5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Comments Share TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) – Tunisia’s official news agency says two people have died and 29 others have been injured in protests outside the U.S. Embassy in Tunis.State news agency TAP says both people killed were demonstrators, while the injured include protestors and police.TAP cited the health ministry.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) ErrorOK ErrorOK Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project How men can have a healthy 2019 Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories
Follow Craig Grialou on Twitter The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling This will be the second straight game Mathieu has missed since hurting the shoulder in the second quarter at Carolina, just ahead of the bye week.The Cardinals’ remaining inactives include wide receiver Chris Hubert, cornerback Tharold Simon, guard Cole Toner plus defensive tackles Robert Nkemdiche, Corey Peters and Olsen Pierre.Both Simon (ankle) and Peters (foot) are hurt. Peters did not practice at all during the week.The good news is safety Deone Bucannon is OK to play despite dealing with an ankle issue that kept him off the practice field on Wednesday and Thursday.For the Vikings, defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (knee) and guard Zac Kerin (hand) are out due to injury.The others not in uniform for Minnesota are quarterback Taylor Heinicke, tackle Rashod Hill, tight end David Morgan, linebacker Edmond Robinson and wide receiver Jarius Wright.Winning on the road has not come easy for the Cardinals this season, especially when the game kicks off early as it does today.“I don’t know what time we kick off,” quarterback Carson Palmer said Wednesday. “I don’t really pay attention to that until we get later in the week. Sunday is Sunday, whether it’s 6:30 p.m. and you have a little more time on your hands, or 1:15, or whatever it is. There is not much of a change in prep.” Three weeks ago, safety Tyrann Mathieu suffered a shoulder injury, and while he was hopeful he’d be able to play this week at Minnesota, he will not.The Arizona Cardinals made it official Sunday, listing Mathieu among their seven gameday inactives against the Vikings.Mathieu had been limited in practice all week, and he was designated as questionable on the final injury report.“Ty ran around good. The shoulder is sore, and we’ll see how it goes,” head coach Bruce Arians said Friday. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
23Apr Rep. Howrylak invites residents to April, May office hours State Rep. Martin Howrylak invites local residents to meet with him during his office hours in April and May.Office hours will be held in both Troy and Clawson; the first will take place on Saturday, April 25, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Troy Public Library, located at 510 W. Big Beaver Road. The second will be on Monday, May 4, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Blair Memorial Library in Clawson.“I look forward to meeting with residents and hearing their thoughts and ideas on state government,” said Rep. Howrylak, R-Troy. “Meeting with residents of the 41st District provides great feedback that I use to better represent our community in Lansing.”No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Howrylak toll-free at 877-248-0001 or by email at MartinHowrylak@house.mi.gov.### Categories: Howrylak News
Categories: Lucido News The Michigan House on Tuesday approved state Rep. Peter J. Lucido’s House Resolution 29, a measure calling on Congress to ensure replacement aircraft are assigned to Selfridge Air National Guard Base should the A-10 fleet be shelved.Approval of the resolution comes as part of the A-10 fleet and pilots from Selfridge are being deployed to Southwest Asia in the fight against ISIS.“The news from the Macomb Daily that A-10s and airmen from Selfridge are being deployed to assist in the fight against ISIS show the importance of both the base and these planes to our national security,” said Rep. Lucido, a Republican from Shelby Township. “This fleet and the brave men and women who serve our nation out of Selfridge are proving just how vital they are to keeping America safe from outside threats.”Selfridge Air National Guard Base has a $700 million impact on the local economy, and the 18 A-10s at the base directly support 535 jobs.Rep. Lucido represents the 36th House District, serving the townships of Shelby, Washington, Bruce and the Village of Romeo.### 23Apr House approves Rep. Lucido’s resolution to save Selfridge Air Base
State Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, has sent letters to the chairmen of the House Committee on Appropriations and Appropriations Subcommittee on Military and Veterans Affairs seeking $6 million to provide more robust oversight of the state’s two veterans care facilities.Her request comes following three joint-committee meetings involving the House Committee on Oversight and Ethics and House Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs, to review the mid-February report by the State Auditor General’s office regarding resident care and conditions at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.