The increase in social media use has been so huge that Cyprus has the highest percentage of Facebook users in Europe. Nearly all internet users, 94 per cent, are subscribers.Not only that, but in the past year, there has been a 58 per cent increase in active social media users and an increase of 66 per cent in active mobile social media, according to a study by Limassol based design company FOUNDiiD, published by researcher and social psychologist Paul McEvoy this week.Malta is in second place with 93 per cent of internet users subscribing to Facebook. The next country on the list, Portugal, has just 83 per cent of their internet active population subscribing to the popular social networking service.McEvoy believes the phenomenon is linked to the small, close society in which we and the Maltese both live.McEvoy suspects the key factor is social capital, the networks of relationships among people who live and work in a particular society, enabling that society to function effectively.“In a smaller society people are much more aware of what others are doing and curious about others,” he said.The use of social media in Cyprus is so prominent that the researcher calls the country ‘social-media island’. Cypriots are 19 per cent more likely to use the internet for social media than the European average. Some 79 per cent use social media, an increase of 34 per cent since 2011.It is also the second most popular internet activity, the most popular being searching for information on goods and services which is what 81 per cent of internet users do.As recently as 2015, social media were only surfed by 71 per cent of users and the activity was in fourth place.McEvoy believes this is the only country where companies report their activities and their clients to such an extent via such social media networks, in fact just about all companies have a Facebook page.This can be positive as information is shared but it also leaves people with little privacy. Yet, the will to bond and find out about others’ activities seems to override any concerns about privacy or a secure internet.Yet when it comes to e-commerce the picture is very different. Cypriots are very conservative and extremely careful and this can be a problem, at least according to a 2016 EU commission study.“Although Cypriots engage in a broad range of online activities, their use of online banking (29 per cent) and online shopping (32 per cent) are much lower than the EU average,” the study said.“Low levels of trust seem to be holding back the development of its digital economy. Cyprus’ score was lower than the EU average and over the last year, the score grew at a slower pace than the EU. As such, Cyprus is part of the falling behind cluster of countries.”There are other concerns. One is that more domestic access is needed despite a 29 per cent growth since 2011 and an increase of four percent since 2015 which means three-quarters of homes now have access to the internet.However, the EU Commission suggests that to fully develop its digital economy and society, the government needs to do more to encourage the public to use the internet. Cyprus has a low level of regular internet users (70 per cent), and 26 per cent of the Cypriot population has never used the internet while the EU average is 10 per cent less. This means that over one-fourth of the population cannot take advantage of the internet, nor can they contribute to the digital economy.Cystat found the main reason for not having an internet connection at home in 2016 was that the majority of people who don’t have access say they don’t need it. More worrying is the second reason, their perceived lack of skills (56,3 per cent).The perceptions are most likely right. The EU Commission report also says that only 43 per cent of Cypriots possess at least basic levels of digital skills. The commission’s concern is that the lack of skills coupled with the lack of trust mean that Cyprus lags behind the rest of Europe.And this is where people like McEvoy come in, who hopes his research will help more people find the confidence to access the internet.You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoSenior Living | Search AdsThe Cost of Senior Living in Rowland Heights Might Surprise YouSenior Living | Search AdsUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
