Police Several killed in Danish bridge train accident

first_imgCOPENHAGEN — Danish police say several people have been killed in a train accident on a bridge linking the central islands of Zealand and Funen.Police did not provide further details about those killed or the number of people injured in Wednesday’s incident, which took place about 8 a.m. local time. Danish media reported that a tarpaulin on a freight train hit a passenger train going in the opposite direction, prompting it to brake suddenly.The Storebaelt bridge is part of bridges and tunnel link between the Danish islands. Police is scheduled to give a news conference later Wednesday.The Associated Presslast_img

Moroccans Use Facebook to Support US Law on Gay Marriage

Rabat – U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Friday to legalize same-sex marriage across the United States. To mark the occasion, many Moroccans decorated their Facebook profiles with the LGBT rainbow flag.The decision ruling that all the 50 states must issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples has prompted many Moroccans to use a recently unveiled Facebook feature called “Let’s Celebrate Pride” which allows users to put a rainbow filter over their profile pictures.The feature has been widely used by Moroccans to show support to the gay cause in Morocco and elsewhere, especially as the timing of the decision coincides with LGBT Pride Month. Facebook users in Morocco rainbowfied their profile pictures by laying the iconic flag, which represents the diversity of the LGBT community, over their existing avatars.“I put the rainbow flag over my profile picture because I defend the freedom of people marrying whoever they want to marry regardless of their sexual orientations,” Fatima-ezzahra Abkari, a Paris-based Moroccan journalism student, told Morocco World News. “Love has no limits, no boundaries and no religion,” she added.When asked whether Morocco should one day follow in the footsteps of the United States and legalize same-sex marriage, Abkari deemed the idea as far-fetched, saying Morocco has a culture that is different from other countries.“We should only deal with the mentality and accept members of the LGBT community as normal persons,” she said.In addition to Facebook, Twitter has also enabled its users to join the movement by adding a rainbow heart to any tweet with the hashtag #LoveWins.Many organizations and tech companies have also cheered the decision, including the White House, Apple, Twitter and Facebook. read more

UN refugee agency signs agreement for repatriation of 25000 Rwandans

Some 25,000 Rwandan refugees in Uganda – half the total still scattered across Africa – will be repatriated voluntarily under a tripartite agreement signed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) with the Governments of Rwanda and Uganda. The agreement is the third in a series UNHCR has reached with governments to establish a legal and operational framework for the voluntary return of Rwandan refugees, following agreements earlier this year with Zambia and the Republic of Congo. Under an agreement with Tanzania last year, more than 20,000 Rwandan refugees returned from camps in the western part of that country. According to the terms of the agreement, signed on Wednesday in the Rwandan capital of Kigali, all Rwandan refugees in Uganda who wish to return home will be able to do so without pre-conditions, UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond told a briefing in Geneva today. At the same time, no Rwandan refugee will be compelled to return against his or her will and those who opt not to repatriate will continue to enjoy refugee status. The Government of Rwanda has agreed to ensure that the return of the refugees takes place in safety and dignity, Mr. Redmond said. Since the beginning of the year, more than 8,000 Rwandan refugees have returned home, mainly from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). read more

