• Oops it happened again PEI left off Vancouver airport map

    first_img Travelweek Group Share Tags: Vancouver International Airport << Previous PostNext Post >> Oops, it happened again! P.E.I. left off Vancouver airport mapcenter_img Tuesday, May 2, 2017 Posted by CHARLOTTETOWN — The Vancouver Airport Authority has put Prince Edward Island on the map – literally.According to The Canadian Press, P.E.I.-resident Marie Gilchrist noticed a glaring mistake on a map at Vancouver’s airport: the absence of Prince Edward Island, also known as the “Cradle of Confederation”.The Islander quickly cried foul, bringing the snub to the attention of the airport authority and, consequently, the entire country. The airport authority swiftly responded, updating the map to include Canada’s smallest province.“The new map has been updated to reflect new routes from YVR and of course now includes P.E.I.,” wrote Christopher Richards, spokesperson for the Vancouver Airport Authority, in an email. “We sincerely apologize for the omission and are happy the map has been updated to be more accurate.”Shockingly, this isn’t the first time the tiny island has been overlooked. The Hudson’s Bay Company recently had to drop a line of t-shirts and onesies that depicted an incomplete map of Canada, while the Canadian Automobile Association’s magazine also found itself in hot water after forgetting to label P.E.I. on a map of Canada’s top historic destinations.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?But the destination has found an upside to being perpetually forgotten: the national coverage it has received has put P.E.I. squarely in the spotlight. It was even the subject of a spoof on ‘This Hour Has 22 Minutes’, in which an incensed Island politician held a press conference over the snub.When Gilchrist saw the skit, she said that’s the moment she knew P.E.I. has “arrived”. It only took a proud and determined Islander for it to get there.last_img read more

  • Romantic Old Bank Hotel invites couples

    first_imgSource = Old Bank Boutique Hotel Romantic Old Bank Hotel invites couplesRomantic Old Bank Hotel invites couples to invest in their relationship during ‘Valentine’s Month’ February 2017The Southern Highland’s newest, deluxe accommodation, the Old Bank Boutique Hotel in Mittagong, is inviting couples to invest in their relationship with a new, two-night Romance Package available throughout ‘Valentine’s Month’, February.Cupids can bank on a luxurious and romantic stay, with the new package available not only on Valentine’s Day, February 14, but anytime during February.And leading the way are the Old Bank Hotel’s giant, love-struck teddy bears, Matilda and Albert, who can be found ensconced in the hotel’s library close to the port and sometimes on the outdoor terrace for tea!* February’s two-night Romance Package includes a bottle of sparkling wine on arrival, heart-shaped and home-made shortbread biscuits in the room, a luscious, two-course, seasonal breakfast, afternoon tea each day and deluxe accommodation in the majestic, former bank, which was built in 1892. The deal is available from $590 per couple midweek or from $690 on weekends (subject to availability).Overnight guests can also indulge in romantic, two-course dinners with wine in the Old Bank Hotel’s intimate, candlelit dining room from $55 per guest.Extra passion can be elicited from the Old Bank Hotel’s new cream teas for daytime or overnight guests, with unlimited, fluffy scones served with lashings of clotted cream, accompanied by strawberry and vanilla bean jam sourced from the owners’ local farm. The cream teas are available for $18.50 per person while new, light lunches – also available for both daytime and overnight guests – are available from $27.50 a person. Advance bookings are requested for lunches and cream teas.Diners can feast in the cosy dining room or on the rose-scented terrace by the fountain. Local wines are also available from the bank’s former vault, which is now the hotel’s wine cellar. The Old Bank Hotel is also ideal for proposals, weddings, vow renewals and anniversaries, with the hotel already gaining a name for its warm and personal service, with staff eager to help with any special request.Romantic Old Bank HotelNestled in the heart of historic Mittagong, the stately, 124-year-old building is one of the most beautiful buildings in the Highlands. The property operated as a bank and manager’s residence for many years until falling into disrepair in the 1970s. Locals Warwick and Barbara Wainberg purchased the property in 2009 and embarked on a painstaking, seven-year project to restore it to its former glory.The deluxe hotel boasts rich furnishings, lofty ceilings, a grand, cedar staircase, hand-carved wood panelling, individually designed rugs, polished floorboards, leather Chesterfields in the plush lounge and library, open fires, Egyptian cotton sheets and marble and granite bathrooms. The property is situated close to the Southern Highlands’ well-known antique shops, boutiques, bookshops, cafes and gardens.Contact The Old Bank Boutique Hotel in Mittagong (83 Main St) on 02 4872 4496 or visit www.oldbankhotel.com.au last_img read more

