Time to break out of legislative straitjacket that is stifling media freedom

first_imgNews December 1, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Time to break out of legislative straitjacket that is stifling media freedom TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law April 2, 2021 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is alarmed by the frenetic rate of prosecutions of news media and imprisonment of journalists under an arsenal of repressive media laws that have imposed a regime of censorship in Turkey and have had a disastrous impact of press freedom and free expression.Anyone making a public statement or writing a newspaper article that directly or indirectly raises subjects that are off-limits or untouchable, such as the Kurdish and Armenian minorities, the armed forces, national dignity or the Turkish republic’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, is liable to be prosecuted.These violations of freedom of expression are frequently criticised by the European Commission responsible for examining Turkey’s progress as a candidate for European Union membership, most recently in a bi-annual report issued on 9 November.The Turkish government recently announced its intention to amend certain aspects of the criminal code affecting media freedom. But the proposed amendments would affect just two articles punishing “complicity in violating the confidentiality of a judicial investigation” (article 285) and “trying to influence the course of a fair trial” (article 288). They would be just the latest in a long series of cosmetic changes designed to simulate compliance with the requirements of the European Convention on Human Rights. They would change Turkey’s media legislation no more than superficially, and would leave the most repressive articles intact. Reporters Without Borders has identified more than 25 articles in the criminal code that directly restrict press freedom and free expression.Two journalists are currently being prosecuted for “denigrating the Turkish people” under article 301 of the criminal code. Rasim Ozan Kütahyali, a columnist with the liberal daily Taraf, is facing a possible two-year jail sentence for criticising the army’s decision to name a regiment in the eastern province of Van after Mustafa Muglali, a general who was convicted of shooting 33 Kurdish villagers in 1943. His criticism is deemed to have “humiliated the army” and by extension the Turkish people. The other journalist is Temel Demirer, who is facing the same possible sentence for saying that the newspaper editor Hrant Dink’s murder in January 2007 was not due to the fact that he was Armenian but to his recognition of the reality of the Armenian genocide.The most problematic piece of legislation continues to be the anti-terrorism law of 1991, known as Law 3713, and its 2006 amendments. More than 13 reporters, newspaper editors and publishers have been prosecuted on a charge of “propaganda in support of a terrorist organization” under article 7-2 of this law. Five were acquitted by an Istanbul court on 23 November but the others continue to face a possible sentence of seven and a half years in prison because prosecutors systematically apply the vague concept of “propaganda” to any allusion to the Kurdish issue. Many publications, including Azadiya Welat, Rojev, Günlük and Devrimci Demokrasi, are often suspended under the same article.Four journalists – Vedat Kursun, Ozan Kilinç, Gurbet Cakar and Bedri Adanir – are currently detained under article 6-2 of the anti-terrorism law for publishing or quoting statements by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). According to article 6-2, “any dissemination of statements and communiqués by terrorist organizations” is punishable by up to three years in prison.Article 8-b of this law magnifies its impact by establishing a “chain of responsibility” under which not only the reporter who writes an article but also his editor, the editor in chief, the publisher and the newspaper’s owner can all be prosecuted and sentenced to pay heavy fines. This dangerous provision is often used and allows the authorities to censor and muzzle an entire publication.There is also the law that makes any criticism of Atatürk publishable by up to four and a half years in prison and Law 5651, which is used to censor the Internet by providing for disproportionate sanctions for websites with content that is deemed unlawful.The appalling state of press freedom is due not only to the extraordinarily repressive nature of these laws but also to the readiness of judges to exploit them to the hilt and often in an utterly abusive manner. Conversely, impunity continues to be the rule for crimes of violence against journalists. The trial of the alleged murderers of Hrant Dink, the editor of the weekly Agos, has been marked by delays and obstacles that testify to the lack of political will to solve this case. The European Court of Human Rights condemned the Turkish state on 14 September for its failure to protect Dink despite being aware of the plots on his life. Dink was gunned down outside his newspaper on 19 January 2007.The legislative straitjacket makes journalism impossible. There is therefore an urgent need for the repressive articles in the criminal code and the anti-terrorism law to be overhauled or scrapped altogether in order to create a real climate of freedom of expression, information and debate on all issues.Reporters Without Borders again calls on the Turkish authorities to tackle these badly needed reforms. It also urges the European Union to press Turkey to bring itself into line with international standards on media freedom and free speech. Turkey was ranked 138th out of 178 countries in the 2010 press freedom index that Reporters Without Borders released on 20 October. to go further Follow the news on Turkey Help by sharing this information center_img News Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit RSF_en News News Organisation April 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Press release: Green light for ultra-fast electric car charging innovation

