Members of the Legislative Assembly approved Thursday in the first of two debates the proposal 19.548, Law of Mobility and Cyclical Security, an initiative to incentivize private companies and local governments to promote bicycles as means of transportation.The initiative was approved unanimously, with the support of 43 congressmen, and was celebrated by the president of the Congress, Carolina Hidalgo, who highlighted the impact that the new regulations will have to reduce carbon emissions and to improve biking culture.Celebro la aprobación en primer debate con 43 votos a favor, el Proyecto 19548: Ley de Movilidad y seguridad ciclística Esta iniciativa busca aportar con el objetivo carbono neutral de nuestro país y con la cultura necesaria de pacificación de nuestras vías.— Carolina Hidalgo H. (@CaroHHe) January 10, 2019Among other measures, the law would create tax incentives for companies that develop bicycle infrastructure or acquire them for their employees — specifically through a one-time deduction of those expenses in their income tax returns, as long as they are current in their other tax obligations.In the municipal field, the law would open the door for each municipality to promote public bicycle-rental systems responding to the needs of their public.Likewise, the law declares cycling — and riders’ full and safe mobility — of “public interest” and imposes an obligation on the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MOPT) to work on cantonal plans for bicycle safety.Finally, it also requires that all new infrastructure work in road areas should contemplate the objectives of the law, so that each project improves cycling conditions through dedicated bike lanes, shared lanes, pedestrian crossings, and speed bumps, among other methods.Public parking locations would also be required to have a bicycle stand for every ten spaces for cars.FinancingTo comply with all these objectives, the law establishes different funding sources, among them the revenue from the fuel tax.In addition, the government will accept donations and contributions from international organizations — in addition to state loans and non-reimbursable funds.MOPT would be in charge of the application of the new law.Now, the Executive Branch will now regulate the law within a period of six months and, thereafter, the MOPT will have another six-month period to enact the necessary regulations to adapt the infrastructure to current and future operators.This law is part of the initiatives that were presented in the previous legislature. Specifically, it was left in the legislature by former deputies Laura Garro (PAC), Egardo Araya and José Ramírez (FA). Semanario Universidad LogoThis story was originally published by Semanario Universidad. It was translated with permission by The Tico Times. Read the original report here. Facebook Comments Related posts:Solís pledges to fix La Platina bridge – the third president to make the promise The ultimate guide to taxis in Costa Rica Uber rival Cabify coming to Costa Rica VIDEO: San José politicians, residents forego cars on World Car Free Day read more
Source = JNTO Japan National Tourism Organization partners with VICEJapan National Tourism Organization partners with VICEJapan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) has partnered with youth media VICE to produce the new inspirational and travel-centric video series, Flavours of Tohoku.The series explores Japan’s beautiful northern Tohoku region to showcase the spectacular natural wonders, age-old culture, diverse festival activities and mesmerising food.Hopping on and off the region’s beautiful train lines, VICE host Bridie Shepherd traverses the wild forests and mountains of the northernmost point of Honshu island, with each stop offering an opportunity to immerse herself in Tohoku’s majestic culture. Meeting its characters and indulging in the region’s most sought-out flavours, Flavours of Tohoku takes in the world’s best sake and Japan’s great seafood, alongside onsen (hot springs), cacophonic lantern festivals, and epic samurai battles set deep within the region’s epic mountain ranges.Visit the prefectures of Fukushima, Miyagi, Iwate, Aomori, Akita and Yamagata with us.“Japan is full of new discoveries, especially in the Tohoku region which many travellers are unaware of. Tohoku boasts not only great local cuisine but also enchanting/awe-inspiring wilderness and cultural traditions.” said Kana Wakabayashi, Executive Director of JNTO Sydney Office.” We would love to share this area with intrepid travellers who are willing to challenge themselves and experience something beyond the big cities. “Royce Akers, Creative Director VICE Australia, said “Our audience loves culture-driven travel content, and we love making it. Flavours of Tohoku allowed us to show a side of Japan that’s wild, spectacular, and unseen by many Australian millennials. Working with JNTO on this project has been a perfect partnership and we have enjoyed their expertise and enthusiasm every step of the journey.”‘Flavours of Tohoku‘ will sit alongside a wider brand campaign including digital media, influencer and press trips and a broadcast documentary, encouraging Japanophiles and new visitors alike to consider areas outside of the tried and tested cities of Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto.About JNTOJapan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), an independent agency of the Japanese government, promotes Japan as a leisure and business destination to connect Japan to the world. Through its 21 offices worldwide, JNTO disseminates information, conducts publicity and exhibitions, supports tour development, carries out research and much more. read more
