Óscar Arias Why Im not running again for president of Costa Rica

first_imgIn recent months I have evaluated the possibility of presenting my name for another presidential candidacy. I have met with the representatives of various political parties to discuss the challenges we face. Many people have offered their support, and have asked me to seek a third term. All the polls indicate that I have a strong chance of attaining the Presidency of the Republic once more.Nothing can compare with obtaining the trust and affection of the people of Costa Rica. I would not exchange for anything the embraces of children nor the blessings of their mothers – not even considering the setbacks and insults that sometimes follow, because the threads of fortune and difficulty have both woven the fabric of my destiny. And destiny has been generous with me.You have always been the motivation for my struggles, the wind in the sails. To you I have dedicated more than 45 years of my life. Alongside you I have experienced the happiest days of my career, and I have felt rewarded for my efforts.I have always believed that politics is one of the most noble pursuits of humanity. I refer to politics of quality – that which exists to build, to convince, to advance, and not to destroy, attack or create obstacles.That is why I will never regret dedicating my life to public service. It allows us to transform this country: during our first administration, through the signing of the Central American Peace Accords; and during our second administration, with our country’s greater insertion into the international economy and the approval of the International Arms Trade Treaty, which is the greatest contribution to humanity that Costa Rica has made in all of its history.That is the politics in which I believe: ambitious and brave. The politics of hope. The politics that does not get distracted by petty matters, but that, rather, sets its sights on the most daring point on the horizon.People have the right to dream! They have the right to think about the future with enthusiasm, and not with resignation; with joy, and not with despair.Serving my people has been the greatest honor of my life. It would be an honor to return to the presidency and have the opportunity to inspire optimism once more.But I am not the only person who can do that. A democracy is healthier when a new political generation is always being formed to take the place of the previous one. Our country urgently needs the renewal of its political leadership.That is why, once more, I want to urge young people to enter public service. I was 31 when I served as Minister of National Planning. John F. Kennedy was 29 when he was elected to Congress. Mahatma Gandhi was 24 when he began his struggles.Young people of Costa Rica: take your place in history! No one should be ashamed to aspire to political office.On the contrary, it should be a place of pride for our country’s most brilliant minds, most honest souls and most compassionate spirits.I will not run for the Presidency of the Republic for a third time, because I believe that it is my duty, as a leader, to encourage new leadership. I have served this country to the best of my ability from the presidential chair, and today I must serve my country by stepping away from that chair, giving an opportunity to those who will govern the Costa Rica of tomorrow.No one person is indispensable in a democracy. What is indispensable is many people willing to work for this country we love so much.I thank you once more for your affection and trust, and I assure you that I carry you always in my heart. I am so fortunate to have been the proud recipient of your generosity and your affection. I hope you will carry me in your thoughts, as I will carry you in mine until the last of my days. Facebook Comments Related posts:Latin America’s unlikely, honest voice for democracy Is party allegiance dead in Costa Rica? There’s more to it than meets the eye Doing Business: How countries game the World Bank’s rankings Three steps Venezuela must takelast_img read more

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Most every player in the Cardinals locker room sai

