8 August 2011Armed violence continues to affect large numbers of Iraqis, with minorities, women and children suffering disproportionately, torture widely reported and impunity rife, according to a United Nations report released today. Armed violence continues to affect large numbers of Iraqis, with minorities, women and children suffering disproportionately, torture widely reported and impunity rife, according to a United Nations report released today. “The human rights situation throughout Iraq remains fragile,” the report notes, also citing so-called “silent” human rights violations, such as entrenched poverty. “Widespread poverty, economic stagnation, lack of opportunities, environmental degradation and an absence of basic services constitute ‘silent’ human rights violations that affect large sectors of the population,” it says. The report, released by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), covers the human rights situation throughout 2010 and studies a range of human rights issues, including the impact of armed conflict and violence on civilians, detention and the rule of law, and protection of the rights of specific groups. On political rights, including freedom of assembly and expression, it notes that while there has been improvement in some areas, many challenges remain. According to UNAMI and Government estimates, around 3,000 civilians were killed in violence in 2010, largely perpetrated by armed insurgents and terrorist groups. Members of minorities, women and children continue to suffer disproportionately from indiscriminate and targeted violence, the report notes. Significant problems remain with law enforcement and the administration of justice, especially provision and respect for due process and fair trial rights, it adds. While there has been some improvement in the physical conditions of many detention facilities and prisons, incidents of abuse and torture remain widely reported. An over-reliance on confessions to convict encourages an environment where the torture of detainees takes place, the report notes. “Ending impunity also remains a serious challenge in Iraq,” it stresses. “Perpetrators of crimes committed over many years continue to be unaccountable. A number of mass graves were discovered during the year containing the victims of various human rights abuses committed at various times over the past few decades.” The report also notes that women’s rights in some ways deteriorated in 2010 and children continue to suffer from violence and armed conflict, in some instances having been recruited or used to commit acts of violence. Minorities suffered from a number of attacks. The report’s recommendations include a call on the Government to complete the establishment of an independent human rights commission, ratify the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment, and ensure compliance by security forces, police and all officials engaged in law enforcement and justice with the requirements of international humanitarian law and human rights law in combating armed violence. Information for the report was gathered from direct monitoring by UNAMI as well as from a variety of other sources, including Government, UN Agencies, civil society and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
The Security Council today called on the African Union (AU) to urgently increase the strength of its peacekeeping force in Somalia (AMISOM) to its mandated level of 12,000 to enable it to better carry out its United Nations-authorized mandate to stabilize the war-torn country.In a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-member body extended AMISOM’s authorization until 31 October 2012, and called on Member States and regional and international organizations to provide additional equipment, technical aid and funding to the enlarged force, which since 2007 has been trying to bring peace to a country that has had no functioning central government for the past 20 years, during which it has been torn apart by factional fighting.AMISOM currently has some 8,000 troops on the ground and early last month Al-Shabaab Islamist militants withdrew from Mogadishu, the capital, under pressure from the force in what UN officials have called an “extraordinary moment” of opportunity for progress to strengthen the transitional authorities as they prepare to set up a permanent democratic government by next August.The Council called for a more permanent and increasing UN presence in Somalia, particularly Mogadishu, noted that this placed additional security pressure on AMISOM, and urged collaboration with the AU to develop an appropriate guard force within AMISOM’s mandated levels to provide security, escort and protection services to personnel from the UN and the international community.With regard to launching a UN peacekeeping operation it noted that any such decision would have to take into account conditions set out by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a report in April 2009, which include assurances of security for UN personnel and a political process that has gelled enough to permit the diverse political actors to agree on such a force.That report was replying to a Council request to Mr. Ban to develop the mandate for a UN force that would include support for the flow of humanitarian aid, monitoring a ceasefire and assisting “in supporting the effective re-establishment and training of inclusive Somali security forces, including military, police and judiciary.”Requesting Mr. Ban to continue to provide a logistical support package for AMISOM, the resolution the need for effective development of Somali security forces to ensure the country’s long-term security, and reiterates its call to Member States, regional, and international organizations to contribute generously and promptly to the UN trust fund for Somali security institutions.The Council urged the transitional authorities based in Mogadishu to increase their transparency and combat corruption to increase their legitimacy and credibility, and voiced grave concern at “the dire and worsening humanitarian situation” due to the drought and famine, which has already killed tens of thousands of people, threatened the lives of 750,000 others and put over 3.2 million more on the brink of starvation. It also voiced serious concern at increasing reports of conflict-related sexual violence and called on all parties to cease such abuses.Meanwhile, a UN-backed group of countries and regional organizations supporting peace and reconciliation in the country, known as the International Contact Group on Somalia (ICG), wrapped up a two-day meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, today with a call to the international community to continue contributing to life-saving and sustainable livelihood activities that would reduce the impact of future droughts and disasters.The ICG also welcomed a consultative meeting of transitional leaders in Mogadishu earlier this month which adopted a detailed plan for completing the current transitional period, spelling out priority measures to be implemented by next August in the areas of security, writing a constitution, reconciliation and good governance.“This is a moment of opportunity in the Somali peace process, which must be seized upon, coming as it does when the security situation on the ground is improving,” Mr. Ban’s Special Representative in Somalia Augustine Mahiga told the meeting.“The humanitarian situation is depressing but has brought renewed international attention to Somalia as much as it has weakened the jihadists… This combination of opportunities and challenges must be met with creativity and resolve to energize the peace process in Somalia.” 30 September 2011The Security Council today called on the African Union to urgently increase the strength of its peacekeeping force in Somalia to its mandated level of 12,000 to enable it to better carry out its UN-authorized mandate to stabilize the war-torn country.
