How do cataracts affect your vision? Subur Tambun, head of the local disaster mitigation agency, said hundreds of residents were being evacuated Monday from several villages, bringing the number of people moved in recent weeks to more than 3,000.“They have to be moved because of increasing activities of the volcano in past days,” Subur said.Evacuees included villagers living between 3 to 5 kilometers (2 to 3 miles) from the crater on its eastern and southeastern flanks. A small number of people who’d returned to villages within 3 kilometers also were evacuated again.Jefri Bangun, a 33-year-old coffee farmer in Mardinding village, about 3 kilometers from the crater, is one of thousands of villagers who were reluctant to leave the slopes.“We need money to live,” said Bangun, who vowed to keep coming back to tend his plants.Authorities have been closely monitoring Sinabung since June 2, when its status was raised to the highest alert level due to the growing size and unstable condition of its lava dome, then estimated at 3 million cubic meters (106 million cubic feet).Subur said 99 families were moved from a village on Saturday when the mountain unleashed a new powerful burst, sending hot ash as far as 3 kilometers (2 miles) down its southeastern slopes. Check your body, save your life Comments Share Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Mount Sinabung is one of about 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.The 2,460-meter (8,070-foot) volcano has sporadically erupted since 2010, after being dormant for 400 years. An eruption last year killed at least 17 people.Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, said almost 2,800 residents were evacuated when the mountain’s alert status was raised two weeks ago.Nearly 6,200 other people have been living in temporary shelters since last year, Nugroho said.___This story has been updated to correct the elevation of the volcano to 2,460 meters (8,070 feet).Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. In this photo taken with slow shutter speed, hot lava flows from the crater of Mount Sinabung as seen from Tiga Serangkai, North Sumatra, Indonesia, early Monday, June 15, 2015. Authorities have been closely monitoring the 2,460-meter (8,070-foot) -high volcano since June 2 when its status was raised to the highest alert level due to the growing size of its lava dome. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall TANAH KARO, Indonesia (AP) — Authorities in western Indonesia on Monday evacuated hundreds of villagers living near a volcano that is spewing hot ash down its slopes almost daily.Government volcanologist Gede Suantika said at least 28 hot ash avalanches occurred Monday at Mount Sinabung on Sumatra, one of Indonesia’s main islands. There are indications the crater’s lava dome continues to grow in size, Gede said. Sponsored Stories
After a two-day investigation police on Thursday announced they had found passports, mobile phones and other items in the Paphos flat rented by a 36-year-old man who was arrested in Germany earlier in the week.Police officers seized 10 passports from various countries, 71 mobile phones, a computer, bronze plates, a number of banknotes, seven laptops, some hard drives, a USB, a drone and other items.According to police, the investigation began on June 26 and was completed on Wednesday.The two-day search involved members of the Paphos crime detection department and the forensic data lab.The German authorities asked for the apartment to be checked after they found an electricity bill with the Kato Paphos address in the possession of the man they arrested.The suspect, who has a Belgian passport, is under investigation in connection with faking credit cards.He was last in Cyprus in March.Police carried out the search of the apartment armed with a court order in the presence of the owner and the local community leader.All the evidence found will be scientifically examined.You May LikeWoJournalsTop 20 magnificent eyes from around worldWoJournalsUndoWorldation20 Of The Rarest and Fastest American Muscle Cars Ever MadeWorldationUndoOpoopa7 Greatest French Tennis Players You Should Know! | yes.opoopa.comOpoopaUndo LED-lighting the way by 2020UndoTwo days of music to dance toUndoProtest outside the House over foreclosures lawUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
01May Rep. Cotter recognized by the Michigan Association of Drug Court Professionals Categories: News The Michigan Association of Drug Court Professionals (MADCP) recently honored state Rep. Kevin Cotter with its Legislator of the Year award for his work with the Mental Health Court and DWI interlocking legislation.“I always strive for improving lives and making Michigan a safer place,” said Cotter, R-Mount Pleasant. “The opportunity to improve lives is greatly increased with the establishment of mental health courts throughout Michigan, and the new DWI interlocking program ensures that Michigan is a better, safer place to live.“Often people think of the courts and law as a punishment system, but it is more than that. Our legal system is also about rehabilitation, and both programs work toward that goal.”Michigan’s new DWI Interlock Program brings about permanent changes that will make it harder for repeat offenders to get on the road and endanger the lives of others, while the creation of the new mental health courts will ensure that those with mental disabilities will no longer go untreated while incarcerated.Cotter said it is an honor to be recognized by MADCP and looks forward to working with the organization in the future.###PHOTO INFORMATION: Judge Hoffman of Eaton County on behalf of the Michigan Association of Drug Court Professionals presented state Rep. Kevin Cotter, right, with the Legislator of the Year award.
