Millions of people in Assam on Sunday lived through the “the stroke of midnight”, to use Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s immortal words, as the Assam government published the first draft of an updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) of the State. While the document is meant to establish the credentials of a bona fide citizen, there are several questions surrounding the NRC. Here is a brief list of FAQs on the NRC.Why was it necessary to bring out an NRC in Assam?The NRC is being updated in Assam to detect Bangladeshi nationals, who may have illegally entered the State after the midnight of March 24, 1971, the cut-off date. This date was originally agreed to in the 1985 Assam Accord, signed between the then Rajiv Gandhi government and the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU).However, successive State governments failed to achieve much progress in detecting and deporting foreigners as set out in the Assam Accord. In 2005, another agreement was signed between the Centre, the then Tarun Gogoi government in Assam and the AASU where it was decided to update the NRC that was first published after the Census data of 1951 in post-Partition India.Though the Gogoi government had started the NRC update as a pilot project in some districts, it was stopped after violence broke out in some parts of the State.In July 2009, Assam Public Works (APW), an NGO, petitioned the Supreme Court for identification of Bangladeshi foreigners in the State and deletion of their names from the voters’ list.What will happen to those persons who don’t find their names in the draft register published on Monday?The list published on Monday is the first draft of the updated NRC. Another list is expected by February-end or early March, with more names and details.However, if a citizen’s name is missing, he or she can file an objection and request that the name be included after submitting the requisite documents to the NRC centre or online on the website www.nrcassam. nic.inIs there a possibility of violence in the State if a large number of people don’t find their names in the register?The Assam government did fear violence and hence requisitioned over 20,000 paramilitary personnel and requested the Army to be on standby to deal with any law-and-order issue.However, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said people, irrespective of their caste or religion, had taken part in the process and expressed confidence that the NRC update will not result in violence.The security challenge, however, will emerge only when the process of updating the NRC gets completed and a large number of people are left out.Is the NRC a court-mandated exercise?Yes, the publication of the first draft of the NRC by December 31, 2017 was ordered by the Supreme Court.The top court has been hearing this case since July 2009 when Assam Public Works moved court to intervene in detecting and deporting Bangladeshis.Should persons of Assam living in other parts of the country also have their names in the register?NRC is a process by which a bona fide Indian citizen can be distinguished from a foreigner.If a person from Assam is living or working in another part of the country, it is advisable to get oneself registered and establish one’s legacy as an “inhabitant” of Assam.
Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard, foreground, reaches for the ball in front of Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, California—Kyle Lowry has 15 points, Pascal Siakam has 14 and the Toronto Raptors lead the Golden State Warriors 60-52 at halftime of Game 3 of the NBA Finals.All five Raptors starters have at least eight points.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View comments LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Leonard is playing at Oracle for the first time since the game in May 2017 when Zaza Pachulia closed out on him, got a foot in his landing space and caused Leonard to turn his ankle.That knocked him out of that season’s West finals with San Antonio, and the Warriors went on to win the NBA title.Wednesday night’s winner will take a 2-1 lead in the title series.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Only one Warriors starter has scored that many. That would be Stephen Curry, who leads everybody with 25 points. That ties his playoff career first-half high, and is the most he’s ever had in a single half of a finals game.The Raptors led by as many as 14. Lowry has three fouls, picking up his third with a half-minute remaining in the half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsKlay Thompson is out, and Kevin Durant is missing yet again for Golden State. Stephen Curry has more than tried to pick up the scoring slack, and he has 17 points on 6 for 11 shooting so far. The 11 shots are the most he’s ever taken in a single quarter of a finals game.With Thompson sidelined with a strained hamstring, the Warriors used their 10th different starting lineup of the playoffs. That’s the most that any team has ever used in a single postseason, at least since such things started being tracked in 1971. Full strength Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too
Director of football Joaquin Caparros concedes that Sevilla are not optimistic over signing Alvaro Morata from Chelsea, despite the player himself being interested in making the moveSince arriving at Chelsea in July 2017 for a club-record deal of £60m from Real Madrid, Morata has been frequently linked with an exit from Stamford Bridge.The Spanish striker has only scored 16 goals in 47 Premier League games for the Blues and his struggles up front, along with fellow Olivier Giroud, has forced coach Maurizio Sarri to deploy Eden Hazard in a “false nine” role.Reports emerged in Spain this week claiming that Morata’s agent, Juanma Lopez, arrived at Sevilla on Monday to begin talks over a six-month loan deal.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.But Caparros admits that Chelsea’s tough stance in negotiations makes a deal for Morata unlikely.“It is true that we have an interest in this player [Morata], but it is a very, very complicated operation,” Caparros told SevillaTV.“The player may want to come here over other options, but it is very complicated. Chelsea are a club who are very difficult to negotiate [with].”However, Caparros was able to provide Sevilla fans with more positive news by expressing his confidence in reaching a deal for Barcelona forward Munir El Haddadi.
Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter July 13, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Officers found a man fatally wounded inside a vehicle in the Bay Terraces community of San Diego, a police lieutenant said today.Officers discovered the vehicle off the road with no other vehicles around and it did not appear to have been involved in a traffic crash, San Diego Police Lt. Paul Conley said.Officers dispatched to the location a little before midnight in the 7000 block of Paradise Valley Road walked up to the vehicle and discovered a man behind the wheel suffering from a gunshot to the upper body, Conley said.Paramedics rushed the man to an area hospital, where he died from his injuries, he said.The San Diego Police Department’s Homicide Unit asked anyone with information regarding the shooting to call them at 619-531-2293. San Diego Police find a man fatally wounded inside vehicle KUSI Newsroom Posted: July 13, 2019
The photo was pulled from Pinterest, where Gagnier says it’s normally easy to find an image source. However, in this case, Lonny gave credit to the network itself. Gagnier says she would adjust the credit if anyone let her know who took the picture. “Our followers seem to respond well to dramatic lifestyle and landscape images, and this photo with all of the flowers in bloom really stuck out to me,” says Briana Gagnier, photo editor at Lonny, which launched in 2009 and is published by Livingly Media. “I think this post was successful because it’s eye-catching and shareable. If you see something that makes you say, ‘wow,’ you’re going to want to share that with someone,” Gagnier says. “And high shareability leads to more engagement and impressions.” Number of likes: 6,903 // Number of comments: 96 // Impressions: 80,800 Perhaps that’s why this post of the flowery Churchill Arms Pub and Restaurant in London saw more than double the brand’s the normal engagement, making it the most-liked Instagram post by Lonny, yet. Magazine: Lonny // Instagram: @lonnymag // Social Editor: Briana Gagnier // Photo Credit: Unknown/Pinterest Pro Tip: Source from Pinterest and other social networks to add some diversity to your magazine’s aesthetic — but always give credit where credit is due. Most of Lonny’s Instagram posts are of fresh and contemporary interior designs, giving followers a taste of how rugs and pillows can come together to transform a room into a piece of art. But every once in a while, the California-based digital design magazine — “Your go-to resource for accessible design inspiration” — posts something more inspirational than accessible.