  • Top Stories

    first_img Top Stories Few people understand the NFL Draft like Mel Kiper, Jr. does, so when the ESPN NFL analyst shares his thoughts, it’s probably best to pay attention.His most recent mock draft, which was released on Feb. 18, had the Arizona Cardinals selecting Boise State linebacker Kamalei Correa with the No. 29 pick, with the understanding that the team is fairly desperate to find a pass rusher in the draft.A guest of the Off the Edge with B-Train on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Wednesday, Kiper talked about how while not necessarily common, history has shown a team can find quality pass rushers late in the first round. “Because it’s hard to identify some of these guys,” he mused. “They grow into a position as an outside linebacker or a defensive end once they are in the NFL, or they develop better technique, better counter-moves. Coaching has a lot to do with the development of a player.”Indeed, some of the game’s best pass rushers have not been selected among the draft’s first 10 or 15 picks, though at the same time, many of the best were. As it is with any position talent can be found all throughout the draft, it’s just a matter of finding it and then having the patience to let the player mature and become an effective rusher.And for the Cardinals, Kiper has a few players in mind.“I think the pass rushers this year that you have to look out at and look out for for Arizona would be late in Round 1, Emmanuel Ogbah from Oklahoma State, who had I think a decent but not a great year but then had a phenomenal workout — he looked like a two, now maybe he’s a late one,” he said. “Kevin Dodd from Clemson who had a great year but didn’t test well, he could be around at that particular point.“And then Noah Spence is going to be interesting because he had a great start to his career at Ohio State, then moved on to Eastern Kentucky — had an off the field issue — has a great year at Eastern Kentucky, great Senior Bowl week, then just an average workout. So will he be there? We’ll see. Leonard Floyd from Georgia tests a little bit better than he plays. Kamalei Correa, Boise State, just a heck of a football player. LISTEN: Mel Kiper, Jr. – ESPN NFL Draft Analyst FILE – In this Nov. 14, 2015, file photo, Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah, right, sacks Iowa State quarterback Joel Lanning during the first half of an NCAA college football game, in Ames, Iowa. Oklahoma State junior defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah, with 13 sacks, is the Big 12 defensive player of the year. (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth, File) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The knee injury will keep Smith off the field in 2016, meaning whatever team takes him is essentially going to redshirt him in preparation for 2017.“He’s a kid that we really don’t have a handle on as to where he’s going to go.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   Your browser does not support the audio element. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “So I think those are some of the options that are really in play late in round one for Arizona.”As of Wednesday afternoon, the ArizonaSports.com Mock Draft Tracker shows Ogbah, Dodd, Spence, Correa and Floyd linked to Arizona fairly often, with a handful of other players mixed in.One position they are not often projected to draft is cornerback, though the Cardinals also seem to have a need there, too.If he was running the Cardinals and had to address pass rush or cornerback in the first round, Kiper said he would choose pass rush but sees some defensive backs who could help.“It depends on what type of corner you’re looking for,” he said. “I’ll throw Artie Burns from Miami of Florida, I’ll throw his name out there if you want a corner who could be viable in the late first.”But, Kiper said, there figures to be more opportunity for the Cardinals to land a rusher in Floyd, Correa or maybe Spence. He also mentioned Jaylon Smith, who was considered to be one of the best defensive players in the country before he tore his ACL and MCL in Notre Dame’s Fiesta Bowl loss to Ohio State.“I look at Jaylon Smith as a guy, who, where’s he going to go,” Kiper asked. “Is he going to be a mid-one, a late-one, a two? Here’s a guy who would have been in the mix to be the No. 1 pick in the draft.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

