Turtles come to landlocked San Ramón

first_imgNo related posts. If you’re not able to get to the Pacific beaches to see the giant sea turtles climb up on the beach to dig nests and lay eggs, you can see it all in the land-locked city of San Ramón.Well, not really.But the exhibit in the regional museum of San Ramón mimicks the beach scene right down to trails in the sand and eggs in the nest. Hundreds of turtles appear to be swimming ashore, and others are already poised on land, seemingly dragging their bodies up on the beach, leaving imprints in the sand.  The turtles are lifesized and can be seen in the museum’s natural history salon all year, except Mondays when the museum is closed. (It’s an advantage over real beaches, where the turtles arrive only during the nesting months, September and October.) A smaller display contains a nest full of eggs deep in the sand.  The “beach” fills half of the room and the realistic textures, color and lighting make you feel like you are there at Playa Grande or Playa Ostional, watching a phenomenon of nature.It took two months to build this display, designed by biologists Liz Brenes and Roger Alberto Ruiz of the University of Costa Rica’s western campus. Sizes and colors had to match the living baula and lora turtles. Molds were made from clay, and then the turtles were cast in plaster, fiberglass and cement. Artists Susana Villalobos and Andres Badilla did the background and 10 turtles in the display. The dark sand came from the hardware store and resembles a real beach. “The turtles come ashore in the madrugada, the early morning hours, so we had to reproduce the colors exactly as they are at that time of day,” Badilla said.A wall-sized chart gives info on the six species of turtles that visit Costa Rica, from the huge, five-foot long baula turtles down to the smaller green turtles and lora turtles. According to information on the chart, between 50,000 and 150,000 turtles arrive in one year.San Ramón, noted as the City of Poets, is a pleasant community in the western coffee region, about 66 kilometers or 35 miles from San José along the General Cañas-Bernardo Soto highway.  San Ramón has an active cultural calendar spread between the museum and the José Figueres Ferrer Cultural Center. Both are located across the street from the central park and church and share the same hours, Tuesday-Saturday, 9 to 5 p.m. Both are free.The turtle exhibit will be on display until December, so take the opportunity to see them without ever getting your feet wet. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Venice Italy £49 Take a summer break in the famou

first_imgVenice, Italy £49Take a summer break in the famously romantic city of canals and culture. With more artistic masterpieces per square kilometre than anywhere else in the world, Venice is heaven for art lovers as well as those who have eyes only for each other. The best way to explore Venice is by Vaporetto (water bus), or for a more romantic experience, hop aboard a Gondola and cruise the winding Venetian waterways with musical accompaniment (‘O sole mio’ optional).ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Related5 flights for under £50Start planning your next quick getaway with this week’s selection of bargain flights to European cities – from just £28!5 Flights for £40 or less!5 Flights for £40 or less!Skint trips: 10 unbelievably cheap flights all for less than £30From Ireland to Italy to Ibiza, we pick 10 of the cheapest flights going on Skyscanner, all under £30 return. Poland from £35Catch some action at Euro 2012 with a last-minute trip to Poland. Games are being played in Warsaw, Poznan, Warsaw and Wroclaw, but there are a variety of options for cheap flights to Polish cities from the UK. Join the Irish fans who will doubtless create a great atmosphere in their second and third matches against Spain in Gdansk on 14 June and Italy in Poznan on Monday 18th.Barcelona, Spain from £38Barcelona is increasingly well known as a party destination for weekending Brits. It’s no wonder, with its nightlife where the dancing goes on ‘til dawn and beyond. It’s also brilliant for a city break with the family. There are all those amazing Gaudi buildings, Parc de Ciutadella for chilling out, the aquarium at Port Vell for gaping at seahorses and sharks, and the Ramblas for stalls, shows and atmosphere. And if all else fails, hit the beach at Barceloneta.Dusseldorf, Germany from £39Dusseldorf? For a city break? Yes indeed! Not the first name on the teamsheet for a weekend away in Europe, sophisticated Dusseldorf may be better known as a city in which to do business but it has a happening arts scene and a surprisingly lively nightlife. Head for the Altstadt, the historic quarter on the Rhine, otherwise known as ‘the longest bar in the world’ where you’ll soon see first-hand evidence that the locals know how to party.Paris, France from £44Ah Paris, city of culture, romance, fine food… and Disneyland. Paris is a top city for kids, its sights so famous that even smaller ones will be familiar with them from films and cartoons. But if you have wee ones in tow, Disneyland Paris is a must, especially as it is currently celebrating its 20th birthday with special shows and events. Pluck up the courage to go on Space Mountain, take a swashbuckling ride with the Pirates of the Caribbean, and meet your (sorry, your kids’) fave Disney characters.last_img read more

