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Clayton Holdings Appoints New Chief Revenue Officer

August 15, 2019

first_img October 10, 2016 564 Views Clayton Holdings 2016-10-10 Seth Welborn Andy PollockClayton Holdings LLC has announced the promotion of Andy Pollock to the position of chief revenue officer, where he will lead Clayton’s efforts to drive revenue streams in identify new growth opportunities.Pollock’s responsibilities as Clayton’s chief revenue officer also include leading enterprise sales and consulting strategy across Clayton and its subsidiaries, according to the announcement.“As we continue to develop exciting plans to pursue growth in 2017 and beyond, it is important to have a fully integrated and efficient enterprise sales and consulting strategy,” said Jeff Tennyson, president of Clayton Holdings. “Since Andy joined Clayton almost a year ago, he has consistently demonstrated his broad industry network, his deep mortgage experience and his boundless energy to lead and grow Clayton Consulting. I know he will bring that same passion and vision to his new role.”Pollock has been with Clayton since October 2015, when he joined the company as senior managing director, head of Consulting Services. His more than 25 years of operational experience in all phases of lending and servicing include several senior positions with First Franklin, where he has spent more than half his career. His positions with First Franklin include president and CEO. Pollock has also served as president and CEO at WDB Funding, an alternative commercial lending company, and he founded and served as managing partner of financial services consulting firm Global Logic Advisors.Clayton Holdings LLC is a national provider of loan due diligence, surveillance, REO management, consulting, valuation, title and settlement services, headquartered in Tampa, Florida. in Headlines, Newscenter_img Clayton Holdings Appoints New Chief Revenue Officer Sharelast_img read more

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August 13, 2019

first_imgApril 03 , 2019 The United Fresh Produce Association has praised the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship for holding a hearing on “Securing the Future of American Agriculture” in Washington D.C.United Fresh president and CEO Tom Stenzen called the Wednesday hearing, which tackled labor challenges facing the produce industry, “the first…in many years where we truly heard a bipartisan commitment to finding real solutions.”At the hearing, United Fresh provided testimony outlining the industry’s needs as well as potential solutions.In the association’s eyes, the hearing could not be any more timely or important. “Chairwoman Lofgren understands that our industry is facing an uncertain future without a reliable, legal workforce,” said Tom Stenzel.“For too long, the fresh fruit and vegetable industry has struggled to ensure that we have an adequate, legal workforce to harvest and produce the fruits and vegetables that consumers want and need. “This hearing is an important first step in the journey to pass legislation that will ensure we have the workforce needed to harvest America’s abundant fruit and vegetables.”United Fresh says it remains committed to pushing for legislation that addresses the legal status of the industry’s current workforce, a challenge being that many workers remain improperly documented. Another of the association’s aims is to help pass legislation that addresses the industry’s future needs.With that view, the United Fresh board of directors approved a policy focused on modernizing a number of immigration reform issues earlier this year.A few concerns the policy covers are year-round visas for workers rather than temporary or seasonal ones, a “fair and predictable” wage rate,  and housing and transportation allowances for foreign workers.Others include flexibility for workers and employers in portability with up to three-year visas, and calling for the USDA to take a stronger administrative role in supporting U.S. agriculture needs. You might also be interested in Dole trucks attacked in Honduras as protests build … center_img Chinese cherry grower kicks off domestic season … LPS19: Despite challenges, Britain and Holland’s f … Chilean kiwifruit production to drop this season …last_img read more

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Harry Meghan star says the world needed their

