Gay marriage backers raised 952K in June

first_imgReferendum 74Preserve Marriage WashingtonWashington United for MarriageOLYMPIA — Supporters of gay marriage in Washington state said Monday that they raised more than $952,000 last month for the campaign to uphold the state’s new law, which is currently on hold pending the outcome of a November ballot measure.The announcement by Washington United for Marriage came a day before a deadline for initiative campaigns to file their monthly campaign finance reports with the state Public Disclosure Commission.“We want to continue this incredible momentum and ride this wave throughout summer to be competitive in the fall,” said Zach Silk, campaign manager for Washington United for Marriage. Silk said that his group expects to see a fundraising spike by opponents in the fall.“We can’t take anything for granted,” he said.Among the donations were $100,000 each from Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer and co-founder Bill Gates.Referendum 74 was certified for the ballot last month after gay marriage opponents turned in more than 240,000 signatures, far more than the minimum of 120,577 valid voter signatures required.The referendum seeks to overturn the law passed earlier this year allowing same-sex marriage in the state. That law was passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire in February. The law was supposed to take effect June 7 but was put on hold once the signatures were turned in. R-74 asks voters to either vote “yes” to uphold the law, or “no” to overturn it.last_img read more

4 lakh marooned by Assam floods

first_imgGuwahati : With flood waters inundating over 700 villages in 17 districts and affecting over 4 lakh people in the state, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Thursday reviewed the prevailing flood situation and asked Deputy Commissioners (DCs) and other officials to remain fully alert for tackling the situation. Noting that people in distress must get adequate care and response, the Chief Minister asked the DCs to activate 24×7 control rooms for immediate response to the flood situation in their districts. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us He enquired about the status of relief camps, distribution of relief material to marooned people and measures adopted for safety and security of animals in the flood-affected districts. The Chief Minister also asked the Deputy Commissioners to update their stocks of medicines in the hospitals and ensure availability of doctors. He also asked them to take steps for adequate care for animals affected by floods and arrange fodder for them.last_img read more

AerCap Holdings to Take Back 2 Kingfisher Planes

first_imgDebt-ridden Kingfisher Airlines is set to face another problem. AerCap Holdings NV, one of the airine’s lessors, is reportedly ready to re-claim two of its aircrafts.Kingfisher AirlinesA spokesperson for Kingfisher said that the two aircrafts in question belonged to AerCap and the agreement to lease was due for renewal in three months. However, the lessor has decided to take back its property, since neither party could agree to the terms of extension. However, the spokesperson did add that Kingfisher would add to its fleet in December, replacing one of two aircrafts re-possessed.The airline was recently in the news, over the cancelation of 100 of its flights, following huge losses sustained by cut-throat competition and an increase in fuel prices.last_img read more

Shah Rukh Khans son Aryan to make his debut with Karan Johars

first_imgShah Rukh Khan with son Aryan KhanTwitterShah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan is reportedly going to make his Bollywood debut soon in Karan Johar’s big movie, but not as an actor.According to Pinkvilla, Aryan will work with Karan as an assistant director for the movie Takht. The movie will be directed by Karan. Shah Rukh had earlier said that Aryan is more interested to become a film-maker than an actor.SRK had said that the star kid was already preparing to become a film-maker, and even the superstar was keen to have Karan as his guide.”Aryan is studying to be a film-maker and a writer, while Suhana wants to be an actor. But even if he wants to be a film-maker, he needs to study for another five to six years and not just the literal form of studying, but probably be an assistant to Karan after he finishes his film-making course,” Shah Rukh had told a publication. Karan Johar with Shah Rukh KhanTwitterTakht is a huge movie with a massive star cast, and it certainly will be the perfect film for Aryan to start his career. Based on the Mughal history, the movie will feature stars like Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Anil Kapoor, Bhumi Pednekar and Janhvi Kapoor.On the other side, Shah Rukh’s daughter Suhana is expected to become an actress. The young girl always expressed a desire to become an actress, and lately, have been doing a number of theatre plays. She had some time ago made her first cover photoshoot as well for Vogue India.last_img read more

