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Students advised to study with commitment dedication at Adikavi

first_imgRajamahendravaram: Adikavi Nannaya University (AKNU) assistant dean Dr N Uday Bhaskar has advised the students to study with commitment and dedication to achieve their goal. Addressing the students on the first day of the commencement of classes at Godavari Institute of Engineering and Technology (GIET) here on Thursday, he said it is the time for the students to mould their lives. Also Read – State government urged to release fee reimbursement dues Advertise With Us There are abundant opportunities available in various sectors and the students should fix themselves to compete with others to get the jobs. It is the duty of the students to make their parents happy by elevating themselves up to their aspirations. The parents should also own responsibility for the growth of the children and watch them how they are studying. Also Read – Government committed to transparent business environment: M Goutham Reddy Advertise With Us GIET managing director K Sasi Kiran Varma said the college is not compromising in providing quality teaching and the management also directing the faculty to update themselves to teach lessons with latest methods. GIET is achieving good results in all examinations from its inception and giving best education to the students. He appealed to the parents to inculcate the habit of reading among their children which is the need of the hour.GIET general manager Dr Subba Raju and principal Valli and others were present.last_img read more

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House burgled gold silver articles stolen

first_imgHyderabad: A house at Telcom Nagar under Raidurgam police station limits was burgled on Friday. Gold ornaments and silver articles worth about Rs 4 lakh were stolen.According to police, Anand Parashivan (31), a software engineer, lodged a complaint, saying that he had gone to office at 12.30 pm along with his wife after locking the door of house. The couple found the door of kitchen open. The miscreants broke open almirah and stole gold ornaments and silver articles, the complaint said. Police registered a case under Sections 454, 380 IPC. Investigation is on.last_img read more

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Man accused of fleeing with valuables after marrying Uttarpara resident

first_imgKolkata: A man, identified as Ajay Kumar Singh, who had married a woman at Uttarpara in Hooghly a few days ago, has allegedly fled with some valuables from her house.The victim told the police that she came to know Singh through a marriage portal. The accused claimed that he was originally a resident of Mumbai and has been currently staying in Delhi, where he has been constructing two flats. He had also assured the victim that they would shift to Delhi in near future. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalThe victim also told the police that he also took a huge amount of money from her on various pretexts. The woman used to live at her house alone after she got divorced from her earlier husband. The accused had told the woman that he runs a promoting business in Delhi. After starting a detailed investigation, police came to know that the accused had duped some other women as well, at different places in the state. Earlier, he had also married a woman from the Manicktala area in the city a few years ago and looted valuables from her. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedOn the basis of the specific complaint, police started a case. They raided different places in Mumbai and Delhi but failed to get any trace of the accused. Apart from marriage, the accused had also established physical relation with different women and duped them. The Hooghly district police have started a detailed probe into the incident. They suspect that the accused did not reveal his name and original identity. The investigating officers have gathered photographs of the man for the sake of investigation. They may seek help from cyber experts to arrest the accused. The police are also investigating to know if the accused has any connection with the city.last_img read more

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Costa Rica hopes to clinch World Cup berth against a carefree Mexico

first_imgThe Costa Rican Men’s National Team hopes to clinch its spot at the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday when it faces off against a Mexican side that’s missing a few key players, but will arrive carefree in San José. Why? Because Mexico nabbed its World Cup spot on Friday when it defeated Panama 1-0 at home at the Azteca Stadium.Costa Rica took a step toward classification that same night when it defeated the United States, 2-0, bringing it within one point of a trip to Russia.The final round of Concacaf qualifying, known as the Hexagonal, assigns three direct World Cup spots; the fourth-place team will battle an Asian side for a ticket to Russia.Mexican captain Andrés Guardado said that in some ways, the match against Costa Rica, scheduled for 8 p.m., feels like the first match of the World Cup for the Tricolor.“We have won in places where we haven’t won for a long time, and today we’re one step away from taking first place,” he said. “The World Cup starts today [for us]. We have to think about what we can do to arrive at the World Cup in the best possible way, and what would be better than taking first place in the Hexagonal?” Costa Rican coach Oscar “El Machillo” Ramírez said Costa Rica has quite a challenge ahead as it seeks to achieve its classification on the field with Mexico.“It’s a very competitive side and we’ll have to know how to manage it,” he said after his team’s victory against the United States.Possible lineups – Costa Rica: Keylor Navas – Cristian Gamboa, Johnny Acosta, Kendall Waston, Francisco Calvo, Bryan Oviedo – David Ramírez, Celso Borges, Bryan Ruiz, Cristian Bolaños – Marco Ureña. Coach: Óscar Ramírez.Mexico: Guillermo Ochoa – Jair Pereira, Hugo Ayala, Diego Reyes, Héctor Moreno – Andrés Guardado, Jesús Gallardo, Jürgen Damm – Carlos Vela, Jesús Corona and Javier Hernández. Coach: Juan Carlos Osorio. Facebook Comments However, the team will face Costa Rica with three key players missing: Héctor Herrera because of an injury, Jesús Dueñas because of a family matter, and Néstor Araujo because of a suspension for accumulated yellow cards.center_img Related posts:Costa Rica returns with full-strength lineup in last step toward World Cup qualifying The 5 greatest moments in Costa Rican soccer history Costa Rica humiliates the United States 4-0 in World Cup qualifier ‘La Sele’ draws Nicaragua, Haiti and Bermuda in Gold Cup grouplast_img read more

