Virus is solo performance at its finest

Posted On Aug 19 2019 by

first_imgRelated posts:‘Shark Smile’ illuminates stage and sea Christmas-themed theater warms hearts this month National Museum presents theatrical excerpts by Ana Istarú Film premiere, swing dancing, and other happenings around Costa Rica When people get seriously ill, they rarely suffer alone. Whether it’s cancer or HIV, depression or STDs, their trauma sends ripples of emotion through family and friendships, having an impact on those they meet. This point is simple but powerful, and such an intense social theme is perhaps the last thing you would expect from a one-woman show.“Virus,” now playing at the Vargas Calvo Theater in San José, is a startling feat, not only because Ana Istarú wrote the script and performs the entire play herself, but also because she explores illness – specifically, human papillomavirus – through so many different voices and personas. She plays the central character, Melissa, at several different ages, from rebellious adolescent to remorseful mother. She plays Melissa’s mother, her physician, her motorcyclist boyfriend, and a handful of other folks, making each character vocally and (harder still) physically distinct.There are many ways to perform a solo show, the most common being a first-person monologue that tells an entire story. Surely the most difficult approach is the one Istarú has chosen: a one-person ensemble piece that requires the actor to perform entire scenes of interactive dialogue without assistance. Istarú changes voices as easily as one would flip a light switch. She uses simple costumes and a nondescript bench to build entire environments. By the time a scene ends, we feel rooted in a place – an examining room, a living room – and are winded by the interchange. In “Virus,” playwright and performer Istarú plays a wide range of characters, both male and female. Courtesy Teatro NacionalOn paper, Ana Istarú looks like a creative virtuoso: She has authored numerous books of poetry, some of them controversially erotic, and she has performed widely. Among local cinephiles, Istarú is most recognizable as co-writer of Esteban Ramírez’s “Caribe.” Her CV describes the ultimate Renaissance Tica. Watching Istarú onstage, however, provides much better evidence of her skills. To witness the final scenes is to let a tidal wave wash over you: Istarú’s performance is so unexpectedly powerful, you can only let her current carry you until she lets you up for air.A superlative show requires a competent team, of course, and Istarú wisely collaborated with director Manuel Manolo Ruiz to help her block and refine her performance. “Virus” employs simple technical support, from Eloy Mora’s multimedia to Ruiz’s own sound design, to distinguish one scene from the next. The Vargas Calvo is a very confined performance space, but Istarú and her cohort transform it into an entire world.One caveat: Istarú performs the show in Spanish, and there is no mercy for the remedial speaker. Many of her characters speak in youthful slang, and the dialogue can be very hard to follow. Some of her vignettes are so short and punchy that even fluent Spanish speakers may struggle to keep up. Istarú’s narrative does leave a few questions unanswered. But if you try, your focus will be rewarded. The closing monologue should devastate you, no matter what your language skills, and with any luck, Istarú’s show will go viral.“Virus” continues through Aug. 31 at the Vargas Calvo Theater, Plaza de la Cultura, downtown San José. Info: www.teatronacional.go.cr. Facebook Commentslast_img read more


Pic of the Day The golden hour in Puerto Viejo

Posted On Aug 19 2019 by

first_imgThis 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 Rough edges and rich culture: Our Puerto Viejo Deep Dive Related posts:Gardeners of the forest: The tapir in Costa Rica Covering Santa Teresa Pic of the Day: Punta Uva Tico Times Pic of the Day: Corcovado National Park from abovecenter_img Click on the image above for a full-size view. Because of Costa Rica’s 800 miles of coastline, many communities throughout the country were shaped by the sea.Among them is Puerto Viejo, which The Tico Times editorial team visited recently as part of our “Deep Dive” series.During a Deep Dive, The Tico Times highlights a region’s top attractions, but we also focus on issues locals feel have been underreported.Our Puerto Viejo Deep Dive stories (so far): Off the eaten path: Lidia’s PlaceDeveloping safety: The dangers and benefits of road modernization Beginners beware: Surfing Puerto Viejo’s fast waves A town divided: Necessary development or whitewashing for tourist dollars Purging plastic: Costa Rica libre de plasticolast_img read more


