Suspect drags LP associate through mall parking lotA Florida man was arrested on multiple charges after dragging a Dillard’s loss prevention associate from his car in the Melbourne Square Mall parking lot. Melbourne police said that 42-year-old Cleon Demitris Leeks, of Palm Bay, was charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Driving on a Suspended License, Leaving a Scene of a Crash with Injury, Petit Theft, and Resisting an Officer.On Saturday, at approximately 2:00 p.m., a loss prevention associate observed Leeks conceal a pink Ralph Lauren polo shirt in his shorts. Leeks then left Dillard’s and entered the driver’s side door of a 2016 Kia as the LP associate ran after him. As Leeks backed up, the door struck the associate, knocking him down to the pavement. “He was then dragged approximately 10 to 15 feet,” police said. Leeks also ran over the associates’s ankle, failing to stop despite pleas to do so. The LP associate was transported to Holmes Regional Medical Center. A few miles away, Melbourne police found Leeks and initiated a traffic stop where he was arrested. Bond set at $31,500. [Source: Palm Bay Daily]Pair suspected of using children in retail robberiesDarrell Campbell, 32, and Jeammie Preston, 31, both of Moreno Valley, are facing charges of conspiracy, second-degree robbery, child endangerment and grand theft, and they’re being held at Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning in lieu of $245,000 and $210,000 bail, respectively, according to online jail records. They were arrested Thursday.- Sponsor – Campbell and Preston are scheduled to make a court appearance Tuesday at the Riverside Hall of Justice, jail records state. In June, sheriff’s deputies in Moreno Valley began investigating multiple commercial robberies in the city, according to a Riverside County sheriff’s news release. Deputies learned a man and woman, later identified as Campbell and Preston, conspired to commit robberies and used children to carry stolen merchandise out of major retail businesses, the release stated.In some cases, the man directed the children to grab specific merchandise and then walk out of the business to a waiting vehicle where the woman waited as the getaway driver. While exiting the business, loss prevention officers were threatened with a knife, according to the news release. Investigators found evidence that the couple conducted similar thefts as far back as October in Menifee, Eastvale, Riverside, Lake Elsinore, Glendora and San Bernardino, the release said. During the investigation, deputies gathered significant evidence against the suspects and identified the two adults and juveniles.On Thursday, Campbell and Preston were arrested in the 25000 block of Alessandro Boulevard in Moreno Valley, according to the news release. Child Protective Services took custody of three children, the release stated. Anyone with information about the investigation can call Officer June, of the Robbery and Burglary Suppression Team, at the Moreno Valley station by calling 951.486.6700. Citizens can also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form. [Source: The Press-Enterprise]Gas pump hackers chargedWayne County Illinois Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged two men for allegedly hacking a Detroit gas station and stealing over 600 gallons of gas. The incident occurred on June 23 at a Marathon gas station in the 17800 block of W. Seven Mile on the city’s west side. Reginald Hollien, 34, and Damon Blocker, 29, both of Detroit, are charged with use of a computer to commit a crime, organized retail crime and larceny of $1,000 to $20,000. “The alleged actions of these defendants show a critical need for the protection of businesses in Wayne County,” Worthy said in a release. “We must ensure that businesses in this County are fully supported and protected.”While at the gas station, the defendants allegedly sold and accepted cash for the gas, a press release states. Once gas attendants discovered what was happening, they attempted to disable the pump by computer. The attempt was unsuccessful and eventually, the attendants had to activate an emergency shut off, that’s when the suspects fled. They were then arrested by Detroit police on July 9. Hollien and Blocker were arraigned on Wednesday, July 11. Blocker received a $75,000/10 percent bond, while Hollien received a $50,000/10 percent bond. [Source: WXYZ Detroit News]Police arrest three for stolen lingerieThree women from outside of Wichita Falls, Texas, reportedly from Georgia, Florida and New York, have been arrested and charged with organized retail theft, accused of taking nearly $700 in merchandise from Victoria’s Secret in Sikes Senter Mall. Located in their purses, according to Wichita Falls police, were anti-theft deactivation instruments.Wichita Falls Police Information Officer Harold