New ambush in Darfur claims life of UNAfrican Union peacekeeper injures three

According to an UNAMID news release, a Mission convoy of military, police and civilian personnel came under a combination of automatic and mortar fire from unidentified assailants while on its way from the town of Kutum to the town of Hashaba North, 56 kilometres northeast of Kutum, to assess the situation following recent reports of violence in that area. The convoy returned fire. “These attacks will not shake our resolve to fulfil our mandate and help the people of Darfur,” said UNAMID’s Acting Joint Special Representative and Joint Chief Mediator ad interim, Aïchatou Mindaoudou. “I call on the Government of Sudan to investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.”The UNAMID official’s calls for an investigation into the incident and for the perpetrators to be brought to justice were echoed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, according to the UN chief’s spokesperson, as well as the Security Council.Mr. Ban’s spokesperson noted that the Secretary-General condemns “in the strongest possible terms” the attack and expresses his condolences to the Government of South Africa, UNAMID and the family of the fallen peacekeeper. In a press statement, the members of the Security Council also condemned “in the strongest terms” the attack and expressed their condolences to the family of the deceased peacekeeper, as well as the Government of South Africa and UNAMID, in addition to calling on the Government of Sudan to swiftly investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.The Security Council members also reiterated their full support for UNAMID and called on all parties in Darfur to cooperate with the Mission.UNAMID is entrusted with protecting civilians, promoting an inclusive peace process and helping ensure the safe delivery of humanitarian aid across Darfur, the scene of fighting between Sudanese Government troops and their allied militias and rebels since 2003. Since its initial deployment at the start of 2008, 43 peacekeepers have been killed by hostile action.Four Nigerian UNAMID peacekeepers were killed and eight wounded at the beginning of the month in an ambush near a regional Mission headquarters in El Geneina, the capital of West Darfur state. read more

Labors parents visa plan allows for uncapped stays but risks migrant overflow

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Labor has revealed a proposed three- and five-year sponsored parents’ visa that would cost $1,250 and $2,500 per entrant. The plan for an uncapped long-stay parents’ visa would be a quarter of the cost of the Coalition’s visas and would also be available to an unlimited number of applicants.The Coalition has already announced its parents’ visa due to start on 1 July that would be restricted to 15,000 people and cost $5,000 for three years and $10,000 for five years. Holders would be required to go overseas to renew their visa.Labor members, such as frontbencher Chris Bowen, state that “many elderly parents want to reunite with their families but have to travel to Australia as tourists – proving costly, frustrating, disruptive and exhausting as they ferry between countries.” They state that their plans would make it easier for these families.Critics of Labor’s visa plans point to a programme that will not be sustainable. Immigration Minister David Coleman told the Australian that the proposal showed “a complete lack of regard for sensible immigration and population planning”.last_img read more

Bio la moitié des Français en consomme

first_imgBio : la moitié des Français en consomme France – 50% des Français mangent bio au moins une fois par mois et 3.600 agriculteurs ont adopté des techniques d’agriculture biologique en 2009, soit 20% de plus qu’en 2008. Cependant, les avis à propos de ces données sont mitigés.En effet, même si le nombre d’agriculteurs et de consommateurs est à la hausse, les sols agricoles bio ne représentent que 2,4% du total des surfaces agricoles : on est encore loin des 6% à atteindre d’ici 2012 et des 20% exigés par le Grenelle d’ici 2020. Il faut noter que l’Italie en est déjà à 9% et l’Allemagne, à plus de 5%.De plus, l’offre ne répond pas à la demande des Français, quand plus du quart de la population de l’Hexagone souhaite augmenter sa consommation de produits bio dans les prochains mois. Il faut compter trois ans pour qu’un agriculteur se convertisse au bio : ainsi, la France est obligée d’importer près du tiers de ses produits biologiques. Pour ce qui est des viandes, des œufs et du vin, la seule production française suffit, mais ce n’est pas le cas pour les céréales et le lait par exemple. Et pour cause : les rendements sont moins bons que ceux de l’agriculture classique, et peuvent diminuer de 30%. Un détail qui explique en partie le prix plus élevé des produits bio, un prix que les Français sont assez réticents à payer en pleine crise financière.Le 9 février 2010 à 11:47 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

