TravelBrands’ direct connection to WDW and Aulani product Travelweek Group MISSISSAUGA — TravelBrands wants agents to know it is now directly connected to the Walt Disney World Resort booking system for hotels and tickets.Thanks to its technology TravelBrands can provide both travellers and travel agents with instant availability for the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa in Hawaii, says Frank DeMarinis, CEO, Red Label Vacations.“Whether it is visiting the four Disney theme parks, staying at one of Disney’s incredible resorts or vacationing in Hawaii at Aulani, our technological infrastructure will provide a seamless booking process for clients” says DeMarinis. “This is a tremendous opportunity to connect travellers to their favourite Disney products. We are so proud that our technology can support this new feature for the Canadian market.”In addition to instant availability, TravelBrands will also have access to all room categories for all Walt Disney World Resort hotels as well as theme park tickets. This updated connection will allow TravelBrands to go to market quicker when there is a new Walt Disney World promotional offer, says DeMarinis, who adds that overall the booking process for both travel agents and travellers will become simplified.More news: Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoAnd for Disneyland Resort in California, TravelBrands is helping visitors enter the theme parks faster. The company has the technological capabilities to automatically generate a barcode and e-ticket. Guests can go directly to the theme park turnstiles for entry to start their Disney experience. Through TravelBrands, guests no longer have to exchange a voucher for their park ticket.Travel partners, agents and clients can begin booking Walt Disney World Resort hotels and tickets as well as Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa through TravelBrands, a division of RLV. For more information see travelbrandsaccess.com. Monday, July 22, 2019 Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: TravelBrands, Walt Disney World Share
I wrote last time aboutthe luxuries of a Costa Rican Christmas, but I recently realized that my absolute favorite part of this time of year is something very simple, and also one of my favorite dichos: hablando paja. Literally translated as “talkin’ straw,” it can have a negative connotation, because if you’re hablando paja (or a little stronger, pura paja, which can describe what people say or the people themselves), it can mean that you’re full of hot air, making promises you won’t keep. But it also has a meaning closer to “shooting the breeze,” and to me connotes the lazy, laid-back, meandering conversations of late December, when the crazed shopping and End-of-Days traffic has ended, and life is slow.I had just such a conversation a few Christmases ago. A group of my husband’s friends and I were sitting around, drinking coffee, eating tamales and admiring the portal of the couple whose house we were in. Like many things Costa Rican, the Nativity scenes here are bigger and bolder than the version I grew up with: our crèche was a sedate affair the size of my hand, while I’ve seen several here that take up half the living room. This one was particularly elaborate. The Three Kings were poking along on the floor, their plaster steeds gazing balefully at the steep journey ahead up a winding mountain road to Joseph, Mary and Jesus, perched at eye level. On their way, they’d pass lights, sloping fields of sheep, even a bridge over a little river. The couple was celebrating their first Christmas in their own place, and they’d obviously put a lot of work into this scene.See also: A love letter to Costa Rica’s second languageLooking at their river, I said idly, just hablando paja and thinking of a half-century-old bridge whose failed repairs had made it a symbol of the country’s roadway woes, “I’d love to see a portal with La Platina. The Wise Men are waiting there, all impatient, and there’s a tiny construction crew. Now there’s a real portal a lo tico.”“Uuuy, cierto,” said our host. “If Jesus is born in Costa Rica? Mae, one of the Wise Men falls straight through the crack, burro and all.”There was a little pause, the unmistakable sound of brains whirring. I knew it well.“The next one falls into that pothole that swallowed the car,” someone ventured.