Related posts:Costa Rica’s Solís denies secret agreement with unions on Monday’s strike Unions call for nationwide protest against proposed budget cuts Public employee protest takes over San José’s Second Avenue Underwhelming Costa Rica strike mostly affects health service access Hundreds of public employees staged several protests across Costa Rica Thursday morning against a 0.43 percent government-backed wage hike, which demonstrators say is too little to meet basic costs.At 11 a.m., the largest group marched to Casa Presidencial, in the southeastern San José district of Zapote.The nationwide strike was organized by public-sector unions and included employees from the Social Security System (Caja), the Education Ministry and Caribbean dock workers.President Laura Chinchilla responded to the demonstrations on her Facebook profile, saying, “The strike was a shameful act to warn officials in the next administration that [public-sector unions] will oppose any attempt to enforce any policy aimed at regulating public spending.”Luis Chavarría, secretary general of the Caja workers’ union, said striking public employees oppose “the neoliberal model implemented by Chinchilla’s administration, the granting of public works concessions to international companies, the privatization of public services, low wage increases and recent hikes in public services rates.”Caja officials said approximately 700 employees participated in the protest, a number that represents “a minimum of the agency’s 50,000 employees.”Caja Administrative Manager Luis Fernando Campos said hospitals most affected included those in Heredia, where 151 employees participated, Calderón Guardia Hospital in San José, with 94 employees, and a regional clinic in the San José canton of Mora, with 86.Ten surgeries were postponed at the Heredia Hospital, Campos said. Caja union Secretary General Luis Chavarría addresses striking workers from a portable stage in front of Casa Presidencial, in southeastern San José, on Thursday, March 20, 2014. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesThe Caja also reported 62 employees on strike in Turrialba, 53 in San Ramón and 35 in Pérez Zeledón.“Most of the employees are support services staff, and not specialized medical personnel,” Campos said.Traffic Police reported several blockades on national roads, including the Bernardo Soto Highway connecting the capital with the canton of Naranjo in Alajuela.Police also confirmed other important blockades in Ciudad Neily, San Carlos, Guápiles, the central canton of Limón, and Pérez Zeledón.The biggest rally took place east of the capital, where a main thoroughfare at the La Hispanidad roundabout was blocked prior to the march to Casa Presidencial. Most demonstrators left Casa Presidencial shortly after noon.Port authority claims losses of millions of colonesBoth docks at Limón and Moín ports on the Caribbean coast were closed by several members of the Atlantic Port Authority’s (JAPDEVA) workers union, beginning at 9 a.m.According to Allan Hidalgo, JAPDEVA’s executive president, both ports are full with at least five ships waiting to load or unload cargo.Hidalgo said the protest caused extensive financial losses, as every hour a ship spends in port without being serviced costs $1,000.At noon, JAPDEVA’s press office reported that losses had totaled at least ₡60 million ($113,000).Hidalgo also said JAPDEVA would move to declare the strike illegal in order to sanctions employees.José Luis Castillo, a spokesman for the unions, denied that cargo ships were waiting.“Shipping companies took preventive measures as soon as they heard about the protest,” he said.Castillo said all Caribbean dock workers joined the protest, and that most administrative employees would join them throughout the day. Facebook Comments
Greenyard Frozen UK and leading supermarket chain Tesco have announced a new partnership, through which Greenyard will supply the multinational retail giant’s full range of frozen fruits, vegetables, and herbs.The strategic deal will result in a material increase of volume, which will contribute positively to the revenue of all parties in the supply chain, says Greenyard.What’s more, it adds that the partnership agreement will allow Tesco to offer its shoppers the widest frozen fruit portfolio with around 25 premium quality frozen fruit stock keeping units. April 30 , 2019 You might also be interested in California: Citrus greening identified again on Ri … USDA authorizes Moroccan raspberry imports … Blackberries In Charts: California leads impressiv … Trump calls off tariffs on Mexico, says it will bu … As an additional part of the agreement, Greenyard Frozen UK will assist Tesco in terms of quality, technical management, account management, and logistics, using the collaboration of its different departments and dedicated team.Greenyard has supplied frozen produce to Tesco for over 35 years and says it is excited to have been awarded a supply agreement for the full assortment of frozen fruits, vegetables and herbs.In this way, the new partnership will have a positive impact on modern consumers, who have voiced their needs for healthy and tasty food, with a minimum of waste, says Greenyard.The company believes frozen fruit, vegetables, and herbs helps fulfill this need as it helps people enjoy the benefits of freshly harvested produce, every day of the year.The move follows the fruit and vegetable supplier’s introduction of its new ‘Transformation Plan’ last month, a scheme to position itself through short- and long-term actions to be able to grow its EBITDA by €20 million in 2019-2020 and by €44 million in 2020-2021.
