LOS ANGELES — Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will return to the air on two TV shows that had been put on hold for a sexual misconduct investigation.The National Geographic Channel said in a statement Friday that Tyson’s “StarTalk” will return to the air in April with the 13 episodes that remain in the season.The statement says Tyson’s other show, “Cosmos,” will return on National Geographic TV and Fox at a date to be determined.Late last November, National Geographic Networks and Fox said they would examine reports that Tyson behaved in a sexually inappropriate manner toward two women. Friday’s statement did not address the complaints or investigation.A message with a representative seeking from Tyson wasn’t immediately returned.Tyson said in December that he denied the allegations and welcomed the investigation.The Associated Press by The Associated Press Posted Mar 17, 2019 7:37 pm PDT Tyson will return to TV after sex misconduct probe AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Nov. 1, 2017 file photo, Neil deGrasse Tyson attends a fan event celebrating the release Kelly Clarkson’s album “Meaning of Life” at YouTube Space New York in New York. Tyson will return to the air on two TV shows that had been put on hold for a sexual misconduct investigation. The National Geographic Channel said in a statement Friday that Tyson’s “StarTalk” will return to the air in April with the 13 episodes that remain in the season. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
The Cypriot government generated a fiscal surplus of €64.4m, or 0.4 per cent of economic output, in 2016, after posting deficits over the past in eight years, the statistical service said.Improved fiscal performance was on a 1.5 per cent increase in revenue last year to over €7bn, accompanied by a 2.4 per cent drop in spending to below €7bn, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Monday.The government posted a fiscal surplus of €146.3m in the first quarter and a deficit of €188.7m from April to June, Cystat said. In the third and fourth quarters, the budget produced a surplus of €185.8m and a deficit of €79m respectively.In 2015 and 2014, when the government had posted fiscal shortfalls of €208.9m and €1.5bn, or 1.2 per cent and 8.8 per cent respectively, it was mainly on capital assistance extended to the Cooperative banking sector.Until October, the government was expecting to generate a fiscal deficit of 0.3 per cent of the economy last year.According to a Eurostat statement published also on Monday, Cyprus was among the best fiscal achievers in the 19-member currency bloc last year. Luxembourg generated the largest fiscal surplus of 1.6 per cent of gross domestic product, followed by Malta with 1 per cent, Germany and Greece with 0.8 per cent and 0.7 per cent respectively. The Netherlands also generated a fiscal deficit of 0.4 per cent.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoAll Pro SaverCalifornia: Seniors Born Before 1970 Surprised By New Mortgage RuleAll Pro SaverUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
10Feb Bill co-sponsored by Bumstead honoring Trooper Butterfield signed into law by Gov. Snyder State Rep. Jon Bumstead joined Rep. Ray Franz in honoring State Trooper Paul K. Butterfield at a recent bill signing with Gov. Rick Snyder that named a portion of M-116 in Mason County after the fallen trooper.House Bill 5257, now Public Act 441 of 2014, was introduced by Franz and co-sponsored by Bumstead to honor the fallen trooper, who was shot in the line of duty on Sept. 9, 2013. After serving in the Army, Butterfield joined the state police in 1999 and transferred in 2011 to Hart Post #66, located in Oceana County.“Paul was a kind-hearted man who bravely served our community by protecting us and upholding our state’s laws,” said Bumstead, R-Newaygo. “I am truly humbled to have the opportunity to take part in honoring this officer for giving the ultimate sacrifice while serving our state.“By memorializing him with this highway, we celebrate his life and his profound influence on the lives of all who knew him.”Trooper Butterfield’s fiancé, Jennifer Sielski, and his mother, Pat Butterfield, were also present at the bill-signing ceremony, along with members of the Mason County sheriff’s department and state police troopers.The Trooper Paul K. Butterfield II Memorial Highway is located on M-116 in Mason County, beginning at Lincoln River and stretching north to Big Sable River.### Categories: News
20Jan Rep. Franz welcomes granddaughter to State of the State address Categories: Featured news,News Tags: #SB, Franz, HD101, MISOTS16 LANSING, MI – Onekama lawmaker State Rep. Ray Franz, right, welcomed granddaughter Meghan Franz, left, to the House chamber tonight to hear Gov. Rick Snyder’s State the State address.“It is a true blessing to have my granddaughter here with me tonight to share in this experience,” Rep. Franz said. “Like so many Michigan families across the state, family comes first and my family means everything to me. This is also a great opportunity for Meghan to see what her grandpa really does in Lansing. This will be the last address I attend in the House chambers as state representative and I couldn’t think of a better person I’d rather have at my side than Meghan.”Meghan Franz is originally from Toledo, Ohio and is currently a sophomore at Northwood University studying marketing and finance. “I am so grateful to be given the opportunity to attend the State of the State with my Grandpa,” Meghan said. “He has served his constituents with dignity and integrity and I am so proud of him.”######
