Gabriel García Márquez, the Nobel-winning Colombian author who popularized the concept of “magical realism” and told epic stories of love, family and dictatorship in Latin America, died Thursday at the age of 87.Known affectionately as “Gabo,” the author of “One Hundred Years of Solitude” and “Love in the Time of Cholera” was one of the world’s most popular Latin American novelists and the godfather of a literary movement that witnessed a continent in turmoil following World War II.The longtime journalist was a colorful character who befriended Cuban leader Fidel Castro, was once punched by fellow Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa and had stated that he wrote to make his friends love him.Presidents, writers and celebrities mourned his death.“One thousand years of solitude and sadness for the death of the greatest Colombian of all time,” Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos tweeted.He later declared three days of national mourning.Costa Rica President Laura Chinchilla said she was devastated in a tweet while name-dropping some of her favorite works by the author.“The world has lost one of its greatest visionary writers,” U.S. President Barack Obama said.The cause of death was not revealed but García Márquez had been hospitalized for pneumonia on March 31 and discharged a week later to recover at his Mexico City home.His wife Mercedes and two sons were reportedly by his side at home when he died.The family said his body would be cremated and officials announced a public tribute will be held in Mexico City’s Bellas Artes Palace cultural center Monday.Born March 6, 1927, in the village of Aracataca on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, García Márquez was the son of a telegraph operator.He was raised by his grandparents and aunts in a tropical culture influenced by the heritage of Spanish settlers, indigenous populations and black slaves. His grandfather was a retired colonel.The exotic legends of his homeland inspired him to write profusely. His masterpiece, “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” was translated into 35 languages and sold more than 30 million copies.The book, published in 1967, is a historical and literary saga about a family from the imaginary Caribbean village of Macondo between the 19th and 20th century — a novel that turned the man with the mustache and thick eyebrows into an international star.It was rich in “magical realism,” which García Márquez has described as the notion that behind reality as we perceive it, there is much more going on that we do not understand.‘Without a penny’García Márquez wrote the novel after moving to Mexico City in 1961, taking a long bus ride from New York with his wife, Mercedes Barcha, and son Rodrigo.His second son, Gonzalo, was born a year later in the Mexican capital, where the author lived for more than three decades.He recalled arriving in Mexico City “without a name or a penny in my pocket.”The writer faced financial hardship, working for advertising agencies, penning screenplays and editing small magazines.“As long as there was whiskey, there was no misery,” García Márquez quipped.The novelist owed nine months of rent payments when he penned “One Hundred Years of Solitude” and could barely afford to send the manuscript to his editor in Argentina.García Márquez wore a traditional white liqui-liqui costume with a high collar from his region to receive his Nobel prize in Sweden in 1982.The Nobel committee rewarded him for books “in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent’s life and conflicts.”In his Nobel speech, García Márquez said it was the “outsized reality” of brutal dictatorships and civil wars in Latin America, “and not just its literary expression,” that got the attention of the Swedish Academy of Letters.His other famous books include “Chronicle of a Death Foretold,” “The General in His Labyrinth” and his autobiography “Living to Tell the Tale.”His final novel, “Memories of My Melancholy Whores,” was published in 2004.Journalist, a friend of CastroGarcía Márquez also left his mark in journalism, which he considered “the most beautiful profession in the world.”He founded the Ibero-American New Journalism Foundation in the Colombian port city of Cartagena in 1994.His first job was with Bogotá’s El Espectador newspaper, which published his first short story in 1947, paying him 800 pesos, or less than $0.50 per month.He left for Europe after an article angered the military regime at the time, living in Geneva, Rome and Paris, where he finished the 1961 book “No One Writes to the Colonel.”An admirer of Cuba’s revolution, he became a correspondent for the communist island’s Prensa Latina news agency in Bogotá and New York.He forged a controversial friendship with Castro, who called him “a man with the goodness of a child and a cosmic talent.”But he also worked as an emissary between Castro and another powerful friend, then U.S. President Bill Clinton, in the 1990s.In Mexico, his circle of friends included renowned Mexican writers Octavio Paz and Carlos Fuentes.