Students at Costa Rica’s police academy will be riding in style this year with the acquisition of 17 new training vehicles. The U.S. Embassy donated six of the new automobiles along with protective suits, equipment belts and police batons.“What we are doing today is not simply giving vehicles and new equipment and saying ‘well that’s it,’” Public Security Minister Mario Zamora said. “This is part of a strategy for mobilization and safety.”The vehicles will be the first piece of equipment ever designated specifically for the training of new police officers, and they will be used to teach defensive driving techniques to students. Academy officials hope that this new training will help reduce the number of automobile accidents involving police officers.The U.S. Embassy invested $153,000 in the vehicles and equipment, and an additional $97,500 came from the academy’s budget and the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI). The donation marks a continuation of U.S. Embassy investment in public security in Costa Rica. That policy included the launch of a $500,000, U.S.-funded community-safety program called SIMEP in December.“The program has brought a change in policing,” said U.S. Embassy official Ron Perrin. “The ability to respond to certain increases in crime has already shown a good impact.”The new equipment adds to other improvements to the country’s public security administration, including a complete overhaul of the police training system. According to Zamora, the new police academy manual bumped the training period for police from six months to 10 and made the school much more selective.“In the past when someone said they wanted to enter the police force they encountered a social stigma,” Zamora said. “Today, out of every 100 people who want to enter the police force, only 40 actually make it. This says that it is an institution that is getting more selective, getting more support from the population and is becoming more recognized professionally for protecting the rights and liberties of the public.”With better personnel and better training come better salaries for police. February will mark the initiation of a new base wage for all police officers, including raises to approximately 13,099 officers in 46 classifications. All trained officers will now make 260,200 ($520) per month, and the increase will depend on their current classification –with the highest possible raise being 485,400 ($970).Costa Rica has seen a significant decrease in homicides and violent crime since 2010. Statistics released in a U.S. State Department crime report show that from 2010-2011, violent crime decreased by 12 percent. While official numbers from last year have not been released, Zamora said the number of homicides also decreased in 2012.The overall perception of safety among Costa Ricans also has seen change. In 2010, 77 percent of Costa Ricans believed crime was increasing, according to a Gallup poll. The most recent poll taken in January showed this number had decreased to 55 percent.“The investments that Costa Rica has made show a strategy that puts citizen safety in high regard,” Perrin said. “So far it is having positive results.” Facebook Comments No related posts.
Virgin Australia has claimed the title of most attractive employer in the travel & aviation industry at the annual Randstad Awards, and was awarded third place for most attractive employer in Australia for 2012. Virgin Australia was the only airline to appear in the 2012 Randstad Awards Top 20 list for the most attractive companies in the country.The announcement, made in front of senior executives and HR directors from Australia’s 150 largest employers, revealed for the second year which companies were voted the most attractive by more than 7,000 Australians of working age. The Randstad Awards, which survey the perceptions of 100,000 people globally, are unrivalled locally and internationally, with companies unable to nominate themselves or determine the categories and criteria for entry. Randstad CEO, Fred van der Tang, commented on Virgin Australia’s impressive result for the second year running: “Virgin Australia’s strong employer brand gives it a natural advantage over its competitors,” said Mr van der Tang. “The airline is perceived to have a pleasant working atmosphere, actually one of the highest ratings in the country overall, as well as interesting job content and excellent training and development opportunities.”Overall the travel and aviation industry performed well this year, with Virgin Australia ranked 3rd in the Top 20 most attractive companies, followed by Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group in 10th place. Aviation was considered one of the top three most attractive sectors in the country. The results of the Randstad Awards are invaluable to Australian employers in understanding what attracts people to their organisation, particularly at a time of limited talent pools and in striving to win a competitive edge in the race for talent.“People are attracted to companies for a number of reasons, which can be analysed according to what men and women want, what different generations are looking for, and even according to the differing priorities of people who are single, married or have young families,” says van der Tang.“What’s also interesting is how long term job security and the financial health of a company clearly increased in importance across the board, in times of economic uncertainty, while in times of boom and profitability, competitive salary, employee benefits, work life balance and a pleasant working atmosphere become more pertinent to those considering a shift in career. “The war for talent is on a steep incline and those organisations that attract, engage and retain the best talent are ultimately those that will be most successful,” Mr van der Tang said.“In very simple terms, building an employer brand is about creating ‘fans’ within your business. You want your employees to be ambassadors for your brand, raving about how great it is to work for your organisation, whether it’s at a corporate event or on the sidelines at the kids’ weekend sporting match.” Source = Randstad