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Applications open for Humanitarian University Grants 2019

first_imgFor the third year running, grants will be awarded to Nicaraguan refugee students to study at the Latin American University for Science and Technology (ULACIT).Applications are open to any Nicaraguan student with an academic average of 85% and a refugee card issued by the Migration and Immigration Administration.The admissions officers are seeking students with strong academic performance, leadership potential and co-curricular involvement, such as volunteering, sport, student government and the arts.The grants provided by ULACIT range from 30% to 100%.Students from either their last year of high school or those currently enrolled in university may apply.For more information, visit: http://www.ulacit.ac.cr/admision/becas.phpTo apply, visit: http://admision.ulacit.ac.cr/ and complete the necessary forms.This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:The fate of thousands of Cuban migrants will be determined at a Quality Inn Hoping for a safe haven in Costa Rica Facing terrorism charges and death threats, thousands of Nicaraguans flee to Costa Ricalast_img read more

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Djubo crosses 1000 Indian hotels client mark in a span of nine

first_imgDJUBO is a fast growing hotel tech company that has made its presence known in more than 150 cities in India and has over 1000 Indian hotel clients within a span of nine months of funding. They are managing daily bookings worth 1.1 Cr every single day which amounts to approximately one percent of the entire hotel industry in India. Managing 3300 room night transactions every single day is quite a big feat as compared to some OTAs.Tarun Gulati, DJUBO, said, “Early mentors had warned us against starting a SAAS business in the Indian SME space citing poor payment collections especially in the hospitality sector. They had wanted us to look outside India. But, we felt that the Indian hospitality industry was in need of a revamp. In order to ease the hotel industry into the online market, we came up with a 360° sales platform.”DJUBO’s product combines the functionality of a number of standalone products such as a Channel Manager, CRS and Booking Engine under one interface which is helping hoteliers solve problems of under exposure, overbooking and rate parity issues which otherwise wasn’t being solved by existing hotel tech. Hoteliers can make much easier online payments with the help of a Secure Payment gateway which can be accessed via a mobile app at any given time. Customers are making direct bookings on the hotel’s webpage with the help of an integrated booking engine and built in price comparison widget. All operations, sales distribution and revenue management is managed by a Central Reservation System. All these SAAS products are managed via a single dashboard.A majority of their clients have started to engage with DJUBO as a web app but even on a smartphone. DJUBO’s support and training has helped clients become self-dependent in being able to manage their businesses 24/7. The growing user engagement shows that they are a ‘True Sales Management’ system that is being widely accepted by clients the world over.Having solved the major problems faced by most Indian hoteliers, they are also planning to launch many ground breaking products globally, like yield management, actionable big data and app based property management systems sometime soon.last_img read more

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Rep Roberts welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation

first_img20Sep Rep. Roberts welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation Categories: Roberts News PHOTO: State Rep. Brett Roberts, right, welcomed Pastor Chuck Snyder, center, from the First Baptist Church in Charlotte to the state Capitol to give today’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. House tradition calls for a representative or a clergy member to begin each day’s session with a prayer. Speaker Tom Leonard joined them at the rostrum.last_img

