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Update At least two crocs still missing

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite At least two crocodiles are missing after N3TC officers stopped a truck carrying the reptiles on the N3 near the Winteron turn-off last night just after 6pm. The scene was only cleared after 10pm. The truck was carrying close to 3000 juvenile crocodiles when it was stopped and searched. The officers had spotted crocodiles peering out of the cargo hold as they drove past and it was stopped. As officers questioned the driver, they realised he had an expired permit to transport the crocs.Pandemonium then broke out as some of the truck’s cargo managed to break free.According to SPCA trainee inspector Kevin Khumalo, “One of the crocodiles was killed by a passing truck and two managed to escape into the night.”The crocodiles were being transported to Limpopo. However, because of the permit issue, KZN Wildlife officers instructed the driver to return the crocodiles to a farm near Pietermaritzburg. A count of the crocodiles still on the truck was carried out at the farm and it was determined that three were missing.“As one was confirmed dead, that leaves two missing,” said trainee inspector Khumalo.KZN Wildlife officers are in the area where the Nile crocodiles went missing and are attempting to locate them. The missing crocodiles are both 1-year-olds.last_img read more

Update Public Safety boss shot atUpdate Public Safety boss shot at

first_imgThere was a drive-by shooting in which one shot was fired out of a vehicle (believed to be a Mercedes-Benz) from what is thought to be a rifle. The bullet shattered the back windscreen and came out through one of the side doors, missing the two people in the car. The occupants took cover and then called for help.The Ladysmith Dog Unit (K9), together with Public Safety, responded immediately. On arrival, the Mercedes was nowhere to be seen.Although not injured, the Public Safety boss and taxi boss were shaken up and in a state of shock.The Forensic Unit took photos of the VW before it was driven away from the scene.Click here for video: WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Public Safety boss Patric Simelane (Executive Manager: Community Services) is unharmed after he was shot at while parked in the parking lot at Ladysmith Provincial Hospital this afternoon (Monday). It is said that the other occupant in the VW Jetta was a known taxi boss.last_img read more

Copy of receipts paid for treatment at La Verna

first_imgCopy of receipts paid to La Verna Hospital when Farhana Kaloo was admitted. This has been released to end all speculation that the family was not asked to pay.Dr Behariram was not the doctor who treated Farhana Kaloo. A receipt that had her name on it was mistakenly published. It has since been removed from the site. We apologise to the doctor for any inconvenience caused. The correct receipt is identical, but her name has been removed and another doctor’s name has been inserted. It is available to view at La Verna Hospital.Related stories:Lenmed Health’s summary of events regarding the death of Farhana KalooFarhana Kaloo’s family lash out at private hospitalFarhana Kaloo buried after sudden deathSudden death of local resident WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

Source Chip Lindsey has his coordinators for Troy staff coming together

first_imgSource adds that Lindsey is expected to retain receivers coach Cornelius Williams on the offensive side of the ball and Bam Hardmon (inside linebackers) on the defensive side of the ball.As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest coaching job information. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix Source tells FootballScoop Chip Lindsey plans to make BYU offensive line coach Ryan Pugh his offensive coordinator and plans to promote Troy outside linebackers coach Brandon Hall to defensive coordinator. Additionally, source tells FootballScoop Brian Blackmon is expected to be retained and will serve as special teams coordinator.Pugh, who played Center at Auburn 2007-10, served as a grad assistant at Auburn, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati and LSU; before going with Frank Wilson to UTSA as offensive line coach. When his mentor Jeff Grimes got the offensive coordinator position at BYU, Pugh went as his offensive line coach for this past season.The 2018 season was Hall’s first season at Troy (outside linebackers / special teams) after having served the past four seasons as co-defensive coordinator (safeties) at Jacksonville State. Hall spent the 2012 season as Gus Malzahn’s safeties coach at A-State and went with Gus to Auburn in an off the field role.Source adds that Brian Blackmon is expected to be retained and will serve as special teams coordinator. Blackmon, who joined Neal Brown’s staff before this past season, has previous experience at Auburn and is best known for his eight season run as head coach / athletic director at Opelika High.last_img read more

