The Cypriot company Thalis Engineering Co. Ltd. is planning to set up a plant that will produce a renewable energy generator capable of producing power at a faction of the cost of other conventional or renewable technologies after acquiring the necessary patents.“We are in the middle of certifying our product and commercialising it,” said Pavlos Liassides, one of the two investors, said in an interview on Tuesday. The company already has two projects for the construction of two powerplants in Greece and Cyprus which will employ 23,000 such power generators, each with a production capacity of 7 kW (kilowatt).Each Thalis SolarDish 751S generator uses solar energy converted into heat to produce electricity with the use of two free piston Stirling engines generators, a thermal storage device, a dish – a solar concentrator spanning around 10 metres – a tracking device and a heat receiver and transfer tube.The free piston-solar system can now generate power at a cost of less than $0.07 (€0.06) per kilowatt-hour (kWh), a faction of the cost that this technology could produce power six years ago.In 2012, Liassides told Bloomberg that the cost was almost €0.22 per kWh. Thalis’ new pricing contrasts sharply with the Electricity Authority of Cyprus, which currently has the de-facto monopoly in power generation and supply in Cyprus and generates power with the use of heavy fuel oil or diesel. In 2016 it sold power at an average price of €0.12 per kWh.The generator’s storage device, which uses molten salt to store heat of up to 650 degrees Celsius, allows power generation at an efficiency rate of 34 per cent, even with 24 hours without any sunshine, Liassides said. He added that “this is addressing two major issues; scalability and dispatchability” as the system can produce power whenever required.The investor, who also chairs the Nicosia-based Cyprus Free & Competitive Energy Market Business Association (CFCEMBA), added that while photovoltaic power generation is more cost effective than that of the Stirling engine, when one takes into account the cost of energy storage, then the Stirling engine is more competitive.The Stirling engine, which relies on a technology discovered by the Scottish clergyman Robert Stirling more than 200 hundred years ago, is employed in the US space and defence industry, according to Liassides. NASA’s Curiosity Rover, dispatched to Mars in 2011, utilises a Stirling engine.This type of device, he continued, is capable of operating practically indefinite after it has demonstrated that it can do so for more than 120,000 hours – almost 14 years – continuously, uninterrupted and maintenance free.Liassides – and his partner Akis Avramides – are considering three possible locations to set up the production plant, which will initially employ 125 workers and at a later stage almost five times as many. Likely candidates are Egypt, Bulgaria and Cyprus.“We will be able to commit to incoming orders as early as in the second half of 2018 before we start production as early as next year,” the investor added.The company, which will operate its research and development (R&D) and engineering department in the US, could export this type of generator to countries in the Middle East worth as much as €600m a year.The Free Piston-Solar System generator is suitable for Cyprus’s weather conditions where temperatures often exceed 40 degrees Celsius in the summer, Liassides said. Unlike photovoltaics which rely on sunlight but whose performance drops in high temperatures, the Stirling engines rely exactly on solar heat which makes them ideal for the climate conditions of Cyprus and other Middle Eastern countries.The systems use fluid heated by the receiver to move pistons to create mechanical power, which sets in motion the actual generator, and are suitable for slope terrains and require no water, he added.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndo 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
State Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, released the following statement after Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address tonight:“After hearing the governor’s State of the State address, I am encouraged by the direction in which our state is headed. We have made positive strides in our economy and created more jobs along the way, and more people are moving back to our state as a result.“However, as the governor indicated, there are still areas that we must focus on, especially continuing to pay down our long term debt and financial liabilities, while maintaining our new responsible spending habits. My colleagues and I will continue to work to make a brighter future for all Michigan families.”### 16Jan Rep. Bumstead statement on the 2014 State of the State address Categories: State of the State
14Jan Rep. Canfield opens office, announces contact info State Rep. Ned Canfield announced the opening of his Lansing office, along with important contact information for residents to reach out to him.Canfield represents the 84th House District, consisting of Huron and Tuscola counties, and can be reached at his Lansing office at (517) 373-0476, through email at EdCanfield@house.mi.gov and by mail at P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909-7514.“I encourage people with thoughts and concerns to reach out to my office so that my staff and I can address them to the best of our abilities,” said Canfield, R-Sebewaing. “I look forward to working closely with Thumb Area residents to ensure their voices are heard on the important issues affecting Michigan families.”Legislative staffers David Jessup and Tim Holland will join Canfield in his Lansing office. Jessup earned his bachelor’s degree from Hillsdale College and has previously been employed in various positions in the Legislature over the course of seven years. Holland is a graduate of Central Michigan University and a former resident of the 84th House District.Rep. Canfield’s office is located at 124 N. Capitol Ave., Room 1188, Lansing, MI 48933. The office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.#### Categories: Canfield News
