Police seeking hitandrun driver

first_imgPolice is looking for a driver who injured a pedestrian and abandoned the scene on Tuesday evening in Limassol.The as yet unidentified driver of a white car, hit the 57-year-old man while he was trying to cross Georgiou Averof Street at 10.45pm.Immediately after, the driver sped away in an unknown direction.The injured man was taken to Limassol general hospital where he is being treated for a broken leg.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

EBRD ready to take part in Cyta privatisation

first_imgThe European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) stands ready to take part in the privatisation of the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (Cyta), an EBRD official has said.EBRD began operations in Cyprus in 2014 amid a severe financial crisis, and from the onset has placed privatisations among its key targets.However the privatasitions of Cyta and the state-owned electricity company (EAC) have failed to make progress proceed during the three-year adjustment programme funded by the EU and the IMF because of strong opposition from unions and opposition MPs. The finance ministry has presented a bill aiming to create a private telecommunications company aiming to attract a private investor.“Our view is that a properly done privatisation would attract fresh investment and, ultimately, better services for the consumers concerned. We are ready to be part of that. But the government has to take the first move,” Peter Sanfey, the EBRD`s deputy director for country economics and policy said in comments to the bank`s website.He added that so far the EBRD`s investment in Cyprus reached €220 million mostly in the financial sector,” with the bank acquiring stakes in Bank of Cyprus, the island`s largest lender and Hellenic Bank.Sanfey also praised Cyprus performance in terms of meeting the objectives of the adjustment programme.Following the “big shock” in 2012-2014, he said Cyprus showed “quite impressive” fiscal and external adjustment with a return to growth, close to 3 per cent last year, and continued growth expected this year.But he pointed out that there is a big need for further progress in the banking sector.“There is a huge overhang still of non-performing loans and non-performing exposures. This is a challenge…that’s a process that’s going to take some time, working through bad debt.”Sanfey said there was fundamental strength in the economy. “It’s a very open economy,” he added. “The people are well educated, public administration functions well, and some sectors are quite robust – tourism, obviously, accounting services, too, and some of the other high-value service sectors have come through quite well.”Pointing out that the field of oil and gas will yield benefits in the long-term, Sanfey said tourism remains the economy`s big sector.The EBRD official pointed out that reunification would increase facilities in the northern part of the island and would potentially bring strong growth in services, tourism and some agribusiness products.Libor Krkoska, Hhad of the EBRD’s Resident Office in Cyprus referred to EBRD`s swift action in Cyprus in the mid of the financial crisis, following the bank`s shareholders to begin investments on the island.He noted that EBRD`s first move was to take part in the capital raise of Bank of Cyprus, the island`s largest lender.“The lender’s success corresponds with the recovery of the Cypriot economy. Growth returned in 2015 with the economy expanding by 1.7 per cent and accelerating to almost 3 per cent in 2016,” he said in a feature story on the EBRD`s website, adding the bank projects a 2.2 per cent growth rate in 2017.During these three years, EBRD has financed a shipping company, Interorient and implemented its Trade Facilitation Programme promoting trade to and from Cyprus.Indeed, the demand for trade finance support in Cyprus was so great that the country quickly reached the third most active trade finance programme position among all of the countries where the EBRD works in 2016.You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

