No related posts. GENEVA – Costa Rican Foreign Trade Minister Anabel González on Tuesday presented her plans for heading the World Trade Organization (WTO) to 156 members of the WTO General Council.“I think I meet all the requirements for this position, because I’ve been working in international trade for 25 years,” the minister said during a press conference.González said she wants to conclude negotiations of the Doha round, begun in 2001 and currently at an impasse.“I’m willing to assume the position of director-general with independence, passion and responsibility”,” she said.When questioned about a possible withdrawal in favor of another Latin American candidate, González said, “it’s still too early to consider it,” adding that, “it would be better to wait until all candidates speak before the General Council.”The three Latin American candidates were the first to appear before the WTO General Council. In addition to González, regional candidates include Mexico’s former trade minister, Herminio Blanco, and Brazilian diplomat Roberto Azevedo.A total of nine candidates aspire to lead the WTO – six men and three women – most of them ministers or former ministers in the governments of their respective countries. The successful candidate will replace Pascal Lamy from France.The WTO General Council is expected to make a final decision no later than May 31. Facebook Comments
Category Archives: votwpslwaksb
Tourism Solomons/Solomon Airlines launch first ever AU TV campaignTourism Solomons and Solomon Airlines have combined resources to launch a major two-tiered Australian TV/digital campaign designed to position the Solomon Islands as the newest ‘must visit’ destination on the local travel landscape.Kicking off on 04 August with an eight-week TV campaign initially targeting more than 3 million viewers across a south-east Queensland and northern NSW footprint, the TV burst has been designed to highlight the destination’s array of unique niche product with a heavy focus on diving, sports fishing, surfing and culture.The TV component of the campaign – more than 130 30 and 15-second spots – will be carried across the Seven Network’s 7, 7mate, 7two and 7flix channels.While the advertisements will feature idyllic scenes emphasising the destination’s niche attractions, a clear end message points to a land/air combined seven-night holiday package on offer with a call to action price point directed towards Gold Coast-based Solomon Islands travel expert, Go Tours.YouTube will be utilised to reach consumers in the ACT, Melbourne and Sydney with the same messaging.Announcing the development, Tourism Solomons CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto said the initiative represented a major step for the Solomon Islands tourism industry.“I am confident the campaign truly characterises the destination’s identity, image and positioning as a new and exciting adventure-oriented destination sitting on Australia’s doorstep,” he said.“We feel this campaign has been purposely created to showcase those highly experiential niche travel opportunities which set us apart from our South Pacific neighbours and we are confident this campaign will hit the mark.“Add to this the benefits we will accrue, not only in building the Solomon Islands profile in the key Australian market but also, in potentially increasing our annual international visitation which sits around 30,000 annually.“The campaign, our biggest ever foray into the Australian marketplace and our biggest ever-spend, marks a milestone in our international marketing direction and we are delighted to have partnered with Solomon Airlines for this exercise.”While compared to other destination’s campaign spends this might be considered a small step, I can assure you from the Solomon Islands perspective, it’s one giant leap.”The campaign has been designed by Sydney-based Illidge Creative.Watch the commercial HERESource = Tourism Solomons
Tourism brought in a revenue of €428.2m in August this year, recording an increase of 1.1 per cent compared to August 2017, which generated €423.6m, the statistical service said on Friday.A larger increase of 2.4 per cent in tourism revenue was recorded in the first eight months of 2018 compared to the corresponding months of the previous year.Specifically, for the period of January-August 2018 tourism revenue was an estimated €1,889.7m, while the corresponding period of last year raised a revenue of €1,845.7m.The expenditure per person for August 2018 recorded a decrease of 1 per cent, as it reached €800.65 compared to €809.01 in the corresponding month of the previous year.The expenditure per person/per day for August 2018 compared to August 2017 also recorded a decrease of 1 per cent, as it fell from €78.54 to €77.73.The average length of stay remained the same as last year, at 10.3 days.Declining expenditures per person were also recorded for the period January-August 2018, which fell by 5.2 per cent compared to the same months last year. In the first eight months of 2018, each person spent €694.85 compared to the €733.03 spent in the corresponding period of the previous year.Similarly, during the same period, expenditure per person/per day fell by 3.1 per cent, from €77.98 in 2017 to €75.53 in 2018.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoEditorChoice.comIf You Have Any Of These 20 Toys Around, You Just Became RichEditorChoice.comUndo 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 Taboola
