first_img CANCUN — WestJet tipped its hat to its top partners at an annual key client event in Mexico, which took place from April 11-14 at Secrets The Vine Cancun.The three-day conference welcomed partners from across North America, and was attended by key WestJet executives, including Lyell Farquharson, Vice-President, Sales and Distribution.“This event gives us the opportunity to offer our partners insight into WestJet’s vision for the future, and how we’re going to realize that vision,” he said. “The key takeaway is that as we grow into a global leader, we will remain caring at our core. Our people, our culture, our guests and our partnerships are always top of mind.”Gary Gaudry, Maritime Travel; Sherry Scott, HRGTim Paul, WestJet; Richard Job, Flight Centre; George Kalogeris, ExpediaPhil Sproul, Merit Loyalty Services; John Pease, WestJetFarquharson also thanked WestJet’s “generous partner”, AMResorts, for “hosting us at Secrets The Vine Cancun over the past few days.”More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaThe airline’s long-term plans for international expansion were a central topic at the event. Other areas of discussion included WestJet’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, the development of its three hubs (Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver) through enhanced schedules and better connectivity, the growth of premium travellers, as well as airline partnerships. Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Posted by Growth & expansion key focus at WestJet’s annual client event Tags: WestJetcenter_img Share Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

first_imgRelated posts:Could tide finally be turning for shark fin demand in China? Judge orders Costa Rica gov’t to reimburse ship captain for seized shark fins Could judicial decisions unravel Chinchilla’s conservation legacy? Costa Rica’s airport popular thoroughfare for wildlife trafficking Facebook Comments Kathy Tseng, a Taiwanese-Costa Rican businesswoman, was absolved Monday in a Puntarenas court on charges of illegallylanding 652 shark fins on a Costa Rican dock in 2011. According to prosecutors and ocean conservation groups, the landmark ruling by a Puntarenas judge has opened multiple loopholes for finners looking to skirt the law.Since 2005, Costa Rica has had some form of ban on shark finning, a fishing method popularized due to the disproportionate rise in the value of shark fins – the key ingredient in the Asian delicacy shark-fin soup – when compared to shark meat.To maximize profits by saving room in their hulls, fishermen began slicing off sharks’ fins and dumping the still-breathing animals overboard to bleed-out or be eaten. Finning has had no small part in the huge declines in Pacific shark populations. Biologists say that more than 90 percent of the populations of some shark species have been wiped out in the last 15 years.Shark ‘spining’Tseng’s case involved the first-ever prosecuted use of a technique known as “spining,” where shark spines are kept intact with the fins attached by strips of skin and the remaining flesh cut away. The slice-and-dice finning method was devised to slip through a loophole in Costa Rican law, which requires fins to arrive “naturally attached” to the sharks’ bodies.In September 2011, Tseng’s boat, the Wang Jia Men 89, docked in the central Pacific port town of Puntarenas with 332 shark skeletons. Before the boat docked, Tseng sent an inquiry to the Costa Rican Fisheries Institute (Incopesca) to ask what would happen if her ship landed with spined sharks. She claimed the shark meat had been used for bait and as food for the crew. Luis Dobles, Incopesca’s executive director, allowed the boat to dock and unload the rest of its product, but a local prosecutor ordered customs officials to destroy the shark spines with fins. Shark fins attached to the spinal column by strips of skin were seized from Taiwanese boats in Costa Rica in 2011. (Courtesy of Interpol)“This is not shark finning and the law does not say whether the shark body needs to have all of its meat,” Dobles said in 2011. “I applied the law and did not allow them to sell those sharks, which is already a great loss for those companies.”The prosecutor’s office opened investigations of both Dobles and Tseng, who in 2010 also was accused along with two others of human trafficking after authorities discovered 36 Asian slaves working at the group’s fishing company. Dobles’ case is still under investigation and may not go to trial.There have been no further reported incidents of shark spining since the Wang Jia Men 89, but in November, Interpol issued a purple alert warning other countries to be on the lookout for spining.In the weeks leading up to the ruling, ocean conservation groups published press releases warning that a not-guilty verdict could set a bad precedent for finning in the future.“This case needs to be strongly sanctioned in order to send an example,” the Comission for the Conservation of Sharks wrote in a press release. “That is the only way to avoid opening the door for similar cases in the future.”The verdictAccording to the case’s prosecutor, Tatiana Chaves, Judge Franklin Lara absolved Tseng of all charges, saying she had not broken the law. The judge ruled that because Tseng did not unload and sell the finned sharks, she had not committed a crime.However, during the trial, both defense expert witnesses backed out of testifying. Incopesca biologist José Miguel Carvajal chose not to testify after the prosecution warned him that taking the stand could endanger his job at Incopesca due to a conflict of interest. Environmental consultant Moíses Mug failed to show up in court.The Tico Times has reached out to the defense’s lawyers and is awaiting comment. The judge involved in the case cannot comment until after the sentencing date.Prosecutors and ocean conservation groups fear that Monday’s ruling will effectively allow shark finning to continue unsanctioned, and, according to Chaves, the implications extend beyond spining, affecting finning legislation in general.“With this reasoning the judge is permitting ships to arrive to shore with shark fins,” Chaves told The Tico Times. “As long as they do not unload them, it means they have not committed a crime.”Chaves told The Tico Times the judge’s reasoning also calls into question finning operations at sea, such as last week’s seizure of more than 150 fins from a Costa Rican boat in the country’s South Pacific. If the fins must be landed for a crime to have been committed, then fishermen caught in the act of finning may not be culpable.According to environmental groups, the verdict weakens the strong stance Costa Rica has recently taken on marine conservation, a position that won President Laura Chinchilla the Shark Guardian Award from international shark conservation group Sharkproject.“It’s another slap in the face of the conservation movement,” said Randall Arauz, president of Pretoma, an ocean conservation group in Costa Rica. “We are going out to the world showing ourselves as a world leader in shark-finning legislation, and then we show the world that when it comes to our domestic policies we are still ruled by the shark finning industry.”Though Tseng was absolved of finning, prosecutors can still appeal the decision within 15 days of the ruling.“Oh, we will be filing an appeal,” Chaves told The Tico Times. “Our war with this woman is not over yet.”last_img read more