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Rep Frederick casts vote to lower car insurance rates

first_img Categories: Frederick News 09May Rep. Frederick casts vote to lower car insurance rates House approves historic reforms after decades of gridlockThe Michigan House tonight approved a landmark plan to fix our state’s much-maligned car insurance system and reduce rates for all Michigan drivers, state Rep. Ben Frederick announced.Frederick voted in favor of the plan which allows for the best life-saving medical benefits in the nation, provides seniors and those with other health insurance coverage the ability to opt out of personal injury coverage, rein in medical costs, and fight fraud – features designed to end Michigan’s long-standing tenure as the state with the most expensive car insurance rates in the nation.Frederick has played a key role at leading reform efforts as a member of the House Select Committee on Reducing Car Insurance Rates Committee, the special panel solely dedicated to crafting a long-lasting solution that cuts down drivers’ rates.“The high cost of auto insurance is crushing families in mid-Michigan and across the state,” Frederick, of Owosso, said after the vote. “We needed a plan which saved Michigan drivers a significant amount of money while protecting families and their loved ones injured in auto accidents. As a member of the special committee, it was a pleasure being a part of the reform process. We spent over three months poring over every aspect of this issue to secure the right reform path. The House-approved plan does just that and delivers real, guaranteed savings to all drivers.”The sweeping legislation passed in a bipartisan vote and now advances to the Senate for consideration.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Ben Frederick address the full House body on Thursday in favor a House plan to bring relief to Michigan drivers through lower car insurance rates.last_img read more

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Pittsburgh Proposes Odd Deal Change with Citys Major Nonprofits

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares September 26, 2014;Pittsburgh Post-GazetteIf the topic is Pittsburgh, it either involves the Pirates qualifying as a wild card team for the MLB playoffs or the city’s ongoing struggle with tax-exempt nonprofit property owners to negotiate a deal over payment in lieu of taxes. Mayor Bill Peduto’s new budget for the city—$505.9 million for 2015—depends in part on money that would come from a new deal with major property-owning nonprofits such as the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie-Mellon University, and Highmark. The mayor’s chief of staff, Kevin Acklin, told the Post-Gazette that the administration is hoping for a 10-year agreement with nonprofits that would yield somewhere between $16 and $24 million annually.For the past decade, nonprofit property owners have made payments through the Pittsburgh Public Service Fund, with the total amount ranging from $800,000 in 2005 to $9 million in 2006, though only $1.9 million last year. That Fund has not in the past included the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, which instead made payments to the Pittsburgh Promise program, which supports $10,000-a-year, four-year college scholarships for eligible public school students. As of this past April, UPMC had committed $100 million to the Pittsburgh Promise, but other major nonprofit institutions have also contributed—the Grable Foundation, the Heinz Endowments, and the Pittsburgh Foundation, all donating between $10 million and $24.9 million; and the Richard King Mellon Foundation, contributing a sum between $5 million and $9.9 million. “Like” NPQ on Facebook and Receive a Free Download! Mayor Peduto told the Post-Gazette that he is hopeful that “a new agreement [would be] structured more along the lines of the Pittsburgh Promise.” The Promise doesn’t appear to have generated much critical coverage during its history. Most of the consistent criticism has been from Jake Haulk, the president of the conservative Allegheny Institute for Public Policy, who thinks the program would be better if it gave scholarships to private school students as well as public school pupils.What the mayor seems to have meant is not that the nonprofits would add to the Pittsburgh Promise’s educational scholarships, but that the nonprofits’ contributions would pay for specific municipal functions such as street paving or city government technology as opposed to putting money into city coffers for the municipal government’s general operations. However, the mayor is anticipating that UPMC would be part of this new deal. If he has any chance of getting as much as $20 million a year from the nonprofits, allowing UPMC to carve its own separate deal with Pittsburgh Promise might make the mayor’s financial goal untenable. The city is clearly attracted by the deep pockets of Pittsburgh’s major nonprofit property owners:NonprofitTotal annual revenueFund balanceUniversity of Pittsburgh Medical Center$10.188 billion$9.9 billionUniversity of Pittsburgh$2,223,074,850 (from 2012 Form 990)$3,400,405,994 (from 2012 Form 990)  Carnegie-Mellon$1,186,029,791 (from 2013 Form 990)$1,621,583,908 (from 2013 Form 990)  Highmark$15.2 billionAllegheny Health Network (formerly West Penn Allegheny Health System)$1.488 billion$1.286 billionThese are big nonprofit institutions, obviously attractive to cash-strapped municipalities like Pittsburgh facing rolling pension deficits, but there are problems in the mayor’s requests. First is that with these requests for nonprofit payments in lieu of property taxes, local government is increasingly determining what is and isn’t tax-exempt on an ad hoc basis. Systemically, it is a mess, with nonprofits facing changes in their tax treatment based on the decisions of mayors and city councils rather than federal and state law.Second, although Pittsburgh is looking at deep-pocketed nonprofit institutions, the request to have nonprofit property-owners kick in captures nonprofits large and small, regardless of their fiscal strengths and weaknesses. We don’t fully know what happens to smaller nonprofit property owners in these circumstances; however, we suspect that few have extra cash to devote to payments to pay into local or county government budgets.Third, the mayor’s notion that nonprofits would pick and choose the portions of local government operations they feel are worth supporting sets a troubling precedent. We don’t want funders of nonprofits to pick and choose the aspects of nonprofit operating costs they think are worth supporting, and we don’t want taxpayers to sort through budget lines to determine the items to which they would limit their tax dollars.As usual, Pittsburgh’s financial predicament leads to problems of definition and function for the nonprofit sector and broader issues for municipal finance overall.—Rick Cohen ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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Renegade Trustee or Loyal Critic UT Austin and Favoritism Charges