August 10, 2019

first_img‘Harry & Meghan’ star says the world needed their ‘story at this point in time’ by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted May 15, 2018 7:13 am PDT Last Updated May 15, 2018 at 1:21 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – For Murray Fraser, nailing the role of Prince Harry for a Canadian-shot TV movie about him and Meghan Markle came down to one thing.“Dyeing my hair ginger,” the brunette Scottish star said in a recent phone interview.“Looking in the mirror every day at my ginger hair was enough. The hair was not too bad (to maintain) but it was the beard that kept having to get dyed … every few days, pretty much.”Tedious tasks aside, Fraser and co-star Parisa Fitz-Henley were excited to delve into the serious side of the engaged duo for Lifetime’s “Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance,” which makes its Canadian debut Saturday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on W Network — the same day as the actual wedding.A trailer for the movie shows the two discussing the “trolls and death threats” that Markle faced over the fact that she’s American, divorced and biracial.“It was a hopeful script and it dealt with reality — and that meant a lot to me,” said Fitz-Henley, a native of Jamaica who plays Reva Connors on Netflix’s “Luke Cage” and “Jessica Jones.”“The producers and writers and director have all spoken about feeling like the world needed Harry and Meghan’s real-life story at this point in time, and that also people could really potentially benefit from this portrayal of their lives as well.“They really wanted to focus on the warmth, the togetherness and the resilience through the challenges they had to face.”Laura Mitchell of Vancouver plays Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, in the movie. Shooting mostly took place in Vancouver, which stood in for England and Toronto. Simi Valley, Calif., was the backdrop for Botswana, where their romance blossomed.Fraser said the story looks at the background of Harry and Markle and features their families — including their parents and the Queen.Fitz-Henley said co-writer Scarlett Lacey was determined to get the details right, given her father is a historical adviser on the series “The Crown.”“Everybody did their best to be as close to real events as possible,” Fitz-Henley said.“Of course, no one knows what private moments are like, so any of that was people connecting dots or trusting their artistic voice to fill that in.”Fraser and Fitz-Henley watched videos of the duo and read interviews with them as part of their research.Fraser, who has a thick Scottish accent, affected Harry’s English pronunciation both on and off-screen for the duration of filming in order to nail it.But he also wanted to put his own spin on him.“From Day 1 when I auditioned, I made it clear that I didn’t want to have that pressure of trying to be a mimic or trying to be a copycat of Harry,” Fraser said.Fitz-Henley said she’s never met Markle but has some friends in common with her.Asked if Markle knows about the movie, she said: “I think she’s aware of it.“But I’ve asked myself, ‘Weeks out from my wedding, would I be paying attention to stuff like this?’ We know from their own words that they had to learn to really shut out so many things, good and bad, in order to focus on their lives.“So I think they’re aware of it but I don’t think they’re paying close attention.”Fitz-Henley feels the couple could be a “really effective team.”“Both of them are really outside-the-box thinkers, it seems, and both of them seem to be quite brave and willing to take risks — and the world that we live in right now needs those qualities to address the issues that are at hand,” she said.“I think bringing in someone who comes from a completely different culture, and by that I mean American culture who has a biracial experience, who has experience as an artist, I think it’s a great addition to this family.“Anywhere where you can increase diversity you increase strength and perspective, and the fact that they’re (getting married) I think bodes well for the future of everything that the family does.”?????last_img read more

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French web TV channel La Chaîne Techno has launche

August 7, 2019

first_imgFrench web TV channel La Chaîne Techno has launched on cable operator Numericable’s Replay on-demand service.Presented by new technologies enthusiasts Jérôme Colombain of France Info and François Sorel of RMC/BFM, La Chaîne Techno airs programmes on new high-tech products, interviews with industry players and other tech-related topics.Numericable is making the service available as part of the Replay service on its LaBox offering.last_img

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Liberty Globalowned German operator Unitymedia Ka

August 7, 2019

first_imgLiberty Global-owned German operator Unitymedia KabelBW had signed up 75,000 Horizon advanced set-top box customers by the beginning of February, the company has said. The growth represents an increase of 50,000 Horizon subscriptions since October 31.The advanced set-top box was launched in Baden-Württemberg at the end of January, having previously only been available across the operator’s North-Rhine Westphalia and Hesse networks.According to the operator, 37% of its customer base now have double or triple-play packages. Half of Horizon customers opted for a premium triple-play offering with 150Mbps internet access.The operator’s revenues for 2013 grew 7% to €1.93 billion. Unitymedia KabelBW added 558,000 new revenue generating units in the year to December.last_img

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IPTV middleware provider Espial has teamed up with

August 7, 2019

first_imgIPTV middleware provider Espial has teamed up with Samsung to deliver a joint RDK solution targeted at cable operators.Espial and Samsung, both RDK licensees, will provide an HTML5-based user experience combining Samsung’s IP set-top box and home media gateway with the Espial set-top client.“The RDK platform helps us provide a set-top box platform that allows operators to more rapidly incorporate services that consumers expect, such as new and more immersive user interfaces,” said Ikdai Ham, VP and Head of Set Top Box S/W Lab, Samsung Electronics.  “Our goal is to expand CPE choices for operators and help them achieve rapid service innovation by working with leading HTML5 UX solutions from companies like Espial to bring a more engaging user experience to consumers.”“Espial is committed to delivering the best TV user experience across set-top boxes and smart TVs,” said Jaison Dolvane, President and CEO, Espial. “We achieve an exceptional TV user experience by extending RDK with our advanced application framework and user experience framework. Together with the CPE expertise of Samsung, we are helping operators to delight consumers with engaging user experiences while RDK solution that is elegant, flexible and allows rapid service innovation.”last_img read more

