CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuela’s new President Nicolás Maduro was roughly pushed aside Friday by a youth in a red shirt who ran on stage during his inaugural address in the National Assembly and grabbed the microphone.The incident caused momentary confusion as national television coverage of the event briefly went off the air, returning after Maduro had regained his composure and the youth had been moved off stage.“Incident overcome,” said Maduro, saying he would speak to the man after the address and then continuing with his speech.“I swear it before the eternal memory of the supreme commander,” he said after being read the oath by National Assembly speaker Diosdado Cabello.Cheers broke out in the packed assembly as the presidential sash was placed over the 50-year-old Maduro, who was elected president in snap elections to replace Hugo Chávez, who died of cancer on March 5 after 14 years in power.Close Chávez allies including presidents Raúl Castro of Cuba and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran watched the ceremony along with leaders from other Latin American countries who rallied around Venezuela’s new government.Fireworks fired by Maduro supporters boomed across the city in celebration but the fainter sound of pots being banged in protest could also be heard, recalling that his narrow victory has been challenged by the opposition. Facebook Comments No related posts.
Coral Expeditions, Australia’s pioneering cruise line, is sailing back to Tasmania in 2018, with a new arrival to its shores: the recently refurbished Coral Discoverer.The third Tasmania season will begin on 1 January 2018 on the state-of-the-art flagship Coral Discoverer which underwent a comprehensive refurbishment in November 2016.The arrival of the Coral Discoverer brings an increased capacity of 72 guests to the company’s Tasmania sailings, a response to growing demand for the Apple Isle. In true expeditionary style, the voyage offers guests a flexible itinerary to enable the Captain to respond to their environment, ensuring that guests see the best parts of Tasmania in the best possible conditions. This allows an element of discovery, as guests will be advised the day prior where their next journey lies.The Coral Discoverer is an ideal vessel for an exploration of the diverse Tasmania wilderness as, despite its increased capacity, it retains the nimbleness to navigate through smaller channels and anchor in small bays. It also has the added benefit of a comprehensive and robust stabilising system so it can charter the coastlines and inlets of southern Tasmania.Guests will have the opportunity to watch fur seals sun-baking on the Isles de Phoques and witness schools of dolphins from private stateroom balconies. All other rooms have received an upgrade of soft furnishings and offer spacious living, en-suited bathrooms and a complimentary turn down service every evening.The new sun deck, Explorers Bar and outdoor furniture give guests the opportunity to enjoy their time on board and enjoy a beverage, after a morning of hiking at the Fluted Cape Trek, combining adventure and comfort as they journey to the furthest reaches of Tasmania’s coast.This outstanding itinerary will offer guests the opportunity to explore Tasmania’s UNESCO recognised World Heritage Wilderness, enjoying hikes on tracks such as ‘Three Capes Trek’ and ‘Mt Beattie Track’, and kayaking the ‘Narrows’ at Bathurst Harbour.At Port Davey, guests can amble through forests at the Button Grass Plain past the air strip built by Deny King, and explore the Orange Bellied Parrot conservatory. On the Eastern coast expeditions feature walks on the sands of Wineglass Bay, meeting local wombats and wallabies on Maria Island, and learning about the history of Port Arthur with a resident archaeologist on a ‘behind-the-scenes-tour’.The knowledgeable expedition team and local Tasmanian National Parks and wildlife ranger will offer expert interpretation and commentary during excursions in the Explorer tender bringing nature and history to life, complimented by the onboard guest lecturer.Epicurean experiences include Bruny Island oyster and wine tastings, cheese and vodka sampling at Grandvewe Cheeses as well as fresh local Tasmanian produce and Lark Single Malt Whiskey from the Barrel offered on board.This seven night itinerary departs Hobart weekly from 1 January 2018 to 12 March 2018. Prices from $4990 per person, however there is an early bird discount of 10% for all 2018 bookings made before 31 March 2017.