first_imgA new pioneering technology to ensure a next generation of safer, high-powered electric car batteries can be charged by drivers in ultra-fast time is just one of 12 innovation projects to receive the green light from the government’s Faraday Battery Challenge.The PowerDrive Line project being led by Southampton-based company Ilika is focusing on solid state battery cell development, in particular how to manufacture at scale in the UK and how to build in ultra-fast charging technology of less than 25 minutes for a vehicle as is seen in some current battery systems.In total £22 million grants are being rewarded to consortia across the UK as part of the latest round of funding through the Faraday Battery Challenge, part of the government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.The funding is key to realising the government’s ambitions for innovative energy solutions as set out in our modern Industrial Strategy. The Faraday Battery Challenge brings together world-leading research and business to accelerate the research needed to develop battery technologies.Other major R&D projects funded include: This latest round of cutting-edge research and development projects illustrate the quality of innovations coming from our research and industrial base, and reinforce why the UK is a world-leader in battery technology development. a revolutionary approach to battery management led by Williams Advanced Engineering a McLaren Automotive led consortium project that aims to accelerate the development of electrified powertrains a revolutionary battery recycling project that will develop the first UK industrial scale capability to reclaim and reuse battery essential metals. This project is being led by Cheshire-based ICoNiChem and involves Jaguar Land Rover an Aston Martin Lagonda project into the development of better performance battery packs. Battery Challenge Director Tony Harper said: Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark said: Today’s £22 million investment in world-leading R&D projects is an example of our modern Industrial Strategy in action and will help pioneering companies realise the economic benefits the global transition to a low carbon economy offers. UK Research and Innovation chief executive Professor Sir Mark Walport said: Innovative battery technology is changing the way we live, travel and work and the Government is committed to putting Britain at the heart of this energy revolution. Effective, efficient and sustainable transport is key to addressing so many of today’s challenges from industrial growth to social inclusion. Through advanced battery technology, we will unlock a new generation of electric vehicles, further improving vehicle performance and uptake, opening doors to innovative new transport ideas and significantly reducing environmental impacts. Today’s investment shows we are catalysing collaboration between research teams and commercial partners across the UK to make this a reality.last_img read more

