Kari Halonen With its number of bed nights up nine per cent in the year to September compared to 2009, the City of Helsinki Tourist and Convention Bureau expects 2010 to be its best ever year for tourism.Accounting for 55 per cent of all bed nights in Helsinki, international visitors to the popular Finnish city come mostly from Russia, Germany, Great Britain, Sweden, USA and Japan.According to the City of Helsinki Tourist and Convention Bureau marketing director Kari Halonen, visitors from the USA and Japan grew by 10 per cent each, with the Japanese market particularly fond of Finnish culture.In fact, since 2006, Helsinki has led the Nordic capitals in terms of Japanese appeal and bed nights.Mr Halonen told e-Travel Blackboard that the numbers of Australian visitors to Helsinki has also risen by 13.4 per cent in the year to September 2010, year on year, the city posting 20,584 Australian visitor bed nights.These double digit bed night increases reveal that Helsinki is beating the average bed night growth for its European counterparts set at seven per cent, according to European Cities Marketing.Attributing the growth to a strong partnership with airlines and a growth in rail and cruise tourists, Mr Halonen has faith Helsinki’s tourism numbers will continue to grow in 2011.A total of 247 cruise ships carrying 340,000 cruise passengers from 143 countries visited the city in Helsinki’s April to October 2010 cruise season.“The outlook for next season is positive, as we have received more reservations for 2011 than we did for 2010,” Mr Halonen said. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A
Stella McCartney opens her first store in Paris, located in the heart of the Jardins du Palais Royal at 114-121 Galerie de Valois. The store will reflect an intimate, personal and architectural atmosphere to house the Stella McCartney collections. Simple material combinations, sculpturally contrasted with a unique play on spacing, have been used in Stella’s signature style combination of sharpness and femininity.The new design expands Stella McCartney’s usual range of materials, which is complimented by her feminine color palette of dirty, pale pinks and natural whites, with accents of vivid blue and eye catching yellow.Stella McCartney launched her own fashion house under her name in 2001 in a joint venture with Gucci Group. A lifelong vegetarian, Stella McCartney does not use any leather or fur in her designs. The brand’s luxury women’s ready-to-wear, shoes, bags, fragrances, eyewear, accessories, organic skin care ranges and performance range with adidas are also available through its other flagship stores including London, NY, Los Angeles, Moscow, Shanghai, Tokyo, Beijing, Hong Kong ,and Singapore as well around 600 wholesale accounts in key cities worldwide.www.stellamccartney.com
Categories: McCready News,McCready Photos State Rep. Mike McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills, was joined by special Oakland County guests Theresa Mungioli (right) and Pam Williams, a retired teacher, for the 2015 State of the State address at the Capitol.### 20Jan McCready, special guests attend Gov. Snyder’s State of the State address
Tags: #SB 09Feb Rep. Muxlow: Port Huron could receive state funding for Lakeside Park Categories: News State Rep. Paul Muxlow of Brown City voted to approve House Bill 4078 on Thursday, which will authorize the city of Port Huron to receive a potential $295,000 grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund to redevelop Lakeside Park.“The MNTRF projects help safeguard our pristine Michigan lakes, land, forests and wildlife for generations to come,” Muxlow said. “These grant opportunities also offer a tremendous capability to enhance public recreation in local communities across the state that will benefit all Michigan residents and boost tourism for our small business owners.”Major renovations and repairs to Lakeside Park in Port Huron include ADA-accessible beach, concession access, comfort station, splash pad, beachside walkway, pathway accessibility and ADA and universal access compliance.House Bill 4078 allocates $24.7 million for the 69 various projects across the state.The bill is now in the Senate for consideration.#####State Rep. Paul Muxlow is a second-term lawmaker representing the 83rd House District. The 83rd District includes Burtchville Township, Fort Gratiot Township, Port Huron city and Sanilac County. Muxlow can be reached at (517) 373-0835, via email at PaulMuxlow@house.mi.gov or on his website at www.reppaulmuxlow.com. For additional updates follow House Republicans on Facebook and Twitter.