Categories: News State Rep. Ray Franz, R-Onekama, was recently invited by Sara Piersma, a 10-year employee at Shop-n-Save, to share her work day as part of the “Take Your Legislator to Work” campaign during the October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council has sponsored the campaign to celebrate the achievements of people with disabilities. At Shop-n-Save with Piersma, Franz was given a store tour, received tutoring in grocery scanning, proper bagging techniques and customer service. 28Oct Rep. Franz shares local worker’s day on the job
Legislation approved Wednesday with bipartisan support in the Michigan House of Representatives provides a framework for transportation network companies (TNCs), such as Uber and Lyft, to operate in Michigan.House Bills 4637-4641 establish procedures allowing TNCs to operate under a uniform statewide regulatory system. HB 4640, sponsored by state Rep. Tom Barrett, amends the Insurance Code to allow for TNC passengers to be treated the same as taxicab passengers in cases of accidental injury.“This bill provides a common-sense safeguard for passengers and other drivers,” said Rep. Barrett, R-Potterville. “Passengers will now be treated the same as if they were in a taxicab or bus.”Under this legislation, TNC passengers will be covered by their own auto insurance in the case of an injury. Those who do not have insurance will be covered by the driver’s insurance.The bill package also exempts TNCs from the limousine transportation act, and allows TNCs to operate in Michigan through a permit issued by the state’s department of transportation.The TNC legislation now moves to the Senate for further consideration.### 18Jun Michigan House approves TNC package Categories: Barrett News
13Jun Rep. LaFave: Plan expanding internship options to high school students signed into law State Rep. Beau LaFave today announced his plan helping high school students earn course credit through an internship or work study program has been signed into law.“Education today goes well beyond what’s in the classroom, especially as our children grow older and advance through high school,” LaFave said. “The real-world experience that an internship can provide is important to our job providers and students, helping identify what the future may hold for both. We’ve got to encourage these kinds of opportunities to explore if a certain career track is a strong fit or not before earning a high school diploma.”The legislation sets guidelines stating that students can work four to 10 hours a week and, with the local district board of education’s oversight, will receive credit for graduation. The internship may be paid or volunteer. Partner legislation also safeguards funding for school districts, allowing students participating in an internship or a work experience program off campus to continue to qualify as a full-time student.Although current Michigan Department of Education guidelines allow work-based internships in grades 9-12, LaFave’s new law makes it less prohibitive for students and school districts, especially in Delta, Dickinson and Menominee counties.“There are several major corporations in Michigan that have facilitated internships to both high school and college students, which is great to see. However, my legislation opens the door to smaller local businesses and the mom and pop’s like we have in the Upper Peninsula, not just billion dollar companies,” said LaFave, of Iron Mountain. “Hands-on experience is at a premium in today’s workplace. Expanding more authority to local school districts to decide on appropriate programs, while cutting through the red tape, will help both the students and the local job creators.”LaFave noted he had letters of support on the plan from the Gladstone, Carney-Nadeau and Breitung Township school districts. Also supporting the legislation are the Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Association of School Boards and the Great Lakes Education Project.House Bill 4106 is now Public Act 184 of 2018.##### Categories: LaFave News,News
Share46TweetShare12Email58 SharesImage Source: YoutubeMarch 17, 2016; New York TimesArt that serves a moral function is not a new concept. Since antiquity, artists from every cultural background have created works that are meant to instruct the viewer in some ethical maxim or to communicate a significant principle. In recent history, artists have taken more radical approaches to moral instruction. In December, environmental activists staged a protest outside the Louvre as the United Nations climate policy negotiations went on in Paris. The demonstrators carried black umbrellas that spelled out the phrase “Fossil Free Culture,” protesting the museum’s sponsorship ties to two of the world’s largest oil companies. Other artist-led protests at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim have focused those museums’ connections to dubious corporate entities, primarily through board members or other sources of donations.When artists protest against museums, it seems as though there is a conflict between the moral code of the institutions that exhibit the art and the creators of the art themselves. But are museums, themselves, intrinsically moral? Or does ethical instruction depend entirely upon the artwork that the institution displays? Holland Cotter argues that urban museums have become “destination brands.” He describes modern museums as “busy, event-driven entertainment centers,” rather than “generators of life lessons, shapers of moral thinking, [or] explainers of