first_imgMost every player in the Cardinals locker room said they were in support of Peterson — and the rest of the missing Cardinals, for that matter.The veterans each communicated to the coaching staff that they would miss at least part of voluntary OTAs, Kingsbury said, including Johnson, who last Tuesday welcomed a daughter, Londyn Elisabeth Johnson, to the world.“I think every guy’s situation is different,” Amerson said. “I don’t really look at it as a bad thing. I think everybody’s situation is a little bit different.”Added newcomer Marcus Gilbert, the expected starting right tackle who was acquired from the Steelers in an offseason trade: “These guys have been doing it for so long. I have no issue with that as long as they come here and they’re ready to go.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Patrick Peterson #21 of the Arizona Cardinals prepares to take the field for the NFL game against the Detroit Lions at State Farm Stadium on December 09, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) 17 Comments   Share   Top Stories center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires TEMPE, Ariz. — Patrick Peterson wasn’t expected to show for Arizona Cardinals voluntary organized team activities. But when the team began full squad practices Monday, he wasn’t the only notable player not in attendance.Running back David Johnson, receiver Larry Fitzgerald and pass-rusher Terrell Suggs were among the notable veterans not present.“It’s voluntary and we understand that,” head coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “If guys miss, we have a plan to get them caught up.” Yet the loss of Peterson will loom larger than that of the other Arizona players missing OTAs. Last week, the NFL suspended him six games after he violated the performance-enhancing drug rules of the league.Related LinksCardinals’ Kirk on former college teammate Murray: ‘He’s just electric’Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson apologizes for 6-game PED suspensionPatrick Peterson leads Doug & Wolf’s 4 downs to start Cardinals OTAsKliff Kingsbury’s offense may lead to resurgence of David Johnson“It’s disappointing obviously, but you deal with adversity as a team. We all support Pat and know what type of player he is and person he is, and we’ll all be excited to see him back,” Kingsbury said.“You don’t replace a guy like that obviously.”They must, in the meantime.Peterson told reporters last Thursday during his charity event that he would do his due diligence to be ready for pratices when they become mandatory June 11 for mini-camp. He can practice and play through the preseason, but the eight-time Pro Bowler will have to sit out once the regular season begins through their Week 6 game.So Arizona might as well use the time he’s out during voluntary camp to see what they can do without him.Veterans David Amerson and Tramaine Brock, plus rookie Byron Murphy, should vie to fill in at cornerback and nickelback alongside expected new No. 1 cornerback Robert Alford.“It’s always my job as a player to be ready for whenever we get an opportunity,” Amerson said Monday. “It’s definitely tough. I know P and I know it’s tough on him. We’re here to support him.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Princess Royal Island BC Canada– In celebration

first_imgPrincess Royal Island, BC, Canada– In celebration of Mother’s and Father’s Day, King Pacific Lodge, A Rosewood Resort is offering guests the opportunity to give back to those who raised them, and treat Mom or Dad to a trip of a lifetime this June. Floating in a sheltered harbour, situated in the midst of the 21-million acre Great Bear Rainforest, King Pacific Lodge offers guests a rare and quiet retreat from the distractions of the modern world. With the largest remaining temperate rainforest, magnificent glaciers, mountains and ocean scenery surrounding the Lodge, families are given a rare chance to connect with one another and to create shared memories.Designed to provide guests with an intimate and awe-inspiring family adventure, the Parents’ Package takes families out into the wilderness or on to the water to discover new sights and experiences together, with opportunities to see orcas, humpback whales, eagles, wolves and bears. A private 15-minute helicopter sightseeing trip carries guests over waterfalls, lakes and absolute wilderness, offering a broader view of the pristine landscape. Heading back to the Lodge, sunsets and quiet moments on the deck allow the generations to reconnect. In the evening, the family will enjoy a private dinner in the Princess Royal Suite where they will share stories over gourmet cuisine featuring local seafood, the finest organic ingredients and award-winning British Columbia wines.“Family values are foundational to the Gitga’at Nation in whose territory the Lodge is located,” says Michael Uehara, President and Managing Director of King Pacific Lodge. “This is our way of celebrating family. Our guests are often successful entrepreneurs, many of whom credit their parents for their values and work ethic. This is an opportunity for them to enjoy time together in the most spectacular setting in the world.”The Parents’ Package includes a three-night stay in an Ocean View Room for the parents and a Wilderness View Room for additional family members, a special dinner in the Princess Royal Suite, a couples massage for the parents and a private 15-minute helicopter trip. The three-night package starts at $16,050 CAD for a family of three. Each additional family member costs $4,750 CAD. This package is available during the month of June 2008.last_img read more

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March 6 2013More images from the new Cordes Junct

first_imgMarch 6, 2013More images from the new Cordes Junction Interchange at Highway I 17, here from the actual ‘ARCOSANTI’ bridge.We are looking north, over the Cordes Junction storage facility, surely familiar to our alumni.Here is a closer look at the same view to better see the Soleri relief on the bridge abutment.Here we are driving from north to south, viewing the opposite side of the Arcosanti bridge. In the background we can see the new fly-over bridge to Highway 69.[photo: Chihiro Saito]Same view with a closer look of Paolo Soleri’s relief designs.We will report more on the new Interchange in upcoming reports.[photo: Chihiro Saito]last_img read more

