WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter has ordered a six-month study aimed at formally ending one of the last gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military service, saying the Pentagon’s current regulations banning transgender individuals from serving in the military need to be examined.“The Defense Department’s current regulations regarding transgender service members are outdated and are causing uncertainty that distracts commanders from our core missions,” Carter said in a statement released Monday. “At a time when our troops have learned from experience that the most important qualification for service members should be whether they’re able and willing to do their job, our officers and enlisted personnel are faced with certain rules that tell them the opposite.” Men’s health affects baby’s health too Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Brynn Tannehill, who was a Navy pilot before leaving the force and transitioning to a woman, recalled the difficulties when serving.“It was stressful and it was something that I couldn’t talk with anyone about, because if you even breathed a word of it you didn’t know what was going to happen,” said Tannehill, who still serves in Individual Ready Reserve. He noted that it was possible to lose your career after years of service.Several Congress members, including Rep. Adam Smith, ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, expressed support for Carter’s decision. But the more conservative Family Research Council questioned the change.“Considering the abysmal condition of our military and a decline in readiness, why is this a top priority for the Obama administration?” said retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, the council’s executive vice president. “The Pentagon must answer whether this proposed policy makes our military more capable of performing its mission. The answer is a very clear and resounding ‘no.’”The move follows several weeks of high-level meetings in the Pentagon among military chiefs, secretaries and Defense Department leaders, including one Monday involving Carter and the chiefs of the various services. Some of the key concerns involved in the repeal of the ban include whether the military would conduct or pay for the medical costs of surgeries and other treatment associated with any gender transition, as well as which physical training or testing standards transgender individuals would be required to meet during different stages of their transition.Officials said the military also wants time to tackle questions about where transgender troops would be housed, what uniforms they would wear, what berthing arrangements they would have on ships, which bathrooms they would use and whether their presence would affect the ability of small units to work well together. The military has dealt with many similar questions as it integrated the ranks by race, gender and sexual orientation.Transgender people — those who identify with a different gender than they were born with and sometimes take hormone treatments or have surgery to develop the physical characteristics of their preferred gender — are banned from military service. But studies and other surveys have estimated that as many as 15,000 transgender people serve in the active-duty military and the reserves, often in secret but in many cases with the knowledge of their unit commander or peers. Military leaders have pointed to the gradual — and ultimately successful — transition after the ban on gays serving openly in the military was lifted in 2011. Although legislation repealing that ban passed Congress in late 2010, the military services spent months conducting training and reviews before the decision actually took effect the following September.The latest Pentagon move comes just weeks after the Supreme Court upheld the right of same-sex couples to marry.Officials familiar with the Pentagon meetings said the chiefs of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force did not express opposition to lifting the ban. Instead, they said the military leaders asked for time to figure out health care, housing and other questions and also to provide information and training to the troops to ensure a smooth transition.Although guidelines require that transgender individuals be dismissed from the military, the services in recent months have required more senior leaders to make the final decisions on those cases, effectively slowing the dismissal process.The transgender issue came to the fore as the military struggled with how to deal with convicted national security leaker Chelsea Manning’s request for hormone therapy and other treatment while she’s in prison. Manning, arrested as Bradley Manning, is the first transgender military prisoner to request such treatment, and the Army approved the hormone therapy, under pressure from a lawsuit. ___AP Broadcast writer Sagar Meghani contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FILE – In this July 7, 2015 photo, Defense Secretary Ash Carter testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Associated Press has learned that Pentagon leaders are finalizing plans aimed at lifting the ban on transgender individuals serving in the military. Senior U.S. officials say an announcement is expected this week. They say the military would have six months to determine the impact and work out details, with the presumption that they would end one of the last gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military service. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Comments Share Sponsored Stories Top Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Carter said he is creating a working group that will review the policies and determine if lifting the ban would have any impact on the military’s ability to be ready for battle. But he said the group will begin with the presumption that transgender people should be able to serve openly “without adverse impact on military effectiveness and readiness, unless and except where objective, practical impediments are identified.”The plan, which was first reported by The Associated Press, gives the services time to methodically work through the legal, medical and administrative issues and develop training to ease any transition, and senior leaders believed six months would be sufficient.Carter asked his personnel undersecretary, Brad Carson, to lead the working group of senior military and civilian leaders to take an objective look at the issue, including the costs, and determine whether it would create any insurmountable problems that could derail the plan. The group would also develop uniform guidelines.During the six months, transgender individuals would still not be able to join the military, but any decisions to force out those already serving would be referred to Carson. One senior official said the goal was to avoid forcing any transgender service members to leave during that time. That official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 4 must play golf courses in Arizona 5 treatments for adult scoliosis
