Air Berlin carried almost 28 million passengers over the course of 2009, a 3.9 percent decrease from the previous year’s total.Germany’s second-largest airline said that one of the main reasons for the decline was a reduction in passenger capacity of 2.6 percent.Despite the challenges posed by the economic downturn, fleet capacity utilisation was marked at 77.3 percent, a fall of only one percentage point from 2008.Over two million passengers travelled on an Air Berlin flight in December, a 0.8 percent increase on the previous month’s total.Until December 24th, the airline allowed its passengers to check-in their Christmas tree to the aircraft’s cargo compartment free of charge.Trees of up to two metres in height were permitted in light of a number of requests from German passengers.Last month, Air Berlin introduced its ‘check-in at the station service’ at railway stations in Switzerland.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedAir Berlin reports an increase in passenger turnoverAir Berlin has announced a one percent increase in its passenger turnover during 2008.New winter routes from Oslo from Norwegian AirNorwegian Air Shuttle has announced that it will be adding five new routes to its winter schedule next month.Air Berlin rings boarding and seat reservation to mobilesAir Berlin has announced that it will launch mobile check-in for its flights through an MMS check-in facility.
Categories: Glenn News,News 26Oct Rep. Glenn supports guaranteed lower auto insurance rates in Michigan State Rep. Gary Glenn today joined the House Insurance Committee in approving legislation that will guarantee auto insurance rate reductions for all Michigan drivers.Glenn said the bill should end Michigan’s tenure as the state with the most expensive auto insurance in the nation by offering motorists personal injury protection coverage options, reining in medical costs, fighting fraud and sparking increased competition in the market. All drivers would be guaranteed lower rates on the PIP portion of their policies, with the savings increasing at lower coverage levels.The savings could be greatest for seniors, who would not need PIP coverage at all if they already have lifetime health insurance such as Medicare.“We’re fixing a broken system with a long overdue mandatory rate reduction and greater freedom of choice for drivers,” Glenn, of Williams Township, said after the vote. “Seniors with Medicare will no longer be forced to buy excess coverage.”Glenn noted that some auto insurance companies don’t do business in Michigan because of the state’s current law, but regulators appear confident more companies would enter the market if this bill passes.“This legislation would spark additional competition,” Glenn said. “Market forces would help reduce premiums even beyond those prescribed by this legislation.”Michigan currently is the only state in the nation mandating drivers buy unlimited personal injury coverage through their auto insurance. The bill approved by the Insurance Committee continues benefits for Michiganders already receiving lifetime health care after a catastrophic traffic accident. The plan also gives drivers the option to continue buying unlimited personal injury protection coverage, or buy more affordable alternative plans.All drivers would be guaranteed lower rates on the PIP portion of their policies. The bill calls for a 10 percent reduction for those buying unlimited coverage, a 20 percent drop for those choosing $500,000 in coverage, and a 40 percent drop at $250,000 in coverage.“I think it’s the No. 1 issue legislators hear about – drivers are tired of living in the most expensive automobile insurance state in the nation,” Glenn said. “I’m looking forward to an end of that era.”House Bill 5013 advances to the House floor for consideration.### read more
Categories: Hughes News,News Legislation helps put experienced teachers back in classroom, helping studentsState Rep. Holly Hughes’ plan to help students by allowing retired teachers to return as substitute teachers without losing retirement benefits has been signed into law.“This new law will help put talented educators and professionals in front of our students to maximize each instructional day we have with kids,” said Hughes, of Montague. “To get these qualified individuals working with our state’s children, we need to remove the barriers which have nothing to do with the classroom.”Previous law allowing retired teachers to substitute without losing their benefits was set to expire in July. In addition, it allowed only for teachers who retired prior to September 2015 to return in a short-term role.House Bill 4422, which is now Public Act 141 of 2018, extends these provisions to July 2021 and allows those who retired before the current 2017-18 school year to substitute.