Categories: Roberts News State Rep. Brett Roberts of Charlotte invites residents to join him for office hours on Friday, Feb. 9 from 11 a.m. to noon at Mark’s Place, located at 238 S. Main St. in Eaton Rapids.“I value the opportunity to connect with people in our community and hear what matters to them,” Rep. Roberts said. “I look forward to listening to our neighbors, addressing their concerns, and talking through solutions for our state.”No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Robert’s office at (517) 373-1775 or BrettRoberts@house.mi.gov. 29Jan Rep. Roberts invites residents to in-district office hours
06Feb Miller authors new law to expand education options to border school districts Categories: Miller News,News Students of school districts along state borders will have more dual enrollment education options after Gov. Rick Snyder today signed legislation by state Rep. Aaron Miller into law.“Our expectations for a quality education should extend beyond our physical borders for the good of the state’s future,” said Miller, of Sturgis. “While Michigan has developed great cooperation for dual enrollment opportunities, there are parts of our state where the closest dual programs in state are still quite a distance away when you consider a high school schedule.”The new law amends the Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act with the stipulation that the out-of-state post-secondary education and dual enrollment school must be within 20 miles of the shared border for students enrolled in a public, charter or private school district.Miller thanked Brent Holcomb, superintendent of the Lewis Cass Intermediate School District in Cass County, and Stephen McNew, superintendent of the Monroe County Intermediate School District, who joined him for House and Senate committee testimony. The superintendents illustrated the limitations of previous law, while sharing how their districts could benefit from a co-operative agreement.“We have to do what’s best for all of our state’s students, not just the ones with the next school district 10 minutes away,” Miller said. “Michigan’s post-high school programs have students from neighboring states crossing the border to come to us, we should not use an unseen line to limit our students’ successes.”House Bill 4735 is now Public Act 11.#####
Rep. Schroeder’s plan better protects Michigan children State Reps. Andrea Schroeder and Matt Hall today testified before the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee.State Rep. Andrea Schroeder today testified before the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee in support of her plan to help keep children safe from abuse and neglect.The Office of the Auditor General (OAG) released a Children’s Protective Services (CPS) Performance Audit last fall that raised an alarming number of concerns about a system that exists to ensure the safety and well-being of Michigan children.As a member of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Schroeder listened to the recommendations from the OAG and introduced a plan that is part of a package to reform Michigan’s Child Protection Law. Schroeder’s bill, House Bill 4706, will create two categories of cases, depending on the level of risk, where the families need further assistance by the CPS caseworker. Splitting Category 3 cases into two separate follow-up actions will give the CPS caseworker flexibility, while still requiring them to help the family receive local services to guarantee the safety of the child or children in the household. If a family does not participate in services or if a child’s risk is not alleviated, the case can be reclassified into a higher risk category.“This plan puts Children’s Protective Services on the correct path to better protect our most vulnerable population, abused and neglected children,” said Schroeder, of Independence Township. “We can all agree that protecting our children is the number one priority for this department and ensuring CPS has the proper tools and guidelines to do so is imperative. I believe after our hearings and meetings with CPS, these reforms are the best way to achieve that goal.”Other proposals in the package would:· Allow CPS to document reasons it abbreviated an investigation and develop an investigation checklist.· Require CPS to investigate a home where suspected child abuse or neglect has occurred within 24 hours of a report.· Require Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to submit an annual report to verify each county is implementing protocols for child abuse and neglect cases.· Add license-exempt child care providers to the Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry if they have committed child abuse or neglect.· Require CPS to provide periodic reports to the Legislature measuring its compliance with conditions raised in the Auditor General’s fall report.House Bills 4704-4709 remain under consideration by the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee. Categories: Schroeder News,Schroeder Video 20Jun VIDEO: Rep. Schroeder testifies on her plan to better protect Michigan children