Redfin: Prices, Sales, Inventory All Climb in April in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing The housing market came out of April in a particularly strong position, according to “”Redfin’s””:http://www.redfin.com/ latest “”Real-Time Price Tracker””:http://blog.redfin.com/blog/2013/05/real-time-price-tracker-april-2013.html, with prices, sales, and inventory posting gains across the country.[IMAGE]Redfin’s monthly report–based on home prices, sales, and inventory across 19 U.S. markets–shows prices rose 4.9 percent in April on a monthly basis and 16.1 percent on a yearly basis. Out of the 19 metros measured in Redfin’s report, 18 reported month-over-month increases in April, the same number as in March. All metros experienced price increases on a year-over-year basis.San Francisco, Sacramento, and Las Vegas saw the biggest year-over-year price gains, improving 34.5 percent, 33.5 percent, and 31.6 percent, respectively. “”The housing market across the nation was hot again in April. Yes, home prices are up. But the big story in this month’s report is that inventory posted its largest month- [COLUMN_BREAK]over-month increase in over three years,”” wrote Redfin blogger Tim Ellis. “”With more homes finally available to buy, home sales posted their strongest March to April gain since 2009.””According to the brokerage, April home sales rose 7.2 percent over March and 10.7 percent over April 2012, returning to double-digit yearly gains. While last month’s figures were promising, Ellis noted last May was especially strong for sales, “”so it is possible that this number may slip some … with year-over-year sales going slightly negative.””Fifteen of the 19 markets tracked saw sales increase from a year ago, five more than in March.Meanwhile, the number of homes for sale increased 6.4 percent from March to April (the biggest monthly gain since March 2010), with only three markets reporting declines from month to month. On a yearly basis, inventory was still down 26.2 percent.RE/MAX’s “”National Housing Report””:https://themreport.com/articles/re-max-april-inventory-shows-evidence-of-rebound-2013-05-16, released in the same week, also pointed to a monthly rise in inventory as a potential sign of a comeback in supply.The percentage of listings that were under contract within 14 days of debut inched up again in Redfin’s survey, climbing 70 basis points to 35.2 percent–another record high in that category. The company predicts that number will level off through the summer.””The market is as competitive as ever with more than a third of homes going under contract in two weeks or less, but there may be light at the end of the tunnel for buyers with the solid gains in inventory,”” Ellis wrote. Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies For-Sale Homes Home Prices Home Sales Housing Supply Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Redfin Service Providers 2013-05-17 Tory Barringer May 17, 2013 497 Views Share
Categories: Roberts News 15Jan Rep. Roberts named vice chair of Regulatory Reform Lawmaker: This is a great opportunity to aid our state in its turnaroundState Rep. Brett Roberts today was appointed by House Speaker Kevin Cotter to serve as vice chair of the Regulatory Reform Committee for the 98th Legislature.“It’s an honor and a privilege to be named vice chair for the Regulatory Reform Committee,” Roberts said. “House Republicans have done a fantastic job of making the tough, correct decisions to help our state’s turnaround during the past four years, and I look forward to being part of a team that will continue to make positive strides forward.“The Legislature has worked tirelessly to make our state more competitive, including removing more than 2,000 burdensome rules and regulations. I’m ready to work with my colleagues so we can ensure a continued recovery and a brighter future for our great state.”Rep. Roberts also was named as a member of the Workforce and Talent Development, Agriculture and Energy Policy committees.“Being a sixth-generation farmer has prepared me to understand and appreciate the issues that affect our rural communities,” Roberts said. “I look forward to using my experience to help give a voice to our state’s farmers and the 65th District.”###
Categories: News 10May Legislation to help remediate DeHoCo site signed into law Rep. Kurt Heise legislation to help demolish the unsightly former Detroit House of Corrections (DeHoCo) prison facility located along Five Mile Road in Plymouth Township was signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder today.“Today is a great day because this makes it official that the DeHoCo’s days of limiting development along the Five Mile Road are numbered,” said Rep. Heise, R- Plymouth Township. “Thirty years of inactivity has done enough damage to our local economy. I look forward to the day the wrecking ball visits DeHoCo and the property can begin to be redeveloped.”House Bill 5163, which us now Public Act 116 of 2016, will close the Urban Land Assembly Load Fund (ULALF) and transfer approximately $4 million to the Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Fund. The Fast Track Fund controls the DeHoCo property.Today’s signature follows unanimous support in the state Senate during a late April vote, as well as a 104-2 vote in the state House in February 2016. Michigan Talent and Economic Development, Plymouth Community Chamber of Commerce, Charter Township of Northville and Wayne County also expressed support for PA 116 in Lansing.“This has been over a year of work in Lansing, but the residents of Plymouth Township have waited so much longer and I’m glad we were able to get the job done,” said Rep. Heise. “2016 is going to be a good year for those tired of looking at this eyesore.”
