MPs approve rules for paternity surrogacy leave

first_imgPARLIAMENT on Friday approved bills providing for paternity leave, raising income criteria for child allowances, and maternity leave for both women in cases of surrogate childbirths.The House plenum also approved the payment of widow pension in cases where the deceased got married after retirement, provided five years of wedlock have gone by.The government had asked for an amendment to the current law after observing that millions of euros were exported abroad as a result of marriages lasting between several months and two years.All bills were unanimously approved apart from the one raising the income criteria for child allowance, which was voted down by independent MP Pavlos Milonas.The law will come into effect on August 1. It provides for two-weeks holiday for men whose wife gave childbirth or had a child through surrogacy or in the cases where the couple have adopted a child aged up to 12-years-old.The paternity leave can be taken during the period starting from the week before labour or adoption, and ending 16 weeks later. It can be extended due to premature birth and or multiple births.The law also included provisions affording a 16-week maternity allowance to mothers who have a child through surrogacy, and a 14-week allowance to surrogate mothers.The child allowance law will come into effect on January 1, 2018.The new law raises the requirement for legal and continuous residency in Cyprus from three to five years.The right to a child allowance is regulated in a staggered manner depending on the size of the family: maximum family income for one child was set at €49,000, €59,000 for two children, and an additional €5,000 for each additional child thereafter.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Rep McCready announces April office hours

first_img28Mar Rep. McCready announces April office hours ### State Rep. Mike McCready invites residents of the 40th House District to meet with him from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, April 18, in Meeting Room 3 of the Bloomfield Township Public Library, 1099 Lone Pine Road in Bloomfield Township. No appointment is necessary.“I always look forward to hearing input from residents in our area,” said Rep. McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills. “Office hours are an important tool to meet with people and hear questions and concerns regarding state government.”Anyone unable to attend Rep. McCready’s office hours is encouraged to contact his office by calling toll-free at (855) 373-8670, emailing MikeMcCready@house.mi.gov or visiting his website, www.RepMikeMcCready.com.center_img Categories: McCready Newslast_img read more

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Rep Griffin bill to update 21st Century education standards

first_img03Mar Rep. Griffin bill to update 21st Century education standards Categories: Griffin News,News State Rep. Beth Griffin of Mattawan is helping set the table for all Michigan students’ futures as part of a four-bill package to update state high school graduation standards.Griffin’s legislation specifically requires students complete at least three courses in 21st Century Skills including foreign language, visual or performing arts, computer science or coding, or a formal career/technical education (CTE) program in order to graduate.“This is a great step towards helping prepare kids for today and their future,” said Griffin, a former teacher at Parchment Middle School. “This bill package gives students better choices and options to prepare for life after high school. It’s crucial to help match educational opportunities with which careers and jobs are out there today versus 20 years ago.”The merit education package will also:Allow the foreign language course requirement to be met by completing a CTE program or visual/performing arts course.Allow completion of a Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration general industry or construction training program to fulfill a health education requirement.Allow for statistics to be an alternative to Algebra II within current Michigan merit standards that require at least four mathematic credits to graduate.“As a teacher, it makes me feel good to know the classes students could be taking may lead directly to a future career,” Griffin said. “As a former county commissioner and educator, I’ve talked to a lot of employers who say ‘we’ve got jobs but we can’t find employees with the job skills we need.’ This a great step forward for students, families and our community.”#####last_img read more

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Rep Kahle hosts summer reading contest for area kids