  • Related BA and Iberia merger edges closerThe propo

    first_img RelatedBA and Iberia merger edges closerThe proposed merger between British Airways (BA) and Iberia, Spain’s flag carrier, would be welcome news for customersBA brings flights to London from CopenhagenFlights to London City from Copenhagen have been launched by British Airways (BA)BA launches joint business with Iberia and AAA new trilateral relationship between British Airways (BA), Iberia and American Airlines (AA) The European Commission (EC) has approved the proposed merger between the UK’s British Airways (BA) and Iberia of Spain.A joining of the two airlines was cleared under the EU Merger Regulation for air passenger and cargo transport, as well as related services.The EC ruled that the agreement between the companies would not have a significant detrimental effect on competition in any part of the European Economic Area.BA currently serves 150 cities in 75 countries with a further 215 cities being served through code-sharing relationships, while Iberia operates flights to 110 cities in 43 countries.The airlines are also pursuing a closer relationship with American Airlines for transatlantic routes, plans for which were rubber stamped by the EC and are awaiting approval from the US Department of Transport (DoT).Willie Walsh, chief executive of BA, said: “We await the DoT’s final decision but welcome this important and vital step forward. The high number of new services on London to US routes since the Open Skies agreement demonstrates that Heathrow is open.”All three airlines are part of the Oneworld alliance, along with Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines and Qantas.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

  • Rep Jim Runestad RWhite Lake Local School Funding

    first_img Tags: #SB, Clarkston, education, Huron Valley, local school funding, most education funding in Michigan history, Oakland County, Runestad, Walled Lake, Waterford 19Aug Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake: Local School Funding Categories: Featured news,Infographics,News,Runestad Newslast_img

  • Rep Kahle says students go back to schools with record state funding

    first_imgState Rep. Bronna Kahle today said classrooms in Lenawee County will soon be filled with children returning to school after the summer break, and the K-12 school districts maintaining those classrooms are in line for a record amount of state funding in the next fiscal year.Kahle, of Adrian, said all school districts in Michigan will receive per-student increases in state funding of $60 to $120, with another $25 on top of that for each high school student. A majority of the districts in communities across Lenawee County will receive the higher increase of $120 per student.“Our smaller school districts have been shortchanged for decades, and this budget helps alleviate some of that funding gap,” Kahle said. “All students are important no matter where they live.”Kahle, who is vice chair of the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee, said funding also will increase for career and technical training to prepare students who want to enter the workforce after high school for in-demand jobs in Michigan.“There is an abundance of vocational jobs in Michigan, but there are not enough qualified workers to fill them,” Kahle said. “The increased funding for skilled-trades education will help give our students the best chance to succeed in these fields.”Kahle was involved in budget discussions this spring and voted for the funding increases.School districts in the communities Kahle serves will see the following estimated increases in the 2017-18 school budget:Adrian School District, $676,334;Addison Community Schools , $177,762;Blissfield Community Schools, $228,169;Britton-Macon Area School District, $146,891;Clinton Community Schools, $186,080;Hudson Area Schools, $235,770;Madison School District, $271,933;Morenci Area Schools            , $205,697;Onsted Community Schools, $283,945;Sand Creek Community Schools, $206,793;Tecumseh Public Schools, $547,486. 01Sep Rep. Kahle says students go back to schools with record state funding ##### Categories: Kahle News,News Most in local communities receive top amountlast_img read more

  • Rep Johnson announces March office hours

    first_img28Feb Rep. Johnson announces March office hours Categories: Steven Johnson News State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours:Monday, March 19, 2018Allegan CountyColonial Kitchen1825 142nd Ave.in Dorr8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.Kent CountyBob Evans6565 Kalamazoo Ave SE in Gaines Twp.10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  “One of my top priorities as State Representative is to always be accessible to the people I am elected to serve,” said Johnson, R-Wayland. “I have personally held 24 local office hours in the last year since taking office for residents to personally share their concerns, ask questions and get help with issues involving state government.”No appointment is necessary and there is no cost to attend. Those unable to attend are encouraged to call Rep. Johnson’s office at 517-373-0840, email StevenJohnson@house.mi.gov or visit his website at www.RepJohnson.com.last_img read more