More action needs to be taken to deal with the growing problem of children from mixed marriages being abducted and taken abroad, the House human rights committee said on Monday.In 2016 there were 29 such cases compared with 24 in 2015, with most of the children being taken to Middle Eastern countries via the north.“Parents from third countries, mainly Arabs, but also from the former Eastern bloc, do not cooperate, as their relevant services do not cooperate,” Disy MP Mariella Aristidou told the House during a session that was attended by some of the Cypriot parents of abducted children.” As a result, the problem is growing, and in almost all cases it is impossible to find a solution,” she added.Aristidou said ways need to be found to deal with the situation and the House should give the relevant services powers to stop the abductions. So far, no specific committee has been set up, and the Ministry of Justice was not present at the session.Akel MP Skevi Koutra Koukouma said the problem has been under discussion for more than three years and that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which has been responsible for dealing with the problem of the abductions since 2014 ‘has done nothing’.“The officers are not trained. We even lose cases in court, particularly regarding issues of European warrants or international warrants, because the procedure is not right, the form has not been properly completed,” Koukouma said.“It is tragic, because today we have heard again about the tragic situation in which families live. And do you know how much more tragic it is when you have a kidnapped child, and all that the welfare office has done is to end the single parent allowance?” she added.Some of the children are now in countries where wars are raging, according to Koukouma.Chrystalla Panayiotou, a mother of two abducted children, said that the government and the relevant authorities are not cooperating with each other, which makes it impossible for parents to get their children back. She asked for the government to finally set up the dedicated committee that was supposed to have been established four years ago.Panayiotou told the committee she has had no information for the past year about her children who were taken by her Syrian husband when they were 18 months and 4.5 years old. They are now 5 and 9 years old.“Right now, I do not know where my kids are. I am complaining about the Cypriot government. I am a Cypriot citizen and no one supports me,” she concluded.Another mother, Leslie Varsanidou, said that although she has secured a decision from a Lebanese tribunal to request immediate transfer of her child to Cyprus, nothing has happened for two years. Her son was taken by his father when he was six. Today he is 13.“Always, when his father lets me talk to him on the phone, he asks ‘Mommy, when are you coming to get me?’”Few abducted children are reunited with their Cypriot parents. It is easier to process cases when dealing with countries that have signed The Hague Convention, which includes all EU member states. Countries that are not part of the convention, such as Middle Eastern countries, do not legally have to cooperate and fall under the responsibility of the foreign ministry, which uses diplomatic means to try to resolve the disputes. In practice, this makes it very difficult for the children to be returned.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Lambs and sheep worth more than €7,000 were stolen from a farm in the Famagusta region between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, police reported on Friday.A Xylophagou farmer reported to police that 50 lambs and 12 sheep had been stolen from his farm in the rural area of the village.Police have started to gather evidence aimed at identifying the thieves. You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
A 73-year-old Russian tourist was killed in Ayia Napa on Thursday after she was run over by a car.The accident happened around 3.45pm. The woman was crossing Nissi Avenue, when she was hit by an oncoming taxi driven by a 65-year-old man.A breathalyser test on the taxi driver found zero alcohol.A post-mortem is to be carried out on the woman’s body.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 SupplementUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
The government plans to lift capital controls by January, President Nicos Anastasiades said, and Cyprus will be the best at implementing a bailout agreement with international lenders“The goal right now is to create the conditions for growth and tackle the serious problem of unemployment, to stabilize the financial system,” Anastasiades said in an interview with Bloomberg. “The controls are being lifted. They will end within a timeframe of January 2014.”Capital controls were introduced in March to prevent a bank run as uninsured deposits were seized to recapitalise stricken lenders.It was the first time in the history of the eurozone that restrictions in the movement of money were imposed.The president said Cyprus will be “the best” at implementing the agreement with the EU and the IMF.“What’s important too and a good sign is the behaviour of Cypriots, a responsible stance, without reactions, without strikes, labour peace,” he told Bloomberg. “I believe that sooner than expected we will again be in a position to go to markets, but also to create encouraging prospects for the country.”The EU and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) this week released the second tranche of the €10 billion bailout.IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said the country had made “commendable” progress in stabilizing its finances but warned against fiscal slippage.“Risks to the program remain substantial, leaving no room for implementation slippages,” Lagarde said in a statement. “Continued strong ownership, including steadfast policy implementation, is critical for the program’s success.”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 ArePopularEverythingUndoFreedom Debt ReliefPeople In Heavy Debt Are In For A SurpriseFreedom Debt ReliefUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