“It felt like the Steelers game, it felt like Atlanta last year,” he added. “We were flat. Usually, we have Victory Monday but we’ll be in the lab tomorrow.” – / 21 After Arizona head coach Bruce Arians finished his postgame speech following a 19-16 win at San Francisco on Sunday, Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson silenced his cheering teammates.“Hold on! Defense, we’ll be in at 11,” he said before quarterback Carson Palmer broke the huddle. “11 a.m.”#AZCardinals @RealPeterson21 told media that he exercised his powers as team captain and cancelled “Victory Monday” for @AZCardinals defense— Paul Calvisi (@PaulCalvisi) November 30, 2015Arizona’s defense allowed Niners quarterback Blaine Gabbert to connect on 25-of-36 passes for 318 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Defensive coordinator James Bettcher’s crew also allowed San Francisco to rush 17 times for a 3.9-yard average.It wasn’t until safety Tony Jefferson blitzed Gabbert and sacked him in the backfield, setting the defense up to stop a 4th-and-20 that the 49ers were short of converting. Anquan Boldin’s reception ended 18 yards downfield and two yards short of a first down that would have allowed them an opportunity to take the lead late in the fourth quarter.“We lost focus quite a few times during that game,” Jefferson told Arizona Sports 98.7’s Paul Calvisi. “But we knew we couldn’t let that one slip away. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact There won’t be much celebrating for the Arizona Cardinals.Not after they fell short on multiple 3rd-and-1 situations, not after two turnovers only led to two field goals and not after the run game chugged for 2.4 yards per carry, most of which happened before the top two backs on the depth chart left with injuries.That means there will be no “Victory Monday” when the Cards arrive back at their Tempe training facility. There’s a sense of urgency as the team hopes to get back to work quickly following a less-than-impressive game against the 49ers. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires ErrorOK ErrorOK
16Jan Local officials attend SOS with Rep. Johnson State Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare, welcomed Craig Pollington of Osceola County, Carolyn Curtin of Osceola County, Adam Kroczaleski of Arenac County, and Rev. Kathy and Joe Groff of Clare County to Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address in the House chamber on Wednesday evening. Johnson said the priorities the governor laid out in his third speech are important for making Michigan better and the one the 97th District lawmaker was putting at the top of his list was career development for the next generation.“I think we’ve missed the boat somewhat with our high school students in particular, where we’ve said each student has to be prepared for a university education,” Johnson said. “I really feel that we need to make sure those who have an interest in a vocational skill have an opportunity to learn those skills without being penalized and then are able to join the workforce with a good-paying job.” Categories: Johnson News,Johnson Photos,News
08Sep Rep. VerHeulen joined by first responders for Sept. 11 ceremony Categories: News,VerHeulen News PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Rob VerHeulen, of Walker, on Thursday hosted Sparta Fire Chief Jerold Bolen and Walker Fire Chief Robert Walker as his guest for the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The service remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the past year. Pictured with Rep. VerHeulen are (from left) Kentwood Deputy Fire Chief Greg Ginebaugh, a guest of state Rep. Steven Johnson, of Wayland; Walker; Bolen; and Plainfield Fire Chief Steve McKellar, a guest of Rep. Chris Afendoulis, of Grand Rapids.#####
Categories: Hughes News,News 02Feb Hughes’ bill requiring offenders to hear victim impact statements scheduled for committee hearing Rep. Holly Hughes today announced the House Law and Justice Committee will have a hearing Tuesday, Feb. 6 on her legislation requiring anyone convicted of a crime to hear the impact statements by victims or their families.The bill is inspired by a Muskegon County murder trial where the convicted offender, Jeffrey Willis, requested to leave his Dec. 18 sentencing hearing before the victim’s family made their statements.“This bill is my top priority this year, so I’m moving forward rapidly with the committee chairman, who has agreed to take it up quickly, “ said Hughes, “Rebekah Bletsch’s family deserved to be heard on Dec. 18, so I appreciate my House colleagues will hear from this family on Tuesday.”The hearing will take place at 9 a.m. in House Office Building, Room 327, 124 North Capitol Ave., in Lansing.“In recent weeks, we’ve seen the importance of victims and their families speaking in court,” said Rep. Klint Kesto, chair of the Law and Justice Committee. “As a former prosecutor, supporting victims is a priority. I look forward to hearing from the Bletsch family on Tuesday and working to make certain the victims are heard.”###
