Before TV Guide, Crystal served as president and CEO of Gruner + Jahr U.S.’s business innovator group, which included Inc. and Fast Company magazines. OpenGate Capital, the Beverly Hills, California-based private equity firm that purchased the print edition of TV Guide in October—for the rather astonishing price of $1—has named former TV Guide president and publisher Scott Crystal CEO.In addition to overseeing the magazine’s print operations, Crystal will manage the launch of TVGuideMagazine.com, a site that’s slated to feature blogs, user commentary and behind-the-scenes material from cover shoots. The site is expected to go live early next year.In October, OpenGate acquired TV Guide from Macrovision for $1 (Macrovision also was to loan OpenGate up to $9.5 million at 3 percent interest). The magazine’s online component, TVGuide.com—which features TV listings, news and video –was not a part of the deal.
New Delhi: The Delhi Police have arrested a man who was allegedly planning armed robberies, after a brief encounter in Akshardham area of east Delhi. According to the police, the accused identified as Mohd. Rehan received a bullet injury on his legs during the encounter on Friday night. “There was information that Rehan along with his associates were planning to commit armed robberies in Delhi. One of his associate namely Mohd. Mujeeb was arrested 15 days back, who was wanted in eight armed robberies in Delhi and he also disclosed that Rehan and others were planning to commit armed robberies in Delhi. Rehan was out on bail in a dacoity case,” said P.S. Kushwah, DCP (special cell). Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Following the information, a trap was laid and when Rehan was spotted and asked to surrender, he opened fire on the police party. He had fired two rounds after which in self defence the police also fired back and injured him. “He was immediately rushed to LBS hospital in a PCR van, where after treatment he was discharged. During a search, one 7.65 mm sophisticated pistol along with three live and two empty cartridges and one stolen motorcycle were recovered from him. During interrogation, he disclosed that he was going to meet his associates to commit robbery,” said Kushwah. A case against him has been registered under relevant sections and further interrogation is underway.
Nellore: To instil confidence among girls to face eve-teasers, the state youth services department is going to train girl students in self-defence.Police department too felt the need for such training as it takes some time for police teams to reach the spot to provide timely help to the victims of harassment. The youth services department is planning to impart basic self-defence techniques to the selected candidates by experts in Karate and other martial arts for two months. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us Initially, the department will identify Karate instructors who can teach techniques on self-defence and conduct orientation classes for them for two days on the contents of the self-defence module. According to sources, the department has decided to train around 12,500 girls across the state and 1,000 will undergo the training in the district. Officials will identify 20-25 instructors of Karate and other martial arts who bagged blackbelt or other qualifications per district. A committee headed by district collector would select the instructors and send them to Guntur for a two-day training on self-defence techniques to be taught to the candidates. The instructors will be paid an honorarium of Rs. 5,000 per month besides a certificate from the government. Also Read – Quarry checks bring down granite production Advertise With Us Five colleges will be selected in each revenue division from where 50 girls each will be selected for the training. Colleges would be selected by the district level committee and principal of the college concerned would act as Nodal Officer. Instructors would visit the college and provide training to the selected girls for one to one-and-a-half hours a day for 60 days. Advertise With Us The instructors teach Karate techniques, punches, hand strikes, kicks, basic blocks, fighting, use of available weapon and others as part of self-defence in 60 sessions. They also focus on developing self-confidence, on ways of concentration during attack or harassment, maintain poise when faced with unexpected and shocking situations. Officials are also planning to involve efficient teachers or professionals in psychology for providing classes on personality development and self-defence.
Jahangirnagar UniversityStudents of several departments of Jahangirnagar University have boycotted classes and exams protesting at the recent attacks across the country on the quota protesters, reports UNB.Five of the departments – Botany, Anthropology, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry – formed human chains along different locations of the campus around 11:00am on Wednesday and declared they were boycotting classes as well as exams for an indefinite period seeking immediate release of all the leaders of the movement who are in jail.At the latest development, all batches of seven departments – Philosophy, Government and Politics, Accounting and Information, Zoology, Physics, Finance and Banking, and History – boycotted their classes while several batches of eight other departments boycotted their classes and examinations in the same ground.Earlier on Tuesday, Philosophy department students staged a sit-in programme in front of their department and boycotted their classes demanding release of all quota reform leaders under the banner of fair and logical reformation of quota system.
