Un nouvel accessoire “deux en un” pour Ipad 2Si la dernière pochette pour Ipad 2 signée Thanko ne se fera pas remarquer pour son coté esthétique, elle pourrait bien trouver le chemin de votre choix pour son aspect pratique !Généralement, à la sortie de nouveautés Apple, de nombreux fabricants se lancent dans la production d’accessoires en tout genre, permettant, soit de bénéficier au mieux des capacités de votre nouveau bijou technologique, soit pour une question esthétique. À lire aussiLes iPads 2 et les iPhone 4S finalement jailbreakés ?On ne peut pas dire que Thanko ait joué la carte de l’esthétisme avec sa nouvelle pochette pour iPad 2 et sa matière imitant le cuir de manière très basique. C’est plutôt son clavier amovible Bluetooth qui s’avère très pratique si vous rédigez beaucoup avec votre tablette Apple. Pendant que la première partie se déplie et se réhausse pour faire office de socle pour l’Ipad, la partie “clavier” se détache donnant une véritable possibilité de transformer l’ensemble en netbook.La pochette est disponible sur le site de Thanko pour 7980 yens, soit un peu plus de 70 euros…Tout de même.Le 31 octobre 2011 à 13:24 • Maxime Lambert
Marcelo Brozovic has been linked with a move to Jose Mourinho’s side, Manchester United, but there are talks of a new contract at Inter Milan.Brozovic could be playing Croatia’s midfield in the World Cup final against France. He’s one of the most important players of the Croatia midfield, with 40 caps and six goals under his belt, his major role today could be stopping Paul Pogba.Even though the 25-year-old doesn’t start every time, Mourinho has seen his potential and what he could bring to Manchester United.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Marcelo is happy at Inter, so much that he could extend his contract on improved terms. Another club coming in is a possibility, as there is a release clause but we are in no rush”, insisted the midfielder’s agent, according to Daily Star.In the Croatian’s midfield, Brozovic is the one allowing Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric to get forward. Today, he may be crucial to the possible first World Cup victory of his country.
Anisul HuqLaw, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs minister Anisul Huq on Friday said BNP-Jamaat and their cohorts tried to topple the government by inciting the recent movement of the students, reports BSS.“Recently the students took to the street after the sad death of two students in road accident. They had demanded for Road Transport Act and the cabinet has already approved the draft as part of accepting their demand after giving support to their legitimate movement,” he said.The minister said these while addressing a rally marking National Mourning Day at Kasba Mulgram union in Brahmanbaria.“The next general election will be held in December. But BNP-Jamaat and their cohorts are trying to make the election commission disputed by raising ridiculous allegations like the polls will not be fair,” he added.Recalling memories of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with his (Anisul’s) father Advocate Serajul Huq, the law minister said Huq had told Bangabandhu not to confess any crimes and to plead not guilty before the court in 60s.“But when the judge asked him whether he is pleading guilty or not, Bangabandhu had said whatever I did for the people of Bangla were correct. This was Bangabandhu, who never bowed down to any wrong,” Anisul said.The minister said like her father, prime minister Sheikh Hasina too never makes any compromise with any unjust, adding, “She has introduced Bangladesh as a developed nation to the world. God willing, we will become a developed country under her leadership in 2041.”Presided over by Mulgram union Awami League president Md Shah Alam, the rally was addressed by Uttara Group chairman Motiur Rahman, Upazila chairman Anisul Haque, Awami League leaders MG Hakkani, Qazi Azharul Islam and Shahin Sultana, among others.