“One idea that came up to address a perceived lack of oversight of the homes by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs was to instead have the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS) provide oversight,” wrote Rep. Hughes in her letter to state Rep. Al Pscholka, chair of the Committee on Appropriations, and state Rep. Larry Inman, chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Military and Veterans Affairs. “My understanding, however, is that there are currently some physical limitations with each of the homes that must be addressed in order for them to be certified by CMS. Much of the $6 million that I am recommending would be used to make the necessary modifications. The additional funding would allow the new leadership team at the homes to hire additional staff on a short-term basis to address the immediate issues brought forth by the audit.”During the most recent committee hearing, Rep. Hughes, vice-chair of the House Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs, implored her fellow committee members to support more funding for veterans.“We can, and we must, do better for our veteran heroes at the state level,” Rep. Hughes added in her letter. “Funding this request would be a great first step to ensuring that happens.”The joint committee issued a 10-item list of recommendations on Thursday, following the third day of testimony from state veterans officials and Home for Veterans administrators and residents. 22Mar Rep. Hughes requests $6 million to address veterans’ home changes Categories: Hughes News,News
Categories: Alexander News,Alexander Photos,News 13Dec House approves Rep. Alexander bill to support teachers The House today approved state Rep. Julie Alexander’s legislation to provide teachers with more opportunities toward their continuing education and professional development requirements by engaging with area employers and post-secondary training centers.Alexander’s legislation is part of five-bill package to expand skilled trade and career education for students in local school districts.“We will improve educational outcomes and career pathway options for our students if we encourage our teachers, principals and administrators to meet with local businesses to become more knowledgeable of the community’s needs,” said Alexander, of Hanover. “Those discussions are the definition of professional development.“Jackson county schools already have conversations with the business community and local schools; now it’s time to encourage this dialogue around the state,” Alexander said. “Understanding the needs of the local businesses is crucial to improving student success, setting attainable career pathway goals and growing economic development within our community and state.”“Teacher professional development is a vital portion of this legislation,” said Alexander, a former teacher in Jackson County. “When educators are informed on career opportunities available in their community and throughout the state of Michigan, students, families and businesses become more successful as well.”House Bill 5145 advances to the Senate for its consideration.#####
25Jun Rep. Lower introduces proposal to protect water quality across Michigan State Rep. Jim Lower of Greenville today introduced a plan to modify the state’s emergency manager law, replacing the single person emergency management structure with a three-person Financial Management Team.The plan is part of a larger reform package addressing the safety and security of Michigan’s drinking water supply.“This proposal to update the state’s emergency manager law is an important part of a bipartisan effort to keep our state’s drinking water and recreational waterways safe for Michigan families for generations to come,” said Lower who chairs the House Committee on Local Government and Municipal Finance. “Michigan families deserve to know the fresh water that defines this great state is safe to drink, bathe in and fish in. This plan helps ensure that government is held accountable to manage public water resources well with a more open and transparent three-person committee.”The bill put forward by Lower builds on the recommendations from a 2016 legislative committee and replaces the single-person emergency management structure with a three-person committee made up of one financial expert, one local government operations expert and one local ombudsman.Lower, who was first elected to the Michigan House in 2016, has been a leader on improving municipal finance since coming into office. He spearheaded a plan to help local governments better manage their finances in 2017.In addition to Lower’s plan— House Bills 4753-4755— the entire, 30-bill reform proposal looks at water quality across the board: from improving municipal safeguards and oversight to tightening up environmental protection and conservation.Ensuring safe drinking water has become a top concern across the state due to the condition of our state’s water infrastructure systems and the detection of PFAS contamination at more than 1,100 sites, Lower noted.House Bills 4753-4755 has been referred to the House Committee on Government Operations. Categories: Lower News
Share136TweetShare17Email153 SharesPine Bluff, Arkansas / Paul SablemanAugust 14, 2016; New York TimesArkansas has the fastest growing prison population in the country, and Pine Bluff, Arkansas is one of the poorest cities in the country. With plenty of residential blight, Pine Bluff was open to getting help in removing abandoned homes, making them an easy sell for a project called the Mulligan Road program, housed in a nonprofit organized by corrections officials. The program’s plan was to employ inmates, parolees, and probationers in demolishing the homes…at slave wages and sans sufficient protective gear to protect them from the asbestos that officials presumed but did not confirm was present.The Pine Bluff project was to involve 600 demolitions in just over two years on a budget of $830,000. Participants were supposed to receive training in construction and demolition work, along with life skills and so forth; be paid up to $1,000 for work over six months; be provided post-prison