Led by Captain Arif Al Reyami and Jordanian First Officer Laith Saudi, the A380 Amman service was greeted by a traditional water cannon salute.The Emirates A380 ventures to Amman and Boston Emirates’ first scheduled A380 services have just touched down in Boston and Amman for the summer season peak.The first scheduled A380 service landed in Amman on 1 June at 1555hrs local time and the second A380 service from Dubai to Boston landed at 1350hrs local time. Led by Captain Arif Al Reyami and Jordanian First Officer Laith Saudi, the A380 Amman service was greeted by a traditional water cannon salute.Emirates will operate its A380 aircraft to and from Amman until 26 October to cater to the increased demand for travel during the peak summer period. The airline has adjusted its schedule on one of its three daily flights (EK 903/904) with the A380. Emirates A380 operations to Boston also coincide with high customer demand during the peak summer and winter travel season and will see overall capacity increase around 45% between 1 June to 30 September 2019 and 1 December 2019 to 31 January 2020. The move to deploy the popular A380 on both routes demonstrates the airline’s flexibility to optimise the usage of its fleet to cater to passenger demand within its network.Emirates has been flying to Jordan for over 33 years, and has carried over 5 million passengers to and from Amman. Emirates has been serving Boston since 2014, consistently growing passenger demand over the past five years to and through Dubai. With the A380 being introduced for the summer, travellers have more choice to explore unique A380 destinations on the Emirates network, as well as experience the ultimate in travel comfort on the airline’s flagship aircraft.The Emirates A380 flying to Amman is set in a three-class configuration, and will have 427 seats in Economy Class on the lower deck over the months of June and July, 76 flat-bed Business Class seats and 14 luxurious First Class Suites. First and Business Class customers can catch up, network and enjoy an extensive range of beverages and delicacies in the Onboard Lounge.The Emirates A380 flying to Boston is also set in a three class cabin configuration, offering 14 private suites in First Class, 76 seats in Business Class, and 426 spacious seats in Economy Class. First Class passengers can relax and revitalise in one of the two A380 Shower Spas, and First and Business Class passengers are welcome in the Onboard Lounge to enjoy canapés and beverages prepared by the onboard bartender.Passengers in all classes can enjoy complimentary meals and beverages, Wi-Fi, hospitality and service from multi-national cabin crew and Emirates’ award winning ‘ice’ with up to 4,000 channels of movies, TV programs, music and podcasts.The Emirates A380 to Boston will operate until 30 September 2019 and will then resume on 1 December 2019 to 31 January 2020. Emirates flight EK 237 leaves Dubai at 0815hrs and lands in Boston at 1350hrs. EK 238 departs Boston at 2310hrs and arrives in Dubai at 1925hrs the next day.The Emirates A380 will operate until 26 October 2019 to Amman. Flight EK 903 departs Dubai at 1400hrs and arrives in Amman at 1555hrs, while the return A380 flight, EK 904 leaves Amman at 1800hrs, arriving in Dubai at 2200hrs.Emirates is also offering Greek travelers the unique chance to fly on the iconic A380. The airline deployed the double-decker aircraft to Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos on 31st May with the commencement of the peak summer travel period to meet high passenger demand to and from Greece. The A380 will operate to Athens until 30th September 2019.The Emirates A380 has become one of the most recognised and admired aircraft in the world, and more than 115 million passengers have experienced the airline’s flagship since 2008. Emirates currently has 110 A380s in service and 13 pending delivery, and is set to receive 6 A380s this financial year.Source = Emirates
Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa has announced the opening of a new FJ$3.2 million adult’s only area – Waitui Beach Club – with its own pool, champagne bar, poolside cabanas and restaurant.Guests will be welcomed to the beach club by their own personalised butler and receive a daily essentials kit of water, sunscreen, body mist and a cold towel.Poolside dining is headed by Sydney nutritionist Lucinda Zammit, and for those wanting to keep up their fitness while away, complimentary yoga, stretching and boot camp classes will run every morning and afternoon. By night, regular live entertainment from the club’s resident DJ sets the tone.Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa General Manager Alan Burrows said: “The couples and singles market are on the rise and we’re delighted to open this standalone, specifically designed new facility for adults of all ages. We hope to appeal to singles travelling with friends, solo travellers, honeymooners or any couple escaping on a short break to the Pacific Islands.”Other features available to guests of the club include a private, dedicated check-in area, a 25m lap pool, gymnasium and enhanced room amenities. The club will also be closely aligned to the resort’s So Spa facility.Guests who book the Beach Club rooms will have immediate access to all the facilities located within and connected to the Waitui Beach Club. Complimentary entry to the Beach Club is also available to anyone booking to stay in one of the resort’s 10 suites (including the Presidential Suites).In celebration of the opening, Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa offers travellers the following package:Return international flights with Fiji AirwaysFour nights at Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa in a Luxury Room twin shareWaitui Beach Club accessPersonal meet and greet at Nadi airport and return transfers to Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa.Champagne breakfast daily for two adultsComplimentary snacks and water throughout the day at Waitui Beach ClubTwo house cocktails in Breeze Bar per room per stayFJD$400 Food & Beverage credit per room per stayArrival gift and turn down amenitiesDepartures from Sydney and Brisbane start from $1420 per person based on twin share. Four nights departing from Melbourne starts from $1520 per person based on twin share.This deal is on sale until 14 August 2015 with travel dates from 21 October 2015 to 31 March 2016, some block out periods apply.For more information and to book your stay direct, please visit www.sofitelfiji.com.fj.
Categories: Barrett News To keep local residents informed about state government and legislation, state Rep. Tom Barrett, R-Potterville, will continue his monthly office hours this April.“In several instances, legislation I’ve sponsored has been inspired by conversations I’ve had with residents in our community,” said Rep. Barrett. “When it comes to effectively representing our residents’ voice at the Capitol, nothing beats time spent talking face-to-face with constituents.”Rep. Barrett will host office hours at the following times and locations:Tuesday, April 5: From 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Joe’s Gizzard City Cafe, 120 W. Main St. in PottervilleWednesday, April 6: From 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Faye’s Evelyn Bay, 134 Cochran Ave. in CharlotteWednesday, April 6: From 10 to 11 a.m. at Swede’s, 89 W. Grand Ledge Highway in MullikenThursday, April 7: From 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Lisa’s Cafe, 174 S Main St. in VermontvilleNo appointments are necessary to attend. Those who are unable to attend Rep. Barrett’s office hours, but would still like to voice a question or concern, may contact his office by phone at (517) 373- 0853 or by email at TomBarrett@house.mi.gov.### 18Mar Rep. Barrett will host local office hours
Categories: Glenn News,News State Rep. Gary Glenn today said the start of a $2.1 million project to resurface six miles of M-20 is an indication of the Legislature’s focus on repairing Michigan’s crumbling roads and bridges.Glenn, of Larkin Township, said the Michigan Department of Transportation project will provide a smoother ride along M-20 from Geneva Road to 9 Mile Road in Midland County. The resurfacing will be complete in September, and will result in reduction of parts of the highway to a single lane in each direction so traffic flow can be maintained.“We made fixing our transportation system a priority, and the budget the House approved last month contains a record amount of transportation funding to make roads, bridges and underground water systems safer,” Glenn said. “We listened to what people said about the condition of roads and we took action to make them safe for families. Fixing the infrastructure will also enable commerce to easily navigate our roads, enabling Michigan’s economy to grow.”Glenn said bills approved by the Legislature have also helped extend the life of new or refurbished roads by strengthening the warranty system, protecting the money hard-working taxpayers send to Lansing.“We want to ensure the job is done properly and we get the most out of every tax dollar entrusted to us,” Glenn said. “Having to repave a road a few years after roadwork is not an efficient use of taxpayers’ money.”##### Another sign of priority put on transportation system 10Jul Rep. Glenn: $2.1 million M-20 resurfacing project begins
