Virgin Blue cancels 16 flights

first_imgPassengers intending travel on Virgin Blue can expect further delays following news the airline has cancelled 16 flights scheduled for today after a system crash last Sunday week.After the initial system crash, Virgin Blue have been running on a secondary or emergency system and, from last night, have taken steps to return to its primary operating system, but to do so have had to suspend web check-in, kiosk check-in and Check-mate services as well as cancel flights.According to a Virgin Blue spokesperson the flight cancellations and web booking restrictions should limit chaos while the airline reverts to its primary operating system, the Australian reported.”People on [the cancelled] flights have been moved to other services and will be only delayed by about an hour,” the spokesperson said.The newspaper speculated the ‘computer glitch’ has cost the beleaguered airline millions of dollars, but the Virgin Blue spokesperson reportedly made no comment.”[Virgin Blue are] working closely with [system provider] Navitaire” to get the primary system running, the spokesperson said. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A Virgin Blues keep cominglast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo (Arizona Cardinals/Twitter) Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 1 Comments   Share   Country music legend Garth Brooks was at State Farm Stadium in Glendale on Saturday night as part of his new tour and received a special surprise from another legend who regularly woos fans in the stadium.Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald presented Brooks with a custom Cardinals jersey during the show, much to the delight of Brooks and the almost 78,000 fans in attendance.It was a fitting gesture considering Brooks opened the show wearing Fitzgerald’s legendary No. 11 jersey. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Garth! Congrats on a great show. It was an honor to join you onstage and present this jersey 🙏🏾 I’m very fortunate to call you a friend & to be able to work with you on partnering Teammates for Kids with the First Down Fund to help young people across the country. @garthbrooks pic.twitter.com/3jmtWAcyQG— Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald) March 24, 2019Fitzgerald will next take the stage at State Farm Stadium in the fall when the 2019-20 NFL season starts. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Despite challenges Gesy is on track for June 1 launch

first_imgThe first phase of the National Health Scheme (Gesy) will be launched as planned with the introduction of outpatient care on June 1, the head of the state health services organisation (Okypy) said on Wednesday.Although quick to acknowledge the difficulties that have bedevilled the scheme and with four months until Gesy is finally a reality, Okpy head Nicos Polyzos said that everyone was working at full speed to have everything ready not only for phase one but also the introduction of outpatient care – phase two – which is expected to roll out on June 1, 2020.He was speaking at the monthly press conference that records progress on the implementation of Gesy.“The beginning has been made. I know what follows will be difficult. Rest assured that the result will be a good one, at least better than before,” Polyzos said.He said that efforts are underway for the 130 state doctors qualified to work as general practitioners (GPs) and 20 paediatricians to be registered in the Gesy system.  Already, more than half of them are registered, he said.A €300,000 budget has been earmarked for infrastructure improvements at health centres, while “we are looking to also build new health centres,” he said.Polyzos said that €5m will be given for the purchase of biomedical technology including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners for the three central state hospitals – Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca – and computer axial tomography (CAT) scanners for all six state hospitals.Around 30 to 40 people are to be hired as paramedical and specialised staff to meet administrative and technical needs of state hospitals, he said.Polyzos said that the Nicosia general could operate also as a model hospital despite the challenges.“It is a good hospital, of modern standards. It has the potential to do other things, perhaps for adults, perhaps with collaborations with other specialties,” he said.The Larnaca hospital however is lacking compared to the rest, he said. “It falls short.”The hospital’s Accident and Emergency department, he admitted, “does not do justice to anyone”. He said that things need to change.The new Larnaca hospital wing is to be delivered in the spring, he said.The financial director of Okypy, Terpsithea Christou, said that the financial autonomy of the organisation and of the hospitals is on track.An extensive information campaign was launched on Wednesday to inform the public about Gesy.At present the campaign is in Greek only but information on Gesy in English may be found at www.gesy.org.cy You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)UndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Maturen colleagues reveal priorities for 201718

first_img16Feb Maturen, colleagues reveal priorities for 2017-18 Action Plan calls for increased focus on career and technical educationState Rep. David Maturen, of Vicksburg, joined his colleagues today for a press conference outlining key principles and priorities that will guide the House during the current legislative session.Maturen said he’s pleased skilled trades training will remain a key focus during the next two years.“Thousands of high-paying jobs are going unfilled across our state because employers can’t find people with the right skills. We also have many displaced workers looking for new opportunities,” Maturen said. “Skilled trades training should be increased to give both high school students and displaced workers opportunities to learn new, in-demand skills. This will put more people to work, increase household income and boost our economy by making Michigan even more attractive to job providers.”The entire House Republican Action Plan is available for the public to read at gophouse.org/best-way-forward.### Categories: Maturen Newslast_img read more

