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Michigan State University Reaches $500 Million Settlement With Nassar Abuse Victims

By Amy Held
Former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar appears at a sentencing hearing on Feb. 5, in Charlotte, Mich. On Wednesday, MSU announced a $500 million settlement with hundreds of women and girls who say Nassar abused them.

The terms of the agreement call for the bulk of the money to be paid out to more than 300 women and girls, with some set aside in a trust for possible future claimants.

(Image credit: Rena Laverty/AFP/Getty Images)

  • May 16th 2018 at 18:55

Senate Set To Vote On Overturning FCC's Net Neutrality Repeal

By Bill Chappell
Senate Democrats say they have the votes to formally disapprove of FCC

The measure isn't likely to pass in the House. But after Sen. Susan Collins, R-Me., joined Democrats' attempt to preserve net neutrality, two other Republicans also voted to debate the resolution.

(Image credit: Kyle Grillot/Reuters)

  • May 16th 2018 at 17:48

Skokie, Ill., Has Great Bagels β€” And An Even Better Story Behind Them

By Amanda Leigh Lichtenstein
The bagels for sale at Skokie

When Jewish sisters were hunting for bagels to properly mourn their mother's passing, their hometown came through. The town has been a hub of Jewish soul food — and survival — since post-WWII.

(Image credit: Amanda Leigh Lichtenstein)

  • May 16th 2018 at 17:40

What Explains The Rising Overdose Rate Among Latinos?

By Martha Bebinger
From left to right: Felito Diaz, Julio Cesar Santiago, Richard Lopez and Irma Bermudez meet at Casa Esperanza, a treatment and transitional housing program in Roxbury, Mass.

Opioid addiction is often portrayed as a white problem, but overdose rates are now rising faster among Latinos and blacks. Cultural and linguistic barriers may put Latinos at greater risk.

(Image credit: Jesse Costa/WBUR)

  • May 16th 2018 at 16:53

East Coast collapse gives a boost to UK rail nationalisation

The failure of an important railway franchise shows Labour is winning the argument

  • May 16th 2018 at 16:51

Whistleblower: Cambridge Analytica Aimed To Trigger Paranoia And Racial Biases

By Laura Sydell
Christopher Wylie, former Cambridge Analytica employee, prepares to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

Cambridge Analytica used Facebook to find and target Americans to trigger paranoia and racial biases, Christopher Wylie, a former worker for the data analytics firm, told lawmakers on Wednesday.

(Image credit: Al Drago/Reuters)

  • May 16th 2018 at 16:50

UK East Coast rail line to be renationalised

LNER brand revived after failing franchise returns to state hands

  • May 16th 2018 at 18:01

IPTV aides Rostelecom growth

By Chris Dziadul

The Russian incumbent Rostelecom saw a 12% increase in its IPTV take-up in the year to March 31, ending the first quarter with a total of 5 million subscribers.

Its pay-TV services as a whole had 9.9 million customers, a 5% increase on the same period last year.

Rostelecom’s MVNO offer enjoyed even more impressive growth, with the number of subscribers in Q1 amounting to 10.9 million, up 292% year-on-year.

However, broadband take-up was up by a more modest 2%, to 12.7 million.

At the same time, the B2C broadband subscribers base also grew by 2% to 12 million, and the number of subscribers connected by fibre-optic increased by 7% year-on-year to 7.8 million, or 65% of the subscribers base.

Rostelecom had revenues of R76,203 million (€1,031 million) in Q1, up 8% on a year earlier. OIBDA was R23,194 million (+0.1%) and net income R3,864 million (+15%).

Insight TV appoints Gavin Ho as Technical Director

By Robert Briel

Insight TV has appointedGavin Ho as Technical Director, effective immediately.

Based at the channel’s Dutch headquarters, Ho will manage Insight TV’s technical direction and make sure its approaches are in line with the latest industry developments.

Ho brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Insight TV, with stellar problem solving, analytical skills, and a detail-oriented approach. He joins the company from the New Zealand-based M?ori Television, where he served as Technology Manager overseeing the company’s successful implementation of technologies and service business needs.

“We’re excited to welcome Gavin to our creative and forward-thinking team. He brings incredible technical acumen to his position, including more than 10 years of overseeing broadcast and IT infrastructures. With such an impressive background, we know he’ll be an incredible asset to our business enabling us to continue to deliver the high level of unique, UHD programming that our customers expect,” said Rian Bester, CEO at Insight TV.

Ho commented, “With the explosive growth of the 4K sector in the past few years, this is an exciting time for me to join Insight TV, which is a company with a broad vision and a strong portfolio. My goal is to ensure that Insight TV continues with its successful roadmap in delivering exciting UHD content in a seamless and technically flawless way.”

Heinz-Peter Labonte stays FRK chairman

By JΓΆrn Krieger

The board members of German cable operator association FRK have confirmed Heinz-Peter Labonte as the chairman at this year’s general meeting in Königswinter.

Ralph Buder (managing director of Info-Kabel, Bischofswerda), Daniel Niebuhr (managing director of KNM Kabelnetmanager, Lauchhammer) and Rico Gerhardt (mayor of the town Oberschöna which operates its own cable system) were newly elected to the board.

FRK elects its board every two years. The members also thanked Frank Mietho (Mietho & Bär) for his more than 20 years of work as the association’s deputy chairman. Bernd Nitzschner, long-time member of the board of directors, managing director and shareholder of LKG and other companies of the Lausitzer Mediengruppe in Lauchhammer, was elected as the new deputy chairman.