McClure said officers responded to a theft from Victoria’s Secret shortly before 4 p.m. Friday. According to McClure, when the officer arrived, law enforcement was told that three Hispanic females suspects had left in a red vehicle. The officers located the vehicle in a nearby shopping center parking lot where three Hispanic females exited the vehicle.When the three were asked where they were coming from, they said they were driving from Atlanta on their way to Houston. Once the officers informed them they had received a call that a theft had been committed from the Victoria’s Secret and that they matched the suspects’ descriptions, they became very nervous, McClure said. When the suspects were asked if there was anything illegal or stolen in the vehicle, all three shook their heads yes, McClure told the Times Record News.The officer, McClure said, located a large duffel bag with 10 pairs of Victoria’s Secret pants with the tags and anti-theft devices inside valued at $695. The officers also located two purses that were lined with anti-theft deactivation instruments. The officers also located a magnet instrument used to remove anti-theft devices from merchandise. A loss prevention associate arrived on the scene and stated that they observed two of the suspects enter the store while the third stood outside as a lookout. All three were arrested and charged with Organized Retail Theft and Possession/Manufacture/Distribution of items used to commit theft. [Source: Times Record News]Employee facing several counts of fraud after stealingA Louisiana woman is facing several counts of fraud after authorities say she stole money from a pizza restaurant. On Monday, police were notified of a theft by fraud that occurred at the Baker Domino’s on Main Street. According to the arrest report, an employee had stolen over $3,000 in funds from the business over the course of two weeks. The thief was identified as Jacobi Duncan.A district manager contacted authorities about the theft. Authorities say the district manager discovered the theft after receiving e-mail statements from the owner of the store. While completing the monthly audit, the manager discovered excessive mileage payouts for employees of the Baker store that were three times above the average for store employees. When the employees were asked about the payouts, they said none of them had received any additional funds above their normal salary pay.Reports say that Duncan was an assistant manager at the store and had access to the records, and the power to change them. During an investigation, it was discovered that there was an excessive amount of cancellations for orders that had been made in the store, which averaged between five and eight cancellations per night. It was also discovered that all of the cancellations had been paid for in cash. Records show that Duncan handled the cancellations. Duncan is charged with 68 counts of computer fraud, 33 counts of access device fraud, and 35 counts of public payroll fraud. [Source: WBRZ2 News]UPS launches pilot to deliver packages in apartment buildingsUPS has launched a pilot program to deliver packages inside apartment buildings in New York City using Latch, a smart lock system, according to a press release. Through the program, a UPS driver receives credentials to enter apartment buildings that have Latch devices enabled, allowing the driver to deliver packages when residents are not home. UPS will only enter apartment buildings, not individual residents’ units. UPS started the pilot in Manhattan in March and recently expanded to Brooklyn, with expansion into other markets expected in the future. Latch said 20 million multi-family residential units exist across the U.S. [Source: SupplyChainDIVE] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Copying VM’s directly between XenClient SystemsBob LudwigAndChaitanya UpadhyayNOTE!! Click on Pictures to enlarge them for easier viewing.If you are working with XenClient GA version 1.0 you have probably run into a situation where you would like to copy your XenClient VM’s to some other computer or storage device. This blog will describe the steps necessary to copy VM’s directly from one XenClient machine to another XenClient machine.We will assume that we have two XenClient laptops on the same subnet and are both connected to a Gb. switch or are directly cabled together. The XenClient software in use is the GA 1.0 version released on September 29, 2010.For purposes of this document Laptop #1 has two VM’s already installed on it, a Windows 7 VM and a XP VM. Laptop #1’s ip address is 192.168.1.40.Laptop #2 has no VM’s installed on it and its ip address is 192.168.1.20.We will show how to identify and transfer the XP VM from Laptop #1 to Laptop #2. Step 2.To determine which .vhd file is the XP VM we need to look inside the .db files that are located