Pascal students achieve top IELTS grades

first_imgPascal schools have once again demonstrated their academic prowess, with students exceeding predictions in their IELTS results and achieving top grade 9!This year’s results saw some outstanding success with students, Pascal-wide, achieving 7.5 or more. The majority of Pascal students surpassed the required conditional grade for entrance to universities. This is a remarkable result of continued hard work and commitment demonstrated by both students and staff.We are particularly proud of how well our sixth year graduating pupils have done and wish them all the very best in their future endeavours. You May LikeKelsea VenturesIceland: Why I Wouldn’t Go BackKelsea VenturesUndoAuto OverloadCan You Name Every NFL Team Logo?Auto OverloadUndoEldelperiodico.com5 Reasons Why You Should Stop Eating Crab SticksEldelperiodico.comUndo LED-lighting the way by 2020UndoAt least 20 killed, 50 injured in attack on VP candidate’s office in KabulUndoTwo days of music to dance toUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Cyprus has not fully complied with any Greco recommendation

first_imgCyprus was among countries that have not fully complied with any of the recommendations of the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (Greco) regarding corruption prevention, a report said on Tuesday.According to Greco’s annual report, which reviews action taken by its 49 member states against corruption, in 2018 in respect of MPs, judges and prosecutors and its most recent evaluation round focusing on preventing corruption in central government and law enforcement agencies, Cyprus, that has 14 non-implemented or only partially implemented recommendations, is among the countries with the highest number of pending cases.Turkey was the first with 33, followed by Bosnia and Herzegovina at 23, Greece with 19 and Armenia, Belgium, North Macedonia and Serbia with 17 each.Cyprus was also among the countries with the highest number of non-implemented recommendations in respect of parliamentarians and among the 16 countries which had not yet fully complied with any of Greco’s recommendations in respect of MPs.According to the report, Cyprus was also among 10 countries that had not yet fully complied with any of Greco’s recommendations in respect of judges.Nearly all Greco member states have been evaluated under the 4th evaluation round, which focuses on preventing corruption among parliamentarians, judges and prosecutors.Overall, the implementation of Greco recommendations slowed down in 2018, the report said as only 34 per cent of recommendations had been fully implemented by the end of the year. The lowest level of compliance concerned recommendations in respect of parliamentarians while it was higher for those concerning judges and prosecutors, it said.In a compliance report published last September on the recommendations issued in the Fourth Round Evaluation Report on Cyprus, Greco had recommended that a code of ethics/conduct for members of parliament – including their staff – be adopted, covering various situations of conflicts of interest, such as gifts and other advantages, third-party contacts and lobbyists.For judges, Greco had recommended that the composition of the Supreme Council of Judicature be subject to a reflection process considering its representation within the judiciary.You May LikeCity BeautyLift Sagging Skin And Jowls Without Surgery (Do This)City BeautyUndoGundry MD | SupplementsTop Cardiologist: It’s Like Giving Your Body A New “Battery”Gundry MD | SupplementsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Governor signs Jacobsen bill securing 100 million in federal funding for Michigan

first_img19Feb Governor signs Jacobsen bill securing $100 million in federal funding for Michigan Categories: News Yesterday, Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill introduced by Rep. Brad Jacobsen to secure close to $100 million in federal funding by amending Michigan’s Highway Advertising Act.Public Act 2 of 2014, formerly known as House Bill 4629, amends the Highway Advertising Act to meet federal requirements and ensures clarity in advertising regulations for companiesinterested in creating advertisements on billboards. The revisions make it easier for industry stakeholders to apply for permits, clarify rules about trimming vegetation, and allow for less expensive permits.“With the much-needed revisions to the Highway Advertising Act, I am pleased to say the Michigan will continue to be eligible for the federal funding,” said Jacobsen, R-Oxford. “The fixes will add clarity to the regulations on highway advertising.”last_img read more