By Angelos AnastasiouTHE Bank of Cyprus has embarked on a series of roadshows to potential investors, while minority shareholders were blocked out of the upcoming capital increase, according to local press reports.On the heels of last week’s board decision to comply with the wishes of Central Bank of Cyprus governor Chrystalla Georghadji and proceed with a capital increase of at least €1bn by early August with a maximum clawback of 20 per cent, the Bank of Cyprus has commissioned four banks – HSBC, Credit Suisse, VTB and Deutsche Bank – to contact potential investors on its behalf.The roadshows were kicked off in London on Tuesday, and presentations are scheduled by BoC senior officials to small groups of interested investors.Next week, the lender plans to move the roadshows to the US, while the prospect of including other major financial centres has not been ruled out.The BoC has good reason to hope that it can clear the €1bn benchmark set by Georghadji, as indicated by foreign investor interest.The order book will be open from July 18 to 25 for existing and new shareholders. Subsequently, early in August, existing shareholders will be allowed to claw back on the dilution their stakes will suffer to the tune of 20 per cent of the capital raised.It is estimated that, given a €1bn issue is exhausted, if existing shareholders exercise their full clawback rights at 20 per cent, their stakes in the bank will be diluted by a further 25 per cent.Meanwhile, minority shareholders have been ignored in the planned capital increase.Reports appeared yesterday suggesting this form of shareholder oppression. According to the business website Stockwatch, the BoC board decided to allow participation in the capital increase only to shareholders whose holdings in the bank exceed €100,000, so that the time-consuming preparation and issuance of an informative bulletin can be avoided.Instead, the board issued only an information memorandum, which is directed at institutional investors and hedge funds.More than 80 per cent of the bank’s equity is held by approximately 21,000 shareholders whose uninsured deposits were converted to share capital last summer.But outcry over the decision to exclude minority shareholders may well lead the board to revisit the issue, considering the addition of a third step after the clawback phase, in which minority shareholders will also be allowed to invest in the capital increase.Upon completion of the proposed €1bn capital issue, it is expected that the bank’s capital buffers will reach 14.6 per cent, creating a comfortable cushion against losses ahead of the European Central Bank’s rigorous stress testing this fall.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementBad Digestion Slowing You Down? Top Doctor Reveals What You Need To DoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola read more
05Jan Rep. Cox announces first 2016 office hours State Rep. Laura Cox invites Livonia-area residents to meet with her during office hours on Monday, Jan. 11 from 1 to 2 p.m.“As we begin the new year, I look forward to listening to our community’s thoughts and concerns,” said Rep. Cox, R-Livonia. “With your input, we can create a more efficient and effective state government.”Office hours will be held at the Livonia Senior Center, located at 15218 Farmington Road.Residents unable to attend office hours are invited to contact Rep. Cox’s office by phone at 517-373-3920, or by email at LauraCox@house.mi.gov.### Categories: Cox News,News read more
Online video platform Dailymotion has launched new versions of its iOS and Android mobile apps.The apps will allow users to customise their home screen, share content with their social networks and search through 17 themed categories to access over 20 million videos through their mobile phones, according to Dailymotion.Groups of videos on the home screen can be changed according to the user’s preference and organised based on criteria such as playlists, saved search results, favourite videos or uploads.Tabs on each video provide users with access to video information, comments and related videos. The apps provide the ability to browse this information while still watching the video chosen at the bottom of the screen. Videos are automatically re-loaded just before reaching the end of the list. read more
Swisscom has launched a service that lets customers watch DVR recordings on PCs and laptops as part of an overhaul of its online TV service.Customers can login to their accounts using a web browser anywhere in Switzerland and access recordings from the last 30 days. From July 2, the service will be extended to iPhones and iPads. Swisscom has also added a live pause function to its online platform.
