WILMINGTON, MA — Below are the Wilmington Public Schools lunch menus for the week of September 2, 2019.Wilmington High School & Wilmington Middle SchoolMonday, September 2, 2019NO SCHOOLTuesday, September 3, 2019Chicken Patty or Spicy Chicken Patty on a Wholewheat Roll; Sweet Corn Nibblets; PearsWednesday, September 4, 2019Mini Waffles with Syrup; Jones Light Sausage; Hashbrown; Strawberries With ToppingThursday, September 5, 2019Ultimate Nachos With Seasoned Meat, Cheese, Sauce, Lettuce, Black Bean Salsa; Brown Rice; PineappleFriday, September 6, 2019Gil’s Pizza (High School) and Sal’s Wholegrain Pizza (Middle School); Caesar Salad; 100% Frozen Juice CupLunch ($2.65-$2.85) includes: Entree (main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Juice and 8 oz. Assorted Lowfat Milk or Skim MilkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices at High School: Salad Bar, Pizza, Soup & Choice of SandwichAlternate Daily Lunch Choices at Middle School: Pre-made SaladAlso Available Daily: Variety of Fresh Fruit, Side Caesar salad or Baby Carrots, WG Bagel with Cheese StickMenus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School ProgramWest Intermediate, North Intermediate, Shawsheen Elementary, Woburn Street ElementaryWilmington High School & Wilmington Middle SchoolMonday, September 2, 2019NO SCHOOLTuesday, September 3, 2019Chicken Patty on a Wholewheat Roll; Sweet Corn Nibblets; PearsWednesday, September 4, 2019Mini Waffles with Syrup; Jones Light Sausage; Hashbrown; Strawberries With ToppingThursday, September 5, 2019Ultimate Nachos With Seasoned Meat, Cheese, Sauce, Lettuce, Refried Beans; Brown Rice; PineappleFriday, September 6, 2019Sal’s Wholegrain Pizza; Caesar Salad; 100% Frozen Juice CupLunch ($2.40) includes: Entree (Main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Justice and MilkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices: Ham & Cheese, Turkey & Cheese, Tuna, Salad Bar (Woburn St. only), Premade Salads (North, West & Shawsheen only), Pizza (Mon & Wed only), Bagels (Tues & Thurs only)Also Available Daily: Assorted Lowfat Milk or Skim Milk; Assorted Fresh Fruit; Assorted Juice; DessertMenus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School ProgramBoutwell Early Childhood Center & Wildwood Early Childhood CenterMonday, September 2, 2019NO SCHOOLTuesday, September 3, 2019Chicken Patty on a Wholewheat Roll; Sweet Corn Nibblets; PearsWednesday, September 4, 2019Mini Waffles with Syrup; Jones Light Sausage; Hashbrown; Strawberries With ToppingThursday, September 5, 2019Ultimate Nachos With Seasoned Meat, Cheese, Sauce, Lettuce, Refried Beans; Brown Rice; PineappleFriday, September 6, 2019Sal’s Wholegrain Pizza; Caesar Salad; 100% Frozen Juice CupLunch ($2.40) includes: Entree (main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Juice and assorted lowfat or skim milkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices: WG Pizza (Mon. & Wed. only); Whole Wheat Bagel & Cheese Stick (Tues. & Thurs. only); Turkey & Cheese sandwich on WG bread (Mon., Wed., Fri. only); Ham & Cheese sandwich on WG bread (Tues. & Thurs. only)Also Available Daily: Assorted snacks and baked goods ($0.50-$0.60)Menus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School Program(NOTE: View these menus, plus the Gluten Free menus, online HERE. The cover photo is from Jamie Boudreau’s Airgoz Aerial Photography.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of September 9, 2019)In “Education”Wilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of August 26, 2019)In “Education”Wilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of June 9, 2019)In “Education”
Twenty people have been killed in a two-car crash in New York state, police said, with local media reporting that one of vehicles slammed into a crowd of pedestrians at a country store.Police said the accident occurred at Saturday when two cars collided in Schoharie County, near the state capital, Albany.The Albany Times Union cited police as saying an SUV-style stretch limousine involved in the collision sped down a hill, crashing into pedestrians outside the Apple Barrel Country Store and Cafe.
