Wine tasting experience with Matthew Jukes

first_imgMatthew Jukes is returning to Canberra to host the 2013 Wine Dinner in conjunction with the 2013 Touch Football Vinnie-Yard.The dinner will be held at Old Parliament House on Friday, 8 November from 6.30pm.This is a unique opportunity to taste some of the season’s best wines and meet the wine makers from Brindabella Hills, Capital Wines, Clonakilla, Collector, Eden Road, Four Winds, Gallagher, Mt Majura, Nick O’Leary and RavensworthTickets are now available for purchase via the website below for $150 per person or a table of 10 for $1400 – www.vinnies.org.au/matthew-jukes-dinner-act.For more information on the 2013 Touch Football Vinnie-Yard event please click on the article below. Related LinksVinnie-Yard Wine Dinnerlast_img read more

$1 Billion for Social Housing in 63 Constituencies

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, said the programme will comprise three modalities – the provision of indigent housing; relocation of vulnerable communities; and the upgrading of Tenements/‘Big Yards’. “This represents protection of the vulnerable in action,” Dr. Clarke said, as he opened the 2019/20 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives today (March 7). The Government has allocated $1 billion to the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation to support the implementation of an islandwide social housing programme across all 63 constituencies. The Government has allocated $1 billion to the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation to support the implementation of an islandwide social housing programme across all 63 constituencies.Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, said the programme will comprise three modalities – the provision of indigent housing; relocation of vulnerable communities; and the upgrading of Tenements/‘Big Yards’.“This represents protection of the vulnerable in action,” Dr. Clarke said, as he opened the 2019/20 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives today (March 7).He also informed that the Government is increasing its allocation to the Jamaica Integrated Community Development Project by 41 per cent or $627 million in 2019/20, and will spend a total of $2 billion on this project this year.“This project contributes towards increased community safety and violence prevention in 17 economically vulnerable and socially volatile communities and enhances access to basic urban infrastructure and services, including sanitation, water and electricity as well as youth development programmes,” Dr. Clarke said.In addition, the Government is increasing its allocation to the Poverty Reduction Programme by 174 per cent or from $349 million to $558 million in financial year 2019/2020.This project is the fourth phase of a programme supporting poverty reduction in Jamaica through grant funding from the European Union, the largest provider of grants to Jamaica.last_img read more

Manchester Uniteds worst start in 26 years

Manchester Uniteds worst start in 26 years

first_imgJose Mourinho’s warning before the new season appears to have been justified with two losses in their first three games.Jose Mourinho was the voice of pessimism coming into the season, complaining his team had not reinforced enough to mount a title challenge.No help came at the transfer deadline, but the Red Devils opened their season with three points against Leicester City in a scrappy 2-1 victory.Whatever optimism that may have emerged from that victory has quickly been replaced by concern as United have now been defeated in their next two games.A surprise 3-2 defeat to Brighton, who are expected to be in the mix for relegation, put United into a precarious position. And Tottenham has now pushed them further toward the brink, hammering the Red Devils 3-0, at Old Trafford no less.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.A second-half opener from Harry Kane and a brace from Lucas Moura put United to the sword and sent them tumbling down into the bottom half of the table after three games.The start is the worst Manchester United had suffered since the 1992-93 season, 26 years ago, when the club also lost two of their first three contests but went on to win the League.last_img read more

Pardew opened up on his failure at West Brom

Pardew opened up on his failure at West Brom

first_imgAlan Pardew was selected as the coach that was supposed to save West Bromwich Albion but he failed and the Baggies were relegated to the Championship the previous season and the coach was sacked before the end of the season.The former Newcastle and Crystal Palace coach spoke about this experience as he claimed, according to Birmingham Mail: “(The taxi incident) was damaging in so much that prior to that trip – which was meant to be a team-bonding trip – we had a fantastic result against Brighton and we had beaten Liverpool in the cup with their strongest team.”“Suddenly, I felt we were there. I thought we were going to make it really tight for everybody else.”Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“The Barcelona thing was a terrible incident.”“The players let themselves down, they let the club down and they let me down.”“From that moment forward, we never got results.”last_img read more