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Rep Sheppard supports House approval of roads plan

first_img Categories: Sheppard News 10Jun Rep. Sheppard supports House approval of roads plan Lawmaker: Plan strengthens Michigan, focuses on what people wantState Rep. Jason Sheppard today issued a statement following the passage of a bill package that funds people’s priorities and pumps more than $1 billion into Michigan’s roads and bridges:The people of Michigan very clearly rejected Proposal 1, so the Legislature acted quickly to find a better solution to the state’s crumbling infrastructure. These bills protect our beloved Pure Michigan campaign while dedicating $700 million of existing revenue and redirecting $135 million of economic development funds.Our new road-funding plan strengthens Michigan’s economy by more efficiently using taxpayers’ hard-earned money and—most importantly—requiring road and bridge project warranties, as well as competitive bidding, for all future infrastructure improvements. When all is said and done, we have listened to the people and found a realistic solution for the Great Lakes State.###State Rep. Jason Sheppard is serving his first term in the Michigan House representing the 56th District, which includes the cities of Milan, Dundee, Summerfield, Whiteford, Bedford, Erie, LaSalle, Ida, Raisinville and a portion of Monroe. Constituents can contact his legislative office in Lansing by phone at 517-373-2617, via email at JasonSheppard@house.mi.gov or online at RepJasonSheppard.com.last_img read more

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Rep Glenn Updated ballast water plan will reinvigorate Michigans shipping industry

first_img13Jun Rep. Glenn: Updated ballast water plan will reinvigorate Michigan’s shipping industry Categories: Glenn News,News The state Legislature on Tuesday approved a proposal sponsored by state Rep. Gary Glenn to rekindle Michigan’s shipping industry while maintaining robust standards that keep invasive species from the Great Lakes.Michigan is saddled with the most stringent ballast water discharge laws in the region. The restrictions drove Michigan’s entire ocean-going export business to surrounding Great Lakes states.The plan brings Michigan more in line with federal regulations, allowing the state to be competitive.“The measures we have meant well in theory if other states had assumed the same parameters, but this has shown in time to be overregulation and it’s had very damaging effects,” said Glenn, of Williams Township. “We’ve lost shipping jobs to other states, our seagoing exports have dried up and we’re unable to make efficient use of ports like we have on the Saginaw Bay. This would be a true game-changer for our shipping industry and those who reside around Michigan’s thumb.”Within the plan, vessels shall employ one of five ballast water management systems prescribed by the U.S. Coast Guard or one of four methods approved by the Department of Environmental Quality to acquire a Michigan ballast water discharge permit. The permit will not be awarded for a basic exchange or deep water flush during the Coast Guard’s compliance schedule extension period – a variation from federal guidelines.The intent of the original regulation was to protect the Great Lakes from invasive species, with the knowledge that plants and animals are indiscriminately picked up from and expelled back into water when ballast tank levels change. But surrounding states were slow to join Michigan with stiffer provisions and shipping jobs quickly left the state as a result.“Ships that come into Chicago or Detroit can go into Canadian waters or areas within the boundaries of Illinois and Wisconsin and dump their ballast water while doing business. You can’t do that at the Saginaw Bay in Bay City,” Glenn said. “It defeats the purpose of our current regulation when other states simply aren’t following through on the same vein and the trade-off in terms of what it’s done to our shipping industry is catastrophic.We are a state with phenomenal agricultural efforts and one that provides tremendously for the auto and steel industries. We should be making it easier and cheaper to move these products.”House Bill 5095 advances to the governor for review.last_img read more

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Pedagogy and Poverty Taken Up by Teachers Union in One WV County