Tourist arrivals up 15 in September a new record

first_imgTourist arrivals rose 15 per cent year-on-year in September, to 483,716, which is an all-time high for the month, mainly on a strong increase in incoming tourism from secondary markets, the statistical service said.In January to September, the number of tourist arrivals also rose an annual 15 per cent, to 3,001,603, also a record figure for this period, Cystat said in a statement on its website. Tourism accounts for roughly a quarter of Cyprus’s economy, which is expected to expand 3.6 per cent this year.Cystat said 89 per cent of total arrivals last month came to the island for vacation while 7.7 per cent to visit friends or relatives. The rest came for business.Fifteen months after UK voters voted to leave the European Union, arrivals from the UK, Cyprus’s largest source of tourism, rose 11 per cent, to 165,728, last month compared to September last year. The number tourists from Russia, the island’s second-largest source of rose 6.2 per cent, to 121,516.The number of tourists from Israel rose 78 per cent, to 31,561, compared to a year before, while that from Sweden, Germany, and Greece rose 15 per cent to, 22,428, 66 per cent, to 51,533, and 3.9 per cent, to 15,550, respectively, Cystat said. Arrivals from Poland rose 80 per cent, to 8,681.On the other hand, the number of tourists from Ukraine, France, and Belgium dropped 22 per cent last month, to 6,464, 18 per cent, to 3,050, and 30 per cent, to 3,056, respectively, compared to September 2016.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Snyder signs Walsh bill helping those affected by substance abuse

first_img30Jun Snyder signs Walsh bill helping those affected by substance abuse Categories: News From left: state Rep. John Walsh, R-Livonia; Carol and Mark Garofoli; Gov. Rick Snyder and Stacey Garofoli, the family’s eldest daughter.Under a new law recently signed by Gov. Rick Snyder, families and health professionals can petition a court to involuntarily evaluate and treat adults who struggle with substance abuse, announced state Rep. John Walsh, R-Livonia.“Substance abuse doesn’t just harm the person struggling with addiction; it harms the families and friends of people in need of help, too,” said Walsh, who introduced the legislation. “This law makes it easier to help those we love recover from drug use and repair families damaged by abuse.”House Bill 4486—now Public Act 200 of 2014—requires proof of a substance abuse problem as well as the likelihood to cause harm to themselves or others before rehabilitation is mandated. Those petitioning for mandated treatment must also guarantee payment for all associated health care costs.“Our goal is to help family and friends improve the lives of those affected by drug abuse by allowing requests for much-needed medical treatment,” Walsh said. “Not everyone can recognize and seek substance abuse help on their own, nor should they have to.”Health professionals must present certified proof that patients require involuntary treatment, are dangerous to themselves or others and would actually benefit from rehabilitation. The type, duration and location of the patients’ recovery efforts must also be prescribed by health professionals.“Hopefully this will help bring families together to help overcome very challenging emotional, psychological and medical dilemmas,” Walsh said.The final decision to mandate treatment is decided by a probate court.###last_img read more

Legislators applaud governors plans to end privatized prison food service restore jobs

first_img07Feb Legislators applaud governor’s plans to end privatized prison food service, restore jobs to local residents Categories: Bizon News,News State Reps. Julie Calley, Thomas Albert and John Bizon today praised Gov. Rick Snyder’s plans to end privatized food service at Michigan’s state prisons, returning the duties of preparing food to state workers.Ionia County corrections facilities will hire new workers to complete the transition.Today during his budget proposal for the coming fiscal year, Snyder announced he plans to invest $13.7 million in the Department of Corrections (DOC) to place prison food responsibilities under state employees. DOC officials announced that it will remove Trinity Services Group this summer and hire 350 state employees to do the work.“The move to privatize food services has proved to be a failure,” said Albert, of Lowell. “I am very supportive of the governor’s decision to place public safety and food quality ahead of cost savings.”Calley, of Portland, said people who worked in the prison kitchens prior to privatization did a remarkable job, and she is pleased to see the duties will revert to local residents.“Privatization caused a number of challenges,” Calley said. “Poor food service adversely affected inmates’ behavior and resulted in additional burdens for our officers to mitigate.  It’s time to make a change.”Bizon, of Battle Creek, said there were savings because of the privatization, but they were countered by the issues caused by turning the duties over to a private company.“We were able to save money, but with all the problems that Aramark and Trinity had with food preparation, maintaining staff levels and failure to meet performance expectations offset any savings,” Bizon said. “Having these responsibilities back in the hands of state workers will be a vast improvement.”Snyder said the $13.7 million investment will be offset by $18.8 million saved when the West Shoreline Correctional Facility in Muskegon is shut down because of a declining prisoner population.#####last_img read more

