Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories Arizona Sports’ Craig Grialou contributed to this report What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments Share Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation To say the Cardinals have Vick’s number would be a bit inaccurate, as the quarterback is 2-1 against them, but at the same time they seem to do as good a job at defending him as anyone in the NFL. Arizona did win the last meeting, as Vick completed just 16-of-34 passes for 128 yards and two interceptions. “What happened last year is last year, so I don’t go back and look at all that,” Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett said. “They’ve got a high-powered offense, a bunch of playmakers, a great quarterback.“We’ve just got to play a perfect game to beat them.”It’s understandable that Dockett would not want to ruffle any Eagles’ feathers — pun intended — with his comments, but if there’s a secret to defending Vick it would appear the Cardinals have figured it out.“It can be very difficult,” linebacker Daryl Washington said of stopping a quarterback like Vick. “When you have a mobile quarterback who can run around and extend plays it can be a big problem.”One way to try and solve the problem can be to put a “spy” on Vick. The idea is that someone — usually a linebacker — will follow Vick, making sure he’s around in case the quarterback decides to take off and run. “I think spying is a good key, keeping an eye on him instead of being able to contain him,” Washington said. “Even if the pocket breaks down and one guy loses contain we still have a spy there to make sure Vick doesn’t run too much.“We’ll definitely have our eyes on him.”Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said facing Vick certainly represents a challenge, but the trick is just sticking with what works for you.“You’ve got to focus on what you’re trying to get done and you have to do it well,” he said.At the very least, the Cardinals will call on their experience from the season’s first week, when they faced off against Seattle’s Russell Wilson. Like Vick, Wilson is adept at making plays with his feet as well as his arm.The Cardinals held Wilson to just 153 yards through the air and another 20 on the ground.“Even when you do your best job of trying to contain him and keep him in the pocket and take the best angle as the outside rusher, he still can beat you to the outside,” defensive lineman Vonnie Holliday said. “So it’s going to be a collaborative effort. It’s going to take everybody.” Michael Vick has played in 113 NFL games over the course of a 10-year NFL career. Playing for both the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles, Vick has completed 56.1 percent of his passes and thrown 114 touchdowns and 78 interceptions. He’s also run for 5,285 yards and scored 34 times.In three games against the Arizona Cardinals — two with the Falcons and one with the Eagles — Vick has completed just 51.3 percent of his passes with no touchdowns and four interceptions. He’s run for 248 yards, but has yet to reach the end zone. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’
Johnson fits into that mold. Under former coach Bruce Arians, he caught balls out of the backfield but also lined up like a slot receiver, using his skillet and familiarity with route-running to challenge defenses.In limited preseason action this past month under first-year coach Steve Wilks and new offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, Johnson wasn’t used much in the passing game. The Cardinals’ first team unit didn’t show much as it was.Johnson, however, promised he’d be used in the passing game.“He’s such a threat in everything that he does, and he can make people miss and he’s so versatile that, quite frankly, (opponents) have to guess right sometimes in order to stop him,” Centers said. “I think he’ll be probably one of the top backs in the league, no doubt, this season, in terms of yards from scrimmage.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 2 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “David Johnson is going to be — as history will prove — he’ll be before his time as a player in this league,” Centers said Wednesday while joining Doug & Wolf on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.Related LinksESPN: Cardinals’ David Johnson a fascinating player to watch in 2018Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald, David Johnson sit out of Sunday’s gameEarly as it is, Cardinals feel good about offense built around David JohnsonJohnson, who missed all but a part of one game last year due to a wrist injury, challenged the traditional role as a running back in 2016. The former receiver, who blossomed as a running back in college at Northern Iowa, rushed for 1,239 yards and caught 80 passes for 879 more yards in his second NFL season.Entering 2017, Johnson set a personal goal to eclipse 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 more receiving during his third season, but a wrist injury suffered in the first game of the year doused that possibility.Healthy leading into this season but under a new coaching staff, it’s back to the drawing board.“I think it’s an achievable goal for David Johnson given his talent level, there’s no doubt in my mind about that,” Centers said of Johnson chasing the 1,000/1,000 club, which has only been reached by former Ram Marshall Faulk (1999) and former 49er Roger Craig (1985).