Louisville vs NC State Postgame Quotes

first_img(Energy this week compared to the rest of season. What was the difference?)C.J. Avery: ” I don’t know, I just feel like we were looser. The entire week they talked about coming out and playing and having fun with it. Don’t worry about an assignment, just go and have fun and I think that’s what we did. We came out early and just played and had fun with the game (and each other).” Louisville Interim Head Coach Lorenzo Ward (On the team having more energy during the game) “I thought we started the game that way. I thought we played with a lot of energy the first half. I don’t think we played with very much energy after halftime.”(On why the energy fell flat at halftime) “I don’t know, that’s what we’ve got to figure out. You can only play on emotion so long.”(On why the game got out of hand after having a chance in the second half) “Again, I think any time you have seven penalties against a really good team and you’re not putting the ball in the end zone and not getting in the end zone and you’re not getting off the field on third down because you’ve got 12 men on the field, those are the situations that kill you as an offense or a defense. So, now you put yourself behind the sticks or make the sticks shorter for a really good football team. You can’t beat opponents having seven penalties in the first half.”(On if the effort was where it needed to be in the second half) “No. I think we came out and we got the ball and didn’t score – actually we fumbled a kickoff – but we got it back and we didn’t score, and then they scored. I think that’s when I thought I saw morale go down.”(On why he didn’t call timeout in the final seconds to score a touchdown) “Personally, I think with the score to get a touchdown doesn’t make a difference. The game was over.”(On the positives of what the team did today) “I think it’s positive the way we started. I think on both sides of the ball we started good, but we just shot ourselves in the foot with penalties and jumping off-sides or holding, stuff that kills you as an offense or defense.”(On managing the quarterback situation) “I think we were planning to play Jawon (Pass) in the second quarter, but I thought that Malik (Cunningham) was doing well, so we kept him in.”(On the 12 men on the field penalty) “Coach VanGorder signaled in the personnel and one of the defensive linemen saw third personnel, so he stayed out and we got caught with 12 men. It’s stuff that can’t happen.”(On the status of Malik Cunningham’s wrist/arm)”I just saw him on the last drive, he was out cheering, but that doesn’t mean that there’s not something wrong, but I haven’t had a report yet.”(On being in scoring position and then two false starts and a holding penalty, did you say something to the offensive line?) “Of course. We were doing well and moving the ball, but you can’t beat a good football team continuing to shoot yourself in the foot. Holding, illegal motion, those things kill you.”(On the team’s energy) “I thought from the Card March, I thought the fans did a great job. I thought they did their part. Obviously we’ve got to do our part as a football team. That’s the thing I told the guys. We get on there, we tweet about we’re not having fans at Card March and all that kind of stuff, we’ve got to do our part as a team. We challenge the fans, we’ve got to put up as a team as well.” (About the quarterbacks)  “We had planned to start Jawon (Puma) Pass at the beginning of the second quarter, but we thought Malik Cunningham had started to move the team. But we had some crazy penalties that put us back behind the sticks. You go with the guy who has good thing going.” (On their performance as a defense? What was the key for today?)”We needed to bounce back from what happened last week and don’t let that define us. We came out here with a chip on our shoulders. They played us really well two years ago here. It’s something we held a grudge against and we came out here and played our best ball. We were so excited about keeping the out of the end zone.” (On emotional players after the game) “I didn’t see them. But I am sure there is frustration. Again it is probably frustration on his (Jonathan Greenard) part because he can’t help this team being out. I think it is frustration that we aren’t winning ball games.” (On having a receiver as good as Harmon on the team) “Well we’ve got more than one, and that’s even better. It’s exciting. Those guys played really well today. Jakobi (Meyers) had some great throws there. It was just constantly winning at one-on-one and Kelvin came down with some huge catches.” (You guys play a rival next week. They’re 8-3 and had a really good season. What’s the mindset as you try to finish it out?)C.J. Avery: “I think a rivalry game is different. I think it’s just something where you’ll come out with a lot of energy and it’s our last game so we will put everything we have into it and just see how that goes.”Tabarius Peterson: “We have to go out with a bang. It’s a big rivalry game, everyone is looking at us to get the upset, so we got to come out and execute.” (On winning last year against UK vs chances of winning this year)Tabarius Peterson: “We always keep each other accountable no matter what. This is my brother and will fight until the end.” (Malik, when did you know that you were going to start and what was your week of prep like?)Malik Cunningham: “I knew Thursday but it was the same. That was my first start but it was just different not being under Coach P (Petrino) but we enjoyed it. It was a little more loose than it normally is. We just have to come out and play better. That’s it.” (Is it hard for you to, to rotate in and out? Does that make a difference?)Malik Cunningham: “No, I’m a playmaker. It’s good. It’s good for both of us.” (Overall impressions, what was better, what wasn’t what you expected it to be?)Jaylen Smith: “We started out really well and we had a great drive, great defensive stop early on, great offensive drive to start the game. And the energy, like I said has been tremendous all week and it was tremendous to start out the game. I feel like we executed some things, a lot of things that we worked on especially in the first half.”(Can you tell what happened?)Jaylen Smith: “We just lost it, a lack of energy, the division between, not division I’d say lack of effort, not effort, we lost a certain amount of energy coming from the first half to the second half. It was tremendously different and we let it affect us.”(How do you account for that Jaylen? Why would the energy change?)Jaylen Smith: “There’s a lot of factors that go into that. The only way you make up for that is playing four quarters. There’s no way, no quick fix, there’s no remedy to just make it happen. You’ve got to go out and play four quarters. You have to train your mind to play four quarters.”(How does game day feel different with Coach Ward?)Jaylen Smith: “More energetic. We’re used to 24 hours before the game everything is silent pretty much. It’s like the utmost focus. Which is one method versus being more relaxed, being more loose, getting more prepared for the game, more geared toward the game with how you would normally get ready a the game. Not an unnatural way of being completely silent.”(Jaylen, the last series you looked like you were looking back toward the sidelines like you expected them to call a timeout. Was that frustrating? Did you want them to?)Jaylen Smith: No I couldn’t see Coach Fisher, I was looking for him the whole time so he was standing behind the, whoever else was signaling and I couldn’t see him. That’s why I was jumping around trying to find him. No I wasn’t frustrated.” (On being able to bounce back from a difficult loss last week)”It’s just football. We just know that we just got to bounce back and come back to work the next week and we couldn’t afford to get another loss on our schedule, so we just had to execute today. I’m glad we did that.” (On the suspension of Michael Boykin) “I can share that Mike Boykin actually was suspended from the game, because he broke a new team rule that Coach Ward set.”(On giving up 50 points for the sixth time this season) “It has a lot to do with… sometimes personnel, sometimes it could be coaching. There are a lot of things involved. Going into the season, we’d lost nine starters from last year, so you’re going to have a young defense. We haven’t really developed the way we’d like for them to develop.”(About accountability) I can only address the time when I have been in charge. I gave the guys a set of rules and that is what we are going to follow. If they don’t follow those rules then it will affect their play.  The only thing I know as a coach of 27 years is the only thing that affects a young man is playing time. You can run him but it isn’t effective, if you affect his playing time you get his attention. NC State Quarterback Ryan Finley(On what went well for NC State during the game) “It was an exciting win. I thought it was a great team win. I loved how we played with tempo at times and got into a rhythm, everything was working. I thought the offensive staff and Coach Drinkwitz created an awesome game plan and we just executed it, it was a lot of fun. (On Matthew McKay’s performance) “It was fun watching him play, really fun. He ran for a first down, he checked into that QB sneak, he had some great throws. He had a nice scramble and throw to Kelvin (Harmon). It was fun to watch him play, he marched us right down there.” (There were some heated exchanges amongst players after the game. I know you mentioned the word division. I don’t think you meant to use that word, but was there something going on at the end of the game or just some frustration boiling over?)Jaylen Smith: “The only team I saw at the end of the game was NC State. I shook everybody’s hand. I didn’t really see anything going on between my team. If they did, it was before I got to it or somewhere where I wasn’t involved in. So I don’t know.”center_img Story Links (On Kelvin (Harmon)’s second consecutive 1,000 yd season and his impact on the team) “I think we all know how good he is. You just have to watch the tape to know that. Congrats to Kelvin on 1000 yards, doing it in 10 games is quite the accomplishment. It’s pretty special to be able to throw to him. I’m just proud of him and I’m happy for him.” (What are you saying after your big rub and you get down there, you guys are knocking on the door and then a couple of penalties, couple of false starts and holding. How do you stay together as a team when you see those?)Malik Cunningham: “Being a quarterback, you just got to ride those guys together and keep them and keep the main things the same. We’re just trying to score a touchdown every time we get in the red zone, every time we take the field.”(Malik, what did you see when you rub in the offense and running, scoring on those keepers, what did you see that the offense can build on?)Malik Cunningham: “This offense is really good once we all play together and come together. I want to give credit to o-line because they did  great today. Sometimes they mess up a little bit, but overall they did a great job today.”North Carolina State head coach David Doeren (Opening statement) “I am really proud of our guys. It was a really good win. Any time you can get a win on the road In the ACC. We talked about not beating us and making them beat them. Being able to weather the emotional storm they were going to have early, which they had. They have good players and good kids. I think our players really showed resiliency and toughness in this game. I thought our coaches did a much better job of adjusting as the game went. Ryan was able to pass into second, right behind Phillip Rivers, is that right? Right behind Phillip Rivers now for career passing yards and that’s pretty awesome. If you talk about the quarterbacks that have played here, for him to do that. I really thought Kelvin (Harmon), Jakobi (Meyers), and Emeka (Emezie) all had big game at receiver, did some good things not only catching it, but after the catch. Kelvin with another 100-yard game. Who did he pass? That puts him over 1,000 yards for second year in a row, one of three in history (of NC State), is that right? Pretty awesome for those guys. It’s great to get the win and get ready for what is next. Hopefully we came out healthy. We had a few guys nicked up in the first half, but I don’t think it is anything major. I look forward to getting back on the bus and the plane and getting back to Raleigh.”(On finishing inside of the redzone after last week’s struggles) “Well, we work on it every week in practice. We didn’t execute last week. We dropped balls last week and that’s the difference when we get down there. You have to catch the pass, make the pass if you are throwing, make the block and we did that, we executed. That’s part of it. The other part, we had some good variety. I thought that the offensive scheme down there, obviously we had some drop backs, but we had some move the pocket type throws that helped us. When we did run the football, guys got their pads where they needed to be, got bodies on bodies and created run lanes for the backs. It’s all about execution in the red zone and not beating yourself – drops or penalties when you get down there. The guys did a nice job today. On third down, we were 10-of-14. Defensively, they were 3-of-12. They were 2-of-4 in the red zone, we were 7-of-7. All the things that tell you you’re going to win the game.”(On moving on after a loss) “As a program, I feel like right now when we have adversity, we respond really well. When people don’t respect us, we respond really well. People talk bad about us, we respond really well. We still haven’t learned how to deal with success. That’s the next thing for our program. The two games we didn’t play the way I thought we could, Clemson and Wake (Forest), those were the weeks we were getting the ‘Attaboys’ all week. That’s something I have to get better at helping them with, obviously, as their head coach – getting them to block the noise. I knew we’d respond, our guys were awesome. When I met with you guys Tuesday, I said it was our best practice of the year and it showed. When you go out in pads and practice that way, it helps.”(On seniors being leaders and having big games) “I love when our seniors play like that. The sand is running out of the hour class for them. That urgency to play the right way and have fun playing is one thing. I thought our guys really just cut loose and relaxed, didn’t make mistakes and had fun. They really did. Those guys had fun today and I’m glad we were able to create that environment and they went out there and did that.”(On what Ryan Lindsey has meant to the program)”The thing you start with Ryan is he’s a great person. I think he knows who he is. We’ve got 40-year-old friends who don’t know who they are, right? This guy is a senior in college, even though he’s an old senior, he knows who he is. He’s incredibility special that way. I think that’s the best part about him. He’s competitive, he wants to play better and he owns things he needs to get better at. He’s great with his teammates. He’s an inspirational guy, he really is. I’m proud to be his head coach.”NC State Player Quotes James Smith Williams DE #39(On forcing a fumble?)”You’re always excited to do your job to the best of your abilities. Set up our offense. We feed off them and they feed off us, so I’m really excited I get that play in for our guys today and that we could go score some points.” (On having 1,000 yards for two years in a row here?)”It’s a blessing. Just being around the guys who made it happen two years in a row. Just my coaches trusting me from last year and this year. Steph Louis for one, Coach McDonald, just everybody is just a blessing. (On Coach Doeren’s challenge to the team this week) “His challenge was to get everybody going, and stick to the process and focus on the preparation side of things, and that leads to the results that we want.” (On the coaching change at Louisville and if it impacted NC State’s outlook on the game) “I don’t think so. I think for the most part it was just noise. I think a team like that is dangerous, but at the same time, I think if you can jump out on them early like we did and get into a rhythm, it was going to be tough on them. We knew the situation, but we knew that we just had to come out here and play our game. (Malik, how are you feeling after that? Was it your wrist?)Malik Cunningham: “No, it was my fingers. I’m good though.” (About Jaylen Smith signaling to call timeout to score in last seconds)  “I didn’t see Jaylen doing that. I told Coach (Lonnie) Galloway that we were going to run the football on that drive and try to get out of the game.”Louisville Player Quotes (One of you guys want to give a quick summary of the game?)C.J. Avery: “Yeah, I think we came out with a lot of energy. A lot of the guys was pumped up, just ready to play. And I think, kinda like the result, it was just weak. We weren’t as disciplined as we should’ve been, and we just didn’t execute some of the things right in the key moments.”(Coach said it was there in the first half, and not as much in the second half. Did you guys feel that as well? What do you think was the reason for that?)Tabarius Peterson: “Yeah, we definitely felt that. We didn’t come out with the same intensity as we did in the first half, and it really affected us bad. We noticed it, we just thought we had to keep trying to maintain momentum. It just didn’t work out the way we wanted it to work.”(Was that a result of being down so much at the end of the first half?)Tabarius Peterson: “I wouldn’t say it was because we were down. We just didn’t keep our heads and our minds right.”(Did you guys feel that there was a point in the game where that stuff started to happen?)C.J. Avery: “I would say, yes. I’m obviously still trying to play ball, trying to do that. So, we weren’t really worried about the score or any of that. We just kept trying to play ball as much as we could.” (On the red zone offense) “Just execution, just doing our job, enjoying it. I think you saw our team have a lot of fun today, and I think that’s when we play our best.  (On handling success when people are praising them)”Me personally, I don’t really chime into that, so I don’t really know what’s going on from that aspect. But I know as a team, we just try to be better each week, but sometimes we just fall short. I don’t know if it’s exactly because we get praise, or however you take it, but I feel like we just fall short sometimes.” (On the team’s mental toughness)”I think we all believe that we can be great. I think that’s what kind of sets us apart from other teams. We are not going to turn on each other. We all love our brothers beside us. We’re going to play for the man beside us. I think that’s kind of one of the key differences.” (On Coach Doeren’s challenge to the team about bouncing back from last week?)”Just sticking to what we know and who we are. We’re a team that prides ourselves on doing our job soundly and we did that today.” Kelvin Harmon Wide Receiver #3(On the challenge from coach Doeren about bouncing back from last week’s game?)”At the time it was simply just execution. The coaches did a great job of putting us in the right position to win. I feel like the difference between this week and last week, as a team we just executed a lot better.”  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Kolkata Police mark road to divert small vehicles