first_imgAustralian surfers have been uncontactable by phone after a rogue wave monstered the Indonesian coast, sweeping them hundreds of metres inland. The three-metre tsunami hit Indonesia’s southern island of Pagai early this morning, where surfers from Melbourne, Sydney and the Gold Coast were surfing with Australian surf travel company The Perfect Wave, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. Speaking from Australia, The Perfect Wave director Jamie Gray said their boat ‘The Midas’ collided with another boat when the tsunami hit, sending it into flames. Mr Gray told 3AW he had established email contact with an agent in the area this morning who assured him everyone was safe.”His boat ‘D’Bora’ has gone and picked up our ‘Midas’ guests who ran into a boat called ‘Freedom’, which caught on fire. Obviously the tsunami has come along and shifted the boats off anchor and they’ve run into each other,’’ he said.”I don’t know how one of the boats has lit up. By the looks of things they’ve all been washed into the jungle area, they’ve all climbed trees and by all accounts everyone seems to be okay, but I can’t get a hold of them by phone.’’ The area is prone to earthquakes and aftershocks were to be expected, Mr Gray said.”It’s around that Ring of Fire. It’s a very volatile area.’’ Charter boat operator of the ‘MV Midas’, Rick Hallett, said he and others had leapt from the boat as the three-metre wave hit, just before another boat was hurled into it and exploded into flames. Mr Hallett said several people were carried 200 metres inland, while others scrambled up trees, but amazingly no one was lost. The tsunami was triggered by a 7.5-magnitude earthquake that hit off the western coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra island at 1.42am today. Felt in five towns, the quake centered about 78km southwest of the Pagai Selatan in Mentawai Island, with a depth of 10km, according to the Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency. Initial reports had said a tsunami watch for local areas was issued, but lifted within an hour.Aussies assumed OKA DFAT spokesperson said there were no reports of Australians being injured or missing, the SMH reported.”We are concerned about early reports that a large wave crashed into a charter boat in the Mentawai Islands in Indonesia, causing the boat to crash into another boat, which then burst into flames.  All those on board are reported to be safe,” the spokesperson said.Indonesian evacuation orderedEarlier today, Indonesian authorities ordered the mass evacuation of about 19,000 Indonesian villagers in Java as eruption fears rise. The densely-populated island is particularly threatened by increasing seismic activity. The state office of volcanology had upgraded its alert level to red, signalling an eruption could be imminent.”The magma has been pushed upwards due to the escalating seismic energy, and it’s about a mile below the crater,” a government volcanologist warned. Merapi – whose name means “Mountain of Fire” – has been blanketed with clouds since the morning and is the most active of 69 volcanoes straddling the “Pacific Ring of Fire.”Merapi’s deadliest eruption occurred in 1930 when more than 1300 people were killed. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Clast_img read more