Drivers must give a three-foot clearance when passing a bicyclistThe Michigan House this week approved state Rep. Dr. John Bizon’s legislation to require motorists to maintain at least a three-foot distance to increase safety when passing a bicyclist.“This plan requires motorists to maintain a safe distance while passing a bicyclist ensuring the safety of all roadway users,” said Bizon, of Battle Creek.The number of fatalities for cyclists hit by vehicles is on the rise. There were 38 Michigan bicyclist deaths in 2016 according to a report by the Michigan Office of Highway Safety. This number is up from 33 fatalities in 2015 and 21 fatalities in 2014.Over 39 states have laws regarding a safe passing distance.House Bill 4185 now moves to the Senate for consideration.### 07Jun House approves Rep. Bizon’s plan to ensure safety of bicyclists on Michigan roads Categories: Bizon News
Share23TweetShare28Email51 SharesDecember 12, 2016; Forbes, “Taxes”IRS private letter rulings aren’t usually entertaining, but one issued on September 1st has some unique aspects to it. In brief, an individual had been renovating their home, which the county had already designated as a historic landmark. The homeowner decided to incorporate a nonprofit and apply to the IRS for tax exemption as a 501(c)(3) charity. The IRS reviewed the application and rejected it.Why did this person believe their home would qualify as a charity? Their application said that the home, as a historic landmark, would be used for educational purposes, including public tours. The intent was to finance the nonprofit’s mission to restore the historic landmark using grants and contributions.To those experienced in the ways of tax exemption, this is an obvious case of private inurement—using a tax-exempt entity to benefit an individual. In the application for exemption, the homeowner, who was also the incorporator of the nonprofit, stated that they alone would be responsible for selecting contractors to work on the house they themselves own. The house would continue to be owned and controlled by the homeowner, even to the point of having sole authority to set hours and conditions for the historic landmark (i.e., their home) “public tours” they claimed would be offered.There are uses for tax exemption beyond not having to pay income taxes. The Forbes article points out that the real intent here might have been for the homeowner to use tax-exempt recognition as a public charity to qualify for grants to renovate the house. (Most foundations require recipients to be 501(c)(3)s.) In addition, 501(c)(3) status might help the homeowner qualify for preferential tax treatment at the state and local levels. Not having to pay state and/or local sales taxes, contractors excise taxes, or property taxes help those renovation dollars stretch!One sad part about this case is that it’s not as rare as one might think. It’s not unusual for otherwise well-meaning people (and some outright crooks) to see tax exemption as just another loophole to be used to minimize costs and maximize profits in their business or personal dealings. In addition to the time-honored practice of legacy preferences, especially given by major donors to elite schools, many private schools, for example, have heard more than once from a parent wishing to “donate” instead of pay tuition for their own child or grandchild. It’s up to the IRS, as it’s up to each of us as nonprofit professionals, to uphold the spirit and the letter of the law when it comes to charitable status. Odd cases like this one can help us tell the story in a nonspecific and somewhat humorous way.– Michael WylandShare23TweetShare28Email51 Shares
