London scoops award for Best City

first_imgLondon scoops award for Best CityLondon scoops award for Best City at the 2016 Times Travel AwardsLondon been named as the best city to visit in the prestigious Times, Sunday Times and Sunday Times Travel Magazine Awards. It’s the fourth year in a row that London has scooped Best City, ranking ahead of New York, Venice, Paris, Sydney, Las Vegas and Dubai.Julie Chappell, Chief Digital Officer at London & Partners, who accepted the award during a ceremony at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, said: “To have won this reader nominated award for the fourth time shows that people really do love this multicultural city which offers a unique visitor experience few other places on earth can match.”Jane Knight, Times Travel Editor, said; “Despite stiff competition from the likes of Paris, Barcelona, Venice and New York, London came out on top. It just goes to show how much the capital has to offer and how it continues to regenerate itself and create a buzz – from the new Tate Modern to the bustling stalls selling artisan products at nearby Borough Market and the hip bars, restaurants and vintage cloth shops of Shoreditch. Cool new hotels mean there are more interesting places to stay, and room rates are kept competitive. With exciting new productions in the West End and art exhibitions, there’s always another reason to visit.”Although the summer season is now coming to an end, London continues to offer a jam packed autumn season of culture. Major exhibitions include the highly anticipated; You say you want a Revolution at the V&A, Rodin and Dance: The Essence of Movement, at the Courtauld Gallery and South Africa: The Art of a Nation at the British Museum.Record numbers of tourists continue to travel to London each year to sample the capital’s world-class attractions. The city received 31.5 million visits from all over the world in 2015 including 12.9 million tourists from Great Britain. A recent survey by London & Partners, the Mayor of London’s promotional company found that 90 per cent of American visitors (and 80 per cent of UK visitors), who’d travelled to the capital in the last two years, rated London’s cultural attractions as the best in the world. About The Times Travel AwardsThe Awards, now in their fourth year see The Times, The Sunday Times and The Sunday Times Travel Magazine come together to bring you the best destinations, hotels and travel companies as voted for by our globe-trotting readers.About London & PartnersLondon & Partners is the official promotional company for London, which owns and manages the official tourism site, VisitLondon.com. We promote London and attract businesses, events, congresses, students and visitors to the capital. Our aims are to build London’s international reputation and to attract investment and visitor spend, which create jobs and growth. London & Partners is a not-for-profit public private partnership, funded by the Mayor of London and our network of commercial partners. Source = London & Partnerslast_img read more

Rep Noble highlights key issues addressed in first year as state Representative

first_img16Jan Rep. Noble highlights key issues addressed in first year as state Representative State Rep. Jeff Noble today touted work done by the Michigan Legislature in the first year of his first term serving residents in the Northville, Plymouth and Canton areas. Noble serves as vice chair for the House Committee on Families, Children, and Seniors and also serves on House Committees for Education Reform, Health Policy, and Transportation and Infrastructure.Within a legislative year that included a 100 percent voting attendance record, Noble helped approve a 2017-18 budget plan that provides record funding for roads and bridges – a scheduled $450 million for the current budget year and $1.2 billion annually by 2021 – as well as the most K-12 school funding in state history. In July, Noble helped secure needed traffic safety improvements for the intersection of McClumpha Road and Ann Arbor Road in Plymouth Township. Noble looks forward to additional improvement opportunities with the state planning to up allocation.“These are key measures that will help the 20th District,” said Noble, of Plymouth. “This past year I attended 90 different local events or meetings where people could talk with me about what mattered most to them. I heard their concerns about putting more money into our roads and classrooms. I was ready to cast a vote in support of these proposals for our state because it lays the groundwork for success both now and in future generations.”Noble continued to fight for more affordable car insurance for Michigan residents, supporting a legislative plan aimed at providing more choices in coverage. He also worked to expand skilled trade opportunities, voting to advance a legislative package that will streamline career technical education and help fill in-demand jobs.“The skilled trades bill package was practical – it helps alleviate some of the problems schools are facing when looking to bring on instructors for technical classes and it helps gets our young people career-ready,” said Noble. It’s a good measure for our schools and a good measure for our next generation as they look for ways to make a living and support themselves and their families.”Those looking to contact Rep. Noble with questions or concerns can reach him via email at JeffNoble@house.mi.gov or through his office phone at 517-373-3816.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Jeff Noble, of Plymouth, recently concluded the first year of his first term in the Michigan House of Representatives at the end of December. Categories: News,Noble Newslast_img read more