State Rep. Beth Griffin was among 39 select lawmakers to complete a leadership program that identifies and assists emerging state and provincial leaders in the Midwest and parts of Canada.Rep. Griffin met with fellow lawmakers from Michigan, 10 other Midwestern states and three Canadian provinces Aug. 11-15 in Minneapolis for The Council of State Governments’ 23rd annual Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development (BILLD).“Having the opportunity to attend this conference was an incredible experience,” Griffin said. “Working with legislators from other Midwest states as well as Canadian provinces helped me gain a unique perspective on being an effective legislator.”BILLD is held in partnership with the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Seminars are conducted by Humphrey faculty, Midwestern legislative leaders and professional development experts. In addition to courses designed to develop leadership skills, the program analyzes a variety of public policy issues including health care, U.S. – Canada trade and the regional economy. 21Aug Rep. Griffin completes regional leadership institute Categories: Griffin News
PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Martin Howrylak, of Troy, (right) Thursday presented Pino Marelli, of Troy, with a special tribute recognizing him as the recipient of The Ramo Salerno Columbus Day 2018 Honoree award. The award is given to those who have had success enriching the Italian American community in Michigan. Marelli began his own music, record and entertainment production companies, as well as sacrificed his time by producing and hosting television and radio specials for the past 35 years in Michigan. Marelli also founded the Puglia Club of Michigan, named for the region of the country he emigrated from. 05Oct Rep. Howrylak presents resident with Columbus Day Honoree award Categories: Howrylak News
Categories: Allor News 26Mar Rep. Allor issues statement on new PFAS commission State Rep. Sue Allor, of Wolverine, issued the following statement in response to the governor’s creation of a new panel to study the water advisory limit for PFAS:“I applaud Governor Whitmer building on the work performed by the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) over the past 15 months in working to protect the safety of our state’s drinking water and the health of all Michigan families. I have supported PFAS investigation every step of the way and urge the governor’s commission to seek sound, science-backed policies that hold up to rigorous scrutiny. Michigan families deserve firm answers they can trust. “Michigan has led the way in PFAS detection and response. When contamination came to light, we quickly adopted the Environmental Protection Agency’s drinking water advisory limit as our environmental cleanup standard—to ensure no polluted site goes undetected – and we have continued to advance our understanding of how PFAS moves through our environment. We must continue to lead the way.“As the science around PFAS expands, we know that our ability to detect smaller and smaller amounts of this contaminant in our environment improves every day. However, our knowledge of how to clean up PFAS efficiently and completely requires further development. I hope that the governor’s committee will focus their efforts on all aspects of drinking water safety, including cleanup protocols. Our people and our water are too precious to leave these questions unanswered.”
Viasat has launched a version of its online TV service on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.The Viaplay app is available in Denmark, Norway and Sweden and can be downloaded from Apple’s proprietary digital App store. Subscribers will be able to use the app to access the three online TV packages, TV, TV+Film and TV+Film+Sport.
Online video revenues are set to triple this year, according to a report by Futuresource Consulting.Consumption of legitimate free and paid for online video is on track to exceed 770 billion views across the US, UK, France and Germany this year, according to the report, with pay revenues set to exceed US$3 billion (€2.2 billion). The majority of the pay revenues currently comes from the US, thanks to the success of Netflix. Futuresource predicts that pay revenues will grow to US$7 billion across the four countries studied by 2015.Ad-funded revenues are expected to grow by 50% in 2011, according to the company, with advertisers continuing to “develop and refine content specifically for the online environment, rather than repurposing content originally destined for television”, it said.
A new £15 million (€18 million) fund has been created and will invest in TV, film and digital content projects in the Northern English region of Yorkshire. Regional funding body Screen Yorkshire has secured £7.5 million from the European Regional Development Fund and that will be matched by private sector investment.The Yorkshire Content Fund will invest in TV and other content from Yorkshire-based companies as well as productions that are filmed in the region.“These are difficult times and access to capital is still limited so to secure such a major pot of investment for the creative industries in Yorkshire and Humber is an incredible win for the region and for Screen Yorkshire,” said Sally Joynson, Chief Executive of Screen Yorkshire. “I’m sure Yorkshire can now continue to create great content and to build on its legacy of film and TV such as Red Riding; The Damned United and This is England.”