“I think in today’s game, there’s so much of a committee — offense by committee setup with, you know, you have to spread the ball around in order to be effective in today’s league. I predict in the future that the league will be comprised by guys that have a home position but they’ll be required to play multiple spaces in the offense. It’s inevitable, in my opinion.” Top Stories Larry Centers knows what it’s like to be ahead of his time. Arguably, nobody has replicated the type of production by the former Phoenix and Arizona Cardinals fullback.Centers, who played for the Cardinals from 1990-98, still leads all NFL running backs in career receptions (827). Some may have more yards and touchdowns on those touches. Most have more rushing yards than Centers’ 2,188 for his career.Yet few have the perspective of a player whose talents and roles challenged the definition of his respective position on the field, and Centers sees current Cardinals running back David Johnson in a similar fashion. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)
Etihad Airways Inflight Chef. Etihad Airways is flying renowned Australian chefs, Nelly Robinson of Sydney’s nel. restaurant and Scott Bridger of Perth’s Bib & Tucker and May Street Larder, to Abu Dhabi to compete in Taste the World, a special event in the Taste of Abu Dhabi programme from 10 to 12 November.The pair are among 10 world-class chefs competing to reveal who best epitomises Etihad Airways’ signature food philosophy, which delivers remarkable culinary experiences, on the ground and in the air, using innovative techniques and the creative use of ingredients.Joining Robinson and Bridger in the culinary lineup are Pascal Aussignac (Club Gascon, London), Andre Gerrits (Amsterdammertje, Amsterdam), Michael Hunter (Antler Restaurant, Toronto), Andrea Provenzani (Il Liberty, Milan), Vitaly Tikhonov (G.Graf, Moscow), Siu Hin Chi (Duddell’s, Hong Kong), Sylvestre Wahid (Restaurant Sylvestre, Paris), and Francesco Apreda (Imàgo, Rome). Each was chosen to compete in Taste the World at Taste Festivals held in their home city during 2016.For the Taste the World competition, a dish specially created by each of the 10 chefs will be judged by an independent panel comprising an Etihad Airways in flight chef, a representative of Taste Festivals, and a world-renowned food influencer.Visitors to Taste of Abu Dhabi will also have the opportunity to watch the chefs create dishes that bring to life the airline’s culinary vision in a special Etihad Chefs’ Theatre.Etihad Airways is the global airline partner of 15 Taste Festivals worldwide. Its three-year agreement with Taste Festivals Limited, signed in 2016, is a central pillar of its global sponsorship strategy aimed at establishing the airline as an aspirational lifestyle brand. The partnership with Taste Festivals kicked off in March this year with events in Dubai, Sydney and Hong Kong and culminates this month with Taste of Abu Dhabi. The airline will also participate in Taste of Melbourne which takes place in the city’s Albert Park from 10 to 13 November.
May 17, 2010 Congratulations to the April 11, 2010 workshop participants upon their graduation! [from left]: Omar Macias from Mexico [work study + 5-week workshop], Jeanette Rodriguez [5-week workshop] and Jonas Horbach from Germany [5-week workshop]. Also graduating today but not photographed is Caleb Bowman [work study + 5-week workshop]. [photo & text: Anita Baker]
A full view of the dual-stage. [photo & text: Logan Bier] At 7:30 PM, circus and fire performance group Flam Chen was accompanied by musicians from Ensphere in a spectacular dual-stage physical art performance. One of the first acts, shown here, involved stilt-walking and alternative rock music.[photo: Alfonso Elia & text: Logan Bier] July 27, 2011The 2011 ELECTROPOLIS event at Arcosanti began with a performance by taiko drumming group Odaiko Sonora from Tuscon, Arizona. The group is dedicated to increasing familiarity with and understanding of taiko drumming in the Tuscon community. Odaiko Sonora works with over 30,000 people annually through classes, master workshops, performances, school residencies and team building workshops. [photo & text: Logan Bier] Here we see the Ensphere musicians in live performance. The group is comprised of lead vocalist Randall Swindell, drummer Michael Ludovici, guitarist Ryan Stertz and violinist & bassist Serena Rose. [photo & text: Logan Bier] A truly daring stunt about to begin – an androidlike Flam Chen performer stands atop a 500,000 volt Tesla coil to interact with the electricity. (Check back this Friday to see the apparatus in action!) [photo: Alfonso Elia & text: Logan Bier]