UN Security Council set to adopt resolution on UNFICYP mandate renewal end

first_imgThe UN Security Council is set to adopt a resolution on the renewal of the mandate of UNFICYP, the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus, on January 30, on the basis of unofficial consultations.The six-monthly report of the UN Secretary-General on UNFICYP is expected to be submitted to Security Council members at the latest by January 10. The document, together with a report on the strategic review of UNFICYP which was handed over to Council members in December, will be the subject matter of consultations regarding changes set to be introduced, relating mainly to the number of the force’s members.The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has proposed that the military force number drops to 802 but that the reduction in numbers is not included in the budget since further changes may need to be made in case of a political settlement in Cyprus.On the basis of the timetable set by the Kazakhstan presidency, the forces contributing to UNFICYP by way of human resources will be briefed on Tuesday, January 16 and the UN Security Council members on January 17, by UNSG`s Special Representative in Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar.A draft of the resolution is expected to be presented by the British mission to the UN close to that time.UNFICYP was established by Security Council resolution 186 (1964), with a mandate “to prevent a recurrence of fighting and, as necessary, to contribute to the maintenance and restoration of law and order and a return to normal conditions”. While the mandate of the Mission remains the same to date, its responsibilities evolved following the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, to include supervising the ceasefire lines, maintaining a buffer zone, and facilitating inter-communal contacts.In his report Guterres concurs with the recommendation of the review team that “the preventive and deterrent role of UNFICYP should be maintained for the time being.”“While the actual impact of such a role is very difficult to ascertain, the risk associated with any drastic reduction of the Force is not justified under present circumstances,” Guterres said.He also took note that “the review team has identified an opportunity for a limited reduction in the military strength of the Mission, mainly with respect to the military support elements. In line with the findings of the review team as detailed in this report, I therefore recommend that the actual military strength of UNFICYP be reduced to 802 troops.”“This need not be reflected in a reduction of the authorised strength; in fact, if the authorised strength were to remain at 860, it would allow some flexibility to increase deployment should the need arise, for example in support of eventually resumed settlement talks,” he added.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

Akinci and Anastasiades to meet later this month Updated

first_imgBy Evie AndreouPresident Nicos Anastasiades on Friday announced he is to have a casual meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci later in the month.The announcement came after his meeting at the Presidential Palace with the UN Secretary-General’s envoy in Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar.The meeting will be without an agenda, he said, as neither him or Akinci want to give the impression that the dialogue is being relaunched “without proper preparation or knowing which issues to discuss”.“We will simply – as leaders of the two communities – exchange thoughts, concerns on our prospect, our future and how we can find the way so that the sought-after solution is functional, viable and provides prospects to the entire Cypriot people,” Anastasiades said.He said that Spehar conveyed to him that Akinci is eyeing positively his proposal for a meeting, which will be arranged by the UN within the coming days, after his return next week from Brussels.Anastasiades had said last week that he had asked Akinci for a casual meeting when the latter had called him on his birthday but that Akinci turned down the invitation.“The reply was that he did not want to give the impression that the talks were being relaunched,” Anastasiades had said.Following reactions and concerns raised as to whether the government would shift its policy on the Cyprus problem after the president expressed his idea of a loose federation to the National Council on Monday, Foreign Minister, Nicos Christodoulides, has been giving reassurances that this would concern only the powers of the central government.Christodoulides shot down all claims that Anastasiades was toying with the idea of a confederation.“I am surprised by the reactions, we are not discussing changing the basis of a bizonal bicommunal federation,” Christodoulides told Politis radio on Friday.To have a confederation, he said, the Republic of Cyprus must recognise the ‘Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’. “There is no such issue, not even as a thought,” Christodoulides said.No Greek Cypriot politician could ever do this, he said, adding that Anastasiades had expressed this idea before the National Council, as “food for thought”, as, it could be a way out of the deadlock as regards the talks.“What brought about this need was our intense desire for a dialogue to be relaunched, because the current situation cannot be a solution to the Cyprus problem,” he said.The proposal, he said, aims to address one of the most basic disagreements at the negotiating table at the moment, “concerning the wish of our Turkish Cypriot compatriots for a positive vote on all issues in the executive.”“The Turkish Cypriots see this as part of political equality, we do not see it as such, there are authorities that have been agreed concerning the central government on which the positive vote cannot apply,” he said.He gave as an example the Securities and Exchange Commission, which is being run by a council appointed by the government and takes decisions based on a framework also set as per EU rules and regulations.The demand for one Turkish Cypriot positive vote does not apply in this case, he said, as, “it has nothing to do whether one is Greek Cypriot or Turkish Cypriot.” He added that 70 per cent of the all powers of member states come from decisions of the EU.“References to decentralised powers concern the powers of the central government only. We are not trying to reset the talks,” Christodoulides said.He said that the UN Secretary-General is to inform the UN Security Council next week of the prospects of a relaunch of talks for the settlement of the Cyprus problem, based on that the report of his special envoy Jane Holl Lute.Christodoulides expressed optimism that the UNSG’s opinion would be positive for a relaunch of the talks.The two leaders met last April at an informal dinner hosted by Spehar, at the Chief of Mission’s residence in the buffer zone. It was their first meeting since the collapse of the talks in Switzerland in July 2017. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Arrests for coop loans with collateral from imaginary people

