Categories: News Rep. Bill Rogers is joined by his wife as he is sworn into his 3rd term as a state representative by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley 09Jan Swearing in 2013
Categories: News Rep. Bill Rogers is joined by his wife as he is sworn into his 3rd term as a state representative by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley 09Jan Swearing in 2013
29Mar Rep. Alexander announces Jackson office hours Categories: Alexander News State Rep. Julie Alexander announced her monthly in-district office hours with local residents, emphasizing the importance of being available to the community.“I am committed to making state government accessible and accountable,” Rep. Alexander said. “I encourage anyone with questions or ideas about their state government to join me for conversation.”Rep. Alexander’s office hours will take place at the Jackson County Tower Building, 120 W. Michigan Ave. in Jackson at the following dates and times:Wednesday, April 4 from 10 to 11 a.m.;Monday, April 9 from 9 to 10 a.m.;Friday, April 13 from 4 to 5 p.m.;Friday, April 20 from 9 to 10 a.m.; andMonday, April 23 from 5 to 6 p.m.Rep. Alexander will also sponsor a special Milk Break meeting at Candi’s BZB Café, 225 S. Mechanic St. in Jackson on Monday, April 9 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.No appointments are necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Alexander at 517-373-1795 or via email at JulieAlexander@house.mi.gov.
Categories: Kesto News,News 24May House approves plan to protect Michigan’s children from sexual assault Bipartisan legislation approved after Nassar inquiry, committee voteState Rep. Klint Kesto, chair of the House Law and Justice Committee, today announced the state House has approved a bipartisan plan to protect Michigan’s residents, especially children, from sexual assault.“We have a responsibility to protect Michigan’s children and this plan will ensure significant and thorough protections will be in place,” said Kesto, a former Wayne County prosecutor. “This is the culmination of a three-month inquiry into how Michigan State University addressed complaints filed against Larry Nassar and over 19 hours of committee testimony from Nassar survivors, parents, university administrators, legal experts, professors, medical professionals and multiple public and nonprofit organizations.“The result is a plan that will drastically improve our state’s response to sexual misconduct, increase our standards and ensure there will never be another Larry Nassar,” Kesto said.Kesto also sponsored two bills included in the 28-bill package:Updating current state law to modernize definitions for the crime of wrongly providing medical services under false pretenses so that it applies to both male and female patients, as well as increasing the penalties for violations to combat sexual misconduct in the medical field;Stopping individuals from using their position of authority, such as a coach or supervisor, to prevent or attempt to prevent reporting criminal sexual conduct to law enforcement or other authorities.Kathy Hagenian, executive policy director at Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence, was among several representative organizations who testified during the committee’s 12 hearings in support of multiple bills.“The Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence deeply appreciates the work of the chairman, the commitment and efforts of all the bill sponsors, co-sponsors, and committee members who have worked so diligently on the bipartisan sexual assault/sexual misconduct legislative initiative,” Hagenian said. “This wide-ranging package of bills will expand and enhance protections for sexual assault survivors in our state, advance perpetrator accountability, and positively impact the culture change necessary to end sexual violence. We look forward to continuing to bring forward the voices and experiences of survivors and advocates from across the state as these important proposals move through the legislative process.”Kesto’s legislation, House Bills 5787 and 5537, joins the 26 other bills in advancing to the Senate for consideration.“This has been a long process that is far from over, but we owe this to all survivors. I look forward to working with our partners in the Senate to find the best solutions for Michigan’s residents,” said Kesto, of Commerce Township. “This is legislation that will help protect my family, along with all of our state’s families, in virtually every way possible from sexual assault.”
Categories: Brann News 17Jan Rep. Brann continues to serve key role in Michigan’s budget process State Rep. Tommy Brann has been appointed by Speaker Lee Chatfield to serve on the House Appropriations Committee during the 2019-20 legislative session.Brann, of Wyoming, will chair the House’s Judiciary Subcommittee, which is charged with setting the budgets for Michigan’s court systems, as well as the Judicial Tenure Commission and the State Appellate Defender’s Office.“As a restaurant owner for more than 47 years, I know the challenges of watching my small business costs and meeting payroll. I will continue to go through the state budget line-by-line to ensure our citizens are getting the most out of each and every hard-earned tax dollar,” Brann said. “When I’m in Appropriations Committee, I think of the over 90,000 people I represent, my employees, and my blue collar restaurant. They all mean a lot to me.”Additionally, Brann will serve on the Military, Veterans Affairs and State Police; General Government; and Transportation budget subcommittees.Residents may contact Brann at (517) 373-2277 or TommyBrann@house.mi.gov.###
Ukrainian cable operator Volia has added two new channels to its programming line-up.Subscribers to the Ukrainian World and Vsesvit packages will now be able to watch channels Black Sea TV and Your Property TV. Black Sea TV (pictured, left) airs a mix of cultural, educational, music and entertainment programming, while Your Property shows property infomercials grouped by category.
ITV and FremantleMedia have launched companion screen voting for the Britain’s Got Talent show, using technology from Mobile Interactive Group and app developer Tellybug.Viewers are now able to vote via their iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch directly from the Britain’s Got Talent app. The app has received over 500,000 downloads across the series and seen peak traffic of up to 130,000 users per episode.The app now features a voting button that displays during the voting period on the show, replacing an existing interactive feature, the ‘buzzer’. Users are able to purchase of bundle of three votes for £1.49 (€1.85). The app also now enables viewers to purchase access to live streaming from four exclusive backstage cameras which have been placed around the Britain’s Got Talent studio. Users can purchase a series pass starting from £1.99 at the beginning of the live phase.ITV and FremantleMedia have also introduced the use of Mobile Short Dial Codes for the show. These allow UK mobile users to dial a short seven digit number to vote from their mobiles for a guaranteed fixed price of £0.50 per vote, regardless of mobile network provider.Ann Cook, director of interactive, ITV, and managing director of ITL said, “We know that today’s viewers like engaging and interacting with our biggest shows via new platforms and on many devices. Therefore it makes sense for us to explore introducing voting to the places where large numbers of viewers are already engaged. We’re really looking forward to seeing how audiences respond to both these two new voting platforms, alongside the existing landline platform, as Britain’s Got Talent moves into its exciting live final phase this weekend.”