Akron has fired coach Terry Bowden after seven seasons.Athletic director Larry Williams announced Bowden’s dismissal on Sunday, a day after the Zips were beaten 28-3 by South Carolina to finish 4-8. Bowden went 35-52 at Akron, including a 23-33 record in Mid-American Conference play and led the Zips to two bowl appearances.Williams thanked Bowden for bringing respectability to the program but said after a thorough review “it is clear that we need to make a change if we are going to consistently achieve at an even higher level.”Bowden, who led Auburn to an 11-0 season in 1993 and worked for a period in TV, said it “saddens me that I will not be able to work through this with my coaches and players. But the university feels it is time to bring in new leadership and a new direction.”___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Tom Withers, The Associated Press
With the id Tech engines effectively becoming in-house only solutions since the Zenimax acquisition, cutting-edge game engine development and licensing duties have fallen to Epic Games and the Unreal Engine.Epic has certainly set the bar very high in recent years, while at the same time opening up their engine to professional development studios, independent developers, and students alike. However, there is a relatively new contender vying to take Epic’s crown and user base, and the latest version of their engine certainly turns heads.The engine I am talking about is the CryENGINE from Crytek, the company behind the original Far Cry and ongoing Crysis series. They opened up CryENGINE to allow anyone to play with the SDK for free, and continue to enhance its features every few months.The video above shows off the latest version of the engine (3.4.0), which better supports DirectX 11 and all the features that unlocks. There’s a lot of complicated and cool-sounding new features mentioned in the release, such as variable depth of field, character tessellation, silhouette refinement, displacement mapping, adaptive tessellation, crest foam and sub-surface scattering, particle shadowing, real-time reflections, filmic tone mapping, dynamic AI navigation, and enhanced glass destruction. For gamers though, the most important thing is how good this engine now allows games to look.Those enhancements have made characters look almost real, time of day settings can be adjusted on the fly and hopefully we will see that used effectively in future titles, and those oceans and water effects look absolutely amazing.CryENGINE was already impressive from the games we have seen released using it, but Crytek seem to be taking it up a notch with this update. Hopefully they, and everyone licensing the engine, can take full advantage of these improvements making all games look that much better.Read more at Crydev.net
Tirupati: A skill development training course meant for the final year mechanical engineering students of government polytechnic college in Satyavedu commenced on Wednesday at the Sri City-Siemens Technical Skill Development Institute (TSDI). The one-month course was designed in three modules, each for a duration of ten days.Among the 35 students attended the programme, 11 students are undergoing expert level course in computer-aided solid edge designing, 12 are taking training in welding, and the remaining are undergoing foundation level training in Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining. Also Read – Website to guide village secretariat exams created: Collector J Nivas Advertise With Us After the completion of training in the respective modules, they will take training in the remaining modules, one after the other. TSDI, which was established in May 2017 with an aim to develop skilled, in a tie-up with Siemens and Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation (APSSDC), offers skill training to students of high schools, ITIs, polytechnic & engineering colleges in the region.