Polish cable operator Multimedia Polska has launch

first_imgPolish cable operator Multimedia Polska has launched a multiroom offering.The service enables digital subscribers to watch programmes on two TVs within a single subscription. Second decoders can be rented for PLN20 (€4.50) per month and an activation fee of PLN49 will be charged.Multimedia Polska is Poland’s third largest cable operator, ending the first half of the year with 1.45 million revenue-generating units.last_img

French media regulator the CSA has said that Canal

first_imgFrench media regulator the CSA has said that Canal Plus should be allowed to acquire Bolloré’s free-to-air channels Direct 8 and Direct Star but has added a few recommendations to the measures earlier proposed by the country’s competition authority.The CSA said that the competition authority should impose a strict structural separation between the acquisition of content for the free channels and that for Canal Plus’s pay services. However, it said that imposing a separation of advertising sales arms for free and pay activities would be disproportionate.The CSA said there should also be strict independent supervision of the financial terms under which films are acquired for the two free-to-air channels and that Canal Plus’s pay TV arm should not be allowed to acquire free-to-air rights to content it purchases for pay services. Other recommendations include an obligation that Canal Plus should make its film catalogue available to third-party free channels on a non-discriminatory basis and that restrictions should be placed on the sale of Studio Canal films to the two Canal Plus free channels.The CSA has also recommended that Canal Plus should not be allowed to bundle the acquisition of US series with movies. Canal Plus could also be obliged to sell on sports rights to free channels on a non-discriminatory basis and be obliged to distribute the channels, including catch-up services, on a non-discriminatory basis.last_img read more

Adult film producer Vivid Entertainment is launchi

first_imgAdult film producer Vivid Entertainment is launching a new TV division and has announced plans to launch a branded video-on-demand and linear TV channel.The division, which is headed by former New Frontier Media executive Ken Boenish, will launch VividTV later this month on two unnamed pay TV platforms with an initial reach of 20 million homes.“Vivid has what is undeniably the most notable and well-recognised brand in the business and the content to back it up. The studio is the most award-winning producer this industry has ever seen and I look forward to using my experience to enhance adult entertainment offerings for TV platform operators in the US and around the world,” said Boenish.last_img read more

SimulTV a US social second screen service that co

first_imgSimulTV, a US social second screen service that combines live cable TV, interactive video, voice chat and social networking has launched in beta.The global TV platform, designed to let people watch TV “with anyone, anywhere, anytime on any web-enabled device” is due for a general release next month.The firm said that it will offer more than 5,000 video on demand titles and 100 channels – including a dozen channels as SimulTV exclusives dedicated to content such as music videos, film noir, cartoons, family films from around the world.After an initial free test-drive period, subscription packages will cost from $5 to $20 per month.  Video on demand titles will be priced at 99 cents and up, SimulTV said.last_img read more