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François Pellissier TF1 Group has named François P

August 7, 2019

first_imgFrançois PellissierTF1 Group has named François Pellissier as head of its sports rights acquisitions department.Pellissier was previously vice-president in charge of sports, short films and previews at TF1 Production, a position he has held since 2010. He joined TF1 Publicité’s marketing department in 1995 and has served in a number of sales, marketing and production roles for the company.last_img

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Robin Rutili Swedenbased TV technology provider Z

August 7, 2019

first_imgRobin RutiliSweden-based TV technology provider Zenterio has acquired software specialist Systemagic for approximately SEK50 million (€5.25 million) and has issued new shares to a total of approximately SEK80 million. Linköping-based Systemagic develops IPTV platforms, interactive TV services, the user experience and applications including video, music and advertising. The company has worked in co-operation with Ericsson, Motorola/Arris, Spotify, Samsung, Altibox, Com Hem, and others. The acquisition expands Zenterio’s operations in Linköping with approximately 30 system developers and the company’s total number of employees will now amount to 180. Through the acquisition Systemagic becomes a subsidiary of Zenterio and will continue to market and deliver to external costumers as well as to Zenterio.Systemagic posted revenues of approximately SEK45 million this ,with an EBITDA margin of 20%. Zenterio paid for the acquisition in a mix of cash and shares.Zenterio has has completed two share issues in a total aggregate amount of approximately SEK 80 million, a move initially announced in November.The money raised from the share issue will be used to finance the company’s continued expansion as well as to finance the acquisition of Systemagic.“We have seen that some of our distribution channels are increasing more rapidly than we could have foreseen. This applies, for example, to the OEM-side and within certain customer segments such as IPTV-operators. In order to be able to deliver at an ever increasing rate we have to make investments in our capacity and the acquisition of Systemagic is part of this. The capital raising and our acquisitions will secure our delivery capacity and our continued success going forward,” said Robin Rutili, CEO of Zenterio.“We see a significant demand from operators for interactive TV-services and applications as they need to create new sources of income and seek to offer their customers an improved viewer experience. With Systemagic’s expertise in interactive TV-services Zenterio both strengthens and broadens its offer to the operators and at the same time we can meet their increased demand.”last_img read more

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John de Mol UK broadcaster ITV has confirmed a Bri

August 7, 2019

first_imgJohn de MolUK broadcaster ITV has confirmed a British report that it is advanced stage talks to acquire John de Mol’s production group, Talpa Media.Talpa has entertaining bids for some time, with various sources linking Chinese companies with a deal as recently as last week.However, stock market-listed ITV confirmed on Friday a report in UK trade Broadcast that it was in exclusive talks to buy the firm, which is behind The Voice.Buying Talpa would be by far ITV’s largest international acquisition, which currently stands at US$360 million (€320 million) for US production group Leftfield Entertainment.ITV has grown in its international business massively in the past few years, as it wants to reduce reliance on UK TV advertising and create more stable production revenues.Internal Talpa sources suggested de Mol had rejected a £320 million (US$492 million) offer from Shine Group last year out of hand, and Talpa will likely seek to fetch more than £500 million. De Mol’s 33% stake in Dutch broadcaster SBS is not included in the deal.One issue will be the size and shape of de Mol’s earn-out. Broadcast reported this would be a three-year agreement that also could include him signing a non-compete clause that would stop him launching another formats business soon after exiting.Talpa’s key hit is The Voice, which runs on NBC in the US and BBC One in the UK. In all, there are around 60 local versions, with the finished tape selling around the globe. It also created social experiment format Utopia and has made local versions of entertainment show I Love My Country.In the stock market note ITV said it was “continually assessing opportunities to grow and develop its business in line with its strategy, including the assessment of potential acquisitions”.“ITV confirms that it is in exclusive discussions regarding an acquisition of Talpa,” it added. “These discussions may or may not result in agreement of a transaction.”Talpa is yet to comment publicly on the news.last_img read more

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Telstra has rebranded its recently acquired busine