Share14TweetShareEmail14 Shares July 18, 2014; L.A. School ReportA fiscal audit of two Los Angeles charter schools for fiscal mismanagement has led to concerns about the two charter schools’ parent organization. The audit led to the closing of Magnolia Science Academy-6 and Magnolia Science Academy-7 for reasons, according to L.A. Unified district, that included “a number of irregularities.” However, the audit also apparently revealed that the charters’ parent, Magnolia Public Schools, may itself be insolvent.The news about the two Magnolia schools in Los Angeles has been noticed by other localities that host Magnolia charters. The Santa Clara County Office of Education last year renewed a charter petition for a Magnolia school outside of Cupertino, but is now concerned. “We will pay attention to this—we wouldn’t want to find out that our [Magnolia charter] school would have to close because other [Magnolia] schools are in trouble,” said Don Bolce, Santa Clara’s director of special projects. “We recognize that with a charter school that is part of a charter management organization, a problem at one school could impact other schools – if there is a problem, it endangers the system.” Magnolia’s charter school in Santa Ana, according to L.A. School Report, “has been of concern to school and county officials in Orange County despite winning approval for $18 million in facilities bond money.”The Magnolia charter school system has had its ups and downs over the years, with some schools closed in other districts. But the 11 operating Magnolia schools, including eight in the Los Angeles Unified School District, are not ordinary charter schools, assuming there is any such thing. A Turkish newspaper, the Daily Sabah, indicates that the Magnolia schools are affiliated with a Turkish movement called the Gülen Movement. A website for the Gülen movement, also called “Hizmet,” describes the movement as “a faith-inspired, non-political, cultural and educational movement whose basic principles stem from Islam’s universal values, such as love of the creation, sympathy for the fellow human, compassion, and altruism,” establishing schools and universities around the world to carry out the beliefs of Gülen.The Daily Sabah, supportive of Turkish government authorities, has a much more negative characterization of Gülen.“The movement is led by a controversial imam living in rural Pennsylvania in self-imposed exile, who is at odds with the Turkish government over the influence he wields inside the Turkish police forces and top judiciary. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan recently requested the extradition of Fethullah Gülen both privately and publicly from the Obama administration and accused Gülen of plotting a judicial coup against the Turkish government before the local elections last March.”The Hizmet Chronicle, a news outlet that is supportive of the movement and critical of the Turkish government, has charged that the press has smeared Gülen schools, with the Erdoğan-connected Turkish press playing a role in headines about other Gülen-related schools.Another website provides a somewhat dated list (as of 2011) of Gülen-affiliated public schools, numbering perhaps as many as 140, including 44 in Texas and 19 in Ohio, though it seems that they aren’t all part of the same network or management. Why charter schools? A 60 Minutes piece on Gülen schools makes the connection to the Gülen belief system:Living in exile in a gated retreat in Pennsylvania’s Poconos, “the Turkish imam Fethullah Gülen…tells his followers that to be devout Muslims they shouldn’t build mosques—they should build schools; and not to teach religion, but science. In sermons on the web, he actually says: ‘Studying physics, mathematics, and chemistry is worshipping God.’ So Gülen’s followers have gone out and built over 1,000 schools around the globe – from Turkey to Togo; from Taiwan to Texas.”We certainly don’t know enough to comment pro or con about the Gülen movement and the insinuations against it lodged by the Erdoğan government. However, there have been criticisms, highlighted in the 60 Minutes coverage, that the Gülen charter schools are, according to a whistleblower, basically a money-making operation and a ruse for getting Gülen’s Turkish acolytes visas. If the Gülen schools are business ventures first and educational institutions second, the shutting down of Magnolia schools in Los Angeles suggests that the business plan might not be working in some geographies.But without taking a position regarding Gülen versus Erdoğan, we can suggest that creating charter schools that overtly or covertly pursue a specific quasi-religious message, even to the point of one linked to a cultish leader like Gülen, shouldn’t be part of the K-12 public school system. Even if Gülen’s reported vision of Islam is positive with its emphasis on science, to the extent that it is tied to religion and doing battle with other interpretations of the Koran, it doesn’t really belong in a public school system—Rick CohenShare14TweetShareEmail14 Shares