The value of the global OTT video business is set to grow to about US$15 billion (€12 billion) by 2016 form US$2-3 billion today, potentially benefiting telcos and rights owners but threatening established pay TV operators and broadcasters, according to a report by Arthur D Little.The authors of Over-the-top Video: “First to Scale Wins” argue that OTT could threaten to disintermediate traditional broadcasters and accelerate the decline in physical media sales.Arthur D Little argues that OTT video will grow to equal the size of today’s in-store video rental market by 2016. However, it says, OTT distribution of films has not so far compensated for the decline in revenue from physical media as VOD prices in the US and France, for example, are on average four to nine times less than for DVDs. The industry is also suffering from “value destruction” within individual segments as DVD prices continue to decline and the premium from Blu-ray fails to make up the difference.According to the report, OTT growth is still relatively slow due to rights being negotiated on a piecemeal basis and OTT providers still being unable to compete with established pay TV companies with large subscriber bases. This is leading to more intense competition for streaming rights and OTT providers such as Netflix investing more in original content to gain exclusive rights.National players, meanwhile, have an opportunity to secure scale in OTT since they will always put a higher value on national rights than global OTT players can and can tie OTT in with existing pay TV offerings, according to the report.
Russian state broadcasting organisation RTRS has begun DVB-T2 based digital-terrestrial broadcasts in the Sverdlovsk region.Digital broadcasts will be initiated from 65 sites, covering the cities of Yekaterinburg, Afanasyevsk, Bisert, Nizhniye Sergi, Asbest, Yushala, Tugulym, Artemovskiy, Zaykovo, Alapayevsk and Samotsvet.
Ericsson will be exhibiting at IBC on stand 1.D61 Ericsson will use IBC to unveil a live captioning platform. Ericsson is showcasing its real-time platform that supports live captioning in various languages for broadcasters using speech-to-text, newsroom integration, and offline content preparation.The live platform is a key part of Ericsson’s broadcast and media services portfolio following the acquisition of leading media services company Red Bee Media in July.The software platform, which was developed in-house, uses speech recognition and stenography technologies to power live captioning. It allows multiple captioners to prepare and deliver real-time services for clients while maximizing re-use of the caption data after it has been broadcast, for example, by helping to power content discovery and enrich archive search, according to Ericsson. The platform is currently being used to deliver live captioning services for broadcast clients including the BBC.“The drive for technical innovation and operational efficiency has underpinned Ericsson’s approach to the design and development of this platform from the outset. They have delivered a system that is uniquely tailored to meeting our demanding requirements,” said Simon Smith, head of broadcast and publication operations at BBC Television.“We are already seeing a step change in live subtitling accuracy as a result of using this platform, and we view its ongoing development as a vital tool in delivering ever-greater access to live programs for the BBC’s deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers.”
Patrick Drahi’s Altice is to create a joint venture with NextRadioTV founder Alain Weill to take over the French thematic channel provider.Will and Altice will be partners in a joint venture in which will Weill will control 51% of the economic and voting rights and serve as executive chairman. Weill will then transfer his stake in NextRadioTV, in which he holds 37.77% – and 48.59% of the voting rights – to the new company, following which the venture will launch a voluntary tender for 100% control of the channel provider at €30 a share, a premium of 30.5% to its average price over the last six months.The planned transactions will ultimately give Weill a 24% stake in an Altice subsidiary dedicated to investment in media companies, with a focus on diversification outside France.Weill will joint Altice’s executive committee as managing director of Altice Media, responsible for the investment group’s media activities.NextRadioTV offers a suite of channels including news service BFM TV, sports network RMC and Chérie TV.“After 15 years of continued growth thanks to the success of our TV channels, radio stations and digital platforms, I am delighted to be part of this partnership between NextRadioTV and Patrick Drahi’s Altice. This partnership will allow us to continue and accelerate the development of our media activities in France and abroad,” said Weill.“We are very excited to partner with Alain Weill, a great professional and talented entrepreneur, whom I have known and admired for almost 20 years. Alain Weill will lead our media division within Altice. The development and expansion into media and content in the countries where we are present brings an additional growth driver to Altice and offers attractive synergies with our telecom activities. This will allow us to offer the best content to our customers who already benefit from the best fibre-based fixed networks and 4G+ mobile networks. This partnership with NextRadioTV and Alain Weill represents a major step in our strategy,” said Drahi.
Twitter has struck an exclusive deal with the NFL to deliver a live OTT stream of Thursday Night Football to a global audience for free, without authentication.The agreement will come into force during the 2016 NFL Regular Season with Twitter to stream the 10 Thursday Night Football games that will also be broadcast by NBC and CBS in the US and simulcast on the NFL Network.The partnership includes live match coverage, as well as in-game highlights and pre-game Periscope broadcasts from players and teams, in a bid to give fans “an immersive experience before, during and after games.”NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said: “Twitter is where live events unfold and is the right partner for the NFL as we take the latest step in serving fans around the world live NFL football”.“There is a massive amount of NFL-related conversation happening on Twitter during our games and tapping into that audience, in addition to our viewers on broadcast and cable, will ensure Thursday Night Football is seen on an unprecedented number of platforms this season. This agreement also provides additional reach for those brands advertising with our broadcast partners.”Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey added: “This is about transforming the fan experience with football. People watch NFL games with Twitter today. Now they’ll be able to watch right on Twitter Thursday nights.”Last season the NFL did a partnership with Yahoo to deliver a free, global live stream of a regular season NFL game, marking the first time users could access the NFL’s premium content worldwide, without authentication.