“It’s unacceptable to students, other teachers and school administration that Michigan classrooms do not have substitute teachers,” Hughes said. “Our students need our help to make certain they get the best education possible. This gives local districts more options and the opportunity to meet that important responsibility.”The new law will also allow the retired teachers to accept positions focused on literacy instruction and leadership development under the High-Impact Leadership for School Renewal Project, a three-year program supported by a federal grant.The $12.5 million project will bring added instruction and support to over 160 elementary schools across the state to help improve literacy, with many schools across west Michigan. Among the Muskegon County schools are Edgewood in the Fruitport Community School District, Campbell in the Mona Shores Public School District, Cardinal in Orchard View Schools, Oehrli in the Montague Area Public Schools District, Moon and Oakview in Muskegon Public School District, and Dr. Martin Luther King Academy.Hughes thanked Jeff Johnson, superintendent of Montague Public Schools, and Curt Babcock, superintendent at North Muskegon Public Schools, for testifying before House and Senate committees in support of the legislation. 14May Rep. Hughes’ bill to address substitute teacher shortage becomes law read more
Categories: Lynn Afendoulis News 08Jan Rep. Afendoulis announces office is open to serve residents State Rep. Lynn Afendoulis of Grand Rapids Township announced today her office in Lansing is ready to serve the people of the 73rd District. Adam Erber is Rep. Afendoulis’ legislative director, and Emily Rambo serves as legislative aide in charge of constituent outreach. Erber previously worked as former Sen. Dave Hildenbrand’s legislative director, and Rambo was a legislative aide for the previous state representative of the 73rd District, Chris Afendoulis.“I am proud of our team,” Rep. Afendoulis said. “As I begin my first term as your state representative, my staff and I have already hit the ground running, prepared to work hard for you over the next two years. I am in Lansing to be your voice, so if you have any questions, thoughts, or ideas, please do not hesitate to reach out or stop by my office.”Residents of the 73rd District can contact Rep. Afendoulis by calling (517) 373-0218, emailing LynnAfendoulis@house.mi.gov, or by sending a letter to P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909. Rep. Afendoulis’ office is located at 124 N. Capitol Ave., Room N-1092 in Lansing and is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Lynn Afendoulis represents the 73rd District, which includes the city of East Grand Rapids and the townships of Cannon, Courtland, Nelson, Oakfield, Plainfield, Spencer, and Grand Rapids Charter Township. read more
Share21Tweet16ShareEmail37 Shares“Donald Trump,” by Matt A.J.June 13, 2018; The GuardianUS linguist George Lakoff and former press secretary Gil Duran wrote an article this week in the Guardian on how Trump is using language and media as “principal tools” to attack democracy. The article rings an alarm for all who care about democracy, with a focus on the role of media. Readers may have noticed that NPQ has been delving deeper into the powerful narratives that shape our world and push the nonprofit sector to seek to work masterfully at this level.The authors politicize the media’s general inability to play, or fight, well in what is essentially a narrative battle we are losing. They write, “By faithfully transmitting Trump’s words and ideas, the press helps him to attack, and thereby control, the press itself.”They continue, “So the press is at a disadvantage when dealing with a super salesman with an instinctive ability to manipulate thought by 1) framing first, 2) repeating often, and 3) leading others to repeat his words by getting people to attack him within his own frame.”They remind us that “Language can shape the way we think.” Then outline Trump’s summarize his strategy as:Pre-emptive framing—”to get a frame advantage”Diversion—”to divert attention when news could embarrass him”Deflection: to “shift the blame to others.”Trial balloon—to “test how much you can get away with”They also provide basic suggestions for countering this “politricking” and stopping the spread of lies:“Report the true frames that he’s trying to preempt.”“Report the truth that he is trying to divert attention from.”“Put the blame where it belongs.”“Bust the trial balloon. Report what the strategies are trying to hide.”Now, let’s get to work doing our part to hack the narrative!—Cyndi SuarezShare21Tweet16ShareEmail37 Shares read more
UK-based payout and content aggregation specialist Vision247 is adding a bouquet of Polish-language channels to its Vision TV Network platform on the UK’s Freeview service.The Polska Plus package offers 10 Polish-language channels streamed online. Vision247 has added an additional eight channels to the offering and brought the service to the Vision TV Network that is available via the Ethernet connection on Freeview Plus HD set-top boxes and on Roku streaming devices. The service is available for £8.99 (€11) per month.John Mills, CEO of Vision247, said: “Polish people living the UK can now watch the very latest entertainment from back home as it is broadcast. We have achieved this by combining the latest fully digital internet delivered television technology with our own experience and knowledge of the expat market to bring to British screens familiar Polish content in easy to access and affordable to watch formats.” read more