first_imgShare151TweetShare11Email162 SharesPageton Company Store / Brian PowellNovember 6, 2015; Washington MonthlyThe editor of the Washington Monthly’s “Political Animal” blog, Ed Kilgore, writes about a partnership of nonprofit and public sector entities to attack poverty in McDowell County, a very poor part of Appalachian West Virginia, through the use of schools. Kilgore’s subject is the Reconnecting McDowell project, described by Emma Caitlin at Politico as “an organization trying to break the poverty cycle in the region by providing students with everything from a better education to mentoring to dental care.”Kilgore discusses the project, led by the American Federation of Teachers, as beyond mere education. He notes that McDowell, long “emblematic of entrenched American poverty,” faces a rising poverty rate, a declining coal industry, significant population decline, and more. Importantly, he points out that “of the 353 most persistently poor counties in the United States—defined by Washington as having had a poverty rate above 20 percent in each of the past three decades—85 percent are rural.” These are rural poverty conditions that, sadly, have persisted since the publication of Michael Harrington’s The Other America.The point is that educational improvements in McDowell County are not simply a matter of teaching technique, if they ever were at all. The education reformers’ fiction that there are changes in technology and teaching methodologies that can reverse conditions in desperately poor places like McDowell simply doesn’t relate to reality. As the Reconnecting McDowell project knows, the response requires taking up the conditions of poverty as well as the pedagogy of K-12 education.For example, Florisha McGuire, the principal at McDowell’s Southside K-8 elementary school, says that the school is the “poster child for bad health” due to conditions of type 2 diabetes, weight problems, and other factors. As a result, Greg Cruey, a teacher at Southside and the head of the local teachers’ union, emphasizes the objective of creating a school-based health clinic. A Reconnecting McDowell effort to boost third grade reading levels depends in part on getting kids to school, which means giving them the healthcare and other supports they need to be successful pupils. According to Gayle Manchin, the chair of Reconnecting McDowell, “It takes wraparound services. It takes economic development. It takes transportation. It takes our career tech centers. It takes people from all walks of life.”The Kilgore article and the example of Reconnecting McDowell demonstrate a few key points about education and poverty.First, the teachers’ unions have a role to play, since their members are in touch with kids every day and see what the children need in order to function in school. In poor places like McDowell, the teachers know that health issues and other responses to poverty are critical obstacles to be overcome. This is in some ways a new kind of behavior, which should serve as an example to their urban and rural union counterparts.Second, responding to poverty, whether urban or rural, means addressing issues that affect more than just the children. For example, as Kilgore notes, one of the problems McDowell faces is a shortage of rental housing for teachers. Another is the significant increase in drug abuse in regions whose coal industries are in decline, affecting the stability of the parents sending their children to schools. Solutions for educational achievement for children require attention to the housing, jobs, transportation, and health issues facing the parents.And third, don’t think that rural poverty is restricted to conditions in Appalachia, the Southwest border, or Native American reservations. For example, Representative Sean Duffy, a Republican representing Wisconsin’s 7th congressional district, is hosting a program on housing and hunger issues in central Wisconsin that is scheduled to include participation from HUD Secretary Julian Castro. Duffy hopes to convey to Castro that poverty is as much a rural as an urban problem. In Kansas, where officials and academics tout the state’s progress from the depths of the Great Recession, economists note that the economic recovery has been focused on metropolitan Kansas City and Lawrence, while nonmetropolitan areas in south-central Kansas have lagged. Since 2000, 43 rural Kansan counties have seen increases in their rates poverty.Reconnecting McDowell is a mechanism of partnership between the public sector, nonprofits, businesses, and unions, but it also reconnects all players to the reality that the problems in educational achievement will not be cured by imagining that narrow, education reform approaches can possibly address the pernicious impact of poverty. –Rick CohenSpecial thanks to NPQ Newswire writer Spencer Wells.Share151TweetShare11Email162 Shareslast_img read more

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New Arts Center Aims for ContemporaryType Nonprofit Business Model