Genius Digital has published a refreshed ‘Big Data Market Map’, in a bid to “decode the role of big data across TV and OTT”.The company, which provides data solutions to TV operators and broadcasters, said the map will help operators to more comprehensively understand the market dynamics around data, the key players and the role they play.“There are so many companies claiming a role in some way when it comes to Big Data, and the second generation of our data market map, provides a clear and concise guide, helping companies right across the TV and content ecosystem to identify where they fit, and how they interact with other players,” said Genius Digital CEO, Tom Weiss.“With the publication of this infographic we’re stripping away complexity for non-customers, and showing how players right across the TV landscape can utilise data in a variety of ways to create profitable business models.” Click here to see the data map.
All 2019 Samsung Smart TVs and select 2018 TV models with a firmware update will feature the all-new Apple TV app in more than 100 countries and offer AirPlay 2 support in 176 countries starting today, the company has announced.The news comes following an announcement at CES that Apple would offer iTunes movies and TV shows on Samsung TVs. “For the last decade, Samsung has been at the forefront of offering the broadest selection of content available to consumers on our Smart TV platform.” said Won-Jin Lee, Executive vice president, Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “As the first TV manufacturer to integrate the Apple TV app on a Smart TV platform, Samsung continues to offer our customers incredible value and access to the Apple TV app experience on the largest screens available today.”The Apple TV app is integrated fully into Samsung’s Smart TV platform, and allows users access to more than 100,000 iTunes movies and TV shows to buy or rent. Customers can also subscribe to Apple TV channels within the Apple TV app.This update will also include the ability to view Apple TV+ – Apple’s SVOD platform that was announced in March.
Digital TV Europe’s CEE 2011 provides its annual statistical overview of the region’s key markets and, over the next few pages, predicts how the pay TV industry is likely to evolve.The pay TV sector in central and eastern Europe came through the global economic crisis relatively unscathed. New services have continued to launch, and consolidation is yet to materialise in most markets. This means competition remains rife.Russia and Poland continue to dominate the region’s pay TV market, between them accounting for almost half of revenues. Satellite services have performed particularly well and are expected to overtake cable as the leading platform in 2012.Digital TV was slow to take off and in many markets that still rings true. But others are starting to see real progress – notably Russia, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland – and, according to Informa Telecoms and Media, digital TV is forecast to grow fairly rapidly in the region. Having ended 2009 with 44 million digital TV homes, the region is expected to close 2015 with 125 million digital households – a near three-fold increase.Czech RepublicThe Czech Republic remains one of eastern Europe’s most dynamic TV markets. The recession had a major impact on the country, with GDP contracting 4.1% in 2009. More than a third of the country’s 4.4 million TV households take DTT services, another third take DTH services (although only 15% are paying customers), a quarter take cable, leaving 5% of TV households with IPTV services.According to the Czech Association of Electronic Communications, cable subscriptions reached 1.05 million by end-2009, up 80,000 year-on-year, and 90% of households had access to digital cable services. However, cable is losing market share.UPC accounts for more than half of Czech cable subscribers. Its operations are located in over 90 cities and towns and the operator ended 2010 with 524,300 cable subs, down from 532,000 a year earlier. However, digital penetration increased to 78.6% by end-2010, with 411,800 subscribers.Expected CEE digital TV penetration, 2011-2015UPC also operates its DTH platform UPC Direct in Czech Republic, but the service has lost subscribers recently. It ended March with a total of 81,000 satellite customers after losing 4,500 during the first quarter of 2011, putting it in fourth place in terms of DTH subscriber numbers.Telefonica O2, which also operates an IPTV service, estimated nearly 1.5 million DTH homes by end-2009, although the telco doesn’t break down its TV subscriber numbers. However, nearly a million of these homes received free DTH services. In September 2006, Romania-based Digi TV won a DTH licence from the Czech Radio and TV Council and a third licence went to CS Link in late 2006. SkyLink became the market’s fourth DTH provider when operator Towercom teamed with card vendor TradeTec to expand the previously Slovak-only service into the Czech Republic in October 2008.SkyLink’s pre-paid DTH service had around 800,000 active smartcards by end-2010, up 29% from 2009. However, not all are classed as pay TV subscribers. CS Link, backed by SPD Corporation (which holds the Czech Digital Group DTT multiplex licence) and GES Media Asset (which controls half of broadcaster Prima), ended 2010 with 539,000 active prepaid customers in the Czech Republic, up 29% on the previous year.In terms of IPTV, incumbent Telefonica’s service launched in 2006 and ended 2010 with 129,000 subs, losing 9,000 subs over the previous 12 months. Slow subscriber growth has been attributed to greater competition from DTT, which O2 believes presents a significant enough improvement on analogue terrestrial TV to deter Czechs from paying for extra channels. Total DTT penetration was 41.1% at mid-2010. About 1.6 million homes – over a third of TV households – were primary DTT homes in 2010.HungaryHungary has one of the most competitive TV markets in eastern Europe. Over half of its 4.2 million TV households subscribe to cable, though these numbers are falling as homes are attracted either to low-cost DTH or triple-play bundles from IPTV operators.Hungary had 1.48 million digital TV homes at the end of March, according to the latest figures released by the country’s media regulator, the NMHH, up from 1.2 million a year earlier.According to the regulator, based on the coverage of the 12 largest TV distribution networks, about 3.8 