The Standard Hotel in New York City afforded the public a clear view of patrons occupying toilets on the hotel’s eighteenth floor earlier this week.The bathrooms are fitted with transparent floor to ceiling windows and waist-high curtains for privacy.The curtains had been “temporarily removed” for renovations and staff had forgotten to replace the drapes, the hotel’s manager told the Daily News.“The view outside is exciting, but the view inside is frightening,” Melbourne resident David Langdon said.“I saw people waving at me. Sitting on the royal throne, you don’t expect a public viewing.”The Standard is owned by playboy Andre Balazs and has a reputation for raunchy behaviour, regular pool parties and frequent celebrity sightings.In 2009 the hotel received complaints about free peep shows courtesy of amorous couples staying in the building. Image Source: Splash Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T
Sno’n’Ski is first ever ski specialist finalist in NTIA wholesale awardsSno’n’Ski is first ever ski specialist finalist in NTIA wholesale awardsSno’n’Ski was thrilled to be named a finalist in AFTA’s National Travel Industry Awards category of Best Specialty Wholesaler, the first time a ski specialist has enjoyed this achievement in the industry’s most prestigious awards.Director and General Manager Daniel Walker says he is excited by the implications of Sno’n’Ski’s finalist status for the ski travel industry.“Sno’n’Ski has enjoyed booming growth over the last two years, and this combined with our spot as an NTIA finalist is a sure sign that exciting times are ahead for Australia’s ski travel industry,” says WalkerSno’n’Ski were nominated for consideration in the category of Best Specialty Wholesaler by travel agent affiliates, and votes were cast by travel agents and industry professionals across Australia.As one of five national finalists, Sno’n’Ski is invited to present to a panel of travel industry experts at AFTA’s Sydney headquarters in early June.The winner will be announced at the NTIA Gala Awards dinner in July, and Walker says the Sno’n’Ski team will be honoured to be in attendance as a finalist for the first time.“Our ski resort partners from all over the world are excited that ski is gaining momentum and exposure through the Australian travel agency network,” says Walker.“This nomination proves that agents are increasingly excited to promote and sell snow holidays as a specialty product.”Source = Sno’n’Ski
1. Sardinia from £40Sardinia is a bit of a holiday playground of the rich and famous. But with a choice of cheap flights, you don’t have to be a celeb to soak up the sun on this gorgeous Italian island. Fly to Alghero, or to Olbia for easy access to glamorous hotspot the Costa Smerelda. Explore the idyllic Isla Mortoria, an island that can only be reached by boat with heavenly beaches, and barely a celeb in sight.2. Menorca from £62Menorca has a well-deserved reputation for reliable family-friendly sun, sea and sand holidays. It is far quieter than neighbouring Ibiza and Majorca so you won’t be disturbed by all-night discos. It’s only two hours from the UK, and shorter is better when it comes to flying with kids! Make sure you have a paddle at lovely Binibeca Nou. RelatedBargains of the Week: Menorca | Malta | SardiniaBargains of the Week: Menorca | Malta | Sardinia7 spring sun escapes under £70Can’t wait for summer? Beat the crowds to the beach and book yourself a spring holiday. We find seven cheap flights to take you to the sun.5 flights for £50 and underSpring breaks, summer holidays and seafood celebrations! Get inspired for your next getaway with our latest selection of cheap flights starting at just £20. 1. Seville, Spain from £42 Fancy partying for a week in the spring Spanish sunshine? Seville’s annual Feria de Abril (April Fair) on 24-29 April celebrates… 3. Malaga, Spain from £62Take yourself and the family (if you must!) to the hot, sunny Costa del Sol, always a safe bet for summer holidays. With lots of flights from the UK, you should be able to find a cheap deal. If you’re not just flying and flopping, but want to see a bit of the region, Malaga is a convenient start point for exploring Andalucia, although you may get no further than the beach.4. Nice, France from £74Do the French Riviera in style, on a budget. Flights are very reasonable, and being a pretty big city, there is an accordingly affordable range of accommodation. Although not up there with some beaches on the Riviera, Nice’s beach, backed by the iconic Promenade des Anglais, offers the perfect excuse to flop after a day’s sightseeing.5. Tenerife from £109Tenerife is hot, hot, hot in summer. It’s no surprise that loads of Brits flock to busy resorts like Playa de las Americas with good beaches and all the amenities you need. For something a bit different, take a break from the beach to explore the stark lunar scenery of the island’s volcano, El Teide – the third largest in the world.6. Crete from £126Renowned for its natural beauty, this sun-caressed Greek Island boasts a lot more than bars and discos in resorts like Rethymnon, Hersonissos and Malia. There are beaches by the bucket and spade load, but also spectacular mountain ranges and palm forests. Plus, the island has many historical attractions from Minoan temples, Venetian fortresses to Byzantine monasteries.Want a bargain? Don’t dawdle! Flight prizes are correct at time of going to press (20 May 2013) but are subject to change as people snap up the best deals! ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 10, 2018 8:21 am PDT Toronto Film Critics Association names ‘Roma’ best picture TORONTO — The Toronto Film Critics Association has handed “Roma” two of its top prizes.The TFCA named Alfonso Cuaron’s black-and-white drama, about a live-in housekeeper for a middle-class family in Mexico City, best picture.It also deemed Cuaron best director.“Roma,” which hits Netflix on Friday, has racked up a slew of accolades since emerging on the festival circuit.It’s nominated for several Golden Globes, was named best film of the year by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and topped the New York Film Critics Circle.Other TFCA winners announced Sunday include Olivia Colman as best actress for her portrayal of Queen Anne in Yorgos Lanthimos’ historical period comedy “The Favourite.”Ethan Hawke won best actor for playing a minister going through a crisis of faith in Paul Schrader’s drama “First Reformed.” The South Korean mystery-drama “Burning” won best foreign language film.Awards for supporting roles went to Regina King for “If Beale Street Could Talk” and Steven Yeun for “Burning.”The best screenplay category saw a tie between “The Favourite” and “First Reformed.”“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” landed the RBC Allan King Documentary Award and “Isle of Dogs” was named best animated feature.“Anthropocene: The Human Epoch,” “Ava” and “Maison du bonheur” will compete for the Rogers $100,000 Best Canadian Film Award, which will be announced at the TFCA Awards Gala on Jan. 8. Marco Graf as Pepe, left to right, Daniela Demesa as Sofi, Yalitza Aparicio as Cleo, Marina De Tavira as Sofia, Diego Cortina Autrey as Tono, Carlos Peralta Jacobson as Paco are shown in a scene from “Roma” written and directed by Alfonso Cuaron in this handout photo. The Toronto Film Critics Association has handed “Roma” two of its top prizes. The TFCA named Alfonso Cuaron’s black-and-white drama, about a live-in housekeeper for a middle-class family in Mexico City, best picture. It also deemed Cuaron best director. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Carlos Somonte, Netflix *MANDATORY CREDIT* The Canadian Press
Categories: Glenn News,News 15Dec Rep. Glenn votes for bills to expand skilled trade opportunities State Rep. Gary Glenn voted this week for a five-bill package to enhance career skills education in Michigan’s public schools.“This legislation gives more opportunity to Michigan children,” said Glenn, of Williams Township. “We’re fortunate to have exceptional schools and partnerships with local employers in mid-Michigan, but there is always demand. Our local school districts will have more course flexibility and experienced career and technical education instructors. That will ultimately help our students, while giving them better access to post-high school programs and good-paying jobs.”The legislation was developed from the recommendations of the Michigan Career Pathways Alliance, which includes state K-12 educators and local employment leaders working together to help strengthen Michigan’s future.“We’ve got to encourage students in the classroom while increasing their educational options, because that will prepare them in life,” Glenn said.The legislation:Creates a K-12 model program that emphasizes career learning and themes for each gradelevel, while focusing on engaging with parents, community businesses and industryinterests;Provides continuing education and professional development credit for teachers whospend time engaging with local employers and professional trade centers;Allows proprietary schools, community colleges and skilled trade employers access – withparental consent – to high school pupil directory information for the purposes of recruitmentand career opportunities;Permits schools to more readily hire professional trade instructors to teach classes thatalign with their expertise.House Bills 5139, 5140, 5141, 5142 and 5145 advance to the Senate for its consideration.#####
Legislation inspired by situation involving Macomb Township Trustee Dino BucciA plan co-sponsored by state Rep. Jeff Yaroch, of Richmond, to demand attendance of board members and officers at township meetings was advanced today in a vote by the House Local Government Committee.House Bill 5950 was introduced after Macomb Township Trustee Dino Bucci was indicted by a federal grand jury in November 2017 on 18 counts of conspiracy, bribery, embezzlement, extortion, mail fraud and money laundering. The charges are in connection with public contracts in Macomb Township, part of an area Yaroch represents in the Michigan House.Bucci, who worked for the Macomb County Department of Public Works until 2017, has refused to resign and has not attended a Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting since the indictment.“When we’re elected, our fundamental duty is to show up,” said Yaroch when testifying in support of the bill on May 16. “You have a responsibility as an elected official to appear when your board meets.”Despite not attending meetings for five months, a taxpayer-funded compensation package is still available to Bucci. The proposal under consideration would allow township governing boards to vote to compel a member to attend meetings and conduct themselves in an orderly fashion. If the individual in question still refuses to attend, they could be cited with misconduct in office and removed by the governor.City councils, school boards, county commissions and charter township boards currently have measures in place addressing attendance and orderly activity in some form. The plan looks to close the loophole for general law townships such as Macomb.“We’re trying to bring that consistency and interpretation across the board so general law townships, including growing ones like Macomb Township, can function properly with their boards of elected officials performing their duties and meeting the basic expectations extended to them when they are elected,” Yaroch said.HB 5950 moves to the full House for consideration. 23May Rep. Yaroch: Township board members, officers must meet their duty Categories: News,Yaroch News