Categories: News 14May Franz: New law helps Michigan Guard, Reserves families get relief fund assistance sooner Michigan’s military families can get financial assistance from the Military Relief Fund when a unit’s mobilization order is issued to help prepare for the transition through a new law sponsored by state Rep. Ray Franz.Public Act 62 of 2014, formerly House Bill 4811, allows the fund to accept grant applications beginning up to two years before deployment, through six months after the unit returns from active federal service for family needs, such as clothing, food, housing, utilities, medical services or prescriptions, insurance payments, vehicle payments or other related necessities of daily living.From left: State Reps. Ray Franz, Greg MacMaster and Gail Haines recently attended Gov. Rick Snyder’s ceremonial signing of House Bill 4811 into Public Act 62 of 2014, a law that makes Michigan military families eligible for the state’s Military Relief Fund assistance as soon as a unit receives deployment orders.“Families getting ready to transition to a household with a deployed loved one can begin encountering obstacles long before the ship out date,” said Franz, R-Onekama. “It doesn’t make sense to wait until there are deeper problems when addressing things early on could greatly reduce the stress in an already very challenging time.”The relief fund money is provided through a voluntary check-off on the Michigan individual income tax form, and the bill also allows some of those donations for marketing and promotion about the check-off option for the fund.Prior to the new law from Franz, the fund could only provide grants while the military member was on active duty, or for an illness or injury received in the line of duty.“By marking the voluntary tax return check off, Michigan residents show their thanks and appreciation by providing the relief fund to military families, so there’s no reason not to make sure that help is delivered as soon as it’s needed,” Franz said. “I thank the Legislature and governor for making this change, and more importantly, all of the people who donate to the fund each year.”
29Jan Rep. García announces local office hours in Holland Categories: Garcia News,News Residents of southern Ottawa County can meet their new state representative at open office hours on Friday, Feb. 6. Daniela García invites people to visit the Russ’ at 361 East 8th St. in Holland from 8 to 9 a.m.“I’m ready to get to work in Lansing on legislative proposals that will improve our state, and I am eager to hear from local residents about the issues that matter to them,” said García, R-Holland. “Anyone who has thoughts about state government in general or needs help with an agency is more than welcome to come talk with me.”In order to respect patrons of Russ’, no town hall-style discussions will take place.Those unable to attend office hours can reach Garcia at (517) 373-0830 or via email at DanielaGarcia@house.mi.gov.
21Apr Rep. Poleski invited to speak at road funding meeting hosted by local superintendent State Rep. Earl Poleski will be a special guest at a road funding informational meeting on April 27.The meeting will cover the much anticipated Proposal 1 that will be decided by voters in May.“I am pleased to have the opportunity to attend this event,” said Rep. Poleski, R-Jackson. “The vote is fast-approaching and I encourage anyone with remaining questions to attend this meeting.”Rep. Poleski and Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Beal will be joined by a representative from the Michigan Department of Transportation to answer questions and discuss the road funding proposal at Parkside Middle School in Jackson at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 27. Categories: News
09Sep Rep. Poleski introduces First Lt. Kyle Bowman to Speaker Cotter State Rep. Earl Poleski (center) introduces First Lt. Kyle Bowman (left) to House Speaker Kevin Cotter (right) prior to the House of Representatives’ annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony. Categories: News
Categories: Vaupel News I recently joined Congressman Mike Bishop as he hosted a public presentation and discussion on the opioid crisis. The event was held at Putnam Township Hall, and I served as a panelist alongside other local officials. I explained some of the original contributors to the crisis and discussed solutions to improve the situation moving forward. Thank you to Congressman Bishop for organizing the event and all the community leaders who contributed to the conversation. I also appreciate everyone who attended and shared their thoughts and ideas.***I attended a presentation on the outbreak of Hepatitis A put together by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Michigan is one of three states currently facing an outbreak of this potentially fatal disease. This is an important issue that must be addressed, and I am thankful for the hard work being done by these departments. For more information, you can contact your Health Department.***I had the opportunity to present a state tribute to Dr. Jackie Scott who is retiring as director at the Bureau of EMS, Trauma and Preparedness. Dr. Scott is a resident of Livingston County and a national leader in the field of emergency preparedness. We are proud of her excellent work and want to thank her for her dedicated service to the people of Michigan! We live in a safer state because of her leadership.***Last Friday, I was present for a stirring tribute to volunteers of Meals on Wheels. They provide a tremendous service to our senior citizens, and it was good to see them be recognized. Thank you for selflessly helping those in need in our community.***Downtown Howell has been selected as the 2018 Great American Main Street Award winner, and I was proud to attend the celebration for this prestigious honor. This award further indicates the great community spirit here in Livingston County, and I look forward to even more success for Howell and the rest of the county in the future. Great job to everyone who worked so hard to make this happen!***If you have any ideas, comments or questions for my office, please do not hesitate to call us at 517-373-8835 or send an email to HankVaupel@house.mi.gov. We are happy to hear from you! 02Apr Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: April 2, 2018