million homes in the country take some form of subscription TV service, with the remaining 800,000 homes taking either analogue free-to-air or digital-terrestrial TV. Cable and IPTV combined has a market share of 21.8%. DTH accounts for a 33%.Taking all services into account, UPC is the leading platform with a 28.9% share, followed by Romanian company RCS & RDS’s Digi platform with 26.6% and telco Magyar Telekom with 24.8%.In terms of cable, there are more than two million subscribers split between 400 operators. UPC is the market leader, with 896,00 subscribers, of which 265,000 take digital services. The second largest operator is Magyar Telekom but it is facing falling subscriber numbers. It ended March with 402,911 cable TV customers, almost 60,000 fewer than a year earlier. Both UPC and Magyar Telekom also offer DTH platforms. The former ended March with 198,000 after adding 8,400 in the previous three months, while Magyar Telekom has also grown its DTH base to 261,000, up from 196,000 a year earlier. RCS & RDS’s DigiTV DTH platform has the most subscribers but it is losing them. It ended 2010 with 357,600, down 13.4% at the end of 2009.Magyar Telekom also offers an IPTV service, Hungary’s largest, with 146,135 subscribers. It almost doubled its customer base in the 12 months to the end of March.PolandThe Polish pay TV market is dominated by DTH operators, which between them have attracted eight million subscribers, compared with 4.7 million cable households.By the end of 2010, there were over six million paying DTH subscribers taking services from one of the four main operators – Cyfrowy Polsat, Cyfra Plus, ‘n’ and TP/Orange. Of those, Cyfrowy Polsat is the country’s largest operator, with 3.43 million subs at the end of 2010.Cyfra Plus, part of the Canal Plus Group, is Poland’s second-largest DTH operator, with 1.55 million subs at the end of 2010. It offers over 70 Polish channels as well as the Cyfra Plus premium service. It has benefited from holding the rights to Polish soccer matches since the 2006/7 season, but the renewal of the rights has been problematic, with rival bids coming from broadcaster TVN. In 2010, sister company Canal Plus secured the English Premier League rights for three seasons.TVN Group-owned DTH platform ‘n’ had 805,000 active post paid subs and 332,000 prepaid subs at the end of the year and the company reached its goal of generating ARPU of PLN60 (915) by the end of December 2010. The operator offers the most extensive HD line-up of all the country’s pay TV operators, with a total of 27 channels.Telco TP/Orange had 464,00 DTH subscribers at the end of March, after adding 33,000 since the end of the year.Cable operators have been slow to upgrade networks, due partly to fragmentation and also a result of the high costs involved. UPC Polska is the only operator with over one million subscribers. The Liberty Global-owned operator, which has upgraded most of its network, ended March with a total of 1.1 million subs. It is followed by Vectra, which has 773,000 subscribers.Multimedia Polska is Poland’s third-largest cable operator. It ended 2010 with 699,114 TV subs, and a total of 1,325,870 RGUs. In March, the operator became the first cabler in Poland to launch an OTT service offering TV channels and VOD. Marketed as mmTV.pl, it offers access to over 1,000 movies and TV channels. Fourth-placed Aster was acquired by Liberty Global in December 2010 for PLN2.4 billion (e600 million), including net debt. The acquisition will increase UPC’s cable market share to around 30%. Aster operates in Warsaw, Krakow and Zielona Gora and by end-2010, had 368,000 subscribers, down from 380,000 a year earlier.Competition from IPTV services has been fairly low and the country was home to just 186,000 IPTV homes at the end of 2010, despite 5.93 million people taking a broadband subscription.RomaniaThe Romanian pay TV market is marked by the fact that the main operators offer a mix of cable and satellite, with some also offering IPTV services. With cable, DTH and IPTV operations, RCS & RDS is the market leader. UPC also has cable and DTH assets (trading as Focus Sat) as does Akta (formerly known as Digital Cable System and Max TV). Already well established as a DTH operator, OTE-backed Romtelecom’s Dolce TV launched its IPTV service in December 2009. The operator increased its TV subscriber base in 2010, surpassing the one million mark in the course of the year. It ended December with 1,053,627 TV customers, up 15% from 911,040 at the end of 2009.According to Romanian regulator ANCOM, the country had 5.73 million pay TV subscribers at mid-2010, down 1.7% from end-2009. This total accounted for 70% of TV households. Cable remains the most popular pay TV option, although the platform lost 1.2% of subscribers in the first half of 2010. The number of DTH subscribers also declined, by 3% and while IPTV experienced growth, it only represents 0.2% of the market.ANCOM reported 3.37 million cable subs at mid-2010, down from 3.41 million at end-2009. There were only 350,000 digital cable subs at mid-2010 although this figure was up 10.5% in six months. DTH appears to be reaching market saturation, despite the low-cost promotions. Boom TV, one of five DTH operators, felt the strain from market competition, filing for insolvency in May 2010. The company continued to operate, albeit whilst haemorrhaging subscribers, and was recently acquired by telco and DTH operator Romtelecom. There were 2.4 million DTH subs by September 2010, of which 82% belonged to Romtelecom’s Dolce (one million) or RCS & RDS-owned Digi TV (970,000).UPC Romania ended March with 1.139 million “customer relationships”, including 304,000 digital cable customers and 235,000 DTH subscribers. In February it was reported that RCS & RDS was close to acquiring UPC Romania from Liberty Global for around US$300 million (2205 million). Should the deal go ahead, RCS & RDS would be by far the leading operator in the market, providing TV services to around four million homes.RussiaRussia was home to an estimated 13.4 million cable subs at the end of September 2010 and cable association AKTRoptimistically forecasts 25 million cable subs by 2015. However, 70% of cable subscribers only pay to receive the ‘social package’ of terrestrial channels.Russia has 600 cable operators and 60 MMDS platforms, but only 10% have more than 20,000 subscribers, and six companies control around 60% of subs. Moscow accounts for almost