ANA presented with two SKYTRAX Category AwardsANA presented with two SKYTRAX Category AwardsAll Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest and 5-Star airline for seven consecutive years, today won “World’s Best Airport Services” and “Best Business Class Onboard Catering” at the SKYTRAX World Airline Awards, in a special ceremony in Paris at Musee de l’Air et de l’ Espace, Paris Air Show.The awards, hosted by London-based airline industry rating company SKYTRAX, are determined by the results of a worldwide passenger survey. This is the seventh year that ANA has earned “World’s Best Airport Services” since 2011, and it is the very first time ANA has been awarded “Best Business Class Onboard Catering,” reflecting the airline’s commitment to ensuring a quality experience to its passengers in both service and experience.“We are delighted that SKYTRAX recognized our commitment to our customers both on and off our aircrafts,” said Hideki Kunugi, Executive Vice President of ANA. “As a global leading airline, ANA continues to provide our passengers with the best hospitality from the moment they check in until they leave the airport at their destination as these awards make clear. We’d like to thank our dedicated team members on the ground and on board and to our customers for recognizing these efforts and continuing to make ANA Japan’s leading airline.”For the “World’s Best Airport Services” award, passengers recognized the efforts of ANA’s ground staff at airports for having exceptional customer service with its flyers and going the extra mile to ensure customer satisfaction is a top priority. In addition, the following initiatives by ANA have been commended:An increased number of automatic check in baggage machines “ANA Baggage Drop” to ensure check-in procedures are as smooth as possible.Revamped domestic ANA LOUNGES in Itami, Fukuoka, and Naha airport, designed by world famous architect, Kengo Kuma.The ANA LOUNGE in Narita Airport expanded to create a more spacious environment for flyers.Extended opening hours of ANA’s lounge at Haneda International Terminal to provide comfort and convenience to passengers.Lobby service training for staff to help the needs of customers at both check-in and at ANA’s lounge.ANA has also been awarded for “Best Business Class Onboard Catering” for the following reasons:Increasing the volume of the international cuisine’s main dish as well as more options of cheese.In order to answer to the various demands, ANA has added continental breakfast, cereal and yogurt as additional choices.ANA have added a symbol to represent vegetarian meals in-flight.ANA have enhanced the meals on flights departing outside of Japan by collaborating with famous chefs for flights departing from Germany and Belgium.“ANA is a very strong performer in the World Airline Awards and this is demonstrated by these two major customer awards,” said Edward Plaisted, CEO of SKYTRAX. “World’s Best Airport Services award covers all front-line processes from check-in, lounge service, arrivals, transfer and boarding, and in the opinion of customers, ANA is providing the very best experience for both staff efficiency and the quality of staff service. We congratulate all the ANA staff who worked so hard to achieve this No 1 ranking. It is also a great achievement for ANA to win the award for World’s Best Business Class Onboard Catering, because this is a very competitive category amongst the world’s leading airlines.”While it is ANA’s pride and honor to receive the two awards in addition to the 5-Star rating, which we won for seven consecutive years, we will continue striving to provide the best hospitality as a global leading airline.Source = All Nippon Airways
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A family of four on holiday in Cyprus were rescued on Tuesday evening after being found in the sea off Oroklini unable to reach the shore due to high winds, police said on Wednesday.Marine police officers, after being alerted at around 7.50pm on Tuesday of swimmers at risk of drowning, rushed to the area where they found a man with his eight-year-old daughter on a surfboard around a kilometre from the shore. They were both suffering from hypothermia due to the very strong winds and had been in the water for several hours.Some 500 metres away, they also located the man’s wife with their five-year-old daughter holding onto a small inflatable boat, in a state of panic and hypothermia.The officers brought the family to shore, where they gave them