Categories: LaFave News,News State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, this week reintroduced a proposal to expand the rights of gun owners to transport their firearm while on private property.“This important reform restores the lawful right of property owners to carry a gun on their own land in the manner they believe safe, and I am committed to protecting the Second Amendment rights of gun owners,” LaFave said. “The people of Michigan are entitled to their right to bear arms nowhere more especially than when they are on their own private property.”Current law levies a fine of up to $500 or 90 days in jail for transporting or possessing a loaded firearm while riding a vehicle. LaFave’s plan, House Bill 4331, would permit the transport and possession of a loaded firearm in or upon a vehicle, so long as the activity takes place on private property. An identical plan was approved by a majority of members in the House of Representatives last year, but was not taken up by the Senate.In 2018, the Legislature enacted a similar reform that would allow bows, crossbows, or slingshots.“This proposal is a common-sense solution that does not impact public safety and protects gun owners from punishment for a personal choice made on private property,” LaFave said. “I’m proud to reintroduce legislation that is thoughtfully crafted to affirm personal property rights and protect otherwise law-abiding citizens from needless criminal prosecution.”LaFave noted that Michigan farmers are among those adversely affected by current law.“Sometimes a farmer is out managing their field and would like a varmint rifle with them to get rid of nuisance animals damaging their cropland,” LaFave said.LaFave also introduced a separate plan that would allow the use of pneumatic airbows during certain hunting seasons for individuals with either a permanent or temporary disability. An airbow is similar to a crossbow, but uses compressed air to shoot the arrow. This type can be operated by an individual with only one arm, unlike bows and crossbows.Licensed hunters with a disability that are unable to shoot a bow and crossbow would be allowed to get a permit to hunt with an airbow during bow season. All hunters who do not qualify for an airbow permit would be able to use a pneumatic airbow during firearm season.“Citizens with both arms can take advantage of deer hunting for three full months, while disabled individuals are relegated to a mere 19 days,” LaFave said. “Current law has the Department of Natural Resources straight up discriminating against people with upper body or limb disabilities who want to hunt. Some people were tragically injured serving in our armed forces overseas in combat and want to hunt during bow season. But they can’t because current law is discriminating against them. No private business are allowed to discriminate against these individuals – or would even think of it—while the state is getting away with it. Conservation is an important part of our Michigan way of life and no individual should be cast out of the woods because of the DNR.”The bill pertaining airbows was referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation. The bill regarding firearms was referred to the new House Committee on Military, Veteran Affairs and Homeland security, where LaFave is chairman. 14Mar Rep. LaFave reintroduces plan to protect gun owners’ personal liberty, expand access for disabled hunters
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesSeptember 22, 2014; Forbes Local currencies and the use of bartering tend to show up when the larger economy leaves communities stressed and at least partly broken. And so it makes sense that as the recession leaves many behind, we would see these forms proliferating.For instance, in Santa Barbara, California, there’s a new, odd currency in town. SB Missions were introduced in July, after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law allowing the issuance of currencies other than the dollar. But predating that action, California was home to dozens of community currency systems.Also in July, around the same time on the East Coast, New York set forward a draft framework for regulating virtual currencies. These regulations will apply not just to the big dogs like Bitcoin, but also local digital currency systems like Ithacash in—you guessed it, Ithaca, New York. Scott Morris, founder of Ithacash, believes there may be a new level of openness among regulators. He says that at the very least, “they understand there’s plenty they don’t understand” about alternative currencies.On the website of Ithacash, the trend is described as follows:“‘Alternative,’ ‘Local,’ and ‘Community’ currencies are types of money designed to reconnect us with the people living around us, the place we live in together, and with that sense of shared purpose that makes a community. By recirculating in one city or region, these currencies are continually passed from one set of hands to another, helping people get what they need. Home-grown currencies provide an effective alternative when traditional money just isn’t doing the trick.