August 7, 2019

first_imgTelstra has rebranded its recently acquired business, Globecast Australia, to Telstra Broadcast Services.The firm is unveiling the new brand at IBC, in a move that it says cements Telstra’s commitment to providing “deeper capabilities in media services for customers in the broadcasting industry.”Telstra Broadcast Services offers to a global customer base media delivery over satellite platforms, including: direct to home satellite transmission and IPTV managed services; IP streaming and encoding; satellite monitoring and disaster recovery.“Telstra Broadcast Services, formerly known as Globecast Australia, has built an enviable reputation ensuring its customers can deliver the quality content their users expect, quickly and effectively,” said Martijn Blanken, group managing director, Telstra Global Enterprise and Services.“When coupled with our extensive investment in Ooyala, our partnership with Akamai and our growing portfolio of specialised media products,  our decision to rebrand and clearly define our media services division is a strong indication of the strategic importance of this industry to Telstra.”Simon Farnsworth, now the Head of Telstra Broadcast Services, said: “As we continue to integrate with the wider Telstra team and take advantage of the many synergies across the business, we can offer our customers a broader range of bundled services, representing better value for their media investments.”Telstra will exhibit at IBC on stand 14.F37last_img read more

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Manuel Alduy the head of Canal OTT at French pay

August 7, 2019

first_imgManuel Alduy, the head of Canal OTT at French pay TV broadcaster Canal+ has left his post, according to local reports.Alduy’s sphere of responsibility at Canal+ encompassed SVoD sevie Canalplay and mobile TV app-based service MyCanal. He was one of the few remaining members of the former leadership team at the broadcaster that included the now departed cinema chief Nathalie Coste-Cerdan and Canalsat chief Alice Holzman.As such his departure is being seen as part of the reset of the pay TV service initiated by Vivendi chief Vincent Bolloré. News of Alduy’s departure was initially reported by film industry title Le Film Français.Alduy joined Canal+ as director of strategy and development for thematic channels in 2001, and became head of movie acquisitions in 2005 and head of cinema for Canal+ in 2008 before taking over as chief of Canal OTT in 2014.His most recent new responsibility was as chief of mobile offering Studio+ alongside producer Gilles Gallud.last_img read more

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Overthetop OTT TV and video revenues in Wester

August 7, 2019

first_imgOver-the-top (OTT) TV and video revenues in Western Europea will more than double between 2015 and 2021, according to Digital TV Research.The firm’s ‘Western Europe OTT TV and Video Forecasts’ report claims that OTT revenues in the region will climb from US$6.40 billion in 2015 to US$14.64 billion in 2021.Of this additional US$8.25 billion in revenue, the UK will contribute US$2.30 billion and will “remain the market leader by some distance”.Second-place Germany will account for an extra US$1.34 billion, third place France will contribute $1.13 billion, while Italy will provide $0.99 billion.“OTT adoption is already high in Scandinavia, the Netherlands and the UK, but it has been much more muted in other countries such as France, Spain and Portugal,” said Digital TV Research principal analyst, Simon Murray.Subscription video-on-demand will become Western Europe’s largest revenue source in 2018 but ad-supported VOD will “regain its crown” in 2020, according to the predictions.By 2021, Digital TV Research estimates that SVOD revenues will total US$5.63 billion and AVOD will bring in US$5.79 billion.The number of SVOD subscriptions are tipped to reach 53.7 million by 2021, up from an expected 31.4 million by the end of 2016, with 30.7% of the region’s TV households expected to subscribe to a SVOD package by this date.“Sweden will have more SVOD subscribers than Spain in 2021, despite only having a quarter of the population. Despite this, the number of subscriptions will quadruple in France and Italy between 2015 and 2021 and will grow eightfold in Spain,” according to the research.last_img read more

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Mediaset España has posted solid full year 2016 re

August 7, 2019

first_imgMediaset España has posted solid full year 2016 results, with total revenues of €992 million, up 2.1%, and EBITDA of €241 million, up 8.3%. The company has benefited from continued strong growth of the Spanish economy, with the TV advertising market growing by 5.5% in the course of the year.Mediaset España had a TV market share of 43.3% in 2016, making it the leader in commercial TV. Advertising revenues for the group’s seven channels grew by 5.2% to €931 million.Spain remains a primarily linear market, with linear TV accounting for 98.7% of the total daily average TV consumption. Average daily TV viewers number 7.1 million. Average daily TV consumption was 233 minutes, of which only three minutes per person per day was non-linear.Analysts at Berenberg gave Mediaset España a ‘hold’ rating, predicting 4% growth in the TV advertising market this year, reflecting a slight slowdown in GDP growth.last_img read more