09Jul Reps. Farrington, Marino: Plan to improve state disaster funding signed into law Categories: Marino News,News New laws sponsored by two Macomb County representatives will help Michigan communities seeking to secure state funds to deal with disasters.Bills sponsored by state Reps. Steve Marino and Diana Farrington were recently signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder. The new laws increase the minimum balance of the state disaster fund to $2.5 million – up from $1 million. The maximum allowable grants to local governments are also increased, based on population.“We can’t afford delays in assistance when a catastrophe like the Fraser sinkhole develops,” said Marino, of Harrison Township. “By increasing the amount of money readily available in this fund, communities should receive the money they need when they need it.”Farrington, of Utica, sponsored the new tier system that bases the maximum allowable amount of aid on a community’s population.“The previous limits on assistance were simply insufficient, particularly for larger communities facing greater expenses in the immediate aftermath of a disaster,” Farrington said. “Our new laws provide more flexibility so sufficient assistance can be delivered without needless delays.”House Bills 4609 and 4610 are now Public Acts 263 and 264 of 2018.###
13Jun House committee approves Rep. Rendon’s plan to honor fallen West Branch soldier Measure renames portion of I-75 in Ogemaw CountyThe Michigan House Transportation Committee this week approved a plan introduced by state Rep. Daire Rendon to rename a highway interchange at Highway I-75 in Ogemaw County to honor fallen Army PFC Kenneth Coates.Rendon’s plan renames the highway interchange at Highway I-75 and Cook Road as the PFC Kenneth Coates Memorial Interchange.Coates served during the Vietnam War and was killed during combat on Feb. 5, 1968.“Army PFC Coates gave his life to protect the people around him,” said Rendon, of Lake City. “Coates devoted his life for the safety of others and we must recognize his bravery and ultimate sacrifice.”HB 4611 is now referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.##### Categories: Daire Rendon News
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesJuly 9, 2015; Wall Street JournalNPQ has reported on Pope Francis’s latest encyclical, Laudato Si. In the encyclical, Francis challenged the world to focus on environmental concerns and turn away from a “throwaway society” that harms both the Earth and the souls of its inhabitants. As a part of that focus, Francis encouraged a move away from fossil fuel-based energy and a greater emphasis on “clean” and “renewable” energy sources.Laudato Si has inspired some Catholic organizations to begin or to increase their efforts to influence corporations to report publicly on their policies and activities to address environmental issues. There are also examples of Catholic investment funds that have chosen to cease investing in coal companies and other corporations regarded as being hostile to, or negligent of, the environment.Mission-affirming investments are the right, and the opportunity, for Catholic organizations to pursue their missions and express their faith through their investment policies and practices. It follows in the tradition of previous nonprofit investment/divestment campaigns over issues like universities protesting apartheid in South Africa and nonprofit hospitals selling off investments in tobacco-based conglomerates. (For that matter, many charities have gift acceptance policies that bar gifts from donors whose missions are in conflict with their own. NPQ has reported recently about a Girl Scout council faced with this issue.)What is less understood and acknowledged is that mission-based investment choices are often at odds with a nonprofit’s stewardship responsibilities to guard and build their investment assets to fund programs and services. Generally speaking, the presence of companies in a nonprofit’s investment portfolio is related to the success of those companies providing shareholder benefit to the investing nonprofit. This is done not only by their specific corporate success, but also because a diversified portfolio is, over time, more successful and predictable than one limited by factors unrelated to investment returns. Investment returns as well as investment risks become even more volatile and unpredictable when a nonprofit seeks to invest in corporations working in the alternative energy sector, where many companies are startups and some are tied to commodity prices; e.g., ethanol producers and corn.Balancing the fiduciary duties of mission promotion and stewardship of investment assets requires planning and communication—both inside the boardroom and outside to stakeholders and the public. The Pope’s focus on environmental issues promotes and encourages the dialogue Catholic institutions have been having with the companies in which they invest.