in the /config/vms subdirectory. Step 4.After typing the cat command we will scroll through the .db file until we see a statement starting with “path”. Here we can see the .vhd file that is the XP VM. We need to write down this .vhd name as we will need it in future steps. This is the .vhd file that we will transfer to Laptop #2 using the scp command.From this Point on all work is now performed on Laptop #2 Step 3.We will take a look inside the first .db file listed. We could use the vi editor, but in this example we will use the cat command and pipe the output to “more” Step 6.Still on Laptop #2 we need to look at the .db file and find out which .vhd file will be associated to it. We need to change directory to the /config/vms subdirectory Then we will use the same “cat” command as we did in step 3. Step 5.On laptop #2 we need to go through the process of adding a VM. However in the last step of the process we will state that we wish to create the VM, but we will install the OS later. (We will copy the OS from Laptop #1) Step 1.Open a terminal session on Laptop #1You will see two files in /storage/disks subdirectory. These correspond to the two VM’s on Laptop #1. The question is which .vhd file is the XP VM? Make note of the above .vhd file.Step 7.Still on Laptop #2 we will change directories to/storage/disks, and then run the scp command to copy the .vhd file from Laptop #1 to a file name of our choosing on laptop #2. After we type in the scp command as shown below, we will be asked for our XenClient password on Laptop #1. Type in the password and continue. You may also be asked a question regarding authenticity. Say yes to this and continue. It should only take a few minutes to scp the file from Laptop #1 to Laptop #2. This can obviously vary depending upon how large the VM is that we are transferring.Once scp is finished copying the file you will now have a file named XP-OS.vhd. The final step is to move this file into the .vhd file on Laptop#2 (the .vhd file in step 6). That’s all there is to it. Hope this helps you. Now close the terminal window and start the VM.
MS Dhoni has got a much deserved break as team India is scheduled to play only Test cricket in the next few months and there is not much of limited overs cricket in the calendar.So, what was Captain Cool up to in his spare time? Well, like any other passionate owner of bikes, India’s limited-overs captain has taken up the task of cleaning up his fleet of favourite machines.Photos posted on Twitter on Friday by Dhoni’s wife Sakshi shows bikes after a thorough washing. Sakshi has confirmed that it was the man himself who did all the work.Some serious deep-cleaning of his toys … Personally done by ” the man ” himself !!! pic.twitter.com/k7ypGCAjzF Sakshi Singh Dhoni (@SaakshiSRawat) July 17, 2015Dhoni has an envious list of motorbikes which ranges from Harley Davidson Fat Boy to Kawasaki Ninja.
After three hours, the picture was becoming pretty blurry. Everyone had good intentions, but it was hard to coalesce around a unified vision.Toward the end, Manish raised his hand to provide some closing thoughts. He spoke eloquently about the challenge before us. As he explained, the Rio negotiations are not headed in a positive direction. Despite the scale of the issues, the emerging text appears to be weakened in key areas, potentially even moving backward from previous conferences, such as Johannesburg in 2002 and the Rio “Earth Summit” in 1992.My ears really perked up as Manish described how the blame rests partly within the mainstream environmental movement. It’s clear that in recent years, environmental groups and their supporters have bolstered their case based on scientific understanding and economics. However, we’ve recently fallen short when it comes to pushing for action based on rights, fairness, and equity. Looking at other recent popular movements – like the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall St. – it’s clear that the environmental movement could do more to tap into people’s underlying passion that can, in turn, garner the attention of public officials. Without such pressure, it’s hard to imagine political leaders taking the urgent action on sustainability that we need today.A Time for ActionThis perspective resonates here at Rio+20. Despite the impressive set-up, there continues to be a yawning disconnect between the urgency of the challenges we face and the urgency for action.As we enter the second – and final – week at Rio, we will need world leaders to step up with more ambitious commitments along with concrete solutions. I’m hopeful that the side events, informal meetings, and networking together can produce some positive results, along with fresh thinking and a renewed energy.As heads of state prepare to arrive in Rio, they need to realize that the battles should not be focused inside