Air Asia X adds Perth flights while Air Asia targets youth

Posted On Aug 17 2019 by

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Days after announcing the termination of flights to Christchurch, Air Asia X has unveiled plans to increase its presence down with new services between Kuala Lumpur and Perth.Commencing 24 June this year, the carrier said it would increase its daily flights between Kuala Lumpur and Perth to nine flights per week while services between Kuala Lumpur and Taiwan will jump from daily to eleven flights a week from 22 June this year.The carrier’s chief executive Azran Osman-Rani explained the changes in operations were part of a network realignment that will assist meeting the 85 percent passenger load flying between the two regions.“The timings of the new additional frequencies would further provide our guests from Malaysia and the surrounding region flexibility in their travel and better connectivity into Australia and Taiwan and vice versa from the cities into Kuala Lumpur, where guests are able to tap on our vast route network of over 80 destinations across South East Asia and beyond,” Mr Osman-Rani said.The carrier’s parent company, AirAsia also unveiled a new rewards program, the Skyrider Club for youngeons below the age of 14.Unveiled today the program allows the young guests to gain Tune Talk points and redeem them with flights and concerts.The carrier’s chief executive Tan Sir Tony Fernandes said the kid’s club was introduced in time for the airline’s ten year celebrations and would encourage brand loyalty from a young age.last_img read more


APG Airlines adds fourteen new airline members

Posted On Aug 17 2019 by

first_imgAPG Airlines adds fourteen new airline membersAPG Airlines adds fourteen new airline members to GP 275 IET interline e-ticketingAPG Airlines  – GP 275  have implemented fourteen new member airlines to their IET family with immediate effect.These airline members are now live for ticketing on GP 2751. Aigle Azur, ZI2. Air Austral, UU3. Air Calin, SB4. Air Côte d’Ivoire, HF5. Bangkok Airways, PG6. Egyptair, MS7. Luxair, LG8. Avianca Brasil O69. Onur Air, 8Q10. Royal Air Maroc, AT11. Royal Brunei, BI12. South African Airways, SA13. Turkish Airlines, TK14. VI Airlink, V6For further details please CLICK HEREAbout UsWith over 1500 experts worldwide, dedicated  to the Airline service, APG Network is “The World’s Leading Network for Airline Services”. In 2016, with 100 Countries and ABCS Members and 11 Allied and Service Partners, APG Network offers professional services in over 175 countries.APG Network acts local and thinks globalTo ensure its clients both optimum sales coverage and professional competence, APG Network invites only the strongest organization in each country or area to be a member. APG Network members know their markets intimately and provide airlines with the most cost-effective means of market presence.Selected professional service providers join APG Network to ensure additional services provisions in all areas of Airline businessToday, APG Network collectively serves 200+ airlines worldwide.Source = APG – APG Airlineslast_img read more


May Home Sales Hit Record High

Posted On Aug 15 2019 by

first_img June 19, 2017 554 Views Despite the housing shortage and April’s drop in home sales, the housing market not only returned to seasonally high sales, but set a post-recession record— the strongest home sales in the last nine years of RE/MAX’ reporting history. According to the RE/MAX National Housing Report, May sales increased 20.6 percent from April and 4.3 percent from May 2016.The average amount of days on the market dropped to a record low of 51 days, consistent with the Months Supply of Inventory shrinking to 2.6 months. The lowest four metros were Omaha, Nebraska (20 days); San Francisco, California (21 days); Seattle, Washington (22 days); and Denver, Colorado (23 days). The highest average days on the market were in Augusta, Maine (136 days) and Burlington, Vermont (98 days).“In May, we saw an uptick of both loan applications and home sales, which is encouraging in terms of more people getting into the market for homes,” said Adam Contos, RE/MAX Co-CEO. “We don’t expect that the Federal Reserve’s announcement on Wednesday to raise interest rates a quarter of a point will greatly affect the market’s momentum. But housing demand only intensifies the tug-of-war with tight inventories driving prices up.”Close to breaking another RE/MAX reporting record, the May 2017 Median Sales Price was second highest at $232,500, only behind August 2008’s $236,062. Inventory continued to decline year-over-year to 16.2 percent from May 2016. According to RE/MAX, this is the 103rd consecutive month of year-over-year declines dating back to October 2008.Fifty-two out of 53 metro areas experienced rising home values—an average of 5.3 percent increase. Some of the top metros include Albuquerque, New Mexico (+20.8 percent); Tulsa, Oklahoma (+13.4 percent); Las Vegas, Nevada (+12.2 percent); Honolulu, Hawaii (+11.5 percent); and Phoenix Arizona (+11.3 percent). Miami, Florida was the only metro area that saw a months supply above 6.0, which is considered a buyers market. The markets with the lowest Months Supply of Inventory were San Francisco, California and Seattle, Washington both at 0.9 and Denver, Colorado at 1.0 for the fourth month in a row. May Home Sales Hit Record High in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newscenter_img RE/MAX Sellers Market 2017-06-19 Brianna Gilpin Sharelast_img read more