Callum Paterson wants more advanced position with Scotland

Callum Paterson wants more advanced position with Scotland

first_imgScotland international Callum Paterson reveals he wants a more attacking role with the national team.The former Hearts man who was played as right back during Scotland’s 4-0 win over Albania revealed he would prefer to be deployed in a more advanced position for Scotland in future.Paterson has been playing in attack for his club Cardiff City in England this season and was moved into defence after the withdrawal of both Stephen O’Donnell and Kieran Tierney due to injury.Paterson said, according to Evening Times:“It’s not my favourite position. I like to attack. I was a bit exposed on Satur-day night. It’s not the best for me, but I’d do whatever is asked for me for the country.”Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“It’s a massive thing to get called up for your country and even bigger to play. I’ll always be happy to pull on that jersey. I’ve loved being back. I hated being out in the international wilderness.”“But I’m an attacking player. I love going forward and scoring goals. I got 10 goals last year and only started playing just before Christmas.”“I’m not blowing my own trumpet, but it shows I can get in the box and cause problems. That’s me scored three goals in four games in the Premier League.”“Having said that, it’s massive for the manager to trust me and know I am capable of doing that. I had it mentioned a few times. I am a Jack of all trades, master of none. It’s not great to hear, but hopefully I can nail down a place in the future.”“I haven’t quite done it for Cardiff yet, but I am getting there and I’d love to do it for Scotland as well. But I know when it comes to international football it’s sometimes a case of needs must.”last_img read more

Hughton Decisions favored Liverpool

Hughton Decisions favored Liverpool

first_imgBrighton manager Chris Hughton felt that the bulk of decisions went Liverpool’s way in their 1-0 home defeat to the league leaders.Mo Salah converted from the spot to give Liverpool a crucial 1-0 win at Brighton after the Egyptian was judged to have been fouled by Pascal Gross.Hughton, however, had no complaints about the penalty but believes that plenty other decisions favored them.“There’s no intent and referees have a hard job, but sometimes you feel things go your way and sometimes you feel some of the decisions don’t go your way,” Hughton told Sky Sports.“I felt today it was one of those days. No malice or anything towards the referee but I thought the bulk of decisions favored Liverpool today.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“On the balance of play, I thought we deserved something.“They are such a good side and the opportunities they had were when we were trying to get back into the game and put bodies forward and made the game a bit more open. I thought we restricted them to minimal chances.“Pascal Gross’ chance [a shot in the second half] was probably as good as any of their chances.“We were always in the game and discipline was really good from the team, which it has to be because they can open you up.“In the latter part of the game we went for it a bit and showed a real intent to get back on level terms and I thought for the feel of the game that we deserved something.”last_img read more

April Business Forecast

April Business Forecast

first_img Posted: April 16, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – President and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, and former San Diego Mayor, Jerry Sanders joined KUSI News to discuss April’s business forecast. April 16, 2019 KUSI Newsroom center_img April Business Forecast KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 8:40 PMlast_img read more

SourceMedia Consolidates Publishing Functions into Two Units

first_imgPreviously, the four groups were managed individually by group publishers, or “community heads” as they were called internally. Also as part of the reorganization, SourceMedia appointed a pair of editorial directors to manage the edit operations of the two new groups, reporting to Morris and Elken.  The company also decentralized its marketing operation. As a result, the executive vice president of marketing and strategic planning role was eliminated, with Manoni absorbing the strategic planning responsibilities.  Two marketing directors will report to Morris and Elken. Four junior-level positions were eliminated from central service and operations.“We’ve restructured the organization in a modest way that reflects the vision for the business moving forward,” Manoni, who replaced Jim Malkin as CEO earlier this year, tells FOLIO:. “That vision is built around the expansion of new lines of business.”Manoni says the company is launching a training education business for which it has hired a team of three, with expectations to expand that team in the coming weeks depending on performance. He also says the company in July will reinstate 50 percent of salary reductions that were instituted last year. “The good news for SourceMedia is that we’re seeing stability in revenue across the portfolio and growth in some sectors for the first time in more than two years. We’re beginning to change the culture of our organization and become more innovative as we unlock investment for the development of the company, says Manoni. “When I look at SourceMedia today, and I think about the direction I want to take with the business, the  game changer for us will be introducing new competencies and new information services.” As part of what CEO Doug Manoni calls a “modest” reorganization, SourceMedia has consolidated its publishing operation from four units to two. One unit will consist of banking and capital markets while the second will be made up of the professional services and technology groups. Leading the banking and capital markets unit is newly-appointed executive vice president and managing director Karl Elken, former senior vice president of sales at The Taunton Press. Elken will oversee SourceMedia’s commercial banking, payments, mortgage and capital markets portfolios, including American Banker, The Bond Buyer, National Mortgage News and Investment Dealers’ Digest. Elken also will serve as a member of SourceMedia’s executive committee.Bruce Morris, who rejoined SourceMedia last August as executive vice president and managing director (Morris previously served as president of the company’s banking and corporate groups), will oversee the company’s professional services and technology groups.last_img read more

