Wednesday, November 30, 2016 Posted by Royal sighting! Prince Harry checks into Sandals Grande St. Lucian Tags: Sandals Resorts Travelweek Group Share SAINT LUCIA — Sandals has rolled out the red carpet for Prince Harry of Wales, who recently spent two days in Saint Lucia during an official tour of seven Caribbean nations.The charismatic prince arrived at Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort on Nov. 24 to a royal welcome from Sandals General Manager Winston Anderson and his team of resort executives. During his stay, Prince Harry dined in the Langara Room, which he later raved about for its food and top-notch service.Prince Harry with Winston Anderson, General Manager, Sandals Grande St. LucianThis marks the second time the prince has visited a Sandals resort. In 2012, he was hosted at an evening reception on the private island at Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay during his official visit to Jamaica. << Previous PostNext Post >>
Lew Klein, who helped create ‘American Bandstand,’ dies FILE – In this April 19, 2012 file photo, broadcast pioneer Lew Klein, who helped to create “American Bandstand”, speaks during an interview in Jenkintown, Pa. Klein taught and mentored at Temple University in Philadelphia for more than six decades, lending his name to its communication school. The school said he died Wednesday, June 12, 2019. He was 91. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jun 13, 2019 9:32 am PDT PHILADELPHIA — A broadcast pioneer who helped create “American Bandstand” and launched the careers of Dick Clark and Bob Saget has died. Lew Klein was 91.Klein taught and mentored at Temple University in Philadelphia for more than six decades, lending his name to its communications school. The school says he died Wednesday.Klein’s television career included time as an executive at WFIL-TV, now WPVI, in Philadelphia and producing children’s programs like “Captain Noah and His Magical Ark.”He spent more than a decade producing Philadelphia Phillies telecasts, helping with the careers of players-turned-sportscasters Richie Ashburn and Tim McCarver.Klein helped develop “American Bandstand,” the Top 40-music and dance TV program hosted by Clark that ran for nearly 40 years.The Associated Press
Categories: Rendon News State Rep. Bruce Rendon, R-Lake City, today announced office hours for the month of February. The lawmaker says this is an opportunity for residents to come together with questions and concerns regarding state government and pending and passed legislation.Residents can meet Rep. Rendon at the following times and locations:Friday, Feb. 12From 9 to 10 a.m. at Goodale’s Bakery, located at 500 Norway St. in GraylingFrom noon to 1 p.m. at Trout Town Café, located at 306 Elm St. in Kalkaska Friday, Feb. 19From 9 to 10 a.m. at the West Branch Chamber of Commerce, located at 422 W. Houghton Ave.From noon to 1 p.m. at Fred’s of Roscommon, located at 422 N. Fifth St.From 3 to 4 p.m. at Food Factory, located at 118 S Main St. in Lake City 10Feb Rep. Rendon invites residents to local office hours If you are unable to attend at any of these times but would still like the opportunity to ask Rep. Rendon questions, please contact his office by phone, 517-373-3817, or by email at BruceRendon@house.mi.gov.###
Share18TweetShareEmail18 Shares January 5, 2015; Palladium Item (Richmond, IN)Once again, the nation’s plans for celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day tend toward the anodyne volunteerism projects that have been the bread and butter of past and present White Houses since the advent of the holiday in 1983. Such fare has always evinced a terrible myopia about the meaning and memory of Dr. King. This year, in the wake of a litany of race-related issues including police killings of unarmed black men in New York and Missouri, vigilante killings of black teens in Florida, retrenchment in key elements of the nation’s civil rights history regarding voting rights for persons of color, and increasing gaps between whites and blacks across a number of issues such as wages, health, and education, the “volunteer day” approach to celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day sells Dr. King and the nation’s racial troubles tragically short.On the website of the Corporation for National and Community Service, where the administration’s MLK Day events have resided for several years, you are asked to take an MLK Day pledge:“To celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this year, take the MLK Day Challenge by making a commitment to serve not just on one day, but throughout the year…to make your community—and the country—a better place.”The suggested MLK Day projects are all worthwhile, but they could have been attached to the name of any nationally respected figure who believed in and supported voluntary action, not just Dr. King: community disaster planning, organizing clothing drives, supporting food banks, teaching financial literacy, promoting the Earned Income Tax Credit, reading with children, organizing a book drive, STEM mentoring, planting trees in neighborhoods, supporting community gardens, organizing fitness events and walking teams, and supporting veterans. All good, all worthwhile, but nothing that reads like specifically addressing racial crises that have come to public consciousness (though they were there all along for African Americans) during the past year.In Athens, Georgia, for example, the first 200 people showing up at the local MLK Day of Service breakfast will get a free t-shirt as they march off to service projects at elementary schools, community centers, and cemeteries. In Norristown, Pennsylvania, the MLK Day of Service events are being coordinated by the Greater Norristown Police Athletic League, expecting 800 volunteers to do projects at the zoo, the public library, a theater, a church, and a community center. These small volunteer projects will be mirrored more or less in communities around the nation and celebrated by the White House as President Obama and his family also engage in service activities (last year, the president showed up at D.C. Central Kitchen while Vice President Biden appeared at So Others Might Eat). The focus on service projects to honor Dr. King’s life emanates from his oft-repeated quote, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” This year, it might be more appropriate to address the questions of race that in their life-and-death seriousness have made a lie of the pipedream