Dear Editor,The upcoming selectman’s election on Saturday April 27th may be the most critical election in the history of our town. With 3 seats on the line the outcome of this election will determine the future direction of Wilmington. The choice is simple. If you like the direction the town is heading then vote for the incumbents. That will perpetuate the status quo. If you are dissatisfied with the direction the town has taken, meaningful change must begin with a change in leadership.After considering the track records and qualifications of all of the contenders, I enthusiastically support the candidacies of Suzanne Sullivan and Rob Fasulo. While both of these people are quite different in some respects. However, their track records demonstrate courage and integrity. They are involved in local government and can be seen at the various town board meetings year round. Both Suzanne and Rob have walked-the-walk as citizen activists and fierce defenders of the wellbeing of the residents of Wilmington. These 2 candidates see the critical importance of our town needing to adopt a policy of responsible growth.Suzanne Sullivan has a wealth of experience and a record of solid leadership in the town of Wilmington. She was a member of the Wilmington Board of Selectmen and knows the workings of government inside and out. Her efforts to help the residents of Wilmington include volunteering to serve on multiple town committees, citizen neighborhood groups, charitable causes and as a youth soccer coach. Last but not least, Suzan is an environmentalist and passionate protector of Mother Nature. She put the spotlight on the Olin Chemical spill. While many in Wilmington believe that crisis is over and done, Suzanne knows the problem is worsening every day. She does her level-best to keep this catastrophe on the front-burner and on the minds of residents, elected and appointed officials.Rob Fasulo is a family man and lifelong resident of Wilmington. As such he deeply cares for his home town and its future. Like Suzanne, Rob is an environmental advocate. As a beekeeper he is well aware of the delicate balance of nature and the fragility of the environment. He is a fiscal conservative. In my opinion this is a great attribute. Rob will provide a much needed balance to the board with his conservative views. Doubtless this will provoke many spirited discussions on taxation and spending ensuring a well thought-out decision making process.In closing I respectfully ask you to consider casting your votes for Rob Fasulo and Suzanne Sullivan on Saturday April 27th.Sincerely,Gerry BrunoLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: It’s Time For A Change In Wilmington Government — Vote For Fasulo & SullivanIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Resident, Concerned Over Taxes & Town Debt, Is Voting For Fasulo & SullivanIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Fasulo Will Give Residents A Voice On The Board Of SelectmenIn “Letter To The Editor”
Share your voice Post a comment 2019 Acura NSX review: Hitting its stride 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tags 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous By now, with electric cars having fully and thoroughly entered the mainstream, the formula for how they’re made is pretty well established. You have one or two motors driving the wheels via traditional axles, a single-speed transmission and a big battery pack mounted as low as you can get it.That formula is established because it works pretty well, and it’s easy for automakers that have traditionally made internal combustion-powered cars to adapt to. But what if there were a different way to do it? Israeli EV startup Ree thinks it’s found one.Ree announced its new tech on Tuesday, and based on what we’re seeing so far, it could actually work. So what’s different about Ree and its design? To start, the drive components for the EV are contained wholly inside the wheels. This means that there is no bulky drive unit sitting between the front or rear wheels.That gives the advantage of having a completely flat floor for more passenger and cargo space in a given application. Having individual motors in each wheel also opens the door for really advanced torque vectoring, which would — in theory, at least — improve both safety and handling.Ree’s idea to put all the drive components inside the wheel isn’t necessarily a new idea, but it’s going further by including not only the motor inside the wheel but the steering, suspension, drivetrain, sensing, brakes, thermal systems and electronic components as well.Details on the actual designs are a little thin on the ground, but the suspension aspect can be fleshed out a little by looking at the company founder’s other project, Softwheel. Softwheel is designed for use on wheelchairs and bicycles and eschews traditional hard-mounted spokes for three gas struts mounted to the rim and the wheel hub.From there, you can infer some possible solutions where packaging is concerned. The motor could replace the traditional hub of an undriven wheel; the electronics and thermal management aspects would likely also be attached to the motor. Steering would be fairly conventional; we’d imagine with linkages, etc.Ree is really championing the scalable, modular nature of its technology. Since the architecture of a vehicle would be significantly simplified by having all of its drive and suspension systems inside its wheels, along with a flat floor that is made up of a structural battery pack, you could conceivably whack any body you like on top of it, depending on your need.We’ll be super interested to see if Ree can get any real traction with its designs, because it’s a fresh new way of looking at EVs and we kinda dig it. 4:33 Rinspeed Snap is a modular driverless pod and chassis concept More From Roadshow 25 Photos 0 See what your new electric car needs to break it in right Now playing: Watch this: Electric Cars Concept Cars Auto Tech