New York New York – Reported by Elite Traveler t

first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineAfter just two years of operation, InterContinental New York Times Square has been recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council as a LEED Certified property. This internationally acclaimed recognition is bestowed upon properties that were designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of sustainability such as sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.As the nation’s largest new-build hotel to achieve LEED status, InterContinental New York Times Square has maintained a commitment to the environment from the start by building on a previously developed site cleared of hazardous material to ensure a safe redevelopment process. During construction more than 75% of the debris was diverted from landfills for recycling and an erosion-control plan was implemented to protect New York City’s precious water system. Also included in the hotel’s eco-conscious design plan were two green rooftops that house low-maintenance and drought-tolerant plants to retain heat in the winter and absorb the heat of summer’s harsh sunlight. Most recently however, the 7th floor rooftop also became home to the property’s first rooftop beehive which is expected to produce is 30-40 pounds of locally sourced honey by September.Inside, the hotel opted for a high-efficiency ventilation system and specialized paints and coatings to result in better air quality throughout. Floor-to-ceiling windows were also installed to allow for maximum amounts of natural lighting while the use of CFL and LED light bulbs provide excellent lighting quality while conserving electricity. The hotel’s Todd English restaurant, Ça Va Brasserie, was also recently recognized by the Green Restaurant Association for its dedication to the GRA’s Seven Environmental Categories which includes water efficiency, waste reduction, and sustainable food. The 2-Star Certified restaurant is one of only 65 Green Certified Restaurants in all of New York.As a brand, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts (IHG) recently launched a new online sustainability system called “Green Engage,” assisting general managers across 4,000 hotels worldwide to manage hotel energy, water and waste consumption more effectively. The software allows hotels to input their onsite data, which generates reports comparing similar hotels around the world. The online lists for both new and current hotels show properties the specific actions they need to take to reduce their energy, water and waste. Every aspect of the hotel lifecycle is covered — from picking a responsible destination, selecting correct lighting and cleaning materials for the hotel, and providing staff training on sustainability. Return on investment, carbon reduction and potential impact on customers is calculated for each action item suggested. Through “Green Engage,” IHG will benefit by having a common environmental reporting and management system, while consumers will benefit by staying in hotels that are more environmentally friendly.www.intercontinentalny.comlast_img read more

Met office issues yellow weather warning for holiday

first_imgThe Met Service issued an extreme high temperature warning for bank holiday Wednesday, in force between 11am and 4pm.The service said it expected the inland maximum temperature during that time to reach 40 degrees Celsius.The weather will be mainly clear on Wednesday with temperatures on the south and eastern coasts reaching 34C and 31C in the north and west.Maximum temperatures in the highlands are expected to reach 34C.Some fog will form early on Thursday morning in some areas but the weather will be clear through Saturday.Temperatures are expected to drop slightly by Friday, with no marked change on Saturday.You May LikeLifeUnveil8 Greatest Destinations for Your Vacations in the United StatesLifeUnveilUndoFood PreventThis Is What Willl Happen To Your Body When You Eat 3 Eggs Every DayFood PreventUndoBrowserguides.com for BraveA Browser that’s 200% Faster than ChromeBrowserguides.com for BraveUndo Greece to overturn law that made universities no-go zone for policeUndoKorkolis brings magic to the stageUndoAt least 20 killed, 50 injured in attack on VP candidate’s office in KabulUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Cyprus issues navtex for Delphini target as Exxons drill ship set to

