UK promises to assess TCI security needs and pay for it

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 27, 2017 – The United Kingdom has agreed to carry out and pay for a security needs assessment; this comes out of the National Security Council meeting held with the Premier, Deputy Premier, Attorney General, Commissioner of Police, Minister of Home Affairs, Deputy Governor and Governor yesterday.During the session, which was a scheduled NSC meeting, there was talk about border security and the coastal radar and the dire situation with illegal entry by boat in particular.  The issue creates concerns about human, narcotics and firearms trafficking and it appears the Governor agrees.  That UK assessment will happen before April, according to the release from His Excellency’s office.Also discussed at the NSC meeting, resource needs of the TCI Police Force, again… a need to firmly inform the Haitian government of their responsibility to prevent these illegal migrations, again… a renewed commitment to getting a list of undocumented illegals, also again and the unacceptable levels of crime and how a whole of government approach must be taken to thwart increased instances of crime and violence. Related Items:#magneticmedianews #MagneticMediaNews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDTcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meetinglast_img read more

Linda Perry Fred Armisen Weird Al More Attend LA GRAMMY Nominee Reception

first_imgNews 61st GRAMMY Nominees Celebrate Pre-GRAMMYs In L.A. linda-perry-fred-armisen-weird-al-more-attend-la-grammy-nominee-reception Facebook Out of the roughly 800 GRAMMY nominees, 221 come from Los AngelesJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Feb 2, 2019 – 5:15 pm The pouring rain did not keep Los Angeles-based GRAMMY nominees from attending the L.A. Chapter Nominee Celebration Saturday morning, just a week before the 61st GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 10.Out of the roughly 800 GRAMMY nominees, 221 come from Los Angeles, said L.A. Chapter Executive Director Qiana Conley during the brunch event. Held at the 1920s classic-themed Delilah restaurant in West Hollywood, the weather did not affect the excitement going around the room one bit.For multi-GRAMMY nominated Linda Perry, her nomination for Producer Of The Year, Non-clasical at the 61st  GRAMMY Awards could result in a historic win. “My particular nomination is a little bit different than the rest because a female hasn’t been represented in this category for over 14, 15 years,” she said. “If I win, I will be the first woman to have ever won Producer Of The Year, so it feels pretty special and I am extremely honored to be in this position, but I hope that we can move forward and we don’t have to wait another 14 years to have a woman represent.”Beyond Perry’s potentially historic nomination, there was a special excitement among first-time nominees, including comedian Fred  Armisen, whose Standup For Drummers is nominated for Best Comedy Album.”It is the best feeling [to be nominated] not just cause it was a surprise, but because I just love the GRAMMYs,” said  Armisen. “I really grew up, like everyone, obviously, on music, but I saw a picture of David Bowie  with John Lennon and Paul Simon sort of backstage at the GRAMMYs in 1975, [and] I think and it just always looked really cool like the perfect hangout.” Golden gramophone winners, meanwhile, also milled around and enjoyed the perks of the pre-GRAMMYs festivities: For GRAMMY winner  Weird Al Yankovic, who is a Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package nominee for Squeeze Box: The Complete Works Of “Weird Al” Yankovic this year, loves the “free food before the show and [the] free food after … that’s always my favorite part,” he said.  Yankovic, who has won four GRAMMYs and been nominated a whopping 16 times, also said that he never, ever tires of being a nominee: “It’s happened to me before, but it never gets old. I never get jaded about it. I get very excited every time I get to be a part of the GRAMMY festivities and it’s always nice to have validation from your peers and its a great hang, it’s a wonderful party.”Tune in to CBS on Feb. 10 to see who wins a golden gramophone at the 61st GRAMMY Awards. 2019 GRAMMY Awards: Complete Nominations List Twitter Email Linda Perry, Fred Armisen, Weird Al, & More Attend L.A. GRAMMY Nominee Reception last_img read more