jobs; and be released early. The high cost of asbestos remediation was too expensive to deal with. Willful ignorance about its presence became a budget decision.So they came up with a creative solution. A 2008 state guideline granted a bit of leeway for isolated demolitions, but state and federal memos warned explicitly that large projects conducted “in a piecemeal fashion” were not okay. This time, however, officials gave the programs a pass. That exempted the locals from doing asbestos surveys, and since they did not identify any, it was not handled safely. (In a “show of good faith,” the city occasionally dispatched a fire truck to wet the debris to control the dust.)The outfits provided to the workers were randomly sourced from a local clothing drive. They were issued hard hats, gloves, safety glasses, and disposable dust masks to be reused day after day. If the program had not been exempted, proper protection would have required half-face, dual cartridge respirators (equipped with special HEPA filtered cartridges), special eyewear, disposable coveralls (ideally, two suits worn at the same time), disposable gloves, and rubber boots. And all that would be multiply redundant, as tools and safety equipment need to be decontaminated after each use.Some of the workers asked for respirators when the dust became so thick that it clogged the machinery, but the supervisor reminded workers they could always just go back to jail. The workers understood that a return would be considered a violation that would end in a longer sentence.When a reporter began nosing around, the federal Environmental Protection Agency sent inspectors to the site. The EPA issued an immediate letter threatening penalties for a litany of health and safety violations. The project was shut down, but not in time to prevent what might have been the fatal inhalation of toxins by workers.The director of Arkansas Community Correction says in a letter that the potentially deadly situation was not their fault since federal officials had “totally failed to communicate” the rules. By which, of course, they mean that the rules were sent to them but were “never mentioned” in subsequent conference calls with the EPA, even when state officials “continually asked” about regulatory compliance.“The program has been very successful on many accounts for both the city as well as the inmates involved,” Kevin Murphy, the chief deputy director of Arkansas Community Correction and the director of Mulligan Road, wrote in an email.EPA spokesman David Gray insists that state officials never informed the EPA about these issues, and of course the EPA “would not endorse any activity that violated federal law.” In fact, the inspections performed by the EPA found site supervisors unqualified and the health and safety measures either deficient or simply nonexistent.Though the project wrapped early, for those who worked on it, measuring the long-lasting effects will be a waiting game. This whole scene reminds us of the Flint water situation, and we wonder to what extent local residents were put at risk.—Ruth McCambridgeShare136TweetShare17Email153 Shares
Share14TweetShare6Email20 SharesBy Jrh008 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia CommonsMarch 29, 2017; Times LiveThe United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) declared that at least 60,000 South Sudanese entered Sudan since January, far exceeding earlier projections and creating the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis. Sudan currently hosts more than 365,000 South Sudanese refugees. More than 80 percent of the latest arrivals were women and children. Those who survive the journey arrive exhausted, malnourished, and ill.In other news reported last week by UNHCR, 172,000 South Sudanese refugees have fled to Uganda since January. Uganda is expected to host more than one million South Sudan refugees before June. The Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, and Kenya are also hosting South Sudanese refugees. The majority of South Sudanese refugees go to Uganda, averaging more than 2,800 people per day.Outside of Africa, coverage of this humanitarian crisis is scarce. It is, however, consistently news for NPQ, especially and most recently with this detailed report.Trump’s “America First” budget blueprint that slashes foreign aid and multilateral funding, including the proposed elimination of the U.S. African Development Foundation, reflects an apparent indifference, if not belligerence, toward the growing needs of South Sudan and its neighbors.In January, the New York Times noted that the four-page list of Africa-related questions the Trump transition team issued to the State Department signaled what little would remain in the new administration’s proposed budget for the world’s second-largest continent. Three of the six Muslim-majority countries named in Trump’s most recent temporary travel ban—Somalia, Sudan, and Libya—are in Africa. South Sudan is predominantly African Traditional Religion and Christian and escaped the list.Officially named the Republic of South Sudan, the world’s youngest country won its long-fought independence from Sudan in 2011. It is a UN member state. The country has since suffered ethnic violence and has been engaged in a civil war since 2013, uprooting more than three million people. South Sudan has the second-highest score on the Fragile States Index after Somalia. (Their roles were reversed in 2015 and 2014, with South Sudan as the most fragile state.) Last month, the UN World Food Program said that 4.9 million people (40 percent of South Sudan’s population) need food urgently.The World Food Program and UNHCR rely on voluntary contributions from governments, pooled funding mechanisms, intergovernmental institutions, and the private sector. Donor funding for refugee assistance is increasing, but it is not keeping pace with the need. The humanitarian response to the needs of South Sudanese refugees and their host countries is severely underfunded. The number of refugees in 10 countries across Africa nearly doubled from 2.6 million in 2011 to nearly 5 million in 2016.The heads of WFP and UNHCR describe the urgency of the need.