first_imgShare53Tweet16ShareEmail69 SharesApril 26, 2018; MassLive.comIn Worcester, Massachusetts, a former Boys Club built in 1914 that has been vacant for more than 10 years, is on the brink of being brought back to life as a multipurpose arts center to serve not only local youth, but the entire community. Creative Hub Worcester, a nonprofit founded in 2015, is in the midst of a capital campaign to raise about $8 million to restore the 40,000-square-foot space. The building plans and the programming model are intended to further spark economic development in the neighborhood, and to spread the revenues and the risks across several activity/revenue streams.Creative Hub Worcester was founded by Laura Marotta, president of the Massachusetts Art Education Association, and Stacy Lord, a Worcester art teacher—both of whom are also artists. Their goal is to “play a role in retaining the character of the city through the preservation of historic buildings while highlighting the communities the city was built on.” As Marotta notes, there is already some positive energy in the neighborhood, which the arts nonprofit hopes to complement: “This whole community is thriving in kind of a bubble, and there’s a huge refugee and immigrant population here and they have the most amazing restaurants and local businesses they started, and it’s all on this strip.”In a video on the organization’s website, Lord explains that they believe they are “creating an ecosystem of creatives,” with programs that will serve area youth, local artists, and the broader community. Five streams of revenue are described on the website:A makerspace for fine artists with equipment and working spaces available for a monthly membership fee. (Other local makerspaces exist, but this will be the only one focused on visual artists/fine arts, with amenities for printmaking, textiles, ceramics, drawing, painting and more.)Artist studios, available for artists working in various disciplines to rent; and with the goal of an open-studio philosophy, so visitors can watch the artists at work. (Many studios have already been reserved, even before construction begins.)Educational programming, with an emphasis on young people (e.g., after-school programs, summer camps), but with classes and workshops for adults as well.Two premier event spaces available for rentals (corporate events, weddings, community groups).Performance programming.The latter two elements in particular are intended not only to generate revenue to support some of the mission-driven educational programming, but also to bring new people into the space who might not otherwise find it on their own.If all goes well, the funds will be secured by the end of 2018, and construction will take up most of 2019.The cofounders acknowledge that similar models exist elsewhere, but they note that nothing quite like this has been attempted in Worcester. As Marotta explains:It’s sort of a contemporary approach to the idea of economic development and it might be slower than bringing in big box stores and whatever developers will bite at first, but I think long term, it supports more sustainable growth. Retaining those individuals, those communities and those buildings is really important for long term sustainability, because when you go to a city that doesn’t have character, you go there and then you leave—there is nothing super-special.Marotta also noted that a great deal of effort has gone into the business model:I’ve been working for the past two years on a sort of contemporary-type nonprofit business model that serves as an independently sustainable model, so you’re not the typical kind of old school nonprofit where you’re asking foundations for 30 or 40 percent of your annual operating budget every year…For NPQ readers, the idea of taking a multipronged approach to developing a space, planning programs and balancing various revenue streams may not seem like a shiny new idea. But calling that what it is right up front—and tying it in with the idea of “inclusive access to the arts” as well as preservation of an historic building—is worth noting. NPQ will “watch this space” to see how this project develops.—Eileen CunniffeShare53Tweet16ShareEmail69 Shareslast_img read more

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Sony has launched its digital content service Crac

first_imgSony has launched its digital content service Crackle more widely in the UK.A Crackle app is now available allowing viewers that have access to Sony’s Entertainment Network to see TV and digital series and movies via a range of connected devices. The app is available through Sony Bravia TVs and Blu-ray devices as well as various media players. Crackle was already available online and via Xbox Live and Roku streaming players in the UK.“Crackle draws viewers in with its unique offering of ad-supported Hollywood films and television series,” said Eric Berger, executive vice-president, digital networks SPT. “By making our collection of content available on even more devices in the UK, we’re bringing an unparalleled viewing experience directly to consumers through their internet-enabled televisions.”last_img read more

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Pan regional European broadcaster Modern Times Gro

first_imgPan regional European broadcaster Modern Times Group has acquired a majority stake in central and eastern European production company Papriko Latino as it looks to expand its production business.The broadcaster, which operates 29 free-to-air channels in 11 countries and 38 pay TV networks in 34 countries as well as producer Strix, has bought 53% of the company and will rebrand it as MTG Studios.Peter Marschall, founder of Paprika, will remain chief executive of the company and will be appointed vice president, CEE, MTG Studios, reporting to Patrick Svensk, chairman and chief executive, MTG Studios and executive vice president, content, Modern Times Group.Paprika Latino was set up in 2004 and produces local versions of international formats including The Voice and X Factor as well as original formats including Fish On The Cake. The company, which offices in six countries across central and eastern Europe and Costa Rica, is current developing a low cost production hub in Serbia and a production hub for adventure series such as Survivor in Costa Rica.“The acquisition of the majority stake in Paprika Latino provides us with a significant boost to our content production and acquisition capabilities in Eastern Europe. It is also an important milestone in our broader content strategy, and we are focused on the expansion of MTG Studios’ reach and footprint across our territories,” said Hans-Holger Albrecht, president and CEO of MTG.last_img read more