first_img05Jul Rep. Kahle hosts summer reading contest for area kids One winner will be ‘A Rep. for a Day’State Rep. Bronna Kahle today announced she is sponsoring a summer reading contest for children, first through fifth grade in Lenawee County. Rep. Kahle, of Adrian, is partnering with several libraries and organizations in the district for the contest.Area students are encouraged to read as many books as they can during July and August. Children or their parents can record the titles of completed books and the number of pages read on a bookmark available at the participating locations or at www.repkahle.com. Readers must submit the bookmarks in the contest box by Sept. 1 to be eligible to win. One winner will be drawn, and the winner and his or her family will be guests of Rep. Kahle at the state Capitol to be a “Rep. for a Day.”“Over the summer months, kids should try to read every day so they can maintain, and hopefully strengthen, the reading skills they learned during the school year,” Rep. Kahle said. “Plus, reading is fun. Students can travel to distant lands and exciting new worlds. They can meet unique characters and make new friends in the pages of a book.”Libraries and organizations taking part in the contest are:-Stair Public Library, Morenci-YMCA of Lenawee, Adrian-Boys and Girls Club of Lenawee, Adrian-Adrian District Library, Adrian-Lenawee District Library, Adrian-Clinton Township Public Library, Clinton-Deerfield Branch Library, Deerfield-Cradle To Career Summer Learning Pop Up Literacy Labs (locations vary around the county) Categories: Kahle Newscenter_img #####last_img read more

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Rep Bellinos air ambulance legislation approved by House

first_img Categories: Bellino News 06Dec Rep. Bellino’s air ambulance legislation approved by House The Michigan House of Representatives today overwhelmingly approved air ambulance reform legislation authored by state Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe.Bellino’s measure requires hospitals to transport patients via ground ambulances, rather than air ambulances, unless medically necessary. Patients sometimes are transported to hospitals by air ambulance without it being necessary and are eventually slammed with outrageous medical bills.“To protect patients from being hit hard with air ambulance bills costing in the tens of thousands of dollars, this bill stresses ground ambulance transportation over air,” said Bellino. “Too many patients have gone into debt because of air ambulance medical costs.”Air ambulance companies currently participate in “balance billing” where the patient’s health care provider will pay for a portion of the bill, but not its entirety. This leaves patients with medical bills in the tens of thousands of dollars.“In a case in which an air ambulance is requested, hospitals should order an air transport vehicle from a participating provider with the nonemergency patient’s health benefit plan to help avoid huge billing costs,” Bellino said. “I am happy my colleagues in the House voted in favor of protecting patients. I look forward to working with the Senate to further advance my measure.”House Bill 5217 now moves to the Senate for consideration.last_img read more

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Rep Roberts ends third consecutive year in office with perfect voting record

first_img State Rep. Brett Roberts, of Charlotte, completed his third consecutive year in office with a 100 percent voting record, taking part in every roll call vote during the 2017 legislative session.“Our neighbors sent me to Lansing to represent them, and part of that is making sure that I consistently voice their opinions,” said Roberts. “There is no such thing as a day off when it comes to voting on behalf of the people of the 65th District.”Rep. Roberts maintained a perfect voting record in spite of many challenges including his son being born on the day he was sworn into office in January 2015, an unscheduled appendectomy in the middle of a session week in Spring 2016, and his tractor being struck by a vehicle hours before a House session in Winter 2016.“I’ve been humbled by the responsibility entrusted to me by the people in our district,” said Roberts. “Being able to represent our community is a great opportunity, and I will never take it for granted.” 18Dec Rep. Roberts ends third consecutive year in office with perfect voting record Categories: Roberts Newslast_img read more

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House approves legislation protecting children involved in abuse investigations

first_img Categories: Hornberger News,Runestad News 21Feb House approves legislation protecting children involved in abuse investigations Bipartisan bill package requires the recording of forensic interviewsLegislation aimed at bringing additional clarity to legal matters involving allegations of child abuse and neglect was approved today in the Michigan House with overwhelming support.State Reps. Jim Runestad, Robert Kosowski and Pamela Hornberger sponsored the bipartisan three-bill package requiring all forensic interviews conducted at child advocacy centers with children involved in abuse and neglect investigations to be recorded on video.“The young kids involved in these cases are traumatized, making them particularly susceptible to influence during interviews,” said Runestad, R-White Lake, chair of the House Judiciary Committee. “Videotaping protects the witness and the due process rights of the accused by ensuring an accurate record of the questions and their responses.”The bills also allow recorded interviews to be used in certain court hearings, provide protocols for accessing and storing the recordings and increase penalties for intentionally disseminating the recordings to unauthorized individuals.“House Bills 4298-4300 are common-sense legislation that protect some of Michigan’s most vulnerable residents – children who have been involved in abuse and neglect situations – while codifying a best practice,” said Kosowski, D-Westland.The Governor’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect recommended videotaping forensic interviews as a best practice after a pilot program found that recordings resulted in more pleas entered to the original charge rather than going to trial.“Recording all forensic interviews with children really is the best practice,” said Hornberger, R-Chesterfield Township. “It guarantees an accurate record of a child’s account of events and decreases the likelihood that vulnerable kids will have to repeat the painful details of their trauma over and over again.”House Bills 4298-4300 now move to the Senate for consideration.###last_img read more