Video service quality assurance company Agama Technologies is launching a new Churn Identification Application addition to its DTV Monitoring SolutionThe solution can identify customers experiencing problems and at risk of churning. It uses analytics to data mine the real-time, 24/7 service quality monitoring data for each customer and can scale to operators with millions of subscribers. With support of automation and proactive workflows, the extension enables operators to act to retain the customer, Agama said.“Proactively working to reduce churn rates by automatically identifying customers at risk, and of course the issues behind their problems, is a high-potential opportunity for all TV operators,” said Johan Görsjö, director of product management at Agama Technologies. “We’ve had the privilege of working in close cooperation with a number of leading operators for several years, giving us extensive real-world experience in advanced quality and customer satisfaction management and analytics. This has proved essential when developing the new Churn Identification Application extension to our solution, and we welcome everyone to our stand at IBC 2012, to discuss churn reduction strategies and how Agama can support in this challenge.”Agama will be exhibiting at IBC on Stand 4.A55.
Technology companies Nvidia and Elemental Technologies have launched a new video processing platform to enable the delivery of content to devices including PCs, tablets and smartphones.According to Keith Wymbs, vice-president of marketing at Elemental, the new platform builds on Elemental’s use of graphics processing units to optimise video streaming over IP networks by incorporating the latest Nvidia Tesla GPU accelerator based on the Kepler architecture.“By using Nvidia Tesla GPUs, Elemental is harnessing the most powerful programmable architecture on the market today, and offering customers unmatched video quality with products that continue to set the standard for large-scale video processing,” said Wymbs.
US-based Roku has launched a third generation of its web-streaming set-top box, with a new interface and remote control.Announcing the new box, the firm said Roku 3 was more than five times faster than its previous players, and that the new interface layout is designed to make it easier to access channels and content. The new remote includes a headphone jack that viewers can plug in to in order to mute their TV’s speakers.The new box is available now in the US, priced US$99.99 (€77), through online retailers including Amazon and Roku’s own site. Retail chains will start selling the box in April. Roku is also due to roll out the new interface to older Roku models as a free software update from next month.
The BBC is set to launch a Radio 1 video channel on its iPlayer catch-up service, it announced in the same week director-general Tony Hall is due to outline his future vision for the corporation.The BBC said the new channel was designed to reach an even bigger audience of young people, with the iPlayer channel to build on Radio 1’s already established presence on YouTube.The iPlayer channel will include exclusive performances and interviews that are not broadcast on the BBC’s traditional TV channels. The BBC added that it hopes it will also carry live events such as the Radio 1 Teen Awards or BBC Radio 1Xtra Live.“I’m very excited about transforming Radio 1 from being just a radio station into being a full audio-visual channel. Radio 1 has always pioneered innovative ideas and led the way in engaging with young people and this is another huge step in cementing that reputation,” said BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra controller Ben Cooper.Radio 1’s YouTube channel has more than 612,000 subscribers and has notched up more than 145 million views since the channel was set up in 2006 – currently boasting an average of 12 million views per month.The news of the iPlayer expansion comes as Tony Hall is this week expected to outline plans for the future of the BBC online video service, including a greater focus on personalisation.The BBC today said that Hall will also unveil “ambitious plans to place arts programming back at the heart of the corporation.”Funding for arts TV programming will increase by 20% and a new arts brand titled ‘BBC Arts at…’ – a collaboration between BBC television and music – will showcase live music, theatre and arts events around the country, the BBC said.It will also re-launch The Space, the BBC’s online partnership with Arts Council England.
Satellite service provider ViewSat reported record growth in the Middle East and Africa last year, doubling its broadcast capacity and channel count thanks to the launch of its second MENA satellite transponder.ViewSat said that it now manages the distribution of over 70 regional channels, with the second transponder expanding its service network and increasing its investment in the region.“2013 was truly the year where we took the MENA market by storm. Viewer interest in coverage of the unrest in the region proved to be a key factor in driving the need for broadcast services,” said Viewsat’s head of sales and marketing Safia Rana.“While traditionally our customers have been religious channels, there are now a number of new entrants hoping to capitalise on the massive demand for news, entertainment, and life-style content.”Outlining Viewsat’s plans for 2014, Rana added: “Besides rapidly expanding our capacity, network coverage and customer base, OTT will be our major focus this year. We have already witnessed the popularity of these services and are keen to position ourselves as the one-stop-shop for all our customers’ broadcast needs.”During the year, ViewSat said it plans to establish new regional offices to help grow its footprint and will increase its engagement with customers to drive uptake of its cost-effective live solutions across the Middle East.