Share3TweetShareEmail3 SharesMay 16, 2016; Los Angeles TimesWith the country having an eight-member U.S. Supreme Court following the death of Antonin Scalia in February, there has been concern that major decisions may be delayed due the Court’s current 4-4 ideological split. Yesterday’s three-page decision simultaneously represents an 8-0 unanimous decision (with brief concurring opinion by Sonia Sotomayor) and signs of compromise between the parties to the lawsuits.The plaintiffs (also referred to as petitioners) in the lawsuits are religious organizations, including the Catholic dioceses of Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C., East Texas Baptist University, Grinnell College, a Reformed Presbyterian college in Pennsylvania, and the “The Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged in Denver, Colorado.” They have challenged the federal government’s authority under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, to mandate that religious employers with philosophical objections to artificial contraception be forced to pay for employees’ insurance policies that include coverage for these birth control methods. The legal basis for their claim is that the mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) of 1993.The court had asked the parties in late March whether a framework for compromise was possible, and it appears that a framework has been developed. Quoting from yesterday’s decision:Petitioners have clarified that their religious exercise is not infringed where they “need to do nothing more than contract for a plan that does not include coverage for some or all forms of contraception,” even if their employees receive cost-free contraceptive coverage from the same insurance company. […]The Government has confirmed that the challenged procedures “for employers with insured plans could be modified to operate in the manner posited in the Court’s order while still ensuring that the affected women receive contraceptive coverage seamlessly, together with the rest of their health coverage.”As a result of the ruling, the cases will be sent back to the lower courts, where the federal government and the plaintiffs will hammer out the specifics of a compromise. The decision was very specific in what it did not do:The Court expresses no view on the merits of the cases. In particular, the Court does not decide whether petitioners’ religious exercise has been substantially burdened, whether the Government has a compelling interest, or whether the current regulations are the least restrictive means of serving that interest.Nothing in this opinion, or in the opinions or orders of the courts below, is to affect the ability of the Government to ensure that women covered by petitioners’ health plans “obtain, without cost, the full range of FDA approved contraceptives.”It’s tempting to say that the Supreme Court decided unanimously to not decide the case, thereby avoiding the potential spectacle of a 4-4 split decision on a politically controversial issue. More importantly from a legal and administrative standpoint, a 4-4 decision would let lower court decisions stand, meaning that different versions of the health insurance contraception mandate would remain in force in different parts of the country. If the parties are afraid of an evenly split court’s effect on their positions, and a compromise agreement on ACA implementation for religious organizations can be made, the Supreme Court can turn its attention to a list of equally contentious issues as it continues its wait for a ninth justice.—Michael WylandShare3TweetShareEmail3 Shares
Share69TweetShareEmail69 SharesMay 27, 2016; New York Daily NewsOn Thursday, Louisiana’s Democratic governor, John Bel Edwards, made history when he signed into law the “Blue Lives Matter” legislation. With a stroke of his pen, the N.Y. Daily News reported, his state is the first in the nation to protect public safety workers under hate crime laws. But should they be so protected?The hate crime laws in many states usually bring additional penalties to those convicted of targeting victims on the basis of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and religion. However, as the Washington Post explained, the change to Louisiana law would mean that those convicted of committing felony hate crimes against police officers could face a maximum fine of $5,000 or a five-year prison sentence. A hate-crime charge added to a misdemeanor carries a $500 fine or six months imprisonment.The bill sailed through the state legislative process with little opposition. However, outside the Louisiana Capitol building, the reaction has been very different, and opinions are very divided.Those pushing for the law feel that the atmosphere has become so toxic towards officers that first responders want and need protection from crimes targeted at them due to their profession. Critics of the newly minted law claim that the addition of protecting a vocation will dilute existing hate crime laws. Anti-Defamation League Regional Director Allison Padilla-Goodman says that the bill “weakens the impact of the Hate Crimes Act by adding more