Dozens killed in attacks in Tunisia Kuwait and France

first_img Parents, stop beating yourself up 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories The carnage in Tunisia began on the beach, where tourists described hearing what sounded like fireworks and then running for their lives when they realized it was gunfire. Video of the aftermath showed medics using beach chairs as stretchers to carry away people in swimsuits.“He had a parasol in his hand. He went down to put it in the sand and then he took out his Kalashnikov and began shooting wildly,” Chelli said of the gunman.He then entered the pool area of the Imperial Marhaba hotel before moving inside, killing people as he went.British tourist Gary Pine told AP he was on the beach with his wife around noon when heard the shooting. They shouted for their son to get out of the water, grabbed their bag and ran for the hotel. Their son told them he saw someone shot on the beach.There was “sheer panic” at the hotel, Pine said. “There were a lot of concerned people, a few people in tears with panic and a few people — older guests — they’d turned their ankles or there was a few little minor injuries and nicks and scrapes.”Elizabeth O’Brien, an Irish tourist who was with her two sons, told Irish Radio she was on the beach when the shooting began. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches “I thought, ‘Oh my God. It sounds like gunfire,’ so I just ran to the sea to my children and grabbed our things” before fleeing to their hotel room, she said.The Health Ministry said the dead included Tunisians, British, Germans and Belgians, without giving a breakdown.British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says at least five Britons were killed but expected to toll to rise because a high proportion of the dead were believed to be British.Since overthrowing its secular dictator in 2011, Tunisia has been plagued by terrorist attacks, although only recently have they targeted the tourism sector, which makes up nearly 15 percent of GDP.“The Foreign Office will declare the summer effectively over for Tunisia, and it will destroy — besides the lives taken — the tens of thousands of livelihoods who depend on tourism for a living,” said Simon Calder, a London-based travel commentator. Nearly half a million Britons visited Tunisia in 2014.At a news conference at his office in the capital Tunis, Prime Minister Habib Essid said he would immediately close mosques outside the control of the ministry of religious affairs and call army reservists into active service and place them around the country. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   In southeastern France, a man with ties to Islamic radicals rammed a car into a gas factory, touching off an explosion that injured two people. Authorities arriving at the site made a grisly discovery: the severed head of the driver’s employer was found hanging at the plant entrance.The suspect, Yassine Salhi, was seized by an alert firefighter, authorities said, and French President Francois Hollande said the attacker’s intention had been to cause an explosion. A security alert for the southeast region was raised to its highest level for the next three days, and the U.S. Embassy in Paris warned American citizens to be vigilant.In an audio recording released Tuesday, the Islamic State called on its supporters to increase attacks during Ramadan and “be keen on waging invasion in this eminent month and commit martyrdom.”In Britain, police said they were tightening security at major events after the attacks in France, Kuwait and Tunisia, including for the weekend events of Armed Forces Day and the Pride London gay and lesbian festival.The attacks were condemned by the United Nations, the U.S., Israel and others.“We stand with these nations as they respond to attacks on their soil today,” the White House said. Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren added it was “too soon to tell whether or not these various and far-flung attacks were coordinated centrally or whether they were coincidental.” SOUSSE, Tunisia (AP) — A young man pulled a Kalashnikov from a beach umbrella and sprayed gunfire at European sunbathers at a Tunisian resort, killing at least 39 people — one of three deadly attacks Friday from Europe to North Africa to the Middle East that followed a call to violence by Islamic State extremists.The shootings in the Tunisian resort of Sousse happened at about the same time as a bombing at a Shiite mosque in Kuwait and an attack on a U.S.-owned factory in France that included a beheading. It was unclear if the violence was linked but it came days after the IS militants urged their followers “to make Ramadan a month of calamities for the nonbelievers.” In all, the assailants killed at least 65 people. “No mosque that does not confirm to the law will be tolerated,” he said, referring to those that incite to terrorism.The attacks are also a blow to Tunisia’s image as a stable, democratic nation emerging from its revolution in 2011, said Jonathan Hill, a professor of Defense Studies at King’s College in London.“The terrorists are attacking Tunisia’s reputation,” he said. “Not just as a safe and welcoming destination for Western holidaymakers, but as the one real success story to emerge out of the Arab Spring.”International police agency Interpol offered investigative help in the wake of Friday’s violence. Interpol Secretary-General Juergen Stock said the attacks “show the truly global dimension to current terrorist threats.”___Schemm reported from Rabat, Morocco. Associated Press Writers Bouazza Ben Bouazza in Tunis, Jill Lawless and Greg Katz in London, Shawn Pogatchnik in Dublin and Angela Charlton in Paris contributed to this report.___This story has been corrected to reflect that authorities now say there was only one gunman, not two, and that the message from the Islamic State was an audio recording, not a video. The SITE Intelligence Group reported later that the IS claimed credit for the Tunisia attack on its Twitter account and identified the gunman as Abu Yahya al-Qayrawani.The attack in Tunisia, the country’s worst ever, comes just months after the March 18 massacre at the national Bardo museum in Tunis that killed 22 people, again mostly tourists, and has called into question the newly elected government’s ability to protect the country.“Once again, cowardly and traitorous hands have struck Tunisia, targeting its security and that of its children and visitors,” President Beji Caid Essebsi told reporters at the RIU Imperial Marhaba hotel, near the beach rampage site.Essebsi promised “painful but necessary” measures, adding: “No country is safe from terrorism, and we need a global strategy of all democratic countries.”Rafik Chelli, the secretary of state of the Interior Ministry, told The Associated Press that the attack was carried out by a young student not previously known to authorities. At least 36 people were reported wounded in the shooting spree, which ended when the gunman was shot to death by police.The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing at the Shiite mosque in Kuwait City that killed at least 27 people and wounded scores of other worshippers at midday prayers — the first such attack in the mostly quiet and relatively secure Gulf Arab nation in more than two decades. Sponsored Stories last_img read more

