Flair Airlines to launch yearround service from YVR


first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Posted by Flair Airlines to launch year-round service from YVR Wednesday, September 13, 2017 center_img Tags: Flair Airlines, NewLeaf Travel Travelweek Group VANCOUVER — Flair Airlines, previously known as NewLeaf Travel Company, has announced that it will be launching year-round service from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) this winter.The airline will offer nonstop access between YVR and Kelowna International Airport (YLW) and Edmonton International Airport (YEG), as well as continued service to Toronto Pearson (YYZ) from YEG. Each of these new services will operate four times weekly beginning Dec. 15, 2017.“Flair Airlines is thrilled to be announcing service to Vancouver International Airport. YVR is a true gateway airport that connects people to the rest of the world and we believe this is an important addition to our route network,” stated Chris Lapointe, Vice President, Commercial Operations.Craig Richmond, President and CEO of the Vancouver Airport Authority added: “With a vision to serve 25 million passengers by 2020, we are pleased to welcome another new airline partner with Flair Airlines launching scheduled service at YVR this winter. Vancouverites will be thrilled to have additional options to get to Kelowna, Edmonton and Toronto just in time for the busy holiday season.”More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaEarlier this summer, Kelowna-based Flair Airlines purchased the assets of NewLeaf, taking over its marketing, selling and distribution. Since last year, Flair has flown over 376,600 passengers on over 3,090 flights. Flair Airlines will operate a Boeing 737-400 aircraft on these routes with seat capacity for 156 passengers.last_img read more

After recent openings in Milan Venice and Capri


first_imgAfter recent openings in Milan, Venice and Capri, Neapolitan fashion house Kiton debuts in Rome with a boutique on via del Babuino. Located in the heart of Rome’s luxury shopping district near the Spanish Steps, the store will showcase the brand’s latest men’s collections including suiting, shoes, jeans and accessories. Achille Rosapane, Kiton Global Retail Manager, believes the neighborhood has “the best brand mix in Rome” and has bullish expectations for the boutique, especially after opening festivities “turned out great new clientele.”Designed by contemporary architect Hadi Tehrani, the boutique features a modern interpretation of the Roman arch, a characteristic unique to the store. Set to evoke magnificence and magnitude, the archway welcomes customers to the boutique and symbolizes the brand’s link between tradition and innovation.All the materials used for decoration, such as white marble with stripes of Sri Lankan black wood and macassar ebony, are exclusive to the Rome boutique, a design concept very important to Kiton. Further, the emphasis on open space, natural light, and minimalism is a fusion of the brand’s modern outlook and Tehrani’s architectural signatures.Part of Kiton’s retail expansion plan, the Eternal City’s boutique is the second opening this year, with additional boutiques in Beijing, Las Vegas, and St. Petersburg coming soon. Visit kiton.it.last_img read more

Five consortiums submit proposals for Larnaca marina


first_imgTHE communications and works ministry announced on Monday that it has received five proposals from various consortiums for the development of the Larnaca port and marina.The announcement follows years of delays and the withdrawal of a previous redevelopment plan for the development of the Larnaca port and marina which the government wants to become the largest in Cyprus.None of the bidders has yet been named.The government had invited parties for expressions of interest by November 26, with the initial deadline set for March 3, but an extension was given until March 20, after parliament had decided during the final day of the 2017 state budget debate, to cut the expenditure item for the hiring of consultants to advise on the privatisation of public organisations and state enterprises. This had caused a headache to the transport ministry which announced such services were required to commercialise services at Larnaca port.With the proposals submitted on Monday, the assessment is expected to be completed by the end of April, the ministry said. The stakeholders who are shortlisted will then receive the Invitation to Tender and a draft of the concession agreement.By autumn, the ministry expects to receive the proposals of the operators that will be preselected, “which will be evaluated in order for the concession contract to be signed with the successful operator”.Larnaca marina is set to be the largest in Cyprus, hosting up to a thousand boats; its current capacity is 350. A total area of 510,000 square metres, which includes the Larnaca port, marina, and the undeveloped surrounding area would be developed.The port facilities’ privatisation is an obligation under the memorandum of understanding signed with international lenders in 2013.This is the second attempt to find investors for the project, after previous bidder Zenon Consortium failed to find the necessary funds.  You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Cyprus mulls early repayment of Russian loan