THE VILLAIN-NBK @JhonnyOpines The right for PK to become a CM is almost nil… And…… then this Joker Nagababu is joining the party after talking pages about family politics Downgraded Leaders….Actor Nagababu joined JanaSena Party.Full album : https://t.co/1x28I6p4D0 pic.twitter.com/g6VeDXvl9Y— JanaSena Party (@JanaSenaParty) March 20, 2019 Nagababu joins Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena PartyTwitterMegastar Chiranjeevi’s brother Nagababu aka Nagendra Babu has joined power star Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena Party (JSP) and will contest from Narasapuram constituency in Andhra Pradesh.Pawan Kalyan has been touring Andhra Pradesh for some time now and has single-handedly brought the Jana Sena Party to power in the state. Though there was a lot of criticism, he has received little support from his mega family. His brother Nagababu came in for his support and slammed people, including Balakrishna, for mocking him on various occasion.Now, Nagababu has gone a step ahead and decided to plunge into active politics. The actor has joined Jana Sena Party and Pawan Kalyan has announced to field him as a candidate for the Narasapuram constituency. Suresh Kondi, a publicist of Telugu films, tweeted a photo and wrote, “Actor #Nagababu joins #JanaSena in the presence of #PawanKalyan. He will contest for #Narasapuram MP. #JanasenaParty #Elections2019″Many supporters of Jana Sena Party are happy with Nagababu’s decision and his presence will make a huge difference for the party. A follower named Venkey (@ursvenkey) tweeted, “Good Move #Nagababu Anna.. This will definitely helps for @JanaSenaParty”Shiva Prasad (@shivaravuri5) tweeted, “If chanchalgooda prisioner turned into the opposition leader what’s wrong with #Nagababu sir ….!unlike jail Anna…he is lawyer and represents state interest in parliament with sound #JanasenaRevolution2019 @Pawankalyan #Janasena @TrendPSPK”But some people are not happy with Nagababu, who was one of the people, who opposed dynastic politics. They took to Twitter to mock the Jabardasth judge. Here are couple of comments.Somesh @urs_somesh Perfect planning from mega family one after another.. now what you say about family politics..first cheated with prajarajyam now with @JanaSenaParty @PawanKalyan #Nagababu now the janasainiks are became fools.. Mata medha nilabadatam kastam veellu
There has been a growing concern over the duration of the IPL matches and how teams are overshooting the time limit without any checks. Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane have already been docked Rs 12 lakh for the infringements, but the matches keep going on even after the stipulated time limit.Speaking on the issue, SunRisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody has suggested that deductions be made from the net run rate of a team if their over rate is slow as only this will force captains to be sharper. Moody also believes that fines and deductions might not be the solution for teams as clearly, IPL captains do not seem to be bothered. Warner and BairstowIPL InstagramFormer England captain Michael Vaughan took to Twitter after the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals and said that the duration of the match should not be acceptable. T20 is a great product .. but games are now taking over 4 hrs .. Too long IMO .. The super over in Delhi took 30 mins !!!!! The 100 might just be the answer you never know …. #OnOn #IPL— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) April 3, 2019Responding to this particular Tweet, Moody said that fines and penalties are not helping the cause and that net run rate of the infringing team should be impacted. This practice has been started in the Caribbean Premier League and has helped increase the pace of the game.Kaif speaks about the issue Delhi CapitalsBCCI/IPLDelhi Capitals fielding coach Mohammed Kaif has raised the issue of franchises like KKR and KXIP subbing slower fielders with fast men during matches in order to improve their over rate and also increase the pace of the game. “We saw in the last game against KXIP also, Punjab doing the same thing- Sarfraz Khan did not come out to field the entire game. We thought the ball hit his gloves and then it was told its an injury. I do not know where he was injured, the umpires would know that. But this is a new method being used by teams. Teams are being smart and making this sort of changes which is not right, according to me,” Kaif said.Kaif also said that T20 was meant to be fast-paced and that too many meetings lead to wasting a lot of time and it also muddles with the mind of the players.”There are long meetings before the game and then, time is wasted on strategising field positions. This, in turn, confuses players and bowlers. It is better to leave them with a clear mind. Suddenly you can’t have ten people advising the player,” he explained.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Reuters File photoThe White House said on Monday it appears the Syrian government is preparing for another chemical weapons attack and it warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad he and his military would “pay a heavy price” if it conducts such an attack.The White House statement said preparations by Syria were similar to those undertaken before an April 4 chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians and prompted President Donald Trump to order a cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base.Trump ordered the strike on the Shayrat airfield in Syria in April in reaction to what Washington said was a poison gas attack by Assad’s government that killed at least 70 people in rebel-held territory. Syria denied it carried out the attack.The strike was the toughest direct US action yet in Syria’s six-year-old civil war, raising the risk of confrontation with Russia and Iran, Assad’s two main military backers.US officials at the time called the intervention a “one-off” intended to deter future chemical weapons attacks and not an expansion of the US role in the Syrian war.The United States has taken a series of actions over the past three months demonstrating its willingness to carry out strikes, mostly in self-defense, against Syrian government forces and their backers, including Iran.The United States ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Twitter: “Any further attacks done to the people of Syria will be blamed on Assad, but also on Russia and Iran who support him killing his own people.”Since the April military strike, Washington has repeatedly struck Iranian-backed militia and even shot down a drone threatening US-led coalition forces. The US military also shot down a Syrian jet earlier this month.Trump has also ordered stepped-up military operations against the Islamic State militant group and delegated more authority to his generals.