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesFebruary 12, 2015; Texas TribuneFew people would seem to be on the side of deepening and strengthening racial and economic disparities, but somehow policies persist that do just that. Recent reports about admissions policies at the University of Texas demonstrate just how deep-seated intentional policies that lead to disparities might be, and given that, just think about the challenge of removing the unintentional causes of racial and ethnic disparities.A University of Texas trustee named Wallace Hall, appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the university’s board of regents in 2011, had been troubled by a number of policies pursued by the university system, particularly policies that were carried out with the knowledge if not direction of UT-Austin president Bill Powers. One was a secret program of forgivable loans to faculty at the UT School of Law, where Powers had been dean. Another was that Powers had improperly counted nonmonetary gifts to the school.But what caused the biggest, Texas-sized brouhaha was Hall’s investigation and exposure of UT’s unacknowledged policy “in which [Powers] admitted the children of prominent legislators and their benefactors to UT—even if those students did not meet the university’s high academic standards.” That caused an uproar that got the legislature to defend Powers, denounce Hall for his “witch hunt,”, and hire famous attorney Rusty Hardin (the lawyer who defended Roger Clemens against charges of PED use) to issue a 174-page report lambasting Hall for being “myopic,” “mean-spirited,” “mercenary,” “vindictive,” and on an “incessant search for things and people to criticize.” Politicians announced their intentions to impeach Hall, and such powerful figures as billionaire Paul Foster pleaded with him to simply leave the UT board.After an internal review of admissions policies, additional information prompted the university to hire an external group, the Kroll group, to conduct an independent review. The Kroll report concluded, according to the Tribune, that “University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers has helped secure college admittance for some students over the objections of the admissions office,” though not due to any specific quid pro quos. The report also revealed that Powers and his chief of staff misled the previous internal university inquiry by making “material omissions” when answering specific questions. “At minimum, each failed to speak with the candor and forthrightness expected of people in their respective positions of trust and leadership,” the Kroll authors wrote. The students admitted in this unofficial program included those who came with political connections or alumni/legacy influence.However, the number of “arguably less-qualified” applicants was small, only 73 with combined SAT scores of less than 1100 and high school GPAs of less than 2.9. Powers responded that these special admissions occur at “virtually every selective university in America,” that the process he conducted had been “inherited…which was well known by regents, former chancellors, the board of regents office, and UT System officials,” that “no one was displaced by this practice,” and that UT Regent Hall had himself “exerted influence over the admissions process,” though Powers didn’t specify how. UT System Chancellor Bill McRaven said that the report convinced him that there had been no willful misconduct by Powers and therefore no disciplinary actions would be taken.Nonetheless, a special Texas House of Representatives panel “censured and admonished” Hall last fall, citing his “relentless demands for records,” according to Politifact, and he was still under investigation as of December by the Travis County DA’s public integrity unit for how he might have handled confidential student information. A grand jury had been impaneled to investigate Hall, though it apparently will not conclude its work for another month or so. The House committee that criticized Hall was the Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations, an ironic choice given that Hall was trying to make UT’s secret policiestransparent.There’s little question that Hall is a one-of-a-kind character. His relentless FOIA requests must have driven UT crazy, given that they came from one of the university’s own regents. Undoubtedly, there are political subtexts here that denizens of Texas politics see, but to those concerned with reducing and eliminating disparities, the UT-Austin admission policies that Hall exposed reflect a pattern of favoritism for the rich and powerful in many institutions—and UT is big among them. In 2012, NPQ wrote about the special “A-list” of wealthy and powerful people who got special consideration and treatment at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Robert Riggs, the reporter who doggedly revealed what was going on under former UTSW president Kern Wildenthal, was savaged by local power brokers for daring to reveal Wildenthal’s indefensible policies, much like the treatment Hall got for going after Powers. In both cases, the beneficiaries of the secret policies were the high and mighty—including politicians of both parties. It goes to show that many institutions in our society have a very limited appetite for scrutiny, thin skins for criticism, and a propensity to vilify their critics. The result is the persistence of policies that harden social and economic inequities in our society.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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Kamala Harris Mulls RaceImbued Presidential Race