Rep Yaroch introduces new plan to accelerate road repairs in Michigan

first_img03May Rep. Yaroch introduces new plan to accelerate road repairs in Michigan Categories: News,Yaroch News Rep. Jeff Yaroch today continued his fight to speed up the timetable for road repairs in Macomb County and all of Michigan.With bipartisan support, Yaroch introduced House Bill 5932, which would accelerate the revenue benefits from a road repair funding plan signed into law in 2015.Increased revenue from the income tax scheduled to be dedicated to roads would be made available more quickly. Compared to the current schedule, Yaroch’s proposal would increase road repair funding by $325 million in the budget year starting this October and by $275 million in the budget year starting in October 2019.The proposal does not increase the state’s income tax rate, but rather reprioritizes distribution of the revenue.“It’s obvious there is a glaring need to improve our roads, and this plan will accelerate our efforts to fix them beyond what we’ve already done,” said Yaroch, of Richmond. “Michigan residents want this roadwork done now – not later. It’s a top priority for Macomb County and communities across the state.”The 2015 reforms – designed to increase road funding for years to come – would be fully implemented a full year earlier under Yaroch’s proposal than now scheduled.Yaroch’s plan comes in addition to the $175 million in accelerated road funding approved by the Legislature for immediate repairs this construction season.Yaroch has proposed other changes to help improve roads in Macomb County. One measure would allow townships to receive road money directly from the state. Another would change the state’s distribution formula so Macomb County gets its fair share of road funding, putting more emphasis on the number of lanes roadways have rather than just the length.“The poor condition of our roads is overwhelmingly the top concern I hear about from Macomb County residents,” Yaroch said. “We have got to do more about it as quickly as possible, and there are solutions on the table to get the job done!”####last_img read more

Rep Markkanen invites residents to first office hours of term

first_img Rep. Greg Markkanen of Houghton announced his January office hours for residents of the 110th district.“I am honored to be the voice for the people of the 110th district in Lansing,” Rep. Markkanen said. “It is imperative I am accessible and know what is on the minds of people I represent.”The office hours schedule is as follows:Saturday, Jan. 1910 to 11:30 a.m. at the Portage Lake District Library, 58 Huron St. in Houghton; and12 to 1:30 p.m. at Slims Café, 8 Mohawk St. in Mohawk.All times are listed in local time. Residents also may contact Rep. Markkanen at his Lansing office at (517) 373-0850 or 10Jan Rep. Markkanen invites residents to first office hours of term Categories: Markkanen Newslast_img read more

