Contiki pulls out all the stops in Asia with 5 brand new

Contiki pulls out all the stops in Asia with 5 brand new

first_img Posted by Contiki “pulls out all the stops” in Asia with 5 brand new trips Share Travelweek Group TORONTO – Contiki is ramping up its 2017 Asia program with the addition of five new itineraries, including trips to Singapore and India for the very first time.“Asia has been, and continues to be a key destination for young Canadian travellers looking for an adventure. As a youth focused brand, we recognized the need for an Asia product that delivers an adventurous, immersive and culturally authentic experience,” said Sheralyn Berry, Director of Sales at Contiki Holidays Canada. “I’m proud to say that we’ve pulled out all the stops for our Asia 2017 program, adding five new trips and five improved itineraries, including expanding our Thailand and Bali offerings with more departures. Not to mention the No Regrets Experiences and Me Time Optionals, which are all unparalleled in terms of diversity and memorability!”The five new trips include ‘Cambodia & Laos Uncovered’, which visits Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, Vientiane, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap over nine action-packed days. This package includes internal flights, licenced local guides and a Contiki Trip Manager throughout, plus the chance to see Angkor Wat Temple at dawn. The first departure is on April 8, 2017.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growth‘Bangkok to Singapore’ first departs on April 2 and is labelled as a ‘Discoverer’ itinerary that takes in the sights of Bangkok, Krabi, Langkawi, Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore over 14 days. In addition to private air conditioned coaches, this itinerary includes an overnight train from Bangkok to Khao Sok, an overnight stay at a Thai jungle treehouse hotel as well as a night onboard a floating lake raft.‘Northern Thai Highlights’ first departs on April 1 and follows Contiki’s ‘In Depth Explorer’ style. This new eight-day trip journeys through northern Thailand and visits Chiang Mai, Kanchanburi, Ayutthaya and Bangkok. Highlights include a cruise on a traditional longtail boat, guided bike tour of Ayutthaya, a guided tour of Ayutthaya and a trip on the River Kwai. Also, guests have the option to visit an elephant sanctuary or Pai hot springs, or participate in a Thai cooking class.Also new is ‘Japan – City to Slopes’, a 12-day voyage that visits Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo and the Hakuba ski fields. This ‘Winter & Ski’ style sibling of last year’s hugely popular ‘Japan Unrivalled’ itinerary includes private coach travel and a three-day lift pass, and also includes optional experiences like a sushi-making class and a Japanese Tapas dinner. First departure runs on Jan. 7.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemLastly, ‘Eternal India’, which first departs on Dec. 4, 2016, returns to the region after a 40-year hiatus. This 12-day trip follows Contiki’s ‘In-Depth Explorer’ style and visits Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Udaipur, Mumbai and Goa. Highlights include the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Delhi’s old town and optional experiences like a visit to the famous cricket ground, Maiden Oval, and chapatti making lessons.Clients who pay in full on or before December 22nd, 2016 can save up to 10% off as part of Contiki’s “Early Payment Discount” program. For more information go to contiki.com.center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, October 25, 2016 Tags: Asia, Contikilast_img read more

