Share Tags: Miami, Norwegian Cruise Line Posted by As a result of the continued relationship with the cruise company, Miami-Dade County will invest US$100 million to build the new terminal dedicated to Norwegian Cruise Line, with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. augmenting the county’s allocated funds with its own contribution.“Investing in PortMiami’s infrastructure positions Miami as a global destination for visitors,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “The construction of a new cruise terminal with the capacity to berth an additional 5,000-passenger cruise ship represents thousands of jobs and increased opportunities for our community. We are grateful for Norwegian Cruise Line’s continued partnership.”More news: Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perks << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, March 12, 2018 Upon completion, the multi-level, 166,500 square-foot terminal will boast indoor and outdoor waiting areas, a dedicated lounge and service area for large groups and charters, a new parking garage, and a valet parking area with direct access to the terminal and lounge. It will be able to accommodate ships of up to 5,000 passengers, and feature new technology to support faster embarkation and disembarkation processes, as well as expedited security screening and luggage check-in.More news: GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programs“Norwegian has been sailing from Miami for over 50 years, longer than any other cruise line, and we are honoured to be partnering with PortMiami and Miami-Dade County to construct an iconic terminal that will contribute to Miami’s world famous skyline and strengthen its position as the Cruise Capital of the World,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., which operates the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands. Travelweek Group MIAMI — The first images of Norwegian Cruise Line’s brand new terminal at PortMiami have just been released, depicting a facility that’s ultra-modern, sleek and spacious.Pending the final approval by the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners, the project will commence in May 2018. It is scheduled for completion by fall 2019, just in time for Norwegian Encore – the newest ship of the Breakaway Plus class – to make its debut in Miami with seasonal cruises to the Caribbean. Here’s your first look at Norwegian’s new terminal at PortMiami, coming in 2019
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals underwent a plethora of changes this offseason — and changes continue to abound.The Cardinals opened camp at University of Phoenix Stadium — a drastic change from their old digs at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.“It does make camp feel a little bit more like it means something,” Cardinals’ defensive end Calais Campbell said. “When you’re at your locker, you can envision yourself being there on game day, it makes it more worthwhile when you come out here to practice and get ready for that day.” Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments Share While the new scenery was a hot topic of discussion on the team’s first day of camp, another prevailing theme was apparent.Quite a few players spoke to a different vibe and style of play under new head coach Bruce Arians and his regime.“The style is a lot different,” Campbell stated. “The way we do things, the tempo, everything is just a little bit different.”Campbell also said he’s seen a change in philosophy to the Cardinals’ defense — highlighting a more aggressive mentality.“They’re already on top of us,” Campbell said. “First practice and they’re telling me get up the field a little bit more and be more explosive. So that’s something I am working on and I have been working on this whole offseason.”Campbell isn’t the only player who is relishing in the team’s new approach.“It’s totally different from in the past,” linebacker Karlos Dansby said. “It’s a new feel. Everybody’s trying to get use to it. The terminology of the defense and offense on both sides of the ball, there’s a lot of learning on both sides of the ball. We are just anxious to get back out there and get going.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling While Campbell and Dansby are new to Arians’ ways, offseason acquisition Rashard Mendenhall is quite familiar with the head coach’s system from their days together in Pittsburgh.The Cardinals’ running back said his teammates seem to be acclimating well to Arians’ ways — especially his persona.“[Arians] is so straightforward,” Mendenhall explained. “He’s so honest. He lets you know exactly what’s going on, he lets you know exactly what we’re going to do and he lets you know where you are at personally. “Everybody respects him because he’s very, very honest and straightforward and that’s all you want as a player.” – / 25 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