Black singers have historic week on country music charts by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Nov 21, 2018 11:38 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Nov. 14, 2018 file photo, Jimmie Allen arrives at the 52nd annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn. Allen has made history as the first black artist to have his debut single reach No. 1 on country radio, and it happened on the same week Kane Brown, who is black and white, has the top country album in the U.S. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) NEW YORK — Jimmie Allen has made history as the first black artist to have his debut single reach No. 1 on country radio, and it happened on the same week Kane Brown, who is black and white, has the top country and pop album in the U.S.Allen said he cried when he got the news his song, “Best Shot,” hit the top spot on Billboard’s country airplay chart, which tracks radio success.“First I screamed, like, ‘Thank, God. Finally! Finally, man.’ Then after that I’m filled with gratitude and motivated to work even harder,” Allen said in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday morning.“I realized just because you get here doesn’t mean you get to stay here, so I just try to wake up and be thankful every day. I’m not going to lie, I broke down and cried for like 20 minutes when I found out my song went No. 1 because I think about everything I sacrificed.”Allen co-wrote “Best Shot” and it appears on his debut album, “Mercury Lane,” released last month. Brown’s sophomore album, “Experiment,” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s 200 albums and country albums charts, respectively, this week.“It feels great to be able to be some sort of figure that younger kids that look like me can look up and say, ‘You know what, Jimmie did it so maybe I can do it, too,’” he said. “It really helps motivate someone else that might want to do it to see more people who look like them in whatever career field they’re in.”The 32-year-old Allen — who moved from Delaware to Nashville at age 21 — said he’s happy to diversify contemporary country music while also paying tribute to other black artists in the genre, from Charley Pride to Darius Rucker.Pride and Brown have had No. 1 country radio hits, but not with their debut songs. Rucker’s first country single did hit the No. 1 spot, but his official debut song was with Hootie & the Blowfish, thus making Allen’s recent feat historic.“It feels great to be a part of something that I feel is bigger than me,” said Allen, who will open for Brown on tour next year.“I think it’s about changing mindsets and removing limitations that we in society sometimes put on ourselves. To me, that’s the bigger picture. That’s what I am aiming for because I’m a person that don’t believe in boxes. I hate boxes. I love the sound they make when I break out of them, but that’s about it.”_____Online:Jimmie Allen – Official Website Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press
President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci were meeting informally Tuesday morning at the residence of the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative in Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar in the UN-controlled area in the Nicosia airport.Anastasiades said he did not have big expectations but he was headed to the meeting with structured and concrete proposals.“I would not say there are big expectations, not because we do not want it, but because there have already been certain comments that show Turkey’s intentions as regards the starting date of substantive dialogue,” he told reporters during his departure from the presidential palace.Beyond that, he said, many things were happening, like provocations at Strovilia and Denia and violations of the exclusive economic zone, that must end.Anastasiades said he also had a specific proposal regarding decentralisation.Government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said Monday the aim of the meeting is to conclude the terms of reference that could lead to the resumption of settlement talks.Speaking to CNA, Prodromou also noted that in order to see progress, all six parameters of the framework outlined by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres needed to be accepted.Prodromou said the meeting had no agenda, and that the two leaders would not engage in formal negotiations. “The president is going there to meet Mr Akinci, some misunderstandings might be resolved and the best possible explanations might be offered. If there is political will, especially on the part of Turkey, the process to resume settlement talks will also go forward” he said.He also said that Anastasiades’ goal was “to have a discussion and achieve progress in order to agree on the terms of reference.” Prodromou added that accepting all six parameters of the Guterres framework was a basic component while noting that all parameters were equally important for the Greek Cypriot side.“The end of guarantees and the withdrawal of occupation troops is certainly a matter of priority for the Greek Cypriot side which is faced with [Turkey’s] occupation for 45 years. However, everything needs to be discussed at the meeting” he said.Concerning the president’s proposal for a decentralised federation, Prodromou said that this was also part of the Guterres framework. The UN chief had asked the parties to discuss where, when and how to employ a positive vote in their decisions.