CubamexicoMSC CruiseSouth AmericaWebjet

first_imgCubamexicoMSC CruiseSouth AmericaWebjet Webjet Exclusives has launched a 14 Day Taste of Cuba, Mexico and Central America package, priced at AUD$4,799 per person twin share.Journeying to Mexico City from Australia, either via Dallas or Los Angeles, guests spend two days exploring highlights of the city. Destinations include Plaza de la Constitucion, the National Palace and Mexico City Cathedral, plus a day trip to some of the world’s best preserved pre-Aztec ruins in the holy city of Teotihuacan.After three days in Mexico, guests fly the short distance to Havana in Cuba, where after a day of sightseeing at leisure they’ll board a 7-night deluxe MSC cruise. During the voyage the ship ports in Central American cities of Belize, Honduras, Costa Maya Mexico and the island paradise of Isla de la Juventud Cuba.The cruise ends back in Havana where the group is flown back to Mexico City for an overnight stay before heading home to Australia.This 14-day package includes:return international airfares with American Airlinesreturn Mexico to Cuba airfares7 night deluxe Cuba & Central America cruise on board MSC Opera or Armonia including all mealssuperior accommodation with daily breakfast when on landreturn airport transfers in Mexico Citysome in-depth sightseeingThe package is upgradable to a 22-day itinerary exploring more of Mexico such as Puebla, Oaxaca, Tuxtla and Merida before flying to Cuba for the MSC cruise.last_img read more