Ben VerwaayenThe European telecom industry is about to witness the biggest change that it has ever seen and is ill-equipped to meet the challenge, according to Ben Verwaayen, former president and managing director of KPN and former CEO of BT and Alcatel Lucent, interviewed yesterday at the CTAM Europe EuroSummit by Don Tascott, co-author, Wikinomics and Macrowikinomics and author of Grown Up Digital.“There is a big technology change but more important there is a market change,” said Verwaayen. He said trust in the industry had eroded, leading to a lack of investment capital. He said the changing pattern of consumption was also changing the industry.Ubiquitous, linked networks would disrupt the existing ecosystem of vertical network infrastructures, said Verwaayen.He said the speed at which existing telecom service providers operated was not sufficient to adjust to change.Vertically organised consensual organisations will struggle to cope with the pace of technological change, he said.Verwaayen said that he had been called upon to help advise on the single market for services after he had left Alcatel Lucent earlier this year. Regulation is a key challenge, he said. “There is no space for 28 different regulators in Europe,” he said. “I would have one European market.”However, changing the speed at which organisations operate is a bigger challenge still, said Verwaayen.“I don’t think the consumer of the future will look to the stovepipe world as in the past,” said Verwaayen. Younger consumers’ expectations have changed radically, and business plans have yet to meet this challenge, he said.“In a totally connected world value is perceived very differently,” said Verwaayen. He said the service part of the business would increasingly become the most important part of the business, rather than technology. “That has for a long time been the last part we would reference,” he said. “Service comes first…but that’s not how the industry is organised. Pure distribution won’t be enough.”Verwaayen said that there is a challenge to get new money to invest in “the digital world”, especially in Europe, which was falling behind innovation in the US and the Far East. One reason for the lack of investment cash is that the top line is not growing.“We have something in the hand – let’s call it Apple – and something in the cloud – let’s call it Google,” said Verwaayen. The networks in between that enabled these highly value brands to communicate had lost out in terms of value, he said.Verwaayen said there is a need for a change in the definition of success. “The current structure is build on people defending their existing footprint because there is not enough room to expand,” he said. “We have to go through the process much faster. The number of players is prohibitive today. You need to have consolidation but also the space to innovate and freedom for different business models.”Part of the answer is consolidation, said Verwaayen. He said there are 128 mobile players in Europe compared to a handful in the US.Verwaayen said that there was a question over whether the telecom industry had the managerial culture that allowed innovation to flourish. He said this is very difficult to change as hierarchies are resistant to perceived threats. He said the telecom industry was in many ways more hierarchical than others.“I thought the most important event for the industry was a couple of weeks ago when Google bid for the NFL rights,” he said. American football has hitherto purely been a US phenomenon. “I think Google will take it way beyond the borders of the US,” he said, citing the example of the way UK pay TV operator BSkyB had helped make darts a global phenonenon.Deals such as that between Netflix and Virgin media would have “a prfound impact” on the relative value of parts of the chain, said Verwaayen. read more
TV remote business Philips uWand has partnered with wireless technology firm CSR to integrate the latter’s Bluetooth Smart platform, which includes voice recognition support, into the uWand design.The CSR smart remote platform is designed to offer “seamless data transfer” between a remote control and TV or set-top-box. uWand said that combined with Philips’ camera-based direct pointing technology, manufacturers will get an “intuitive television navigation experience” from uWand, and optimal battery life.“We wanted to ensure manufacturers using uWand could also count on a seamless Bluetooth Smart connectivity experience. We are happy to work with CSR’s µEnergy range because the company has an unequalled market heritage, having helped write the Bluetooth Smart standard, and this is reflected in its powerful platforms which offer advanced features without compromising battery life,” said Navin Natoewal, general manager at Philips Business Group Media Interaction. read more