UAE-based satellite operator YahLive has announced a new partnership with Arqiva that will see the broadcast services provider uplinking HD TV services to Yahlive capacity from a European hub.The deal will mean households across the MENA region with access to YahLive, which is located at 52.5° East will be able to view various European TV programming in HD.Mohamed Youssif, CEO of YahLive, said: “The signing of this agreement will enable YahLive to distribute a broader range of programming content on our satellite and is another example of YahLive fulfilling its ambition to be the region’s leading satellite service provider of HD. As a market leader in the provision of high quality broadcast solutions and satellite uplinking in Europe, Arqiva is a clear choice for YahLive as our partner for delivery of HD signals to our satellite. The highest quality HD, combined with YahLive’s growing bouquet of international TV channels, delivers the best HD TV experience to YahLive viewers.” read more
Hungary has completed digital switchover, following completion of the second and final stage of the process yesterday.The HUF25 billion (€84 million) project, which was led by transmission services provider Antenna Hungária, saw over 350 digital decoders sold over the past seven months. Antenna Hungária’s MinDig TV pay TV service saw a boost with completion of the process, according to the company.
M7 Group Czech and Slovak pay TV operator Skylink has added adult channel Hustler HD to its programming line-up, replacing Penthouse HD1. Hustler HD will be available to Skylink’s Kombi, HD Plus, Multi HD and Flexi7 customers, airing from midnight to 06:00. The channel will being airing on the platform from Wednesday November 27.
Netflix hit five million Latin American customers in the fourth quarter of last quarter, from a total of 18.3 international streaming members, the firm has revealed. Speaking on Netflix’s Q4 earnings call, chief financial officer David Wells said that the firm has seen steady growth in the market, but said with 65 million addressable homes in Latin America there is still “a lot of room for growth.”“What we said all along in terms of Latin America was [it is] a challenging market. We’ve had payments issues and e-commerce trust issues that we’ve wrestled with and improved over the last three to 3.5 years, but it’s been growing all along,” said Wells, adding that Netflix was “very pleased” with its performance there.The revelation comes despite Netflix generally refusing to break down subscriber numbers by market. The firm typically only releases international and US figures, with streaming members in the US coming to 39.1 million in Q4.Netflix said in a letter to investors this week that it plans complete its global expansion over the next two years, outlining plans to up its footprint from 50 to 200 countries.Discussing the firm’s “incremental confidence in international,” Wells said that Netflix’s original programming continues to be “highly engaged across markets outside the US” – giving the firm confidence that the shows it produces will be enjoyed across “a bigger and bigger set of international markets.”Netflix CEO Reed Hastings added that the firm has been pushing its originals efforts in order to get global rights to content and not have to licence market by market. read more
kabel deutschlandKabel Deutschland’s premium TV base grew by 55,000 customers in its third fiscal quarter to December 31, while 48,000 net internet migrations from Vodafone’s DSL base saw its internet subscriber total grow by 136,000.The Vodafone-owned cable business, which is set to drop the Kabel Deutschland brand later this year, grew its combined pay TV and DVR base in the quarter, taking its premium revenue-generating unit base to 2.48 million. The operator recorded 1.991 million aactive HD smartcards at the end of December, up from 1.61 million a year yearlier. Total TV blended ARPU improved to €11.09.Kabel Deutschland added 417.000 internet RGUs in the year to December, taking its total RGU base to 2.5 million. The company’s overall direct subscriber base grew to 7.7 million, up 65,000 year-on-year, out of a total of 8.3 million direct and indirect subscribers combined. The overall RGU base grew by 824,000 to 15.6 million.In the third quarter, revenue grew by 6.5% year on year to €513 million. EBITDA for the third quarter amounted to €236 million compared to €231 million one year earlier, up 2.4%, with an EBITDA margin of 46%, down slightly. read more
TV viewing – both live and on-demand – accounts for 81% of UK video consumption, but just 65% for young people aged 16-24, according to new research.The ‘Truth about Youth’ report, from UK TV marketing body Thinkbox, claims that 16-24 year-olds have a “more varied video diet” and that 30% of their video viewing is done on screens such as tablets and smartphones – double the average of 15%.Thinkbox, which commissioned youth research specialists Platypus to carry out the research, said that YouTube accounts for 3.5% of total UK video consumption but 7% for those aged 16-24.Similarly, Netflix and other subscription video-on-demand services account for 2% of UK video consumption but 4% for 16-24 year-olds.“There has been an immense amount of speculation about how younger audiences are watching TV and newer forms of video. This research shows that newer forms of video have important roles to play in young people’s lives and that TV remains by far their favourite medium. Different video fulfils different needs and they co-exist happily,” said Matt Hill, director of research and planning at Thinkbox. read more