Share Jacquelyn Martin/APSecretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo smiles after his introduction before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a confirmation hearing on April 12 on Capitol Hill.President Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has cleared the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with a favorable recommendation, narrowly avoiding a rare rebuke as his confirmation heads to the full Senate.Democrats put up stiff resistance and voted against Pompeo, who is now the CIA director. Only a last-minute switch from Kentucky Republican Rand Paul — whom Trump called before the vote — enabled Pompeo to win committee approval.It would have been the first time since the committee starting keeping records in 1925 that a secretary of state nominee faced an unfavorable report.Pompeo’s nomination now goes to the full Senate, where votes are tallying in his favor. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he looks forward to voting to confirm Pompeo this week.___Sen. Rand Paul says he now supports Mike Pompeo as secretary of state.The Kentucky Republican announced his position after talking with President Donald Trump moments before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was set to consider the nominee. Pompeo hasn’t had sufficient support from the panel for a favorable recommendation, but Paul’s support could change that outcome.Paul says on Twitter that after talking with Trump and meeting with the nominee he received assurances that Pompeo believes the Iraq war “was a mistake, that regime change has destabilized the region, and that we must end our involvement with Afghanistan.”With those assurances, the senator says he has “decided to support his nomination to be our next secretary of state.”
Kolkata: Tension ran high in Bhubaneswari Bazar area of Moipath Coastal police station in South 24-Parganas after a 18-year-old youth was killed after being knocked down by a truck.The victim, Santosh Shyasmal (18), was cycling when a speeding truck hit him. An irate mob went on rampage ransacking a portion of the truck. The mob managed to get hold of the truck driver and the helper and beat them up. The truck driver was tied to a tree and tortured till the police officers reached the spot and rescued the duo. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedLocals also staged a demonstration in front of the police officers, who tried to calm down the mob.An altercation broke out between the police and locals, who demanded stern action against the truck driver. A huge contingent of police later reached the spot to bring the situation under control. Locals claimed that the truck was running at a high speed due to which the accident occurred.It was learnt that the victim was going to a local market on his bicycle when the truck knocked him down. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPAccording to eye witnesses, the victim was cycling along the road when the incident occurred. The truck driver applied sudden emergency brake but failed to control the vehicle as it was at a high speed.After being hit by the vehicle, the victim fell on the road and was crushed by the rear wheels of the truck.The victim died on the spot. The truck driver and helper tried to flee the spot immediately after the accident. Locals, however, managed to get hold of the duo.
President Luis Guillermo Solís signed a decree Tuesday restricting industrial tuna fishing in Costa Rican waters. The decree is one of the first attempts to establish fishing zones in Costa Rica’s massive ocean territory and regulate the international super fleets that currently pull in the vast majority of the country’s tuna catch. But despite the decree’s intentions, many environmentalists say it will do little to curb unsustainable fishing practices in Costa Rican waters.According to a 10-year study by the Costa Rican Fishing Federation (FECOP), foreign-flagged purse seine ships captured 90 percent of the tuna caught in Costa Rican waters between 2002 and 2011. The giant ships are able to scoop up entire schools of tuna at once by sending out small go-fast boats to encircle tuna schools with nets and haul the fish aboard with cranes. Under current fishing regulations licensed purse seine boats are permitted to fish in all but the first 12 miles of Costa Rica’s unprotected ocean territory, a system that the decree’s proponents say cripples Costa Rica’s smaller-scale fishermen.“The country is losing the economic rewards that tuna provides by giving it away to international boats,” said Enrique Ramírez, executive director of FECOP, which helped draft the initial decree. “Small national boats can fish sustainably, get a better price for high-quality tuna and all of that money will stay within Costa Rica instead of the profits ending up in some other country.”