that the nation has crossed a historic divide and become a “post-racial society.” The election of a black president did not make the issue of race a remnant of the 1960s civil rights era. As the New York Times noted last month, the president himself is conflicted—and being tested—about what do and how hard to push regarding the changes he knows are needed in the way the nation treats people of color.This year, a different kind of MLK Day commemoration is needed. At Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, faculty and students will learn about and debate the meaning of MLK Day in light of events in Ferguson (the Michael Brown killing), Staten Island (the Eric Garner killing), and around the world, including issues regarding the treatment of Palestinians. In Baltimore, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture will hold workshops on the civil rights movement’s meaning and legacy for today, including a capstone event including city officials, university faculty, and youth organizers on how to continue the organizing work sparked by the protests in Ferguson. Several days of programs and events on voting rights, poverty, segregation, and immigration will be held at Vanderbilt University, with such participants as Harry Belafonte (on voting rights), Andrew Young, and our personal friend Andy Imparato of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (on the civil rights of persons with disabilities).Dr. King would have wanted to see a post-racial society, but it wasn’t to be in his lifetime and it isn’t now. Dr. Gail Christopher of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation defines the problem clearly:“What’s good about the phrase ‘post-racial society’ is that it’s aspirational. It suggests that there is something in the heart and minds of most people that we should not be blinded by color or the fallacy of racial difference. That’s the key. This idea of racial difference is not grounded in science. The human genome and evidence tells us that there is more difference within the races than between the races. So this whole notion about racial differences is a fallacy. It has to be acknowledged that our society has been built on that fallacy. People of color are not proportionately represented in leadership roles of government or private industry. And wealth is so unevenly distributed in this nation. So all of this ties back into the institutionalization and internalization of this fallacy not only of racial difference but racial hierarchy. We have to pull the covers off and say this is as crazy as people believing the world was flat.”Just last week, the news came down that the number-three ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), gave a speech to the European-American Unity and Rights Organization founded by former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke. Scalise claimed not to know that this was a white supremacist organization despite its obvious name and Duke patronage (both Scalise and Duke are Louisianans). When the nation gives racism a pass, as with Scalise’s EURO speech, it is crystal clear that the U.S. is far from post-racial.This year, more than any in recent times, the onus on all of us should be to take back Martin Luther King Day from the emphasis on top-down, one-day, feel-good volunteer fix-up projects and refocus attention on strategies and actions to address racial inequity and injustice today. In 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder said, “Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and I believe continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.” In 2015, we should all be showing courage to analyze, address, and attack overt, structural, institutional, and implicit racism on the day on which we all too often miss the point of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy by making his holiday one that doesn’t forthrightly address issues of race.—Rick CohenShare18TweetShareEmail18 Shares
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares February 18, 2015; East Bay ExpressSometimes, there are stories that repeat themselves across the country, giving us all a sense that a particular nonprofit field is under a lot of strain and flux. In this case, sadly, we are tracking on health clinics that close in disarray, at times leaving staff without their last paychecks, patients without transitions to ongoing care, and both without needed information. (See here and here for a few recent examples.) In some cases, a certain level of denial appears likely—a will to go forward despite all indicators that this may not be an option.Even under these stressful conditions, there are standards of practice that should never be breached, and when vulnerable patients are concerned, the stakes are very high. I wrote last week about the Berkeley Health Center for Women and Men, which was ordered shut in January by U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge William Lafferty after he had terminated the lease based on the parent organization’s ongoing inability to pay the rent. That parent is the Bay Area Consortium for Quality Health Care. After the group refused either to act on the order or to avail themselves of the services of an ombudsman who would have represented the interests of the patients, the judge, after taking executive director Gwen Rowe-Lee Sykes to task for neglecting to plan, finally this week sent federal marshals to evict the group as of Wednesday. In all of this, it appears at least from this report that no one was communicating with the patients of the clinic about what was occurring and reasonable precautions in the best interests of those patients may not have been taken.Sam Levin, who has been covering the story for the East Bay Express, reported that a visit he made to the site after the eviction found no members of the organization present—he was let in by a representative of the landlord—but what was there were shelves and boxes full of confidential patient files..Levin was told, he says, by the landlord’s representative that at least eight patients showed up for appointments, having not been informed of the closure. (There was even a note on the door explaining that the offices would be closed on President’s Day.) Levin reports that the landlord’s representative said one man came all the way from Contra Costa County because he could not contact anyone and was worried that he would be charged the standard $40 fee for a missed session. A few “externs” showed up, as well.A message on the clinic’s phone, which this NPQ reporter checked again on Thursday evening, is a calm recitation of regular hours and location with no mention of the shuttering. Patients who try to call to cancel an appointment are met with a full voice mailbox. The organization’s website similarly has no mention of the closure.Dr. Deborah Wafer, who had identified herself to the court as the “medical director” for Berkeley Health Center, told Levin Wednesday morning that she was now “volunteering” for the Bay Area Consortium for Quality Health Care and that the organization was making arrangements to transfer the medical records from the Ellsworth site. She says the group has intentions to continue the practice. The organization does have 15 more days to remove their belongings, but Levin noted that other things had been moved but not the records. The landlord’s representative informed Levin that they had not yet heard from anyone about the records.Sykes is refusing comment and referring calls to board members and attorneys.—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share3TweetShare1Email4 SharesNovember 22, 2016; NPRAs cited in a recent episode of NPR’s All Things Considered, “The State Department says there have been about a dozen cases of refugees being arrested or deported for some kind of terror-related activity.” Notably, this dozen comes out of “roughly 800,000 refugees admitted over the last 15 years.” Indeed, Shelley Callahan, executive director of the nonprofit Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees, told NPR that she is “watching for warning signs” resulting from Donald Trump’s continued casting of all Muslim refugees as “a danger…importing terror and crime.” Her concerns are shared with many asylum advocates, protestors, and asylum-seekers themselves as the world witnesses a growing number of violent, senseless attacks both abroad and on U.S. soil.As we search for ways to humanely resolve this emergency, some may agree with Callahan that aspects of what is happening may be “reflective of the very sad climate in this country with regards to politics at the moment and rhetoric.” In truth, these challenging times are affecting various individuals and communities in a variety of ways. This sentiment brings us to NPR’s article about the impact of all that is going on in Utica, New York—an upstate N.Y. community reputed to have been a “model refugee settlement for 40 years.”At the turn of the twentieth century, Utica was a melting pot for various immigrants, mainly Italian, German, Irish, Polish, Syrian, and Lebanese. As the New York Times describes, it was not until the 1970s that it became “a refugee magnet almost by accident.” Concerned about the way Amerasian children were treated in Vietnam, a woman named Roberta Douglas collaborated with Catholic Charities to resettle Amerasians in the area through housing, education, training, language, and cultural integration services. The then-called Center for Refugees was established. In coordination with the federal government and the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Mohawk Valley continues to work with refugees from various countries to help them resettle in Utica. In addition to the Amerasians and ethnic Khmers from Vietnam, many who later came to Utica were Bosnians and Belarusians fleeing from severe ethnic and religious conflicts in their homelands.The so-called “Utica refugee settlement experiment” focused on the nuts and bolts of resettlement, moving thousands to secure jobs, housing, and means of transportation. Callahan says that as much as a quarter of the once-vacant, former Rust Belt town is made up of refugee families. Working to resettle refugees in the area since 1979, the center has been looking forward to providing humanitarian services to a continued influx of refugees at the rate of 1,000 per year. Local officials and businesses have always welcomed this influx, as the work ethic and skills of many such migrants have long been considered “Utica’s best chance for prosperity.”The New York Times explains that after “a decades-long drain of factory jobs and people,” the city’s population fell from 125,000 in 1960 to 64,000 by the 1990s. This dramatic decline is not unfamiliar; it reeled from a loss of 23,000 jobs resulting from the downsizing and eventual shutdown of plants that included two from General Electric, one from Lockheed Martin, and the Griffiss Air Force Base. Utica has been a hurting city of empty storefronts for some time, suffering from the exodus of the unemployed and debilitating home values. As Callahan describes it, “The refugees stemmed the decline. They have great work ethic, and are willing to take jobs that native-born folks don’t want.” The executive of Oneida County, Anthony Picente Jr., said “the refugees have renovated and revitalized whole neighborhoods.”In a PBS interview, Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and senior UN advisor, said, “It’s wonderful that a city loves refugees, because there’s also a decency in that, in the acceptance of people fleeing from extreme danger and being welcomed. This is extremely important. Second, this city clearly sees that there are general gains for that community and for the local society, and that’s also quite realistic.”Utica’s commitment to resettling refugees balances humanitarianism with a pioneering economic spirit. Due in part to a reputation “the town that loves refugees,” Utica is recovering from “decades of decline.” But, as NPR warns, “Utica is bracing for president-elect Donald Trump, who has promised big changes to America’s refugee program.”While Utica’s residents debate over how Trump’s campaign policies will manifest, talk is growing of “resisting any federal changes that might derail the Utica experiment.” Utica officials are monitoring Trump’s comments about Muslim refugees.How Trump and his ideas will impact a growing Somali Muslim refugee community is anyone’s guess. Men working at a Somali-owned grocery express worry about growing anti-Muslim sentiment and the rash of hate crimes while also voicing concerns about how safe it is for them to speak to an NPR reporter. At the same time, Mohamed Gabril, a 22-year-old American citizen in the group who has lived in Utica most of his life, remains hopeful. “Being in the United States, having the constitution back us up…I feel safe, yeah.”—Noreen OhlrichShare3TweetShare1Email4 Shares