the negotiating rooms. The battles should address how to shake off the clutches of the vested interests as we enhance environment protection and find a path forward for sustainable economic development. They should come here to make sure that people and the planet can live together. That’s what they should be fighting for.There’s no doubt that this summit won’t solve everything. But there’s still a real opportunity to make sure Rio+20 will be remembered for more than just the pretty scenery. A Split ConferenceTo a large extent, the conference is split into two parts: negotiations around the formal text, which will become the official outcome document for the summit, and the informal sessions. In the former, negotiators are wrangling over the words that will hopefully culminate in a meaningful global agreement on sustainability. In the informal sessions, groups and individuals are meeting to discuss the issues of the day– and will hopefully come up with ideas that will help us make headway on the big environmental challenges, like climate change, water scarcity, and deforestation, among many others.WRI is quite active on both fronts. Many of my colleagues are pushing to strengthen the language in the official outcome document. Others are leading or participating in events, working with leaders in business, government, and civil society to identify opportunities or come up with new strategies. In total, WRI experts are organizing or presenting in more than 25 events.Sustainable Development DialoguesOn Saturday, we participated in the Sustainable Development Dialogue on Fighting Poverty. Manish Bapna, WRI’s interim president, participated, along with representatives from nine other organizations. It was a diverse panel ranging from elite academics to indigenous advocates. Perhaps not surprisingly, the dialogue itself was equally broad: the speakers discussed 10 ideas about how to advance sustainability efforts to fight poverty and promote economic development.WRI’s Interim President, Manish Bapna, at the Sustainable Development Dialogues event. Photo credit: Michael Oko, WRI I’ve been to many great cities around the world, but none surpass Rio’s stunning setting. The city sits along the coast, where ocean waves splash up on wide, white sand beaches. Across the way, mountain peaks line Rio’s winding roads. It’s winter here, though it sure doesn’t feel like it. Temperatures are in the mid-70s, with a cool breeze in the evenings. Not a bad place to spend a few days.In some ways, this beautiful setting could make you forget about the environmental challenges we face, which is, after all, the reason I’m here. This week, some 50,000 people are expected to gather in Rio to advance solutions around sustainability. That sounds like a good idea, but, like many others, I’m struggling to figure out what exactly it means.
By BEN HARRISDefending Elite Eight men’s champions NSW Country Mavericks will be hard to rein in as they hold a four-point advantage on the competition table.The Mavericks remain unbeaten after day two of the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League at Coffs Harbour on Thursday.They opened their account with an 8-7 win over NSW Mets in the grand final replay then finished off the day with a 10-4 hammering of The Alliance.Mavericks had led as much as 7-3 in the game against the Mets only for the two-time grand finalists to fight back in the second half.It was the Mets’ third loss in three years of the Elite Eight competition at the NTL.Michael Mousa’s troops are third on the table behind Queensland Outlaws on percentages.The Outlaws enjoyed 7-3 and 9-4 victories over NSW Rebels and NSW Scorpions respectively.Following their day one performance that saw them with two draws and a win, Queensland Chiefs are in fourth spot thanks to a 7-5 win over The Alliance and a 6-5 loss to the Rebels.Queensland South Stingrays have a fantastic opportunity to jump into the top four when they take on The Alliance and the Chiefs on day three.It will be hard for the Rebels and Scorpions to make the top four while The Alliance will be playing for pride on Friday.The highlights of day three in the men’s competition will be the Mets-Outlaws match at 12.20pm and the Chiefs-Stingrays clash at 3.50pm.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksMen’s Elite Eight day two