2 killed in clash at terrorlinked Kenyan mosque

first_img Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Quick workouts for men Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober “We condemn strongly the move by police to cause violence inside a place of worship,” Hussein said.Kenyan police have linked the Masjid Musa mosque to recruitment of militants for Somalia’s al-Shabab terrorist organization, which claimed responsibility for an attack last year on an upscale shopping mall in which up to 67 people were killed in Nairobi, the capital. The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab group said that attack was in retaliation for Kenya’s military involvement in Somalia.Rights campaigners say the Kenyan government’s harsh counterterrorism measures are pushing some Muslim youths toward extremism.A Human Rights Watch researcher reported last year that many Somalis who have fled to Kenya because of al-Shabab violence have sometimes faced “serious abuses” at the hands of security forces who wrongfully accuse them of supporting al-Shabab.Last October, following the mall attack, gunmen killed a Muslim cleric and three others in a hail of bullets in Mombasa, sparking street violence by youths who accused the police of targeted killings of Muslim leaders.The Masjid Musa mosque has produced terror-linked Muslim preachers including Aboud Rogo Mohammed, who was shot and killed by unknown gunmen in Mombasa as he drove his wife to a hospital in Aug. 2012. The death sparked two days of rioting in which four people, including three members of the security forces, were killed and three churches were damaged in Mombasa. Hundreds of angry young Muslims who took to the streets blamed police for the killing of Mohammed, who had been sanctioned by the U.N. and U.S. for supporting al-Shabab. A Kenyan government task force did not establish who killed Mohammed. A police officer who was stabbed in the face died of his wounds, said Mombasa police commander Robert Kitur. Another officer was stabbed in the stomach and is being treated at the hospital, he said.Police later occupied the mosque and its precincts, Kitur said.“We have arrested dozens of youths who attacked our officers while on duty at the mosque and they are under interrogation,” he said. They also recovered a gun stolen from an officer.Kitur said the officers were “on a mission to remove radical paraphernalia from the mosque when they faced resistance.”Henry Ondieki, the Mombasa chief of criminal investigations, said police forcibly entered the mosque after getting intelligence that a meeting to recruit militants was underway. “This was not a normal day of prayers,” he said. “Their intention was clear: they were planning to recruit and attack innocent Kenyan civilians.”But the head of a Mombasa-based rights group criticized the police.“There was no need for excessive force and the police should have restrained themselves to avoid bloodshed,” said Khalid Hussein, executive director of Haki Africa. He said it came the day after they asked police to avoid violence and talk to the youth. (Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories center_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) – Police opened fire on Muslim youths wielding daggers at a mosque linked to recruiting Islamic extremists, and at least one officer and a young man were killed Sunday, witnesses and officials said in the coastal resort and port city of Mombasa.Police said they raided the Masjid Musa mosque acting on intelligence that a meeting to recruit militants was going on.A reporter at the scene saw police shoot and kill one person as they tried to disperse a growing crowd screaming “Allahu Akbar” or “God is Great” outside the mosque, which has been the recent site of violent confrontations between young Muslims and police. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

Economists Forecast Moderating Price Gains

Economists Forecast Moderating Price Gains

first_imgEconomists Forecast Moderating Price Gains in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News June 3, 2014 445 Views As home price increases keep showing signs of slowing down, economists expect gains to continue moderating through the next two years, according to a poll conducted by Reuters.In a survey of 31 economists, Reuters arrived at a median forecast of price growth of 7.5 percent this year, down significantly from the 13.4 percent improvement recorded in the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city index last December.Price growth is expected to slow further from there, dropping to 4.0 percent by 2016.The survey also found that, despite concerns from some analysts of overheating as price gains far outpace the historical average, the median judgment of economists surveyed is that the housing market is situated right in the middle between extremely overvalued and extremely undervalued.Meanwhile, even as price increases start to come down, analysts don’t expect any major pickup in housing activity as lending standards, slow job growth, and stagnant wages prevent more potential homeowners from entering the market.According to Reuters, existing-home sales are forecast to reach an annualized rate of 4.75 million this quarter, continuing to march upward to a rate of 5.10 million by the first quarter of 2015.Existing-home sales achieved a rate of 4.65 million in April, according to the National Association of Realtors, a modest improvement following a slow start earlier this year.center_img Forecast Home Prices 2014-06-03 Tory Barringer Sharelast_img read more