Actors Benicio Del Toro left and Paul Dano are s

first_img Actors Benicio Del Toro (left) and Paul Dano are shown in a scene from the new series “Escape at Dannemora.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO -Wilson Webb/Showtime MANDATORY CREDIT by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 26, 2018 8:46 am PDT Last Updated Oct 29, 2018 at 11:01 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Outlaw King’ and ‘Homecoming’ hit streaming services in Novembercenter_img A monthly look at what’s scheduled to be added to the catalogues of streaming services Netflix Canada, CraveTV and Amazon Prime Video:TOP PICKSNetflix’s historical epic “Outlaw King” took the spotlight on opening night at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, but many critics felt its massive scope was suited best for theatres. That presents a challenge to the streaming service, which hopes audiences stay home to see Chris Pine as a Scottish king who wages a bloody fight for power. Pine stars as Robert the Bruce, a real-life figure known as the King of Scots, who gathered a crew of loyal supporters to battle the King of England — and make Scotland an independent nation. The sprawling film debuts Nov. 9.Julia Roberts leaps to television with “Homecoming,” a twisty psychological thriller that begins with her as a caseworker at a transitional support centre for soldiers returning to civilian life. Years after she’s left to start a new life, she’s confronted by a U.S. Department of Defense auditor who’s investigating an incident and wants to know why she suddenly quit the job. The questions send her down a rabbit hole of repressed memories and the truth behind what she was telling herself for so long. “Homecoming” co-stars Sissy Spacek and Shea Whigham and makes its debut Nov. 2 on Amazon Prime Video.Seven-part limited TV series “Escape at Dannemora” dives into the unbelievable true story of a prison break, tangled in a love triangle. Patricia Arquette plays the supervisor of a New York state prison tailor shop who’s carrying on affairs with two of the inmates (Benicio del Toro and Paul Dano). After gaining her trust, the two men convince her to help them escape, leading to a statewide manhunt that captured headlines in 2015. The seven-part weekly series is directed by Ben Stiller and begins Nov. 18 on CraveTV.Here are the lists of movies and TV shows expected in November. Release dates are subject to change.NETFLIXNov. 121Angela’s ChristmasBatman: Return of the Caped CrusadersBeverly Hills NinjaChildren of MenDisobedienceEthel & ErnestFollow This (Part 3)Jason BourneKatt Williams: The Pimp Chronicles: Pt. 1Look Who’s Talking TooLowridersOnce Upon a Time in MexicoSchitt’s Creek (Season 4)The Da Vinci CodeThe Judgement (Season 1)The Untold Tales of Armistead MaupinThe Water Horse: Legend of the DeepNov. 2Brainchild (Season 1)House of Cards (Season 6)ReMastered: Tricky Dick & The Man in BlackThe Holiday CalendarThe Other Side of the WindThey’ll Love Me When I’m DeadTrolls: The Beat Goes On! (Season 4)Nov. 5Homecoming (Season 1)John Leguizamo’s Latin History for MoronsNov. 6Happy! (Season 1)Nov. 7Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find ThemLive by NightLove ActuallyRobin HoodScent of a WomanSmokin’ AcesThe Break-UpNov. 9Beat Bugs (Season 3)Medal of Honor (Season 1)Outlaw KingSpirit Riding Free (Season 7)Super Drags (Season 1)Treehouse Detectives (Season 2)Westside (Season 1)Nov. 10American UltraShaun the Sheep MovieNov. 12My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (Season 8)Nov. 13Loudon Wainwright III: Surviving TwinOh My Ghost (Season 1)Warrior (Season 1)Nov. 14The Flash (Season 5)Nov. 15May The Devil Take YouThe CrewNov. 16CamNarcos: MexicoPonysitters Club (Season 2)Prince of Peoria (Season 1)She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (Season 1)The Ballad of Buster ScruggsThe Kominsky Method (Season 1)The Princess SwitchNov. 17I Feel PrettyNov. 19Donald Glover: WeirdoThe Last Kingdom (Season 3)Nov. 20Kulipari: Dream Walker (Season 1)Motown Magic (Season 1)SabrinaThe Final TableTrevor Noah: Son of PatriciaNov. 21The TribeNov. 22Mystery Science Theater 3000: The GauntletThe Christmas ChroniclesNov. 23Fugitiva (Season 1)Sick Note (Season 1 and 2)Sing StreetTo Build or Not to Build (Season 2)Nov. 24Forever My GirlHostilesNov. 25Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love StoryNov. 26Bad SantaNov. 27Bumping Mics with Jeff Ross & Dave AttelOperation Red SeaNov. 28Bleed for ThisNov. 29PassengersSoltera codiciadaNov. 301983 (Season 1)A Christmas Prince: The Royal WeddingBaby (Season 1)Death by Magic (Season 1)F is for Family (Season 3)Happy as LazzaroNicky Jam: El Ganador (Season 1)Rajma ChawalSpy Kids: Mission Critical (Season 2)The World Is YoursTiempo compartidoCRAVETVNov. 2Bonacini’s Italy (Season 1)Homegrown ComicsKid vs. Kat (Season 2)The Librarians (Season 4)Nov. 4Our Cartoon President: Election SpecialNov. 9Peppa Pig (Season 1)Rolling Stone: Stories from the EdgeRumble: Indians Who Rocked the WorldStar Trek: Short Treks – CalypsoNov. 16Clang’s Invasion (Season 1)Crashing (Season 1)Storm Hawks (Seasons 1 and 2)War Dog: A Soldier’s Best FriendNov. 18Enemies: The President, Justice and the FBIEscape at DannemoraNov. 23Animal Mechanicals (Season 2)Fireman Sam (Season 6 and 7)Gravity (Season 1)Nov. 30Doodlebops Rockin’ Road Show (Season 1)Krypton (Season 1)Meth StormWorld of Quest (Season 1)AMAZON PRIME VIDEONov. 1McLeod’s DaughtersThe Trial: A Murder in The FamilyThe Surreal Life (Seasons 1 and 2)The Force (Seasons 4 to 7)The Honeymooners Specials: The Valentine SpecialThe Honeymooners Specials: Second HoneymoonNov. 2Homecoming (Season 1)Nov. 5Midsomer Murders (Seasons 1 to 10)Madonna: Sticky & Sweet TourMuse: Live from Rome Olympic StadiumStevie Nicks: Live in ChicagoNov. 6Odds Are…Nov. 9StartUp (Season 3)Patriot (Season 2Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far on FootNov. 16Mirzapur (Season 1)The Gymkhana Files (Season 1)Nov. 30Inside Jokes (Season 1)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version of this story had the incorrect launch date for Amazon Prime Video’s “Homecoming.” The show premieres Nov. 2.last_img read more