Dodgers waste early opportunities against Johnny Cueto, lose 2-0 to Giants

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Originally ruled in play by third-base umpire Jim Reynolds, Nunez legged out a triple. After a quick replay review, however, the ball was ruled a home run, making Nunez responsible for both of the Giants’ runs in this series. In Monday’s game, he beat out an infield single against Clayton Kershaw, stole second, went to third on a wild throw by Yasmani Grandal and scored the Giants’ only run on a wild pitch.Still handling Hill with caution, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts pulled him after five innings and 77 pitches, pinch-hitting for him in the bottom of the fifth. Tuesday was Hill’s second consecutive start on regular rest (four days off), something he hadn’t done since early July when a blister on his middle finger ripped open.That 1-0 lead seemed to be in serious danger when Cueto left the game in the sixth inning. He left runners at first and second – how could he not? That was standard through the first six innings.As Cueto hobbled off the field, Giants manager Bruce Bochy stepped into his personal torture chamber and waved to the bullpen. He was smart enough to choose a left-hander (after right-hander George Kontos had mistakenly trotted halfway to the mound). Steven Okert struck out pinch-hitters Yasiel Puig and Kike’ Hernandez, running the Dodgers to 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position.Bochy stuck with Okert and another left-hander, Will Smith, to keep the shutout intact into the ninth. The Dodgers are now 16 for 125 (.128) with 45 strikeouts against left-handed pitchers over their past 12 games.But the Giants couldn’t hold onto a 1-0 lead in the ninth inning again – Brandon Belt made it 2-0 with a home run in the top of the ninth. The Dodgers, meanwhile, still have that five-game lead and a magic number of seven to clinch their fourth consecutive NL West title. The Dodgers only have themselves to blame for failing to suck any more magic out of the Giants.Cueto’s scoreless start resembled Madison Bumgarner’s dominant seven innings from a night earlier in only one way – the string of zeroes on the scoreboard.The Dodgers had nine baserunners in the first five innings – two at a time in four of the five innings. But none even got as far as third base. A double play short-circuited things in the first inning and the Dodgers went 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position against Cueto.Rich Hill followed a similar template. He allowed hits in four of his five innings and added a walk in the fourth inning to load the bases with two outs before freezing Brandon Belt for a called third strike.But Hill also gave up a long drive to Eduardo Nunez with two outs in the fifth inning. Nunez’s fly ball clanged off a camera mounted on the left field wall at the bullpen gate.center_img LOS ANGELES >> The San Francisco Giants have begun to resemble the Black Knight from Monty Python’s Holy Grail. They’re losing parts. But they’re not dead yet.Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, they lost shortstop Brandon Crawford to a dislocated finger on his left hand, injured as he was being thrown out at third base in the second inning. Then they lost starter Johnny Cueto to a strained groin muscle while he was spinning a shutout in the sixth inning.But they still managed to do something they couldn’t do Monday night – make a lead stand up. They handed the Dodgers a 2-0 defeat.The Giants moved to five games back of the Dodgers with the win. But more realistically, they stayed in the thick of the National League wild-card race, moving into a three-way tie with the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals.last_img read more

Large Bath Puff Exfoliating and Cream Scrunchie, Wash on Wash off. Simple

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Ductwork for ERVs, Dehumidifiers, and Forced-Air Heating Systems