Categories: Bizon News Portrait unveiled for first woman, Native American to serve in Michigan HouseFrom left, Rep. David Maturen, Capitol decorative painter and artist Joshua Risner, Rep. Dr. John Bizon, Sen. Margaret O’Brien and Rep. Amanda Price attend the portrait unveiling for Cora Belle Reynolds Anderson today at the Anderson House Office Building in Lansing.State Reps. David Maturen and Dr. John Bizon today attended a portrait unveiling in honor of Cora Belle Reynolds Anderson, the first woman and the first Native American to serve in the Michigan House of Representatives. The Anderson House Office Building, where the portrait now hangs in the lobby, is named in her honor.“Cora Belle Reynolds Anderson was a political pioneer; she no doubt overcame many obstacles to serve her district at a time when minorities, including Native Americans, were subjected to considerable discrimination,” said Rep. Maturen, R-Vicksburg. “She serves as an inspiration to us all.”Anderson was elected by the “Iron District” of Baroga, Iron, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties in 1924, just four years after women gained the right to vote. A woman of Ojibwe decent and a former teacher, she was a lifelong advocate for agriculture, education and public health issues.“Michigan has a long history of courageous individuals who fought to improve the lives of others,” said Rep. Bizon, R-Battle Creek. “Rep. Anderson’s accomplishments helped pave the way for many others who came after. It is an honor to work in the same chamber she did.” ### 08Dec Reps. Bizon, Maturen honor Cora Belle Anderson
26Jan Noble receives key committee assignments Categories: News,Noble News State Rep. Jeff Noble, of Plymouth, will have a key role shaping policies helping Michigan families in his first term in the House.Noble was appointed vice chair of the Families, Children, and Seniors Committee today by House Speaker Tom Leonard. Noble also will be a member of the Education Reform, Health Policy, and Transportation and Infrastructure committees.“Every one of these assignments tasks me with building a better future for Michigan,” Noble said. “Strengthening families, helping to improve our schools and our roads – these are all fundamental priorities. I am honored to be selected for these committees.”Noble is starting his first term in the House.###
Rep. Holly Hughes, of Montague, today has requested legislation requiring anyone facing a sentence of life in prison, such as murder or sexual assault, to hear the impact statements by victims or their families.The bill is inspired by a Muskegon County murder trial where the convicted offender, Jeffrey Willis, requested to leave his sentencing hearing on Dec. 18 before the victim’s family made their statements.“Anyone convicted of such a heinous crime should be required to hear directly from family members on how their lives will be forever impacted,” Hughes said. “The convicted felon in the Muskegon County case stated he had a ‘desire’ to leave the courtroom before the victim’s family spoke. His request was absurd and extremely painful for the family involved. Anyone convicted of murder shouldn’t have the right to dictate to the courts when he would like to leave the courtroom.”Hughes expects to introduce the bill when the state House returns to session in early January 2018.### 21Dec Hughes bill to require offenders to hear victim impact statements Categories: Hughes News,News
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesMarch 18, 2014; Classicalite As readers know, NPQ covered the lockout and subsequent resolution of the musicians with the Minnesota Orchestra fairly extensively, but tremors have continued around the orchestra concerning Osmo Vänskä, the orchestra’s popular conductor and artistic director who resigned in frustration during the extended lockout, making it clear that CEO Michael Henson needed to leave before a real end could be called to the dispute and healing could begin. Audiences have been loudly calling for Vänskä’s return. Now, Burt Hara, the orchestra’s principal clarinetist for 26 years, has announced his resignation in a letter to his colleagues. He wrote, “I am resigning now because I do not believe the current leadership has the vision to restore the Orchestra to its place among the great orchestras of the world.”There are three other musicians currently on leave, with no indication whether or when they will return: Mike Gast, principal horn; Tom Turner, principal viola; and Peter McGuire, violin.