first_imgA businesswoman and three employees of a former co-op in eastern Limassol were arrested on Wednesday in connection with loans amounting to over €800,000 given by the lender with collateral from non-existent people.Police arrested a 59-year-old businesswoman, another woman, 62, who was the bank outlet’s secretary and two employees of the branch in question, a 51-year-old man and a 42-year-old woman.The arrests followed a report by the Central Co-operative Bank’s loan processing department, that during an audit of the branch in question, which closed down earlier this year, it emerged that the businesswoman had allegedly received 10 loans amounting to €826,964, between 2002 and 2018. The two employees were allegedly the ones verifying the signatures of those persons, who, it emerged do not exist.The four suspects are to be brought in court on Thursday for remands. You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Medical profession being scrutinised to root out tax cheats

first_imgTax commissioner, Yiannis Tsangaris, on Friday said his department has made numerous tax audits on doctors and there have been many cases where large amounts in additional tax have been enforced.Following a debate on the income of private doctors after disagreements between the medical association and the government concerning the former’s pay demands for their participation in the National Health Scheme (Gesy), the state tax authorities said they have already launched a campaign to fish out tax dodgers.The probe follows also a call by President Nicos Anastasiades recently for doctors to submit their tax returns for the past seven years.Tsangaris told state broadcaster CyBC television on Friday that there are 2,300 doctors registered in the state tax records.“The first thing to check, is where there is a tax record, if they submit their tax returns,” Tsangaris told CyBC.  This step has been already done, he said, while, in cooperation with the medical association “we have found which doctors have no tax records”. Of those, he said, they checked to see who was justified in not having a tax record.“Then we saw who from those do not regularly submit their tax returns. We have sent them letters and those who did not respond are being taken in court,” Tsangaris saidHe added that, as in every professional group, not all doctors are at the same level as regards income.“We are a very small place, we know which doctors are believed to have very high incomes due to their popularity,” he said.Tsangaris said that they choose who to check “based on some risk analysis, or based on some parameters we set, and information we receive from third parties and we start the tax audit.”He said they have checked a great number of doctors and have issued very large amounts in additional taxes. There have been cases where doctors were didn’t issue invoices, he said.If a doctor is found not keeping tax records as per the law, he said, the tax commissioner has the right to do a detailed audit on his or her estimated income according to the latter’s judgement.Tsangaris also said his office is in consultations with the audit service to coordinate actions.Anastasiades last month called on doctors to submit, along with their pay demands, their tax returns for the last seven years, making an indirect reference to tax dodging. He was referring to the pay demands of private doctors as regards Gesy. Private doctors fear the financial package they are being offered to participate in Gesy is not enough of an incentive.“They [tax returns] should be submitted and whatever they [doctors] declare or have declared [as their income], should be given to them accordingly as their pay,” Anastasiades said during the interview, alluding to the possibility that many doctors understate their income on their tax returns.You May LikeJob Posting Sites I Search AdsThese Job Opportunities Might Surprise You. Research The Best Job Posting SitesJob Posting Sites I Search AdsUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Remand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Overseas Cypriots focus on Cyprob talks and energy