February 20 2003 The Arcosanti bunch is wishing a

Posted On Aug 10 2019 by

first_imgFebruary 20, 2003The Arcosanti bunch is wishing a ‘Safe Journey’ to Nadia, Dave and Tristan Tollas. This was their last morning meeting before a four month trip to Auroville in India. [bottom from left] Manola Maiani, Dave Tollas, Yvonne Brook, little Robert Brook, Tristan Tollas, Nadia Begin, Tomiaki Tamura, Ivan Fritz, Matteo Di Michele and Naguib Nashed. [second row from left] Mary-Ann Multer, Ania Gorka, Michael Bittman aka Dr. Sparks, Ron Chandler, Liz Schiffler, Ira Murfin, Wes Ozier, Gabriel Hendrix, Marlene Mejia and Jeff Kunzelman. [third row from left] Albert Lavenziano, Mark Whigham, Kelli Huth, Jeff Buderer, Lorenzo Alfieri, Emily Clark, Gwen Birk, Sara Merando and Ingeborg Nashed. [top from left] Chiara Voicu, Randall Schultz, Leopolo Angioli, Corrado Falsetti, Jim Huth, Francesca Venturoni, Michael Rae Teslow, Stephen Levy and Buck Hazzard. [Photo & Text: sa]last_img read more


US court dismisses FBME motion against ban

Posted On Aug 9 2019 by

first_imgA US court rejected a motion by Tanzanian FBME Bank against a 2015 measure taken by the Financial Crime Enforcement Network (FinCEN) barring the lender from engaging in transactions in the US financial system..A lifting of the ban, which bars US banks from opening and maintaining corresponding accounts with FBME, effectively preventing the lender from carrying out transactions in US dollars, would be justified if FBME had made a “strong showing” to likely succeed on the merits, or alternatively if FinCEN’s measures against it could cause irreparable damage to the bank, the ban would injure other parties, or there was public interest in lifting it, judge Christopher Cooper of the District Court of Columbia said in his April 14 ruling.“In light of the Court’s merits analysis, FinCEN’s interest in having the rule take effect, and the public’s interest in protecting the US financial system from illicit activity such as money laundering, only the second factor could possibly weigh in favour of FBME at this stage,” the ruling said. “And the Bank has not demonstrated how implementation of the rule would cause it irreparable harm under present circumstances. Accordingly, lifting the stay pending appeal is proper.”FBME had its Cyprus branch placed under administration and subsequently resolution, after FinCEN described it in July 2014 as a financial institution of primary money laundering concern with links to Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia –considered by both the US and European Union as a terrorist group.FBME challenged FinCEN’s final ruling, issued a year later, and judge Cooper asked the agency to disclose evidence against the lender.“FinCEN has now adequately responded to FBME’s significant comments in promulgating the Second Final Rule,” the ruling said.A year ago, the Central Bank of Cyprus triggered the deposits guarantee scheme allowing holders of accounts with FBME on the island to claim up to €100,000 in deposits. Customer deposits are estimated at around €1.4bn. Its owners dispute any wrongdoing and resorted to international arbitration claiming up to €500m in damages from the Republic of Cyprus.Floris Alexander, a legal advisor who helps FBME depositors file claims at the Central Bank of Cyprus, said that while the owners of the bank have the right to appeal the latest US court ruling, by doing so, they cause more damage to its customers who practically cannot claim their uninsured deposits. “It is stunning to see that the shareholders of the bank pursue this case over the customers interests because customers will have to wait longer for a final verdict and as a result of the long legal battles, it takes longer to resolve customer claims,” Alexander said in a telephone interview on Thursday.“If the shareholders of the bank really believe that they are in the right and the Central Bank of Cyprus is in the wrong, they can claim the compensation (at the arbitration court of the International Chamber of Commerce) in Paris but they should not pursue a legal battle on the expense of the customers,” he added.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more