Russian technology company GS Group, the major supplier to pay TV operator Tricolor TV, has released an upgraded digital set-top box, the GS B211, that will be used as part of a trade-in programme of older equipment to enable a shift to HD services.The GS B211 digital set-top box is powered by a new high power tuner and features an external IR sensor to enable it to be controlled via remote control even upon conditions that the equipment is out of sight, according to GS Group.The box features increased internal storage and can be connected to external USB Flash drives. It an be connected to older TVs via SCART and an RCA cable that are includes with the equipment set.The new box is powered by a multi-chip microprocessor, the GS Nanotech SiP Amber S2 that was developed and released by the GS Group in-house R&D department.Tricolor TV has already begun replacing older boxes with the GS Group-supplied GS B210 device and has already replaced over 600,000 devices since May. The new box will be used to replace older devices from now on. GS Group intends to exchange around 150,000 receivers by the end of the year and about 1.5 million next year.The trade-in programme is available to all subscribers who live in the footprint of satellites Eutelsat 36A and Eutelsat 36B and use GS MPEG-2 equipment. read more
Deutsche Telekom-owned Croatian telco T-Hrvatski Telekom saw its overall TV remain flat last year, growing by only 0.7% to reach 393,000 subscribers.The operator’s IPTV base dipped by 2% to 333,000, while its cable base remained stable at 6,000. Growth came on the satellite side, with numbers rising by 21.6% to 54,000.TV ARPU grew by 1.5% to HRK80 (€10).The Croatian pay TV market overall grew by 6.6% in the third quarter of last year to reach 728,367 customers, according to the operator.T-Hrvatski Telekom saw its fixed broadband retail base slide by 2.3% to 614,000 for the full year. However, its wholesale base grew by 76% to 73,000.
TV advertising will account for 42.2% of the global ad market in 2015, but there are indications that its share is “slowly eroding”, according to new research by global media network Carat. Carat’s latest global ad spend report claims that TV will continue to command the highest share of spend this year, remaining particularly popular in Latin America and the Middle East.However, it claims that that there are signs TV’s share is wearing away having decreased by 1.2 percentage points over the past five years, with TV accounting for a higher 42.7% of the ad market in 2014.“Growth was boosted last year by a year of events with +4.4% growth. TV spend is predicted to increase by +3.6% this year, picking up in 2016, a quadrennial year, to +3.9%,” according to the report.Carat predicts that overall advertising spend across all media will increase by US$23.8 billion (€21.8 billion) in 2015 to reach US$540 billion, a 4.6% year-on-year increase.Digital is expected to continue to be to be “the star driver of growth in the global advertising market,” with a predicted US$17.1 billion increase in spend in 2015, up 15.7% year-on-year outpacing previous Carat predictions. Last year, digital accounted for 21.7% of the total global ad market.On a regional basis, Carat said that a healthy UK ad market is driving growth in Western Europe, where a second consecutive year of positive 2.8% growth is expected in 2015.TV advertising revenues in the UK increased by 5.0% in 2014. However, Carat said this was not as high as it previously forecast in the September 2014 report when the UK TV market was forecast to increase advertising revenues by 7.5%.In North America, the report says that TV continues to command the highest share of advertising spend in 2015 at 38%, but notes there is “a trend of slow decline as spend moves into digital.”In Canada, digital media spend overtook TV in 2014 to become the most popular media type in the market with 32.1% share.“The strength of digital continues to dominate discussions and the new distribution of spending,” said Dentsu Aegis Network CEO Jerry Buhlmann, commenting on the Carat advertising expenditure forecasts.“With a quarter of the global population now owning and relying on their smartphones daily, they are our second brain in our hands. Mobile dominates the way consumers access information, view content, browse products and purchase goods and this is reflected in the innovative services and approach we are discussing with our clients.”Overall, the report said that online video demonstrates continuing strong growth and is forecast to increase by 21.6% in 2015, with growth partly driven by a shift of investment away from TV.“Expectations are particularly high for original content. In the US, nearly half (48%) of online video budgets will go to ’made for digital’ video,” said Carat.The Carat report was based on data received from 59 markets across the Americas, Asia Pacific and EMEA. read more