New and Only Accelerator for Techbased Nonprofits Announces its First Class

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesMedic MobileMay 13, 2014;re/codeThere are more than 200 start-up accelerators all over the United States, providing an early investment of intensive training, advice, and capital to new technology-based companies. Until this point, only Y Combinator has accepted nonprofits, and even then only sparingly. Now, a new start-up accelerator in San Francisco will focus solely on nonprofit-based technology enterprises.Called Fast Forward, the accelerator has selected its first five companies, each of which will receive education, mentoring, and capital (albeit only $25,000) as well as connections to help them launch. They are:Medic Mobile, which helps remote health workers communicate;Moneythink, which mentors underserved teens on personal finance;Noora Health, which trains families to take care of patients;One Degree, a Yelp for social services; andSIRUM, which helps hospitals trade the $4 billion worth of unused medicine that goes to waste each year.Fast Forward describes its purpose on its website:“Software has the power and scale to be a force for good, yet there’s a gap in support for software nonprofits who in the early stages need to build their product and prove their model. Fast Forward provides financial and human capital to help scale technology solutions geared to solving some of the world’s tough problems for which there is no market solution.“We want to see more organizations leverage open-source software, always-connected devices, inexpensive variable-cost web infrastructure, APIs for most anything, and global scale to solve some of the world’s education, environmental, health, and human rights problems.”As part of its FAQ, we were pleased to find that when this organization says it focuses on nonprofits, it means it. We’re a for-profit social enterprise. Can we apply? Our initial focus in on innovative solutions addressing problems for which there is no market solution. That’s where we see the biggest gap in the market. Unfortunately, for-profit corporations are not eligible to apply to Fast Forward at this time, but hopefully you can take advantage of one of the many funding sources available to B Corps.Fast Forward is supported by nonprofit tech leaders like Sal Khan of Khan Academy, Premal Shah of Kiva, Charles Best of DonorsChoose, and Leila Janah of SamaSource, along with other investors, engineering and social-enterprise people. Donors include Andrew McCollum of Facebook, Scott Kleper of Context Optional, Josh Reeves of ZenPayroll, and Joe Greenstein of Flixster.Sharon Farley and Kevin Barenblat are the co-founders of Fast Forward. Barenblat is the previous CEO and co-founder of social media marketing company Context Optional, which Efficient Frontier bought for $50 million in 2011. Farley was the founding former-executive-director of Spark, the world’s largest network of millennial philanthropists. Spark is fiscal sponsor for Fast Forward.—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

The Rolling Thunder of Trump Executive Orders Begins

first_imgShare170TweetShareEmail170 SharesGage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia CommonsJanuary 23, 2017; CBS NewsOn his first full working day in office, President Trump signed three executive memos. One withdraws the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement approved by President Obama but never ratified by the U.S. Senate. Another reinstates the Mexico City Policy, which requires that nonprofit organizations receiving federal funds, as originally stated in 1984, “would neither perform nor actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations.” Finally, Trump has instituted a government-wide federal employee hiring freeze, only exempting military hiring.These three executive orders join the initial executive order signed Friday, directing federal agencies to seek ways to reduce the cost and burden of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, pending an expected “repeal and replace” effort by the administration and Congress.There are a rumored 200 or more executive orders in some form of discussion or draft at the White House. Some expected many executive orders to be signed in the first few days of the administration, creating a “shock and awe” scenario. According to one unnamed White House source, Trump has opted instead for a “rolling thunder” approach, issuing fewer executive orders each day over a 30-day period.NPQ reported last fall on the wide variety of issues and subjects affecting nonprofits which Trump promised to address using executive orders, especially reversing executive orders and executive actions taken by the previous administration. Mirroring a reduction of legislation passed through Congress, especially during his second term, Obama’s declaration that “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone“ signaled reliance upon executive orders, executive actions, and enacting “significant” regulations (those having more than a $100 million impact) to implement his policy decisions.Assuming that only half the 200 rumored executive orders and executive actions are signed, that still means we’ll see about five per business day over the next month. Immigration, LGBT rights, climate change and energy production, and for-profit colleges are among the issue areas expected to be addressed by these presidential decisions.The important next steps to watch—for supporters and opponents alike—are how many of Trump’s new and expected executive actions will be codified, or modified, by legislation. The problem with executive orders is that they are as fragile and transitory as presidential administrations. However, legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by the president remains in force when a new president is elected. For those who seek regulatory change, securing executive action by the president is only half the battle; securing victory requires a law as well as regulations supporting and implementing that law.—Michael WylandShare170TweetShareEmail170 Shareslast_img read more