Steady Mortgage Rates Good News for FirstTime Home Buyers

Steady Mortgage Rates Good News for FirstTime Home Buyers

first_img Federal Funds Rate Federal Open Market Committee first-time home buyers Fixed-Rate Mortgages Jerome Powell 2017-11-06 David Wharton Share in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, journal, News Following a meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) last week, the short-term Federal Funds rate will remain unchanged. This should prove a boon for shorter-term debt such as car loans and or adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs). But with more than half of U.S. households having 30-year fixed-rate mortgages, what does this mean for first-time home buyers?First American’s chief economist, Mark Fleming, suggests that the future looks bright for first-time home buyers. Since short-term rate changes by nature don’t impact long-term fixed-rate mortgages, Fleming argues in a new blog post that the most important question to consider is what mortgage principal and interest payment most renters could feasibly borrow in order to secure their first home, and how this is affected by mortgage rates.While some experts use the median household income of all households to approach that question, Fleming points out that most homeowner households have a considerably higher income than the average renter household, which skews the median. In fact, based on 2016 Census data, the income gap between homeowner households ($70,000) and renter households ($37,000) is $33,000. As such, using the median household income for all households presents an inaccurate view of the actual borrowing power of a typical renter household. Assuming a renter can spend one-third of their income on a mortgage, that works out to $12,333 for an annual income of $37,000. With the current mortgage rate of approximately 4 percent, that hypothetical renter should be able to borrow around $213,000. During 2012’s 30-year rate lows, that same renter could have borrowed around $242,000.While President Trump recently nominated Jerome Powell to succeed current Fed Chair Janet Yellen, Fleming points out that Powell is “widely believed to hold a similar stance on monetary policy as [Yellen].” With most economists forecasting a rate hike to 5 percent for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages in 2018, a renter earning $37,000 a year could still feasibly borrow $190,000 for their first home.“While borrowing power for the potential home buyer has fallen relative to the low point of 2012, it remains high today and will remain high next year, relative to the long run average,” said Fleming. “If you don’t want to rent anymore and are considering becoming a homeowner, even if mortgage rates rise next year, your borrowing power will remain strong by historic standards.”center_img November 6, 2017 651 Views Steady Mortgage Rates Good News for First-Time Home Buyerslast_img read more

Efforts underway to boost air connectivity reduce fares

Efforts underway to boost air connectivity reduce fares

first_imgThe government and tourist businesses decided on Friday to launch efforts to boost competition in a bid to cut air fares.In abroad meeting at the transport ministry, officials exchanged views on ways to boost air connectivity in a bid to cut ticket prices.“The public considers fares to be high,” Transport Minister Vasiliki Anastasiadou said, after a meeting with Deputy Minister for Tourism Savvas Perdios, tour operators, airlines, and the airports operator.“This is not always the case; price fluctuations are seasonal. We cannot intervene and set fares.”Anastasiadou said the aim was to create the necessary conditions to force companies to reduce fares.The meeting decided that each of the participants would undertake efforts within their sector, but also increase cooperation between them, to build on existing or future bilateral agreements and convince countries to fly to Cyprus.The island lost two airlines this year, Cypriot firm Cobalt, and German low-cost carrier Germania, which were bringing in thousands of tourists.The minister said incentive schemes were already in place but they could be boosted if necessary.Currently, 70 airlines fly from Cyprus to 40 countries and 120 destinations, Anastasiadou said, with new routes expected to be added, mainly from Paphos to Lebanon, Mykonos, and Berlin.Anastasiadou said the government has recently asked a Saudi airline to look into the possibility of launching flights to Larnaca and from there to other destinations like Athens.Similar efforts will be made with other countries, she added.Perdios briefed participants on his ministry’s objectives for the next decade, which would focus on the region, on countries Cyprus has struck agreements with.“To us, the wider Eastern Mediterranean region is the focal point of our tourism and we want to invest in that,” Perdios said.“We all believe that we can increase connectivity to Cyprus. This automatically means increasing competition and it is something that will reduce air fares, not only to Cyprus, but also from Cyprus.”The previous day, addressing the 9th Nicosia Economic Congress, Perdios said the tourism industry had the long-term potential to contribute to Cyprus’ economy by 25 per cent.Perdios said his ministry would take a holistic approach including actions until 2030.The targets set in 2015 provided that by 2030 Cyprus would have around three million tourists with 40 per cent visiting during the winter season. The income target would be €7 billion.Last year, Perdios said, Cyprus attracted around four million tourists, which marked a 54 per cent increase since 2015, but only 25 per cent of that was distributed over the winter months, while total contribution to GDP did not exceed €3 billion.The ultimate mission, he said was to “sustainably increase contribution to Cyprus’ GDP in a way that will positively impact our local community.”He has also warned that the uncertainty of Brexit and a slowdown in the German market would put a downward pressure on prices and reduce revenue this year and next. On Wednesday, latest arrival figures showed that visitor numbers in March recorded a decrease of 11.5 per cent compared with the corresponding month in 2018, marking the first decline in tourist arrival figures in almost four years. Almost four million tourists visited Cyprus in 2018, an all-time high.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rep Bumsteads bill to assist with prison reopening receives Senate approval