Share5Tweet23Share24Email52 Shares“Steel Mill, outside Detroit, now closed” by Jo GuldiOctober 10, 2017; Next City“Smaller legacy cities have been part of some of America’s most historic achievements, from Lowell’s role in the women’s suffrage movement to Youngstown, Ohio’s contribution to the Allied victory in World War II—manufacturing what President Roosevelt called the ‘arsenal of democracy,’” note Armando Carbonell, planning department chair at the nonprofit Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and Torey Hollingsworth, research and policy manager at the nonprofit advocacy group Greater Ohio Policy Center, in a Next City article. Such cities, they add, “stand at the center of the national struggle with inequality.”They have a greater percentage of middle-class residents than the nation, but they are losing them at a faster rate as high- and low-income populations grow. Left unchecked, disparities of income and wealth will continue to take physical form, carving out neighborhoods without access to jobs, transportation, and clean air, and undermining social stability.Hollingsworth, along with her Greater Ohio colleague Allison Goebel, authored a study published by Lincoln in August, titled “Revitalizing America’s Smaller Legacy Cities: Strategies for Postindustrial Success from Gary to Lowell.” In the study, Hollingsworth and Goebel examine 24 cities with populations between 30,000 and 200,000, located in former industrial centers that stretch from Massachusetts and New York in the northeast to the mid-Atlantic states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania to the Midwestern industrial heartland of Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan.As the authors point out, “The challenges faced by smaller legacy cities loom large in the American imagination. It’s no coincidence that Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen chose Allentown, Pennsylvania, and Youngstown, Ohio, respectively, as symbols of the demise of a certain kind of American dream.” A troubling statistic from their report: “All cities, even those whose population grew, saw poverty increase and household incomes drop between 2000 and 2015.” The report does not purport to explain the 2016 election results, but this may be as succinct an explanation as any.The focus of the study is not on the role of nonprofits per se—and yet, if you look under the covers, nonprofits are central to the report. Among the key findings from the two dozen cities studied:By and large, they have an outsized “percentage of land owned by nonprofit organizations that produce no tax revenue.”Core nonprofit sectors—education, health care and social assistance—alone are responsible for 37 percent of city resident employment and 28 percent of metro region employment.Arts, recreation, and food service—an odd joining of sectors to be sure—employ as many people as manufacturing: 12 percent of residents have jobs in these sectors combined, while 13 percent of city residents work in manufacturing. Of course, nonprofits are key players in the arts and recreation sectors.Even more significantly, the authors note that, “The most important employment trend in small and midsize legacy cities over the last 15 years has been the massive growth of health care and education.” They continue:Health care and social assistance make up the largest source of jobs in all but two cities: Albany, where government functions eclipse them, and Gary, where manufacturing jobs remain dominant. The sector accounts for one in every five jobs in nearly every city in the study and, in a few cases, as many as one in every three. If jobs in the education sector are included, the power of these industries is even greater. In some cities, health care, education, and social services account for nearly half of the jobs located in the city held either by city residents or by commuters from surrounding areas.The Next City article highlights three of the report’s recommendations—build pipelines for talent, create cross-sector teams, and support new leadership. Nothing wrong with these, but not terribly novel either. More interesting are some nonprofit examples in the report. These include a nonprofit in South Bend called enFocus, which deploys Notre Dame’s graduate students to act as a “really smart SWAT team” to help local nonprofits, and Link Lima in Lima, Ohio, which hosted a “reverse job fair” where 50 employers met with 1,100 high students who attend technical skills high schools. The authors note that the “welding competition was swept by three young women—one of whom received a job offer on the spot for after she finished high school.” In Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, a nonprofit called ArtsQuest, hosts “Musikfest, the nation’s largest free music festival, which is estimated to produce a $55 million annual impact on the region’s economy.” In short, nonprofits are actively creating economic solutions in these communities.Missing here is a more nuanced discussion of the role of anchor institutions. To be sure, big anchors may not be present in some of these cities, but if “eds and meds” along with social services employ 37 percent of metro residents, then smaller anchors almost by definition abound. In other words, because nonprofits employ a disproportionate share of area residents and are also beneficiaries of property tax exemptions in often tax-starved cities, the opportunity for nonprofit anchor institutions to help improve the economies of their host cities by leveraging their assets strategically, such as through increasing local hiring, local procurement, and local investment, has never been greater.—Steve DubbShare5Tweet23Share24Email52 Shares
A German court has rejected an initial appeal by newspaper publishers to stop public broadcaster ARD from making a free daily news app available across the country, but has called on the two sides to negotiate an out-of-court deal, according to local reports.The ruling means that public broadcasters will be able to continue, for now at least, to develop text-based services for mobile users. ARD launched its licence fee-funded free mobile app, carrying content from its Tagesschau.de portal, last December. The broadcaster was forbidded from launching new news services, but argued that the app was merely an extension of the existing service. ARD and the publishers now have a few months to reach a compromise ahead of a further court hearing next year.Eight publishers, including Axel Springer, WAZ and FAZ, had contested the case.