first_imgCyprus is considering an early repayment of part of a €2.5bn loan it obtained from Russia during the financial crisis, as its funding costs decline, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said on Tuesday.He was commenting on media reports that Cyprus was considering tapping the markets for a new bond issuance exploiting favourable market conditions to repay the Russian loan which has an interest rate of 2.5 per cent.“What I can say is that this possibility is under consideration and possibly we will be in a position for concrete announcements very soon,” Georgiades said after a meeting with new central bank Governor Constantinos Herodotou.Cyprus’ 10-year bond yields dropped to 1.37 per cent last Friday, marking a new low since 2015.The minister said current market conditions were exceptionally positive for the Cypriot economy as they “create certain opportunities, which we are evaluating and we will not hesitate to utilise.”Excluded from the financial markets, in 2011 Cyprus secured a €2.5bn from the Russian Federation in a bid to cover its financing needs.The loan’s repayment period was extended to 2021 and the interest rate was cut to 2.5 per cent from 4.5 per cent in 2013, after Cyprus sought a bailout. The outstanding amount is €1.57bn.Of his meeting with the new governor, Georgiades said cooperation between the supervisor and the ministry was being set on a new basis.“The most important thing we have decided is that this cooperation will be systematic, will be continuous; evidently great progress has been achieved in our economy and the banking system in recent years but there is still work to be done and as part of this we thing the institutional cooperation between the CBC with the government, the ministry, is necessary,” Georgiades said.The two men covered a wide range of issues concerning the banking sector though the most important one was to reduce non-performing loans further.Herodotou sought to allay any thoughts regarding the supervisor’s independence.“Communication does not affect the CBC’s independence, isolation does not help, communication is something that is justified because this way we will ensure … continuation of the financial stability we have achieved.”The governor said he will also schedule meetings with political parties in a bid to have communication on every level.You May LikeDirectExposeWorld’s First Surviving Octuplets Are All Grown Up. Look At Them 9 Years LaterDirectExposeUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndoHonest To Paws31 Tourist Attractions That Most People Wouldn’t VisitHonest To PawsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoVarosha move merely a ‘PR stunt’ by Ozersay, expert saysUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

House approves package to reform civil asset forfeiture protect property rights


first_img Categories: Sheppard News Rep. Sheppard: ‘This bipartisan effort to standup for Michiganders is long overdue’The Michigan House of Representatives today approved a bipartisan bill package to reform the state’s civil asset forfeiture laws and protect people from unjust seizure of personal property by police.“This package is about ensuring justice for all Michiganders who are wrongly victimized by civil asset forfeiture,” said Rep. Jason Sheppard. “Law enforcement professionals across the state protect and serve our communities well, but it’s important we hold them accountable to the people they serve and the lives their actions affect.Under current law, police agencies are permitted to seize assets from suspects not yet charged with a crime. Even when no charges are brought against victims of civil asset forfeiture, law enforcement officials oftentimes retain and auction off citizens’ private property to cushion their budgets with little-to-no regulation.Rep. Sheppard’s House Bill 4506 creates transparent reporting requirements for all government agencies that seize private property, adding accountability to those performing searches and seizures on criminal suspects.“Innocent men, women and children have had their lives torn apart by arbitrary civil asset forfeiture,” said Rep. Sheppard, R-Temperance. “It’s time we put an end to the endless bureaucracy and fight to protect the rights of Michigan’s hard-working taxpayers.”The bills will be considered further in the Senate. 04Jun House approves package to reform civil asset forfeiture, protect property rightslast_img read more