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Schools Stress Libraries and Families with Digitally Dependent Homework

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesOctober 12, 2014; Miami Herald This article in the Miami Herald describes yet one more way to stress out low income families—by assigning homework that requires an Internet connection and a working computer. This has driven many families in Dade County to the local library, where there are long waits for the computers. Although the library plans to beef up its digital access, “We really shouldn’t be requiring kids to go to the library to complete assignments,” Sylvia Diaz, assistant school superintendent for innovation, said. “A project or something special is OK, but not daily homework assignments that are dependent on computer use.”Still, though this is the official position, according to this article, Miami-Dade…“recently shifted to digital history textbooks for high-school freshmen, providing all ninth-graders with tablets containing the interactive books. County elementary schools now incorporate the online program called Reflex Math, which looks like a video game and can be accessed by students 24 hours a day. And with printed-material budgets under pressure, some students describe traditional textbooks as valuable commodities.“Isaiah Goulbourne, 16 and a junior at Miami Norland High, said there’s a textbook waiting for him each day for English, but it never leaves the classroom. ‘We’re not allowed to take them home because there aren’t enough for everyone,’ he said. ‘Most of our textbooks are accessible online.’“Goulbourne said he relies on the North Dade library for online school work since he doesn’t have Internet access at home. It’s a common need at the branch, which sits in Miami Gardens, where one in five residents live below the poverty level.”A survey of young library users in Dade County in 2011 found that almost half reported having no online access at home. Conversely, the schools estimate that only 25 percent of students are without access.Access watchdogs assert that the pace of the use of online resources for teaching must align with the online access of low-income families or those families are placed at even a worse disadvantage by having to find a place to do homework.“The sequencing has to make sense, otherwise you create deeper gaps,” said Zach Leverenz, CEO of EveryoneOn, a group that has also suggested that access issues are closer to the library’s figures. “What I don’t think is a good stop-gap is assuming students are going to be able to find public hot spots, including libraries.”—Ruth McCambridge ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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Nonprofit Turns Facebook Conversations into Political Input

first_imgShare7Tweet5Share1Email13 SharesPixabay. Public Domain. [CC 0]April 10, 2017; New Hampshire Public RadioA number of experiments have been run on the use of digital communication to affect political processes. We are not sure that this one works as-is, but it is worth a further look. Citizens Count NH/Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) runs a campaign called “Citizen Voices” that collects comments from N.H. residents via Facebook, then summarizes them and delivers reports to state lawmakers. Sometimes, they’ll present the findings in a hearing or deliver the report to pertinent special interest groups or departments. They don’t take sides on any issues and they don’t support or denounce candidates; their goal is to bring the voices of the people to the government without the complications inspired by lobbyist groups or campaign supporters.LFDA also provides information about candidates in state and national races, which they glean from news articles, books and other published material, and direct interviews with the candidates. Anna Brown, a staff member at LFDA, said that the organization has good relationships with legislators, who will occasionally ask the organization to help them gather feedback about a proposal.Anyone can start a discussion or ask a question on LFDA’s platform; sometimes the organization posts a question or a proposal, and sometimes members of the discussion group will do so. Anyone is free to comment on these posts, and the results are filtered for New Hampshire residency before being collected for analysis.And that’s really it. LFDA is nonpartisan, nonprofit, and unaffiliated with other political advocacy groups. They have three full-time staff members and part-time and volunteer help. They collect comments from Facebook and deliver them without commentary to the state house in Concord twice a week, and in doing so, they help bring people & politics closer together.According to the United States Election Project, New Hampshire has one of the highest rates of voter turnout in the nation; 31.1 percent of residents voted in the 2012 presidential primary elections, which is when Brown says that LFDA really took off. In the 2016 primary, 52.4 percent of residents voted in New Hampshire, out of over a million eligible citizens. That’s a lot of voters in need of information.In the weeks since President Trump’s inauguration, a soaring number of Americans have contacted their elected officials about pending legislation. Congressional representatives reported being flooded by thousands of phone calls about the American Health Care Act in the short span between the bill’s release and its withdrawal. Wired magazine explained that since Congressional representatives are only permitted to hire 18 staffers each, “the flood of voices so overwhelms the bureaucratic machine that any one citizen becomes hard to hear.” When taking calls on crucial issues, some representatives have asked constituents to keep their feedback to a simple “yes” or “no,” substituting volume for nuance to help more voices be heard. Is the kind of summation LFDA provides to lawmakers of conversations on a neutral platform a step forward, or just another incremental point of information in how to help digitally facilitate civic engagement? Only time will tell.—Erin RubinShare7Tweet5Share1Email13 Shareslast_img read more