first_imgPROSPECTS for a settlement of the Cyprus problem, in light of the ongoing UN-led negotiations aiming to reunite the island, energy issues, as well as the role of overseas Cypriots were the focus of foreign diplomats during a conference of the International Coordination Committee ‘Justice for Cyprus’ (PSEKA) held in Nicosia on Thursday.In a televised message to the conference, US Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken expressed US President Barack Obama’s deep engagement to efforts for a Cyprus settlement.Blinken noted that today the prospects for a lasting settlement of the Cyprus problem are the best seen in over a decade.He said that the leaders of the two communities, President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, have built some solid foundation and have shown great willingness to find a solution.A solution of the problem would be a historic development, Blinken noted, adding that it will enhance economic opportunities and create prospects for all the people of Cyprus.Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Nicosia, Pamela Tremont, said the solution to the Cyprus problem continues to be a top priority for her country.Tremont said that even in this hopeful time with the progress made so far in the talks, compromise and mutual understanding will be necessary to close a deal.“There will be difficult choices to be made, but I think we can all agree they are essential for the future of Cyprus,” she added.Tremont said the new US Ambassador to Cyprus Kathleen Doherty is due to arrive this fall and that she too is committed to that vision of Cyprus as a model of peace for its neighbours and beyond.Lynda Burns, UK Deputy High Commissioner, commended Anastasiades and Akinci for their courage and vision towards a solution, adding that the UK will do everything it can to help the process.Burns added that the last few years have seen a particular and significant change in relations between Cyprus and the UK, describing this as an important shift forward towards a more modern partnership.Deputy Chief of Mission at the Israeli Embassy Sami Abu Janed referred to the historic and traditional bonds of friendship and understanding between Cyprus and Israel.“Clearly the hydrocarbons issue has introduced a real potential for both Cyprus and Israel, therefore, energy is widely discussed these days between the governments of our two countries. Energy discussions focus on the common exploitation of our two bordering gas fields in our maritime Exclusive Economic Zones,” he noted.Participants at the conference were later briefed on the Cyprus problem in closed sessions by government spokesman Nikos Christodoulides and the Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis. (CNA)You May LikeIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndoDirectExposeWorld’s First Surviving Octuplets Are All Grown Up. Look At Them 9 Years LaterDirectExposeUndoSenior Living | Search AdsCheap Senior Apartments in Rowland Heights Are Turning HeadsSenior Living | Search AdsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rep Allor commends budget focus on natural resources

first_imgIncreasing funding for public safety by adding 100 more Michigan State Police troopers. These bills now head to the Senate for consideration. Making life better in communities across Michigan by adding money for road repairs, public safety departments, parks and other programs to improve our daily lives. #### State Rep. Sue Allor on Tuesday voted for passage of the state budget, which includes record funding for K-12 education and a 2.2 percent reduction for the general state budget.Allor, of Wolverine, who serves as chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources and vice chair of the Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, said the budget expands funding for one popular Northern Michigan activity and works to protect another outdoor sport.“We will continue funding of our trails, which make it easier for people to enjoy the splendor of our natural treasures throughout all of Northern Michigan,” Allor said. “We also invested $1 million into chronic wasting disease research to maintain a healthy deer population for our many sportsmen and sportswomen.”Highlights of the budget include:Allocating the highest funding in state history for K-12 schools with a proposed $14.3 billion; improving access to skilled trades training through career and technical education. Making health care more effective and efficient, with an enhanced focus on improving mental health care. 03May Rep. Allor commends budget focus on natural resources Categories: Allor News,News Paying down retiree debt and adding to state government’s main savings account for tough times, pushing that emergency fund above $1 billion.last_img read more

House approves Rendon bill to expand skilled trades in schools

first_imgAllow proprietary schools, community colleges and skilled trade employers access – with parental consent – to high school pupil directory information for the purposes of recruitment and career opportunities; Permit schools to more readily hire professional trade instructors to teach classes that align with their expertise.“This moves our education programs toward what works and is in demand across north central Michigan,” Rendon said. “The opportunities are here right now. Bringing more specialized instruction will help our students now and in their own future.”The legislative package advances to the Senate for its consideration.##### The House today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Daire Rendon to create age-appropriate skilled trades learning programs in each grade level of Michigan’s school districts.“We needs to allow for students to develop their interests and goals as they advance through their educational career,” said Rendon, of Lake City. “Blending in instruction with real- world applications can be just as impactful as the core subjects of math, English language arts and the social sciences. It all works together to set our students up for a bright future after high school.”House Bill 5139 tasks the state Department of Education with developing a K-12 framework for skilled trade instruction. It also allows local school districts to work with area families, businesses and jobs training programs to provide strategies for career development education.Rendon’s legislation is part of a bipartisan five-bill package to enhance skilled trade education, while helping students find career opportunities to match their interest and abilities. The four other bills will:Provide continuing education and professional development credit for teachers who spend time engaging with local employers and professional trade centers; 13Dec House approves Rendon bill to expand skilled trades in schools Categories: Daire Rendon News,News,Rendon Newslast_img read more