first aid. All four are now in good health, police said. You May LikeBacalaoCheck out the 30 most beautiful women in the worldBacalaoUndoAppurseWives & Girlfriends Of 20 Richest Men In The WorldAppurseUndoArticles VallySeniors Over 65 Should Eat This For Cleaning Clogged ArteriesArticles VallyUndo Brazil prison riot kills 52, with 16 decapitatedUndoHeroes’ welcome for Israeli teens after woman detained for false rape claim (Update 2)UndoIran’s Revolutionary Guards publish purported exchange with British warshipUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Instead of issuing its decision over a dispute regarding the eligibility of a player as was expected, on Friday the football association (CFA) called a new hearing on the matter amid claims of a cover-up and political meddling in the affair.The CFA had announced on Thursday that it would be issuing its decision on Friday, over a dispute between Limassol side Apollonas and Anorthosis Famagusta.That was after both sides presented their arguments in the case of Nigerian goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, who Apollonas claimed had participated in a game between the two teams without being eligible.Instead, the CFA issued a statement saying its judge, Aristotelis Vryonides, had decided to convene a new hearing at 1.30 pm in light of new evidence that was brought to his attention.Following the hearing, the CFA said it has asked KOA to inform it about the exact date of the cancellation by Monday, after which it will announce its decision.The decision was made after the sports organisation, KOA, sent a letter — which was part of the evidence — to the CFA, after Thursday’s hearing.The issue emerged after Apollonas disputed Uzoho’s participation in a game against Anorthosis on Saturday, February 2, which the Limassol side lost 1-0.Uzoho was acquired on the last day of the January transfer period and Apollonas said he had only arrived in Cyprus on Friday afternoon, shortly before 4pm, and questioned how he could have had his health card issued about an hour after KOA’s offices closed on Friday at 2.30pm.KOA cancelled the medical card, as reports suggested Uzoho had told police he was on the plane on his way to Cyprus when the card was issued.Following the appeal, Apollonas also reported to police that the medical card used was probably forged.Police arrested three people in connection with the affair, including Anorthosis’ deputy chairman and doctor Kyriacos Yiangou.The letter KOA sent to the CFA on Thursday was from Yiangou to the organisation in the days when it was considering cancelling the card.What KOA has not said apparently was whether the card’s cancellation had a retroactive effect – that is, before the game with Anorthosis.KOA chairman Andreas Michaelides defended the handling of the case and accused the CFA of seeking to pass the buck.“We cannot accept the public’s and the media’s accusations that we are covering up the case,” he said. “We are accused of allowing political interference. This is ridiculous, we didn’t hide anything. We want the truth to shine.”Anorthosis could be docked nine points if found guilty of fielding an ineligible player.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
### Categories: Howrylak News 05Feb Rep. Howrylak optimistic about House Republican ‘Action Plan’ State Rep. Martin Howrylak today participated in the introduction of the House Republican Action Plan for the 2015-16 legislative session.Howrylak, R-Troy, said the Action Plan outlines the goals, priorities and initiatives the caucus has for the 98th Legislature.“Our Action Plan outlines a robust legislative agenda for our caucus to focus on over the next two years,” Howrylak said. “I look forward to accomplishing the many solid public policy goals that will help improve the quality of life and enhance the economic vitality of our state.“I’m especially optimistic about the plans we have to reform our state’s criminal justice system. I believe that in order for the criminal justice system to best serve Michigan, we must modernize our approach to sentencing and ensure that there is always an empirical basis for sentencing and parole.”Howrylak serves as vice chair on the House Oversight and Ethics Committee, and serves as a member on the Judiciary, Criminal Justice, Tax Policy committees, and the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules.The 2015-16 Action Plan can be viewed at http://gophouse.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/ActionPlan_2015.pdf.