(Disclosure: Tico Times reporter Lindsay Fendt worked as a freelance translator for FECOP in 2013.)FECOP, a sportfishing and environmental interest group, and groups of local longline fishermen spearheaded the decree’s creation during the administration of former President Laura Chinchilla (2010-2014). Before leaving office in May, Chinchilla signed a tuna zoning bill that restricted purse seine fishing in the first 60 miles of Costa Rica’s Pacific coastline, but she failed to order its publication in the official government newspaper, La Gaceta, which would put the law into effect. The decree’s fate then fell to Solís’ new government, which took several months to analyze it before drafting a new one.The new regulations ban purse seine fishing in the first 45 nautical miles off the Pacific coastline as well as in a section of Costa Rican waters bordering Ecuador’s ocean territory. They will also restrict large-scale longline fishing in the first 12 miles off the coast. The decree was reached as a compromise between executives at the national tuna cannery, who oppose any tuna fishing restrictions, and national fishermen, who oppose all purse seine competition. Despite the move by the Solís administration to limit purse seine fishing, some environmental groups have criticized the decree, contending that it will do little to slow the negative environmental effects of the tuna fishing industry.Big tuna’s beef with the decreeThe Costa Rican tuna-canning giant, Sardimar, has opposed the decree from the beginning. Current fishing licensing laws allow international purse seiners to renew their licenses for free if they sell a month’s worth of cargo (a 300-ton minimum) to Costa Rican canneries. The regulation allows Sardimar — under the parent company Alimentos Prosalud, which owns every cannery in the country — to purchase tuna at below-market prices. The advantage has turned Sardimar into the region’s dominant cannery, commanding 70 percent of the Central American tuna market.“Changes to the system could cause us to lose our competitive edge in an extremely competitive industry,” Asdrubal Vásquez, the president of the Costa Rican Tuna Industry Chamber (CATUN), told The Tico Times in June. “We are worried that restricting where boats can fish will mean international boats won’t want to come to Costa Rica and we will not be able to get the raw materials we need.”CATUN members were so concerned that they threatened to pull Sardimar out of Costa Rica if the decree was signed, eliminating 1,500 jobs in the Pacific province of Puntarenas. In order to appease the cannery, the decree includes an article that would permit purse seine ships to enter the restricted zone if Sardimar can demonstrate a lack of tuna. It remains to be seen if Sardimar will follow through on its threat now that the decree has been passed, but the cannery is unlikely to find a steady stream of subsidized tuna elsewhere.Equal competition?According to Gustavo Meneses, director of the Costa Rican Fisheries Institute (INCOPESCA), the old decree was lopsided, restricting purse seine fishing while leaving large-scale longline fishing unregulated.“We wanted to create a more equal decree,” said Meneses. “The old regulations didn’t resolve the problem with unfair competition, it just tilted the scales to give the longline and sportfishing sectors an advantage.”The new decree bans longline fishing in the first 12 nautical miles off the coast, leaving that section for smaller and more sustainable fishing methods. Still, commercial fishing operations argue that Costa Rica’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) — the first 200 miles within a country’s coast, in which that country has exclusive economic rights — should be reserved for Costa Ricans.“This was a compromise,” said Mauricio González, executive director of a Pacific organization that represents the country’s longline fishermen. “If it was up to us, there would be no purse seine fishing in the entire EEZ.”Environmental issuesProtecting dolphins is the main environmental motivation behind restricting purse seine fishing. Because pods of dolphins often travel with schools of tuna, industrial tuna boats frequently snare dolphins when they cast their nets. According to the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, 68 percent of purse seine nets cast in Costa Rican waters are thrown over dolphin pods. This fishing practice has killed between 5 and 7 million dolphins since 1950 worldwide, environmental groups estimate.The lack of tuna fishing regulations in Costa Rica has long spurred disdain from dolphin conservation groups, and in June the California-based nonprofit group Earth Island Institute said they would pull their “dolphin-safe” labels from cans of Costa Rican tuna if the tuna zoning decree was not passed.“At this point it is mostly for dolphins,” Ramírez said. “You still have a lot of other environmental problems, but this will help avoid damage to more dolphins.”But beyond saving dolphins, environmentalists say the decree will do very little for Costa Rica’s overfishing and bycatch problems. Though longline boats catch far fewer fish than purse seine ships, they still unintentionally pull in large amounts of other sea creatures. In 2013, longline fishing was the likely killer of hundreds of sea turtles in Costa Rica alone.The sportfishing sector, which has suffered from competing with purse seiners, also stands to gain from the decree. Despite Meneses claims that the current decree is more balanced, environmentalists say that it simply shifts the advantages from one industry to another.