Rep Bumsteads bill to assist with prison reopening receives Senate approval

first_img House Bill 4467—which aims to lift a burdensome restriction on a private Lake County prison—has been passed by the Michigan Senate with a vote of 23-14, announced bill sponsor state Rep. Jon Bumstead.“This legislation simply gives North Lake Correctional Facility in Baldwin the ability to house inmates classified at Level V and higher, giving Lake County and the surrounding community the opportunity to grow economically,” said Rep. Bumstead, R-Newaygo. “The facility was designed as a maximum security prison and is already equipped with the ability to safely house these inmates.”Currently, the North Lake Correctional Facility is restricted to only housing inmates classified under the first four of six security levels. By allowing inmates of a higher security classification, the prison will become a more viable option in contract negotiations with other states and would provide new revenue and up to 400 new jobs in one of Michigan’s poorest counties.The Michigan Department of Corrections has toured the facility and confirmed that the prison is capable of housing high-security inmates. “I want to thank Senators Darwin Booher and Goeff Hansen for their testimony on the Senate floor,” Rep. Bumstead said. “I would especially like to thank Sen. Hansen for his hard work leading up to this bill and his help passing this legislation in the Senate.”HB 4467 now moves to the governor for gubernatorial signature.### 27May Rep. Bumstead’s bill to assist with prison reopening receives Senate approval Categories: Newslast_img read more

Committee approves Theis bills to protect minors who are victims of sex

Committee approves Theis bills to protect minors who are victims of sex

first_img27Feb Committee approves Theis bills to protect minors who are victims of sex crimes Categories: News,Theis News Legislation inspired by Livingston County case to safeguard students at schoolThe House Law and Justice Committee today approved legislation by state Rep. Lana Theis to help local school districts better protect their students who are underage victims of sexual-based crimes from the perpetrators of the crime.The three-bill package was prompted by a recent Livingston County case where a 16-year-old was convicted of criminal sexual conduct against multiple victims as young as 12. Two of the underage victims joined Theis for testimony before the committee on Feb. 20.“These bills are needed to ensure we better protect victims of criminal sexual conduct. No survivor should ever have to move schools to avoid riding the bus or attending school with their assailant,” said Theis, a member of the committee. “We had two young victims before this committee to tell us how they faced the possibility of being in the same school, classroom and even bus route with their manipulative predator. That should not even be a consideration.”Theis’ bills requires schools to permanently expel students who are convicted of criminal sexual conduct against another pupil enrolled in the same school district. Once the offender has been expelled under current law, they would be prohibited from attending another public school in Michigan, unless they go through a reinstatement process. A bill sponsored by state Rep. Sylvia Santana, of Detroit, requires that if a personal protection order (PPO) is ordered for the victim of sexual assaults, the offender would be prohibited from entering the victim’s school.An amendment approved by the committee today expands the protections to include transportation to and from school, such as on school buses, and allow anyone who have been expelled to attend a cyber-school.Currently, a school is only required to expel a student who commits criminal sexual conduct in a school building or on school grounds.“The determination and strength shown by the young victims and their families from Brighton is inspiring,” said Theis, of Brighton. “We have to work together to ensure we are protecting all our students, especially when they are at school.”House Bills 5530, 5531 and 5532 advance to the House for its consideration.#####last_img read more

