A months-long safety investigation is underway, following an emergency landing at Canberra Airport earlier this week. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) will spend months investigating the source of smoke in the cockpit that forced an emergency landing at Canberra Airport on Monday, the Canberra Times reported. Initial reports said the pilot of the Dash 8 aircraft advised air traffic control of smoke in the cockpit, forcing the Wagga-Wagga bound service to divert its flight to the nation’s capital for an emergency landing. A Dash 8 passenger aircraft had to divert for an emergency landing. NB: Not actual cockpit image. All 50 passengers aboard the aircraft, including one child, arrived safely at Canberra Airport. The investigation into the incident is expected to take three months. Source = ETB News: P.T.
16. Arizona Cardinals (3-4-1)High: 11 (Green)Low: 21 (Marotta)Movement: ▼ 7Comment: Veldheer is out; Mathieu is out. The Cardinals will be out soon. — MorganNext: Bye17. Buffalo Bills (4-4)High: 14 (Marotta)Low: 18 (Burns)Movement: ▼ 4Comment: Rex Ryan may have to play WR soon. — LapinskiNext: at Seattle18. Detroit Lions (4-4)High: 15 (Green)Low: 22 (Burns, Lapinski)Movement: ▼ 3Comment: Tough loss to Houston is followed by road tilt against angry Vikings. — GreenNext: at Minnesota19. New Orleans Saints (3-4)High: 17 (Marotta)Low: 22 (Morgan)Movement: ▲ 7Comment: Beneficiaries of poor officiating in a win over Seattle. — MorganNext: at San Francisco20. Tennessee Titans (4-4)High: 16 (Marotta)Low: 23 (Lapinski)Movement: ▲ 5Comment: Marcus Mariota is finding his stride. — GrialouNext: at San Diego21. Carolina Panthers (2-5)High: 14 (Burns)Low: 28 (Morgan)Movement: ▲ 6Comment: Wouldn’t be shocked if this team won the NFC South. — GreenNext: at Los Angeles22. San Diego Chargers (3-5)High: 13 (Burns)Low: 29 (Grialou)Movement: ▼ 3Comment: The Chargers should be better than this, but I can’t put my finger on it. — MorganNext: vs. Tennessee We’re at the NFL season’s midway point — well, sort of — and we finally have a clear leader in each conference.The New England Patriots, fueled by Tom Brady’s continued double-bird to the NFL ridiculous level of play, are clearly the top team in the AFC and once again top our Arizona Sports Power Rankings. Brady dodged defenders (and other things that could only be thrown on the field by Buffalo fans) while throwing for 315 yards and four touchdowns in the Pats’ 41-25 win over the Bills. Since returning from his four-game suspension, Brady has completed 73 percent of his passes and has 12 touchdowns with no interceptions. Top Stories Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 30. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5)High: 30 (unanimous)Low: —Movement: ▼ 1Comment: Can’t believe their head coach is still their head coach. — BurnsNext: at Kansas City31. San Francisco 49ers (1-6)High: 31 (unanimous)Low: —Movement: —Comment: If a team goes on a bye, and no one’s around to care, does anyone notice? — LapinskiNext: vs. New Orleans32. Cleveland Browns (0-8)High: 32 (unanimous)Low: —Movement: —Comment: The black sheep in the City of Champions. — MarottaNext: vs. Dallas Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 9. Minnesota Vikings (5-2)High: 5 (Grialou)Low: 13 (Dimakos)Movement: ▼ 6Comment: O-line getting exposed. — BurnsNext: vs. Detroit10. Green Bay Packers (4-3)High: 7 (Grialou, Dimakos)Low: 11 (Marotta, Lapinski)Movement: ▼ 4Comment: Aaron Rodgers played his best game yet — people not believing in GB are wrong. — DimakosNext: vs. Indianapolis11. Philadelphia Eagles (4-3)High: 7 (Morgan, Burns)Low: 14 (Green)Movement: —Comment: Even in defeat, Philadelphia is impressive. — GrialouNext: at New York Giants12. Houston Texans (5-3)High: 12 (Green)Low: 17 (Grialou, Burns)Movement: ▲ 6Comment: They’re still on top of a LOUSY division. — MarottaNext: Bye13. Washington Redskins (4-3-1)High: 12 (Morgan, Dimakos)Low: 17 (Lapinski)Movement: ▲ 3Comment: Kickers + OT = POISON — BurnsNext: Bye14. New York Giants (4-3)High: 10 (Lapinski)Low: 23 (Green, Burns)Movement: ▲ 3Comment: Wondering if Odell Beckham took the kicking net on a a tropical vacation during the bye week? — MarottaNext: vs. Philadelphia15. Cincinnati Bengals (3-4-1)High: 12 (Grialou, Burns)Low: 19 (Marotta, Dimakos)Movement: ▼ 1Comment: Well, at least Tyler Eifert looks good again. — LapinskiNext: Bye The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo T-23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4)High: 20 (Lapinski)Low: 26 (Burns)Movement: ▼ 3Comment: I think this team will end up either 8-8 or 7-9. Mike Evans is fun to watch. — DimakosNext: vs. AtlantaT-23. Baltimore Ravens (3-4)High: 19 (Morgan)Low: 27 (Marotta)Movement: —Comment: Even Joe Flacco can’t get excited about this team. — LapinskiNext: vs. Pittsburgh25. Los Angeles Rams (3-4)High: 18 (Grialou)Low: 29 (Marotta)Movement: ▼ 1Comment: Bye week to contemplate finishing 7-9. — BurnsNext: vs. Carolina26. New York Jets (3-5)High: 17 (Green)Low: 28 (Lapinski)Movement: ▲ 2Comment: Nothing like a win over the Browns to quiet the critics. — GrialouNext: at Miami27. Miami Dolphins (3-4)High: 24 (Grialou, Morgan)Low: 28 (Dimakos, Burns)Movement: ▼ 5Comment: On a two-game winning streak — may win next five due to soft schedule. — GreenNext: vs. New York Jets28. Indianapolis Colts (3-5)High: 25 (Burns)Low: 28 (Grialou, Green)Movement: ▼ 7Comment: I am convinced you should let Andrew Luck go somewhere else and flourish. — DimakosNext: at Green Bay29. Chicago Bears (2-6)High: 27 (Grialou)Low: 29 (Green, Dimakos, Burns, Lapinski)Movement: ▲ 1Comment: Jordan Howard’s monster effort drags them firmly into the NFL’s Top 30. — LapinskiNext: Bye 