sbe corporate office – Los Angeles, CaliforniaAccorHotels and sbe Entertainment Group announce strategic partnershipAccorHotels Agrees to Acquire 50 percent in sbeAccorHotels and sbe Entertainment Group (“sbe”) have signed a Letter of Intent and entered into exclusive negotiations for AccorHotels to acquire a 50 percent stake in sbe, further illustrating AccorHotels’s strategy to expand its offering in the luxury lifestyle hospitality segment.This partnership will combine the expertise and savoir-faire of the two groups; AccorHotels will acquire the 50 percent of sbe’s common equity held in part by Cain International for $125 million. Sam Nazarian will continue to own the remaining 50 percent of sbe. In addition, AccorHotels will invest $194 million in a new preferred debt instrument that will be used to redeem all existing preferred units, also held in part by Cain International. AccorHotels’ total investment in sbe will be $319 million.This long-term investment will allow sbe to leverage AccorHotels’ leading global hospitality platform while remaining an independent luxury lifestyle operator. Sbe will continue to be led by its Founder and CEO Sam Nazarian as well as its expert management team while retaining its global headquarters in New York.Sam Nazarian, Founder and CEO of sbe: “This partnership with AccorHotels marks a new milestone in sbe’s history. This long-term investment by AccorHotels provides sbe, its customers and hotel owners with greater depth and breadth around the world and supports our collective ambition to be the best lifestyle hospitality company in the market. Building on our acquisition of Morgans Hotel Group in 2016, this investment will further accelerate our growth both domestically in the United States and in new markets internationally, particularly in Europe. Myself and the over 7,000 associates at sbe are thrilled and honored to partner with AccorHotels and be part of the amazing, innovative and pioneering culture that my dear friend, Chairman and CEO Sébastien Bazin and his team have implemented. Moving forward, sbe and AccorHotels together are committed to bringing our unique lifestyle experiential offering to more destinations and serving our discerning guests with unforgettable memories.”Sébastien Bazin, Chairman & CEO, AccorHotels: “I am delighted to announce this strategic partnership with one of the most innovative Groups in the luxury lifestyle space worldwide. It marks a new step in expanding AccorHotels’ footprint in this fast growing segment in key US cities such as Miami, Los Angeles or Las Vegas, and in other international destinations. “The new luxury” is all about exclusive experiences and incredible lifestyle concepts and sbe brands have the perfect know-how that will complete perfectly the AccorHotels portfolio. We remain committed to providing all our guests with unparalleled service and always renewed experiences around the world”.Jonathan Goldstein, Chief Executive of Cain International, commented: “Cain International became partners to sbe in 2016 providing the investment required at that time to enable the group to expand its footprint of some of the leading luxury lifestyle hospitality assets in the world. We are confident that sbe will continue to go from strength to strength with its new partners, AccorHotels; we wish them every success in the future and are proud of the role we have played in their exciting growth story.”Founded in 2002 by Sam Nazarian, sbe is a leading lifestyle hospitality company that develops, manages and operates award-winning global properties and brands. It is renowned for its unique 360-degree approach to lifestyle hospitality that includes branded luxuryresidences and serviced apartments, wellness and spa platforms and dining & entertainment experiences.sbe’s leading hospitality and residential brands include SLS, Delano, Mondrian, Hyde, The Originals (Sanderson, St. Martin Lane, Hudson, 10 Karakoy, Shore Club) and the Redbury Hotels. Through its Disruptive Restaurant Group platform, sbe has created global awardwinning culinary brands Katsuya, Umami Burger, Cleo, Leynia, Diez & Siez and Filia and innovative entertainment brands including Hyde nightclub and dayclub, Nightingale, Privilege dayclub Black Orchid, S Bar, Skybar and the Doheny Room. Landmark destinations in its portfolio include, Delano South Beach in Miami, SLS Baha Mar in the Bahamas, Mondrian Doha in Qatar, Hyde Bellagio in Las Vegas, Mondrian Park Avenue in New York City and the newly-opened 57 story SLS LUX Brickell in Miami. Upcoming opening includes Delano Rio de Janeiro, Delano Dubai at the Palm and Hyde Midtown in Miami.Through this investment, sbe will accelerate its international growth with expansion into new markets outside of the US, including priority growth markets in the Middle East and Latin America. sbe’s pipeline includes projects in some of the most important global gateway cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, Washington D.C., Dubai, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, Cancun, Tokyo and Los Cabos.By the end of 2018 sbe will operate 25 hotels, comprising 7,498 keys with a majority in North America, 