Rep Farrington bill offers mortgage refinance option for lowincome families

first_img Categories: Diana Farrington News 24May Rep. Farrington bill offers mortgage refinance option for low-income families Program could help homeowners avoid foreclosureState Rep. Diana Farrington’s legislation allowing the Michigan State Housing Development Authority to create a mortgage refinance program was approved today by the House Financial Services Committee.Farrington, of Utica, said the Legislature temporarily authorized MSHDA to offer mortgage refinancing in 2008, but that authority ended in 2011. MSHDA now wants to develop a new refinancing program using private funding sources to help low- and moderate-income families.“Programs like this are important in keeping families in stable, affordable housing, and if MSHDA can offer refinancing without using public tax dollars I don’t see why we should stand in the way,” Farrington said. “Refinancing often gives homeowners a lower interest rate, saving them money. For low-income families this savings might be the difference that prevents foreclosure or keeps them from falling into a need for state-funded assistance.”Farrington noted that MSHDA does not use state tax dollars to finance loans or operating expenses, and the state is not obligated to pay for any shortfalls in MSHDA debt.House Bill 4580 now moves to the full House for consideration.###last_img read more

Bill funds school partnership program in N Michigan classrooms

first_img04Oct Bill funds school partnership program in N. Michigan classrooms Rep. Allor applauds inclusion in budget add-on Categories: Allor News,Newscenter_img State Rep. Sue Allor today said funding for a program that aims to cut down on school absenteeism and improve students’ grades in key areas was included in a bill approved by the House Appropriations Committee.Allor, of Wolverine, said $75,000 was included in a Senate bill before the committee that will fund the School Success Partnership Program administered by the Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency in Alpena (NEMCSA).The program’s focus is to increase school attendance and decrease chronic absenteeism, while identifying barriers to attendance and classroom success and connecting families to resources that can help them. It also works to improve academic performance, with emphasis on math and reading. Increasing parental involvement in students’ education is also addressed.“I am proud to see these dollars coming back to Northern Michigan, where they will help families facing many unique challenges.” said Allor, who serves on the Appropriations Committee. “The funding will go a long way in keeping kids in school and helping their parents stay involved in the educational process.”The measure, Senate Bill 253, now goes to the full House for consideration.#####last_img read more

Rep Whiteford Its time to end driver responsibility fees

Categories: News,Whiteford News 02Nov Rep. Whiteford: It’s time to end driver responsibility fees Bipartisan bills also forgive associated debt State Rep. Mary Whiteford today joined a bipartisan majority of her House colleagues in voting to eliminate burdensome driver responsibility fees in October 2018 and forgive all outstanding debt associated with the fees.Whiteford, of Casco Township, said the fees were established as law in 2003 by a state government seeking any kind of revenue to fill a budget shortfall caused by irresponsible spending. Since that time, hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents have been forced to pay the fees, which did nothing to improve their driving habits.“This was, plain and simple, a money grab that often put a tremendous burden on families least able pay the required fees,” Whiteford said. “A denial of driving privileges often accompanied the fees, meaning people were left without reliable transportation to work. They often ended up unemployed and living on public assistance.”Whiteford praised legislation that forgives outstanding debt related to the driver responsibility fees.“Most of the $600 million outstanding is more than six years old and cannot be collected, so why keep these families under a daunting cloud of debt after the fees are eliminated next year?” Whiteford said. “Thanks to the responsible budgeting that has taken place during the past seven years, our budget is in a position now to absorb those outstanding fee payments.”The eight-bill package also enables people who owe fees between now and Oct. 1, 2018 to fulfill the obligation by taking part in community service or workforce development programs.The bills now go to the Senate for consideration.#####The bills are House Bills 5040-5046, 5079 and 5080. read more