one-third of the country’s cable TV revenues.Expected CEE pay-TV revenues, 2011-2015Service provider Sistema Mass Media is consolidating its telecoms and TV assets under the MTS brand. Sistema owns 53% of MTS, the country’s leading mobile operator. Many of Sistema’s TV interests were previously placed under subsidiary Comstar-UTS, trading as Stream TV. By September 2010, Comstar had over 1.9 million pay TV subs.Rostelecom has been buying out minority shareholders in Svyazinvest’s seven regional telcos to create a single unit. Svyazinvest is targeting a 17% share of pay TV revenues by 2015. One of the subsidiaries, Central Telegraph, is in the process of building its Universal Multi Service Network in Moscow to cover 1.5 million apartments. With a 2,000km fibre-optic network already operational, the company had 224,000 broadband subscribers and 40,000 IPTV subs under the Qwerty TV brand at September 2010. Also owned by Svyazinvest, North-West Telecom launched an IPTV service in April 2008 under the Avangard TV brand, which offers a network DVR system with up to 72 hours storage. Avangard TV had 25,000 IPTV subs by September 2010. Southern Telecommunications, another Svyazinvest asset, launched an IPTV service in late 2005 under the brand name DiSeL-TV. Informa estimates that it ended September 2010 with 691,400 broadband and 39,500 IPTV subs.In terms of DTH, take-up has soared but most homes receive free or near-free services. Seven services are available: NTV-Plus, Tricolor TV, Russian TV Time (RTVT), Raduga, Platforma HD and two from Orion Express (Viva TV and Continent TV). An eighth operation, a pre-pay service known as Telekarta, launched in September 2010.Tricolor TV is the most successful DTH service in terms of customer numbers with an estimated 7.5 million. However, it has gained scale by offering a free subscription for the first year. NTV-Plus ended September 2010 with 750,000 subscribers and despite adding channels and a greater range of services, it has not met the desired subscription growth. Viva TV, the DTH service provided by Orion Express, a subsidiary of Moscow-based Telecom Express, had 155,000 subscribers at September 2010.UkraineUkraine has 18 million TV households, with around 3.8 million pay TV homes.State statistics committee Ukrstat said there were 3.46 million cable TV subscribers in Ukraine at the start of the year. The cable sector is fragmented, with more than half the subs served by operators with fewer than 10,000 subscribers and it is estimated that are up to 700 operators. Volia, jointly owned by private equity firms Sigmableyzer and Providence Equity Partners, dominates the cable sector. Including its subsidiaries, the operator had about 1.4 million subscribers at the start of 2010.In terms of DTH, there are more than two million homes with satellite TV. However, the vast majority of these households receive only free-to-air channels. Launched in April 2008, Vision TV (Viasat) is a joint venture between Sweden’s Modern Times Group and local set-top box manufacturer Strong Media Group. MTG reported that Viasat’s premium DTH services in the Baltics and the Ukraine had a combined subscriber base of 245,000 by end-2010. Vision TV had 110,000 subscribers at end of the third quarter of 2010.
ShareTweet Loyalists erecting flag and flag pole in centre of Magherafelt in the early hours of Wednesday morning. But it was removed last night by contractorsTHE Orange Order has distanced itself from claims some members were involved in the erection of an unsanctioned Union Flag in Magherafelt.The flag pole appeared in the early hours of Wednesday morning in opposition to Mid Ulster District Council.The council has planning permission for a £46,000 public artwork at the roundabout on which it now stands. However, last night the pole was taken down by contractors as PSNI officers guarded over them.The decision to remove the pole and flag angered TUV leader Jim Allister last night.He tweeted: “Disgraceful scenes in Magherafelt tonight as Union flagpole cut down.“And what did PSNI do about this hate crime and act of criminal damage?” It was decided 18 months earlier, after a contentious council vote, that a decades-old Union Flag post would be removed from the centre of the town in a bid to provide a “shared space” through the public realm scheme works.But the decision angered unionist parties and the Orange Order, which said last October that the flag’s eviction from the majority nationalist town would make it “a cold place for unionists”.William Lennox from the British Truth Forum has admitted he was behind the new flag, and that a group – some of whom he said are Orange Order members – put the new flag up between Tuesday midnight and 1.30am yesterday.“It was funded by victims, ex-veterans, members of the Orange Order and non members of the Orange Order,” he said.But a spokesperson for the Orange Order’s Magherafelt district said: “The district was neither responsible for, nor sanctioned, this occurrence.“Equally, the district did not support, or give permission, for the Union Flag to be removed in the first place.”Mr Lennox said he believed those behind the new flag did nothing wrong, adding they didn’t need planning permission as the old one had been approved, but it is understood this was not the case.“We put it up in safety, where there was hardly any traffic. The choice was to go up late at night or in the early hours of the morning.”He refused to be drawn on the cost of the flag pole and the contractor employed to install it, but said he had made the council aware he intended to put the flag back up.Magherafelt Sinn Fein councillor Darren Totten calledg for its immediate removal, said its erection was an “attempt to sectarianise the election” and deflect from the RHI scandal.Police said they are aware of an incident in The Diamond area of Magherafelt in the early hours of Wednesday and that inquiries are ongoing.Mid Ulster Council said: “The council will seek to resolve the issue of the unauthorised structure at the location.”ORANGE ORDER WASHES HANDS OVER CLAIMS MEMBERS ERECTED UNION FLAG IN CO DERRY was last modified: February 9th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: BRITISH TRUTH FORUMMAGHERAFELT DISTRICT ORANGE ORDERORANGE ORDER WASHES HANDS OVER CLAIMS MEMBERS ERECTED UNION FLAG IN CO DERRYPSNIWILLIAM LENNOX