Categories: News State Rep. Earl Poleski, R-Jackson, invites residents of the 64th House District to join him during local office hours during the last three Fridays of March.“I always look forward to meeting personally with residents and hearing what they have to say about our state government,” said Rep. Poleski. “I encourage everyone with questions and concerns to join me at my office hours this month.”All March office hours will take place at the Jackson County Tower Building located at 120 W. Michigan Ave. in Jackson from 3 to 5 p.m. on March 13, 20 and 27th.Anyone unable to attend is encouraged to contact Rep. Poleski by phone at (517) 373-1795, or by email EarlPoleski@house.mi.gov.### 03Mar Rep. Poleski invites residents to local office hours
27Feb Runestad calls on President Trump to assist religious minorities in Middle East House Judiciary chair: Intervention is needed to end genocideState Rep. Jim Runestad, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, today announced he has sent a letter asking President Donald Trump to support the assistance of religious minorities in the Middle East, including Christians and Yazidis in Iraq and Syria.“ISIS is targeting ancient monasteries and slaughtering people based solely on their ethnicities and religious beliefs. This is a case of genocide, and these people need help immediately,” said Runestad, of White Lake. “Despite the fact that the federal government issued an official declaration of genocide a year ago, adequate assistance is still not reaching these vulnerable people.”The letter, a bipartisan effort that was also signed by 22 other state representatives, asks Trump to take the lead and bring an end to the genocide.“It’s time for United States to intervene to establish safe zones and ensure that aid is directed to people badly in need of assistance,” Runestad said.### Categories: Runestad News
21Jun Rep. Hernandez: Caro Center Psychiatric Hospital will remain local State Rep, Shane Hernandez (R-Port Huron) worked with House colleagues well into the night Tuesday putting the final touches on the 2018 Michigan budget. As part of final budget negotiations, Rep. Hernandez worked with several House and Senate colleagues to ensure that the Caro Center Psychiatric Hospital will remain at or near its current location.“Hundreds of people rely on Caro Center for their health care needs and as a place of employment,” Hernandez said. “It just makes good sense to ensure the new facility will be located in the same community, utilizing the existing infrastructure and workforce.”The $115 million is included in capital outlay budget for a new psychiatric hospital, which will replace the aging facility. As one of only five state-owned psychiatric hospitals, many politicians from across the state attempted to relocate the facility to their home districts.“The health care needs of our residents and sound fiscal policy should always come before politics when making decisions such as this,” Hernandez continued. “I want to thank Governor Snyder and his team for standing strong against the political pressure to relocate Caro Center. Thanks to his leadership, we will soon look forward to a new and improved facility, which will serve our citizens for generations to come.”###About Rep. Hernandez:State Representative Hernandez grew up in Croswell and now lives in Port Huron with his wife Renee and two children, Kelsey and Kara. Hernandez credits his family upbringing for his conservative principles. His father, Salvador Hernandez Jr., worked his way up from general laborer to boiler operator at the Croswell pickle factory. Hernandez witnessed firsthand that hard work and determination can lead to success. Rep. Hernandez can be reached at (517) 373-0835, or for more information, you can follow him on facebook here. Categories: Hernandez News,News
06Apr Yaroch bill allows drivers to opt out of MCCA fee Categories: News,Yaroch News The time is now for no-fault reform as MCCA announces increase in feeState Rep. Jeff Yaroch of Richmond has introduced an auto insurance reform bill, which allows motorists to opt out of paying the Michigan Catastrophic Claim Association (MCCA) fee by allowing drivers a choice on the level of personal injury protection (PIP) coverage.The MCCA, the entity that reimburses car insurers for personal injury benefits exceeding $555,000 per claim, announced recently that it would raise the fee it charges drivers to $192 dollars per year. House Bill 5552 would give drivers more choice and flexibility on coverage by introducing a new level of PIP coverage. Drivers will be able to opt out of paying the MCCA fee and see real savings on their premiums by choosing a coverage level of $555,000, or they can continue to purchase the unlimited medical coverage required by current state law.“Michigan is the only state in the country that forces people to have unlimited medical benefits, regardless if they have other insurance coverage,” Yaroch said. “I have heard loud and clear that the people are upset about their car insurance rates and the latest increase by the MCCA in the fee it charges drivers. I want to give people another option.”House Bill 5552 has been referred to the House Insurance Committee for consideration.#####