first_imgShare13TweetShareEmail13 Shares“Kamala Harris at Ben’s Chili Bowl, Washington, DC,” Ted EytanDecember 2, 2018; Washington PostSenator Kamala Harris (D-CA) says she’s seriously considering a run for the White House in 2020, and that she would be ready for things to get “ugly” because boundaries would get broken, and, as Harris says, “When you break things, it is painful. And you get cut. And you bleed.”Harris said in an October interview with the Washington Post that she sees the phrase “identity politics” used as a pejorative, and that needs to be re-narrated. Race, she said, is an unavoidable part of the country’s political debate in the Trump era, but it also can be a unifier.“So, I have a theory,” she says. “It’s a crude, rough kind of theory, but I have a theory about what was going on in terms of who we are as a country that…partially led to the outcome [in 2016], and it is if you think about the last 10 years in our country, we have experienced an incredible amount of change.”She mentions the Great Recession of 2008, homes lost and job opportunities downsized. She talks about the browning of America and the influx of immigrants, and a woman running for president and a president named Barack Hussein Obama. “There’s so much happening just in these last 10 years,” she says, “and it has rightly left a lot of people feeling quite displaced, wondering are they relevant, are they obsolete, where do they fit in?”Trump, she continues, understood that those fears were legitimate and real: “He read it accurately and then took it to the lowest common denominator and said, ‘And therefore it’s us versus them,’ instead of what really leadership should be about, which is saying, ‘Hey, I’m with you, we’re all in it together.’”One theme of her speeches is that Democrats must “paint a picture of the future in which everyone can see themselves.”Referring to Russian interference in the 2016 elections, she says they tested issues to determine what would produce the most discord and heat. “And guess what the one was? It was about hate. It was about racism. It was about sexism. It was about anti-Semitism. It was about homophobia. That’s what attracted heat. So, isn’t that an interesting thing that one of our longest adversaries, the Russian government, figured out America’s Achilles’ heel? One of the biggest ones is race, and they attacked us based on that. And we’re not going to talk about it?”She says that the time is past for avoiding and downplaying the topic: “I’m not going to contrast myself to an election that happened over 10 years ago…I’ll speak to this moment. Yeah, we have to talk about this. We have to.”Harris is one of many now considering bids for the White House, of course. Among the others are Democratic senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, and Cory Booker of New Jersey; former vice president Joe Biden; and billionaire philanthropist Tom Steyer.—Ruth McCambridgeShare13TweetShareEmail13 Shareslast_img read more

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Music video website Vevo has launched a 24hour li

first_imgMusic video website Vevo has launched a 24-hour linear music TV channel in the US and Canada.Universal Music and Sony-backed Vevo has initially launched the channel on the web and via Xbox and Roku set-tops, as well as on iOS devices and Android and Windows Mobile handsets. However, it also has expressed an ambition to strike traditional carriage deals with cable operators.Vevo TV will feature a constant stream of videos curated by VJs on the model pioneered by MTV in the 1980s. Vevo CEO Rio Caraeff told the Financial Times that the channel was “about a return to how it used to be” and that the company saw a demand for a “programmed, linear experience”. The channel will be supported by advertising.Billboard cited Caraeff as saying that Vevo planned to launch Vevo TV channels in international markets including Europe and Latin America in the near future, and is currently working to add local programming capabilities.Vevo is currently in negotiations with Google to renew its existing distribution deal with YouTube, which Caraeff said was “nearing completion”.last_img read more