first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineThe Chevrolet Camaro was awarded World Car Design of the Year by a design panel consisting of five highly respected world design experts.The award was presented to Chevrolet at the 2010 New York International Auto Show.“In recreating this modern sports car, we have proven that people are just as passionate about Chevy as ever,” said Tom Peters, Chevrolet Design Director, Global RWD, Performance Cars and Full-size Trucks. “We have been delighted about the strong reaction to the Camaro. Even in markets that are new to Chevy, it has been creating an emotional appeal for the brand.”More than 80,000 2010 Chevy Camaros have been sold since the car’s launch in early spring 2009. Camaro outsold its closest competitor for the last ten months and retained the top position in the regular sports car segment in each of those read more

first_img by The Associated Press Posted May 3, 2019 8:05 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Peabo Bryson recovering after heart attack, cancels concerts FILE – This Nov. 2, 2011 file photo shows Peabo Bryson at the European premiere of “Michael Jackson: The Life Of An Icon,” in London. A rep for Bryson says the R&B singer, known for hits such as “Beauty & the Beast” and “A Whole New World,” is hospitalized after suffering a “mild heart attack.” A statement released Monday, April 29, 2019, said the double Grammy-winner was stricken Saturday morning and is now in stable condition. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File) NEW YORK — A representative for R&B singer Peabo Bryson says he is on his way to making a full recovery after suffering a mild heart attack.Bryson’s representative says Friday he is improving but has to cancel several planned concerts so he can rest.The statement reads, “Mr. Bryson is still listed in stable condition and is improving rapidly.”Bryson, 68, is a two-time Grammy winner known for hits such as “Beauty & the Beast” and “A Whole New World.”His rep says his family continues to ask for privacy, “but extends their deepest gratitude and appreciation to friends and fans for the outpour of love and support expressed throughout this experience.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_img24Sep Rep. Bizon invites Vietnam-era veterans to state Capitol Tags: Bizon, Veterans Categories: Bizon News,Featured news,Newscenter_img State Rep. John Bizon, R-Battle Creek, invites Michigan veterans who served during the Vietnam War era to be honored for their selfless contribution.The event is at noon on Oct. 8 at the Michigan State Capitol Building. It is intended to allow Michigan civilians to give their welcome and thanks to Vietnam-era veterans, to honor them for their service. As a veteran himself, Rep. Bizon looks forward to meeting all of those who wish to attend.“The Vietnam War is a notable chapter in our country’s history,” said Rep. Bizon, who served in the U.S. Air Force. “Those who were involved undoubtedly deserve to be remembered, thanked and honored. I encourage all veterans from this period in time to attend.”Veterans may RSVP online at read more