3. Denver Broncos (6-2)High: 3 (Marotta, Grialou, Morgan, Green, Burns, Lapinski)Low: 4 (Dimakos)Movement: ▲ 2Comment: C.J. Anderson injury is going to hurt, but for now, this will do. — BurnsNext: at Oakland4. Oakland Raiders (6-2)High: 3 (Dimakos)Low: 9 (Morgan)Movement: ▲ 6Comment: The Raiders are 5-0 on the road for the first time since 1977. — MorganNext: vs. Denver5. Seattle Seahawks (4-2-1)High: 4 (Morgan, Burns)Low: 8 (Grialou, Green, Dimakos)Movement: ▼ 1Comment: Really only have one convincing win, and could have three more losses. — LapinskiNext: vs. Buffalo6. Atlanta Falcons (5-3)High: 5 (Morgan, Burns)Low: 11 (Grialou)Movement: ▲ 6Comment: Matt Ryan has ice water in his veins. — GrialouNext: at Tampa Bay7. Kansas City Chiefs (5-2)High: 4 (Marotta)Low: 10 (Morgan, Burns)Movement: —Comment: Nick Foles had a better weekend than his alma mater’s quarterbacks. — GreenNext: vs. Jacksonville8. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3)High: 4 (Lapinski)Low: 11 (Morgan)Movement: —Comment: If they get healthy, they’re on the short list of Super Bowl contenders. — LapinskiNext: at Baltimore Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson (21) kneels in defeat as the final seconds tick off the clock during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. The Panthers won 30-20. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone) In the NFC, the Dallas Cowboys continue winning ball games. Their Week 8 Sunday night win over the Philadelphia Eagles didn’t feature customary steady play from rookie QB Dak Prescott, but Dallas prevailed anyway. Prescott completed only 19-of-39 passes, but had two big touchdown passes late in the contest to lift the Cowboys to a 29-23 overtime win. Jason Garrett’s 6-1 team rises to No. 2 in this week’s rankings.The Arizona Cardinals are headed in the other direction. Bruce Arians’ team got pushed around in Charlotte (you’ve probably heard that before) during a 30-20 loss to the Carolina Panthers. With the loss, their fourth of the season (surpassing last season’s total), the Cardinals fell seven spots down to No. 16 in this week’s pecking order.Here’s how our seven-person panel voted this week.1. New England Patriots (7-1)High: 1 (unanimous)Low: —Movement: —Comment: Patriots new motto: “We’re so good, we’re giving away stud linebackers.” — MarottaNext: Bye2. Dallas Cowboys (6-1)High: 2 (unanimous)Low: —Movement: —Comment: Please start Romo and ruin this, Jerry. PLEASE! — DimakosNext: at Cleveland
4. Don’t plan too tight a scheduleIf your schedule is too packed, then it could become more of a chore than a holiday. One of you may be hungover and not want the early start, then another day, you may want to chill on the beach rather than go on an excursion. It’s best to adopt a ‘go with the flow’ attitude rather than having a rigid timetable. Accept each other’s differences and you’ll get along just fine. 5. CompromiseThere should be no leader on the holiday, it doesn’t matter who planned it, you’re both equal. Therefore every decision should be a joint one. If you’re a fussy eater, try and be a little bit adventurous – there must be at least one thing on the menu that you’d like. It’s always best to eat where the locals eat. Similarly, if you hate sport, but your partner is a fanatic – why not agree to one day accompany them and then maybe the next day they will do what you want. 3. Research your destination before booking to see that it covers both of your interestsWhen you book a holiday, it’s important that it suits you both. It’s ok for someone to take the lead with the booking but do your research carefully, and be fair. For example, if one of you is a golf fanatic and the other loves sightseeing, don’t just book a week’s holiday at a golf resort. You need to run things past each other beforehand. If it’s a surprise holiday, make sure you’re considerate and not just booking what you like to do. The 7 most romantic city breaks in Europe would be a good place to start. 6. Don’t get jealous / don’t go to the beachIf the weather’s hot and people are wearing close to nothing on the beach, then there’s a chance your partner may take long lingering looks at the body beautiful laying on the next sun lounger. This is likely to cause issues. Either, don’t get jealous at a bit of ‘window shopping’, or tell them they can look at whoever they want… on their own. Or avoid holidaying anywhere where swimwear is de rigeur.7. Don’t get tempted to propose straight awayYou’ve not been together long and with the great weather, beautiful beach, sunset and sangria – it’s easy to be carried away with the moment. Just remember, it takes time to get to know one another and there’s no rush. What seemed a good idea in the drive-through chapel in Vegas may come back to haunt you. Here are 9 other things you should probably avoid on that road trip. 8. Don’t drink every nightIt’s easy to hit the bar every night – especially if it’s an all-inclusive venue. Be careful with those mojitos though as eventually the ‘holiday hangover’ will catch up with you and put you in a bad mood. It can make you feel tired, down and irritable, so if you can, have a few days break. You’ll have even more fun if you’ve got a clear head and feel fresh in the morning. 9. If a crisis happens – don’t blame the other personWhen something bad happens (e.g something gets lost or stolen), rather than owning up, we can all be guilty of passing the blame on to someone else. Before you start moaning at your partner, stay calm and take a moment to decide how the situation can be rectified. Blaming someone else isn’t going to make things better, it’s just going to cause friction between you two. You should be a team, not rivals. 