01Feb Rep. Maturen encourages southwest Michigan residents to fish for free Categories: Maturen News,News State Rep. Dave Maturen encourages anglers to get out to the nearest lake to participate in Free Fishing Weekend, which will take place on Feb. 13 and 14.Free Fishing Weekend is an event hosted twice each year by Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources – once in February, and again in June. On Feb. 13 and 14, fishermen and women are not required to carry a license while fishing. As most Michigan lakes are frozen solid in February, the winter weekend event is traditionally used for ice fishing.“If you’re looking to enjoy Michigan’s great outdoors, ice fishing is a fun way to get out during the winter,” said Rep. Maturen, R-Vicksburg.Because Michigan temperatures were generally mild until mid-January, Rep. Maturen encourages anglers to take extra safety precautions when venturing out onto the ice to drop a line.A full listing of current and upcoming Free Fishing Weekend activities can be found online at www.michigan.gov/freefishing.###
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesSeptember 6, 2015; KOB-TV (Albuquerque, NM)On the heels of announcing their pursuit of legal action against the Environmental Protection Agency, the Navajo Nation is now responding to FEMA’s refusal to provide assistance following the disastrous mine spill in Colorado that contaminated the Animas River in the Southwest and the San Juan River, a major waterway for the reservation.As NPQ had reported, Navajo Nation president Russell Begaye asked FEMA to provide a disaster coordinator who could oversee the relief operations following a spill that officials say has handicapped the primarily agricultural society. However, FEMA has apparently declined to offer its services.In a joint statement, Begaye and Vice President Jonathon Nez said:We are extremely frustrated with the news that both FEMA and the U.S. EPA have declined our urgent requests to continue assistance to the Navajo Nation. U.S. EPA caused this entire disaster; they have harmed the people, the water and the land. I appreciated the fact U.S. EPA took responsibility and I was hoping for the U.S. EPA to prove to the Navajo Nation they are willing to hold themselves accountable. This action clearly shows otherwise. For years, we have consistently been at the receiving end of toxic spills and contamination with no adequate relief as the United States Government and Private Companies became wealthy off of the natural resources of the Navajo Nation. This is not the end but the beginning, as I will continue to fight for my people.The situation at the reservation has not gone unnoticed by the media and activists. Erin Brockovich, an environmental activist who famously helped win a class action lawsuit against electric company PG&E for polluting the water in Hinkley, California, visited the Navajo Nation and some of the reservation’s high schools this past Tuesday. Brockovich accused the EPA for hiding the truth about the mine spill, which, the agency alleged, released 3 million gallons of pollutants into the water. Brockovich questioned whether this was a true estimate of the contamination in the water. (Previously, the EPA believed 1 million gallons were released, but this figure was amended to 3 million gallons.)The EPA is currently investigating the spill, but regardless of the extent of the contamination, the Navajo Nation, which, like other tribal reservations, is already fraught with economic instability, undoubtedly requires further aid to sustain their society, which the nonprofit sector can provide.Moving forward, as more information sheds light on the situation as it unfolds following the spill, it would behoove the nonprofit sector to consider where it fits into the equation. It might take a cue from Darlene Arviso, “The Water Lady,” a very nice woman who drives to 250 towns in the Navajo Nation each month to bring the residents clean water.—Shafaq HasanShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Stream TV Networks has partnered with Chinese TV technology company Hisense to launch a 3D TV that does nor require glasses.The first product to market will be a 42-inch 1080p Auto Stereoscopic 3D display that incorporates Ultra-D technology. The companies plan to expand the technology into devices including smart televisions, tablets and smartphones.The Ultra-D TVs will be bundled with the SeeCube auto converter, a box that converts 2D and 3D stereoscopic video into the auto-stereoscopic 3D format in real-time. Ultra-D supports many video feed including cable and satellite TV channels, Blu-ray, XBox, PS3 and web services including Netflix, Hulu and YouTube. The technology can convert content from iPads, iTunes and Apple TVs.Mathu Rajan, CEO of Stream TV Networks, said, “The partnership with Hisense will help in massive proliferation of the Ultra-D technology. It will be a shot in the arm for 3D without glasses. The association with Hisense will propel the 3D category and increase the reach of 3D without glasses devices in all parts of the world.”