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Police have found a new road towards Rabindra Sarobar Metro station to divert small vehicles with a view to lower the vehicular pressure on Durgapur Bridge and Tollygunge Circular Road. According to the police, there is a road through New Alipore, which merges with Deshpran Sasmal Road. It passes through a culvert which is locally called the ‘kaathpool area.’Sources informed that Kolkata Police and the Irrigation department have paid a joint visit to the spot to check the ground reality on whether the area is wide enough for vehicular movement. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeFollowing the visit, it was found that small vehicles and two-wheelers can be diverted through this area. Only a median needs to be removed which was built in the middle portion of the culvert to prevent vehicles from using it.As per the plan, police along with Irrigation department officials and workers went there to demolish the median on Tuesday. However, the local residents objected to the move. According to them, if any heavy vehicle moves through, the culvert might not be strong enough to support the weight. Later, police informed them that only small vehicles and two-wheelers will be diverted through the area. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedLocal councillor Jui Biswas also agreed with the police. “We need to cooperate with the police. They are well aware of the area. There will be police personnel there to manage traffic,” said Jui.Later, following a chat with the police, the local residents got assurance that no heavy vehicle will ply through the area. Police have also promised to post enough personnel there.According to the officials from Kolkata Police, the road will be used to divert small vehicles. As a result, the pressure on Tollygunge Circular Road will reduce, which will also reduce the travelling time.last_img read more

