<< Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, February 23, 2017 Posted by Travelweek Group IBIZA — Palladium Hotels & Resorts has announced a US$21 million investment to upgrade its Grand Palladium and The Royal Suites by Palladium properties in the D.R., Jamaica and Mexico.Of that $21 million, $5 million will go toward improving food and beverage offerings, which will include upgrades in steak quality, the presentation of food at buffets, higher-quality liquors at all bars and better minibar snacks.For staffing, the company is increasing the number of staff by 13% over 2016 for a total of 8,243 staff members at all 12 properties in the Caribbean and Mexico. Bernard Wyss, director of innovation and product development, will begin work this month to oversee services that will be implemented at each property.Furthermore, technology on property will be vastly improved. This means an upgrade of the Palladium Hotels & Resorts app, which allows guests to message the concierge directly, increasing the bandwidth of the Wi-Fi, installing better surround-sound systems at the pools, and updating the animation capabilities of performances. Also, additional trolleys to take guests from one property o another will be added to reduce wait times, while new pool bikes for exercising in the pool will also be installed.More news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTThe company also announced that it will convert the Grand Palladium Riviera Resort & Spa in Riviera Maya, Mexico into an extension of The Royal Suites Yucatán by Palladium to expand the resort’s boutique adult-exclusive offerings. This transformation will be completed in various phases starting June 1, 2017 and will carry through the fall.The newly renovated property will feature a total of 454 guestrooms, 108 of which will have swim-up pools, a new beach experience with an adults-only Beach club, four à la carte themed restaurants and a new infinity pool. Guests staying at other Palladium resorts at the Riviera Maya complex will not be affected by construction.Additional upgrades will be made at Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa, set to be completed by end of November 2017. Rodizio, the Brazilian steakhouse, will replace the current Hemingway Bar at Grand Palladium Bavaro Resort, while additional teppanyaki tables will be installed at Sumptuori Restaurant. A new area will also be added that will be dedicated to the popular ‘nikkei’ concept, a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian cuisines.More news: Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesPlus, at Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa, the lobby and select guestrooms will be renovated with refreshed Caribbean designs, and a new beach club will be added to the adults-only area of The Royal suites Turquesa. $21m over 12 resorts: Palladium announces major refresh in Mexico & Caribbean Tags: Caribbean, Mexico, Palladium Hotels & Resorts
MISSISSAUGA — TICO has charged Libia Guerra Paez of the Greater Toronto Area with two separate counts contrary to the Travel Industry Act, 2002.Paez, the operator of Representaciones Neward Inc., is charged with one count of operating as a travel agent without being registered, and one count of failing to take reasonable care to prevent Representaciones Neward Inc. from committing the offence of selling travel under paragraph 31(2) of the Act.Separately, TICO has also charged Representaciones Neward Inc. with one count of selling travel services without being registered contrary to section 4(1)(a) of the Act.Paez will appear in court on April 4, 2019. Share Posted by Charged: GTA’s Libia Guerra Paez Tags: TICO Wednesday, March 6, 2019 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>
Convenient high-speed connections between Hong Kong and several Chinese border cities assist the facilitation and drive the increase of mainland tourists. Transport is becoming more efficient and accessible for Chinese travellers to Hong Kong, the Hindu Business Line reported. Convenient transport links and shopping boost mainland arrivals. With an absence of sales taxes and strict regulations enforcing the sale of genuine brand-name products, Hong Kong has also become a popular shopping destination for many Chinese tourists. Increasingly fast rail connections between Hong Kong and Shenzhen run every 10 minutes, with similar connections from other major Chinese cities, such as Guangzhou. Hong Kong Tourist Board spokesperson Alice Chu said the hi-speed train link with China will be operational by 2016, with travel time between Hong Kong and Shanghai significantly reduced. Ms Chu said some Chinese travellers make the journey to Hong Kong for their weekly groceries. Source = ETB News: P.T.