“All issues need to be addressed with sincerity, particularly the fact that in order to progress, all six parameters of the Guterres framework need to be accepted” the spokesman added.Asked if Anastasiades would also discuss confidence-building measures with Akinci, the spokesman said: “This discussion remains always open.” He said however that what matters now was to reach an agreement on the terms of reference, in order to resume talks for a Cyprus settlement.Meanwhile, Spehar spoke to both leaders over the weekend, and on Monday, ahead of the meeting, a well -informed source told CNA. These discussions concern the expectations that the two sides have, what they want to talk about. She is hearing from them and passing messages between them, the same source added.It is up to the leaders to decide what the agenda is, how long the meeting will take, whether they are going to issue a joint statement. How the meeting proceeds is totally up to them, the source said, adding that confidence-building measures were expected to be among the issues on the agenda.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
Categories: News 23May Speaker Bolger welcomes Alpha Kappa Alpha to Capitol Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, welcomed members of the Michigan chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority to the state Capitol on Thursday for their annual legislative day. The service sorority is the oldest Greek-lettered organization established by African-American college-educated women. Speaker Bolger applauded the attendees for participating in the legislative process because “our government is based on the system of ‘We the people…,’ but what that really means is, ‘We the people who show up.’” The group also welcomed Regional Director Charlene Truitt Nelson, who took a moment to visit with Speaker Bolger following his address.
State Rep. Shane Hernandez of Port Huron celebrated March is Reading Month this week by reading to children in schools throughout Sanilac County.“It is extremely important that children develop a love of reading early in life,” said Hernandez, “As parents and educators, one of the best ways we can equip our children for success is to encourage a lifelong habit of reading.”Rep. Hernandez read The Tuttle Twins and the Miraculous Pencil by Connor Boyack to students at Deckerville Elementary, Sandusky Elementary, Marlette Elementary, Peck Community Elementary, and Frostick Elementary schools.### 14Mar Rep. Hernandez celebrates March is Reading Month Categories: Hernandez News,Hernandez Photos
State Rep. Aaron Miller of Sturgis today announced his monthly in-district office hours with local residents.“I enjoy connecting with the people in my community and hear what matters most to them,” Rep. Miller said. “It is important I am accessible to everyone.”Rep. Miller will hold office hours at the following times and locations:Monday, June 259 to 10:30 a.m. at Broadway Café, 158 S. Broadway St. in Cassopolis; and11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Marcellus Township Library, 205 E. Main St. in Marcellus. 30May Rep. Miller announces June office hours Categories: Miller News No appointments are necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Miller’s office at (517) 373-0832 or AaronMiller@house.mi.gov.
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesJuly 21, 2014; NPR Blogs, “All Tech Considered”For those in the generation known as the Millennials, it has proven to be tough to find a full-time job, even with a college education (the unemployment rate for people under 24 is well over 12 percent). For young people of color who seek employment in high-tech firms like those in Silicon Valley, the task is nearly impossible; firms like Google and Apple, among others, are dominated by white men. Recently, however, there has been a push by a few nonprofit initiatives to try and change that.Although the specifics of the lack of diversity in high-tech firms has proven difficult to come by, those firms who have had the courage to reveal their demographics have proven what had already been assumed: There are very few young people of color working there. Recently, Google did release their numbers, and it they quite shocking: In tech jobs, 60 percent of workers are white, 34 percent are Asian, two percent are Latino and one percent are black.Freada Kapor Klein of the Kapor Center for Social Impact has been working on issues of the “tilted playing field,” asking companies such as Twitter why they do not hire many women. The Kapor Center is dedicated to working on “gap closing measures” on behalf of underrepresented communities. Her foundation is investing in organizations that are trying to make a difference, helping young people of color train for and secure jobs at the high tech firms in Silicon Valley.One such organization is Hack the Hood, which is working with young people of color, teaching them everything about the tech industry from coding to sales. They both offer internships and on-site practical experience in creating and redesigning