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Demonstration outside palace against rising rents

first_imgDemonstrators gathered outside the presidential palace on Sunday afternoon to protest against sky rocketing rents around the island.Organised by the Cyprus Demonstrators against Expense (Pod) and the Limassol-based Right to Shelter, demonstrators said every individual deserves a better future and the state is obliged to offer decent living conditions and equal treatment.Founder of Pod Constantinos Romanos said Sunday’s demonstration was not just about high rents and the right to a home but a series of issues that affect people including rising fuel costs, minimum wage and education.He said the demonstration was “for the guy next door who just wants their constitutional rights for a dignified existence.“We demand the authorities see that we are not just numbers, but people,” he added.Sunday’s demonstration, he said, would be followed by other moves.The protest aimed to inform the public of their rights according to the constitution and to the European Convention on Human Rights, according to the organisers.Last week lawmakers harangued the government for not doing enough to support vulnerable people as housing becomes ever more unaffordable due to rising rents. The discussion at the House interior committee will continue on Monday at which the ministers of labour and the interior are expected to attend.The House committee heard that rents in Cyprus are higher than in Amsterdam and that during 2017 the average price of flat rentals islandwide went up by 12.5 per cent; in Limassol prices soared by as much as 25 per cent.During the same year, the average increase in house rentals increased by 9.2 per cent across the country, and by 10.20 per cent in Limassol.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Joint committee approves thirdgrade reading proficiency legislation

first_img Categories: News Third-grade reading proficiency legislation written to help strengthen the educational foundation of Michigan children was approved today during a conference committee, which included three members each of the state House and Senate.House Bill 4822, developed by state Rep. Amanda Price, creates a proactive literacy system designed to help K-3 students become proficient in English Language Arts on their third-grade assessment before entering fourth grade.“This legislation was all about improving educational outcomes for our children,” said Rep. Price, chair of the House Committee on Education. “We needed to strengthen the emphasis on reading in every classroom. Both the majority of the House and Senate believed in this legislation before today, but we all felt – considering how important it is for the educational future of our state – we needed to come to consensus on it.”The conference committee members, including Rep. Price and Speaker Kevin Cotter, R-Mount Pleasant, agreed on parameters that focus on parental involvement in the decision regarding a student’s ability to advance to fourth grade. The other agreed upon measures include: allowing a student to advance to fourth grade with a remedial reading program if he or she is proficient in other subjects; allowing a student to advance to 4th grade if not enrolled in the school with reading intervention services for the two previous years; and allowing special provisions to support English language learners.Both the House and the Senate previously agreed on provisions that include multiple annual literacy screenings leading up to third grade, intervention programs for school personnel to help individual students, additional classroom time dedicated to reading, and a “read-at-home” plan so parents can help their kids after school.“We need to emphasize reading in early grades and make it a focus for all of our schools and students,” said Rep. Price, R-Park Township. “This was never about retaining kids,”The House previously approved HB 4822 in October 2015 with the Senate approving a modified version of the bill on March 23. The House voted to not concur the Senate version on March 24, leading to the conference committee. 20Sep Joint committee approves third-grade reading proficiency legislationlast_img read more

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Rep LaSata votes for family tax relief on vehicle purchases

first_img18Jan Rep. LaSata votes for family tax relief on vehicle purchases State Rep. Kim LaSata on Wednesday voted to accelerate sales tax relief for Michigan families buying motor vehicles by overriding a gubernatorial veto.The vote was the second time she voted in support of the Senate legislation, providing tax relief for people buying cars, trucks and SUVs with a trade-in. Current law calls for phasing in planned sales and use tax deductions on purchases including a trade-in through 2039, but this week’s vote moves it up to 2029.“This will make vehicles significantly more affordable for families in southwest Michigan, in additional to potentially drawing more buyers from neighboring states,” said LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, after the House joined the Senate in overriding a veto of legislation from Gov. Rick Snyder. “Vehicle are among the largest purchases anyone can make in a given year and we should be more practical to how we tax buying a new car or motorcycle, especially when a previous vehicle is being traded in. Our vote ensures they will get it.”The new law speeds reforms approved in 2013, allowing buyers to subtract the value of their trade-ins from the purchase price of a vehicle for sales tax purposes. The accelerated sales tax relief also will apply to boats and recreational vehicles bought with a trade-in.The Senate bills overwhelmingly approved by the Legislature on Wednesday were vetoed by the governor in July 2017, following the House – and LaSata – voting in support in June.##### Categories: LaSata News,Newslast_img read more