Share56TweetShare18Email74 SharesFebruary 13, 2017; Associated Press (NewsOn6, Tulsa, OK)President Trump’s campaign and subsequent election has produced little positivity, but one encouraging consequence is the increased number of women—and women of color, which is of particular importance—who are equipping themselves with the tools necessary to run for local, state, and federal office.Since November’s election results, women across the country have begun to discover their own political ambitions at an elevated and intensified degree that our nation has not witnessed before. Organizations like VoteRunLead, a nonprofit that supports women in their pursuit of political office, has seen enrollment in its educational webinars like “From Protestor to Politician” soar from about 50 to 100 participants to more than 1,000. The group’s director, Erin Vilardi, reports that women of color represent approximately half of the increased registration totals.Similarly, She Should Run, a D.C.-based nonprofit that works to expand the “talent pool of future elected female leaders” has experienced since November a nearly 3,000 percent increase in online inquiries from women who are interested in participating in their public service-oriented educational programs and resources.President Trump’s historic campaign, the subsequent assembly of his controversial administration, and the series of questionable proposed and implemented policies during just the last month have sparked a newfound interest in political discourse among Americans. But it’s women and women of color in particular who are going beyond dinnertime conversations and taking real action. From gathering signatures to attending fundraising and public speaking classes, women are already beginning to envision their names on ballots during future election cycles. And because of the nationwide shock that reverberated throughout the country after Trump’s election, women from all parties, many of whom have no previous political experience, rightfully believe that their aspirations aren’t all that farfetched.According to registered Republican Aly Higgins, a millennial who is now toying with the idea of running for political office, this presidential election was a game-changer. “People are realizing that if they want to make a change, they have to step up and start seeking it,” Higgins told Marie Claire magazine. “[Trump’s win] showed you that anyone can do this.”And women of color are perhaps more justified in their pursuit of office than any other hopeful candidate. This past election saw the widest gender gap 44 years, with a 24-point difference between the number of men and women who voted for Trump versus Clinton. But alas, let us not forget that 53 percent of white women chose Trump as the 45th president. Just eight percent of African-American women and 26 percent of Latina voters gave their vote to Trump.With threats to an assortment of rights, like access to safe healthcare, quality and equitable education for their children, and equal pay and opportunity in the workplace, women of color especially recognize the need for their voice and representation in public office. Although last year’s election helped create the most diverse Congress in history, thanks to the swearing in of a record number of minority women (that record number a whopping four), there is still a long way to go until our political leadership positions are not overwhelmingly held by white men.As women of color, as well as trans women and other marginalized populations, continue to live in boundaries led by political leaders who hardly reflect the very constituents they were elected to serve, grassroots efforts to prepare a diverse and representative ballot of qualified candidates simultaneously takes shape. As Marion Johnston, a black woman and aspiring future Durham City Council member put it, past election cycles have rarely provided citizens with candidates they can relate to. “I felt like in so many ways I’m voting for someone who doesn’t know what it’s like to be me. And then I realized that the only person who understands that is me, and so I should run for office.”—Lindsay WalkerShare56TweetShare18Email74 Shares
Lagardère Group has named Denis Olivennes as the new CEO of Lagardère Active, the French conglomerate’s media arm.Olivennes will replace Didier Quillot at the head of Lagardère Active. Olivennes, who was named as CEO of Lagardère-owned radio service Europe 1 last year, as well as having responsibility for news titles including Paris Match and the Journal du Dimanche, will now be responsible for all of Lagardère’s media activities.Lagardère Active operates a number of digital TV channels in France including Tiji, Canal J and Gulli.Olivennes, who has served as CEO of Canal Plus France and of retail chain FNAC, headed the committee that delivered the 2007 report that led to the creation of the ‘three strikes’ Hadopi law to counter internet piracy.
Satellite operator AsiaSat’s independent shareholders have rejected plans to take the company private.AsiaSat said that the proposal for its privatisation had not been approved by the requisite majority after it was rejected by the company’s independent shareholders.AsiaSat said the plan had been adjourned indefinitely and the listing of its shares on the Hong Kong stock market would be maintained.AsiaSat had offered HKD22 (€2.31) per share, subsequently increased to HKD23.50.
Satellite newsgathering specialist SIS Live has taken Ka-band capacity on SES’s Astra 1L satellite at 19.2° East to provide SNG services to UK broadcasters ITN and ITV. The move means that SIS Live will be the first major SNG organsiation to operate DVB and IP services using Ka-band capacity.“Having been heavily involved with the first major automated service for ITV and ITN 10 years ago, we have a deep understanding of the day-to-day needs of fast-moving newsgathering organizations,” said David Meynell, managing director of SIS Live. “ITV and ITN demand high quality, efficient services delivered by the latest innovative cost-efficient technology, and through the utilisation of this Ka-band capacity we will be able to continue to deliver the excellence they have come to expect from us.”