Is the driving test getting harder

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailIt has now been a year since changes were made to the UK driving test – but have they made the test more difficult? The principle of the driving test has remained the same for more than 80 years, since the Road Traffic Act of 1934 made it compulsory for all new drivers to complete a test before they could be unleashed onto the roads. But the practical details have frequently adapted to the changing nature of hazards on the roads. Last December, there were a number of changes to the practical side of the driving test in the UK. The requirement to complete a three-point turn or reverse around a corner were taken out, while driving with a SatNav was introduced and the test itself was also made longer. But have the changes made the test any harder? “Learner drivers will always be stressed. The driving test is one of the important things that you do in life, and as soon as you mention ‘test’ it gets people’s heart rate pumping and they feel nervous about it. “There’s a little more to do now, but it is not really any harder. I do see quite a lot of people passing the first time, but probably the average person passes on either their second or third go because it’s a matter of overcoming the nerves.” DVLA figures show that most people fail their driving test at least once. Read More£10 MILLION blitz to repair Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire’s pothole-riddled roads revealed Over 2017/18, 39.9 per cent of people who took their test for the first time at Cobridge passed, while 41.1 per cent of drivers sailed through at the first go at Newcastle. The figures also show that men are more likely to pass at the first attempt – 43.8 per cent of men sitting their test at Cobridge were successful at the first attempt, compared to 36.2 per cent of women. At Newcastle 44.8 per cent of men passed first time, compared to 37.4 per cent of lady drivers. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page. And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive. (Image: iStockphoto) Nationally, the overall average pass rate has dropped below 46 per cent for the first time since 2010. However, this year’s figure of 45.5 per cent is not far below the 2017 average of 46.8 per cent – and in fact over the last 10 years, the pass rate has remained fairly constant. Despite the changes, driving instructor Ken Gratton, from Stoke Driver Training, said: “I don’t think it’s any harder, I just think it’s a bit more up to date. “It looks at use of SatNav and technology. Read MoreThe horrifying motorway crash video police want drivers to see to deter drink-driving this Christmas “It has taken out things like three-point turn and reversing around a corner, but it is more difficult to find somewhere to do those sort of things now because there are so many parked cars around. They still have to be able to reverse into a parking bay. “From what I’ve seen I don’t think the pass rate has gone down.” Tony Vickerman, of Burslem-based Superb Driver Training, said: “I wouldn’t say it was any more difficult, they have just added a few bits, like SatNav. For part of the test, instead of the examiner telling them where to do, they will follow the SatNav. center_img (Image: PA) According to figures held by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, nationally the pass rate has remained steady since last December, at 45.5 per cent. Figures show, at the test centre at Cobridge last December, when the changes were made, 82 drivers out of 197 passed the test – a success rate of 41.6 per cent. However in the first three months of this year, only 37.5 per cent of the 1,400 people who took their test at Cobridge passed (525). Read MoreThe changes made to the UK driving test that you should be aware of Over the same period in 2017 there was a much higher pass rate of 43.2 per cent, when 813 of 1,880 new drivers passed their test. At neighbouring Newcastle the pass rate was also down on the previous year. Between January and March of 2018, the pass rate was 42.1 per cent, while the previous year it was only slightly higher, 43.4 per cent. last_img read more