“The last one calls Joseph. Mae, I’ll be there later, ya casi llego. Traffic, mae. Es que vieras que en La Uruca hay UUUUna presa…”They were off. “Yeah, and Joseph’s all bummed, like, mae, que ahuevado, you three were supposed to bring the chifrijo, birrillas and Tronaditas.” “Take off those shepherds and put on a guachimán watching over his cars by night.” “Put in a sloth instead of sheep.” “No, no animals! They would all be hiding under the bar because of the fireworks. It’s Christmas!” “Yeah, instead of animals, all the neighbors! ‘Cause you KNOW they’d all be there vineando. Teenage pregnancy, the baby’s in a manger, pero ¡qué pecado! He looks so cold! Those swaddling cloths, so flimsy! Get us three fleece blankets and a woolen hat, stat!”“¡De fijo!” said our host again. “And take away Joseph.”There was general assent. “Why?” I asked, the lone Gringa.“Because Joseph would be at the bar!”“Noooooombre, his guíla just had a baby with the Almighty. He’s already lit up and in the bullring in Zapote!”That’s hablando paja. It’s a perk of a season that seems to get shorter and shorter each year as Costa Rica shuts down less and less during the holidays, but that is still a welcome breather, a time to be aimless.Of course, where I come from, it’s the season of Hallmark, very special sitcom episodes and goofy sincerity, so I can’t close without saying that whether you’re in Costa Rica this holiday or far away; whether this is your patria, your adopted home or just a twinkle in your eye as you dream of vacations to come; whether you celebrate Christmas with midnight explosions or heaps of snow or not at all – I wish for you the best parts of a portal a lo tico.What does that even mean? Much more than just a guachimán and a drunk Joseph, that’s for sure. A Nativity set in Costa Rica means wry steadfastness in the face of the Platinas of life. It means an ability, an eagerness, even, to laugh at yourself during a holiday that otherwise sets the bar too high. It means space and time to shoot the breeze, languid conversations meant to go nowhere, pure straw, pure air. It means a deep breath we need in late December, that cherished respite between “One More Shopping Day ‘Til Christmas!” and the unrelenting cheerfulness of New Year’s Resolutions, this year all coming on the heels of a series of particularly heartbreaking, troubling and violent events for many people around the world. It means that I wish we will all give ourselves a break, because we deserve that, despite our many failings. We deserve it if, like Costa Rica itself, we are struggling upwards past litter and crime and potholes and bureaucrats, but struggling nonetheless, climbing still, brave enough to set our sights on peace.Read previous Maeology columns hereKatherine Stanley Obando is The Tico Times’ arts and entertainment editor. She also is a freelance writer, translator, former teacher and academic director of JumpStart Costa Rica. She lives in San José. You can read more by Katherine at “The Dictionary of You,” where she writes about Costa Rican language and culture, and raising a child abroad. “Maeology” is published every other Monday. Facebook Comments Related posts:‘La Platina’ Bridge to close Wednesday night, Saturday for repairs ‘La Platina’ bridge head loses job Polls reveal Ticos thoughts on Chinchilla, crime and the environment The bird who rules Costa Rica, and the language of rain
class=”articletext”> Source = Korean Air Korean Air’s Lounge at Incheon International Airport Concourse A has been named “Priority Pass Lounge of the Year 2010” in Asia Pacific by Priority Pass, a UK-based company that provides worldwide cross-airline airport lounge access.In a survey of its one million-plus members worldwide this year, Priority Pass says Korean Air’s Incheon lounge was voted No.1 among 109 candidates in the Asia Pacific region. Commenting on the award, Mr. Chi Chang-Hoon, President and Chief Operating Officer of Korean Air, said “We are very pleased that our efforts in providing our customers with a comfortable and enjoyable travel experience have been recognized by this prestigious award. We would like to thank our customers and all Priority Pass members for their continued support.”“This award serves to remind all of us at Korean Air to continue to work towards providing the best travel experience to our customers from ground to air. It also sits well with our ‘Excellence in Flight’ corporate slogan,” continued Mr. Chi. “Priority Pass Lounge of the Year” was created to honor excellence in airport lounge services worldwide and encourage enhancements.Korean Air has partnered with Priority Pass since 1999 and currently has 13 lounges in the program, including New York, Los Angeles, and Tokyo.