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A US court case ordered the providers of settop b

August 7, 2019

first_imgA US court case ordered the providers of set-top boxes Cres TV and Shava to pay a group of broadcasters more than US$25 million (€23 million) in damages for infringing their copyright.The US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ruled Shava and Cres TV had illegally retransmitted and distributed signals from a number of Arabic TV broadcasters via set-top boxes and ordered related IPTV services to be shut down and their owners to pay out a total of US$25.6 million.The ruling marks the end to the latest clash between traditional broadcasters and digital streaming companies that retransmit their signals via the internet.Jaideep Janakiram“Perpetrators of pirate TV services think they can get away with it, but as this ruling proves, it’s only a matter of time before the law puts an end to illegal streaming schemes,” said Jaideep Janakiram, senior VP of international business and head of the Americas at Sony, whose Indian subsidiary MSM Asia was a plaintiff in the case.“The defendants deceived customers by illegally using our broadcast feed and logo, making the service look legitimate. Dealers and consumers must educate themselves on legal alternatives, otherwise, they will continue to waste their money on products that will become worthless.”MSM Asia and others including Viacom18 Media, Star India, Dish Network, MBC and Al Jazeera Media Network brought the case against Canada-based Imran and Naeem Butt and a number of related defendants back in 2015.The Shava and Cres TV boxes were sold in the US, offering customers a rage of TV channels that the plaintiffs claim looked for all intents and purposes legally distributed and branded.“This decision reinforces the fact that services streaming video without copyright authorisation are blatant infringers and will be held accountable by the courts,” said Alex Fonoroff, senior corporate counsel at Dish.“Enforcement efforts are underway, and as ISPs terminate service to the Shava and Cres networks we expect to see piracy on these boxes come to an end.”The International Broadcaster Coalition Against Piracy congratulated the broadcasters and applauded enforcement of the order against retailers and other sellers of the Cres TV and Shava IPTV services.It noted another US court had made a similar ruling stopping IPTV services of tech company Lool must be stopped from streaming international channels in the US.Shava and Cres’s founders could not be reached for comment before press time.last_img read more

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German broadcasters ProSiebenSat1 and RTL Deutsch

August 7, 2019

first_imgGerman broadcasters ProSiebenSat.1 and RTL Deutschland Media Group have teamed up with internet service provider United Internet to create a single log-in across their properties.The trio has founded a ‘log-in alliance’ in collaboration with Web.de and GMX. The first company to make use of the standard log-in will be Berlin based e-commerce outfit Zalando.According to the agreement, the group will create an open standard and a foundation to monitor compliance and development.The foundation will provide assistance with the implementation of EU data protection regulations and the planned ePrivacy regulation for online services.According to the group, the aim of the log-in alliance is to create a simple and secure solution that transparently organizes information about the user’s consent to use online services (opt-ins) in line with data protection regulations. The alliance is developing an open standard that will allow users, across a wide range of sectors, to access all the initiative’s online services using the same log-in data instead of having to repeatedly log in using different data for each individual offer online.Once the service has been launched, the partners’ services will already be accessible using harmonized log-in data. This is set to take place in 2018.Users will be able to watch RTL’s TV Now or ProSieben’s live-stream via a single log-in, as well access emails on the Web.de or GMX sites and shop on Zalando.last_img read more

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French pay TV service Orange Cinéma Séries OCS h

August 6, 2019

first_imgFrench pay TV service Orange Cinéma Séries (OCS) has teamed up with copyright collecting society SACD to launch a funding project to help develop scripts for mid-form series of 26 minutes in length for OCS’s Signature programme.OCS Signature has been responsible over the last six years for the development of a number of 26-minute series including Zak, Q.I., Lazy Company, InAmerica, FranceKbek, Irresponsable, Les Grands et Missions.The SACD-OCS Signature fund, which will amount to a relatively modest €50,000 this year, will seek to help develop scripts for series of eight to 12 episodes on the theme of the rewriting of history based on the modification of a past event.Five projects will initially be selected with awards of €5,000 granted to finance the writing of a pilot. A second round will one single project chosen from the five that will receive a further €25,000.“This new fund is going to contribute to dynamism of French and French-language audiovisual creation. SACD is delighted to participate in its creation with a pay TV player that respects the rights of the author,” said Pascal Rogard, director-general of the SACD.“OCS is continuing to invest in French content creation. In the framework of this commitment that we have maintained for over six years, it seems essential to us to team up with a leading player for the rights of the author such as SACD, to continue to support authors in the creation of innovative projects,” said Serge Laroye, president of OCS and deputy CEO of Orange Content.last_img read more