NOT GUILTY 7 men acquitted of murder of Costa Rica sea turtle

first_imgRelated posts:7 alleged poachers to stand trial Monday for Costa Rica conservationist’s murder Prosecutors ask for maximum sentences for defendants in Jairo Mora murder trial United Nations, environmental groups condemn verdict in Jairo Mora murder case Court hears testimony from key witnesses in the Jairo Mora murder trial Costa Rican sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora speaks with children at a local school. He was killed in May 2013. (Courtesy Widecast) Facebook Comments Update, 6:46 p.m., Jan. 26, 2015:Early Monday evening, Broad Front Party lawmaker Edgardo Araya filed a motion in the Legislative Assembly’s Environmental Commission to call Costa Rica’s Chief Public Prosecutor Jorge Chavarría to testify before the commission regarding “the omissions by the Prosecutor’s Office in the Jairo Mora case,” according to a post on Araya’s Facebook. “No more impunity,” Araya stated. Original story continues here:LIMÓN — After three months of trial marked by continuous delays and setbacks, a Limón court on Monday morning acquitted seven men of the murder of 26-year-old sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora on the night of May 31, 2013, citing reasonable doubt, discarded evidence and an ineffective investigation.Defendants surnamed Arauz, Salmón (brother of defendant Donald Salmón) and Loaiza will walk free, absolved of all crimes, while Hectór Cash, Ernesto Centeno, José Bryan Delgado and Donald Salmón will serve prison sentences for a prior rape and robbery on the same beach. All seven defendants were acquitted of the kidnapping, robbery, sexual assault and murder that took place on the night of May 31, 2013, when Mora was killed. Lawmaker Edgardo Araya’s motion to force Chief Public Prosecutor Jorge Chavarría to appear before a legislative commission. (Via Edgardo Araya Facebook)That night, a band of masked men captured Mora, who worked at a nearby wildlife refuge, along with four foreign volunteers from Moín Beach near Limón, on Costa Rica’s northern Caribbean coast. The group  had gone to the beach to collect leatherback sea turtle eggs to rebury them safely away from the poachers that frequented Moín. As the group was returning to the sanctuary, they encountered a log blocking the road, and when Mora exited the car to remove it, he was ambushed by a group of masked men. The men took the four women to an abandoned house, while Mora was taken to the beach, beaten and dragged naked behind a car. He died of asphyxiation in the sand. Following the verdict, Jairo Mora’s parents, Rafael Mora and Fernanda Sandoval, were too visibly upset to comment to a Tico Times reporter.The prosecution alleged that the seven defendants were members of a known poaching gang and murdered Mora because of his role protecting turtles on the beach. Judges cited the legal principle of in dubio pro reo, which means the court must rule in favor of defendants when reasonable doubt exists.In her explanation of the verdict, Judge Yolanda Alvarado said the mishandling of evidence by investigators, prosecutors and preliminary courts contributed to this doubt. She also cited an incomplete investigation that was unable to determine with exactitude the identities of the perpetrators.“Lamentably the management of evidence broke the chain of proof in this case,” Alvarado said.That mishandling of evidence led to the exclusion of three key pieces of evidence from the prosecution’s case. These included bottles of cologne that were  lost in evidence, a recorded disc of telephone conversations that was not properly reviewed by a preliminary court judge, and cellphone tower investigations that also did not undergo judicial review. The Tico Times had reviewed much of this evidence for a previous in-depth report on the case. Read that related story, “Why Jairo died,” here.“This failure shows that we have a Prosecutor’s Office in this country that is not functioning properly,” Gerardo Vargas, a Broad Front Party leader, told Costa Rica’s Radio Monumental. “We have a Prosecutor’s Office that doesn’t do a good job. We have a Prosecutor’s Office that doesn’t even try.” A selfie posted to Facebook by defendant Héctor Cash in 2013. The Tico TimesThe four defendants convicted of kidnapping, raping and robbing a Costa Rican couple and their young nephews nearly two weeks before Mora’s murder were sentenced as follows:Donald Salmón: 27 years in prison for aggravated robbery, rape and kidnapping.Héctor Cash: 23 years for aggravated robbery, kidnapping and sexual abuse.José Bryan Delgado: 17 years for aggravated robbery and kidnapping.Ernesto Centeno: 17 years for aggravated robbery and kidnapping.According to defense attorney Jadiel Quesada, one primary reason for the not-guilty verdict was that no one was “able to recognize” beyond reasonable doubt the perpetrators and identify them in court.Quesada told The Tico Times: “It’s very easy to recognize four people when they are in the position [the defendants] were in [at trial] – seated and handcuffed behind their lawyers and surrounded by police agents. In that situation, it’s very easy to point the finger, … which is why we [the defense team] feel the poorly managed investigation should also extend to all the charges in the two cases. But we believe that for social reasons, it was necessary to find someone guilty of something, and for that reason we will appeal [the convictions].”In a statement issued shortly after the verdict, the Costa Rican Supreme Court noted that the Mora case technically is still “open,” and the same defendants could be re-tried if more evidence is presented that could lead to their convictions. Under Costa Rican law, prosecutors have two opportunities to appeal.Rodrigo Araya, an attorney representing Mora’s family, told online news site AmeliaRueda.com that he felt “an absolute sense of impunity,” and that he would appeal the ruling, which he said was based on technicalities.The news site also reported that a protest to denounce the trial’s outcome is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 29, in front of the court complex in downtown San José.The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which named one of their ships after Mora last year, also released a statement declaring their intention to expand operations to Moín Beach on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast this year to continue Mora’s work, but Mora’s close friend and fellow sea turtle advocate, Vanessa Lizano, says it’s too late.“I think it is more hurtful right now for people to try to help when it is just too late,” she told The Tico Times on Monday. “It gets me angrier that they didn’t help before.”Follow updates at ticotimes.net.last_img read more