Italian broadcaster Mediaset is to encrypt its free-to-air channels Canale 5, Italia 1 and Rete 4 next month, having failed to strike a deal with pay TV operator Sky to pay for retransmission of the services.Mediaset said that in the absence of a deal with Sky, it would encrypt the services, which will continue to be available via the country’s digital-terrestrial platform and via free satellite service TivùSat.The move follows the recent battle between Mediaset’s pay TV unit Mediaset Premium and Sky over European football rights, and a decision by regulator ACGOM that Sky should pay public broadcaster Rai to retransmit its channels. read more
Richard WilsonRichard Wilson, CEO and former trustee of the UK’s Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF) has died after a short illness.Wilson, 58, became permanent CEO of the CTBF in 2012 after serving as interim CEO and member of the board of trustees. The organisation, a charity for people working behind the scenes in the film, cinema and commercial television industries, exists to support creatives, production professionals, marketers and administration staff who find themselves in times of need for one reason or another.Wilson began his TV career with regional broadcaster Granada Television in 1984, before moving to become general manager of London Weekend Television, now part of ITV London, in 1998.He subsequently served operations director at The London Studios, London Weekend Television’s TV studio complex on the South Bank, which still functions as the main studios for ITV.After the franchise merger of Granada and Carlton Television in 2004, Wilson left ITV to set up his own media consulting business in 2005, working as project director and consultant for European and US media companies. This included a period with Siemens IT Solutions and Services as programme director for major build and technology projects at the BBC.Primarily based at the BBC’s former headquarters in White City, he also spent 12 months with BBC Scotland managing the technical fit-out of the 400,000 sq. feet digital media centre at Pacific Quay in Glasgow.He is survived by his wife Yvonne, and his children, George and Francesca. read more
From early next year all viewers will be required to sign into the BBC iPlayer, as part of a plan by the UK broadcaster to offer a “more tailored BBC experience”.The BBC said the plans mark the next phase of its efforts to make its content, products and services more personalised to all viewers and listeners.From this week the BBC will introduce a new sign-in system for BBC ID – a service that users can already use to get a personal experience, but is not required to access iPlayer.This new system will require BBC ID holders to add a postcode to their account information – a move that the BBC said is “more robust and secure” than the current log-in, which only asks for an email address and password.From early 2017, the BBC will ask all viewers and listeners to sign in to BBC iPlayer, BBC iPlayer Radio and some of its mobile apps.The BBC said that the move will benefit users and also allow the corporation to make more informed decisions about future programming and services – based on information about how people use and like services.“I want everyone to get the very best from the BBC. By learning about what you want and like we can take you to more of the great programmes you love, stories you might be interested in and content you might otherwise never have discovered,” said BBC director general, Tony Hall.“This is a real transformation – reinventing public service broadcasting for the digital age. Millions of people are already benefitting from this more personalised BBC, and by rolling it out for everyone no one will be left behind.”The BBC said that TV Licensing will have access to information provided by logged-in users, but claimed this will not be used for enforcing licence fee payments. However, BBC media correspondent, David Sillito commented: “Coming less than a month after the extension of the licence fee to the iPlayer, it’s hard not to see this as just a way of encouraging people to pay up.”A change to UK law came into effect on September 1 requiring viewers to buy a licence fee in order to watch programmes on-demand from the BBC iPlayer.This marked the first time that UK viewers have been required to pay to access non-live BBC programming via the web – with the licence fee previously only needed by people who watch or record BBC television at its original time of broadcast.The law change came after the UK government said it would “modernise the current licence fee system” and close the ‘iPlayer loophole’ as part of its White Paper on the future of the public broadcaster, published In May. read more