Jeremy DarrochFollowing its initial debut in the UK, Sky plans offer internet-delivered versions of its TV service in its other European markets as part of broader growth plans.Speaking on the company’s earnings call yesterday, Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch said that, over time, it aimed to reach and address an estimated six million customers across its European footprint that do not have a satellite dish.Sky said its new broadband-based service will “open up new headroom for growth” with Darroch commenting that Italy and Germany launches will closely follow Sky’s planned 2018 debut for the satellite-free service in the UK.“Over time, we will launch this service in our other markets, building on our position as Europe’s leading OTT provider,” said Sky in yesterday’s earnings announcement.The company also said that plans to roll out Sky Q to our other markets are “on track”, having debuted the advanced TV offering in the UK and Ireland last February. It is an IP-delivered version of this service that Sky plans to launch in the UK via set-top boxes next year.Separately pay TV operator also revealed a number of other plans for the coming year, including launching its Sky Kids app and in Germany and Austria and extending its streaming service, Sky Ticket, to more devices and platforms.“We will broaden our business further by launching our movie transactional service, Sky Store, in Germany and fully roll-out our targeted advertising service, Sky Adsmart, in Italy and Ireland,” according to Sky.It also said that it will launch voice search on Sky Q and add a number of new features for Sky+ box customers in the UK and Ireland – such as personalised movie recommendations and a new search function.On the content front, Sky said it is going to be its “biggest year on screen” and will have 100 series in production, totalling over 1,000 hours.This will encompass 15 dramas, including what Sky described as its “most ambitious production to date”, Britannia, which is about the Roman conquest of Britain in 43AD.Speaking on Sky’s earnings call yesterday, company CEO Jeremy Darroch said that if Sky’s carriage dispute with Discovery results in the latter’s channels leaving its platform, it will also reinvest the money it will have saved “back into other quality content, probably with more of a local focus here in the UK.”Commenting on Sky’s internet-delivered TV plans, Berenberg Media said in an analyst note this morning that satellite delivery, as a fixed-cost solution, remains a good option for wide coverage and that Sky’s UK contracts with SES run until mid-2022“While this [a dish-free service] may sound scary, we do not think it changes the fact that satellite remains a crucial broadcast infrastructure in the UK, and is likely to remain so for many years to come,” said the note. read more
ABOX42, Verimatrix and Zattoo are hosting the fifth annual breakfast briefing on the morning of May 31 at ANGA COM. The event, which is supported by German cable industry group Deutsche Netz Marketing, will focus this year on the theme of what makes successful TV services now and looking forward.The event will be held in the Congress Centre North, starting with breakfast at 08:00, with the panel session following from 08:30-09:45, followed by Q&A.Speakers this year include Matthias Greve, CEO and founder of ABOX42, Steve Oetegenn, president of Verimatrix and Gemot Jaeger, chief officer, B2B TV solutions, Zattoo TV Solutions.The event is free to attend but space is limited, so those interested have been encouraged to sign up here www. abox42.com/industrybreakfast or email industrybreakfast@ abox42.com.ABOX42 and Zattoo are jointly exhibiting at ANGA COM in Hall 8, stand R9. Verimatrix is in Hall 7, stand A31 read more
The media management market grew by 6.4% in 2016 and is anticipated to grow another 4.5% in 2017 with global revenues to reach US$8.2 billion, according to IHS Markit.According to the study, North America is the largest media management market, accounting for 35% of global revenue, followed by Asia Pacific and Western Europe. However, the fastest-growing markets are Asia Pacific and South and Central America.Overall IHS Markit expects the media management market to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 5.9% from 2015 to 2021, when revenue will reach US$10.5 billion worldwide.The research firm said that the market as a whole is shared between a variety of vendors with different business models and is “fragmented across all segments”.“The industry has evolved to adapt to the tectonic shifts that are happening in the media landscape, with the key changes being the growing availability of time- and place-shifted content and a decrease in the viewing of linear content,” said IHS Markit.“On average, linear viewership is shrinking, but it is still the core product of a pay-TV service. Over-the-top and multiscreen services may be dictating the trends in user experience and expectations, but pay TV remains the main source of growth for media management service provision.”The research claims that that “the main story in the industry” is the continued shift from in-house media management to third-party services.Some 63% of media management revenue is expected to be service based in 2017 – a trend that IHS Markit predicts will continue through to at least 2021 when it will rise to 66%.“This change was enabled predominantly by virtualisation solutions, both in their technical capabilities and economics,” according to the report. read more