170 award winning restaurants and entertainment venues in global destinations as well as new properties in the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. It currently has a further 20 hotels and residences around the world in its pipeline, as well as 59 standalone restaurants and nightlife venues. In addition, sbe has sold 1,500 branded residential units valued at $2 billion with over 2,500 units valued at $2.5 billion in its pipeline.Through this partnership, AccorHotels will expand its current geographic footprint in gateway North American cities such Los Angeles, Miami, Las Vegas and New York with iconic hotels. Additionally, sbe’s core millennial customer base will gain access to the AccorHotels platform.With its global hotel development platform and presence in 100 countries, AccorHotels will play a key role in developing sbe’s luxury lifestyle hotel, restaurant and entertainment brands globally. sbe hotels will also be distributed on the AccorHotels distribution platform, be featured on Accorhotels.com and will be part of the AccorHotels loyalty programme.The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals. It should be completed by July 31, 2018About sbeEstablished in 2002 by Founder and CEO Sam Nazarian, sbe is a privately-held, leading lifestyle hospitality company that develops, manages and operates award-winning hotels, residences, restaurants, and nightclubs. Through exclusive partnerships with cultural visionaries, sbe is devoted to creating extraordinary experiences throughout its proprietary brands with a commitment to authenticity, sophistication, mastery, and innovation. Following the acquisition of Morgans Hotel Group, the pioneer of boutique lifestyle hotels, in partnership with The Yucaipa Companies and Cain International (formerly Cain Hoy), sbe has an unparalleled global portfolio which will see 25 hotels and over 170 global world-renowned culinary, nightlife and entertainment venues by the end of 2018. The company is uniquely positioned to offer a complete lifestyle experience – from nightlife, food & beverage and entertainment to hotels and residences, and through its innovative customer loyalty and rewards program, The Code, as well as its award-winning international real estate development subsidiary, Dakota Development – all of which solidify sbe as the preeminent leader across hospitality. The company’s established and upcoming hotel brands include SLS Hotel & Residences, Delano, Mondrian, The Redbury, Hyde Hotel & Residences, and The Originals. In addition, sbe has the following internationally acclaimed restaurants and lounges under subsidiary Disruptive Restaurant Group: Katsuya by Chef Katsuya Uechi, Umami Burger, Cleo by Chef Danny Elmaleh, Fi’lia by Michael Schwartz, Leynia and Diez & Seiz by Chef José Icardi, Hyde Lounge, S Bar, Doheny Room Skybar, Bond, and Privilege. To learn more, visit sbe.comAbout AccorHotelsAccorHotels is a world-leading travel & lifestyle group and digital innovator offering unique experiences in more than 4,300 hotels, resorts, and residences across 100 different countries. With an unrivaled portfolio of internationally renowned hotel brands encompassing the entire range from luxury to economy, from upscale to lifestyle and midscale brands, AccorHotels has been providing savoir-faire and expertise for more than 50 years. In addition to its core hospitality business, AccorHotels has successfully expanded its range of services, becoming the world leader in luxury private residence rental with more than 10,000 stunning properties around the world. The Group is also active in the fields of concierge services, co-working, dining, events management and digital solutions.Relying on its global team of more than 250,000 dedicated staff, AccorHotels is committed to fulfilling its primary mission: to make every guest Feel Welcome. Guests have access to one of the world’s most attractive hotel loyalty programs – Le Club AccorHotels. AccorHotels plays an active role in its local communities and is committed to promoting sustainable development and solidarity through PLANET 21 Acting Here, a comprehensive program that brings together employees, guests, and partners to drive sustainable growth. From 2008, the AccorHotels Solidarity Endowment Fund has acted as a natural extension of the Group’s activities and values, helping to combat the social and financial exclusion experienced by the most disadvantaged members of society. Accor SA is publicly listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (ISIN code: FR0000120404) and on the OTC Market (Ticker: ACRFY) in the United States.For more information or to make a reservation, please visit accorhotels.group or accorhotels.com. Or join and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.Source = AccorHotels and sbe
Following February’s surge, March saw a slip in home sales, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). NAR reports that total existing-home sales including single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums, and co-ops fell 4.9% from February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.21 million in March. Sales as a whole were down 5.4% year over year.“It is not surprising to see a retreat after a powerful surge in sales in the prior month,” NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said. “Still, current sales activity is underperforming in relation to the strength in the jobs markets. The impact of lower mortgage rates has not yet been fully realized.”Despite the decline in sales, inventory jumped slightly in March month-over-month, up to 1.68 million from February’s 1.63 million existing homes available for sale, a 2.4% increase year-over-year.