35 dead 17 injured as bus falls into gorge in Jammu and

first_imgThe bus was coming from Keshwan to Kishtwar when the accident took place.Twitter/ANIAt least 35 people were killed and 17 were severely injured after a bus carrying passengers fell into a deep gorge in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar district on Monday, July 1. The bus was going from Keshwan to Kishtwar when the accident took place, according to reports.Rescue teams have been dispatched to the site of the incident. Locals and authorities are on the spot to help with the rescue operations. The injured have been rushed to a district hospital in Kishtwar, around 230 km from Jammu. The death toll may rise even further. The Indian Army is providing immediate assistance and medical aid to the passengers of the overloaded bus. Check out the visuals here: According to several reports, the minibus bearing registration number JK17-6787 skidded off the road near Srigwari and fell into a deep gorge. The accident took place at around 7.50 am. Angrez Singh Rana, Deputy Commissioner of Kishtwar, said that many people have been injured after a matador vehicle coming from Keshwan to Kishtwar fell into a gorge.Expressing condolences, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said: “Extremely saddened to learn about the loss of lives due to a road accident in Kishtwar, Jammu and Kashmir. My deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones. I pray of the speedy recovery of those injured.”The former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah took to Twitter to express condolences to the families of the deceased. “Terrible news coming in about the high death toll in a bus accident in Kishtwar. Condolences to the families of the deceased & prayers for the swift recovery of the injured,” tweeted Abdullah.last_img read more

56 detained in Jhenaidah police drive

56 detained in Jhenaidah police drive

first_imgPolice in a special drive arrested 56 accused of different cases from various parts of the district early Saturday.Additional police super of Jhenaidah Azbahar Ali Sheikh said they have recently launched a special drive against the sabotage and terrorist activities in the district.As part of the drive, they conducted a raid in different places of the six upazilas from Friday night to Saturday morning and arrested them.Among the arrestees, 22 were arrested from Sadar upazila while five from Horinakundu, five from Shailakupa, 16 from Kaliganj, three from Moheshpur and five from Kotchandpur upazilas.Some drugs were also recovered during the drive, claimed the police officer.last_img read more

Clyde Johnson Smith Broke Racial Barriers in Baltimore Fire Department

Clyde Johnson Smith Broke Racial Barriers in Baltimore Fire Department

first_imgClyde Johnson Smith, who became the first Black academy instructor with the Baltimore City Fire Department, died May 7 at the age of 84. The cause was cancer and he died at the Gilchrist Hospice in Baltimore, surrounded by family and friends.Smith was born December 5, 1932 in segregated Greenwood, South Carolina. He was the oldest of three boys and at an early age he moved to Baltimore and lived with an aunt in the Cherry Hill community.Clyde Johnson Smith (Courtesy Photo)Smith attended Frederick Douglass High School where he played football and ran track. He later entered the United States Army and served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. He was honorably discharged in 1955.After leaving the Army, Smith attended what was then Morgan State College, but interrupted his time at Morgan to join the Baltimore City Fire Department in 1959, just a few years after the department was officially integrated. In addition to becoming the department’s first Black academy instructor, Smith was also the BCFD’s first Black battalion chief, and the first Black assistant chief.According to his wife, Barbara R. Smith (the couple was married more than 50 years), Smith, along with 10 Black colleagues, traveled to a conference about discrimination throughout the United States Fire Service, in New York City in 1969.  Those men were instrumental in creating the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters (IABPFF), an organization that has grown to over 95 chapters throughout the United States, the Caribbean and the United Kingdom. When Smith and his colleagues returned from the conference in 1969, The Vulcan Blazers, which represents Baltimore’s Black firefighters, was born.Smith is survived by his wife Barbara; son Clyde William Smith; daughter, Lori Slade; brother, Ronald (Hattie) Smith and many other family members and friends.last_img read more

Maurice Granton Jr Shot by Chicago Police had Been Shot Days Earlier

Maurice Granton Jr Shot by Chicago Police had Been Shot Days Earlier

first_imgBy The Associated PressCHICAGO (AP) — A 24-year-old Black man who was fatally shot this week by a Chicago police officer had suffered a gunshot wound just days earlier.The Chicago Tribune reports that Maurice Granton Jr. had refused to cooperate with police after he was treated at an area hospital for a graze wound near his right eye.24-year-old Maurice Granton. (Courtesy Photo/Facebook)Granton was killed Wednesday evening during what the department says was an “armed confrontation” with police officers who were attempting to question him after spotting him taking part in what they believed was an illegal drug transaction. An autopsy revealed that he was shot in the back.Police recovered a gun at the scene they say Granton was carrying. They say there is evidence that the gun had been fired.last_img read more