The great gold bull market has begun

first_imgMumbai, Aug 17 (IANS) Gold prices have hit a record high amid a rush for safe haven assets owing to the fears of a recession. Goehring & Rozencwajg, a research firm which focuses on investments in natural resources, says the great gold bull market has begun. Gold prices have surged over 20 per cent since January 1 and touched a life-time high of $1,546.10 per troy ounce amid multiple headwinds, primarily US-China trade spat. Also Read – Man held for slapping woman employee at Gurgaon toll plaza booth Advertise With Us A bull market is defined by a condition in a financial market where a commodity, stock, currency or bond prices are rising or are expected to rise. According to the Goehring & Rozencwajg’s report, this bull market will be driven by Western investors, and their buying pressure may have already started. Recently, the UK and Germany’s economy contracted, raising fears of recession. Germany, the biggest European economy which is largely export-dependent, has been hit by US-China trade tensions. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us The UK, the world’s fifth largest economy, recently logged negative growth, owing to the pressure on its businesses amid political uncertainty due to Brexit. “Precious metals were strong last quarter, as more and more central bankers talked about cutting interest rates and undertaking additional quantitative easing,” the report said. Gold rose 9 per cent while silver once again lagged, rising less than 1 per cent. Platinum fell 2 per cent and palladium (again being pushed because of restrictive diesel regulations in Europe) rose 11 per cent. Advertise With Us Explaining the gold bull run further, Goehring & Rozencwajg said gold stocks were also strong during the quarter, advancing by 14 per cent . “We have seen a large increase in the physical accumulation by both gold and silver ETFs (exchange traded funds) over the last several months,” the firm said. However, they added that the only thing that concerned them was the price of oil relative to gold. “Over the last three years, we have been very bullish on global oil markets. We explained how we were waiting for gold to become undervalued relative to oil, just like it did back in the 1999-2000 period. A “cheap” gold-oil ratio would give us our final signal that gold’s three-and-a-half-year corrective phase had come to a close” they added.last_img read more

House Republicans update Action Plan unveil additional goals for 2014

first_img Categories: News LANSING — House Republicans today provided an update to the caucus Action Plan, including additional goals for Michigan that would address tax relief for individuals, human trafficking, gun-owner rights, transportation needs, and school safety.“The people of Michigan deserve real results that brings jobs for workers and reunites families in our state,” said Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, R-Marshall. “The facts show that the past three years have been filled with making the tough decisions needed to move our state forward. We can’t be done with our work because the job is not done. We will continue working for Michigan’s hard-working families.”Bolger noted that in completing more than half of the two-year Action Plan in the first year alone, House Republicans were able to accomplish many things that had not been possible for years.Among these accomplishments are passage of sales tax on the difference legislation that brought tax relief to working women and men who trade up on an automobile, boat or RV. Campaign finance limits and transparency also have been improved. Both initiatives have been talked about around Lansing for decades but never completed.Fixing the Court of Claims law so that the court represents the full state of Michigan had been discussed since Gov. John Engler’s days but never accomplished until last year.House Republicans also tackled the problems and inadequate representation plaguing our indigent defense system. They provided vital reforms that have been overdue for decades. House Republicans made things happen through cooperation with people from both sides of the aisle to finally reform and create a better indigent defense system.The year 2013 also saw true Medicaid reform involving co-pays and responsibility for personal behavior — something that had been discussed since John Engler was governor and so important an issue that it once spurred a gubernatorial campaign. Through bipartisan work, Medicaid reform was accomplished when many said it couldn’t be done.“Everyone in Michigan deserves a bright future, a safe community and a successful career when they work hard and play by the rules,” said Rep. Kevin Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant, chair of the House Republican Policy Workgroup that helped craft the Action Plan. “Today, and every day, we renew our commitment to the Action Plan we unveiled one year ago. We have traveled far, but we still have a long way to go to make it back from Michigan’s lost decade.”### Contact:Ari B. Adleraadler@house.mi.gov 09Jan House Republicans update Action Plan, unveil additional goals for 2014last_img read more