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Foster Care in Texas Engenders Soaring Teen Pregnancy Rates

first_imgShare90Tweet1ShareEmail91 SharesTexas Freedom Network.January 24, 2019; Colorlines and Texas ObserverTeen pregnancy is a problem. But the good news is that the rate of teen pregnancies in the United States has been reaching new lows…unless you happen to be a teenage girl in foster care in the state of Texas.In the state of Texas, the rate of teen pregnancies of girls ages 13 to 17 in foster care is nearly five times that of their peers, according to a report from the nonprofit Texans Care for Children. The rate of teen pregnancies for girls in foster care is generally higher than the population at large. The National Center for Health Research reports that, “Teenage girls in the foster care system are twice as likely to get pregnant before turning 19 than teenage girls who are not in foster care.” But it’s clear the pregnancy rate among Texan girls who are in that state’s foster care system is extreme.In looking for root causes, Texas shares challenges with other states that also have overworked and understaffed social service systems. Social workers making foster placements see their teen clients infrequently and rarely get enough time to establish relationships with them. This does not make talking about pregnancy prevention or sex easy. And when teens see their social workers infrequently, and shift frequently from placement to placement, an issue of trust comes into play. The same holds true for foster parents and guardians, who change frequently in the Texas system.It is hard enough for teens to build trust when they are constantly being moved. Teens see their peers as their most reliable and consistent sources of information and advice. With no one to talk to, and those around them getting pregnant and having babies, teenage girls in foster care in Texas may see pregnancy as a way to join the crowd. As one teen said to Rebecca Grant, writing for the Texas Observer, “All my friends that I was in placements with—every single one—either has a kid or is pregnant right now.”But in Texas, there is yet another barrier between teens and the information and resources that might help prevent teen pregnancies. That barrier is repercussions for adults who even discuss sex education, beyond abstinence, with a teen.Adults in the system who do make sex-ed a priority can face repercussions. Six child-welfare professionals described to the Observer a prevailing culture of fear that they could be fired, delicensed, cited or sued for discussing sex or facilitating access to birth control or abortion.“I know when I was a caseworker, I was so scared to talk about birth control and stuff with the kids,” said Mary Green, who now manages a youth center in Houston. “It’s scary, as the adult, to talk about with someone under 18 because of the rules, the laws.”Texas has become a hotbed for laws often inspired by the beliefs of the religious right. In 2017, Texas passed a law that allowed faith-based agencies with “sincerely-held religious beliefs” to act on those beliefs in their work. This allows for them to not discuss the use of contraceptives among foster teens. They can bar LGBTQ, Jewish, and Muslim adults from serving as foster or adoptive parents. And agencies that help frightened teens in their care obtain the morning-after pill risk losing state funding.The myriad issues of sex education have been a political football for years at the local, state, and national levels. Texas has been part of this game, seeking funding for its abstinence-only programs and restricting what can and cannot be taught in schools. (NPQ reported on one highly successful pregnancy prevention program’s ups and downs during the “un-funding” in 2018.)Race may be an added driver of the high pregnancy rate. While racial disparities in teen pregnancy rates have declined markedly since the 1990s, a gap persists, primarily because “teens of color are less likely to have access to quality health care and contraceptive services, and are much more likely to live in neighborhoods where jobs and opportunities for advancement are scarce,” according to Teresa Wiltz of the Pew Charitable Trusts. The racial breakdown of children in the Texas foster care system, according to a 2018 report from the Child Welfare League of America, indicated that 42 percent were Latinx and 21 percent were Black in 2015.So, is Texas the perfect storm of an embattled system, with limited resources and restrictions on what can be taught about sex? Are there options? For one Texas judge, Darlene Byrne, who presides over placements in Travis County (county seat: Austin), a better tracking system of the individual foster teens’ sexual health would help her see how girls in foster care are doing and who is getting lost in the system.The state has taken some steps to address teen pregnancy in the foster care system, such as incorporating reproductive health into its minimum standards and developing the PAL [Peer Assistance Learning] curriculum. Collecting data on the total number of pregnant and parenting foster youth also helps provide insight into the scale of the problem. The report from Texans Care for Children acknowledged these steps but found that “well-intentioned efforts have suffered from a lack of focus and follow through.”Shortly after the report was released, DFPS [Department of Family and Protective Services] Commissioner Hank Whitman said in a statement that it was “based on misleading conclusions and flawed methodology.” He emphasized that foster care does not cause teen pregnancy and that the agency “continues to work to improve outcomes for all children in our care.”But with one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the nation, perhaps Texas needs to evaluate how well its systems are working. Social service systems, and not just those in Texas, must reassess how much time their social workers get with their teenage charges. Building relationships within foster placements that allow for accurate, up-to-date information on sex education and options for pregnancy prevention are crucial. Nonprofits should not fear loss of funding for providing young people with information and resources to make good choices.The children in foster care in Texas deserve better, and those who entrust them to this system expect more.—Carole LevineShare90Tweet1ShareEmail91 Shareslast_img read more