—Michael WylandShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share20Tweet2ShareEmail22 SharesFrom the Counseling Center at NC State University.December 18, 2018; Philly VoiceAs readers may recall, the Ruderman Family Foundation (Ruderman) has played an increasingly critical role in recent years identifying specific barriers to social inclusion faced by people with disabilities. This has led to a series of high profile and well-researched papers that are used by activists in the field to help inform policy change.The latest Ruderman white paper slams Ivy League universities for their failure to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). One particularly egregious practice involves enforcing leaves of absence for students with mental illness rather than providing these students the support they need to stay in school. The ADA, established in 1990, is a civil rights law that at a minimum prevents discrimination against people with disabilities and at the highest level promotes inclusion. The ADA declared that places open to the public, including universities, must provide reasonable accommodations when requested. Unfortunately, numerous Ivy League students have come forth with stories of their universities not complying with the ADA by forcing involuntary leaves of absence for students experiencing mental health challenges.In one case profiled by the white paper, a student came forward with a disability and asked for a reduced course load in lieu of a leave of absence. In fact, his own psychiatrist indicated, “An important aspect of [redacted]’s recovery is a sense of purpose.” Yet, Princeton denied this very reasonable accommodation request, indicating that the accommodation would “fundamentally alter the nature of Princeton’s education.” In response to such cases, the white paper examined Ivy League policies regarding leaves of absence.Importantly, Ruderman examined Ivy League universities in the context of their status as elite institutions. As leaders in higher education, they often serve as models for other universities and thus influence higher education in general.Ruderman evaluated the eight Ivy League universities’ leave of absence policies based on three criteria: transparency, support, and inclusion. The results were dismal. All eight of the universities examined received failing scores, with the highest being a D+ from the University of Pennsylvania. For more information about the scores and how they were calculated, please refer to the white paper.Higher education has often acted in ways that harm students with disabilities. In 2014, NPQ reported that lobbyists for the American Council on Education opposed the Technology Equality and Accessibility in College and Higher Education (TEACH) Act, even though the legislation would increase “accessibility for persons with disabilities” and “enhance learning through a more diverse student body and roster of teachers.”The Ruderman white paper comes at a time when mental health challenges among college students are receiving more attention. The American College Health Association reported that in 2017, “40 percent of college students had felt so depressed it was hard to get to class, spend time with friends, or even perform basic functions at some point in the last year.” College mental health counselors face huge waiting lists with few resources. Unable to receive necessary support, students have gone off-campus for support or have formed groups, like CogWell at the University of Pennsylvania, to help students cope and offer peer support. This white paper aims to push Ivy League Schools to look again at one exclusionary policy, but we might assume that it could help surface a fuller range of issues present.Readers interested in other related white papers from Ruderman can access them here.—Sheela NimishakaviShare20Tweet2ShareEmail22 Shares
Digital TV technology firm Advanced Digital Broadcast Group (ADB Group) remained upbeat despite reporting a slowdown in sales during the first half the year. ADB said that revenue for the first six months of 2013 reached US$210.4 million (€158.4 million), a 1.5% decrease from the US$213.7 million recorded in the same period of the last year. The firm attributed this to “stronger than usual digital TV equipment sales due to the European Football Championships and the Olympic Games” during the first half of 2012.Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortisation (EBITDA) came to US$16.1 million, up 3.1% from US$ 15.7 million last year, while gross profit was US$59.6 million, up 0.9% year-on-year.“The first half of 2013 has been slightly slower in sales development than last year, but the overall picture is more satisfying. The margin development is going in the right direction,” said ADB Group chairman Andrew Rybicki.“Our strategy is to focus on margins and cash flow generation, and not grow the top line for the sake of it. Our staff has fully adopted this strategy, and the results are starting to show it. Furthermore, I’m delighted that we have our new CEO, Peter Balchin, to lead the effort of executing our strategy. It is an important step forward for our company.”
