find it offensive. Native American tribes generally don’t find it offensive…. It’s a sport, for crying out loud. It’s a football team…I’m missing something here, I guess.”The Change the Mascot campaign against the name issued a sober statement in response:Social science research has shown that the NFL’s promotion of the R-word racial slur has particularly serious effects on Native American children…What is surprising is that in promoting the use of this slur, the governor somehow believes he speaks for Native Americans and can assert that Native American people do not find this slur offensive. He clearly is missing something. What is even more appalling is the governor’s declaration that because he personally doesn’t find this slur offensive, that makes it acceptable.This should be a very simple open-and-shut issue in the 2016 campaign: No presidential candidate should be promoting this racial slur against Native Americans.“Today is a huge victory for Native American Civil Rights, and I hope it paves the way for all other states to create similar laws,” commented Dakhkota Brown, a Native American youth, president of Native Education Raising Dedicated Students, credited with helping push the legislation through the California legislature. “Nobody’s team or school pride should ever outweigh someone’s cultural identity!” It would seem that California Governor Jerry Brown thinks, similar to the Change the Mascot campaign, that no governor should be promoting that racial slur either.—Rick CohenShare2TweetShare1Email3 Shares
Share28Tweet8ShareEmail36 SharesBy Office of Senator Kamala Harris [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsJune 28, 2018; New York TimesReading news stories like this makes you want to check the publication date. Only just now, it seems, the United States Senate has noticed that its internship program, which is unpaid, might be unfairly—and with predictable results—privileging the well off. Readers will remember this issue surfacing five years ago among nonprofits, at the UN, and in corporate America, which led NPQ to look across sectors at the consequences of the practice. At that time, most of us got the memo that by not paying interns, we were effectively providing greater opportunities and access to employment to those who didn’t need the money, but perhaps the US Congress didn’t get the message. In fact, the House of Representatives used to have a budget for paying interns for two months at a time, but that 20-year-old program was eliminated in 1994. The Senate has never had a compensation program.In any case, the Senate has now made an effort to address this sure path to structured-in inequity by allocating $5 million to compensate interns. This works out to around $50,000 per Senate office. The measure must still be approved by the House to take effect in October. In the meantime, some hope that the House might also get a clue.In a related story, a 2015 reckoning found that 93 percent of top Senate staff members, who probably need to know the things that interns in Congress learn, were white. Of course, Congress is not alone in this narrowing of access to the halls of power. The National Association of Colleges and Employers found that nearly half of all internships are unpaid, and most are contained within government and nonprofits. For-profit companies, on the other hand, are constrained by the Fair Labor Standards Act.The Congressional Accountability Act excludes interns from the required benefits—including wages—afforded government employees. An advocacy organization called Pay Our Interns found that around half of Republican senators compensated interns, as compared to a third of Democratic Senators. In the House, only eight percent of Republican representatives and four percent of Democrats paid for their interns. Meanwhile, DC is ranked among the top ten most expensive places to live in the country.But, apparently Congress thinks of itself as a market in this regard: “For the longest time, it’s been understood that with Congress and other very selective internships, they won’t have to worry about compensating because they’ll be flooded with applications,” said David Yamada, a professor at Suffolk University Law School who is an expert on the intern economy.—Ruth McCambridgeShare28Tweet8ShareEmail36 Shares
Lagardère has reorganised the structure of its Lagardère Active media arm into four divisions.Lagardère Active’s radio and TV division will be headed by Denis Olivennes, with Richard Lenormand taking the post of executive director, while the audiovisual production division will be headed by Takis Candilis.A digital division will be headed by Delphine Grison, while Bruno Lesouëf will head press and related digital activities.A further advertising unit will work across all four operating divisions and will be headed by Constance Benqué.Richard Lenormand will also be in charge of overall strategy for Lagardère Active.
There will be some 26.5 million internet-connected display devices sold in the German market this year, according to German consumer electronics trade association the GFU.According to the Frankfurt-based GFU, the figure for 2012 will comprise 15 million smartphones, 1.4 million tablet PCs, seven million notebook computers and 3.1 million smart TVs. The association said that over four million smart TVs had been sold to date, with over a third of TV screens now shipping equipped with internet capability, including 48% of 42-inch models, 75% of 46-inch screens and 90% of 50-inch devices.According to the GFU study, some 30% of smart TV users use the devices to watch free-to-view short video clips, while 18% watch movies, 15% each access the on-demand services of TV broadcasters and search for information services, and further 15% use the devices to listen to internet radio stations or other music services.