“It’s like taking from Peter to give to Paul,” said Randall Arauz, whose conservation group, Pretoma, was consulted by INCOPESCA during the decree’s revision.Marco Quesada with Conservation International agreed.“The decree makes no real changes. Even the restrictions it makes on purse seiners come with an out if the industry gets angry,” Quesada said. “I don’t think this decree has any teeth, and I don’t see anything changing.”The futureMeneses is not deaf to the complaints from environmental groups. With the passage of the decree, Meneses also announced INCOPESCA’s plans to create a more comprehensive fishing plan for the country, promising an integrated management plan for the country’s fisheries within the year. Though the specifics of this plan have yet to be announced, Meneses told The Tico Times during an interview in July that the institute is considering plans for more zoning, establishing fishing seasons and cracking down on bycatch violations.“To the environmentalists who are upset, all I can say is that we are working on it,” he told The Tico Times.Since its creation, INCOPESCA has been considered a do-nothing organization by most marine conservationists. With a board of directors loaded with industry insiders, the fishing management institution has been accused of serious conflicts of interest. But Meneses hopes to change that reputation in his four-year term.“Right now there is just not an integrated plan for our marine resources,” Meneses told The Tico Times. “It’s no small task, but ideally I will leave INCOPESCA in four years having left beyond a roadmap to sustainable management in our oceans.” Related posts:Tuna company, fishermen and environmental groups squabble over unpublished fishing decree Costa Rica’s dolphin-safe tuna designation under scrutiny Stop giving away free tuna fishing licenses, says NGO Costa Rica Ombudsman’s Office pushes for better marine conservation Facebook Comments
Vietjet launches super promotion for the New YearVietjet launches super promotion for the New YearVietjet has just announced one of its biggest ever promotions for the New Year under the banner ‘Fly Enthusiastically – Celebrate the Festive Season’. From December 28, 2017 to February 28, 2018, the airline is giving away two million ‘super promo tickets’ priced from only HKD0 (*) as well as incredible cash prizes with a total value of up to VND 1 billion (HKD 344,000) and many more free tickets.During the first week of the promotion, Vietjet will have a series of ‘golden days’ from December 28 to December 30, 2017 with millions of promotional tickets priced only from HKD0 available at www.vietjetair.com for all domestic and international routes from Vietnam to Hong Kong/Seoul, Busan/ Kaohsiung, Taipei, Taichung, Tainan/ Singapore/ Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai/ Kuala Lumpur/ Yangon/ Phnom Penh. The flight period for the promotion is from January 3, 2018 to May 31, 2018 (**).Adding extra festive joy to the promotion, passengers flying with Vietjet on all domestic and international routes (***) from December 28, 2017 to February 28, 2018 will have chances to participate in daily lucky draws and win domestic return tickets, ‘lucky money’ prizes up to VND 10,000,000 (HKD 3,400) as well as a special cash prize worth VND100,000,000 (HKD 34,000). Passengers can also experience the online game “Vietjet Sky Fun” to win more gifts including a pair of domestic or international return tickets.Tickets can be booked on all channels of Vietjet and within the golden hours from 13:00 to 15:00 (GMT+8) at www.vietjetair.com or at www.facebook.com/vietjethongkong. Payment can be easily made with debit and credit cards of Visa, MasterCard, JCB, KCP and American Express.With an aim of becoming a “Consumer Airline”, Vietjet is continually opening new routes, adding more aircraft, investing in modern technology and offering more added-on products and services to serve all demands of international and domestic travelers. Vietjet is a pioneering airline that is loved by many for its exciting promotional and entertainment programs, especially during the festive season. With high-quality services, diverse ticket classes and special low-fare tickets, Vietjet offers its passengers flying experiences on new aircraft with comfy seats, delicious hot meals, beautiful and friendly cabin crews, and other added-on services. (*) excluding taxes and fees (**) excluding national holidays (***) excluding charter flightsSource = Vietjet