first_imgTHE Cyprus government issued a navigational telex (navtex) notification to seafarers on Saturday ahead of the arrival next week of Stena IceMax, a drilling ship commissioned by Exxon Mobil to explore for hydrocarbons in block 10 of Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone.The drillship is expected to arrive within the next two days in the port of Limassol, with the competent authorities issuing the navtex marine advisory valid until February 25 for the target “Delphini”.“The drilling rig is expected to arrive within the timeframe set, according to schedule, tomorrow or the day after,” a source told the Cyprus News Agency. According to the same source, “everything proceeds smoothly, according to plan.”The navtex 376/18 issued by Cyprus at 6.00 am local time (4.00 am GMT), informs mariners about the drilling operations of Stena IceMax at the “Delphini” target. Drilling operations are expected to commence on November 15.A safety zone of 500 meters is established around Stena IceMax and entering this area is prohibited for any reason, the CAN report said.Violation of the safety zone will be considered as a criminal offence against the laws of the Republic of Cyprus and the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, the navtex concludes.On Friday, the Cyprus official government gazette published a decree issued by the Minister of Transport, aiming to safeguard both the rig and marine navigation during the drilling period.Exxon Mobil was awarded, together with Qatar Petroleum the exploration licence in block 10 of Cyprus’ EEZ.Two weeks ago, a Turkish seismic survey vessel waded into Cyprus’ maritime zone, with reports from Turkey claiming the boat had been harassed en route by a Greek frigate.The Barbaros Hayreddin Pasa will be conducting surveys in a sea area of 44,000 square kilometres and the Turkish navtex stated that the Barbaros will remain in the area until February 1.The area reserved by the Turkish navtex is located at the notional boundaries of the respective exclusive zones (EEZs) of Cyprus, Greece and Egypt. Due to political reasons, the three countries have officially not delineated their EEZs with respect to one another.The reserved area also borders Cyprus’ offshore blocks 4 and 5, parts of which Turkey claims fall within its ‘continental shelf’.The southeasternmost tip of the area is approximately 100 km from the two sites in block 10 which ExxonMobil has earmarked for drilling.Local media speculated that Turkey’s intent in deploying the Barbaros was to convey a political message, namely making its presence felt in the area during the same time that ExxonMobil will be drilling exploratory wells for gas in block 10.Turkey has repeatedly vowed to stop Cyprus from extracting and monetising its offshore gas reserves.In February this year, Turkish warships prevented a drilling rig from approaching an exploratory well in Cyprus’ block 3 on behalf of Italian energy giant ENI.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityReassurance for your refugeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoVarosha move merely a ‘PR stunt’ by Ozersay, expert saysUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Michigan House leads plan to Build Better Michigan Roads

first_img Bills will increase funding for roadsA bill package introduced today in the Michigan House will increase annual road funding revenue and move Michigan’s transportation infrastructure forward, announced state Rep. Rob VerHeulen.The “Build Better Michigan Roads” proposal calls for structural changes in the state’s transportation funding, focusing on increased efficiency, better quality and improved fairness and increasing road funding to a minimum of $450 million in 2015. The funding will then grow to $500 million annually, with the potential for even greater investments in the future.“The plan helps to build a blueprint for the future to ensure that we address transportation issues now and make investments for the future,” said VerHeulen, R-Walker. “Fixing and funding our roads requires persistence and continued planning for the future.”Included in a bill package are House Bills 5452, 5453, 5459 and 5460, all coordinate in an effort to take action on improving Michigan’s roadways. HBs 5452 and 5453 increase permit fees and fines for overweight or oversized trucks and HB 5460 increases warranty requirements on road and bridge improvement projects. The three bills have been referred to the House Transportation Committee.The final bill in the package is HB 5459, dedicates available sales tax revenue, not already allocated to schools or local governments to go toward roads, was referred to the Tax Policy Committee for consideration.“I am pleased to see the ground work for continued funding for Michigan’s infrastructure,” said VerHeulen, who chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation. “It is important that the plan leads us toward an improved way of handling funding for road work.”House Bills 5167, 4251 and 4925 are also a part of the legislative package, allowing the state and local municipalities to enter into private-public partnerships and expanding the competitive bidding process to ensure funding is used most efficiently. House Bill 4630 also dedicates more dollars to transportation funding through late fees for vehicle registration.Visit our website for more details on the House plan to “Build Better Michigan Roads.” 17Apr Michigan House leads plan to ‘Build Better Michigan Roads’ Categories: VerHeulen Newslast_img read more