“I write so that my friends will love me,” the novelist quipped.García Márquez had a falling out with his friend Vargas Llosa that culminated with the Peruvian novelist punching him outside a Mexico City movie theater in 1976.“We were completely stunned and astonished,” Mexican writer Elena Poniatowska recalled in an interview.Neither one ever revealed the pair had quarreled.Vargas Llosa paid tribute to García Márquez on Thursday, saying: “His novels will survive him and continue gaining readers everywhere.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Texas university acquires Gabriel García Márquez’s personal archive Legendary novelist Gabriel García Márquez leaves hospital, in ‘delicate’ condition Two classic short stories by Gabriel García Márquez that you should read tonight Nobel writer Gabriel García Márquez hospitalized in Mexico
Mortgage originations are soaring but bank’s are not reflecting this rise in their portfolios, which are suffering from new tax policies, fluctuating interest rates, and regulatory changes in mortgage lending.The shared frustration among many mortgage bankers in today’s housing market consists of concerns as to why their mortgage loan portfolios remain stagnant while originations keep rising.Equifax’s National Consumer Credit Trends Report showed that total mortgage originations increased to $1.2 trillion through the first nine months of 2015. The data also found that first mortgage originations rose 63 percent year-over-year, home equity installment loan originations have increased 20 percent, and HELOCs rose 23.3 percent to a new seven-year high.However, banks are not experiencing the same growth with their mortgage portfolio. Total mortgage and home equity balances remained at $8.84 trillion at the end of September, almost the same number for the last 18 months, the Equifax data showed.”We have huge growth in mortgage originations with nearly stagnant mortgage balances, which is seemingly illogical,” said Amy Crews Cutts, chief economist at Equifax. “The reasons are many, including changes in tax policy, fluctuations in interest rates, and regulatory changes affecting mortgage lending.”According to Cutts, there are a number of reasons for this vast difference, but the majority of it rests on first mortgage balances. These are the largest portion of total mortgage balances that have remained steady for a long period of time.”Across the nation, we have seen growth in total credit that mirrors the overall improvement of the U.S. economy,” Cutts said. “The only exception is mortgage debt, which has remained tepid despite a lively originations market.”Cutts identified several other contributors to sluggish mortgage portfolios including:Loan payoffs Buoyed by an improved economy and household finances, homeowners have been paying down debt faster through cash-in refinancing or by curtailing their debt by adding extra dollars to each month’s payment.Mortgage refinancing Consumers continue to refinance existing mortgage debt into lower rates and shorter terms also putting downward pressure on overall mortgage debt.Severe derogatory As loans at the end of the foreclosure process are converted to bank-owned real estate, the amount of overall mortgage debt is reduced. The severe derogatory rate (as a share of balances) on first mortgages falling to 4.5 basis points (bps) in September, compared to 6.7 bps a year ago. Severe derogatories are now at the lowest level since August 2007 as a share of both outstanding loans and balances.Home Purchase Activity In 2014 changes in federal tax policy removed the exemption on short sale debt forgiveness, which suppressed overall homes sales. Sales have recovered in 2015 but they are barely covering principal repayments rather than driving mortgage debt higher. Mortgage Originations Uptick Not Reflected in Bank Portfolios November 4, 2015 480 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News, Origination Banks Mortgage Loan Portfolios Mortgage Origination 2015-11-04 Staff Writer Share
NFL Power Poll according to @wolf987FM – 5. Packers4. Panthers3. Broncos2. Bengals1. Patriots— Doug & Wolf Show (@DougandWolf987) November 4, 2015 New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates his touchdown pass to wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) in the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Doug and Wolf both have the Green Bay Packers falling to fifth after their loss to the Denver Broncos last Sunday night.“You’re still really darn good, but you couldn’t help it, you couldn’t move the ball against Denver,” Franz said. “You’re holding on by a thread to the top five, but you’re still in it, Green Bay Packers.”Franz has the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals at fourth on his poll, while Wolfley tabbed Marvin Lewis’ team second.“They’ve got a little something-something going,” Wolf said. Both hosts agreed the New England Patriots are still the class of the league. Your browser does not support the audio element. Every Wednesday, Doug and Wolf unveil their top five NFL teams on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.This week, the morning hosts feature the same teams, but in different order.NFL Power Poll according to @doug987FM – 5. Packers4. Bengals3. Panthers2. Broncos1. Patriots— Doug & Wolf Show (@DougandWolf987) November 4, 2015 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo LISTEN: Doug and Wolf NFL Power Poll heading into week 9 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
McNabb, Davis out at ESPN after sex misconduct investigation FILE – This file photos show, former NFL football players Donovan McNabb, left, in 2013, and an Eric Davis in 2013. McNabb and Davis have been dismissed from ESPN following an investigation into accusations of sexual misconduct while employed at NFL Network, ESPN said in a statement Saturday, Jan 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Joseph Kaczmarek, left, Danny Moloshok, right, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Donovan McNabb and Eric Davis have been dismissed from ESPN following an investigation into accusations of sexual misconduct while employed at NFL Network.ESPN says in a statement Saturday “they are no longer working for us.” The pair worked for ESPN Radio and were taken off the air Dec. 12, pending an internal investigation.McNabb and Davis, both former NFL players, were among seven men named in a lawsuit against NFL Enterprises filed in December by former NFL Network wardrobe stylist Jami Cantor.According to the lawsuit, McNabb allegedly sent Cantor sexually explicit messages during his time at NFL Network. Davis is accused of making lewd comments.Cantor worked at NFL Network for a decade until she was fired in October 2016. In the suit, she alleges age and sex discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination and defamation. by The Associated Press Posted Jan 6, 2018 9:21 am PDT Last Updated Jan 6, 2018 at 10:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
26Feb Rep. McCready announces March office hours Categories: McCready News,News State Rep. Mike McCready today announced he is sponsoring open office hours in the 40th District in March. McCready encourages those interested in discussing state or local issues to take advantage of this opportunity and come meet with him during one of these sessions.The first session will take place on Monday, March 11, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Bloomfield Library, 1099 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Township.A second session will be held at the Baldwin Library, 300 W. Merrill St., Birmingham, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, March 18.No appointment is necessary to meet with Rep. McCready during either of these times. Residents unable to attend these office hours may contact McCready’s office at (517) 373-8670, or via e-mail at MikeMcCready@house.mi.gov.####
Rep. Martin Howrylak, R-Troy, will welcome two student winners from Troy and Clawson to the State Capitol building on Tuesday, Sept. 29 for a “Rep for a Day” event. Isabelle Morishita , a student from Clawson’s Kenwood Elementary School, and Bryson Miles, a student from Troy Union Elementary School, were selected to participate, along with other winners from across the state.Students from across the state have been invited to take part in the program after participating in the “Rep for a Day” Summer Reading Program and entering a drawing at their local library. The day will begin with a swearing-in ceremony in the House Chamber, followed by a tour of the Capitol. The honorary representatives will also take part in a mock committee hearing to learn the workings of the state government first-hand.##### 22Sep Rep. Howrylak welcomes student ”Rep for a Day” winners Categories: Featured news,Howrylak News,News Tags: Howrylak, Rep for a Day, students
State Rep. Lynn Afendoulis, of Grand Rapids Township, today announced the creation of a special website to keep people informed about the House Select Committee on Reducing Car Insurance Rates and give Michigan drivers a chance to have their voices heard.The committee today launched www.ReduceMIRatesNow.com, allowing anyone to easily offer input that could help shape future legislation.“The committee tasked solely with lowering car insurance rates for motorists statewide wants to hear from West Michigan drivers,” said Afendoulis, who serves as a member of the committee. “Through the website, residents will be able to provide critical input during the deliberation process to ensure their voices are being heard.”The committee website will include a news tab allowing residents to keep up to date with developments and committee meeting schedules. Ideas submitted by Michigan drivers concerning legislation will go directly to the committee, assuring every submission will be considered.“We want to make sure this lengthy process is transparent and easy to understand, and includes opportunities for Michigan drivers to stay up to date on reform efforts,” Afendoulis said. “We are going to get this right.”Afendoulis also encourages residents to “like” the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ReduceMiRatesNow/ to follow the latest news regarding the committee. 21Feb Rep. Afendoulis: Website devoted to car insurance reform up and running Site will provide latest news, meeting times and public interaction Categories: Lynn Afendoulis News
The BBC is adding two new sections to the Global iPlayer service in Europe, featuring content from the CBBC and CBeebies channels.The Family section will target older children with programming from CBBC, including Newsround, Deadly 60 and Rentaghost. Younger children will be targeted with the CBeebies section, which will bring hit shows Justin’s House and Mr Bloom’s Nursey to the iPlayer.Derren Lawford, head of programming and scheduling for the pilot Global iPlayer, said: “In an on demand world, parents want to ensure their children can watch shows in a safe, fun, trusted and curated environment. Given its outstanding domestic and international reputation, I can’t think of a better brand than CBeebies to help the Global BBC iPlayer do just that.”
Set-top boxes sold in Russia amounted to 3.95 million last year and will likely reach 5.15 million this year, according to figures compiled by J’Son & Partners.Russian suppliers dominate the market. General Satellite, which supplies pay TV leader Tricolor TV, remains the leading supplier of set-tops and satellite continues to dominate the set-top market, followed by IPTV, where the leading supplier is SmartLabs (InLine), a major supplier to leading telco Rostelecom. Digital-terrestrial box sales are expected to grow to one million next year.
Russian pay TV operator Orion Express has added Sony Entertainment Television HD to its Continent TV service. The move will enable Continent TV subscribers to view new and recent series including The Firm and Pan Am in HD.To promote its expanded 10-channel HD bouquet, Orion Express is making the service free for the first year to new and existing subscribers.
German cable operator Unitymedia has expanded its fibre network to the Steinfurt-Burgsteinfurt and Borghorst regions.Unitymedia has rolled its EuroDOCSIS 3.0 network out to around 8,000 homes in Steinfurt-Burgsteinfurt and Borghorst. These households can now receive up to 150Mbps broadband and digital TV services.Unitymedia, which provides services to homes in North Rhine-Westphalia and Hesse, said it had now rolled fibre services out to 90% of its network.
Adobe Primetime logoAdobe has signed up Comcast Cable and NBC Sports Group as the first partners for Primetime – its advanced TV publishing and monetisation platform, which it launched at NAB yesterday. Adobe Primetime is aimed at programmers and pay TV service providers looking to deliver digital video across devices and platforms. It integrates Adobe’s video publishing, player, DRM, advertising and analytics solutions in a bid to eliminate the complexity of reaching audiences, with customers able to use the full solution or different components.The firm has partnered with ecosystem partners including Akamai, Amazon Web Services, Cisco Systems, Elemental Technologies, Envivio, Harmonic, iStreamPlanet, RGB Networks, thePlatform so that users can implement the solution consistently across devices.“NBC Sports Group is using Adobe Primetime to bring major sporting events online. Our viewers expect to watch television programming on any connected device and Adobe’s broad collaboration through the industry ensures that we can deliver a TV-like experience across devices while integrating their Adobe Primetime platform into our existing infrastructure,” said Rick Cordella, senior vice president and general manager of digital media, NBC Sports Group.Sree Kotay, senior vice president and chief software architect, Comcast Cable added: “Adobe offers the right technologies to help us streamline TV services and bring them anywhere our customers want to watch their favourite content.”Adobe Primetime Player is available for Windows, Mac OS, Android, iOS, and will support connected TVs as well as gaming platforms such as Roku and Xbox in 2013.Adobe Primetime Player will support the Apple-developed HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) format, as well as HTTP Dynamic Streaming (HDS) on the desktop. HLS will also be available on all Adobe Primetime Player mobile platforms and will support MPEG-Dash in the future.
Lagardère has named Gérald-Brice Viret as deputy head of TV channels at its Lagardère Active arm.Viret succeeds Antoine Villeneuve, who has left the group to pursue personal projects.Viret, who will be charged with developing the activities of channels Bulli, Canal J, Tiji and June as well as MCM, Mezzo and Mezzo Live HD in France and internationally, has previously headed channels including NRJ 12, Chérie 25, NRJ Hits, TMC et Voyage, and led the group charged with preparing for the launch of digital-terrestrial broadcasting in France up until its dissolution in 2009.
Autentic has launched a new factual and entertainment channel – Spark – in South Africa.Autentic is the joint venture doc producer created by German producer and distributor Beta Film and former Discovery Germany boss Partick Hoerl in 2008.It has launched Spark on South African pay TV platform ODM and it is being programmed with content from the libraries of Autentic and ZDF Enterprises, the commercial arm of German public broadcaster ZDF.The line-up covers docs across the nature, environment, wildlife to history, travel and adventure categoriesPartick Hoerl said Autentic plans to roll out Spark in other international territories following the African launch.“The partnership between Autentic and ZDF Enterprises provides a tremendous output of world class original productions,” he said. “We strongly believe that there is a lot of interest for high quality factual programming throughout the world. Our next step is to expand Spark to territories in Eastern Europe and Asia.”Autentic already operates several special-interest channels in Africa and Europe, including Spiegel Geschichte and Spiegel TV in Germany and Austria.
The object of the second screen is to keep viewers interested by providing information that they want, according to Spencer Stephens, CTO of Sony Pictures.To illustrate what is possible, Stephens, speaking at the Verimatrix Multi-Network Solutions in the Real World event at IBC yesterday, cited the example – not strictly a second screen app – around Men In Black 3, where Sony had created a ‘ribbon’ below the playing movie through which users can access different pieces of information as well as background extras. The menu to the app could also enable viewers to stream or download parts of the movie and other content.Other elements of information not specifically tied to parts of the movie are also accessible via the menu. the app also includes a search function that can enable users to access any content that is tied to metadata, including scenes from the movie itself.To turn this type of app into a second screen experience, Spencer said that acquiring the right sort of metadata is key, as is synchronising the experience with what is happeningon the main screen. “The information at the botton of the screen needs to be relevant to what the viewer is doing so synchronisation between screens is important,” he said. This can be done through audio watermakring or fingerprinting but better would be a WiFi synch between devices, said Stephens.Alternatively content providers could use the network to sych the experiences, said Stephens. A linear broadcast could be synched with information on the second screen , but this was difficult wiht recorded content. It is possible to deliver synchronisation through two simultaneous streams sent to the main screen and, for example, an iPad.“A lot of what kids are doing is social networking, so providing a complete environment for them to stay and do what they are doing is important,” said Stephens.Once work has been done for one piece of content, the basic template can be extended to others, Stephens told attendees.“Once you develop a white label app creating a new experence for a different movie is not as difficult as you might think,” he said.
Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has promoted Jill Offman, SVP, Managing Director of Comedy Central UK, to international head of the Comedy Central brand.In her new job as senior vice president, comedy for VIMN, Offman will remain based in London but will report to US-based president and CEO of VIMN Bob Bakish.Offman, who retains her old responsibilities in her new role, takes on the expanded remit of overseeing how Comedy Central and its associated brands are positioned and presented in more than 70 countries outside the US – working across advertising sales, communications, creative, digital media and marketing.She will also continue to oversee Comedy Central’s international content strategy – a role she first took on in March 2012. This is based around an international pipeline of original scripted and non-scripted comedy and entertainment content for VIMN’s portfolio of 17 international comedy channels.“Comedy Central has enjoyed extraordinary international growth in the last few years, and Jill has contributed significantly to the brand’s success by establishing Comedy Central UK as one of the country’s most consistently popular pay TV services,” said Bakish.
Netflix may be planning an Australian launch next year, according to various local news reports.Netflix has declined to confirm the reports. According to The Australian newspaper, Netflix may have changed its mind on a launch in Australia because a significant number of people – about 20,000, according to the report – already bypass geo-blocking restrictions to subscribe to it and because of the high growth rates the online streaming service has experienced to date in European markets.Netflix has hitherto reportedly been reluctant to look at the Australian market because of inadequate internet infrastructure and concerns about its ability to deliver a competitive price point.Separately, Netflix is to bring a second season of its original series Lilyhammer exclusively to its subscribers in all territories in December.The series, developed by Rubicon TV and co-produced by Netflix for NRK/Netflix in association with Red Arrow International, will air from December 13.
EC VP Neelie KroesHungary’s new advertising tax is a politically motivated attempt to drive RTL out of the country’s market and is a threat to media freedom in the country, according to EC vice-president Neelie Kroes.In an outspoken blog post condemning the Hungarian government’s imposition of the law, which imposes a punitive tax rate on advertising on commercial broadcasters, Kroes said the measure “disproportionately affects one single media company, RTL”, which is the only company that would, according to its own calculations, face the highest rate of tax, resulting in significant losses and “putting in jeopardy their ability to operate”.Kroes said that the move is clearly politically motivated and designed to see off the only significant media outlet that does not follow the line of the ruling Fidesz party. “RTL is one of the few channels in Hungary not simply promoting a pro-Fidesz line; it is hard to see that the goal is anything other than to drive them out of Hungary. The Hungarian Government does not want a neutral, foreign-owned broadcaster in Hungary; it is using an unfair tax to wipe out democratic safeguards, and see off a perceived challenge to its power,” she said.Kroes said that the advertising law follows a pattern, citing the country’s 2010 media law, which gave a body “subject to political interference” huge powers over Hungarian media, “breaching the Hungarian constitution and EU law and jeopardising fundamental rights”.She said that undermining and silencing media freedom and debate “is an attack on Hungarian democracy”.Kroes said there is a need for Europeans to take action to ensure “a free and plural media” in Hungary and in countries including Bulgaria, Italy and the UK and commended a recent report on possible measures by a group chaired by former Latvian president Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga.
Dutch telco KPN had 2.024 million TV subscribers at the end of the third quarter, up 5.7% year-on-year.The telco had 1.516 million IPTV customers at the end of September, up 18% year-on-year. Other TV customers, including its declining Digitenne digital-terrestrial base, numbered 508,000, down 20%.Fixed triple-play customers numbered 1.316 million at the end of the quarter, up 13%, representing 48% of the subscriber base. Revenue generating units per customer numbered 2.24 and ARPU amounted to €44. However TV revenues amounted to €57 million, down 5%.KPN said it had seen strong growth in consumer fixed-mobile bundles, with 84,000 net additions in the third quarter, and a return to growth in broadband.
German pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has tapped satellite operator SES’s media services arm SES Platform Services to deliver its new Sky Online OTT service.Sky Online allows Sky viewers to watch a range of channels over the web and via apps. The service initially comprises two packages with non-linear content and 12 linear channels.SES Platform Services will manage Sky Online’s linear offering, and will be responsible for encoding, packaging and monitoring the channels and implementing parental control measures.“Sky Deutschland is currently the most dynamic media company in Europe and has emphasised its strength in innovation by launching Sky Online,” said Sophie Lersch, chief sales officer at SES Platform Services. “We are delighted that Sky has decided to rely on our technical expertise and multi-screen encoding services for its latest OTT offer, just as it did for Sky Go.”