“Further increases in inventory are highly desirable to keep home prices in check,” Yun said. “The sustained steady gains in home sales can occur when home price appreciation grows at roughly the same pace as wage growth.”According to realtor.com Chief Economist Danielle Hale, this year’s momentum shows promise.”January pending home sales led to strong February existing home sales but that momentum slipped in March with sales down 4.9% from revised February figures and down 5.1% from last March. Prices showed continued gains, but lost some ground registering up 3.8% from a year ago compared with 3.9% last month,” Hale said. “Even if home sales lose some momentum month to month, they will likely be able to better keep pace with last year’s sales in the months ahead as a result of increased buyer purchasing power from lower mortgage rates. In fact, the year over year sales decline abated from 7.5 percent in the fourth quarter to 5.4 percent in the first quarter.”NAR notes that homes stayed on the market for an average of 36 days in March, down from 44 days in February, but up from 30 days year over year. Existing-homes NAR sales 2019-04-22 Seth Welborn Share Home Sales: The Surge and the Retreat in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News April 22, 2019 1,284 Views
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Nickelodeon is joining with HQ Trivia to celebrate the “Double Dare” reboot.A 1990s-themed trivia game will pair the Nickelodeon show’s original host, Marc Summers, with HQ host Scott Rogowsky.The game will include “Double Dare” trivia questions and moments familiar to fans of the 1986 to 1993 series, including physical challenges and toss-ups.The HQ Trivia game will end with one contestant winning a cash prize and chance to appear on “Double Dare,” the companies said Wednesday.The game will be available on smart phones at 9 p.m. EDT Sunday.Liza Koshy is host of the “Double Dare” reboot premiering 8 p.m. EDT Monday on Nickelodeon. Original host Summers is an executive producer and will provide colour commentary.Series guests will include Rico Rodriguez, Chloe Kim and Lindsey Vonn. by The Associated Press Posted Jun 20, 2018 9:01 am PDT Last Updated Jun 20, 2018 at 9:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Nickelodeon, HQ Trivia mark ‘Double Dare’ reboot’s debut This undated image released by Nickelodeon shows Liza Koshy left, and Marc Summers, right, with contestants on the game show “Double Dare,” in Los Angeles. Nickelodeon is joining with HQ Trivia to celebrate the “Double Dare” reboot. A 1990s-themed trivia game will pair the Nickelodeon show’s original host, Marc Summers, with HQ host Scott Rogowsky. (Trae Patton/Nickelodeon via AP)
07Feb Rep. Kesto announces regular office hours Categories: Featured news,Kesto News,News Lawmaker adds presentation for seniors to ‘Espresso with Kesto’State Rep. Klint Kesto announced today that he will host regular monthly office hours and encourages residents to attend his monthly senior event with a presentation from the Attorney General’s office.Rep. Kesto, of Commerce Township, said ‘Espresso with Kesto’ will take place on the third Friday of every month at the same time at following locations:9 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Biggby located at 1001 Welch Rd. in Commerce Charter Township.1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Miracle Coffee located at 40200 W 14 Mile Rd. in Walled Lake.Rep. Kesto also encourages residents to attend his monthly event dedicated to discussing issues relating to senior citizens and their rights in Michigan. This reoccurring event will take place the third Friday of every month from 11:00 am to 12:30 p.m. at the Richard Senior Center, located at 1485 Oakley Park Road in Commerce Township.“It is very important that I receive valuable feedback and ideas from residents in the local community regarding issues involving state and local government,” Rep. Kesto said. “Equally important is letting invaluable members of our community such as our senior citizens know how lawmakers are advocating for their rights in Lansing and working to combine and distribute helpful resources to create a smooth transition across the state as our baby boomers enter into retirement.”No appointments are necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Kesto at 517-373-1799 or via email at KlintKesto@house.mi.gov.###### Tags: #SB
State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake will host a coffee hour on Monday, March 20 at Highland Township Public Library, located at 444 Beach Farm Circle in Highland from 6 to 7:30 p.m.“Listening to the workers and residents of our community is a priority for me,” said Rep. Runestad. “I want to be your voice at the state Capitol and keep your trust.”No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Runestad at 517-373-2616 or via email at JimRunestad@house.mi.gov.##### 08Mar Rep. Runestad to host coffee hour in Highland Township Categories: Runestad News
PHOTO: State Rep. Julie Alexander (left) and State Sen. Judy Emmons (right) welcome dairy farmers from across Michigan to Dairy Day. State Rep. Julie Alexander and Sen. Judy Emmons gave the opening address during the annual Dairy Day at the state Capitol Wednesday. Joining the lawmakers was Michigan native and Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Allison Schmitt. Schmitt partnered with the United Dairy Industry of Michigan to promote chocolate milk and good nutrition to schools and student-athletes throughout Michigan. Alexander and her husband, Jeff, own and operate Na-Lar Farms in Hanover Township. Farming with Jeff’s father and their two oldest sons, this third generation family farm has been in operation for 40 years. They are strong advocates for the agricultural community and are proud to be a part of feeding our state and nation. “It’s an honor to not only serve the people of Jackson County here at the Capitol, but also be a part of today’s event recognizing the importance of Michigan dairy farmers,” Alexander said. “Today is all about promoting Michigan’s Dairy industry, which contributes over $14 Billion to the state’s economy annually”. 08Jun Rep. Alexander speaks at Dairy Day Categories: Alexander News