Comments Share NFL teams covet talent. But even more than that, they covet young talent. In a recent article, ESPN’s Rivers McCown ranked all 32 teams based on their 25-and-under talent, and had the Arizona Cardinals ranked a disappointing 25th.Fellow ESPN Insider Mel Kiper Jr. then ranked his top 25 players in that age group, and Cardinals’ two-time Pro Bowler Patrick Peterson comes in at number 11. Kiper ranked each player on what they’ve accomplished so far and their future outlook. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Current: If you judge him purely on his cover skills, Peterson isn’t quite up to the level of a rival NFC West cornerback. But with Peterson, you have to factor in that he’s one of the NFL’s elite punt returners, which helps with field position every week. And as a cornerback who needed a lot of work coming out of the draft, Peterson is certainly on the edge of elite. His incredible physical skills can mask some technical deficiencies, but he makes plays, and his fine ball skills are also handy.Future: Peterson will only get better in coverage, and he’ll play his third full NFL season and then not turn 24 for six months. He’s also started 32 of a possible 32 games headed into his third season, so injuries haven’t been a concern. Not yet a great player, but he’s on his way.Peterson ranked sixth among defensive players on Kiper’s list and was the second-ranked defensive back, behind only Seattle safety Earl Thomas.The third-year pro from LSU had 55 total tackles for the Cardinals last season and his seven interceptions ranked fourth in the league. – / 36 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
President Nicos Anastasiades on Monday emphasised the positive steps Cyprus has taken to improve human rights in the past five years despite the economic crisis.He was speaking on the occasion on World Human Rights Day, which is commemorated every year on December 10.The economic crisis, he said, threatened many social rights.“But I’m proud because we did not delay action. We understood the difficulties of the people who suffered the most, we did not cultivate false hopes, but stove to convince them that we can co-ordinate, get organised and with a plan get out of the crisis and look ahead with optimism,” he said.He added bold measures were taken and institutional changes and reforms were made.Referring to the minimum guaranteed income scheme, he said the entire framework of social benefits was rationalised based on a respect for human rights and the need to ensure a minimum level of dignity for all.In his speech, Anastasiades hailed the implementation of the general health system as the top reform to ensure a decent level of health and social well-being for the entire population and it will provide safety net against discrimination and exclusion.He then talked about the crucial role of the courts, saying the government has been working for a faster and more efficient administration of justice. The most important change is the setting up of a commercial court which is expected early next year.The current administration has also strengthened the police’s operational capacity to prevent and fight crimes and positive changes have been made to the prison system.Over the last five years, “we have put particular emphasis on tackling corruption and promoting the principles of accountability, transparency and good administration,” he concluded. You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
About 112 kilos of food were removed from supermarket shelves during the Easter period as part of the health inspection services clampdown, which found this year to have fared reasonably well.Speaking to the Cyprus News Agency on Tuesday, Alvertos Karis, head of the health inspection services said recommendations for fining three companies had been filed.Two concerned instances of staff not having proper health certificates and buildings not being at a satisfactory level, for example with openings in the walls or unclean equipment.There were eight cases in which labels on food did not adhere to the law and EU regulations, which stipulate they should have all necessary information such as allergies in the Greek language.In one of the cases, it was recommended that a fine is issued.According to Karis, the companies will be inspected again after a short time and if they are found not to have complied measures will be taken against them.Alhough inspections are carried out throughout the year, more were done ahead of Easter between March 21 and April 7 across Cyprus, which saw staff work overtime during Easter Friday and Saturday.A total of 873 food establishments – including producers, factories and distributors, were inspected.“Particular attention is given to importers or factories where foods expected to have increased demand during the holidays are produced, packaged or stored.”This includes companies dealing with egg dye, chocolate, flour, raisins and sesame.