first_img21Oct Michigan House approves new long-term roads plan Categories: Iden News,News The Michigan House today approved a package of bills to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads and infrastructure, announced state Rep. Brandt Iden.“Our package provides real-world, tangible solutions for the state of Michigan,” said Rep. Iden, R-Oshtemo. “Our approach is a healthy compromise which allows the state to put this issue in the rearview mirror.”The new roads plan utilizes existing funds and new revenue to fix roads and bridges across our state. As normal inflation continues over time, the measure also creates a mechanism that triggers a decrease in the state income tax rate. The compromise plan also provides $200 million in tax relief by expanding the Homestead Property Tax Credit for middle and low-income families across the state.“Our plan moves Michigan forward,” Rep. Iden said. “The portions of this plan that allow for income tax reduction and tax credit relief are imperative for the continued growth of our state. This is a responsible, simple solution to a complicated issue that represents all sides of the discussion.”The legislative package now moves to the Senate for further consideration.###last_img read more

first_img23Mar Rep. Farrington welcomes local student to the Capitol Categories: Diana Farrington News State Rep. Diana Farrington of Utica today welcomed Gurjiwan Chahal to the Capitol to receive a special tribute for his leadership and academic accomplishments.Chahal received an appointment to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point after graduation, where he will continue his studies.A senior at Utica High School, Chahal also attends the Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology. In addition to being school valedictorian, he is active in the National Honor Society and served as captain of both the junior varsity and varsity soccer teams.“He is a remarkable individual, and I have no doubt he will excel in both his military and academic careers,” Rep. Farrington said while introducing Chalal during the House session.last_img read more

first_img Categories: News,Whiteford News State Rep. Mary Whiteford has introduced legislation to reform claims through the Michigan Assigned Claims Plan (MACP) and testified in support of her bill in the House Insurance Committee today.Specifically, Whiteford’s bill clarifies the Michigan Automobile Insurance Placement Facility (MAIPF)’s claims process, refining the organization’s function regarding eligibility and review of a claim.“There are enough complications when it involves an automobile accident with an uninsured driver, so this legislation would bring clarity to this process,” said Whiteford, of Casco Township “This legislation is about protecting auto insurance payers and bringing down the cost of auto insurance while still ensuring those that qualify receive the proper coverage.”The legislation is part of a multi-bill package to reform the MACP, ensuring proper coverage while also providing uniform requirements to decrease fraud.The committee will continue to consider the legislative package, including Whiteford’s House Bill 4625.State Rep. Mary Whiteford speaks before the House Insurance Committee on her legislation to reform assigned claim coverage related to uninsured drivers in Michigan. 18May Rep. Whiteford legislation to help reform insurance assigned claimslast_img read more

first_img Categories: Hoitenga News,News Michigan House approves bills preserving, increasing personal exemptionsState Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton voted on Wednesday to advance bills providing broad income tax relief to individuals and families in Michigan.The bills maintain personal exemption ability for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on state income taxes and increases the exemption amount, potentially saving families hundreds of dollars overall.“This vote keeps more money where it should be – in the pockets of Michigan taxpayers,” Hoitenga said. “This broad-based relief benefits anyone paying income taxes in our state – from factory workers in Wexford County to small business owners in Osceola County to seniors in Mecosta County. It helps families across the board.”The plan ensures Michigan taxpayers will be able to continue claiming personal exemptions on their income taxes after federal tax reforms signed into law in December. In addition, the bills increase the state personal exemption from the current $4,000 to $4,900 by the 2021 tax year.That translates into significant savings. The technical fix related to the federal reforms saves $170 per person per year – or $680 for a family of four – on state income taxes. The plan to raise the personal exemption to $4,900 provides $102 in additional annual tax relief for a family of four.Also under the legislation, taxpayers in Michigan cities with an income tax would be allowed to continue claiming exemptions.Senate Bills 748 and 750 move to the governor for consideration. 15Feb Rep. Hoitenga helps deliver tax relief to Michigan residentslast_img read more