TV technology company Harris has launched new enhancements to its Videotek test and measurement range of products.According to Harris, the new product, which will be displayed at the 2012 NAB Show in Las Vegas next month, solves a number of signal monitoring and measurement challenges for 3Gb/s signals, digital TV transport streams and audio loudness compliance.New products include the Videotek TVM-VTM-JEM3 multi-format jitter evaluation monitor, designed for mobile production trucks and central machine rooms.
Euronews this morning unveiled plans to launch a 24-hour rolling news service in Athens, to be followed by a second local newsroom in Budapest next year.The Greek service will be Euronews’ 12th local language service, and will be the first to be based around a local newsroom. Vasilis Bitsis has been apponted channel director in charge of a staff of about 40. Euronews is currently recruiting 24 journalists and 10 technical and adminsistrative staff in Greece.The Hungarian service will launch next year, with recruitment to begin this week.At a news conference in Paris, Euronews CEO Michael Peters also announced plans to open new bureaux in Washington DC, Istanbul and Dubai. The company also plans to move to a new 10,000 square metres global HQ in the Confluence district of Lyon in 2014. The building, designed by architects Jakob + MacFarlane, will house 800 of the international news channel’s staff and represents a doubling of the floorspace currently available.Peters also announced a series of new editorial partnerships and digital initiatives. New editorial include partnerships with ABC News, Brazil’s Band News and Italian newspaper La Repubblica.Euronews has also launched a new application for IPad and iPhone and an application for Renault R-Link vehicles. Other forthcoming services include a Euronews web radio service and an interactive platform, Gen Europe.Euronews also plans a redesign of its brand and logo next year.
Advertising software specialist YuMe has joined video platform provider Kaltura’s platform to offer the latter’s publishers the ability to deliver ad-based services.YuMe has joined the Kaltura Exchange video solutions marketplace to allow publishers, including customers like Edge Music Network, to insert in-stream video advertising.YuMe has developed a plug-in, available in the Kaltura Exchange, which provides the functionality of its advertising SDKs including custom ad units, reporting and advertiser brand safety controls, to the Kaltura Video Player. The YuMe-Kaltura plug-in enables access to YuMe’s ACE for Publishers 4.0 ad management system as well as a connection to a pool of brand advertisers through YuMe’s Connected Audience Network.
CNBC International has partnered with Sky Mexico to launch CNBC Latin America.The business and financial news network will broadcast English-language CNBC content from around the world and is due to go live week on Sky Mexico channel 631.Through distribution the channel will also reach viewers in countries such as Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama.“The launch of CNBC Latin America is the latest addition to the suite of strategic partnerships underpinning CNBC’s emerging markets strategy,” said CNBC International president and managing director, KC Sullivan.“We are pleased to bring CNBC’s unique and robust content proposition to the region.”The launch follows the rollout of CNBC Indonesia earlier this year.
Simon BaxUK media regulator Ofcom has announced four new board members for UK public broadcaster Channel 4.The new arrivals are Simon Bax, Paul Geddes, Christopher Holmes and Roly Keating.Bax is s chairman of media group Archant and of Wispire, which provides rural broadband services. He was previously European vice-president and chief financial officer of Pixar Animation Studios, and president of studio operations and CFO of Fox Filmed Entertainment. He is also a non-executive director of SVG Capital and Inmarsat.Roly KeatingGeddes is CEO of Direct Line Insurance Group, having held a variety of CEO and marketing director roles in the financial services and retail sectors. He is also deputy chairman of the Association of British Insurers.Lord Holmes is director of an innovation and change consultancy and deputy chancellor at BPP University. A successful UK Paralympic swimmer, he is also a non-executive director of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and was a non-executive at UK Sport.Keating became Chief Executive of the British Library in 2012, following a career at the BBC where his roles included the controllerships of BBC Two and BBC Four, head of programming at UKTV and director of archive content.The appointments were approved by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Karen Bradley MP.