The agriculture ministry has refuted Solidarity Movement reports that it is sitting idle while Kykkos Monastery plans to build on land designated as a nature park and part of the European long-distance E4 path.The announcement followed Solidarity claims that Kykkos Monastery arbitrarily imposed a detour around the Diarizos nature trail located in Paphos forest, “and excavated and erected premises and houses, ignoring reservations of the competent government departments, such as the Game and Fauna Service, the Environment Department, the Water Development Department, the Paphos district officer and the town planning service”.In addition, the party said, the monastery is also laying asphalt on part of the path which is included in the Natura 2000 European network.“All of the above are taking place with the tolerance of the agriculture ministry which has known of the matter from the first moment,” the party said.It added that it had sent a letter to the agriculture minister in July last year but has yet to receive a reply.“Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for private individuals, even state services to interfere with disrespect to the environment, altering it and showing contempt even to European Directives,” the party said.Interventions to the area in question, it said, pose risks of water contamination and spreading disease, and also increase the possibility of fires.The Diarizos valley and the E4 path, the party said, “are unique landscapes of Cypriot nature, they host medieval bridges, and for decades Cypriot flora and fauna have been developing naturally”. Another unique feature is that water runs in the Diarizos river year-round, it said.In response, the agriculture ministry said that it shows zero tolerance in such cases and that it has so far answered five letters sent by the party to its departments concerning “the construction of a building on monastic land on the edge of Paphos forest”.It added that the agriculture ministry has also expressed its opinion on the issue, through its departments, to the competent licensing authority, which is the interior ministry’s town planning service. Following this, the interior ministry also informed the party, it said, as to the handling of the case.“Taking into consideration all the above, it is obvious that the Solidarity Movement is fully informed as to the case in question both by the agriculture ministry and the interior ministry and that zero tolerance is exhibited by any government service, department or ministry, as law provisions are being followed to the letter,” the agriculture ministry said.The European long-distance path E4, which includes the Diarizos national park, was extended to Cyprus following a proposal from the Greek Ramblers Association to the European Ramblers Association, the coordinating body of the European Network of long distance paths. The path starts in Gibraltar, passes through Spain, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, mainland Greece, the Greek island of Crete, and Cyprus.In its Cyprus section, European path E4 connects Larnaca and Paphos international airports. Along the route, it traverses the Troodos mountain range, Akamas peninsula and long stretches of rural areas, along regions of enhanced natural beauty and high ecological, historic, archaeological, cultural and scientific value. The main partners in Cyprus are the Cyprus Tourism Organisation and the Forestry Department.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
Bank of Cyprus (BoC) said on Friday it had completed the sale of a hotel in Romania for €95 million.The lender said it has sold its assets related to Societatea Companiilor Hoteliere Grand S.R.L, a limited liability company incorporated in Romania and owner of the JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel to STRABAG SE, an Austrian stock company.The proceeds of the sale will enhance the bank’s liquidity position, BoC said. The accounting loss from the transaction is around €1.0 million, but there is a positive impact of approximately €7 million on the Group’s capital position, after taking into account the reduction in risk weighted assets.The sale falls under the Group’s strategy of focusing on core businesses and markets and disposing operations that are considered as non-core and is being implemented as anticipated by the Restructuring Plan.It is also in line with the Group’s decision to gradually reduce its presence in Romania and to finally exit the Romanian market. You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
27Apr Rep. VerHeulen, House panel approve plan to help Michigan communities Categories: News,VerHeulen News Rep. Rob VerHeulen of Walker and the Michigan House Appropriations Committee today approved a budget plan to help local communities across the state pay for public safety, road repairs and other vital services.The plan advanced by the House Appropriations Committee boosts revenue sharing for local communities by 5 percent, a $12.4 million increase compared to current spending levels.“Our plan helps local communities provide the services that improve our daily lives,” said VerHeulen, majority vice chair of the House Appropriations Committee and chair of its General Government subcommittee. “We want to be smart about how the state spends taxpayer dollars. This plan helps us get money to where it does the most good.”The increase in statutory revenue sharing payments would be made to local governments on a per capita basis.Highlights of the overall House budget plan for the 2017-18 fiscal year:Michigan’s public schools would get $100 more per student, raising the funding for K-12 education in the state to an all-time high of $14.3 billion. Career and technical training is a special focus to help prepare Michigan students for jobs of the future.Public safety will be enhanced through the addition of 100 Michigan State Police troopers.Even with more investment in key areas, the overall House plan calls for spending less state money in the next budget cycle than we do today.Health care services would be more effective and efficient, with less spent on administrative bureaucracy and more spent on services that improve patient care.Michigan’s “rainy day” fund would get another deposit, pushing the total amount in the emergency account above $1 billion.VerHeulen added a measure to the House plan to ensure that the state Legislature has input on certain tax credit transactions awarded by the Michigan Strategic Fund Board. This week, the board allowed AK Steel to inherit a tax credit originally awarded to a different company for a Dearborn facility.“To better protect taxpayers, the Legislature should be involved in these types of decisions,” VerHeulen said.The budget plan advances to the House floor for consideration.###