10. Make sure the ground rules are set with moneyMoney can be a touchy subject, especially on holidays, so you need to set the ground rules early. Is there going to be a ‘kitty’ that you put all your money into and then have a daily budget or are you going to pay for yourself? If one of you wants to share, but the other has the ‘what’s mine is mine’ attitude, you may encounter problems. It’s often best to combine money when you’re going on holiday together, or at least take it in turns to pay for meals/drinks. That way you’ll avoid one of you guzzling champagne and lobster and the other drinking tap water and eating crackers when money runs out. Set the ground rules before you leave and you’ll be well on the way to holiday heaven. Check out these 20 money saving travel tips and secrets, whilst you’re at it. How to avoid a holiday showdown with your loved ones:10 most common holiday arguments couples haveFrom packing too much to leaving too late: here are 10 topics that could cause a serious holiday bust-up.13 things you don’t want to happen on a beachFrom stolen wallets to jellyfish stings: here are 13 unlucky beach scenarios you definitely should try to avoid on holiday this summer.How to survive a holiday with your parents10 tips on how to enjoy a family holiday without it becoming a nightmare!Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 1. Go for a ‘trial run’Rather than jumping in at the deep end and having a two week break together, why not have a trial run first and test the waters with a weekend trip away? Keep it simple: short flight, nice hotel, Paris? That way you’ve experienced the 24/7 company on neutral ground and you’ll have a rough idea of the things that might get on your nerves. We’ll make this one easy for you – here are some very romantic hotels in Paris.2. Use each other’s strengths and talents when holiday planningRather than arguing about who does what, take a moment to think about each of your strengths and how to use them to your advantage. For example, if you’re a better organiser, you could book the holiday. If your partner has a flair for languages, let him/her be the translator. If one of you is a good navigator (this is touchy subject as it’s usually the woman!), let her be in charge of the map. That said, the top 10 iPhone and iPad apps for city breaks will make this easier. RelatedNot just for families: 10 things you never knew about TUIIf you think TUI package holidays are all about kids and beaches, think again. The company offers a huge range of holiday options, from trips around Vietnam to five-star luxury hotels for adults only. Here’s a few things you probably didn’t know about TUI…Flying with children: 25 top tips for keeping kids happy on boardIt’s summer, and time for the big annual summer holiday! If you’re flying with kids you might be worried about arriving in one piece. What if they act up, or spend the whole flight screaming? What if you land more frazzled than ready for fun? We could say “stuff ’em”…How to survive a holiday with your parents10 tips on how to enjoy a family holiday without it becoming a nightmare!
A month-long campaign has identified businesses that didn’t hand out receipts or have approved cash registers and have showed discrepancies, the tax department announced on Thursday.During the month of August, the department targeted 420 mainly tourism-related businesses. The inspections are part of the department’s new strategic planning which aims to increase voluntary tax compliance and will continue in September, deputy tax commissioner Sotiris Markides said.Referring to the way they chose the particular firms they inspected, Markides said “it was a combination of high risk, the area and information that the department had.”The official said the main problems identified were that companies didn’t use cash registers which are approved by law, and that after counting money cash discrepancies were discovered.In fewer cases, no legal receipts had been issued.The businesses were notified of the identified illegalities and were warned in writing to fix the problems.The aim of the warning letter was to give taxpayers time to comply before another surprise visit by the tax inspectors.“These campaigns also meet the wishes of citizens and consumers to ensure fair and equitable taxation and to reduce tax evasion,” he said.The intention is to carry out the inspections on a systematic basis throughout the year and to expand them to other sectors. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoBon VoyagedCelebrity Mega Yachts That Are Out Of This World – Step AboardBon VoyagedUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo 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 Taboola
07Apr Rep. Heise invites local residents to ‘Coffee With Kurt’ on April 15 Categories: News State Rep. Kurt Heise is available to meet with local residents on Friday, April 15 to answer questions and give perspective on matters in state government during his monthly “Coffee With Kurt.”This month’s event will be from 7:30-9 a.m. at Connor’s Family Dining, 15356 Haggerty Road in Northville. All are welcome to attend and no appointment is necessary.“I encourage all who are available to come out on April 15, so I can listen to their concerns and help in any way I can,” said Rep. Heise, R-Plymouth Township. “There are many key issues being worked on in Lansing right now and the hard-working taxpayers in our community deserve to know what’s going on in Lansing and how it could affect them.”Rep. Heise is also available to meet with constituents by appointment either in the district or at his Lansing office. Residents are invited to call toll free 1-855-REPKURT or e-mail KurtHeise@house.mi.gov to schedule an appointment.
