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UIA carried its 40millionth passenger

first_imgUIA carried its 40-millionth passengerUIA carried its 40-millionth passengerUkraine International carried its 40-millionth passenger Svitlana Pogrebna who was flying from Kiev to Amsterdam on the UIA PS105 flight.The welcome ceremony was held at UIA check-in area in Terminal D at Kiev Boryspil International airport where the leading Ukraine’s carrier’s jubilee client received flowers and presents. Another surprise awaited Svitlana on board where she was once again congratulated by the crew.“We are very proud of having been chosen by over 40 million passengers from Ukraine, Europe, Asia, America, the Middle East, and the CIS countries over 25 years of operations, – noted Evgeniya Satska, UIA Corporate Press Secretary. – We expect to keep growing, developing, and gaining loyalty of millions of travelers from across the world. By 2021, we plan to actively enhance fleet, expand eastern and south-eastern route networks, increase frequencies of our westbound flights, as well as further develop Ukraine’s transit potential. Whatever we do, we do it with our passengers in mind. I would like to thank everyone for flying with UIA.”In 2015, UIA carried 4.9 million passengers; in 2016 – 6 million clients; in 2017, the carrier expects to welcome 7 million travelers on board.Ukraine International is Ukraine’s leading carrier connecting Ukraine with 80+ capitals and key cities of Europe, Asia, America, the Middle East, and CIS countries providing connections with its international partners’ flights to over 3,000 other destinations worldwide. UIA operates over 1100 scheduled flights per week from Kiev, Odesa, Lviv, Dnipro, Kharkiv, Zaporizhia, Kherson, Vinnytsia, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Chernivtsi.Ukraine International operates 42 aircraft including 25 Boeing 737 NG aircraft with the average age of 9 years. Currently, UIA fleet`s average age amounts to 12 years.The base airport for UIA is Kiev Boryspil International Airport (KBP).Source = Ukraine International Airlineslast_img
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Hinode Hills Niseko Village Opens 1st December 2019

first_imgHinode Hills Niseko Village Opens 1st December 2019Hinode Hills Niseko Village Opens 1st December 2019Hinode Hills Niseko Village – the highly anticipated 79 luxury room and suite hotel – opens for arrivals on 1st December 2019. The hotel is the latest addition to join YTL Hotels’ Niseko Village, alongside The Green Leaf Niseko Village, Hilton Niseko Village, and Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse.Named to pay homage to the rising sun, the elegantly furnished hotel is designed with a wabi-sabi aesthetic, unveiling its fine beauty through authenticity, natural forms, and the appreciation for nature. Blending warm contemporary style with authentic Japanese aesthetics, the hotel is complemented with all the luxury hotel services and amenities. With your choice of multiple room and suite configurations up to three-bedrooms, Hinode Hills will provide a host of opportunities suitable for any type of holiday, from romantic getaways to large family vacations.Located at the base of Mount Niseko Annupuri, Hinode Hills occupies a prime position at the heart of Niseko Village with stunning Mount Yotei views, ski-in, ski-out access, an in-house onsen, as well as a plethora of ski services available on property. The hotel is also strategically positioned adjacent to the Upper Village Gondola, which provides guests with easy lift