“Inspections were centred on evaluating conditions of production, transport and selling the food products…as well as how they are labelled, which have to be in the Greek language and include all the information required by the regulations to assist and protect consumers.”Karis also said 112 kilos of food products were removed from supermarket shelves for various reasons including products past their sell by date, improper packaging, allergy related ingredients not written in the Greek language or items produced in factories which are not registered.Imported goods were also inspected at ports of entry to the Republic coming from countries outside of the EU, Karis added.A total of 57,000 kilos of sesame and 116,000 kilos of dry nuts were inspected.Of these, 19,000 kilos of sesame will be disposed of or re-exported because lab tests on samples showed they contained salmonella.The state lab also tested over 150 samples of Easter products including egg dye, tsourekia, chocolate eggs, dry nuts and cheese used for flaounes, to check for allergens and aflatoxins.Nothing of concern came to light.An additional 15 samples of items set to be in contact foods such as plates, platters and Easter mugs were also inspected, Karis said.You May LikeOrganic WelcomeRevealed: 7 Foods That Are Bad For Your BrainOrganic WelcomeUndoUniversityFoxThese Students Deserve An A+ Just For Being HilariousUniversityFoxUndoStar Penny StocksSteve Harvey Lives With His Wife In This Gorgeous Mansion.Star Penny StocksUndo Clear winner in first round of Kition bishop voteUndoBrazil prison riot kills 52, with 16 decapitatedUndoCompanies must use buying power to root out slavery, says UK officialUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
By Andria KadesA bill proposing the age of retirement for government doctors is extended from 65 to 68 will not head to plenum this week the House finance committee decided on Tuesday after complaints were lodged by state doctors and AKEL.After the doctors threatened to take “measures” if the committee gave the nod to the bill, chairman Nicolas Papadopoulos said deputies decided they would give the health ministry more time to study the proposal.Tabled by DISY, DIKO and EVROKO, both the unions that were opposed to the move and AKEL claimed it was outdated as it had been prepared a year and a half ago.Within that timeframe, some 50 jobs were unfrozen.Although it initially had the support of the Green Party and EDEK, they later retracted it following the unfreezing of jobs.Those opposed said there were scores of unemployed new doctors that could be utilised but instead, already established doctors – several of whom who have their own private practices – would continue to get paid instead of bringing in new talent.Papadopoulos said the proposal was submitted after they “observed particular pressure and increased demand concerning medical services in state hospitals during a period where due to the financial crisis the government decided to freeze hiring.“Precisely for this reason, we believed a chance should have been given to doctors that have experience and knowledge and can continue to offer services.”Papadopoulos disagreed with those against the bill and said to this day “we believe the problems in state hospitals have not been resolved. We see huge waiting lists in crucial services.”The health ministry has said “the proposal does not serve any purpose” and needs to be discussed as part of the broader reform of public health services with all implicated parties.Papadopoulos added that on Tuesday the finance ministry said the bill no longer needed to be utilised due to the health ministry’s decision to unfreeze some 50 positions in state hospitals.AKEL’s Stavros Evagorou said “of course we are opposed to this as a matter of principle.” With the levels of unemployment Cyprus faces, he said the party could not accept such extreme measures.He expressed satisfaction over the fact that EDEK and the Green Party rescinded their support for the proposal and said even though some deputies continued their insistence in supporting the proposal, they were having second thoughts, a positive sign, he added.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
State Rep. Mike McCready today announced he is seeking input from local residents on Michigan’s road system and how to fix it.McCready has created a survey that is available on his website until Friday, March 1. He is encouraging constituents to take a few minutes to complete it and share their views.“Everyone knows that our roads and bridges are in desperate need of repair and I want to hear from local residents about how they think the problem should be addressed,” said McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills. “There will be no easy solution for this problem, but in order to make the best decision, I need to know how my constituents feel about our roads and bridges and what they’d like to see happen.”Survey results will be shared with the Michigan Department of Transportation and local road officials.“The few minutes residents can spare to take my survey will make a big difference in helping me determine what areas we need to focus on the most and how residents feel comfortable fixing this problem,” McCready said.Residents can take the survey at www.RepMcCready.com. Those unable to take the survey online may give their feedback by contacting Rep. McCready’s office at (517) 373-8670, or via e-mail at MikeMcCready@house.mi.gov. Categories: McCready News,News 14Feb McCready seeking input on state roads and bridges
Categories: Audio,State of the State 14Jan Legislative Update for Tuesday, January 14, 2014 – 0:00:00 / 0:00:00Update RequiredTo play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. Legislative Update for Tuesday, January 14, 2014 [ 3:27 ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (126) playpause House Republicans talk about committee hearings examining utility response to the Christmas ice storm and look ahead to Thursday’s State of the State Address.