Building Communities One Art Project at a Time


first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares July 11, 2014; New York TimesWhen the nonprofit Broadway Housing Communities opens a new apartment complex this fall in West Harlem, its ground floor will be occupied by a 15,000-square-foot space to be known as the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling. But even before the museum officially opens and the 13-story affordable-housing complex welcomes its first residents into their new homes, the Sugar Hill Building is already being animated with temporary art installations, thanks to the efforts of No Longer Empty, an organization that specializes in what it calls the “interim-use model” to fill otherwise-vacant urban spaces with art.According to its website, the mission of No Longer Empty “is to widen the audience for contemporary art, to promote socially conscious artists, and to build resilience in communities through art.” Their modus operandi is to present “professionally curated, site-specific art exhibitions where a community of artists, educators, scholars and the public come together to create and experience art, free of market imperatives and institutional constraints.” Previous projects have included art installations in empty storefronts, an old belt factory, and the run-down Chelsea Hotel.The exhibition in the Sugar Hill building is collectively called “If You Build It” and includes murals, sculptures and other works described as “a gleaming steel riff on cursive graffiti” and “a red velvet runway hung with crowns.” Some of the artwork celebrates the glory days of Sugar Hill, considered to be the epicenter of the Harlem Renaissance during the 1920s and a neighborhood that the likes of Duke Ellington, Thurgood Marshall and W.E. Du Bois once called home. But the exhibit—which features the work of more than 20 local, national and international artists—does not shy away from the community’s more troubled recent history, with installations that address issues of racial profiling and homelessness.No Longer Empty notes on its website that the exhibition addresses “cycles of urban decay and regeneration; building community through shared heritage; immigration and displacement; the longing for home in all its senses; and the vast economic disparities that plague our cities.”Broadway Housing Communities (BHC) was established in 1983 to provide affordable, permanent homes to redress the problem of homelessness. BHC opened its first housing development in 1986, and Sugar Hill is its seventh project. BHC is considered a pioneer in the field of “supportive housing,” with on-site support services for those who need them built into the plans for each development. Since the late 1990s, BHC has been incorporating art and art education into its supportive housing model.The Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling will operate alongside an early childhood center, which will include several universal pre-kindergarten classes and which will provide access to museum-based learning for some of the building’s youngest residents. And as noted on the BHC website, it has the potential to positively affect the neighborhood in other ways, too: “Children’s museums serve as town squares, building social capital and strengthening community resources that educate and care for children.”BHC notes that the Sugar Hill building “has been galvanized by generous philanthropic support.” Of the 124 apartments at Sugar Hill, 25 have been designated for homeless families; nearly 50,000 applications were received for the remaining units.Some months ago, NPQ reported on another partnership between a community center in a public housing project and an arts organization on New York’s Upper East Side, with the support of social service agencies.Indeed, the nonprofit social services and arts communities are increasingly keeping company with each other. A website devoted to careers in social work highlights “The 25 Most Amazing Community Arts Projects,” each of which engages participants in both self-expression and community building, while at the same time addressing underlying social issues.—Eileen CunniffeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