IRS Formally Bows to Campaign for Machine Readable 990s—But the Change Needs

first_imgShare5TweetShare3Email8 SharesJune 29, 2015; Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewCarl Malamud is certainly patient. The founder of Public.Resource.org, Malamud has been trying to get the Internal Revenue Service to release machine-readable Form 990s—that is, digitally searchable versions of Form 990s received by the Service—because 990s are supposed to be available for public inspection. The IRS has sometimes been less than enthusiastic about the idea. For example, three weeks ago, Malamud received from the IRS machine-readable 990s for nine nonprofits—two years after he first filed suit for them, in which a U.S. District Court judge in January ruled for him and against the IRS.Last week, Malamud was joined by the Tribune-Review, ProPublica, BuzzFeed, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Center for Investigative Reporting, Vox, the Washington Post, the Center for Public Integrity, and the Chronicle of Higher Education in submitting several FOIA requests for digitally searchable 990s on nonprofits that each of these sources deems as “relevant to the organization’s reporting or research.” Malamud called the effort the “FOIA Campaign to Free the Form 990.”“If enough organizations submit FOIA requests, I think the IRS will simply release the full database,” he said.NPQ understands and fully supports this effort. For NPQ’s reporting, we are often stuck with manually examining .TIF (tagged image format) versions of 990s even though half of the 990s are sent to the IRS in digitally searchable formats. Essentially, the IRS’s .TIF approach converts machine-readable 990s into picture images that are not searchable and, worse, contain data that cannot be looked at in combination across several 990s.In its slow response to the Malamud suit, the IRS issued a statement along with the release of the nine machine-readable 990s that said that the agency has made great progress in “how to incorporate new technology into its exempt organization return processing capabilities” and expects to be able to have a “technology solution” in place for the provision of electronically filed 990s by early 2016.While we have great confidence in Malamud—dogged is the adjective for this guy—we aren’t quite as positive about the IRS. Malamud got the Securities and Exchange Commission to put its complex and massive data online back in 1993. More than two decades later, the IRS is still slogging in the mud rather than enthusiastically embracing transparency. That’s two decades of avoidance, not helped to be sure by the Service’s managerial mishaps over the past few years.Our suggestion is to toss a bouquet or two in Malamud’s direction, because he stands for the kind of public access to information that we all need, and to commit ourselves to joining Public.Resource.Org and its partners should the IRS’s find itself unable to secure the “technology solution” that just about everyone who knows the field knows is there for the taking.—Rick CohenShare5TweetShare3Email8 Shareslast_img read more

Airport Workers Stage Protest Actions in Name of MLK Elected Officials Get

first_imgShareTweetShare3Email3 SharesJanuary 18, 2016; Chicago TribuneIn Chicago, Boston, New York, Newark, and at least eight other U.S. cities yesterday, airport workers staged protests for higher pay. Many carried signs with pictures of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., and some came ready for civil disobedience and arrest.MLK’s support of striking sanitation workers in Tennessee was evoked across the country. “[Dr. King] was an advocate of civil rights and workers’ rights,” said Gertrudis Lopez, a cabin cleaner at Newark Liberty International Airport. “If Dr. King was alive today, he would stand with airport workers like me who are fighting for dignity and a living wage so we can support our families.”The demonstrations were backed by SEIU, which has organized the national campaign for $15/hour wages for fast food workers. This campaign demands a $15/hour base wage as well, along with benefits and job protections. The workers in question—terminal and cabin cleaners, terminal security personnel, baggage handlers—are not employed by the airlines, but the airports.In Newark, one of those arrested was Deputy Mayor Rahaman Muhammad, but he was not the only elected official present. The crowd also included state Senator Ray Lesniak, Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, Assemblyman Jamel Holley, Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, Essex County Freeholder Rolando Bobadilla, and Jersey City Councilman Rolando Lavarro.In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is calling for a $15 minimum wage for all New Yorkers, wrote an opinion piece in the N.Y. Daily News supporting the workers’ demands. It read, in part, “While growth at Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark continues to take off, more than 12,000 hardworking men and women at these facilities remain grounded, barely scraping by on the minimum wage with a shrinking paycheck that just doesn’t cut it anymore.”He also pointed out that a full-time airport worker makes $21,000, well below the poverty line and insufficient to pay rent in the NYC metro area.—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShare3Email3 Shareslast_img read more

