A railing detail on the second floor of Unit 10. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & Text: sa] Volunteer Erin Jeffries applies rust protective primer. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & Text: sa] March 28, 2003METALSHOP: Welding manager Ron Chandler prepares posts for the installation of a railing on the third floor of Unit 9 and Unit 10 in the East Crescent complex. [Photo: Ania Gorka & Text: sa] Ron instructs welding student Leopoldo Angioli. [Photo: Ania Gorka & Text: sa] Leopoldi Angioli. [Photo: Ania Gorka & Text: sa]
The BBC has said that it will continue to broadcast the BBC World News channel in Russia, despite recent changes to Russian media regulation. According to a BBC spokesperson, the 24-hour English-language news channel is compliant with both current and future legislative requirements and has both a mass media licence and a universal broadcast licence that are due to last for “a number of years.”“The BBC is committed to serving its loyal news audiences in Russia, where we broadcast online, in audio and on TV, in both Russian and English,” a BBC spokesperson told DTVE.“BBC World News operates in over 200 countries and territories. We work with partners in each country to ensure we comply with local requirements.“In the case of Russia, our licensing is managed on our behalf by a Russian company and is therefore compliant with both current and future legislative requirements.”The news comes after CNN said earlier this month that it will cease broadcasting in Russia at the end of the year, citing recent changes in Russian media legislation.In a statement, the network’s parent company Turner International said is was “assessing its distribution options for CNN in Russia” in light of the new regulations and said “we are bringing our existing distribution relationships to an end while we do that.”Commenting on the move, Russia’s communications ministry denied that the country’s recently passed mass media law would block international news channels. In a statement published by Russian business news agency PRIME, the ministry said: “The law allows foreign news channels to broadcast on the Russian territory, for which legal forms and ways are provided.”Russian president Vladimir Putin last month signed an amendment to the country’s media law that will limit foreign ownership of media companies in Russia to 20%, down from the current limit of 50%. The legislation will apply to both existing and future foreign ownership and comes into effect in January 2016.However, separate legislation passed this year will also amend the country’s law on advertising, banning pay TV channels from carrying ads. Under the new rules, all channels that are available exclusively on a pay basis, as well as those that can only be accessed using a TV decoder are included in the ad-ban, with the exception of national state-controlled channels. The law is due to come into effect in January.BBC World News is owned and operated by BBC Global News Ltd, a member of the BBC’s commercial group of companies and is funded by subscription and advertising revenues.The channel is the BBC’s biggest television service and broadcasts around the world to an estimated weekly weekly audience of 76 million. It is available globally in more than 380 million homes.
Benjamin PirkerProSiebenSat.1 Media exec Benjamin Pirker is joining Turner Broadcasting System in Germany.Pirker will be TBS’s distribution director on February 1 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Benelux region.In the role, he will look to expand the reach of Turner kids channels such as Cartoon Network and Boomerang and entertainment nets including TNT Series, Glitz* and Turner Classic Movies.At ProSiebenSat.1, hewas a distribution manager working across the broadcaster’s suite of free-to-air and pay TV channels. He also a period selling Universal Networks International’s channels in Germany.The news comes soon after TNT Series revealed it was launching Sean bean-fronted FBI drama Legends on April 13 in a 8.15pm.
TalkTalk’s YouView boxUK service provider TalkTalk added 82,000 net TV customers in its fourth fiscal quarter, taking its total to 1.4 million or 37% of the overall base.TalkTalk said it had continued to “moderate” the pace of TV additions in the quarter as part of a broader strategy to drive growth across all its products, in contrast to its full-year 2014 strategy. The company said this had enabled it to dive broadband, fibre and mobile additions at lower subscriber acquisition costs. The company added over a million revenue-generating units in the course of the year, ending with 1.56 RGUs per customer, up 16% on the 2014 figure.Total TV adds for the full year numbered 500,000. The company said that transactional VoD remained strong, and overall content revenues had growth by 34% year-on-year for the quarter.The company said the addition of Blinkbox would enable it to accelerate the development of its TV service to drive greater engagement, higher ARPU and lower churn.Customers watching and purchasing Sky boosts grew particularly strongly during the year, according to TalkTalk, with Sky Sports take-up growing 46% year on year driven by the success of Sky Sports F1 and the introduction of Sky Sports 5; and Sky Movies Boost take-up growing 49% year on year driven by the success of Sky Movies on Demand.TalkTalk added 83,000 fibre broadband customers and 47,000 net broadband and phone customers. Revenue Generating Units (RGUs) grew by 280,000 during the quarter. The quarter saw the integration of the former Virgin Media off-net ADSL base.TalkTalk posted overall revenues of £1.795 billion for the full year, up 4.2%, and EBITDA of £245 million, up 15%.