Slagh tapped to vice chair two budget subcommittees

Posted On Aug 9 2019 by

first_img Categories: News,Slagh News 18Jan Slagh tapped to vice chair two budget subcommittees Legislator will vice chair Appropriations Subcommittees on Corrections and Joint Capital OutlayState Rep. Bradley Slagh has been named as vice chair of two state budget subcommittees by House Speaker Lee Chatfield for the current legislative session.Slagh, of Zeeland, will vice chair the subcommittees on Corrections, and Joint Capital Outlay as well as serving on the subcommittees on Higher Education and Community Colleges, and Natural Resources and Environmental Quality.“It’s a great honor to be selected to participate in our state’s budget deliberations,” Slagh said. “There must be value in each and every dollar spent by the state, as the revenue we use represents a sacrifice made by hard-working taxpayers across our state. I intend to keep that in mind with every decision we make.”The first-term lawmaker, who represents the people of Ottawa County, spent 18 years in the financial services industry, 5 years as Zeeland Township Supervisor and 11 years as Ottawa County Treasurer.“It’s been a pleasure to serve the people of Ottawa County for so many years, and I will continue to uphold our values in this new role on our state’s budget committee,” Slagh said.The representative’s office can be reached at (517) 373-0830 or BradleySlagh@House.MI.gov.###last_img read more


Rep Bellino Investing in Michigans economy means investing in young people

Posted On Aug 9 2019 by

first_img State Rep. Joe Bellino released the following statement tonight in response to the governor’s State of the State address:“The people of Michigan need more than canned promises – they need results. We need to build up our skilled workforce – with training, with jobs, and with social supports, like opioid addiction care, that will put more of our kids in high-quality careers at home.“Tonight the governor missed an opportunity to address the opioid epidemic plaguing many Michigan communities and families. It’s important to me that Michigan families know their lawmakers are listening and responding to their needs. Opioid abuse affects families across Michigan and I want the state to be on the side of protecting people’s wellbeing and offering helping hands where needed. We have to ask ourselves, what’s the cost of doing nothing?“The toll this crisis is taking on our families and young people is too high. If we are going to keep investing in Michigan’s economic future, we need to make sure we are investing in the next generation.” 13Feb Rep. Bellino: Investing in Michigan’s economy means investing in young people Categories: Bellino News,Newslast_img read more