Sky is updating its Sky+ HD box with new functionality, designed to make it easier for viewers to find content. The UK satellite TV firm said the latest update would roll out over the coming months and will let customers that have connected their Sky+HD box to their home broadband search by title, actor, event, channel, sport or any key word.“The updated search uses technology that collates results based on real-time searches across the nation. It means customers can expect the most recent and on-trend suggestions at the top of their searches,” said Sky.The functionality, which is already included in the Sky+ mobile app, will offer automatic suggestions as viewers begin to type in a word. It will offer results based on part of a title, an acronym or by actor name, with results taken from both on-demand and live TV.“With our enhanced Search we are making it even easier to find shows and movies you love, as well as discovering exciting new titles in an intuitive and faster way,” said Luke Bradley-Jones, Sky’s brand director, TV products.
Polish cable operator Inea has acquired fellow Poznań-based operator Tesat and will make the full range of its services – including mobile internet, multiroom, DVR and video-on-demand – available to Tesat subscribers.Tesat provides cable TV, internet and telephony in the area around Poznań in Wielkopolska in western-central Poland.Both parties said that the agreement would not affect existing Tesat subscribers contracts. Inea’s full range of services will be offered to Tesat customers from January 7 next year.Tesat has about 21,000 subscribers and its network passes approximately 100,000 homes.Inea president Janusz Kosinski said that the acquisition is part of the company’s long-term development strategy to bring its network to every second home in Wielkopolska province.
Christian broadcaster Trinity Broadcasting Network its set to launch its TBN UK channel on Freeview channel 65 from January 5, 2015. The channel will air local and international Christian-themed shows, including lifestyle, music and children’s entertainment programmes, documentaries and movies.“The aim of TBN UK is to facilitate and shape a well-rounded and balanced Christian lifestyle,” the channel claimed, adding it will offer a “credible, inspirational pure viewing experience.”Communications infrastructure and media services company, Arqiva, is providing technical support for the channel launch.
David ZaslavDiscovery has completed the acquisition of a controlling stake in Eurosport France, further consolidating its grip on the pan-European sports broadcaster. The French channel, which had hitherto been 80% owned by Eurosport’s former owner TF1 Group, is now 100% controlled by Eurosport Group, in which Discovery has a 51% stake. Discovery has thus effectively increased its stake in the French channel to 51% from 20%.Last May, Discovery took a controlling interest in Eurosport International. TF1 retains a put option to dispose of its 49% stake in the Eurosport Group, which would give Discovery a 100% stake.Last year, the closing price for Eurosport International was based on an enterprise valuation for the Eurosport Group of approximately €900 million, partly corresponding to the initial valuation and partly to a higher valuation linked to the control of the company. At that time, the value of Eurosport France – €85 million – was deducted.Over the last 10 months, Discovery and Eurosport have signed sports rights deals including Major League Soccer, Spanish cycling and FIFA Women’s World Cup football across Europe and local deals including Moto GP in Germany, Belgium and Netherlands. Discovery in January appointed former MP & Silva co-CEO Peter Hutton as chief executive of the sports broadcaster“I am more excited than ever about Eurosport. Bringing the French business and its talented employees back into the larger organization illustrates Discovery’s commitment to building on the success of this great brand,” said David Zaslav, President and CEO of Discovery Communications. “Since acquiring a controlling interest last May, Discovery has made a series of strategic investments to enhance Eurosport’s offerings with affiliates, advertisers and audiences. We are ambitiously strengthening Eurosport by bringing exciting sporting events to local fans across Europe and Asia. I would like to thank TF1 for its great stewardship and continued partnership.”Nonce Paolini, chairman and CEO of TF1 Group, said: “We are pleased with the consolidation of Eurosport France under Discovery Communications’ leadership. Eurosport Group is performing well and will continue to benefit from Discovery’s strategic investments and expertise around the world.”
Cable and telecom investor Altice has completed the restructuring that will see the business based in Amsterdam rather than Luxembourg, a move that is seen as consolidating Patrick Drahi’s control over the company while giving it greater room for manoeuvre to make acquisitions.The ‘old’ Altice has been acquired by a new entity established in Amsterdam as of yesterday.Under the new structure, Altice will distribute two types of shares, with a single voting right associated with each A-class share, with a nominal value of €0.01, and 25 voting rights associated with B-class shares, which have a nominal value of €0.25.The structure, enabled under Dutch law, is seen as enabling Drahi to make acquisitions that could be paid for partly in shares without diluting his control of the company significantly.Altice has made a series of large acquisitions, beginning with French telco SFR and following up with Portugal Telecom and US cable operator Suddenlink, financed through raising debt at a time of exceptionally low interest rates and a positive view of cable from investors.