access around the mountain, replacing the need to walk, drive or take a shuttle bus. Services at Hinode Hills are held to the usual high standards of YTL Hotels, with concierge facilities and priority privileges at your doorstep. Being part of an integrated resort managed by Niseko Village, all mountain operations and experiences are designed to be seamless. Guests are spoilt for choice with the variety of convivial social settings across diverse dining and retail venues, world-class facilities, indoor and outdoor attractions at The Green Leaf Niseko Village, Hilton Niseko Village, and at the heart of the village itself.Luke Hurford, Senior Vice President of Strategy at YTL Hotels says, “Hinode Hills raises the bar for luxury developments in Niseko and is committed to providing guests with a truly integrated and seamless experience. You will have the luxury of having your ski school instructors meeting you at your door, the ability to ski- out onto the lift, convenience of on-site gear, and the advantage of the gondola beside the hotel to whisk you away to the village dining and shopping area.”Hinode Hills opens for reservations in April, with the studio unit starting at 40,000 Japanese Yen per night, the two-bedroom units starting at 60,000 Japanese Yen per night, and the three-bedroom suites starting at 80,000 Japanese Yen per night.About Niseko VillageNestled at the south base of the 1308m Mount Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Village sits within the Niseko united ski area that accesses inter-linked ski resorts boasting a combined 2,191 acres of skiable terrain. Often compared to world class ski resorts like Aspen in Colorado and Niseko’s sister city, St. Moritz in Switzerland, Niseko Village comprises of eight exclusive Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse that redefines alpine living, Hilton Niseko Village – voted ‘Best Ski Resort Hotel in Japan’ by World Ski Awards 2013, 2014 and 2015, The Green Leaf Niseko Village, spa and onsen facilities, a dining and retail village hub, the Niseko Village skifield – renowned for its dry champagne powder at low-altitude, variety of ski terrains, the world-class Niseko Village Snow School and Niseko Kids™ programmes.About YTL HotelsYTL Hotels owns and manages a prestigious collection of award-winning resorts, hotels, boutique experiences and Spa Villages with a hospitality footprint across Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Japan, Australia, and Europe including Pangkor Laut Resort, voted the world’s best resort in 2003 by Condé Nast Traveller UK. The group also co-owns the Eastern & Oriental Express luxury train. The Gainsborough Bath Spa, the only hotel in Bath to be part of the Leading Hotels of the World’s collection of legendary hotels, was named the 2017 Condé Nast Traveller Awards World’s Top 100. The portfolio also encompasses the ownership management of a number of Marriott properties in Australia, Koh Samui and Kuala Lumpur as well as properties under the brand’s prestigious Autograph Collection banner.With each new experience that it presents, the company strives to embrace and highlight the natural essence of culture, character and tradition of its surroundings. YTL Hotels is the hospitality arm of YTL Corporation Berhad. Founded in 1955, YTL Corporation Berhad is an integrated infrastructure developer headquartered in Malaysia with extensive operations in its homeland, including Europe, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, Japan, Jordan and China.Source = Hinode Hills Niseko Villagelast_img read more