first_img26Apr Senate advances Rep. Theis plan to protect underage victims of sex crimes Categories: News,Theis News Three-bill package in response to shocking Livingston County case The state Senate today unanimously approved Rep. Lana Theis’ legislation to protect underage victims of sex crimes on school property.The three-bill plan is in response to a recent Livingston County case where a 16-year-old was convicted of criminal sexual charges against multiple victims as young as 12. The underage perpetrator sought to return to school upon release, despite several victims being fellow students. This prompted action by Theis, a fellow Brighton resident.“A child who has been sexually assaulted by a classmate in Michigan is often left with the choice of going back to school with their rapist or having to change schools themselves,” Theis said. “This is not just a loophole that allows this to happen, it is a gaping hole in our law that would allow such an injustice and I am happy we are changing this.”Theis’ plan requires permanent expulsion of students who are convicted of criminal sexual conduct against another pupil enrolled in the same school district and prohibits an expelled student from attending another public school in Michigan unless they go through a reinstatement process. In addition, a bill sponsored by state Rep. Sylvia Santana, of Detroit, requires if a personal protection order is ordered for the victim of sexual assaults, the offender would be prohibited from entering the victim’s school.Currently, Michigan schools are only required to expel a student who commits a sex crime on school grounds.“These bills are needed to ensure we protect young victims of criminal sexual conduct, just as we do for adults,” said Theis, a member of the House Law and Justice Committee. “We had several of the young victims and their families go before House and Senate committees to tell us how they faced the possibility of being in the same school building, classroom and even bus route with a manipulative predator. As a mother of high school-age daughter, it’s unbelievable to me that it was even considered.”House Bills 5530, 5531 and 5532 advance to the governor for his consideration.#####last_img read more

first_img Categories: Steven Johnson News 01May House approves bipartisan legislation to end birth certificate discrimination Today, bipartisan legislation ensuring individuals are charged the same amount to receive a copy of their birth records regardless of the marital status of their parents was passed with unanimous bipartisan support by the Michigan House of Representatives.Currently, anyone who was born before October 1, 1978 to unmarried parents does not have their birth records on file at their county clerk’s office. As a result of this discrimination, they have a more cumbersome process of going to the state to retrieve their vital records, taking them more time and costing them more money because of the circumstances in which they were born.“I was glad to see my colleagues unanimously support birth record equality,” said Rep. Johnson. “We can’t put a price tag on ending discrimination. The State of Michigan made a mistake decades ago that left certain people with unequal treatment. We simply must bring our state back to equality with this common-sense approach.”House Bill 4152 now moves to the Senate for further consideration.###last_img read more

first_imgAlbertis, the Spanish infrastructure company, has sold a 7% stake in satellite operator Eutelsat to China Investment Corporation for €385 million.Albertis acquired its stake in Eutelsat in 2006 in a deal valued at €1 billion. Last January, it sold a 16% stake in the operator in a private placement among qualified investors. The company retains a 8.35% stake.last_img

first_imgTelekom Slovenia is considering offering its OTT platform SiOL TViN as a standalone service.  The service is currently available only as part of the Slovenian telco’s triple-play offering. “In the future, if devices are ready, it could work standalone,” said Tomaz Pernovsek, deputy CEO of Telekom Slovenia-owned TSMedia, speaking on a panel session at Informa’s Digital TV CEE conference in Prague yesterday.Pernovsek said that Telekom Slovenia was developing applications for iOS and Android devices based on adaptive streaming technology.Telekom Slovenia currently offers two variants of its OTT service: SiOL Tvin multiscreen TV service and Dkino, a VOD library also available on multiple devices. Telekom Slovenia is developing a home cloud service to deliver content to multiple devices via DLNA.Pernovsek said the TViN application had been downloaded about 50,000 times already, with about half of those customers using it regularly.last_img read more