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Bonnier Broadcastingowned Swedish streaming servi

August 6, 2019

first_imgBonnier Broadcasting-owned Swedish streaming service TV4 Play has launched a version of its app on Samsung’s smart TV platform.The TV4 Play app is now available on Samsung smart TVs from 2015 and later. The app can be downloaded from the Samsung Smarthub, enabling viewers to see a range of free-to-air programmes, series and live broadcaster via their TV.The launch brings TV4 Play, which offers free content, in line with a similar app from pay TV sister unit C More.TV4 said that the launch reflected the fact that digital viewing was increasingly migrating to larger screens via platforms including Apple TV, Chromecast and Android TV.The broadcaster said that the launch on Samsung’s smart TV platform would put it in a stronger position on the big screen, where people generally watched for longer.The Samsung smart TV app was developed in partnership with Nordic technology outfit Norigin, and includes access to both live and on-demand content.last_img read more

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Anders Nilsson A new Com Hem mobile service and fi

August 6, 2019

first_imgAnders NilssonA new Com Hem mobile service and fixed-mobile convergence will be key to Tele2’s growth this year, according to CEO Anders Nilsson.Growth from Tele2’s newly acquired TV base in Sweden was flat last year, as was its cable and fibre fixed-line subscriber base, with Tele2 seeing growth coming from core services and mobile post-paid subscriptions.Commenting on the combined company’s full-year results Nilsson said that he saw “great opportunity to enhance this growth in coming years as we launch Com Hem mobile and migrate customers into fixed mobile convergence benefit plans through the more-for-more strategy”.Nilsson said that “legacy services”, which include prepaid mobile, fixed phone and digital-terrestrial TV services, “remain a drag on growth overall” and recorded a combined decline of 12%. He said that the strategy for these services going forwards would be to maximise profitability by stripping out costs while “gradually moving customers into core services which will improve customers satisfaction, reduce churn, increase [average spend per user] and make them eligible for [fixed-mobile convergence] benefits”.As Tele2 has now pulled out of problematic emerging markets – the operator recently agreed the sale of its Kazakhstan joint venture with Turkcell to the local incumbent – the low-growth Swedish market will become more important to it. Nilsson said that synergies from the Com Hem merger along with selling mobile to fixed customers and vice versa would be key.Tele2 is now aiming for an enhanced goal of realising SEK900 million (€86 million) in synergies from the merger.Tele2’s TV base in Sweden leapt from zero to 1.057 million at the end of the year as a result of the Com Hem acquisition, but this represented a drop from 1.098 million on Com Hem’s numbers, while cable and fibre customers numbered 658,000. Digital-terrestrial TV customers from Boxer numbered 399,000, down from 443,000.Digital TV revenues in Sweden amounted to SEK512 million for the year, with DTT contributing SEK217 million. Fixed broadband revenues amounted to SEK381 million.Tele2 posted revenues of SEK23.7 billion for the year, down from SEK23.7 billion, while operating profit slipped from SEK3.75 billion to SEK3.47 billion.last_img read more

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Shame Allan Woods and his fake picture of him dres