Graves bills address pension tax school tax holiday sewer fees

first_img28Jan Graves bills address pension tax, school tax holiday, sewer fees State Rep. Joseph Graves today introduced three bills that address issues he referred to as unfinished business from the last legislative session.Graves, R-Argentine Township, said the three bills will help Michigan taxpayers by reinstating the exemption on pensions; creating a back-to-school tax holiday for parents purchasing necessities for the coming school year; and establishing limitations on the period of time after which local governments could charge people for tapping into a municipal sewer system.“These are all important issues that I addressed in legislation last session, and I will continue to work diligently to see them passed by the Legislature” Graves said. “These all have an impact on residents in the 51st House District, and protecting hard-work taxpayers with common sense legislation remains my priority as we begin a new legislative session.”House Bill 4086 reinstates the tax exemption on pensions that was removed in 2011.“Older Michiganders planned their retirements based on a tax-free pension, and should not be forced to change those plans at any point in their retirement,” Graves said.HB 4088 gives parents and teachers a break from paying state sales tax on essential back-to-school supplies during the month of August.“As a father and grandfather, I believe we should be supporting families with school aged children to make sure they have the necessary supplies needed for school” Graves said. “The costs can add up very quickly and this provides financial relief to those families.”HB 4087 prohibits local governments from charging property owners sewer tap-in fees if the municipality fails to assess the fee within a reasonable period of time.“A city or township should not be able to hold a citizen accountable for sewer tap fees that they were never charged after years have gone by,” Graves said. “If the local government cannot assess the fees in a timely manner, residents and employers should not be penalized for that delay.”The bills will be referred to House committees for consideration.##### Categories: Graves News,Newscenter_img Lawmaker introduces first measures of new sessionlast_img read more

Rep Alexander applauds increased transparency for Michigan House

first_img20Jan Rep. Alexander applauds increased transparency for Michigan House Categories: Alexander News Representative: People deserve access to government financial informationState Rep. Julie Alexander of Hanover today commended a Michigan state House policy change that will provide easy access for the public to view the salaries of all state representatives and House staff.“There has been a demand for increased government accountability at the state level,” Alexander said, “offering people a chance to view this information about how their tax dollars are being spent is a step in the right direction.”An online database with information about salaries and benefits of House employees can be found at house.mi.gov/FinancialsEmployee.asp.last_img read more

Rep Huizenga Signed car insurance reforms will bring savings to greater Grand

first_img Categories: Huizenga News,News 30May Rep. Huizenga: Signed car insurance reforms will bring savings to greater Grand Rapids drivers A plan to fix Michigan’s broken no-fault car insurance system, supported by Rep. Mark Huizenga, today was signed into law.The proposal will bring hundreds of dollars in savings to drivers in the greater Grand Rapids area through lower car insurance prices – offering personal injury coverage options, combating fraud and abuse and addressing medical costs.“This was government at work for the people on an issue they asked us to solve in Lansing,” said Huizenga, of Walker. “On average, Michigan drivers pay the highest car insurance premiums in the country. We simply couldn’t continue with the status quo of rising costs and allow more and more money to come out of the pockets of hard-working Michigan residents and their families. A fix was sorely needed for them and I’m proud to have supported it.”Mandated unlimited lifetime health care coverage through car insurance plans is a primary reason why costs are so high in Michigan. The new law allows those currently using the coverage to keep it, and those who want it in the future to continue buying it – all while providing more affordable options.For the first time in Michigan’s history, drivers will be able to have a choice in their level of PIP coverage. Some will be able to opt out of personal injury protection altogether, including seniors with retiree health coverage such as Medicare and those with health insurance policies that cover car accident-related injuries. Others will be able to continue with unlimited coverage or choose PIP limits of $250,000 or $500,000. A $50,000 option will be available for drivers on Medicaid.Non-driving factors such as zip codes, home ownership and educational level will not be used to set rates under the new law. To help rein in runaway costs that result from medical care providers charging more to treat car accident victims than other patients, a fee schedule will be established for medical providers and phased in over three years.The plan was given immediate effect when signed, however many reforms will not be fully implemented until July of 2020. The fee schedule portion of the new law will be fully implemented in July of 2023.last_img read more