The Co-operative Central Bank will lower interest rates on all mortgages being serviced by one per cent as of March 1st, it announced on Friday.The decision impacts positively some 34,000 households which have obtained housing loans from co-ops, which hold a share of over 40 per cent in the housing-loan market.According to the CCB, non-performing housing loans will be subject to a 0.5 per cent interest rate decrease as soon as they are restructured, and a further 0.5 per cent once loan repayments resume as agreed.CCB chairman Nicolas Hadjiyiannis described the decision as “very important” and said it was part of the organisation’s broader strategy.“Quickly responding and fully aware of its sensitive role and its leading position in the local financial environment, the Co-operative movement has decided this measure along with a promise that the effort to lower interest rates will continue,” he said.“It is our vision and goal, because our country needs it.”The announcement comes one month after theCCB announced it was cutting its rates for agricultural loans by an average 2.0 per cent, in a bid to boost the sector as part of the effort for economic recovery.Effective January 1, the CCB reduced the rate on loans to 4.75 per cent. It also cut the rate for non performing loans that are restructured to 5.75 per cent.Provided the terms of the restructuring agreement were observed, after six months the rate would be further reduced to 4.75 per cent, the lender said.Lending rate cuts will average 2.0 per cent for performing loans, the CCB said. They will affect around 8,500 loans.The reductions on agricultural loan rates followed a similar move regarding student loans back in November.All three moves are the result of long-term planning by the CCB for the gradual lowering of interest rates, aiming at enabling its customers meet their obligations and contribute to the recovery of the local economy.As part of the island’s €10 billion international bailout, co-ops received €1.5 billion in taxpayers’ money to recapitalise.The sector has been reduced in size through mergers, which saw the island’s 93 co-operatives merged into 18.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
Cyprus’ entrant for Eurovision 2019 on Tuesday night secured a place in the final, to be held on Saturday night in Israel.Tamta gave a lively performance of the song Replay written by Greek-Swedish songwriter Alex Papaconstantinou, during which backers dancers even pulled off her outer outift.Popstar, Tamta is Georgian and Greek having moved to Greece after her mother immigrated with her younger brother.The popstar was married in Georgia at 14 to her 16-year-old boyfriend, with whom she had a daughter, Annie. Tamta and her husband divorced after six years of marriage, during which she raised her child and finished high school.Tamta moved to Athens, where she worked as a housekeeper alongside her mother, and later entered a talent competition in Greece.She was runner-up in 2003’s season of Super Idol. Tamta was subsequently signed to a record label in Greece and began her career.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
By Stelios OrphanidesCypriot taxpayers may have to foot a bill of up to €600m in order to allow the government to successfully complete the sale of the state-owned Cyprus Cooperative Bank, Haravgi reported on Friday.The proposals submitted by Hellenic Bank, Cyprus’s third largest lender, and Apollo Capita Management, provide that in the best-case scenario the two bidders won’t have to pay anything to acquire the Co-op’s business, into which the government pumped more than €4bn over the past four years, the newspaper reported on its website on Friday without citing its source. One of the bidders, whose identity remains undisclosed, who initially demanded a payment of €1bn, agreed to limit his demands to €600m.The government recapitalised the lender in 2014 with €1.5bn and injected another €175m in 2015. In April, the government issued almost €2.4bn in bonds to the Co-op and deposited €2.5bn receiving its non-performing loans, estimated at €6.3bn as collateral, in an attempt to soothe depositor concerns over the bank’s capital adequacy. The value of the collateral of the bank’s non-performing loans which exceeds half of its loan portfolio, is estimated at around €10bn, according to the finance ministry.On May 4, economist Marios Clerides did not rule out that the taxpayers may have to cover the cost