“We can’t imagine how difficult life is for thousands of refugee families with no food, and often denied the possibility to work or provide for themselves in other ways. Refugees are extraordinarily resilient, but cuts in food assistance—sometimes as high as 50 percent—are having a devastating impact on the health and nutrition of thousands of families,” said UNHCR’s [High Commissioner Filippo] Grandi. “The right to food is a basic human right. We are working with WFP to ensure that no refugee goes to sleep hungry, but support has to come quickly.”“Millions of refugees depend on WFP food and our work to treat and prevent malnutrition to stay alive. But in Africa they are in danger of being overshadowed by large humanitarian crises elsewhere,” said [WFP executive director Etharin] Cousin. “Donors have been very generous facing unprecedented global needs. But no refugee deserves to be abandoned and left behind.”—James SchafferShare14TweetShare6Email20 Shares
Share19Tweet17Share8Email44 SharesRabbi Jonah Pesner.August 25, 2017; Washington Post, New York Times, and ForwardFor many religious leaders, the language and actions of President Donald Trump attack the moral principles upon which their faith is built. Last week, following the events of Charlottesville and the controversial White House response, those concerns were heightened.Today’s Ministers March for Justice event, organized by Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, was planned prior to the events of Charlottesville to express concern about the administration’s positions on many fronts. Rev. Sharpton said, as reported in the Washington Post, “We want to convene ministers from all faiths to make a moral statement that no matter what party is in office, there are certain moral things that should be nonnegotiable. That is voting rights, health care, criminal justice reform and economic justice…It’s fair to say that we are doing this march because the basic tenants of Dr. King’s dream are at risk now by the policies being promoted by this administration. Trump has kept the bust of Dr. King in his office, but what about the dream of Dr. King?”The president’s ambivalent response to Charlottesville, which wavered between a low-energy condemnation of white supremacists and neo-Nazis and a representation of “both sides” as equally complicit in the violence, raised the urgency for some religious leaders. Rabbi Jonah Pesner, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, said to the Washington Post that “Jews marched 5,000 years ago out of Egypt; they marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. 54 years ago and would be marching Monday against the Trump administration’s policies…We Jews will march for 5,000 more years if that’s what it takes to make sure that all people experience compassion and justice and equality. We know that it’s our jobs as Jews to always show up and beat back the forces of white supremacy, racism and hate of all forms.”For many Jewish leaders, Charlottesville was a turning point that brought them to more public action than they had been prepared to take just days earlier. Last week, members of four organizations representing 4,000 rabbis from the Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist movements indicated that they would boycott a traditional presidential conference call to take place during the Jewish “high holidays.” In a statement announcing their intentions, they sharply criticized President Trump.The President’s words have given succor to those who advocate anti-Semitism, racism, and xenophobia. Responsibility for the violence that occurred in Charlottesville, including the death of Heather Heyer, does not lie with many sides but with one side: the Nazis, alt-right and white supremacists who brought their hate to a peaceful community. They must be roundly condemned at all levels.The rabbis noted that while their colleagues who served Charlottesville congregations were directly threatened by alt-right protesters, the president remained silent.These actions contrasted generally positive response the president received from his Evangelical supporters. According to the Washington Post, “Only one of Trump’s evangelical advisers has quit the role…The Rev. A.R. Bernard, pastor of the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn…announced his decision Friday night, saying ‘there was a deepening conflict in values between myself and the administration.’” While other members of his Evangelical council did condemn the white nationalists for their bigotry, they were ready to excuse the president for his response.That so many rabbis were willing to publicly confront a sitting president is surprising and an indication of their deep concern over Charlottesville. The conference call boycott was announced just days after they were counseled to remain silent and avoid public protest. In emails obtained by the Forward, David Bernstein, president and CEO of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, urged caution:I suspect that few of us could call for the dismissal of these presidential appointees without generating an unacceptable backlash that would make it harder for us to do other important work…I would caution you to consult closely with…many segments of your community to determine whether a local consensus exists on this matter before proceeding. Obviously, we have entered an extraordinarily challenging community relations period that will require not only our heightened activism, but also political nuance.But, as Rabbi Pesner told the N.Y. Times, “Charlottesville created a new reality…there is a lot of anger out there.”For many Jewish leaders, concern over the president’s words and tone have become so great that they no longer can remain silent. How deeply this will resonate in other segments of the American Religious Community remains to be seen, as does the president’s response.—Martin LevineShare19Tweet17Share8Email44 Shares