Share5Tweet9ShareEmail14 SharesBy Mark Taylor from Rockville, USA [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsMay 14, 2018; Next City“A 73-year-old folk singer testified before the Portland City Council on a freeway construction project—through song,” reports Rachel Kaufman in Next City.Paul Rippey “serenaded the Portland City Council,” reports the Oregonian. The song, writes Kaufman, was intended as a “musical protest to the Rose Quarter Improvement Project, a $450-million plan to add lanes to Interstate 5. It’s meant to make it easier to drive through the central city. Opponents point out that making it easier to drive will only encourage people to drive more —the phenomenon known as induced demand—and say that the money would be better spent on public transit.If the project is stopped, it won’t be Portland’s first such successful effort. In 1974, notes Kaufman, Portland became “the first major US city to intentionally remove and not replace an existing highway,” creating what is now a waterfront park. “More recently,” Kaufman adds, “a plan to build a new bridge over the Columbia River was killed in 2014, after skeptics argued that the $2.8-billion project just north of Portland would not adequately address congestion.”As for the city council, Bike Portland reports that at least two of the five commissioners appeared amused, but “Mayor [Ted] Wheeler … looked a bit uncomfortable and he moved on with the agenda immediately with nary a word of thanks or appreciation.”You can judge for yourself if you watch the embedded Youtube video on the Bike Portland site (the song begins at about 8 minutes, 35 seconds into the meeting).Induced Demand In the 60s we built the interstate. In the 70s and 80s they were working great. In the 90s and aughts we said, “Well, let’s add another lane.” And, now by god, they want to do it again. But it should be clear the system is broken and adding more lanes is just a futile token.Because the thing we need to understand is induced demand.Oh we all like to drive around town, but you can’t help noticing how much it’s slowed down. And adding more lanes is never done, because if we build them they will come.And the thing we need to understand is induced demand.I wish Tom McCall was still alive. He tore down Harbor Drive. And now Dennis Buchanan has gone away. He blocked the Mt. Hood Expressway. But don’t let us ever forget. That these brave people took a lot of shit. People of courage, people of goodwill—well I know we’ve got that kind of leader still!But the thing they need to understand is induced demand.Oh I know we’ll need more buses and MAX, that’s just the hard cold facts. But the way to get the highways off our backs is with a comprehensive congestion tax.And the thing we need to understand is, induced demand.In the 60s we built the interstate, let’s stop the madness now before it’s too late.And the thing we need to understand is, induced demand.—Steve DubbShare5Tweet9ShareEmail14 Shares
Russian service provider VimpelCom has revamped its system for packaging digital TV channels. On top of its basic offering, VimpelCom, which operates through the Beeline brand, is offering 22 mini-packages along with 23 channels offered on an à la carte basis.The basic package now comprises either 90 or 100 channels, depending on which city the subscriber is located, for RUB230 (€6) or RUB290 a month. The new mini-packages are based on themes including movies, sports, music and kids channels and cost between RUB65-400 depending on the number of channels and the theme. Subscription fees for the à la carte channels range from RUB15-149.Timur Alyautdinov, director of broadband and digital TV and VimpelCom, said that a survey had shown that 65% of users were attracted by the choice of mini-packages and à la carte channels, and that about a third of subscribers were ready to switch to these offerings.VimpelCom’s move follows similar initiatives by rivals MTS and Akado, both of which offer a range of thematic packages and à la carte channels.
Digital TV device manufacturer Antik Technology is due to present its Android home gateway, Juice Extreme 2, at ANGA COM. The IP device comes with four DVB tuners and uses the Orly StiH416 system-on-a-chip by STMicrosystems. Antik said it is one of the first devices to use this advanced STMicrosystems chip.The device can receive, transcode and stream 4 channels simultaneously to home smart devices, such as tablets, smartphones or TVs via fixed ethernet or its built-in WiFi client.“The Orly STiH416 supports the new ways that people want to use the web, watch TV, to share their own digital content and network with friends while at home,” said Antik.The device can also manage software environments such as Android, HTML5, XBMC and Qt for optimised playback of content and applications, and to handle 3D graphics for advanced user interfaces, gaming and 3DTV. Antik will exhibit at ANGA COM at stand S-32, Hall 10.1.