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Philanthropists Propose Unprecedented Expansion of Charter Schools in LA

first_imgShare12TweetShare5Email17 SharesSeptember 30, 2015; Los Angeles Times and L.A. School ReportIf a group of philanthropists has its way, what could arguably be the biggest nonprofit-government partnership in America will evolve in Los Angeles.The Los Angeles Times reports that “critics of Los Angeles public schools have outlined an ambitious $490-million plan to place half of the city’s students into charter schools over the next eight years, a controversial gambit that backers hope will serve as a catalyst for the rest of the nation.”According to a memo obtained by the Times, the L.A.-based Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation wants to develop 260 new charter schools that will enroll about 130,000 students. The plan laid out in the memo includes strategies for fundraising, recruiting and training teachers, and providing outreach to parents. It also funds the navigation of the political battles that will probably arise, with opposition led by the District’s teachers’ union and reinforced by a number of education thought leaders.The plan is to solicit foundations and individuals for funding: the Gates, Bloomberg, Annenberg and Hewlett foundations; agricultural magnates Stewart and Lynda Resnick; Irvine Co. head Donald Bren; entertainment mogul David Geffen; and Tesla Motors’ Elon Musk.The Broads, among others, believe that L.A. Unified fails to prepare students for college and careers, robbing economically struggling Los Angeles of a better-trained, smarter workforce. The city’s underperforming school district is often cited as one of the reasons that L.A. has not been able to regain the economic mojo it lost when the defense and aerospace industries downsized nearly a generation ago.The audacity of the proposal has ratcheted up the ongoing vigorous debate over the role of charter schools in the LAUSD, which has nearly a half-million students. Even the L.A. School Report, an online news site focusing on the intersection of politics and education in Los Angeles, and which has generally been pro-charter, questions the proposal:In building a case for creating 260 charter schools within in L.A. Unified in eight years at a cost of $490 million, the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation has cited “significant” gains by three charter organizations that have received $75 million from the foundation.But when all factors are considered, there is little conclusive evidence in the report outlining the expansion plans that shows big investments in charters has always—or evenly routinely—achieved consistent academic improvements, raising an important question: Just what can Broad and other foundations promise for an investment of nearly half a billion dollars in an expansion effort that would dramatically change the nation’s second-largest school district?L.A. Unified already has more charters than any school system in the country, totaling about 16 percent of student enrollment. Charters are independent, privately managed, publicly financed schools that are exempt from many rules that govern traditional campuses—and most of them are nonunion. This proposal would more than double the number of charters in L.A., a formidable and daunting goal that critics consider to be overreaching.The proposal has already generated opposition from the District and from L.A. Unified employee unions. Critics say charter schools create greater inequities by taking in higher-achieving students and more motivated parents, leaving traditional schools worse off and with less money to serve a larger percentage of needy students—those with behavior problems and disabilities, for example, or who need to learn English, or whose families are living in poverty. In some neighborhoods with active charters, the local traditional schools don’t have enough students to enroll.Research paints a mixed picture of the benefits of charter schools. One study debunks the commonly held assumption that the autonomy of charters leads to better student achievement results. Other research shows that charters’ effectiveness relative to that of regular public schools varies significantly by location, and that it remains unclear how differences are influenced by specific policies and practices at the state, district and school levels.Broad, with the support of the two previous Los Angeles mayors—Richard Riordan and Antonio Villaraigosa—has long been critical of the performance of the LAUSD. (L.A.’s current Mayor Eric Garcetti has not made education a major part of his agenda.) Over the years, the district has not enjoyed the confidence of the city’s political and civic leadership, and it polls poorly among local voters. One approach to reforming the LAUSD—breaking it up into a half dozen smaller districts—has been bandied about for decades as the public seeks out silver bullet fixes.The debate over the proposal illustrates that charter schools remain controversial, with supporters and opponents dug into positions that often gloss over the question of whether or not charter schools actually “work.” In some ways, this proposal has fanned the flames of the political fire.The school board president, Steve Zimmer, made his opposition to the plan clear: “While I continue to support and be proud of the successful charter schools we have in Los Angeles, this plan is not one for transforming our public schools, but an outline for a hostile takeover.”Proponents of the plan argue that parents need more options for their children, particularly in neighborhoods with struggling schools. Some of the school board’s members support it, and charters have been popular with parents. The Times says the “expansion campaign is shaping up to be something of a referendum on L.A. Unified’s performance.”“The memo paints a bleak picture of L.A. Unified, saying that it is unable to ‘improve academic performance, resolve its financial deficit, and provide stable leadership…. The problem is particularly acute in certain neighborhoods where parents have zero quality options at some grade levels,’” adding that it “cites research and data showing that charters have achieved higher student test scores. Charters also have created competition that has led to some improvement within L.A. Unified.”The expansion plan’s backers propose spending $21.4 million just to navigate the political waters—outreach to parents living in neighborhoods with low-performing schools or with charters that have waiting lists, a legislative strategy to “undo regulatory interference” that could hinder charter growth, partnerships with other nonprofit civic organizations, and a high-profile public relations campaign.Last month, teachers protested at the opening of the new Broad art museum against charter expansion. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, told the Times that the timing of the charter plan troubles her (just this past year, the School Board fired its superintendent, a close ally of Broad and the charter movement). She cites the District’s recent improvements that the plan would “destabilize.”It will be expensive to add new so many charter schools that quickly, and even if the funding is raised and the plan moves forward, the charters will face significant challenges finding operators qualified to run them, as well as administrators and teachers to staff them.—Larry Kaplan and Martin LevineShare12TweetShare5Email17 Shareslast_img read more