Categories: Lucido News State Rep. Peter Lucido today announced the House Judiciary Committee will soon hold a hearing on his legislation requiring a criminal conviction before law enforcement officers can seize property using the civil asset forfeiture process.As a former probation officer and criminal defense lawyer of more than 30 years, Lucido said he witnessed law enforcement agencies abuse Michigan’s civil asset forfeiture law, which is intended to allow for the confiscation of property gained from the commission of a crime.“No one should profit from criminal activity, but we also need to make certain that nobody’s constitutional right to due process is trampled on,” said Lucido, of Shelby Township. “I have seen an overwhelming number of instances over the years where police take an individual’s property through civil asset forfeiture and never even bring criminal charges. It’s absolutely ridiculous, and it needs to end.”Under the current law, Lucido said law enforcement officers are allowed to use their own subjective standard to take personal property from people simply because they suspect a crime has been committed.“In our criminal justice system, individuals are presumed innocent unless and until they are convicted,” he said. “Unfortunately, that isn’t the case with our state’s civil asset forfeiture process. With no hearings before the taking of property, the police have become the judge and jury.”While an individual whose property is seized can later contest the taking of their property, Lucido said it’s often economically infeasible.“When the police take $2,500 worth of an innocent, uncharged person’s property, but it’s going to cost them $3,000 to hire a lawyer to fight it, the result is an economic reality of cost-benefit,” Lucido said.Lucido’s legislation, House Bill 4158, would require a conviction to be in place before the civil asset forfeiture process is initiated. The House Judiciary Committee is expected to take testimony on the bill during a meeting immediately following House session on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018.“I’m looking forward to the hearing,” Lucido said. “There are no reasonable arguments law enforcement can make to warrant taking property from citizens before affording them their fundamental due process rights.”### 23Jan Rep. Lucido granted hearing on civil asset forfeiture reform
29May Rep. Runestad welcomes Waterford cadet to Lansing Categories: Runestad News State Rep. Jim Runestad today welcomed Aurora Fitch of Waterford to the state Capitol. Fitch is cadet airman 1st class of the Oakland Composite Squadron of the Michigan Civil Air Patrol.Fitch participated in the Michigan Civil Air Patrol’s job-shadowing program to learn about how state government operates. She accompanied Rep. Runestad to committee hearings on Communications and Technology, Transportation and Infrastructure and Judiciary. Fitch is a junior at Lakeland High School in White Lake and hopes to attend the Air Force Academy upon graduation.“It was an honor to meet such an incredible young talent today,” Rep. Runestad said. “Aurora was an absolute pleasure to host. I look forward to hearing about the incredible things she will accomplish in the future.”PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Jim Runestad hosted Cadet Airman 1st Class Aurora Fitch as she participated in the Michigan Civil Air Patrol’s job-shadow program.
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesJuly 8, 2014:CBS SportsConflict of interest and confused histories are the bane of some writers. For Daniel Snyder, the tough-guy owner of the National Football League franchise in Washington, D.C., that persists in calling itself by a racial epithet insulting to Native Americans, the follies of trying to legitimize the use of a racial slur just keep on coming. Snyder has fumbled with the creation of an ersatz Native American foundation with his team’s name built into it and stumbled with an effort to get people to tweet how much they liked the team’s name, and now he continues to bumble with the recruitment of a blogger from the left to defend the racial slur.A couple of weeks ago, Snyder hired a liberal blogger named Ben Tribbett to write in defense of the name. Two weeks after starting his new gig for Snyder, Tribbett resigned, blaming “personal” criticisms and “political attacks” that he said had become a “distraction.”On his Twitter account (under the weird Twitter handle @notlarrysabato, a reference to widely known University of Virginia political scientist and political commentator Larry Sabato), Tribbett announced the termination of his Snyder gig on Twitter late at night on July 7th: Obv. this issue with Redskins is one where I don’t see eye to eye with some friends. I just don’t agree with the attacks on the team name.— Ben Tribbett (@notlarrysabato) July 8, 2014I don’t want to be a distraction to the team as the political attacks have shifted towards being personal towards me.— Ben Tribbett (@notlarrysabato) July 8, 2014So I’m going to send in my resignation to the Redskins. Hopefully that allows debate to move back to where it should be.