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It’s Eastertime, and the Duck Rescuers Are Ready

By LISA M. COLLINS

Mandarin duck mania has inspired talk of a new feeding ban, in all parks, of all animals. This has stressed out those who rescue abandoned ducks, the number of which increases after Easter.

Merger Talks of Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank Roil Emotions

By JACK EWING and MELISSA EDDY

A proposed deal is meeting resistance from labor, regulators and some shareholders. But there is also political momentum in Germany for a tie-up.

New U.S. Sanctions on Venezuela Aim to Choke Off Government’s Finances

By CLIFFORD KRAUSS

The Trump administration cut off the central bank’s access to United States currency and limited its ability to conduct international financial transactions.

New DTT tender in Ukraine

By Chris Dziadul

The Ukrainian regulator National Council is organising a tender for two FTA channels on the DVB-T2 (MPEG-4) network in Odessa.

In a release, it says that an announcement about the tender has appeared in the newspaper Voice of Ukraine, adding that the channels in question will occupy the 11th and 12th positions of 27 digital TV channels.

On air for 24 hours daily, they will be required to offer local and regional content.

Participants in the tender have been requested to submit their applications between May 17 and June 18.

Results of the competition will be announced on August 16.

New DTT tender in Ukraine

By Chris Dziadul

The Ukrainian regulator National Council is organising a tender for two FTA channels on the DVB-T2 (MPEG-4) network in Odessa.

In a release, it says that an announcement about the tender has appeared in the newspaper Voice of Ukraine, adding that the channels in question will occupy the 11th and 12th positions of 27 digital TV channels.

On air for 24 hours daily, they will be required to offer local and regional content.

Participants in the tender have been requested to submit their applications between May 17 and June 18.

Results of the competition will be announced on August 16.

Russian channels launch in Luxembourg

By Chris Dziadul

Post Luxembourg has added five Russian channels to its IPTV offer PostTV.

Customers can add the channels – RTR Planeta, TV1000, Channel One Russia Worldwide, Carousel Int and Ren TV – to their ‘Entertain Me’ package, which they can customise and terminate their subscription on a monthly basis.

Commenting on the development, Guillaume Wilke, product manager at Post, said: “The launch of Russian channels is a continuation of our Entertain Me product strategy: being able to offer a TV product that meets everyone’s needs in a multicultural environment.”

Russian channels launch in Luxembourg

By Chris Dziadul

Post Luxembourg has added five Russian channels to its IPTV offer PostTV.

Customers can add the channels – RTR Planeta, TV1000, Channel One Russia Worldwide, Carousel Int and Ren TV – to their ‘Entertain Me’ package, which they can customise and terminate their subscription on a monthly basis.

Commenting on the development, Guillaume Wilke, product manager at Post, said: “The launch of Russian channels is a continuation of our Entertain Me product strategy: being able to offer a TV product that meets everyone’s needs in a multicultural environment.”

Russian channels launch in Luxembourg

By Chris Dziadul

Post Luxembourg has added five Russian channels to its IPTV offer PostTV.

Customers can add the channels – RTR Planeta, TV1000, Channel One Russia Worldwide, Carousel Int and Ren TV – to their ‘Entertain Me’ package, which they can customise and terminate their subscription on a monthly basis.

Commenting on the development, Guillaume Wilke, product manager at Post, said: “The launch of Russian channels is a continuation of our Entertain Me product strategy: being able to offer a TV product that meets everyone’s needs in a multicultural environment.”

Trump reverses slew of Obama-era Cuba policies in new crackdown

By Andrew O'Reilly

The Trump administration on Wednesday rescinded several Obama-era policies toward Cuba, while imposing tough sanctions against Venezuela and Nicaragua – as part of a new crackdown on what National Security Adviser John Bolton dubbed the “three stooges of socialism."

Trump reverses slew of Obama-era Cuba policies in new crackdown

By Andrew O'Reilly

The Trump administration on Wednesday rescinded several Obama-era policies toward Cuba, while imposing tough sanctions against Venezuela and Nicaragua – as part of a new crackdown on what National Security Adviser John Bolton dubbed the “three stooges of socialism."