09Jan Rep. Afendoulis ceremoniously sworn into office Categories: Lynn Afendoulis News PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Lynn Afendoulis of Grand Rapids Township was ceremoniously sworn into office on Wednesday by Michigan State Supreme Court Justice Stephen J. Markman. Rep. Afendoulis represents the 73rd District, which includes the city of East Grand Rapids and the townships of Cannon, Courtland, Nelson, Oakfield, Plainfield, Spencer, and Grand Rapids Charter Township.FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Rep. Afendoulis is joined by her son Evan Zuiderveen, mother Katie Afendoulis, daughter Katharine Zuiderveen, and sister Maria Gregory.
A German court has ordered YouTube to take down copyrighted music video clips as a result of a lawsuit filed by copyright royalty collections body GEMA and a number of groups handling music rights.The Hamburg court ruled that YouTube had to act to remove clips at the request of rights-holders, although it was not required to proactively search for possible copyright violations.YouTube owner Google, which had maintained that it only provided a technical framework for publishing content, nevertheless welcomed the ruling as providing legal certainty for uploading sites.
Pixelmetrix will use IBC to launch the Pelican family of video encoders.The device, smaller than a 3.5-inch hard drive, is designed to facilitate remote news gathering, enterprise video, hospitality, government, education and healthcare applications. The Pelican comes with a built-in HTML5 web interface to ease set-up and configuration. All models – SD, HD and analogue – support live IP streaming from a built-in Ethernet port.Pelican-Analog is for composite analogue video and stereo analogue audio inputs, Pelican-SD is for SDI video with embedded stereo audio as well as mini-XLR with balanced audio, while Pelican-HD supports HD-SDI video with embedded stereo audio as well as mini-XLR with balanced audio.“We are excited about this latest addition to the Pixelmetrix product line,” said Danny Wilson, Pixelmetrix president and CEO. “Our DVStor products have been deployed in more and more systems for alternative playout, time shift and disaster recovery. But to make a complete system, our customers always had to go somewhere else for the encoder. Now, with Pelican, our clients can enjoy one stop shopping for their needs.”Prices for Pelican start at US$2,950 (€2,345) for Analog, and under US$4,000 for HD.Pixelmetrix will be exhibiting at IBC on Stand 1.F34
YouTube users are now watching more than 6 billion hours of video each month on the Google-owned video site, according to company stats. In an official blog post, YouTube said the figure was up 50% year-on-year and was the equivalent of every person on earth tuning into the site for almost an hour per month.The news coincided with YouTube’s Brandcast event for advertisers in New York, where DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg announced that his company had acquired teen-focused YouTube network AwesomenessTV.“DreamWorks Animation’s major announcement underscores a shift in consumer behaviour, and now, Nielsen has further amplified this point by concluding that YouTube reaches more US adults ages 18-34 than any cable network,” said Robert Kyncl, Vice President and global head of content partnerships for YouTube.YouTube also recently announced that it had hit a milestone 1 billion unique visitors per month.
Two outright bidders remain in the battle to take control of Hulu with a third offering to take a stake in the business, according to the latest US reports. Satellite TV firm DirecTV, and a joint bid by telco AT&T and former News Corp president Peter Chernin are the final two in contention to buy Hulu outright, according to reports by both Blooomberg and All Things Digital.US cable operator Time Warner Cable, meanwhile, is reportedly offering to take a minority stake in the business, alongside current owners Disney, 21st Century Fox and Comcast.Hulu was said to have ruled Guggenheim Partners out of the running to take over the firm, following the final bid deadline of last Friday.Bloomberg claims that both the DirecTV and the AT&T-Chernin Group bids are for around US$1 billion, though it is not clear what terms this would include. Hulu has not commented on the negotiations.
Music video service Vevo has launched today in Germany, marking its 13th country rollout to date. Announcing the launch, Vevo said that going live in Germany was a “milestone” for the service and that German viewers will now be able to access more than 75,000 HD music videos, live concerts and original music programming from international and local acts.“From the day I joined Vevo with a mandate to expand the video platform’s global presence, a launch in Germany was my top priority. It took us two years of hard work to get to this day and I couldn’t be more thrilled,” said Nic Jones, Vevo’s senior vice president, international.Vevo’s music video platform can be accessed from its own mobile, tablet and connected TV apps, as well as on Vevo.com. Earlier this year, YouTube also renewed its agreement with Vevo with YouTube’s owner Google taking a stake in the business.