How Vevo Is Boosting Views by Optimizing Video Thumbnails EXCLUSIVE

first_img CREDIT: Courtesy of Vevo CREDIT: Courtesy of Vevo So why hasn’t Vevo simply swapped out all of the images by now? Because in the end, such decisions are up to the labels. “Everything we do is in partnership with them,” said Evangelista. Vevo can suggest images that will likely perform better, but in some cases, labels or artists may have strong feelings about using certain imagery. “It’s an art and science conversation,” he said. Stay Longer, Save More at The Plaza New York Experience more and up to 25% off when you extend your stay at The Plaza and savor all that New York City has to offer. Ad by The Plaza NY See More AdChoices Vevo can’t get as granular, largely because it doesn’t control the platform its videos are playing on. Ever since its founding, Vevo has been getting most of its video views on YouTube. The company for some time also operated its own site and apps, and briefly flirted with the idea of a more independent course off YouTube.However, those plans were canned when former Vevo CEO Erik Huggers left the company in late 2018. Last summer, Vevo shuttered its own apps and site to fully focus on its distribution partnerships with YouTube and a handful of other companies.And with that renewed focus on YouTube, Vevo began to take a closer look at how it can optimize its videos on the video service. Thumbnail optimization is just a first step in those efforts, said Evangelista, adding: “It’s a year-long project for us.”Vevo may not be able to do true A/B-testing on YouTube the way Netflix is doing it on its service, but the company has nonetheless gathered a bunch of data on the types of thumbnails that work well, and the ways their videos gain steam on Google’s platform. Some of that is fairly obvious: Well-lit images do better than dark ones, and close-ups on people’s faces do better than shots from further away.Insights into other success factors are less obvious. For instance, 55% of the traffic for Halsey’s “Ghost (Room 93 version)” video came from YouTube’s browse features, including the videos YouTube suggests to users on their personalized home pages. Only 6% came from search. Overall, Vevo now sees 75% of its traffic coming from algorithmic curation, which includes personalized home pages, watch next suggestions and algorithmically curated playlists.This suggests that optimized thumbnails aren’t just more popular with YouTube’s users, but also contribute to a virtuous cycle: Once users click on them more often, YouTube’s algorithms promote them more frequently, leading to further growth. And that virtuous cycle can also extend beyond a single clip: Vevo has found that boost an older videos with better thumbnails can also help to make the release of a new video of the same artist more popular. The effect of thumbnail optimization across a sample of 3972 catalog videos.Adding just a few percent extra viewing, and the advertising revenue associated with it, can be significant for an artist. Seeing such a lift across its roster of artists can be massive for a label. And having thousands, or at some point even tens of thousands of videos perform incrementally better can be significant for Vevo as well. The decade-old company is a music video juggernaut, and continues to be YouTube’s single biggest supplier of videos measured by views.But while Vevo easily maintained double-digit growth in previous years, it has seen that curve flatten. In 2017, it clocked 278 billion video views across all of its distribution channels. In 2018, that number was 286 billion, which equals less than 3% growth year-over-year. That’s why Vevo began its thumbnail optimization project some 9 months ago to make its vast catalog of music videos on YouTube more presentable.The idea to optimize cover art for online videos to boost engagement isn’t entirely new: Netflix has turned this type of image optimization into a science, and is frequently testing multiple images for the same show with its audience to see which one performs best. In fact, the service has even begun to show different images to different segments of its audience to frame its movies and shows in different ways. That way, some may see an image highlighting the action of a show, while others see something that points out the emotional connection between its protagonists. As such, the video performed like many other videos do on the platform: After an initial spike, activity died down — until Vevo’s team swapped out the thumbnail last September for something much brighter, with bigger faces of the two protagonists. The result was a slam dunk: Vevo registered a 4000% growth in views in the two weeks after the thumbnail change. After that time, views eventually flattened out again, but still remained notably above the level they were previous to those changes.Not every video sees such a dramatic boost from a new thumbnail, but Vevo has still seen a 12% lift on average for videos in the first 20 days, and a notable sustained lift after that when it looked at the effects of changing thumbnails across close to 4000 catalog videos. Apparently, people really do judge a book by its cover. Or at least they do it with music videos, according to new data that Vevo exclusively shared with Variety this month. The major label-owned music video platform has been on a quest to optimize the preview thumbnails it is using on YouTube, and seen double-digit improvements in engagement as a result. That’s especially true for videos released years ago, which otherwise would have been poised to slowly fade away in YouTube’s ever-expanding catalog. Discovery has been a real problem for artists and their labels, especially as countless of new clips are being uploaded to the Google-owned video service every single day. “(YouTube) doesn’t necessarily prioritize music videos,” said Vevo senior VP JP Evangelista. What’s more, music videos historically haven’t done a good job at differentiating themselves from the crowd. Take “Ghost,” from singer / songwriter Halsey, for example. Back in October 2014, Vevo uploaded an EP cut of the song, dubbed the Room 93 version, onto YouTube, complete with a relatively dark thumbnail picture. “It wasn’t standing out, it wasn’t popping,” said Evangelista. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Internet traffic data for Netflix users suggests t