Polish broadcaster TVN Groups share of profits fr

first_imgPolish broadcaster TVN Group’s share of profits from pay TV operator nc+ and ISP Onet.pl helped boost reported EBITDA for the first quarter, despite a decline in revenue as a result of the weak advertising market.TVN Group posted first quarter EBITDA of PLN98 million, up 9%. Revenue fell by 6% to PLN343 million.“Results of the first quarter reconfirm ability of TVN Group to preserve profitability without impacting quality of its key asset – the programming schedule and its strong performance,” said CEO Markus Tellenbach. “The management reiterates previously given guidance for mid-single digit decline of TV advertising market in full year 2013. The company is prepared to take further potential cost optimisation actions for the purpose of maintaining EBITDA performance in case market does not deliver in alignment with the guidance. At the same time however, we effectively pursue our strategic growth directions – expanding TVN Group’s position as the first choice advertising provider with increasing pricing power and the fastest growing online non-linear video platform.”last_img read more

Settop provider Pace said it expects its fullyea

first_imgSet-top provider Pace said it expects its full-year results for 2013 to be ahead of the board’s previous guidance, after making good progress in “previously under-penetrated markets such as cable in Europe and IPTV.”In an unaudited trading update, Pace said that it expects revenues to be up 2.4% at US$2.46 billion (€1.81 billion) and adjusted EBITA to be “at least” US$190m – up 20% year-on-year.Pace said that in 2013 it had made a number of key wins and had put a strong focus on product and customer project delivery for major launches and deployments in 2014.It also said that its acquisition of Aurora Networks, which closed on 6 January 2014, enhances Pace’s strategy “to widen out and build a broader platform from which to drive revenue.”“Pace has performed above expectations in 2013. We continue to lead the market in innovation with great products and services, demand from our customers has remained strong and we continue to win new business,” said Pace CEO Mike Pulli. “We are confident about our trajectory and are focused on making further progress in 2014.”last_img read more

Euronews logged record YouTube viewing figures in

first_imgEuronews logged record YouTube viewing figures in 2013, claiming a 160% rise in viewing figures over the year and 13.6 million uniques in December. The international news channel claimed the figures establish it as “the world’s number one news media on YouTube” – less than a year after Euronews CEO Michael Peters announced the firm’s strategy to become the most watched news channel on the video site at the MIPTV conference.“I’m very proud of the Euronews YouTube teams led by Mikhail Konrad, senior product manager YouTube . The objective was achieved thanks to their motivation, expertise and collaboration with all the Euronews editorial and technical teams,” said Euronews’ director of product marketing and innovation, Damien Marchi.last_img

Universal Networks International will launch E En

Universal Networks International will launch E! Entertainment in Russia and the CIS countries at the end of this week.The April 25 launch, trailed in January, will bring shows including Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Gossip Girl and the premiere of Rich Kids of Beverly Hills to CIS viewers.Merab Gabunia, managing director of Universal Networks International in Russia, said that the group was looking forward to the launch, which would “inspire and entertain audiences both in Russia and the CIS”.E! Entertainment will replace the existing Diva Universal channel on cable networks including Volia in Ukraine, which is including the channel in a package alongside Universal Channel and will also make it available in its digital tier and as part of its Volia Smart HD offering.