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Russias ministry of communications has decided no

first_imgRussia’s ministry of communications has decided not to introduce encryption on the first and second multiplexes on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform, according to a local report.According to the ComNews website, citing sources close to the ministry of communications, broadcast infrastructure provider RTRS’s director-general Andrei Romanchenko told a meeting of the ministry’s TV and broadcasting working group earlier this week that the opportunity to introduce conditional access for the first and second multiplexes had been missed and that a decision to implement it now would require the mass replacement of equipment by consumers.The introduction of conditional access support was opposed by a number of industry players including cableAssociation AKTR.last_img read more

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Dailymotion has launched a dedicated space for its

first_imgDailymotion has launched a dedicated space for its coverage of music festivals over the summer.The Orange-owned video site has launched Summer Music Festivals. The site will stream performances from festivals in the US, UK, France, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, and Hungary throughout July and August, featuring bands including Queens of the Stone Age, Suede, Neil Young & Crazyhorse, Arctic Monkeys, Blur, Wu Tang Clan, Slayer, Lamb of God, 30 Seconds to Mars, Snoop Lion and Justice.Viewers will be able to embed players into their own social media pages to share with friends as well as watching the events live on Dailymotion. Archive footage from the festivals will also be available on the site for up to three months.Dailymotion’s summer festival coverage will kick off with this week’s Volt Festival in Hungary, followed by Les Eurockéennes in Belfort, France, the Cruilla Festival in Barcelona, Jazz à Vienne in Vienne, France, Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival in New York, Astropolis in Brest, France, Dour in Belgium, Tout un Foin in France, Paleo Festival in Nyon, Switzerland, Balaton Sound by Lake Balaton in Hungary and Kendal Calling in the UK, all in July. In August it will stream coverage of the  Open Air Festival in Derbyshire, the UK and Rock en Seine in France.last_img read more

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Google has launched its lowprice Chromecast HDMI

first_imgGoogle has launched its low-price Chromecast HDMI streaming stick in 11 countries outside of its home market of the US. The device is available now in Canada and 10 European countries:  the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and the Nordic countries of Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Sweden.“Since announcing Chromecast in the US, we’ve grown to include more of your favourite apps and websites. Those numbers will continue to grow, and we want to bring Chromecast to more people around the world,” said Chromecast vice president of product management, Mario Queiroz, announcing the expansion.Google said that apps available on the device in Europe would include Google’s own Google Play Movies and Google Play Music stores, as well as Netflix in the territories where the OTT service is live.It also said it is working with local content providers to add more content to the device. In the UK, the BBC’s iPlayer is available at launch, in France TV Pluzz and SFR TV apps can be accessed with CanalPlay due to be added soon, while Watchever is available in Germany with Maxdome coming soon in this market.“Chromecast will keep getting better. We recently opened up Chromecast to developers, and in a few short weeks more than 3,000 developers worldwide have signed up to bring their apps and websites to Chromecast. You’ll soon have more TV shows, movies, videos, sports, music and games to choose from,” said Queiroz.The device is available to buy now on Amazon, Google Play and in stores like Currys PC World, Saturn and Media Markt. In the UK it is priced at £30 (€35.80).last_img read more

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Mobile and tablet viewing represented more than 21

first_imgMobile and tablet viewing represented more than 21% of all online video plays in the first quarter of 2014, up from 9% in Q1 2013 and 3.4% in Q1 2012, according to a new report.The Ooyala Q1 2014 Global Video Index said there had been a “year-over-year increase of 532% since 2012,” with mobile plays in Europe and Latin America outpacing those in North America, as a percentage of all online video plays.The report found that while the majority of videos viewed on tablets were short-form content, 48% of overall viewing time was spent watching videos of 30 minutes or more. In total, tablet viewers spent 77% of their watching videos of at least ten minutes in length, said Ooyala.It added that despite Android’s greater smartphone market share, iOS still dominates viewing in terms of smartphone video plays.“The statistics in our Global Video Index continue to affirm our belief that mobile is in large part the future of video and TV consumption. We see the acceleration of mobile video consumption happening globally, as consumers in every region adopt mobile and tablet video faster, and interact with it longer,” said Jay Fulcher, chief executive officer at Ooyala.last_img read more