The Michigan House and Rep. Rob VerHeulen approved legislation allowing certain chronically ill prisoners to be relocated to medical facilities, a plan designed to provide quality health care while saving taxpayer money and protecting public safety.The legislation does not allow early release of inmates, but permits some inmates with severe and chronic physical or mental disabilities to complete their sentences at a medical facility rather than inside a prison if approved by a parole board. Only inmates classified by professionals as not posing a risk to public safety would be allowed to relocate. Prosecutors and victims could appeal decisions, and inmates convicted of first-degree murder or first-degree criminal sexual conduct would automatically be ineligible for the program – meaning they stay behind bars.“This legislation makes good sense from a humanitarian perspective, while also protecting the rights of crime victims and helping protect public safety,” said VerHeulen, who sponsors one of the bills in the legislative package. “There should also be a cost savings to the state, which is another significant consideration in adopting this plan.”VerHeulen, of Walker, noted it is extremely expensive to repeatedly bring a doctor or nurse into a prison cell to provide specialized care for a direly sick inmate. Care could be provided more efficiently at a specialized medical facility, and once a patient is there, the care may be covered by Medicaid – which would translate to a net savings for taxpayers.Chronically ill prisoners often have health care costs that are several times higher than the average inmate. Aging inmates also have substantially higher than average health care costs, and they are far more likely to become medically frail.That’s a growing concern in Michigan, where nearly one in four inmates is 50 or older with the average age continuing to rise. Health care already takes up 15 percent of the prison system budget.An initial projection from the Department of Corrections estimates roughly 40 to 60 prisoners could potentially be eligible for the program. The number could grow over time as the prison population ages.“The inmates who would be considered for this program are extremely sick and often may be near the end of their lives, bedridden and unable to feed themselves or complete other common daily tasks,” VerHeulen said. “Inmates who are considered threats to public safety will not be in this program.”The legislation advances to the Senate for consideration.#####The legislation: House Bills 4101-3 and 5245. Categories: News,VerHeulen News 08Mar VerHeulen: House approves plan to save taxpayer money while more efficiently caring for medically frail inmates
Categories: Griffin News PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, welcomed Pastor Shannon Truelove from Full Gospel Assembly in Hartford to the state Capitol to lead Thursday’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. House tradition calls for a representative or clergy member to begin each day’s session with a prayer. Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield joined them at the rostrum.### 07Mar Rep. Griffin welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesJune 11, 2014; Wall Street JournalThe Wall Street Journal reports that nonprofit health care cooperatives generally missed their projected enrollment targets in the first phase of the Affordable Care Act. Nine of the co-ops did better than expected and fourteen worse. Among the better performers were Freelancers of New York (with well over 100,000 enrollees), CoOportunity Health serving Iowa and Nebraska (with over 75,000), and Consumers’ Choice Health Plan in South Carolina (with over 50,000). On the other hand, some did particularly poorly, such as Community Health Alliance in Tennessee, which enrolled a mere 354 consumers.The table below from the Wall Street Journal shows the 23 nonprofit cooperatives and their performance so far. From our perspective, it is remarkable that the cooperatives had anything to show, given the innumerable roadblocks they had to confront as Congress made their functions next to impossible—converting upfront grants they received from the government into loans, restricting the use of their government funding regarding marketing, limiting the consumer pools that nonprofit cooperatives could even go after, and so forth. In addition, they also had to overcome the dysfunctional websites of some of the states’ exchanges, except that unlike their competitors, they were start-ups and engaged in building their infrastructure at the same time they were developing and marketing their products. To the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which compiled these statistics, the numbers indicate that some of the nonprofit cooperatives might not be viable business entities able to deliver the health insurance they have committed to. According to Committee chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), these “enrollment figures to date raise serious questions about how these co-ops plan on staying solvent and that taxpayers will ever be repaid.”Based on less than a year of nonprofit cooperative operations, Issa seems itchy to pull the plug. That’s silly. A more rational