categories of people who are already better protected under other laws,” and points out that working in a profession is not an immutable characteristic. And then there are those who roll their eyes at the showboating when there is real work to be done to reduce gun violence against first responders—and, oh, the other 30,000 Americans who will die due to gun violence this year.States have struggled to protect first responders through legislation for decades. Michigan increased the penalty for killing a firefighter in the line of duty after Detroit firefighter Carl Smith was shot and killed while on duty during the five-day Detroit riots in July of 1967. Civilians were shooting at fire personnel while they were precariously perched on ladders fighting fires during the riots. The state went further years later, when a measure in 2004 to allow state voters to abolish Michigan’s 158-year-old constitutional ban on the death penalty for killing a first responder fell 18 votes short in the state house. Former Michigan state-trooper-turned-State-Representative Larry Julian had introduced the legislation, which he championed for over five years before being forced to abandon it. Last year, in 2015, Detroit State Senator Virgil Smith tried to bring forth similar legislation, but was unable to get traction before he resigned and was sent to jail to serve a 10-month sentence stemming from a firearms incident where he shot at his ex-wife’s Mercedes following a domestic dispute. In Michigan and New York, where the death penalty is off the table for now, killing a police officer is already an automatic first-degree murder charge.In Louisiana, however, you won’t see such legislative wrangling. The death penalty is already a punishment option for those convicted of killing an officer in the line of duty. This is leading some to scratch their heads as to the need for “Blue Lives Matter” legislation when the real crime here would be the missed opportunities to protect first responders by taking action on measures that are proven to reduce gun violence towards them, such as beefing up police training budgets and properly funding mental health services for the severely ill—neither of which has happened in Louisiana in the past few years.“Funding programs for the most seriously ill would keep police safer,” D.J. Jaffe, executive director of Mental Illness Policy.org, told NPQ after the legislation was signed in Louisiana. “Changing the charges or consequences of shooting officers will have no impact on the number of officers shot by persons with mental illness, because those individuals are seriously ill and unable to understand the consequences of their actions.”Jaffe told NPQ that Mental Illness Policy.org has a list that, though out of date, still contains a collection of over a hundred names of officers killed by persons with untreated serious mental illness over many years. Jaffe also observed that at least half of attacks on officers are by people with mental illness, and many were apparently not taking their medications at the time of the shooting. This might be of particular interest to those in Louisiana, which has a higher per-capita rate of annual gun deaths in the U.S. than any other state.And the danger also goes the other way. Nationally, about half the 375–500 people shot and killed by police each year are mentally ill. Almost all are “justifiable shootings,” in that the police appropriately used force to protect the public or themselves. Police and sheriffs have become preeminent supporters of improved treatment for the most seriously ill. “Police step in when one condition has been met: the mental health system failed,” Jaffe said.Even worse, the struggle for mental health funding for the seriously ill has become diluted in recent years as funding has been diverted for feel-good anti-stigma campaigns that leave the seriously ill shut out of services. Funding for services aimed to help the seriously ill have also been further diverted to programs that often offer the often false promise of preventing mental illness by targeting those sad about their job, marriage, or bullying, none of which cause serious mental illness, but can exacerbate it in individuals where mental illness is already present.Before one more first responder funeral has to be held, the time has come to keep the promises made to the families of the fallen and look at real, proven methods for reducing gun violence, starting with fixing our severely broken mental health care system. As President Obama said when releasing a four-point plan to reduce gun violence after the Sandy Hook tragedy, “We are going to need to work on making access to mental health care as easy as access to a gun.”—Carrie Collins-FadellIn the interest of full disclosure, the author of this piece has family members in the law enforcement field.Share69TweetShareEmail69 Shares
Ahead of its quarterly results announcement on Wednesday, analysts are forecasting a sharp slowdown in the rate of growth of BSkyB’s subscriber base.The UK pay TV broadcaster will record 15,000 new pay TV customers in the quarter compared with 96,000 in the corresponding period a year earlier, according to Nomura Securities.Turnover is forecast to be £1.1 billion (€1.25 billion), a slight year-on-year increase, and pre-tax profit up 20% at £281 million. Sky HD and broadband subs will also suffer declines in growth, Nomura said.