Legislation to Curb Immigration May Hurt Not Help US Economy

first_imgShare47Tweet18Share6Email71 Shares“Immigrants & Refugees Welcome Sign.” Credit: Rick ObstAugust 2, 2017; New York TimesDespite being thwarted numerous times in the courts in his attempts to implement what has been called his “Muslim travel ban,” President Trump is not giving up. This week, he endorsed a proposal projected to slash legal immigration to the United States in half within a decade by curtailing family reunification.According to the New York Times, the proposed legislation would implement a merit-based system to determine who is admitted to the country and granted legal residency, favoring applicants based on skills, education, and language ability rather than relations with people already here. More than one million people are granted legal residency each year, and the proposal would, if passed, reduce that by an estimated 41 percent in its first year and 50 percent by the 10th year. The cuts would come primarily through fewer entry approvals for family members of immigrants already in the country.However, a strong body of data exists that suggests both the cuts in immigration overall and the restrictions on family reunification are shortsighted. In announcing the bill, Trump said at a White House briefing that, “This legislation will not only restore our competitive edge in the 21st century, but it will restore the sacred bonds of trust between America and its citizens. This legislation demonstrates our compassion for struggling American families who deserve an immigration system that puts their needs first and that puts America first.”Along with the fact that the United States was and continues to be built by successive waves of immigrants, Trump is ignoring a few vital statistics:When a small town grows, rather than declines, in middle America, it is typically because of immigrants.From 2000-2013, immigrants accounted for 48 percent of overall growth in business ownership and almost all growth of Main Street enterprises in the 50 largest metro areas.The annual financial impact of first-generation adults and their dependents, averaged across 2011-13, is a cost of $57.4 billion, while second and third-plus generation adults create a benefit of $30.5 billion and $223.8 billion, respectively.The same is true of refugees, the most traumatized of the new arrivals: A 2014 study from Columbus, Ohio, found that the rate of entrepreneurship among refugees is double that of the general population.In other words, significantly cutting back any type of immigrants, including refugees, could very well hamper our competitiveness, not spur it on.“Immigration is integral to the nation’s economic growth,” concludes the Center for Immigration Studies. “The inflow of labor supply has helped the United States avoid the problems facing other economies that have stagnated as a result of unfavorable demographics, particularly the effects of an aging work force and reduced consumption by older residents.”Cutting numbers by restricting family reunification is equally short-sighted, particularly when refugees are involved. Once we accept a migrant or refugee, the “investment” must be maximized, both for practical and moral reasons. Family connections are key to successful integration—not to mention the psychological impact on the relatives left behind in war-torn or poverty-stricken countries.Restrictions on family reunification are particularly cruel for refugees. In many instances, refugees cannot migrate as a family unit and are separated in the asylum process for a variety of financial and legal reasons. A New Zealand study found that family reunification appears to swiftly alleviate a number of mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety, and helps them refocus their time and energy on priorities such as language acquisition, obtaining employment, and community engagement.Similar benefits are found for immigrants. According to the American Immigration Council, “Family and skill-based immigration should not be viewed as mutually exclusive. In fact, if a less family-friendly admission policy were to be adopted, the United States might become less attractive to highly skilled immigrants, who also have families.”Nonprofits in communities across the country typically carry a heavy load in helping newcomers integrate and local economies grow. Contrary to President Trump’s patriotic exhortations, this new legislation won’t help; it may very well hurt.—Pam BaileyShare47Tweet18Share6Email71 Shareslast_img read more

Pan Nordic broadcaster Viasat has added nine chann

first_imgPan Nordic broadcaster Viasat has added nine channels to its online catch-up television service Viaplay.The channels will be available on the digital platform across the region. Channels including classic movie network TCM, MTV, CNN, CNBC News, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Cartoon Network, Boomerang as well as Viasat’s own Crime Play channel.Niclas Ekdahl, chief executive, Viaplay, said: “We know that our viewers want ‘Entertainment at your command!’ and now they get a wider choice of programmes, series and movies in Viaplay than ever before. The channels offer a wide range of content that is ready to watch when the viewers want to watch it.”last_img