  • A Flood of State Immigration Laws in 2013

    first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesJanuary 20, 2014; National Conference of State LegislaturesLos Angeles resident Alva Alvarez relies on large doses of over-the-counter medicines purchased at supermarkets because she doesn’t have medical insurance coverage due to her status as an undocumented immigrant. Cleveland resident Ricardo Ramos has been an undocumented immigrant in the U.S. for 16 years, but now faces deportation by immigration authorities, separating him from his wife and three children, all born in the U.S. and therefore U.S. citizens.The day-to-day lives of Alvarez and Ramos and millions like them will be affected by some of the 184 immigration-related laws and 253 immigration-related resolutions that were passed by state legislatures in 2013. With immigration reform stalled in Congress, the action has increasingly shifted to the state level, meaning that nonprofits have to be paying maximal attention to what’s going on in their state capitals. On immigration, laws passed by state legislatures increased 18 percent in 2013.NCSL notes that big omnibus immigration enforcement bills similar to Arizona’s SB1070 “largely disappeared” from legislative dockets in 2013, as comparable 2011 laws in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina, and Utah were quickly challenged in court. The trend for state laws in general seems to be toward greater accommodations and rights for “unauthorized residents.” Ten states extended driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants and four states joined eleven others in offering undocumented immigrants in-state college tuition. In California, for example, the legislature passed one law that prohibited local law enforcement from holding immigrants for federal deportation if they were only arrested for minor crimes and were eligible for release. These state efforts head in the direction of immigration reforms that Congress could and should be enacting for a more rational and decent approach to the treatment of the more than 10 million undocumented immigrants in the nation. In fact, 11 of the resolutions passed by state legislatures called on Congress to get off the dime and do something about comprehensive immigration reform.Filling the federal vacuum, states are continuing to pursue immigration-related legislation in 2014. New York State is considering tuition for the children of undocumented immigrants, though a handful of conservative Democrats might be an obstacle to enactment. A similar “Dream Act” kind of bill has passed the House of Representatives of the state of Washington, but is stuck in a recalcitrant Senate. Even the Florida legislature might get around to approving in-state tuition this year. All well and good, but these statutes are far from the national comprehensive immigration reform that over 10 million undocumented immigrants need and deserve.For Alva Alvarez, California in 2013 authorized the targeting of “mixed” status immigration families for Medi-Cal outreach and enrollment, though the state hasn’t yet enacted State Senator Ricardo Lara’s bill to extend Medi-Cal coverage to undocumented immigrants overall. The only immigration-related action of the Ohio state legislature dealing with the state’s medical assistance program for immigrants was vetoed, so Ramos’s situation is still going to be tenuous. Fifty states enacting immigration laws doesn’t quite do the trick of fixing nation’s challenge of welcoming and accommodating people from other countries seeking a better life in the U.S.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

  • Is Social Enterprise the Child Star of the Sector

    first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares Damiano Poli / Shutterstock.comFebruary 25, 2014;The GuardianNPQ has lately been working on a set of articles about social enterprises and found this column resonant with some of what we have encountered in our research.Writing for the Poverty Matters blog at the Guardian, Deborah Doane, the former director of the World Development Movement, calls social entrepreneurs in India “the child star in an otherwise much-maligned space.” She says that “Governments sing their praises, business schools teach their methods and award schemes elevate them to iconic status” even while more traditional nonprofits are trash talked and badgered for their inadequacies. “Social enterprises, however,” she writes, “seem to be beyond critique. Instead of being lumped together with the rest of the development sector, they are hailed as the solution.”Doane says that hostility towards NGOs (or nonprofits, in our case) is one of the drivers of growth in social entrepreneurship in the south of India, but she writes that most social enterprises are apolitical. “It could also be argued that by pursuing a market-based form of development, social enterprises let governments off the hook… overemphasis on them as the sole solution to poverty eradication risks de-politicizing the development landscape, which is as much about power and social structures as it is about service delivery.”NPQ has a few additional worries about an overemphasis on social enterprise, but we would love to know what you think.—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

