Housing Expo opens at Perseverance

first_img… 1 lucky applicant will win a low-income house lot on SundayThe Communities Ministry in collaboration with the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) officially on Friday launched “Housing Solutions 2017 and Beyond” at Perseverance, East Bank Demerara.The housing expo is geared towards providing low- and moderate-income earners, along with State employees and youths, the opportunity to access affordable houses in a modern setting.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CH&PA, Lelon Saul, underscored theAttendees at the Housing Solutions 2017 and Beyond launchimportance of the expo, noting that it provides options and helps the body to execute its mandate. “We are guided by Government policies which are in sync with our mandate to provide affordable housing for the working class. Our interest is not only in providing service lots but more importantly, creating safe, cohesive and sustainable communities,” he said.Minister with the responsibility for housing, Valerie Patterson said Housing Solutions focuses on the Government’s housing programme which seeks to improve the housing delivery system, especially to low-income earners.“The model village gives interested person a real life experience, you don’t have to use your imagination to see what your housing unit will look like; you can walk through the house and experience and interact with its design. You have a range of options from which to choose. The model village provides participating contractors a stage to showcase their products, designs, craftsmanship and newOne of the wooden duplex exhibits available for purchase after the expo closesbuilding technology. More importantly for us, it allows them an opportunity to partner with Government to make housing more affordable for Guyanese at a lower level of the economic scale,” Minister Patterson said.“God forbids that the asking prices for these houses should be prohibitive for the people we intended to reach, we reduced the cost of the house lots here in Perseverance for the model village. We reduced the prices from $500,000 to $300,000 for the low-income, $500,000 for the moderate-income and $700,000 for the middle-income. That was an attempt to assist the exhibitors to ensure that their prices at the end will be affordable,” she added.Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan said the occupancy rate of Government housing schemes developed over the past 20 years has plummeted below 20 per cent for the 38 housing schemes developed during the 2011-2014 period. He noted that those 38 schemes consumed more than 4200 acres of land, with an approximate investment of $13 billion and would require an additional $16 billion to complete the infrastructure. He added that that money is not available.“Land divestment is unaffordable for the State; this is why it is necessary for a higher density model to be pursued if we are to provide a higher model solution. Government buying itself will not achieve the success it wishes in the delivery of this housing solution, it will have to partner with the Private Sector in a robust open and transparent process,” the minister said.The CH&PA will be giving away a low-income house lot to a lucky applicant on Sunday night and encourages those who have applications in the system on or before December 31, 2016 to enter.last_img read more

Elemental will exhibit at ANGA COM on Stand P15 H

first_imgElemental will exhibit at ANGA COM on Stand P15, Hall 10.1. Elemental Technologies will showcase its range of encoding solutions at ANGA COM, including its 4K TV and HEVC/H.265 capability.Elemental will highlight its ability to implement live and on demand video processing in on- premise, cloud-based or hybrid ground-cloud deployments.According to Elemental, the encoding features for its cloud-based encoding platform, Elemental Cloud, mirror those available with Elemental Server and Elemental Live, ensuring the same video output is available from on-premise appliances and secure cloud-based transcoding resources.Elemental Conductor meanwhile centralises management of all Elemental video processing deployments.In addition, Elemental will highlight Elemental Live and Elemental Server performing 4K Ultra HD encoding, real-time HEVC/H.265 encoding as well as MPEG-DASH streaming to a variety of end user players and devices.Technologies designed to help customers protect and monetise content in a multiscreen ecosystem, such as forensic watermarking, encryption, targeted ad insertion, advanced captioning and audio normalisation, will also be on display.Elemental solutions will also be featured in partner stands, including those of Teleste (stand E19, Hall 10.2) and Veramatrix (stand M10, Hall 10.1).“Each year, Elemental brings our latest technologies to the forefront of the EMEA region at ANGA,” said Keith Wymbs, VP of marketing for Elemental. “We view ANGA as one of the most important venues for showcasing our solutions for multiscreen video processing and our leadership in the market.”Elemental, Teleste and Verimatrix will also host a reception on Wednesday, June 5 from 16:30 to 18:30 on the Elemental stand.last_img read more

TeliaSoneraowned Estonian service provider Elion

first_imgTeliaSonera-owned Estonian service provider Elion added over 11,000 new customers to its NutiTV offering in the third quarter, a rise of 8% year-on-year, taking the total number of customers for the service to 161,000.Elion added 5% year-on-year to its broadband base in the same period, taking its total to 220,000. The company’s overall customer base now amounts to about 316,000, the operator said.Elion estimates it now has a market share of 44.8% in fixed line TV services, and 59% of the fixed internet market.Elion, which revamped its TV service last week, is continuing to invest in fibre, rolling out up 100Mbps services to a further 6,300 homes in Võru , Valga and Jõhvi in September.last_img

AirTies will exhibit at IBC on stand 5B33 Norigi

first_imgAirTies will exhibit at IBC on stand 5.B33. Norigin Media will exhibit on stand 14.H16 Set-top box maker AirTies has partnered with multi-screen and OTT services specialist Norigin Media to launch a new set-top box (STB) with mobile-to-TV casting capabilities.The “ultra-small” multimedia STB is designed to let users cast TV and video streams – as well as games, social media and music – from mobile devices onto larger screens at home.The firms said that the new casting solution is targeted at mobile and converged network operators “looking to increase the stickiness of their services in the connected home environment.”The AirTies STB uses cast streaming technology developed in conjunction with Norigin Media to enable video and other multimedia content to be pushed to TV screens using adaptive bitrate technology.The solution is designed to let viewers use their smartphone or tablet as a user interface to select programmes. It been developed on the AirTies 7205 STB in combination with Norigin ́s Hybrid Apps suite and will also work with AirTies’ Air 7405 set-top.“This latest innovation draws on the experience gleaned from developing a similar OTT solution for converged mobile, fixed and broadband operator Orange Spain. It allows any mobile operator to offer a full featured Pay TV solution bringing satellite quality video and security from the smart phone to the TV without expensive media gateways,” said Bulent Celebi, executive chairman and co-Founder of AirTies.Norigin Media’s co-founder, CEO and CTO, Espen Erikstad, added: “There has been much discussion about how the box at home and OTT services are different worlds and this partnership just proves otherwise and makes a stronger case for TV Everywhere.”last_img read more