State Rep. Triston Cole has been appointed by Speaker Lee Chatfield to serve as vice chair of the House Government Operations Committee and as a member of the House Transportation Committee.The Government Operations Committee will be one of just four main committees with the authority to advance legislation to the House floor during the 2019-20 legislative session.Cole, who was previously selected by his colleagues to serve as majority floor leader for the next two years, said he is pleased to have an opportunity to continue working on a wide range of issues. As majority floor leader, Cole will help decide which proposals are considered by legislators and lead parliamentary procedure on the House floor, among other duties.“While the bulk of my time will be spent managing the day-to-day operations of the House floor activities, I am also looking forward to continuing work on issues important to Northern Michigan families,” said Cole, of Mancelona. “Michigan has come a long way in the last four years, but there’s more work to be done. I’m honored to play a leading role in our continued effort to make Michigan a better place to live, work and play.”Cole, in his third House term, has more than 20 years of leadership experience at the state and local level. He previously chaired the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee during the 2017-18 term.### Categories: Cole News 17Jan Rep. Cole to serve on two key House committees
Share1TweetShareEmail1 Sharescan you hear me? / Stefan PowellSeptember 29, 2015; Washington PostWith so many declaring that they will personally spearhead investigations into Planned Parenthood’s alleged selling of fetal tissue, one would have thought that CEO Cecile Richards would have been answering questions about that yesterday as she appeared for a grilling in front of a House oversight committee, one of six panels she is scheduled to attend. Instead, there was a great deal of relatively confused posturing that played like an adolescent mob. The Washington Post described the hearing as five hours of “hectoring and finger-wagging” that wandered into such areas as Richards’s salary level and the organization’s travel expenses.In the hearing announcement, the GOP announced that due to the “disturbing nature” of the sting videos on which the “baby parts” rhetoric is based, questions must be raised about Planned Parenthood’s use of federal funding. Not only have the videos been shown to be doctored, but when Democratic committee members requested to have the videos’ maker, David Daleiden, appear in front of today’s panel, GOP members refused. Committee chair Jason Chaffetz said the videos were unavailable in full and, oh yes, he confessed, “Without the videos, we can’t have a good discussion about them.”In general, Chaffetz and other members of the committee covered their lack of content with bluster. Chaffetz at one point put up a slide that purported to show Planned Parenthood’s breast cancer screenings declining as the number of its abortions spiked. When Richards said she didn’t know where those numbers came from, Chaffetz was outraged. “You’re going to deny?” he said, claiming they came from Planned Parenthood reports.Richards begged to disagree. “Excuse me, my lawyer is informing me that the source of this is actually Americans United for Life, which is an antiabortion group. So, I would check your source.”But, let’s face it; the GOP is at a disadvantage in that, according to polls, many more Americans have a good impression of Planned Parenthood than they have of the GOP. An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll found that Americans have a generally favorable image of Planned Parenthood, with 41 percent viewing the group favorably and 31 percent unfavorably, and this indicates that the nonprofit’s approval ratings have increased slightly during this last flap, though that may be due to the margin of error. By contrast, a mere 29 percent of Americans have a favorable impression of the Republican Party and 45 percent view it unfavorably. Additionally, that poll found 61 percent of Americans oppose the defunding of Planned Parenthood.Meanwhile, in other developments: In Missouri, a state investigation released its finding that Planned Parenthood in that state does not in any way mishandle or profit from donations of fetal tissue. Dan Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) and his wife illustrator Lisa Brown pledged a million dollars to the organization, and a Utah judge blocked Governor Herbert’s order to cut off state funds to the organization..@lisabrowndraws & I are giving 1 million dollars to @PPFA. We’ve been very fortunate, and good fortune should be shared with noble causes.— Daniel Handler (@DanielHandler) September 28, 2015So does all this mean that Planned Parenthood is headed toward a less turbulent time? We doubt it. The organization is likely in for an even more rocky journey, during which every detail in the large organization will be scrutinized.—Ruth McCambridgeShare1TweetShareEmail1 Shares