A Prescription for Haitis NGORelated Problems Heal Thyself

first_imgShare1TweetShareEmail1 Shares July 28, 2014; Foreign PolicyHow quickly our sector drops issues! Remember the vigorous debate about the benefits and damage from the international assistance delivered to Haiti in the wake of the nation’s devastating January 2010 earthquake? Clare Lockhart, the founder and executive director of the Institute for State Effectiveness, and Johanna Mendelson Forman, a senior advisor at the Stimson Center, have written in a recent issue of Foreign Policy online a powerful reminder of Haiti’s development and NGO problems that merits plenty of attention in the nonprofit sector.The two authors remind us that the earthquake, centered on the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, killed an estimated 300,000 people and made one-tenth of the nation’s population instantaneously homeless. Donor nations pledged $5 billion in short term aid and $10 billion in long term aid, with much positive results—90 percent of the homeless resettled, 80 percent of the earthquake rubble cleared.On the other hand, 100,000 Haitians still live in camps that the authors describe as “squalid” and “characterized by poverty, cholera epidemics, and sexual violence toward women.” The nation is still the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, much poorer than citizens of the Dominican Republic who occupy the other half of the island of Hispaniola. Lockhart and Forman report, “The Haitian government still depends on donor assistance and remittances from abroad for nearly all of its revenue.” With the bulk of Haitian policing still handled by UN troops, and with the government still dependent on donor assistance for its revenues, Haitians feel “they are an occupied nation.” NGOs still don’t trust governmental institutions as reliable partners and have created “parallel administrative structures that undermined Haiti’s government and alienated its people.”What can get Haiti out of this devastatingly difficult trap of deep poverty and weak sovereignty? Lockhart and Forman call for a “national discussion” that would “take stock of Haiti’s considerable assets and generate grassroots pressure to transform the Haitian political and governmental system.” Citing successful models from Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, and Chile, they envision “a national dialogue that would cut across traditional class, party, and geographical lines, giving voices outside the usual political elites an opportunity to participate in shaping the national agenda.”Given the challenges that Lockhart and Forman detail in the article, which is based on a longer report, a Haitian national discussion seems well intentioned but difficult to imagine getting very far. They report, for example, that political office is seen as the only means of upward mobility; political incumbents will “resort to any means to secure their inherently precarious political positions” and, as a result, a “narrow, kleptocratic elite has captured key positions in government agencies and civil society organizations.” However, the international donor community is in a weak position to call for governmental and civil society reforms in the country.“Donors themselves set a poor example of successful finance management and transparency,” Lockhart and Forman write. “The U.N. agencies, NGOs, and contractors have yet to publish accounts of financial expenditure that are readily available to Haitian citizens. They waste time and money on duplicating inefficient projects because they fail to coordinate with one another or with local governments. Meanwhile, they are complicit in the siphoning off of significant foreign-aid dollars for favored NGO and U.N. contractors. Only 10 percent of the $6.04 billion in funding donated between 2010 and 2012 went to the Haitian government, and less than 0.6 percent went to Haitian organizations and businesses. By circumventing Haitian institutions in the effort to deliver aid, the donor community missed an opportunity to use its resources to reform the institutions themselves.”From our vantage point, it seems that the NGO community and the donor nations on the international scene need to pursue their own self-improvement dialogue. Given their financial dominance of the nation, their practices could well frustrate any positive outcomes from the Haitian national dialogue Lockhart and Forman call for. Poor Haiti has been subject to all kinds of prescriptions from well-meaning external actors that would fix and cure the nation’s ailments. However, given the track record of NGOs in Haiti, it might be a critically important moment for donors and NGOs to hear and heed the message, “doctor, heal thyself.”—Rick CohenShare1TweetShareEmail1 Shareslast_img read more