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Commentary No Virginia There is No Santa Claus

first_imgCommentary: No Virginia, There is No Santa Claus April 19, 2013 470 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Economic Analysis Census Bureau Existing-Home Sales GDP Homebuilders HUD Investors Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman National Association of Realtors Service Providers 2013-04-19 Mark Lieberman What do you do when you find out Santa Claus doesn’t exist?That’s the situation former vice presidential candidate/House Budget Committee Chair/potential presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) faces now that the study which provided him with the academic support for budget cuts (aimed principally at so-called entitlements) has been undermined.[IMAGE]Harvard economists Carmen M. Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff in 2010 published a research paper which held that for countries with debt loads equivalent to or greater than 90 percent of annual economic output, “”median growth rates fall by 1 percent, and average growth falls considerably more.”” That study gave ammunition to Ryan and company, who used it repeatedly to press for deep deficit-cutting reductions in the federal budget–cuts aimed squarely at Social Security, Medicare and other programs that enjoy high levels of public support, the “”third rail”” of American politics. It would have been next to impossible to win political support for cuts to these programs on the merits–recall the “”keep-your-government-hands-off-my-Medicare”” banners–if deficit-hawk politicians had not been able to cite the findings from Reinhart and Rogoff to bolster their case.Now it turns out, Reinhart and Rogoff were wrong. They stand accused of making a major data error, leaving one country out of their calculations and using “”unconventional weighting of summary statistics,”” according to three economists at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.Thomas Herndon, Michael Ash and Robert Pollin of UMass-Amherst, tried to replicate the Reinhart-Rogoff results and found some simple miscalculations or data exclusions that changed the ultimate results. When they re-ran the numbers, they found “”the average real G.D.P. growth rate for countries carrying a public debt-to-G.D.P. ratio of over 90 percent is actually 2.2 percent, not -0.1 percent,”” as Reinhart-Rogoff contended. In other words, heavy debt did not cause our economic downturn.What they found specifically was a coding error in the Reinhart-Rogoff analysis that caused the first five countries in the alphabet to be omitted in computing average debt and growth rates. They discovered as well that New Zealand was inexplicably left out of some calculations, and some data elements were inexplicably weighted differently than others.Reinhart and Rogoff admitted the error, sort of. Yes, they said correcting the report for the errors found by Herndon, Ash and Pollin affect the _average_ growth rate, but contended the _median_ growth rate still shows the correct “”order or magnitude,”” supporting their overall thesis.The controversy erupted in the same week in which the International Monetary Fund warned the United States and Great Britain against budget cuts and austerity programs.One of the points at issue is a chicken-egg problem: Do high levels of debt cause slow growth or does slow growth–the response to which is often heavier government spending–cause higher levels of debt?[COLUMN_BREAK]The UMass-Amherst/Harvard feud is big news in economic circles since academic papers rarely receive the attention, say, of Kim Kardashian’s pregnancy or Lindsay Lohan’s latest escapade. The unraveling of the anti-debt argument has some economists wondering how many decisions were forced because of Reinhart-Rogoff. “”The Reinhart and Rogoff paper was not used only to argue for cuts to popular social insurance programs, it was also used to argue against government efforts to boost the economy and create jobs,”” according to Dean Baker, an economist and co-director of the progressive Center for Economic and Policy Research. “”The opponents of these policies argued that efforts to spur the economy would prove to be counterproductive because Reinhart and Rogoff showed us that higher debt levels would mean slower growth.””For their part, Reinhart and Rogoff stand by their work but fall back on a common ploy, suggesting the matter be studied further.””Herndon, Ash and Pollin have written a useful paper, finding a significant mistake in one of our figures, and helped reconcile why one result is out of line with all the other results in our original paper as well as ones presented in our later research, not to mention those they present in their helpful comment,”” Reinhart and Rogoff said in a written response. “”Clearly more research is needed on debt and growth and we welcome all efforts, it is very exciting area. We now have debt data for a larger number of countries than the original sample and long time periods that allows this research to press forward.””What’s next? The Easter Bunny?————————————————–There will be two important housing reports in the coming week:*The “”National Association of Realtors””:http://www.realtor.org/ reports Monday on existing home sales for March after sales increased 0.8 percent in January and February. Indeed, existing home sales, following the same pattern as a year ago, have increased modestly in four of the last five months: up in October and November, down in December, and up again in January and February. The median price pattern is eerily similar to a year ago as well. Prices did not increase from July through October in 2011, and the same happened in July through October 2012. After increasing in November 2011 and November 2012, prices fell in December 2011 and January 2012; they fell in December 2012 and barely edged up–0.4 percent–in January. If the pattern continues, we should see prices increase in March while sales drop, though the consensus forecast of economists suggest sales will improve.*The “”Census Bureau””:http://www.census.gov/ and “”HUD””:http://www.hud.gov/ will report Tuesday on new homes sales (actually contracts for new homes). New home contracts have seesawed in recent months, dropping in October, December, and February but increasing in November and January. Prices, meanwhile, have fallen in three of the last five months.*While not a housing report, the “”Bureau of Economic Analysis””:http://www.bea.gov/ will deliver on Friday the first report on first quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP), a report complicated by the end of the 2 percent payroll tax holiday in January and the initial sequester cuts which took effect March 1. Nonetheless, the consensus forecast is that GDP rose 3.0 percent in the first quarter, largely due to inventory investment and accumulation. If indeed GDP surges for that reason, it would be poised to slip in the second quarter. Residential investment, with sluggish home sales and lackluster builder confidence, could be a drag on GDP growth._Hear Mark Lieberman on P.O.T.U.S. (Sirius-XM 124) on Friday at 6:20 a.m. Eastern time._*_Want to write an opinion piece for publication on our site? Send your submission to_* “”MReportEditor@TheMReport.com.””:mailto:MReportEditor@TheMReport.comcenter_img in Data, Government Sharelast_img read more

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by Michelle R Smith The Associated Press Pos