Microsoft has put its proposed online subscription

Microsoft has put its proposed online subscription

first_imgMicrosoft has put its proposed online subscription video platform on hold, according to news agency Reuters.
Microsoft is understood to have concerns about the cost of licensing content having concluded talks with a number of potential programming partners. It was hoping to offer current shows and live channels.The company has recently turned its focus to Xbox Live, the online portal of its gaming platform. It has signed over 40 global content partners including the BBC, Lovefilm and Netflix.last_img

Discovery Networks International has acquired a 20

first_imgDiscovery Networks International has acquired a 20% stake in French pay broadcaster Televista. The move will see the global factual broadcaster help develop Televista’s female-skewing lifestyle channels including Via, which has applied for a license to run a digital terrestrial television (DTT) channel.Discovery will give Televista access to its library of female skewing content, while local French programming developed by Televista will be aired on Discovery’s raft of channels internationally including TLC and Real Time.The deal was struck between Televista CEO Gaspard de Chavagnac and Dee Forbes, president and managing director, Discovery Networks Western Europe.Chavagnac said: “I am very pleased to welcome Discovery Networks International, the largest non fiction media company in the world to Televista.  Discovery will bring both  expertise and content we need to accelerate our development especially in Free DTT channels where Discovery is already present in Italy, Spain and Germany.”last_img read more

Estonian IPTV provider Elion had 144000 subscribe

first_imgEstonian IPTV provider Elion had 144,000 subscribers to its nutiTV service at the end of March, up by 4,000 on the end of last year. The company reported 203,400 broadband customers, up by 2,400.Elion said it had seen strong growth in pay TV subscriptions and the use of video-on-demand, giving it a 41.4% of the pay TV market and a 51.2% share of the retail broadband market.last_img

Viasat has acquired TV rights to the 2014 Olympic

first_imgViasat has acquired TV rights to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games and the 2016 Olympic Games for the Baltics.The Modern Times Group-backed channel operator will have ‘first pick’ for each Baltic country to show one discipline from each of Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016 exclusively on its commercial free-TV channels in each of the Baltic countries. Viasat also has exclusive pay TV and online rights to both Games in the Baltics. MTG brokered the deal through rights agency Sportfive International.Hans-Holger Albrecht, president and CEO of MTG, commented: “This is a major step for us and follows our acquisition of the exclusive Swedish broadcasting rights to the 2014 and 2016 Games last year. Our range of channels and services across multiple distribution platforms will ensure that the Games get more coverage than ever before in the Baltics – this is the first time in Olympic history that viewers will be able to see live TV coverage of all events on a pay TV platform.”last_img read more

Swedish cable operator Com Hems customer base rem

first_imgSwedish cable operator Com Hem’s customer base remained stable during the third quarter, with the operator ending the three months to September with 831,000 customers out of 1.75 million homes connected and an average of 1.82 services per customer.Digital TV subscribers grew modestly from 520,900 to 612,700, while broadband subscribers remained flat and triple-play subscribers continued to decline from 275,500 to 270,800.Com Hem posted revenues of SEK1.133 billion (€132 million) for the third quarter, up SEK7 million year-on-year, with an operating profit of SEK582 million, up SEK26 million.During the third quarter, Com Hem began work on the final phase of its network optimisation plan.last_img

Music sports and lifestyle channel provider Trace

Music sports and lifestyle channel provider Trace

first_imgMusic, sports and lifestyle channel provider Trace Media Group has appointed Liberty Global unit Chello Central Europe to distribute its channels in central and eastern Europe.The deal will see Chello Central Europe distribute trace’s three channels – Trace Sports, Trace Urban and Trace Tropical – in Poland, Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and the Balkans.“The Trace Group covers a broad range of successful programming with immense international appeal and is a welcome addition to our increasing and diverse portfolio.Chello’s team is experienced in launching, localising and distributing international sports and music channels to the leading platforms across central and eastern Europe and we are looking forward to working and growing business together,” said Levente Málnay, CEO, Chello Central Europe.last_img read more