If you’re a woman of a certain age living in the District and receiving Medicaid benefits, don’t be surprised if AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia reminds you that it’s time for a mammogram.AmeriHealth, one of four Medicaid-managed care organizations, is ratcheting up its efforts to ensure all women due — or overdue — for a mammogram undergo breast-cancer screenings, Keith Maccannon, director of marketing, community relations and outreach for AmeriHealth Caritas in the District, told the AFRO.Victorianne Russell Walton is a breast cancer survivor and founder of It’s in the Genes. (Courtesy photo)One of the ways AmeriHealth reaches out to those women is by partnering with It’s In the Genes, a nonprofit, breast-cancer advocacy group based in Southwest D.C., to hold “PINKIE” parties at all of the major hospitals in the District and surrounding areas. PINKIE stands for “Purposely Involved N Keeping Individuals Educated.” At the events women chat with breast cancer survivors and get mammograms in a fun, festive environment complete with spa services, a deejay, swag bags and more.“Even though they know they’re due for a mammogram, they may need a little extra support to go out and get that done,” Maccannon said of women.Typically, between 25 and 35 women at the parties get mammograms on the spot, Maccannon said. If the women don’t want them done at the parties, they can sign up to get one at another time for free or at a reduced price. According to costhelper.com, a privately-held Internet startup located in Silicon Valley that provides consumer information about thousands of goods and services, the average cost of a mammogram is about $102. As part of its ongoing outreach, AmeriHealth plans to hold more “PINKIE” parties this year. AmeriHealth is focused on getting women aged 40 and above in for mammograms. Women between ages 50 and 54 are supposed to get mammograms annually, while women 55 and above should have them every two years, MacCannon said. “Our goal as a managed care organization is to make sure that all of the members enrolled in our plan get those screenings and those healthcare exams that they are supposed to get according to their age and gender,” Maccannon said.Mammograms, which allow doctors to help see when there’s a change in the breast can be a powerful tool in the fight against breast cancer. Besides the PINKIE parties, AmeriHealth also gets the word out about mammograms by way of phone calls, targeted mailings, automated phone reminders, text messages, the George Washington University Mobile Mammography Van, and sponsorships from local groups that emphasize the importance of mammograms.In 2016, AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia had roughly 4,047 members meeting the criteria for a breast cancer screening exam, MacCannon said. Of those members, AmeriHealth’s outreach efforts led to nearly 63 percent of them getting the exam in 2017, he said. The District appears to be ground zero for breast cancer. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the District has the eighth highest mortality rate from breast cancer in the U.S. Nationwide, Black women are also most likely to die from the disease than any other group, statistics show. Victorianne Russell Walton, 52, founder of It’s in the Genes, is a breast cancer survivor who had health insurance at the time of her 2007 diagnosis. She alleges that in her case, her doctor was at fault for misdiagnosing her four times. “If you can’t trust your doctor and if your doctor of years is misdiagnosing you, who can you trust?” Walton asked.She was convinced she had breast cancer because it ran in her family, so she kept persisting. “They didn’t analyze the tumor, they were analyzing fatty tissue,” Walton said. “Each time they said, ‘It’s benign.’ I said, ‘No, it’s not.’”She was up against a doctor who initially thought her health problems had to do with her being an overweight Black woman who ate a lot of salt. Walton said she cut back her salt intake years before. She declined to name the doctor, citing ongoing litigation. “We have these stereotypes against us before we even walk in the room. I think it’s a form of same old, same old,” she said.By the time Walton was finally diagnosed in May 2007, she had a 50 percent chance of living. Today, she encourages women to be just as pushy as she was with her doctor. They should also take the initiative and get their scheduled mammograms“Superman is not coming; Superwoman is not coming,” Walton said.