Bipartisan solution would expose potential conflicts of interestState Rep. Mark Huizenga, joined by a group of bipartisan legislators, announces a plan to require members of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of state government to publicly disclose their financial interests.State Rep. Mark Huizenga today announced a bipartisan plan to increase the transparency and accountability of elected state officials in Michigan.Huizenga, of Walker, said the plan will expose potential conflicts of interest by requiring candidates for and officeholders of the legislative, executive and judicial branches to fill out a financial disclosure form.“Elected officials should have nothing to hide from the people they serve,” Huizenga said. “Enacting this plan will give residents more confidence that their government is acting in their best interest.”Michigan is one of just two states without a law requiring elected officials or candidates to disclose their personal finances.Huizenga said the eight-bill solution announced today would disclose potential conflicts of interest without unnecessarily divulging the relative wealth or poverty of elected officials and candidates in Michigan.Under the proposal, elected officials and candidates for state-level offices would be required to disclose sources of income; stocks, investments and real estate assets owned; business associations above certain thresholds; and any relatives registered as lobbyists. The same information would be required for the filer’s spouse and any dependent children.“The disclosures required under this bill package are reasonable and substantive. They are not burdensome on the candidate or official and provide easy to understand information to the public,” Huizenga said.If enacted, the disclosure rules would apply to candidates and legislators in the state House and Senate, the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, circuit court judges, court of appeals judges, state board of education members and elected state university board members.### 16May Rep. Huizenga plan requires financial transparency from elected officials Categories: Huizenga News
Public safety. More Michigan State Police troopers and state prison corrections officers will be trained. The budget supports correction officers with $1 million for a post-traumatic stress and wellness program. “The stress of a corrections officer job can be overwhelming, and we are taking significant steps to get officers the help they need and deserve,” Lightner said. Lightner noted an Appropriations Committee task force has been established to explore IT solutions with state departments and vendors.“All too often, IT projects are failing taxpayers and the people who depend upon vital state department services,” Lightner said. “Cost overruns take away money that could be spent on schools, roads and other services. We’ve got to rein in these costs, and this task force will be a huge step in the right direction.”### 13Jun Rep. Lightner: Michigan House budget plan demands government efficiencies while investing more than ever in schools, roads Rep. Sarah Lightner this week voted in support of a Michigan House budget plan that will improve schools, roads and working conditions for state prison corrections officers – all without raising costs for taxpayers.The plan also takes steps to make state government more efficient, effective and accountable – especially in information technology budgets that have been plagued with cost overruns.“This plan invests more in the top priorities of Michigan families without asking them for more money,” said Lightner, of Springport, who helped shape the budget plan as a member of the House Appropriations Committee. “Instead of asking for a big tax hike, we’re demanding more efficiencies from state government. Being good stewards of taxpayer dollars should be a fundamental first step in the state budget process every year.”The House approved several budget measures this week, advancing the plan to the Senate for further consideration. Key elements include:Roads. The plan ensures every single penny spent on taxes at the gas pump goes to improve our roads – including the 6 percent sales tax motorists already pay. This change could add more than $800 million more per year to road repairs – without raising taxes – once fully phased in over two years. This change would be accomplished without sacrificing money for schools, local government revenue sharing or other essential public services. Strengthening communities and families. Local communities will get an increase in revenue sharing to enhance essential public services. More resources will be dedicated to protect drinking water, clean up the environment, promote mental health and fight opioid addiction. Schools. The plan raises the state’s minimum per-pupil foundation allowance by $180 per student, which includes Jackson, Eaton and Lenawee County