to compensate Co-op workers who might be affected by the takeover.On Friday, Politis also reported that the lack of progress in the takeover negotiations also prompted the intervention of President Nicos Anastasiades who contacted parties involved, just like Finance Minister Harris Georgiades, while Central Bank of Cyprus governor Chrystalla Georghadji let Hellenic’s board of director know that new shareholders would have to join existing ones.The governor’s intervention came as the additional equity required to absorb the Co-ops non-performing loans is estimated at €450m, with entertainment software developer Wargaming.net being reluctant to see its shareholding, slightly below one quarter, diluted, Politis also reported without saying where it got the information. Other potential investors, including Altas Merchant Capital, J.C. Flowers & Co., and also Apollo, indicated their preference for a controlling stake, the newspaper added.The European Central Bank views that sale of the Co-op as an opportunity to resolve the non-performing loans issue, seen as a major threat to financial and economic stability, the newspaper continued.The government said in its stability programme 2018 submitted to the European Commission last month that it aims at a reduction of non-performing loans in the banking system of currently around €22bn by one third by the end of the year through a three-pronged strategy which includes a stricter foreclosure and insolvency legal framework, and the setup of a vehicle that will absorb non-performing loans of vulnerable groups affected by the crisis and the sale of the Co-op.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
The House today passed legislation to further protect individuals suffering from dangerous and life-threatening food allergies.Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons’ House Bill 4438 will allow businesses, recreation centers/camps, youth sports leagues, amusement parks and sports arenas to stock auto injector devices to protect patrons who come in contact with allergens that trigger anaphylactic shock. Last term, Rep. Lyons sponsored Public Acts 186 and 187 to require EpiPens be stocked in school buildings across the state.“When it comes to serious allergic reactions, minutes matter and simple treatments can save lives,” said Rep. Lyons, R-Alto. “Last year, I was proud to work with parents, school nurses and physicians from across the state to place epinephrine in Michigan schools and we’ve already received feedback that an EpiPen played a critical role in saving the life of a student who suffered a reaction while at school.“Expanding the option for any business, organization or venue where there’s a risk of anaphylaxis to stock this simple, lifesaving treatment takes the next step towards saving lives and keeping people, especially children, safe.”The auto injectors are simple devices used to immediately get epinephrine into the allergy victim’s system, slowing down the allergic reaction to give emergency personnel time to treat and save lives.Food allergies have become a serious issue for children and families across the nation. More than 15 million Americans—including 6 million children—suffer from food allergies.A person experiencing anaphylaxis needs to receive an epinephrine injection immediately, as rapid decline and death can occur within 15 to 60 minutes, according to the National Institutes of Health.HB 4438 now goes to the Senate for further consideration. 16Sep House passes bill allowing governmental entities, businesses, organizations to stock EpiPens Categories: News
State Rep. Kim LaSata would like to invite residents of Berrien County to her scheduled office hours for May and June.“Being accessible is a top priority for me,” LaSata said. “These local office hours give me a chance to meet with people to learn what matters most to them.”The office hours take place at the following times and locations:Friday, May 269 to 10 a.m. at Olympus Restaurant, 9735 Red Arrow Hwy., Bridgman;Friday, June 211 a.m. to noon at The Mason Jar Café, 210 Water St., Benton Harbor; andMonday, June 129 to 10 a.m. at the Hot Spot, 361 E. St. Joseph St., Coloma.No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact her Lansing office by phone at 517-373-1403 or via email at KimLaSata@house.mi.gov. Categories: LaSata News 19May Rep. LaSata plans local May and June office hours