first_imgDavid Treleven is an industry manager at Therma-Stor where he concentrates on innovation and technical applications. Is it possible for an ERV, a whole-house dehumidifier, and a forced-air heating and cooling system to share ductwork? The answer is yes — but these systems need to be designed with care.This article describes what I believe to be the best ways that these three appliances can share ductwork. Since there are many different products in these three appliance categories, and since each product has specific operational requirements, HVAC contractors should always follow manufacturer’s installation instructions. (In this article, references to a “dehumidifier” always refer to a whole-house dehumidifier.) The gold standard: each appliance has separate ductsWe cannot discuss integrated HVAC systems without first speaking about unintegrated systems.  By “unintegrated,” I mean that the ERV, dehumidifier, and air handler all operate independently of each other, and that each system has dedicated ductwork that isn’t shared with another appliance (see illustration below).Using separate dedicated ductwork means that simultaneous operation of the blowers from two different appliances won’t cause pressure problems, and ensures that there won’t be any need for larger-than-normal ductwork. This approach may be the gold standard in terms of system performance, but often is also the most expensive.The air handler and the dehumidifier can share ductsIt’s possible to design a system in which the air handler and the dehumidifier share ductwork (see the illustration above). This is the most common way to integrate a dehumidifier with a forced-air heating system, with or without an ERV.  With this approach, the dehumidifier and the air handler share the same supply ductwork, while the ERV uses a completely separate duct system.With this approach, the supply ductwork must be sized to account for the extra flow of the dehumidifier.  Note that if the air handler’s supply ductwork is not properly sized, it’s possible that when both the air handler and the dehumidifier operate together, one or the other may exceed the maximum operational static pressure, decreasing performance.  The lower the operational static pressure when both are running, the better the performance from both pieces of equipment.I don’t recommend supplying the air from the dehumidifier to the return side of the air handler, because during times of simultaneous operation the cumulative latent capacity is severely affected and the performance is unpredictable. (For more on this topic, see the FSEC report titled “Investigation of Energy Impacts of Ducted Dehumidifier Duct Configurations and Location.”)The ERV and the dehumidifier can share ductsIn some situations — for example, in a house with ductless minisplits, or in a house with forced-air heating and cooling with a high static duct system, or in a house with a radiant cooling system — you might want your ERV and your dehumidifier to share supply ductwork (see illustration above). These ducts are not shared by the forced-air heating and cooling system.  The supply air from the dehumidifier and ERV should go to the bedrooms, while the dedicated return for the dehumidifier should pull from a large central portion of the home. The ERV should pull stale exhaust air from potentially contaminated areas.  This setup requires a backdraft damper on the dehumidifier supply duct prior to connection with the ERV, in order to prevent supply air from the ERV from being supplied out the return of the dehumidifier.The static pressure of the shared supply duct will change based on whether the dehumidifier is on or off.  Depending on the ERV, this change in static pressure may change the flow rate of the outside air provided to the house by the ERV.During commissioning, there are two ways to balance the ERV:Balance the ERV with the dehumidifier on. If you do this, the ERV will go slightly unbalanced and will positively pressurize the house when the dehumidifier is not on. (This is my preferred method).Balance the ERV with the dehumidifier off. If you do this, the ERV will go slightly unbalanced and will depressurize the house when the dehumidifier is running.Correctly sizing the shared supply ductwork and terminations will greatly reduce the amount that the ERV goes unbalanced, one way or another.A tandem arrangement: ERV plus dehumidifierThere are positives and negatives to all of the above approaches.  As stated above, when a dehumidifier and ERV share ductwork, there is the potential that the ERV will become unbalanced at certain times.  If this concerns you, and you are willing to turn the dehumidifier blower on whenever the ERV is on, the setup shown above may be better for you.  In this case, we are avoiding the unbalanced situation; the trade-off is that the ventilation system will have a higher operating expense.  The approach shown above requires the supply duct leaving the ERV to be connected to the outside air collar on the dehumidifier.  It is important that the dehumidifier still maintain a return from the house, since the flow from the dehumidifier will not match the flow of the ERV supply. (There are other reasons as well – but that is a topic for another article).A motorized damper is required in the duct from the ERV to the dehumidifier to prevent the dehumidifier from drawing in outside air when the ERV is off.  This is important during outdoor pollution events (for example, during wildfires or skunk sprays) or unoccupied times (for example, during vacations or work hours).  When the ERV is being commissioned, the dehumidifier should be on in order to properly balance the ventilation system.The fully integrated “injection” approachThe last option that we will discuss is a fully integrated application (see illustration above).  Both the dehumidifier and ERV are installed as injection devices in which the return and supply of these appliances are connected to the same piece of ductwork.  This “injection” design creates a near zero operational static pressure for the injection devices and has no impact in terms of increased air flow (and thus static pressure) on the air handler.  So there is no need to upsize the ductwork.  This provides predictable performance of all the different components of the system.  However, bath fans would be required with such an installation as the ERV can no longer provide removal of pollutants.For this approach to be effective, the air handler blower must be on whenever the ERV or the dehumidifier is operating. The ERV should be installed on the return side of the air handler so that the ERV doesn’t add or remove BTUs from the supply side of the forced-air heating and cooling system.  The dehumidifier ducts should be located on the supply side of the air handler so as to not reduce overall latent capacity of the system.This approach increases latent performance (moisture removal) when the air conditioner and dehumidifier run simultaneously, as the air entering the dehumidifier is closer to the dew point. (Check with the dehumidifier manufacturer to ensure this is an acceptable application as it often is not within manufacturer’s specifications.)  Yes, the sensible BTUs of the air conditioner are impacted (mechanically changing sensible BTU removal to latent BTU removal), but during peak conditions the air conditioner should be able to maintain acceptable indoor humidity levels.  Therefore, during non-peak hours we have extra capacity that can be exchanged for better latent control.  It should be noted that the dehumidifier will have little to no latent capacity if it operates simultaneously when the heat source for the home is on and being distributed through the supply side of the air handler.I hope this article sparked some talking points. Integration of different systems by different manufacturers can become tricky, as each manufacturer has only their own system in mind. We all have the same goal, however: a healthy indoor environment supported by the predictable and efficient performance of the home’s HVAC equipment.center_img RELATED ARTICLESAll About DehumidifiersAll About Furnaces and Duct SystemsDucting HRVs and ERVslast_img read more