Sony Pictures Television Central Europe is to make Hungarian channel Viasat 6, which it acquired last year from Modern Times Group, available unencrypted for a two week promotional window on the MinDig Extra TV pay TV offering from the end of this month.Viasat 6, which airs a range of drama programming including Brooklyn 99, The Vikings and Hannibal, available free-to-view from February 29 to March 13 on the digital-terrestrial pay platform, owned by Antenna Hungária.
European films are less successful in international video-on-demand markets than US movies, according to research by the European Audiovisual Observatory.The observatory’s report How do films circulate on VOD and in cinemas in the European Union, found that films produced in the EU are available on average on VoD in 2.8 countries each, compared with 6.8 countries for US films.EU co-productions perform better than EU films as a whole, being available on average in 3.6 countries. However, half of EU-produced films are only available in one country.Some 80% of EU films are available in three countries or fewer, while films do better on average, with 80% being available in 11 countries or fewer.While older EU-produced films are available in fewer countries than new films, the age of US films has no discernable impact on the number of countries in which they are available, according to the report.In addition to VOD, EU films travel less well than US films in terms of cinema distribution. On average EIU films released between 2005 and 2014 were released in cinemas in 2.6 countries on average, while US films were available in 9.7 countries on average. Some 63% of European films were only released in their own country.
INSEAD’s European campus in FontainebleauCable marketing outfit CTAM Europe has opened registrations for the fifth Executive Education programme with leading graduate business school INSEAD.The programme is an interactive, week-long course targeted at top executives and is geared to the cable, telecommunications and media sectors. It will run from June 26-30 at INSEAD’s European campus in Fontainebleau, France.The programme’s five-day curriculum has been developed and customised by INSEAD’s faculty for CTAM Europe. Topics include Strategic Management, Customer Centric Value Innovation, Service Management, Digital Transformation, Value Creation in Finance, and Leadership, among others. INSEAD’s research and case studies are specific to the cable industry and enables CTAME to offer participants valuable insights and provide companies in the Media industry with a world-class, strategic executive programme, according to the cable marketing outfit.CTAM Europe has modelled the course on the Cable Executive Management at Harvard Business School programme, run by CTAM North America.“The Executive Education Programme is a superb opportunity for anyone interested in investing and developing talent within their organisation. This will be the 5th time we’ve held this hugely successful programme, which is offered to senior executives from cable, content, telecommunications and media sectors, along with technology suppliers. The programme helps attendees enhance their leadership skills and become better leaders. There are superb opportunities to engage and network with industry colleagues within one of the world’s leading and largest graduate business schools; INSEAD,” said Marco Frazier, co-chairman of CTAM Europe and SVP of distribution and business development UK & Western Europe, AMC Networks International.Annet Aris, programme director and professor of strategy at INSEAD, said: “We are delighted to continue to work together with CTAM and engage with the top talent in the European cable industry. The cable industry is going through a major transition and will become one of the key enablers in the digital world. The programme is specifically designed to help them understand industry challenges and opportunities from strategic, customer and organisational perspectives, and will combine the latest academic insights with senior industry expertise.”
Stéphane RichardOrange CEO Stéphane Richard has indicated his company is unwilling to pay a retransmission fee to commercial broadcaster TF1, despite the latter’s insistence that it will cut its signal to IPTV providers that do not agree to pay to distribute its services.Speaking to journalists on the margin of Orange’s Show Hello event in Paris yesterday, Richard said that he “understood the wish of TF1 to have more revenue” but that its demand were not in the interests of consumers.Richard said that what TF1 was demanding was a kind of “private tax” and pointed out that Orange generated 25% of the broadcaster’s audience. He questioned whether TF1 would be willing to deprive itself of such a large part of its viewership.TF1 warned telecom operators and pay TV operator Canal+ earlier this month that it will pull its signal from their services unless they agree to pay retransmission fees.The broadcaster threatened to withdraw its flagship channel and digital services TMC, NT1, HD1 and LCI, initially from multiscreen distribution via tablets, smartphones and PCs.TF1 has also threatened to cut the signal delivered via the IPTV set-tops of certain operators this summer if the latter fail to agree to pay fees.