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Data from UK ratings agency BARB shows that 11300

first_imgData from UK ratings agency BARB shows that 113,000 viewers watched the Olympics Opening Ceremony in 3D. The total audience for the event was about 27 million, putting the 3D numbers into perspective.UK public broadcaster the BBC has been experimenting with 3D and is showing some Olympics coverage in the 3D format. Research firm GfK estimates 1.3 million 3D sets have been sold in the UK to date.last_img

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Smart TVs are getting a thumbsdown from early ad

first_imgSmart TVs are getting a “thumbs-down from early adopters,” with viewers preferring to use tablets, smartphones and other connected devices to access online media, according to Strategy Analytics.A new study by the research firm, called ‘online video lead adopters bypass the smart TV with personal devices,’ claims that while half the surveyed sample had bought a smart TV in the past three years “no one was found to be using it as their main source for connected media entertainment” as other devices were deemed easier to use.Early adopters who had not purchased a smart TV yet were “concerned that these products were not ready to deliver an adequate experience,” and were happy to continue using other connected devices instead, the report said.It added that while traditional TV will continue to play a key role in the home, people will “increasingly rely on the convenience of personal devices and OTT TV/video services” to support their entertainment needs.“OEMs and app developers are failing to provide smart TV users with apps and services that enhance the TV experience. Furthermore, an intuitive remote that works fluidly with the UI and provides ease of text input with an integrated touchscreen is imperative to consumers finding the apps and services functional on a TV,” said Strategy Analytics senior analyst for the firm’s user experience practise, Taryn Tulay.The study was done by Strategy Analytics’ Digital Home Observatory division, which focuses on user experience and consumer behaviour insights and data, and looked at how the behaviour of eight “advanced user households” changed over the past three years with the arrival of new connected TV technologies.last_img read more

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TV technology company SeaChange has appointed form

first_imgTV technology company SeaChange has appointed former Motorola executive and software and telecommunications veteran, William Markey, to its board.Markey will take the seat formerly held by Carmine Vona, who retired from SeaChange’s board in December 2015, bringing with him experience in corporate development, strategy, and mergers and acquisitions.“With his strong background in software, emerging technologies and SeaChange’s core markets, we anticipate Bill will bring immediate advantages to our team,” said SeaChange CEO, Jay Samit.Markey is president of Relevant C Business Group, a private consulting firm he founded in 2002 to assist telecoms, media and tech companies with strategy and execution – often for emerging technologies.Prior to this co-founded Ucentric Systems, a software company that was acquired by Motorola in 2005 and provided connected home software solutions to TV operators, which was acquired by Motorola in 2005. He has also held management roles at 3Com and Motorola.last_img read more

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France Télévisions Réseau OutreMer the network o

first_imgFrance Télévisions Réseau Outre-Mer, the network of TV and radio stations operating in France’s overseas territories, has tapped technology provider Net Insight to provide technology for its new media contribution and distribution network.Net Insight will provide its Nimbra VA 220 internet media transport technology to support the transport of media between France Télévisions’ production facility outside Paris, and its overseas territories, which include Martinique, Réunion, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Guadeloupe and French Guiana.The contract includes the replacement of the broadcaster’s satellite back-up network and the ability to add more territories in the future, according to Net Insight.Net Insight’s French partner Metracom took the lead role in building the network and manages it as a managed service for France Télévisions.“We can now consider a far wider array of live broadcasting services, often presented at very short notice, for our overseas territories where difficult connectivity environments had, until now, hindered numerous high-quality broadcast opportunities. Net Insight’s solution reduces our operational costs significantly, while at the same time enabling us to maximize our service availability and reach to our overseas territories,” said Pascal Gerard, broadcast director, French overseas territories, at France Télévisions.“France Télévisions is a significant customer for Net Insight and shows that our presence in the French market is growing. With our solution in place, France Télévisions can now realize a scalable, flexible and reliable business continuity solution that delivers a high quality viewing experience to it its territories, addressing some of the biggest challenges they aimed to overcome,” said Fredrik Tumegård, CEO at Net Insight.last_img read more