James GilbertBroadcast and media technology trade association, the IABM, has appointed its new board and named Pixel Power founder, James Gilbert, as chair.The board, which is elected every two years and is responsible for the overall operation of IABM, now consists of: Jan Eveleen, Axon Digital Design; Kevin Usher, Avid; Mark Gederman, ChyronHego; Nicki Fisher, Clear-Com; Ben Davenport, Dalet; Marco Lopez, Grass Valley; Tom Favell, Hi-Tech Systems; Glenn Lebrun; Imagine Communications; Paul Nicholls, Phabrix; Roger Thornton, Quantel; Peter Sykes, Sony; David MacGregor, TSL; Mark Osborn, Vitec Videocom; and Jordi Capdevila Espitia, VSN.Added to this, IABM’s four non-elected members are: Derek Owen, non-executive director; Graham Pitman, vice-chair; Lucinda Meek, finance director; and Peter White, chief executive.“We’re delighted to welcome James Gilbert as IABM Chair of board. His experience in the industry will prove invaluable to us, and we look forward to growth and success in the next few years under his guidance,” said White.
Netflix has secured carriage on Telecom Italia platforms ahead of its launch in Italy this autumn.The deal means Netflix will be offered to internet customers of the Italian mobile and phone group’s set-top box TIMvision.At launch in Italy, Netflix will offer original series such asDaredevil, Sense8, Bloodline, Grace and Frankie, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, documentary Virunga children’s series and stand-up specials.It will also get the slate of upcoming exclusive movies, which include Beasts of No Nation, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, Jadotville and The Ridiculous 6. Financial terms of the agreement with Vivendi-backed Telecom Italia were not disclosed.Netflix is launching in Italy, Spain and Portugal later this year as part of its ambition plan to launch in 200 territories by the end of 2016.“We are happy to present Netflix to the Italian public,” said Bill Holmes, general manager, business development at Netflix.“Our partnership with Telecom Italy will make it even easier Italians discover Netflix and, with it, a new way to watch TV, which allows viewers to decide when and how to enjoy the show.”The launch of Netflix would spur demand for super-fast broadband speeds, Telecom Italia said, adding it was investing infiber optic networks and content deals as a way of creating new revenue streams.
Smithsonian Channel will make all of its orignal productions in 4K from now on and is eyeing a 4K channel launch, according to Smithsonian Networks’ executive vice president, David Royle.Speaking on a 4K Ultra HD panel at MIPCOM, Royle predicted that a lot of 4K content will start to appear on over-the-top services, but said cable and the satellite operators cannot afford to sit by.“They’re going to have to rise to this challenge and the cable operators in particular do not want to be left in the situation they were [in] with HD where satellite moved much more quickly,” said Royle.“We are going to see, I think, first in the United States specialised channels starting up on places like Comcast, DirecTV and they will be coming to channels like us to contribute programming to them – that is a likely model to start. But I just genuinely believe it won’t be long before we’re launching a 4K channel.”Royle likened the current mood in Cannes as regards 4K content to 2006/2007 when HD content was “just beginning to get going” and said that Smithsonian had made a definite decision to be at the forefront of 4K, just as it was for HD.“We really see ourselves moving very rapidly into all 4K. All our orignal productions from now on will be in 4K,” said Royle.Asked whether the US-based Smithsonian Channel planned to launch internationally, Royle said he hoped that the network would launch in Europe “soon” without giving further details.“Our first venture abroad was into Canada – it was a co-venture with Blue Ant – but we certainly hope to [start] moving into Europe and elsewhere. Watch this space.”Also speaking on the same panel, Anthony Geffen, the CEO and executive producer of Atlantic Productions, urged broadcasters in the UK to “step up the the plate” in terms of 4K in the same way as Smithsonian.Geffen said that though 4K TV sales are now rapidly increasing “unless people see 4K stuff on there, they’re not going to get excited about it.” Atlantic is currently working on a number of 4K projects including the forthcoming David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef.Cosetta Lagani, the head of the Sky 3D channel at Sky Italia, said on the same panel that the channel continues to grow and now has some 430,000 subscribers, and claimed that 4K will not be a substitute for 3D.“They are not necessarily one an alternative for the other – they can offer a different experience put together so that every customer can choose the experience that they likes more,” she said.