first_imgSwedish cable operator Com Hem has signed a deal with metadata company TMS for the forthcoming launch of its TiVo service.The operator will use TMS’ On Entertainment metadata in its next generation entertainment guides that will offer seamless search and discovery of linear and on-demand programming. The user experience powered by TiVo will be consistent across the Com Hem guides on TV, tablet, smartphone and computes.ComHem’s Tivo platform is scheduled to launch next year.“The advanced entertainment guides Com Hem will make available to their subscribers across multiple devices require high quality data offerings and expertise,” said John Kelleher , TMS’ president and chief operating officer. “TMS is in a unique position to help Com Hem bring these guides to life for the benefit of their subscribers and we look forward to contributing to the success of this initiative.”last_img read more

first_imgNew business models are likely to emerge for over-the-top content and ISP peering as local access operators seek better terms from content providers for the delivery of content over their networks, according to a report by Informa Telecoms & Media. According to Informa’s Internet Innovation: Navigating the Future of Online Content Delivery, local access operators will increasingly seek to question or revise peering arrangements with large content providers and CDNs, with some operators calling for volume-based wholesale charges for traffic sent by content providers to local access networks.“The next 5-10 years will see the emergence of multiple commercial and technological arrangements for managing relationships between local-access operators and content providers/CDNs. Only in some cases will this involve some form of paid settlement, however,” said the report.While some large content providers including Google have opposed the idea of paying for last mile access, other content providers could be willing to pay to have their traffic prioritised, said the report.Informa’s Global Internet Services and Traffic forecast predicts that video will account for 86% of consumer traffic by 2017, up from 75% today.The structure of the internet is changing, according to Informa’s report, with content giants including Google, Amazon and Netflix increasingly building out their own network infrastructure and establishing direct peering arrangements with last mile network operators including cable companies in order to reduce transit costs.last_img read more

first_imgTelekom Austria Group has bought 100% of Blizoo Macedonia, one of the largest cable providers in Macedonia that offers TV, broadband and fixed voice services. Announcing the deal, Telekom Austria said that the deal represents a “significant step in fulfilling the group’s convergence strategy” and complemented its “convergent footprint” in Austria, Bulgaria and Croatia.With the takeover, Blizoo will offer bundled fixed and mobile services with Vip Operator – the Telekom Austria-owned Macedonian mobile network operator.“The takeover of Blizoo Macedonia allows us to offer the full scale of communications services in the fourth country within our group and is a step forward in the execution of our successful convergence strategy,” said Telekom Austria Group and A1 CEO, Hannes Ametsreiter.Vip Operator CEO, Nikola Ljushev, said: “This move opens a broad range of exciting opportunities to Vip operator, the second largest mobile operator in the Republic of Macedonia, by bringing together complementary assets and capabilities for future success.”Blizoo Macedonia currently claims 63,000 subscribers, of which 47,000 are broadband subscribers. In 2013 revenues amounted to some €10 million.“It is great that we are becoming part of Telekom Austria Group as we know this will make us stronger and will ensure sustainable value growth for our shareholders. We are looking forward to sharing experiences and working together with Telekom Austria Group, in particular with Vip operator, in order to provide advanced products and services to our customers,” said Kiril Trendafilov, CEO of Blizoo Macedonia.The deal is subject to merger control clearance and the price was not disclosed.last_img read more