UK DTT and DTH platforms Freeview and Freesat have each added channels to their respective EPGs. Freeview has added the time-shifted movie network Film4+1 to channel 45 and True Entertainment, a network focused on classic series and dramas, to slot number 61 on the EPG.Freesat has added Holiday & Cruise, a channel dedicated to holiday-related programming, to channel 409, and will also now broadcast London radio station LBC on channel 734.
Polish pay TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat is to launch a series of mobile phones with DVB-T tuners built in as part of its rollout of LTE services.The operator said it planned to the be the first in the Polish market to offer smartphones with integrated DVB-T tuners that will allow users to watch broadcast digital-terrestrial TG on the go. The move will enable the operator to market access to free-to-air channels to supplement an offering of 12 mobile pay channels.Cyfrowy Polsat has teamed up with mobile operator Plus to demonstrate their ability to deliver 225Mbps mobile broadband using the 800MHz spectrum.
People search for Twitter hashtags on the social network because they have seen them on TV, according to three in four people polled in new research by Thinkbox.In a report called ‘#TVTwitter: how advertisers get closer to conversation’, Thinkbox – the marketing body for commercial television in the UK – said that hashtags are used around TV content to help sort and categorise conversations about a show, and as a “creative and funny way to sign off a tweet” about a TV programme.“Although people like to think that they tweet for the sake of tweeting, getting retweets and responses is also important to them. Retweets demonstrate that other people agree with them and amplify their opinion,” according to the research, which was conducted by global research agency BrainJuicer on behalf of Thinkbox.It found that 76% of people thought other Twitter users deliberately made tweets about TV shows funny so they would be retweeted.Meanwhile, 69% claimed to like seeing celebrities talk about TV shows on Twitter, with people enjoying the ability to interact with celebrities.Thinkbox said that advertisers can tap into “three layers of integration” between TV and Twitter: where a TV campaign has specific Twitter content and activity built into it from the outset; more thoughtful brand strategy of how Twitter and TV can work together – for example driving people to a promoted trend; and simple contributions by a brand, even if it is not advertising on TV.“TV has always been a social medium and sparked an enormous amount of conversation both in and out of the living room,” said Neil Mortensen, research and planning director at Thinkbox.“Twitter has introduced another way of doing what comes naturally to us as humans – sharing and conversing – and for that reason is for many people becoming an important part of the TV experience. This research will help advertisers understand more about and get the most out of this blossoming relationship.”Bruce Daisley, managing director of Twitter UK, added: “We know that Twitter users are passionate about TV – take a look at Twitter’s trending topics any night of the week, and chances are you’ll see multiple TV shows trending. This research tells us more than ever before about how and why viewers are using Twitter as an accompaniment to TV.”
Audience measurement specialist GfK has become the majority shareholder in viewer data analytics specialist Genius Digital, continuing a strategic partnership established in September 2013.According to GfK, the investment better positions it to meet the needs of pay TV operators it serves with its audience measurement platforms by using Genius Digital’s data capture and analysis technology.“Working with Genius Digital over the past six months has exceeded our expectations. We are impressed with the strength of the team and their unique solutions for the collection, integration and deep analysis of TV data,” said Nick North, global lead, media and entertainment, GfK.“Genius Digital’s innovative technology enables us to offer our customers insights which are most relevant to them, and crucially, the capability to understand what it means for their business. By taking a majority share in Genius Digital, we can leverage strong synergies between our market research business and related offerings from Genius Digital’s own real time data analysis technology.”
Warner Bros France has partnered with Civolution, which will provide automatic content recognition for the My Warner second screen app. Warner will integrate Civolution’s SyncNow technology into the app so that it will recognise Warner content including live or time-shifted TV shows, video-on-demand and DVDs.“While a majority of people are watching content as aired or on DVD, a growing number are watching their favourite features on a second screen. That’s why we’re delighted to be working with Civolution and SyncNow to ensure that our ‘My Warner’ app provides the best possible second screen interactions with real-time engagements on the standard schedule or time-shifted viewing,” said Emmanuel Durand, marketing vice-president for Warner Bros Entertainment France.