An hour of darkness

An hour of darkness

first_imgBy spending an hour in the dark, hotels like Le Meridien joined millions around the world to send a powerful message about a brighter future for the planet.23 March saw the hotel turn off its lights, all except the ones needed for basic amenities (by turning off exterior signage lighting; dimming or turning off non-essential interior lighting; using candlelight in appropriate public areas such as restaurants and bars) to celebrate Earth Hour. For those who don’t know about this world-wide initiative, here is a little crash course! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Earth Hour is a worldwide event organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and held towards the end of March annually, encouraging households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour to raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change. The event first took place in 2007, when 2.2 million residents of Sydney participated by turning off all non-essential lights. Following Sydney’s lead, many other cities around the world adopted the event in 2008. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixEarth Hour 2013 was being held on 23 March from 8:30 pm To 9:30 pm during participants’ local time.Guests of the hotel and others who gathered to mark the event were encouraged to support the cause by lighting candles in the hotel’s lawns to form the well recognized Earth Hour logo ‘60+ Earth Hour’.’A lot of hotels across the country are doing things for Earth Hour,’ says Meena Bhatia, Vice President, Operations and Marketing, Le Meridien. ‘We chose to light candles on the hotel lawns,’ she explains. Guests were requested with letters to switch off lights for an hour and to join others to mark the 60 minutes. With the kind of response the initiative garnered, clearly they were more than happy to be a part of it.While the flickering candles created a magical atmosphere, it also marked out the gravity of the need to conserve energy across the planet. As granted as we take regular energy sources such as water, electricity and even solar power, Earth Hour is a stark reminder that unless we learn to use resources wisely, a day might come when nothing remains.We switched off for Earth Hour…hope you did too!last_img read more

With love from China

With love from China

first_imgA sophisticated, stylised and lyrical opera, The Peony Pavilion meant for the connoisseurs rated as one of China’s best-loved classical operas was staged at the Capital’s Sirifort auditorium on December 12.  The legendary play has been brought to India by Swati Bhise, artistic director of BraviaSadir Theatre Festival Production who is an acclaimed Bharatnatyam dancer and choreographer.  Her aim is to promote art and culture between the two neighboring countries and develop friendly relations between the two nations. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The peony love attracted an audience which included corporate honchos, bureaucrats, distinguished members of Delhi society and young students from art and cultural institutions in Delhi. Swati Bhise, said, “Art is the finest way to bridge the cultural gap between two great powers. Theatre and Art give us a deep understanding of the existing political, social and economic conditions of a country. It also gives an insight into the thought process of an entire ethnic group. This is a perfect platform to go global and continue our own personal growth and get better understanding of different cultures. I am happy that it was so well received in Mumbai and Delhi. The audience is evolved and understands sophisticated art forms such as Opera”. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe Peony Pavilion showcased a complicated love story which was set in the last days of the Southern Song Dynasty, which lasted from 1127 to 1279 AD. It is hailed as the “mother” of a hundred opera forms. In its original form, the play, traditionally performed as a Kunqu opera, which is one of the oldest styles of Chinese theatre, runs for 20 hours and has 55 scenes,  has been brought down to a 90-minute performance of key scenes without compromising on its essence. The play was staged by 18 performers, all from mainland China. It was translated by Joanna Lee, an American-Chinese who has spent a lifetime on operas.last_img read more

Forest cover in Bengal up says Mamata on Biodiversity Day

Forest cover in Bengal up says Mamata on Biodiversity Day

first_imgKolkata: The total forest and social forestry cover in West Bengal has been raised to 12,358 hectares and 934 hectares respectively till 2016-17 under a Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) assisted project, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Tuesday. In a tweet on the occasion of International Day for Biological Diversity, Banerjee expressed her committment to preserving biodiversity in the state saying that the JICA was extending help towards the West Bengal Forest and Biodiversity Conservation Project since 2012. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”JICA-assisted West Bengal Forest and Biodiversity Conservation Project (WBFBCP) commenced in 2012. Till 2016-17, the total plantation raised was 12,358 hectares in forest and 934 hectares under social forestry”, she said in the tweet.The objective of the project was to improve forest ecosystem, conserve biodiversity and improve livelihood. It comprises afforestation, regeneration, wildlife management and income generation activities through Joint Forest Management approach, including institutional capacity development.Environmental conservation has also contributed towards the social development of West Bengal.last_img read more