Viacom International Media Networks has named Brendan Yam to head up a new digital studios unit, as vice-president and general manager.Brendan YamViacom Digital Studios International (VDSI) will focus on creating, distributing and monetising digital content for Viacom’s brands outside of the US. The move marks an upping in Viacom’s investment in short-form, digital content aimed at younger viewers.Yam will report to Katherine Liu, VIMN’s SVP, strategy and business development, and Kelly Day, president, Viacom Digital Studios (VDS).Yam will be charged with managing new business development and commercial opportunities related to international short-form content, including branded content and licensing deals, and content and platform partnerships.The unit will have three production hubs and charged with creating original digital series, topical shows, co-commissions and complementary shorts with a pipeline that includes VIMN and VDS as well as Viacom-owned Argentinian free-to-air broadcaster Telefe and Brazilian comedy brand Porta dos Fundos.Yam previously served as vice-president, multiplatform for MTV and Comedy Central International, and head of business development for digital. In the latter role, he led efforts to develop a strategy to for a business unit that encompasses short-form content production, distribution, publishing and commercialisation.Viacom president and CEO Bob Bakish“Viacom has prioritized reaching digital-first audiences, and with over 3.1 billion cumulative subscribers in more than 180 countries and territories, our international youth audience is key to delivering on Viacom’s goals. I’m confident that with Brendan’s passion for and knowledge of the digital, mobile and social landscape he and his team will elevate our short-form business and drive engagement around the world,” said David Lynn, president and CEO, VIMN.“Viacom Digital Studios International will be fully aligned with our US business as we provide a compelling pipeline of content that can be localized and commercialized around the world. Like our flagship brands, we will maximize our international content pipeline as well, taking internationally originated content and making it available to our audiences in the US,” said Kelly Day, president, Viacom Digital Studios.Speaking to analysts following Viacom’s Q3 results last week, CEO Bob Bakish said that the company’s cross-portfolio studio production initiative, was key to its future strategy. He said this was not about licensing library product wholesale to SVOD platforms but about “new first-run content for SVOD platforms and other third parties”.Bakish said he believed there was “a much larger opportunity” for premium episodic video content that will see Viacom build studio production into a US$1 billion business by 2020. read more
Steve PlunkettEricsson’s chief technology officer, broadcast and media services, Steve Plunkett, looks at this year’s top trends for CES.As the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) opens to an estimated 170,000 attendees in Las Vegas this week, it provides an insight into the consumer tech trends we can expect for 2016 and beyond. Here are the likely topics that we can expect to see and hear a lot more of in the year ahead.Virtual RealityThis year looks set to see VR really transition from ‘virtual’ to ‘reality’ with next generation VR headsets and supporting tech scheduled for release in the first half of 2016. The leading contenders such as Oculus (Facebook), Sony and Samsung are all due to ship commercial products soon and we can expect a lot of other entrants to appear at CES. Like TV, VR is nothing without the content and we can expect to see a number of new image/video capture solutions being launched that will cater for this area. It will be exciting to see what the content creatives can come up with once they get their hands on these tools.UHDUHD TVs are of course no stranger to CES, having featured prominently for the past few years. But a lot of industry work has been underway to develop and agree upon the extensions to 4K that complete the picture. High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Wide Colour Gamut (WCG) implementations will be on show with all the major CE vendors and the UHD Alliance will be announcing their new specifications at the show.Smart homesAnother regular at CES, smart home technology is an increasingly large set of solutions looking for problems to solve. The proverbial connected toaster may not have set the world alight just yet (just possibly your toast), but the introduction of cloud controlled wireless intelligence into many of our home appliances and heating/lighting systems is inevitable. Mark Zuckerberg has just announced his annual personal project for 2016 is to code up an AI system similar to Ironman’s AI butler (J.A.R.V.I.S) and I have already introduced chaos and confusion into my own house (much to the dismay of my family) with similar home grown gizmos. As William Gibson once said: “The future is already here, it’s just not very evenly distributed”. Smart homes are a case in point; just be careful what you wish for.Smart CarsOne of the more significant new categories at CES in recent years has been smart car developments (smart as in intelligent/connected/electric/autonomous rather than those little two seaters). The traditional auto manufacturers are rushing to make advances in this area, typically combining hi-tech and electric propulsion, alongside the newer entrants such as Tesla and of course Google, Apple and a host of other IT companies. The combination of high speed