Revenue and subscriber management provider Evergent and video software provider Synamedia have announced their partnership for “end-to-end video monetisation and delivery”.Evergent’s Revenue and Customer Management platform is now integrated with Synamedia’s Infinite platform in an effort to aid their joint customers. In a joint statement, the companies said that this will allow their telco, media and entertainment customers to “launch new direct-to-consumer (DTC) video services quickly, reduce time to market for new offerings, and grow the business over time with targeted promotions and bundles”.Vijay Sajja, Evergent CEO said: “Companies often struggle to adapt brittle, monolithic back office systems to handle new direct-to-consumer services, multiple purchase methods and currencies, and increasingly complex revenue sharing models. We, like Synamedia, help giants of digital services to adapt to this environment and move with the speed and agility of digital startups.”Jean-Marc Racine, Chief Product Officer and General Manager, EMEA, for Synamedia added: “The combination of the Evergent solution with our Infinite platform allows providers to quickly launch new over-the-top services in support of pay-TV’s evolving business model. Our combined solution also enables world-class user experiences and quality of service, shoring up our promise to help our customers win in the age of Infinite Entertainment.”
TV technology and security specialist Kudelski is extending its reach into adjacent markets by teaming up with engineering consultancy outfit L&T Technology Services to provide security for connected coars and industrial systems.The pair have struck a partnership to provide technology for industrial equipment manufacturers and automotive manufacturers to provide industrial systems and connected cars with device identity to protect devices, data, decisions, commands and actionsL&T will make use of Kudelski’s security solutions and its IoT centre of excellence to help manufacturers design, run and sustain IoT protection throughout the product lifecycle. Kudelski will leverage L&T’s specific expertise in areas like automotive and plant engineering and work to provide secure solutions to joint customers.The pair will provide vulnerability assessment and penetration testing of existing systems in order to assess the current security of IoT networks, security design and assessment services for new solutions, the Kudelski IoT Security Platform, and managed security services that monitor and respond to evolving security threats.Ashish Khushu, Chief Technology Officer, L&T Technology Services said, “As verticals like automotive and manufacturing increasingly adopt digital technologies and get “connected”, they are also becoming prone to risks of unwarranted access into critical systems causing heavy damages — leading to loss of productivity, brand reputation and possibly human lives. By leveraging Kudelski’s proven capabilities in cybersecurity and managed security services, coupled with LTTS’ expertise in cybersecurity and its rich engineering legacy, we will provide our customers with solutions that protect people, products and profits while enabling new business models, features and services.”Jean-Michel Puiatti, Kudelski Group SVP for IoT Security said: “IoT is a truly transformative phenomenon for many sectors, and only a holistic approach to security – starting at the design phase and continuing throughout the entire product lifecyle – can enable its promises. By working with a solution engineering expert like LTTS, we will provide complete, simple, secure solutions that enable companies to unlock the full potential of their digital transformation and drive new revenues, features and efficiencies.”
“I still want to hear from anyone who can tell us anything they know. I would urge anyone who has any information to contact my team of detectives on 101. “Alternatively, if you would prefer to provide information without giving your details, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”People can also upload any footage that they have to the Major Incident Public Portal via the following link: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/PSNI19O09-PO1.Breaking News: 15-year-old among four arrested in Lyra McKee murder probe was last modified: May 10th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: Breaking News: 15-year-old among four arrested over Lyra McKee murder probeDet Supt Jason MurphyPSNITERRORISM ACT ShareTweet Talented journalist Lyra McKee shot dead in Derry on Thursday, April 18DETECTIVES from the PSNI’s Major Investigation Team investigating the murder of Lyra Mckee following violent disorder in Creggan in Derry Thursday, April 18, have arrested four people under the Terrorism Act.The male suspects – aged 15, 18, 38 and 51- were arrested in the city this morning in connection with the violence. They have been taken to the Serious Crime Suite in Musgrave Station, Belfast where they are currently being questioned by detectives.The senior detective leading the investigation, Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy, said: “As part of this morning’s operation detectives carried out searches at four houses in the city and arrested four people in connection with the violence which was orchestrated on the streets of Creggan on the evening of Lyra McKee’s murder. “They are currently in custody where they are being questioned.“I want to thank the public for the widespread support we have received to date, including more than 140 people who have provided images, footage and other details via our dedicated Major Incident Public Portal.