Ohio State women’s coach Bill Dorenkott will now become the coach of both swimming and diving teams. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsA drastic change in the coaching staff of Ohio State has done little to affect the team’s performance thus far.The Ohio State women’s (1-0) and men’s (1-0) swimming teams finished their first meets competing under the same coaching staff for the first time in program history last Friday with dominant wins against Kenyon women’s (0-2) and men’s (0-2) teams. The Buckeyes won gold in every event, and seemed to thrive under their new coaching staff.The transition came following coach Bill Wadley’s retirement after 26 years at the helm of the men’s swim team. Coach Bill Dorenkott, who had previously coached the women’s team for nine years, is now the head coach for both teams.Dorenkott believes the transition will be beneficial in the long run.“I’m certainly biased, but I feel really good about the staff we put together and I feel like the staff is doing a very nice job of meeting our athletes’ needs,” Dorenkott said.The change to having both teams swim as a single unit has also been smoother than initially thought, Dorenkott said. The coach said the men’s team has welcomed the change, and views it as an opportunity to grow as a team.“I think change runs contrary to human nature. Most people gravitate toward things they know already,” Dorenkott said. “The fact the men have fully embraced the change because I had worked with the women for nine years is really pretty remarkable.”Senior Jack Barone believes the combination of teams has the potential to bring about new possibilities.“I think the coaches put a lot of focus on individualizing everything, kind of seeing what each swimmer needs,” Barone said. “Something we were all really excited about was getting a little more specialized training-wise and just in general.”Sophomore Molly Kowal found the transition to training with the men’s team challenging at first, but said it has ultimately helped the women.Kowal added that the union of men’s and women’s teams under Dorenkott has built a bond between the two teams, as the personal connections have provided overwhelming support during competition.“They definitely push the girls more in practice, because obviously the guys are going to be the better swimmers,” Kowal said. “So, they’re just pushing the girls to try harder and to try to keep up with them, which is helpful.”Although Dorenkott has added the men’s team to his list of responsibilities, he has not changed his coaching philosophy that he takes to leading his players during the week in practice since he was just coach of the women’s team. His weekly routine focuses on the preparation needed for competition.While Dorenkott believes the outcomes of each meet cannot be predetermined, he said the week of practices leading up to the competition can provide a glimpse of what’s to come.“When you talk about winning, you can’t control that,” Dorenkott said. “So, we can only prepare, control the effort we put into it. So, game day coaching, there’s not a lot of adjustments to be made in swimming. It’s kind of just managing the actual game day process, whether that’s warming up, warming down, giving a little bit of feedback.”The changes to the team’s operation have been positively received thus far, but Dorenkott said there is still work to be done. He said the team’s attention to detail will need to improve in order to compete later in the season. Dorenkott cited a relay disqualification in last week’s meet against Kenyon, in which a swimmer left the block before the previous swimmer touched the wall, as an example of where the team could clean its technique.The Buckeyes will hope to begin cleaning up the small details of their swims against Denison and Akron at 6 p.m. Friday at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The men will compete against Denison, while the women will swim against Denison and Akron.“Everything’s a lead-up or a build-up to [the postseason in] February and March,” Dorenkott said. “A good book has 10 unique chapters, it’s not the same chapter again and again and again. So, we want to be early-November good against Denison and Akron and we want to be late-November good when the [Ohio State Invitational] comes along. Hopefully, we’re cleaning up the things we need to clean up based on feedback we’re getting from meets.”
Maurizio Sarri has admitted that he was surprised by Rafa Benitez’s negative tactics in Chelsea’s 2-1 victory at Newcastle on Sunday.Chelsea continued their winning run with a 2-1 victory at St James’ Park, but it was the way that Rafa Benitez set up his Newcastle team that baffled Maurizio Sarri.“I was surprised at Rafa,” he told Sky Sports.“In Italy, I have never seen him play with five defenders so I was really surprised.“The match was very difficult, they were so low and compact, it was impossible to have spaces.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.“We got better in the second half but it was a very difficult game.“I think we showed improvement because the match was difficult it was not easy to play well.”He also spoke of Eden Hazard’s man-of-the-match performance.“Eden has played very well,” Sarri added. “Maybe it was better if he played for 75 or 80 minutes, but (Mateo) Kovacic asked for the sub so it was impossible [to take him off].”