City Hall Black Lives Matter Banner Sparks Upset and Dialogue

first_imgShare6TweetShareEmail6 SharesJuly 27, 2016; Boston GlobeWhen a frame of reference begins to shift, it sometimes seems to move quickly—as with LGBT issues over the past five years—but it often actually follows years of hard work. For now, we can only be grateful that increasing numbers of people understand that the safety of young black men and police officers are bound up together, as they always have been, and both of these are bound up with other practices that reflect a deeply embedded legacy of marginalization.In Somerville, Massachusetts, Mayor Joseph Curtatone authorized the posting of a  “Black Lives Matter” banner on City Hall last August. Recently, after the killing of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, an “In Honor and Remembrance” banner also was hung from the police station.“Those banners do not represent competing thoughts,” Curtatone said. “Standing up for our minority populations and supporting the police officers who protect and serve our communities should go hand-in-hand.”Nevertheless, a statewide organization of local police unions planned to join the Somerville Police union at a rally last night at City Hall to protest the Black Lives Matter banner.“In the face of the continuing assassination of innocent police officers across the country…it is irresponsible of the city to publicly declare support for the lives of one sector of our population to the exclusion of others,” Michael McGrath, police union president, said in a statement earlier this week this week.“The rally will be peaceful and respectful, but will demonstrate the solidarity of police organizations in Massachusetts to the exclusionary message that the banner sends,” the Somerville Police Employees Association said in a news release.Curtatone contends the public has thanked him for keeping the banner up and that some police officers have told him they were not supportive of the protests.“What our residents and our officers made clear is they reject the notion that there are two sides to pick here,” Curtatone said. “We can stand together for the principle that every person who leaves their home and every officer who heads out to do their job should return safely. That is where most people stand. That is why both banners will remain.”Somerville Police Chief David Fallon chided the union for getting involved in the debate. He said he supports keeping the banner over City Hall.—Ruth McCambridgeShare6TweetShareEmail6 Shareslast_img read more

The BBC and NHK are planning to show the upcoming

first_imgThe BBC and NHK are planning to show the upcoming London Summer Olympics in Super Hi-Vision, a new ultra high-definition TV format at public screenings in the UK and Japan.The UK and Japanese public broadcasters will show Super Hi-Vision footage, which is 16 times the resolution (7,680 x 4,320) of regular high-definition, at cinema theatres. The opening and closing ceremonies and other high-profile events will be covered in the format, which has been developed by NHK. A combined BBC and NHK crew is already filming pre-event footage in Super Hi-Vision in London.“The London 2012 Olympic Games will be the first to be captured in Super Hi-Vision – using the only Super Hi-Vision equipment in the world,” Tim Plyming, the project lead for the BBC’s Super Hi-Vision trials said in a blog post yesterday. “Three cameras will capture sporting action from the Olympic Stadium, Aquatic Centre, Velodrome and Basketball Arena. Alongside highlight packages, we will be showing live coverage of the opening and closing ceremonies, the 100m final live as well as a whole day of action from the Aquatic Centre.”In the UK, people will be able to see the coverage at screenings at Broadcasting House in London, Pacific Quay in Glasgow and the National Media Museum in the city of Bradford. In Japan the screenings will be held in Fukushima and Tokyo. There will also be screenings in the US city of Washington.last_img read more

European football body UEFA has awarded certain Eu

first_imgEuropean football body UEFA has awarded certain Europa League media rights for the 2012-15 season in Romania to ProTV.Sport.ro will broadcast each match week one live match and a highlights programme. Matches featuring local participation will be shown on ProTV and will be followed by a roundup of the match week’s action.The rights were granted to Pro TV on a co-exclusive basis with pay TV operators RCS RDS and RomTelecom.last_img

Amazon Studios the production arm of online retai

first_imgAmazon Studios, the production arm of online retailer Amazon, has added the eighth comedy project to its pilot line-up.Betas is about a group of tech-savvy millennial characters trying to connect with the world and comes from Michael Lehmann (Heathers, Dexter, True Blood) and Michael London (Sideways, The Visitor). It joins the previously announced Alpha House, Browsers, Dark Minions, Onion News Empire, Supanatural, Those Who Can’t, and Zombieland on Amazon’s slate.It will broadcast for free on Prime Instant Video and Lovefilm in the UK and Germany.“Amazon is giving us a chance to work outside the TV bureaucracies and connect directly with audiences hungry for original content, and Betas is the perfect match for that model,” said London.last_img read more