Share Credit Loosening Up Mortgage Credit Availability 2017-07-14 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News July 14, 2017 760 Views A report from the Mortgage Bankers Association, which analyzes information based on several factors related to borrower eligibility from Ellie Mae’s AllRegs Market Clarity tool, revealed that mortgage credit loosened slightly in June.The index was benchmarked to 100 in March 2012, when credit was especially tight. The Conforming and Jumbo indices were benchmarked as well. Meanwhile, the Conventional and Government indices have adjusted base levels to better represent where those indexes might have fallen in March 2012, relative to the benchmark.Compared to tightening mortgage credit in May, the overall credit availability showed improvement in June with an increase of 0.1 percent to reach 178.5, as three of the four components in the MCAI gained ground.A decline in the MCAI indicates that lending standards are tightening, while increases in the index are indicative of loosening credit, according to the report.“Credit availability slipped in May, primarily driven by investors consolidating their offerings for government insured loans,” said Lynn Fisher, MBA’s VP of Research and Economics. “These decreases were partially offset by the continued expansion of jumbo loan programs. The jumbo MCAI has increased in 13 of the last 15 months.”However, what implemented decreases in May did the opposite for June. The report indicated that the increases in June are due to, “an expansion of jumbo loan programs and additional availability of affordable conforming loan programs,” Fisher said.Of the four indices, the Conforming and Conventional components of the MCAI each increased by 0.9 percent and the Jumbo MCAI rose 0.8 percent. However, these gains were offset by the Government index, which showed a decrease of 0.4 percent.The methodology behind the data examines different factors that have been shown to influence a borrower’s ability or willingness to repay a loan. The main dimensions the Mortgage Credit Availability Index takes into consideration are credit scores, loan types, and loan-to-value ratio.
State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona today commended the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) for taking part in the Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) campaign to improve traffic safety and reduce crashes on Michigan highways.“Each year, more than 35,000 people lose their lives on U.S highways,” said Rep. Cole. “In 2016, there were 1,064 deaths on Michigan roadways. I will continue to work with my colleagues and MDOT to protect our Michigan drivers.”Cole, chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, continues to work hard to improve safety on Michigan roadways. The committee had many accomplishments for the first six months of the current 2017-18 session.House Bills passed from the committee include:HB 4054, sponsored by state Rep. Holly Hughes, of Montague, to improve public safety by allowing school districts to install safety lighting on school buses. It is currently before the Senate Transportation Committee.HB 4466, sponsored by state Rep. Martin Howrylak, of Troy, to reduce distracted driving crashes by requiring drivers to operate mobile devices in a hands-free mode while driving.HB 4160, sponsored by state Rep. Shane Hernandez, of Port Huron, allows an individual to solicit contributions on behalf of a charitable or civic organization during daylights hours on a public street or roadway, under certain conditions. The individual collecting donations must be 18 years old and wear highly visible safety apparel. It is now Public Act 112 of 2017.HB 4306 sponsored by state Rep. Jim Tedder, of Clarkston, increases fees associated with obtaining and renewing motorcycle endorsements and motorcycle registration fees. Revenue from the endorsement fees will be used to increase motorcycle awareness to Michigan automobile drivers. It is now Public Act 115 of 2017.Many states have adopted the TZD campaign that brings together stakeholders and transportation partners to improve safety through education, engineering, enforcement and emergency responses.Rep. Cole’s office can be reached by calling (517) 373-0829 or emailing TristonCole@house.mi.gov Categories: Cole News ### 04Aug Rep. Cole commends MDOT involvement to reduce vehicle crashes
Summer reading contest winner visits CapitolPHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Bronna Kahle today welcomed Isabelle Brooks, of Adrian, to the state Capitol. Isabelle was selected as the winner of Rep. Kahle’s summer reading contest and was ‘Rep. for a Day.’ Isabelle, a student at Lincoln Elementary School in Hudson, read over 130 books during the summer months. Rep. Kahle worked with several local libraries and organizations over the summer to provide a reading contest designed to encourage students to read throughout their summer break. 05Oct Rep. Kahle welcomes student ‘Rep for a Day’ Categories: Kahle News,Kahle Photos
25Jun COLUMN: State budget will strengthen education, infrastructure and workforce training Categories: Griffin News,News This year’s state budget will quickly bear fruit, but just as important is the effect the 2018-19 budget is going to have for years to come. Investments in education, workforce training, and infrastructure will keep Michigan on the path to success.As a teacher, my focus is on getting money directly to our students and into classrooms. More than a quarter of the overall budget proposal goes to public K-12 schools with $14.8 billion establishing a new record for education investment. That adds up to $120 to $240 more per student and is the largest single-year per-student increase in 15 years.While Michigan has seen significant economic recovery from 10 years ago, we must continue to sustain and strengthen our workforce. Our state is already seeing increased demand for skilled and specialized jobs with higher pay. That’s why we continue to invest in skilled trades training for our students