Backyard chile plants FTW

first_imgEd Bernhardt They belong to a race of sweet chiles called Capsicum annum. The other race we all know is the hot chile or Capsicum frutesens. These chiles are native to Mexico, Central America and South America, and the diversity in different types is amazing.  The chiles are also called “peppers,” which Columbus called them after Indian black pepper of the Old World tropics. Pepper seeds were carried to Spain in 1493, and from there, spread to other European, African and Asian countries. From these original sweet chiles that were planted in Europe came most of the sweet peppers we know today.  Bell peppers were later developed by plant breeders in the U.S. During this process, breeders selected plants that adapted best to the conditions in northern climates. Unfortunately, these northern varieties often grow poorly here, because they have lost their genetic code for the tropics. Northern bell peppers are sensitive to excessive water and high temperatures, which makes them very difficult to grow here without lots of agrochemicals to protect them. One the other hand, native sweet and hot chile peppers grow so well in the home garden, they need none of these products. Using only natural products you make at home, you can have dozens of fresh chiles from these bushes every day for several years!  Seeds can be started in flats, and when the seedlings are several inches tall, they can be transplanted to cups or pots with rich potting soil. Two weeks later, they can be planted in a permanent site in the garden or in 5-gallon plastic containers (hopefully recycled) with several holes drilled in the bottom. The later is ideal for indoor planting on sunny porches.  Prepare the soil with good compost fertilizer. Small amounts of limestone and wood ashes can be used occasionally as a top dressing with compost tea. These shrubs last several years and can produce a steady supply of peppers for the family.  Hardy native varieties are resistant to bugs and diseases, however, occasional insect attacks can be controlled with a natural insect spray made from a mix of baking soda, soy oil, vinegar and glycerin soap (1 tbs. each) blended in 5 cups of warm water. A small hand aspirator can be used to spray this mix, which works well on all your vegetable and ornamental plants. For more information on tropical gardening contact us at: Facebook Comments Locals refer to this popular, backyard garden chile plant as OMNIS or UFOS, and they’re certainly the most curious of all the chiles I’ve seen. Also, they are super sweet! What impresses me most, though, is how these hardy plants grow in the tropical garden, and the amazing production we’ve had.center_img No related posts.last_img read more

Benefit concerts for Guatemala to take place in Costa Rica Mexico

first_img Facebook Comments Related posts:Ballet performance raises funds for low-income patients and families Great food for local causes: ‘Festival de Vida’ begins in Atenas 13’30 Restaurant hosts exhibit by Guatemalan artist Herssonoe This week in the Peace Corps: A Costa Rican Country Christmas On Sunday, Costa Rica and Mexico will host simultaneous concerts to benefit the victims of the Fuego Volcano eruption in Guatemala on June 3, which caused the deaths of hundreds and has affected close to two million.Costa Rican producer Destiny Recordings, which is now established in Mexico, along with Amón Solar (Costa Rica), Mexican record label Mula Terca Records and Multiforo Alicia joined forces to organize the event with various bands and local media from each country.The concerts will take place simultaneously on Sunday in San José and Mexico City. According to a press release from Destiny Recordings, the profits of both concerts will be donated to volunteer firefighters in Guatemala who have been helping and rescuing people. Meet the Costa Rican woman who saved 300 lives in Guatemalacenter_img The concert in San José will take place at El Sótano in Barrio Amón with concerts both in Amón Solar (upper part of El Sótano) and El Sótano (the basement).The bands that will play in Amón Solar include Seka, Los Waldners, Entre Lobos, The Great Wilderness, Las Yakets, Golpe Bajo, and The Codex Mind. The bands and musicians  at El Sótano are Magpie Jay, Adrián Poveda from Monte, Pana from Alphabetics, Ricardo Arias from Overseas, Kenneth Medina from Diger, and Rey Tigre.Both Destiny Recordings and Mula Terca Records will share their donation receipts on social media.The concert in San José will take place at El Sótano in Barrio Amón on Sunday, June 24, starting at 2:00 pm. Entrance fee is of ₡3,000. For more information visit the event’s Facebook page.Disclaimer: The Costa Rica USA Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA) and Amigos of Costa Rica sponsor the Tico Times Changemakers Section to provide a space for stories and information about philanthropic work in Costa Rica. CRUSA and Amigos do not endorse any of the organizations, individuals, fundraising solicitations or opinions shared in this space unless otherwise stated.  Authorities in Guatemala: search for survivors ‘almost impossible’last_img read more