approach would be to stop tossing obstacles in the paths of the cooperatives, allow them to go after markets such as employers’ markets that would open up much larger numbers of potential purchasers, and give them the opportunity to adjust their price plans for more competitiveness. Congress would allow that for private for-profit contractors and vendors. Why penalize nonprofits in this way?Once again, as we have stated many times before in our coverage of the nonprofit cooperatives’ roles in the ACA, the voice of the nonprofit community’s leadership organizations has been negligible when it comes to standing up for nonprofit health insurance cooperatives and nonprofit navigators, both of which have been harassed from day one of the ACA’s start-up. Nonprofit leadership groups are willing to fight to protect the charitable tax deduction from even an inkling of congressional tinkering, even if the consequent negative impacts are dubious at worst, but standing up for the nonprofit health insurance cooperatives that should be serving millions of underinsured and uninsured Americans seems to be outside their ken.There is little doubt that turning to nonprofit cooperatives to create price and value competition with big for-profit insurers, a last-minute option by legislators after Republicans scotched the “public option” in the ACA, is hardly ideal. If the nation had chosen a single-payer system, the role of nonprofit cooperatives would be supplemental, not as a competitive price/service yardstick against which to measure the big insurers. Nonetheless, if the nonprofit health insurers are out there and working their tails off, nonprofit leaders should be standing up with them and for them in their efforts to bring a consumer-controlled presence into the nation’s health insurance markets.—Rick Cohen ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share11TweetShare15Email26 SharesBy John Phelan – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, LinkApril 25, 2017; Fox 61 (Hartford, CT)Connecticut lawmakers are debating a proposed bill that would raise the state’s sales tax from 6.35 percent to nearly 7 percent while eliminating the sales tax exemption on goods and services purchased by nonprofit organizations, a move that has received opposition from some lawmakers and the state’s largest nonprofit association.Connecticut House Republicans and the CT Community Nonprofit Alliance have opposed the measure, saying that as state government scales back social programs to close budget deficits, citizens are increasingly reliant on nonprofit social services that the government may become unable to provide.In a statement, the CT Community Nonprofit Alliance said, “Nonprofits are uniquely positioned to leverage private contributions and donated volunteer time for the public benefit. Tax exemptions are a small price to pay for the value that nonprofits add to the life of every resident in Connecticut.”The alliance’s director, Gian-Carl Casa, noted in a hearing last week that the proposed elimination of the exception would cost Connecticut’s nonprofit sector over $200 million per year. Indeed, a bipartisan fiscal analysis of the bill shows that $216.2 million in nonprofit monies would be impacted, with a gain in tax revenue of $203.3 million.Not all states exempt sales taxes for nonprofits (and, of course, five states have no sales tax). Some states, such as Illinois, require nonprofits to apply for and be granted tax-exempt status; others allow nonprofits to simply fill out a certificate declaring themselves tax-exempt. Others apply tax-exempt status to only certain types or sizes of nonprofits—Oklahoma being one example noteworthy for its complicated exemption system. In Connecticut, most nonprofits, with the exception of fraternal, alumni, trade and similar organizations, are exempt from sales and use tax…for now.The Connecticut sales tax exemption debate creates an unusual binary as lawmakers question whether the state should give preference to funding governmental services over charitable organizations. The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, the state’s largest organization of city leaders, came out in support of the plan yesterday, saying that the increase in sales tax could provide an estimated $440 million to towns and cities—provided the state itself doesn’t keep a cut of the increase.Another option has been promoted by a progressive advocacy group: Connecticut Voices for Children has suggested simply expanding the tax base to include services as well as goods, which would more than double the sales tax base in the state.—Lauren KarchShare11TweetShare15Email26 Shares
Share4TweetShareEmail4 SharesSeptember 8, 2018; GuardianIn an interview, John McDonnell, who is the British Labour Party’s “shadow chancellor of the exchequer” (treasurer-in-waiting), indicated that in the next election, the Labour Party will advocate that “all private companies employing more than 250 people…set up ‘ownership funds’ giving workers financial stakes in their companies and increasing powers to influence how they are run,” reports Toby Helm in the Guardian.As NPQ covered, Labour created a community wealth building unit in February to promote employee ownership and related strategies as a path to economic revitalization. The latest announcement would seem to imply a deepening of efforts in this direction.The proposal, writes Helm, would “empower millions of workers” across the private sector in Great Britain and is part of the Labour Party’s drive to promote an “irreversible shift in wealth and power in favor of working people.” The proposals, adds Helm, could also mean that workers would receive dividends based on their business ownership that would to boost their incomes.The Conservative (Tory) Party, elected in 2017, need not face voters in Great Britain again until 2022. However, many, including McDonnell, believe an election will occur much sooner, with internal Tory divisions over Brexit making a new election in the next year highly likely.