B Corporations and Their Implications for Nonprofits


first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares September 24, 2014; Inc.Rory Eakin is the cofounder of CircleUp, which connects investors with social enterprise. He was previously Director of Investments at the modestly named Humanity United, an affiliate of Omidyar, where he likewise put money into social enterprises to “stimulate job creation and promote stability in fragile economies.” So it is unsurprising that in his piece in Inc., he lauds the power of corporations, which, in his opinion, simultaneously and successfully pursue both profits and impact. In particular, he highlights Patagonia, founded by Yvon Chouinard. According to Eakin:“A large part of Patagonia’s success comes from its founder’s passion for sports, efficiency and environmentalism—and his refusal to compromise his beliefs for short-term gain…The company’s product lines have evolved over the decades—innovating new and more environmentally-friendly materials and processes—you see its mission woven through every part of the organization.”In a way, this is in line with Eakin’s definition of B Corporations, or benefit corporations: “mission-driven businesses…dedicated to the causes their founders are passionate about…. These companies are about more than profit alone; they are building a better world.” Examples that Eakin touts include B-Corps such as Better World Books, “an online bookstore that collects unwanted books from libraries and college campaigns and either sells them to raise funds for literacy organizations or gives them directly to nonprofits,” and Sustainability Television, “which creates produces and distributes television online that educates people about important social issues.”A key to the success of B Corporations is their access to capital. Eakin notes that several venture capital funds, such as Union Square Ventures, Benchmark Capital, Good Capital, Kleiner Perkins, and Equilibrium Capital Group invest in B Corporations. (Notwithstanding the odious politics of some venture capitalists, such as Kleiner Perkins founder Tom Perkins, who compared the Occupy movement’s critique of the powerful one percent in U.S. society to Nazi Germany’s attacks on Jews, warning of an American Kristallnacht.) Through CircleUp, Eakin has launched an investment fund totally dedicated to B Corporations, the B-Corp Fund, building on the $10 million in equity investment CircleUp has already generated for ten certified B-Corps.He makes it clear that the pitch to investors is much more than their social impact. “Our view is that they are interesting companies for all investors, not just ‘impact’ investors,” Eakin writes. “For many companies, there does not need to be a trade-off between returns and impact—like Patagonia, the impact can be core to the financial return thesis.”Perhaps that is the implicit key to the B Corporation movement. Despite the size and growth of the nonprofit sector, the promoters of B Corporations believe that these purportedly triple-bottom-line entities can attract investors whose motivation may be a little on the social side, but a lot on the profit side, with the intention that the recipients of their investments might have Patagonia-like upsides. Perhaps that’s the potential of Better World Books, which says it has eight million books to market online to readers—with free shipping—with the financial benefits accruing in part to literacy partners such as Room to Read, Books for Africa, Worldfund, and the National Center for Families Learning, all with international footprints, plus local nonprofits such as Open Books (Chicago), Ride for Reading (Nashville), the Robinson Community Learning Center (South Bend), and the Prison Book Program.Is there a significant difference between the for-profit structure of Better World Books and nonprofits dedicated to acquiring, donating, and selling used books to support international literacy efforts such as the International Book Project, Book Aid International, the UK-based Books Abroad, and Books for International Goodwill? Does the nonprofit structure of these organizations prevent them from being able to pursue strategies of scaling up that might be more readily available in theory to a for-profit enterprise like Better World Books?Does Sustainability Television, with the slogan “Good stories, about good people, doing really good things,” have a stronger upside due to its for-profit nature (in the words of its co-founder and CEO, Jason Robinson, “blending not-for-profit and for-profit elements together into a financially responsible return on investment, enhancing healthy sustainable communities and lifestyles in the process”) than nonprofit or television news entities, such as the 354-member stations of the Public Broadcasting System? Perhaps they can’t continue attracting equity investment when they can’t promise only “good stories” or commit to content that is “free of politics and arguments.”In so much of the realm of social activity, the emergent need is to build segments of society that are freed from the pressures of the market, no matter how temporarily well intentioned the for-profit entrepreneurs, managers, and investors. The theory behind benefit corporations is that there is no particular need to insulate parts of industries and communities from the pressures of profit, that the benefit corporation combination of for-profit and nonprofit elements achieves what nonprofits cannot achieve on their own and opens doors to sources of capital such as Eakin’s and other venture investment entities that nonprofits might not be able to tap. Or perhaps the nonprofit future in this model is like the array of partners of Better World Books—nonprofits that benefit from the investment through the profitability of the B Corporation as intermediary. It would be worthwhile for nonprofits themselves to engage in the benefit corporation debate and discuss whether they see these for-profit “hybrids” as boons to their nonprofit work or busts that threaten the long-term sustainability of nonprofits freed from the profit pressures of the markets.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

Urban Parks Help Cities Adapt to Climate Change


first_imgShare46Tweet29Share20Email95 SharesBy U.S. Environmental Protection Agency [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsDecember 12, 2017; Next CityIn partnership with the American Planning Association and the Low Impact Development Center, the National Recreations and Park Association (NRPA) has released a guide outlining the nuts and bolts of green stormwater infrastructure. The guide covers both physical strategies (such as stormwater-runoff collecting bioswales), as well as strategies to build public support and secure resources.“Taken with NRPA’s other 2017 releases,” Next City’s Rachel Dovey adds, the report “reads as a call-to-arms for parks agencies that want to take on the wet, hot and increasingly unpredictable problems of a warming world in their own backyards, one flood management strategy at a time.”The guide starts with a diagram (reproduced below) that maps the potential benefits that green stormwater strategies can deliver:In terms of technical strategies for flood management, the guide includes definitions of a host of available options. In addition to bioswales, this comprises such mechanisms as green roofs (growing vegetation on rooftops rather than having the water run off buildings), permeable pavement (has grooves to permit drainage), rain barrels (to collect stormwater run-off), and urban tree canopy (which slows stormwater by intercepting rainfall in trees and branches), among others. The report covers a number of best practice planning strategies including having a multi-disciplinary team, empowering the community, designing for equity, support public health, and planning for connectivity and accessibility.For example, with respect to equity, the NRPA guide recommends:Develop and incorporate levels of service standards that encourage equitable access to parks when siting projects.Ensure that community outreach efforts involve all stakeholders, making efforts to include groups that have historically been underrepresented and underserved. Create a participatory process as much as possible. 
Accommodate as many ages, abilities, activity levels, and amenities as possible given site constraints; plan for a diversity of uses and users, according to community needs.The guide also contains a helpful list of community engagement strategies that include:Engage the community through operational staff who interact with the community daily (via comment boxes, conversations). 
Identify an individual, individuals, or organization to lead efforts to organize stakeholders—a “local champion committed to improving a neighborhood, city, or region’s quality of life and sustainability”Set a regular meeting schedule to keep stakeholders informed of the progress. 
Utilize tools such as formalized policies and frameworks for engagement to guide outreach in an inclusive direction and keep the design adaptive. 
Use visuals and key messaging to frame the conversation. 
Provide data and explain project benefits and the perceived and real drawbacks in a way the community understands so that they can make informed decisions. 
Hold meetings at times and places that make it possible for all members of the community to participate. 
Form partnerships to maintain momentum for the plan during a long implementation period. 
Utilize various ways to engage stakeholders, including charrettes and town meetings, to ensure different viewpoints are incorporated and projects provide long-term benefits such as jobs and volunteer opportunities. 
Consider upfront how to address language barriers, communication issues, cultural barriers, or seemingly irreconcilable differences of opinion. 
Consider the possibility of gentrification and involve partners such as the local Housing Authority to take necessary measures to maintain the community. 
The report provides a couple of examples of implementing this community-based approach. For example, in New York City, the Municipal Art Society of New York has created an interactive map of underused land. “This tool, the report authors note, “makes it easy for anyone to see where there is potential for land to be repurposed, and whether it is located within a floodplain, in an underserved area, or in a low-income community.” The report authors add that, “Making this information publicly available in a user-friendly format can help small organizations and individual residents become more educated and engaged about land use issues in their own communities.”“Parks are a smart and effective solution to many of the challenges associated with a changing climate,” notes Lori Robertson, NRPA director of conservation. “Our hope is more communities will discover these benefits through the use of this guide, and the implementation of green stormwater infrastructure projects in parks across the country.”—Steve DubbShare46Tweet29Share20Email95 Shareslast_img read more