and adults. Bright futures begin with a quality education and the training needed to get better jobs.Other investments are bringing more orange construction barrels to our roads. That’s what happens when we’re scheduled to spend $4 billion on road upgrades and repairs over the budget year. We’re spending this money wisely and effectively, not just throwing money at the problem, but making certain that these investments lead to long-lasting improvements. That said, our roads did not crumble overnight and we must remain committed to making these investments. This will continue to be a priority for me.Obviously, our state’s budget goes beyond these important areas. We’ve also invested in better family services such as mental health and public safety while looking for more efficient and effective ways to serve you. It’s through these investments that we are helping to make Michigan an even better place to live, work, and raise a family.Beth Griffin is the state representative for represents the 66th District, which includes all of Van Buren County, and Alamo Township, Cooper Township and the city of Parchment in Kalamazoo County.#####
Categories: Reilly News 18Apr Reilly legislation protecting students’ free speech rights receives House panel hearing Lawmaker authors plan holding MI’s public universities accountableState Rep. John Reilly today testified before the House Oversight Committee in support of his plan establishing – and some cases, restoring – free speech protections on Michigan’s public college campuses.The legislation is responding to numerous violations of students’ First Amendment rights across several of the state’s public colleges and universities.“The state’s public colleges and universities have the responsibility to uphold the constitutional rights of students and the community on campus grounds,” said Reilly, of Oakland Township. “Right now, students at multiple universities live under speech policies that infringe on their rights to free speech and assembly. Due to some schools’ ongoing unwillingness to ensure their rights, the Legislature must do so.”Reilly pointed to the 1989 federal lawsuit Doe v University of Michigan, where the University of Michigan lost the suit over its policy on discrimination and discriminatory harassment to John Doe, a graduate student concerned that his publishing his research into differences among genders would violate the policy. The court ruled that the university prohibiting language said to be “stigmatizing or victimizing’ of various protected groups was overly broad and “swept within its scope a significant of [speech] which is unquestionably protected speech under the First Amendment. Yet today, the University of Michigan is entangled in another federal lawsuit related to its Bias Response Team, which collects reports of “bias” on campus. Speech First, an organization of students, citizens and alumni advocating for free speech on college campuses is challenging the constitutionality of the university’s panel.House Bill 4435 prohibits public colleges from quarantining free speech to designated “free speech zones.” Reilly noted that in 2018, Kellogg Community College settled for an undisclosed amount after students were arrested, put in handcuffs and jailed for seven hours for distributing copies of the United States Constitution on campus. It was official university policy that infringed on students’ rights to free speech.“All public colleges—which are supposed to be ‘marketplaces of ideas’—have the duty to protect and promote the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech,” Reilly said. “Not to mention that it’s the taxpayers footing the bill for avoidable legal battles. The Legislature not only has the authority but the duty to protect free speech rights of its citizens and shield its taxpayers from unnecessary financial liability arising from lawsuits to resolve unconstitutional campus policies.”Reilly’s second measure, House Bill 4436, requires speech policies of Michigan’s public universities to be consistent with the First Amendment as determined by the courts.“Universities having failed to comply with the courts’ guidance, the duty falls upon the Legislature to establish a framework for speech policies that protect the civil liberties of students and student organizations at public colleges receiving taxpayer money,” Reilly said. “Our state’s universities are supposed to be incubators of diverse viewpoints and role models of public engagement. Anything short of that is shameful.”Typically, Michigan’s taxpayer-funded universities are able to operate autonomously of the Legislature under an operational autonomy agreement. However this agreement has certain limits. A Michigan 1999 Supreme Court ruling in Federated Publications v MSU Bd of Trustees found that the Legislature can exercise its police power over public universities in order to protect the public welfare.Following the hearing, Reilly disputed the testimony of Kellogg Community College, whose officials repeatedly stated that the individuals arrested on campus for distributing literature were not students.Reilly noted the sworn testimony of Alliance Defending Freedom in its case against the college, which noted that one of the individuals was an enrolled student before and after her arrest, was merely taking a semester off, and was treated as a student when they arrested her for violating the Code of Conduct for Students which obviously applies to students. Another party to the incident was an enrolled student taking courses at the time.“For KCC officials to claim that ‘none of the individuals arrested and put in handcuffs were students’ was a transparent attempt to mislead the Oversight Committee,” Reilly stated in a follow-up letter to committee colleagues submitted for the record. “They treated Mrs. Gregoire as a student and admitted Mr. Withers was one.”Both measures remain in the House Oversight Committee for further consideration.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. John Reilly testifies before the House Oversight Committee.