  • If NYC Gets 17 More Charter Schools What Will It Mean

    first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares October 8, 2014; New York TimesOn Wednesday, October 8th, New York State’s charter schools committee (part of the State University of New York system’s board of trustees) approved 17 new schools for New York City. Fourteen of them will be Success Academy schools, bringing that network to a total of 50 schools that will serve 16,300 students by 2016. This decision will invigorate the growing debate about the effectiveness of charter schools and their overall impact on the quality of public education in New York and the United States.The debate over charter schools is part of ongoing national concern about overall educational achievement and how best to improve our performance. Charter schools are part of a national effort spearheaded by President Obama’s education director, Arne Duncan. They seek to systemically change the nature of American public education and are coupled with the weakening or elimination of teachers’ unions and tenure, the development of the Common Core Curriculum, and the increased use of standardized testing as the basis for assessing educational success.Supporters of these efforts see the traditional model of public education as broken and that educational achievement can only be improved by radically reforming the system. Joseph W. Belluck, chair of the committee, is convinced that “parents in the communities where these schools are do not care about the politics of this issue. They want their kids to have good schools, and they want their kids to have a good education.”But will this decision result in better schools? Diane Ravitch framed the issue this way in an article in the New Republic:“The fundamental question is this: Are charter schools like Success Academy a model for public education? The answer is: they are not. If public schools were able to exclude, one way or another, English-language learners and students with severe disabilities, the schools would have higher scores. But they cannot do this because, with the exception of a small number of exam schools, public schools are required to accept all students, regardless of their language skills, learning disabilities or test scores. If public schools could refuse to accept new enrollees after a certain grade, they could ‘build a culture,’ as Success Academy’s fans say it does. But public schools must take all enrollees, even those who show up mid-year.”Supporters of charter schools point to the greater flexibility in staffing and scheduling that the schools are allowed, and to the high performance of certain networks. Students at Success schools, for example, routinely outperform those in other schools on state tests.But do these changes work?Richard Brodsky, a fellow at the Demos think tank in New York City and at the Wagner School at New York University, wrote in the Albany Times-Union:“In the end, the charter school movement challenges the existence of public schools, not just some of its policies. The drive to privatize education is part of a national attack on government and the empowerment of large corporate interests.“To me, a healthy debate about the policies could be a good thing. But if we’re going down a path of privatizing public education, I’m worried. Public schools created the American national success story. Whatever their real shortcomings, they need to be strengthened and they need to be funded. And I don’t want that fight to be distorted by huge tax subsidies going to charter schools, even as we reduce federal and state aid to public schools. That’s the wrong kind of financial aid to education.”While there are examples of success to be found in individual schools, it is hard to find signs of systemic improvement that can be demonstrated to be the results of these change efforts. This is particularly true when the available data is analyzed and the effects of differential enrollment patterns are controlled for. Overall, it still appears that larger societal issues of race and income need to be confronted if we are going to have educational success for all students.—Marty LevineShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

  • Nonprofits with New Healthcare Advocacy Strategies Prepare for a Rematch

    first_imgShare19Tweet13ShareEmail32 SharesFebruary 20, 2018; USA TodayDespite failing to dismantle the Affordable Care Act in the early months of his administration, the president and his GOP allies in Congress continue to attack the law from as many directions as possible. Those efforts to undermine (rather than strengthen) expanded coverage have spawned several new efforts to find a path forward toward universal access to affordable, quality care.In early February, Andy Slavitt, the acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services during the final years of the Obama administration, announced the launch of a new nonprofit, the United States of Care. Slavitt has gathered together bipartisan leaders from the private and public sectors to help drive a multi-stakeholder conversation, inclusive of the voices of Americans from cities and towns all across the country, that has as its ultimate goal consensus-driven policy solutions.United States of Care is not committed to any particular policy solution, but rather will support ideas that satisfy three core principles:Affordable Source of Care: Every American should have an affordable, regular source of care for themselves and their families.Protection from Financial Devastation: All Americans should be protected from financial devastation because of illness or injury.Political and Economic Viability: Policies to achieve these aims must be fiscally responsible and win the political support needed to ensure long-term stability.In a commentary in USA Today, Slavitt explains that he spent much of last year traveling the country and talking to Americans about what they want from their health care system.Whether they are Democrats, Republicans, independents, or none of the above, no Americans want to live in fear that a job change, a prior illness, the cost of their medication, the generosity of their insurance company or who wins the next elections will determine whether they have their access to affordable health care.Slavitt believes we can find viable, bipartisan solutions through a state-based strategy. United States of Care will be working with state leaders who want to expand access to quality care in their states by harnessing public opinion to support change, providing resources and expertise to support policy initiatives, and developing new ideas. In the long run, United States of Care hopes to develop lasting solutions that work for all Americans, regardless of where they live, their employment status, or their income.February also saw the launch of a national campaign by the Right Care Alliance (RCA) to reduce the price of life-saving insulin. A coalition of clinicians and patients, RCA seeks to hold health care organizations accountable to the communities they serve.“The Right Care Alliance is calling for an end to this extortionist and shameful price-jacking,” says RCA co-chair Dr. Vikas Saini in a press release. “No one should die because they can’t afford their insulin, especially when the CEO of Eli Lilly is making more than $16 million per year.”Between 1.5 and 3 million Americans with Type 1 diabetes depend on insulin to stay alive. Another 4 million, with Type 2 diabetes, also use insulin. Yet three pharmaceutical companies—Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk, and Sanofi—control the insulin market, demanding higher and higher prices.The price of insulin has tripled over the last ten years, according to RCA. It now costs a Type 1 diabetic an average of $1000 per month for insulin and supplies. RCA notes that a search of GoFundMe pages turns up over 6000 results for people looking for financial support to buy insulin. Dr. Saini explains in a video that diabetic patients, like 26-year-old Alec Raeshawn Smith, are dying from rationing their insulin.RCA is holding a series of events to build public support for their campaign, beginning with a February 27 live Facebook panel of patients and doctors discussing the impact of insulin price gouging. RCA hopes to use the insulin campaign to drive real solutions to out-of-control pharmaceutical pricing and the crisis of affordability that puts healthcare out of reach for many Americans.United States of Care and RCA are playing the long game, seeking new solutions to our troubled health care system. But with the mid-term elections around the corner, two advocacy groups, Protect Our Care and Save My Care, are joining together to target candidates who have attacked the Affordable Care Act. They have made a six-figure TV and digital ad buy in seven states, including Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Maine, Nevada, Ohio, and Tennessee.The question remains: Can the Affordable Care Act, now mired in partisan controversy, serve as an effective vehicle for expanding access to care? Or, is it time to move on to new strategies that bring down costs and ensure universal access to high-quality, equitable, and compassionate care?—Karen KahnShare19Tweet13ShareEmail32 Shareslast_img read more