connectivity, location technology, radar, sensors, computer vision, electric power and a lot of software innovation is set to turn the humble car into one of the most advanced devices in our lives. It’s shaping up to be an industry transforming disruption and one to watch for 2016.DronesWhat consumer tech event would be complete these days without the buzzing sound of drones? No doubt CES will have plenty of them. The focus of late has been on the development of drones as flying video recorders rather than mere aircraft so it will be interesting to see what some of the leading vendors such as GoPro have to say on this topic.Wearables2015 saw the launch of the Apple Watch and a host of other smart watches from many tech companies. The traditional watch makers are now getting into the game too so expect to see announcements on that front. Of course wearables are not simply about clever time pieces; many other health and fitness appendages fall into this category so it will be interesting to see the next steps towards our evolution to cyborgs during the year ahead.RideablesThere is a new –ables in town, including the so called hoverboards that are being outlawed or setting on fire in many countries. The era of personal transportation devices is being rebooted and everything from scooters, skateboards, bicycles and unicycles are getting electric power installed. There will be plenty on show at CES and probably a few coming to a high street near you too.RobotsFinally, there are of course the robots. They have already overtaken many industrial manufacturing tasks but have still to make the promised impact of making our tea and cleaning the house. This year there are a few interesting examples to watch out for including Buddy and Jibo – check them out.No doubt there will be a few other surprises at CES and in the year ahead for consumer tech, as the future tries to get itself more evenly distributed. read more
No one is thought to have been moved from their home.Police have appealed to members of the public to be vigilant and not to touch any suspicious objects.Sinn Féin councillor Sean McGlinchey condemned the alert.“There is no justification for this whatsoever,” he said. DERRYCHRIER ROADdungivenPSNIPUBLIC URGED TO BE VIGILANT OVER ‘DEVICE’ LEFT IN CO DERRYSinn Fein A SECURITY alert is ongoing in Co Derry.The alarm was raised on the Derrychrier Road in Dungvien around 1.20 pm.Police said they had received “information that a device may have been left in the area”. ShareTweet “I would appeal to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area to bring that information to the PSNI.”PUBLIC URGED TO BE VIGILANT OVER ‘DEVICE’ LEFT IN CO DERRY was last modified: October 12th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: read more
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Home NewsWatch Health Raleigh General Reopens Medical Complex Surgical Services Facebook Next PostHundreds Without Power After A Car Crashes Into A Power Pole Mail Raleigh General Hospital reopened their medical complex surgical services this evening.The first patient will be seen on Wednesday around 8 am.Reopening the medical complex building will allow Raleigh General to offer two servicesto the community.The first is outpatient surgery and the other is endoscopy procedures which allow physiciansto look at your colon.The hospital has more than 20 procedures scheduled for Wednesday.The Assistant Chief Nursing Officer said Raleigh General’s goal is to make communities healthier.“Our goal is really to make communities healthier by being able to provide the outpatient surgeryservices that those populations of patients really need the most and that’s why we chose those service lines to be able to provide here at Raleigh General,” said Daniel Shelford the Assistant Chief Nursing Officer.The hospital hired 25 staff members for the reopening and they have more than 150 years of combined experience. Pinterest Google+ Jonathan Chance Jonathan Chance grew up in Birmingham, AL where he experienced many different types of weather. The storm that is remembered more than any other is the 2011 Super Outbreak. The tornadoes passed within 20 miles of his home and affected the lives of many people around him. HealthLocal NewsNewsWatchTop Stories Raleigh General Reopens Medical Complex Surgical Services By Jonathan ChanceMay 01, 2018, 21:54 pm 596 0 Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Previous PostWest Virginia and Six Other States Suing to End ‘Dreamers’ Program Linkedin Twitter Tumblr read more
The Dow Jones Transportation Average, the most widely recognized gauge of the US transportation sector, just fell below declining key moving averages for the first time since 2012. After breaking out above 8,600 in October, the transports have tested this level eight times. Investors may not need to pack it up just yet, but a close below this level could indicate that the market is about to take a turn for the worse. Last week, I highlighted that the Average Directional Index (ADX) had just hit a level that usually precedes a big move in the S&P 500. Now the transports—a critical leading indicator for the broad market—may be cluing us in to what that move will be.