A one-on-one math tutoring programme can relieve anxiety about doing math problems in your kids, says a study by Indian-origin researchers.“The most exciting aspect of our findings is that cognitive tutoring not only improves
Legislator: Schools shouldn’t have to choose between safety and funding State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, is working on a policy fix for the current snow day issue affecting schools across Michigan.Current law requires schools to hold 180 school days and 1,098 classroom hours each year to receive state funding. Hoitenga’s proposal would allow schools to choose between the two, rather than mandating they meet both requirements.“This gives school districts more autonomy in dealing with harsh winters like we’ve faced this year,” Hoitenga said. “Schools should never be put in a situation where they must sacrifice the safety of their students to ensure funding from the state.”The representative spoke with superintendents throughout the district to weigh every option; this plan being one of them.Hoitenga said she would like to see a change like this be retroactive to ensure schools maintain current funding for the 2018-19 school year.Questions about this issue may be addressed to Hoitenga’s Capitol office at (517) 373-1747 or MicheleHoitenga@House.MI.gov. 13Feb Rep. Hoitenga working on school snow day issue Categories: Hoitenga News
Lovefilm has inked a streaming deal with LG that will see its service launched on the TV manufacturer’s connected TVs. An app from Amazon-owned streaming and delivery service Lovefilm will be added to LG’s smart TV platform, allowing customers to order TV series and movies via the remote control and watch them immediately. Simon Calver, CEO of Amazon’s Lovefilm, said: “With this latest platform launch we are strengthening our penetration into the living rooms of UK consumers, bringing instant entertainment to more homes than ever before.”The Lovefilm service is already available on Sony and Samsung connected TVs. Rival service Netflix is available on Samsung connected TVs in the UK.Earlier this week, Lovefilm has inked a deal with Disney for ABC TV On Demand service.
Orange reported 5.463 million IPTV and satellite customers in France at the end of the third quarter, up 141,000 on the previous quarter and up by 581,000 on the same period for the prior year. Overall broadband customers in the French market numbered 10.046 million, including 273,000 fibre-to-the-home customers. Third quarter fixed broadband revenues in France were flat at €1.005 billion.Elsewhere, Orange had mixed news on the TV front. In Poland, Orange had 702,000 IPTV and satellite customers at the end of September, up by only 3,000 on the previous quarter and 7,000 on September 2012.The company’s base of IPTV customers in Spain, where Orange relaunched its service at the end of September, numbered 62,000, a quarter-on-quarter decline of 3,000 and a year-on-year decline of 7,000.Overall, Orange posted 3Q revenues of €10.162 billion, down 4% year-on-year.“The number of broadband conversion customers has grown by more than 70% year-on-year in France, Spain and Poland, plus 52% in France, plus 127% in Spain and multiplied by 30 in Poland. We saw an increase in demand for very high-speed both in mobile and fixed markets,” said Orange chief financial officer Gilles Pellissier on a conference call following the results. “In France, the pick-up of fibre is confirmed with 273,000 FTTH customers at the end of September. This is materialised by now a base of 6,000 connections per week in September, and we expect to reach nearly 8,000 connections per week at year end, being probably on the top list amongst European operators the numbers of new connections per week.”