—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share21TweetShareEmail21 Shares“No Muslim Ban march on the Capitol in Washington D.C. February 4, 2017.” Credit: Masha GeorgeMay 25, 2017; Washington PostIndeed, this case is unique not because we are considering campaign statements, but because we have such directly relevant and probative statements of government purpose at all. See Smith v. Town of Clarkton, 682 F.2d 1055, 1064 (4th Cir. 1982) (observing that government actors “seldom, if ever, announce on the record that they are pursuing a particular course of action because of their desire to discriminate”). To the extent that our review chills campaign promises to condemn and exclude entire religious groups, we think that a welcome restraint.The above statement comes from a 10 – 3 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals – 4th Circuit, which yesterday maintained the injunction on President Trump’s early temporary “travel ban” that attempted to bar travel from seven majority Muslim countries for a 90-day period beginning in late January. This ruling upholds a similar decision made in March by U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang in Maryland, who also found that the order violated the constitution.The decision, written by Chief Judge Roger L. Gregory, found that the executive order “in context drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination.” Further, the president’s authority “cannot go unchecked when, as here, the president wields it through an executive edict that stands to cause irreparable harm to individuals across this nation.”Referring to a variety of communications from the Trump campaign and administration, it continued, “Plaintiffs point to ample evidence that national security is not the true reason” for the order, “including, among other things, then-candidate Trump’s numerous campaign statements expressing animus towards the Islamic faith.”This use of Trump’s own words to prove the real intent behind some of his presidential orders has become a mainstay of the cases brought against him on immigration issues, and there is no dearth of fodder:Candidate Trump later recharacterized his call to ban Muslims as a ban on nationals from certain countries or territories. On July 17, 2016, when asked about a tweet that said, “Calls to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. are offensive and unconstitutional,” then-candidate Trump responded, “So you call it territories. OK? We’re gonna do territories.” He echoed this statement a week later in an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press. When asked whether he had “pulled back” on his “Muslim ban,” Trump replied, “We must immediately suspend immigration from any nation that has been compromised by terrorism until such time as proven vetting mechanisms have been put in place.”Trump added, “I actually don’t think it’s a rollback. In fact, you could say it’s an expansion. I’m looking now at territories. People were so upset when I used the word ‘Muslim.’ Oh, you can’t use the word ‘Muslim.’ Remember this. And I’m okay with that, because I’m talking territory instead of Muslim.”Trump continued, “Our Constitution is great….Now, we have a religious, you know, everybody wants to be protected. And that’s great. And that’s the wonderful part of our Constitution. I view it differently.”Declaring oneself at odds with the Constitution and trying to show the public how smart you are through confessing to misrepresentation of intent on film was probably not a good idea. This ruling termed it a clear indication of “bad faith” and ruled accordingly. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, saying that the administration “strongly disagrees,” has said the government will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.—Ruth McCambridgeShare21TweetShareEmail21 Shares
Share11Tweet14ShareEmail25 SharesBy Adam Jones, Ph.D. [CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia CommonsJune 6, 2018; Next CityThe Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), passed into law in 1977, intended to ensure that banks and other financial institutions invest in all parts of the communities where they do business. Specifically, the CRA requires that banks do not systematically refuse to invest in or make loans to people in people of color or low-income neighborhoods, a practice known as redlining. Over the years, the landscape of those cities and of banking itself has changed, while the CRA has not.As you can imagine, the CRA has come under significant attack and criticism. In 2009, for example, John Carney of Business Insider accused the CRA of “creating lax lending practices that fueled the housing bubble.” On the other hand, there are more liberal critics who argue that it has not done enough and there is not enough oversight to ensure the banks are doing what they are supposed to.However, there are supporters. Ron Homer, an executive at the Royal Bank of Canada, argues in an op-ed for Next City that we should still care about the Community Reinvestment Act. He also suggests ways to change it to better reflect and serve the communities in need in today’s