French media and industrial group Lagardère wants to dispose of its stake in Canal Plus and disengage from the pay TV group “as quickly as possible”, according to chief financial officer Dominique D’Hinnin, speaking on a call to mark the company’s first-half results.D’Hinnin said that Lagardère wanted to restart talks with Canal Plus’s management to agree the timing of any move.CEO Arnaud Lagardère, speaking on the same call, said that he wasn’t sure that market conditions had improved sufficiently to enable a public offering of the 20% stake, but that the company remained focused on relaunching the plan as quickly as possible and disposing of its interest, “even if there’s still uncertainty”.Lagardère Active, the company’s media arm, saw its first half revenues fall by 3.7% to €450 million on a like-for-like basis. Revenues for Lagardère Active fell by 44.2% overall as a result of the disposal of the company’s PMI arm and radio stations in Russia. However, audiovisual production and TV channels saw growth of 13.5% and 2.7% respectively.Canal Plus meanwhile posted overall first half revenues of €950 million, up 2.6%, and net income of €21 million, down 10.6%. The pay TV operator’s total subscriber base across France, its overseas territories and departments and Africa numbered 5.5 million, up by 174,000 year-on-year.The Canal Plus website saw a 107% rise in video views between May 2011 and May 2012, with the Canalplus.fr site’s unique users growing by 79% to 4.7 million in the same period.
TV technology provider thePlatform has launched an enhanced video player centred on HTML5.The company’s Player Service will now default to HTML5 players to render video quickly, but switch to Flash if needed, allowing consistent playback on websites and iOS, Android and Windows 8 devices, according to thePlatform.“We’ve always supported HTML5, but the technology has matured over the past 18 months, and it’s now ready for primetime,” said Marty Roberts, senior vice-president, sales and marketing, thePlatform. “Companies are being swamped by the combination of devices and browsers needed to ensure their videos render well on their customers’ device of choice. Our new Player Service alleviates that challenge in an incredibly simple and cost-efficient way. HTML5 has become the lead technology that we recommend to our customers for publishing video across devices, and it has replaced Flash as the default setting in our mpx Player Service.”
Fox International Channels has hired Mitzi Berberi as head of business & legal affairs, UK, France & Africa and head of legal production, Europe.She joins from Zodiak Rights where she spent five years, before which she was at Canadian formats house Distraction.At De Agostini-owned Zodiak, Berberi ran the producer and distributor’s legal affairs departments in Paris and London and worked across acquisitions, television sales, digital distribution, home video distribution, merchandising, ancillary, and format licensing.In the new FIC role, Berberi will be based in London, Berberi will report to Gabriella Dore, FIC’s senior VP and general counsel.FIC has been staffing up this year and aggressively rolling out new sport, lifestyle and entertainment channels.
Turkish pay TV platform D-Smart has defended its decision to drop movie channels from distributor SinemaTV in favour of its own bouquet of premium film and series networks.It claims it has no case to answer despite SinemaTV claiming that thousands of subscribers had complained about the decision.D-Smart said its new channel bouquet was “much appreciated by our customers. Hence, the matter at hand has been already resolved for us and no further progress should be anticipated”.This week, SinemaTV said Turkish subscription television was set for a major overhaul that would bring the country’s structures in line with those of the UK and US after new rulings from regulators over the dispute.SinemaTV said a ruling from the BTK (Information and Communications Technologies Authority) included provisions demanding customers affected by the decision to drop SinemaTV from D-Smart can exit their contracts free of charge.It also claimed the RTUK had warned D-Smart to ensure it enforced “non-discriminatory conditions” that would allow all channel operators seeking to operate on the platform a fair chance to do so.A SinemaTV source told DTVE sister title TBI that D-Smart had never formally stated why it had dropped the SinemaTV bouquet, which had been offered as an à la carte premium branded package and as part of a wider package for all channels. SinemaTV said its channels had 430,000 subscribers.This morning, D-Smart said: “Due to recent wave of disinformation and some major misrepresentation of the developments in Turkey, we consider it necessary to make a clarification about our movie and series channel business.“In lieu of the movie channels in question, contract of which expired on December 31, 2013 and which we resolved not to renew such contract at our discretion, we introduced brand new movie and series channels on our platform.“As Turkey’s fastest growing pay TV platform, D-Smart undersigned agreements with major Hollywood studios including Sony Pictures, NBCUniversal, The Walt Disney Company and MGM; and in January 2014 we launched brand new in-house produced movie and series channels on which high quality products from several major distributors including aforesaid major studios broadcast.”SinemaTV, which is part of the Oflaz Media Group, still distributes its channels on cable platform Teledunya and IPTV services Tivibù and Turkcell.