first_img by Michelle R. Smith, The Associated Press Posted Mar 8, 2018 10:56 am PDT Last Updated Mar 8, 2018 at 11:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email David Byrne sees world gone wrong on ‘American Utopia’ In this Feb. 16, 2018 photo, musician David Byrne poses for a portrait in New York to promote his album, “American Utopia,” which will be released on Friday, March 9. (Photo by Drew Gurian/Invision/AP) center_img PROVIDENCE, R.I. – David Byrne has some observations about American life these days, and it worries him. The former Talking Heads frontman and prolific artist sees people divided into camps, not talking to one another, with politicians on both sides representing moneyed interests, rather than the people.Something’s gone wrong, he said. Byrne’s new album, “American Utopia,” is about the longing people have amid fears and frustrations.“They’re all wondering, ‘Could things be done in a slightly different way? Is there a better way than the way we’ve ended up?’” he said in a recent interview with The Associated Press.The album’s lead single, “Everybody’s Coming to My House,” co-written with Brian Eno, is No. 5 on Billboard’s adult alternative songs chart, giving him his first Top 10 hit in 25 years. Last week he launched an international, 90-some city tour, which he calls his most ambitious since the shows filmed for the 1984 Jonathan Demme film “Stop Making Sense,” considered among the best concert films of all-time.And, he has started a website: ReasonsToBeCheerful.world, where he curates hopeful news about some possible paths forward.“American Utopia,” out on Friday, is Byrne’s first solo album in 14 years. It between those records his work included albums with St. Vincent, musicals about Imelda Marcos and Joan of Arc, books about urban bicycling and how music works, interactive art based on neuroscience and more projects.Producer Patrick Dillett, who has collaborated with Byrne for years and works on “American Utopia” — along with Eno and Scottish producer Rodaidh McDonald — said Byrne’s collaborative nature and openness to try new things is among the qualities that sets him apart.“He does a lot of things well, but he’s not doing them to be known for it. It’s a way of becoming a fuller person,” Dillett said. “He’s as well-formed and well-rounded a person as I’ve ever known. If I could be someone when I grow up, I would be him.”Byrne, who was born in Scotland but moved to the United States as a child and held a green card for most of his life, became a U.S. citizen in 2012. Asked why, he laughed, then made a confession.“I have been voting surreptitiously. I was under possibly the mistaken impression that green card holders could vote for all local candidates,” the 65-year-old said. “They just couldn’t vote for president. That was the impression I had. And then at some point when I went into my local elementary school to vote, and they said, ‘You can’t vote!’ I hope I’m not getting myself in trouble. But I truly believed that I was allowed to do that, and no one stopped me.”He said he finally decided to gain his citizenship so that he could fully participate in civic society.“That felt good,” he said.Byrne’s new website, named for the Ian Dury and the Blockheads song “Reasons to Be Cheerful, Part 3,” includes successful projects from around the world in areas such as sustainable energy and culture that could be adopted by other communities, he said. Byrne is fresh off a short lecture tour talking about the ideas, and said he was pleased by the questions he took at the end of each appearance.“People were genuinely engaged. They weren’t trying to change the subject and ask about a Talking Heads reunion or something like that,” he said. Byrne has repeatedly said there won’t be one.The website and album aren’t directly connected, but run parallel and “talk to one another in some ways,” Byrne said. He imagined people in a refugee camp when he wrote the song “Gasoline and Dirty Sheets,” for example.The album is “describing things the way they are, or the way I see them. Describing myself, and my own confusions and issues,” he said, adding that artists “can offer not just a litany of complaints, but some kind of hope and answers and another way of viewing things.”While there is excitement surrounding the release of “American Utopia,” some criticized the album because its two dozen collaborators are all men. Byrne said in an online post this week that he regretted it, calling the choice “negligent,” and saying that it doesn’t reflect what he has done in the past or his current live show.Byrne, who will perform at the Coachella and New Orleans Jazz festivals during his six-month trek on the road, said fans should not expect a “Stop Making Sense” redux.“Many people will expect to relive some experience from their childhood. No. I’m not a time machine. I’m not your personal time machine,” he said.But conceptually, the new tour is similar to “Stop Making Sense” in its simplicity.“(It) completely rethinks what you can do, what a band, what a show can be,” he said._____Online:http://davidbyrne.com/https://www.reasonstobecheerful.world/last_img read more

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President stonewalls Turkeys survey notice Updated

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades on Friday said he would not comment on Turkey’s announcement that it would begin seismic surveys just northeast of Cyprus’ waters.Issuing a marine notice – or Navtex – 1443/17, it outlined that Turkish research vessel Barbaros Hayreddin Passa would be carrying out seismic surveys starting Friday, December 29 until March next year.Barbaros will be accompanied by vessels M/V TANUX-1 and R/V Apollo Moon according to the Navtex.Turkey’s move comes just as Italy’s ENI is expected to begin exploratory drilling for natural gas in block 6 before the year ends.In a statement, Turkey’s ministry of foreign affairs said in the absence of a solution to the Cyprus problem ‘it is unacceptable that the Greek Cypriot side persists in acting as though it were the sole owner of the Island and continues with its unilateral hydrocarbon-related activities’.In an effort to protect the rights of Turkish Cypriots, Turkey was preparing for various exploration activities in the Eastern Mediterranean including areas where Turkish Petroleum was granted exploration permits by the ‘TRNC’, the statement added.Asked to comment, Anastasiades said he had no intention on commenting on any illegal or unlawful actions which go against international law.What is important, he added, is that Cyprus exerts its sovereign rights implements its energy plans.“I don’t want to pay attention (on the matter) anymore than is needed. We are a sovereign state exerting our sovereign rights. I will stop here,” Anastasiades said.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoCrossovers | Search AdsBest New Compact Crossovers for Under 20kCrossovers | Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Iden applauds emphasis on career training technical education in Snyders budget recommendation