Nordic telco TeliaSonera experienced a mixed pictu

first_imgNordic telco TeliaSonera experienced a mixed picture in TV and broadband growth in the year to June. Overall, TeliaSonera had 1.37 million TV subscribers at the end of June, up 9.8% year-on-year. However the company’s overall broadband base declined by 4% to 2.394 million.TeliaSonera’s TV base in Sweden has now passed the 600,000 customer mark, making the operator the number two TV player in the Swedish market.The telco saw slower than expected growth in its TV base in Estonia. TeliaSonera-owned Estonian telco Elion grew its TV base to 130,000 at the end of June, up 13,000 on the same period last year. The company’s broadband base grew by 12,000 year on year to 217,000.Elion invested €13 million in rolling out its fibre network in the first half, comparable with the amount invested in the same period last year. Almost 30% of Elion’s residential and business customers are now reached by the fibre network.Lithuanian telco Teo’s TV base grew to 170,200 in the course of the year to June, with its broadband base growing to 394,100. The TeliaSonera-owned operator’s telephony customer base at the end of June numbered 584,800.TV now accounts for 8.5% of Teo’s revenues, compared with 24.6% for broadband.last_img read more

Pace DPX5000 settop box Worldwide settop box rev

first_imgPace DPX5000 set-top boxWorldwide set-top box revenue dropped 9% year-on-year in the second quarter to US$4.3 billion (€3.15 billion) following shipment declines in Western Europe and North America, according to Infonetics Research. The market research firm said that set-top revenue from OTT media servers and IP, cable, satellite and DTT boxes was also down 3% in Q2 compared with the first quarter of 2013, with growth in Asia Pacific and Latin America not tipped to offset shipment declines until 2014.Cable set-top revenue alone declined by 14% sequentially in Q2, even though shipments remained flat. This reflected an increasingly heavy mix of single-tuner standard-definition boxes for emerging markets, Infonetics said.“There are real unit shipment declines occurring in North America and Western Europe that won’t be offset by growth in Asia Pacific and Latin America until 2014,” said Jeff Heynen, principal analyst for broadband access and pay TV at Infonetics Research.“We’re seeing the market bifurcate along geographic lines. We have a post-STB market, which includes North America and Western Europe, where operators are having a difficult time adding new pay TV subscribers and are responding by transitioning to video gateways. And then there’s the emerging STB market in China, India, and Latin America, where digitisation projects are underway.”According to the research, Pace took the biggest share of global STB revenue in 2Q13, overtaking Cisco, whose revenue fell sharply quarter-over-quarter. Arris came in third and was boosted by its Motorola Home acquisition earlier this year.last_img read more

Lifestyle channel Fashion One is to change its nam

first_imgLifestyle channel Fashion One is to change its name to F.O. in the European Union as a result of legal dispute involving its use of its name.The decision was made as a result of an injunction issued in a lower court in Austria at the end of last month that requires a temporary renaming of the channel in EU countries, though not in countries outside the EU.Fashion CEO Ashley Jordan said that the broadcaster was appealing the decision.In the meantime, Jordan said, the channel is adding new content specifically targeted at EU markets.Three new original series – Dining with Style, Stefanie’s Style Diaries and Top 10 Most Stylish Men – will go to air across the network in the coming months.Jordan said, “These three are a further demonstration of our commitment to producing quality original content that is relevant to our viewers.”last_img read more

The value of the global IPTV market is set to reac

first_imgThe value of the global IPTV market is set to reach US$79.38 billion (€73 billion) by 2020, up from just US$24.94 billion in 2013, according to Transparency Market Research.The research firm’s new report, titled ‘IPTV Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2014 – 2020’ predicts that the IPTV market will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.1% from 2014 to 2020.The study says that Europe dominated the worldwide IPTV market in 2013, with Western Europe generating a 38% share of revenue in that year. However, it claims that over the course of the forecast period, Asia Pacific is tipped to be “the fastest growing regional market for IPTV services.”Asia Pacific excluding Japan is expected to register a 21.1% CAGR from 2014 to 2020, with Indonesia, India, South Korea, and China all tipped to be key contributors during this period.last_img read more

Curzon Home Cinema has launched a new payperview

first_imgCurzon Home Cinema has launched a new pay-per-view video-on-demand app on Virgin Media TiVo boxes in the UK.The app is operated by the Curzon Cinemas chain and offers independent and art house films to rent, with current cinema releases priced at £10 (€14) and older titles £2.“We’re delighted to bring Curzon Home Cinema’s films and curated selections to our customers across the country. We’re passionate about keeping people entertained with an ever increasing movie offering which is why TiVo is the perfect home for Curzon’s app,” said David Bouchier, chief digital entertainment officer at Virgin Media.last_img read more