Mexico investigates journalists killing in southern state

first_imgMEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities on Friday were investigating the murder of a journalist in the southeastern state of Tabasco, as a prominent press watchdog group expressed concern over the killing and urged transparency in the probe.Ismael Diaz Lopez was stabbed to death in the chest Thursday in Teapa, south of the state capital of Villahermosa, the Tabasco prosecutor’s office reported via Twitter. It added that that the strongest line of investigation suggests a possible family conflict, given a prior legal history that it did not specify.The newspaper El Criollo, Diaz Lopez’s employer, wrote that he had been involved in a domestic dispute.The Inter American Press Association acknowledged that the facts behind the killing are not certain, but urged an exhaustive investigation “to determine whether the motive for the crime is connected to the victim’s work and to punish those responsible.”The IAPA said Diaz Lopez, who worked for El Criollo and the newspaper Tabasco Hoy, was slain inside his home by unknown intruders.According to the United Nations and the Organization of American States, Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Top Stories Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Check your body, save your lifelast_img read more

Group Israel advances Jewish settlement plans in West Bank

first_img Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli settlement watchdog group says Israel has advanced plans to build or retroactively approve 1,065 housing units in West Bank Jewish settlements.The settlements are built on land the Palestinians claim for a future state. Most countries consider them illegitimate.Peace Now said on Thursday that an Israeli military committee retroactively approved 24 housing units in the Beit El settlement, though Israel’s Supreme Court ordered them demolished by the end of July because they were built on private Palestinian lands. Sponsored Stories center_img Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home In total, the group said, the Israeli military Wednesday approved 541 new housing units, retroactively legalized 228 existing housing units, and approved infrastructure for a plan that includes 296 housing units. The military also approved the construction of two industrial structures, a Jewish religious school and a winery.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Check your body, save your life Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

Rep Griffin House report a step forward in improving local mental health

first_img State Rep. Beth Griffin said a report released today by the House’s mental health task force creates a blueprint to help improve mental health services in Van Buren and Kalamazoo counties.The House C.A.R.E.S. Task Force spent five months taking part in public meetings and site visits across Michigan, reviewing areas where vulnerable residents are lacking in care and resources and collecting feedback to learn how best to deliver meaningful solutions. In particular, the panel focused on five key elements: Community, Access, Resources, Education and Safety (C.A.R.E.S.).“The report addresses many of the problems plaguing our local communities,” said Griffin, of Mattawan. “It details the need to improve care in our criminal justice system, including training for first responders, better services for victims, enhanced court and diversion programs, and more treatment options during and after incarceration.”Additionally, the task force looked at ways to improve services in areas that lack access to mental health care, a problem experienced by many residents of rural areas.“The task force has made some solid recommendations to help address staff shortages in mental health-related services and promote teamwork across county, regional and state boundaries to help citizens who need assistance,” Griffin said. “I’m looking forward to seeing this plan put into action in the coming months.”Griffin said the House C.A.R.E.S. report will not only serve as a blueprint for policy changes and legislation to be introduced in the next several months, but also establish a framework to further enhance mental health services in the future.The full report is available to review at Categories: Griffin News 18Jan Rep. Griffin: House report a step forward in improving local mental health serviceslast_img read more

Rep Kahle announces Adrian office hours

first_img State Rep. Bronna Kahle invites Lenawee County residents to join her for local office hours on Friday, July 20 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Lenawee District Library, 4459 W. U.S 223 in Adrian.“Local office hours are a great way to connect with residents and discuss important issues,” Rep. Kahle said. “I look forward to listening to our neighbors, addressing their concerns and working through solutions for the people of Lenawee County.” No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Kahle’s office at (517) 373-1706 or Categories: Kahle News 10Jul Rep. Kahle announces Adrian office hourslast_img