The popularity of iPlayer shows little signs of wa

first_imgThe popularity of iPlayer shows little signs of waning, with video requests for January to April up 21% year-on-year.There were 140 million video requests in April, compared with  107 million a year earlier, taking the total number of requests for the first four months of 2012 to 573 million.Internet-connected devices including smart TVs, games consoles and blu-ray players delivered 11% of all requests in April, up 57% on April 2011. Mobile and tablet devices delivered a significant increase in requests, up 94%, with 15% of total programme requests coming from mobiles and tablets in April 2012.last_img

Video solutions and delivery firm Elemental Techno

first_imgVideo solutions and delivery firm Elemental Technologies successfully completed what it claimed was the world’s first real-time 4K HEVC transmission over the weekend.Japanese telco K-Opticom used high-efficiency video coding (HEVC or H.265) video processing software from Elemental to successfully deliver a real-time 4K Ultra HD transmission of the Osaka Marathon.“The stream looked stunning with clear, reliable and very detailed output on Sony 4K televisions. Together, the advanced K-OPT optical fiber network and Elemental’s video processing proved real-time 4K HEVC transmission is now a reality,” said K-Opticom president Takao Fujino.Tom Morrod, research director for consumer electronics and video technology at IHS, said: “4K and Ultra High Definition will be very important, especially for live sports in the coming years, and HEVC compression will be critical to making 4K cost effective, reach multiscreen devices and not use too much distribution bandwidth.”last_img read more

French premium channel operator Canal is launchin

first_imgFrench premium channel operator Canal+ is launching several new channels on YouTube based on its key programming franchises.From next month there will be twenty Canal+ YouTube channels based on shows from the core Canal+ channel as well as from its free-to-air counterparts D8, D17 and iTele. There will be channels based on shows including evening talk show Le Grand Journal.They will be organised under the CanalFactory umbrella brand on YouTube.Christophe Muller, YouTube’s director of partnerships, southern Europe, Africa and the Middle East said: “We are very excited about this partnership with Canal+ Group, which will allow fans of the flagship programs of the group to find their favourite shows and works directly from the Canal + channels on YouTube . We are delighted to bring this new content to the user of the YouTube community worldwide and contribute to the influence of French audiovisual culture.”“This agreement with YouTube illustrates our commitment to expand the distribution of our content on the video distribution platforms in order to reach the widest possible audience among those who love our programmes , especially among younger viewers,” added Canal+’s director of new content, Fabienne Fourquet.The launch announcements come as recent research has shown that French language YouTube partner channels are drawing bigger numbers than their English-language counterparts.last_img read more

Former World Trade Organisation chief Pascal Lamy

first_imgFormer World Trade Organisation chief Pascal Lamy has been appointed to lead a new European advisory group on the use of ultra high frequency (UHF) spectrum for TV and wireless broadband. Lamy, along with top executives from Europe’s broadcasters, network operators, mobile companies and tech associations, will make proposals to the European Commission on how to use the UHF spectrum band (470-790 MHz) most effectively in coming decades. A final report is due to be delivered to the Europe’s digital commissioner Neelie Kroes by July 2014.“Europe needs to use spectrum more effectively if we want to benefit from the latest TV and internet developments. That’s why we need a new consensus on how to use broadcast spectrum,” said Kroes.“The TV viewing habits of young people bear no resemblance to that of my generation. The rules need to catch-up in a way that delivers more and better television and more and better broadband. Current spectrum assignments won’t support consumer habits of the future – based on huge amounts of audiovisual consumption through broadband and IPTV.”last_img read more

PhonetoTV video streaming service Flipps has sig

first_imgPhone-to-TV video streaming service Flipps has signed a distribution deal with web series studio Vuguru, allowing it to distribute two of the latter’s shows via its platform. Under the deal, Flipps will make Vuguru scripted series Prom Queen and Back on Topps available to stream on smart TVs and web-connected games consoles using Flipps’ iOS or Android app.Formerly known as iMediaShare, Flipps lets users stream online videos from their mobile for free over the same WiFi network – with no remote or dongle required.“Bringing online original programming to the connected home is a natural extension of the Flipps brand and Vuguru is a leader in the space. We’re excited to be the first to bring on-demand Vuguru series to the TV screen – making them available and easily accessible to millions of viewers,” said Flipps CEO, Kosta Jordanov.last_img read more