Twitter User @oceanaBen Higgins recently hovered over a blue crate containing a swimming loggerhead sea turtle, one of about 60 he’s helping to raise. The Galveston County Daily News reports Higgins has worked at the Galveston Laboratory of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, informally known as the “turtle barn,” for more than 20 years. He’s never seen the space as empty as it is now, he said. Most years, the crates contain almost three times the number of loggerhead hatchlings than they currently have, Higgins said. “This is the fewest number of turtles we’ve ever had,” said Higgins, the laboratory’s sea turtle program manager. “It’s kind of sad, but it is what it is. You go through cycles.” The change should be temporary, Higgins said. Federal officials this year ordered the laboratory not to capture sea turtle hatchlings for rearing and eventual release, departing from a practice underway for nearly 40 years. Since the late 1970s, workers based at the Galveston laboratory have annually picked up loggerhead hatchlings from Florida and brought them back to the island to be raised. The laboratory has returned the turtles back to Florida each year since the mid-1980s to test shrimp-net safety devices and release the loggerheads back into the ocean, according to the laboratory. The decision not to rear a new set of hatchlings this year is owed to a lack of devices ready for testing next year, Higgins said. The laboratory typically collects the loggerheads every year to raise them until they are big enough to test with turtle excluder devices, which are components of a shrimp trawl. The device connects to the trawls — large nets pulled behind shrimp boats — and allows sea turtles to escape, while still minimizing the number of shrimp lost in the process, according to the administration. Three types of trawls don’t require turtle excluder devices, or “TEDs,” as long as they have “tow-time” restrictions, or limits on the amount of time the net can be dragged in the water, according to the administration. Exceeding the tow-time risks drowning any turtles caught in the nets, according to the administration. The administration in December proposed to withdraw the tow-time rule and to require skimmer trawls, pusher-head trawls, wing nets and butterfly trawls to use certified turtle excluder devices. That change hasn’t gone into effect but is being reviewed, said Allison Garrett, media specialist for the administration’s National Marine Fisheries Services. Turtle-exclusion device testing should continue sometime after the new rules are implemented, Higgins said. The turtles that would have been collected this summer most likely wouldn’t have had any devices in time for 2018 testing, he said. “We don’t have a need for them in 2018,” Higgins said. “Once a new piece of gear is introduced to the fishery, they can use it and give feedback. When we get that feedback, that’s when we start making modifications.” The administration’s fisheries service made the devices mandatory for most shrimp trawls in 1989. Thousands of turtles drowned each year before that and trawls had been identified as a major cause of death, according to a 2016 administration environmental report. Even though turtle excluder devices are already certified, the administration continually tests new and existing designs. Many environmental advocates have continued to push for turtle-exclusion devices across all types of trawls. Joanie Steinhaus, campaign director for the Gulf Coast office of the Turtle Island Restoration Network, said she hopes no trawls, fisheries or boats are excluded from the regulations. “As we see an increase in the sea turtle population, we’re going to see smaller turtles in the areas the vessels work,” Steinhaus said. “I hope if they do come out with regulations, which they should, that they are required across the fleet with no exemptions.” While Higgins said he hopes testing can continue in the future, Garrett said the administration hasn’t made any decisions on whether the laboratory will collect turtles next year. The laboratory will focus for now on other efforts, Garrett said. “For now, we are continuing to take in and rehabilitate stranded, sick and injured sea turtles,” Garrett said. ___ Information from: The Galveston County Daily News, http://www.galvnews.com Share
Stay on target ‘Game of Thrones’ Director Explains Why Arya Ambushed the Night King’Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Predicts Sansa Stark’s Future Nobody is a fan of Bronn anymore after the climactic battle scene in last week’s Game of Thrones. The scene was filled with harrowing moments, but Bronn’s final act almost definitely elicited the most gasps. With Daenerys riding atop Drogon, burning all the wheat in sight, Bronn raced to a covered structure. Throwing aside a sheet, he revealed a massive crossbow and arrow. One that could pierce the hide and bone of a dragon. The first shot missed, but the second hit the beast in the shoulder bringing both dragon and mother crashing to the ground.If you’ve been watching the series all the way through, chances are you feel almost as protective of the dragons as Daenerys does. They’re the only ones left in the world. Do NOT hurt the precious babies. The scene even surprised Jerome Flynn, who plays Bronn on the show.Speaking to HBO’s Making of Game of Thrones, Flynn said, “I was surprised when I was watching it. I spent weeks on that sequence, but I was on the edge of my seat, the adrenaline was running — they really nailed it.”Until now, Bronn has been one of the more likable associates of the Lannisters. Much of that comes from his relationship to Tyrion, the only decent member of the family. But, as he is a mercenary, he has allied himself with Jaime so he may acquire as much gold and land as he can. Unfortunately, that means fighting against Tyrion’s new queen and doing some especially unsavory things like shoot adorable dragons out of the sky. And though it is just a TV show, that doesn’t make the anger people feel any less real. Some are even taking it out on Flynn himself.