Share32TweetShareEmail32 SharesOctober 16, 2018; Associated PressPEN America filed a lawsuit against US President Donald Trump this week, claiming that he has used the powers of executive office to retaliate against the press. PEN America’s filing shows not a damaged or diminished institution, but a declaration of faith in the strength of the interdependent web of institutions we call civic society.PEN America’s complaint lists four primary incidents in which Trump used presidential power to retaliate against press organizations that criticized him, including threatening to revoke credentials or licenses and attempting to block a vertical merger by CNN’s parent company, Time Warner.Trump is not the first president to have a contentious relationship with the press. Ronald Reagan, Woodrow Wilson, and George W. Bush all attempted to circumvent the media in one way or another. Thomas Jefferson, once an avid supporter of newspapers, changed his mind once in office, writing, “Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper.” (Or in the parlance of Twitter, “Fake news!”) But critically, none of them used the power they wielded as president to retaliate for personal attacks the way Trump seems to do. Richard Nixon told the Joint Chiefs of Staff, “The press is your enemy,” but he was speaking in a private meeting to a member of the military, not to the public.Trump, on the other hand, attempts to undermine the relationship between the press and the public, effectively cutting off the information conduit between the public and the presidency. It is this effort to sabotage the workings of democracy that PEN America contests. David Schulz of the Yale Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic, which is representing PEN America, said, “President Trump has the right to express views about the press, loudly and often. He does not have the right to use the powers of his office to punish those who disagree with him and criticize him.” The lawsuit similarly states,These ongoing verbal attacks on the press and others exercising their own First Amendment rights, while troubling and anti-democratic, are not the basis upon which Plaintiff PEN America seeks relief…But Defendant Trump has done more than to exercise his right to denounce his critics…[he] has intentionally conveyed to all writers and journalists that if he objects to their coverage, they may be subject to retaliation by the federal government. That conduct violates the Constitution.That conduct is also dangerous. NPQ joined hundreds of other news organizations in August to stand up for the value of a free press. Though democracy advanced across the globe through the 1990s, according to PEN America, it has been in retreat since 2005. Already Poland, Hungary, and Russia have experienced the creep toward one-party rule that prioritizes loyalty over excellence, obedience over competence—and it starts with censoring the press. Without the freedom to exchange and debate ideas, citizens are automatically less well equipped to fight for a better world.President Trump’s administration is testing the resilience of American democracy in many ways. Already it has set a number of records: for lawsuits filed against the President (over 130 in his first year); for curtailing access to government files; for losing staff members to scandals, lawsuits, and breaches of loyalty. This is an administration best served by secrecy, and a president who correctly perceives that the more the public knows about him, the worse he will look. To an administration that profits from public ignorance, the press is indeed a great enemy.Other media experts stand with PEN America in their concerns. The National Coalition Against Censorship wrote, “We share PEN America’s grave concern about the President’s use of the levers of government power to retaliate against media companies for the content of their coverage.”Like other lawsuits, PEN America’s challenge tests the broader resilience of American democracy. Despite this administration’s attempt to pack the courts, the judiciary remains an important strand of the protective web of civic institutions that guards the foundation of a free society. The lawsuit illustrates the degree to which the press, the courts, and civic organizations are interdependent and equally necessary. When one strand is attacked, can the others protect the whole? Many are waiting with bated breath to find out.—Erin RubinShare32TweetShareEmail32 Shares
Online TV middleware provider Oregan Networks is supplying its Onyx web services platform for Logik, one of the TV brands of UK retail chain Dixons.The Onyx media browser software can provide customers with web and home network connectivity, including weather and news widgets, social networking and UK over-the-top video services including BBC iPlayer, Lovefilm, Blinkbox and other broadcast catch-up TV programming.The Onyx browser featured on Dixons’ Logik L23IPTV 23-inch LCD TV is positioned and marketed by the retailer as a home entertainment screen for bedrooms and kitchens.