Share15Tweet5Share19Email39 SharesMay 1, 2016; Los Angeles TimesLast week, NPQ published an interview with Douglas Rushkoff suggesting that we might be seeing more worker-owned businesses in the future as the country becomes more focused on equity and sustainability in the economy, and this story may be a strong model for such emerging forms.Hamdi Ulukaya, the founder and CEO of Chobani yogurt, announced to his company’s 2000 employees last week that each worker would be given “Chobani Shares” based on the workers’ tenure and role at the privately-held company. These can be converted to cash or shares if the company goes public or is sold.Ulukaya is a Turkish immigrant who has actively advocated for other businesses to hire more refugees. Not only has pledged to give away half his wealth, but this latest commitment to worker ownership principles has raised his CSR (corporate social responsibility) profile considerably. In his mind, the commitment is not a gift but “a mutual promise to work together with a shared purpose and responsibility,” he wrote in a memo to employees. “How we built this company matters to me, but how we grow it matters even more. I want you to be a part of this growth—I want you to be the driving force of it.”Bruce Elliott, manager of compensation and benefits for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), said that although startup tech companies, for example, will incentivize employees with ownership shares, it’s rare to see founders offer workers shares when the company is already on a strong growth trajectory. Moreover, although many companies may include shares of stock in the compensation of the higher-ups, it is rare to see such distributions among rank-and-file employees.Elliott says that in making the commitment, Ulukaya is diluting his own stake in Chobani, but the move could ensure natural alliances among investors, preempt unionization efforts, and create a stronger connection between workers and management. “It definitely creates an ownership culture,” he said. “It focuses not only management but employees on bottom-line and top-line figures.”—Ruth McCambridgeShare15Tweet5Share19Email39 Shares
Share43TweetShareEmail43 SharesPixabay. Public Domain. [CC 0]March 23, 2017; St. Louis TodayAfter multiple police shootings of people with disabilities, along with violent arrests, nonprofit organizations are working with law enforcement to train officers on how to assess situations and best communicate with suspects who may have communication, learning, or other disabilities. The scenario reminds us in some ways of the battered women’s movement of thirty years ago. Then, as now, it was a national network of nonprofits with violence-against-women programs that advocated with localities and states (as well as nationally) to help deliver police trainings and raise awareness.The cases of the last few years clearly indicate that too many police do not receive enough instruction to develop an adequate understanding of how disabilities might manifest and how to react appropriately. Although officers do receive some training, Captain Gary Higginbotham of the Jefferson County Police Department in St. Louis believes that “Fear causes a lot of these issues.”Thomas Horejes, executive director of Deaf, Inc., a nonprofit organization in St. Louis, offers some scenarios when he trains law enforcement. Take, for example, the arrest of a deaf person. To start with, the suspect may not hear sirens or the officer’s voice over the loudspeaker. If the suspect starts using animated sign language in an attempt to communicate, the potential is there for the officer to misunderstand what the deaf person is doing, particularly if there is an object in their hand. If the officer attempts to handcuff the deaf person, they may become incredibly frightened, as their primary means of communication is with their hands. From the officer’s point of view, this can be interpreted as resisting an arrest. Deaf, Inc. works closely not only with police departments but also deaf people in the community so each understands the other’s perspective and can change behavior as needed.Similarly, advocates have designed trainings to teach law enforcement how to recognize and respond appropriately to persons with developmental disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, ADHD, and Down syndrome. Particularly in the case of autism spectrum disorders, characteristics such as lack of eye contact that are common for those on the spectrum can be confusing for officers. Persons with cerebral palsy, seizures, or traumatic brain injury can present with slurred speech, a dazed look, and trouble walking that may appear as intoxication.Some states have gone beyond offering trainings and have proposed laws requiring such trainings for officers. Just last week, the Connecticut legislature unanimously approved a law that would require officers to participate in training focused on interacting with persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities. A bill proposed in Ohio takes a different route. Ohio lawmakers proposed creating a voluntary registry for persons with disabilities that officers can access prior to or during an arrest. Such a system could take the purported burden off of the police officers who need to concurrently identify a disability, respond appropriately, assess the situation for threats, and potentially make an arrest. It would also relieve the need for a person with a disability to communicate that disability in a tense or stressful situation.To some extent, this stands as an update to a problem long recognized by police departments and in research. NPQ first wrote about this serious civil rights issue in 2015 in a newswire entitled “Excessive Police Force toward Persons with Disabilities Needs National Discussion,” which brought to our attention the Ruderman Foundation’s excellent materials on the matter. Sometimes, there can be a long pause between the identification of an issue like this and the implementation of new standards. Regardless, further training is needed for both persons with disabilities and law enforcement to reduce the occurrence of misunderstanding and violence.—Sheela NimishakaviShare43TweetShareEmail43 Shares