The Michigan House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee today approved a plan introduced by state Rep. Scott VanSingel to help improve the dental health of children entering kindergarten.Michigan schools already require vision and hearing screenings for new kindergarteners. VanSingel’s plan would add dental screenings to this list.“Oral hygiene is important to our overall health – especially for children,” said VanSingel, of Grant. “Oral health problems are nearly 100 percent preventable. Adding dental health screenings at an early age will help identify early signs of dental disease, and establish healthy habits early in life.”More than one in four children have decay in baby teeth before entering kindergarten, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The plan provides a clear and easy opt-out process for parents not interested in the screening.The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will work with local public health agencies to help manage the screenings.House Bill 4223 has been referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.#### 22May Committee Approves Rep. VanSingel’s Kindergarten Dental Screening Bill Categories: VanSingel News
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesNagel Photography / Shutterstock.comAugust 14, 2015; KTVI-TV (Fox 2, St. Louis, MO) and Reboot IllinoisThe human cost of the inability of the state of Illinois to approve a budget grows higher as the impasse’s length grows. The deadline for having a budget was more than seven weeks ago, and there are few signs that the standoff, which pits a legislature controlled by Democrats against Republican governor Bruce Rauner, is any closer to ending. What is certain is that more and more people who rely on services whose funding is in limbo are paying a high price for governmental gridlock.With a new college year ready to begin, Reboot Illinois recently pointed out how the state’s budget impasse is starting to threaten many college students:For around 136,000 of the state’s most financially vulnerable students, the excitement of the start of a new school year comes with real uncertainty. Students who depend on the help of a Monetary Award Program (MAP) grant to attend college are caught up in the gears of a protracted state budget stalemate. No appropriation has been made to fund the MAP program. And that leaves students and families evaluating how they’ll pay for college and campuses across the state debating how best to help those students—with the clock ticking…Without MAP, the (other) loans, grants, work and institutional aid resources available to needy students would be severely diminished and potentially freeze out a group of students.At the other end of the age spectrum, senior adult services are also feeling the impact of uncertain state funding. WQAD in Illinois’ Quad Cities region reported, “The Illinois budget stalemate could force the Western Illinois Agency on Aging to close in September, at least temporarily, without legislation to restore funding. There’s simply no money to pay for the staff of three and its support programs in Aledo.”According to a Fox News report, “The lack of an Illinois state budget is forcing the Monroe Randolph Transit District to shut its doors indefinitely. The not-for-profit agency serves a predominantly rural population, ranging from schoolchildren who need transportation from day care to school to seniors who must get to medical appointments. […] The agency’s executive director, Jesica Gentry, worked to keep the service running as long as possible. She expected $147,000 in federal dollars and $650,000 in state funds to keep the service operating from July 1st through June of 2016. ‘We are the only provider of public transportation in Monroe and Randolph counties and this is a vital service to the people in our area and we want to be open,’ she said Thursday. On Friday, she and 19 other employees will be laid off.”Even when both sides seem to agree, they don’t agree and act. Progress Illinois described how the continued bickering affected a bill all sides agreed was necessary:Legislation to authorize the spending of $5 billion in federal funds cleared the Senate last week with bipartisan support, but it ran into trouble in the House. Republicans backed away from the measure Tuesday after House Speaker Michael Madigan added $1.5 billion in additional funding, including $585 million in state money, to the legislation. Rauner described the state funds in the bill as a “poison pill.”And those served by the programs that are supposed to be the beneficiaries of these federal funds still won’t receive their monies!The pain of the government’s inaction may be growing across the state, but it does not seem to have changed anyone’s position. Everyone seems to be waiting for the opposite side to blink. And while they wait, buses and vans stop rolling, meals stop being served, and students worry about their futures.