August 5, 2019

first_img Shame Allan Woods and his fake picture of him dressed in a British Parachute Regiment unifomrTHE Scotch coach driver who insulted the memory of Bishop Edward Daly has been exposed as a faker who invented his successful British military career.And shame Allan Woods even claimed that he served in Bloody Sunday over 42 years ago when disgraced British Paras opened fire indiscriminately on a civil rights protest murdering a total of 14. But now it has been revealed that bus driver Woods, 61, from, Renfrewshire in Scotland, who claimed to have been a Para, is a fantasist who has never served in the armed forces at all, let alone the elite Parachute Regiment.The fraudster has gone to extreme lengths to create the impression online that he had a successful military career.He superimposed his face on to the photograph of a real decorated soldier in order to convince Facebook friends of his made-up past.According to the Daily Record, the picture is in fact of retired Para Colour Sergeant John “Tommo” Tompkins, from Wigan. ShareTweet ALLAN WOODSBISHOP EDWARD DALYrenfrewshireSCOTS BIGOT WHO SLURRED BISHOP EDWARD DALY’S MEMORY FAKED BRITISH ARMY CAREER PICS Tompkins completed four tours in Northern Ireland before he joined 4 PARA (V) in 2003, going on to serve in Iraq in 2006 and Afghanistan in 2008.He was awarded a number of medals which are displayed on the uniform that Woods tries to pass off as his own.Woods also uploaded a photograph of four soldiers next to an artillery gun, apparently with the intention of suggesting he is one of the men.But the picture, taken during the Falklands conflict, hasn’t the remotest connection to Woods.The pathetic Walter Mitty has now been forced to come clean after the Record pieced together his web of lies and confronted him.He admitted he doctored a picture of the real Parachute Regiment veteran on social media to bolster his claims that he served in the Paras and was on duty on the day of the massacre.When confronted, he described his army claims as “a lot of s***e”.He said: “It was wrong to post all that stuff on Facebook. I used the wrong words. I have lost my job because of all this. I have had about 200 death threats in the last day.“I know I was wrong. I had an opinion but I put it across the wrong way. Murderers do not go through what I have been through. The stuff I put was a load of s***e.“I just put that I was in the forces to justify what I was trying to say. I just said I was in the Paras to justify my argument and was trying to give my post credibility.“I never served in the forces. If you think about it, I would have been far too young to have been there anyway.“I have suffered enough with all this. I apologise unreservedly for the offence I caused but I know it’s my own stupidity.Fr Edward Daly waves a white handkerchief as an injured man is carried away on Bloody Sunday“I had no right to post what I did. I faked up the photograph. I was in a hotel room, bored out of my skull when I did it.”Despite his grovelling apology, Woods insisted on repeating his slur on Daly, who devoted his life to trying to forge peace in Northern Ireland and was mourned by thousands at his funeral last week.In his original post, he used a grossly offensive term for Catholics to describe Daly.Woods now says: “My wife is in a hell of a state over this. I was out of order and I know that but am I going to be crucified for this?”Woods offered to pay £1,000 to the priest’s family as an apology for any upset he has caused.He said: “I will give £1,000 to the family. It may not be a lot to some people but it’s a lot to us.“I was out of order and stupid and this would be a goodwill gesture.”Until last week, Woods was a bus driver employed on a casual basis through an agency. He was sacked after his online outburst came to the attention of management.His admission of his lies came after we tried to speak to him at his home and his wife said he was not available.He then called our office to say his military history had been completely fabricated.It is not the first time Woods has found himself at the centre of a bigotry row.The Rangers fan made headlines last year after offering to recruit free workers to spruce up Ibrox.But it then emerged he had posted on Facebook in 2014 calling for the ethnic cleansing of Muslims. Another post on his page in 2015 called for Islam to be outlawed and made lurid claims linking the religion to rape and paedophilia.On Bloody Sunday, Daly, then a curate in Derry, was near John “Jackie” Duddy, 17, when he was shot.He waved his handkerchief to try to keep the teenager safe as he was carried away for treatment.He then gave him the last rites as he lost his fight for life.SCOTS BIGOT WHO SLURRED BISHOP EDWARD DALY’S MEMORY FAKED BRITISH ARMY CAREER PICS was last modified: August 15th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

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Detectives are investigating a possible link betwe

August 5, 2019

first_imgDetectives are investigating a possible link between these two burglaries and are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incidents or anyone with any information that can assist with the investigation to contact detectives in Strand Road on 101 quoting reference 1203 or 1315 of 28/12/17.Alternatively, information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on freephone 0800 555 111.LINK PROBED AFTER CASH STOLEN IN BURGLARIES ON TWO DERRY HOMES was last modified: December 30th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ALTNAGELVIN PARKdetectivesKNOCKWELLAN PARKLINK PROBED AFTER CASH STOLEN IN BURGLARIES ON TWO DERRY HOMESPSNISTRAND ROAD DETECTIVES in Derry are appealing for witnesses following two burglaries in the city this week.Police say that officers received a report that sometime between 5.45 pm and 7 pm on Thursday, December 28, a house in the Knockwellan Park area of the city was broken into and a sum of money taken.The PSNI in Foyle say it was reported to them that sometime between 4 pm and 9 pm a house in the Altnagelvin Park area of the city was entered and a sum of money taken.center_img ShareTweetlast_img read more

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