Durkan calls for Greenways investmentFOYLE MLAhealthHEALTH SPOKESPERSONMark H DurkanNICESDLPwellbeing “The successive financial savings could potentially be utilised in the maintenance of these greenways or put back into the Department of Health- the ripple effect of the aforementioned benefits are seemingly endless.“By expanding greenway routes to Strathfoyle, Muff and Buncrana, the important growth of cross-border networks will undoubtedly maximise the modal shift. We need to focus on getting people out of their cars and on their bikes-or feet when possible.”He concluded: “By championing a more active lifestyle and providing safer, attractive routes of travel we can help boost the decline in public health. “Of course this is not a one solution fits all approach but it is a step in the right direction, towards a healthier more sustainable Northern Ireland.”Durkan calls for Greenways investment was last modified: January 29th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: SDLP Health Spokesperson Mark H Durkan has called for increased investment for greenways and active travel schemes in the North of Ireland. Mr Durkan’s comments coincide with NICE recommendations urging city planners to develop travel routes which prioritise pedestrians and cyclists. The Foyle MLA said: “Prioritising the expansion of our greenways and subsequently encouraging active travel is key in tackling a myriad of issues here. ShareTweet “Ring-fencing investment in this area could have far reaching benefits for health and well-being and of course the environment. “Identifying a need for increased physical activity, in conjunction with other interventions, NICE advised the investment in greenways infrastructure would achieve a reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes and the promotion of mental wellbeing.“We need to reassess how we treat some of the biggest health problems facing our communities. “By taking small steps to incorporate active travel into daily life we can tackle head on the ever-increasing numbers of people suffering from poor health.
Since leisure was last weekend’s theme, I spent it in a canoe—a cheap and energy-efficient way to see the Everglades, though not at all speedy. That was fine—I just wanted to see alligators in their natural habitat, enjoy a frosty beverage with good company, and return to the city with my limbs intact. My nature-sighting report: zero panthers, one alligator, and one black bear (more on the bear later). No, Dennis did not spend Memorial Day rowing through the mangroves. Ann Pringle here, stepping in while he and our analyst team narrow in on next month’s addition to the Money Forever portfolio. Now, had I needed to go from here to there in the swamp, an airboat or swamp buggy would have worked better, or so the locals said. However, when you’re not rushing, old-time means of transportation like canoes and trains add to the adventure. There’s no harm to indulging in that nostalgia—though when Congress forces you to pay $45 billion so “the public” can do the same, it’s a problem.A $45 Billion Affair Sours The US has a 44-year-old mistress, and her name is Amtrak. Since its inception in 1970, the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) has received about $45 billion in federal subsidies, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Amtrak loses money year in and year out despite these fat subsidies (or likely because of them). The company’s operating loss for fiscal 2012 was the lowest since 1975: $361 million. Yes, that means Amtrak actually found a way to lose more than $361 million each year for almost 40 years running. The Amtrak lobby is quick to point out that in total dollars, air and highway travel receive far more from the federal coffers. True enough. However, on average an American will ride just 20 miles on Amtrak each year. 20 miles! Per passenger mile, Amtrak is far and wide the most heavily subsidized transportation system in the US. According to a 2012 Cato Institute study by senior fellow Randal O’Toole, from 1995 to 2007 Amtrak’s federal subsidies per passenger mile were 9 times greater than those to the airlines and 22 times greater than our highway system’s. It’s no surprise these subsidies haven’t made train travel cheaper. Per passenger mile, inflation-adjusted airfares dropped 50% from 1960 to 2010. Meanwhile, Amtrak fares rose 70%. As O’Toole mentions, it’s pretty remarkable that during a period of rapid technological advancement and reduced costs for privately funded transportation, Amtrak has done such a shabby job of controlling costs. One runaway cost is so absurd, it will baffle anyone who’s spent $6.25 on a ballpark hotdog and washed it down with a $5.75 Coke. From 2002 to 2012, Amtrak’s food service operation lost the company, ahem, I mean lost taxpayers $834 million. Ted Alves, who resigned as Amtrak’s inspector general in February, testified to Congress last year that the $72 million in food-service losses in 2012 alone stemmed predominately from meals on long-distance routes. Free wine is part of the problem, as multiple long-distance routes include complimentary wine gatherings for sleeper-car passengers. Who knew you were buying so many people drinks? In short, Amtrak can’t make a dime selling food and drinks to people who are literally stuck on a train with no other option. A privately owned and operated company could turn that problem around with a 10-minute lesson from any ballpark concession worker.