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first_imgAn attendee tries out a VR headset at CES 2017VR device shipments will reach a total of 110 million by 2021, with the industry to benefit from a “swath of new and compelling content choices”, according to ABI Research.The new report claims that while mobile device-reliant virtual reality (VR) shipments — such as Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream— dwarf today’s other VR device types, standalone devices will see a 405% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2021. This compares to a CAGR of just 42% for mobile VR.“Mobile VR built a solid foundation for the overall market over the past few years, but standalone VR devices will eventually drive it,” said ABI Research senior analyst, Eric Abbruzzese.“Low cost and high accessibility has, and will continue to, drive VR adoption with mobile devices and associated VR accessories. However, a trend toward standalone devices is surfacing, and will continue over the next five years until mobile and standalone VR devices see parity in terms of shipments.”The research predicts that the influx of standalone VR devices will expand the use cases of VR from today’s gaming-focused market.ABI estimates that the total VR market will reach US$64 billion by 2021, with non-gaming software and content, VR advertising, and VR-related video revenue to represent a “significant proportion” of this.VR applications in retail and marketing are expected to experience a 124% CAGR through 2021, while video, education, and tourism are tipped to also see “significant growth” – even though they are not forecast to be as large as the gaming market.“The three primary VR device types—mobile, standalone, and tethered—are entering the market with unique value propositions, target audiences, and use case support,” said Sam Rosen, managing director and vice-president at ABI Research.“However, there is the less understood market of mixed reality (MR) on the horizon. MR incorporates elements of augmented reality to VR devices, as evident in Intel’s Alloy reference design. Associated machine vision technology like RealSense or Google’s Tango opens a compelling AR/VR hybrid opportunity on the mobile platform.“Taking the best of both AR and VR will open up the enterprise market further, and will enable entirely new use cases and applications not yet conceived.”last_img read more

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Sharknado USbased OTT TV channels provider TV4 En

first_imgSharknadoUS-based OTT TV channels provider TV4 Entertainment and The Asylum, the movies studio behind Sharknado and Z Nation, have teamed up to develop a new streaming service dedicated to apocalypse-themed movies and series.The service, named simply Apocaplyse, will initially be available in the North American market. It will showcase content from The Asylum’s library of movies including 2 Headed Shark Attack, Airplane vs. Volcano, Snakes on a Train and Transmorphers.The service will also feature behind-the-scenes, deleted scenes, and movie-making short features.From next year, TV4 Entertainment and The Asylum will produce exclusive scripted and unscripted original content for the for the service.Apocalypse will be priced at US$6.66 a month, with an introductory discount of 10%, or US$49.99 a year. The service will be available via the web, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, all Android devices, and Chromecast, Roku, and Fire TV.“We have always believed that the fans of the high-concept films and television series we produced and acquired over the last twenty years could support a dedicated channel to the genre. We are proud to work with TV4 Entertainment to bring that vision to reality, and to faithfully service this loyal fan base through Apocalypse,” said David Rimawi, Partner, The Asylum.“Fans of the disaster genre are a passionate, global community long ignored by traditional television. No one does disaster like the team at The Asylum, and with a deep library of hits that came long before the world obsession Sharknado, they are our perfect partner for Apocalypse,” said Jon Cody, Founder/CEO, TV4 Entertainment.last_img read more