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Which Marginalized Americans Are Part of a Great America

first_imgShare11TweetShare1Email12 SharesNovember 16, 2016; Brookings InstitutionIt took data guru Nate Silver, who gave Hillary Clinton a 71.4 percent chance of winning the 2016 presidential election, only one sentence the day after the election to tell us why the result turned out as it did: “Donald Trump won the Presidency by riding an enormous wave of support among white working class voters.” The surprising results have been credited at least in part to our new president-elect validating and giving voice to feelings of marginalization and anger among traditionally Democratic voters. These are hardworking men and women who saw the political system, economy, and popular culture leaving them behind while others cut ahead of them as they pursued the American Dream.There is some truth in their story. Fewer lucrative factory jobs in Rust Belt communities; the nation’s “greener” shift shutting down mines and oil fields; growing “opportunities” in service industries that come with low salaries; an uncertain future as our economy becomes more digital; a frozen national government that seems unable to make life seem better…all reasons for those in midst of this hurt to feel alienated. Donald Trump’s victory made their struggle front-page news.But this story is not theirs alone. As John Hudak, writing for the Brookings Institution, points out:There are many groups in this country who are economically marginalized. […] The conversation around the “economically marginalized” has focused almost exclusively on white working class voters, and that is a travesty. There are many other Americans who are not traditionally grouped under the heading ”white working class voters” who remain economically marginalized—and most of them voted for someone other than Donald Trump.”Hudak reminds us that among those who “face some of the most significant economic marginalization are young people (defined as the 18-24 demographic), women, African Americans and Latinos.” When we compare these groupings, we find a disturbing picture.In October 2016, overall unemployment sat at 4.9 percent, while unemployment for white Americans edged down to 4.3 percent. Last month, however, black unemployment stood at 8.6 percent and unemployment among Latinos was 5.7 percent. Unemployment statistics are dramatically worse for younger Americans. In Q3 2016, 15.6 percent of Americans 18–19 were unemployed, as were 8.4 percent of those 20–24. […] Women fare quite well versus men, a statistic that is generally true across racial and ethnic groups. Yet, compensation tells another story. When examining median weekly earnings, women earn less than men, people of color earn less than whites, and the intersection—women of color—face the most significant wage disparities in our nation.In calling out the plight of white working class households, Donald Trump was able to get enough electoral college votes to win. But Clinton’s margin in winning the popular vote shows the tens of millions of other voters comprising other segments of our most struggling citizens. Looking at the results from this perspective poses a question many are beginning to ask: Does “Making America Great Again” only mean improving the lives of white, working-class men and women? As the new administration coalesces, setting forth the policy directions that it will champion, which parts of marginalized America will it address?—Martin LevineShare11TweetShare1Email12 Shareslast_img read more