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Dutch cable operator Ziggo has completed the acqui

first_imgDutch cable operator Ziggo has completed the acquisition of business services telco Esprit Telecom following approval by the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM).According to Ziggo, the acquisition will help it expand its services for the business market. Esprit is active in the small and medium enterprise market in the Netherlands. The acquisition also includes Zoranet, an information and communication technology specialist that focuses on the retail sector.last_img

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Liberty Globalowned cable operator UPC Cablecom h

first_imgLiberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Cablecom has welcomed a decision by the Swiss Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC) to end the obligation to broadcast analogue TV channels.The obligation to broadcast foreign channels in analogue will be lifted on June 1, with national channels to follow by January 1 2015. Cable operators that make digital receivers available free of charge to their customers can cease broadcasting analogue services immediately.UPC Cablecom met the latter obligation at the end of last year by removing encryption on basic services, thereby removing the need for a dedicated decoder.last_img read more

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Ukrainebased Divantv has launched an internation

first_imgUkraine-based Divan.tv has launched an international OTT service targeting Russian and Ukrainian-speakers.The combined live TV and subscription video-on-demand service will target the estimated 300 million Russian and Ukrainian speakers worldwide with an offering of 60 live channels and VoD for US$9.99 (€7.36) a month.Divan.tv will be available on LG, Samsung, Philips, Sony and Panasonic smart TV portals as well as the Roku media player and Android and iOS tablets.Divan.tv said it would spend “millions of dollars” on developing the global service, with a target of breaking even in two and a half years. The company will now split its head office functions between California and Moscow, leaving only research and development and back-office functions in Ukraine.“We are happy to introduce TV Everywhere concept (Smart TV, STB, tablets, laptop) for all our audience worldwide. We plan to serve up 2 million customers in upcoming three to four years,” said founder of Divan.tv and managing partner of AVentures Capital Andrey Kolodyuk.Divan.tv launched in Ukraine in 2009 and says it has attracted about 125,000 users with a mix of freemium and subscription services. The service has previously signed deals with a number of international content providers including Scripps Networks, and recently expanded its reach by signing deals with a number of local ISPs as well as launching iPad and Android tablet apps.last_img read more