Feature: Is Prison Necessary? Ruth Wilson Gilmore Might Change Your Mind

By RACHEL KUSHNER

In three decades of advocating for prison abolition, the activist and scholar has helped transform how people think about criminal justice.

Thousands more Central American migrants approach U.S.-Mexico border

By Elizabeth Llorente

Thousands of migrants are heading toward the U.S.-Mexican border, hoping to gain permanent residency here even as the Trump administration tightens rules on detention and obtaining political asylum.

Thousands more Central American migrants approach U.S.-Mexico border

By Elizabeth Llorente

Thousands of migrants are heading toward the U.S.-Mexican border, hoping to gain permanent residency here even as the Trump administration tightens rules on detention and obtaining political asylum.

New mobile TV service for Kosovo

By Chris Dziadul

The Kosovan incumbent telco PT Kosovo (PTK) has launched a mobile TV service.

It employs the Vala TV brand, which has until now been used solely for the company’s multicast IPTV service.

Technology for the service is being provided by Antik Technology though its Albanian distributor Advantech and consists of the headend part – HW HEVC transcoders, CDN streaming platform for live and catch-up, MaXIM provisioning system and apps for Android and iOS.

In due course the project will be expanded to large screens via STBs and TV apps.

This is Antik’s second project in the Balkan region, with the company having already deployed a mobile TV platform for the Albanian public broadcaster RTSH.

New mobile TV service for Kosovo

By Chris Dziadul

The Kosovan incumbent telco PT Kosovo (PTK) has launched a mobile TV service.

It employs the Vala TV brand, which has until now been used solely for the company’s multicast IPTV service.

Technology for the service is being provided by Antik Technology though its Albanian distributor Advantech and consists of the headend part – HW HEVC transcoders, CDN streaming platform for live and catch-up, MaXIM provisioning system and apps for Android and iOS.

In due course the project will be expanded to large screens via STBs and TV apps.

This is Antik’s second project in the Balkan region, with the company having already deployed a mobile TV platform for the Albanian public broadcaster RTSH.

Telekom Slovenije head Rudolf Skobe resigns

By Chris Dziadul

Rudolf Skobe, the president of the management board at Telekom Slovenije, has handed in his resignation.

According to Delo, his position will be taken over by Tomaz Seljak, the current VP of the management board, until a successor is found.

Quoting Skobe, it adds that after 23 years of working in the Telekom Slovenije Group and more than six and a half years in the position of president he felt he no longer had the complete trust among all key stakeholders in the company.

There had been speculation about Skobe’s future for several weeks following the disclosure of a forensic review that uncovered losses of several million euros at Telekom Slovenije.

Telekom Slovenije head Rudolf Skobe resigns

By Chris Dziadul

Rudolf Skobe, the president of the management board at Telekom Slovenije, has handed in his resignation.

According to Delo, his position will be taken over by Tomaz Seljak, the current VP of the management board, until a successor is found.

Quoting Skobe, it adds that after 23 years of working in the Telekom Slovenije Group and more than six and a half years in the position of president he felt he no longer had the complete trust among all key stakeholders in the company.

There had been speculation about Skobe’s future for several weeks following the disclosure of a forensic review that uncovered losses of several million euros at Telekom Slovenije.

Telekom Slovenije head Rudolf Skobe resigns

By Chris Dziadul

Rudolf Skobe, the president of the management board at Telekom Slovenije, has handed in his resignation.

According to Delo, his position will be taken over by Tomaz Seljak, the current VP of the management board, until a successor is found.

Quoting Skobe, it adds that after 23 years of working in the Telekom Slovenije Group and more than six and a half years in the position of president he felt he no longer had the complete trust among all key stakeholders in the company.

There had been speculation about Skobe’s future for several weeks following the disclosure of a forensic review that uncovered losses of several million euros at Telekom Slovenije.

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