CNN is the mostwatched international news channel


first_imgCNN is the most-watched international news channel in Africa, according to the latest EMS Africa survey.The broadcaster’s monthly reach across all platforms, including TV, online and mobile devices, stood at 70.3%. It was followed by BBC World news with a 55.4% reach and Al Jazeera with a 46.7% reach. At 51.6%, CNN’s weekly TV reach also beat BBC World News (37.7%) and Al Jazeera English (30.5%).“To reach almost a third of EMS respondents every day, far eclipsing all our rivals is an achievement we’re proud of. For CNN to grow its audience in an increasingly crowded marketplace puts a tangible marker of appreciation on our journalism. The reach of our brand in Africa has never been stronger and we thank our viewers for their loyalty,” said Tony Maddox, executive vice-president of CNN International.last_img read more

Netflix says that its new deal for original progra


first_imgNetflix says that its new deal for original programming from DreamWorks is its largest yet and will cover 300 hours of new programming.The streaming service and animation studio already had a programming deal in place with Dreamworks for Turbo: F.A.S.T., a TV spin-off from upcoming DreamWorks animated movie Turbo.The new deal will see the partners make TV series based on new and classic DreamWorks characters and movie titles. The first fruits of the partnership will be delivered next year, the companies said, without specifying what the first shows might be.DreamWorks movie titles include Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon franchises and it has also acquired Classic Media, which owns Mr Magoo, Casper the Friendly Ghost and several other classic titles.DreamWorks is moving heavily into TV and on Netflix, its characters will be introduced as a branded collection of shows.“This is an unprecedented commitment to original content in the internet television space,” said DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg.Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said: “This deal represents a major expansion of what’s already a phenomenal relationship, allowing us to bring beloved DreamWorks characters to the 40 countries where Netflix operates and setting the stage for us to innovate together as we expand into new markets.”last_img read more

Satellite TV provider Orion Express has overtaken


first_imgSatellite TV provider Orion Express has overtaken fixed-line player ER-Telecom as the number four supplier of pay TV services in Russia, according to local analyst group Telecom Daily.According to Telecom Daily, Orion Express drew past ER-Telecom’s 2.65 million pay TV subscribers in the first quarter.Tricolor TV remains the number one operator, with just under 11 million subscribers. Rostelecom was the fastest growing pay TV provider in the quarter, adding 110,000 subscribers compared with 95,000 for Tricolor TV and 75,000 for Orion Express. MTS and ER-Telecom grew their pay TV bases by about 30,000 subscribers each, according to Telecom Daily’s analysis.last_img read more

Swedish cable operator Com Hems board has agreed


first_imgSwedish cable operator Com Hem’s board has agreed to launch a share buyback programme totaling SEK1.5 billion (€160 million) over the next year.The buyback will enable Com Hem to distribute funds to shareholders. Together with an ordinary dividend of SEK1 per share, the programme means that Com Hem has allocated SEK1.7 billion to be repaid to its shareholders.Com Hem’s share capital will be reduced by cancelling the shares that has been repurchased.last_img