#AmtrakResidency If you’re not irked yet, get ready. Last March Amtrak launched #AmtrakResidency, a writer residency program “designed to allow creative professionals who are passionate about train travel and writing to work on their craft in an inspiring environment.” Up to 24 writers are being selected for 2- to 5-day “residencies,” meaning free meals and long-distance travel, through March 2015. Answer two probing questions in 2,000 words or less and you, too, could be a contender: Why do you want a #AmtrakResidency? How would this residency benefit your writing? Too bad the rickety tracks make writing on Amtrak next to impossible. There’s not much to redeem Amtrak. Its trains are less energy efficient than inter-city buses. It doesn’t provide an invaluable service to the poor, who generally take that cheaper, more energy-efficient bus if and when they can’t snatch up cheap airfare. And, though subsidy supporters call it an invaluable public service, I can’t pinpoint what that service might be. Free wine for leisure travelers, perhaps?When Driving Miss Daisy Is Not an Option Seniors could benefit a great deal from well-run private alternatives. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway and Safety (IIHS), as of 2012, 79% of the US population aged 70 and older still held valid driver’s licenses. That’s up from 73% in 1997, and as the baby boomer population ages, the total number of 70-plus drivers on the road will increase as well. Unfortunately, they’re not all road-safe. Although overall crash rates tend to decrease with age, the rate of fatal crashes takes an upward spike when drivers pass age 70. While many seniors self-regulate by driving only during daylight and sticking to familiar routes, those who shouldn’t drive but do have limited alternatives. Short of hiring a personal driver, what other comfortable options do seniors have for inter-city travel? Not every trip warrants a flight, and thanks to the TSA, air travel is now a world-class headache anyway. Plus, in all but a few major cities, the bus carries a certain social stigma I won’t dwell on here. Suffice it to say, middle-class seniors are unlikely to start riding the bus after 50-plus years behind the wheel. On the other hand, Amtrak’s schedules are haphazard, its stations are bleak and difficult to move through, and its standards of service are spotty at best. It’s too bad, though, because Amtrak should be courting middle-class and well-to-do seniors first and foremost. They have time to travel slowly and discretionary income to spend on comfortable accommodations and polite service. Furthermore, as long-distance driving becomes difficult or dangerous for the aging boomer population, private passenger trains could help fill the void.Lessons from the Sunshine State Among other errors in 2000—recall the hanging chad—Florida voters amended their state constitution to require construction of a statewide network of high-speed passenger trains. That’s right, an actual constitutional amendment demanding trains. The plan unraveled in 2004 when voters repealed the amendment after learning how much it could cost them: $20-25 billion. However, the state’s train dream didn’t stop there. Construction on the Tampa-Orlando line, phase 1 of the state’s plan, seemed imminent until Governor Rick Scott rejected $2.4 billion in federal stimulus to build the line. Scott cited concern that his state couldn’t afford the project even with the federal funds. As the brouhaha over a state-funded Tampa-Orlando line continues, All Aboard Florida is planning passenger rail service from Orlando to Miami, with stops in West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. The private company plans to operate 16 northbound and 16 southbound passenger trains beginning in 2016. It’s still uncertain whether All Aboard Florida, which is being developed by Florida East Coast Industries, LLC—a company with 122-year-old roots—will be successful. About 17% of Florida’s population is over age 65, and the state relies heavily on tourism, so it’s an ideal place to test how much travelers will ride trains when they have to pay the entire fare out of pocket.About That Bear After a day in the canoe, I spotted one of the approximately 1,500 black bears in Florida in its new “natural” habitat: atop a restaurant dumpster. Maybe you’ve felt like that bear from time to time—fighting to prosper in a tumultuous and unfamiliar environment. If so, I’d like to invite you to our upcoming Casey Summit, Thriving in a Crisis Economy, in San Antonio, Texas, September 19-21. There’s not much time left to take advantage of early-bird pricing for this Summit—so act now to save $400 off the regular price. We’re still working hard on enrolling a blue-ribbon faculty that will wow our attendees. Among the speakers on our list so far are Grant Williams, a brilliant investment writer and asset manager… Currency Wars author James Rickards, who just published a new book called The Death of Money… and David Tice, founder of famous Prudent Bear Fund. Click here to learn more about the weekend’s notable speakers and to register now.On the Lighter Side I should confess that prior to last weekend I didn’t know there were bears in the Everglades. I’m a recent New York-by-way-of California transplant, so please overlook my swamp ignorance. Finally, I’ll leave you with a bit of alligator vs. crocodile humor: Source: FLA Agenda Until next week…
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Residents around Tuscaloosa County had plenty of Easter-themed celebrations over the weekend.At Holt Elementary School, the Junior League of Tuscaloosa hosted their Eggstravaganza as an end to its week of service.“It’s been really fun, and it’s fun to see these kids happy,” said Junior League President Brandt LaPish. “It’s hard not to smile when you see a bunch of kids running around smiling, so it’s been a great day.”Children enjoyed an Easter egg hunt, a bouncy house, face-painting, food and plenty more.“Kids are smiling, parents are happy, so we’re just really excited about today and really grateful for the way things laid out,” LaPish said.