UNs Sustainable Development Goals Positively Influence Impact Investing

first_imgShare32Tweet1Share88Email121 Shares“Rain Study 2” by Amanda SlaterJune 6, 2017; Fast CompanyWriting for Fast Company, Ben Paynter offers an update on how impact investing relates to the United Nations’ 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Paynter references the Global Impact Investing Network’s 2017 Annual Impact Investor Survey in making his point that the SDGs are serving to advance and shape this relatively new form of philanthropy. At least, this was the case for the 209 impact investing groups surveyed, which together have at least $114 billion under management. These investors (fund managers, banks, foundations, pension funds, etc.) committed $22.1 billion to 8,000 impact investments in 2016.That’s not trillions exactly, but as startups grow up into global powerhouses that generate their own revenue and bigger impact, it may not need to be. The results show that more than half of the impact investing industry is intent on tracking returns directly against SDG-related targets. (Per the fine print: 26 percent do that now, with 30 percent posed to do so.) “We feel that the SDGs will act as a global framework that more and more impact investors will align with going forward,” says GIIN’s Research Director Abhilash Mudaliar, who notes that the UN guidelines have acted as a “clarion call” for the burgeoning industry.NPQ watches the progress of the impact investing practice, concerned primarily with the “why” rather the “how.” Echoing this concern last year, a leader in this field, Morgan Simon, asked, “Where’s the Community Accountability in Impact Investing?”I am concerned that in a drive for global scale in impact investment, we will lose the voices that should matter the most—the billions of people who will be affected by social enterprises funded by our investments. I am advocating for the establishment of effective mechanisms to empower “beneficiaries” to be actively involved in the planning, execution, governance, and ownership of enterprises, and in the flows of capital connected with them.Paynter’s observation that impact investors are aligning their commitments toward meeting the SDGs complements Simon’s concern that impact investing engage beneficiary communities more as leaders and change agents than merely as producers or consumers. Investors are increasingly willing to consider the value of long-term impact over short-term financial gain. Even though the GIIN annual survey shows that “the overwhelming majority of respondents reported that their investments have either met or exceeded their expectations for both impact (98 percent) and financial performance (91 percent),” the SDGs are thankfully serving as worthy guideposts as more investors move into the impact investing space. Paynter adds, “The annual cash flow is expected to jump another 17 percent, to around $26 billion next year.”Impact investments are typically made in sectors such as sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, conservation, microfinance, and basic social services such as housing, health care, and education. NPQ has noted how the Roman Catholic Church and at least the previous administration’s U.S. Department of State are endorsing and/or exploring impact investment opportunities. In April, NPQ reported on the Ford Foundation’s $1 billion commitment to mission-related investments. For all of these investors, their financial returns will range from below market (sometimes called concessionary) to risk-adjusted market rate. Investments will be made across asset classes, from cash equivalents to fixed income and venture capital. In each case, risks are being taken for the sake of positive social and environmental performance and progress. The practice of impact investing is building what could become a preeminent field of philanthropy.Several days ago, Paynter wrote about the 14 billionaires who recently took the Giving Pledge. Today, David Brooks, inspired by the same subject, imagined for his New York Times readers how he would give away a billion dollars. Impact investing does not yet appear to be on any of their agendas. Nevertheless, with just eight billionaires possessing more wealth than the poorest half of the world’s population (3.6 billion people), it is not a small thing that impact investing is catching on. That the UN’s SDGs offer some degree of social conscience to the trajectory of these investments today is a small solace.—James SchafferShare32Tweet1Share88Email121 Shareslast_img read more