“Extending dramatically employees’ ownership of firms is precisely the kind of idea that McDonnell believes will appeal widely,” Helm writes.For his part, McDonnell says, “What this will ensure is that in large companies, in addition to rewarding workers with wages…will reward them with shares that will go into a pool that will allow them to have an ownership role.”McDonnell’s proposal, notes Helm, builds on the findings of a report by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), published last month. The report, titled Prosperity and justice: A plan for the new economy, aims to give “more people a share of capital and to spread economic power and control in the economy by expanding the decision rights of employees in the management of companies,” Helm reports.Among the models being examined are ones under which firms would have to put a percentage of profits into an employee fund that would build up over time, giving the workforce, through its rising share ownership, an increasing say in key decisions on how the companies were run and managed. While workers would not be able to cash in shares, they could be offered dividends from the fund to boost their pay.An implicit model behind this proposal is provided by Britain’s John Lewis Partnership, which employs an estimated 83,000 employee-owners—or “partners,” as they are called. A major backer of McDonnell’s proposal is the Cooperative Party, which forms a part of the broader Labour Party. (At present, about one in seven Labour MPs are also Cooperative Party members).Frances O’Grady, head of the Trades Union Congress, the country’s leading labor federation and among the authors of the IPPR report, highlights the broader vision: “It’s time for a once-in-a-generation rethink of our approach to the economy. Working people have had enough of stagnating living standards and massive inequality. And no one’s buying the idea that there’s no alternative. A better deal for a working people is possible, and will allow us to build a stronger, fairer economy.”—Steve DubbShare4TweetShareEmail4 Shares
US-based movie video streaming service Netflix has confirmed it will launch in the UK and Ireland in early 2012, offering unlimited TV shows and movies over the internet to TVs and computers for a single monthly subscription price.Further details about the service, including pricing, content and supported devices, will be announced closer to launch.People interested in becoming members of Netflix in the UK or Ireland can go to www.netflix.com to sign up to receive an email alert letting them know when Netflix has launched in their country.Netflix has been streaming to US subscribers since 2007, offering access to movies for US$7.99 (€5.75) a month, adding Canada in 2010 and 43 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean last month.In August Netflix contacted Spanish producers ahead of a planned launch in that country in early 2012, according to Pedro Perez, president of local producers’ association FAPAE.
The Ukrainian Media Group has launched trial versions of film channel Kinotochka and drama channel NLO-TV.The company has struck a deal with national digital TV network Zeonbud for both channels. Kinotochka airs movies, series and documentary feature films, while NLO-TV airs mostly mystery dramas.However, the company will not be launching the news channel Novosti after it was refused a national licence. “We are not planning to develop the Novosti channel, as we did not receive the licence [for national digital broadcasting],” the group’s director-general Fedir Oharkov told local press.
Swiss ISP Sunrise Communications has chosen Entone to supply set-top boxes for its IPTV service. Entone will supply its hybrid Amulet 400 boxes to Sunrise. Logistic services are being provided by Entone’s local partner Adrenio.Sunrise’s service, launched in January, provides 160 TV and radio channels including 29 HD services. A basic package is available for CHF125 (€103) a month, including 20Mbps broadband and free fixed-line calls as well as TV. The company is offering catch-up service Comeback TV, with the ability to watch selected programmes from over 40 channels up to 28 hours after their initial broadcast, as well as a pause live TV function.“To position us for growth, we need reliable, quality products that can enable us to continue to deliver differentiating services,” said Thomas Leber, senior manager, wireline at Sunrise. “Entone’s strong commitment to product support was a key factor in our decision to deploy the Amulet. Amulet also easily integrates with our eco-system partners, allowing us to rapidly deploy IPTV services across our expanding footprint. Partnering with Entone will help us take advantage of the additional revenue stream opportunities while providing our subscribers added benefits and viewing flexibility.”
Ukraine is moving ahead with plans to launch its first geostationary communications satellite, according to local reports.According to Russian press reports, state enterprise Ukrkosmos has struck an agreement with Eutelsat to secure a place at the 48° East orbital slot for the satellite, Dybid.Ukrkosmos director Sergei Kapshtyk told the Kommersant newspaper that the satellite would be assembled in Russia and delivered to Baikonur for launch late next year.