Multiscreen TV services firm MobiTV is powering new cloud recording capabilities for Deutsche Telekom’s Entertain to go streaming service. MobiTV’s network nVR software solution allows recorded programs to be stored in the cloud and played on any mobile device. Entertain to go offers customers 10 hours of cloud storage with the additional option to purchase extra space.Entertain to go delivers 40 channels of live and on-demand programming, as well as a selection of films, which can be accessed on up to four devices. With the addition of cloud recording, customers can now also view personally-recorded programs on laptops, tablets and smartphones.“We are committed to providing customers with the most advanced options in TV viewing. Since collaborating with MobiTV to power Entertain, we are now the only company in Germany offering live TV, video on-demand and access to customers’ recorded programs across multiple screens,” said Gert von Manteuffel, vice president of product management TV at Deutsche Telekom.
Watching catch-up TV from smart televisions is on the rise, but other services like gaming, internet browsing and watching video clips are “gradually decreasing in popularity,” according to a new study.The report, by remote control technology firm Philips uWand, claims that the adoption of internet-based catch up services increased by 13 percentage points – from 48% in 2012 to 61% in 2014.However, despite widespread adoption of social networking, the use of these services on smart TVs decreased fell from 30% in 2012 to 10% in 2014, according to uWand’s Smart TV Report – a survey of US professionals working across the TV, telecommunications, and technology industries.Similarly, time spend browsing the internet on smart TVs was found to have decreased from 44% in 2012 to 25% in 2014, while gaming on smart TVs dropped from 28% in 2012 to 12% in 2014.“Even though smart TV sales are on the rise, users are still turning to other devices to watch online content that is readily available on TV. But this does not represent a lack of interest,” said Navin Natoewal, general manager at Philips uWand.“As many viewers currently have to rely on button-based remotes instead of direct pointing control, it’s no surprise they prefer to use other devices for more complex smart TV services like gaming. The user experience is at the heart of service interaction, which explains this decline.”
Turkish international news channel TRT World has teamed up with UK OTT TV platform TVPlayer to offer its service to UK users.TVPlayer is now available on the TVPlayer platform across desktop, mobile, tablet, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV, in the home and on the go, via wired networks, WiFi, and 3G and 4G mobile. The channel is part of the free to air package on the platform.TVPlayer incudes over 75 free-to-air and 30 pay TV channels, and has over one million monthly users in the UK.“We strive to make TRT World available across all media outlets, and our partnership with TVPlayer, UK-based video streaming service will expand the free and open distribution of our content. We will continue to bring the news directly to our audience, wherever they are and in whichever way they prefer to receive it,” said İbrahim Eren, TRT’s new director general and chairman, who was appointed to his post earlier this month.In May, TRT World extended its reach in the UK via a new deal with Sky that saw both standard and high-definition versions of the channel launch on the Sky platform.
UK digital TV platform YouView has named Susie Buckridge as its new CEO. She will take up her post in the New Year following the departure of long-serving CEO Richard Halton.Susie BuckridgeBuckridge was responsible for partnerships and commercial affairs at YouView before rising to become director of product and, more recently, working with Halton and the board to agree a new shareholder agreement. YouView which is backed by the country’s public broadcasters and transmission services provider Arqiva as well as telcos BT and TalkTalk, is used principally as the platform for TV services by the latter two companies.Prior to joining YouView, Buckridge worked as a consultant at Cap Gemini and Ernst and Young before joining the BBC as head of strategy in future media and then working for the business strategy team.Simon Duffy, Chairman of YouView said: “We are delighted to announce Susie Buckridge as YouView’s new CEO. We have selected a strong leader who knows the team, the shareholders and the market well and who is stepping up into this significant new role at an exciting moment in YouView’s history.”Buckridge said: “It is a great privilege to become CEO of such a successful British technology company. Richard Halton’s strong leadership means I will be leading a company at the forefront of the media industry. Our continued mission will be to work with our seven shareholders, harnessing their combined strength in the UK market to bring new TV products and services to consumers.”