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The Duty of Care NYC Homeless Housing Contract with Nonprofit Pulled

first_imgShare9TweetShare16Email25 SharesA Clear Divide / Fraser MummeryFebruary 16, 2017; N.Y. Daily NewsThe Bushwick Economic Development Corp. (BEDCO), with a $28 million dollar budget, has been repeatedly cited for providing decaying hotels and apartments for the homeless. Still, New York City, desperate to meet the needs of the city’s 60,000 homeless, signed a $16 million contract with the organization to house the displaced. Eight months later, Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that the city will phase out the relationship with the development corporation, cancelling the contract.BEDCO utilizes 11 hotels and what they consider “cluster sites” of 33 decrepit apartment buildings across the boroughs of the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens. The nonprofit has 12 current contracts with the Department of Homeless Services. Though they have differing timelines, most will run out this calendar year and will be reviewed. The $16 million contract was scheduled to run until 2020.The city will move those living in BEDCO units to other sites. Last year, Mayor de Blasio promised to eliminate “cluster sites” in two years, with a goal of eliminating the use of hotels as housing.The mayor is caught between the classic rock and hard place: a burgeoning homeless population and a lack of safe, well-maintained housing. BEDCO, among several others, was cited in March of 2015 for numerous violations among its squalid apartment buildings, including a dead rat that lay in a lobby for days. Two infants died from scalding in December because of a broken radiator, a condition that had been reported but not fixed. The Department of Investigation criticized the city for continuing to use the housing groups even on an “emergency” basis, but there are few alternatives in a city where the average rent is about $2,700 a month.The mayor was criticized for not addressing the homelessness crisis in his State of the City address last week. It was not reported who will fill the void of BEDCO’s cancelled contract.—Marian ConwayShare9TweetShare16Email25 Shareslast_img read more

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Latvian cable operator Baltcom has named András Pi

first_imgLatvian cable operator Baltcom has named András Piller as a member of its board, charged with advising on corporate development. Piller has worked as a consultant to Baltcom over the last year.Baltcom founder Pēteris Šmidre will step back to focus on strategic long-term project development, while acting managing director Ross Newman will replace board member Miks Kārkliņš. Further management changes are expected in the near future.last_img

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MultiChoice Africa has signed up for new capacity

first_imgMultiChoice Africa has signed up for new capacity with satellite operator Eutelsat to expand its DStv pay TV platform.MultiChoice Africa is activating one additional transponder on the Eutelsat 36A satellite from March, with a second to be activated from May. This takes to 22 the total number of transponders leased by MultiChoice at Eutelsat’s 36° East video neighbourhood.Nico Meyer, CEO of MultiChoice Africa said: “At MultiChoice Africa, our mission is to be constantly at the cutting edge of new technology that enables DStv subscribers to enjoy the very best home television experience. Our partnership with Eutelsat has enabled MultiChoice Africa to expand DStv services with the launch of new channels. We are proud that the DStv channels remain of the best quality and consistently deliver new and exciting programming that enhances subscriber viewing pleasure, with examples of constant product developments including our DStv-on-Demand services and high-definition channels.”last_img read more

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MTV Russia is to relaunch on October 1 and Viacom

first_imgMTV Russia is to relaunch on October 1 and Viacom has named Yana Churikova to take charge of the launch of the new channel.Churikova was one of the original line-up of presenters on MTV Russian in 1998 and has also worked for Viva and leading Russian free-to-air service Channel One.Viacom’s relaunch of the channel follows the ending of its licensing partnership with Profmedia. The previous version of MTV in Russia went off air at the end of May.A website for the new service has been up and running since June 1.last_img read more

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Google has launched its Google Play Movies store i

first_imgGoogle has launched its Google Play Movies store in 21 new international markets – including Poland, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece and Croatia. The additions, which were spotted by tech site AndroidPolice after Google updated its app country availability page, also included Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.Though Google did not formally announce the full list of rollouts, a number of its local country blogs – including Poland and the Czech Republic – noted the launch of Google Play Movies in their markets.Separately, Google last month launched its Chromecast HDMI streaming device in six more international markets – including Belgium, Portugal and Switzerland.last_img read more