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesApril 15, 2014; StatelineHopefully, nonprofits are on the side of raising the minimum wage in their states and ensuring that their own employees are beneficiaries. This year already, five states—Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Minnesota, and West Virginia—and the District of Columbia have increased their minimum wage levels above the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour. That means more than half of the states will be above the federal minimum wage. Other states with increases progressing in their legislatures include Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Vermont.It’s not just states. Cities are enacting their own minimum wage standards, sometimes because Republican governors or legislatures have nixed state-level measures. The National Employment Law Project reports that 120 cities have legislated their own minimum wage levels higher than either state or federal levels, including San Francisco and San Jose in California and Montgomery County and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland.The interesting factor here is that these minimum wage campaigns are revealing another divide in this country. With the exception of Idaho, the states with the most workers at or below minimum wage, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, are all in the South or Southwest: Tennessee, 7.4 percent; Idaho, 7.1 percent; Alabama, 6.8 percent; Arkansas, 6.8 percent; Texas, 6.4 percent; Oklahoma, 6.3 percent; Indiana, 6.2 percent; Virginia, 6.2 percent; Mississippi, 6.1 percent; North Carolina, 5.8 percent; and South Carolina at 5.8 percent.In some cases, these proposed minimum wage increases have put some nonprofits into a quandary. Seattle is contemplating a raise in its minimum wage to $15 an hour, which prompted the Seattle Human Services Coalition to poll its nonprofit members on the potential impacts of a higher minimum wage. The survey report noted that “one organization that provides critical mental health, shelter, day, and hygiene services as well as meals for hundreds of people in Seattle estimated the cost of $1,000,000 annually to bring all employees up to a $15/hour minimum wage and maintain current services.” The report noted that the proposed minimum wage increase could impact 209 employees of another multi-services agency in the survey. Twenty-one of the 29 respondents indicated that without offset funding, they would have to reduce services or shut down with the higher minimum wage.In a separate commentary in the Seattle Times, Sylvia Furstenberg from The Arc of King County raised those concerns as well as the problem of equity adjustment costs to compensate employees currently above the $15/hour level, who would see the increases of workers below their salaries as indicating that their previously higher pay levels were no longer reflective of their higher value to the organization. Tallying up all the problems, she wrote, “We cannot achieve shared prosperity by passing a plan that risks putting nonprofits out of business, leaving vulnerable citizens without support.”Conservatives quickly latched on to the SHSC report as evidence that nonprofits paying low wages are in roughly the same position as minimum wage restaurants and retailers, forced to reduce employment (or services) in the wake of a minimum wage increase. They failed to report, however, the opening line of the SHSC report:“The Seattle Human Services Coalition recognizes the importance of a livable minimum wage in addressing poverty in our community. SHSC fully supports raising the minimum wage for all human services workers (and others) to $15/hr.”Nonprofits are a diverse lot on the issue of wages. For example, Department of Labor rules generally do not allow unpaid internships for for-profit employers, but the Department hasn’t been particularly vigorous in enforcing the rule. In some cases, it is because the interns themselves are reluctant to complain, fearing that it might jeopardize their future job prospects. However, with about 38 percent of the unpaid half-million interns working for for-profits, it is striking that 13 college presidents, including John Sexton of the nonprofit New York University, wrote to the Department of Labor as soon as the unpaid internship guidelines were announced, asking the Department to reconsider plans to step up enforcement of the law. Although violations of the law, the unpaid internships with for-profits represented something that the nonprofit colleges and universities were encouraging. If unpaid internships with for-profit employers sought by nonprofit educators and subminimum wage levels for some nonprofit employees sought by nonprofit service providers become the norm, it could turn into a “parade of horribles” of exemptions that undermine the principles and purpose of minimum wage laws.Will nonprofits support increased local and state minimum wage statutes in public and behind the scenes? Or will they say that boosting the minimum wage without a commensurate increase in public funding to pay for increased service costs means that nonprofits cannot absorb and therefore cannot fully support the measures?