A SIOUX CITY COUPLE IS IN CUSTODY FACING CHARGES OF ALLEGEDLY MISTREATING THEIR DOGS, WHICH WERE FOUND LIVING IN FILTH IN A CONFINED SPACE.32-YEAR-OLD BLAKE DANDURAND AND 31-YEAR-OLD JAMIE DANDURAND ARE EACH CHARGED WITH EIGHT COUNTS OF ANIMAL ABUSE.COURT DOCUMENTS STATE THAT THE EIGHT DOGS WERE FOUND ON APRIL 11TH LIVING IN A FOUR FOOT BY FOUR FOOT PEN IN THE MUD FLOOR CELLAR OF A HOME LOCATED AT 1412 VIRGINIA STREET.THE DOGS WERE LIVING IN FILTHY CONDITIONS AND THEIR MATTED FUR WAS COVERED WITH FECES AND MUD.THE DOGS HAD NO ROOM TO MOVE AND AN ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER DESCRIBED THE SMELL IN THE CELLAR AS HORRIFIC.THE DEFENDANT ADMITTED THAT THE DOGS WERE LET OUTSIDE ONLY 8-10 TIMES A YEAR.ANIMAL RESCUE WORKERS HAD TO SHAVE THE DOGS BECAUSE THE FILTH CAKED ONTO THEIR FUR COULD NOT BE REMOVED.ANIMAL CONTROL SAYS THAT THE DOGS WERE TREATED AND IN THE LAST MONTH HAVE ALL BEEN ADOPTED OUT TO GOOD HOMES.THE DANDURAND’S ARE BEING HELD IN THE WOODBURY COUNTY JAIL ON $10-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND EACH.
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The Swiss Federal Council has approved proposed changes in the country’s Telecommunications Act (TCA) that will give Swisscom’s competitors access to its fibre network and mandate the opening up of shared access points in buildings to enable rival providers to compete.The Council that access to subscribers should be technology-neutral, and dominant providers will have to guarantee access not only to traditional copper wires but to other technologies including fibre.The proposed revision of the TCA will now go to the country’s parliament.Alternative network providers including the country’s leading cable operator, Liberty Global-backed UPC, immediately welcomed the move.UPC Switzerland, along with Suissedigital, Sunrise, Salt, Green, Init7, Swiss Fibre Net and Openaxs issued a joint statement welcoming the change and calling for a quick revision of the TCA to prevent a monopoly in fibre access. It called on the Federal Council to acquire the necessary regulatory authority to guarantee a minimum level of fair competition and ensure investment in network expansion, especially in rural areas.The operators said that the current TCA, which only regulates access to copper networks, had allowed Swisscom an unfair advantage in fibre.Suissedigital, UPC, Sunrise and Salt led the call for urgent revision fo the act, with support from Green, Init7 and VTX. The group also claimed support from Swiss Fibre Net AG, the cooperative of local and regional utility companies, which represents large cities and smaller municipalities with open fibre-optic networks, and Openaxs, the association of Swiss electricity supply companies for the promotion of open broadband networks.“Legislation to date has favoured Swisscom’s home protection, resulting in a distortion of the market at the expense of all other market players. We welcome the proposed revision as a first and important step from the Federal Council towards rectifying this imbalance,” said Eric Tveter, CEO of UPC.“Today customers in cities and metropolitan areas can choose from several broadband offers and attractive prices. From now on, this needs to be guaranteed in rural areas as well. To ensure continued investment from all providers, the Federal Council must be able to take corrective action if competition is prevented,” said Olaf Swantee, CEO of Sunrise.“Neither the economy nor the Swiss people should be subjected to yet another monopoly situation. And this includes rural areas. After the copper network monopoly, we must not have yet another high-broadband network monopoly. That is why the Telecommunications Act must be revised quickly, as proposed by the Federal Council,” said Andreas Schönenberger, Salt CEO. read more
In a world where more content is available than ever before, personalisation of the viewing experience is becoming more important, writes Erik Ramberg, head of TV platform product management, Ericsson Media Solutions.Erik RambergIn a smartphone-centric world, on-demand, anytime, anywhere content has created viewing habits that have fundamentally changed the way content is consumed. While traditional linear broadcast – particularly live content – still has a role to play, millennial and post-millennial audiences access content in wide ranging and increasingly personalised ways, drawing from a range of sources such as social and online platforms.Ericsson ConsumerLab TV and Media research shows that 54% of 16-19 