“Although since the day the battle aired, I’ve been a little unpopular, I have to say. My postman won’t speak to me because I shot the dragon,” he said. Totally understandable. He’s lucky he’s still getting his mail at all, if you ask me.Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jerome Flynn (Credit: Macall B. Polay/HBO)Flynn does appear to enjoy the fact that the audience is that invested in the show. Talking about fans being torn on who to root for in this messy war, he said, ”How brilliant is that? And that’s Tyrion’s perspective, standing there. He’s got Daenerys when she gets shot down, and then his brother is who’s trying to kill her; Tyrion can’t win, really. But that’s part of the brilliance of where we’ve got to in the story after seven years of that character investment.”So where does Bronn go from here? Well, things don’t sound too promising. HBO asked if fans should worry about Bronn’s fate, and though he didn’t say much, his answer seemed to hint at something. “I think it depends on if you care for him. If you’re really angry, he’s been shooting at Drogon, then maybe not.”Hmm, interesting. The last shot we saw in that episode was Jaime sinking into the water after Bronn pushed him out of the way of Drogon’s fire. Is it possible that he was caught in the blast? The good news is, we only have two days until we find out.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Play (1) On the training chair, the trained monkey learned to touch the light spot on the rubber balls (with food reward) by looking at the mirror image of the light spot with 100% success rates. When the laser light was projected to the monkey’s face, the trained monkey failed to touch the face mark point. (2) The rubber ball was substituted by a bigger flat board on each side of the monkey’s head that could be seen only in the mirror. The light spot could be moved rapidly to multiple random positions in two dimensions on the board, and more precise touching was required for obtaining the food reward. On the training chair, the trained monkey could correctly touch the light spot on the board with 100% success rate. When the light spot was projected to the monkey’s face, the trained monkey correctly touched the spot position on his face. Credit: (c) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2017). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1620764114 The team then placed a dye mark on each of the monkeys’ faces without them knowing it and then allowed them to look at a mirror—at that point, all of the monkeys individually noticed the mark and directed their hand to it, wiping at it and sniffing it. All of the test monkeys eventually passed the test, even while control monkeys continued to misidentify their own faces in the mirror as belonging to another monkey. This, the team suggests, indicates that the monkeys are clearly capable of passing the self-recognition test, and thus have self-awareness. Their claims were further bolstered by continued monitoring of the trained monkeys as they sat in front of a mirror with no direction. They used the mirror to check out normally unseen body parts, such as their genitals and to preen themselves. This, the team suggests, clearly shows that having learned how a mirror works, the monkeys truly demonstrated that they were aware of themselves. Monkeys can learn to see themselves in the mirror PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen (Phys.org)—A team of researchers at the Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences has found that rhesus monkeys can pass the mirror self-awareness test if they are first taught how mirrors work. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes how they taught the monkeys to understand how mirrors work and how the monkeys behaved once they had it down. © 2017 Phys.org Explore further Citation: Monkeys taught to pass mirror self-awareness test (2017, February 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-02-monkeys-taught-mirror-self-awareness.html More information: Liangtang Chang et al. Spontaneous expression of mirror self-recognition in monkeys after learning precise visual-proprioceptive association for mirror images, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2017). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1620764114AbstractMirror self-recognition (MSR) is generally considered to be an intrinsic cognitive ability found only in humans and a few species of great apes. Rhesus monkeys do not spontaneously show MSR, but they have the ability to use a mirror as an instrument to find hidden objects. The mechanism underlying the transition from simple mirror use to MSR remains unclear. Here we show that rhesus monkeys could show MSR after learning precise visual-proprioceptive association for mirror images. We trained head-fixed monkeys on a chair in front of a mirror to touch with spatiotemporal precision a laser pointer light spot on an adjacent board that could only be seen in the mirror. After several weeks of training, when the same laser pointer light was projected to the monkey’s face, a location not used in training, all three trained monkeys successfully touched the face area marked by the light spot in front of a mirror. All trained monkeys passed the standard face mark test for MSR both on the monkey chair and in their home cage. Importantly, distinct from untrained control monkeys, the trained monkeys showed typical mirror-induced self-directed behaviors in their home cage, such as using the mirror to explore normally unseen body parts. Thus, bodily self-consciousness may be a cognitive ability present in many more species than previously thought, and acquisition of precise visual-proprioceptive association for the images in the mirror is critical for revealing the MSR ability of the animal. For many years, cognitive researchers have relied on the mirror self-recognition test as a means for determining if an animal is capable of self-awareness. A dye mark is made on the face of an individual being tested and then that individual is allowed to look at itself in the mirror—if it see the mark and touches it, then it passes the test. But more recently, some in the field have begun to question the validity of the test, suggesting that an inability to pass the test might be more of an indication that an animal simply does not understand how a mirror works. In this new effort, the researchers sought to see if that might be the case by training a group of male rhesus monkeys on how a mirror works before giving it the test.The training involved placing a monkey in front of a mirror and rewarding him each time he correctly placed his hand on a spot in its cage lit up by a laser pointer on the wall behind the animal. Over time, as the monkeys got the idea, the pointer was eventually directed to its face, at which point, a given monkey would touch its face where the mark was—a close approximation of the self-recognition test. 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Home and Away is set to introduce its first gay character in 12 years. It’s also the first LGBTI storyline in nine years. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Young actor Darius Williams took to Instagram to announce his guest role on the popular Aussie soap opera.He wrote: ‘After months of hard work and secrecy. I can announce I will be on Home and Away as of May 7th. To all those that supported me along the way and kept this secret hidden since last October, thank you.‘To all those that I may have had to tell a few cheeky lies to, I’m sorry. I hope you’re all there to tune in when I hit the Bay next Monday.’He then added: ‘Love you all.’ Darius Williams will play unique gay role in Home and Away. | Photo: Darius Williams / Flickr This was not the first LGBTI representation on the show though. In 1994, a young Isla Fisher played bisexual Shannon Reed.Fisher’s final storyline implied she moved away with a female partner, but never directly stated it.The inclusion of Williams’ character will be the eleventh LGBTI character on Home and Away.Raphael and David after their steamy night of love making. | Photo: ElevenFellow Australian soap Neighbours had its first ever gay sex scene earlier this year.Characters David Tanaka and Raphael Humphreys are part of a gay storyline in the Aussie soap.The love-making scene showed Raphael’s insecurity over severe scarring on his back. But David reassures him that he has nothing to worry about and tenderly inspects the scarring.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- Williams will play Ty in the first LGBTI role in the soap since same-sex marriage became legal in Australia last year, reports Back to the Bay.Unfortunately the role is only contracted for a six-week stint on the show.Home and Away and LGBTI representationThe last same-sex romance was nine years ago, when the show featured a female romance between Charlie Buckton (Esther Anderson) and Joey Collins (Kate Bell).It caused a stir among conservative viewers who actually got the same-sex kiss axed from the show before it went to air. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… LGBT history will be made at the Rio Olympics, starting with the first same-sex married couple to compete in the gamesGay Hollyoaks star Nathan Sussex on why straight men can play gay roles (and vice versa)Will Prince William’s pledge help scrap anti-LGBTI laws in 37 countries?Read the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/home-and-away-to-introduce-first-gay-character-in-12-years/
Categories: News 16Jan Swearing in Day 2013 Rep. Poleski with his family and Gov. Rick Snyder during the 2013 Swearing In Day