Cleaners clog up travel into Brisbane Airport

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Travellers planning trips into Brisbane early in the week may want to reconsider their day of arrival, with cleaners and security committed to striking over a pay dispute every Monday morning.Commencing two Mondays ago the demonstrations, lead by United Voice union, have clogged up traffic in and out of the domestic and international terminal as workers circle the in caravans and trailers with a port-a-loo, The Australian reported.The union’s spokesperson told AAP that the workers are fighting for an increase to their $16.50 per hour wage as well as job security.”There’s just under 50 cars driving around Airport Drive,” the spokesperson said. “If we don’t get a reaction it will … only escalate and go to busier times and more cars being involved.”Travellers have also been encourage to rethink Friday morning arrivals as quarantine staff plan a nationwide four hour strike over pay.The disruptions come less than a month after the airport announced that record breaking international and domestic passengers has passed through its terminals, with up to 20 million flyers over June and July.The 5.4 percent increase on last year’s results was achieved despite natural mass flooding in Brisbane earlier this year.“We’ve had more than our fair share of disasters this year however the strong Aussie dollar has encouraged more people to travel abroad while domestically strong passenger growth was also made possible by the injection of 1.4 million extra seats, with every domestic airline operating at Brisbane ramping up capacity throughout the year,” British Airport Corporation chief executive Julieanne Alroe said. International travellers into Australia can also expect delays tomorrow as quarantine staff walk off the job over stalled pay negotiations. The strike will commence from 6.00am at all major Australian international airports. last_img read more

Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cornerback Jamell Fleming took to Twitter Friday night and proudly donned his brand new Cardinals attire.“Here I come! #BirdGang!” said Fleming on his Twitter page.Fleming, who’s speed and physical presence was coveted by the Cardinals, was drafted 80th overall by the team.General Manager Rod Graves said Fleming was the “highest-rated player on our board.”Fleming has enjoyed tremendous success playing in Arizona. He was named the defensive MVP in both Oklahoma’s Insight Bowl win vs. Iowa last season and in the Fiesta Bowl win vs. Connecticut after the 2010 campaign. Comments   Share   D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

Related Norwegian to launch new service between Co

first_img RelatedNorwegian to launch new service between Copenhagen and GatwickNorwegian to launch new service between Copenhagen and GatwickFlights to Gatwick to be launched from Cork by Aer LingusFlights to Gatwick to be launched from Cork by Aer LingusIceland Express adds Gatwick to Stansted servicesIcelandic low-cost airline Iceland Express is launching flights from Reykjavik to London Gatwick this winter. Cheap flights carrier Norwegian is set to expand the number of routes operating between London Gatwick and Norway.New flights to Copenhagen, Oslo and four other cities will begin operating out of London Gatwick from the end of March 2009.The new services have been welcomed by commercial director at the airport Mike Luddy.He said: “This strengthens our growing route network to the Nordic region and provides our customers with yet more choice from London Gatwick.”We look forward to welcoming passengers of Norwegian on their programme which is operating almost sixty flights a week.”New flights to Oslo will depart three-times per day, while Copenhagen will receive two daily services.Daily flights to Bergen, Stavanger and Aalborg will also be offered, while two services per week will be offered between Gatwick and Tromso.Norwegian welcomed more than nine million passengers on to its aeroplanes in 2008, with total passenger traffic increasing by 20 percent compared to 2007. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

CBS 60 Minutes gathers audience week by week

first_imgCBS’ ’60 Minutes’ gathers audience week by week by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Jun 19, 2018 12:23 pm PDT Last Updated Jun 19, 2018 at 1:21 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The newsmagazine “60 Minutes” was not television’s most popular program this year, but for the 11th consecutive season it had more people who watched at least once during the year than any other non-sports show on TV.The Nielsen company’s cumulative measurement of programs may not mean much in the business of television, but it’s a bragging point at CBS News.For the purpose of setting advertising rates, the currency of television is Nielsen’s estimate of how many people watch a program in a given week. By that measurement, the since-departed ABC sitcom “Roseanne,” with an average of 18.7 million viewers on the night an episode debuts, was this past season’s champ. With 11.1 million viewers each week, “60 Minutes” was No. 18 on television in that ranking.But Nielsen estimated that 100.4 million people watched “60 Minutes” at least once during the year. That was second only to NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” franchise, whose cumulative viewer figure was 111 million.A news show is well-suited to this measurement, because while not everyone watches every week, now and then there’s a story that attracts their interest. Meanwhile, an entertainment show is more likely to have people who watch more regularly.“I believe that doing so well in that measurement proves there’s a hunger in America for real reporting, that there’s a large pool of people who want to see the kind of quality storytelling we put on each Sunday night,” said Jeff Fager, executive producer of “60 Minutes.”NBC’s “The Voice” and “This Is Us,” and CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” round out the top five rankings in cumulative audience, Nielsen said. Both “This Is Us” and “The Big Bang Theory” also ranked in the past season’s top five in terms of popularity of each week’s episode, along with ABC’s “The Good Doctor.”During a quiet summer week in television last year, NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” was by far the dominant program.CBS won last week in prime-time, averaging 4.4 million viewers. NBC had 4.2 million, ABC had 3.3 million, Fox had 2.3 million, ION Television had 1.39 million, Univision had 1.35 million, Telemundo had 1.2 million and the CW had 770,000.Fox News Channel was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.83 million viewers, and had two of the top 20 shows in all of television last week following President Trump’s summit in Singapore. MSNBC averaged 1.71 million viewers, HGTV had 1.42 million, USA had 1.23 million and TBS had 1.22 million.ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 7.7 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” was second with 7.3 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 5.5 million.For the week of June 11-17, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “America’s Got Talent,” NBC, 11.46 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 6.51 million; “Code Black,” CBS, 6.18 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 6.13 million; “World of Dance,” NBC, 6.07 million; “Hannity” (Monday), Fox News, 5.91 million; “Celebrity Family Feud,” ABC, 5.89 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 5.886 million; “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 5.86 million; “Little Big Shots,” NBC, 5.68 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online: http://www.nielsen.comlast_img read more

Rep Kahle supports more money for road repairs

first_img21Feb Rep. Kahle supports more money for road repairs Categories: Kahle News Roads in Lenawee County would benefit from legislation approved today by Rep. Bronna Kahle.The $175 million bill provides additional funding for road preservation and construction across Michigan as early this summer.“Dodging potholes is one thing, but when they are everywhere, some are just unavoidable,” said Kahle, of Adrian. “Drivers are getting tired of this. With the repeated freezing and thawing we’ve experienced this winter, the situation will only get worse. We have the money available to fix potholes and it should be spent now.”In addition to state projects, the bill includes money for county, city and village roads throughout Michigan. Estimated local allocations include:Lenawee County ($792,457)Addison ($5,929)Adrian ($144,747)Blissfield ($25,307)Britton ($4,429)Cement City ($5,066)Clayton ($3,954)Clinton ($15,948)Deerfield ($7,741)Hudson ($20,103)Morenci ($18,001)Onsted ($7,579) andTecumseh ($63,317).The money is left over from a previous state government budget cycle and is already available, meaning no budget cuts or additional fees or taxes are required for the investment. The money included in the bill approved today comes in addition to previous changes that provide more funding for road and bridge projects across the state.House Bill 4321 now advances to the Senate for further consideration.last_img read more