Michael PaullAmazon plans to develop its subscription video service as a fully open platform embracing third-party programmers and OTT services, according to Amazon executive Michael Paull.Speaking at the NAB Show in Las Vegas yesterday, Amazon’s vice-president of digital video said that the company’s third-party Streaming Partners Programme, which it launched late last year, could make the OTT platform a genuinely mass market service.“We would like to have every digital video service and platform on our service,” he said, claiming that Amazon can help partners achieve greater scale than they would do by going it alone.Paull said that over 30 companies had joined the programme to date, with dozens more to launch soon. NBCUniversal’s comedy subscription video service, Seeso, is “coming soon”, a spokesperson confirmed. Other participants include Starz, Showtime, Acorn TV and A+E’s recently launched SVOD offering History Vault.While there are currently over 100 OTT services available in the US, the business remains dominated by Netflix, with only Hulu and Amazon achieving significant reach among other providers.Paull said that Amazon gave programmers an opportunity to take all of the programming they have in their catalogues, for which they may otherwise struggle to find a distribution platform, and make it available. “You can create SVOD services targeted at specific customer segments,” he said.Paull told attendees that Amazon customers want more TV shows and early release movies and it makes most sense to work with third-party providers to bring them the content they want. He said this was the key incentive for Amazon in opening out its platform, rather than as a point of differentiation with Netflix, which has focused on original content and exclusive rights.Paull said there are about 20 million US homes currently that aren’t being served by pay TV providers, over half of which have good broadband that can enable reception of services such as Amazon Prime Instant Video.“We’ve built up a highly engaged group of [customers] and built the technology to support a wide range of devices,” said Paull. “That is a massive investment and the entry [barrier] for digital video is quite high. People expect a great and reliable quality of streaming.”Paull said that Amazon had invested a lot to deliver video reliability and also handles the billing for its partners, which is difficult for companies to do on a standalone basis.”He said that other benefits include Amazon’s work to integrate its service with a wide range of devices. The service provides a single app for people to locate all their programming from multiple suppliers on devices. “Most consumers just want to watch their programmes, not worry about where the buttons are inside these different apps.”Paull said that Amazon was taking on the burden of a lot of operational work for programmers. In addition he said Amazon’s ability to collect large amounts of data from customers enabled it to see what worked and more effectively market different types of content, including through the IMDB website, which Amazon owns.Paull cited Starz’s launch of season two of Outlander on its service, where Amazon used its data to position the show, increasing sign-ups and driving penetration of the service.“Traditional marketing of TV shows is based on demographics. Inside of our services, we base it on behaviour, which is way more precise. If you have all this consumption data, you can market the right show to the right customer,” he said.For Amazon, “the more programming that is inside our app, the longer people are going to spend [with us]”, he said.Paull added that it is easy for consumers to enter and exit online video services, and getting more content can be used to combat the high level of churn experienced by OTT providers.Using data to present consumers with other shows that they want to watch will incentivise them to stay with the service, he said. “If you provide great value, they will stay, and if you don’t, they won’t.”Paull declined to comment on whether or when the partner programme would be extended to territories outside the US.Addressing the recent extension of Amazon’s original programming to embrace non-scripted content, Paull said that Amazon had seen an opportunity to develop unscripted shows alongside its drama slate. The company recently announced its NFL show All or Nothing following American football team the Arizona Cardinals through their season.Commenting on this week’s launch of the video service as a standalone proposition outside its bundling with the Amazon Prime retail proposition, Paull said that the original decision to include video in the overall Prime service was based on a desire to make the latter more valuable rather than to “create a complete market” for a standalone service.Prime now includes video and music and other digital services. Paull said that the rationale for the latest decision to make video available on a standalone basis was the desire to give consumers additional choice. “Customers that want it on a standalone basis can now have that,” he said.
South African communications minister Faith MuthambiSouth Africa has begun the process of digital switchover, with the Square Kilometer Array areas of the Northern Cape region the first to switch off analogue broadcasts.Analogue transmitters covering the towns of Van Wyksvlei; Brandvlei; Williston; Vosburg and Carnarvon were scheduled to be switched off on Friday.Following the initial phase of the project, analogue signals will be taken off air in phases across the country’s nine provinces, starting with the Northern Cape and followed by the Free State, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape and Gauteng.Whether the first switch offs mark the beginning of the end of South Africa’s long and tortuous progress towards digital switchover remains to be seen. The process has been plagued by controversy, including a battle over encryption of transmissions on set-top boxes between free-to-air broadcaster E.tv and the government. The commercial broadcaster wanted to ensure that signals – particularly HDTV signals – were encrypted, which was opposed by the government and other broadcasters.The legal battle over encryption is still ongoing. Communications minister Faith Muthambi is currently attempting to secure leave to appeal a Supreme Court ruling that was seen to be in favour of E.tv and encryption, with a hearing due to take place next year.South Africa began digital transmissions at the end of last year, dual-illuminating broadcasts in analogue and digital formats. That move came six months after the official ITU-set deadline for the process to be completed.In addition to the legal battle over encryption, digital-switchover also ran into problems over the government’s plan to subsidise the cost of set-top boxes for low-income families. A plan to subsidise 70% – later raised to 100% – of the cost of up to five million boxes hit the buffers in late 2015 when the government admitted it only had the cash to subsidise 1.5 million devices. The box procurement process has also been the subject of allegations of corruption.Progress has also been delayed by confusion over which government department was responsible for the process following the division of the country’s communications department into two in 2014. A decision to rely on locally-produced set-tops came under criticism when local suppliers failed to meet government-imposed deadlines.Opposition telecommunications and postal service spokeswoman last week called for the sacking of communications minister Muthambi and an investigation into alleged corrupt practices relating to the procurement of boxes.
Discovery-owned sports channel Eurosport has launched a new brand identity to mark its 30th anniversary.The brand identity is designed to mark the spirit and sports stars of 1989 across Eurosport linear, digital and social platforms in the form of idents, pre-title sequences and promos. Eurosport has also commissioned several 1989-inspired short-format series, to air on all Eurosport platforms, showing some of the unique events and iconic sports stars that appeared on the channel in its inaugural year.Eurosport has also teamed up with music streaming outfit Spotify to launch a dedicated 1989-themed playlist, microsite and digital advertising campaign to run from today until the end of the month.Eurosport launched on the UK’s Sky platform on February 5 1989 following an agreement with the European Broadcasting Union.Eurosport said it had seen a 33% rise in its audience share in January compared with the same month a year ago, with an 11% increase in channel reach.“Eurosport has been dedicated to sport for 30 years and continues to innovate and disrupt the market – proving itself to be a pioneer of the sports industry time and again. We are incredibly proud of what this company has achieved, and it is a testament to the vision, dedication and commitment of an incredible team over the years that Eurosport continues to grow and is now reaching more people on more screens than ever before,” said JB Perrette, president and CEO Discovery International“From our game-changing Olympic Games partnership; position as the home of cycling, Grand Slam tennis and winter sports; and operator of the only European-wide OTT streaming service – the Eurosport Player – Eurosport continues to be a unique proposition for sports fans across the continent. With our second Olympic Games fast approaching, the continued development of our digital products, further investment in technology and ongoing ambition to strengthen our rights portfolio, Eurosport will be powering people’s passions for years to come.”George Aivazoglou, VP of marketing at Eurosport, said: “Over the past 30 years, Eurosport has developed an enviable position as one of the most recognisable sports brands worldwide. Like many of the athletes we showcase each and every day, our company has spent many years honing its craft, continuing to innovate, determined to super-serve passionate communities of fans in Europe and around the world. The 30th anniversary brand identity is a celebration of our heritage, focusing on the sports stars and spirit of 1989 to engage the current-day viewer across all platforms.”