first_imgInternet traffic data for Netflix users suggests that 10% of Netflix viewers that started watching its new version of Arrested Development at launch had made it to the final, fifteenth, episode by May 27, a day after launch.Netflix does not release any viewing numbers for its content, but the analytics division of US technology company Procera measures Internet traffic across several US broadband networks, giving, in the absence of official data, the best indication of how series have performed.Procera is keen to note its data is just an early sample, however, the early numbers suggest that Arrested Development generated more traffic and viewing than another high-profile Netflix original, House of Cards.In a blog post the company’s vice president, global marketing, Cam Cullen analysed the traffic for Arrested Development a day after launch.“It seems as if the launch was a success by our metrics, especially when comparing to the subscriber counts to the House Of Cards,” Cullen noted. “We did see a noticeable increase in Netflix traffic this weekend (and even though it was a holiday weekend, the traffic we can attribute to Arrested Development made a difference).”It said that 2-7% of all Netflix traffic was attributable to Arrested Development across the first two days of its launch, with one network reporting a 8% jump in week-on-week Netflix traffic.Xbox and PS3s generated the most traffic for Arrested Development on fixed line networks ahead of Macs.On another network over a thirds of Netflix subs watched at least one episode of Arrested Development, three times the number that tuned to House of Cards.In his posting, Cullen concluded: “With 10% of subscribers completing the binge watch over the weekend, I would call that a numbers success, regardless of critical acclaim.”last_img read more

A raft of international TV and media players have

first_imgA raft of international TV and media players have invested in the Drone Racing League.Yesterday pay TV platform Sky said it was sinking US$1 million into the Drone Racing League, and later in the day the DRL announced the other partners in its US$12 million funding round.ProSiebenSat.1, MGM and A+E backer Hearst are among the investors.Individuals investing include former MTG Digital chief Rikard Steiber, who is now an SVP at HTC’s VR division Vive, Machinima co-founder Allen Debevoise, and Matthew Bellamy, lead singer of the rock band Muse.As well as the US$12 million injection of funds, the DRL has secured broadcast and distribution deals with some of its new investors, as well as third parties,MGM boss and super producer Mark Burnett will work up new unscripted TV shows based on DRL races, technology and pilots.“The world of drone racing is so incredible on every level that we wanted to be at the forefront telling the stories of these individuals and their passion for racing to an audience that will absolutely be transfixed by this sport, and this is just the beginning,” Burnett said.The DRL’s races will also be shown on ProSiebenSat.1’s free and pay channels in Germany, as well as on ESPN in the US and Lat-Am.On ESPN and ESPN 2 there will be an Intro to DRL show and then coverage of the 2016 season over ten one-hour shows.ProSiebenSat.1, meanwhile, will show DRL races for the next five years and coverage will include the first ever German race. It is managing its investment through its 7Sports division.DRL CEO/Founder Nicholas Horbaczewski said: “Having distribution and strategic agreements with ESPN, Sky and 7Sports will bring DRL to tens of millions of viewers around the globe while reflecting a collective commitment to DRL from the world’s best sport broadcasting companies.”last_img read more