State Rep. Lee Chatfield is co-sponsoring a bill to provide clarity to the assessing process for large commercial and warehouse stores to address “dark store” tax rulings that are leaving northern Michigan communities with sudden budget gaps totaling hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars.Over the last few years, the Michigan Tax Tribunal, the state’s five-member tax court, has ruled that big box stores should be valued not by formulas that consider the cost to build them, but by comparing their worth to nearby big box buildings that have been closed and sit empty. When big box retailers move out of a property, they often put a restriction on the deed that prevents any competitor from acquiring the space. As a result, that property can sit dark and lose more taxable value. Companies point to these deed-restricted properties with decreased values and argue that the lower tax rate should be the standard for taxing an open store.“This legislation will bring fairness and uniformity to the assessing process of large buildings and in the same manner as homes and small businesses are assessed,” said Rep. Chatfield, R-Levering “Additionally, this measure will not increase taxes on businesses but it will safeguard funding for educating our children and keeping our communities safe.”House Bill 4909 amends the Zoning Enabling Act by preventing negative-use restrictions that prohibit occupancy or use of the property when that restriction goes against the lawful use of the property under local zoning ordinances. 01Oct Rep. Chatfield co-sponsors bill to protect school and local government funding from ‘dark stores’ tax assessments Categories: Chatfield News
27Feb Rep. LaFave announces coffee hour for Saturday in Escanaba ### State Rep. Beau LaFave invites Upper Peninsula residents to visit with him Saturday, March 4 in Escanaba.LaFave is hosting a local coffee hour from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern Time at Drifter’s Restaurant, 701 N. Lincoln Road.LaFave, of Iron Mountain, represents an Upper Peninsula district including Delta, Dickinson and Menominee counties.“I look forward to this chance to meet and talk about the issues most important to the Upper Peninsula,” LaFave said.Residents also may contact LaFave in his Lansing office at (517) 373-0156 or BeauLaFave@house.mi.gov. The mailing address is S-1487 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909. Categories: LaFave News
09Oct Rep. Howell testifies on his proposal to ensure access to road funding Categories: Howell News,News State Rep. Gary Howell (left) with State Rep. Ben Frederick testifying before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of Howell’s plan to allow counties and municipalities to legally utilize funds from the State Infrastructure Bank to fix Michigan roads.State Rep. Gary Howell recently testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of his proposal to allow counties, cities and villages to legally utilize funds from the State Infrastructure Bank in order to fix Michigan roads.Howell said his proposal will ensure local road agencies are given the proper authority to borrow funds from the State Infrastructure Bank for road improvements.“As a 40-year municipal attorney handling these matters and as the former chairman of the Lapeer County Road Commission, I believe this plan fixes a significant problem,” said Howell, of North Branch. “It is my job to make sure that counties and municipalities have access to necessary funds to fix Michigan’s roads.”The State Infrastructure Bank was established as a revolving loan fund, or bank, used to help finance local road projects.Rep. Howell’s House Bill 6088 remains under consideration by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.###
ShareTweet28ShareEmail28 Shares“Infant Mortality Rates in the US by Race and Hispanic Ethnicity of the Mother,” Mathews TJ, MacDorman MF [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsApril 12, 2019; Rewire.NewsWhen told, the stories are almost always heartbreakingly similar: A black woman encounters substandard maternal care, resulting in a set of likely avoidable tragic consequences if only someone along the way had just given a damn.It’s not as if racial disparities in infant mortality are new. Back in 1850, when the US began keeping statistics about infant mortality, the black infant mortality rate was 340 per 1,000 while the white infant mortality rate was 217 per 1,000. Fortunately, overall infant mortality rates have plummeted for both blacks and whites. But the ratio of black infant mortality to white infant mortality is greater today than in 1850.In 2018, the New York Times reported black infants are more than twice as likely to die as white infants. The Times adds: “Education and income offer little protection. In fact, a black woman with an advanced degree is more likely to lose her baby than a white woman with less than an eighth-grade education.”Not just the babies are at risk. According to statistics collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 2011–2014, black women died a rate over three times as high as white women during childbirth (40.0 deaths per 100,000 live births versus 12.4 deaths per 100,000 live births, respectively).The crisis of black maternal and infant mortality is a big factor in the country’s overall decline of our global ranking in infant mortality; the US was 12th among developed nations in 1960 and now ranks 32nd out of the 35 wealthiest nations. Translation? Iran and Libya have lower infant mortality rates than we do.Why? Per the New York Times:The reasons for the black-white divide in both infant and maternal mortality have been debated by researchers and doctors for more than two decades. But recently there has been growing acceptance of what has largely been, for the medical establishment, a shocking idea: For black women in America, an inescapable