schools in Lightner’s House district. This comes on top of the largest annual per-student increase of the past 15 years – which schools are receiving in the current budget year – while continuing to close the gap between the state’s lowest- and highest-funded districts. Early literacy and career training are special focuses as the overall school aid fund would surpass $15 billion. Respecting taxpayers through government efficiencies. Many state departments are being asked to find a savings of 3 percent in their administrative budgets. “This is a cut to Lansing bureaucrats,” Lightner said. “These are not cuts to the important services people depend on back home.” The plan also includes a 25-percent reduction in information technology expenditures for state departments. Categories: Lightner News,News
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares April 9, 2014; PoliticoOn the Democratic side of the ledger competing for the Senate in Georgia is Points of Light CEO Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former Democratic Senator Sam Nunn. Although on leave as CEO of the nonprofit, Nunn is using her Points of Lights home base to project an image of bipartisan reasonableness in the otherwise red state, including running her first television ad with George H.W. Bush, the forty-first president and the founder of Points of Light, highlighted. (George W. Bush’s brother Neil is actually the current chairman of the Points of Light board of directors.)Nunn appears to be the candidate of choice for Democrats, but Republicans have a big slate of choices, one of whom is former Susan G. Komen for the Cure executive Karen Handel, who generated plenty of press headlines for her role in trying to separate Komen from a funding relationship with Planned Parenthood. Having some difficulties in raising money compared to better-known GOP opponents in the upcoming primary, Handel’s campaign was languishing until this past week’s endorsement by the American Future Fund, one of the big-money conservative groups that puts big money behind favored candidates. AFF’s endorsement may be more of a positive jolt to Handel’s campaign than the recent campaign swing she did in the company of endorser Sarah Palin.It may be in her genes (her dad was seen as a conservative Democrat), it may be in her long association with the Bush family, or it might be a strategy for winning in Georgia, but Michelle Nunn is taking some conservative-leaning positions on a few high-voltage political issues. For example, she recently endorsed the completion of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada, suggesting that it would boost U.S. economic development and, in any case, Canada is a more pleasant, acceptable source of natural gas than other countries. Overall, she is maintaining a pro-business, centrist kind of image, giving Republicans little to attack other than trying to paste the Obama administration onto her image.You won’t find any mention of national health insurance reform—the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare”—in the list of “ideas” categories on her campaign website, but Republican PACs are hitting her on healthcare reform like they plan to hit all Democrats in the 2014 cycle. She has distanced herself a bit from the Obama program, early on calling for a delay in the enforcement of the individual mandate (as recommended by Georgia’s Republican senator, Johnny Isakson), though she apparently supports the expansion of Medicaid in Georgia, something that Governor Nathan Deal so far has opposed.Handel’s road to nomination is rockier. One of her primary opponents, Reebok executive David Perdue (former governor Sonny Perdue’s cousin) who is self-financing his campaign, recently publicly discussed Handel’s lack of a college degree, with the implication that she might not have the educational background to deal with the complex issues she would face as a member of the U.S. Senate. Out of fairness to Handel, it is worth pointing out that many people with college degrees don’t necessary demonstrate impressive intelligence and knowledge themselves, but Perdue’s attack on her qualifications is unlikely to subside.Although Nunn is no liberal, a campaign between her and Handel would reflect somewhat different wings of the nonprofit world. The brief discussion of “issues” on Handel’s campaign website touches on nearly every hard-right policy position she might support:“Rein in the EPA…[because it is] stifling job creation”“Unleash American energy exploration on federal lands and off shore”“Stop the gun-grabbing Obama/Feinstein legislation and oppose any attempt to create a national gun registry”“Reform the bloated welfare bureaucracy”“Defend the rights of the most vulnerable, including the unborn”Regarding the Affordable Care Act, “the biggest government intrusion into our lives in American history MUST BE REPEALED.”Nunn is just about assured the Democratic nomination, while Handel is running well behind her primary opponents at the moment. It would be interesting, however, to see the two of them face off, particularly to watch how much Nunn tries to avoid sounding too Democratic and pro-Obama and how Handel tempers (or doesn’t) her beyond-the-pale right-wing positions.