John Enser UKlicensed European channels face a pe


first_imgJohn EnserUK-licensed European channels face a period of uncertainty after last night’s Brexit vote, according to industry sources. Hundreds of networks within the European Union are licensed out of the UK by communications regulator Ofcom.With UK voters opting to leave the EU, the status of these licences, and how the channels will ensure their licences are valid in member states remains unclearOfcom could not immediately clarify how many channels are UK-licensed and operating in EU territories, but there are thought to be several hundred.Member states are required to recognise the licences as the UK is a fellow member state, but as the country sets about withdrawing from the EU one source said the situation for channels was ‘confusion upon confusion’.There are various possibilities in terms of ensuring the UK-based channels can continue to operate such as bilateral trade agreements, general agreements (GATs) on trade services as operated by the World Trade Organisation, or a Norwegian model whereby EEA membership gives access to the EU internal market.Amid the uncertainty, one legal expert said a Council of Europe convention on Transfontier television could ensure channels can continue to operate in EU territories.Olswang partner John Enser said the Council of Europe agreement is outdated, but should offer the the UK channels some guarantees regarding their transmission in Europe.“It is similar to the original TV Without Frontiers directive, although is old fashioned in the sense it doesn’t cover on-demand services and may have different requirements on ad minutage,” Enser said. “But it does have the same broad principles, and the geographical reach is the same.”The challenge for UK channels groups is likely to come from ensuring their staff can move quickly and easily throughout the EU.“If groups doing the [channel] distribution deals are based in London and start to need work permits and visas to travel you could see groups start to relocate elsewhere,” Enser said.Channels and industry groups, meanwhile, are weighing the consequence of the vote for their operations, and few were willing to comment publicly today.Bertelsamann, parent to channel operator RTL, was one that did react officially and said it regretted the Brexit vote. “As an international company with a strong presence in the UK as elsewhere, Britain’s impending exit from the EU raises political and economic uncertainties for us all,” Bertelsmann said.“Irrespective of the Brexit decision, the UK, as our fourth-largest market, remains very important to us. Bertelsmann generates revenues of around €1.7 billion with 5,500 employees in the UK, and will continue to invest in its businesses there.”last_img read more

Roughly two thirds of US adult broadband users now


first_imgRoughly two thirds of US adult broadband users now take online subscription video-on-demand services on a home TV, according to TDG research.The Diffusion Group study claims that 44% of TV subscription streamers are under the age of 34 and that 25% turn to SVOD services first when they turn on their TV.TV streaming viewers spend on average 41% of their weekly TV time watching streaming video of some kind – with SVOD use described as “dominant” and TVOD and AVOD “prominent”.SVOD viewing was also not limited to TVs, with 79% watching SVOD services on PCs, 46% on tablets, and 59% on smartphones.last_img read more

BT was the UKs most complained about pay TV provi


first_imgBT was the UK’s most complained about pay TV provider in regulator Ofcom’s latest quarterly league table of complaints relating to service providers.The report eveals the number of complaints made to Ofcom about the UK’s largest providers of home broadband, landline telephone, pay-monthly mobile and pay TV services, between October and December last year.BT generated 18 pay TV complaints per 100,000 subscribers, well ahead of second-placed TalkTalk, with 10 complaints per 100,000, and third-placed Virgin Media, with nine.Sky was the least complained-about pay TV service provider, with only two complaints per 100,000.The list means that BT has consistently underperformed its peers over the last couple of years in terms of the number of pay TV complaints generated. The ordering of service providers has also remained consistent, with TalkTalk and Virgin Media underperforming Sky.Pay TV has historically generated relatively fewer complaints that fixed broadband, fixed telephony and mobile telephony, but while complaints about other services have declined over time, the number of pay TV complaints has remained broadly constant. For the last quarter, contract mobile complaints declined to level pegging with pay TV for the first time.TalkTalk was the most complained-about broadband provider, with 31 complaints per 100,000, ahead of second-placed BT and third-placed Plusnet. Sky was the least complained-about broadband provider. TalkTalk was also the most complained-about landline phone provider, while BT and Vodafone were jointly the most complained-about contract mobile phone providers.last_img read more