Nonprofit Launches Social Media Campaign to Empower LGBT Community

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares February 18, 2014; PRWEBStudents Moving America has launched a social media campaign aimed at celebrating the act of “coming out” in the LGBT community. #ComingOutMatters is a social media movement where gay individuals are encouraged to share their coming out stories through Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter. All these stories are then aggregated together on the #ComingOutMatters website created where users can browse a collage of narratives about revealing one’s sexual identity to family and friends.To help the #ComingOutMatters campaign gain some stardom traction the organization has partnered with E!’s Rich Kids of Beverly Hills celebrity Jonny Drubel as their spokesperson. Drubel shared his own video on coming out, and all videos with the hashtag #ComingOutMatters will also appear on the new website created for the movement:As Drubel explains, the idea is that as more youth and members of the LGBT community of all ages see others sharing such personal and moving stories, it will inspire more people to come out to their families and feel less alone. Online users are sharing their stories through a multitude of mediums from photos and graphics to videos, or simply a short tweet.—Aine CreedonShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

Why Did Pico Youth and Family Center Lose Almost All Its City

first_imgShare67TweetShare5Email72 SharesJune 24, 2015; Canyon News (Los Angeles County, CA)It has been brewing for some time, but the worst-case scenario has played out for the Pico Youth and Family Center (PYFC) in a troubled neighborhood of Santa Monica. The local city council voted to reduce funding to $50,000, down from the $190,000 that had been requested. That, in turn, was a significant reduction from the original appropriation of $350,000 PYFC had received a dozen years ago.The Pico neighborhood is known as a tough part of town, with many people living in poverty, rampant gangs, and a lot of violence. In 1998, a gang war erupted there, resulting in the deaths of five youths. A march was organized by a local school counselor, and 1,000 people took to the streets in a rally against the violence. In 2000, the city made a bold move of allocating funds to support a neighborhood-based initiative that would provide the needed ongoing support for youth that would divert them from gang involvement. A collaborative project was established among existing programs in the neighborhood, but this did not last. One of those collaborators emerged as PYFC, led by Oscar de la Torre, the school counselor who had organized the vigil.Over the years, thousands of young people have been served by PYFC, and they have loudly supported it in front of the City Council whenever renewal of the funding was being considered. However, there have been concerns about management practices that have plagued PYFC all along. An early report suggests that three different nonprofit management companies terminated their relationship with PYFC, “citing concerns regarding the viability of the organization and expressing their inability to provide the high level of oversight required to address PYFC’s administrative and organizational deficiencies.”As the management issues continued, the City Council decided to reduce funding in the 2012–13 budget, and then in the 2014–15 budget cut funding altogether, offering a $190,000 final payment from discretionary funds to give PYFC enough time to correct its management deficiencies and secure additional funding. PYFC was completely reliant upon the city funds, with very few other revenue streams. The 2014 IRS Form 990 for PYFC indicates that the organization had income of slightly more than $300,000, of which $34,000 came from a special event and $82,000 from a fund established at the Santa Monica Foundation. That fund was the result of a $1.6 million bequest by a single donor. The 2014 Form 990 also reports that virtually no salaries were paid by PYFC other than to de la Torre. In 2011, the Form 990 reported that his salary was less than half of the total wages paid, indicating significant cuts to programming had to be made over that time.In recent weeks, de la Torre and PYFC mounted a campaign to preserve the funding and to raise additional funds, with the hashtag #LetPYFCThrive. The call on a video posted on PYFC’s website is to preserve funding for a program that is by the community, for the community, and of the community. In a recent press release, PYFC claims that any decision to defund the center would be based in issues of gentrification.The idea that there is a coordinated effort to block de la Torre’s efforts is not new. In 2010, the police department investigated de la Torre’s actions in breaking up a potential fight between two youths, citing the potential of child endangerment charges. By February of 2011, an independent investigation found that the investigation by the police and the report that followed were seriously flawed and did not follow best investigative practices. This prompted de la Torre to claim that the investigation was intended to “put me in jail, to make me a felon, to force me to defend myself and leave me bankrupt, and in the end, to defame my character and the character of my organization.”Is the defunding really a matter of not trusting the management practices of the nonprofit, and a desire to see it become self-sufficient with diverse revenue streams, as suggested by Councilmember Gleam Davis? Or is it a racist decision against a program that teaches critical thinking among youths of color, as suggested in the comments to an article about the issue? Or is it merely a question of PYFC doing good work, but ultimately emerging as a round peg in a square hole, as suggested by the author of that article? No one argues that PYFC is not doing good work and saving lives in Pico. Do imperfect management practices and lack of diverse revenue streams warrant almost total defunding within the span of three years?—Rob MeiksinsShare67TweetShare5Email72 Shareslast_img read more