DEFA wraps up talks with Russias Itera

first_imgBy Elias HazouTHE Natural Gas Public Company (DEFA) has wrapped up talks with Russia’s Itera on the potential interim supply to Cyprus of natural gas, and is now set to deliver a report to the government.DEFA’s board of directors yesterday heard from its negotiating team but, due to an apparent lack of consensus, decided to schedule a further meeting.“The Board examined and decided the procedures to be followed. The next Board of Directors meeting will be scheduled depending on developments,” DEFA said in a brief statement.Once DEFA has made up its mind, it will present its report to the energy minister, who will make a recommendation to the Cabinet.Cyprus is looking to secure intermediate supplies of natural gas until it can bring ashore its own gas from the offshore prospects.The talks with preferred bidder Itera are bound by a confidentiality agreement. DEFA has said only that under the terms of the tender it is not obligated to pick a supplier, and that the key criterion for any decision is a substantial reduction in the cost of electricity production from natural gas compared to current costs using heavy fuel oil.But press reports suggest DEFA and Itera have been edging closer to an agreement, after the Russian company quoted an even lower price.Phileleftheros reports that Itera’s latest offer was for just under €12 per million BTU (mmBtu) for natural gas. That’s a significant drop from their earlier proposal for €15.6 per mmBtu.The trade-off for the lower price is extending the supply period. The tender provided for supplies from September 2015 to September 2018, with an option to renew the contract to late 2020.Late 2020 or early 2021 is as of now the approximate timeline for the operation of a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant which will generate electricity from natural gas extracted from offshore hydrocarbon reserves.EAC’s current cost of electricity stands (on average) at 16 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh). According to its latest report, the electricity utility spends some €550m a year on the expensive heavy fuel oil that fires its power plants. The utility has meantime invested hundreds of millions in acquiring turbines that can burn natural gas.A rough calculation indicates that the €12 per mmBTu offered by Itera is considerably lower than the current cost of electricity production. Since one mmBTu corresponds to 293 kWh, the EAC’s current cost of production per mmBtu works out to 293 kWh times 16 cents, which comes to around €47.Itera’s offer – €12 per mmBtU – is approximately four times cheaper than the EAC’s present electricity cost. Alternatively, under Itera’s offer the cost of electricity would be a little over 4 cents per kilowatt-hour.But this is an indicative figure; the end-price charged to consumers would be higher, since the EAC includes a host of other fees on its electric bills on top of the core cost of electricity production.Itera’s proposal envisages the deployment of floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs), which will cost the company some €150m. To sweeten the deal, it’s understood that the Russians have offered to allow Cyprus use of the FSRUs once the contract expires.In addition, Itera is reportedly offering to build a natural gas pipeline running from Vassilikos to the Dhekelia power plant.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 ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

House approves Rep Heise bills as part of juvenile reform package

first_img Rep. Kurt Heise, R-Plymouth Township, celebrated the full House approval today of a 20-bill bipartisan package to address the detention of juveniles within state Department of Corrections facilities.“It makes no sense to confine young people under the age of 18 with adult prisoners, even before final adjudication,” said Rep. Heise, chair of the House Committee of Criminal Justice. “This reform package is long overdue for Michigan and is the right thing to do to achieve real justice and reduce recidivism.”Rep. Heise has three bills in the package:House Bill 4957: Prevents a child under 17 from being held with adults or in a detention facility intended to house adults.House Bill 4958: Prevents a child under 17 that is arrested for a felony offense from being housed in a county jail unless physically separate from adult prisoners.House Bill 4959: Prohibits a child under 18 from being confined and transported with adults, nor in a courtroom during a trial involving adult offenders.“We’re in the process of reforming criminal justice in the state of Michigan and this legislation is a key part of it,” said Rep. Heise. “We need to protect our citizens with the most up-to-date laws, and make sure juveniles are not thrown into the same room with hardened career criminals.”The bipartisan package advances to the state Senate for its consideration. Categories: News 28Apr House approves Rep. Heise bills as part of juvenile reform packagelast_img read more

Rep LaFave calls for credit for high school internships

first_img07Nov Rep. LaFave calls for credit for high school internships State Rep. Beau LaFave today spoke in support of his legislation to give high school students course credit for completion of an internship or work study program.“Education does not begin and end in the classroom,” said LaFave during his comments to the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee. “Many high school students in my district start their career development before they graduate. This is a program that will encourage students across the state to take advantage of opportunities in their own backyard because career exploration and on-the-job training is also part of education.”LaFave, of Iron Mountain, emphasized that current Michigan Department of Education guidelines allow the work-based internship in grades 9-12. LaFave’s legislation allows students complete their work study, covering 4 to 10 hours a week, with the local district’s board of education providing oversight to determine if requirements are met for course credit.“Employers across the state are calling for students with real-world abilities and experience,” LaFave said. “This legislation puts students into that environment, learning job-specific and soft skills while exploring a career option.”House Bill 4106 remains under committee consideration. Categories: LaFave News,Newslast_img read more