DERRY City and Strabane District Councils Directo


first_imgDERRY City and Strabane District Council’s Director of Legacy, Oonagh McGillion (pictured left), has urged thousands of young people from across the North of Ireland to take ownership of the local bid to be European Youth Capital (EYC) for 2019.She was speaking at the ‘Amazing the Space’ event in the Eikon Exhibition Centre at the Maze / Long Kesh site in Lisburn which drew a crowd of over 3,500 students to celebrate the role of young people in making peace here.The local Council area has been shortlisted as one of five finalists in the running for the prestigious EYC title and the ‘Amazing the Space’ initiative will play a key role in their bid.“We are looking forward to working with the young people involved with this incredible project that has touched the hearts and minds of so many people,” she told the assembled audience and thousands more watching online. They will direct how the ‘Amazing the Space’ project can be embedded into the EYC19 programme.“The energy and commitment from everyone present was palpable with a real sense of excitement that this energy will become a permanent feature of our work together.”In June of this year ‘Amazing the Space’ was officially launched by Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock, at Ebrington.Peace pledges written by pupils from local primary and secondary level schools, which tell of their hope for peace were unveiled at the event, which included performances of music, drama and visual arts from local talent. ShareTweet There was also International contributions, arranged through a range of partners including Generation Global, The Global Peace Foundation and The United Nations.‘AMAZING THE SPACE’ TO PLY KEY ROLE IN DERRY/STRABANE EYC 2019 BID was last modified: September 23rd, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: ‘AMAZING THE SPACE’ TO PLY KEY ROLE IN DERRY/STRABANE EYC 2019 BIDDIRECTOR OF LEGACYOONAGH MCGILLIONlast_img read more

The Republics limit is 50 milligrams per 100 mill


first_imgThe Republic’s limit is 50 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood. In Northern Ireland it is 80mg.But Ms James does not hold him responsible for the accident, describing him as a wonderful partner and adoring father.Speaking after the inquest, she said: “He lived for them and it is clear from what this inquest has heard that in fact he died as he lived, in that he could have saved himself and chose not to.”Describing her anguish, she added: “I firmly believe the slipway should have been closed to the general public or else proper warning signs displayed, as it was an accident waiting to happen.“Hopefully lessons will be learned and the recommendations made following this inquest will be implemented.”The victims were, from left, Mark McGrotty, 12, and Evan McGrotty, 8, Sean McGrotty, 49, Ruth Daniels, 57, and her daughter Jodie Lee Daniels, 14Speaking at the inquest, chief executive of Water Safety Ireland John Leech said a report into future safety at the pier should consider putting “slippery surface” notices up.The inquest jury recommended that Water Safety Ireland takes a lead role in advising and working with interested parties to introduce best international practice for safety on slipways and piers.Meanwhile, plans are being discussed to erect a monument to the victims at the spot where they lost their lives.Councillors are to consider proposals for a permanent tribute at Donegal County Council this week.Sinn Fein’s Jack Murray said: “It is something that should be considered, and will be discussed.“I don’t see any reason why we wouldn’t have something to remember those who tragically lost their lives.”LOUISE JAMES SUING DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL OVER TRAGIC DEATH OF FIVE FAMILY MEMBERS was last modified: November 27th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCILdublinhigh courtLouise JamesLOUISE JAMES SUING DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL OVER TRAGIC DEATH OF FIVE FAMILY MEMBERSSINN FEIN COUNCILLOR JACK MURRAY The inquest also heard evidence that at least three cars had lost control on the pier, and that on the day of tragedy the slipway was covered in algae, making it as “slippery as ice”.The only survivor was her and her partner’s one-year-old baby Rioghnach-Ann, who was rescued by ex-footballer Davitt Walsh. The hero later received a Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Award for his bravery.According to court records, Ms James filed legal proceedings against Donegal County Council on June 9.It is believed her action centres on claims that the pier, which was covered in algae, was unsafe and should not have been accessible to vehicles.Last week’s inquest heard that Mr McGrotty, the driver of the 4×4, was more than three times the drink-driving limit when he died. Louise James was with her solicitor when he read out a statement last week to the press following the inquest into family tragedy at Buncrana pier in March 2016. (North West Newspix)DERRY mum Louise James who lost five members of her family in the Buncrana pier tragedy has instigated legal action against Donegal County Council.Ms James has issued High Court proceedings following the deaths of her partner Sean McGrotty (49), sons Mark (12) and Evan (8), mother Ruth Daniels (59) and sister Jodie Lee (14).An inquest into the incident, which saw the 4×4 they were in slide off the pier and into Lough Swilly, delivered a verdict of death by misadventure. ShareTweetlast_img read more