“Ithacash is just one of many new money systems appearing all around the globe as more people are discovering how easy and fun it is to use these currencies in bettering their communities.”Writing for Forbes, Katie Gilbert says, “An increasing number of communities face the exact challenge alternative currencies are designed to address: a shortage of dollars and a dwindling number of ways to earn them, mixed with no diminishment in peoples’ practical skills within a community, or the number of hours in a day. Local currencies can offer a way to expand the assignment of economic value, so that activities like volunteering in a local garden, giving a neighbor a haircut, or reading to a homebound senior can help a person earn access to food and other basic needs, even if dollars never change hands.”Gilbert reminds us that these types of local currency systems foster interdependence and human relationships and generally emerge when larger economies are failing communities:“During the U.S.’s Great Depression in the 1930s, several hundred municipalities and other groups across the country issued local currencies to keep the gears of regional economies turning. In the midst of its own depression, in 1932, the small town of Wörgl, Austria, leaned on a local currency issued by its mayor to climb out of a deep unemployment ditch. In response to more recent economic turmoil in Greece, a complementary money system called Local Alternative Units (“tems” in Greek) has emerged.”Chris Tittle, director of organizational resilience at the Sustainable Economies Law Center, says this new generation of currencies is driven by “a combination of economic necessity and technological innovation.” Tittle also points out that alternative currencies allow communities, rather than banks, to make decisions about where capital should flow:“If we look at our national monetary system, over 95% of money in circulation is issued by private, for-profit banks as debt. The vast majority enters the economy through the housing and financial centers; that is, not into productive sectors, like manufacturing and food production—the things that are actually meeting people’s daily needs.“Local currency systems empower communities to decide where money should be circulating themselves. It’s empowering a different group of stakeholders to have a say in their own economic future.“In California, there’s been a 60% drop in small-business lending since 2007. That’s particularly impacting African-Americans, women, Latinos—small-business owners from historically marginalized societies. So small loans are drying up, and in the absence of access to those traditional forms of capital, communities are just deciding to create their own ways of capitalizing and enabling exchange for small businesses.”—Ruth McCambridge ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share20Tweet6ShareEmail26 Shares“Roller Coaster” by Nick PageNovember 26, 2017; Bismarck TribuneIn Fargo, Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota expects it will resettle 352 people over fiscal year 2018. That number was 421 in 2017 and 563 in 2016. CEO Shirley Dykshoorn says that resettlement agencies have been on this roller coaster ride for some time and that the drop is not unprecedented in a field that has become a political football. This year’s low numbers, in fact, are the result of a dwindling national quota for refugees, the result of a series of executive actions.And this isn’t the most precipitous drop the agency has experienced in a field driven by political winds; from the high peak of 633 people LSS served in fiscal year 2000, there was a sharp decline to the historic low of just 51 people in 2002.Still, the wildly fluctuating number of resettlements has led the organization, with a revenue base of more than $40 million, to keep an eye on its staffing needs even while realizing that cutting experienced staff would be shortsighted. In Grand Forks, Reggie Tarr, who monitors the resettlement programs there, says their numbers have been cut in half but the situation is too unpredictable to make any sudden staffing changes. For now, they are “holding on to see how things unfold.”“Nobody knows when another executive order will come in or what might be triggered by something else,” Tarr said.In the meantime, some additional slack may be provided by an increasingly large force of volunteers. Cynthia Shabb is executive director of the Global Friends Coalition. “I’d say our volunteer numbers remain very high, and volunteer commitment is probably the highest it’s ever been,” Shabb says. “I think we’re going to close out this year with many more volunteer hours reported to us than any other year.”Still, says Shabb, she worries about even their private funders. “At least one has come out and said, with the current climate, the way it is in the country right now, they’re not going to fund refugee work, or at least what we wanted to do, because they didn’t want us to be a target of hostility.”As Dykshoorn says, “There’s just a lot of uncertainty right now.”—Ruth McCambridgeShare20Tweet6ShareEmail26 Shares
Analysts have welcomed last week’s deal between TVN and Canal Plus in Poland. The pair agreed to merge their pay TV platforms, ‘n’ and Cyfra Plus, and Canal Plus took a minority stake in TVN’s parent company. “These moves are credit positive for TVN as the merger strengthens its competitive position and brings the potential for integration synergies,” credit ratings agency Moody’s said in a note. “The entry of Vivendi (via Canal Plus) into the TVN ownership structure is also credit positive for TVN given Vivendi’s strong business and financial profile.”The final ownership structure of the combined pay TV platform is not yet clear, but Moody’s said that it expects TVN to ultimately hold less than 50% of the new service. “However, we believe that the combined business is likely to deliver more stable cash flows to TVN following integration of the two operations,” Moody’s noted. “We note also that TVN would continue to benefit from 100% of the cash flows of its TV and internet activities, which are not affected by the transaction.”