French public broadcaster France Télévisions has teamed up with transmission services provider TDF to test responses to addressable advertising in the Le Mans area on digital-terrestrial TV.Two of the pubcaster’s channels – flagship service France 2 and France 4 – will be able to offer advertising that is targeted at a geographic level.The pilot, led by TDF, will enable the replacement of national advertising by local spots across all households that are equipped to receive digital-terrestrial TV transmissions.France Télévisions’ advertising arm, France Télévisions Publicité, has teamed up with Thélem Assurances and its agency Havas for the test, replacing a national commercial with one only visible to inhabitants of Le Mans. Thélem Assurances’ network of agents does not cover the entire national territory and Romain Pouyau, head of media innovation at the group, said that targeted adverting could enable it to more granularly target its TV advertising activities, as is already done on other digital platforms.The pilot will continue for the remainder of January and will subsequently be extended to the Bordeaux agglomeration.TDF has been working on advanced advertising solutions for the last two years and has already begun work on targeting at individual household level, although this is not permitted as a commercial service under current regulations.Marianne Siproudhis, CEO of France TV Publicité, said that “geographical targeting will enable a new set of advertisers to market on TV, and we hope that the regulations will soon allow this to be done at national level”.TDF says that its trials have shown the ability of the DTT platform to play a role as channel evolved their advertising businesses towards targeting on the model of the internet.Digital-terrestrial TV remains the primary distribution platform in France, used by 52.4% of main households and by 42% of main TVs in homes, according to the transmission services provider.France Télévisions has already experimented with targeted advertising to multiple devices via its France 3 channel serving the country’s regions, but this is the first time targeted advertising has been trialled on DTT and on channels other than France 3. read more
Billing and customer relationship management specialist Paywizard has teamed up with the University of Edinburgh to develop artificial intelligence capabilities within its next-generation subscriber intelligence platform.Bhavesh VaghelaThe partnership will lean on the EPCC data science unit at the University of Edinburgh. The partnership will see Paywizard work alongside the data science team at EPCC to develop advanced predictive models of consumer behaviour and automated processes and to develop Paywizard’s AI-driven capabilities.The initial project will see a team of data scientists working alongside Paywizard’s internal business intelligence team to deliver the new enhanced functionalities, with Paywizard looking to expand its internal team with University of Edinburgh graduates.Bhavesh Vaghela, Paywizard’s CEO, said: “There are many operators that are just at the beginning of their analytics journey. They understand that harnessing subscriber data can provide real valuable insight into their customers, but don’t have the expertise or the adequate infrastructure to deploy business models that can utilise this data effectively. Working with the talented and specialist data team at Edinburgh means we are able to develop our existing AI capabilities even further than ever before, and more importantly, means we can kick-start an operator’s approach to harnessing this customer data, allowing them to derive valuable and actionable insights from the get-go.”Rob Baxter, group manager at EPCC, said: “EPCC has a long history of working with companies to enable them to benefit from advances in digital technology. Through the practical application of data science, our collaboration with Paywizard will result in better services for its customers and so directly increase the company’s competitive edge.” read more
Half of British households could switch to faster broadband without paying more according to Ofcom, which announced a range of measures to help people get the best deal.Ofcom CEO Sharon WhiteThe communications regulator claimed that around four million households with “old-style, basic broadband” have passed their initial contract period and could switch to superfast for the same or less money than they currently pay.Ofcom is proposing that, from next year, broadband companies – as well as mobile, landline and pay TV providers – will have to tell customers about their best available deal, both when their deals are coming to an end and every year after that.It is also launching a review of broadband companies’ pricing practices – examining why some customers pay more than others and whether vulnerable customers need extra protections to ensure they get a good deal.Finally Ofcom today launched a new information campaign and website called Boost Your Broadband, which uses Ofcom data to tell people what broadband they can get in their area. The site also offers impartial advice on how to find the best deal.“We’re concerned that many loyal broadband customers aren’t getting the best deal they could,” said Ofcom CEO Sharon White. “We’re reviewing broadband pricing practices and ensuring customers get clear, accurate information from their provider about the best deals they offer.”Ofcom will consult on its plans for customer alerts until February 1. It then expects to publish a final decision “as soon as possible,” with new rules coming into force during the second half of next year. read more