Eutelsat said that revenues from video applications were stable for the six months ending December 31, due to a high fill-rate at key video neighbourhoods and a shortage of incremental capacity.Announcing its half-year results, Eutelsat said that the impact of the suspension of some operations at the 28.5° East orbital position since 4 October 2013 was offset by gains in fast growing markets.It added that good channel growth demonstrated a positive trend, with a lack of available capacity due to be “addressed with future fleet deployments.”“Good channel growth at Eutelsat’s main video neighbourhoods demonstrates the positive underlying trend in the group’s main application,” said Eutelsat.“At 31 December 2013, the total number of channels broadcast by Eutelsat satellites stood at 4,807, up 7% (+322 channels) year-on-year despite the impact of the suspension of operations on the previously disputed frequencies at 28.5° East (-170 channels).”It said that growth was particularly pronounced at the 7°/8° West with 107 channel additions, 16° East with 153 new channels, 7° East with 91 channels and 36° East with 103 channels.“HDTV take-up across the fleet continued to accelerate. At end-December 2013, 508 of the channels broadcast by Eutelsat satellites were in HD, up from 398, implying an HD penetration rate of 10.6% compared to 8.9% at 31 December 2012,” the firm said.Video application revenues, which accounted for 68.2% of Eutelsat’s total revenues, were stable at €430.5 million for the six month period. Overall revenues were up 2.2% year-on-year to €647.4 million, while EBITDA was down 0.1% at €501.3 million.
Francisco VarelaYouTube is starting to experiment with making its channels available on IPTV operators’ EPG as part of partner-led initiatives to extend the platform and keep viewers engaged.Speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, YouTube’s global director of mobile and platform partnerships, Francisco Varela, said that the video site is working with operators in a bid to offer a seamless experience and is giving more priority to playlists.“On IPTV we started some initiatives where YouTube is part of the EPG guide. If you’re a subscriber to a channel on YouTube, why shouldn’t it just show up as channel 206 on your TV guide? We’re seeing some very exciting initiatives being partner-led, and that’s where I think we’re going to continue to thrive as a platform,” said Varela.Discussing APIs and curation, he said that adjustments to the site that rolled out last week would help engagement, putting more focus on YouTube Playlists and making it easier for users to edit playlists they’ve created.“We’re not saying that we’re the be-all and end-all of curation,” said Varela. “We’re giving some priority over playlists to keep folks engaged in curation that is already taking place by some of our users.”He added that YouTube is also offering these same tools to operator partners: “What’s going to lead a Telenor user is going to be very different than what leads in a Vodafone user in Germany. We’re giving our partners the ability to curate for themselves.”In terms of content delivery, Varela said that the Google-developed VP9 video compression codec will help make its data more efficient through the pipe – “whether it be Comcast in the US or BT in the UK.”“Going forward, we want to be a great partner in the mobile ecosystem and even fibre,” said Varela, claiming that YouTube is investing in codecs to help meet the issue of demand, with 100 hours of YouTube content now being uploaded every minute and a billion people accessing the service every month.“How do we make that content come to you much more quickly? There’s no predictor better about whether you’re going to watch another video on YouTube than how quickly you received that first video. If you received it quickly and in good quality, we’re pretty sure you’re going to watch another video. So we need to be a better partner in that ecosystem and VP9 is a big step towards that,” said Varela.
Portugal Telecom has passed to one million download milestone for its Meo Go TV everywhere app.Meo Go is available in the Apple App Store for iPad, iPhone and iPod, from Google Play for Android tablets and smartphones and from the Windows Store for computers, laptops and Windows phones. The app enables uers to watch content anywhere via WiFi or the mobile network.
European Commission VP Neelie KroesThe European Commission and Europe’s data industry have committed to invest €2.5 billion in a public-private partnership, designed to strengthen the data sector.Announcing the deal, the European Commission said that the partnership aims to “put Europe at the forefront of the global data race” and could create 100,000 new data-related jobs in Europe by 2020.European Commission vice-president Neelie Kroes and president of the Big Data Value Association, Jan Sundelin, are to sign a memorandum of understanding to set up the partnership today.The EU has earmarked over €500 million of investment over 5 years (2016-2020), which private partners are expected to match at least four times over, providing €2 billion.