House Appropriations Chair applauds governors State of the State priorities

first_img Categories: Cox News Cox reflects on what Snyder’s comments mean for 2018-19 state budget State Rep. Laura Cox, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, highlighted the issues from Gov. Snyder’s State of the State address that will impact next year’s state budget.Following the recession of the early 2000s, which depleted the state’s reserved funds, the Legislature and Governor Snyder have worked to replenish that fund. The governor, once again, highlighted the importance of the rainy day fund, a budget accomplishment of which Cox is very proud.“This fund is vital to our state’s future,” said Cox, of Livonia. “I’m proud of the work I’ve been able to do with my colleagues to grow and protect that money from being raided so we have it when we truly need it.  Keeping Michigan on the right track by safeguarding our nest egg and paying down our unfunded liabilities will be a top priority for me as we craft our budget recommendations for the coming fiscal year.”Cox also applauded the governor’s emphasis on K-12 education and career and technical (CTE) training.“Last year I presided over a budget which allocated more funding to K-12 public school education than ever before and placed great emphasis on CTE programs across our state,” Cox said. “I am intent on continuing the work of preparing our children for the 21st century jobs market.”Cox, who previously served as a law enforcement officer and has pushed for increased protections for Michigan communities, said she was pleased with the governor’s commitment in this area as well.Of the many topics covered in the governor’s address, Cox says cracking down on campus sexual assault is important to her.“As a member of the Let’s End Campus Sexual Assault Initiative, I have been working to stop assault on college campuses for several years,” Cox said. “Lately, this issue is being discussed on a national level and we are demanding a change. I am happy to partner with the governor and my legislative colleagues to stop all instances of sexual assault both on and off campus.”Cox and her colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee will begin discussions for the 2018-19 Fiscal Year budget in the coming weeks.### Tags: State of the State center_img 23Jan House Appropriations Chair applauds governor’s State of the State prioritieslast_img read more

Rep Rendon supports bill to allow tribal social services representatives access to

first_img Legislation protects children State Rep. Daire Rendon has voted with the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee to give tribal social services access to certain records that would allow them to communicate with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for the best interest of children in their tribe.The bill would allow tribal officials to better cooperate with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in child welfare cases.“This legislation helps protect the best interests of children and promotes security of tribes and their families,” said Rendon, of Lake City.The Indian Child Welfare Act was enacted in 1978 in response to a crisis affecting American Indian and Alaska’s Native children, families, and tribes. Studies revealed that large numbers of children were being separated from their parents, extended families and communities by state welfare and private adoption agencies.Under current law, the MDHHS cannot disclose confidential information when it comes to tribal children who are in the Child Protective Services system outside of a few enumerated situations.A confidential written report, confidential document, or confidential photograph also would be available to a tribal representative, agency or organization to care for, diagnose, treat, review and evaluate, or monitor active efforts regarding a child in their tribe.Senate Bill 616 moves to the full House for consideration.### Categories: Daire Rendon News 01Feb Rep. Rendon supports bill to allow tribal social services representatives access to state documentslast_img read more

Rep Wozniak Republican lawmakers unveil new caucus Action Plan

first_img20Feb Rep. Wozniak, Republican lawmakers unveil new caucus Action Plan State Rep. Doug Wozniak, of Shelby Township, this week joined his colleagues for a press conference outlining key principles and priorities that will guide House Republican legislation for the 2019-2020 legislative term.Wozniak underscored the continued commitment within the plan to reduce car insurance rates for all drivers, invest in our state’s roadways and stand up for the most vulnerable people in Michigan.“We’re at a crossroads where what we accomplish and prioritize now dictates how prosperous our state’s future can be,” Wozniak said. “We’re not only committed to paving roads here in Michigan, we’re also committed to continuing the economic comeback we’ve been experiencing over the past several years. This action plan leads the way for all Michiganders to live, work and raise their families.”The action plan also focuses on the following issues in the next two years:Building Michigan’s future through improved infrastructure, including public water systems;Protecting constitutional rights and religious freedoms;Meaningful criminal justice reform, such as protecting private property rights through changes to civil asset forfeiture, while upholding the rule of law; andPutting more hard-earned money back into the pockets of Michigan taxpayers.Since 2011, House Republicans have publicly outlined their priorities to improve government transparency and accountability. The entire action plan is available to the public at gophouse.org/leading-the-way. Categories: Wozniak Newslast_img read more