Reinhardt Plückhahn (aep Plückhahn Service) and the treasurer Franz Ziener (RFD) were confirmed as deputy chairmen. Wolfgang Lenk was confirmed as assessor.

“With these elections, FRK has initiated a clear generation change in order to tackle the challenges in the market even better with new minds and ideas and to lead our association into a secure future,” said Labonte.

Heinz-Peter Labonte stays FRK chairman

By JΓΆrn Krieger

The board members of German cable operator association FRK have confirmed Heinz-Peter Labonte as the chairman at this year’s general meeting in Königswinter.

Ralph Buder (managing director of Info-Kabel, Bischofswerda), Daniel Niebuhr (managing director of KNM Kabelnetmanager, Lauchhammer) and Rico Gerhardt (mayor of the town Oberschöna which operates its own cable system) were newly elected to the board.

FRK elects its board every two years. The members also thanked Frank Mietho (Mietho & Bär) for his more than 20 years of work as the association’s deputy chairman. Bernd Nitzschner, long-time member of the board of directors, managing director and shareholder of LKG and other companies of the Lausitzer Mediengruppe in Lauchhammer, was elected as the new deputy chairman.

Reinhardt Plückhahn (aep Plückhahn Service) and the treasurer Franz Ziener (RFD) were confirmed as deputy chairmen. Wolfgang Lenk was confirmed as assessor.

“With these elections, FRK has initiated a clear generation change in order to tackle the challenges in the market even better with new minds and ideas and to lead our association into a secure future,” said Labonte.

Digi profits and share price fall

By Chris Dziadul

Romania’s Digi Communications has posted a net profit of RON68 million (€14.8 million) for the first quarter, or 6.5% less than in the corresponding period last year.

At the same time, reports ZF, its revenues rose by 2.7% to RON1 billion.

ZF notes that Digi began trading on the Bucharest Stock Exchange exactly a year ago, with a record listing of RON940 million for a private company. However, since then the value of its shares has fallen by 18% and the company’s capitalisation reduced by RON800 million.

Digi (RCS&RDS) is the leading pay-TV operator in Romania and also has a strong presence in neighbouring Hungary.

In addition, it provides services in Spain.

David Price Says Fortnite Not To Blame For Carpal Tunnel

Boston Red Sox player David Price developed carpal tunnel syndrome. He plays a lot of the video game Fortnite. He says the game is not the cause — but says he'll cut back on gaming at ballgames.

  • May 16th 2018 at 11:15

Blimps Full Of Money And 30 Other Sports Hypotheticals In 'Upon Further Review'

By Rachel Martin
Jesse Owens crosses the line to win the 100-meter dash, one of four gold medals he won at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany. The new book Upon Further Review imagines 31 counterfactual scenarios in sport, including the possibility of the United States boycotting the 1936 games.

Mike Pesca's new book imagines 31 counterfactual "what ifs" in sports, from home runs taken off the board to a boycott of the 1936 Olympics in Hitler's Germany.

(Image credit: Keystone/Getty Images)

  • May 16th 2018 at 11:07

News Brief: North Korea Summit In Doubt, Primary Results, Net Neutrality

By Elise Hu

North Korea has threatened to cancel a planned summit with President Trump and Kim Jong Un. Also, we look at what Tuesday's congressional primaries mean for elections in November.

  • May 16th 2018 at 11:07

Senate Votes On Net Neutrality

By Alina Selyukh

Democrats in the Senate are staging an insurgent vote to stop the repeal of net neutrality from going into effect in June. The measure faces long odds in the House.

  • May 16th 2018 at 11:07

More channels for Estonian HbbTV

By Chris Dziadul

Levira’s HbbTV service hübriidTV (‘hybridTV’) has added two new Estonian channels to its line-up.

Eesti Kanal offers commentaries and documentaries, while Eesti Kanal+ shows a wide range of domestic TV and entertainment programmes and is commercial-free.

HybridTV can already be used to watch a number of channels including ETV, ETV2, ETV+, Tallinna TV, Kanal2, TV3, TV6 and TV3+. Additional channels available through the service include DelfiTV, MyHits and Alo-TV.

HybridTV can be accessed on via terrestrial antennas, smart TVs with an activated HbbTV function and over the internet.

Com Hem launches digital platform for MDUs

By Julian Clover

Landlords and tenants in multi-dwelling units (MDUs) will be able to take advantage of Com Hem’s new user friendly app.

The digital platform has been designed to allow shared resources within a property to be booked or to exchange information with neighbours. Landlords can have increased digital control over the property, keeping administrative and maintenance costs down.

“At Com Hem, we are developing services aimed at providing people with the right conditions for getting as much as possible out of their digital lives. The digitalisation has meant that both the business sector and landlords now have to enhance the efficiency of their operations in order to keep up. We believe the need for a digital platform is greater than ever. That is why we are launching Com Hem Smart, which I am convinced will simplify daily life for both landlords and residents,” says Lars Ljunggren, head of Product Landlord at Com Hem.

Landlords sign an agreement for the app and are then given a login to share with the tenants. The app can then be used at no extra cost.

No nerve agents but maybe chlorine used in Douma: watchdog

The world's chemical arms watchdog said Friday it had found no evidence of nerve gas after an attack on the Syrian town of Douma, but chlorine may have been used.A team of inspectors from the Organisation...

  • July 6th 2018 at 02:00
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