— Ben Tribbett (@notlarrysabato) July 8, 2014PS- Hail to the Redskins!— Ben Tribbett (@notlarrysabato) July 8, 2014 Interesting, but @notlarrysabato’s social media world isn’t that cut and dry. Tribbett’s concern about personal attacks is interesting, since he described himself (prior to signing up for a job with Snyder) as a “vicious campaign insultant.” That sort of works when you’re defending a racial epithet.To be clear, Tribbett wasn’t only lured by the money. He’s apparently been a defender of the racist name for some time. In 2013, he posted the following, as reported by the Washington Post: Top of FormThe odd part of the story is that Tribbett is otherwise a liberal, albeit maverick, political commentator. Although he once worked for Republican politician Pete Snyder’s New Media Strategies, Tribbett’s LinkedIn profile notes his role as CEO of Pinpoint Technology, a firm geared to using new media to generate voter turnout, and his past work (he says) as executive director—albeit for only nine months—of Accountability Now PAC, which is described as co-founded by Glenn Greenwald, whose work on transparency and accountability in association with Edward Snowden has been a frequent topic of NPQ Newswires.Besides appropriating Larry Sabato’s name, Tribbett’s biggest claim to fame is having been the blogger who first reported on former Republican Senate candidate George Allen’s use of the “macaca” slur, a term used by the candidate to refer to an Indian-American critic. Indian Country Today notes that Tribbett had to actually explain and educate the public how “macaca” was meant as a slur.On his Facebook page, Tribbett self-identifies as a “professional poker player,” a description he has used before, according to other sources. Indian Country Today discovered some of his poker-playing tweets that tend to make his defense of the lack of racial vitriol in the Snyder team name a little suspect. Here are some of those tweets from one gambling incident, reportedly at a blackjack table: An older native american guy just accused me of cheating and pulled some stuff out of his pocket to put some kind of spell on me. Epic.— Ben Tribbett (@notlarrysabato) December 21, 2010100 into 500. #cursefail http://plixi.com/p/64343315— Ben Tribbett (@notlarrysabato) December 21, 2010Just took Chief for his last 300. I’d call it a scalping but that seems uncalled for.— Ben Tribbett (@notlarrysabato) December 21, 2010 A social media expert, Tribbett told the Washington Post that “things got a little out of control on Twitter” during his Snyder gig. Our guess is that the revelations of his gambling tweets from 2010 made his defense of the Washington, D.C. NFL franchise name a little suspect. As the Washington Post concluded, Bottom of Form“Good lesson in public relations here: if you hire someone to defend your nickname which is under attack for being racist, make sure they don’t have highly questionable tweets living out there.”—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Pay TV penetration in Russia is expected to rise from 40% this year to about 73% by 2016, according to leading pay TV provider Tricolor TV.Satellite is expected to account for over 20 million pay TV homes by 2016, according to Tricolor, up from nine million today.Tricolor TV parent company National Satellite Company’s general director Pavel Brasov told the Intercom 2011 event in St Petersburg that satellite would outperform cable and IPTV by 2016. Cable is expected to account for 13 million homes by 2016, up from 10 million today.
Swedish cable operator Com Hem saw a slight quarter-on-quarter decline in digital TV, broadband and phone customers in the first three months of the year in what CEO Tomas Franzén described as a very competitive environment.Com Hem lost 15,000 digital TV subs in the quarter to end with 643,600. Broadband subs fell by 400 to 550,100 and telephony customers fell by almost 7,000 to 369,500. Triple-play customers fell by 6,500 to 285,500.Revenues for the first quarter were SEK1.136 billion (€126 million), up 2% year-on-year, while operating profit was up 6% to SEK532 million. Com Hem’s overall customer base grew slightly year-on-year by about 14,000 to 851,800.Franzén said the company’s broadband and TV base was stable and maintaining market share.
Broadband and TV technology company Arris has reported third quarter revenues of US$357.5 million (€275 million), up from US$274.4 million a year earlier.Order backlog at the end of the quarter was US$185.8 million, compared to US$155.3 million at the end of the third quarter 2011.“Our third quarter results were strong, with adjusted net income per share in the upper half of our guidance,” said David Potts, Arris’s executive vice-president and chief financial officer. “With respect to the fourth quarter 2012, we now project that revenues for the company will be in the range of US$345 to US$365 million, with adjusted net income per diluted share in the range of US$0.26 to US$0.30 and GAAP net income per diluted share in the range of US$0.13 to US$0.17, reflecting higher demand for our CMTS product line.”
Swedish ad exchange firm Admeta has signed a deal with BBC Worldwide to monetise properties like Top Gear and Good Food outside of the UK.Admeta technical platform includes real-time auctions, real-time optimisation and real-time reporting for performance campaigns and gives its clients complete control over brand, advertiser- relations, and inventory.The firm said the deal was proof of Admeta’s international growth and follows the launch of new North Amercian offices in New York and Ottowa last year.