—Marty LevineShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share124Tweet16Share3Email143 SharesBy Robert Maguire [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia CommonsJanuary 30, 2018; Washington PostAt a recently concluded gathering of wealthy, politically focused, conservative men and women, public education took a lead role in a strategy for long-term societal change. The annual gathering convened by billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch focuses on galvanizing financial support for a political action agenda for upcoming election cycles. Beyond specific policy objectives, there is a desire to profoundly change our national ethos to more closely reflect their vision. This year, one of the platform’s key planks concerned the very nature of how we educate our children.Beyond educating individual students, public schools have for more than a century served a critical role of forging democratic citizens. Political scientist Benjamin Barber described public schools as “not merely schools for the public, but schools of publicness: institutions where we learn what it means to be a public and start down the road toward common national and civic identity.”According to the Washington Post, whose reporters were invited to cover portions of the three-day Koch Network gathering, “Charles Koch and his like-minded friends on the right are increasingly focused on melding the minds of the next generation by making massive, targeted investments in both K-12 and higher education. Changing the education system as we know it was a central focus of a three-day donor seminar.”“We’ve made more progress in the last five years than I had in the last 50,” Charles Koch told donors during a cocktail reception. “The capabilities we have now can take us to a whole new level. We want to increase the effectiveness of the network by an order of magnitude. If we do that, we can change the trajectory of the country.”The Koch Network’s new strategic focus appears to move beyond debates over school choice, common core curriculums, and testing; instead, they’re working toward longer-term changes in societal thinking. The Network’s vision is one of highly tailored individualized learning, which leaves little space for education to support core democratic values. As the Post explains:Leaders of the network dreamed of disrupting the status quo, customizing learning and breaking the teacher unions. One initial priority is expanding educational saving accounts and developing technologies that would let parents pick and choose private classes or tutors for their kids the same way people shop on Amazon. They envision making it easy for families to join to start their own “micro-schools” as a new alternative to the public system.With an estimated $400 million in its war chest for 2018, the Koch Network is poised to push its views at the state and local level. According to the Post, Tim Phillips, the president of Americans for Prosperity, the 36-state grassroots network has more members in Wisconsin than the state’s teachers’ union.Those who believe public education is a shared responsibility entrusted to local governments will surely want to resist this. Replacing “public” with “individual” is a radical change that could further divide our nation along racial and economic lines as well as serve to undermine notions of equal opportunity. The Koch Network has passion and money to fuel its work. How public school and nonprofit civic advocates respond to these assaults could greatly affect our future.—Martin LevineShare124Tweet16Share3Email143 Shares
Swedish broadcaster TV4 has launched an iPad app for its TV4 Play on-demand service, following earlier launches on the web, on Android devices including Samsung’s Galaxy Tab and on the LG smart TVs.TV4 Play is based on a ‘freemium’ model, with viewers able to access catch-up content from the group’s linear channel free for seven days after its initial broadcast, with the option to subscribe to TV4 Play Premium, providing access to more content, exclusive previews and archive content.
Music channel Rusong TV is launching on Akado’s Russian network.The channel airs videos from local artists and is the seventeenth music channel to be added to Akado’s TV service. It is available in the Mix package.
Stuart Prebble, the former chief of UK commercial broadcaster ITV, will lead an investigation into the impartiality of UK public broadcaster the BBC. The report into the BBC was ordered by the BBC Trust, which oversees the corporation’s activities and follows an earlier 2007 probe into the BBC’s reporting against a background of social and technological change. The new report will examine how the recommendations in that report have been implemented.Ex-ITV CEO Prebble said: “I am delighted to have been invited to lead this important study for the BBC. Having spent most of my career outside the BBC I look forward to bringing a fresh perspective to examine how well the commitment to breadth of voice – which is unique to the BBC – is being met.”
African communications technology specialist BringCom has struck a deal with local partners in Djibouti to revitaise the Djibouti Teleport Facility.The partners have created a new company, Djibouti Teleport SARL, to manage the facility, which offers Ku- and C-band satellite capacity over Africa.Under the agreement, BringCom becomes the managing partner of Djibouti Teleport. In addition, the partners agreed to upgrade the Djibouti Teleport with new buildings, backup power, security hardware and an iDirect hub. Djibouti Teleport will also provide international connectivity through five large-capacity undersea cable systems connected to the facility.Djibouti Teleport currently provides Apstar 7 Ku-band connectivity with a 7.3-metre antenna and C-band connectivity with a 16-metre antenna. Both antennas have been refurbished and upgraded with new electronics, according to BringCom.