Share67Tweet6Share2Email75 SharesApril 2, 2017; Washington Post and Education WeekConcerns about the Trump administration’s commitment to protecting civil liberties rose this week. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement that he has ordered a review of the Justice Department’s efforts to combat police racism made front-page news. Less attention was paid to two appointments to two senior positions at the U.S. Department of Education that may portend a serious change in that department’s approach to combatting discrimination in public schools.Within the Department of Education, its Office for Civil Rights was established “to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation through vigorous enforcement of civil rights.” During the Obama administration, an aggressive OCR leadership saw its caseload grow to more than 16,000 complaints annually. The recent nominations of Carlos Muñiz as the Education Department’s general counsel and Candice Jackson as acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights appear to be strong signs that President Trump and Secretary DeVos want to make the department’s civil rights efforts less vigorous.Jackson’s new position gives her the power to direct the OCR in its task of serving “student populations facing discrimination and the advocates and institutions promoting systemic solutions to civil rights problems.” Her legal experience includes a stint at Judicial Watch, a “conservative, non-partisan educational foundation, promotes transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics and the law,” and a private practice in Vancouver, Washington. It remains unclear what experience she has in civil rights law and its specific application in the work of the Education Department’s OCR.Mr. Muñiz as general counsel becomes the department’s lawyer-in-chief. While not directly responsible for the operation of the OCR, he will influence its enforcement efforts, how and when it chooses to litigate in response to complaints it receives, and the department’s investigations of potential bias. According to Education Week, Muñiz “was most recently a senior vice president at the consulting firm McGuire Woods, was the deputy attorney general and chief of staff to Pam Bondi, Florida’s attorney general and a Trump ally. Before that, he was deputy general counsel under former Florida governor Jeb Bush.…[While at] McGuire Woods…he defended a Florida public university in a government investigation and civil litigation over Title IX compliance issues.”Secretary DeVos is on record as seeing her department as having only a limited need to intervene in how local authorities operate their schools, despite data indicating that public schools continue to racially segregate. In an interview covered by Axios, she described her thinking.I think in some of the areas around protecting students and ensuring safe environments for them, there is a role to play. […] When we had segregated schools and…girls weren’t allowed to have the same kind of sports teams—I mean, there have been important inflection points for the federal government to get involved. But are there any remaining issues like that where the federal government should intervene? I can’t think of any now.Both Jackson and Muñiz require U.S. Senate confirmation, so we will have the opportunity to learn if these first impressions are accurate. For anyone who worries about equality in public education, these will be hearings to watch closely.—Martin LevineShare67Tweet6Share2Email75 Shares
Aster’s new owner UPC is increasing the Polish cable operator’s broadband speeds.As part of the ongoing integration of Aster and UPC, the lowest broadband speed on Aster’s network will increase to 5Mbps from 0.5Mbps. The maximum speed will increase to 120Mbps from 60Mbps. The increases will be introduced gradually until the end of February. UPC completed the acquisition of Aster earlier this month. The deal will see UPC Poland increase its customer to 1.5 million customers, with a total of 2.5 million homes passed.
Ericsson has renamed its Business Unit Multimedia arm to Business Unit Support Solutions in order to incorporate a new focus on service fulfillment, assurance, network optimisation and real-time charging following its acquisition of OSS/BSS specialist Telcordia.Ericsson completed its acquisition of Telcordia on January 12. The new unit combines the focus on OSS/BSS with Ericsson’s existing TV and media enabling technologies and mobile commerce technology. Ericsson is now focusing its m-commerce technology on business-to-business activity and plans to close its existing consumer-facing Money Service at the beginning of April. The company’s new Converged Wallet product will allow service providers to deliver m-wallet accounts to pre-paid customers.“With the new strategic focus, we will strengthen our leadership as we build on our installed base and competence. We will capture the growth momentum in the selected areas and leverage on our acquisition of Telcordia. We already have a leading position in key areas such as charging and billing, where we serve 1.6 billion people with our solutions,” said Per Borgklint, head of Ericsson’s Business Unit Support Solutions (pictured, left). “The new name Business Unit Support Solutions reinforces our commitment to support our customers’ business growth through value creating solutions for customer experience, content management and delivery and mobile payments.”