22Nov Rep. Lucido’s bill protecting taxpayers from unwarranted property tax lawsuits signed into law State Rep. Peter Lucido’s bill protecting taxpayers from unfair personal liability lawsuits in property tax cases was signed into law this week.The measure makes sure that a person is not responsible for any unpaid property taxes or special assessments unless they owned the property at the time the tax bill came due.“This is a victory for taxpayers,” Lucido, of Shelby Township, said after his bill was signed by Gov. Rick Snyder. “If they did the right thing and paid their taxes when they owned the property, they shouldn’t have to worry about being sued. This new law should give people who follow the law one less thing to worry about when their property changes hands.”The legislation would prevent lawsuits or other collection efforts against a prior owner of a property that has been transferred to a new owner, including cases where the transfer was misreported or unrecorded. Under the current law, previous owners in some cases have settled suits by paying a portion of unpaid property taxes they likely were not responsible for to avoid a more expensive legal battle.The bill also would protect current property owners from unfair lawsuits trying to collect back taxes owed by previous owners.###The legislation is House Bill 4285. Categories: Lucido News,News
Share28TweetShare12Email40 SharesHillary Clinton / Gage SkidmoreFebruary 10, 2016; Washington PostSix months ago, Democrats in support of Hillary Clinton for president pulled together $25 million to create a 501(c)(4) social welfare nonprofit organization, Every Citizen Counts. Ostensibly, the organization was formed in hopes of increasing voter turnout among African American and Latino voters. Even though its founders insist ECC will remain long after the 2016 elections are over, the source and timing of the organization and its activities are suspect.Protection of the right to vote has been a key issue of Clinton’s presidential campaign, and with good reason. Minority voters, particularly women and Latino/Hispanic ethnic groups, are growing in America and have been crucial blocs in the past two presidential elections. Perhaps more importantly to ECC, minority voters favor Hillary Clinton in 2016 by huge margins, especially in states like South Carolina. During the 2008 presidential campaign, according to the Center for American Progress, women of color voters turned out in exceedingly great numbers for Democrats. Following suit, in 2012, women of color—specifically, African Americans—voted at a higher rate than any other gender, race, or ethnicity. It’s apparent that minority constituencies have the potential to make or break presidential hopefuls.But can nonprofit organizations like Every Citizen Counts really amp up voter turnout for minorities? NPQ shared the results of a study from Nonprofit VOTE during the 2012 campaign that touted the influence nonprofit organizations can have on elections. The data showed that turnout increased when voters were contacted by nonprofits not affiliated with political parties or candidates. The social sector engaged diverse populations that were younger and from lower-income brackets that had low voter turnout in the past. Lastly, nonprofit organizations were successful at increasing turnout among underrepresented groups like Latino voters or voters under the ages of 30, i.e., the millennial generation.With sound grassroots strategies, Every Citizen Counts has the potential to capture those audiences in their efforts to win the Democratic Party nomination for Clinton, but it will not be that simple. To wit, during the New Hampshire primary, her opponent Senator Bernie Sanders claimed the vote of 7 out of 10 women under the age of 45, although those women were predominantly white. Gaining the trust of younger ethnic and women voters is necessary for Hillary, and that could be a reason why her campaign hired former journalist and political pundit Zerlina Maxwell as its lead on Digital Progressive Outreach.Every Citizen Counts will have to kick its get-out-the-vote efforts into overdrive for the next two contests at the Democratic caucuses in Nevada and South Carolina, both of which have sizable concentrations of minority voters. Projections posit that during the 2016 Nevada election, Latinos will encompass about 20 percent of voters and both African Americans and Asians will comprise about 9 percent.Mobilizing voters to literally stand in support of a candidate during the Nevada Democratic caucus could prove difficult, given the nascence of caucusing in Nevada. Moreover, just a few short months ago conservatives in the Nevada Legislature were debating bills in a hearing around voter ID laws, which have been accused of systemic disenfranchisement of poor, homeless, and minority voters. The South Carolina Democratic Caucus could pose similar obstacles for Clinton, emphasizing the impact of the mission of Every Citizen Counts and its “focus on legislation, litigation, voter registration and turnout among black and Latino communities in the general election.”Aside from get-out-the-vote efforts, ECC plans to solicit donations while maintaining the privacy of its donors, which stands in opposition to Clinton’s oft-stated desire to “end secret, unaccountable money in politics.” The development of nonprofit organizations with handsome budgets sourced with undetectable money to help promote political candidates has become the new normal. Tax-exempt entities like Every Citizen Counts are like kids in a candy store, in that they can accept unlimited—but nondeductible—donations from both individuals and corporations to promote their political agenda. But will fundraising be enough to engage the minority electorate to support Hillary Clinton in the November election? More importantly, is encouraging minority voting truly the mission of Every Citizen Counts, or is it merely a method to help achieve the mission of electing Hillary Clinton?—Ar’Sheill MonsantoShare28TweetShare12Email40 Shares