first_img Categories: Iden News A proposed 75-percent funding increase for career and technical education in Gov. Rick Snyder’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal stood out to state Rep. Brandt Iden.“Having recently had the opportunity to spend time with educators and students involved in technical education programs here in Kalamazoo County, I am convinced that expanding career and technical education will help fuel Michigan’s continued economic recovery,” said Iden, R-Oshtemo. “Filling open positions in the skilled trades is crucial to Michigan’s future. The governor’s proposal to nearly double the amount spent on the programs that train individuals to fill these roles is great and will help keep Michigan moving in the right direction.”Iden, who serves on the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee, said he is excited to work with his fellow lawmakers on issues related to career training and job growth in the state.“We’ve got to keep our foot on the gas to keep Michigan moving forward,” Iden said. “By placing a focus on job growth and filling some of the currently open positions in the state, we’ll make sure our state continues on the path to a brighter future.”### 11Feb Iden applauds emphasis on career training, technical education in Snyder’s budget recommendationlast_img read more

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Rep Kahle promotes skilled trades for high school students

first_img A Merit Curriculum bill package was approved by state Rep. Bronna Kahle and the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee today, giving high school students and their families added options toward graduation on the way to post-high school career preparation.“Skilled trades, information technology and STEM-oriented careers are very popular today and Lenawee County schools are teaching those programs,” said Kahle, who serves as vice chair of the committee. “Our education system is based on preparing high school students for life after graduation, so we must help Michigan schools have the tools to meet that goal.”The four bills in the legislative package will allow statistics, computer coding and certified safety program courses to count toward graduation requirements, and give students an option to fulfill a 21st Century Skills requirement by completing a combination of career/technical education (CTE) or visual/performing arts courses.Kahle recently hosted officials from Hudson Area Schools and Southern Michigan Center for Science and Industry before the committee to speak on college preparation and career counseling.House Bills 4315-4318 advance to the full House for consideration.##### 28Mar Rep. Kahle promotes skilled trades for high school students Categories: Kahle News,Newslast_img read more

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Rep Chatfield introduces bill to eliminate pistol registration mandate

first_img27Apr Rep. Chatfield introduces bill to eliminate pistol registration mandate Speaker Pro-Tem Lee Chatfield, seated, submits legislation to the enrolling clerk that will eliminate the existing mandate requiring pistols to be registered with the state. Reps. Tom Barrett and Gary Glenn, two of the co-sponsors of the bill, join him.State Rep. Lee Chatfield, of Levering, today introduced legislation to eliminate the existing mandate requiring pistols to be registered with the state.The speaker pro-tem’s bill makes pistol registration optional, eliminates the $250 fine for not registering and allows previously registered pistol owners to request their information be removed from the database.“There is no need for state government to maintain an exhaustive list of law-abiding citizens who legally purchase pistols,” Chatfield said.He said the list does little to combat crime.“Michigan is one of just six states in the country that still require handguns to be registered,” Chatfield said. “Criminals don’t register handguns they misuse for wrong, so what we end up with is a list that intrudes on the civil liberties of honest gun owners exercising their constitutional right to defend their families.”House Bill 4554 will be assigned to a House committee next week.### Categories: Chatfield Newslast_img read more

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Reps Noble and Cox host child car seat inspections during National Highway

first_img11Sep Reps. Noble and Cox host child car seat inspections during National Highway Safety Month State Reps. Jeff Noble and Laura Cox today announced they will host a child car seat inspection event later this month.September is recognized as National Highway Safety Month across the country.To highlight the importance of properly installed car seats for children, Reps. Noble and Cox are hosting an event where nationally-certified technicians help residents correctly install their car seats. The event will take place at the following date and time:• Saturday, Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lou LaRiche Chevrolet Dealership, 40875 Plymouth Road in Plymouth.Rep. Cox has also introduced legislation that would update Michigan’s child passenger safety law to better align with national guidelines and move closer to the goal of greatly reducing the number of child injuries and deaths resulting from motor vehicle accidents.“Properly installed child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent,” said Rep. Cox of Livonia. “Knowing that our child’s car seat is installed properly is peace of mind that any parent or grandparent can appreciate.”Rep. Noble of Plymouth said: “Seventy-three percent of car seats are not used or installed correctly before people hit the road. Stopping by this event only takes a few minutes out of your day, but the information learned could end up saving your child’s life.”Those who are interested are encouraged to stop by with their child in their car seat and the instruction manuals for both the car seat and vehicle, if possible. Expectant parents are also welcome to stop by with their car seat. Categories: Noble Newslast_img read more