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BSkyBs Sky News has launched a new digital platfo

first_imgBSkyB’s Sky News has launched a new digital platform aimed at giving young people an enhanced voice ahead of next year’s UK general election.The Stand Up Be Counted site will enable people aged between 16 and 25 to post videos, articles and comments on the issues affecting them and their friends, and share them across multiple social media platforms.Sky News is working in partnership with communications charity the Media Trust and other youth organisations to ensure they reach a diverse and representative number of young people across the UK, according to Sky.There will be four areas on the site dedicated respectively to ‘Hot Topics’, a general debate area, ‘Open Mic’, a space for stand-ups to talke about any subject they like, ‘News Feed’, highlight cointent from Sky News, and ‘Stand Ups’, featuring profiles of and content from registered stand-ups.Each area will also allow the Stand Ups to share content via social media including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, WhatsApp and Kik. There is also a camera icon at the top of the page which allows users to upload videos, as well as a Register to Vote icon option which takes users directly through to the government’s online Individual Voter Registration site.“Our campaign is bold in scope and I hope thousands of young people across the UK will become a part of it. Young people have told us they don’t think politics or the media represents them or their interests. They tell us they are seen as either scapegoats or victims, and are viewed as part of the problem rather than as a solution,” said John Ryley, head of Sky News.“We want to give them a platform which works for them – a place where they can talk about their hopes, dreams and fears about the future and share them with their contemporaries via social media platforms. Their voices will become an integral part of our coverage, we will highlight the issues that matter to them ensuring our content becomes more inclusive and reflective of a younger generation.”last_img read more

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Italian public broadcaster Rais transmission towe

first_imgItalian public broadcaster Rai’s transmission tower subsidiary Rai Way has successfully completed its IPO, with its share price rising significantly after the company began trading.Rai Way set its IPO price last week at €2.95, at the bottom of its initial price range, valuing the company at €802 million. The company said at the time that its order book was oversubscribed by a factor of 2.1.Rai Way’s shares rose by about 5% on early trading before falling back slightly on news of an unsuccessful legal suit against the Italian government’s decision to levy €150 million against licence fee income, which provoked a split in Rai’s board and the resignation of one of its members, entrepreneur Luisa Todini.In an interview with business daily Il Sole 24 Ore, Rai director-general Luigi Gubitosi said the appeal decision “certainly does not send a good signal to the market” but said that Rai Way would succeed in any case because it is a well-managed operation with good growth prospects.Gubitosi said that the privatisation of Rai itself, which has been discussed in the past, was a matter for the government but that he did not think it would happen during his term in office, which is due to expire next year.Rai Way’s successful IPO, which was executed within five months comes despite unfavourable economic news from Italy, with other companies pulling their listing plans in recent months.last_img read more

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Olivier Barberot Globecast has completed a company

first_imgOlivier BarberotGlobecast has completed a company-wide reorganisation, in a bid to “enhance its position as a fully integrated media solutions provider.”Globecast said the changes will allow it to operate in a unified manner across all its territories and address the changing needs of its customers.Powered by the launch of ‘Media Factories’ around the world, Globecast said aims to deliver an end-to-end solution offering – moving from an independent teleport operator and satellite services provider to an integrated, global media solutions company.“Globecast has expanded tremendously since its inception, and seen enormous success with its satellite and fibre services. We have listened to our customers and closely examined the next phase of our development using their responses and our market expertise,” said Globecast CEO, Olivier Barberot.last_img read more