Some Math on Trump Inaugural Funds Finally Released to Charity for Hurricane

first_imgShare43Tweet30Share1Email74 SharesBy White House photographer (Official White House Facebook page) [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsSeptember 28, 2017; Seattle TimesNo one knows how much of the $107 million raised for President Donald Trump’s inauguration is left after covering the costs of that event, but that remainder was to have been donated to charities. Reports about whether or not the inauguration finances have been audited are contradictory even eight months after the event, so there is no indication of what proportion of available funds may still be available.As is characteristic of Trump’s charitable work, however, the money not only got stuck somewhere in limbo, but some of it, counter to what had been promised, went to non-charitable causes such as renovating the White House and the vice president’s residence. Media reports of this latest example of the now all-too-clear pattern of delays and deflections probably helped motivate yesterday’s decision to give $1 million each to the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and Samaritan’s Purse for hurricane relief.How much is left? Trump insiders reportedly say there is an unaccountable confusion about that number as we mentioned, but maybe we can help. The cost of the inauguration was estimated at $25 million, and the renovations have been estimated at $3 million, so $107 million less $28 million is $79 million, against which a million dollars looks relatively paltry.But Trump’s philanthropic style has often been to use his “charity”—often made up of other people’s money—in pursuit of his other goals. Will the rest of the money then be doled out judiciously as is needed for PR purposes?—Ruth McCambridgeShare43Tweet30Share1Email74 Shareslast_img read more

UK music trade organisation the BPI is set to laun

first_imgUK music trade organisation the BPI is set to launch a new YouTube channel, called Transmitter, to promote British artists. The channel is due to go live on November 11 and is a joint ventue by the BPI, which represents the UK record labels, and music media company LoveLive.Transmitter will feature daily programming made specifically for YouTube, designed to showcase exciting and influential British artists. The channel will also include weekly live-streamed shows from the Transmitter studio.“YouTube has become the most popular place to listen to music online, but until now it hasn’t been as easy as it should be for fans to discover new artists and keep up with the latest releases,” said BPI and BRITs chief executive, Geoff Taylor. “It’s a new way for artists to connect, and it fills the void left by shrinking opportunities for music on TV.”last_img read more

Interactive TV and content security technology pro

first_imgInteractive TV and content security technology provider Kudelski reported strong growth in net income on flat revenues for 2013, following strong growth in the Americas and the sale if its Abilis unit.Kudelski said its revenues dropped 0.7% to CHF857.8 million (€702.3 million), attributed to the sale of specialist technology unit Abilis.Net income grew by 185.5% to CHF43.4 million, while operating income grew by 68.6% to CHF60.2 million. The group saw solid growth in the sale of digital TV solutions in the Americas.Kudelski said it expected revenues of between CHF865 million and CHF880 million this year, with operating income between CHF55-65 million.last_img