first_imgThe ISBE international breakfast will take place at 10:30 AM CET on June 10 at ANGA COM, at the Speakers’ Corner in Area 10.1 of the Kölnmesse exhibition centre. Energy efficiency in cable networks will be one of the main topics up for discussion at The International Society of Broadband Experts’ (ISBE’s) international breakfast at ANGA COM.SBE, the global brand of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, said that energy efficiency in cable networks, fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) and modern home networks will all be on the agenda.Speakers at the breakfast will include ISBE president and CEO Mark Dzuban, will discuss the ISBE/Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers’ Energy 2020 program.This aims to create new standards, operations and workforce training to help cable reduce a projected four-fold increase in energy costs by the end of the decade by 25%.Also speaking at the event will be Hartwig Tauber, director general of the FTTH Council Europe, who will talk about the operational and energy impact of migrating to fiber architectures.Meanwhile, ISBE fellow, Daniel Howard, will discuss how ISBE, MoCA and CableLabs are working together to resolve potential frequency overlap issues between DOCSIS 3.1 and MoCA in modern home networks.“The urgency to achieve greater energy efficiency and cost avoidance in our networks and the need to address the growth of home networks underscore how much the needs of cable have changed in just the past few years,” said Claus Adams, CEO of Adams Consult and president ISBE’s central Europe chapter.The ISBE is a non-profit professional association that provides technical leadership for the telecomms industry. It serves its members through professional development, standards, certification and information.last_img read more

first_imgMichael PaullAmazon Channels boss, Michael Paull, has been named CEO of BAMTech – the video streaming technology firm Disney took a US$1 billion (€950 million) stake in last year.Paull is due to take up his new role next month and will be tasked with driving growth and leading BAMTech’s transformation into an independent company.He will relocate from Seattle to New York and report directly to BAMTech’s board of directors.Paull joins from Amazon, where he has worked since 2012 – latterly running Amazon Channels worldwide, where he was responsible for its global content, product, technology, operations and marketing.Prior to this he oversaw Prime Video and Amazon’s transactional video-on-demand business in the US, and also led the development of Amazon’s Prime Music service.Paull has 20 years of industry experience and before joining Amazon was executive vice president, global digital business at Sony Music Entertainment.He has also held senior vice president roles at Fox Mobile Entertainment and Sony Pictures entertainment.“Michael is a talented and accomplished executive who shares our collective vision for BAMTech as it aggressively explores new means to acquire and distribute video content,” said commissioner of baseball Robert Manfred Jr.BAMTech started out as the interactive media and internet company of Major League Baseball and is now jointly owned by Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM), The Walt Disney Company and the National Hockey League (NHL).Now 14 years old, BAMTech claims to serve 7.5 million total global paid subscribers through OTT products for sports, news and entertainment partners including HBO NOW, the NHL, MLB, the PGA Tour, WWE Network, Riot Games/League of Legends, and Ice Network.Through a partnership with Discovery, BAMTech also jointly formed BAMTech Europe to move into this market and provide technology services to a broad set of clients across the continent, including Eurosport’s digital products.Disney bought a US$1 billion stake in BAMTech in August, in a major over-the-top push by the company. Disney said at the time that BAMTech will be a key partner for delivering streamed video and other digital products from both ESPN and Disney-ABC Television Group.last_img read more

first_imgBaltcomLatvian cable operator Baltcom said it TV base increased by 50% last year, and by a further 10% in the first quarter of 2017, while internet data carried over its broadband network increased by 20%.In an update on its 2016 performance, Baltcom said that it had invested around €7 million in modernizing its network and infrastructure since 2015.Baltcom chairman Nicolas Boissin said that the investment had enabled the operator to improve the company’s customer satisfaction rating and the quality of service provided, as well as successfully attracting new customers. The said that Baltcom was now on a stable growth path.Boissin said that Baltcom would also focus on improving and developing its TV service.Private equity group Providence Equity made an investment in the operator last year and now owns 28.5% of the company. The investment group has made significant investments in the Baltic region over the past year, most notably acquiring free and pay TV outfit Viasat Baltics from Modern Times Group.It also owns mobile player Bite and narrowly missed gaining control of Estonia-based Starman Group from East Capital Explorer after a legal challenge from a minority investor.Providence Equity managing director Karim Tabet earlier this year told local journalists that the investment group did not intend to create a single group out of its telecoms and media investments in the Baltics. He said the different companies would follow their own strategies, though they could cooperate to realise synergies in certain areas.last_img read more