websites, among other things. Hack the Hood is the project of a small organization called the Center for Media Change, with a mission to promote diversity in journalism and technology. It is a very small organization, reporting an operating budget of $164,000 in 2012.As reported in NPQ, Google has vowed to do something about its lack of diversity. In what might be seen as a sign of this desire to change, it recently awarded Hack the Hood a $500,000 grant, which could prove to be transformational. Before we get too excited about Google’s investment, though, it should be noted that the gift was a result of a popularity contest–style of initiative in which people were asked to vote on who got the grant. So the donation was made based on the organization’s ability to attract hits from a website’s viewers rather than on Google’s belief in the services provided by Hack the Hood.It remains unclear if programs like this will make a difference in the near future, but at least people are paying attention to the issue and bringing it to the fore.—Rob MeiksinsShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
South African pay TV broadcasters DStv has launched a SuperSports TV app on Samsung’s Smart TVs.The app resizes internet content for Samusng flatscreen TVs, enabling the delivery of live sports updates including pictures and news ticker.The SuperSport application is available on all Samsung Smart TVs through the Smart Hub as a downloadable application, and expands on the current sports update sidebar available on the SuperSport channel.“Being an internet connected device, the Smart TV allows for the delivery of content in a manner that is less restrictive than traditional television sets. We are always experimenting with new and exciting ways of delivering sports content to our audience, and this seemed like a good place to start. We will continue to experiment with new technologies, and in doing so, we aim to delight our users on multiple platforms,” said Graeme Cumming, general manager, DStv online portals.
Satellite operator SES’s HD Plus platform for the German market now has over one million paying households, the company has said.According to SES, the platforom more than doubled the number of paying customers, from 404,123 to 944,993. HD Plus expects a growth rate of 25% for paying customers in 2013.At the end of last year, HD Plus reached 2.87 million households that either pay for the technical service or are in the free test phase. This represents an increase of 570,000 households compared to the previous year, up 25%. The number of households in the free trial period increased to 1.92 million at the end of 2012.HD Plus makes 15 free channels available in HD quality via the Astra satellite system, with an annual service charge of €50, while customers with an HD Plus set-top can receive another 22 channels at no extra charge.“In less than 40 months, HD Plus has developed from a start-up into an important factor in the German television market,” said Wilfried Urner, managing director of the HD Plus affiliate. “HD Plus will continue to be a strong driver of HDTV content in Germany. We will continue to develop the HD Plus offer with new products like HD Plus RePlay, which gives access to the media libraries of commercial broadcasters.”
Dutch cable operator Ziggo has launched Ziggo Mobile, its new mobile telephony and data service.Ziggo Mobile has two Sim-only subscription options for consumers and two for business clients. The cheapest consumer subscription is available from €15 per month. This offers 300 minutes call time/text messages, 1,000 MB data and unlimited access to one million Ziggo Wifi spots for four devices. There is an introductory subscription for business clients from €20 excluding VAT with 400 minutes call time/text messages, 1,000 MB data unlimited access to the Ziggo Wifi spots for four devices.“With Wifi modems and the introduction of apps such as the Ziggo TV app, we have made our services available everywhere in and around the home,” said Ziggo’s chief commercial officer Marcel Nijhoff. “The next step was to offer access everywhere in our footprint. We did this by activating over one million Ziggo WifiSpots. With the introduction of Ziggo Mobile, we are now entering the next phase; that of mobility.”Ziggo launched its WiFi spot offering, using the partitioned cable modem WiFi clouds of its subscriber base, in April.
Canal+ has launched Canal+ Séries, the sixth channel in its premium offering, Chaines Canal+.The channel, which offers the latest French and international drama series, joins existing channels Canal+ Cinéma, Canal+ Sport, Canal+ Décale and Canal+ Family in the premium offering.Shows on the new channel include Hannibal, Utopia, Mad Men season six and Nurse Jackie season five.Canal+ Séries is the first new channel to join the bouquet in six years and faces competition from Orange Cinéma Séries (OCS), which on September 12 announced the launch of a new channel, OCS City, featuring content from its US partner HBO.OCS City will feature HBO content a day after it is aired in the US, including Game of Thrones season three. Other shows on the channel include Boardwalk Empire, Girls and True Blood.OCS is also launching OCS Go, a multiscreen on-demand version of its offering.