Sports streaming service DAZN has hired Apple’s commercial director for international services, Ben King, as SVP of global distribution and business development.Ben KingKing, who will join DAZN in February, has worked for Apple for 12 years. In his most recent role as international commercial chief, he had responsibility for business insights, business development, strategic partnerships and content licensing outside the US and played a key role in driving the growth of Apple Music.At the streaming outfit he will be charged with driving growth strategy and building commercial and distribution partnerships with platforms, telecom operators, retailers, brands and portals.He joins DAZN ahead of planned launches in Spain and Brazil, which will take to nine the number of countries in which the service is present, including Japan, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, where it launched in 2016, Canada, where it went live in 2017, and Italy and the US, where it launched last year.DAZN has focused on securing key local and international rights for each market in which it launches, including Copa Sudamerica and English Premier League matches for its forthcoming Brazilian and Spanish launches respectively and – its most high-profile acquisition to date – top tier Serie A rights for its Italian launch.King, who will be based in London, will report to John Gleasure, chief business development officer at DAZN.Gleasure said: “Ben is universally respected across the industry as an innovative and talented operator who delivers results for both partners and his services. His global experience and insight-driven approach will enable DAZN to grow faster and stronger as we extend our business deeper into both existing and new markets. We are delighted to get him onboard.”King said: “From the first time I met the DAZN team, I was blown away by the product, the people and the ambition. DAZN has spotted an opportunity to develop a global sport streaming service before anyone else and is executing aggressively to extend its lead. Live sport may be the last holdout of the digital media revolution, but I have no doubt about the benefits of bringing fans closer to their favourite teams and sport stars through a more user-friendly, convenient and affordable service. The potential is staggering, and I could not be more excited about joining DAZN to help realise it.”
Arlene Arkinsons sister Kathleen when she visited the search are. (North West Newspix)KATHLEEN Arkinson says her family will never give up hope of ever finding their missing sister Arlene.Searches will continue this weekend at Killen in Castlderg where a local farmer believes he has found a “shallow grave” on land he is renting.As a specialist search team flown in from England to help assist the PSNI, Kathleen said: “”It has been very difficult. But I am trying not to raise my hopes up. ‘WE WON’T EVER GIVE UP HOPE OF FINDING ARLENE’, SAYS SISTER KATHLEEN was last modified: September 16th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: “It has been so long and there have been so many let-downs.“The difference this time is it’s so close to where Arlene was last seen. We just don’t know what to think, to be honest.“The timing is also unbelievable, in the middle of the inquest.“We’ll never get justice for Arlene, justice has evaded her in every way, but I hope they can find her and we can get some closure.” She asked for the public to “say a prayer for us” in the hope this search would finally bring closure.The discovery by a farmer of an area of disturbed earth sparked this latest search.The 15-year-old from Castlederg, disappeared after a school disco in 1994.Police have cordoned off an area near Killen outside Castlederg close to where she was last was last seen alive.Farmer Noel Doherty said clay had been dug up and refilled with stones.The field is on the same road where Arlene Arkinson was seen in a car with the convicted child killer and rapist Robert Howard, the main suspect in her disappearance.Robert Howard, who died in prison in England last year, was found not guilty in 2005 of murdering Arlene.The farmer, who rents the land where the search is ongoing, said he discovered what appeared to be a grave in the overgrown garden of an old building on the land earlier this week.“Somebody had dug out the clay and then refilled it with stones and that’s what got my attention to it,” he said.Missing Arlene Arkinson.“It’s about six feet long and about three-to-four feet wide with stones.”Mr Doherty, who has lived in the area for more than 20 years, said that when he first came across the disturbed earth, he “didn’t thing a great deal about it” but went home and told his wife.“I went back down the next day and viewed it again and we decided then to contact the landowner,” he said.“I asked him if anything was ever buried in that garden and he checked it out with his sisters who were the last to live there and they said definitely not.”The landowner then phoned the police.Mr Doherty said he was keeping an open mind until police completed their examinations but said he would like the Arkinson family to “get back their daughter”.He said: “Everybody has it in the back of their minds, is this the Arkinson girl?” ShareTweet ‘WE WON’T EVER GIVE UP HOPE OF FINDING ARLENE’castledergFARMER NOEL DOHERTYKILLENSAYS SISTER KATHLEEN
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