Robert Cavin, Frost & SullivanThe global market for pay TV video encoders is expected to double to US$895.2 million (€704.4 million) by 2020, up from US$435.1 million at the end of last year, according to a report by Frost & Sullivan. According to the report, established markets including North America and Europe will continue to deliver dividends thanks to higher average revenue per user than high-growth markets such as China, India and Latin America.However, the rise of over-the-top video services challenges the linear pay TV business model, thereby potentially limiting the sales volumes of encoders. In addition, the shift towards software-based architectures and multiscreen viewing options is also adversely affecting market development, according to the report.“Advanced markets are investing in sophisticated video encoder technologies, while other markets are just beginning their cable digitalisation journeys. Overall, pay TV subscriber bases are expanding in all markets across the globe, indicating ample opportunities for pay TV video encoder vendors in the coming years,” said Frost & Sullivan’s digital media research analyst Robert Cavin.Addressing the question of the OTT threat and the challenge of the move to software, Cavin said: “It is a competitive necessity for pay TV video encoder vendors to offer unified multi-screen services along with linear pay TV as this will give consumers the viewing freedom they desire without having to leave the pay TV ecosystem. It is also important for pay TV video encoder vendors to roll out reliable products with efficient compression technologies.”
Hungarian service provider Digi has added AMC Networks International-owned kids channel Megamax to its satellite offer. The channel targets children aged seven to 14 and now reaches more than 1.9 million households in Hungary, according to AMC.DIGI first started carrying Magamax on its cable systems last March. With the new deal, it has now extended this to its satellite service.Megamax’s sister channel Minimax targets younger children and is also popular in Hungary. Both channels are owned and operated by AMC Networks International – Central Europe.
UK public service broadcaster the BBC, is to launch a standalone children’s version of popular on-demand service BBC iPlayer.The new service, iPlay, will create a “single front-door” for children to access BBC programming and related digital content.This will allow kids to access content “that matures with them, across more platforms, in a safe and trusted way”, according to new proposals revealed today.“The BBC must modernise to preserve and enhance what is best about public service broadcasting to ensure we continue to have a BBC that is British, bold and creative,” said BBC director general, Tony Hall.The BBC’s linear children’s channels, CBeebies and CBBC, have been mooted as potential closures, along with arts- and culture-focused BBC Four, but it is not thought this is a preferred option with the Corporation. Young adult-skewed BBC Three will close in January with the BBC forced to foot a £600 million (US$916.5 million) bill to fund licence fees for over-75s.iPlay would, however, allow children to experience BBC programming as they grow older, compared with the current preschool- and older child-focused models of CBeebies and CBBC, respectively.Along with curated programming, it would likely include podcast, blog and educational elements to provide a fuller experience.The BBC is by far the biggest creator of original kids TV content, with its output far surpassing the combined efforts of its broadcast and satellite rivals.Hall is expected to announce fuller plans for the proposed BBC Studios division, which would effectively commercialise BBC production, later this month.
Belgian operator Proximus has combined its Luxembourg subsidiaries Telindus and Tango to create a single converged operator spanning fixed and mobile for businesses and consumers.Proximus Luxembourg will combine business-focused Telindus and consumer-focused Tango to deliver mobile, fixed telephony, TV and Internet servicesThe new company will be under the leadership of Gérard Hoffmann, CEO, and Jean-François Willame, Co-CEO and Integration Officer and will be structured around an overarching HQ entity, and enterprise business unit headed by Hoffmann, and a consumer business unit headed by Willame.
Reuters has partnered with Samsung to offer virtual reality and 360-degree videos and photos.The Focus 360 scheme will see Reuters use Samsung Gear 360 cameras and editing technology, making the immersive content available to view on Reuters.com and on the Reuters News and Reuters TV apps.“Our agreement with Samsung allows us to enhance our visual journalism and provide a more absorbing experience for our viewers,” said Stephen Adler, editor in chief and president, Reuters.“Through VR and 360 technology, customers will be able to deepen their perspective on news events and gain a richer understanding of the context.”A dedicated channel on Reuters.com will make Reuters’ catalogue of immersive content available in one place. Content will be available on Reuters.com and the Reuters TV app for Android starting August 2, and on iOS beginning August 5.Reuters said that its cross-platform 360-degree video player was built in-house, and is powered by the same technology that underpins Reuters TV.