Amos Spacecom will exhibit at IBC on stand 1.C65. HTTV will exhibit on stand 4.B77. Conax will exhibit on stand 1.D69 Excaf Telecom has selected Spacecom’s Amos-5 satellite at 17° East to implement Senegal’s national DTT Project.Spacecom won the long term contract to digitise Senegal’s broadcast services, as Excaf Telecom aims to create West Africa’s first digital terrestrial network.Excaf will download its broadcast signals from the AMOS-5 Ku-beam to multiple points of distribution. From these head-ends, Excaf will send the signals over a terrestrial network throughout the country. Excaf’s signal will originate from Senegal’s capital, Dakar.“The project to digitise broadcast in Senegal is of national importance. We selected AMOS-5 due its beam’s signal strength, the support provided and the satellite’s capacity to expand our network,” said Excaf Telecom’s owner and CEO, Sidy Diagne.“Bringing DTT to Senegal is highly important in positioning Senegal as a leading country in the broadcast field and bringing television to the Senegalese population.”Excaf Telecom will also use TV technology provider HTTV’s Hybrid TVOS platform to power its set-tops.Excaf has signed a contract with HTTV for the deployment of up to one million set-top boxes in Senegal.Excaf Telecom Group is the first operator in French speaking Africa to manage the analogue switch off decided by the UAT (African countries organisation for telecoms) and to launch a pay TV business on the newly freed DTT spectrum.The versatile HTTV Hybrid TV operating system will give the opportunity to extend traditional TV services with interactive HbbTV services and On Demand content.The set-tops for Excaf are based on STmicroelectronics’ STiH253 new DVB-T2 chipset and secured by Conax conditional access.“For this analogue switch-off in Senegal, it was key for us to choose a reliable, mature and cost- effective solution to create value-added services for our subscribers. HTTV’s hybrid television operating system perfectly answered this expectation and we are very satisfied with our collaboration,” said Sidy Diagne, managing director of the Excaf Telecom Group.
German cable operator Tele Columbus has launched a new triple-play offering aimed at attracting new customers, making 50Mbps internet, flat-rate telephony and an HDTV package available for up to €11 less than the combined individual services. The 3er Kombi offering comes in three variants. The 3er Kombi 50 HD pack comprises 50Mbps internet and 100 digital TV channels including 37 HD services. The 3er Kombi 50 Extra HD pack includes 30 premium channels, 10 of which are in HD, while the 3er Kombi 50 Sky variant includes the Sky World package with 29 premium channels and the option to take the Sky Bundesliga offering.The packages are available for €19.99, €29.99 and €39.99 a month respectively.
Swiss service provider Sunrise increased its IPTV base by 37% year-on-year in the second quarter to a total of 122,300.The figure compares to 89,200 TV customers at the same time last year, with Sunrise seeing a steady increase for the service since launching its IPTV offering in January 2012.“Internet-only and voice-internet bundles declined while Sunrise TV customers (which bundle voice-internet and IPTV) contributed to stabilising the subscription base,” according to Sunrise.Overall for the quarter Sunrise reported a 6.9% year-on-year decrease in revenues to CHF488 million. Net income of CHF14 million was up by CHF7 million year-on-year.
Mike Fries on CNBC at DavosLiberty Global chief Mike Fries has said he is concerned about the possible economic knock-on effect of Brexit on consumer confidence in the UK, particularly if firms begin to scale down investment in the country.Interviewed by CNBC at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Fries said that Liberty Global had no plans to scale down its UK investment as a result of Brexit. However, he said that the process is causing some anxiety for the company, which generates £5 billion in revenues from the UK market.“We are all anxiously awaiting the process and how it will unfold. I thought the comments yesterday [prime minister Theresa May’s speech] were well-received. My concern is [what happens] if consumers start to bear the brunt of this a bit, if people stop investing, if industry slows down and there is a trickle-down effect on consumers,” he said.Fries said that Liberty would not stop investing in the UK, and highlighted the company’s commitment to invest £3 billion in Virgin Media’s network, but speculated that other companies could begin to downscale their plans.Fries said the European markets were economically “surprisingly steady” despite multiple political challenges, and highlighted that Liberty had experienced 45 straight quarters of growth.Addressing cable’s interest in mobile following Liberty Global chairman John Malone’s recent public comments about the desirability of US cable operators grouping together to take over T-Mobile to give them a mobile play, Fries said that Liberty “believes in fixed-mobile convergence” and that he expects a situation to emerge in Europe where “there will ultimately be two fixed-mobile players in each country and we want to be one of them”.He said Liberty Global had a mobile play in each country and he expected the US to go the same way.“We have scale in our European markets and we need a mobile solution. We need seamless connectivity for our consumers. That connectivity layer is where it is at.”Questioned about the Fries said Facebook and others like it defined video content “differently than we would”. He said the involvement of these companies was “positive” for Liberty Global and highlighted the fact that Netflix will be on all of the company’s networks in Europe.