atmosphere of societal and systemic racism can create a kind of toxic physiological stress, resulting in conditions—including hypertension and pre-eclampsia—that lead directly to higher rates of infant and maternal death. And that societal racism is further expressed in a pervasive, longstanding racial bias in health care—including the dismissal of legitimate concerns and symptoms—that can help explain poor birth outcomes even in the case of black women with the most advantages.And now, finally, lawmakers are beginning to react, with a blizzard of some 80 bills across the country addressing black maternal and infant mortality. Three states—California, Illinois, and Texas—are looking at racial bias in health care, ten more states have proposed bills expanding access to doula care (a doula, as NPQ has previously described, is a person trained to provide support to a mother before, during and after childbirth), and 19 more states are establishing task forces to investigate.But if the increasingly widely held belief that race-based stress is at least partly to blame is true, there remains a larger agenda to pursue that involves far more than the medical community.Raena Granberry, an activist with firsthand experience in the maternal health care divide and who now works with Black Women for Wellness, says, “What we have been doing for decades is putting all of the responsibility on black mothers. You need to be healthier, you need to try to reduce your stress, you need to do this and that—and obviously the outcomes have not changed. It’s because nothing that we can do as black women can change what our experiences are as a black woman. I can’t change how people are going to treat me and what the world is like for me.”If you add in the systemic influences of Medicaid on prenatal health (half of all births are financed by Medicaid but many providers don’t accept it, complicating access to care), and hospital quality (low quality hospitals account for half the racial disparity in maternal illness) the complex web of barriers to access and racially motivated disparities in care even with access results in a lose-lose assessment where it is too easy to point to unhealthy lifestyles and ignore the larger issues of societal toxicity.—Eric FulliloveShareTweet28ShareEmail28 Shares
US online video service Netflix has struck a deal with Disney that will give it access to the first pay TV window for the Hollywood studio’s live action and animated feature films.The move once again sees Disney titles available on the streaming site after Netflix’s deal with Starz, which includes movies from Disney and Sony, ended in February.Movies from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and documentary label Disneynature will be available from 2016, while direct-to-video titles will be available from 2013.“Disney and Netflix have shared a long and mutually beneficial relationship and this deal will bring to our subscribers, in the first pay TV window, some of the highest-quality, most imaginative family films being made today,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix. “It’s a bold leap forward for internet television and we are incredibly pleased and proud this iconic family brand is teaming with Netflix to make it happen.”“With this cutting-edge agreement, we are thrilled to take our highly valued relationship with Netflix to the next level by adding Disney’s premier films to their programming line-up,” said Janice Marinelli, president, Disney-ABC Domestic Television. “Netflix continues to meet the demands of its subscribers in today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, and we are delighted that they will have much earlier access to our top-quality and entertaining slate,” she added.
Fox International Channels has hired Marco de Ruiter as its senior VP, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.Ruiter worked for Viacom International Media Networks previously. He joined the company in 2002 and was COO for northern Europe from 2008, leaving last year.At FIC he will run the company’s channels in German-speaking territories. Ruiter reports to Diego Londono, FIC’s COO, Europe and Africa.He said: “With his many years of senior management experience in multinational corporations, Marco is the right man to sustainably position and expand our globally unique product in the German market. We are now in an excellent position to secure the continuing growth of Fox International Channels Germany.”The appointment is FIC’s second major European hire in a week after it poached Christian Mörner from Discovery to run its Swedish business.
Vodafone Portugal has revamped its TV services with a new graphic interface, the incorporation of home media sharing, and new interactive features. The home media sharing service, Live On TV, enables users to broadcast material they film with a camera, smartphone or tablet, via a dedicated app, to friends that also subscribe to Vodafone TV.New interactive services include the ability to access, via the red button, the Facebook page of programmes being viewed. Vodafone has also introduced new TV apps for Twitter, Facebook and Picasa, as well as the ability to set up automatic recordings of HD channels for seven days.Vodafone Portugal has also added eight new channels to its OTT-based TV service – M6 Vox, RTL, Super RTL, Brazil’s Record TV, Caça e Pesca (Hunting and Fishing), Toros and BBC Entertainment.