This is sponsored content. The 5thedition of Esports BAR will take place in February in Cannes. Could you tell us about Esports BAR and its purpose?Esports BAR is part of Reed MIDEM’s portfolio. Reed MIDEM has specialised in organising B2B networking events in Real Estate, Retail, Music and Television for over 50 years. We have strong expertise in connecting people and helping them do business. We are relationship brokers.As esports is growing, with our solid knowledge of the entertainment industry launching esports events felt a necessary and natural step, especially in the B2B area where there was still a gap to be filled.In barely two years, the event has managed to grow substantially with shows in Cannes and Miami, dedicated to the US market, and a summit day in Seoul. The next edition will be the 5th and will take place in Cannes at the Palais des Festivals in February.Why is esports growing so fast as a B2B business? Why is it strategic for media and brands?Esports is becoming more and more in important in the B2B area with a growing number of non-traditional brands and media entering the game. We have now reached a turning point where esports is more than sports and plays a great role in entertainment. It is becoming a growing cultural phenomenon with a wider reach and opening up new possibilities.Due to this need and the close relationship between esports and entertainment, Esports BAR’s over-riding theme will, for this 5th edition, focus on how esports is the next stop for entertainment and on helping non-traditional brands and media platforms understand how to embrace this great opportunity.Esports BAR also organises The Game Shakers Awards. Why is it central to the event and the industry?The Game Shakers Awards celebrate successes in esports at all levels: media, brand, sports. As the industry is growing fast it felt natural to encourage those who are participating in its expansion and reward great initiatives. It is also a way to give more visibility to amazing projects in esports.The Esports Game Shakers Awards are very specific compared to other industry awards. It is a B2B competition with an international feel. During the last edition we had competitors from all around the globe – from Asia, Europe and America – as well as among the jury members. It is those international jury members comprising top esports executives who pick finalists and designate the personality of the Year with the Shaker of the Year Award.This year, this international scope is even bigger and its external reach will increase even more as Jean Alesi, the former F1 driver and founder of the eSports Academy, which is fostering fresh talent in the video game arena, will be the first ambassador of the Game Shakers.What could attendees expect for this new edition? What’s new?Our focus on media and brands is getting stronger. We truly believe that involving industry experts and esports leaders with media platforms and non-traditional brands has proven to be the right mix since the first edition. It is important to increase their involvement in esports, and this is why we are launching a new programme: the Hosted Brands Programme. It aims at providing non-traditional brands with the support they need within the esports sector and facilitating their collaboration with the entire community.Added to this, we continue to implement a packed schedule of mentoring: round table workshops with mentors, face-to-face sessions and informal meet-ups.Keynote speakers for the event have been announced and more are to come. How will these keynote speakers tackle Esports BAR’s main theme as you’ve just described it – esports: the future of entertainment?At the moment we have announced two keynotes: Ryan Wyatt, head of VR and Gaming at YouTube and Stefan Zant, Managing Director at ProSiebenSat.1. YouTube is key to esports and for the event as it is the largest gaming content platform in the world. Ryan Wyatt will discuss how he contributed to this growth and how YouTube is taking a major role in esports. Ryan’s presence as keynote at Esports BAR Cannes is really significant as he oversees both the gaming business and the virtual reality business. Stefan Zant will discuss media’s convergence with esports and why esports is a vital strategic objective for media networks.Ryan and Stefan will take the stage together with a long line-up of strategic leaders that will demonstrate how to develop new business models around the esports phenomenon.New announcements coming soon. read more