Legislators applaud governors plans to end privatized prison food service restore jobs

first_img State Reps. Julie Calley, Thomas Albert and John Bizon today praised Gov. Rick Snyder’s plans to end privatized food service at Michigan’s state prisons, returning the duties of preparing food to state workers.Ionia County corrections facilities will hire new workers to complete the transition.Today during his budget proposal for the coming fiscal year, Snyder announced he plans to invest $13.7 million in the Department of Corrections (DOC) to place prison food responsibilities under state employees. DOC officials announced that it will remove Trinity Services Group this summer and hire 350 state employees to do the work.“The move to privatize food services has proved to be a failure,” said Albert, of Lowell. “I am very supportive of the governor’s decision to place public safety and food quality ahead of cost savings.”Calley, of Portland, said people who worked in the prison kitchens prior to privatization did a remarkable job, and she is pleased to see the duties will revert to local residents.“Privatization caused a number of challenges,” Calley said. “Poor food service adversely affected inmates’ behavior and resulted in additional burdens for our officers to mitigate.  It’s time to make a change.”Bizon, of Battle Creek, said there were savings because of the privatization, but they were countered by the issues caused by turning the duties over to a private company.“We were able to save money, but with all the problems that Aramark and Trinity had with food preparation, maintaining staff levels and failure to meet performance expectations offset any savings,” Bizon said. “Having these responsibilities back in the hands of state workers will be a vast improvement.”Snyder said the $13.7 million investment will be offset by $18.8 million saved when the West Shoreline Correctional Facility in Muskegon is shut down because of a declining prisoner population.##### 07Feb Legislators applaud governor’s plans to end privatized prison food service, restore jobs to local residents Categories: Albert News,Newslast_img read more

Rep Calley New Michigan law helps troubled kids address mental health needs

first_img Categories: Calley News Plan establishes juvenile mental health courtsState Rep. Julie Calley’s plan to create specialized juvenile mental health courts in Michigan has been signed into law.Calley, of Portland, said Michigan’s current mental health courts successfully help struggling adults overcome their challenges through court-based treatment programs, reducing recidivism across the state. Her plan expands the opportunity to young people who run into trouble with the law.“If our local courts have the choice to offer treatment to adults, then our young people deserve the same prospect,” Calley said. “Juvenile mental health courts will give young people the tools and support they need to grow up to lead healthy, successful lives.”Calley said Michigan’s current procedures for mental health courts were established with the adult court system in mind. The juvenile system uses different terms, involves different entities, and expects different results than the adult system.The plan laid out in House Bills 5806-08 uses the well-established adult mental health court system as a framework, with modifications to address the needs of juveniles in Michigan.“These programs will focus on teaching troubled kids and their families to address the root cause of their challenges in a productive manner,” Calley said. “Helping and guiding kids through their troubles will give them brighter futures and reduce the chances of them repeating the same mistakes.”The bills are now Public Acts 590-92 of 2018.### 02Jan Rep. Calley: New Michigan law helps troubled kids address mental health needslast_img read more