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Local NewsTop Stories Local Bridge In Mercer County Closed For Repairs By Terell BaileyJun 05, 2019, 23:17 pm 243 0 Home NewsWatch Local News Local Bridge In Mercer County Closed For Repairs Pinterest Mail Google+ Previous PostD-Day 75: Nations honor veterans, memory of fallen troops BLUEFIELD, WV(WOAY) – Starting on June 6th, 2019 Grant Street Bridge in Bluefield will be closed.During a routine inspection by Division of Highways, officials determined there were several structural issues that caused for immediate closure, according to city officials.It’s unclear when the bridge will reopen but an investigation is still on-going to determine the timeframe.City officials noted that “All emergency agencies have been notified of the closure and will adjust response routes accordingly.”Though this causes an inconvenience city officials said this is a public safety decision. Tumblr Next PostD’Antoni and Holliday Stop by Princeton Twitter Linkedin Facebook Terell Bailey Bio Coming Soon
By Marin Katusa, Chief Energy Investment Strategist, Casey Research The Fukushima disaster reminded us all of the dangers inherent in uranium-fueled nuclear reactors. Fresh news yesterday about Tepco’s continued struggle to contain and cool the fuel rods highlights just how energetic uranium fission reactions are and how challenging to control. Of course, that level of energy is exactly why we use nuclear energy – it is incredibly efficient as a source of power, and it creates very few emissions and carries a laudable safety record to boot. This conversation – “nuclear good but uranium dangerous” – regularly leads to a very good question: what about thorium? Thorium sits two spots left of uranium on the periodic table, in the same row or series. Elements in the same series share characteristics. With uranium and thorium, the key similarity is that both can absorb neutrons and transmute into fissile elements. That means thorium could be used to fuel nuclear reactors, just like uranium. And as proponents of the underdog fuel will happily tell you, thorium is more abundant in nature than uranium, is not fissile on its own (which means reactions can be stopped when necessary), produces waste products that are less radioactive, and generates more energy per ton. So why on earth are we using uranium? As you may recall, research into the mechanization of nuclear reactions was initially driven not by the desire to make energy, but by the desire to make bombs. The $2-billion Manhattan Project that produced the atomic bomb sparked a worldwide surge in nuclear research, most of it funded by governments embroiled in the Cold War. And here we come to it: Thorium reactors do not produce plutonium, which is what you need to make a nuke. How ironic. The fact that thorium reactors could not produce fuel for nuclear weapons meant the better reactor fuel got short shrift, yet today we would love to be able to clearly differentiate a country’s nuclear reactors from its weapons program. In the post-Cold War world, is there any hope for thorium? Perhaps, but don’t run to your broker just yet. The Uranium Reactor The typical nuclear-fuel cycle starts with refined uranium ore, which is mostly U238 but contains 3% to 5% U235. Most naturally occurring uranium is U238, but this common isotope does not undergo fission – which is the process whereby the nucleus splits and releases tremendous amounts of energy. By contrast, the less-prevalent U235 is fissile. As such, to make reactor fuel we have to expend considerable energy enriching yellowcake, to boost its proportion of U235. Once in the reactor, U235 starts splitting and releasing high-energy neutrons. The U238 does not just sit idly by, however; it transmutes into other fissile elements. When an atom of U238 absorbs a neutron, it transmutes into short-lived U239, which rapidly decays into neptunium-239 and then into plutonium-239, that lovely, weaponizable byproduct. When the U235 content burns down to 0.3%, the fuel is spent, but it contains some very radioactive isotopes of americium, technetium, and iodine, as well as plutonium. This waste fuel is highly radioactive and the culprits – these high-mass isotopes – have half-lives of many thousands of years. As such, the waste has to be housed for up to 10,000 years, cloistered from the environment and from anyone who might want to get at the plutonium for nefarious reasons. The Thing about Thorium Thorium’s advantages start from the moment it is mined and purified, in that all but a trace of naturally occurring thorium is Th232, the isotope useful in nuclear reactors. That’s a heck of a lot better than the 3 to 5% of uranium that comes in the form we need. Then there’s the safety side of thorium reactions. Unlike U235, thorium is not fissile. That means no matter how many thorium nuclei you pack together, they will not on their own start splitting apart and exploding. If you want to make thorium nuclei split apart, though, it’s easy: you simply start throwing neutrons at them. Then, when you need the reaction to stop, simply turn off the source of neutrons and the whole process shuts down, simple as pie. Here’s how it works. When Th232 absorbs a neutron it becomes Th233, which is unstable and decays into protactinium-233 and then into U233. That’s the same uranium isotope we use in reactors now as a nuclear fuel, the one that is fissile all on its own. Thankfully, it is also relatively long lived, which means at this point in the cycle the irradiated fuel can be unloaded from the reactor and the U233 separated from the remaining thorium. The uranium is then fed into another reactor all on its own, to generate energy. The U233 does its thing, splitting apart and releasing high-energy neutrons. But there isn’t a pile of U238 sitting by. Remember, with uranium reactors it’s the U238, turned into U239 by absorbing some