Medicare Supports Informed Patient Choice at the End of Life

Posted On Aug 9 2019 by

first_imgShare3TweetShareEmail3 SharesAugust 18, 2015; NPR, “Shots”In August of 2009, former governor Sarah Palin posted a message on Facebook in opposition to the inclusion of an Affordable Care Act provision for Medicare to pay physicians to have end-of-life conversations with their sick and elderly patients. Coining the phrase “death panels,” Palin contended that such a move would be tantamount to incentivizing physicians to exert undue influence in discussion of options and would leave those patients without access to lifesaving treatment and die avoidably. The hyperbole worked in rallying reform opponents. Subsequently, Democrats removed the provision from the bill. Still, the debate continued, and now Medicare is proposing to reimburse physicians for talking with their patients about their treatment options and end-of-life wishes.A Stanford University study has found that 90 percent of physicians would forego extraordinary methods to save a life. Dr. Kendra Fleagle Gorlitsky, who now teaches medicine at the University of Southern California, recalls the anguish she felt as a young doctor performing CPR on elderly, terminally ill patients. “I felt like I was beating up people at the end of their life,” she says. “I would be doing the CPR with tears coming down sometimes, and saying, ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry, goodbye.’ Because I knew that it very likely not going to be successful. It just seemed a terrible way to end someone’s life.”Dr. Pamelyn Close, a palliative care specialist in Los Angeles, is a spokesperson supporting physician non-directive counseling. “We just are not having these conversations often enough and soon enough,” Close says. “Loved ones who are trying to always do the right thing end up being weighed with tremendous guilt and tremendous uncertainty without having had that conversation.” End-of-life treatment options and legal documents, such as advance directives and living wills, are complex and typically require a series of discussions.NPQ has been covering the evolution of the discussion and reporting on states, like Wisconsin, which have instituted successful programs to equip physicians to discuss their patients’ options for their end-of-life care. Oregon doctors have, for decades, been trying to fit end-of-life discussions into regular medical appointments. Over the past five years, a quarter of a million Oregonians registered their wishes with a state registry. They use what’s known as a POLST form, which stands for Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment. (A version of the POLST has been adopted by some other states, including New York and West Virginia.) The POLST order is signed by a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant after a discussion with a patient and/or with a Health Care Representative. Since it is a medical order that will be followed in an emergency, it is important that it reflect her wishes now, in her current state of health.Today, healthcare reformers supporting a change at the federal level have gained traction. In fact, the government is proposing that physicians be reimbursed for talking with their patients about living wills and advance directives at any time during their care instead of once during their initial visit. Congressman Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat from Portland, has introduced the Medicare reimbursement legislation every session since 2009. Until now, he says, the federal government hasn’t placed any value on helping people prepare for death and that it seems counterintuitive: “The Medicare program will pay for literally thousands of medical procedures, many of them very expensive and complex, even if the person is at the latest stage of life and it may not do any good.” However, he goes on to say that the financial considerations are secondary in his argument.Opponents of the proposal, like the conservative Christian group Alliance for Freedom, are skeptical. “By paying doctors for these conversations, what we’re doing is opening the door to directive counseling and coercion,” says Catherine Glenn Foster, an attorney with the group. Foster says her organization supports end-of-life counseling and planning, but is not in favor of the discussions happening in a physician’s office.The debate may come up again in the 2016 election. In April, Brian Beutler of the New Republic reported that Jeb Bush has proposed that an advance directive be a legally binding document that establishes a patient’s treatment preferences before injury or deteriorating health that makes it impossible for him to make acute decisions. Beutler sees this as an aggressive stance. He writes that by institutionalizing end-of-life counseling, “It would make grappling with your end-of-life treatment preferences and thus your death—an obligatory condition of Medicare’s social contract.” Has the former Florida governor and Republican presidential candidate inadvertently made himself a lightning rod for his opponents in this issue as the campaign unfolds?As Sarah Palin’s “death panels” remarks show, and current political candidates prove, hyperbole can be a powerful tool in influencing the public. Hopefully this time when it comes to the end-of-life debate, reason will prevail. The federal government is now accepting public comment on the Medicare reimbursement proposal. A decision is expected in November.—G. Meredith BetzShare3TweetShareEmail3 Shareslast_img read more


UK boxing channel BoxNation has launched a streami

Posted On Aug 7 2019 by

first_imgUK boxing channel BoxNation has launched a streaming app that will let subscribers watch fights live and on-demand from Apple and Android smartphones or tablets.The BoxNation app is based on proprietary catch-up TV technology provided by streaming solutions provider SimpleStream and costs £9.99 per-month.It offers access to all BoxNation fights live, as well as exclusive access to interviews and a premium back catalogue of fights from the last three months.The BoxNation linear channel is available on Sky chanel 437 and Virgin channel 546 in the UK.last_img read more


Carsten Dilling Danish telco TDC expects to earn c

Posted On Aug 7 2019 by

first_imgCarsten DillingDanish telco TDC expects to earn close to a quarter of revenues this year from TV, moves and entertainment services, following last year’s acquisition of Norwegian cable operator Get. DC Group’s combined share of the TV market in Denmark and Norway now totals almost 40%, the company said in its full-year earnings statement.TDC added 76,000 broadband and TV customers in 2014, including 45,000 in its domestic market.TDC TV IPTV customers numbered 258,000 at the end of the year, up from 218,000 a year earlier. YouSee cable customers numbered 1.152 million, down from 1.166 million.“We are satisfied with meeting our financial targets for 2014. This included high cash flow generation, continued opex savings, and a substantial increase in TV and broadband customers in the Danish consumer market,” says CEO Carsten Dilling, TDC Group.The telco posted EBITDA of DKK9.8 billion, down 1.8%, on revenues of DKK23.3 billion , down 2.7% for the full year. TV gross profit of DKK552 million, down 4.2%, was less than expected as price rises were offset by faster than expected downward migration and migration to the lower ARPU TDC TV service.last_img read more