T-Hrvatski Telekom grew its TV customer base by 8.9% in the first quarter, taking its total to 325,000, including both IPTV and DTH customers.The Deutsch Telekom-owned Croatian service provider’s ADSL base remained flat, rising by only 1,000 to 536,000. The company blamed general economic conditions for its overall performance. Revenues fell by 4.7% to HRK1.806 billion (€239 million), while EBITDA fell slightly to HRK762 million compared with HRK767 million the previous year.
Social TV analytics company Trendrr is launching its service in the UK. Speaking at the Social TV World Summit event in London this morning, CEO and founder of Trendrr Mark Ghunheim said the service would be “a deep real time product” with a dashboard component as well as reporting. The service, already available in the US, tracks social TV usage.In the UK, Hollyoaks is the top social TV show, while reality TV is the most popular genre. London, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle and Glasgow are the top cities for engaging with social TV. Ghunheim also highlighted that 80% of UK Twitter users access the service via mobile devices. “When you look at social activity, the reason the second screen is so popular is that it doesn’t interfere with the TV,” he said.Social TV has the opportunity to transform TV viewing for end users, broadcasters and advertisers, Ghunheim said.Social TV started as a trend but is now deeply imbedded into the TV experience, and will develop further he said. “TV was passive until around two years ago, when people could watch TV with their family. People started to get into companion devices, which gave them a persistent relationship with the show. Next will be the perceptive layer, when the TV knows you and what your friends are watching. This is where it gets exciting,” Ghunheim said.One of the benefits of tracking social TV usage is to understand the popularity of shows when they are off-air, Ghunheim said. It also provides new metrics for advertisers, showing them how many people are engaging with a show, for how long and how often. “You can value media based on this information,” he said.
Comux UK, community-owned business selected by Ofcom to build and operate the UK’s new local TV broadcasting platform, will launch the service under the name Local TV.Announced at the Edinburgh International Television Festival today, Local TV will be public facing brand of the local TV service and will be responsible for raising awareness and providing information about the new local TV stations and programming through the getcloser.tv website.“This agreement marks a key stage in the development of local TV and we will soon see the first station begin broadcasting,” said UK culture minister Ed Vaizey.“The first station to hit the airwaves will launch an entirely new media industry in the UK. These stations are creating new jobs in our communications and creative industries, and providing people with a fresh way to be informed about their local communities.”The news comes in the same week that Comux announced infrastructure partners for the local TV service. These included transmission services firm Arqiva, channel management software provider Phoenix7, technical broadcast architect Techex and system integrator TSL.The service will initially launch in 19 major UK cities and towns, starting with Grimsby in November and rolling out to the rest over the following months.Local TV and the local television service is a government initiative that has been executed by broadcast regulator Ofcom with oversight from the BBC’s governing body the BBC Trust. The Trust agreed as part of the BBC’s licence fee settlement in 2010 to make up to £40 million (€46.8 million) available to help establish local television until March 2017.
Intelsat’s Peter Ostapiuk talks about prospects for the ultra-HD market and what the new generation of high-throughput satellites can offer the market.