Interim Mayor Just Says No to Citys Winter Shelters

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares February 6, 2014; XETV-TV, San Diego 6There are many ways that Todd Gloria, interim mayor of San Diego, is not like his predecessor, Bob Filner. His take on the issue of homelessness is one example. Filner, who resigned last year following multiple allegations of sexual harassment, hoped to keep San Diego’s city-sponsored winter shelters, typically only open Thanksgiving through Easter, available year-round. These shelters have not closed since November 2012.Gloria believes the money could be better spent. In his “State of the City” address last week, he proposed that San Diego close the winter shelters and instead spend the $1.9 million in general funds on programs that he believes have proven more effective in reducing homelessness.His proposal includes:$800,000 in assessment and case management for the winter shelter, including case management services for veterans.$400,000 to the Regional Task Force on the Homelessness to implement a coordinated Homeless Management Information System. This type of system is required by the Department of Housing and Urban Development to be in place in order to receive federal homeless dollars.$120,000 for the Serial Inebriate Program for chronic homeless alcoholics cycling through various facilities, allowing the county to increases services from 12 to 32 individuals at any given time.$80,000 for the Neil Good Day Center, a haven for many of San Diego’s homeless and a place where they can make phone calls, take showers, and use computers.$40,000 to augment the San Diego Police Department’s Homeless Outreach Teams.$150,000 for a storage facility, currently operated by Girls Think Tank, where more than 300 homeless may safely leave belongings while looking for work or attending doctor appointments.$300,000 to fill a funding gap at Connections Housing, a downtown shelter providing 223 interim and supportive-housing beds.The two mayoral candidates, David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer, both appear to support Gloria’s proposal.Gloria’s proposed changes are not without controversy. Many are concerned Gloria would in effect be closing the winter shelters and displacing the 375 people currently using those beds. “The representation that the tents were going to be open year-round is illusory,” he stated, according to San Diego City Beat. “It wasn’t funded that way, and it’s one of the things we’ve been trying to deal with.”San Diego has an estimated 5,700 homeless residents, approximately 3,100 of whom live on the streets. San Diego also has a significant portion of migrant farmworkers living in makeshift housing in canyons near residential areas.There is, clearly, a lot of work to be done. As Gloria stated in his address, “We cannot be America’s Finest City with thousands of our neighbors living on our streets.” Hopefully, the next mayor is as committed to underserved San Diegans as Gloria is.—Jennifer Amanda Jones ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

The Gay Rights Community Takes the Lead for the Next Leg of

first_imgShare4TweetShare1Email5 SharesBy infomatique [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsJuly 11, 2017; Washington PostWould it be impolitic to equate the struggle for human and equal rights in today’s political environment to a relay race? Instead of the usual individual effort, in a relay race, each team member is responsible for a portion of the race, moving the baton to the next phase. That way, no one is overextended and each team member can apply their specific skills to hustle toward the finish line. In this case, anyone of the social justice, progressive, liberal, libertarian or Democratic Party persuasion who needs a brief hiatus from the front lines might find that the LGBTQ rights and equal rights communities are in place to take up the lead.The Human Rights Campaign, “America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality,” has orchestrated a series of high-profile political wins, boasts impressive membership numbers (and even more supporters), and, most importantly, has amassed a $26 million war chest.For the 2018 election cycle, the LGBTQ community is woke and poised to play. Collectively, they have used their voices and partners to make appreciable dents in barriers to full and equal rights, even knocking some down. When the dust from the great bathroom debate/debacle settled, the law’s chief proponent, the Republican governor of North Carolina, had lost his office and platform. Losing this governorship was not all the state lost. The more than 10 million supporters of equal rights effectively lobbied other states’ politicians, teams, and organizations, making North Carolina a national pariah. The state is believed to have lost as much as $201 million in tourism and revenue. Success breeds success, and the organization has developed a well-funded strategy. Recognizing that “all politics are local,” they are focused on 20 other states and their governorship and legislatures, believing they are the next equal rights battlegrounds.When it comes to relay races, the strategy is to run one’s second-fastest, third-fastest, slowest, and fastest racers—in that order. There is a method to the relay race madness. Each leg is different; some are shorter than others, but the last leg usually calls for the strongest runner. Progressives and liberals have been running variations of these races for a long time, and it’s likely that every conceivable faction of the coalition has served in every position. The Democratic/liberal progressive team took a massive hit in the Clinton/Trump race; today, they are reeling from four high-profile special election losses. Does that mean the DNC should widen its prospects? Well, look at the abundance of potential leadership, active members of the rank and file who have earned and deserve a seat at the big table. Absent this, progressive Democrats run the risk of alienating their base, which comprises a significant amount of the LGBTQ community.The collective gay community sees within itself a cross-section of every group that has been spat on, discriminated against, lynched, killed, beat up, bullied, and made to wear stupid dresses. They are right. They are gay African Americans, Asians, Latin@s, Caucasians, young people, seniors, women, men, trans folk, and queers of all stripes—and, most importantly, they are coming of age with their potential.Liberals and progressives from outside the LGBTQ community may find it prudent to accept the advantages of a movement in rebirth. Extant nonprofits working in the space should continue stepping up, mentoring, supporting, and guiding. As members of the community are doing work on the ground, the nonprofits should be handling the legal, administrative, and paperwork details. It appears clear that volunteers will not settle for being on the sidelines. With their accomplishments and success, there’s no reason they should.—Mary Frances MitchnerShare4TweetShare1Email5 Shareslast_img read more