world.Homer writes:While redlining is now illegal, many of the broader disparities it was meant to address remain the same or have worsened. While I still believe the Act provides a strong framework for change, I also firmly agree it is capable of doing more.An article by NPQ’s Steve Dubb points out that the new tax law could have the potential to significantly reduce incentives to create affordable housing, particularly for renters, in our major cities. If so, the CRA’s original intent still holds water: we need to find a way to encourage investment in historically under-invested communities, as Homer calls them. He goes on to outline ways the CRA needs to and could change. In April of this year, a memo was released by the Department of the Treasury proposing some changes to the CRA to make it more reflective of the modern banking world and to simplify the banks’ responsibilities. NPQ’s own Rick Cohen wrote an article eight years ago suggesting changes to the CRA that could be implemented to make it more impactful.In several ways, the recommendations overlap. For example:Change the definition of “assessment areas.” Under the CRA, banks are required to make an investment in the communities where they do business, which is known as the “assessment area.” The definition of this “assessment area” is physical proximity to the bank’s main office and where it has branches. However, in the modern world, more banks are doing business on a national level without having a physical presence at all in those communities they serve. Both Homer and the Treasury Department recommend adjusting this definition to include where the banks do business, not just where they are physically located.Create more specific but more flexible standards for CRA investment. In adhering to the CRA, banks have generally made homeowner loans in poorer neighborhoods. The question raised is if this is the best way to deliver on the CRA’s goal of community development in those neighborhoods. Homer suggests that the people living in those neighborhoods should be asked what is needed. Cohen offers a variety of alternative investments strategies, including giving to nonprofits that could do the work. The Treasury makes no specific recommendation but believes that changes could be made to the process of examining the banks’ adherence, making it more consistent but also flexible in what is accepted as compliance.Enforce measures of accountability.Homer wants the residents of the communities themselves to be included in discussions about where investment could be most helpful. The Treasury seeks greater accountability during the examination process, including making the examination process timelier and based on census data. Cohen argues that the banks are not the only ones who should be held accountable to the CRA; credit unions and insurance companies provide financial services as well.As Cohen wrote, “The nonprofit sector’s stake in CRA modernization is obvious. It’s not just for community development groups.” As changes are being discussed, we as a sector should make our voices heard in how the CRA can benefit our communities.—Rob MeiksinsShare11Tweet14ShareEmail25 Shares
SevenOne International, a sister company of German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1, has rebranded as Red Arrow International. The international distribution and production company, which has offices in cities including Germany, Hong Kong and LA, said that the new identity is intended to tie it more closely to parent company Red Arrow and that it now plans to increase efforts in international markets.The company said: “Red Arrow International will extend its efforts in gap financing and securing international co-production and cofinancing partners, as successfully shown on projects like Lilyhammer and Le Grand starring superstar Jean Reno in his first television role.”Jens Richter, managing director of Red Arrow International said: “We are thrilled to take our business to the next level together with the strength of our group and our valuable third-party producers”.
Netflix is reportedly looking at the Netherlands, France and Belgium as new European launch markets, according to local reports. Belgian communications news site Bloovi reported that Netflix was gearing up for a Belgian launch before the end of the year, while Le Soir reported that France and the Netherlands were likely to go live first, followed by Belgium by the end of the year.Netflix said last month that it plans to launch in an additional European market in the second half of 2013, promising more details on the deployment in July. In a posting on the firm’s job site earlier this year, it said it was looking to hire language experts “to provide localisation for the Netflix experience in the following languages: Turkish, Dutch, Hindi, French, and Korean.”