history,” as they used to be. Are museums themselves supposed to be the educators, rather than the instruments?To illustrate his point about the moral failings of museums, Mr. Cotter points out various moments in recent history when curators have stumbled and produced incoherent and even offensive exhibits that failed to communicate their purported moral purpose. Cotter highlights “Harlem on My Mind,” which the Met supposedly mounted to showcase African-American art but which failed to actually feature any works by black artists. This is the sort of grave curatorial mistake that alienates and excludes large groups of audience members.Yes, it is true that the Met has a collection that is extensive enough to “yield many narratives,” and these narratives can and should be revised, corrected, and expanded frequently and thoroughly. But Cotter seems to think that a museum is only as good as its curators. Before the rise of curating, a museum was simply a collection. As Cotter points out, it is a valuable educational experience to see the context offered by a curator’s plaque next to a work in an exhibit. When the plaque, no matter how thoughtful and informed it is, can only hope to present a partial explanation of the work, it behooves the question as to how useful a curator’s explanation can truly be. It can also be valuable for the audience when artwork is not accompanied by an explanation. When the viewer must approach art without this context, they are instead forced to come to terms with their own interpretations and preexisting knowledge.Without an over-curated interpretation filtering the experience, the audience member is invited to bring his or her own history and experience into play. Similarly, the artist’s work is left to be as subtle (or as obvious) as it was intended. The artist’s message speaks directly to the viewer without a curator’s interpretive gloss, which can be equal parts enlightening and confusing. The resulting museum is a bit more like an ancient Greek mouseion than a modern museum: a place of contemplation and source of creative inspiration, rather than a conveyer of moral dogma.—Sophie LewisShare46TweetShare12Email58 Shares
The Czech Republic has become the first country in central and eastern Europe to complete digital switchover following the implementation of digital broadcasting at the Tlustá hora and Plostiny transmitters near the city of Zlin in south-eastern Moravia.Digital TV is now available to 99.6% of the Czech population, offering 11 TV and nine radio channels via three multiplexes. Transmission services providers Radiokomuikace has invested over CZK1 billion (€40 million) in 69 transmitters and 100 repeaters over the last four years. The completion of switchover sets the stage for the next phase of development, involving the implementation of DVB-T2 and the launch of HD services ahead of the London Olympics next year.
Eutelsat’s order backlog has increased almost 10% to a record €5.3 billion, the satellite operator said on announcing its first half 2011-2012 results. This follows the launch of two new satellites to expand its presence in the Middle East, Africa, central Europe and the Indian Ocean islands.Video applications remain Eutelsat’s key business, generating first half revenues of €403.3, 67% of total revenues and a 2.9% year-on-year increase. By the end of 2011, Eutelsat’s fleet was delivering 4,173 channels, 391 more than a year earlier. The number of HD channels transmitted by the fleet increased 45.1% to 283.Total revenues amounted to €602.4 million, up 4.6%. A refinancing deal finalised in December meant net income was down 10.1% to €157 million.“With new in-orbit resources recently entered into service, the Group remains on track to achieve annual revenues of over €1,235 million for the current fiscal year. This objective is however more challenging in view of the current competitive environment in some regions and a partial delay in the roll-out of Ka-Sat services. The EBITDA target of over €955 million for the current year is confirmed,” said Eutelsat CEO Michel de Rosen.
Free-to-air broadcasters need the freedom to develop new advertising models and also need to diversify their revenue streams by building pay TV windows and other opportunities, according to Andreas Rudas, RTL’s executive vice-president regional operations and business development CEE and Asia.Rudas told attendees at Informa’s Digital TV CEE conference in Prague yesterday that it would be important for broadcasters including RTL to develop new sources of advertising revenue over the next few years. He said that it was often difficult to convince regulators and politicians to allow changes in the advertising model, but that it is imperative that these problems are resolved and that new models are given the green light, he said.Rudas also said that it was increasingly important to deliver secondary revenue streams. He said that there was a need to retain distribution fees for carriage of free channels and a need to build pay TV services to complement free-to-air services. Examples of the latter include advanced pay TV-only releases of shows that will subsequently be aired on linear TV.Other activities that can increase revenues from non linear TV activities include the development of online games, home shopping and e-commerce, said Rudas.He said that the growth of non-linear TV consumption was also something that the industry had to embrace but that broadcasters had a need to retain control of what they produced.