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares August 3, 2014; NJ SpotlightFor three or more years, NPQ has been covering studies showing that nonprofit nursing homes provide better care at a lower cost than for-profits. You can see some of our related posts here and here. The same is true with regard to hospices and, we find now, also in home health care. Shouldn’t such consistent data drive federal contracting policies? Maybe the profit motive and the care of vulnerable people are not a good mix.Now, NJ Spotlight reports that the Garden State fits right into that mold. On the “Nursing Home Compare” website, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services provide a five-star rating system based on the results of three years of annual health inspections, staffing levels of nurses and nursing aides, and nine different quality measurements. Nearly one-third of the New Jersey nursing homes listed on the site—114 of 364—received five-star ratings. However, the vast majority of them had less than perfect scores in one or more of the three factors used to determine the overall rating. Out of 364 nursing homes in the State of New Jersey, only eight nursing homes in the entire state received five stars for each factor.Four of the eight five-star facilities are not traditional nursing homes; two are transitional units within hospitals and two are rehabilitation centers. But “all four of the all-five-star facilities that are located in continuing care retirement communities are operated by nonprofits.”Again, this needs to bring up federal contracting questions. The public does not need profiteering in this area, for any number of reasons.It also makes us wonder: In this area, there is good data on which comparisons can be made. What is the story in other fields where both nonprofits and for-profits provide services? —Ruth McCambridge ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share18KTweet65ShareEmail19K Shares“Homeless Jesus outside St Ann’s Church.” cc-by-sa/2.0 – © David DixonApril 5, 2019; CurbedThe 9th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals, which covers nine western US states (California, Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, Alaska, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho, and Montana) has ruled that if there is no room at area shelters, then members of the public must be allowed to sleep without fear of arrest or prosecution.The court in San Francisco denied en banc review (a full court) of a lower, three-panel member decision that held that prosecuting homeless persons who had no other places to go was cruel and unusual punishment and violated the Eighth Amendment of the US Constitution. The initial case came from an ordinance in Boise, Idaho, that bars sleeping on public property. These kinds of local ordinances have proliferated in the last decade but are now struck down in the covered states unless the US Supreme Court takes up the case.In an interview shortly after this ruling, Eve Garrow, a homelessness policy analyst and advocate for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), said:This is such an important ruling. These enforcement actions punished people for unavoidable behavior. You can’t punish people for eventually falling asleep. It sends a message that people have choices, and that we don’t need to build any more supportive housing, and we don’t have any options. From a public policy perspective, they don’t make sense, they send the wrong message, they treat those who are poor as criminals, and create fear and mistrust of those experiencing homelessness.As Patrick Sisson writes for Curbed, “The Martin case will change enforcement around homelessness. If a municipality builds enough shelter spots that are truly, reasonable, accessible alternatives for everyone experiencing homelessness in their jurisdiction, it wouldn’t be prohibited from enforcing laws against sleeping in public.”But, even in Boise, resistance remains despite the ruling; the city government issued the following statement after the Circuit Court Appeal ruling:Today’s ruling does not mean the city ordinances are [unconstitutional], it simply has the effect of forcing the matter to be litigated further. Therefore, the city’s camping and disorderly conduct ordinances remain in effect until further clarification can be obtained from the courts; the ruling will not cause us to change our procedures.—Carole LevineShare18KTweet65ShareEmail19K Shares
UK-based IPTV software specialist ANT says its revenues for the financial year will be ahead of expectations thanks to higher than expected royalty receipts in 2011.ANT said that revenues for the year are expected to be about £4.45 million (€5.31 million), up from £4.35 million in 2010, and loss before tax is expected to be £0.35 million, down from a loss of £0.58 million in 2010.ANT will announce its 2011 full-year results on February 29.