When the 3DS was first launched Nintendo made a point of saying they couldn’t shrink the device any further. The components inside barely fit as it is, and no amount of parts shrinkage is going to change that, apparently.At the time I was skeptical and still expected Nintendo to announce a 3DSi and/or a 3DS XL at some point. Now Nintendo’s leading game director Shigeru Miyamoto has said the company is trying to figure out the next generation of handheld, not how to update the 3DS.The 3DS has been on the market for 15 months now, which is about as long as Nintendo waited to introduce the DS Lite after the original DS. The previous generation handheld went on to enjoy a seven year lifespan as Nintendo’s main portable device thanks to two more redesigns.If Miyamoto is saying there’s no more 3DS hardware updates coming at the 15 month stage, it suggests Nintendo is going to start releasing handheld hardware more regularly. It also makes sense to do that as a reaction to the growing threat of smartphone gaming, which typically sees new hardware released on a 12-18 month lifecycle.Introducing a 3DS XL does make sense due to the introduction of the Circle Pad peripheral. Integrating that into the main system, increasing the size of the 3D display, and improving battery life beyond 5 hours would all add to the 3DS’ appeal. But if that’s not going to happen and we get a brand new machine instead, Nintendo just has to hope consumers are willing to buy into it again so soon.via IGN
© 2011 PhysOrg.com SunPower’s E18 series solar panels can produce around 3,000 kWh of electricity annually. Ford customers installing them on their rooftops can expect about 147 square feet of roof panels, in the form of 11 panels, 4 feet by 2 feet, designed that way in order to accommodate a driver who clocks in about 1,000 miles monthly. The SunPower systems will come backed by a 25-year warranty.The solar equipment package is to include software so that the customer can monitor the solar panels’ performance online, using a Web application or iPhone app. The Ford-SunPower partnership is viewed as an apparent win-win strategy for both businesses. Ford gets to strengthen its public image as an ecologically responsible auto behemoth, which is leading, instead of reacting to, environmental awareness. SunPower gets to extend its customer reach and branded presence as leaders in solar panels and systems.Since the Ford Focus Electric runs on batteries, the solar package option represents an opportunity for the environment-conscious driver to score higher points on the Green scorecard. Although a driver already gets to cut dependence on imported oil via an EV, the owner still faces criticism from environmentalists who point out that electricity from the grid may come from coal and other fossil fuels.Charging up with solar panels engenders less pollution and a lower electricity bill.Ford hopes to electrify as many as one-fifth of its vehicles by 2020 to reach the company’s goal of helping to “stabilize the atmosphere,” according to Mike Tinskey, director of Ford’s global vehicle electrification effort. Overall, Ford’s electric-car roadmap includes the Focus Electric, and subsequently the C-MAX Hybrid, and the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid. More information: Image credit: Ford Explore further Citation: Ford will sell solar-powered cars in partnership with panel vendors (2011, August 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-ford-solar-powered-cars-partnership-panel.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — Ford has announced a partnership with San Jose-based solar panel vendor SunPower that will offer cars powered by rooftop solar panels. The panels will be installed by SunPower in the customer’s home, in a package deal priced at around $10,000. Prospective owners of the 2012 Ford Focus Electric can choose the solar option, to offset around 1,000 miles of driving a month. Ford will start producing an all-electric version of the Ford Focus later this year, and will sell it in California and New York this year. The wider rollout, to some 19 locations, will begin next year. The system will also be compatible with Ford’s plug-in hybrid C-MAX -Energi. via Ford press release Ford’s electric plans
October 30, 2015 3 min read Thanks to an outpouring of user screenshots, the secret is out. At long last, Facebook is officially taking on Craigslist and eBay with its own buying and selling feature called “Local Market.”The social-media giant confirmed today that it is indeed running trials of the functionality. “We are in the very early stages of testing new ways for more people to easily discover, buy, and sell items with other people on Facebook,” a spokesperson for the Menlo Park, Calif.