Educational channel the Knowledge Network has laun

first_imgEducational channel the Knowledge Network has launched on Roku boxes, in partnership with broadcast technology firm TelVue Corporation. The Knowledge Network airs educational programs and scientific research from a consortium of universities led by the National Science Foundation – a US government agency.The Knowledge Network is powered by the TelVue CloudCast hosted broadcast service, which enables delivery to Roku, web-based scheduling of the linear channel and management of the on-demand videos.The channel includes documentary-length productions, public lectures, science and technology news features, and short-form public educational materials.last_img read more

Russian pay TV operator NTV has added Discoverys

first_imgRussian pay TV operator NTV+ has added Discovery’s TLC to its channel line-up.The female-focused channel will be available in Russian and English 24 hours a day as part of NTV+’sHD package.Earlier this month Discovery announced that a block from the OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network would launch on TLC Russia on September 1.last_img

Internet media platform Blinkx is launching a new

first_imgInternet media platform Blinkx is launching a new original video content channel, Blinkx Buzz, in partnership with Zazoom, the parent company of video brand Buzz60.Zazoom creates topical short-form video content for the web under the Buzz60 brand. The new co-branded channel will cover topical stories and the most popular videos on blinkx.com, including celebrity scandals, bizarre headline news, movie trailers and music videos.Zazoom currently provides four original series for Blinkx – Ella TV, MomIQ TV, Giant Realm TV and blinkx TV.last_img read more

Germanybased Work Microwave will present a range

first_imgGermany-based Work Microwave will present a range of satellite communications products at ANGA COM that are designed to alleviate bandwidth issues and improve signal quality. Key products on show will be Work Microwave’s DVB-S2 Broadcast Modulator, its DVB-S2 IP-Modem SK-IP and Fixed Frequency Block Converter Series.The DVB-S2 Broadcast Modulator is designed to help operators maximise satellite bandwidth, enhance data transport and improve satellite signal and is well suited for IP network links and TV contribution.The DVB-S2 IP-Modem SK-IP is designed to optimise throughput and increase network bandwidth for service providers, corporate networks, and telcos.Work Microwave will also showcase improvements to its Fixed Frequency Block Converter Series, including Ka-band support for uplink and downlink services, superior phase noise, and adjustable slope compensation. Work Microwave will exhibit at ANGA COM on stand 10.1/R38.last_img read more

Global TV revenues will climb from €3689 billion

first_imgGlobal TV revenues will climb from €368.9 billion in 2014 to €424.7 billion in 2018, marking an average annual growth rate of 3.6%, according to new stats by research and consultancy organisation IDATE.According to IDATE’s TV and video services report, pay TV will continue to be the main source of TV revenue up to 2018, bringing in €195.9 billion in 2018.However, pay TV growth is expected be 2.8% between 2014 and 2018, less than the 6.1% growth figure between 2010 and 2013.Advertising revenue will climb 4.8% a year up to 2018, compared to 4.6% per year over the past four years and will reach €193 billion in 2018, according to IDATE.Revenue generated by video on demand services is tipped to climb to €34.4 billion in 2018, up 131.5% compared to 2013. VoD will also represent more than double hard copy sales, which will be €15.5 billion in 2018, said IDATE.“The hard copy market will continue to shrink across the globe, losing close to a quarter of its value in 2014, despite the growth of Blu-ray,” said IDATE.The research added that: “Funding from TV licensing fees will continue to increase significantly: by an average 1.5% a year, to reach 36 billion EUR in 2018.”last_img read more

Arris planned acquisition of settop box rival Pa

first_imgArris’ planned acquisition of set-top box rival Pace has received “unconditional merger clearance” from the Portuguese Competition Authority, Arris has confirmed.In a statement, Arris said that it has now obtained clearance in response to three of its six antitrust-related filings in connection with the combination. The Portuguese approval follows pre-conditional clearance in Germany and South Africa.Arris agreed to buy Pace for US$2.1 billion (€1.95 billion) in April.last_img