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Russian Amnesty Likely to Free Greenpeace Activists and Pussy Riot in Advance

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares December 18, 2013; The GuardianGrowing concern about the Putin government’s stance on human rights and civil society in Russia was insufficient to cause any effective boycotts of the Winter Olympic Games, set to start in Sochi in February, but in an apparent attempt to quiet some of the criticism, the DUMA has granted amnesty to a number of individuals considered to be political prisoners. This amnesty appears to include the activists arrested as the Arctic 30 and two members of Pussy Riot, a collective of feminist activists that were arrested for hooliganism last year for a protest that decried the link between the church and state.Unfortunately, this action may paper over the image that the Putin government has been accumulating for suppression of dissent, but it does not come close to addressing the whole of what has been seen as problematic. This includes demands that human rights organizations taking foreign money register as “foreign agents”; the trying of anti-corruption crusader Sergei Magnitsky, who died (before the trial) in custody; and homophobia and persecution of gay or “different” people increasingly codified into law. We could go on.That may be why neither President Obama, nor Vice President Biden, nor any former U.S. president is scheduled to attend the Games. Who are scheduled to attend as delegates of the U.S., however, are tennis star Billie Jean King and hockey star Caitlin Cahow, two openly gay athletes. That action might best be summed up as nice, but insufficient.—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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Justice Driven by Geography Leaves Stark Divides in Sentencing

first_imgShare17Tweet3Share6Email26 SharesCells gallery / Cristóbal ZamoraSeptember 6, 2016; New York TimesAaron Negangard, the prosecutor in rural Dearborn County, Indiana, says, “I am proud of the fact that we send more people to jail than other counties. That’s how we keep it safe here.”While incarceration rates are on the decline in major cities across the country, in Dearborn, an incredible one in ten people are in jail, prison or on probation. A New York Times analysis of the National Corrections Reporting Program indicates that in the most populous counties, the number of new inmates per 10,000 residents steeply declined, from 25 to about 16, between 2006 and 2013.A bipartisan campaign to reduce mass incarceration has led to enormous declines in new inmates from big cities, cutting America’s prison population for the first time since the 1970s. From 2006 to 2014, annual prison admissions dropped 36 percent in Indianapolis; 37 percent in Brooklyn; 69 percent in Los Angeles County; and 93 percent in San Francisco.But in counties with less than 100,000 residents, this number increased during the same time period even though crime has fallen at the same rates as elsewhere, and it doesn’t appear that these counties will slow down anytime soon. “In smaller counties, prisons are often the only well-funded response to a range of social ills, including drug abuse and mental illness.”This brings up serious questions of equal protection under the law. Peter Wagner, executive director of the Prison Policy Initiative, believes that these disparities are due in part to abuse of power by prosecutors.Letting local prosecutors enforce state laws differently throws all notions of equality under the law out the window. This data puts governors and legislative leaders on notice that if they want to put criminal justice reforms into effect, they need to look at how prosecutors use and abuse their discretion.This is a plausible argument for Dearborn County, where the high incarceration rate seems to be driven by Negangard’s strict attitude towards the law and “If you’re not prosecuting it, then you’re de facto legalizing it” stance. But, Dearborn is not the only county or city that’s coming down hard on criminals.While cities are now providing some alternative approaches, particularly for drug offenses, rural communities opt for an aggressive approach, meting out long prison sentences. A look at New York, for instance, indicates that New York City has cut incarceration rates by sending drug offenders into treatment programs. However, the more rural counties in New York still send drug offenders to prison with sentences as long as 35 years. Some say that the divergence in sentences is due to growing differences in how people believe crime should be punished. Liberal cities tend to vote in favor of criminal justice reform whereas this is not a winning platform among conservative voters.However you look at it, it is clear that the constituents in these counties need to make their voices heard if change is to occur. As Negangard said, “My constituents are the people who decide whether I keep doing my job. The governor can’t make me. The legislature can’t make me.”—Sheela NimishakaviShare17Tweet3Share6Email26 Shareslast_img read more

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Liberty Global has completed the merger of its Uni

first_imgLiberty Global has completed the merger of its Unitymedia and Kabel BW networks in Germany.The company will be known as Unitymedia Kabel BW and will operate under the control of Unitymedia’s CEO Lutz Schüler. The combined network will pass 12.5 million households in North Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse and Baden-Wuerttemberg.last_img