Google is due to roll out its Google Fiber broadba

first_imgGoogle is due to roll out its Google Fiber broadband initiative to Huntsville, Alabama using part of the fibre network being built by local gas, water and electricity supplier Huntsville Utilities.Google said that to date it had built the majority of its Google Fibre networks from scratch, but that “every city is unique” and that it is working with the municipal-owned network to bring its high speed service to Huntsville.“In 2014, Huntsville’s leaders shared their vision for a community energised by superfast speeds — and they decided to build a network that could support an electrical smart grid and other municipal needs, plus provide the best of the web for local families, entrepreneurs, businesses and academics alike,” said Jill Szuchmacher, director, Google Fiber Expansion.“To help achieve this goal, the city asked to hear from fibre providers who might be interested in working together. So we got in touch.”Huntsville Utilities will now design and construct its network – pending final approvals. Once it is built, Google Fiber, and any other broadband provider, will be able to bring high speed internet services to the city.In December Google said it is “exploring” whether to expand its Google Fiber broadband initiative to two of the biggest cities in the US – Chicago and Los Angeles. Two months earlier Google said it is looking at whether to expand Fiber to Jacksonville, Tampa and Oklahoma City, working side-by-side with local leaders to create detailed studies of each metro area.Google first started experimenting with Gigabit-speed broadband almost five years ago and now offers internet and fibre-powered TV services in Kansas City, Austin and Provo. Upcoming Google Fiber cities include Salt Lake City, San Antonio, Nashville and Atlanta. Other cities currently under consideration for the project are San Diego, Portland, Louisville and Phoenix.last_img read more

Patriot Media CEO Jim Holanda Moves to consolidate

first_imgPatriot Media CEO Jim HolandaMoves to consolidate the US cable industry have taken another step forward with the acquisition of regional players RCN Telecommunications and Grande Communications by private equity outfit TPG Capital for US$2.25 billion (€2 billion).TPG Capital acquired the operators in separate transactions  from Abry Partners for US$1.6 billion and US$650 million respectively. The company said it would combine the assets to create a new top 10 US cable company and regional market leader in next-generation high-speed data.RCN Telecommunications operates principally in the eastern US, including Boston, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington DC, while Grande operates in Texas, including Dallas, Austin and San Antonio.The private-equity company is teaming up with Patriot Media, the team led by chairman Steve Simmons and CEO Jim Holanda that currently manages both operators.The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of next year, subject to closing conditions including regulatory approval.“The way that content is distributed and consumed has evolved significantly in ways that create an overwhelming demand for affordable, high-speed cable networks. There is an unprecedented amount of diverse, creative content being produced that is extremely bandwidth intensive,” said David Trujillo, Partner at TPG.“Consumers are craving access to that content through various internet-connected devices in the home all at once. This places never-before-seen demands on the underlying infrastructure. High-speed data has become, and will remain, the essential connection for both consumers and businesses. Both RCN and Grande are proven leaders in providing fast, affordable, and reliable data services. We look forward to partnering with the Patriot Media management team to invest in this critical communications infrastructure.”last_img read more

Canal Group has expansion of its digitalterrestr

first_imgCanal+ Group has expansion of its digital-terrestrial TV service for Africa, Easy TV, to Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the largest sub-Saharan African Francophone city.The service initially launched in neighbouring Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of the Congo, and in Lubumbashi, the DRC’s second-largest city, situated in the extreme southeastern part of the country.Easy TV will be available to Kinshasa residents for CDF8,000 (€7.15), providing access to 30 Congolese, African and international channels.Congolese channels include RTNC, RTVA, RTDV and Antenne A, while other service on the platform include Canal+’s own African channel A+, Novelas TV, Infosport+, Ciné+ Star, France 24, TV5 Monde and Planète.The service comes with a self-install decoder.Canal+ said the launch of Easy TV in the third city to receive the service was in line with its ambition to deploy the service in other cities across Francophone Africa with local partners.The development of Easy TV is part of a wider African strategy of Canal+’s owner Vivendi that also encompasses the a partnership with on-demand service provider iROKO and the launch of a mobile VOD service.last_img read more