—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares stockelements / Shutterstock.comApril 20, 2014; Crain’s New YorkNPQ has written a number of newswires on the fact that many nonprofits with their own buildings are selling them for high prices in a commercial real estate market that is over the roof. Unfortunately, the same dynamic is creating a rent crunch for many other organizations.The Touro College and University System has been looking for new space for two years, and it has only three more months to find 300,000 square feet of space in Manhattan at a price they can afford. Dr. Alan Kadish, president and chief executive of the nonprofit school, said that rents have gone up significantly, due in part to new technology firms that are competing for space in loftlike buildings and driving up rents.Suzanne Sunshine, president of S. Sunshine & Associates, a real estate brokerage firm that specializes in nonprofits, says that the digital boom has created a new reality for them. Carlo Altomare, founder of Alchemical Theatre Laboratory, agrees. “What landlords want is a tech startup that has $20 million in venture-capital money,” he said. He recently went through a 14-month search before finding space; he said that one landlord did offer reasonable rent, but only on the condition that the organization would renovate the space, complete with asbestos removal.“I was at the end of my rope,” he said. Even now, they only have a three-year lease on the space the theater finally settled on.In addition to having a less desirable budget, some nonprofits must search for a landlord who appreciates what they do. One group, Publicolor, runs a variety of educational and youth-development programs. It’s financially healthy and it wants to double its space to 7,000 square feet so it will not need to turn away children due to lack of space. However, it must be near public transportation, needs a landlord comfortable with a child-centered enterprise, and its budget means it can’t spend more than $40 per square foot. This makes the search far more complicated.—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Telenor continued to lose subscribers across its pay TV platforms during the third quarter while revenues from its Broadcast division also declined.Telenor’s Canal Digital DTH platform lost 6,000 customers during the quarter, ending September with 973,000 subs, compared with 1,025,000 a year earlier. This was an improvement on the same quarter a year ago, however, when it lost 14,000 customers.The platform contributed revenues of NOK1.47 billion (€191 million), down from NOK1.059 billion a year earlier as the positive effect of price increases was offset by the reduced subscriber base. Cable TV customers numbered 226,000 at the end of September, down from 234,000 a year earlier.Revenues from Telenor’s satellite unit were also down as strong business from the CEE region was offset by reduced revenues in the Nordic region. Third quarter revenues declined to NOK259 million from NOK276 million a year earlier.Telenor’s conditional access subsidiary Conax reported increased revenues of NOK144 million compared to NOK131 million a year earlier.Telenor Broadcast reported total revenues of NOK1.762 billion, down 1% year-on-year.
The number of TV subscribers across all networks in the Dutch market was 7.7 million, with 77% taking digital TV, according to regulator OPTA’s latest survey.Some 66% of cable homes now take digital TV, leaving about 1.7 million analogue homes. Cable homes fell quarter-on-quarter from 5.23 million to 5.18 million, while satellite, IPTV, digital-terrestrial and other TV homes rose from 2.4 million to 2.5 million, with cable leaders Ziggo and UPC losing some market share to KPN.
Kabel Deutschland (KDG) has announced that it now has over one million paying HD customers.The cable operator launched HD services last October and now offers Das Erste HD, ZDF HD, Arte HD, Kabel eins HD, ProSieben HD, RTL HD, RTL Nitro HD, RTL II HD, Sat.1 HD, Servus TV HD, Sixx HD, Sport 1 HD, Super RTL HD and Vox HD.KDG said it plans to increase the number of HD channels available on its network to 35 by the end of the year. It will add AXN HD, Cartoon Network HD and Kinowelt HD on October 15.
Finnish service provider DNA is to air HD versions of all four of the country’s public channels on its cable network.Earlier this month DNA said it would introduce Yle TV1 HD and Yle TV2 HD on its cable and terrestrial networks. The company will now add Yle Teema HD and Yle Fem HD to its cable network, which reaches about 600,000 homes in Helsinki, Oulu, Lahti, Kuopio, Turku, Pori, Rauma and Lohja.Yle will close its existing HD compilation channel, Yle HD, when the new individual HD services begin broadcasting.“We are thrilled to be able to offer all four of Yle’s HD channels through our cable network as soon as they start broadcasting. Home televisions are being rapidly updated to high definition devices, but a big HD screen will only come into its own when watching true high definition content, such as films, sports or music entertainment. Finnish people now have a unique opportunity to witness, for example, our own legendary ice hockey heroes, Teemu included, in the Olympic Games, in true high definition,” says DNA’s director of television business Mikko Saarentaus.