Andrew BarronGerman cable operator Primacom has named Com Hem chairman and former Virgin Media COO Andrew Barron as chairman, replacing Wolf Waschkuhn.Waschkuhn will stay with the company and remains a member of the board. Barron is the third senior cable network executive to join the primacom Board in recent months with Marcel Nijhoff, previously the Chief Commercial Officer of Ziggo, joining in January 2015 and Renaat Berckmoes, the former Chief Financial Officer of Telenet, joining in November 2014.Joachim Grendel, primacom CEO, said: “We are delighted to welcome Andrew as the new Chairman of our Board. His extensive experience of the European cable media sector will complement that of our newest Board members Renaat and Marcel and be of great benefit to the business as we continue with our successful growth strategy. Our ability to attract three such senior cable media executives to the Board reflects the significant strategic progress made by primacom over the last few years, as demonstrated most recently in the publication of our results for 2014 which showed accelerated growth in revenues, earnings and customer numbers.”
Some 11% of Dutch households now subscribe to Netflix, according to research by local trade site Telecompaper. According to the research, about 865,000 Dutch households have signed up for the service, beating local players including Videoland Unlimited and NL.ziet. However, about 25% of Netflix users are believed in a free trial period.According to Telecompaper, six per cent of consumers said they are interested in signing up for Netflix over the next six months. The research also found that almost half of Dutch consumers had at least one TV connected to the internet.Telecompaper surveyed 6,200 consumers aged between 12 and 80 during the fourth quarter of last year.
UK video-on-demand regulator ATVOD has ruled that two adult online on-demand services have breached new statutory regulations that ban UK VoD services that carry material that would be banned on DVD. The rulings are the first made by ATVOD under new regulations on prohibited material and come as the body introduced new guidance on the statutory rules it enforces.ATVOD held the two services, Glasgow Mistress Megara Furie and Mistress R’eal, were in breach of two new rules, respectively requiring that material that would be classified R18 by the BBFC for DVD release could only be made available on UK VoD service if access is blocked to children, and that material that would be refused a classification for DVD release is prohibited on VoD.The Mistress Megara service was closed within three days of notice being brought to the operator’s attention, while ATVOD action against the Mistress R’eal service is ongoing.Separately, ATVOD has ruled against three other adult sites – Lads Next Door, Panties Pulled Down and Montys POV – that failed to put hardcore adult material beyond the reach of children. Lads Next Door has subsequently complied with the requirements for adult services, while the other two services have been referred to Ofcom for consideration of sanctions.
BT’s ad campaign for BT SportPremium sports content is still a major draw for consumers despite the proliferation of low-cost multi-play offerings, according to research by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.Research carried out by Kantar in the UK for the three months to September 30 showed that Sky, BT and Virgin Media all gained market share thanks to their strong sports offerings, with low-cost provider TalkTalk doing less well.BT, which heavily promoted its UEFA Champions League coverage, saw its market share grow by 3.8 percentage points compared with the previous three months, with a quarter who joined citing the company’s sports package as their reason for doing so. Sky grew its share by 3.2 percentage points to 30.2% in the same period, with growth driven by its football content and value-driven broadband package, according to Kantar. Sky grew its broadband share to 27.1%, just behind BT on 27.9%, in this period.Offering both BT Sports and Sky Sports through its platform, Virgin Media’s market share grew by over 1.8 percentage points in the past quarter.Alongside their popular sports packages, all three of the major players increased either the length or depth of broadband discounts in the last quarter.TalkTalk meanwhile launched a £11-per-month sports boost in August, but the lack of BT Sports as part of this hampered its share growth in the run up to the new football season, and its overall share is down by 4.7 percentage points on last quarter, according to Kantar.Despite a strong value-driven broadband proposition, TalkTalk’s share of broadband and landline sales fell by 7.1 and 4.9 percentage points respectively as consumers headed for stronger dual or triple play packages elsewhere, according to the research group.“Nine per cent of consumers who currently use a home service have stated that they will change their provider at the next available opportunity, with 26% of those currently on a dual play package wanting to move to a triple play offer. With suppliers clamouring to beat each other on value, it’s vital that they continue to present a high quality service if they want to retain customers in the long term. Increasingly, consumers are eager to consolidate their services under one provider, so suppliers need to be savvy in how they up-sell their services without compromising on good value and customer satisfaction,” said Imran Choudhary, consumer insight director at Kantar Worldpanel.