The UKbased Society for Broadband Professionals

first_imgThe UK-based Society for Broadband Professionals (SCTE) has opened nominations for its individual and technological innovation awards, which recognise individual and company success in the broadband industry.The SCTE is making three technology awards – best broadband network transmission solution, best CPE solution and best digital processing solution – while the individual awards include Technician of the Year, Richard Harris Member of the Year and the Tom Hall Award.The deadline for nominations is January 31, with information available on the SCTE website. The awards ceremony will take place at SCTE’s Annual Gala Dinner on March 22 at One Great George Street in London.last_img

Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries Liberty Global repor

first_imgLiberty Global CEO Mike FriesLiberty Global reported a next-generation video user base of 2.5 million, after a “watershed year” that saw it buy Virgin Media, agree to acquire Ziggo and sell its Chellomedia content arm.Announcing its fourth quarter and full year results, Liberty said that as of December 31 its “next-generation video” customers consisted of 2 million Virgin TiVo subscribers in the UK and 500,000 Horizon TV subscribers in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Ireland and Germany.In total, these customers accounted for roughly 19% of Liberty’s digital TV base as of the first week of February 2014.During 2013, Liberty said that it lost 294,000 video subscribers, including 50,000 in the fourth quarter. However, it claimed that this was an improvement compared to attrition rates in recent years.At the end of 2013, Liberty claimed to have 13.2 million digital video subscribers, equating to 63% digital penetration. Total video customers were 21.8 million. By comparison, Liberty claimed to have a total unique customer base of 24.5 million people, who took a total of 48.3 million subscription services – including 14.4 million broadband internet and 12.1 million telephony subscriptions.“2013 was a watershed year for Liberty Global. With the acquisition of Virgin Media, we significantly enhanced our scale which now encompasses 47 million homes passed and over 24 million unique customers,” said Liberty CEO Mike Fries.“In January, we completed the Chellomedia Sale for approximately US$1 billion in net proceeds, and we also reached an agreement to purchase Ziggo, the largest cable operator in the Netherlands. The Ziggo acquisition will create a nationwide footprint in one of our core markets and enable us to provide Dutch consumers with even better broadband, video and voices services. At the same time, we will be the leading challenger in mobile and B2B.”Overall, the firm delivered its third consecutive year of more than one million organic subscriber additions, with 1.3 million net new revenue generating units in 2013, including 413,000 in Q4 – Liberty’s strongest quarter of the year.Reported consolidated revenue increased by 71% year-on-year to US$4.5 billion (€3.28 billion) and 46% to US$14.5 billion for the three months and year ended December 31, 2013, respectively. This was primarily driven by the inclusion of Virgin Media for approximately seven months.Operating income increased by 1% for each of the three-month and full-year periods ended December 31, to US$518 million and US$2.0 billion, though quarterly and full year losses were US$121 million and $964 million respectively.last_img read more

French broadcaster TF1 has launched Teleshopping

first_imgFrench broadcaster TF1 has launched Teleshopping, a TV-based shopping application that runs through an HbbTV interface.European interactive services specialist Wiztivi deployed the app, claiming it is the first t-commerce application in Europe.Viewers can use the app to buy goods directly from their TV, paying using an integrated payment solution and their TV’s remote control.“For more than 20 years, Teleshopping has been offering the very best of innovations to its customers. The launch of its TV-Commerce application, one of the first in Europe, is the demonstration of the modernity of our service and of our ability to adapt to our market’s evolutions,” said Jerome Dillard, managing director of Teleshopping.last_img

Liberty Global chief technology officer Balan Nair

first_imgLiberty Global chief technology officer Balan Nair has been named as programme committee chairman for the next US SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, due to take place from October 13-16 next year in New Orleans. Nair will be responsible for driving the creation of the Cable-Tec Expo 2015 programme, including the development of educational content that will accelerate global deployment of next-generation products and services, as well as the subject matter for an October 13 pre-conference symposium. He succeeds Tony Werner, executive vice-president and CTO of Comcast Cable, as programme committee chair.“Balan Nair and Liberty Global have been unparalleled in spearheading the internationalization of cable technology,” said Mark Dzuban, president and CEO of SCTE.  “His experiences in the global marketplace will bring a unique perspective that will help us to grow the value of SCTE Cable-Tec Expo for the cable industry in the United States and abroad.”last_img read more