-based company told Entrepreneur moments ago.The statement confirms what several Facebook users in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia, as well as in Auckland, New Zealand, reported fleetingly glimpsing in their Facebook iPhone apps over the last couple of days, some as early as Oct. 5. Sorry, Stateside shoppers, it is not yet known when the inaugural feature will expand beyond those specific locales.Related: The Psychology Behind Why We Like, Share and Comment on Facebook (Infographic)For some, the new functionality appeared as a blue button (that looks like an awning-covered store window) in the middle of the bottom of the main Facebook iOS app screen. Meanwhile, others spied broader views of the feature in the app, which appears to offer a smorgasbord of basic, searchable shopping categories. Among them are everything from antiques to clothing, electronics to gardening and beyond.As for what we know so far of how Local Market works, Facebook does not directly facilitate transactions. They occur between individual users. To initiate and complete a sale, prospective buyers comment on a post or message a seller. The particulars of how payment transactions take place are not yet clear.Earlier this month, Facebook hinted that this long-awaited pivot was coming, noting that its users are warming up to more product-related content across several channels within its robust platform — in groups, company Pages, news feeds, search results and sponsored content offerings. Also, last February, with an eye on boosting product discovery, the social mammoth announced new marketing tools for sellers, along with enhanced search and browsing capabilities for buyers.Related: Facebook Is Trying to Get Mobile Users to Shop Directly Through Its AppThere’s no word yet of the new initiative on Facebook’s newsroom website, nor has founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg made a peep about it on his wall.For a look at user reactions to the fresh shopping feature — and at early images of the functionality itself — check out the tweet roundup below:What’s Local Market, @facebook? pic.twitter.com/CQatoPQTHX— Pizza (@Clairzilla) October 27, 2015So Facebook just released this new “Local Market” buy & sell function. pic.twitter.com/VFWvUrSe9K— simon tracey (@zagundo) October 6, 2015Related: How to Build a Killer Facebook Page for Your Retail Company@facebook I highly dislike your ‘local market’ tab which replaces messenger on the iPhone app – it’s really inconvenient.— Sarah Wu (@seeraawu) October 27, 2015I heard there are some changes being tested to the Facebook UI, and then saw this Local Market on the app. New? pic.twitter.com/lLcCPOjdR8— Simone McCallum (@simonemccallum) October 13, 2015Related: Zuckerberg’s Prison Visit Shows That Great Opportunities Appear in the Most Unlikely Places This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 Here’s what the Crystal Lagoon Walkout Swim-up Club Level and Crystal Lagoon Poolside Luxury rooms have to offer… CRYSTAL LAGOON WALKOUT SWIM-UP CLUB LEVELThis newly renovated room is located on the ground level of the Mon Repus, Vieux Fort, Prasline or Roseau buildings. Guests can enter through their private walkout patio, just steps from the Crystal Lagoon pool. The bedroom includes a king-size bed, smart TV, an in-room refrigerator stocked with spirits and wine. The bathroom features a large bathtub and shower combination with tile and bathroom fixtures. As an exclusive Club Sandals room, a dedicated concierge is available to handle any special requests and reservations, such as spa appointments. CRYSTAL LAGOON POOLSIDE LUXURYLocated on the second level of the Mon Repus, Vieux Fort, Prasline or Roseau buildings, the romantic Crystal Lagoon poolside rooms offer relaxing setting from a private balcony. The bedroom includes a king-size bed and smart TV, with a bathroom featuring a large bathtub and shower combination with tile and bathroom fixtures. For refreshments, the room includes Robert Mondavi varietal wines and a refrigerator stocked with bottled water, juice, soda and local beer. For more information, agents can contact their local Sandals Business Development Manager, call Inside Sales at 1-800-545-8283 or visit www.sandals.com/halcyon-beach. << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Sandals Resorts TORONTO — Two new room categories are now available at Sandals Halcyon Beach, both offering an idyllic setting along the Caribbean’s longest pool, unveiled earlier this month.Crystal Lagoon Walkout Swim-up Club Level and Crystal Lagoon Poolside Luxury are now available to book at the Saint Lucia resort.As part of this enhancement, Sandals Halcyon Beach Resort’s Honeymoon Hideaway Luxury Poolside Room, Honeymoon Hideaway Walkout Poolside Room, Halcyon Hideaway Deluxe Room, and Halcyon Hideaway Deluxe Walkout Room will be terminated, effective immediately. Guests currently booked in these categories will be automatically upgraded accordingly, says the company. New swim-up rooms debut at Sandals Halcyon Beach Resort, replacing 4 categories Share Posted by Travelweek Group
State Rep. Ray Franz, at right, today took the ceremonial oath of office as state representative for the 101st House District in the 97th Michigan Legislature. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley administered the ceremonial oath in the state Capitol in Lansing.He serves the people of Benzie, Leelanau, Manistee and Mason counties.“We accomplished many tough reforms to help put Michigan back on track last session and I’m ready to keep working for the residents of Michigan because there’s always that next level of improvement,” said Franz, R-Onekama. 09Jan Franz takes oath at Capitol ceremony Categories: News,Photos