Polish telco and pay TV operator TPSA will begin marketing its services under the Orange brand by the end of June. The France Telecom-owned company said the rebrand was in keeping with the convergence of fixed and mobile services. TPSA said it hoped the Orange brand would have positive impact on its revenues and profitability, and contribute to growth in customer satisfaction and a decrease in churn in the fixed line segment.The Orange brand was first introduced in the UK market in 1994 and has been present in Poland since 2005.
BSkyB will hit back at BT with new pricing promotions as double-digit percentage increases in the cost of key sports rights kick in, in the wake of BT launching its own sports channels in the UK, according to analysts.Morgan Stanley issued a report following UK telco BT launching BT Sports yesterday and said that increased competition for English Premier League rights will increase their cost by about 15% when they are net up for grabs in 2015.The investment bank expects BT Sports to have 4-to-5 million subs when that rights deal is up for renegotiation.It said that News Corp.-backed Sky is likely to offer new promotional pricing to retain and attract new customers, but is unlikely to permanently slash prices for its basic broadband service, which is still cheaper than that of BT. The extra competition will restrict Sky’s ability to hike prices across its broadband and basic TV services the bank added.The financial impact, assuming Sky sheds some broadband and basic TV subs to BT and is forced to increase its marketing spend, are potentially in the £75-100 million (€89-118 million) range in its 2015 financial year, according to Morgan Stanley. That equates to about 5% of its EBITA profit.
OTT TV technology specialist Nangu.TV has named Jakub Kabourek as its new CEO. Kabourek was previously CEO of Visual Unity and he has also served as CEO at KIT Digital Czech and Visual Connection.“I’m delighted to join nangu.TV as CEO at this exciting time. Technology in the OTT and IPTV markets has gathered tremendous pace over the last 12 months and nangu.TV’s dedication to providing technology solutions will continue to drive the company forwards. nangu.TV has a strong team and my background will further help the development of future projects and will continue to build new and existing customer relationships,” said Kabourek.
Ex-Channel 5, ITV and RTL executive Dawn Airey has joined internet firm Yahoo! as senior, VP, EMEA.Airey will run Yahoo!’s business in the region filling a role that was being occupied on an interim basis by Christophe Parcot, who will take a new business development role at the company.The seasoned TV executive will report to Yahoo! COO Henrique de Castro.“Dawn is well known for her visionary thinking, operational discipline and leadership skills, and I can’t wait to work with her as we position Yahoo! for growth throughout the EMEA region,” said de Castro. “I’d like to thank Christophe for his leadership of the past one and a half years.”Airey said: “To be part of the Yahoo! renaissance was simply irresistible for me and I am very much looking forward to driving change, innovation and growth for the EMEA region.”Airey’s last media role was at RTL, which she vacated in April.Prior to RTL she ran Channel 5 and was managing director of global content at ITV. She has also worked at commercial broadcaster Channel 4 and pay TV platform BSkyB.
YouTube has joined forces with UK national newspapers the Guardian and the Telegraph and the three are proposing to jointly host a debate among UK political leaders ahead of next year’s election.There has been much talk in the UK about the possibility of a televised debate or debates, but the three-way proposal from YouTube, the Guardian and the Telegraph is the first time the prospect of hosting the debate on the internet has been mooted.The proposal was sent to UK political party leaders yesterday. The Guardian reported informal talks had already been held with politicians.The trio proposing the online debate claim it would encourage interactivity and engage a younger demographic than TV. They would allow traditional broadcasters and any media outlet to embed the live debate were it to go ahead.YouTube and its partners also pledged that the debate moderator would be female.Ahead of the last UK election there were three televised debates. No debates have been confirmed yet ahead of next year’s poll of the UK electorate.Reporting the news, the Telegraph quoted the editor in chief of Telegraph Media Group, Jason Seiken, as saying: “The power of digital media comes in its ability to connect our leaders and the public in a two-way conversation. It appeals to millions who have not previously bothered to engage in the political process.”