A sharp drop in TV production helped push down revenues for Lagardère Active, French conglomerate Lagardère’s media arm, in the fourth quarter of last year, which also saw declines in sales across the breadth of its activities.TV production fell by 23.4% in the quarter. The company said that the year was atypical, with most production concentrated in the first nine months of the year.Lagardère Active’s digital activities also saw a significant drop in revenue during the quarter, falling by 8.6% on a like-for-like basis. The company attributed this to a drop in advertising sales and the impact on its LeGuide shopping guide, which it said has suffered from an offensive by Google, currently under investigation by the European Commission.TV distribution revenues improved relatively during the quarter, dropping by 1% against a drop of 7% to the end of September, but advertising revenue dropped faster than previously, with an 8% decline.Lagardère Active saw a 10.3% fall in revenues in the fourth quarter of last year on a like-for-like basis.The unit contributed revenues of €996 million for the full year, down 1.9% on a gross basis and down 3.8% on a like-for-like basis, with the difference attributed to a €20 million boost from the acquisition of LeGuide in mid-2012.Despite the fourth quarter impact of lower production revenues, the full-year decline was due principally to a 5.4% drop in magazine revenues.
AOL has unveiled plans for a cross-screen programmatic advertising platform, One by AOL, combining the teams and technologies of the AdLearn Open Platform, Marketplace and Adap.tv units.According to AOL, the move will combine the three technologies and staff to deliver an integrated enterprise solution for brands, agencies and publishers.One is designed to give advertisers and agencies visibility of campaigns across TV, video, display and mobile advertising, enabling them to play, but and execute campaigns across all screen formats from a single platform. It does not currently cover the actual purchase of advertising space, but is intended to enable automated planning, optimisation and analysis.AOL has named IPG Mediabrands as a charter partner for One. IPG Mediabrands and AOL will work together to increase automation of advertising delivery. IPG Mediabrands has set a goal of fully automating half its media investments by 2016.Adap.tv is a platform that provides buyers and sellers with automated tools to plan, buy, measure and optimise advertising across linear TV and digital video. AdLearn Open Platform is a mobile and display platform that allows advertisers and agencies to manage, optimise and analyse online marketing campaigns from one central platform in real time, while Marketplace is described as a programmatic mobile and display platform.“AOL has spent the last four years building platforms to facilitate the efficient and effective flow of advertising dollars to digital,” said Tim Armstrong, Chairman and CEO, AOL.“We build brands – our own, and those of more than 22,000 publishers in our global network and the thousands of marketers we work with daily to help them accomplish their business goals in today’s fast moving, dynamic market. On the platforms side of our business, as machines automate more media decisions across TV to digital, we are well-positioned to help advertisers, agencies and publishers realize the true value of data-driven advertising.”“Our industry has developed too many niche offerings and specialized services over the last 25 years, and chaos in ad tech is at an all-time high. The inefficiencies, ineffectiveness and expense of managing multiple teams, tools and metrics for display, mobile and video, across all devices, are stifling,” said Bob Lord, CEO, AOL Platforms.“The holy grail of marketing is helping marketers understand how direct response and brand budgets can interact together,” said Lord. “With the goal of driving economic efficiencies and media effectiveness, One ensures that data drives media selection and allocation, pricing and creative. It is the integrator of media across every screen and the automator of decisions that have long not needed human attention. I believe a platform like One – that is open and that doesn’t discriminate – will win.”
French satellite TV platform, Fransat, has partnered with Neotion to unveil a CI+ 1.3 conditional access module (CAM) at IBC.With the Neotion CI+ 1.3 CAM Fransat is able to provide access to its IP-based services straight to a connected television via a secure link between the module and Fransat HbbTV portal.By using the Specific Application Support (SAS) resource, Fransat will be able to retrieve information from the CI+ 1.3 CAM and Fransat smart card to offer additional added-value services to users, including direct pay TV subscriptions on the TV and VoD services.By expanding access to the Fransat Connect portal to users with connected TVs, Fransat is integrating TV viewing and on-demand services from both broadcast and broadband networks.With the Neotion CI+ 1.3 CAM, Fransat is also ready to support the delivery of protected HEVC Ultra HD content on compatible devices.Fransat said that through this technology advance, it is continuing to prioritise ease of use and convenience for its audience, while delivering the best TV user experience through hybrid satellite and IP-based services. Neotion will exhibit at IBC on stand 4.B53