Luther BBC Worldwide has sold a raft of programmes

first_imgLutherBBC Worldwide has sold a raft of programmes including Top Gear and Luther to African Netflix rival iflix.The deal, the first between the commercial arm of the UK pubcaster and the African streaming service, covers 150 hours of UK programming. As well as popular motoring format Top Gear and Idris Elba cop series Luther, there are titles including BBC comedy Citizen Khan.Iflix is about to roll out its SVOD service across sub-Saharan Africa, taking on the global and local streaming players.Joel Churcher, vice president and general manager for Africa, BBC Worldwide, told TBI about the SVOD deal while in Cannes for MIPTV. “It’s our first deal with iflix and comes ahead of their launch and covers drama, fact-ent and comedy,” he said. “Africans want choice and there is an appetite for international, as well as local, content.”Worldwide has sealed a raft of other programming deals in Africa, Churcher said.It has also licensed a 250-hour drama package to regional mobile operators VodaCom and MTN that includes iconic sci fi series Doctor Who and BBC drama Call the Midwife. The deal spans 11 territories in Africa including Nigeria and South Africa. The iflix deal does not, meanwhile, cover South Africa.last_img read more

NBC News is due to close its acquisition of a 25

first_imgNBC News is due to close its acquisition of a 25% stake in Euronews this week, with the France-based news channel due to be rebranded EuronewsNBC.NBC will pay a reported US$30 million for the stake, with Euronews due to use the investment to staff up and expand its news coverage and programming.Deborah Turness is set to oversee the EuronewsNBC partnership from NBC’s side, working in partnership with Euronews CEO Michael Peters.News of the deal emerged in February after NBC News chief Andy Lack revealed the move in an internal memo to NBC staff.Lack reportedly told staff that NBC would invest in European journalism and strengthen the depth and pace of Euronews’ reporting.He also said that Noah Oppenheim, the executive in charge of the flagship Today programme, would take over from Deborah Turness as the US news network’s president.last_img read more

Russian competition watchdog the Federal Antimonop

first_imgRussian competition watchdog the Federal Antimonopoly Service has given a green light to ER-Telecom to acquire the Ekaterinburg and St Petersburg subsidiaries of Akado Group, according to local reports.The FAS has approved ER-Telecom’s acquisition of Akado-Ekaterinburg and St Petersburg-based Neva Cable Television Network.Moscow-based Akado has been trying to sell its regional assets for some time. The St Petersburg operation serves the city’s central district and Vasilevsky Island via its own network and has an estimated 60,000 subscribers in the city.The Ekaterinburg operation is reported to have about 150,000 subscribers.Estimates of the value of the St Petersburg operation vary between RUB500 million to RUB1 billion, while the Ekaterinburg operator is estimated to be worth in the region of RUB200 million, according to ComNews, citing local analysts.In addition to its two regional Russian operations, Akado holds a 50% stake in Cosmos TV Belarus. Its main operation is in Moscow, where it owns the Komkor network.Akado’s owner Renova is also reportedly in talks to sell the operator to Russian fixed-line market leader Rostelecom.last_img read more

The number of cable homes in Europe grew yearony

first_imgThe number of cable homes in Europe grew year-on-year in 2016 and accounted for 30.5% of total television households, according to IHS Markit.The research firm’s latest European Broadband Cable Yearbook noted that the number of unique cable homes in the EU “continued to climb steadily”, reaching 65.1 million in 2016.This was up from 64.0 million in 2014 and 64.1 million in 2015, but down slightly compared to the 2010 figure, following declines in both 2011 and 2012.Germany remained the largest EU market with 18.6 million subcribers – more than three times the number of unique subcribers in the next biggest markets of Romania, the UK and Poland.“European cable operators are focused on providing the best services to their customers in what is an increasingly competitive marketplace,” said Maria Rua Aguete, executive director for media, service providers and platforms at IHS Markit.“Investments in network upgrades and advanced platforms have already delivered in terms of ARPU and revenue increases, and are set to do so again in the coming years.”Annual total cable revenue has held steady growth since the beginning of the forecast period in 2010, reaching €23.5 billion last year – up 4% compared to 2015.Last year average monthly revenue per subscriber was €16.15 for television, €18.99 for internet and €14.67 for telephony. This followed steady annual increases for TV and interent and declines for telephony.In terms of overall revenue contribution by service, internet’s proportion of revenue continued to rise as TV’s revenue share declined, “reflecting trends in consumer behavior.”Last year TV accounted for 45.9% of total revenue, internet for 33.7% of revenue and telephony for 20.5%.On the merger and acquisitions front, the European cable industry saw a number of deals in 2016, including: Telenet’s €400 million bid for Altice’s SFR Belux; Com Hem’s €144 million acquisition of pay DTT operator Boxer; and Liberty Global’s UPC Polska’s agreement to buy Multimedia Polska for approximately €700 million.“There’s plenty of room for further consolidation in cable, especially in fragmented markets in Central and Eastern Europe,” said Rua Aguete.last_img read more