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Vodafone Deutschland has said it will fully digiti

first_imgVodafone Deutschland has said it will fully digitise its cable network from the summer of next year, freeing up space for higher-speed broadband services and more HD TV.Vodafone has set itself a goal of freeing up spectrum currently used for analogue TV and radio in order to fulfil its ‘Gigabit offensive’ – plan to reach one third of German households with Gigabit broadband over the next few years.The company will kick off in January with a pilot project in the Landshut and Dingolfing region.The company said its plan would involve a reallocation of broadcasting and internet frequencies that in many cases would be implemented automatically by digital receivers and cable routers, provided they remain connected to the mains during the transition. Vodafone customers who use CI+ modules to receive TV services will need to rescan to find their channels.Vodafone said that, following the pilot, it would announce further areas scheduled for analogue shut-down in the spring.Vodafone currently offers speeds of up to 200Mbps across its network in Germany, with 130 cities upgraded to 500Mbps service. Over 7.2 million homes have access to 400Mbps, out of a total of 12.6 million covered by the network. The company has committed to make Gigabit speeds available across the network by 2020.last_img read more

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US internet TV service Pluto TV has selected Tru

first_imgUS internet TV service, Pluto TV, has selected Tru Optik, to power audience-based advertising and campaign measurement across its over-the-top and connected TV inventory.As part of the deal, Pluto TV will use precision audience targeting, validation and measurement, enabling advertisers to reach consumers based on age, gender and custom segments.“By leveraging Tru Optik’s household graph, we will provide every brand partner with an unparalleled targeting, measurement and validation offering,” said Rich Calacci, chief revenue officer, Pluto TV.“Pluto TV has received unprecedented demand from national advertisers striving to reach cord cutters and cord shavers. As a result of this alliance, our entire viewable inventory has increased in value and effectiveness at reaching specific audiences via data-led direct sales efforts and, at the same time, Tru Optik’s household-level targeting options will seek to reduce duplication and increase yield for all of our programmatic sales channels.”last_img read more

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first_imgUS cable and entertainment giant Comcast’s cable advertising division has launched what it describes as the next phase of an industry initiative to create a secure way to use data and share information based on blockchain technology.Comcast is working together with Viacom, Charter Communications’ advertising sales division Spectrum Reach and others to create Blockgraph, a collaborative effort to enable the secure exchange of audience insights for addressable advertising. The group said that additional media companies and service providers that have agreed to participate will be named soon.Italian broadcaster Mediaset is participating in the initiative. Paola Colombo, general manager of ad tech and business development at Pubitalia, Mediaset’s ad unit, described Blockgraph as “another example of the industry coming together to adopt new standards and technologies that will allow us to compete more effectively as a medium, while simultaneously delivering more value to our advertising clients”.According to Comcast, Blockgraph will serve as an ‘identity layer’ for the TV industry, and will provide a platform for media companies and publishers can offer to marketers data capabilities without disclosing identifiable user data to third parties.The blockchain-based platform has been developed by Comcast-owned ad tech outfit FreeWheel. According to the company, participating companies’ data stays in their own systems, enabling them to protect the privacy of consumers.Instead of sending data to a third-party provider to enable sharing between advertisers and media companies, Blockgraph, a peer-to-peer system, allows participating companies to perform ‘blind matches’ directly with one another, secured through encryption technologies, non-identifiable data and blockchain protocols.Comcast is currently working with its content arm NBCUniversal to test Blockgraph’s capabilities with plans of incorporating it into its addressable offering in early 2019.“Data is a valuable and sensitive asset for media companies and consumers so understandably, it must be protected. At the same time, data is now the fuel powering media and advertising. The TV community needs to ensure that we can compete with the data capabilities of digital-first companies. We understand that providing a safe way to protect data while benefitting from collective insights is the path forward. And we believe Blockgraph offers that path,” said Jason Manningham, general manager, Blockgraph.last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet GIRLS ALOUDNadine Coyle cancels tour: ‘It’s not meant to be’UK Tour Coyle also told the newspaper about the relationship between the former bandmates, saying: “It’s so sad for me to have to admit this.“For so long there’s the band and you want everybody to think we’re best friends.“That’s what I wanted it to be. I really, really wanted that to be but it just wasn’t how it was.” “You deserve the best show possible and with such big venues and very little dates it was becoming impossible to achieve what we had wanted to do.“Everything is a lesson and this is definitely one for me.“Thank you for your continued love and support!!!” Coyle had previously told a British tabloid: “I love the Girls Aloud songs and get messages from fans asking to hear them performed live again.“So this is giving them what they want.” The 32-year-old  was meant to be performing Girls Aloud songs – without her ex-bandmates – as well as her own tracks, with gigs in May. DERRY singer Nadine Coyle has cancelled her tour. But in a statement on her website, Coyle wrote: “I am so sad to say I’m not able to do the tour at this time.“I am so sorry and really wish things were different but for many reasons it is not meant to be. Nadine Coyle cancels tour: ‘It’s not meant to be’ was last modified: April 24th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