Netflix is getting into the talk show business by signing a pact with Chelsea Handler.The streaming service says the show will “revolutionise” the talk show genre, and is billing it as a first of its kind for “the global on-demand generation”.It is set for all Netflix territories in 2016, and will see Handler – best known for her popular E! show Chelsea Lately – interviewing signature guests and offering “unfiltered” opinions on topical entertainment.Further to the deal, Netflix will also premiere a one-hour live stand-up performance from Handler based on her Uganda Be Kidding Me tour. This will tape at the Harris Theatre in Chicago tomorrow night, and debut on Netflix on October 10.In 2015, Handler will create four exclusive Netflix docu-comedy specials chronicling her attempts to better understand NASCAR racing, Silicon Valley’s tech community, politics and the NBA baskeball draft.Handler will produce each show, including the talker and the stand-up special, through her Borderline Amazing Productions imprint along with partners Tom Brunelle and Brad Wollack.For Netflix, the move marks the first time it has tackled the talk show genre, which is hugely ppoular in the US.“The internet has disrupted many of the conventions of traditional television and together with Chelsea Handler, Netflix is looking forward to reimagining the late night talk show for the on-demand generation, starting with the late night part,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos.“If I was going to continue working in this industry, I knew I had to do something outside the box to keep myself interested,” said Handler. “I wanted to sit with the cool kids at lunch so I approached Netflix to make sure they were as cool as I thought they were, and when I confirmed my suspicions, like with any other future lover, I made my move.”
IBC will run its one-day Leaders’ Summit on Thursday September 11, ahead of the opening of the expo in Amsterdam a day later.The 150 person invite-only event will open with journalist and broadcaster Andrew Neil interviewing Channel 4 CEO David Abraham.Other speakers lined up for the day include: Niclas Ericson, director of TV for FIFA; Erik Huggers, senior vice president of Verizon Communications; Balan Nair, executive vice-president and chief technology officer of Liberty Global; Endemol CEO Just Spee; and Ove Anebygd, vice-president and head of solution area media, Ericsson.The theme of this year’s event will be the topic “leading innovation and change” and the day will be split into four sessions called: taking the pulse; embracing change; the impact of new players; and preparing for the future.
Unions representing employees of French pay TV operator Canal+ have threatened to take strike action on March 5 over what they see as an ongoing deterioration of working conditions and layoffs, according to local reports. The CFDT, CFE-CGC and CGT unions are considering industrial action that could affect Canal+, free-to-air channels D8 and D17, call centres and technical services, according to the reports.According to a union source cited by Le Monde, competition from Al Jazeera-owned beIN Sports is the principal culprit for a deterioration in Canal+’s economic situation, leading to cost-cutting and layoffs and an increased workload and stress for remaining employees.
Vivendi is studying the possibility of launching subscription VoD services in a number of Europe countries and Japan, according to a report by French business news service BFMTV.According to BFMTV, citing unnamed industry sources, the owner of Canal+ aims to differentiate its services by various means including combining video with a subscription music service, leveraging its ownership of Universal Music.Vivendi has targeted Japan as an additional market because of its proven appetite for French content and because Netflix has yet to launch in the territory, according to the report.Canal+ in France already offers a SVoD service in France via CanalPlay, which has about 600,000 subscribers, and also launched a service in Canada with DailyMotion in 2013, priced at C$7.99 a month (€5.87). In Germany, Vivendi’s struggling Watchever service launched two years ago. The company was reported to be mulling a sale of this last year and to have hired Merrill Lynch to look at options.The company has also previously experimented with a combination of music, VoD and downloadable games in the form of Zaoza in France and Germany.