In Austin African American Residents Pushed Out

first_imgShare30TweetShareEmail30 SharesThat’ll show ’em. / Payton ChungMay 25, 2016; GristWhile Austin’s tech industry is booming and its real estate prices are climbing, the city’s African American population is shrinking and moving to the suburbs, according to “Those Who Left,” a recent study published by the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis at the University of Texas at Austin.The study notes that while Austin is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, the decline of African-American residents is greater than that of any other fast-growing city.The study drew upon decennial U.S. census results to show Austin’s rapid decline in African-American residents. Notably, Austin grew by 20.4 percent between 2000 and 2010 and was the third-fastest growing city in a list of 10 total cities including Charlotte, Fort Worth, and Portland, among others. But despite city’s huge growth in general population, its African-American population declined by 5.4 percent, from 64,259 African-American residents to 60,760.This theme is common among cities that are experiencing rapid gentrification, but why are Austin’s numbers so high? At one time, Austin was one-quarter African American. Now, the percentage is only 8% and is expected to go as low as 5% in the next decade.“In most cities, you have segregation and gentrification, but they don’t often converge on a single community,” study co-author Eric Tang told the website Fusion. “Austin is unique among large and fast-growing cities in this way.”The neighborhood of East Austin, which was historically African American, has experienced the highest degree flight of black residents. This is made even more disturbing when you consider that this neighborhood was designated predominantly black by an actual city ordinance in 1928. City leaders adopted a plan that set aside an area east of I-35 to keep blacks separate from whites and Hispanics. And it worked; as the city grew, this area had the highest concentration of black residents. But just as those residents were pushed into this neighborhood by segregation, they are being pushed into the suburbs by the rising costs of living in this now-gentrified neighborhood.Fifty-six percent of the African Americans interviewed for the study said affordability was the main reason for leaving the city for the suburbs. The second-biggest reason, cited by 24 percent of respondents, was better schools. The Austin Independent School District is described as one of the most segregated school districts in the country, and according to the City of Austin’s demographer, the 5.4 percent decline in African-American residents between 2000 and 2010 comprised mostly those under the age of 18. The data also suggests that heads of African-American households based their decision to move out partially on the needs of their children—specifically, their educational needs.Though the suburbs where Austin’s black residents have settled may be more affordable and have better schools, they sometimes lack the services and conveniences they had in their city neighborhoods. Based on survey results, respondents who moved to the eastern suburbs lost such amenities as supermarkets, access to quality health care, and parks and nature trails, while respondents who moved to the northern suburbs reported improvements in these areas. It is noted that residents with diminished access to these institutions and amenities are more likely to experience poorer health outcomes, pointing to yet another dimension of the suburbanization of poverty—the concentration of disease and higher rates of mortality in the suburbs. The study cites statistics from the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department that point this out: As poverty grows in the eastern region, so too does the rate of those who have been diagnosed with cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.So, could the declining population in the city and the corresponding lack of resources many African Americans face when moving to the suburbs be considered institutional racism? An alarming number of the survey respondents who moved out of the city believe so. Sixteen percent of survey respondents cited institutional racism as their reason for moving into the suburbs. On average, 43 percent of survey respondents claimed that they had a negative past relationship with the Austin police. This negative rating dropped to 35 percent when they examined their relationship to police in their current cities. One respondent told the study authors, “Austin has never been openly friendly to African Americans or allowed them to develop a significant economic enclave. Austin has an antagonistic atmosphere to African Americans. For example, the Texas Relays. Austin is unwelcoming. It’s a blatant slap in the face.”Eric Tang, the study’s co-author, explained to Fusion that The Texas Relays are an annual athletic competition that brings out a predominantly black crowd. He went on to tell the media outlet that the event also brings out a heavy police presence, which some in the black community interpret as a suggestion that they are more likely to commit crimes. Businesses along Sixth Street, the main downtown drag where the events take place, shut down instead of staying open—a further signal, Tang stated, that says to some black people that they are not welcome.So what steps is Austin taking to keep their African American population, which has been such a rich part of the city’s history for so long? Tang advised Fusion that Austin’s mayor and city council are aware of the problem and have pledged to allocate funds for more affordable housing, but that such initiatives remain in very early stages. Businesses and residents have taken their own steps as well, creating the hashtag #IamBlackAustin. Launched by members of the Black Chamber of Commerce, the campaign includes a website that promotes community events and promotional videos and photos featuring African Americans working and playing in the city.Chamber of Commerce CEO Natalie Madeira Cofield told CNN, “We decided to use technology and creativity to rebrand, reposition and create a new narrative for what it means to be black in the city of Austin. We hope the campaign will give members of the black community a place to see a reflection of themselves.”Mobile app developer and Austin resident Sterling Smith conveyed to CNN, “I wanted to be a part of the I Am Black Austin campaign because I wanted to give back.” Since relocating Keystoke, his mobile app development company, to Austin from Washington two years ago, Smith’s experience has been positive. He went on to tell CNN that the city is indeed diverse, but that he is often the only African-American in the room when he meets with local tech professionals; he hopes to see that change: “I would like to see more promoting of African Americans and other minorities in the technology space. It’s always more comforting to see other people at the table.”Unless more concentrated efforts like these are undertaken, the tables in Austin will continue to set fewer places for African Americans.—Alexis BuchananShare30TweetShareEmail30 Shareslast_img read more

Russian broadcaster CTC Media has announced a seri

first_imgRussian broadcaster CTC Media has announced a series of management changes.Natalia Bilan, formerly head of female-focused Domashny Channel, has been named as head of Story First Production, the company’s production arm, replacing Vasily Balashov, who has been named as deputy head and chief operating officer of CTC Channel. Bilan has been replaced as head of Domashny by Katalia Korotkova, the channels’ former programming director.“I believe that this decision will allow to make the most of the top managers’ potential. It gives each of them the opportunity to further their career and apply their knowledge, experience and professionalism more broadly. We are therefore strengthening the management teams of CTC Media’s key priority segments and businesses,” said Boris Podolsky, CEO of CTC Media.last_img read more