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first_img A UNIQUE range of woven textiles, wood crafts and ceramics created by a group of adults with learning disabilities will be available to purchase at this year’s Guildhall Craft Fair.The Guildhall Craft Fair is one of the key events organised as part of Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Christmas events.It will take place in the historic Guildhall from Friday 23 until Sunday, November 25. ShareTweet Now in its 24th year, the event continues to be one of the most loved retail events in the run up to Christmas.This year the organisers are delighted to showcase the amazing work created by members of the Camphill Community in Clanabogan, Omagh.Their creations, which include woven textiles such as cushions, scarves, table runners and mats, tea towels and blankets, woven crafts including candle holders and bird holders as well as ceramic jewellery, bowls, clocks and mugs, are all made by hand in their workshop with all proceeds going back into their charity for investment in their workshop to purchase new materials and upgrade their work area.Steven Patterson,PR & FR facilitator with the group says the Camphill Community are delighted to feature in this year’s Craft Fair and to be given the opportunity to showcase their talents to a new audience. He said: “We are delighted to be taking part in the Guildhall Craft Fair and look forward to seeing the response from shoppers in the North West to our creations and designs. “A lot of hard work and commitment has gone into creating our crafts for the event and we hope the public come along and support us.”Phillipa McAleer, Weavery Work Co-Ordinator said that all the products made by the group are hand crafted in our day and work opportunities workshops.She explained; “Everything we make is made by hand in our workshops using traditional techniques with some modern twists. “All our raw materials are locally sourced using local indigenous wood and hand dyed locally spun sourced wool where possible. “Each member of the group has varying levels of skills and is encouraged to put their own stamp on their creations and have a real input into their original pieces.Steven said: “In the Day Opportunities workshops, people enjoy a fulfilling and meaningful day and are encouraged to develop their many skills through a variety of workshops including weavery, baking, woodwork, gardening and ceramics and our social care farm. “We hope the audiences in the North West will appreciate the time, effort and commitment that has been put into these pieces and buying them for Christmas gifts in the run up to Christmas,” he said.Camphill Community Clanabogan was first established in 1984 and offers a unique way of life in a sustainable life sharing community of 80 people providing care, day opportunities and support for adults with learning disabilities and associated needs. It is also home to 30 vulnerable adults who benefit from all the opportunities offered by the community while an additional number of people also attend the day opportunities service.Helena Hasson, Event Co-Ordinator with Derry City and Strabane District Council says the addition of the Camphill Community Clanabogan in this year’s craft fair is a real coup for the organisers and a fantastic way to bring something new and unique to the fair. She said she is confident their craft work will be a huge hit with shoppers looking to get unique Christmas gifts.This year’s Craft Fair runs from 23 – 25 November with the opening times as follows – Friday (12 noon to 7pm), Saturday (10am – 6pm) and Sunday (11am – 6pm). Admission fee is £1 per adult and free for children under the age of 14. The event will feature 45 craft stands on the upper floor of the Guildhall, and an artisan food hall in the ground floor with seven stands selling bespoke products and tasty treats.For more information about the Craft Fair visit – www.derrystrabane.com/craftfairThe Craft Fair marks the start of the city’s Festive celebrations and full details are available at www.derrystrabane.com/christmasCharity group’s creative talents on show at Guildhall Craft Fair was last modified: November 8th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: Campbhill Community ClanaboganCharity group’s creative talents on show at Guildhall Craft FairDerry and Strabane CouncilEvent Co-ordinatorGuildhallHelena MassonPhillipa McAleerWeavery Work Co-ordinatorlast_img read more

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