21 days agoAZ coach Arne Slot admits Man Utd unlucky with penalty call

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AZ coach Arne Slot admits Man Utd unlucky with penalty callby Carlos Volcano21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAZ Alkmaar coach Arne Slot admits they were lucky to avoid defeat to Europa League opponents Manchester United last night.At the final whistle, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer complained about Marcus Rashford being denied a penalty.And Slot said, “We have chased Manchester United where possible. We continued to play compactly in the phases that we had a harder time with and got tired. We kept playing football and could resist the temptation to boot the ball away. “We have given away few chances. We walked away a bit disappointed afterwards to the dressing room. But United could also have received a penalty in the final phase. We were lucky that the referee played on…” last_img read more

Senate Begins Debate on New Road Traffic Bill

first_img The Senate began its deliberations on the new Road Traffic Bill during its sitting at Gordon House today (April 27). “It has been reported that deaths and injuries on our roads in 2018 are largely due to speeding, disobeying traffic signs, swerving, following closely behind the vehicle in front and the failure to keep left due to distractions such as talking and texting and even watching DVDs,” she said. The Bill, which was passed in the Lower House with 131 amendments on February 6, seeks to repeal and replace the existing 1938 Act, and will establish new offences as well as provide increased penalties for breaches. Story Highlights The Senate began its deliberations on the new Road Traffic Bill during its sitting at Gordon House today (April 27).Leader of Government Business in the Upper House, and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, who piloted the Bill, said the legislation will be crucial in promoting and enforcing safer use of the nation’s roads, particularly in light of the high number of road fatalities resulting from indiscipline.“Because of this culture of indiscipline on our roads, we also need our long-outdated laws to be in order, to ensure better order and its enforcement on our roads,” she said.Mrs. Johnson Smith introduced a 38-page list of amendments to the Bill, which deal with the use of electronic communication devices while driving, ticketable offences, electronic ticketing, the establishment of a motor-vehicle register, and the renewal and suspension of driver’s licences.The Bill, which was passed in the Lower House with 131 amendments on February 6, seeks to repeal and replace the existing 1938 Act, and will establish new offences as well as provide increased penalties for breaches.In the meantime, Mrs. Johnson Smith appealed for road users to exercise greater care, citing 2017 statistics showing 321 deaths from road crashes.“We have all experienced the indiscipline on our roads. This has to change. We have to do better as road users. Individually, we all need to take responsibility for our safety and for the safety of others on our roads,” she said.Senator Johnson Smith informed that since the start of the year, up to the 23rd of April, 96 persons have died in 85 fatal crashes. Most of these fatalities were pedestrians, motorcyclists and drivers of private motor vehicles.“It has been reported that deaths and injuries on our roads in 2018 are largely due to speeding, disobeying traffic signs, swerving, following closely behind the vehicle in front and the failure to keep left due to distractions such as talking and texting and even watching DVDs,” she said.More than 1.3 million people die each year around the world as a result of road traffic crashes.last_img read more

Water Shop Opens in Marlie Hill, Manchester

first_imgStory Highlights Mr. McKenzie explained that the Ministry is utilising water shops as a way to immediately address the chronic water shortage across the island, especially in the southern parishes of Manchester and St. Elizabeth, which have traditionally suffered from severe drought conditions. The Minister said consultations were held with the Councillor for the division and residents of Marlie Hill and its environs. A water shop was opened in Marlie Hill, Manchester, on May 14, by Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie. “There is a need, and we are responding to that need,” the Minister said at the ceremony.Mr. McKenzie explained that the Ministry is utilising water shops as a way to immediately address the chronic water shortage across the island, especially in the southern parishes of Manchester and St. Elizabeth, which have traditionally suffered from severe drought conditions.He said that the next water shop for Manchester will be erected in the Bellefield division of the parish.The Minister said consultations were held with the Councillor for the division and residents of Marlie Hill and its environs.Members of the community played a big role in the Marlie Hill project. Sisters, Sonia and Monica Beckford donated a parcel of family land for the water shop.Sonia told JIS News that they made the donation because “we want the water shop”.“I know that water is life. Without the water, we had to go through some very hard drought down here, so having the water shop helps us a lot,” she said.Ms. Beckford said there was no problem in making the donation, as the siblings talked among themselves and they all agreed.Meanwhile, a farmer from the community, Peter King, said: “We feel good about this water for the community; it is beneficial to everyone.”He plants melon, scallion and other crops and had to depend solely on rainfall before the water shop was constructed.The residents have been using the water shop for four weeks prior to the opening, and Mr. King said there are no restrictions on the number of times they can fetch water from it.Also at the opening were His Worship, the Mayor of Mandeville, Donovan Mitchell; Councillors in the parish as well as Acting Custos, Stanley Skeene. A water shop was opened in Marlie Hill, Manchester, on May 14, by Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie. “There is a need, and we are responding to that need,” the Minister said at the ceremony.last_img read more