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PayTV subscription services in the US have peaked

first_imgPay-TV subscription services in the US have peaked and are in decline, with the number of broadband subscriptions due to overtake pay TV subscriptions, according to The Diffusion Group (TDG).The research firm claims that while residential broadband penetration will soon top 100 million US households, legacy pay TV subscription services have reached peak figures.“During the next few months, and for the first time in history, the number of home broadband subscriptions will surpass the number of home pay TV subscriptions,” said TDG.According to its research, 14% of adult broadband users in the US now do not use a legacy pay-TV service, up from 9% in 2011 – the year from which pay TV subscriptions began to decline.“Today, residential broadband services are used in 75% of US households, meaning 13 million broadband households are currently doing without a traditional pay TV service,” said TDG President Michael Greeson.last_img read more

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Samsung has launched an ultra highdefinition UHD

first_imgSamsung has launched an ultra high-definition (UHD) transactional VoD store on its line of 4K TVs in the US, in partnership with Technicolor and DreamWorks-owned on-demand service M-GO.The deal between Samsung Electronics America and M-GO will mark the first launch of a UHD transactional VoD streaming service in the US, according to the partners.The service will go live with a “select number” of 4K titles, which is set to expand to “100 movie and TV shows” by the end of the year, according to M-GO.The UHD content will cost US$1-2 more to rent and US$3-5 more to buy than regular HD titles.“Samsung has a long history of technological innovation, and by working with M-GO, we will bring our customers an unparalleled viewing experience and provide customers more choice and access to UHD content at home,” said Eric Anderson, vice-president of content and product solutions at Samsung Electronics America.In July, Samsung announced it was closing its Samsung Video and Media Hub at the end of the month, transitioning users over to the M-GO movie and TV rental service. Announcing the move, Samsung said that the decision was part of its ongoing strategy to deliver “great content experiences” on Galaxy mobile devices and Samsung smart TVs.last_img read more

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Maryline ClareCharrier A number of significant hu

first_imgMaryline Clare-CharrierA number of significant hurdles need to be crossed before HDR TV becomes mainstream, according to Maryline Clare-Charrier, 4EVER Project Leader, Orange Labs. Speaking at a MIPCOM session on HDR this morning, Clare-Charrier also said that higher frame-rates (HFR) should be a key part of UHD, but is in danger of being neglected as the industry focuses on High Dynamic Range.Problems with HDR include the fact that current HDR TV sets are inadequate, offering only 500-1000 cd/m sq. – the industry metric for dynamic range – rather than the 1500 cd/m sq. that is said to provide an optimal viewing experience. In addition, “live production is not ready”, she said. “production is still a problem and so are encoding issues,” said Clare-Charrier. Current requirements could run to about 30Mbps, which is not commercially viable. TVs need to be backward compatible. Programmes need to address non-HDR viewers, she said.Clare-Charrier said that other problems include the fact that there are multiple standards and formats, with a number of committees discussing different technologies. The most well-known technologies include solutions from Dolby, Philips, Technicolor and the BBC.4K would require people to sit extremely close to the screen – about 1.5m – in order to see any benefit. As most people sit about 3m from the screen, this does not make sense, she said.Clare-Charrier said that to be complete four elements: 4K, higher frame rate, HDR and wider colour gamut.Clare-Charrier said that higher frame rate TV was also important, though has been little discussed of late. HFR tests before experts had showed that appreciation increased with higher rates. Content encoded at 3Mbps showed that 100fps worked in many cases better than 50fps. “there is no exptra cost when you have twice as much data,” she said. However, frame interpolation or refereshment – an algorithm-created image between frames on the display – doe s not always work.While HFR does not require new technology and is relatively straightforward from the encoding perspective, it is not supported by many display manufacturers, with a lack of professional and consumer interfaces. It is important to include HFR as broadcasters work on integrating HDR because they are unlikely to upgrade their production workflow again in the short term.last_img read more