Rovi has signed two Chinese DivX deals that will see the video technology integrated into Changhong digital TVs and Philips-branded TVs set for distribution in the country.The deal with consumer electronics manufacturer Changhong means that Rovi has now signed DivX agreements with each of the top five digital TV manufacturers in China. Changhong TVs will have DivX HD video certification as well as offer support for DivX streaming.The Philips distribution will result from a new deal Rovi has reached with TVP Technology Limited, a display solutions provider that plans to add add DivX Plus HD certification into Philips-branded TVs in China.Rovi, which announced both deals today, hailed the Changhong deal as a “significant milestone” for the company as it continues to gain momentum in the country with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and original design manufacturers (ODMs) – companies that design products that are then branded by another firm.The TVP Technology comes after Rovi in January announced a deal with Mei Ah Digital and China Mobile Hong Kong to use DivX Plus Streaming to deliver premium entertainment services to mobile users.“As a premier ODM, TVP’s support for DivX technology further reinforces Rovi’s momentum in this rapidly growing market and highlights the universal value and appeal of the DivX Certified Program,” Rovi senior VP, sales and marketing, Simon Adams.“Philips TVs will add to the already expansive DivX ecosystem and increase the number of options for consumers who want to access and enjoy a growing catalog of Hollywood entertainment available in the DivX format.”The DivX Certified Programme lets consumer electronics manufacturers differentiate their products and guarantee reliable DivX video playback across all devices that bear the DivX logo. The format can be read on devices including phones, tablets, televisions and other digital media players.DivX Plus Streaming is an end-to-end solution for secure adaptive streaming for over-the-top content service providers on multiple platforms.
Finnish telco Elisa is to use Agama Technologies’ DTV Monitoring Solution to provide quality assurance for its EpicTV over-the-top TV service.Elisa, which serves about 3.6 million consumer and corporate customers in the Nordic countries, the Baltics and Russia, launched OTT extreme sports service EpicTV across iPads, Android tablets and smartphones, PCs and connected TVs last year.“As a leading provider of high-quality TV services we are committed to meet and exceed our viewers’ high expectations, both for our traditional TV services in Finland and for our pioneering multinational OTT service,” said Jarkko Järvinen, EpicTV’s chief engineer and senior development manager at Elisa. “One vital part of this is, of course, to really be able to ensure the delivered service quality to all our customers, and for this critical mission we turned to Agama, which has video service quality assurance as its core business and field of expertise, and a solution that perfectly matches our needs and requirements.”
Discovery Communications has signed a content partnership deal with WASU Digital TV Media Group for WASU’s new pay-TV channel Qiu Suo.Under the deal, Discovery will provide factual and lifestyle programming and act as channel and content consultant to WASU for Qiu Suo, which launched in China on March 16.Qiu Suo, which translates as “quest for knowledge,” has a target audience of adults aged 25 through 54 years old and will air Discovery programming including The Big Brain Theory, Tanked and Bear Grylls series Man vs Wild.“This content partnership with WASU complements Discovery’s 20-year history of providing high quality, nonfiction programming to the Chinese market,” said JB Perrette, president, Discovery Networks International.“Through WASU’s new channel, Qiu Suo, Chinese viewers now have 24/7 access to the best of Discovery’s factual and lifestyle programming.”Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific’s president and managing director, Arjan Hoekstra hailed the deal as a “significant milestone for Discovery’s business in China.””The new channel will introduce millions of Chinese viewers to some of Discovery’s best content and, building on the success of our existing business in China, paves the way for the next phase of growth for Discovery in one of the world’s fastest growing economies,” added Hoekstra.
French media regulator the CSA has ordered public broadcaster France Télévisions to make its channels available to internet TV provider Playmédia’s Play.tv service with minimum delay following a request by the latter to force the broadcaster to engage with it.The CSA said that Playmedia’s services were not incompatible with France Télévisions’ public service mission and that the fact that the broadcaster did not hold all the rights necessary for the distribution of its programmes on the open internet did not allow it to avoid its obligation to make its channels available to third-party service providers. It said it was up to France Télévisions to obtain the necessary rights to meet its obligations and called on the broadcaster not to oppose the distribution of its services by Playmédia.The move is the latest development in a long-running dispute between Playmédia and France Télévisions, which has consistently refused to make its channels available to the service and has in the past denied that the CSA has any authority to intervene where this would violate its agreements with rightsholders. However France Télévisions’ services are available via other online platforms, such as that of Orange.