Eurosport is to make its mobile streaming app avai

first_imgEurosport is to make its mobile streaming app available to Android users for the first time today, and has signed up Samsung as its exclusive launch partner.Users will be able to download the Eurosport Player app to access live simulcasts of Eurosport and Eurosport 2. Customers will be able to watch the London 2012 Olympic Games as well as live cycling from the Tour de France, motorsports, football, snooker, wintersports and live tennis action from US Open tennis Grand Slam.To promote the app, Samsung customers who purchase a Galaxy SIII phone will receive a month long promotional subscription to the Eurosport Player app. Samsung is also extending its promotion with Eurosport during the London 2012 Olympic Games.last_img

Content management and global distribution company

first_imgContent management and global distribution company RR Sat has launched two new Ku-Band MCPC platforms on Spacecom’s AMOS-5 Satellite at 17° East.RRsat said the two MCPC platforms, Ku-1 for west central Africa and Ku-3 for east west Africa, will complement its DTH business in sub-Saharan Africa.“The African market for broadcast television is growing rapidly,” said Lior Rival, vice-president sales and marketing at RRsat. “Together with AMOS, we believe that with these platforms we will be able to provide leading TV and radio channels the opportunity to reach a continent demanding new television viewing.last_img

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

Crossing Lines Amazonowned VOD service LoveFilm i

first_imgCrossing LinesAmazon-owned VOD service LoveFilm is looking to up its exclusive content and original show commissions, with chief marketing officer Simon Morris admitting it is still “early days” for the firm. Speaking to DTVE at the press launch of Crossing Lines, the latest in a string of original drama series that LoveFilm has secured for the UK, Morris said LoveFilm was still trying out different types of content for the online service.“We’re trying library content, we’re trying exclusive first-pay content, we’re trying exclusive first-pay movie exclusive, first exclusive TV content. It’s early days – this is a really pioneering time for this business, so it would be fair to say we are experimenting in different areas,” said Morris.Part of the firm’s strategy rests on Amazon’s commissioning of its own exclusive shows through its US content arm Amazon Studios. This has involved a process where the firm selects shows from a broader range of pilots using viewer data and feedback. The first two of these shows – Alpha House and Betas are in production now, with more comedy pilots to appear next year.“We have a lot of information about customer preferences that we can use to inform our decisions about what new content we bring to the market,” said Morris.“We’re not a Syfy Channel or a Horror Channel. What we do have in this great age of big data, as a data-driven business, is the ability to be able to think about not only how people view but also the types of content we might want to buy.”Commenting specifically on the appeal of NBC crime-drama Crossing Lines, which LoveFilm has the exclusive rights to in the UK and is due to launch this week, Morris said:  “We like the international aspect, we like the potential fit with our audience, it’s already out in the States, Italy, Spain, France, so it’s starting to find a water level with consumers there, and that’s obviously interesting for us to watch.”last_img read more