Rep Reilly welcomes Lake Orion students to testify at Capitol

first_img04Jun Rep. Reilly welcomes Lake Orion students to testify at Capitol Categories: Reilly News,Reilly Photos State Rep. John Reilly of Oakland Township today welcomed middle school students from Lake Orion Community Schools to the state Capitol to testify in the House Natural Resources & Outdoor Recreation Committee.The group from Waldon Middle School were in Lansing to urge legislators to adopt the eastern wild turkey as the official game bird for the state of Michigan. Jon Gray, an eighth-grade science teacher at Waldon, developed an innovative way to ‘kill two birds with one stone’ that allowed the students to learn about aviary science and how state government works at the same time. He joined the students in front of committee members as they presented their arguments.“I was proud to watch students from our community make their case in support of this bill and directly participate in our legislative process,” Reilly said. “They provided superb testimony that was well-communicated and researched to the members of the House Natural Resources & Outdoor Recreation Committee.”House Bill 4589 was introduced by State Rep. Gary Howell of North Branch and would designate the eastern wild turkey as the official state game bird. Michigan currently does not have an officially designated game bird and has seen the eastern wild turkey make a remarkable comeback in recent years due to dedicated restoration efforts.If passed out of committee, House Bill 4589 would move to the House floor where the entire chamber would weigh in on its approval.last_img read more

We Are All Charlie Hebdo Now

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares January 7, 2015;MSNBCWhen we first heard about the barbaric terrorist attack on the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, our first thoughts went to Punch, the venerable British satirical journal, and, stateside, The Onion. How many times during the century and a half of Punch did it lambaste politicians with wit and cartoons (Winston Churchill was famously outraged and hurt by a Punch cartoon in 1953 that he considered savagely malicious)?The number of times the Onion has eviscerated in completely outrageous terms Presidents George W. Bush (as in this column about the “Long National Nightmare of Peace and Prosperity”) and Barack Obama (for example, this column about a “loud black guy” asking a Chicago crowd for change) is huge. There is the famous story about how outraged presidential candidate John Kerry was about a Jay Leno joke in which Kerry walks into a bar and the bartender asks, “Why the long face?” Neither Churchill, Bush, Kerry, nor Obama responded by killing the writers, photographers, comedians, or cartoonists involved.But the editor and some staff members of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were killed in a terrorist attack aimed apparently not only at the magazine’s cartoon images of the Prophet Mohammed, but at freedom of speech. As former Onion editor Joe Randazzo wrote for MSNBC, the Charlie Hebdo staff “were cartoonists and editors and humorists. People whose job in life was to point at hypocrisy and laugh at it; to ridicule hate; to make us all try to see our own failings as humans. And they were killed for it.” Randazzo wrote about threats he and others at The Onion received over the years, but they never would have imagined something like the terrorist attack in Paris.Randazzo worries, and rightly so, that while the terrorists’ attack on freedom of speech—that is, an attack on an idea—cannot be accomplished by murdering innocent people, it can be “nudge[d]…toward suicide.” By that, he means that our societies might respond to the terrorists in ways that help accomplish their attack on free speech for them. FREE DOWNLOAD: Social Media Strategies for Amplifying Social Justice Issues One way is through self-censorship. Like The Interview, the satirical movie about North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, some might suggest that Charlie Hebdo would have been smart to simply avoid satirizing Islam and the Prophet Mohammed (today’s issue of Charlie Hebdo depicted an ISIS militant about to behead Mohammed as an infidel if the prophet were to return today), just like some thought Seth Rogen might have been wiser to have used a made-up country and dictator for his movie rather than identifying the Hermit Kingdom and its ruler as its satirical targets. Those thoughts are understandable, but ultimately don’t work. The target of the Paris attacks wasn’t just the magazine, but free speech itself. If the terrorists wanted to attack free speech, they could find or manufacture other pretenses to carry out their murderous intent. People motivated by hatred of ideas and values can always generate rationales to justify their violence.Moreover, when does the self-censorship end? Cartoons about other religions? About politicians? About corporations and their leaders? Remember that Charlie Hebdo was born as a result of censorship, its predecessor publication banned by the French government for a time due to its having made fun of Charles de Gaulle. Given the worldwide efforts to restrict free speech, particularly freedom of the press—witness the three Al Jazeera journalists who still languish in an Egyptian prison due to trumped-up charges that they aided the Muslim Brotherhood—it is all too easy to spark momentum that restricts free speech and clearly very difficult to reverse it.The other side of the coin is to respond to the Paris killings with attacks on Muslims. Marine Le Pen’s Front National in France, Britain’s UKIP, and even Pegida in Germany are all but guaranteed to use the horrible events at the Charlie Hebdo offices as an opportunity to call for restrictions and worse on Muslims in Western Europe. As Randazzo notes, imagining that ISIS or Al Qaeda or whoever these terrorists might have been stand for all Islam is like suggesting that the Westboro Baptist Church speaks authoritatively for Christianity. If the terrorists achieve that kind of response, they will have succeeded in more than attacking free speech and freedom of the press. They will have nudged us to the suicide of freedom of speech that Randazzo warned about.For all of us in the U.S., particularly those of us in the nonprofit press who stand for journalism that afflicts the powerful and comforts the afflicted, we stand with Charlie Hebdo, honor the people who were gunned down in Paris, and proudly say, “Je Suis Charlie.” —Rick Cohen [View the story “Global community mourns martyred “Charlie Hebdo” journalists” on Storify] ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