Over half of UK media buyers plan to increase their spending on video-on-demand advertising by at least 25% this year, according to research carried out by Collective.According to Collective’s 2014 Online Video Advertising Report, the current average campaign budget for VoD in the UK stands at about £56,000 (€70,600), up £6,000 on the last survey.Fifty-six per cent of survey respondents said that they were responsible for both digital and VoD spend, with 39% saying the bought TV and VoD.Thirty-nine per cent of respondents said VoD features on 75% or more of their campaigns, with a quarter of buyers saying they included it on over 90% of their plans.According to the survey, 60% of buyers are placing over half of their VoD campaigns on non-bradcast sites, emphasizing the growing importance of short-form video to deliver incremental reach, according to Collective.A majority of respondents – or 55% – said that the most important factor that could drive increased VoD spending is linking TV and VoD more closely. Thirty-five per cent of this group said that providing VoD delivers incremental reach is the most important factor.Fifty-two per cent said that video now appears on more than half of their campaigns.
AsiaSat’s latest satellite, AsiaSat 8, has successfully launched on board a SpaceX Falco 9 vehicle from Cape Canaveral.The satellite carries 24 Ku-band transponders and a Ka-band payload and will co-locate with AsiaSat 7, giving coverage over China, India, the Middle East and South East Asia, with inter-beam switching capability to provide flexibility to address market requirements.“We are excited that the AsiaSat 8 launch has achieved this significant milestone. This is our first launch with SpaceX, we would like to thank them for their excellent work and effort in making today’s launch a success. In the coming weeks, we will work closely with Space Systems/Loral, our long-term partner, on the post-launch maneuvers and in-orbit testing of AsiaSat 8,” said William Wade, President and CEO of AsiaSat.“The addition of AsiaSat 8 to our existing fleet of four in-orbit satellites will expand our fleet capacity and enable us to serve a wider range of customers for advanced satellite services, from DTH, data broadcasting to broadband services.”
Anton GlanzeliusSwedish free and pay TV commercial broadcaster TV4 Group has named Anton Glanzelius as the new channel manager for on-demand service TV4 Play. Glanzelius has worked alongside TV4 channel director Mathias Berg on developing an ad-funded digital video offering for TV4 since last autumn.TV4 said requests on TV4 Play for the first 12 weeks of the year were up 84% compared with the same period last year. Glanzelius will be charged with strengthening the service’s position in the advertising-supported VoD market.The AVoD service provided by TV4 Play has been developed as a complementary offering to TV4’s SVoD service, marketed under the C More brand.A number of shows have debut on TV4 Play over the last year, including Unga Föräldrar (Young Parents), Brynolf & Ljung and Baren. Glanzelius will retain his existing role of deputy channel director for TV4 Group, reporting to Berg, who will take on additional responsibility for planning.
Suzanne KolbFormer E! Entertainment Network president Suzanne Kolb has joined cable giant Discovery Communications to oversee its 70-plus web-native brands and series.Kolb has been named executive VP and general manager of Discovery Digital Networks, effective immediately.She will report to the EVP and GM of Discovery’s digital media arm, Karen Leever, who said: “We are very fortunate to have Suzanne leading Discovery Digital Networks – networks that engage millennials and offer meaningful opportunities for advertisers and partners wanting to reach them.”DDN, based in San Francisco, operates digital brands including multichannel network Revision3, educational app TestTube, animals-focused network Animalist and digital channels group DeFranco Networks. It also houses Discovery VR and social partnerships.Kolb left NBCUniversal Lifestyle Group-owned E!, which targets millennial-age audiences with a mix of celebrity-focused and reality series, the fall of 2014.Long-serving NBCU exec Frances Berwick replaced her, taking control of the then-new NBCU Lifestyle Group.At E!, Kolb was credited for launching key programmes such as Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Chelsea Lately and Total Divas, and also greenlit its first scripted series, The Royals.She had joined E! in 2005 after a period working as senior VP, marketing for broadcast network The WB.She will divide her time at Discovery between the firm’s LA and San Francisco offices.