Italian prosecutors in the Mediatrade case – which has already seen the conviction of former prime minister and Mediaset owner Silvio Berlusconi for tax fraud relating to the acquisition by of content rights at inflated prices – have called for the court to take into account the aggravating factor of ‘transnationality’, based on alleged fraud having involved actions in a number of countries.The case has seen Mediaset president Pier Silvio Berlusconi and chairman Fedele Confalonieri accused of tax fraud alongside Silvio Berlusconi’s associate Frank Agrama.Prosecutors have alleged that Agrama is involved with an international organised criminal group. If the factor of ‘transnationality’ is accepted the statute of limitations on tax fraud could be extended by two years, from 2017 to 2019.To give the defence time to study the new allegations, the hearing – at which Pier Silvio Berlusconi is due to give evidence – has been postponed to March 13.Berlusconi’s lawyers described the latest development as “amazing” and “devoid of any basis in fact of in law”.Mediaset issued a statement expressing “profound shock” at the latest development. Mediaset maintains that the price of rights “absolutely reasonable” and that Pier Silvio Berlusconi and Confalonieri were not involved in any decision, and that a Rome court had already acquitted Berlusconi and other executives.Mediaset has maintained that it has always acted within the law, notably after the country’s Supreme Court upheld a verdict against Silvio Berlusconi last August that resulted in the latter’s conviction.The court at that time said that the former prime minister had developed an “illegal system” involving the acquisition of TV rights at inflated prices from foreign companies linked to Berlusconi created illicit tax benefits for his companies.Mediaset said at the time that the value of purchases supplied from Berlusconi associate Frank Agrama amounted to less than 8% of its total investment in content.
The BBC has announced a raft of new programming commissions that will appear exclusively on its online catch-up service, the iPlayer. The new iPlayer originals include nine original comedy shorts will go live on the iPlayer on February 13 to mark Valentine’s Day, featuring comedians like Bill Bailey and Matt Berry.The BBC will also air a second season of original drama shorts in collaboration with BBC Three, having run a first season of these on the iPlayer last year. The shorts are called Oakwood, Playing Ball and Is This Thing On? from writers and directors that will all be receiving their first TV drama credit.Another iPlayer exclusive in the pipeline is Private View – a programming strand that features major art exhibitions across the UK to bring these to widest possible audience, in collaboration with British arts institutions.In March, musician Tinie Tempah will tour the V&A’s retrospective of Alexander McQueen’s work, while later in the year the iPlayer will collaborate with Turner Contemporary and Tate Liverpool to air private views of Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry and abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock.The iPlayer is also due to air exclusive coverage of London Fashion Week, in collaboration with the British Fashion Council.“BBC iPlayer presents a huge creative opportunity to push the boundaries of storytelling and engage audiences in new ways,” said Victoria Jaye, head of TV content for BBC iPlayer.“Our exclusive content for 2015 demonstrates how established and emerging British artists, along with cultural organisations, are seizing this opportunity to create bold, original new work. This is a glimpse of iPlayer’s next wave of innovation.”Last week, the BBC reported a record-breaking 3.5 billion TV and radio programme requests on the iPlayer in 2014, with mobile and tablet traffic driving much of the growth. Last year’s iPlayer Original Comedy Shorts attracted 1.9 million requests and the Original Drama shorts received 1.2m requests.
Investment advice and corporate governance specialist Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) has advised Telecom Italia investors not to support Vivendi’s proposal to name four new board members as the French media giant looks to secure a stronger say in how the Italian operator is run. Vivendi currently controls about 20.1% of Telecom Italia. Shareholders in the Italian operator are set to meet on December 15 to consider the French company’s request to extend the company’s board from its current 13 to 17 members that will include Vivendi CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine, COO Stephane Roussel, CFO Hervé Philippe and consultant Felicité Herzog.A group of Italian and international funds have separately already written to Vivendi chairman Vincent Bolloré asking him to clarify his purpose in making the request, which would see Vivendi over-represented on the board in relation to the size of its stake.Telecom Italia is the process of converting non-voting ‘savings shares’ to ordinary voting shares, a move that could see Vivendi’s stake diluted significantly.