Tags: #SB, Cole, conservative, Mackinac Center for Public Policy, MIRS 05Jan Rep. Cole ranked among top conservative lawmakers in 2016 Categories: Cole News,Featured news,News State Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, was selected as one of the most conservative lawmakers in Michigan for the 2016 legislative cycle by Michigan Information and Research Service (MIRS).Rep. Cole issued the following statement in response:“It has been a true privilege serving in the Michigan House of Representatives. Since taking office two years ago, I am continuing to fulfill my commitment to vote with integrity and honesty while representing the residents of the 105th House District.“I have worked conscientiously for two years now having had completed my first full term in office and to have this ranking is such a great honor and much appreciated. Looking ahead, my legislative agenda remains in the hands and the hearts of the hard-working Northern Michigan residents I represent.”Rep. Cole has two bills in the MIRS roll call vote selection, which serves as a tool to rank all legislators. Those pieces of legislation include House Bill 5215, now Public Act 353 of 2016, and House Bill 5275, now Public Act 288 of 2016.HB 5215 will outlaw the removal of collars from hunting dogs and make it a civil infraction with a fine ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 for an individual other than the owner who removes the collar from the hunting dog.HB 5275 will open forest roads for off-road vehicle (ORV) use. Therefore requiring the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to take inventory of all state forest roads to provide a comprehensive map that will be made available publically. This law also reinstitutes an individual’s right to use a pack or saddle animal for removal of large game.The ‘Most Conservative’ designation is based on MIRS’ analysis of 54 roll call votes taken throughout the year with assistance from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s bill analysis tool at http://www.michiganvotes.org/VotingIndex.aspx?ID=994.######
Categories: Barrett News 22Jun House approves flexibility in insurance agent education standards Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Tom Barrett, to provide flexibility for the continuing education standards for insurance agents, was overwhelmingly approved by the Michigan House of Representatives Tuesday with 105 votes in support.Current Michigan law requires agents to complete 24 hours of professional development courses over a two-year span to be up-to-date on proper customer service practices and changing industry trends. Barrett’s legislation would allow up to 12 hours to carry over from a previous two-year span to another, should the agent exceed the 24-hour requirement.“Everyone relies on their insurance companies and agents to be there when needed, whether it’s a health issue or the family vehicle is damaged in a car accident,” said Barrett, of Potterville. “If an insurance agent is passionate about their career and exceeding the requirement of outside commitment, they should be able to have those hours carry over on to the next cycle.”Agents will continue to be required to complete an ethics course with every two-year cycle and will not be allowed to carry over duplicate courses to count towards the same span.The legislation also requires the Department of Insurance and Financial Services to evaluate continuing education instructors to ensure the content is up-to-date and accurate.The bill now heads to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk for review.#####
Categories: Johnson News 05Jun Rep. Johnson announces June office hours State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours:Friday, June 14thAllegan CountyBig Boy1180 W. Superior St. in Wayland3:30 – 4:30 p.m.Kent CountyKentwood Branch Library4950 Breton Road SE in Kentwood5:00 – 6:00 p.m.“Open and honest communication with residents is instrumental in holding state government accountable,” said Johnson, R-Wayland. “I invite all residents to attend a local office hour gathering to share their concerns and ideas.”No appointment is necessary and there is no cost to attend. Those unable to attend are encouraged to call Rep. Johnson’s office at 517-373-0840, email StevenJohnson@house.mi.gov or visit his website at www.RepJohnson.com.