The PSNI and Gardai are looking for a black Audi which they may have been used as the getaway vehicle.A partial registration – 08 KE (Kildare) – was noted.The text alert to the local community said the vehicle crossed the border at Killea. ShareTweet POLICE on both sides of the border are hunting a gang of robbers following an incident in Derry last night.The alarm was raised last night by way of a community text alert system.Details are sketchy but all that is known is a robbery took place in Derry yesterday evening and those involved fled over the border and into Donegal. CROSS BORDER HUNT LAUNCHED FOR ROBBERS AND BLACK AUDI CAR was last modified: March 8th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: CROSS BORDER HUNT LAUNCHED FOR ROBBERS AND BLACK AUDI CARdonegalgardaikilleaPSNI
“Enquiries are continuing, and anyone with information is asked to contact Detectives at Strand Road Criminal Investigation Branch by calling 101, and quoting reference 220 16/08/17.”Alternatively information can be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on freephone 0800 555 111WOMAN CHEATS SERIOUS INJURY IN ARSON ATTACK AT DERRY HOME was last modified: August 16th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: She was taken by ambulance for treatment for the effects of breathing in smoke.Inspector Mullan said: “At approximately 7.19 am, a fire was reported at a terraced house. “A woman, who was the only occupant in the house at the time, was taken to hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation. “The property suffered damage, including the living room area, and there was smoke damage to other rooms. ShareTweet INSPECTOR MULLANLOWER BENNETT STREETPSNISTRAND ROADWOMAN CHEATS SERIOUS INJURY IN ARSON ATTACK AT DERRY HOME DETECTIVES are appealing for information following a suspected arson with intent to endanger life at a house in Derry today.It happened in the Lower Bennett Street area of the city this morning, Wednesday, August 16.Fortunately, a woman who was at home at the time cheated serious injury.
ShareTweet The map also provides practical information like where you can park your bike and where to go if you get a puncture.People can view the new cycling map by visiting the Council’s website www.derrystrabane.com/cycle Council launches new online cycling map was last modified: June 11th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: Council launches new online cycling mapDerry and Strabane CouncilInternational Bike WeekMayor Michaela Boyle “I’m delighted to see the launch of the online map which offers quick and easy access to the latest information on all our local greenways, park cycle paths, shared use paths and on road cycle lanes in our District,” she declared.“Making it easier for people to travel in a more active way is a key objective for Council as it’s good for our environment, reducing congestion and carbon emissions. And it’s great for people’s physical and mental health.“With our ever-expanding traffic-free greenway network and the development of our parks and green infrastructure we are making really positive strides towards developing a more sustainable region.”The map will make it easier for local people to plan journeys on their bike and will be a boost to our cycle tourism offering. LOCAL cycling enthusiasts can check out the growing network of routes across Derry and Strabane thanks to a new online map just launched by Council marking International Bike Week.The map marks out all local cycling routes and will enable locals and visitors to explore the network, plan new routes and locate handy facilities useful to cyclists.Launching the new online resource, Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Michaela Boyle, said it would be a really valuable guide for cyclists, especially those new to the area.
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In This Issue. * High Yielders gain VS dollars today. * U.K. IP prints negative, pushing down pound sterling. * Consumer Credit rebound good or bad? * Total U.S. debt is out of control! And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. Fitch Raises N.Z.’s Outlook! Good Day! . And a Tom Terrific Tuesday to you! What an interesting baseball game last night! My beloved Cardinals only had 3 hits for the whole game, but won 2-0 on a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th. Living dangerously, eh? That’s what this year has seemed to be for me, given all the talk about 2014, being the year of the dollar. It’s been a year of living dangerously, being one of the few that said that was hogwash! No one, in the media, wants to talk to me any longer, for I won’t play the game of talking up the U.S. economy and the dollar with them. Well, when the liquidity crashes through the floor this fall, and the Fed comes back to the bond buying table with their tail between their legs, and the dollar begins to spiral downward again, as is my opinion, and I could be wrong of course, but, I wonder who will want to talk to me then? Wow! Talk about getting things on my chest off of it, right out of the starters’ blocks this morning! Well, I may as well, do that, front and center, this morning, for tomorrow isn’t promised to me, and I wouldn’t want to take that ride off into the sunset without telling you that! And no, I’m not feeling like I’m going to take that ride off into the sunset, I’m just saying. Well, yesterday, I told you how the currencies were attempting to gain back some respectability after the dollar stripped them of their respectability last Thursday. And that trading characteristic held true the rest of the day, as the euro climbed back to 1.36, and Gold erased its $6 loss in early morning trading to end up a shekel or two on the day. I just saw a snippet of a story on Bloomberg TV talking about how the Cupcake Bubble has burst. Well, bust my buttons, which of course is exactly what they would have done, if I had eaten one of those steroid Cupcakes every day! My guess is that the Cupcake Bubble won’t have the same effect as the Tulip Bubble. (ok, for those that don’t know the history of the Tulip Bubble, I suggest you Google it, and learn something that you can use at cocktail parties! HA!) Well, looky there. A data print in the U.K. that wasn’t pointing toward a rate hike! U.K. May Industrial Production fell -.7% and was led down the slippery slope by a fall in Manufacturing production, which fell -1.3%… So, this is the last “real meat” data print in the U.K. before the Gov’t. goes into the smoky back room to calculate 2nd QTR GDP, which will print on 7/25. I would have to