Obama Encourages Policy Change To Ban Solitary Confinement for Juveniles

first_imgShare8TweetShareEmail8 SharesJanuary 26, 2016; Washington PostOn the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court decision for juvenile offenders on Monday, President Barack Obama has come forward with executive orders calling for the ban on solitary confinement for juvenile offenders. The Washington Post published an op-ed by the president in which he rehashes what many criminal reform advocates having been saying for years, not only about the detriment of overusing solitary confinement, but also the need to treat juvenile offenders differently from adult inmates:Last summer, I directed Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and the Justice Department to review the overuse of solitary confinement across U.S. prisons. […] The Justice Department has completed its review, and I am adopting its recommendations to reform the federal prison system. These include banning solitary confinement for juveniles and as a response to low-level infractions, expanding treatment for the mentally ill and increasing the amount of time inmates in solitary can spend outside of their cells. These steps will affect some 10,000 federal prisoners held in solitary confinement—and hopefully serve as a model for state and local corrections systems. And I will direct all relevant federal agencies to review these principles and report back to me with a plan to address their use of solitary confinement.NPQ has written about the overuse and the damaging effects of solitary confinement, including the penchant for inmates who have been confined to solitary to reoffend if released. The UN reported in 2011 that just 15 days in solitary qualifies as torture. The longest serving American prisoner in solitary confinement has spent more than four decades alone—and he’s still there, despite efforts for his release.Obama and the DOJ’s recommendations do not say that solitary confinement should be eliminated entirely, but rather that it should be used sparingly and in certain situations, such as when its use is protecting the prison staff and inmate population. DOJ recommendations also indicate that the longest an inmate can be held in solitary confinement for a first offense is 60 days, not 365, as the rule currently stands. The recommendations say low offense inmates should not be held in solitary confinement at all, regardless if it’s their first or subsequent offense. Vox.com has a good delineation of further policy changes in the recommendations.Since Obama does not have authority or jurisdiction over state inmates, the changes would only impact federal inmates, of which only 26 are juveniles. However, he does say he hopes the changes will serve as a model and trickle down to states.The initial responses to the president’s op-ed have been positive, remarking on how his voice is a powerful one in the criminal reform effort.“It’s absolutely huge,” said Amy Fettig, staff counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union, on Obama’s call for changes to solitary confinement policies. “We rarely have presidents take notice of prison conditions.”While the police changes are limited to the federal level, states have adopted reforms to solitary confinement usage individually. According to the Washington Post, Illinois and Oregon have both had to respond to lawsuits and change their policies on housing mentally ill inmates in solitary. Last month, New York also announced a major effort to overhaul the solitary confinement usage in its prisons, in a $62 million lawsuit agreement with the New York Civil Liberties Union. While glacial, reform is taking place, and these recommendations will persuade states to clean up their prisons.“This is a game changer,” said Fettig. “There’s no question that the Bureau of Prisons is the largest, most influential prison system in the country. What they do has influence on what the states do and what’s considered best practice in the field. So to have them dramatically change their system, there’s no question that is going to be leadership that some states and local jurisdictions are going to follow.”The recommendations and the op-ed align with Obama’s efforts to enact criminal justice reform before he leaves office. He has said he wants to spend his last year in office addressing several issues, including mandatory drug sentences and helping ex-felons re-enter society. Particularly in light of the publicized shootings of young black Americans, criminal reform has permeated the social consciousness, a fact that Obama can capitalize on in reforms coming this year.—Shafaq HasanShare8TweetShareEmail8 Shareslast_img read more

Intelsat has successfully launched the Intelsat 22

first_imgIntelsat has successfully launched the Intelsat 22 satellite.The satellite took off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan this morning. It will provide C- and Ku-band capacity for media, government and network services customers in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Once operational in May, it will replace Intelsat 709 at 72° East and is expected to have a useful life of approximately 18 years.“Intelsat delivers broadband infrastructure everywhere, and the successful launch of Intelsat 22 delivers enhanced satellite capacity for telecommunications leaders in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe, such as the UAE’s Etisalat and Ethio Telecom of Ethiopia,” said Intelsat CEO Dave McGlade.last_img read more

Distrify is launching movies from the UK Jewish Fi

first_imgDistrify is launching movies from the UK Jewish Film Festival on its on-demand service.The festival is currently underway, is screening 81 Jewish films at venues throughout the UK.“Distrify was created as a distribution platform to help filmmakers find audiences and, equally important, to help audiences find films,” says Kobi Shely, Distrify’s head of marketing partnerships.Distrify will make the movies available, in full, on its on-demand service on a download to own or rent.Shely said he wants Distrify to expand its work around film festivals. “We want to see this model working with other festivals because helps a festival to capitalise on its brand and audience relationship and extend the value of its curation skills year-round. We see the UK Jewish Film Festival very much as a pioneer in the film festival arena.”last_img read more

Jose Tolosa The international arm of US media gian

first_imgJose TolosaThe international arm of US media giant Viacom has appointed Jose Tolosa COO. Tolosa replaces Pierluigi Gazzolo who shifted from COO to head of Lat-Am at VIMN last year.Tolosa takes up his new role with immediate effect, reporting to VIMN’s President and CEO, Bob Bakish, and will relocate from Miami to New York.Viacom said that Tolosa will be focused on accelerating the company’s international growth strategy, including extending its pay TV footprint in key growth markets and increasing TV everywhere and digital efforts.Bakish said: “Jose is one of the most strategic and forward-thinking executives I’ve worked with and is well-suited to assume the role of COO at this point in VIMN’s evolution.”Tolosa was senior VP, strategy and business development at VIMN from 2009-to-2013 before being upped to executive VP, strategy, business development and operations.last_img read more

TalkTalk became the most complainedabout UK pay T

first_imgTalkTalk became the most complained-about UK pay TV provider in the second quarter, according to new stats released by broadcast regulator Ofcom.TalkTalk’s complaints volume increased from 0.12 per 1,000 customers in Q1 2015 to 0.14 in Q2, pushing BT into second place.BT, which was the most complained-about operator in Q1, saw a reduction in complaint volumes from to 0.15 in Q1 to 0.11 per 1,000 customers in Q2.“The only provider to generate fewer complaints than the industry average was Sky (0.01 per 1,000 customers), which remained the best-performing pay TV provider,” said Ofcom.Overall, the total volume of telecoms and pay TV complaints made to Ofcom continued to decrease in Q2 2015, even as the number of consumers taking up these services increased, according to the regulator.The latest report covered the three-month period from April to June 2015.last_img read more