Local TV news viewership is dropping with local affiliates for Fox, ABC, NBC and CBS in the US losing more than 6% of their audience in early morning, evening and late night slots last year according to new research.The Pew Research Centre’s State of the News Media report 2013 said that while local TV remains a top news source for Americans, the percentage is dropping sharply among younger generations, with regular local TV viewership among adults under 30 falling from 42% in 2006 to just 28% in 2012.The research added that topics people go to local TV news most for – such as weather and breaking news – are ripe for replacement by web- and mobile-based outlets.“Local TV audiences were down across every key time slot and across all networks in 2012. And the off-peak news hours like 4:30 am that stations had been adding for years seem to have hit their audience ceiling,” Pew Research said.
Vision 247’s Luke Kennedy talks to DTVE about how content providers and operators can effectively deliver services via OTT and address multiple screens.
Wananchi Group, the owner of East African pay TV operator Zuku TV, has appointed former ONO CEO Richard Alden as its new CEO, replacing current boss Richard Bell.Alden, who has worked as Chief Operating Officer at Wananchi since the start of the year, takes the top job as Bell moves into a new role as non-executive vice chairman of the board.Bell has led the company since its inception in 2006 and launch in 2008 and was praised by group chairman of the board of directors, Ali Mufuruki, for overseeing the growth of the business, particularly in the last two and a half years.“Richard has done more than we asked him to do and has done it in record time under some of the most challenging circumstances, considering much of the fundraising was done in the aftermath of the global financial crisis in 2008 when it was extremely difficult to attract investments especially into the TMT sector in Africa. Today we are happy to see that the company is sitting on a solid foundation and ready to move to the next level,” said Mufuruki.Bell said that he now planned to go back to leading EACP (East Africa Capital Partners) in raising its next round. Bell is a partner in EACP, a venture capital firm focused on tech, media and telecoms investments in the greater East African region.Bell was credited with increasing the capital base of Wananchi Group to nearly KSH25.5 billion. His other highlights as Wananchi boss include establishing the firm as a dominant VSAT wholesale provider to resellers across Africa through its iSat brand, growing its cable Triple Play Services in Kenya, launching DTH Pay TV services in three countries in East Africa and growing the number of linear Zuku Channels from six to nine.Speaking to DTVE in August, he said that he also planned for Wananchi Group to launch a fresh funding round for US$50 million (€38 million) to US$100 million before the end of the year.Alden brings 20 years of TMT sector experience to the role. From 1998 to 2009 he was CEO and founding director of Spanish cable operator ONO and has also previously worked as CFO of Groupe Videotron, Optel.
Telekom Austria saw 6.6% year-on-year growth in its domestic IPTV base for the quarter, which it said helped arrest its decline in fixed line revenues. Overall fixed line revenues fell by 3.6% as TV revenues were offset by lower voice revenues. The operator had 255,700 TV customers at the end of the quarter in Austria. In Bulgaria, Telekom Austria-owned Mobiltel saw growth from its satellite TV business in the first quarter, with a 25.8% uplift in its overall TV base being driven by the DTH service. The rise in TV subscribers contributed to a 10.4% year-on-year increase in Mobiltel’s fixed access line count. Overall, Mobiltel had 97,300 TV customers at the end of the quarter.In Croatia Vipnet turned in a 7.4% year-on-year rise in TV subscribers alongside a 25.5% uplift in broadband customers. Vipnet had 171,500 TV customers at the end of March.
BEN TV, an entertainment and news channel targeted at diaspora African and Caribbean audiences, has been found in breach of its licence conditions by UK regulator Ofcom.In its latest ‘Broadcast and On-Demand Bulletin’, Ofcom said that on two occasions BEN TV’s licence-holder, Greener Technology Limited (GTL), failed to respond to an information request about sponsorship campaigns broadcast on Ben TV between October 18 and November 17 last year.Ofcom said the failure by BEN TV to provide this information represented a “significant breach” of its licence as it meant the regulator was unable to fulfil its statutory duty to “assess and regulate broadcast content”.“Ofcom has previously recorded breaches against GTL for breaches of its licence conditions,” said the regulator. “We will check the licensee’s arrangements to retain and provide recordings and information to Ofcom in the near future. We remind GTL that, should similar compliance issues arise, Ofcom will consider taking further regulatory action.”BEN TV broadcasts to Western Europe and parts of Asia and Northern Africa. In the UK it is available on Sky channel 182 and to stream online from BENtelevision.com.