Set-top vendor Pace has struck deals with three Indian operators.Delhi Distribution Company (DDC), Faction Digital and New Delhi and Kozhikode Cablecommunicators (KCL), Calicut have selected the company, to support their moves to digital services.Pace is deploying its pre-integrated solution that incorporates the Tungsten device software and Titanium Conditional Access System (CAS) as standard on standard definition or high definition set-top boxes. The Indian version of the solution includes a Pace India-developed user interface created specifically for local consumer browsing preferences in terms of colour and design, including a button on the box that can operate all functions if the remote control is missing or out of action.India is currently in the first phase of a government-mandated transition to digital TV services, with full switchover required in 2015.Shane McCarthy, president of Pace International, said: “Pace aims to offer operators as many options as possible. The cost and time pressures for Indian operators are huge, and working with multiple partners to develop, integrate and deliver their service platform is not a realistic option. We have developed our pre-integrated solution to make operators’ lives easier by giving them the option of a single source for their software, hardware and CAS. It provides DDC, Faction and KCL with a straightforward and cost-effective way of moving their subscribers to digital, while maintaining the high quality that customers have come to expect from Pace. This not only delivers up-front but also keeps customers’ longer-term costs down.”Pace will be exhibiting at IBC on Stand 1.B19
About 17% of Germans are using time-shifted TV, with a third of German 16-29 year-olds are increasingly viewing time-shifted internet TV services rather than viewing broadcast channels, according to a survey carried out by Ipsos for cable operator Kabel Deutschland (KDG).About 70% of young adults accessed online services via a smartphone, compared with 47% of the population as a whole and only 30% of over-50s, according to the survey.Tablet use is currently less important, with only 14% of respondents accessing the internet via a tablet, ranging from 8% of 50-70 year-olds to 17% of 16-49 year-olds.Ipsos surveyed 1,000 internet users over the age of 16 between January 19-23.
Polish cable operator Inea has expanded the scope of the HBO Go service on its platform.Inea HBO Max HD subscribers will now be able to register up to four devices to receive the HBO Go service, and will be able to play HBO Go content on any two devices simultaneously, rather than one at present.Subscribers will also be allowed to make up to five changes to the number and type of devices they have registered in any given calendar month.
AzamTV, a new pay TV service for East Africa, is to launch on the Eutelsat 7A satellite, offering 55 African and international channels for the equivalent of US$8 (€6) a month.Azam Media, owned by Tanzanian conglomerate Bakhresa Group, has signed a contract for 108MHz of capacity on the satellite to launch the service, which will include three how-grown channels, Azam One, Azam Two and Kiswahili-language movie channel Sinema Zetu.Azam Media plans to launch the service in Tanzania and then expand across East Africa and ultimately the rest of sub-Saharan Africa.The service will be compressed in MPEG-4 and uplinked from Eutelsat’s facility in Cagliari, Sardinia. Eutelsat has also developed a training programme for installers, Satëlite, with about 500 installers trained during the last two weeks of October.“The arrival of AzamTV as a trans-continental pay-TV platform finally marks the availability of affordable and high-quality digital channels for viewers in Tanzania and way beyond. With the footprint and the services provided by Eutelsat we benefit from a solid platform and unrivalled DTH experience that will help transform into reality our vision of delivering exceptional entertainment at a great price into ordinary TV homes across the region,” said Azam Media CEO Rhys Torrington.Azam Media has also secured rights to Tanzanian Premier League football. Ahead of the launch of the service, the group is making match coverage available through an agreement with state broadcaster TBC that will see matches aired on TBC until the mid-season break. According to Torrington, Premier League coverage will also be aired on Azam TV’s flagship channel when the service launches until the break, after which it will be available exclusively on the pay TV platform.