The bookings for Suzuki’s new scooter Let’s have opened in India, with an advance payment of 1,000.Suzuki Let’s, the company’s first 110cc segment scooter, comes with a 112.8cc single cylinder air-cooled engine, which gives a power of 8.7 hp at 7,500 rpm and peak torque of 9.0 Nm at 5,500 rpm. The dealerships across the country have commenced bookings for the scooter, which made its first appearance earlier in January. Though the exact launch details of the scooter is yet to be known, reports suggest that Let’s will reach India showrooms by the end of April.Let’s is expected to give a fuel efficiency of 63 kmpl and will be offered in five colour variants in the coutry – Pearl Mira red, Metallic Triton blue, Pearl Mirage white, Sparkle black and Metallic Sonic silver. According to a Zigwheels report, Suzuki has started the shipment of Let’s to India, and the scooter would carry a price tag of 47,000. If reports are to be believed, the company is likely to begin the delivery of the Let’s in India in the first week of May.Suzuki Let’s will take on the likes of Honda Activa-i and TVS Jupiter in the sub-continent market. It measures 1810 mm in length, 660 mm in width and 1120 mm in height. Seated on a wheelbase of 1250mm, the scooter weighs just 98kg and targets mainly the female riders in the country. It offers telescopic fork suspension at the front, monoshock suspension at the rear and 90/90×10 tubeless tyres.The company is also expected to launch its Gixxer scooter in India by July. Gixxer, which made its debut at the Delhi Auto Expo, packs a single cylinder, air-cooled, four-stroke engine under the hood. Suzuki currently markets Access 125 and Swish 125 scooters in India.Image credit: Suzukimotorcycle India (Ed: VP)
Houston Matters also offers a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. Share Houston Matters, Live at the Houston Auto Show, January 25th at noon in the NRG Center, or listen live on 88.7 FM or houstonpublicmedia.orgOn Thursday’s Houston Matters: We bring you a special live show from the Houston Auto Show, billed as largest auto show of the South. In its 35th year, the 2018 show offers the public an opportunity to check out new vehicles from all the major automakers. It also brings the Houston automotive community together. Dealers, manufacturers, marketers, engineers, and media all converge on the show each year.We talk with auto industry insiders about automotive trends, discuss the future of electric and hybrid vehicles, explore the psychology of car buying, and visit a Houston school that prepares its students for a career in auto racing.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video
Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. min read Listen Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 1. Submittable Resume ManagerResume Manager, by Missoula, Mont.-based Submittable, is an online app for bringing order to the hiring process by letting employers digitally sort, organize and prioritize inbound resumes as they flood in. It can be especially helpful when hiring for multiple positions at the same time.Users begin by ranking resumes with a simple yes, no or maybe vote. Submittable offers custom filters that can further sort resumes according to criteria such as how an applicant was referred, educational background and current job status.Price: Submittable Resume Manager is free for one user and unlimited resumes. Paid plans start at $25 per month for two users. There are no contracts, so businesses only pay for the service when they are hiring.Related: 3 Low-Cost Sales Lead Tools for Startups2. WorkforceGrowthSan Francisco-based WorkforceGrowth is a cloud-based tool for conducting and analyzing employee performance reviews, as well as for giving and receiving feedback on tasks and projects. WorkforceGrowth can be useful for businesses that are training employees to do specialized or difficult jobs.An online dashboard allows employers to build and manage custom employee reviews and evaluations, including categories like strengths, weaknesses and areas for improvement. Think of WorkforceGrowth as a productivity-based social network for your business. Users dole out public kudos, or discuss company initiatives online via their WorkforceGrowth profiles.Price: WorkforceGrowth costs $5 per employee, per month.Related: To Do More, First Slow Down3. WhosOffU.K.-based WhosOff is an online calendaring application for planning, approving and managing employee leave time. It can be handy for just about any firm offering traditional sick leave and paid time off.Through a straightforward online portal, employees can submit detailed requests for vacation time, sick days or other time off. Managers then approve these requests and generate detailed reports. Data can also be exported as a spreadsheet, which can be made into presentations.Price: Plans start at about $18 per month for up to 10 employees.What tools do you use for hiring and other HR tasks? Let us know in the comments below. November 1, 2012 image credit: ShutterstockGrowing and managing a workforce is almost never easy. And when it comes to staffing up, business owners have to juggle issues such as tracking resumes, analyzing candidates and other human resources obligations. For smaller firms, the difficulties associated with managing these duties can often be amplified.The good news is there are several useful tools that can help. Though they will not replace a physical HR manager, these three services should be able to help even the smallest company hire and manage employees more efficiently: Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer
The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office and its affiliates are preparing for big celebrations down under as it marks the 15 year anniversary since establishing the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.Announced last night, the Group said events in Sydney would commence on 28 June with activities in the Hong Kong House and on the streets of Sydney. Among the celebrations include a free display laser show called, the Symphony of Lights between twilight and midnight along with the International Chinese Film Festival at Events Cinema on George St.Keep an eye on e-Travel Blackboard for more information otherwise check out Hong Kong in Australia and New Zealand’s Facebook page for event photos. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
First American Financial Corporation released its July report for the Real House Price Index (RHPI), which measures the change in single-family home prices while taking into account income and interest rates to determine home affordability and home-buying power.According to the report, affordability is down from June to July, 0.4 percent month-over-month and 4.2 percent year-over-year. Real home prices increased 0.6 percent month-over-month, and 10.4 percent year-over-year. Although, according to Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American, this effect doesn’t translate to all homeowners.“Rising rates and rapid price appreciation driven by the lack of supply caused affordability to decline in July … But, the loss in affordability is only significant to potential first-time buyers,” said Fleming. “Existing homeowners with fixed-rate mortgages benefited from the rising prices with increased equity.”Still, real home prices are still 38.4 percent lower than they were during the housing peak in July 2006, according to the report, and 17.2 percent below the levels experienced at the beginning of 2000.On an unadjusted scale, home prices increased year-over-year 5.8 percent, and stand at 3.4 percent higher than the peak experienced in 2007. Looking forward, Fleming doesn’t see a change in the shallowing affordability trend.“As mortgage rates rise and supply remains constrained, affordability will continue to decline for those seeking to achieve the goal of homeownership,” said Fleming. “Yet, while affordability is lower than a year ago, it remains high by historic standards.”The report accounts for a few reasons why affordability continues to drop, one of which being that inventory continues to be restricted on account because homeowners are afraid to sell their home in the event they cannot find a replacement.For the full report, click here. Share September 27, 2017 703 Views Home Affordability Continues to Decline Home Affordability 2017-09-27 Joey Pizzolato in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News, Origination
Accor Vacation Club has launched a new one-stop travel service and website for Members, in conjunction with I.C.E. Vacations Asia Pacific, to provide a range of travel-based benefit programs for Holiday Ownership (Timeshare) providers, to benefit Members. “We are very excited about our extended partnership with ICE, and welcome them onboard as our new travel service provider,” said Craig Wood, Accor Vacation Club’s ceo. “We’ve enjoyed great feedback for the cruise product they introduced for our Members … [and] expect a similarly positive response to the many other added benefits, discounts and innovative travel options this new arrangement represents for Accor Vacation Club’s 28,500 Australian-based Members.” ICE has expanded its offerings beyond just cruises to provide a full suite of travel agency product for Members as part of its Discover365 program: great value package holidays, including coach toursmore than 140,000 hotel and resorts to choose from worldwidespecial cruise departuresgolfing and wine promotionscompetitive car hiretravel insurance optionshundreds of international and domestic flight dealsAccor Vacation Club Members can transfer their Première Points to Discovery Points in order to redeem and book selected travel product available on the Accor Vacation Club Travel site. Accor Vacation Club
New York, NY — Showcasing the best of the private jet lifestyle, Elite Traveler’s Spring/Summer 2010 Menswear Guide is now online exclusively at Elitetraveler.comFeaturing analysis of trends by Elite Traveler Style Editor Tanya Dukes, the guide includes Asprey, Aquascutum, Bally, Belvest, Brooks Brothers, Bottega Veneta, Brioni, Brunello Cucinelli, Calvin Klein, Canali, Cesare Paciotti, Church’s, Deakin & Francis, Dunhill, Ermenegildo Zegna, Fratelli Rossetti, Gucci, Harrys of London, Hermes, Hugo by Hugo Boss, Paul & Shark, Kiton, Loro Piana, Louis Vuitton, Pringle of Scotland, Ralph Lauren, Santoni and Zilli.To download your complimentary copy of this exclusive guide, please go the following link:http://www.elitetraveler.com/recommendation_detail.html?rid=119&n=new-menswear-guide-springsummer-2010