Giuliano Tranquilli Giuliano Tranquili has reunite

first_imgGiuliano TranquilliGiuliano Tranquili has reunited with Switchover Media co-founder Francesco Nespega at Italian indie producer Stand By Me.Nespega bought a 50% stake in Stand By Me last year after selling Italian DTT broadcaster Switchover to Discovery Communications, and has now been named president.His team will includeTranquili, who becomes head of content and business development, Davide Acampara, who is named head of the format department, and Teresa Carducci, who is now head of production.“Bringing together these executives is the key to expanding our business in Italy and abroad,” said founder Simona Ercolani.Tranquili and Nespega both consulted for Discovery after selling Switchover, which they had launched after leading an MBO of Disney-owned Jetix Italy.He oversaw Switchover’s five thematic digital terrestrial channels as partner and head of programming strategy, and before that was also head of brand for MTV.At producer and distributor Stand By Me, which Ercolani created five yars ago, Tranquili will work closely with the format and production divisions to develop in-house productions and oversee international coproductions and partnerships.“We really believe that Stand By Me has the strengths to sell our own original formats, and wealready got interest from Eastern Europe countries,” said Ercolani.“I am incredibly excited about taking on this role and working with a brilliant talent such as Simona Ercolani,” he said.Stand By Me has produced around 300 hours of programming in the factual, factual entertainment, documentary, docu-reality and scripted reality genres.Stand By Me’s programming includes Alta Infedeltà (Hi Infidelity) for Discovery Networks Italy, Sconosciuti (Ordinary People) and Coppie in Attesa (Expecting Couples) for pubcaster Rai, MTV Italy’s local version of 16 and Pregnant and C+I’s crime series 24 Ore per Morire (24 Hours to Die).last_img read more

Discoveryowned Eurosport has teamed up with Tenni

first_imgDiscovery-owned Eurosport has teamed up with Tennis Channel to enhance its coverage of the forthcoming Roland Garros French Open championship.According to Eurosport, the agreement will enable it to distribute additional content during the championship. Eurosport will have access to new camera angles, highlights and archive footage and the ability to integrate this content instantaneously during and in-between live match coverage, the company said.Tennis Channel is incorporating Eurosport into its Roland Garros infrastructure, which is provided by VER, and includes content, its media management system and on-site facilities.  The media management system stores all content generated during the tournament including full matches, highlight packages, images from alternative camera angles and any built elements, such as graphics.In return, Eurosport is making available its content, footage, cameras viewpoints and stand up positions to Tennis Channel to support its broadcast within the US.Peter Hutton, Eurosport CEO, said: “Tennis Channel has been a true innovator in tennis broadcasting in the US and we are looking forward to integrating new ideas, stories and content into our coverage which will engage and excite our fans in Europe.   As we continue to build enhanced and more locally relevant production, our collaboration with Tennis Channel and having even greater access to compelling content is a hugely exciting opportunity for us.”Bob Whyley, Tennis Channel senior vice-president of production and executive producer, said: “Eurosport is one of the best at what they do, and it’s a privilege for Tennis Channel to have the opportunity to work with them. Tennis Channel exists to bring as much tennis as possible to as many fans who want to watch, with high-quality production values that are standard for other sports. Eurosport, with its wide reach as one of the top providers of the sport in Europe, allows us to expand that mission and help give millions more people a better tennis experience.”last_img read more

James Gibbons Discovery has appointed James Gibbon

first_imgJames GibbonsDiscovery has appointed James Gibbons to a new role overseeing its commercial and creative efforts in Africa and the CEE and Middle East (CEEMEA).As executive VP, head of product and business development, CEEMEA, Gibbons will work across Discovery brands, generating new partnerships and consumer offerings.Gibbons, a 20-year Discovery veteran, was previously executive VP & country manager, emerging business, Discovery Networks CEEMEA, and recently oversaw the free-to-air launch of the TLC channel in Turkey.In his new role he will be in charge of the regional commercial, creative and product development teams and report to Kasia Kieli, president and managing director, Discovery Networks CEEMEA.She said: “James has pioneered the way in establishing transformative partnerships and creating new products in territories like Turkey, Africa and the Middle East, and I now look forward to seeing his entrepreneurial spirit and risk-taking mentality in action across the wider CEEMEA region.”Gibbons added: “CEEMEA is a complex and diverse region, with tremendous potential in both the linear and digital space, and I’m looking forward to tapping into every opportunity, bringing Discovery and Eurosport content to more people, across more screens than ever before.”last_img read more