Sky Deutschland CEO Brian Sullivan, AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan and Discovery Networks International CEO Mark Hollinger were among the big winners at DTVE’s 2014 Euro 50 awards last night.Held this year at Amsterdam’s prestigious Hilton Hotel on the second day of Cable Congress, the prize ceremony saw Sky’s Sullivan fight off tough competition from the likes of Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries and BT’s head of television Greg McCall to take home the Industry Leader prize.The award follows what Sky Deutschland described as a “milestone year”, with 2013 proving the first time the firm reported positive full-year EBITDA.AMC’s Sapan won the Digital TV Europe Award in recognition of an outstanding contributionto the success of the pay TV industry, as chosen by the staff of DTVE.Hollinger, meanwhile, walked away with the lifetime achievement gong ahead of his planned retirement from Discovery in the summer after 23 years of service.Hollinger first joined Discovery Communications in 1991 and subsequently held numerous leadership roles across the company, including chief operating officer; president global businesses and operations; and senior executive vice president and general counsel.Most recently, as president and CEO of Discovery Networks International, he has been responsible for the strategic development and daily running of a division that distributes 42 entertainment brands, in 45 languages, to more than 1.6 billion cumulative subscribers in 224 countries and territories across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America.Other major winners on the night were: Antony Root, executive vice president, original programming and production at HBO Europe, who won the content executive prize; Magine CEO Mattias Hjelmstedt, who took home the digital innovation prize; Arris’ chief technology officer, EMEA, Cornel Ciocirlan, who won the technology leader award; and Ziggo’s vice president of consumer markets and sales, Harry de Haas who was recognised as marketer of the year.
Dido HardingUK service provider TalkTalk added 185,000 TV customers in the three months ending June 30, taking the total number of subscribers for its YouView-powered offering to 1.1 million.Announcing its fiscal first quarter results for full year 2015, TalkTalk said that a quarter of its new TV customers were also new to TalkTalk and that it continues to grow and develop its content offering.Separately, TalkTalk announced today that it has signed a multi-year wholesale agreement with Sky to distribute Sky Sports and Sky Movies on its YouView service.“Our strategy for growth continues to deliver according to plan, and we are delighted to report another quarter of base growth and year-on-year revenue progress, including continuing strong momentum in new products such as TV, and data services in TalkTalk Business,” said TalkTalk CEO Dido Harding.“Importantly, we have also continued to reduce churn on our on-net base, with a third consecutive quarter of improvement, as we continued to improve our customers’ experience and drive increased loyalty through new products.“She added that the firm is on track to deliver full year 2015 revenue and margin guidance and medium-term financial targets.Overall, TalkTalk reported revenue growth of 3.1% year-on-year to £434m (€549 million) – its sixth consecutive quarter of year-on-year growth and said it expects to add a similar number of TV customers in full year 2015 as it did in 2014.
Quality assurance specialist Agama Technologies will use IBC to showcase the upcoming Version 4.7 of the Agama DTV Monitoring Solution, as the company celebrates its 10th anniversary.Version 4.7 of Analyzer OTT integration in the central Enterprise Server has been strengthened with enhanced presentation and management, according to Agama. This includes new dashboard widgets that give at-a-glance overviews of OTT service quality and a new top-level service quality reporting function for Analyzer OTT, enabling trending and analysis of service quality and availability on streaming video assets, as well as on the individual adaptive bitrate profiles, according to the company.The Analyzer OTT also includes new features such as a feature that enables services to be monitored in multiple round-robin pools for more fine-grained control.Version 4.7, Agama also includes an enhanced redundancy mechanism in the Enterprise Server EX, providing faster data replication, according to Agama. Other new features and improvements in version 4.7 include support for saving Analyzer recordings in PCAP format for offline analysis in tools such as Wireshark, and support for 3GPP VoD using Helix streaming servers in the Active RTSP Analyzer add-on for proactive monitoring of RTSP on-demand services. Agama Technologies will exhibit at IBC on stand 4.A75
Zegona Communications, the London-based telecom investment company, is to transfer its London listing from the Alternative Investment Market to the main London Stock Exchange next month in a move that its directors say will increase its attractiveness to a broader range of investors.Zegona recently acquired Spanish cable operator Telecable for €640 million and listed 192,326,724 ordinary shares on the AIM. The company was created by former Virgin Media executives Eamonn O’Hare as chairman and CEO and Robert Samuelson as COO with a mission to make acquisitions in the European TMT sector with a ‘buy-fix-sell’ strategy. Zegona expects its stock to be admitted to the LSE official list and begin trading on September 25.“The directors of Zegona continue to appraise acquisition opportunities to grow the Company and create value for shareholders and have always expected that the Company would need to move to the Main Market in order to achieve their ambitions for Zegona. The recent completion of the acquisition of Telecable provides the Company with an advanced platform for the move and the Board considers that admission to trading on the Main Market will increase its profile and attractiveness to a broader range of investors in advance of further acquisitions,” the company said.