Romanian telco and pay TV operator Romtelecom has begun offering new triple-play subscribers a free Galaxy Tab P3110 tablet and access to BBC Knowledge premium documentaries.Users can access the BBC content via the Dolce Mobile TV app in the Android market and an access code provided with the tablet. The offering is open until September 30.The offer applies to a range of six ‘Universe’ triple-play bundles priced from RON90 (€22). BBC content made available includes Frozen Planet, Bang Goes the Theory and Paul Merton’s Adventures.The Universe bundles include the TV Maxim TV packages with 117 IPTV-delivered channels or 99 satellite-delivered channels, Net, offering internet speeds of up to 100Mbps and voice offering Voce, with unlimited call minutes to a number of destinations.Romtelecom is also offering new satellite TV-only subscribers the opportunity to view the maximum number of channels available on the platform for the price of the minimum-level subscription for a period of 12 months. Customers taking up the promotional offering will have access to 99 channels, including BBC Knowledge, Discovery, premium service Dolce Sport and movie channels including ShortsTV and AXN Spin for RON28.“Romtelecom keeps the promise made to its customers to offer them best quality content, thus providing them an unique entertainment experience, either on TV or online, based on their consumption preferences. We also promised a multiscreen entertainment experience, and we keep this promise too, offering online access to BBC Knowledge premieres from this season, to our customers, on a Samsung Galaxy tablet.” said Ovidiu Ghiman, chief strategy and commercial residential officer, Romtelecom.[This story has been corrected. The version originally published incorrectly stated that UPC Romania had launched this offering].
A+E Networks UK has named Heather Jones as vice-president of programming.Jones, who will take up the post later this month, will be responsible for A+E Networks UK’s programming strategy across the company’s channels – History, Crime & Investigation Network, H2, Bio and Lifetime – in the UK, central Europe, Benelux, Scandinavia, the Middle East, Greece and Africa.Jones as previously managing director of independent production company North One Television, part of the All3Media group.Tom Davidson, Managing Director of A+E Networks UK, said: “Heather Jones will bring a wealth of expertise and experience to our team. Her proven track record of driving audience growth and channel expansion across a variety of international networks and content genres makes her the perfect candidate for the role. I look forward to working with Heather on delivering an even greater range of brand-defining and innovative programming across all our networks.”
Telenor-owned DTH operator Canal Digital lost 3,000 subscribers in the second quarter to end June with 934,000 customers, down from 952,000 year-on-year. However, revenues at Canal Digital grew by 1% from NOK1.109 billion (€141 million) to NOK1.119 billion for the quarter, thanks to higher ARPU.Telenor Broadcast overall – including Telenor Satellite, conditional access provider Conax and infrastructure provider Norkring – also saw revenues grow by 1% to NOK1.667 billion. Telenor Satellite saw a 1% fall in revenue thanks to the phasing out of the Thor 2 satellite, while Conax saw growth of 14% thanks to increased smartcard sales, although margin fell due to lower prices, resulting in flat EBITDA growth.Overall Telenor Broadcast turned in operating profits of NOK392 million, up from NOK347 million.On the fixed line side, Telenor Norway had 526,000 TV customers at the end of June, down 1,000 quarter-on-quarter. Telenor Sweden had 289,000 TV customers, also down 1,000 quarter-on-quarter.
Civolution’s Alex Terpstra talks about the threat to revenue security posed by illegal streaming and the benefits of the uses of watermarking.
Russian service provider MTS lost 12% of its pay TV subscribers last year, potentially knocking it out of the list of the top three fixed line pay TV operators in the country, according to the latest figures from iKS Consulting.MTS had 2.58 million TV customers at the end of 2013, down from 2.94 million in 2012, according to iKS, as reported by Vedemosti.MTS said that the fall was largely attributable to a dropping off in the number of people taking its social TV packages via collective antenna systems as the operator migrated services from analogue to digital.According to iKS, MTS now has over 600,000 digital subscribers, triple the amount at the end of 2012, meaning that the proportion of digital subscribers in MTS’s base is higher than that of other fixed line providers.The operator said that its TV ARPU grew over the same period.According to iKS Consulting, the pay TV market in Russia grew by 16% last year, with total sales of RUB54 billion (€1 billion). The research group predicts that grow will slow to 11% this year as the market reaches maturity.According to the group, satellite TV operator Tricolor TV remains the market leader with 10.1 million subscribers, growing 14% last year, followed by Rostelecom, which also grew by 14% to reach 7.51 million. ER-Telecom is now snapping at MTS’s heels with 2.57 million subscribers, up 9%, followed by satellite TV player Orion Telecom, which saw 89% growth in its base last year to reach 1.98 million. Akado and VimpelCom make up the top seven, with 1.13 million and 1.04 million TV customers respectively.
Conan O’BrienTurner Broadcast’s new UK channel TruTV has launched on free-to-air satellite platform Freesat on Channel 154.The entertainment channel includes a mix of entertainment programming including US chat-show Conan, Fear Factor, Redneck Island, Container Wars and Hardcore Pawn: Chicago.