Deutsche Telekom now has over 28 million TV custo

Posted On Aug 7 2019 by

first_imgDeutsche Telekom now has over 2.8 million TV customers in Germany, having added 41,000 in the third quarter, and over four million elsewhere in Europe, having added 49,000 in the three months to September.Telekom released the statistics with its quarterly financial results.The figures mean that Deutsche Telekom’s German TV base has grown by 7.1% year-on-year, while its European base elsewhere has grown by 4.6%. TV-specific revenues in Germany amounted to €51 million for the nine months, up 2%.In Greece, Telekom-backed OTE had 1.6 million TV customers, up 10%. In Romania, Telekom Romania had 1.46 million TV customers, up 2%, while in Croatia, T-Hrvatski Telekom had 394,000 TV customers, up 2.3%.Hungary’s Magyar Telekom had just over one million TV subscribers, up 4%. Slovak Telekom had 517,000 TV customers, up 5.7%. Deutsche Telekom’s Czech unit had 16,000 TV homes.last_img read more


The modernisation of Frances digitalterrestrial

Posted On Aug 6 2019 by

first_imgThe modernisation of France’s digital-terrestrial TV platform is necessary and a revamped platform could be delivered in time for the Paris Olympics in 2024, according to French media regulator the CSA.According to a report on the future of the audiovisual industry by the CSA Lab, the DTT platform remains vital in view of the pay nature of alternative platforms and the fact that DTT is the only platform to cover the entire national territory.The CSA report said that the principle of windowing rules and production obligations placed on audiovisual service providers should be maintained to assure the creation of programmes that were independent, locally relevant and which addressed diversity and plurality.However, it said that these rules should be revised and harmonised, in particular to create a level playing field between linear and non-linear actors.The report also called for rules to be introduced covering the neutrality and openness of boxes. It said that these rules would not be intended to prevent innovation or rule out all forms of exclusivity, which could help stimulate the creation of quality content.The regulator said that advertising should be subject to co-regulation by the industry and regulators, but accepted that an easing of restrictive rules appeared to be necessary to enable broadcasters and service providers to remain competitive.The CSA called for closer alignment between regulatory bodies to meet overall goals.last_img read more


A strong contribution from gaming outfit InnoGames

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first_imgA strong contribution from gaming outfit InnoGames helped boost Modern Times Group’s MTGx unit’s revenues in the second quarter. MTGx, which will form the basis of the ‘new MTG’ following the split of the company later this year, saw sales rise 63% on a reported basis and 25% on an organic basis. The unit deliver its third consecutive quarter of EBITDA profits, turning a loss a year ago into an EBITDA profit of SEK34 million this quarter.Jørgen LindemannMTG president and CEO Jørgen Madsen Lindemann said that MTGx’s eSports unti ESL was focusoingo “more and more” on owned and operated events and said that the company was focusing “on events where we can scale our media and sponsorship deals in order to maintain our market leadership and build an sports megabrand”. He said that eSports revenue growth would be limited in the second half but that losses would be reduced.Nordic Entertainment – the soon to be separated pay and free TV and streaming arm of the company – delivered increased sales and profits, with the continuing growth if its Viaplay and Viafree streaming services more than offsetting the absence of The World Cup on the group’s channels, according to Lindemann.Lindemann said that costs associated with MTG’s reorgansiation ahead of the split were continuing to impact comparability and central costs. He said the company’s transformation had continued during Q2 with the completion of the sale of Trace, while the sale of Nova in Bulgaria is awaiting regulatory approval.MTG delivered Q2 revenues of SEK5 billion (€485 million), up 18% on a reported basis and 9.3% on an organic basis. Operating income was SEK426 million, up from SEK369 million year-on-year.last_img read more