Categories: LaFave News State Rep. Beau LaFave today announced the hire of Joe Aragona as legislative director and Sam Olsen as legislative assistant in his Lansing office.Aragona brings four years of legislative experience, having served previously for former state Rep. Anthony Forlini, R- Harrison Twp., who served as chairman of the House Committee on Financial Services and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.During his time in Lansing, Aragona has helped write several pieces of legislation, including public acts to fight opioid abuse, reduce regulations for credit unions and increase financial stability for children with disabilities. He also earned the 2015 staffer of the year award presented by the Michigan Credit Union League.“I look forward to working with Joe,” said Rep. LaFave, R-Iron Mountain. “He knows what he’s doing when it comes to drafting legislation and advocating for Michigan’s constituents. I’ve got a lot of confidence in his abilities.”Olsen graduated from Michigan State University in 2016 with a degree in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy. He previously interned for former Majority Floor Leader Rep. Aric Nesbitt, R-Lawton. As LaFave’s legislative assistant he will aid in constituent communication, scheduling and analytical support for political decision-making.“Sam is a great addition to the team,” LaFave said. “He is eager to learn and has experience with many of the tasks he’ll be taking on in this role.”Rep. LaFave was sworn in by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley locally at the Dickinson County Courthouse. His office is now open to serve the people of Delta, Dickinson and Menominee counties and can be contacted at (517) 373-0156 or email@example.com.LaFave says he is most passionate about energy reform, insurance reform and education credits for skilled trades.### 04Jan Rep. LaFave announces hire of office staff
Categories: News,Yaroch News State Rep. Jeff Yaroch joined his fellow representatives during a Capitol press conference today, adding to the bipartisan support for an 11-bill package geared toward expanding government transparency.“Government that truly works for the people is also accountable to the people,” said Yaroch, of Richmond. “What we do to help the citizens of Michigan must be open to public review whether you’re the governor, a state senator or a representative from the city of Richmond.”The House legislation seeks to make the executive branch subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) while also creating a disclosure system for the House and Senate called the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA). LORA would keep specific private records exempt, such as a legislator’s communication with a district resident and records involved in an ongoing litigation.The package was assigned to the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee.“We have listened to the public’s call for greater accountability and transparency,” Yaroch said. “I hope to vote on this soon.”### 01Feb Rep. Yaroch keeps promise to be accountable
Skilled trades, veterans issues included in plan 16Feb Rep. Farrington: House GOP Action Plan addresses key concerns Categories: Diana Farrington News,News State Rep. Diana Farrington today joined her House colleagues as the 2017-18 House Republican Action Plan was unveiled, setting priorities for the current legislative session.Farrington, of Utica, said she is especially pleased that the blueprint for the next two years addresses two key issues: veterans and skilled trades.“Michigan’s veterans either are not aware of or aren’t seeking the benefits they so richly deserve, and we should take great pains to assure they receive their full benefits,” Farrington said. “These men and women put their lives on hold and often went into harm’s way to defend their nation, and we should do everything possible to make them feel as comfortable and welcome as possible.”Farrington said one way to assure veterans and other Michiganders have secure futures in Michigan is to help them obtain training for the many skilled-trades jobs that exist.“These are good-paying jobs that can give families a solid foundation in Michigan, and we can help by increasing skilled-trades education,” Farrington said. “If we can answer the need for qualified workers, Michigan’s economy will continue to grow.”The House Action Plan may be found at http://gophouse.org/best-way-forward/.#####
State Rep. Aaron Miller, of Sturgis, today praised his colleagues in the Michigan House of Representatives for approving his legislation to prevent state representatives and senators who resign from office from running in the special election called to fill the seat.Miller, who chairs the House Elections and Ethics Committee, said the legislation simply clarifies that when an elected official resigns or is removed from legislative office, the resignation or removal remains in effect for the remainder of the term.“This bill eliminates a loophole some former legislators have used in the past,” Miller said. “The Michigan Constitution provides for resignation and terms for expulsion, and this ensures that each potential action would be effective for a full two years.”Similar legislation was approved by the Michigan House of Representatives in 2016, but never made it to the governor’s desk.House Bill 4208 now moves to the Senate for consideration.“I’m pleased that my colleagues in the House approved this legislation with bipartisan support, and I’m hopeful the Senate will take it up for consideration,” Miller said.### 09Mar House approves Rep. Miller’s elections bill protecting taxpayers Categories: Miller News