Indias services sector activity eases in Aug amid softer rise in new

first_imgNew Delhi: The country’s services sector activity growth eased in August as new business inflows rose at a slower pace; following which job creation and output expansion moderated, a monthly survey showed on Wednesday. The IHS Markit India Services Business Activity Index declined from 53.8 in July to 52.4 in August, pointing to a slower rate of increase in output. In PMI parlance, a print above 50 means expansion, while a score below that denotes contraction. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal “The weaker PMI readings for India’s service sector match the trend noted in the manufacturing industry, bringing unwelcome news of a cooling economy halfway through the second quarter of fiscal year 2019-20,” said Pollyanna de Lima, Principal Economist at IHS Markit. The IHS Markit India Composite PMI Output Index, that maps both the manufacturing and services industry, fell from 53.9 in July to 52.6 in August. Notwithstanding the decline, the composite PMI Output Index was in expansion territory for the 18th month in a row. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost Growth of aggregate new orders moderated from July and was modest. Private sector jobs rose further in August, but the pace of expansion was slower. “Although the two surveys combined point to another round of job gains, a retreat in the rate of employment expansion highlight a wait-and-see approach among businesses who are longing for a meaningful and sustained pick-up in demand growth,” Lima said. Despite the decline, service providers remained confident of a rise in business activity in the coming 12 months, with optimism strengthening to a one-year high. Forecasts of better demand conditions, marketing initiatives and accommodative public policies all boosted sentiment in August, the survey noted. “An important development, however, is evident in a rebound in business sentiment. Both manufacturers and service providers believe that supportive public policies can help shift growth momentum into a higher gear in the coming 12 months,” Lima said. On the inflation front, the survey noted that services companies lifted their selling prices again in August. Meanwhile, India’s GDP growth fell to an over six-year low of 5 per cent in the June quarter. Besides, the growth of eight core industries dropped to 2.1 per cent in July, mainly due to contraction in coal, crude oil and natural gas production. The IHS Markit India Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), released earlier this week, fell to 51.4 in August, its lowest mark since May 2018, from 52.5 in July, as most survey indicators fell since July to signal a widespread loss of momentum.last_img read more

BELL MEDIA LAUNCHES 100 MILLION TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT SUIT AGAINST VIDEOTRON

first_img Twitter Facebook “We regret to inform you that because of a disagreement with Bell Media, which owns the Crave + Movies + HBO channel, they are depriving our customers of access to the GO platform indefinitely,” reads a number of Videotron24_7 tweets in response to customer confusion.1/2 We regret to inform you that because of a disagreement with Bell Media, which owns the Crave + Movies + HBO channel, they are depriving our customers of access to the GO platform indefinitely. We apologize for the inconvenience.— Videotron24_7 (@Videotron24_7) November 5, 2018A follow up tweet explains that Videotron subscribers looking to access Bell’s new Crave + Movies + HBO content services can navigate to “channel 900 on [their] illico terminal and select “Crave Movies and HBO” in the “On-demand Channels” section, or program your PVR to channels 811 to 815 HD.”Read more at MobileSyrup.com: Bell Media launches $100 million trademark infringement suit against Videotron Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Toronto-based media subsidiary Bell Media has launched a court action against Montreal-based telecommunications service provider Videotron over claims of trademark infringement.According to a November 5th, 2018 statement of claim filed through the Federal Court’s Vancouver registry office, Bell Media is demanding at least $100 million CAD in damages from Videotron — $20,000 per each individual episode of the approximately 2,700 television shows and films currently secured by Bell’s copyright — for failing to agree to new content distribution terms by an October 31st, 2018 deadline.The lawsuit has been repeatedly referenced by Videotron24_7 — the service provider’s technical support line on Twitter — as a “disagreement with Bell Media.” Advertisementlast_img read more