According to the online Trooper dispatch published on March 17, the investigation is ongoing. If anyone has any information regarding this incident, they are encouraged to contact the Alaska State Troopers at 907-262-4453. The following day when the owner returned to have the vehicle removed, all four tires and rims were missing from the vehicle. The rims are described to be black 18 inch Rockstar rims on studded Cooper winter tires. Also taken from the vehicle were Light Force accessory lights. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers received a report of a green Ford pickup that had slid off the roadway and into the ditch in the Lost Lake subdivision, in Seward, on March 15.
The forecast includes the Department’s updated forecast of oil price, oil production, and state revenue. According to a release from the DOE, the Unrestricted General Fund (UGF) revenue is now forecast to be $2.3 billion in both FY 2018 and FY 2019. Compared to the fall 2017 forecast, this spring forecast represents an increase in expected UGF of $256 million for FY 2018 and $212 million for FY 2019. Alaska North Slope oil prices are forecast to average $61 per barrel for FY 2018 and $63 per barrel for FY 2019. The revenue forecast is driven by an expectation of North Slope oil production averaging 521,800 barrels per day in FY 2018 and 526,600 barrels per day in FY 2019. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The new forecast of state revenue released on Friday, March 16, by Governor Walker’s administration, says the state is expected to bring in $2.34 billion in unrestricted revenue for 2018. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-forecast-2018.mp3VmJennifer-on-forecast-2018.mp300:00RPd For FY 2020-2026, projected UGF revenue has increased by between $124 million and $213 million. For FY 2027, projected UGF revenue is essentially unchanged from the fall forecast.John MacKinnon Executive director of the Associated General Contractors of Alaska: “Oil fell in 2014, we saw the construction economy drop in the double digits for a couple of years in a row, and it appears that this year we might have turned the corner.”
Sen. Micciche: “I’m disappointed with the action in Labor and Commerce in the House. The reality of it is this bill is a consensus bill, every side of the industry has been relatively unselfish, and this change that it’s only the brewers and distillers offsets the balance.” Sen. Micciche first introduced a version of the legislation in 2015, SB 99. That version also met resistance from an interest group, and its critical pieces were stripped and passed in separate legislation, which largely addressed the issues surrounding minors consuming alcohol. SB 76 seeks to overhaul the State of Alaska’s alcohol laws. The Title 4 Review project involved an unprecedented level of collaboration between groups that has been ongoing since 2012. The amendment introduced by former bar owner, Rep. Louise Stutes of Kodiak, and a current bar owner, Rep. Adam Wool of Fairbanks, were aided in passing the amendment by Rep. Andy Josephson of Anchorage, and Rep. Gary Knopp of Kenai. Sen. Micciche: “Title 4 is a mess, It’s a mess for the industry, the public, and the state that attempts to enforce it. I think one of the most powerful parts of this process, and one of the reasons we’ve made it this far, is that everyone who participated was able to look beyond their own self-interest and consider the big picture, and a system that is better for everyone than the one we have today.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Senator Peter Micciche (R-Soldotna), withdrew his request for a House Finance Committee hearing on SB 76 following an amendment to cut the on-site retail sale volumes for craft manufacturers by one-third. The amendment, to slash the daily pour limit in Alaska breweries from 36 oz to 24 oz., was introduced during a committee hearing in the House Labor & Commerce Committee. Sen. Micciche: “The action essentially kills the bill for this year.”
The rally at Jantar Mantar was attended by ex-servicemen from 22 states and five Union Territories, the organisers claimed.“We have all resolved to continue our protest till such time that the government removes the seven anomalies in the OROP scheme announced by them,” said Maj Gen (Retd) Satbir Singh, President of Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement, who is spearheading the agitation since about 90 days. “Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said a written order on OROP will come out in a month. If the anomalies are not removed by then, we will resort to fast-unto-death,” he said. He said the veterans have been seeking for an appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to explain the OROP issue. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra dam“But he said yesterday that OROP is being given at the expense of the poor people in the country. We have been deeply hurt and are anguished over this comment,” Singh said. A few ex-servicemen earlier undertook ‘fast-unto-death’ but ended it after
The global set-top box market was worth a total US$4.6 billion (€3.5 billion) in the fourth quarter of last year, up 3% on the previous quarter, according to Infonetics Research.The figure, which accounted for IP, cable, satellite and DTT set-tops, came amid overall revenue growth in the market of almost 10% last year.Infonetics predicted that the global set-top box market would hit US$26 billion in 2017, an increase to its long-term forecast due to updated shipment guidance from vendors and the addition of cable and satellite video gateway and media player forecasts.“Contrary to popular opinion, the set-top box market is alive and well. Set-top box revenue grew almost 10% in 2012, a considerable rebound from a year ago, and will remain healthy in the near term as operators in China, India, and Latin America add digital services,” said Julien Blin, directing analyst, consumer electronics and mobile broadband, Infonetics.“Video gateways and media players will be the real standouts moving forward, as North American and European cable and satellite providers transition away from digital set-top boxes,” Blin added.Infonetics predicts that video gateways will grow from 1% of total cable and satellite set-top box shipments in 2012 to 16% by 2017 and said it expects to see strong double- and triple-digit annual growth in media player shipments every year at least through then.
French broadcaster TF1’s new Unify digital unit centred around its acquisition of Auféminin, together with its success in securing advantageous agreements with the country’s main distributors saw its revenues jump by 7.3% to €2.88 billion last year.On the back of these results, TF1 has set the goal of achieving an overall double-digit operating margin this year, and of achieving revenues for Unify of €250 million by 2021, with an EBITDA margin for the unit of at least 15% by that date.TF1’s annual revenues grew by €156 million including a contribution of €116 million from its new Unify digital unit. The company said that it was reaping the benefits of its strategy of diversification following its acquisition of the Auféminin Group in May last year.Earlier this month TF1 said it was bringing its digital activities together in a new division, Unify, under digital and innovation chief and Auféminin CEO Olivier Abecassis.Unify will comprise all of TF1’s new digital activities except its OTT and Replay TV services, bringing together the Auféminin group of websites – including Auféminin, Marmiton and MyLittleParis – e-health portal Doctissimo, Neweb – the unit that houses sites Les Numériques, ZDNet and Paroles de Maman – programmatic media specialist Gamned! and digital studio Studio 71, online entertainment portal Vertical Station and TF1 Digital Factory.TF1 said it had also seen revenues from its core broadcast activities rise by €40 million thanks to the agreements signed in the course of the year with the main French telecom operators and a decent performance from advertising and digital activities.The group turned in an operating profit of €196 million before exceptional charges related to the amortisation of rights following its acquisition of Newen Studios, up €10 million despite additional costs to the tune of €72 million associated with airing the football World Cup. The group said that its operating result demonstrated its success both in integrating new revenue sources and showing its ability to adapt its cost structure to ensure profitability. Excluding the impact of the World Cup, the broadcaster’s operating margin was up three percentage points at 11.7%.The broadcast activity result was boosted by flagship channel TF1’s best audience performance since 2015, thanks to the World Cup as well as to the success of drama series Jacqueline Sauvage, The Voice and US series such as Good Doctor. The performance of digital channels TMC, TFX, TF1 Séries Films and LCI was flat overall year-on-year.TF1’s catch-up offering attracted 19 million unique visitors a month over the year. Digital offering MYTF1 saw the number of videos watched grow by 9%, boosted by the World Cup and shows such as Demain nous appartient, The Voice, Good Doctor, Pat Patrouille, Quotidien and La Villa des cœurs brises. The group’s solid financial performance was dented slightly by a drop in revenues from its studios and entertainment unit, which was hit by poor theatrical returns for TF1 Studios movies, a drop in physical media sales and a decline in teleshopping. The year also aw TF1 lift out Newen Studios’ Neweb digital activities and reclassify this unit as part of Unify.