The BBC has launched a tablet version of its online game, The Doctor and the Dalek, and added four new levels across all platforms.The BBC first launched the web version of the Doctor Who spin-off game back in October, aimed at viewers of its children’s channel CBBC.“The Doctor and the Dalek has had a great response from children, parents and teachers. The one overriding request was for a tablet version. The new levels, with our updated resources from BBC Learning, allow children to take their skills a little further… and help the Doctor save the universe!” said Jo Pearce, executive producer for BBC Doctor Who Interactive.The Doctor and the Dalek was commissioned by BBC Learning, developed and produced by BBC Wales and Somethin’ Else in association with BBC Future Media. The tablet version is available for free via the Google Play, Apple and Amazon app stores.
Patrick VincentBelgian cable operator Telenet has upped chief customer officer, Patrick Vincent, to chief transformation officer to oversee the merger of BASE Company with Telenet.Vincent takes on the new role immediately, following Telenet’s announcement last week that it has agreed to buy Belgian mobile operator BASE Company for €1.325 billion from Dutch telco KPN.Vincent has been tasked with transforming Telenet and BASE Company into a “new modern telecom and media company that will be able to face all the challenges of a converging telecommunication and media landscape.”Benedikte Paulissen, who is currently Telenet’s vice president of residential sales and care, takes on the chief customer officer role on an acting basis.“As chief transformation officer, Patrick Vincent’s crucial task will be to prepare the merger of BASE Company with Telenet to ensure a smooth transition after closing the take-over and to achieve synergies,” said Telenet.“With his background and years of experience as sales and customer operations manager, Patrick Vincent will have to ensure that merging the two organisations does not affect customers’ interests.”Vincent first joined Telenet in 2004, becoming chief customer officer in 2010.
Alexandra ReichTelenor has named Alexandra Reich as the new CEO of its Hungarian unit.Reich, who will take up her new post by November 1, succeeding Christoper Laska, will also be appointed executive vice-president of Telenor Group and will be part of the executive management team in the group.An Austrian national, Reich previously served as EVP and head of mobile business for Swisscom Enterprise.Laska has been appointed senior vice-president board governance and Partner Relations Asia and will support the board of directors in Telenor’s Asian business units.“I am very pleased to welcome Alexandra Reich as CEO of Telenor Hungary and part of my management team. Her understanding of customers’ digital ambitions, her in-depth knowledge of the telecoms industry and her entrepreneurial drive makes me confident that she is a great addition to our team and will continue to take our Hungarian business forward,” said Sigve Brekke, president and CEO of Telenor Group.“I have always closely followed the Telenor Group with great respect and was impressed by the innovation power and culture driving the company. After many years in telco, working with challengers in Germany, Austria and seven years with the Swiss incumbent, I felt it was time to take this exciting opportunity. My expertise has always been in marketing and sales and within the last years I have learned a lot about customer experience design and the power of customer centricity, especially in the digital world. I am very much looking forward to working with the team in Hungary and also being part of the Telenor Group,” said Reich.
Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has tapped Red Bee Media for the launch of Paramount Network in the UK.Paramount Network, which launched in the UK market earlier this month, is being scheduled and programmed by the Channel 5 editorial team under the direction of Ben Frow, director of programmes at Viacom-owned Channel 5.David TravisThe launch is the second launch outside the US of Paramount Network following its debut in Spain, where it replaced Paramount Channel.Leading up to the launch, Red Bee Media delivered design, integration and build for the channel. Operating out of their White City Broadcast Centre facility, Red Bee Media will be providing ongoing services in media management, transmission, video-on-demand and access services.The channel was initially available via Sky, Freeview, BT and TalkTalk in the UK. Following the removal of UKTV’s channels, Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media added Paramount Network to its line-up last week.“This successful launch was the culmination of a collective effort and great team work within Red Bee Media along with Channel 5 and Viacom. Paramount is one of Viacom’s flagship brands and we are proud to have been part of making such a significant channel launch happen for Channel 5, delivering on time and on budget,” said David Travis chief portfolio officer, video services, Red Bee Media.