Netflix has surpassed Canal in France in numbers

first_imgNetflix has surpassed Canal+ in France in numbers of subscribers, according to local reports.According to newspaper Le Figaro, citing figures circulating at a meeting at the country’s ministry of culture, the SVOD giant now has over five million subscribers in the country, taking it past pay TV leader Canal+’s last reported subscriber total of 4.757 million – a figure that however excludes the packages distributed in partnership with the country’s telecom operators.According to Le Figaro, Netflix gained an additional 1.5 million customers since last April, a period that overlapped with a year in which Canal+ lost 233,000 customers. The calculation is based on the Netflix total of 3.5 million subscribers in France reported by newspaper Libération last year, citing unnamed sources in contact with Netflix.While Netflix has made solid progress in France, a lower level of penetration than its domestic market means that the average time spent viewing it as a proportion of overall TV screen time remains below 2%, compared with the 10% claimed by the streamer in the US, according to Le Figaro.Netflix is upping its efforts to capture a larger slice of the potential audience in France, with plans to open an office in the country this year and the forthcoming launch of new French originals such as romantic comedy Plan Coeur and sci-fi series Osmosis.last_img read more

The funeral cortege of Kevin Murray is carried to

first_img The funeral cortege of Kevin Murray is carried to the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Strabane.SEVERAL hundred people have attended the funeral of a convicted IRA terrorist wanted over the Regency Hotel gangland feud murder in Dublin last year.Kevin Sean Murray – dubbed the ‘Flat Cap hitman’ – died at his Townsend Street home in Strabane on Wednesday, August 9 after a battle with the debilitating motor neuron disease.His remains left his home this morning at 9.20 am for Requiem Mass in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Strabane at 10  am. Men dressed in white shirts and black ties carried the coffin of the father of two and escorted the cortege to the Chapel.His tearful daughter Navinne walked behind the cortege and was being comforted by relatives.Murray was to be buried afterwards in Strabane Cemetery.He had been facing extradition from the North to Dublin over his alleged involvement in the murder of David Byrne at boxing weigh in February 2016. ShareTweet Gardai alleged he played a “central role’’ in the cold-blooded killing.Masked men dressed as Garda officers opened fire with automatic guns during the boxing weigh-in and shot dead 34-year-old David Byrne as part of a bloody feud between crime lords Christy Kinahan snr and Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch.Murray is alleged by Gardai to have spent the night in the hotel in preparation for his alleged role in the shooting and is identified on CCTV footage and photographic evidence running from the hotel after the murder along with a man dressed as a woman.The 46-year-old was detained in September 2016 by detectives from the PSNI’s Extradition Unit on foot of a European Arrest Warrant issued on behalf of Dublin’s High Court.As well as the Byrne murder, he was wanted by Gardai for possession of a firearm with intent and possession of a firearm in suspicious circumstances.Several years earlier he was cleared at Belfast Crown Court over a dissident republican punishment shooting in Strabane.Co accused Martin Connolly was also acquitted of the charges at a non-jury Diplock hearing.FUNERAL HELD FOR REGENCY HOTEL MURDER SUSPECT KEVIN MURRAY was last modified: August 12th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: FUNERAL HELD FOR REGENCY HOTEL MURDER SUSPECT KEVIN MURRAYKEVIN SEAN MURRAYstrabaneTOWNSEND STREETlast_img read more