The Global BBC iPlayer has secured the rights to two UK sporting events, the Grand National and the London Marathon.This follows the recent signing of rights to the University Boat Race.This month, coverage of the Grand National horse racing event and the London Marathon will be made available to international subscribers within days of their original broadcast in the UK.A package of highlights from the Grand National will be available on the Global BBC iPlayer in Australia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, France, Portugal, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria and Luxembourg. Coverage from the London Marathon will be available in Australia, Ireland, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria and Luxembourg.Matthew Littleford, general manager, Global BBC iPlayer said: “Our subscribers wanted iconic British sport, and here they have it. The Grand National and London Marathon are packed with action, heritage and some of the sporting year’s biggest talking points, and I’m glad that we can bring them to our users around the world.”
Fixed-line operators in developed economies are expected to spend a total of US$53.5 billion (€40.6 billion) on rolling out fibre networks, according to research group Analysys Mason.Operators in western Europe are expected to spend the greatest amount of the four regions covered, the others being central and eastern Europe, Asia Pacific and North America. Operators in western Europe are expected to spend US$25.9 billion on fibre over the next five years, according to Analysys Mason.About 82% of the predicted expenditure will be on FTTH services. The report’s authors warned that countries rolling out less expensive FTTC and VDSL networks would have higher availability of fast broadband at a lower cost, with cable and mobile operators also able to roll high-speed services out more quickly and cost-effectively.
Sweden-based TV service provider Boxer had 337,000 pay TV customers in Denmark, up from 71,000 a year earlier, and 250,000 customers to its Plus TV service in Finland, up from 240,000, at the end of the first quarter.The company said it had seen a slowing down of the decline in numbers for its Swedish service Boxer TV, which dropped by 4,000 in the three months to March to 613,000, down from 635,000 a year earlier. Boxer now has about 1.2 million pay TV customers across the region.Broadcast services provider Teracom Sweden’s revenues rose from SEK352 million (€40 million) in the first quarter of 2011 to SEK358 million for the last quarter, with operating income more or less flat at SEK108 million, while Boxer TV Sweden’s revenues grew from SEK484 million to SEK497 million, and operating income grew from SEK55 million to SEK63 million.Boxer Denmark had revenues of SEK 180 million and an operating loss of SEK64 million for the first quarter, while Plus TV posted revenues of SEK143 million an operating loss of SEK18 million.
A new report from video ad specialist Smartclips has found that 70% of people with internet connected TVs use the online functions.The survey of 1,536 14-49 year-olds found that 56% own a device that makes it possible to use the internet via a TV screen, whether directly via a smart TV, or via a connected TV device such as a Blu-ray player or a gaming console.Irrespective of the device used, 26% of respondents said they nearly always use the internet whilst watching the TV, with a further 37% saying they use the internet frequently whilst watching the TV. Two-thirds of tablet owners said they use the internet frequently whilst watching TV.When asked what was interesting about connected TV, 84% stated the non-linear viewing of TV and movies. Less than half chose looking for products from TV or online adverts.
The BBC Trust, the UK public broadcaster’s governing body, is to carry out reviews of BBC News and BBC One, Two, Three and Four in 2013, in what it says will be two of the largest scale assessments of BBC services it has conducted so far.The reviews are being conducted as part of the Trust’s rolling programme of service reviews. Under the Charter the Trust is required to review each BBC service at least once every five years.The review of BBC network news services will cover BBC News Channel, BBC Parliament, the national news bulletins on BBC TV and radio, daily news programmes such as the Today Programme and Newsnight, and the BBC News website.The review of TV services, led by David Liddiment, is expected to begin in the spring, with the review of BBC News, led by Richard Ayre, expected to begin in summer. Terms of reference for the reviews will be published and extensive public consultations will be held for both reviews to ensure the Trust has a full range of evidence on which to form its conclusions. The reviews will complete in spring and summer 2014.
Sky Deutschland has chosen ad management and monetisation specialist FreeWheel to support the management of its digital ad inventory across its platforms.Building on FreeWheel’s relationship with Sky UK, Sky Deutschland will use FreeWheel’s Monetisation Rights Management (MRM) platform to optimise ad placements across its video inventory.FreeWheel’s platform will provide Sky Deutschland sales house Sky Media with tools to manage advertising sales rights, portfolio forecasting solutions, delivering yield-optimisation and campaign analysis, according to the company. According to FreeWheel, Sky will also be able to better manage advertiser conflicts, having access to TV compliance tools to avoid clashes or content/time-of-day restrictions.The agreement also sees Sky make use of FreeWheel’s Advisory Services to support the strategic development of its digital ad sales and operations team.Martin Michel, managing director at Sky Media in Germany said: ‘We are just setting up our digital ad operations team and as a long-standing partner to Sky Media in the UK, we’ll use FreeWheel’s technology and expertise to support our plans to manage digital video ads and develop Dynamic Ad Insertion in Germany.”Thomas Bremond, European managing dDirector at FreeWheel, said: “As broadcasters follow their audiences onto digital platforms, they’re looking for ways to provide great TV experiences across all devices. We are delighted to further extend our existing relationship with Sky in Europe and look forward to working with Sky in Germany. By partnering with FreeWheel and adopting the MRM platform, Sky Deutschland will be able to support its digital assets across all of its digital platforms and set-top-boxes with compelling advertising that will be relevant to the targeted user.
Liberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Poland has added kids channel Top Kids HD to its programming line-up.The channel will air a mux of cult cartoons of the ’80s and ‘90s. the channel comes from Michał Winnicki Entertainment, the company behind channels Power TV HD and Adventlure HD. Programmes on the new service will include Inspector Gadget, Dennis the Menace and Babar.The launch takes the number of HD services on UPC Poland’s offering to 87.
Faith MuthambiSouth African communications minister Faith Muthambi is to face parliamentarians today amid criticism of her lack of action over a crisis enveloping state broadcasters SABC.The hearing follows a series of controversial editorial decisions by SABC including the alleged censorship of violent protests and demands from broadcasting regulator Icasa that the banning of coverage of the protests was unacceptable.SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng has denied he was censoring news and dismissing staff who dissented from his views.Muthambi has defended her policy of non-intervention and said she had faith in SABC’s board to regulate the broadcaster.“We deliberately decided not to pursue an interventionist stance as the ministry. Our view is that, these are in fact operational issues which need to be resolved by the board as the accounting authority for the Corporation,” she said in a statement.“Failure to observe this key constitutional and policy provision would, in fact, render the ministry as interfering with the duties of the board and management of the public broadcaster. This is something we have not done in the past, and that we do not wish to do in the future.”
Eutelsat has named the partners that will help it to build its new Eutelsat 5 West B satellite, which will serve mainly video markets in Europe and North Africa.Airbus Defence and Space will build the satellite’s payload while the platform will be manufactured by Orbital ATK, Eutelsat announced.Eutelsat 5 West B is due to launch in 2018, is destined for the 5° West orbital position, and will replace the Eutelsat 5 West A satellite.The new satellite is designed to provide business continuity and improved quality for the predominantly French, Italian and Algerian broadcast markets that are currently served by Eutelsat 5 West A satellite.Eutelsat 5 West B will have a Ku-band payload of 35 equivalent 36 MHz transponders connected to three service areas, as well as switchable transponders to increase commercial flexibility.“Eutelsat 5 West A’s C-band mission, serving mainly data customers in Sub-Saharan Africa, will be discontinued,” said Eutelsat. “Service continuity will be provided by similar C-band capacity available on other Eutelsat resources, thereby optimising capacity utilisation rate across the group’s fleet.”
A1 Telekom Austria saw its domestic and international fixed-line base decline in the first quarter, with growth in pay TV failing to offset a near across-the-board decline in fixed broadband and phone customers.Telekom Austria saw its domestic Austrian TV base increase by 4.1% to 302,000 in the first quarter, while its fixed broadband base declined by 2.3% and fixed voice base fell by 4.5%, leading to an overall fall in the fixed base of 2.8% year-on-year.Mobile subscribers also declined by 1.7%, driven down by a 10% fall in prepaid customers.In Bulgaria pay TV numbers grew by 2% to 488,100, while fixed broadband grew by 1.8% and voice declined by 19%. The overall subscriber base was flat at just over one million.Croatia followed the same pattern, with the pay TV base growing by 3.8% to 213,900, while fixed broadband and telephony declined by 2.3% and 4.4% respectively, leading to a dip in the overall fixed base.Slovenia saw pay TV subscriber grow by 1.5% to 54,200, with fixed broadband and phone customers both declining.In Belarus, where the operator entered the fixed market at the end of 2016, all customer segments grew, but pay TV led the way with 74.9% growth to reach 258,900 customers. Broadband grew by 61% while fixed phone customers grew by 10.9%. Mobile subscribers in Belarus were flat year-on-year.Macedonia bucked the trend, with pay TV numbers slipping by 0.3% to 123,500, while fixed broadband customers grew by 14.4% and fixed voice customers grew by 22.7%. Mobile customers declined over the same period.