Categories: Barrett News,News 18Dec Rep. Barrett: 2017 was a year of legislative accomplishments State Rep. Tom Barrett today said the Michigan House of Representatives made significant strides in improving the quality of life for families across the state, and making government more accessible and transparent.Barrett, of Potterville, serves as chair of the House Agriculture Committee. He said the committee has advanced legislation to benefit Michigan farmers and producers whose products are sold worldwide.Barrett said the House passed landmark legislation to make state government more transparent. The bipartisan bills received overwhelming support in House passage.“Michigan is one of just a few states that does not subject the Legislature, the governor and the lieutenant governor to transparency requirements,” Barrett said. “We made this our first priority in March so people can have better access to their government.”Barrett also voted for much-needed no-fault auto insurance reform, which would have lowered insurance premiums while providing long-term medical care for people injured in accidents.“Michigan families deserve affordable vehicle insurance, and the current system is broken,” Barrett said. “While reform efforts fell short this fall, we are not giving up. We will come back with a plan to cut premiums and ensure medical care is available.”Barrett again introduced legislation to end the pension tax that was imposed on retirees in 2011. He has championed repeal efforts since he began serving in the House, and will continue his push to end the unfair taxation.He said the Legislature has spent the year addressing issues that matter to Michiganders.“We approved a budget that has a record amount of spending for K-12 education and for repairing our broken transportation system,” Barrett said. “The current budget spends fewer state tax dollars that the previous fiscal year, and we will continue to look for ways to make state government more efficient and effective.”Barrett said in the coming year he will continue to support legislation that solidifies Second Amendment rights and cuts needless regulations that hamper economic growth.“I will also continue to fight for more career choices for high-school students,” Barrett said. “We have made great strides in offering more commercial and technical education opportunities, but more can be done to give young adults choices on what careers choices are available.”#####
Saturday, May 198 to 9:30 a.m. at Baker’s Rhapsody, 144 S. Front St. in Dowagiac. Categories: Miller News No appointments are necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Miller’s office at (517) 373-0832 or AaronMiller@house.mi.gov. State Rep. Aaron Miller of Sturgis today announced his monthly in-district office hours with local residents.“I enjoy connecting with the people in my community and hear what matters most to them,” Rep. Miller said. “It is important that I am accessible to everyone.”Rep. Miller will hold office hours at the following times and locations:Friday, May 182:30 to 4 p.m. at Dawn and Phil’s Café, 105 W. State St. in Colon;4:30 to 6 p.m. at LA’s Coffee Café, 145 W. Michigan Ave. in Three Rivers; and 10May Rep. Miller announces May office hours
Legislation establishes juvenile mental health courts State Rep. Julie Calley’s plan to create specialized juvenile mental health courts in Michigan was approved unanimously today in the state House.Calley, of Portland, said Michigan’s current mental health courts successfully help struggling adults overcome their challenges through court-based treatment programs, reducing recidivism across the state.“Treatment courts focus on the root cause and help participants regain control of their life,” Calley said. “By establishing juvenile mental health courts, we will help troubled kids and their families learn to address their challenges and reduce the chance of repeat offenses.”Calley said Michigan’s current procedures for mental health courts were established with the adult court system in mind. The juvenile system uses different terms, involves different entities, and expects different results than the adult system.The plan laid out in House Bills 5806-08 uses the well-established adult mental health court system as a framework, with modifications to address the needs of juveniles in Michigan.“Troubled youth across the state are going to benefit from this plan,” Calley said. “The sooner they receive the support they need, the more likely they are to grow up to lead healthy, successful lives.”The plan now moves to the Senate for consideration.### 05Dec Rep. Calley’s plan to help troubled Michigan youth approved by House Categories: Calley News,News
Categories: News,Wentworth News 28Dec Rep. Wentworth: Michigan schools will become safer with new state laws A comprehensive plan to make Michigan schools safer has been signed into state law, including a measure from Rep. Jason Wentworth establishing a statewide commission to review and help upgrade building security.The bipartisan plan also enhances law enforcement training, establishes reporting procedures for incidents in schools, and makes the OK2SAY school safety program permanent.“This is an important day for Michigan – especially for our children,” said Wentworth, of Clare. “These reforms will establish a framework to help make every school in the state safer for students, teachers, and everyone else in our communities. Improving security is a continuous, ongoing evolution – and these changes are an important step forward.”Wentworth’s legislation creates a commission evolving from a gubernatorial task force charged with making school safety recommendations. Working with a new Office of School Safety, the commission will help develop a system to audit and improve safety procedures in Michigan schools. The Office of School Safety – which will be part of the Michigan State Police – will distribute grants to help schools make security improvements.Wentworth worked with local schools, law enforcement, and legislators from both major political parties to craft his plan.Other pieces of the overall plan include:Mandating consistent, standardized training related to school violence incidents as part of the requirements to be a licensed law enforcement officer in Michigan.Establishing a liaison within each school district to report to and work with the state – a necessary step to make sure improved safety practices reach every corner of Michigan and that local perspectives are included in the process. Emergency operations plans will be adopted for each school building.Requiring schools to submit incident reports to Michigan State Police. The reports will provide state school safety officials with examples of how incidents were handled to develop best practices for other schools to follow.Requiring schools to consult with local law enforcement officials prior to major renovations or new construction projects, with the goal of including building safety features.Removing the elimination date for the OK2SAY program, which allows the confidential reporting of tips on potentially harmful or criminal activity directed at students, school employees or school buildings. OK2SAY has handled more than 16,000 tips since its debut in 2014. The program is expanding and adding resources.The school safety package includes House Bills 5828-29 and 5850-52, along with Senate Bills 882, 982-83 and 990-91. Wentworth’s bill is House Bill 5828.
State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, joined her colleagues on Tuesday for a press conference outlining the priorities that will guide House Republicans over the next two years.Whiteford said she’s encouraged by the inclusion of priorities such as reforming auto insurance, improving health care access and expanding rural broadband in the 2019-2020 plan.“We must set our sights on making Michigan the best place to work, play – and most importantly – raise a family,” Whiteford said. “That means focusing on overhauling our state’s broken auto insurance system, and doing all we can to make health care, and especially mental health care, as affordable and accessible as possible. I’m so pleased to see rural communities like ours represented in the plan. Everyone needs access to fast and reliable internet, no matter where they live.”The entire House Republican Action Plan is available to the public on the Michigan House Republican website.### 20Feb Whiteford joins colleagues for Action Plan unveiling Categories: Whiteford News
Swiss cable operator UPC Cablecom is set to acquire the cable network operated by the municipality of Gais.The electorate in Gais voted in favour of the sale on March 11. The network was set up in 1972 and now offers analogue and digital services, including HD channels, video-on-demand and up to 100Mbps broadband.
European regulators are to open an in-depth investigation into Orange’s proposed acquisition of Spanish service provider Jazztel. Orange announced in September that it planned to acquire the Spanish fixed-line telco to strengthen its position in the Spanish market.The French telecom leader said that the EC had decided to pursue the review because it did not consider that a sufficiently thorough analysis of a market that is undergoing profound change could be completed within the limited timeframe of a Phase 1 examination.“This decision will enable the European Commission and Orange to continue their discussion of the overall analysis of the Spanish market: its rapid evolution towards convergence, very high-speed fixed broadband and content distribution,” said Orange in a statement.“The time limit for this new phase of the proceeding is already included in the schedule for the deal. Orange maintains its ambition to close the operation during the first half of 2015.”Orange said it would continue the process of acquiring the operator and reaffirmed “its confidence in the favourable outcome of this deal, which aims to give rise to the market’s second-ranked fixed broadband operator and one of the most dynamic players in the Spanish mobile market”.Orange CEO Stéphane Richard, speaking to journalists at the Sommet de l’Economie event in Paris, reportedly expressed surprise at the EC move but said he was confident his group would complete the acquisition.