think that the rate hike campers were scattered when this data printed today, and that the hopes for a stronger than expected (+.8%) 2nd QTR GDP report have dissipated. And none of that is good for the British pound sterling, which has held 1.71 for a couple of weeks now, but is in danger of giving that up today. The High Yielders seem to have the conn this morning, with the Aussie dollar (A$) and New Zealand dollar / kiwi leading the way. Kiwi is having the best night and morning sessions as it was learned overnight that the ratings agency Fitch had raised New Zealand’s Credit Rating from stable to positive, and affirmed that New Zealand’s long-term foreign currency rating would remain at AA. Fitch pointed to the words of Prime Minister, John Key, who projected that the budget will return to surplus in the current financial year for the first time in 7 years! Dear reader, Blair, who lives downunder, and sends me stuff (Thanks Blair!) from Australia and New Zealand all the time to read, sent me a note the other night, on New Zealand milk production, exports, and price. So, here’s a snippet that suggests that I’m right about another rate hike in New Zealand this year, due to a strong economy. “Fonterra (N.Z.’s dairy factory) said milk collection across N.Z. for the month of June reached 9 million kg of milksolids, 10.1% higher than the same month last year. And Australia’s collection was 16% ahead of the previous June’s collection” Good stuff to know, eh? New Zealand’s main exports are commodities, dairy, wool and lumber, so this news is HUGE for the N.Z. economy. things continue to look up in N.Z. folks, and probably one of the few bright spots, economy-wise, on earth. Oh, and kiwi is trading at a 3-year high this morning, so put that in your cake and bake it! About 5 years ago, I was writing for the Sovereign Society, (they used to love me too!) and I came up with an idea for an article, and the idea was that I woke up one morning to find things in the financial world going crazy, I talked about Treasuries collapsing, along with stock futures and the dollar, Gold was soaring so fast you couldn’t hit a bid if you wanted to, I described how the markets were shut down to protect them from falling further, and the President had to attempt to calm the markets, and so on and so on. I then woke up from my dream. But it was all so real! And possible, eh? Given the what the BRICS are taking a stance against the dollar, you have to wonder when my “dream” or better yet, “nightmare” becomes reality. Unfortunately, besides you dear reader, me, and the NSA (hi guys!), Americans just don’t care about this stuff. They don’t believe that it can happen, but think about that for a minute. You could go and make a list of things that have happened over time that everyone thought would never happen. I know that this is 17 days before I speak in Vancouver, but I’ll give you a snippet of what I’m going to talk about. U.S. Americans are nearly $60 Trillion dollars in debt. When you total up all forms of debt including Gov’t Debt, Business Debt, Mortgage Debt, and Consumer Debt, Americans are in the red by $59.4 Trillion dollars! I heard that if you were alive when Jesus Christ was born and you had spent $80 Million dollars a day, every single day since then, you still would not have spent $59.4 Trillion dollars! There’s some more “cocktail conversation” for you! And if you are going to Vancouver to hear me talk, no worries, I’ve got a bag full-o-cocktail conversation treasures! OK. moving along. The euro is still sniffing around 1.36, as it finally reached that level yesterday, but immediately gave it up, only to visit it again, and then give it up again, and so on. It’s as if Traders in the Red corner, push the appreciation envelope, and the Traders in the Blue corner push it back! The ECOFIN (Eurozone Finance Ministers) meeting yesterday produced a comment or two from European Central Bank (ECB) President, Draghi, who said that “the pace of economic fixes is slowing.” And then Greek officials said they wouldn’t need a third bailout when the current one ends. Speaking of the Eurozone. I saw a report this morning that Japanese investors are swapping Eurozone bonds. Selling bunds (German Gov’t bonds) and buying French Gov’t bonds for the yield pickup.. Just shows to go ya, that investors are looking for any yield pickup that they can find! Looking for yield in all the wrong places. That’s what I think of when I think of going from German bonds to French bonds. I mean, given that the IMF thinks that France is on the cusp of a fresh recession as services contract supply and more austerity cuts filter through. Sure, that’s good times stuff for bonds, but when yields are already historically low, there’s just not much more blood you can squeeze out of this turnip, even with an awful economy! Well, let’s see how much you’ve been paying attention all these years. The U.S. and China are getting ready to meet, guess what the Chinese did with the renminbi/ yuan last night? Yes, for all of you who answered, “they allowed the currency to appreciate ahead of the meeting”, you get a Gold star today, and get to clean the erasers during class! Do, schools even use Chalk Boards any longer? And if they do, are the erasers still in need of cleaning through that motorized brush machine? If not, these kids don’t know what they’re missing! I’m not a fan of the U.S. always trying to tell China what they should do with their currency, and given all the recent calls for an “anti-dollar alliance” for the BRICS, if I were U.S. Treasury Sec. Lew, I would tread very carefully here. A dear reader sent me a note and said that I hadn’t mentioned the bad times that the Swedish krona was having recently. Hmmm. maybe he missed class the days I did talk about it. In fact, just recently, I talked about how the Riksbank cut their main interest rate, just last Thursday. Let’s go to the archives and listen in to what Chuck said last Thursday. “and not by the customary 25 Basis Points (1/4%). No! The Riksbank decided that they needed to cut rates by 50 Basis Points (1/2%). What, What? That’s right! 