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French cable operator Numericable has added public

first_imgFrench cable operator Numericable has added public broadcaster France Télévisions’ video-on-demand service Pluzzvad to its LaBox advanced TV offering.The addition of Pluzzvad will make a catalogue of over 4,000 programmes available to Numericable LaBox subscribers from eight days after their linear broadcast in both standard and high-definition.The service will be available via the LaBox Vidéoclub menu and will offer programmes and films under five categories: French and international cinema, drama and series, documentaries and magazine shows, kids shows and live events.The introduction of the VOD offer will be followed shortly by the addition of France Télévisions free catch-up service, which makes over 1,000 programmes from France 2, France 3 France 4, France 5 et France Ô, as well as 24 France 3 regional services, available for seven days after their linear broadcast.last_img read more

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Dailymotion has agreed content deals with Indian m

first_imgDailymotion has agreed content deals with Indian movie company Venus to launch premium and free offerings of Bollywood movies.The partnership will see over 100 Bollywood movies uploaded to the online video site over the coming few months. Dailymotion will also hot Venus’s premium movie catalogue, which will be made available on a paid-for basis.Dailymotion offers premium short format Bollywood content from Yash Raj films, Dharma Films and Eros and a catalogue of more than pay and free 500 films.The latest deal means it will be able to offer a mix of free and paid short forma and long form movies from partners including Venus, Rajshri, Shemaroo, Nirvana, Cinecurry, Hungama, Lehren and Shotformat, in addition to regional Indian content from partners including Whackedout Media, Shotformats and Vega Entertainment.“The internet has made broadcasting truly global, so partnerships like our deal with Venus allow us to provide popular content to both domestic audiences and fans in other countries,” said Marc Eychenne, head of EMEA content and Dailymotion. “For example, Dailymotion has a huge Indian audience in the UK, and this is largely due to our commitment to providing high quality content from India. We aim to expand the number of deals with Indian content owners to further grow our audience in the territory and abroad by increasing the quantity and quality of content available.”last_img read more

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Neelie Kroes European Commission vicepresident Ne

first_imgNeelie KroesEuropean Commission vice-president Neelie Kroes has again called for progress towards a single market in telecommunications and has outlined a number of measures that she would like to implement.At a public hearing at the end of last week, Kroes said that Europe was in danger of being left behind in the race to deploy ultra-fast fixed and mobile broadband services, citing the fact that only 2% of EU homes have an ultrafast subscription above 100Mbps, while for mobile, average European data speeds are half of those of the US.“For me, the most important thing is to act quickly. The world is changing fast, technology is moving fast, and we need to act fast to save our economy,” said Kroes.She called for the creation of a ‘passport’ for service providers faced with the problem of needing separate authorisations under separate systems for each country in which they operate, so that an company authorised to operate in one member state would be able to operate in any.She also called for moves to make it easier to run networks across borders and for a harnessing of spectrum planning, with consistent rules and the coordinated timing of spectrum auctions.“To travel across borders, you also need consistent rules and a consistent quality of service. Operators shouldn’t have to deal with a mess of different rules, regulators and remedies in each member state. Citizens should enjoy consistent consumer protection, wherever they or their operator are from,” said Kroes.Kroes said there was more work to be done in the field of mobile communications, where the EU has already taken action on roaming charges. She called for these to be abolished altogether ultimately.“Here’s my point: we shouldn’t be fighting over crumbs: we should be making the pie bigger. And that is exactly what we will do: with fewer barriers, better services, and fairer prices,” said Kroes. “And to those who say that everything is fine, I say no way. The status quo is not sustainable. In the telecoms sector itself, many are doing very badly. Revenues decline by 1% to 2% a year, while in the rest of the world they are increasing 5% or more.”Kroes said that she would come forward with a proposal to create a telecoms single market in early September.last_img read more

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French cable operator Numericable has introduced n

first_imgFrench cable operator Numericable has introduced new functionality to its mobile TV apps for the Android and Apple iOS platforms.Numericable makes 55 channels available to Android and iOS users and has now introduced a full range of functionality including a programme guide, video-on-demand and access to programmes via media centres for non-iOS users.last_img