US streaming service Netflix has launched its kids package Just For Kids on Microsoft’s XBox360 console.The agreement means that kids will be able to watch child-friendly TV programmes and films through a specially designed portal on the console.Netflix launched the kids package in August 2011 and it is currently available on PCs and Macs, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Apple TV and certain Smart TVs and Blu-ray players. It also plans to expand the service via tablet computers later this year.“As a parent of two, I can feel comfortable letting my kids browse and watch titles in the Just for Kids section on our Xbox 360,” said David Watson, director of product innovation at Netflix. “As always, there are never any commercials displayed on Netflix, and independent ratings and reviews from Common Sense Media were used to make the selections. Common Sense Media is a non-profit organisation that provides independent, trustworthy ratings, reviews and information to help parents make the best media choices.”
Scripps Networks International has hired an AXN senior programming manager to become channel director of its latest launch in Italy.The global wing of US-based Scripps Networks Interactive is launching its thematic Fine Living network on Italian digital terrestrial television in the first quarter of this year.Andrea Paoletti, currently senior programming manager at Sony Pictures Television-owned AXN Italy, is joining to run it.Fine Living focuses on lifestyle programming relating to food, travel and the home and is already broadcast in 70 territories throughout EMEA, a region SNI has been expanding in over thepast few years.Key shows include World’s Most Extreme Homes, House Hunters International and Luxury Uncovered.Fine Living will take the Channel 49 slot on Italy’s EPG.“Scripps Networks International is committed to investing in our global expansion, and the opportunity to own and build a new channel in Italy furthers that business strategy,” said Jon Sichel, managing director for Scripps in the UK and EMEA. “As always, we’ll build a robust programming portfolio in this important market that reflects the diverse interests of our worldwide audiences.”Paoletti will work with a multi-territory team in Italy, the US and the UK and report to Nick Thorogood, Scripps UK and EMEA’s senior VP of content and marketing.
The owners of French newspaper Le Monde have confirmed a “real and serious” interest in acquiring TF1’s news service LCI following the latter’s announcement that the channel will shut down – at least in its present form – at the end of this year. Following media regulator the CSA’s July decision not to allow LCI to migrate to free-to-air on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform, the channel’s management confirmed to staff at the end of last week that LCI would shut down in its present form at the end of December. However, TF1 last week also put in place a committee to discuss future options for the channel. These are reported to include developing it as a local free-to-air service in the Île-de-France region, the creation of a ‘news factory’ to develop internet content and the launch of a news strand on TMC. TF1 has also said it is open to a sale of the channel.Le Monde has now indicated to the CSA and TF1 that it could throw its hat into the ring. Le Monde has reported that that TF1 CEO Nonce Paolini and Le Monde CEO Louis Dreyfus met to discuss the subject on August 27. Le Monde’s plans are focused on LCI’s continuation as a pay TV channel with additional development of digital distribution.Le Monde’s owners, Yves Saint Laurent co-founder Pierre Bergé, banker Matthieu Pigasse and telecom entrpreneur Xavier Niel, had initially expressed their interest in acquiring LCI in July, just before the CSA’s ruling.
Mobile operators are not using all the spectrum currently available to them, either because it has yet to be licensed by regulators they have simply neglected to use it, according to a study by LS Telcom. According to the study by LS Telcom, in most regions of the world at least 30% of spectrum identified for mobile services is not yet licensed for use, while, out of the spectrum that is licensed for use, almost a quarter is not yet in service.The study found that most countries have at least 150MHz of additional mobile spectrum that which is regionally harmonised and therefore ought to be available right away, which is yet to be licensed. It claimed that almost every country could make available at least another 200MHz of spectrum that is more widely recognised as being usable for mobile without further allocations at the World Radiocommunications Conference (WRC-15) next year.The study said that the 700MHz band spectrum – currently being defended in Europe by broadcasters for DTT – has yet to be licensed for mobile in most countries, as has the 2600MHz band, which contains nearly 200 MHz of IMT spectrum. Of the spectrum which is licensed, up to 30% has not yet been put into service by network operators, the study said.“The wireless industry’s thirst for precious spectrum resources, when additional frequencies are at its disposal, is a serious problem,” said the Global VSAT Forum (GVF) and the European Satellite Operators Association (ESOA) in a joint statement.“What’s more serious is that the wireless industry is trying to take additional spectrum – satellite spectrum that is being used to support hundreds of millions of ICT stakeholders – when the wireless industry hasn’t used what they already received.”The satellite industry is concerned about the threat currently presented to C-band spectrum, due to be discussed at WRC-15. According to the GVF and ESOA, groups that would be adversely affected by the wireless industry’s attempts to take more spectrum include user groups that depend upon C-band satellite services to support mission-critical applications, such as disaster response, civil aviation, and humanitarian education, health and other social services.“The study demonstrates that there is not currently a shortage of IMT spectrum; there is a need however for regulators to move forward with licensing of spectrum currently allocated for IMT. Until that is done, and there is a fact-based demonstration of the need for more IMT spectrum, there is no clear necessity for action on more IMT spectrum the next WRC,” said Richard Womersley, Director of Spectrum Consulting at LS Telcom.