Ericsson announced a raft of products and services at NAB, including a proof of concept for delivering next-generation Fox content including virtual reality (VR) and Ultra HD.As part of its global partnership with the Fox Innovation Lab, Ericsson is collaborating on a proof of concept for delivering content – including new release and library movies, 360° audio/video, VR, augmented reality, and 4K Ultra-HD with High Dynamic Range content – over any platform, device or network.The proof of concept uses Ericsson’s Unified Delivery Network (UDN), which connects content providers with the last-mile reach of service providers. The UDN aims to address requirements for the highest quality visuals, enabled by 4K Ultra-HD with High Dynamic Range.“4K Ultra-HD with High Dynamic Range, as well as virtual and augmented reality and other innovative forms of content, have gathered momentum with the promise of unique, immersive user experiences. Working closely with Ericsson’s technical experts, we will offer our first proof of concept to showcase core technologies that overcome the constraints of network and bandwidth limitations,” said Hanno Basse, chief technology officer, 20th Century Fox, and managing director, Fox Innovation Lab.At NAB, Ericsson also launched MediaFirst Video Processing – a software-defined video processing solution for ultra-high-quality encoding and video delivery.The processing solution combines Ericsson’s compression and Envivio’s software-based encoding portfolios, and is the first offering to emerge from Ericsson’s Q4 2015 buyout of Envivio.Ericsson also launched its global content discovery portfolio at the NAB Showin Las Vegas. The portfolio of TV and VOD content discovery services includes rich metadata, images, real-time triggering, analytics, 360 degree search and personalisation and will roll out across the US, Canada, Australia and Europe.Finally, Ericsson also launched Piero Augmented Reality, a software system that gives broadcasters the ability to enhance sports programming and create “more immersive viewing experiences”.
Russian pay TV operator NTV+ is now broadcasting the majority of channels on its platform in the MPEG-4 format.The broadcaster began the process of transitioning its channels to MPEG-4 in March in order to increase the number of channels it carried without adding to space segment costs. It said that the staged reduction in the number of MPEG-2 channels on the platform had enabled it to increase the number of HD channels it broadcast.The number of HD services on NTV+ now numbers 37.
Nicolas EglauNicolas Eglau is stepping down as COO of A+E and Sky’s joint venture operation.Eglau has been COO and general manager of A+E Networks UK since late 2015, joining from RTL’s business in the Netherlands. His role at the channels business spanned the Nordics, Benelux and CEEMA regions and A+E said today he will be with the company in an advisory capacity until end-August. He leaves his full-time role in the next few days.Eglau is leaving to pursue other, as-yet-unspecified, challenges. No replacement was named but A+E said announcements will follow about appointment to cover the outgoing exec’s responsibilities.A+E Networks UK is a JV between US channel operator A+E and UK pay TV operator Sky. Its runs channels in the UK, Scandinavia, Benelux, Central & Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East.Eglau was one of A+E Networks EMEA MD Dean Possenniskie’s first appointments when he joined the company.“Nicolas has played a formative role in further driving growth of A+E Networks UK since 2015,” Possenniskie said today. “Under his leadership, our presence across the company’s international markets has grown significantly. I am pleased that Nicolas will continue to support the company in an advisory capacity through to the summer.”Eglau added: “I’ve very much enjoyed working with Dean and the team. It’s been exciting to be part of the growth and transformation of the company and I’m very proud of the success we have achieved together.”Prior to his time at RTL in Luxembourg and then the Netherlands, Eglau was at now defunct German media giant Kirch.
Fidji SimoOne in every five videos posted to Facebook is now a live broadcast, according to Facebook vice-president of product, Fidji Simo.In a post on the social network, Simo revealed that over the past year daily watch time for Facebook Live broadcasts has also grown more than fourfold.The stats come a year after Facebook rolled out Facebook Live, enabling people around the world to live-stream video via the social network.“Every day, we get to enjoy new use cases for Live that we would never have thought about,” said Simo.“A year after the event in this video, we’re still at the beginning of our journey and we’re excited for all the creativity that is yet to come.”Facebook first started to test live video streaming in the US in December 2015. In January 2016 it expanded the trial to all of its US iPhone users, before expanding Facebook Live to the rest of the world.
German cable operator Tele Columbus Group and European satellite and IPTV operator M7 Group have extend their longstanding channel cooperation.The deal is for the contribution of German and international pay TV channels, and will also see the two firms consolidate contracts with Tele Columbus subsidiaries Primacom and Pepcom.“The cooperation with M7 enables the marketing of an attractive channel portfolio within the entire Tele Columbus distribution area,” said Tele Columbus Group CFO, Frank Posnanski.Martijn van Hout, country manager, Germany and Austria of M7 Group said: “We are pleased about the extension of our cooperation that is a significant driving force for Pay-TV in the German cable market.”
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