John Reid Liberty Global has confirmed John Reid a

first_imgJohn ReidLiberty Global has confirmed John Reid as CEO of its recently-acquired Caribbean unit Cable & Wireless Communications.Reid, who is currently interim CEO of the unit, was previously president of C&W’s consumer division. Prior to that, he was president and chief operating officer at Columbus Communications, which merged with C&W in 2015.Reid, who also previously worked as EVP and chief operating officer at Canadian cable outfit Persona, serves as chairman of C&W subsidiary Bahamas Telecommunications Company.As CEO of C&W he will be tasked with aligning the company with Liberty Global’s new Latin America and Caribbean (LiLAC) unit.“This is a time of meaningful change and development for C&W, and I am excited for the expertise and continuity that John brings to this growing region,” said Mike Fries, CEO of Liberty Global.“I am honoured to lead C&W Communications into the next phase of our development. I look forward to achieving our growth objectives, creating greater value for our stakeholders, and transforming our employee and customer experience,” said Reid.last_img read more

7TV the German streaming TV offering coowned by

first_img7TV, the German streaming TV offering co-owned by ProSiebenSat.1 Group and Discovery, has added the first external channels to the service.7TV users will now have access to video content from Constantin Media-owned sports network Sport1 and Axel Springer-owned WeltN24’s Welt and N24 Doku channels. The agreements include both live-streaming and catch-up content.Separately, 7TV, which was launched in October, has named Alexander von Woikowsky as chief content officer and managing director of 7TV to oversee partnerships and distribution. He joins from ProSiebenSat.1, where he has worked as a director of key account management in the distribution department.The service launched with an offer of seven channels – ProSieben, SAT.1, Kabel eins, DMAX, Sixx, ProSieben MAXX, Sat.1 Gold, Kabel Eins Doku, and TLC. There is also a Eurosport zone with sports highlights and videos.Alexander Vassilev, CEO of 7TV, said: “The new content partners underscore our persistent strategy of an open approach and our endeavour to create the VOD platform for German speaking TV content and live TV for all digital channels through 7TV.”last_img read more

Telefónica saw its global pay TV base grow by 5 y

first_imgTelefónica saw its global pay TV base grow by 5% year-on-year to reach 8.6 million at the end of the first quarter, with 137,000 net additions in Q1 actually exceeding the Q4 2017 figure of 92,000.Growth in subscriptions was driven by IPTV, which grew by 18%.The quarter saw the launch of Telefónica’s Movistar Series channel, which will take its 12 original TV series to over 13 countrie sthis year via the Movistar TV and Movistar Play OTT platforms.Global video revenues remained largely unchanged, up 1% to €722 million for the first quarter.In Spain, Telefónica’s Movistar offering added 500,000 TV customers year-on-year, including 80,000 in Q1 – about the same number as in Q4 last year – to take its total to 3.9 million. The growth was driven primarily by the success of the operator’s convergent offering, Movistar Fusión, which added 34,000 customers in the first quarter and accounted for 88% of TV subscriptions, up six percentage points year-on-year, as well as 86% of broadband subscriptions and 81% of mobile contracts.Telefónica Brasil saw its IPTV base increase by 53% year-on-year, including 49,000 additions in Q1, to 400,000. However, the unit’s TV revenues declined by 17.4% to €118 million.Fixed line pay TV numbers in the southern part of Spanish-speaking Latin America – comprising Argentina, Chile and Peru – grew by 7%, including 19,000 Q1 additions, to 1.8 million. In the northern region – Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico and central America – pay TV numbers grew by 20,000 in the first quarter, taking the total to just over a million.last_img read more