Phillip LuffLifestyle channels operator Scripps Networks Interactive has brought in Discovery executive Phillip Luff to run its EMEA business.As managing director, Scripps Networks UK & EMEA, Luff will replace Jon Sichel, who is returning to the US to take a newly-created commercial role.Luff joins from Discovery where he was most recently running the channel operator’s businesses in Russia and North East Europe.He will report to Jim Samples, president of Scripps Networks International, who said: “There is a clear demand for Scripps Networks’ category-defining lifestyle content around the world, and with Phillip’s expertise, we will continue to take new and innovative approaches to growing our business while launching new channels, developing stronger brands, and increasing audience share within the region.”Discovery said this morning that Olga Paskina will replace Luff. Based in Moscow, she will be country manager, north east Europe.Olga PaskinaUntil recently she was at privately-held Russian channel operator ProfMedia. Speaking about Luff’s departure, Kasia Kieli, president and managing director, Discovery Networks CEEMEA said: “Phillip has been an inspiring, passionate and visionary leader for our teams in Moscow and Kiev and has played a key role in setting up and developing both our offices in the region.“I am confident that Olga Paskina, with her in-depth knowledge of the Russian market and vast leadership experience, will continue on this growth path and drive our business even further.”Sichel has been running Scripps’ channels in EMEA since July 2012, when he relocated from the US to London. He has previously run the Travel Channel for Scripps and prior to that was vice president of business development at Discovery.In his new role he will develop Scripps’ global content acquisition and commissioning as managing director of global commercial affairs. He will also work with Scripps Networks International leadership on potential acquisitions and joint venture partnerships.Sichel will report to Cynthia Gibson, executive vice president and chief legal officer of Scripps Networks Interactive who said: “Jonathan’s deep understanding of our brands and our businesses, both in the United States and in rapidly expanding international markets, will be critical as we seek to deliver on our ambition to grow into a truly global content company.”Luff has also worked at Liberty Media Group and Fox Sports Australia and in several posts and the world with Discovery.Nick Thorogood will remain as EMEA content and marketing boss, reporting to Luff.
Liberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Austria has added five HD channels from RTL Group to its offering. The operator has made HD versions of RTL, RTL II, Super RTL, RTL Nitro and Vox avaialble as parrt of its HD Extra Plus package.The package, which already includes the HD channels of ProSiebenSat.1’s Austrian subsidiary ProSiebenSat.1 Puls 4, will now comprise nine HD services. The package is available to subscdribers with a MediaBox HD or MediaBox HD DVR for €4.99 a month. A bundle of HD Extra and HD Extra Plus is available for €4.99 until the start of May.The RTL channels are not available in the Tyrol and Vorarlberg regions for technical reasons.
Reference Design Kit (RDK) community membership and operator licensees grew by approximately 60% over the past 12 months, according to RDK Management. The growth figure was announced ahead of the Internet and Television Expo (INTX) in Chicago next week, where members of the RDK community including consumer electronics manufacturers, SoC vendors, software developers, system integrators, and TV service providers will showcase their RDK-related products and services.“The RDK provides a modern software platform on which pay TV providers worldwide can provide new video services to customers,” Steve Heeb, president and general manager of RDK Management.“The community is starting to take advantage of the benefits of having source code access for their set-top box software, and the RDK continues to gain traction around the globe – as will be showcased prominently at INTX 2015.”The RDK was designed to accelerate the deployment of next-generation video products and services. It enables TV service providers to standardise certain elements of these devices, but also customise the applications and user experiences.