Internet penetration has increased almost seven-fold from 6.5 to 43 per cent of the global population between 2000 and 2015, according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The ITU’s latest global research claims that by the end of 2015 there will be 3.2 billion people using the internet, 2 billion of whom will be from developing countries.However, four billion people in the developing world will remain offline, with 851 million of the almost one billion people living in the least developing countries not using the internet.The report claims that by the end of the year there are more than 7 billion mobile cellular subscriptions globally, corresponding to a penetration rate of 97%, up from 738 million in 2000.“Mobile broadband is the most dynamic market segment; globally, mobile broadband penetration reaches 47% in 2015, a value that increased 12 times since 2007,” said the ITU.The ITU is an agency for information and communication technology issues, and claims to be the “focal point” for governments and the private sector in developing networks and services.
Kenya’s Communications Authority has approved local telecom provider Safaricom’s application for licences to broadcast four TV channels, allowing the operator to create its own content for the IPTV service it launched in May, according to local reports.Safaricom’s broadcast licences will enable it to distribute content both over-the-air and online, as well as to compete with existing pay TV and multi-play operators, including Wananchi’s Zuku TV service.Safaricom began marketing an IP-enabled set-top, the BigBox, for KES10,000 (€88) plus a KES4,000 monthly fee for TV and 4G-enabled broadband services in May, with limited success.
The Estádio do DragãoPortuguese cable and pay TV operator Nos has teamed up with Samsung and Sport TV to broadcast a football match in virtual reality.Viewers equipped with Samsung Gear VR virtual reality headsets were able to watch the match between FC Porto and Benfica at the Estádio do Dragão yesterday in the format.Nos claimed a world first for the live broadcast in VR, using five cameras to enable viewers to choose different angles to watch the game, providing a 360-degree experience.The experience was made available to viewers in the Samsung store at the Fórum Almada and at the Nos theatre in the Shopping Colombo centre.Nos transmitted the match over fibre and a 1Gbps 4G network, using 300Mbps of dedicated capacity.“The Portuguese League is immensely proud to associate to these partners and to this revolutionary initiative in watching a football match. The match opposing FC Porto and Benfica will surely be followed by an even greater number of viewers, to add to the thousands of fans that will be at Estádio do Dragão and to the millions that will watch it at home, on the television. Portuguese professional football and all the emotion it offers will now be taken to a never before seen level,” said Pedro Proença, the president of the Portuguese league, ahead of the match.“We are aware that football is a passion point for the Portuguese people, which means that this initiative, the first of its kind worldwide, has all it takes to allow the users access to an experience that promises to change the way we look at live broadcasts,” said Frederico Paiva, business manager of Samsung Portugal.
Ryan AfsharVideo advertising platform Videology has appointed former Time and Telefonica Digital executive Ryan Afshar as its new vice-president and media director.Afshar will be tasked with leading business development in Europe and driving continued growth and use of Videology’s technology in the region.Reporting to John Tigg, Videology’s senior vice-president of strategic partnerships in EMEA, Afshar will be based in London at Videology’s EMEA headquarters.“Videology develops industry-leading solutions to empower the continued convergence of TV and video, and I’m very grateful to be given the opportunity to contribute to a company that is helping to address this seismic change in the ad industry,” said Afshar.He previously worked to develop digital businesses in a number of roles with the likes of Time and Telefonica Digital. More recently, he worked as director and co-founder of Affable Digital, working with start-ups and tech companies to help them develop monetisation and revenue strategies.
Yuliana SlashchevaRussian broadcaster CTC Media has teamed up with audience measurement specialist TNS Russia and technology provider Vi to offer advertising space based on measurement of audiences across both linear and digital domains.The new ratings tool – known as Big TV – will measure the non-linear viewership of all the Federal – nationally available – Russian channels that are currently measured by TNS Russia’s audience panel, but CTC Media said it would be the first to use the data provided to offer a new advertising product.Vi will use its ViMB ad sales system as the technology platform to sell advertising based on Big TV ratings.“We embarked on the strategy to build a content holding two and a half years ago. Today our products are everywhere our viewers are, including web, mobile, and Smart TV. CTC projects consistently have strong digital audience. Today the viewership of certain CTC projects on new platforms is comparable to their on-air viewership. Now our partners and advertisers will be able to understand the real audiences of CTC projects, and later of our other channels as well,” said Yuliana Slashcheva, CEO of CTC Media.Ksenia Achkasova, TV Audience Research Director, TNS Russia, said: “The technology landscape is changing, and so is the measurement methodology to ensure they fully match. The new measurement technology offers a more accurate evaluation of content audience regardless of particular screen, time or place of its consumption.”