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Mai Fyfield Sky has urged Ofcom to separate BT and

first_imgMai FyfieldSky has urged Ofcom to separate BT and its infrastructure arm Openreach in its final submission to the UK broadcast regulator as part of its strategic review of the UK’s digital communications market. In a statement explaining its stance, Sky argued that as BT has sole control over Openreach its decisions about investment in national infrastructure “reflect the interests of BT rather than the whole industry and the businesses and consumers that use its service”.“Openreach’s ownership structure means that companies that compete with BT, like Sky and TalkTalk, cannot work with Openreach on innovations like fibre to the home,” said Sky’s chief strategy officer, Mai Fyfield, discussing Sky’s Ofcom submission.She also claimed that “the national network run by Openreach relies heavily on copper wires and delivers unacceptable levels of faults and service problems for consumers and businesses.”Fyfield said that it makes sense for BT to use the existing copper network for as long as possible. However, with “no prospect” of BT’s retail arm using an alternative high-speed fibre network to deliver services, there is “limited scope for new infrastructure entrants as they would only be able to compete for Sky and TalkTalk’s business.”“The separation of Openreach from the rest of BT will allow it to form part of a more competitive market solution as an independent company. For example, if BT’s retail arm could purchase network services from alternative suppliers, an independent Openreach would be motivated to respond with investment and innovation of its own,” said Fyfield.“As a standalone FTSE 100 company, Openreach would be highly attractive to long-term investors and able to raise fresh capital to invest on the back of future growth from the whole industry.”The comments come after the chief executives of Sky, TalkTalk and Vodafone UK called for an “urgent need for increased competition” and urged Ofcom to ask the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to “undertake a full market investigation,” in an open letter published last month.The Financial Times reported this week that Vodafone would also call for the break-up of BT, ahead of the Ofcom consultation deadline of October 8. It quoted Vodafone’s head of regulatory affairs, Matthew Braovac, as saying: “we want to see a separate Openreach whose business is selling network connectivity and access for all.”last_img read more

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Vodafone Germany is to enable energy companies to

first_imgVodafone Germany is to enable energy companies to deliver smart metering via its cable network – formerly Kabel Deutschland – making it the first German convergent network provider to offer such a service, according to the company.Vodafone said the project would be particularly applicable to smart metering projects for the residential housing industry thanks to its cable arm’s strong relationship with the country’s housing associations.The Kabel Deutschland network covers 15 million German homes, with fixed network infrastructure in the basement of apartments being available for connection to electricity meters relatively easily, said the company.Vodafone already offers smart metering via its LTE network, which covers around 60 million people in Germany.Vodafone has teamed up with Bosch Software Innovations, Fröschl and Schleupen, Dr Neuhaus, Landis & Gyr and Power Plus Communications for its smart metering project.last_img read more

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Combat sports specialist CSI Sports has secured ca

first_imgCombat sports specialist CSI Sports has secured carriage for its Fight Sports HD channel with cable operator and digital-terrestrial broadcaster DNA in Finland.The deal will give DNA subscribers the opportunity to view live WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO boxing World Title events, Championship Kickboxing, K-1, Mixed Martial Arts and combat sports-related documentary and reality programming.DNA viewers will also be able to watch past fights from HBO Championship Boxing.“We are extremely pleased with our co-operation with the Fight Sports network and the possibility to offer DNA TV customers exciting fight nights, tournaments and lifestyle programs of different fight related content,” said Jarmon Haikonen, VP of entertainment business DNA.“We are pleased to be expanding the Fight Sports reach with wide distribution on leading pay TV operator DNA in Finland. Our channel performance in Europe and Asia has continued to deliver distribution in new markets while we continue to invest significantly in live and original programming”, said CSI Sports co-CEOs Richard and Craig Miele.last_img read more

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Snapchat parent company Snap Inc has started selli

first_imgSnapchat parent company Snap Inc has started selling its video camera-equipped sunglasses in Europe.Spectacles are available in the UK, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and Sweden priced at £129.99 or €149.99.The company announced the US launch of the glasses in September, marking its first move into the hardware market.Spectacles connect directly to Snapchat via Bluetooth or WiFi and can transfer ‘Memories’ directly into the app via a new circular video format.last_img read more

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