Virtual reality has suffered from “unrealistic growth expectations” but the market is still expanding at a “reasonable rate”, according to research firm IDC.The company’s latest ‘Worldwide Quarterly Augmented and Virtual Reality Headset Tracker’ estimates that the the combined virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) headset market will reach 13.7 million units in 2017.The market is then expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 56.1% to reach 81.2 million units by 2021 – with VR to account for the bulk of unit sales over the forecast period.VR headsets will account for more than 90% of the combined AR and VR market until 2019, according to IDC. However, between 2020 and 2021 it expects AR headsets to experience “exponential growth” and to capture a quarter of the market by the end of the forecast.VR headsets will drive a “near-term shift” in computing while AR headsets are poised for long-term growth and will have a “profound impact” on the way that businesses and consumers compute, according to the report.“Virtual reality has suffered from some unrealistic growth expectations in 2017, but overall the market is still growing at a reasonable rate and new products from Microsoft and its partners should help drive additional interest in the final quarter of this year,” said Tom Mainelli, vice president, devices and AR/VR at IDC.“As we head into 2018 we’ll see additional new products appearing, including standalone headsets from major players, and we expect to see a growing number of companies embracing the technology to enable new business processes and training opportunities.”Jitesh Ubrani, senior research analyst for IDC mobile device trackers, said: “AR headset shipments today are a fraction of where we expect them to be in the next five years, both in terms of volume and functionality.”“AR headsets are also on track to account for over $30 billion in revenue by 2021, almost twice that of VR, as most of the AR headsets will carry much higher average selling prices with earlier adopters being the commercial segment.”
The Home Office has appealed.The Taoiseach said the Good Friday Agreement allows people to be British, Irish or both.Ms De Souza’s case has thrown a spotlight on how Brexit could have consequences on identity and the rights of British and Irish citizens in the North of Ireland.The UK had been due to leave the EU on 29 March, but the deadline was pushed back to 31 October after Parliament was unable to agree a way forward. Emma De Souza with her American born husband Jake in citizenship row with British Home OfficeTHE British government has got it wrong in its legal battle with a Co Derry woman over post-Brexit issues of identity and nationality, Leo Varadkar has said.Emma De Souza won a case against the Home Office after it deemed she was British when her US-born husband applied for a residence card. DerryEmma DeSouzaHome Officehusband JakeLEO VARADKARLeo Varadkar says UK government ‘wrong’ on Co Derry woman’s citizen caseThe Taoiseach Anyone born in Northern Ireland has the right to identify as Irish or British or both, thanks to the Good Friday Agreement, signed in April 1998 by the British and Irish governments and Northern Ireland’s political parties.But people born in the Republic who live in the North of Ireland can’t become British citizens under the Good Friday Agreement.In Ms De Souza’s case, the Home Office rejected the residence card application in December 2015, as it deemed Ms De Souza was British, despite the fact she has never had a British passport.She challenged the decision and won, but the Home Office is appealing and the hearing is pending.Ms de Souza has said previously she fears Brexit could make the outcome even more uncertain.Mr Varadkar told the Dail on Tuesday that he would be meeting UK Prime Minister Theresa May in Paris on Wednesday and that he expected next week’s UK elections to the European Parliament to be very interesting.He said he believed the third seat in Northern Ireland was “very much up for grabs”.Mr Varadkar added that EU leaders would assess the results in the following week.Leo Varadkar says UK government ‘wrong’ on Co Derry woman’s citizen case was last modified: May 15th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet