The cruising industry is a “dynamic” asset to the New South Wales economy, according to Carnival chief executive Ann Sherry, with turnover expected to triple in the industry to up to $1.3 billion by 2020.According to a Deloitte Access Economics report commissioned by Carnival Australia, cruise value is expected to hike in NSW to $1.1 billion over the next eight years from $350 million during 2010-11, a jump that will greatly assist New South Wales, according to Carnival’s head.“These figures demonstrate yet again that cruising is a dynamic part of the New South Wales economy with its growth set to outstrip the State’s Gross State Product and the Australian Gross Domestic Product growth rates over the next decade,” Ms Sherry said. As well as rapid value incline, average annual expenditure of the industry is also expected to jump by 15 percent over the same period in NSW while annual expenditure is predicted to jump by 43 percent over the next two years alone to $1.036 billion to 2015-2016.To assist the booming sector, employment is also project to spiral from 3150 to move than 10,000 by 2020.Carnival said results of a commissioned national report is expected to be released soon.Keep an eye on e-Travel Blackboard for more cruise news. Costa Deliziosa Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
The Achna local council voted on Tuesday to withdraw support for the creation of a crocodile park in the community following public opposition to the project.Six members of the council voted for the move while two were against it.According to a press release, the decision was greeted with great relief by the local residents who had opposed the park.The local committee for the struggle against the crocodile park warmly thanked the council for listening to the concerns of the Achna inhabitants and the general public.They also thanked a number of other fellow-fighters in their struggle, the ecologists, members of the House environment committee, the Animal party, Terra Cypria as well as agricultural organisations Eka, Pek, and Panagrotikos and the University of Nicosia which pointed out the health implications of the project.The committee called on the government to respect the decision of the community council and to reject any other request for the opening of a crocodile park in Cyprus.Israeli company TSA Crocopark had approached Achna community in the Famagusta district over creating a crocodile park after their proposal was rejected by the Psematismenos and Athienou communities.The community council had said they would not object if the company decided to file for a permit but said later it might reconsider following strong reaction by area residents and environmentalists.The proposal concerned a theme park hosting around 100 crocodiles, with a souvenir shop, a canteen, and walking paths. The company proposed its creation between Achna and Vrysoules near the old Larnaca to Famagusta road.The matter was discussed at the House environment committee after the initial decision by the community council to allow the park.MPs heard that it would need 80 tonnes of water per day and there was also a danger of spreading disease to humans.The head of the health ministry’s infectious disease surveillance unit told MPs that the crocodiles could be infected with the West Nile virus, which could be transferred to humans through mosquitoes. You May LikeGolden GlimpseWhere Does Bob Barker Live In 2019?Golden GlimpseUndoZoHealthy7 Signs of Bi-Polar Disorder You Should Never Ignore!ZoHealthyUndoHealthZapThis Old Man Was Not Just A Janitor But A Soldier With A Great ReputationHealthZapUndo Iran’s Revolutionary Guards publish purported exchange with British warshipUndoClear winner in first round of Kition bishop voteUndoCompanies must use buying power to root out slavery, says UK officialUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Categories: Vaupel News Bill package helps ensure the safety of adopted kids Legislators today introduced a four-bill package to prohibit and punish the practice of informal child custody transfers.“In some cases, parents are using online forums to offer adopted children to strangers, which results in children being ‘rehomed’ into potentially abusive and unsafe environments,” said Rep. McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills. “Parents should not be allowed to permanently place a child under the care of another person without any oversight.”House Bill 5629, sponsored by Rep. McCready, prohibits a parent from transferring custody of a child for more than 180 days. Current law allows a temporary custody transfer to take place, using a power of attorney, if it does not exceed 180 days.HB 5628, sponsored by Rep. Hank Vaupel, criminalizes the transfer of custody with the intent to permanently divest oneself of parental responsibility, and also prohibits assisting or arranging an unregulated custody transfer.“This is about what’s best for children’s safety, plain and simple,” said Rep. Vaupel, R-Fowlerville. “Every child in Michigan deserves to be raised in a safe and secure home environment. These bills prevent an unregulated custody practice that can put children in danger.”HB 5626, sponsored by Rep. Tom Hooker, prohibits a person from advertising for potential adoptive parents without court involvement. HB 5627, also sponsored by Rep. Hooker, classifies soliciting a child for adoption as a Class F felony.“Children are our most precious treasure, requiring love and nurturing,” said Rep. Hooker, R-Byron Center. “Any person who tries to market children as a commodity deserves to be stopped and punished.”The bills were referred to the House Committee on Judiciary for consideration.Sen. Rick Jones has introduced similar legislation, Senate Bills 923-926.“We have a responsibility to all Michigan children to protect their safety,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “We don’t want to see people advertising children on the Internet. Children are not for sale. Plus, we never know who will respond; they could be a child abuser or a child molester. Ensuring proper precautions are taken is the best way to protect these children.”##### 04May New legislation prohibits unregulated custody transfers of adopted children
Categories: Lucido News 21Mar Rep. Lucido joined by time-change expert for committee hearing State Rep. Peter Lucido, left, speaks in support of his legislation to end the twice-annual time change in Michigan. Time-change expert Scott Yates, right, joined him to testify before the House Commerce and Trade Committee.Rep. Peter Lucido, of Shelby Township, was joined today by time-change expert Scott Yates to speak in support of legislation to eliminate the twice-a-year time changes in Michigan.Lucido, the Shelby Township legislator sponsoring the bill, said the twice-a-year time changes are disruptive, making employees late to work and negatively affecting how students perform at school.“We’ve been flipping our clocks around for nearly 100 years, and it just doesn’t make sense. No one can provide a good reason about why we continue to participate in the time change, but loads of people have very valid reasons about why we shouldn’t,” Lucido said. “Teachers complain that it’s disruptive to students, dairy farmers will tell you their cows produce less milk because of the time change, business owners notice lower productivity in their employees, and study after study has shown that changing the clocks has negative health effects.”Reports have shown increases in heart attacks, seizures, strokes and on-the-job injuries due to time changes. A 2014 study by the American College of Cardiology shows a 25-percent jump in heart attacks occurred the Monday after moving the clocks, compared to other Mondays during the year. Another study from the Journal on Health Medicine showed an increase in hospitalizations due to strokes in the two days following the time changes from 2004 to 2013.“Science shows how bad it is for people to change times,” Yates said. “The statistics are very clear that time change does effect everybody.”Rather than end Daylight Saving Time, however, Lucido is proposing that Michigan eliminate the time change by remaining in Daylight Saving Time all year round.“We’re already in Daylight Saving Time for nine months out of the year, it makes sense for us to just stay there,” Lucido said. “That’s what the majority of people I’ve spoken to all across Michigan want because it gives families more time to spend outside in the evening. This will lead to more active children and help combat childhood obesity.”House Bill 4011 remains under consideration by the House Commerce and Trade Committee.###
Categories: Wentworth News 14Mar House approves bill to honor Army Spc. Robert M. Friese Legislation names portion of Clare County highway after fallen soldierThe Michigan House of Representatives this week approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Jason Wentworth to name a portion of highway in Clare County after Army Spc. Robert M. Friese.Recently, Friese’s mother Cindy Friese, his fiancé Brittany Minterfering, and her mother and grandmother, Lori Minterfering and Pam Heath testified during the Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of Wentworth’s bill to rename the highway.“Robert Friese gave his life for his country and will continue to be remembered for his bravery and kindness in Clare County,” said Rep. Wentworth, of Clare. “This memorial will honor his legacy and impact he’s had on the community.”On April 29, 2011, Friese was killed in Kut, Iraq when his unit was attacked by enemy forces.Friese was a recipient of the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star. The bill will rename a portion of Business Route 127 as the SPC Robert Friese Memorial Highway.House Bill 5394 advances to the Senate for consideration.###
Categories: Annette Glenn News 19Mar Michigan House approves Rep. Glenn’s plan to boost government transparency Legislation extends open record requirements to governor, LegislatureState Rep. Annette Glenn’s plan to make state government more accountable to the people of Michigan was unanimously approved today by the Michigan House.Glenn, of Midland, said Michigan is one of just two states that still exempts its governor and state legislators from open records laws. Her legislation is part of a bipartisan plan to end these exemptions and increase transparency in state government.“With this solution, we will ensure people receive the transparency they deserve from all of their elected officials,” Glenn said. “This added accountability will go a long way toward restoring the public’s trust in their government.”The proposal will subject the governor and lieutenant governor to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and hold state representatives and senators to the same high standard by creating the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA).While LORA mirrors FOIA in many ways, there are exemptions for constituent inquiries to ensure that personal information is protected and kept private. Other communications lawmakers have with state departments and lobbyists would not be exempt.House Bills 4007-13 and 4015-16 now advance to the Senate for consideration.###
Categories: Yaroch News 12Jun Rep. Yaroch plan to protect families and firefighters from PFAS advances A plan sponsored by State Rep. Jeff Yaroch to protect firefighters and communities from the risks associated with certain kinds of firefighting foam was approved by the House Committee on Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation.Yaroch’s two-bill proposal would prohibit the use of firefighting foam containing PFAS for training exercises and would require firefighters to be trained on the proper use and handling of PFAs-containing foam.“Our safety and training standards need to educate the best to anticipate the worst,” Yaroch said.AFFF foam containing PFAS is used by fire departments to suppress petroleum-based fires. While manufacturers voluntarily stopped making PFAS-containing foam in 2002, in exchange for a safer alternative, many facilities still have the older foam on hand.“As science evolves, so does our understanding of the chemicals, like PFAS, we use to contain and control disaster,” Yaroch said. “It is my goal to champion policies that proactively protect firefighters and Michigan families from potential harm.”The proposal, House Bills 4390 and 4391, next moves to the House Ways and Means Committee for consideration.
Share67TweetShare4Email71 SharesJuly 2, 2015; IndiegogoAt 23 days left to go, the fund at Indiegogo for the Girl Scout Council that returned $100,000 to a donor that wanted a commitment that the council would exclude transgender girls now stands at more than three times the original donation. Granted, the lion’s share of donations is likely in, but we would guess that some portion of the almost 7,000 people who donated will be retained as donors. And of course, new donors treated right are a gift that keeps on giving.As readers doubtlessly know, the donor who made the demand had her money promptly returned, and the council used the opportunity to invite people to stand up with them, which they did in droves.Leonard Pitts, a columnist for the Miami Herald, writes that the Council exhibited an “inspiring example of moral courage.” While he acknowledged that some may be disturbed by having to be inclusive of transgender folk, he writes of the unfortunate impulse some have “to handle difficult questions by segregating those who make them necessary behind barbed wire of social rejection: You can’t do this, you can’t join that, you can’t go here, you can’t participate there.” Pitts concluded:“It is a tactic that has been tried repeatedly, tried by coercion of custom, force of law and threat of violence. When in all of the grand sweep of time has it ever worked? When has the marginalized group ever sat contentedly behind barbed wire without demanding, and fighting for, change? When have the people who imprisoned them there ever been vindicated by history?”Exactly.—Ruth McCambridgeShare67TweetShare4Email71 Shares
Dutch cable operator Ziggo has updated its iPad app, with an expanded on-demand catalogue, new home page and faster loading TV guide.The new app offers the ten most-watched Dutch channels including Ned 1, Ned 2, Ned 3, RTL 4, RTL 5, RTL 7, RTL8, Net 5, SBS 6 and Veronica in “almost HD quality”, according to Ziggo. The app is free to download, but users must subscribe to broadband from Ziggo to watch the channels.“Our ultimate goal is to [offer] television and video-on-demand on any convenient screen,” said Marcel Nijhoff, commercial director of Ziggo.
Independent UK film distributor Revolver has launched a social video-on-demand service via Facebook.FindWatchShare has launched in beta mode and will allow users of the social network to view new and catalogue titles from Revolver online. The distributor’s current movie slate includes Iron Sky and Ill Manors and library titles include William & Kate: The Movie and The Legend of Bruce Lee.The service is currently limited to the UK, but Revolver reportedly plans to extend it to international markets and to add third-party titles.
UK broadcaster Channel 5’s Demand 5 app is now available on 2012 and 2013 models of Sony smart TVs.The app, based on a technology platform provided by Massive Interactive, recently launched on the Xbox One and PS4 game console platforms.The on-demand service is also available on the YouView, Freesat, Samsung, LG, Now TV and PS3 platforms.“We are very pleased to have launched another Demand 5 application with Sony”, said Kieran Bresnan, managing director EMEA, Massive Interactive. “The successful delivery of another Demand 5 application continues to demonstrate Massive’s ability to deliver high performing and rich UI experiences on a wide variety of devices regardless of the underlying middleware stack.”
Some 36% of pay TV subscribers and 48% of non-subscribers now subscribe to Netflix, according to a US study by Leichtman Research Group.According to the ‘On-Demand TV 2014: A Nationwide Study on VOD and DVRs’ research, 36% of US Netflix subscribers stream video daily and 72% do so weekly – up substantially from 2010 when the percentages stood at 10% daily and 43% weekly.Broken down, 32% of pay TV subscribers with Netflix were found to stream Netflix daily, while 53% of non-pay TV subscribers with Netflix stream daily.Overall, Leichtman said that 76% of US households have a DVR, subscribe to Netflix, or use VoD from a cable or telco provider, with 26% of households using two of the services and 11% using all three.Some 59% of all cable subscribers were also found to have used VoD at some point, compared to 46% in 2009 and just 10% in 2004.“Along with Netflix and other over-the-top offerings, these on-demand TV services have permanently changed the options of how people may choose to watch TV,” said Bruce Leichtman, president and principal analyst for Leichtman Research Group.
Peter HaltRovi will look to continue to grow the business through “strategic acquisitions and organic growth initiatives” following its buyout of Fanhattan and Veveo last year.Speaking on the firm’s fourth quarter earnings call, chief financial officer Peter Halt identified cloud delivery as one potential acquisition area but stressed that Rovi would apply “rigorous strategic technical and financial criteria” to any new opportunity.“Areas we might consider growth through acquisition could include technologies which accelerate delivering products and services in the cloud, or expanding our data analytics and search and recommendation operations,” said Halt.Rovi’s CEO, Thomas Carson, also named discovery as an area of interest when pressed further about potential additions to the firm’s portfolio.Rovi bought content discovery and navigation firm, Fanhattan, in November in a bid to accelerate its vision to offer “next-generation guidance and discovery using advanced cloud, user interface and hardware technologies.”Last February it also announced it was buying personalised entertainment discovery specialists Veveo for US$62 million (€47 million) in cash.Halt said he expected increasing revenues from these deals to “ramp up in the second half of the year.”In Q4, Rovi reported a 12% year-on-year decrease in revenues at US$134.2 million, which it attributed to the “continuing decline in analogue copy protection revenues” and a comparatively better Q4 2013 thanks to catch-up payments on several new deals.Rovi reported a fourth quarter net loss of US$5.8 million, compared to a net loss of $60.8 million for the same quarter of 2013.
John ChambersCisco Systems’ service provider video business took a hit on lower orders and revenue in its third fiscal quarter, but will look to rebound as it focuses more on cloud TV delivery internationally, according to its outgoing CEO.Cisco posted overall third quarter revenues of US$12.1 billion (€10.6 billion), up 5%. Non-GAAP net income was up 5.9% to US$2.8 billion.However, the service provider video arm saw revenues fall by 5% in its fiscal third quarter, with underlying orders down more, according to chairman and CEO John Chambers.Chambers, peaking on an analyst call, admitted that service provider video orders were down 20%. However, he said that the decline was due largely to a single US operator and that as Cisco focused more and more on the growth area of cloud services, it would pick up momentum.Chambers said that cloud-based video was “strategic” for Cicso, which he contrasted with the legacy set-top box business, characterised as “tactical”.Chambers said that the group would continue “to focus on improving profitability in this business as we develop next-generation end-to-end video solutions combining hardware, software, and services”.
Middle East and North Africa-focused SVoD player Icflix has inked a deal with Umniah Telecom and its streaming service is now available to the Jordanian telco’s customers.Umniah customers can activate Icflix via their mobile handsets. They will then be able to access the service on connected devices. It is programmed with a range of international movies and series as well as local content and Icflix’s growing roster of originals. The SVOD service is making its own series and kids programming and this week announced a move into original local movies.Pricing starts at 1JD a month for Umniah customers.“The strategic partnership is first of its kind in Jordan and will offer Umniah customers a value-for-money entertainment experience, allowing them to stream their favourite content through a simple subscription process straight fromtheir mobile phone,” said Carlos Tibi, CEO and co-founder, Icflix.
Dido HardingUK telco TalkTalk lost 14,000 TV customers in the fourth fiscal quarter, despite bouncing back in overall revenue-generating unit additions from the cyber attack on it and data leak last October.The company added 148,000 RGUs in the quarter to March, with 90,000 new mobile customers and 72,000 new fibre customers added in the quarter. On-net customer additions were flat over the quarter, but TalkTalk reported its lowest ever quarterly churn at 1.3%.Revenues amounted to £1.838 billion up 2.4% on last year, with on-net revenue rising by 5% and ARPU rising by 5.8%.“The business bounced back strongly in the final quarter following the cyber attack in October. We recorded our lowest ever churn and stabilised the broadband base, testimony to the speed with which customer sentiment towards TalkTalk has recovered, the success of our greater focus on existing customers, and the growing benefits of our simplification programme. We reported full year results in line with our guidance and have declared a 15% higher dividend for the year,” said CEO Dido Harding.“TalkTalk is well positioned to build upon our already strong credentials as the UK’s leading value for money quad-play and B2B operator. There has never been a clearer space for a trusted value champion and our learnings from and experience since the cyber attack have helped to focus our plans for the year ahead. We see strong opportunities for growth across all our products, both for consumers and for businesses, against the backdrop of an increasingly supportive regulatory environment. As a result we are reiterating our financial guidance for FY17 of £320m-£360m EBITDA.”
Glenn GellerUS broadcaster CBS has upped Kelly Kahl to president of entertainment and drafted in The CW exec Thom Sherman, with Glenn Geller set to exit.Kahl has been upped from senior executive VP of CBS Primetime, a role she has held since 2005.Sherman, who joins from CBS’s part-owned network The CW later this week, will become senior EVP of programming, reporting to Kahl, who in turn reports directly to CBS chairman and CEO LesMoonves.Meanwhile, Geller is in talks with CBS Television Studios over a production deal.He has been on medical leave after suffering a heart attack earlier this year, with Moonves at that point asking other senior CBS entertainment execs to “step up” instead of immediately appointing a replacement.Geller had replaced Nina Tassler in September 2015.“We have great respect for Glenn’s many accomplishments and his tireless efforts over 16 years at CBS – both at the network and our studio,” said Moonves. “He’s a smart programmer and loves the creative process, and we look forward to working with him in his new role.”Kahl has been with CBS for 21 years, and has played a major part in the Eye Network’s strong primetime schedule, which includes series such as NCIS and Criminal Minds, for more than a decade.He has successfully scheduled series such as Survivor, NCIS, Everybody Loves Raymond, The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods and The Good Wife, and has had scheduling oversight at The CW, which CBS co-owns with Warner Bros.CBS has been the number US network in terms of viewers for 14 of the past 15 seasons, including nine straight.Kahl had joined CBS in 1996 after three years at Warner, and prior to that worked a LorimarTelevision (before it merged with the Burbank studio).Sherman is currently EVP at The CW, where he had led development and had oversight of primetime programming. Series launched during his tenure include Arrow, The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, The Flash and Jane the Virgin, plus unscripted shows such as Whose Line is it Anyway? and Penn & Teller: Fool Us.Between 2004 and 2006, he worked at J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and before that spend eight years at CBS rival ABC.“This is a dynamic, talented and very experienced executive team to lead a division that will create the next generation of hits for CBS,” said Moonves.“Kelly has been part of my team since he was an intern at Lorimar 27 years ago,” added the CBS chief. “He has a brilliant programming mind, sharp business acumen and great analytical skills for our evolving television audience. “He is also highly respected by his colleagues at CBS and our key external stakeholders, and he knows how to make all parts of the network work together to form a winning team.“Through our work at The CW, I’ve had a front-row seat to see Thom’s outstanding creative instincts and programming vision inaction.“He has developed and nurtured an incredible roster of critically acclaimed, commercially successful and fan favorite shows for The CW and other companies.”