The Criterion Collection is due to launch its own

first_imgThe Criterion Collection is due to launch its own standalone streaming service in spring 2019, following news that Filmstruck, the SVOD service it helped to develop, will close later this month.The Criterion Channel will be wholly owned and controlled by the Criterion Collection and is due to launch initially in the US and Canada, with rollouts to other territories due to follow over time.Through a special arrangement with WarnerMedia, the Criterion Collection library will also be offered via WarnerMedia’s recently announced direct-to-consumer platform when it launches in the fourth quarter of 2019.In a statement, the Criterion Collection said that the Criterion Channel will pick up where Filmstruck left off, offering Hollywood and international movies, hard-to-find titles from around the world, and special features like commentaries, behind-the-scenes footage and original documentaries.“We’ve been trying to make something a little different for the past two years – a movie lover’s dream streaming service, with smart thematic programming, where the history of cinema can live and breathe,” said the company.WarnerMedia said that, by supplementing its own extensive film library with the Criterion Collection for its forthcoming movie service, it will provide a “rich and curated experience, which will further expand the audience footprint for these classic and acclaimed movies.”The news comes after Turner and Warner Bros.-owned streaming service, FilmStruck, announced last month that it would cease domestic and international operations from November 29.In a statement announcing the closure, Turner said that “while FilmStruck has a very loyal fanbase, it remains largely a niche service.”Filmstruck was the exclusive streaming home of Criterion Collection movies in the US, where it launched in 2016. Earlier this year Filmstruck also rolled out in Europe for the first time – in the UK in February and then France and Spain in May.last_img read more

Detective drama Luther was the bestperforming pro

first_imgDetective drama Luther was the best-performing programme on the BBC iPlayer in January, in a month dominated by drama content.LutherAccording to BBC stats, the top twenty iPlayer programmes of the month were all dramas with Luther taking the top four spots for episodes one to four of its season five run, which notched up 11 million requests in total.Luther series five, episode one was the single most requested show during January with 3.7 million requests, while episodes of Silent Witness, EastEnders and the BBC’s adaptation of Les Misérables all also featured among the top 10 most-requested programmes.The same shows were among the top-10 best-performing series overall in January, along with Call the Midwife, Doctor Who, Death in Paradise, Match of the Day and live coverage of The FA Cup.“It’s been a very good start to 2019 on BBC iPlayer with new drama in particular drawing large audiences in January,” said Dan McGolpin, controller of programming for the BBC.“Viewers were delighted to see the return of Luther, Silent Witness and Call the Midwife and thrilled to see Andrew Davies’ brand new adaptation of Les Misérables. In terms of live programmes, the FA Cup has already seen a number of high-profile matches with the quarter-finals coming soon. There’s plenty more to look forward to on BBC iPlayer throughout the rest of the year.”last_img read more

Deutsche Telekom has struck a partnership agreemen

first_imgDeutsche Telekom has struck a partnership agreement with energy utility and telecommunications provider EWE to create a joint venture to roll out fibre networks in Lower Saxony, North-Rhine Westphalia and Bremen.Stefan Dohler and Dirk WössnerThe new venture, Glasfaser NordWest, aims to provide fibre connectivity to up to 1.5 million homes and businesses across the three German federal states. All potential customers will be offered a FTTH connection and the pair expect to invest over €2 billion in the venture over a 10-year period.Deutsche Telekom and EWE have previously signed a non-binding declaration of intent to collaborate in rolling out fibre, but they have now firmed up their plans. The two companies plan to register the JV in Oldenburg in Lower Saxony upon receiving a green light for the venture from the Bundeskartellamt, the German federal competition watchdog.The pair will commission the building of the network through a competitive selection process, designating rollout areas in advance over the first two years of operation. Once the network has been deployed, Deutsche Telekom, EWE and other interested parties will compete for customers independently.Dirk Wössner, chief executive of Telekom Deutschland, Deutsche Telekom’s domestic German arm, said that the setting up of the venture meant that the company would be able to connect homes that would otherwise have been uneconomic. He said that Deutsche Telekom would need to form partnerships to ensure the full digitisation of Germany and that the EWE JV showed that FTTH expansion without regulation was possible.EWE CEO Stefan Dohler said that the new infrastructure would be available to third-party operators under normal commercial terms.last_img read more