Deutschland 83Channel 4’s new on-demand service for foreign-language drama, Walter Presents, has notched up more than 1 million views in just two weeks.According to the UK broadcaster, the 11 titles currently available on Walter Presents – which launched on January 3 – have now attracted 1.1 million views on Channel 4’s on-demand platform All 4.So far German spy drama Deutschland 83 has been the most popular title on Walter Presents, followed by Danish thriller Heartless and French political drama Spin in second and third place respectively.Channel 4 claims Deutschland 83 was the “highest rated foreign-language drama in UK TV history” after recording a consolidated audience of 2.5 million viewers across TV and online for the first episode.“Walter Presents has captured viewers’ imaginations in the most wonderful way. It’s thrilling to see so many people finding the best of world drama on 4,” said Channel 4’s chief creative officer, Jay Hunt.The free, ad-supported service is the product of a partnership between Channel 4 and Global Series Network (GSN) and will offer a “constantly evolving and expanding” slate of foreign dramas, chosen by Walter Presents curator, Walter Iuzzolino. Channel 4 said the service will eventually host more than 600 hours of box-set drama.
OTT and IPTV technology specialist TV2U is using IBC to unveil its new real-time analytics service and content aggregation engine.It is also showcasing its Intelligent Video Accessible Network (IVAN) white label OTT/IPTV delivery service that unifies the delivery of content straight to the playout device.The company says that a key objective of the IVAN platform is to offer customers the advantage of tapping into real-time analytics, which are gathered from multiple sources including the delivery platform, player applications, and social media.The analytics generate detailed insights about users such as their demographics, location (with the ability to pinpoint their postal code) and viewing habits including their OTT/IPTV technology specialist TV2U is using IBC to unveil its new real-time analytics service and content aggregation engine and is also showcasing its Intelligent Video Accessible Network (IVAN) white label OTT/IPTV delivery service that unifies the delivery of content straight to the playout device.The company says that a key objective of the IVAN platform is to offer customers the advantage of tapping into real-time analytics, which are gathered from multiple sources including the delivery platform, player applications, and social media.The analytics generate detailed insights about users such as their demographics, location (with the ability to pinpoint their postal code) and viewing habits including their content consumption patterns, details on which devices they use, and their likes and dislikes.The real-time analytics engine, lets content owners and advertisers know to what extent customers are engaging with their material, according to the company.TV2U will exhibit at IBC on stand 9.LP12
Netflix has partnered with A+E Networks UK and Sky Vision Productions on a new true crime series for A+E’s Crime + Investigation (CI) channel.The 10×60 minute I Am a Killer, profiles ten prisoners convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death. With access to prisons across America, each convicted prisoner recounts events that led up to their crime.I Am a Killer will premier on CI in the UK this spring. It will also air on CI Poland and Italy later in the year, before becoming available on Netflix for 2019.Danny TippingKoulla Anastasi, director for Lifetime and Crime + Investigation at A+E Networks UK, said: “As the definitive destination for real-life crime, CI sets the bar very high. So we’re excited to be working with Sky Vision and Netflix on this powerful and evocative new series, which gives the viewer a compelling insight into the mind of a murderer and the complexity of many murder cases.”Danny Tipping, executive producer for Sky Vision Productions said: “I’m immensely proud of this series, created by our team over the past 18 months, involving painstaking research and detailed negotiations to secure the most incredible access. The series is beautifully made and challenges the viewer at every turn.”I Am a Killer will be one of the final production efforts by Sky Vision, after it was revealed that the company is to gradually close down its production efforts following the upcoming departure of Tipping.