  • Environmental Nonprofits Climate Kids Lawsuit Cleared for Historic Trial

    first_imgShare35Tweet23ShareEmail58 SharesBy Lorie Shaull from Washington, United States (Kids Want Climate Justice) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsMarch 9, 2018; Color LinesThe United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the government’s latest effort to have a youth-led climate lawsuit dismissed. The plaintiffs in the case are 21 young people who claim that the government is imperiling their life, liberty, and property by failing to take action on climate change.The young people brought their suit against the Obama administration back in August 2015, but amended the suit in early 2017 to include President Trump as a defendant. Climate scientist Dr. James Hansen is also a plaintiff in the case, joining alongside his granddaughter who is one of the youth plaintiffs.The youth, who ranged in age from 8 to 19 years old at the time of the original filing, are represented by Our Children’s Trust, a nonprofit environmental advocacy group that is coordinating a global campaign to “secure the legal right to a healthy atmosphere and stable climate.”Following the March 7th ruling allowing the case to proceed, Julia Olson, lead lawyer for the youth plaintiffs and chief counsel at Our Children’s Trust, told the Washington Post, “We’re looking forward to putting the federal government on trial on climate science and its dangerous fossil fuel policies.”Kiran Oommen​, a 21-year-old plaintiff from Seattle, Washington, responded to the Court’s decision:The question of the last few years has not been “do we have a case” but rather “how far will the federal government go to prevent justice.” We have seen that they are willing to go to many lengths to cover up their crimes and maintain the status quo, but not even the Trump administration can go far enough to escape the inevitable tide of social progress. The Ninth Circuit’s decision affirms that we are on the side of justice.The suit was originally filed in the US District Court for the District of Oregon. In November 2016, following oral arguments in the case, US District Judge Ann Aiken ruled that the lawsuit could move forward to trial. A series of motions by the government and industry groups that formally intervened slowed progress throughout 2017.The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are a diverse group of young people from various regions of the country threatened by climate change. One plaintiff, Jayden Foytlin, 13, lives in Rayne, Louisiana, where her home has regularly flooded since the filing of the lawsuit. In September 2016 oral arguments in the case, Foytlin explained the situation:They called it a thousand-year flood, meaning it should only happen every thousand years or so. But in my state, Louisiana, we have had that 1000-year flood and eight 500-year floods in less than two years. A few weeks ago, I literally stepped out of bed and was up to my ankles in climate change.“The purpose of this case is to obtain an order from a federal court requiring the United States government, including the president and specific federal agencies, to develop national plan to protect our atmosphere and stable climate system,” explained Olson when the case was first filed. “This lawsuit asks whether our government has a constitutional responsibility to leave a viable climate system for future generations.”From the actions of the Trump administration to dismantle regulations, speed fossil fuel development, and hide information about climate science from the public, it’s pretty clear that the administration does not agree that the government has a responsibility to address climate change. When this landmark case goes to trial—likely in about six months—government lawyers are going to have a tough case to present.—Karen KahnShare35Tweet23ShareEmail58 Shareslast_img read more