Israeli satellite operator Spacecom is to be sold to China’s Beijing Xinwei Technology Group for US$285 million (€253 million) in a deal that values the operator of the Amos satellites at a significant premium to its average stock price for the last month.Under the terms of the deal, the Chinese conglomerate will reportedly take on ILS1.478 billion in debt (€347 million). Spacecom’s majority owner is Eurocom, Israel’s largest privately owned communications group.Under the agreement, which reportedly could face regulatory hurdles in Israel, Spacecom will be under the control of Israel-domiciled company Big Bird, led by a former head of the communications arm of the Israel Defence Force. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Beijing Xinwei-owned, Luxembourg-based Luxembourg Space Telecommunications.Telecom group Beijing Xinwei is led, as chairman and CEO, by Chinese billionaire Wang Jing. The group is known to have close ties to Great Wall Industry, China’s main space industry group, and is involved in plans to launch a group of low-Earth orbit satellites to enable mobile communications in China following a move in 2014 by the Chinese State council to open the country’s telecommunication infrastructure to private investors. It has also reportedly been involved in satellite plans in a number of international markets, including in Latin America.“The global market for communications satellites is undergoing a consolidation process, enabling the merging companies to improve their competitiveness,” said Spacecom CEO David Pollack in a statement.“Beijing Xinwei is a strategic partner, expert in the field of telecommunication, planning to expand its business the communication satellites field, The merger will provide the company with financial strength and will enable further development and growth.”Major General (Res.) Ami Shafran, representative of Beijing Xinwei Group said: “The impressive accomplishments and capabilities of Space Communication is well known in the industry. The merger perfectly fits the Group’s moves to expand its operations in the worldwide communications market. At the same time, the transaction will provide to Space Communication financial stability and will boost its growth”.
Andreas FischerLuxembourg-based broadcast group RTL has named Andreas Fischer senior VP business development and regional operations CEE and Asia. He succeeds Andreas Rudas whose contract is up, but will continue to consult on RTL Hungary and be vice chairman of the board of the Hungarian operation.The outgoing Rudas has been chairman of the board of RTL Hungary, as well as serving as interim CEO, in the wake of Dirk Gerkens’ exit.Fischer has been at RTL since 2000 in various roles. Since 2013, he has been managing and coordinating the activities of RTL Group’s Synergy Committees.Fischer will step into the new role in January and report to RTL Group Co-CEO Guillaume de Posch. The role will see him taking responsibility for RTL’s TV services in Croatia, Hungary and southeast Asia, including the RTL CBS joint venture.He will become a member of the RTL Group Operations Management Committee.Gabriella Vidus, CEO of RTL Hungary and Henning Tewes, CEO of RTL Croatia, meanwhile, will report to Guillaume de Posch under the new structure.“We are happy that we were able to secure Andreas Rudas’ expertise as he will continue to work as a consultant to the Group,” said RTL co-CEOs Anke Schäferkordt and Guillaume de Posch.“We are very pleased that we have found a successor for Andreas Rudas from within RTL Group. In 16 years in different roles at RTL Group, Andreas Fischer gained detailed and extensive knowledge of the markets, our company and our strategy.“With this vast experience, he is the perfect fit to continue the work that was started by Andreas Rudas in Asia and continue our success story in Central and Eastern Europe.”