Liberty Globalowned cable operator UPC Czech Repu

first_imgLiberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Czech Republic has turned to Ogilvy & Mather to provide marketing communications support.The agency has begun working on a communication strategy and marketing campaigns as part of a two-year contract with the option to renew subsequently. Ogilvy & Mather will work with the cable operator on both business-to-consumer and business-to-business marketing.Ogilvy & Mather replaces McCann Erickson, which has worked with UPC over the last two years.last_img

Indias Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd ZEEL h

Indias Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd ZEEL h

first_imgIndia’s Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) has announced plans to launch a female-focused free-to-air TV channel in Germany by mid-2016 – its first move into the German market.The 24-hour network will air Bollywood films and Indian TV series, will target women aged 19 to 59, and be available on satellite and cable platforms, according to the company.“Our foray into Germany is a major step as part of our international expansion strategy. The objective is to establish a lasting presence and grow in the German television market,” said Amit Goenka, CEO international broadcast business, ZEEL.Neeraj Dhingra, CEO Europe at Zee TV, added: “The launch of the channel will signify ZEEL´s entry into one of the world´s most important television markets, in which the Bollywood genre is still barely represented as yet.“With 210,000 hours of programming and more than 3,500 film titles, our endeavour is to delight the German audiences with Indian content.”last_img read more

Netherlandsbased music company XITE announced the

Netherlandsbased music company XITE announced the

first_imgNetherlands-based music company XITE announced the launch of a 4K music video experience in Canada. XITE 4K broadcasts the best music videos in Ultra HD and is now available through Rogers Communications, one of Canada’s leading providers of cable television.XITE’s music video experience is available to Rogers customers with a 4K subscription and NextBox 4K set-top box through channel 987.Derk Nijssen, CEO and Founder of XITE Networks International said: “I am very proud that a leading provider like Rogers has chosen XITE. It confirms the uniqueness of our product and the importance of music video.”Cees Honig, CEO of XITE Networks USA said: “The launch in Canada is a great first step for XITE in North America. I am very happy with this partnership and with all of our new Canadian viewers.”XITE Networks’ music channel launched in 2008 and is distributed to over 15 million households in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Qatar, and now in Canada.last_img read more

Youthoriented media group Viceland has secured ca

Youthoriented media group Viceland has secured ca

first_imgYouth-oriented media group Viceland has secured carriage of its Viceland channel with Belgian cable operator Voo and IPTV provider Orange, extending the channel’s reach in both Flanders and Wallonia.Viceland is currently available in Belgium via Proximus and Telenet.The move will bring content including Huang’s World, States of Undress and local Benelux productions Tokyayo, starring artists Faberyayo and Steven van Lummel, and Noisey Brussels, a localised production of Viceland international music format, to Voo and Orange subscribers.Stefan Tieleman, general manager, Viceland Benelux, said: “We’re thrilled that we have secured these new partnerships, expanding our national coverage in Belgium through cooperation with VOO and Orange. With our first raft of local productions airing from this Autumn,  we’re excited to be able to showcase our channel’s creative voice and alternative perspective to more youth viewers across the country.”Christian Loiseau, director of media, Be TV and Voo, said: “The arrival of Viceland will allow us to offer new content that expands our current TV offering and answers the ever-changing demands of our subscribers.”Cristina Zanchi, chief consumer officer, Orange Belgium commented: “Our goal is to connect our customers with what they really think is important, and we see Viceland as a wonderful addition to our current offering. As such, we continue to expand our channel package systematically, regularly surprising our customers with extra content, app improvement, and additional mobile data.”last_img read more