Italian authorities have kicked off the process th

first_imgItalian authorities have kicked off the process that could end with Telecom Italia (TIM) incurring a fine for failing to notify the government that France’s Vivendi had taken de facto control of the company, according to a press report.According to Reuters, citing an unnamed government source, a government panel met yesterday to conclude its investigation into Vivendi’s involvement in TIM and launched the process to fine the operator.The Italian government had been edging towards taking action against TIM and Vivendi for some time, with a growing possibility that it could activate its so-called ‘golden power’ to intervene in the case where national strategic interests are threatened.Markets regulator CONSOB ruled two weeks ago that Vivendi did exercise effective control over TIM, despite the denials of both the telco and Vivendi, its largest shareholder.CONSOB ruled that Vivendi, which holds a 23.94% stake in TIM, “exercises de facto control of TIM pursuant to art. 2359 of the Italian Civil Code and art. 93 of the Consolidated Law on Finance, as well as the rules on related parties”.TIM at the time said that it would “take all appropriate legal actions in order to defend its interests, and is confident its conduct is correct and its arguments are strong.”TIM and Vivendi have denied that the latter has control, arguing that the pair are “coordinating” in specific, limited areas, including the creation of a joint venture between Vivendi’s pay TV subsidiary Canal+ and TIM to create a new premium video service for the Italian market.last_img read more

Hopster the kids learning and entertainment app

first_imgHopster, the kids’ learning and entertainment app, and STV are teaming up to add Hopster content to the broadcaster’s online streaming platform.Hundreds of pre-school titles, such as In the Night Garden, will become freely available on a new dedicated Hopster-branded children’s area within STV Player.The line-up of content integrated within the new STV Player Hopster ‘children’s area’ will be curated to tie into a ‘Discovery Learning Map’, which teaches important early years’ skills such as sharing, turn-taking, numeracy, literacy and more.Hopster’s children’s area will be available on STV Player from this month on a variety of platforms including iPhones and iPads, Android tablets and smartphones.Over 300 episodes of Hopster’s titles will be accessible over the coming months.Nick Walters, CEO of Hopster said: “We couldn’t be more excited to be powering STV Player’s new children’s service. We started Hopster to help make screen time a win-win for kids and parents through fun educational programming without the ads. Through our new agreement with STV, we hope to reach thousands of families and help them keep their little ones entertained in a safe and ad-free environment.”The Hopster partnership is part of STV’s 3-year strategy for creative and digital growth, which will see the company invest £15m in new original content and its digital service STV Player to re-establish STV as an independent creative force in Scotland.last_img read more

Amazon Alexa the AI assistant that launched with

first_imgAmazon Alexa, the AI assistant that launched with the Amazon Echo smart speaker in 2015, will be available on LG Smart TVs in North America later in May.The update will come to sets in Europe and Asia at a later date.It was previously announced in January that Alexa would come to ThinQ AI TVs from LG’s UHD, NanoCell and OLED.Alexa will function through the remote’s Prime Video button. Users can press the button and then speak as they would to other Alexa devices. The LG TVs will support Alexa skills and routines, along with controlling smart home devices.LG TVs also support Google Assistant, and Apple is bringing support for AirPlay 2, Homekit and Siri to the range as well. This means that in the coming months users will have three separate smart assistants to choose from on their TV. The Alexa update will come to the following countries: Austria, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and US.last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet POLICE have renewed their appeal for information following a paramilitary style shooting in Derry earlier this week.The gun attack happened in the Culdaff Gardens area on Monday evening, August 29.At approximately 10.35 pm, police received a report that a 40 year old man had been shot in both ankles in the area. It is believed that four masked men were involved in the shooting.The man was taken to hospital for treatment of his injuries which are not believed to be life threatening.Chief Inspector Gordon McCalmont said: “I would ask anyone with information about this shooting to contact detectives at Strand Road Police Station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1403 of 29/08/16.“If you would prefer to provide information anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.” PSNI CHIEF APPEALS FOR INFORMATION OVER DERRY PARAMLITARY SHOOTING was last modified: September 1st, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: CHIEF INSPECTOR GORDON MCCALMONTCULDAFF GARDENSDerryPSNIPSNI CHIEF APPEALS FOR INFORMATION OVER DERRY PARAMLITARY SHOOTINGlast_img read more