The Grand TourNew Jeremy Clarkson vehicle The Grand Tour has become Amazon Prime Video’s biggest premiere launch, the streaming site has claimed.E-commerce giant Amazon reported “millions of Prime members” in the US, UK, Germany, Austria and Japan had streamed the series’ first episode over the weekend.This means the big-budget petrolhead series replaces Frank Spotnitz-created drama The Man in the High Castle as the most-watched premiere for an Amazon original.Further to that, Amazon claims the day The Grand Tour’s debut ep was released (Friday, November 18) saw a spike in membership sign-ups that “exceeded all previous days with the exception of Amazon’s renowned Prime Day”.It is, however, impossible to properly verify any of Amazon’s ratings claims, as the SVOD service does not release exact viewing figures. Similar criticism has been levelled at Netflix, which also refuses the release viewing data.Amazon’s press statement trumpeted that more than 15,000 Amazon customers had rated the show 4.9 stars out of 5, that it has become the top-rated film or TV show on iMDB.com, and that it had a 97% approval rating on critics site Rotten Tomatoes.Amazon is releasing new episodes of The Grand Tour over the next eleven weeks. The show is also getting a worldwide premiere in 200 territories on a transactional VOD basis in December.The Grand Tour follows former Top Gear trio Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May as they travel the world testing cars, putting together vehicle-related stunts and spectacles, and film studio sections with guests.The presenters’ prodco, W. Chump & Sons, is the production company. They had exited their popular BBC series, Top Gear, after Clarkson struck and verbally abused a producer.
The VOD360 study from Médiamétrie has shown that over the last twelve months only 20% of French viewers claimed to have used an SVOD service at least once.The study, which was conducted online from 27 December 2017 to 15 January 2018, shows that SVOD use among the 4,130 web users aged six and over is markedly lower than its counterparts in other territories such as the UK and US.This tallies with a recent Digital TV Research poll that found consumers in France were by far the least likely to have an SVOD subscription among 14 territories questioned. That report claimed France “continues to resist” subscription on-demand.The Médiamétre study showed two out of five (37%) of French internet users have said that they used a VOD or SVOD service to date. This is an 11% uptick to 2016, but is still a relatively low number.When it comes to spontaneously naming a VOD or SVOD service, 37% of those surveyed could do so.For VOD rental, 13% of the population indicated they has rented at least one video in the past 12 months, 2% higher than 2016.Only 8% of French internet users indicated that they has already purchased a VOD service.Among the top ten most followed SVOD series, there is a notable demand for American series, despite a desire by those surveyed to see more shows made in France. Fifty-six per cent of respondents said it was important for them to have an SVOD catalogue that contained French productions of films and series.
Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT has named Monika Garbačiauskaitė-Budrienė as its new CEO.Monika Garbačiauskaitė-BudrienėGarbačiauskaitė-Budriené was appointed by the LRT Council for a five-year term from a field of 11 candidates. She replaces Audrius Siaurusevičius, who has headed the broadcaster for two consecutive terms and reportedly had wanted to continue in his role.Garbačiauskaitė-Budrienė, a journalist, was editor-in-chief of Lithuania’s biggest news website DELFI between 2000-2017. Previously she worked as a reporter and columnist for a variety of Lithuanian media organisations and also worked as editor of the weekly youth programme on Vilnius radio.Her priority at LRT will be to better integrate content across various platforms.Last month public broadcasters organization the EBU expressed concern about increasing political pressure being placed on LRT after the Lithuanian Parliament established an ad hoc investigative commission to look at the management, financial and economic activities of the broadcaster. EBU Director General Noel Curran wrote to the speaker of the Lithuanian Parliament Viktoras Pranckaitis, the Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis and the President of the Republic Dalia Grybauskaitė to express concern about the pressure being placed on the broadcaster, calling for any appraisal of its operations to be carried out by a specialised professional body such its Supervisory Council or the national state audit board.
Magnificent fireworks display brought to an end to four days of Hallowe’en celebrations in Derry. PIX by NorthWest News PixHALLOWE’EN celebrations in Derry came to a stunning conclusion last night after four days of festivities.Tens of thousands of people lined the streets for a carnival which included some hair-raising costumes to mark ‘fright night’.And at the end of the parade, the sky over the was lit up with a spectacular fireworks display on the banks of the River Foyle. MAGNIFICENT CARNIVAL AND FIREWORKS DISPLAY CLOSE DERRY HALLOWE’EN CELEBRATIONS was last modified: November 1st, 2017 by John2John2 ShareTweet Derry City and Strabane District Council tweeted: “Fantastic finale to the four day @HalloweenDS with fireworks on the Foyle – no one does #Halloween like #Derry