ThinkAnalytics has appointed industry veteran Trac

ThinkAnalytics has appointed industry veteran Trac

first_imgThinkAnalytics has appointed industry veteran Tracy Geist as chief marketing officer and member of the board of directors.  Tracy GeistGeist brings more than 25 years’ of experience to the role, most recently as head of global product and partner strategy at Cisco’s service provider video software and solutions division.Prior to this she was senior vice-president of product for Sonifi Solutions and senior vice-president of international business development and partnerships at Digitalsmiths, until it was acquired by TiVo.“We are excited to have Tracy join our executive team and board of directors with a focus on expanding our marketing, product management, and partnership efforts and driving new business opportunities globally,” said Gabriel Berger, CEO, ThinkAnalytics.“Tracy brings exceptional experience in digital media convergence, content discovery and monetisation of personalised engagement experiences as well as an extensive global network of relationships having held senior leadership roles with companies including Cisco, Digitalsmiths and OpenTV.”Geist added: “As media creation and distribution rapidly merge, consumers have numerous opportunities to engage with video content from a variety of sources. It is critical that we provide customers with solutions that enable them to merchandise their content offerings effectively and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join this amazing team as we work together to power the new engagement economy.”last_img read more

Marrying 5G to the deployment of sixthgeneration

Marrying 5G to the deployment of sixthgeneration

first_imgMarrying 5G to the deployment of sixth-generation WiFi will be crucial to the success of the global deployment of the technology, according to Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins.Speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Robbins said that growth in connectivity will unleash “incredible applications” across industry and commerce, with 5G also opening up “a world of opportunity” for applications that currently rely on fast terrestrial connections.The shift to mobile connectivity enabled by 5G will enable advanced applications to be delivered “everywhere”, according to Robbins. To enable this, technology companies have to be able to provide “highly secure” next-generation networks to “support billions of 5G connections at the edge of the network”.WiFi version 6 will be crucial to enabling connectivity at the edge, said Robbins. “We see customers rolling out WiFi 6 while 5G is still at a pilot stage, but WiFi 6 and 5G are meant to work together,” he said.Robbins said that technology companies such as his are tasked with bringing 5G and WiFi 6 together with common security.Robbins said that most people believe the first 5G revenue streams will come from enterprise customers. This means not only creating networks but building the capability to deliver services across them, he said. Operators will have to be able to build services that enterprises can use in order to make a return on their network investment, he said.Robbins cited Cisco’s deal with Verizon this week to enable the latter to use its 5G network to delvier services to enterprise customers as an example of what could be done.“Partnerships will be incredibly important,” said Robbins. “We will all have to bet on partners to help us achieve what we are trying to achieve”.last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet Together in Pieces, the 25-minute documentary film about sectarian graffiti in Northern Ireland, is to get a special Culture Night screening in Derry’s Gasyard Centre at 7.30pm this Friday night.The film was made by two local emerging film makers, Eileen Walsh and David Dryden and commissioned by the Community Relations Council.Friday’s event will feature an introduction by the film makers, and the screening will be followed by a Q&A and panel discussion. Admission is free. The film was launched in Derry and Belfast this summer and has been shown at the White Lady Art Gallery and the Fumbally Exchange, both in Dublin.Together in Pieces is described a gripping 25 minute documentary on the changing landscape of Northern Ireland.The world famous murals and political slogans that have taunted its communities for over 40 years are being slowly transformed by a graffiti revolution. From the intimidating sectarian graffiti that falsely represents the views of the communities they appear in, to the internationally renowned murals that depict the history of the region, the poignant question is raised: “What do we want to paint?”We learn about Linda Watson’s long struggle to change perceptions about her community both from within and without. Bill Rolston, Emeritus Professor at the University of Ulster and world expert on the sectarian murals in Belfast, talks about the changing landscape in Northern Ireland.Filmed in Derry and Belfast, from the international to the local, Together in Pieces features hard-hitting and in-depth interviews with Bill Rolston, Emeritus Professor of the University of Ulster and world expert on Belfast’s sectarian murals; International Graffiti Artist Man One from Los Angeles; London-based street artist Boyd Hill (Solo One); Michael Doherty of the Peace and Reconciliation Group; Donal O Doherty of Street Art company Urban Vizualz and many more people who are working away in the background with young people to change their perceptions and mindsets.SPECIAL GASYARD SCREENING FOR “TOGETHER IN PIECES” was last modified: September 17th, 2014 by stephenstephen Tags: cultureDerrygasyardnightpiecestogetherlast_img read more