year olds spend more than half their time watching on demand, an increase of almost 100% since 2010. For their part, service providers need to address the full gamut of services from cloud-DVR and on-demand, through to catch-up and time shifted TV to offer an equally compelling proposition.Relevance and personalisation deliver value to consumersThis shifting landscape puts pressure on service providers to deliver more content via more platforms, more quickly. Legacy EPG and ‘by-category’ lists are no longer adequate to respond to these evolving viewer habits.Yet, more does not always mean better. With the variety of programming growing across all sources, meaningful content is becoming increasingly difficult to find. Ericsson ConsumerLab TV and Media research shows consumers watch over 30 hours of media per week yet spend nearly an hour searching for something to watch every day (51 minutes). Enhanced personalisation and content discovery is therefore critical to delivering value to the consumer.Today’s content must now be prepared across a wider range of media formats, meeting the requirements of different encoding schemas and digital rights management (DRM) frameworks. As relevance and personalization become increasingly important for consumers, service providers must also insert or pre-roll targeted advertisements. The need for speed is even more critical when it comes to getting live content into on-demand platforms. This puts added pressure on video processing systems.Cloud underpins the agility needed for innovationFor a growing number of service providers, cloud-based solutions are the answer. They deliver both the technical media conversion capability they need and the agility to quickly scale-up to meet demand. Their focus should lie in building a network-quality service that brings together the breadth and depth of premium content with the personalization, speed, flexibility and continuous innovation of over-the-top (OTT). An end-to-end cloud solution brings significant efficiency benefits. Thanks to common infrastructure and storage, content is involved in fewer processes between ingest and delivery to on-demand hosting platforms and streaming services.In order to address the growing need for compelling premiums services over any platform, we are seeing the rise of software-defined cloud platforms. These are enabling service providers, broadcasters and content owners to evolve their infrastructure and deliver a consistent viewer experience regardless of device or format. As service providers seek to match shifting consumer habits, the need for the flexible creation, management and delivery of video experiences is critical.We can already see that for younger consumers, ad-free services such as Netflix are preferable to ad-funded linear services. Ericsson ConsumerLab TV and Media research shows this audience segment is willing to pay $5 to $10 to reduce or eliminate ads completely. Service providers must increasingly leverage subscriber and viewing data to better understand what viewers want and to help them deliver a more immersive – and relevant – experience. Service providers must also engage with viewers on an individual level. Through the use of actionable analytics, these service providers have unique insights to enable business decisions on content catalogs, scheduling and acquisition to create personalised offerings for different market segments.Managing the complexity of next generation TV The knock-on effect of delivering this type of next generation TV service is added complexity, cost and time. Service providers are turning to scalable cloud-based solutions to help them manage this in a more unified way. Cloud-native, modular solutions enable broadcasters to scale the multiple servers and applications required for multiple processes, such as storage, video streaming, OTT video streaming and transcoding.TV service providers must now respond by integrating third party services and capturing data relating to viewer behaviour, device and platform preferences to create personalised, tailored recommendation and user experiences across live and on-demand service offerings. To achieve this, we know that existing infrastructures may require an update to support the flexible, scalable workflows that will enable new services. With the consumer now firmly in the driving seat, service providers must embrace and address this new, and often changing, reality by building agile foundations that support a more immersive and personalised viewing experiences. read more