Red Bee Media has struck a multiyear deal to supp

first_imgRed Bee Media has struck a multi-year deal to supply live subtitles for ESPN UK’s live sports network, beginning this month.The deal marks the first time that ESPN UK’s live sports network is providing live subtitles on all of ESPN’s live coverage of Barclays Premier League, Scottish Premier League, Europa League, FA Cup, England Under 21 matches, certain FIFA World Cup qualifying matches, Aviva Premiership Rugby and other European football matches. Red Bee Media also delivers audio description services for certain ESPN documentaries.The deal follows Red Bee’s provision of live subtitling for the BBC’s Olympics coverage and Channel 4’s coverage of the Paralympics this summer.last_img read more

Russian service provider Akado is reorganising and

first_imgRussian service provider Akado is reorganising and simplified its structure, combining a range of operating entities into a unified entity, according to local reports.Akado has completed the first phase of the reorganization, combining a number of different providers into single service providers serving Moscow, St Petersburg and Yekaterinburg respectively.As well as simplifying its structure in Moscow, Akado has combined Sertolovo TV and Vsevolzhsk Telecom in St Petersburg into a single company, TAS-Neva, while Orticor and Olympus NSP in Yekaterinburg have been combined as Akado Yekaterinburg.The next stage will be to unify regional units into a single company.According to Akado, the initial reorganisation has already contributed to a growth in EBITDA of 25% for 2012, with EBITDA margin growing from 33% to 38%.last_img read more

Vivendi has made a series of fresh commitments to

first_imgVivendi has made a series of fresh commitments to secure regulatory approval for its acquisition of former Bolloré-owned free-to-air channels D8 and D17. The move follows a decision by top lawmaking body the Conseil d’État in December to rescind the previous authorisation of the acquisition.Vivendi and Canal+ have now submitted a series of commitments to the French competition regulator to secure approval for the deal, which was originally struck in 2012.Having originally committed not to acquire, in the course of a single calendar year, pay and free TV rights simultaneously for more than 20 recently-released French films, Canal+ has now additionally offered not to pre-acquire, in the course of a single calendar year, both pay and second and third free-to-air window rights for the same French film for more than 20 titles.The competition authority will now examine the competitive impact of the deal, taking account of the way the market has evolved, and has asked for the opinion of media regulator the CSA and telecom regulator ARCEP.The Conseil d’État cancelled the competition authority’s approval of the acquisition of the two channels – previously known as Direct 8 and Direct Star – on December 23 on the basis that Canal+ occupied too dominant a position in the distribution of recent French films in the clear.last_img read more

UK broadcast management company and EPG broker Can

first_imgUK broadcast management company and EPG broker Canis Media is opening up a new channel position on the multiplex for the Manchester area. Broadcasters will be able to broadcast a free-to-air digital channel on the Manchester Television Network (MTN) on Freeview, licensing the space for a monthly fee.Canis first purchased the Manchester multiplex from Channel M Television in 2012, and later the same year licensed Argos TV and the film channels Movies4Men and Movies4Men +1 on MTN.last_img

Betzalel Kenigsztein The managing director for Lib

first_imgBetzalel KenigszteinThe managing director for Liberty Global’s Central and Eastern European (CEE) region, Betzalel Kenigsztein, has moved internally to work across the company’s Latin American operations.Effective July 1, Kenigsztein becomes president and chief operating officer of Liberty Global’s Latin American and Caribbean Operations, as the firm takes steps towards spinning off its Latin American and Caribbean assets.Kenigsztein, who was born in Argentina, will help to manage Liberty’s businesses in Chile and Puerto Rica and will work on “further developing strategic opportunities in the region.” He will report directly to Liberty CEO Mike Fries.Liberty said a successor for the CEE managing director role role will be announced “in due course”.“We are committed to growing our business in the Latin American and Caribbean region through the LiLAC tracking stock, and Betzalel brings extensive strategic and operational knowledge to this new role,” said Fries.“I have worked with Betzalel for many years and have great confidence in his ability to support our world-class operations in Chile and Puerto Rico, and lead the development of new opportunities in this fast growing region.”Liberty said last month that  it plans to implement its previously announced tracking stock for its operations in Latin America and the Caribbean (the LiLAC Group) on July 1. The creation and distribution of the LiLAC Group ordinary shares was regarded as a milestone in Liberty’splan to spin off its Latin American and Caribbean assets.Liberty said it would inject US$100 million (€90 million) into the LiLAC Group ahead of the distribution to provide liquidity to fund ongoing operating costs and acquisitions.LiLAC will comprise Chilian operator VTR and Puerto Rican operator Cablevision initially. Fries said in February that he believed there were very interesting consolidation opportunities in the region that would be easier to communicate to investors via a dedicated organisation.last_img read more