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesJune 25, 2015; The AtlanticWhy should we remove unnecessary barriers to employment for former prisoners? Oh, and while we are asking silly questions, why should we back living wage policies and the reduction of the wealth gap? Could it be that people who see a future with possibilities are less likely to engage in crime? Hmmm. And do we need another study to point out the link? Apparently.In an article entitled “Can Jobs Deter Crime?” the Atlantic explores the relevance of findings uncovered by researchers from Columbia University and the International Rescue Committee who teamed up with London-based Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) to study former soldiers from the West African country of Liberia.On the surface, Liberia bears little resemblance to the modern United States. Less than twenty-five years ago, civil war was raging in the country, killing a quarter of a million. During that time, many involved in the civil war looted the country’s resources of rubber, diamonds, and timber. A peace agreement was reached in 1995, and although the economy remains fragile, many former soldiers are looking for new opportunities to earn a living. A team of international researchers working with an international NGO wondered if providing a relatively small amount of resources could reduce violence and encourage these men to take on legal occupations.The study by Christopher Blattman of Columbia University and Jeannie Annan from the International Rescue Committee examined how economic conditions prompt individuals with few choices or options to participate in illegal activities. They presented half of a group of 1,123 men the opportunity to enter a program teaching them agricultural skills and literacy as well as counseling to combat their past socialization, political philosophies, and outlook on violence. In addition, they provided them with $125 worth of supplies for farming or caring for livestock. The other men were not provided with these incentives.During the study, men receiving the incentives made only slightly more than those that did not, as little as 40 cents a day. (It is important to note that 40 cents a day is a significant amount of money when the average Liberian makes $454.30 a year as measured by per capita GDP.) But this small increase was enough to encourage the former soldiers to expand the time they spent in their legal activities and away from violence. After fourteen months, researchers found over 90 percent of the participants receiving the supplies and support remained interested in their new livelihoods. In that same period, although none completely abandoned criminal behavior, crime was down by about 20 percent. In addition, the promise of additional earnings in the future had a significant effect on the amount of illegal activity in which the men participated.During the study, none of the former soldiers participating lost contact with their criminal networks. As war broke out in the nearby country of Côte d’Ivoire, men who received the incentives were 25 percent less likely to return to fighting and illegal activities.Translation: Trying to talk people out of criminal mindsets without creating a fair financial way forward is ineffective.—Gayle NelsonShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share33TweetShare3Email36 SharesNovember 30, 2015; U.S. News and World ReportAlong with his strong stance on climate change, Pope Francis has also been upfront about his view that in order to remain viable, Catholic schools need to remain affordable. Reporting on an event in Rome last month, U.S. News and World Report cites Brother Robert Bimonte, president of the National Catholic Educational Association, who highlighted the pope’s central message that Catholic schools not become elitist.“They can’t just be schools for those who can afford them,” Bimonte recalled the pope saying. Echoing the pope’s special focus on the poor, he added, “He reminded us of our need to reach out to the poor and those at the margins.”A few national indicators, including a recent study on giving trends, suggest that at least in the U.S., Catholic schools could be headed toward a more robust period that would support this goal. Like all independent schools, the cost of tuition for families has remained a challenge for Catholic schools. Citing a 2014 Georgetown University study, U.S. News & World Report notes that 53 percent of Catholic parents identify tuition costs as “somewhat” or “very much” a problem when making enrollment decisions.In spite of the ongoing challenges of tuition at Catholic schools for families nationwide, a recent Philanthropy Roundtable report entitled “Catholic School Renaissance” presents the possibility that Catholic schools might be headed toward a resurgence. The report affirms that even amidst the recent recession “donors never gave up on Catholic schools” and that new management approaches both inside and outside of the classroom “leave Catholic schools in their best position for future success in more than 50 years.”Escuela de Guadalupe, a dual-language school founded in Denver in 1999 with a mission to be financially accessible, is experiencing the type of growth that may be part of this larger trend. With tuition set at $8,300, the school asks families to pay what they can and then provides $750,000 in additional financial support in the form of scholarships directly to students. A recent expansion to a larger facility will enable the school to nearly double its enrollment and it is more than halfway to its $4 million capital campaign goal that it announced last year, which includes money for student scholarships.Commenting on the specific situation at the school, Michelle Wagner, director of development, said in an email, “I think fundraising for schools can be difficult because typically your parents who already pay tuition are some of your major donors,” noting that at her school, “that isn’t the case.” With what she calls a “diverse donor pool,” she emphasized that their “number one goal is to raise scholarship dollars.”—Anne EigemanShare33TweetShare3Email36 Shares
Polish pay TV platform ‘n’ is adding five high definition channels to its line-up.Motorsports channel TVN Turbo HD, women’s interest channel TVN Style HD and general entertainment channel TVN 7 HD will launch on November 4. Premium film and sports channels ‘n’ Premium 1 and Premium 2 will launch later, on December 15. Content will include Hollywood movies and sports including Champions League and Europa League footballThe move takes the total number of HD channels on the platform to 33, which ‘n’ says makes in Poland’s largest HD offering.