Push technology company Motive says it is in discussion with six English Premier League Football Clubs regarding the use of its Video2Go (V2G) product as a way for the football clubs to provide an enhanced experience to fans before, during, and following attendance at a match.V2G provides the ability to push content on to smartphones, iPads and other tablets passively and without the need for an internet connection.[adv
Sweden’s TV4 Group has recorded over 100,000 downloads of the companion screen app it recently launched for the Swedish version of gameshow The Million Pound Drop, Pengarna på bordet.The second-screen app offers viewers the ability to play along with the show and win money prizes.
Turner has hired Patricia Hidalgo as its chief content officer, EMEA, filling a role vacated by Michael Carrington earlier this year.Hidalgo joins from Disney where she was vice-president, content and programming strategy.Hidalgo is the second senior executive to swap Disney for Turner in recent months after Giorgio Stock joined the Time Warner-backed company in April as president of Turner Broadcasting System EMEA.She spent 15 years at Disney launching its first kids telenovelas in Europe and rebranding the Playhouse Disney and Jetix channels.At Turner she will be the editorial chief for the company’s kids channels across EMEA, which include Cartoon Network and preschool offering Cartoonito.Turner has been restructuring under the leadership of Gerhard Zeiler and Peter Flamman was appointed senior vice-president and chief operating officer, EMEA and MD Kids EMEA last year.Hidalgo will report to Flamman who said: “We are particularly impressed by her superb track record of collaborating with diverse local market teams within a global, franchise-led, content-centric organisation. That fits perfectly with Turner’s philosophy going forward and will allow us to capitalise upon our strong original content slate including new seasons of Adventure Time and Regular Show from our US studios and Gumball and LazyTown from EMEA.”Prior to Disney, Hidalgo worked at Canal+ in Spain.Michael Carrington vacated the CCO role at Turner earlier this year to join Hit Entertainment.
Czech broadcaster FTV Prima has upped research director Roman Mrazek to the role of programme director, effective as of this week. Mrazek first joined FTV Prima in 2008, prior to which he worked for firms including Starcom MediaVest, Leo Burnett Advertising and Mediacom.Among Mrazek’s first tasks will be to prepare the network’s programming schedule for next spring, which it will present at the beginning of 2014, FTV Prima said.
The Americas now accounts for well over half of Spanish satellite operator Hispasat’s revenues, according to the company’s year-end financials.Following the launch of Amazonas 3, the first Ka-band satellite for Latin America, in 2013, the Americas now accounts for 55.6% of the operator’s total revenues of €201.4 million.Hispasat’s revenue for the year was up 4.35% or 0.57% taking into account exchange rate fluctuations.The share of Americas revenues was up 2.4% year-on-year, while the share accounted for by Europe and North Africa fell by 2.2% to 44.4%.EBITDA for 2013 was €163.8 million, up 1.68%.“Our decisive focus on internationalisation is enabling us to grow and counteract the adverse situation in our source markets,” said Elena Pisonero, chairman of Hispasat.“Although we continued to invest in 2013, we also intensified our sales efforts to reinforce our customer base with a more diversified and quality offering. This is how we will continue in the coming years.”
Sameer DeenScripps Networks Interactive has upped former NBC Universal exec and existing Scripps staffer, Sameer Deen, to senior vice president of multi-platform distribution and strategy.Deen, who was previously founder and president of CityEats, a digital business company that Scripps Networks Interactive recently sold, will be responsible for digital distribution activities, reporting to executive vice president of content distribution and marketing, Henry Ahn.His remit includes guiding initiatives for Scripps Networks Interactive to make its lifestyle video content accessible “on emerging video distribution platforms, devices and services.”This will include new services being developed by incumbent cable, satellite and telco video distributors, said Scripps – which runs channel brands including HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel and DIY Network.“Scripps Networks Interactive is making it a priority to deliver its popular, high quality lifestyle video content to media consumers via whatever platform or service they choose. That includes working closely with incumbent distribution partners as they bring their TV Everywhere services rapidly to market, as well as exploring new distribution relationships,” said Ahn.At Scripps, Deen has been involved in strategic expansions for the company, including its international, digital and distribution businesses. Prior to joining, he worked for NBC Universal, GovWorks.com and Lehman Brothers.