Telefónica has denied doing any deal with online T

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first_imgTelefónica has denied doing any deal with online TV provider Opensport for Champions League football rights after the latter claimed that it had struck an agreement with the telco to transmit coverage of the tournament as part of its streaming sports offering.Telefónica told the El Español business newspaper that it had agreed to provide its El Partizado channel, which covers key matches from Spain’s top-tier domestic league, but that it had not struck any deal to provide Champions League coverage.Opensport has said it will offer “all football” for a monthly fee of €19.99, indicating that it will provide La Liga, the Champions League and Europa Ligue, Spanish second-tier football channel La Liga 1|2|3 and the best matches from the English Premier League, German Bundesliga and French Ligue 1 over the web.According to newspaper El País, the OTT TV provider has said it will offer three tiers of subscription – El Partizado and La Liga 1|2|3 for €7.99 and, from September, a Plan Partizado + Champions tier, which will also include the Bundesliga and Ligue 1 competitions, for €15.99. According to the newspaper, the streamer has also said it will provide a Plan Todo Fútbol offering including La Liga and the European competitions fro €19.99.However, Opensport is currently only promoting its inclusion of Telefónica’s Movistar Partizado channel and Mediapro’s BeIN Liga channel on its homepage.Telefónica has agreed a distribution deal with telco Orange for its Champions League and Europa League channel, and is currently in talks with Mediapro to provide the service as part of the latter’s streaming offering BeIN Connect.Both Telefónica and Orange have deliberately targeted Vodafone’s customers base following the operator’s decision not to offer the Movistar football line-up. Howevere an online offering – whether from Opensport or BeIN Connect – could provide a potential alternative for football fans who subscribe to Vodafone’s telecom and TV services other than switching provider.Earlier this year, Spanish regulator the CNMC approved the dropping of moves to sanction Mediapro for abuse of its position in premium football rights relating to the Champions League following a complaint from Opensport, after a compromise deal was reached. The OTT TV provider had claimed that Mediapro was abusing its dominant position in the premium pay TV sector thanks to its control of Champions League and La Liga rights, aired on the BeIN Sports and BeIN La Liga channels.The dropping of the case was conditional on Mediapro making its pay TV services available to OTT TV players including Opensport on fair and non-discriminatory terms, equivalent to those already enjoyed by traditional pay TV operators including Telefónica and which take into account the scale of operations of new OTT players. However, Mediapro subsequently sold its rights to the Champions League to Telefónica, leaving it to third parties to strike a deal with the telco for redistribution of its Champions League service for the current season.last_img read more


Orange is the New Black Netflixs Orange is the Ne

Posted On Aug 6 2019 by

first_imgOrange is the New BlackNetflix’s Orange is the New Black was the most in-demand digital original in the Netherlands for the week ending September 9, according to Parrot Analytics’ latest statistics.Parrot Analytics analyses the demand for recent popular digital titles across international markets, based on the application of artificial intelligence to expressions of demand across social media, fan sites, peer-to-peer protocols and file-sharing platforms.Parrot’s list of the top 10 digital originals in the Dutch market for the week from September 3-9 saw the prison drama take top slot with an average of 931,983 demand expressions, well ahead of second-placed Ozark, also from Netflix, with 659,726 demand expressions.Castle Rock, produced by Hulu in the US, came third, followed by Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, with CBS All Access’s Star Trek: Discovery, distributed by Netflix internationally, taking the number five slot.The remainder of the top 10 comprised Netflix’s Stranger Things, Amazon Prime Video’s The Grand Tour, Apple Music’s Carpool Karaoke, Amazon Prime Video’s Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan and Netflix’s Black Mirror.last_img read more


Synamedia has agreed a new multiyear contract wit

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first_imgSynamedia has agreed a new multi-year contract with Thailand-based pay TV operator, TrueVisions, extending a seven-year partnership between the two companies.Synamedia VideoGuard will secure TrueVisions’ investments in live sports news, entertainment and other premium content that is delivered to its 3.9 million cable and satellite subscribers.The deal means that TrueVisions will also be able to deliver new premium, broadcast/IP services to customers securely. In 2019, TrueVisions plans to roll out an Android TV set-top box which will also be protected by VideoGuard.“Synamedia is committed to stamping out piracy and will continue to work closely with TrueVisions to maximise their current revenues while also developing new solutions and services that will delight their customers and open up additional revenue streams,” said Sue Couto, Synamedia’s senior vice president and general manager for Asia Pacific.last_img read more