Categories: Lucido News,Lucido Photos 07Apr Rep. Lucido pays tribute to families of late community leaders Duncan, Weingartz families receive state tributeRep. Lucido with the Duncan familyState Rep. Peter Lucido this week celebrated the lives of two very important residents of the 36th House District.“Richard Duncan was extremely dedicated to his community,” Rep. Lucido said. “A World War II veteran and co-founder of Jerome-Duncan Ford, he was best known for being a founding member and five-time president of Utica Community Schools Foundation for Educational Excellence. For his dedication to the school system, Duncan Elementary School was named in his honor. Richard also served with me as a member of the Kiwanis Club of Shelby. He will be dearly missed by many in our community.”Rep. Lucido presents a tribute to Ray Weingartz’s daughter Angie (Weingartz) Malburg, and his wife Marie WeingartzAnother Kiwanis member was also remembered this week also as Rep. Lucido visited the Kiwanis Club of Utica-Shelby Township to present a tribute to the family of Ray Weingartz, founder of Weingartz Supply, Inc., known for its several retail locations in the Metro Detroit area. He was also a charter member of the Utica Downtown Development Authority.“Not only was Ray a successful businessman, but he was a wonderful person,” Rep. Lucido said. “He was an active parishioner at St. Isidore Catholic Church, served on the Board of Directors for Austin Catholic High School and was active in the Kiwanis Club of Utica-Shelby Township.“It is not every day that you come across people like this. I have no doubt that these to great men will be forever remembered for their service to our community. May they rest in peace.”###
26Apr Wentworth urges Congress to eliminate widows’ tax A resolution introduced by state Rep. Jason Wentworth today urges U.S. Congress to eliminate a federal tax on surviving spouses of retired U.S. military service members.Retired military service members may participate in the Survivor Benefit Program, an optional annuity designed to provide a lifetime of monthly benefits to the surviving spouse of a military member. The annuity payments offset part of the retirement income lost as a result of the service member’s death. The annuity premium is paid by the retired service member through a deduction from their monthly retirement benefit check.The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Dependency and Indemnity Compensation Program provides a tax-free benefit to the surviving spouses of eligible military service members who died as a result of service-related injuries or diseases.Under federal law, a surviving spouse is punished for having both a paid annuity and earned indemnity benefits. When a surviving spouse of a military retiree is eligible to receive a monthly annuity payment through the Survivor Benefit Program and has been awarded a monthly benefit through the Dependency and Indemnity Compensation program, the retirement annuity is offset dollar-for-dollar by the amount of benefits received because of their service-related death. This offset is commonly referred to throughout the veterans’ community as the “widows’ tax” and can cause $14,580 a year or more in reduced payments to beneficiaries.“The indemnity compensation should be in addition to the retirement annuity rather than in place of it,” said Wentworth, of Clare. “The rationale and qualifications for these two programs are entirely different.“The Survivor Benefit Program is a personal financial decision made by a military retiree to provide financial security to their surviving spouse while the Veterans Affairs indemnity program is an earned benefit awarded following a service-connected death. The government should not take the annuity benefits bought by service members for their families.”Wentworth and other proponents want Congress to ensure that military families receive all of their military survivor benefits and retirement annuities.The legislator invited Melissa Alex, of Bay City, surviving spouse of Staff Sgt. Eugene Alex, to give testimony on the resolution during the House Military and Veterans Affairs Meeting. She is one of 63,000 widows and widowers across the country affected by the tax.“I encourage Michiganders to contact their representatives in Congress and U.S. senators to urge them to vote to eliminate this tax,” Wentworth said.Wentworth’s resolution was adopted after receiving unanimous support from the full House.Melissa Alex, surviving wife of Staff Sgt. Eugene Alex, joins Rep. Jason Wentworth to testify on behalf of House Resolution 50 to the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee today. Categories: Wentworth News