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The Amazing World of Gumball Turner has launched k

first_imgThe Amazing World of GumballTurner has launched kids channel, Cartoon Network Hindi, across the Middle East and North Africa.The Hindi-language channel is aimed at children aged 4 to 14 from the Indian sub-continent, living in the MENA region, and will broadcast Indian-produced cartoon series that also air on Turner Channels in India, alongside Cartoon Network originals like The Amazing World of Gumball and Adventure Time.Turner, a division of Time Warner and parent company of Cartoon Network Arabic, now offers four kids channels in MENA in three different languages –Arabic (Cartoon Network Arabic), English (Cartoon Network and Boomerang) and Hindi (Cartoon Network Hindi).“The launch of Cartoon Network Hindi continues to build on our popularity and position as one of the leading dedicated kids’ channels in MENA,” said Tarek Mounir, Turner’s vice-president and general manager, Middle East, North Africa, Turkey, Greece and Cyprus.“It will be the first international cartoon channel available in Hindi throughout the region and we are proud to see it move into this newly developed chapter.”last_img read more

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Rights Tracker will launch a new cloudbased scree

first_imgRights Tracker will launch a new cloud-based screening service for distributors, Assetry Screen, at MIPCOM.The company has specialised in online rights management systems and is pitching the new service as a tool for distributors who want to have their own branded screenings services, offering a greater degree of control and feedback than the likes of Vimeo and YouTube.“New cloud technology handles the encoding and storage and Assetry Screen is a way for distributors to take control of their websites, rather than using a third party,” Ross Bentley, CEO of Rights Tracker told DTVE sister title TBI.“Branding and control can get lost on sites like YouTube and Vimeo, with this you control and manage your rights and brand.”The new service offers content companies real-time reports and the ability to create branded channels and playlosts. Clients will be charged a monthly fee dependent upon the volume of content uploaded and the amount of times it is screenedBeta testers of the new system included kids specialist distributor Cake and Edwina Thring’s Wild Thring Media. Inn both cases Rights Tracker reworked the distributor’s websites to incorporate new video and screenings services.“We have already found Assetry Screen to be a powerful sales and marketing tool for our business,” said Edward Galton, CCO and managing director of Cake.“Uploading and managing our content online is now so simple and having real-time, detailed viewing statistics helps us target buyers very effectively.”The service can stand alone or sit alongside the core Rights Tracker system.Thring added: “My business seeks co-production finance, sells completed programming and manages talent: the thought of building and budgeting for a website that dealt with all of these elements initially filled me with horror.“However, with Assetry Screen I quickly got what I needed, at minimum cost, and it’s made sharing content and doing business with broadcasters so much easier and quicker.”last_img read more

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The Walking Dead The Walking Dead channel AMC is l

first_imgThe Walking DeadThe Walking Dead channel AMC is launching an ad-free, linear channel for US$5 a month in the US.Comcast Xfinity TV customers will be able to watch series such as the Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead and Into the Badlands through the network, AMC Premiere.Along with ad-free episodes of AMC’s originals available as soon they air on the main channel, AMC Premiere willalso offer content produced specifically for its audience.More content and features will roll out over the summer.The channel soft-launched yesterday, becoming one of the first networks that aims to reach audiences that are favouring on-demand services over cable subscriptions.However, as a cable subscription isrequired, meaning cord-cutters cannot gain access.“With AMC’s engagement at an all-time high, developing more options for viewers to connect with our content is a priority,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios.“Tens of millions of existing viewers watch our shows through the cable ecosystem, so partnering with Comcast gives us a great opportunity to launch this new idea at scale.”Existing AMC customers will gain access to the channel, with other Xfinity customers needing to pay US$4.99 a month.last_img read more

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21st Century Fox shareholder and Rotana Media owne

first_img21st Century Fox shareholder and Rotana Media owner Prince Al Waleed bin Talal was among senior Saudi Arabian figures arrested in Riyadh at the weekend as part of an apparent corruption crackdown ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.Al Waleed was the most high-profile of the 30-odd individuals detained in the luxurious Riyadh Ritz-Carlton on Saturday night and Sunday morning on the orders of the Crown Prince, who is in the midst of initiating a major reform programme in the country.The multi-billionaire Al Waleed, who is seen as a supporter of the reformist Prince Mohammed and whose arrest surprised many observers, has interests spanning media and technology, with a significant stake in 21st Century Fox. He is also the owner of Rotana, the Saudi entertainment conglomerate that operates a number of TV channels that are distributed throughout the Middle East.Rotana, which operates TV channels including Fox Movies, Fox, Rotana Cinema and classic movie channel Rotana Zaman, last month launched a new drama channel, named Rotana Drama, tapping into the growing interest in drama across a region that has seen an upsurge in home-produced series over the last year.last_img read more

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