Channel operator Discovery has appointed Andrew Warren its new chief financial officer as part of a wider restructuring of its senior management.Warren’s previous experience includes a stint at GE/NBC Universal and he will join Discovery as chief financial officer and senior executive vice-president in late March.Other changes include the promotion of David Leavy has been upped to chief communications officer, reporting to company CEO, David Zaslav. Bruce Campbell adds business affairs and global production management to his existing role as chief of business development and strategy. Chief content officer Luis Silberwasser adds responsibility for fledgling US channel Velocity to his existing responsibilities.
Orange France saw a boost from its Livebox Play combined set-top and gateway offering in the first quarter, with over 300,000 subscriber signing up in the first two months. The service, which launched on February 7, priced from €39.90 a month as part of a new multi-play package, includes a range of new features, such as the ability to browse the internet and access multiple application stores, and interact on social networks direct from their TVs.Orange France saw its TV customer base grow 14.3% year-on-year to the end of March to 5.208 million. The company reported 5.067 million TV subs at the end of last year.Orange’s French fixed broadband customer base rose 2.7% year on year to 9.934 million subscribers at the end of the quarter. The company now has 206,000 fibre subscribers.In Poland, Orange’s TV subscriber base grew by 5.4% year-on-year but fell quarter-on-quarter to 699,000 customers, while the broadband base remained stable year-on-year with 2.333 million subscribers. Orange Poland reported 706,000 TV customers at the end of December.
Adult broadband users with a smart TV are twice as likely as those with non- internet-connected TVs to cancel their current pay-TV service, according to a new report from The Diffusion Group.The US study said that 8.8% of connected-TV users, versus just 3.5% of non-smart TV owners, said they were “highly inclined” to cancel their traditional pay TV service.Some 54.8% of smart-TV users were “highly uninclined” to cancel, fewer than the 65% of non-smart-TV users that said the same.“While it is undeniable that the majority of adult broadband users that currently subscribe to a traditional pay-TV service have little or no interest in cancelling their traditional TV service, the fact that on average 7% of this segment are would-be ‘cord cutters’ (highly likely to cancel in the next six months, answering 6 or greater on a 7-point scale) should be of concern to operators,” said the study.
French commercial broadcaster M6 Group will tomorrow launch four online TV channels on its 6play app.The four new channels on 6play are Styles, focusing on fashion and beauty, Stories, comprising television movies, Comic, a comedy channel and Crazy Kitchen, covering cooking.Valéry Gerfaud, CEO of M6 Web, said that the ambition for 6play is to give TV viewers the possibility of consuming the huge amount TV content available online and outside the existing seven-day catch-up window.Contnet on the channels has previously appeared on M6 Group channels M6, W9 and 6ter.The channels will be free to view and financed by advertising. Gerfaud said that the group would market the fact that it is delivering a premium audience within a branded environment.6play attracts 10 million unique users a month. M6 said it could add more new channels in the future.