State Rep. Tom Barrett joined his House colleagues in voting to relieve the tax burden on Michigan families and senior citizens.Barrett, of Potterville, said the legislation approved by a bipartisan majority in the House increases personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents and allows additional tax credits for people age 62 and older.“I appreciate the tax relief for Michigan families, and take pride in helping senior citizens keep more of their retirement income,” Barrett said. “I have been a strong advocate of easing the tax hardship on older Michiganders, who were so deeply affected by the pension tax seven years ago, and am very happy they will finally see some of their retirement nest eggs returned to them.”The three-bill package ensures Michigan taxpayers can continue claiming personal exemptions on income taxes after federal tax reforms signed into law last month. The legislation also gradually increases the state personal exemption from the current $4,000 to $4,800 for the 2020 tax year. The legislation ensures taxpayers in Michigan cities with an income tax will continue to be able to claim exemptions in relation to the Michigan income tax, rather than the federal tax code.House Bills 5420-22 now go to the Senate for consideration.#### 25Jan Rep. Barrett votes for tax relief for Michigan families and seniors Categories: Barrett News,News
Categories: Runestad News State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake invites residents to join him for local coffee hours in White Lake, Highland and Milford on Friday, Feb. 9.“Monthly office hours are a great way to meet residents and discuss important issues,” Rep. Runestad said. “Listening to the concerns of people in our communities is one of my top priorities as a state representative.”Coffee hours will take place at the following times and locations:• 8 to 9 a.m. at Leo’s Coney Island, 6845 Highland Road in White Lake;• 10 to 11 a.m. at Colasanti’s Market, 468 S. Milford Road in Highland; and• Noon to 1 p.m. at Bakers of Milford, 2025 S. Milford Road in Milford.No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Runestad at 517-373-2616 or via email at JimRunestad@house.mi.gov. 29Jan Local residents can meet with Rep. Runestad on Feb. 9
Categories: Kesto News,Kesto Photos,News,Photos 18Apr Kesto testifies on plan to help victims report crime PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Klint Kesto, chair of the House Law and Justice Commitee, today testified before the panel on his plan to prohibit anyone in a position of authority from preventing an individual from reporting a crime, including criminal sexual conduct. The legislation was submitted in response to the recent Larry Nassar scandal.#####
Russian broadcaster UTH has launched a new music video portal linked to its Muz TV music channel. ClipYou will offer ad-supported on-demand video streaming of music clips from a catalogue of over 33,000 clips from Russian and international music companies including Universal Music, Warner Music, Sony Music, and EMI.ClipYou will target 11-35 year-olds, with 11-25 year-olds indentified as the core audience. Users will be able to create their own channels. ClipYou also plans to introduce an uploading facility enabling new artists to upload content to the site as well as applications for mobile devices and social networking features.ClipYou will be headed by Andrey Dimitrov, CEO of Muz TV.Dmitry Sergeev, COO of UTH Russia, said: “We are delighted to present our new strategic project ClipYou which ideally fits our portfolio as a logical and timely online addition to the Muz channel. Video advertising market in Russia is rapidly growing and will continue its growth with the increasing demand for this type of advertising and new advertising instruments as well as gradual legalisation of audio and video online content. ClipYou offers a vast collection of music videos and a number of interesting services. It is not just another video hosting but an opportunity to create your own online music TV. We are confident that the portal will be popular with the audience.”UTH, backed by entrepreneur Alisher Usmanov, recently made news when it struck a deal with Disney whereby the latter agreed to take a 49% stake in its other channel Seven in order to use it as a base to launch a free-to-air Disney service in Russia.
TV software engineering and testing company Farncombe has launched a hardware design practice targeting mid-size manufacturers looking for support with digital TV receiver design.David Fields, who has over 10 years’ experience designing set-top boxes and peripheral devices, has joined Farncombe to head up the new practice.“Currently, major receiver manufacturers typically use the chipset vendors’ ‘reference-boards’ – which can be large and require significant investment – based on which they will subsequently produce, in-house, low quantities of ‘intermediate’ smaller prototypes for proof-of-concept and demonstration purposes,” said Fields. “These are then ‘tweaked’ into the required form factor for integration into receiver production lines. But the smaller players often can’t support that ‘intermediate’ step themselves: that’s where Farncombe comes in.”
Deutsche Telekom is adding 15 HD channels to its line-up, taking the total number of HD channels available on the telco’s Entertain TV platform to 45.Next month, DT will add 11 HD channels from public broadcasters ARD and ZDF. ARD’s channels will include Phoenix HD and regional networks WDR HD, NDR HD, BR Süd HD, SWR RP HD and SWR BW HD. Joining them will be ZDF’s 3sat HD, zdf_neo HD, KiKA HD, ZDFinfo HD and zdf.kultur HD.Premium channels ProSieben Fun HD, Sat.1 Emotions HD, Kabel1 Classics HD and Glitz HD will be added to Entertain’s Premium HD package.