Canal Plus Group produced revenues of €3.647 billion for the first nine months of the year, up 2.4% year-on-year.Canal Plus France’s revenues, including pay TV operations in mainland France, French overseas territories and Africa, were up by 1.6% to €3.063 billion, driven by subscription growth and increased advertising revenues. Over the past year, Canal Plus France posted a net growth of 237,000 subscriptions, including more than 170,000 subscriptions from Africa.Canal Plus Group’s EBITA was €722 million, compared to €732 million for the first nine months of 2011, as a result of the negative impact of the French VAT rise, amounting to around €30 million.Vivendi-owned telco SFR’s revenues were down 6.9% to €8.508 billion due to increased competition and price cuts imposed by the regulator. At the end of September 2012, SFR’s broadband internet customer base totaled 5.040 million, with 24,000 net additions in the third quarter. The quadruple play offer customer base reached 1.7 million at the end of September. Broadband internet and fixed revenues amounted to €2,959 million, a 1.2% decreaseVivendi turned in revenues of €20.751 billion for the first nine months of the year, down 1.3%, and EBITA of €4.331 billion, down 11%.
French media group Lagardère is using Civolution’s SyncNow ACR technology to deliver an interactive app for its free-to-air family TV channel, Gulli.The app, initially used during the advertisement breaks, will be extended for use on programmes, according to Civolution. It will enhance advertisements by enabling interactions such as games and original content about products. Once extended for use with some programmes, the app will give users the chance to engage in games which relate directly to the content being aired on the main screen. Users will be able to take advantage of the new services on both smartphones and tablets.“For the new generation of television viewers TV is no longer a lean-back experience. It is socially engaging entertainment,” said Antoine Villeneuve, CEO of Lagardère Active’s French and international TV channels. “We now have the opportunity to interact directly with our audience in ways that are much more personal and intimate. Civolution’s SyncNow is exactly the type of technology needed to achieve this and go beyond simple linear.”Civolution provides technology that uses audio code recognition to synchronise second screen apps with what’s happening on the main TV screen.
Kabel Deutschland (KDG) has confirmed that it has received a counter-offer from Liberty Global following Vodafone’s bid to acquire the cable operator.KDG said it had received a “preliminary proposal” from Liberty Global, with no certainty at this stage that a transaction would result or what the term would be.According to the UK Financial Times, Liberty Global is offering approximately €7.5 billion for KDG, topping the bid made by Vodafone.Liberty Global has said that KDG’s statement that it had received a proposal is accurate, but has not commented further.Liberty Global’s bid could fall foul of the German Federal Cartel Office, which has in the past been highly unfavourable to too much concentration in the cable sector. Liberty Global already controls the country’s second and third largest cable providers, Unitymedia and Kabel BW.Speaking at the recent ANGA COM event in Cologne, Liberty Global president and CEO Mike Fries said his company “had plenty of money left for Germany” following its acquisition of UK cable operator Virgin Media. Fries said that Germany was Liberty Global’s fastest growing market and that the company wanted to be “bigger in Germany, one day”.Fries said he didn’t wish to enter into discussion about the logic of regulatory resistance to cable consolidation, but added consolidation made industrial logic.
A+E Networks UK has named Remi Abayomi as senior director of broadcast operations. Abayomi will be responsible for A+E Networks UK’s broadcast operations infrastructure across the company’s channels in the UK, central Europe, Benelux, Scandinavia, the Middle East, Greece and Africa. He will work closely with the operations groups at A+E Networks UK joint venture owners A+E Networks and BSkyB. He previously held executive positions at Viacom, MTV, Nickelodeon, and Fox Kids Europe, before starting his own consultancy.Tom Davidson, Managing Director of A+ E Networks UK, said, “Remi brings a wealth of experience across broadcast operations and systems integration, particularly in the international channel space, and we are delighted that he will be working on the expansion of our channels.”
Over-the-top and interactive TV software specialist Nangu.tv has named Petr Havel as product manager and Jiří Hubert as project manager, both based at the company’s headquarters in Prague.Prior to joining Nangu.tv, Havel was internal product manager at Acision. At Nangu.tv he will be responsible for the continued development of the Nangu.TV platform as well as overseeing the production and launch of new applications.Hubert also previously worked for Acision, where he managed software development projects for global mobile phone operators.