Opera has launched version 2.0 of its Opera TV platform, promising to bring “video content to the forefront” and offer more content personalisation.The HTML5-based application platform debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and will launch on Hisense Smart TVs in the first quarter of 2016.The Opera TV 2.0 update will be rolled to more than 1,000 models of smart TVs, Blu-ray players and set-top-boxes from other manufacturers this year, according to the company.“Consumers today want a dedicated video experience where app content is delivered to them based on their preferences, location, language, and what content is new,” said Aneesh Rajaram, Opera’s senior vice president for TV and devices.
The top five most popular US over-the-top services by subscribers remained consistent over the past year with Netflix in the leadfollowed by Amazon Video, according to Parks Associates.The new research places Hulu third, followed by Major League Baseball’s MLB.TV service in fourth and WWE Network in fifth place.The rest of the top 10, in order, are Sling TV, HBO Now, Crunchroll, Showtime, and CBS All Access, according to the report.“Importantly, all of these services have increased their subscriber base over the past year. The top five OTT services have stayed consistent, primarily through maintaining or growing the massive user and subscriber bases that they have built over the past several years,” said Brett Sappington, senior director of Research, Parks Associates.As of the third quarter of 2016, Parks estimates that 63% of US broadband households subscribe to an OTT service – up from 57% at the beginning of 2015.“We are clearly seeing OTT video moving to the television. OTT users watch OTT services on their TV screens between 17-20 days per month, much more than platforms such as a PC, smartphone, or tablet,” said Sappington.
Liberty Global’s central and eastern European DTH unit, UPC DTH, has added Stingray’s music app for Android and iOS devices to its offering.The Stingray Music mobile app is now available free of charge to Medium or Plus HD Pak subscribers of UPC Direct in Hungary, and freeSAT in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The app offers 10 music channels that can be listened to via iOS and Android devices.Stingray Music channels are also available as part of the pay TV packages offered by UPC Direct in Medium TV, Medium HD TV and Plus HD TV, Medium HD Combo, HD Plus Combo subscribers“It is a great honour to launch the Stingray Music mobile app in collaboration with Stingray. We are always keen on releasing new products to satisfy our customers. With the addition of the Stingray Music mobile app, we can offer them the best listening experience. Stingray has a comprehensive music offering that allows all music lovers to find music that fits to their mood and style,” said Jim Helfgott VP of marketing and sales at UPC DTH.“We are excited to introduce our Stingray Music mobile all to UPC Direct and freeSAT subscribers,” said Mathieu Péloquin, SVP, marketing and communications of Stingray.“Since its launch, the Stingray Music mobile app has proven to be a must-have for listeners who want on-the-go access to all the music they love and discover exciting, new musical horizons. Our team has created a product that is like nothing else on the market. Only the Stingray Music mobile app offers a listening experience that has been curated by music experts for every moment, place, and mood.”
Peggy WhitsonAttendees at the NAB Show yesterday witnessed the first 4K UHD transmission from space when NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson was interviewed from the International Space Station.The transmission was enabled by TV technology provider AWS Elemental, whose CEO, Sam Blackman, conducted the live interview during a panel session called ‘Reaching for the Stars: Connecting to the Future with NASA and Hollywood’.NanoRacks, a provider of commercial access to the International Space Station through its status as a US National Laboratory, helped certify a UHD-capable video encoder from AWS Elemental for launch.The encoder and a RED Epic Dragon digital cinema camera were delivered to the station onboard a Japanese cargo craft in December last year.“We spent about a year preparing for this,” said Keith Wymbs, chief marketing officer at AWS Elemental. “We did a lot of testing over the last three months in particular”.The transmission was encoded in HEVC at 12Mbps and reached the Las Vegas Convention Centre via the Johnson Space Centre in Houston, with a delay of about 10 seconds from its source 250 miles above the Earth. The video content was also distributed via the web using the AWS Elemental Delta delivery platform and AWS Direct Connect.In total, about 20,000 people globally saw the live transmission, according to Wymbs.