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first_imgThere are also moves by some schools to leave the Catholic sector in favour of becoming integrated.Bishop McKeown, a former teacher and principal, made his comments in the annual report of the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS).There are more than 450 Catholic schools across the north.The report looked at issues including inspection findings, examination achievements and the teaching workforce. BISHOP OF DERRYCatholic Council for Maintained SchoolsCatholic schools are `architects of shared future’faith educationMOST REVEREND DONAL MCKEOWNSAYS BISHOP MCKEOWN ShareTweet It noted that Catholic maintained schools continued to outperform all non-grammars when comparing pupils achieving three or more A-levels at A* to C.At 58.4 per cent, the sector performed 6.1 per cent better than controlled non-grammar and 1.2 per cent better than all non-selective schools.GCSE outcomes in grades A*-C including English and maths also continued to improve.Of particular interest, the report noted, was the improvement over the past few years among children entitled to free school meals.The report added that CCMS continued to be involved in integrated and shared education, through area planning.It has also provided support to approved shared education campus schemes in areas including Ballycastle, Limavady and Moy.Bishop McKeown, who is CCMS chairman, said the body was leading education and advocating for positive change.He added that it was also clearly setting out how Catholic education could contribute to the common good.“I am confident that the Catholic maintained sector in Northern Ireland will continue to be successful in not only improving outcomes for our children and young people and developing them as unique individuals, but in contributing to a more cohesive, inclusive and respectful society, which nurtures young people and prepares them for adult life,” he said.“I appreciate how our schools are already quietly being very creative in how we accommodate both diverse backgrounds and high standards. “These schools are not the relics of a divided past but are showing how they can be architects of a shared and diverse future.“Indeed, it is their ethos of community and high expectations which attract people from a range of backgrounds. “They are chosen by many parents not despite their ethos but because of it,” added the Bishop of Derry.Catholic schools are `architects of shared future’, says Bishop McKeown was last modified: July 13th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: CATHOLIC schools are architects of a shared and diverse future and contribute to an inclusive, respectful society, a senior bishop has said.Bishop of Derry the Most Reverend Donal McKeown said Catholic education was valued and exercised a positive influence on society across the world.His efence of faith education comes amid calls for a single system.last_img

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first_img Linkedin Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Mail CHARLESTON– West Virginia is embarking on a tourism advertising push using John Denver’s iconic song “Take Me Home, Country Roads.”Gov. Jim Justice unveiled a video Wednesday as the centerpiece for the campaign that frames the song and the state’s natural beauty. The campaign borrows the words “almost heaven” as its slogan.Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby says officials “want to change the way people think about West Virginia.” She says research shows 86 percent of people who come to West Virginia eventually return. But last year, only 14 percent were first-time visitors.The state tourism office previously obtained the rights to use the song in marketing. It’s been an unofficial West Virginia anthem almost since its 1971 release and was named an official state song in 2014. Google+ Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at tbarker@woay.com Twitter Facebookcenter_img Tumblr Home NewsWatch Almost Heaven: West Virginia Starts New Tourism Campaign NewsWatchState NewsTop Stories Almost Heaven: West Virginia Starts New Tourism Campaign By Tyler BarkerApr 11, 2018, 17:57 pm 689 0 Next Post27th Annual Holocaust Memorial To Be Held In Beckley Previous PostBeckley Man Pleads Guilty to Passing Counterfeit Checks Pinterestlast_img read more

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first_img Twitter GAULEY BRIDGE (WOAY)- Crews are battling a structure fire in Fayette County.Fayette County Dispatch tells WOAY it got a call at 4:52 AM Friday, December 21, 2018 about a structure fire on Scrabble Creek Road in Gauley Bridge.Gauley Bridge, Gauley River and Boomer Fire Departments are on the scene, as well as Jan Care.Stay with NewsWatch on air and online for updates. Pinterest Google+ Linkedin FeaturedLocal NewsNewsWatch Crews battling structure fire in Fayette County By Tyler BarkerDec 21, 2018, 05:30 am 899 0 Previous PostTrump pushing rule making work mandatory for food stamps Mail Tumblr Facebook Home NewsWatch Featured Crews battling structure fire in Fayette County Next PostMarshall Wins 2018 Gasparilla Bowl Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at tbarker@woay.comlast_img read more