Amazon said that customers ordered hundreds of th

first_imgAmazon said that customers ordered “hundreds of thousands” of Fire TV Sticks during its first ever ‘Prime Day’.The TV streaming stick was the best-selling product globally during Prime Day – a one-day shopping event where Amazon promised “more deals than Black Friday” for Prime members.In the US alone, members ordered “tens of thousands of Fire TV Sticks in one hour”, making it the fastest-selling deal on an Amazon device ever, according to the e-retail giant.Overall, Amazon said that worldwide order growth during Prime Day increased 266% over the same day last year and was up 18% on Black Friday 2014.last_img read more

Netflix has scooped global rights to Marcella the

first_imgNetflix has scooped global rights to Marcella, the upcoming ITV drama from The Bridge writer Hans Rosenfeld.The series, which was filmed in London, follows a troubled detective (Anna Friel) investigating a serial killer.It is produced by Cineflix and Tony Wood’s UK prodco Buccaneer. Cineflix’s distribution arm sells the show globally and struck the Netflix deal.The agreement gives the SVOD operation rights to the show across its entire footprint, except the UK, where it will launch on ITV today.Netflix will make the full series available globally from July 1.The streaming service now has a large international operation and the Marcella deal is an example of it taking rights across that global footprint.Larry Tanz, vice president of global television at Netflix, said: “We got involved with the series early on in the process to gain the opportunity to bring Hans’ great storytelling to our members around the world – right after its initial UK broadcast on ITV.”Glen Salzman, co-founder and Co-CEO of Cineflix Media, added: “Netflix is the perfect international home for Marcella. Created by an exceptionally talented team who have produced powerful, thought-provoking global hits, Marcella is the perfect example of the kind of premium scripted content that Cineflix will be looking to distribute going forward.”The one-hour drama bows tonight on ITV’s flagship terrestrial channel, in a 9pm slot.last_img read more

Accenture is providing the platform for Mediasets

first_imgAccenture is providing the platform for Mediaset’s OTT TV service Mediaset Premium Play, the company has revealed. Mediaset Premium Play soccer service has drawn more than 600,000 unique monthly visitors to Mediaset Premium’s multi-device service – doubling the number of visitors since the service was made available last July.Mediaset Premium’s Play service uses the Accenture Video Solution (AVS) platform in combination with the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud.Using capabilities made available through the recently formed Accenture AWS Business Group, Accenture says that its platform dynamically provides the infrastructure capacity needed to stream matches based on the users requesting the service. The cloud-based platform features analytics that generate insights about viewer behaviour that help Mediaset Premium provide more personalized services, according to the company.“Mediaset Premium reaching one million subscribers with this new service in only three months, leveraging the cloud, is a major achievement in the video broadcast industry,” said Franco Ricci, Mediaset Premium’s chief executive officer.“This is directly attributable to the intelligent, seamless, and streamlined way that Accenture used its Accenture Video Solution with its Digital Delivery Factory – a set of tools and methodologies that integrate products, architecture, and technologies into one operation ­- for continuous digital content delivery. Accenture provided the right mix of proximity, agility, and cost to support our business goals. These latest successes build on the long-standing and successful collaborations between Mediaset and Accenture.”last_img read more

Kingdom UK pay TV provider Virgin Media has hired

first_imgKingdomUK pay TV provider Virgin Media has hired a former content chief at BT TV as it pushes further into original and exclusive programming, DTVE sister title TBI has learned.David Twallin has joined the Liberty Global-owned cable service as head of programming after a three-year spell as head of channels at BT TV, a role that saw him lead content strategy at BT’s pay channels, managing catch-up services, and overseeing relationships with US studios and international distributor.He will report to Pete Chapman, Virgin Media’s director of subscription services.A Virgin spokesman told TBI Twallin was focusing on content and programming strategy, and editorialising the platform’s VOD offer “to maximise the viewership”.“We are pushing heavily into content and David’s experience in this space will help us achieve that,” she added.Besides holding senior content roles for BT’s television service, Twallin has also worked at Discovery Channel in the UK.This comes after Virgin hired former Sky programming chief David Bouchier as chief digital entertainment officer as part of a push to grab original content and make in-roads against pay rivals in the UK.It has since acquired exclusive rights to US cable series Ash Vs. Evil Dead and Kingdom (pictured), and is expected to ramp up efforts with its newly bolstered team.Last month, Virgin secured a “landmark” 10,000 catch-up and box set agreement with British multichannel operation UKTV, handing it shows such as Taskmaster, Quantico, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Only Fools & Horses andVirgin says this means it offers more UKTV shows than any other platform in the UK and Ireland.last_img read more