of those high-flying neutrons, that produces all the highly radioactive waste products. With thorium, the U233 is isolated and the result is far fewer highly radioactive, long-lived byproducts. Thorium nuclear waste only stays radioactive for 500 years, instead of 10,000, and there is 1,000 to 10,000 times less of it to start with. The Thorium Leaders Researchers have studied thorium-based fuel cycles for 50 years, but India leads the pack when it comes to commercialization. As home to a quarter of the world’s known thorium reserves and notably lacking in uranium resources, it’s no surprise that India envisions meeting 30% of its electricity demand through thorium-based reactors by 2050. In 2002, India’s nuclear regulatory agency issued approval to start construction of a 500-megawatts electric prototype fast breeder reactor, which should be completed this year. In the next decade, construction will begin on six more of these fast breeder reactors, which “breed” U233 and plutonium from thorium and uranium. Design work is also largely complete for India’s first Advanced Heavy Water Reactor (AHWR), which will involve a reactor fueled primarily by thorium that has gone through a series of tests in full-scale replica. The biggest holdup at present is finding a suitable location for the plant, which will generate 300 MW of electricity. Indian officials say they are aiming to have the plant operational by the end of the decade. China is the other nation with a firm commitment to develop thorium power. In early 2011, China’s Academy of Sciences launched a major research and development program on Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor (LFTR) technology, which utilizes U233 that has been bred in a liquid thorium salt blanket. This molten salt blanket becomes less dense as temperatures rise, slowing the reaction down in a sort of built-in safety catch. This kind of thorium reactor gets the most attention in the thorium world; China’s research program is in a race with similar though smaller programs in Japan, Russia, France, and the US. There are at least seven types of reactors that can use thorium as a nuclear fuel, five of which have entered into operation at some point. Several were abandoned not for technical reasons but because of a lack of interest or research funding (blame the Cold War again). So proven designs for thorium-based reactors exist and need but for some support. Well, maybe quite a bit of support. One of the biggest challenges in developing a thorium reactor is finding a way to fabricate the fuel economically. Making thorium dioxide is expensive, in part because its melting point is the highest of all oxides, at 3,300° C. The options for generating the barrage of neutrons needed to kick-start the reaction regularly come down to uranium or plutonium, bringing at least part of the problem full circle. And while India is certainly working on thorium, not all of its eggs are in that basket. India has 20 uranium-based nuclear reactors producing 4,385 MW of electricity already in operation and has another six under construction, 17 planned, and 40 proposed. The country gets props for its interest in thorium as a homegrown energy solution, but the majority of its nuclear money is still going toward traditional uranium. China is in exactly the same situation – while it promotes its efforts in the LFTR race, its big bucks are behind uranium reactors. China has only 15 reactors in operation but has 26 under construction, 51 planned, and 120 proposed. The Bottom Line Thorium is three times more abundant in nature than uranium. All but a trace of the world’s thorium exists as the useful isotope, which means it does not require enrichment. Thorium-based reactors are safer because the reaction can easily be stopped and because the operation does not have to take place under extreme pressures. Compared to uranium reactors, thorium reactors produce far less waste and the waste that is generated is much less radioactive and much shorter-lived. To top it all off, thorium would also be the ideal solution for allowing countries like Iran or North Korea to have nuclear power without worrying whether their nuclear programs are a cover for developing weapons… a worry with which we are all too familiar at present. So, should we run out and invest in thorium? Unfortunately, no. For one, there are very few investment vehicles. Most thorium research and development is conducted by national research groups. There is one publicly traded company working to develop thorium-based fuels, called Lightbridge Corp. (Nasdaq: LTBR). Lightbridge has the advantage of being a first mover in the area, but on the flip side the scarcity of competitors is a good sign that it’s simply too early. Had it not been for mankind’s seemingly insatiable desire to fight, thorium would have been the world’s nuclear fuel of choice. Unfortunately, the Cold War pushed nuclear research toward uranium; and the momentum gained in those years has kept uranium far ahead of its lighter, more controllable, more abundant brother to date. History is replete with examples of an inferior technology beating out a superior competitor for market share, whether because of marketing or geopolitics, and once that stage is set it is near impossible for the runner-up to make a comeback. Remember Beta VCRs, anyone? On a technical front they beat VHS hands down, but VHS’s marketing machine won the race and Beta slid into oblivion. Thorium reactors aren’t quite the Beta VCRs of the nuclear world, but the challenge they face is pretty similar: it’s damn hard to unseat the reigning champ. [Marin has an enviable track record in the uranium sector, with one current pick up nearly 1,600% since he first recommended it to his subscribers 39 months ago. Now he’s targeting a little-known company that possesses oil-recovery technology that could reward investors with similar gains.]