Meet the Entrepreneur Whose Startup Raised 24 Million Thanks in Part to

first_img It’s got to feel pretty good when you have a vote of confidence from Mark Zuckerberg.This week, The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the fund currently worth $48 billion overseen by the Facebook co-founder and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan, made its first investment, leading a $24 million funding round for Andela, a 2-year-old startup that trains software developers in Nigeria and Kenya and places them with big name tech companies that include Microsoft, Google and yes, Facebook.Jeremy Johnson, the co-founder and CEO of the company, says that the missions of Andela and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative are closely aligned. “I was impressed by their dedication to wanting to unlock human potential around the world,” he told Entrepreneur. “We care about the same things.”Related: 5 Steps You Should Take to Prepare for Facebook’s ‘All Video’ Future”We’re operating on a continent with 1.1 billion people, [a population] that’s also the youngest and fastest growing in the world. We have a lot of work to do,” Johnson says. “We’re going to continue expanding the pipeline in our existing countries, which means growth in Nigeria and Kenya.”Johnson says Andela plans to launch in a third country, with an announcement to come sometime this fall.  The 31-year-old founder’s previous company, 2U, an online degree platform that partners with institutions such as Georgetown and University of Southern California, went public in 2014. The idea for Andela first came into view before 2U’s initial public offering when Johnson was invited to Nairobi to give a talk on the state of online education around the world.Related: Facebook Will Start Scanning 10,000 Posts a Second to Make Comments Less TerribleUpon seeing the tech talent there, Johnson was inspired. He says that his initial thought was that he would help fund the company that ultimately became Andela, but not be a part of the company’s day-to-day growth. “After my first trip to Lagos, I spent a day interviewing the finalists for our first pilot class,” he says. “I realized I just couldn’t stop thinking about it. I had to do it.”Johnson has high hopes for the company’s future. “Ten years down the road is how we think of it. I think people overestimate what is possible in a year and tragically underestimate what can be done in 10,” he says. “I think we have the ability to literally launch 100,000 amazing developers across the continent. And the process changed the way the tech world thinks about where engineers come from and what they look like.” June 17, 2016 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »center_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 3 min readlast_img read more

Flooding closes lane on M6 slip road as police warn motorists to

first_imgUPDATE: This has now cleared A motorway slip road is partially blocked due to flooding as heavy rains hits Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire. One lane on the entry slip road onto the northbound carriageway of the M6 is closed due to flooding at junction 16 (Stoke-on-Trent/Crewe), according to Inrix, the traffic data company. Traffic is reported to be coping well in the area. Police are asking motorists to take extra care on the roads – with a number of accidents reported in Staffordshire as bad weather is expected to continue throughout the morning. Read MoreFirefighters called after car hits house A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “Please take care on the roads this morning as we are receiving a number of calls reporting road traffic collisions. “Remember to adjust your driving to the weather conditions and keep your distance.” A Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman added: “Heavy rain across parts of Cheshire this morning. Reduce your speed and be prepared for potential flooding of roads.” The latest Met Office weather forecast states: “Cloud and rain, some heavy, will move east across all parts during the morning. “The rain will clear to the southeast after midday to allow sunny spells to develop for the afternoon, with perhaps a isolated showers.” Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. 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 atStokeonTrentLive .last_img read more

Polish pay TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat has denied t

Polish pay TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat has denied t

first_imgPolish pay TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat has denied that it is the author or sponsor of a website and Facebook group opposing its recently launched rival, the nc+ TV platform. In a statement responding to “emerging inaccurate claims,” Cyfrowy Polsat denied involvement in the anti nc+ website antyncplus.pl, and the anti nc+ Facebook page, even though its ads have been displayed on the sites.Cyfrowy Polsat said that the presence of its banners was down to the “natural mechanism and action of online advertising companies,” and were the result of algorithms where “the goal is to obtain the most effective advertising space – that is the most efficient way to reach your target audience at the lowest possible cost.”The firm said it was not involved in the process of selecting the sites on which its ads are displayed and said it “operates to the highest standards of ethics and corporate governance and the principles of fair competition.”The news follows a string of negative press reports following the launch of nc+ last month – the result of a merger between Polish pay TV operators Cyfra Plus and ‘n’ at the end of 2012.Media reports have claimed customer dissatisfaction at the service on the grounds that it is “inferior and more expensive” than either n or Cyfra+, with some complaints reportedly also made with Poland’s Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK). To date the anti nc+ Facebook page has been liked by more than 59,400 times.Rivals of nc+ in the Polish market include Cyfrowy Polsat, UPC Polska, Multimedia Polska and Vectra.last_img read more