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Viacom International Media Networks VIMN is laun

first_imgViacom International Media Networks (VIMN) is launching a spin-off digest of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah for Amazon Alexa users in the UK.Customers that use Amazon’s voice control service will be able to access a Daily Show Flash Briefing, featuring daily new snippets from the Comedy Central late night talk show.UK fans will also be able to use the Alexa skill from the Daily Show to find out information on when and where to watch the show, as well as the upcoming guest schedule.The UK rollout follows the introduction of a Daily Show Alexa Skill in the US and VIMN said it is part of its wider push to “embrace multiplatform and next generation TV”.“We’re consistently exploring new ways to engage and entertain our audiences and, following a successful roll-out in the US, we’re excited to be working with Amazon’s innovative voice service in the UK,” said vice president, strategy and digital at VIMN UK, Tom Frazer.Fabrice Rousseau, general manager, Alexa Skills Kit EU, said: “We’re excited to add The Daily Show to our existing Flash Briefing line-up in the UK and enable customers to enjoy regular updates from one of the most popular talk shows in the US—just by asking.”Alexa skills are a set of requests that can be made to Amazon Alexa-powered devices like its Amazon Echo and Echo Dot home assistants. Users in the UK can for example request news updates from a range of outlets including BBC News, Sky News and the Guardian.The Daily Show has held a regular late night slot on Comedy Central in the UK since January 2013.last_img read more

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Qatarbased BeIN Media has struck a deal with UAE

first_imgQatar-based BeIN Media has struck a deal with UAE service provider Etisalat to distribute its four dedicated sports channels live with coverage of the FIFA World Cup in the UHD format for the first time.The agreement means that Etisalat’s eLife subscribers will be able to view BeIN Media’s coverage of the World Cup from Russia. BeIN holds the exclusive rights to the tournament in the MENA region.Tom KeavenyThe two-year deal with Etisalat grants eLife the rights to rebroadcast all four BeIN Sports MAX HD channels, as well as the BeIN 4K channel, to its entire IPTV customer in the UAE.Customers looking to subscribe to the standalone package for the duration of the FIFA World Cup Russia may do so at a cost of AED555 (€128). In addition, BeIN is, for the first time in the UAE, offering access to the tournament in ultra-high definition at a cost of AED38.Tom Keaveny, managing director of beIN MENA, said “We are thrilled to extend our long-term relationship with Etisalat to provide viewers with access to the beIN FIFA World Cup. Viewers will have access to all 64 matches across four dedicated channels, bringing the best action in the world straight to their TVs, mobiles and tablets. This two-year deal kicks off a hugely exciting period for sports fans around the world and we’re delighted to be at the center of the action.”BeIN’s deal with Etisalat follows the resumption of the distribution of its channels on rival UAE operator Du’s TV service after a brief absence.The UAE, in common with other Gulf countries, cut ties with Qatar and blocked access to BeIN Media’s services a year ago. However, unlike other countries in the region such as Saudi Arabia, the UAE restored BeIN’s ability to air in the country shortly afterwards.BeIN Media has recently complained vociferously about pirating of its services across the region by a service provocatively branded BeoutQ. The Qatar media group slammed Saudi satellite operator Arabsat for facilitating the transmission of the service, which it said had pirated sports competitions to which BeIN has the exclusive rights.last_img read more

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LISNAFIN PARKSOCIAL HOMES DESTROYED IN ARSON ATTAC

first_img LISNAFIN PARKSOCIAL HOMES DESTROYED IN ARSON ATTACK IN STRABANE ShareTweet West Tyrone SDLP MLA Daniel McCrossan said that, while he was thankful no one was hurt, the attack could “only be described as a reckless act of complete idiocy”. DETECTIVES are investigating an arson attack in Strabane which has destroyed at least one flat used for social housing.The ground-floor flat at Lisnafin Park was empty when it was set alight in the early hours of Sunday, but police say a number of other nearby properties had to be evacuated.The fire was reported at about 5.15am.center_img Detectives say enquiries into the arson attack are ongoing.They are asking anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area, or who has any information about the incident, to contact them at Strand Road on 101 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.SOCIAL HOMES DESTROYED IN ARSON ATTACK IN STRABANE was last modified: October 16th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: Mr McCrossan added: “It is an absolute travesty that social housing in the area has literally gone up in flames.“The flats involved have recently undergone renovation by the Housing Executive to try and improve the living conditions of tenants or future tenants.“But all this progress has now been destroyed and I’d imagine it will take considerable time before these flats are occupied again.”last_img read more

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