  • International fashion and entertainment channel Fa

    first_imgInternational fashion and entertainment channel Fashion One has launched on UK free-to-air DTH platform Freesat.The launch coincides with London Fashion Week and the channel will open with new six-episode reality series Fashion Correspondent Search: London.last_img

  • UK broadcaster the BBC has launched a version of i

    first_imgUK broadcaster the BBC has launched a version of its sport app for Android devices.Viewers can now get access to BBC Sport through the Android app, which the broadcaster said offered similar functionality to its previously launched iOS app. The new app. is compatible with Android versions 2.2 Froyo and above. It offers top stories and breaking news, live text commentaries on football fixtures and other major sports events and the daily Sportsday live service, a new football section including fixtures, results and live scores, pages for all UK football matches and football transfer gossip, live video streaming and clips accessible through the app’s media asset pages and the ability to share pages via email, Facebook and Twitter.The app supports playback of audio and video clips and live video within the app on Android versions 2.2 and above, meaning that users with some handsets will have to install the BBC Media Player to view video separately.The app will be made available via the Google Play Store soon.last_img read more

  • Video processing platforms provider Appear TV has

    first_imgVideo processing platforms provider Appear TV has been chosen to provide additional TV reception and distribution systems for Formula One circuits around the world.The firm will provide its TV systems this year at Austria’s Red Bull Ring Spielberg and Thailand’s Buriram circuit, which is set to host its first Formula One race in 2015. It has also renewed its Bahrain circuit deals.Appear TV, which is based in Oslo, Norway, has had experience providing TV reception and distribution systems for Formula One tracks over the past decade.last_img

  • Spanish cable operator ONO has passed the 400000

    first_imgSpanish cable operator ONO has passed the 400,000 TiVo customer mark, with users of the DVR service now accounting for more than half of its TV subscribers. ONO said that is rounded off May with 407,000 TiVo customers and that the service maintains “significant growth,” adding users every month.ONO’s TiVo service offers customers 120 linear channels, 43 of them in HD, along with a 500GB hard disc capacity and access to a movie rental service. The firm said that in a recent survey, more than 90% of ONO TiVo users said they were very pleased with the quality service.In its last quarterly earnings announcement, ONO said that for the three months to the end of March it had 382,000 TiVo customers, representing 49% of its TV base.last_img

  • Overthetop television and video revenues in west

    first_imgOver-the-top television and video revenues in western Europe will hit US$13.72 billion in 2020, according to Digital TV Research.The figure is expected to be reached in five years as uptake on on-demand and OTT services roll out across 15 western European countries.This compares with the US$894 million recorded in 2010 and the US$6.34 billion expected this year.Subscription on-demand will become the region’s largest OTT revenue source next year, Digital TV Research predicted. This comes as Netflix rolls out in various European territories and other local services emerge.In 2020, SVOD will bring US$6.49 billion – 47% of all OTT revenues, compared with just US$106 million in 2010 (12% of revenues).“We forecast 55.66 million SVOD homes by 2020, up from 1.66 million in 2010 and an expected 15.29 million by end-2015,” said Simon Murray, principal analyst at Digital TV Research. “Germany will overtake the UK to become the largest country by SVOD homes in 2020.”Furthermore, 32.2% of the region’s TV households will subscribe to an SVOD package by 2020, up from 9% by end-2014. Penetration in the Nordic region will “notably higher” than others, according to Digital TV Research.However, four of the five largest western European countries – France, Germany, Italy and Spain – will see penetration below 30%.last_img read more

  • Rona Fairhead The future of the BBC needs to be dr

    first_imgRona FairheadThe future of the BBC needs to be driven by “evidence and fact, not by prejudice and not by vested interest,” according to the head of the BBC Trust Rona Fairhead.In an open letter on ‘Tomorrow’s BBC’, published by the Independent newspaper, Fairhead said that while the BBC needs to reform and evolve, there is concern that some changes could be irreversible.“The BBC’s role is to hold politicians to account – and any ability to influence this through the control of funding has a potentially chilling effect on the BBC’s independence,” said Fairhead, writing ahead of the next BBC charter review.Referring to a recent government licence fee deal, which said that the BBC must foot the bill for free TV licences for those aged over 75, Fairhead said: “We accept that this was a decision the government was entitled to take. But it should make the BBC wary of, ever again, accepting money under the direct control of government.”Fairhead said it is clear that the BBC needs to reform in a number of areas – “including its costs, the complexity of its structures, its governance, how it works with other parts of the industry and the way it serves an increasingly disparate nation.”However, she warned that “it is essential that we don’t get seduced by a short-term market failure argument with long-term irreversible consequences.”“It is essential that we now have an open and honest discussion with licence fee payers about what sort of BBC they want for their money, given that the financial framework has been set. We have already started that conversation but it might ultimately mean presenting the public with pick-and-mix options to establish their priorities.”last_img read more