Part of the Glenshane Road between Derry and Belfa

first_imgPart of the Glenshane Road between Derry and Belfast had been closed but now reopened yesterday evening following an examination of the scene by the PSNI’s Collision Investigation Unit.FATAL GLENSHASS PASS CRASH: MAN AND WOMAN REMAIN IN HOSPITAL AFTER THREE CAR ACCIDENT was last modified: November 24th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet A MAN and woman are still being treated in Altnagelvin Hospital following yesterday’s fatal three-vehicle crash on the Glenshane Pass.A woman critically injured in the collision was airlifted to Altnagelvin Hospital by a police helicopter following the pile up in Dungiven around 9 am on Wednesday morning.Tragically, despite the best efforts of doctors and nurses, she passed away as a result of her injuries. Three men and a woman were also taken to hospital after the crash near the Ponderosa bar and restaurant..Two men were later discharged from hospital following treatment.The other man and woman are still in hospital.It is believed the man is suffering from serious leg injuries. dungivenFATAL GLENSHASS PASS CRASH: MAN AND WOMAN REMAIN IN HOSPITAL AFTER THREE CAR ACCIDENTGLENSHANE PASSPONDEROSA BAR AND RESTAURANTPSNI HELICOPTERlast_img read more

The biggest names in the world of golf will descen

first_imgThe biggest names in the world of golf will descend on the Royal Portrush golf club’s famous Dunluce Course between Thursday, July 18 and Sunday, July 21.The likes of US Masters champion Tiger Woods and the North’s home grown Rory McIlroy will be in contention to win the tournament which has a total prize fund of $10 million US dollars.It is the first time in 68 years that The Open has been played in the North of Ireland.In the run to the July start, a replica of the famous Claret Jug is on a tours of cities and towns across the North. Mayor John Boyle with a replica of the famous Open Claret JugMAYOR of Derry City and Strabane District Council John Boyle was getting in the swing of things today as the famous Claret Jug arrived in Derry today.The jug is up for grabs for the winner of this summer’s Open Championship at Royal Portrush. Mayor Boyle said: “It was great to have The Open roadshow in town as the countdown continues to the 148th Championship.“The roadshow was in town as the countdown continues to the 148th Championship.”Mayor all teed up for Open Championship at Portrush was last modified: May 16th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet Derry and Strabane CouncilDunluce CourseMayor all teed up for Open Championship at PortrushMayor John BoyleRoyal Portrush golf clubThe Claret Juglast_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet COUNCILLOR SANDRA DUFFYDEPARTMENT OF HEALTHDr Dionysios VeronikisHEALTH SPOKESPERSONInternational expertise on developing mesh removal services must be consideredmeshPERMANENT SECRETARYRICHARD PENGELLYSinn FeinUS mesh expert SINN Féin representatives will meet with the Department of Health next week to explore advice and assistance from international experts on how services for women injured by mesh can be improved.Local Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Councillor Sandra Duffy said: “Today the Scottish government extended an invitation to US mesh expert Dr Dionysios Veronikis to look at mesh complication services, including possible removal.“The timely provision of commissioned specialist services for mesh injured women is central to Sinn Fein’s work.center_img “It is now known that not every surgeon who implants mesh can remove mesh fully and safely. There is an acknowledged global shortage of full mesh removal expertise, with an acute lack of it here in the north of Ireland.“Looking to international experts to assist in developing this expertise, as Scotland is doing, needs to be considered here.“Sinn Féin raised this initially with the Permanent Secretary of Health Richard Pengelly in August 2018 and given developments in Scotland we will be pressing Mr Pengelly for the department to take its own action in seeking out international expertise on mesh removal,” she added.International expertise on developing mesh removal services must be considered was last modified: June 27th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more