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Michelle Phan Endemol Beyond Germany and Viacom In

first_imgMichelle PhanEndemol Beyond Germany and Viacom International Media Networks Northern Europe have partnered to launch a local version of multiplatform lifestyle channel Icon.The pair and brand partner ASOS has created FLiP, which is a local language version of Icon, which premiered in the UK and US in March 2015 and is now being adapted in 16 more markets.Furthermore, a TV spin-off will air in Germany on Fridays at 10.25pm from tonight on Nicknight.Digital star Michelle Phan leads Endemol Beyond-owned Icon on the creative front. The German network will offer content from up-and-coming digital influencers such as Mel (AMissMelle / Vanellimelli), Melissa (BreedingUnicorns) and Hatice (Hatice Schmidt)/Endemol Beyond’s global managing director, George Ramme, is based in Germany. His digital group is part of Endemol Shine Group.“The launch of FLiP marks the next step in the growth of Endemol Beyond as we bring one of our digital formats to television for the first time,” said Ramme.“Viacom International Media Networks Northern Europe pursues with its brands a multi-platform approach to offer the audience and users targetgroup focused, interesting and exciting entertainment via linear and non-linear channels at all relevant platforms and devices,” said VIMN’s VP of digital, north, Mathias Blüm. “With FLiP we create the perfect combination of linear and non-linear with a clear focus on ‘digital first’.”last_img read more

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Vivendi has reportedly upped its stake in Telecom

first_imgVivendi has reportedly upped its stake in Telecom Italia to 24.9%, taking it close to the limit that would trigger an obligatory public offer to take over the Italian telco.According to various press reports, citing the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Vivendi now owns almost a quarter of the stock of Telecom Italia, following its purchase of an additional 148 million shares between March 1 and March 9 for €155 million.Vivendi has increased its influence with Telecom Italia in stages over the last few months, upping its stake and securing the appointment of four additional members of the Telecom Italia board. The French media group has also reportedly pressed for the replacement of Telecom Italia chief executive Marco Patuano and a change in the company’s strategic focus.last_img read more

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Jim Lanzone US broadcaster CBS has promoted the CE

first_imgJim LanzoneUS broadcaster CBS has promoted the CEO of its interactive unit to become chief digital officer at the corporate head office.Jim Lanzone will remain as chief executive of CBS Interactive, while taking on the newly-created CBS Corp. post.He is credited with launching new services such as SVOD platform CBS All Access, which has made waves after being announced as the exclusive home of the new Star Trek and Good Wife series.“For the past five years, Jim has built a successful business and organisation at CBS Interactive, which is now a thriving and profitable operation – and one of our most exciting growth engines as we move to build CBS All Access, CBSN and many other important initiatives in the digital space,” said CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves.In the new post, Lanzone will oversee all digital matters and ensure CBS’s digital strategies are coordinated across divisions.Prior to joining National Amusements-owned CBS, Lanzone was at Clicker Media, which he founded and led as CEO. He was also chief executive of Ask.com (fka Ask Jeeves), which Electus and CollegeHumor backed IAC acquired in 2005.last_img read more

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UK public broadcaster the BBC has agreed to fix it

first_imgUK public broadcaster the BBC has agreed to fix its level of funding of Welsh counterpart S4C until 2022.A letter sent this week by BBC Trust chairman Rona Fairhead to S4C Authority chairman Huw Jones confirms the BBC will provide S4C with £74.5 million (US$99.5 million) each year until the current licence fee agreement ends.The existing agreement with S4C was due to end in 2017, though the BBC Trust, which currently governs the BBC, had previous agreed an extension until 2018 in order to provide stability to the under-threat Welsh pubcaster.“I see this as the right thing to do in recognition of the important role played by S4C for Welsh speaking licence fee payers in particular and as a solid basis on which the S4C Authority and the new BBC Board can work together and maintain the very positive relationship which the BBC Trust has enjoyed with you and your colleagues,” wrote Fairhead in the letter.The BBC said the funding level was “some way above the average projected ‘read across’, which was agreed by the BBC with the [UK] Chancellor and Secretary of State as part of the licence fee agreement in July 2015”.The UK Conservative government earlier this year announced a “comprehensive review” of S4C’s remit, governance and funding, news that followed the revelation government investment in the service would be reduced from £6.7 million to £5 million by 2020.The BBC’s Welsh arm, BBC Cymru, is also bound to provide S4C with 10 hours of programming per week.In June, S4C hired the founder of factual indie TiFiNi, Amanda Rees, as its new director of content.last_img read more

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