  • Vivendi is close to securing a deal to take contro

    first_imgVivendi is close to securing a deal to take control of Mediaset’s pay TV arm, according to multiple reports.The signs that a deal are close come despite Mediaset playing down reports of a sale in recent weeks.According to reports by Italian financial daily Il Sole 24 Ore and French financial daily Les Echos, the French media giant will take control of Mediaset Premium in a deal that will see it take a 3.5% stake in Mediaset proper in exchange for an equal stake in Vivendi given to Mediaset. The difference in value between the two stakes – €150 million for the Mediaset stake versus €880 million for the Vivendi stake – indicates a value of €730 million placed on Mediaset’s 89% stake in Mediaset Premium, according to the paper.According to Il Sole 24 Ore, Telefonica will sell its 11% stake in Mediaset Premium to Vivendi. A clause in the agreement between Mediaset and the Spanish telco stipulates that Telefonica could be obliged to sell the stake following a deal between Mediaset and a third party.According to the Italian paper, the deal between the pair will also encompass internet video, with a partnership spanning Mediaset’s Infinity offering and Vivendi’s Watchever service.The loss-making Mediaset Premium has struggled to make headway against rival Sky in Italy, despite its expensive investment in European Champions League football rights. However, there has been speculation that Vivendi could seek to use its 24.9% in Telecom Italy to try to realise synergies between the two groups. Telecom Italia currently has a deal in place to make Sky’s content available to its subscribers via its TV service.last_img read more

  • German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat1 gener

    first_imgGerman commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 generated 50% of its revenues in the first half of this year from non-advertising activities for the first time, helping deliver solid revenue and profit growth for the group.The broadcaster saw off a weakening of the advertising market in the second quarter through strong growth in its digital ventures and commerce arm and solid growth in content production and sales.Overall, ProSiebenSat.1 saw its second-quarter revenues grow by 9% to reach €962 million, while adjusted EBITDA rose by 6% to €270 million. First-half revenues grew by 11% to €1.872 billion, with adjusted EBITDA rising 8% to €458 million.Revenue from the group’s German broadcasting activities dipped by 2% for Q2 to €529 million, reflecting a softening of the advertising market, down 4% for the quarter, according to ProSiebenSat.1. Cost-cutting enabled the broadcasting unit to turn in improved EBITDA of €208 million, up 4%, however.Among its non-advertising revenue sources, the broadcaster’s digital entertainment revenues actually fell in Q2, albeit by a modest 2% to €108 million thanks to the deconsolidation of its games business at the end of last year. However, digital ventures and commerce grew by 50% in the same period to reach €227 million, contributing to a 58% rise in EBITDA from the unit. The growth was primarily driven by the group’s online dating business.Content production and global sales saw growth of 15% I the three months to June to €89 million, with EBITDA rising to €12 million. The US production business made the biggest contribution to the uplift.The quarter saw the group acquire a majority stake in ‘experience gift’ provider Jochen Schweizer, and sell its shares in online travel agency Etraveli. ProSiebenSat.1 also established online advertising initiative the European Broadcaster Exchange in partnership with TF1 Group and Mediaset.Thomas EbelingProSiebenSat.1 said it expected the advertising market to pick up in the second half of the year, with full-year growth of between 1.5% and 2.5%. However, the group is more cautious about its expectations for its own share of the pie, expecting revenue growth from advertising at the lower end of this scale. It said it expected high single-digit revenue growth overall for the full year.“We continued our profitable growth despite the weaker development of the advertising market in the second quarter and anticipate an again positive environment within the TV advertising market for the second half of the year,” said CEO Thomas Ebeling.“We are further dynamically growing in the digital areas that are strategically important to us. The investments in our commerce business are paying off. Furthermore, we are driving the expansion of addressable TV, ad-tech and data, which are strategic growth areas for us.”last_img read more