50 Basis Points! Off of a rate that really didn’t have much to offer to begin with! So, now Sweden has joined the ZIRP crowd! Recall that ZIRP stands for: Zero Interest Rate Policy. I used to think that the Riksbank was what I would call a “prudent central bank”. But it appears that they’ve signed up for the war. The Currencies War. UGH! And none of this is good for the krona!..” Gold is up $2 this morning, after recovering nicely later in the day on Monday. I just read a piece on Bloomberg about how the demand for Gold is up again, and “Gold is precious again with Hedge Funds”. I sort of wish Hedge Funds would stay out of Gold, since they are so darn fickle, and change their investment direction on a dime. Any good they do, can be washed out in a heartbeat. Rising inflation and pockets of unrest around the world, are sending the price of Gold higher, as Gold resorts to its roots as a safe haven investment. Silver is back over $21, and I’m still waiting for this metal to just take off on a trip to the moon. Platinum is up $9 and Palladium is up $4 this morning. I spend more time reading about Platinum and Palladium than Gold these days. And for good reason! The U.S. Data Cupboard was empty yesterday, and really only has the May Consumer Credit report to print today.. This Consumer Credit thing has really been getting out of control in recent months, as Consumers begin to act like 2008 never happened.. Right now, this data is expected to show that Consumers added debt to the tune of $20 Billion in May, following up the $26.8 Billion total in April. I know that some people think that the bigger this number, the better for the economy. But that takes up back to what we talked about yesterday, with the short-term gains VS long term. Before I head to the Big Finish this morning, I told you yesterday that I would have more info for you today on the Sprott Vancouver Conference at the end of July, today. And here it is.. It’s actually called: Sprott Vancouver Natural Resource Symposium, it will be held at the Fairmont Vancouver, July 22 through 25. I will be speaking on the 25th. you know the old: Save the best for last trick, or. #13 on the roster, but #1 in the hearts of the fans! You know, I’m like that kid in the commercial who claims he’s the best hitter in the world, but after missing three times after he tossed the ball up in the air himself, he proclaims the he’s now the Best Pitcher in the world! I’m sure by the time I speak on Friday 7/25, all the attendees will have heard about all they want to hear, and will be tuning me out very quickly, which is why I made everyone sing along with me last year. I have no song for you this year, but. if you would love to come to the beautiful city of Vancouver, which has the absolute best weather for July, then click here to find out more and to register. : http://www.naturalresourcesymposium.com/register-everbank/ For What It’s Worth. Well, I’ve been talking about the BRICS a lot lately, and their wanting to form an “anti-dollar alliance”, and I told you a month or so ago, that the BRICS were planning to start their own Bank for reserves. Well, check out this story. “Draft agreements on a new Development Bank and a pool of BRICS currency reserves have been approved by the Russian government on Tuesday, reports TASS. The documents are to be signed on July 15,16 during the 6th BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit that Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to take part in. The BRICS currency reserve pool agreement envisages “the establishment of the mechanism of eliminating current and short-term problems in the balances of payments of the BRICS member states – Brazil, India, China, Russia and South Africa.” The Development Bank aims to “finance infrastructure projects and sustainable development undertakings in the BRICS member states and developing countries.” Chuck again. When you continually tick people off and never show any compassion afterward, those people that you ticked off will find a way to get even with you. And that’s what I think the BRICS are doing with the U.S. and the dollar.. It’s bad enough that the U.S. Gov’t has done what it has to the dollar’s value over the years, but now you have these countries ganging up on the dollar. Doesn’t seem as though the dollar’s days as a reserve currency would last much longer. (of course when I say that, I mean in years, not days!) To recap. Well, the currencies stabilized in yesterday’s trading, and the high yielders are gaining back their losses from last week, this morning. The euro keeps sniffing around 1.36, and will eventually move back over it in Chuck’s opinion. Fitch raised New Zealand’s economic outlook from stable to positive, and kept their long-term rating at AA. Industrial Production printed a negative June report, and that has the pound on the run to find cover this morning, showing that the U.K. economy isn’t on terra firma just yet. And the U.S. is going to meet with China, guess what China did to their currency overnight? Currencies today 7/8/14. American Style: A$ .9405, kiwi .8780, C$ .9370, euro 1.3595, sterling 1.7120, Swiss $1.1185, . European Style: rand 10.6895, krone 6.1830, SEK 6.8395, forint 227.10, zloty 3.0430, koruna 20.1780, RUB 34.22, yen 101.75, sing 1.2435, HKD 7.7505, INR 59.78, China 6.1626, pesos 12.99, BRL 2.2240, Dollar Index 80.25, Oil $103.33, 10-year 2.59%, Silver $21.16, Platinum $1,503.35, Palladium $872.20, and Gold. $1,323.10 That’s it for today. Well, I actually went to the baseball game last night, and then it was delayed 45 minutes due to rain, and I got home very, very late. I was very surprised when I didn’t turn the alarm off this morning! I return to the place I spent quite a bit of time in 4 years ago, today. I have to see the retina specialist, to make sure my remaining eye remains healthy. I hope I don’t fall asleep in the chair, which would be easy to do, given the lights are out, and they tell you to relax! HA! The retina specialist tried just about everything he knew to do to save my left eye 4 years ago. The shots into my eye were “special”, and something I hope no one ever has to do! My beautiful bride, got to see the new Ballpark Village last night, as I showed her around to all the stuff inside. the Ballpark Village is pretty impressive folks, and apparently a lot of people think so, because it’s always packed! Stevie Wonder is singing: My Cherie Amour but Mike and Suzan are here, so I had to sing along to myself, and not out loud. I keep yawning, I guess my body is telling me something! And a shout out to Judi B. who I ran into at the ballpark last night! One of my fave people! And with that, I’ll get out of your hair for today, and hope you have a Tom Terrific Tuesday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets