EU antitrust authority probes provisions of contracts between US film studios European

EU antitrust authority probes provisions of contracts between US film studios, European pay TV BRUSSELS – The European Union’s antitrust watchdog is investigating whether some clauses demanded by major U.S. film studios in their contracts with Europe’s largest pay TV broadcasters hurt competition.The probe, unveiled Monday, covers Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, NBCUniversal and Paramount Pictures.Studios mostly sell film rights for use in only one country, rather than across the EU’s 28 nations. The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, said it is investigating the legality of clauses in contracts that prevent broadcasters from providing services across borders.“Such provisions might constitute an infringement of EU antitrust rules,” said Commissioner Joaquin Almunia, the bloc’s antitrust chief. “More and more European citizens watch films, use pay TV services broadcast by satellite and increasingly available through online streaming,” he told reporters in Brussels.Contract clauses granting “absolute territorial protection” might be forcing pay TV operators such as Britain’s BSkyB, France’s Canal Plus, Spain’s DTS or Italy’s and Germany’s Sky channels to refuse subscribers from other EU nations, according to the Commission.Almunia specified the antitrust body’s investigation doesn’t question all forms of territorial limitations and doesn’t aim at introducing flat-out European contracts instead of national ones.The question is, for example, whether a subscriber to a German pay TV channel should be able to watch his content also when using his laptop to stream it online while on vacation in another EU nation, he said.“Or if you live in Belgium and you want to subscribe to a Spanish pay TV service, (you) may not be able to subscribe at all if there’s absolute territorial exclusivity,” Almunia said.The Commission has no legal deadline to complete its antitrust inquiries. If it finds violations of competition rules, it can hand firms fines worth a percentage of the annual sales of the relevant products, capped at a maximum of 10 per cent of a firm’s overall annual revenues.The bloc’s top court, the EU Court of Justice, in 2011 found in a case involving territorial licensing restrictions for Premier League football matches that they eliminate competition between broadcasters and partition the market according to national borders, the Commission said.Regarding football rights “these exclusivity conditions are being eliminated or have been eliminated” following the court ruling, Almunia said. On film rights, however, such clauses of territorial exclusivity still exist, he added.“We will carefully examine the principle set out by the court,” Almunia said.___Follow Juergen Baetz on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/jbaetz European Commissioner for Competition Joaquin Almunia gestures while speaking during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. The European Union’s antitrust watchdog says it has opened an investigation on licensing agreements between several major U.S. film studios and European pay TV broadcasters. Its probe covers Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, NBCUniversal and Paramount Pictures. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) by Juergen Baetz, The Associated Press Posted Jan 13, 2014 4:07 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Mother who died after childbirth suffered from a blood disorder LHC

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRelatives picket Linden hospital after maternity deathApril 13, 2018In “latest news”No outbreak of diarrhoea, vomiting at Linden Hospital – ChairmanOctober 18, 2016In “Health”N/A hospital rejects report patient died from starvation; says spoiled vegetables were discardedApril 30, 2015In “Health” The 41-year-old mother of three who died on Monday following a normal delivery at the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) suffered a blood disorder, referred to as Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC), which caused rapid blood loss and thinning eventually leading to shock and kidney failure.LHC CEO, Dr Farouk Riyasat (left); PRO Toshanna Alicock (centre) and Dr McDonald during the press briefing WednesdayThis is according to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LHC, Dr Farouk Riyasat, who made the revelation, which he stated was his belief, during a media brief that was also attended by the Hospital’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr Romesa McDonald and Public Relations Officer Toshanna Alicock on Wednesday.Alicock said the institution was saddened by the incident and expressed sympathy to Gill’s family, noting that the Hospital would have completed its investigation and an official report was already prepared and sent to the relevant authorities, including the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and the Director of Regional Health Services.She said a Pathologist from Georgetown travelled to Linden on Wednesday to conduct a post- mortem examination on the body of the now deceased woman; however, her family did not show up despite being informed. This led to the procedure being postponed.Dead: Jennifer GillAlicock said according to facts from the report, on first assessment by a doctor, Gill was in active labour when she arrived at the Hospital, being dilated at six centimetres (cm) and did not require a C-section.“On assessment by the consultant, the patient had no criteria for a C- section…,” she noted. Alicock explained that Gill delivered a healthy baby boy and received the necessary drugs and blood that were needed.“After the patient gave birth, the patient was observed to be haemorrhaging and the patient was then prepped and taken to the theatre to have a hysterectomy.”According to the CEO, a C-section would have also been life-threatening with the blood disorder, which was only detected after the hysterectomy. He said staff also learnt that a family member of Gill also suffered from the disorder and had to have her uterus removed.Additionally, he said they learnt that Gill, also suffered severe haemorrhaging during one of her other pregnancies. The CEO said staff only learnt this later, as he explained that specific tests were required to detect the disorder.Gill reportedly went into hypovolemic shock (also referred to as haemorrhagic shock) and was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), where treatment was continued.However, she went into cardio-respiratory arrest, and despite resuscitation, she died at 20:30hrs on Monday. Alicock maintains that Gill was treated by a team of expert doctors and that immediate family members were kept up to date on her condition by Dr McDonald and other members of the team throughout the process.Prior to this incident, the LHC recorded zero maternal deaths since 2009. (Utamu Bell) read more

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FLSmidth clarifierthickener and filter press being delivered to Mopani Copper Mines

first_imgFLSmidth is in the process of delivering an EIMCO Clarifier And Thickener (E-CAT) and a Shriver filter press to Mopani Copper Mines in Zambia for its Mufulira smelter. The equipment removes and dewaters dust particles from the water system. Ricus van Reenen, Sales Manager: Products at FLSmidth, explains that FLSmidth’s E-CAT technology, which has no moving parts at all, combines optimised flocculation, high rate clarification and high density in a single compact unit. It streamlines liquid-solid separation flow sheets by optimising chemical settling aids and providing a dedicated escape route for displaced free liquid.The fact that there are no moving parts translates into a lower cost and lower energy consumption, meaning reduced maintenance in the long run. The E-CAT also has a smaller surface area than conventional thickeners, and therefore a smaller footprint that optimises space on constrained sites, particularly in remote locations in Africa. In addition, the self diluting feed makes for optimal flocculant utilisation, while no external dilution pumps are necessary either. Good overflow clarity means that effluent can be re-used, while the dense underflow cuts down on the energy needed for drying. The smaller ponding area necessary also means a reduced handling volume. “FLSmidth has a deep history in terms of dewatering technology, in addition to having the biggest reference base by far in terms of equipment installed. We also have the largest range of filtration equipment on the market. It is this combination of technology and innovation, combined with our value-added services, that allow us to offer ‘One Source’ total solutions for our mining clients,” van Reenen concludes.last_img read more

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