Spain’s Movistar TV has secured exclusive rights to Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup qualifying matches over the next four years.UEFA has awarded Telefónica-owned IPTV service provider Movistar TV the exclusive rights to qualifying matches for the Euro 2016 competition in France, as well as rights to qualifying matches of European teams for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.From September, Movistar TV will air the matches on a new dedicated international football channel.The qualifying matches for European teams will join the main club competitions that were already offered on Movistar TV, such as the Liga BBVA, the Champions League and the Europa League.Movistar TV already offers two theme channels dedicated to sports, Movistar MotoGP and Movistar F1, where motor racing fans can enjoy more than 30 hours of live broadcasts from each Grand Prix and six HD channels to choose from during each race.Separately, UEFA has awarded the French rights to the Europa League football tournament for the 2015-18 seasons to the existing rightsholders BeIN Sports and M6 Group.M6-owned digital channel W9 will have the first choice of matches on each competition day from the group stages to the final, with a total of 15 matches to be viewed live an unencrypted.Al Jazeera-owned BeIN Sports will hold rights to show all competition matches – 205 in total including the rights to co-broadcast the matches aired by W9.W9 will also continue to air its 100% Foot magazine programme with post-match highlights from each day’s matches.
Netflix says that it is now streaming in Ultra HD 4K quality over the web, with the second season of its original drama House of Cards and several nature films available in the format.In an official blog post, Netflix said that though its catalogue of Ultra HD 4K movies is currently small, it expects to add more 4K content and increase the number of devices this can be accessed on later this year.Alongside House of Cards, Netflix viewers can also access a number of nature films in 4K from photographer and filmmaker Louie Schwarztberg. Later this year Netflix said it will add AMC drama Breaking Bad in 4K along with “more Netflix original productions.”The first TVs capable of streaming Netflix Ultra HD 4K include the Samsung UH8550 and UH9000. Netflix said more TVs that support Netflix in 4K will be in stores soon from Samsung, Sony, LG, and Vizio.“If you buy one of these new TVs, just connect it to a power outlet and the internet, turn it on and sign into Netflix. Ultra HD 4K streaming will work out of the box,” said Netflix.“Market researchers predict that consumers will buy a million Ultra HD 4K TVs this year and even more in subsequent years. We expect it will likely take up to 5 years before Ultra HD 4K becomes mainstream; when most of the TVs on store shelves are Ultra HD 4K.”
Telefónica has offered €295 million to acquire Mediaset’s 22% stake in Spanish pay TV operator Canal+. The move to take full control of Digital+ follows Telefónica’s announcement of its agreement for the acquisition of Spanish media group Prisa’s 56% stake in the operator, formerly known as Digital+, for €750 million at the beginning of the month. The telecom giant revealed its offer in a statement to the Spanish financial regulator the CNMV yesterday. This morning it said it would also pay €30 million to Mediaset if it accepted the offer, in compensation for the latter’s waiver of its right of first refusal for Prisa’s stake, and a further €10 million on completion of Telefónica’s acquisition of the latter. Under the shareholder agreement for DTS, the holding company for Canal+, Mediaset has a right of first refusal or co-sale rights to Prisa’s stake in the company.Under Telefónica’s proposed deal, Mediaset could also gain €20 million after four years depending on the future performance of the Spanish pay TV market, meaning it could receive a total of €355 million for the stake.Mediaset’s response is unclear. The Italian media company has just announced that its board and that of Spanish unit Mediaset España have authorised the evaluation of their plan, unveiled earlier this year, to integrate the group’s combined pay TV activities in a single standalone company, unifying the 22% held by Mediaset España in Canal+ with Mediaset Premium, the group’s Italian pay TV unit.The company said that the evaluation would “examine international development potential, possible synergies, the expansion of over-the-top services, as well as the eventual involvement of industrial and/or financial partners in the newco”.
Sky Deutschland has appointed Paul Sexton-Chadwick, who previously worked at Sky subsidiary The Cloud WiFi, as its new vice-president for business solutions. Sexton-Chadwick takes over from Uwe Müller, who left the company at the end of June.In his new role, he will be responsible for expanding sales of Sky in restaurants, hotels, fitness centres and other business areas.At The Cloud, a provider of WiFi hotspots in the UK and Germany, Sexton-Chadwick was director of sales. Prior to this he was director of retail for BSkyB in the UK.