UK broadcaster Channel 4 has launched a selection of its sales division’s interactive video ad formats (iVOD) on Apple iPhones and iPads. Channel 4 claimed that the move makes it the first UK broadcaster to offer mobile-supported interactive video ads, for video on-demand, to the market.It also said that almost 50% of Channel 4‘s on-demand viewing now comes from mobiles and tablets.Among Channel 4’s interactive ad formats are: Ad Link, which places a range of social media and clickable links directly onto the pre-roll as; Ad Extend, which lets viewers watch an extended version of the advert; Ad Bloom, which provides microsite functionality including data capture; and Ad Shop, which features a toolbar of the products shown in the pre-roll ad that a viewer can click and buy or find out more information about.Agencies and advertises that opt for these interactive options will now have their campaigns supported on mobile devices at no extra cost, said Channel 4.“As VOD consumption has risen on mobile platforms we have adapted our strategy accordingly – this was a key driver behind our decision to launch Shorts on 4oD this summer. This mobile ad innovation ensures we’re delivering our advertising partners maximum engagement with our valuable viewers wherever they’re watching,” said David Amodio, digital leader at Channel 4.
Nielsen is expanding Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings to include Facebook conversations for the first time, with plans to add Instagram at a later date.Nielsen will rename the offering Nielsen Social Content Ratings as a result of expansion. The ratings service measures conversations about video programming from TV and over-the-top services and tracks engagement, reach and demographics.“The development of Social Content Ratings reflects Nielsen’s commitment to continually adapt our services to meet the needs of the industry and is part of Nielsen’s ongoing effort to evolve our measurement to reflect the total audience across screens and platforms,” said Sean Casey, president, Nielsen Social.“Nielsen Social measurement is evolving to provide a comprehensive, standardised picture of how consumers are responding to program content through social media, wherever and whenever.”The expanded ratings are due to launch commercially in the first half of 2016 and will be available in Italy, Mexico, the US and Australia – all the markets where Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings are currently available.
Rohit GandhiZee Media has named its forthcoming global English news channel WION (World is One News).The WION TV channel is due to launch in mid-2016, following the rollout of a mobile and digital-first WION platform, and will report global news “from a South Asian perspective”.Zee said that WION will have bureaus across the globe and will target a ‘Generation Z’ audience – “not in terms of age, but in terms of values, beliefs and attitude; a generation that is global, social, visual and tech savvy.”Rohit Gandhi, Zee’s editor-in-chief – English news broadcast and related content – said WION marked an “ambitious leap into a multiscreen future” with the TV channel acting as a face to the “mobile-first” newsgathering service. “With WION, we will meet the aspirations of 2 billion South Asians by delivering a global news network reflecting a South Asian world perspective. It’s high time for South Asian reporting from front lines, war zones and prominent global capitals,” said Gandhi.
Pernille ErenbjergDenmark’s TDC Group has struck a deal to sell its Swedish subsidiary to Tele2 for SEK2.9 billion (€311 million).Tele2 will acquire TDC Sweden’s customers, over 800 employees and the company’s local infrastructure.TDC said the sale of the Swedish unit completes the strategic review of its businesses it launched in January, and that it would now focus its resources on its continuing operations in Denmark and Norway.TDC had a turnover of SEK3.38 billion in 2015, compared with Tele2’s SEK12.63 billion turnover. The company as 3.7 mobile customers in the country.TDC CEO Pernille Erenbjerg said that Tele2 would a “great partner” for TDC Group and that the pair would develop cooperation over the coming years.
Virgin Media has launched Virgin Media Solutions, a new advertising sales house for the UK and Irish markets.Virgin Media Solutions will represent all ad sales for Virgin Media, including video-on-demand and Virgin Media’s public WiFi services.It will also act as the exclusive sales agency for all TV3 Group channels in Ireland, including TV3 and 3e.“By bringing together the incredibly talented TV3 advertising team with Virgin Media we’re building an advertising arm with firepower across TV, on-demand and WiFi,” said Virgin Media’s chief digital entertainment officer, David Bouchier.Gareth Vaughan Jones, who was previously head of advertising in Virgin Media UK, will head up Virgin Media Solutions UK.Paula McCarthy, who previously held the position of brand solutions director of TV3 Group, will head up the Virgin Media Solutions Ireland sales team.Both Paula and Gareth will report to TV3 Group Commercial Director Gavan Byrne.