The US’s new wave of OTT TV ‘skinny bundle’ providers could amass 3.5 million subscribers by the end of this year, further eating into the base of established pay TV providers, according to Ampere Analysis.In a study of ‘virtual multiple system operators’ (VMSOs), Ampere contends that a new raft of services charging as little as US$20 a month for slimmer channel line-ups could offer a more direct competitive challenge to cable and satellite TV players than Netflix and Amazon.While some VMSOs, such as Dish Network’s Sling TV and AT&T’s DirecTV Now, are actually backed by pay TV providers, others, such as Sony’s PlayStation Vue, Google’s YouTube TV and Hulu’s Live TV offer an outright competitive challenge.With VMSOs predicted to appeal to 25-44 year-olds in particular, and to appeal to cord-cutters as well as cord-nevers, Ampere Analysis forecasts that pay TV penetration will drop below 70% before 2020. Household pay TV penetration dropped below 80% in Q3 2015 in the US and continues to decline, reaching 76.5% at the end of 2016, the research outfit said.According to Ampere’s recent US consumer survey, almost half of US internet users said hey could see their household no longer watching broadcast TV in the next five years. Half are already using online video services as the main way to watch TV.Ampere said that VMSOs can address the 60% of US broadband households that had internet speeds of 10Mbps or more at the end of 2016. While the prevalence of 24-month pay TV contracts in the US means VMSOs must fight to win subscribers in these first few years, and wrestle customers from incumbents, the skinny bundle providers have the advantage of lower acquisition costs. However, one downside of their model, based on shorter contract periods, is that VMSO subscribers can switch easily between services.Toby Holleran, Analyst at Ampere Analysis said: “Longer-term, we believe that the rapid growth in the VMSO market will offset the continuing decline in traditional pay TV subscriptions. But it’s not all good news for channel owners as VMSOs’ focus on low cost means that many smaller thematic channels are left by the wayside. We also expect the competition from VMSOs to push down pay TV pricing and have particular effect on those operators who don’t own their own broadband infrastructure – so are unable to adapt broadband and bundle pricing to compensate for decreasing TV ARPUs.”
BBC director general Tony HallBBC chief Tony Hall (pictured) has warned a potential £500 million (€565 million) shortfall in spend of original UK content is up ahead, and that Netflix and Amazon’s models will not help alleviate the problem.The director general of the UK’s pubcaster said results of a Mediatique report the BBC has commissioned reveal a “really worrying” state of affairs.The reports suggests that a real terms gap of £500 million will open up in the next ten years between the amount spent now and what will be spent then.“That represents over 20% of what is spent today,” said Hall. “Or, to put it another way, enough to make around 200 Sherlocks, and still have enough left over for nearly 100 Veras.”He added that Mediatique’s report rubbishes the opinion that new SVOD players such as Netflix and Amazon will plug the gap, and claimed their rising revenues had not “translated into an increased investment in British content”.“What Amazon and Netflix are offering consumers is good and impressive, and they’re offering producers here some fantastic opportunities too, but the reality is that their investment decisions are increasingly likely to focus on a narrow range of very expensive, very high-end content – big bankers that they can rely on to have international appeal and attract large, global audiences,” said Hall.“Even the most generous calculations suggest they are barely likely to make up half of the £500 million gap in British content over the decade ahead… And a more realistic forecast points to them contributing substantially less.“What this adds up to is not just a real risk to the volume and breadth of British content, but also – as the report warns – a potentially damaging impact on UK distinctiveness, risk-taking, and innovation.”It is not the first time Hall has warned about the potentially negative effects Netflix and Amazon may have on the British content market.Earlier this year, he said the BBC needed to “reinvent public service broadcasting” order to combat the SVOD threat.“In the UK we often think of the BBC as a big player – and in the UK, of course, we are, but today the media market is truly global,” said Hall yesterday during his lecture at the Liverpool John Moores University. “In that vast solar system, we are a medium-sized planet compared to the huge gas giants of the US – the Netflixes, Apples, and Amazons.”Hall said executives needed to “look at the BBC afresh – not in terms of our place in a domestic market, but in terms if the broader role we can play in helping to strengthen UK production in a global market”.
Vodafone and Maltese cable operator Melita’s shareholders have called off their plans for a merger of Vodafone Malta with Melita after concluding they would not be able to satisfy the local regulator’s requirements.Vodafone, Apax Partners Midmarket and Fortino Captial said that they had “cooperated extensively” with competition watchdog the MCAA to obtain approval for the deal. “However, it has now become clear that the parties are unable to satisfy the MCCAA’s requirements and consequently they have decided to terminate the transaction and withdraw the notification,” they said.Vodafone and Melita’s private equity owners agreed a merger deal that valued Vodafone Malta at €208 million and Melita at €298 million in May to create a quad-play competitor to incumbent operator GO. The merger was vigorously opposed by GO and the MCAA launched an in-depth probe into the deal in July.the regulator highlighted its view that “the concentration would significantly curtail the possibility for three players to operate in the relevant markets, as it would instead create a dominant player within a duopolistic set-up”. The MCAA said that it had “serious concerns arising from the proposed concentration with regards to the horizontal effects of the transaction in the mobile-only market, and the potential for co-ordinated and foreclosure effects in the mobile-only and multi-play markets”.Vodafone had said that the combination of the two companies would be provide more competition by delivery the necessary scale to take on GO, and would allow customers to gain access to multi-play packages.