Moon praised the two leaders for “being so brave” to hold the meeting and said, “I hope President Trump will go down in history as the president who achieves peace on Korean Peninsula.”Trump said he looked forward to meeting with Kim, but sought to tamp down expectations, predicting it would be “very short,” he said. “Virtually a handshake, but that’s OK. A handshake means a lot.”Related LinksSupreme Court to rule on Trump bid to end ‘dreamers’ programOfficials spent Sunday morning working out logistical and security details, Trump said during an earlier appearance with Moon.The invitation, while long rumored in diplomatic circles, still came across as an impulsive display of showmanship by a president bent on obtaining a legacy-defining nuclear deal. North Korea responded by calling the offer a “very interesting suggestion.”Presidential visits to the DMZ are traditionally carefully guarded secrets for security reasons. White House officials couldn’t immediately say whether Kim had agreed to meet with Trump. The president himself claimed before flying from Japan to South Korea that he wasn’t even sure Kim was in North Korea to accept the invitation.“All I did is put out a feeler, if you’d like to meet,” Trump said in Japan. He added, somewhat implausibly: “I just thought of it this morning.” SEOUL, South Korea — President Donald Trump will meet Sunday with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un at the Demilitarized Zone separating the North and South, a day after he issued an unprecedented invitation and expressed willingness to cross the border for what would be a history-making photo op.South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced that Kim accepted Trump’s invitation to meet when the U.S. president visits the heavily fortified site at the Korean border village of Panmunjom. Trump, ever the showman, appears to be looking to one-up his predecessors with a Kim meeting.As he left the White House for Asia earlier this week, Trump was asked whether he’d meet with Kim.“I’ll be meeting with a lot of other people … but I may be speaking to him in a different form,” Trump said.Such trips to the demilitarized zone are usually undertaken under heavy security and the utmost secrecy. Trump tried to visit the DMZ when he was in Seoul in November 2017, but his helicopter was grounded by heavy fog.Trump has staked his self-professed deal-making reputation on his rapprochement with the North and has even turned it into a campaign rallying cry. Trump has repeatedly alleged that if he had lost the 2016 presidential campaign, the U.S. would be “at war” with North Korea over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.The meeting would come at a time of escalating tensions. While North Korea has not recently tested a long-range missile that could reach the U.S., last month it fired off a series of short-range missiles. Trump has brushed off the significance of the tests, even as his own national security adviser, John Bolton, has said they violated U.N. Security Council resolutions. Before arriving in Seoul, Trump said at a news conference in Japan that he’d “feel very comfortable” crossing the border into North Korea if Kim showed up, saying he’d “have no problem” becoming the first U.S. president to step into North Korea.His comments followed hours after Trump asked for Kim to meet him there. “If Chairman Kim of North Korea sees this, I would meet him at the Border/DMZ just to shake his hand and say Hello(?)!” he tweeted.It was not immediately clear what the agenda, if any, would be for the potential third Trump-Kim meeting.“If he’s there we’ll see each other for two minutes,” Trump predicted.Such a spectacle would present a valuable propaganda victory for Kim, who, with his family, has long been denied the recognition they sought on the international stage.Despite Trump’s comments Saturday, he had told The Hill newspaper in Washington in an interview this past week that he would be visiting the DMZ and “might” meet with Kim. The paper reported it had withheld Trump’s comments, citing security concerns by the White House.North Korea’s first vice foreign minister, Choe Son Hui, said the meeting, if realized, would serve as “another meaningful occasion in further deepening the personal relations between the two leaders and advancing the bilateral relations.” Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Meeting with Trump at South Korea’s presidential Blue House on Sunday, Moon said when he saw Trump’s invitation to Kim, “I could really feel that the flower of peace was truly blossoming on the Korean peninsula.” Moon, who will accompany Trump to the DMZ, added that the meeting – if it happens – would be a “significant milestone in the peace process.”Trump’s summit with Kim in Vietnam earlier this year collapsed without an agreement for denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula. He became the first sitting U.S. president to meet with the leader of the isolated nation last year, when they signed an agreement in Singapore to bring the North toward denuclearization.Substantive talks between the nations have largely broken down since then. The North has balked at Trump’s insistence that it give up its weapons before it sees relief from crushing international sanctions.Still, Trump has sought to praise Kim, who oversees an authoritarian government, in hopes of keeping the prospects of a deal alive, and the two have traded flowery letters in recent weeks.Every president since Ronald Reagan has visited the 1953 armistice line, except for George H.W. Bush, who visited when he was vice president. The show of bravado and support for South Korea, one of America’s closest military allies, has evolved over the years to include binoculars and bomber jackets. 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