Jacinto RocaThe CEO and founder of Wuaki.TV, Jacinto Roca, has been named executive officer at the SVoD platform’s parent company, Rakuten.This new role will see him coordinating Rakuten’s digital video operations in several regions, though he will remain as CEO of Wuaki, a spokesman confirmed.The expanded role will include strategically aligning the expanding Wuaki with San Francisco-based TV site Viki, and a Japanese VoD service called Showtime that offers Asian TV shows and movies.Roca founded Barcelona-based Wuaki in 2009 and sold it to Japanese internet firm Rakuten in 2012. The operation then expanded into seven territories, and will be in 12 European countries by year-end.Using a monthly subscription model, Wuaki offers TV and film programming from the major US studios and European distribution companies.Earlier this month, DTVE‘s sister title, TBI, reported Wuaki had hooked up with Paris-based media group Lagardère to launch a kids-focused SVOD service in France.
Gunther OettingerDigital economy and society European Commissioner Günther Oettinger is to deliver the opening keynote on the second day at the forthcoming ANGA COM trade expo in Cologne.Oettinger will deliver a resume of his views on broadband investments and connectivity in the Gigabit society on June 8. The main focus of the ANGA COM conference on day two of the event will be distribution and marketing of digital content.ANGA COM will take place at the Koln Messe exhibition centre in Cologne from June 7-9.
Rovi Corporation has agreed to buy TiVo in a cash and stock deal worth roughly US$1.1 billion (€961 million).Rovi CEO Tom Carson will lead the combined firm, which will “adopt the iconic TiVo brand” as the new company name.Announcing the deal, Rovi said that the combining the two companies would provide them with complementary products, services, and intellectual property.Carson said that the TiVo deal “strengthens Rovi’s position as a global leader in media discovery, metadata, analytics, and IP licensing” with the arrangement coming at a time of “significant evolution” in the entertainment landscape.“The combined capabilities of TiVo and Rovi place us in a tremendous position to extend services across platforms and to a customer base that includes traditional, over-the-top and emerging players across the globe,” said Carson.“By working together, Rovi and TiVo will revolutionise how consumers experience media and entertainment and at the same time build value for our stockholders.”TiVo’s interim CEO and CFO Naveen Chopra described the deal as the “logical next step for TiVo” and said that the combined company will be a “more influential global player” that is “incredibly well positioned to redefine television”.“In joining forces with Rovi, our customers, employees and stockholders will benefit from being part of a more diversified industry leader with significantly greater market opportunities,” he said.The deal, which was first rumoured to be under discussion last month, will combine TiVo’s experience in traditional TV, OTT and on-demand UX and content discovery with Rovi’s strength in guides, personalisation, advertising, analytics and cloud services.The combined company is expected to make more than US$800 million in revenue this year after purchase accounting adjustments, and achieve at least US$100 million in annual savings – 65% of which will come in the first 12 months.The all-new TiVo will serve nearly 500 service providers across countries, adding Rovi’s current base of approximately 18 million households using Rovi guides to the more than 10 million TiVo-served households.The expanded company will also have a combined IP portfolio of more than 6,000 issued patents and pending applications.The firms said they expect to close the deal in the third quarter of this year after obtaining requisite clearances.
TiVo-owned Cubiware has agreed a deal with ALi Corporation to integrate CubiTV Hybrid Middleware on ALi set-top box chipsets.TiVo said that the joint solution will let pay TV providers and telecom operators deliver enriched hybrid or IPTV services and that it aims to bring “highly competitive solutions to operators around the world”.The Cubiware Middleware solution runs on ALi’s driver architecture and the unified interface offers portability across set top box platforms and chipsets, according to the companies.“This collaboration will provide viewers with greater choice and content and an exceptional TV viewing experience,” said Cubiware co-founder, Jakub Gorski.ALi Corporation chief operating officer, Tony Chang said that the deal with Cubiware will “move our business forward tremendously” and will “enable operators to bring innovative digital TV experiences to viewers everywhere.”TiVo acquired Poland-based Cubiware, a firm that provides software for emerging market pay TV operators, in May 2015. TiVo said at the time that the deal will allow it to expand in 25 countries and to offer a wider set of cost-effective solutions for TV operators around the world.ALi Corporation works in the set-top box system-on-chip market and claims that hundreds of pay TV operators have adopted ALi Corp’s solutions worldwide.