Sports streaming service DAZN has teamed up with D

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first_imgSports streaming service DAZN has teamed up with Discovery on a wide-ranging distribution pact that will see two Eurosport channels made available to DAZN subscribers in Austria, Germany, Italy and Spain.Eurosport 1 HD and Eurosport 2 HD will be made available in the four markets under the deal, which is the latest expansion play for the four-year-old London-headquartered SVOD.The deal comes despite Eurosport’s own OTT service, Eurosport Player, being available widely across Europe, meaning DAZN likely paid a premium for the rights.Discovery’s Eurosport holds exclusive pan-European rights to Grand Slam tennis championships; cycling’s Grand Tours; all FIS World Cup and World Championship winter sport competitions and premium motorsport series’ including Formula E, WTCR and 24 Hours of Le Mans. Eurosport also hosts Olympics coverage in Europe, with all media rights to Tokyo 2020, Beijing 2022 and Paris 2024 across more than 50 markets.Meanwhile, DAZN has exclusively sublicenced 45 Bundesliga matches from Discovery in Germany and Austria, including matches on Friday night, Sunday, Monday and relegation play-off matches from the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons.Eurosport content becomes available on DAZN from 1 August.John Gleasure, chief business development officer at DAZN Group, said: “This is an exciting agreement that brings Eurosport’s incredible sports content to our subscribers, and delivers 45 Bundesliga matches to the DAZN service in Germany and Austria under a two-season exclusive sublicensing agreement.“This deal underlines our commitment to providing the biggest and best sports action to fans in an accessible and affordable way, while rewarding rights holders for integrating their content on our market leading platform. We look forward to developing our partnership with Discovery.”James Gibbons, in his role as head of commercial development for EMEA at Discovery, said: “We are delighted to enter this partnership that expands the distribution of Eurosport’s channels in four European markets. We always look for new partners that help get our brands and content to more fans. In parallel, we will continue to develop and market our all-access multi-sport OTT service – Eurosport Player – for fans who want a deeper experience.”last_img read more


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first_img Google+ WASHINGTON (AP) — Answering perhaps the most significant question of the early 2020 election season, former Vice President Joe Biden will launch his presidential campaign on Thursday.The move, confirmed by a person familiar with his plans, sets up the 76-year-old lifelong politician as a front-runner in the crowded Democratic contest as the party fights to determine who’s best positioned to defeat President Donald Trump next year .Biden, who spent the last five decades in Washington but never lost touch with his working-class background, is scheduled to face union workers in Pittsburgh on Monday as part of the rollout tour, the person said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to disclose private conversations.While he may be popular with the white working-class in the Midwest, it’s unclear if Biden will appeal to the more liberal voters who tend to have outsized sway in Democratic primary contests.His decision largely settles the crowded and diverse Democratic presidential field at 20 candidates, including six women, five racial minorities and one member of the LGBTQ community. Biden would be the most experienced politician in the race, and the second-oldest, after 77-year-old Bernie Sanders.Former vice president Joe Biden. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)A handful of lesser-known Democrats, including Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, could join the race in the coming weeks or months, but Biden’s decision is considered the final major piece as voters, donors and elected officials alike begin to pick their favorites.“Come on in, the water is warm Joe,” California Sen. Kamala Harris laughed on Tuesday as she campaigned in New Hampshire. “I adore Joe Biden and I think he has to make whatever decision is best for him.”Biden, who has run for president twice before with little success, will look to organized labor for support early on.The largest firefighters union is preparing to formally endorse Biden this week, with group leaders saying they will be “investing” heavily in the former vice president’s anticipated bid.The board of the International Association of Fire Fighters will meet this week to vote on the endorsement. They plan to announce it publicly early next week, if Biden jumps in the race as planned.IAFF represents 316,000 full-time firefighters across the U.S. Harold A. Schaitberger, the union’s general president, said the group will help Biden raise money. It will also launch an outside group that is expected to be able to raise and spend unlimited sums supporting his candidacy.“I always remind everyone that we are everywhere there is a blinking light or traffic light,” Schaitberger said. “We have infrastructure and capability, whether it’s in the neighborhoods, or whether it’s working to develop caucus attendees in Iowa. Our union is very strongly resourced and we will be investing.”One of the most recognizable names in politics, Biden served for two terms as Barack Obama’s vice president after nearly four decades as a senator from Delaware. His high-profile, working-class background and connection to the Obama years would help him enter the race as a front-runner, though he faces questions about his age and whether his more moderate record fits with a party that has become more liberal.Biden spoke at an IAFF gathering in Washington last month. At the time Schaitberger said the union would be “all in” for Biden if he runs. He also acknowledged that many rank-and-file members supported President Donald Trump in 2016.Biden, Schaitberger argued, is better positioned to win in the Midwest, which flocked to Trump, than other Democrats in the primary. Facebook Linkedin Home NewsWatch AP source: Biden to announce 2020 bid on Thursday Twitter NewsWatchPolitical NewsTop Stories AP source: Biden to announce 2020 bid on Thursday By Tyler BarkerApr 23, 2019, 14:43 pm 212 0 Tumblr Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at tbarker@woay.com Mail Previous PostWalgreens to hike minimum age for store tobacco sales Next PostOff-road vehicle passenger killed in WVa crash with train Pinterestlast_img read more