Planning Must Encompass Longterm Impact of Natural Disasters

first_imgShare18Tweet20Share7Email45 Shares“Hurricane Sandy (2 of 2).” Photo by Lance Cpl. Scott WhitingSeptember 11, 2017; Washington PostThe days when a hurricane, tornado, or other natural disaster is raging, along with the immediate aftermath, are both the worst and best of times. Why they are the worst is obvious. But, these moments also attract the most attention, assistance, and funding. Allow a few months or years to go by, and much of that dries up, diverted to the next disaster or event in the news. Yet, the effects of the crisis typically last a very long time.“Long after the waters have receded, Americans will be grappling with the effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which broke records and ruined lives as they wreaked havoc on the United States and the Caribbean,” warns the Washington Post.For example, reports the Post, “state and federal health authorities have warned residents to be on the lookout for mold in their homes, strange rashes on their bodies, stray jagged items in standing water that can lead to infected wounds, and depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.” Those all take a while to develop.“As conditions dry up, we will cycle out of the weeks of floodwater mosquitoes, and then begin cycling into a period of time where the disease-transmitting mosquitoes will emerge and build up,” Sonja Swiger, a veterinary entomologist at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, said in a statement. “So, the initial run of mosquitoes is not too much of a disease threat…It’s the next run we really need to be concerned about.”Likewise, fully a year after Hurricane Katrina, residents reported an increase in suicidal thoughts, according to a 2015 paper published in the journal Nature. The same is likely to be true for Harvey.Ben Brown from divides the time post-disaster into several stages. The first is the buildup to the crisis and the “hit.” During the second stage, the tragedy is offset by the rush of attention and inspiring stories of volunteers rushing to their fellow humans’ aid. However, then comes “stage three.”Building beneath the stage two celebration of everyday heroes is the stage three inevitability of hero fatigue. The first responders, the ad hoc volunteers as well as the pros, are soon overwhelmed by the scale of demands—the logistics of organizing and managing shelter, transportation, food, medical care and clean-up. Exhaustion sets in. Fear of chaos looms. Images of neighbors helping neighbors are replaced by weary property owners sitting on porches with shotguns in their laps. It’s everybody for themselves.Brown believes this period can also, however, be a time of fresh ideas and initiatives—new thinking that is typically squelched once the various stakeholders eventually come around and allocate the additional resources needed.This window, this low point of hope, might also be the best opportunity for consensus on a get-something-done agenda, for committing to strategies to avoid reenacting the social and economic misery of the present in the future.  As soon as the immediate emergency recedes, leaders…might be up for a talk about better planning approaches. They might even be agreeable to considering the big ideas a lot of us like—restricting building in vulnerable areas, toughening building codes, enacting zoning that encourages density for more cost-effective storm water management and less private automobile dependence.The key, he says, is to take bite-sized steps—implementation of small components of big ideas, models that can be put in practice fast to demonstrate their utility and appeal, then replicated and scaled up when funding is obtained.If residents and community stakeholders don’t capitalize on this opportunity for an equitable fresh start, then the result is likely a bounce back to a risk-prone status quo. Entrenched powers leverage “federal dollars to rebuild or allow to be built much of the infrastructure, housing and commercial structures that was there before—too often in the same places that were considered too risky before and are just as vulnerable going forward.”Just how to tap into additional funding to carry communities into long-term recovery is the challenge. This is particularly true in light of President Trump’s proposed cuts in the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which helps rebuild homes, parks, hospitals and community centers.One emerging solution is “pre-agreed financing”—such as sovereign parametric insurance, risk pools, or catastrophe bonds. (In sovereign parametric insurance, a premium is paid by a government and payouts are obtained based on an objective trigger, such as wind speed or the Richter scale for earthquakes.) For example, the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility, set up 10 years ago as a risk pool with 17 member countries, already has announced it will pay out, within a fortnight, $15.6 million to the governments of Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, and St Kitts and Nevis—providing resources to get public services and infrastructure functioning again.However, Lawrence Vale, author of “The Politics of Resilient Cities: Whose Resilience and Whose City?,” adds that it’s not just reducing risk that should be of concern when rebuilding. Equitable development should be a priority as well. “Who bears the brunt of the crisis and whose interests are best served by the proposed interventions?” he says we must ask. If resiliency is bouncing back, what are we bouncing back to? In too many of our communities, there already is entrenched inequality. Will we bounce back to more of the same?Or, even worse, resources may be used for what Naomi Klein has called “disaster capitalism”—remaking the community to advantage the privileged classes at the expense of the “less desirable.”—Pam BaileyShare18Tweet20Share7Email45 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgLuxembourg IPTV operator P&TLuxembourg will roll out an enhanced IPTV service this month using Netgem set-top boxes and associated software.Subscribers to P&T’s premium package will receive a Netbox N8000 MediaCentre DVR, giving them access to over 200 IPTV channels, over-the-top VOD, catch-up TV and social media content from web applications. Customers will be able to pause and record live-TV, access their own media content via the Mediacentre and use their smartphones as a remote control.Marc Rosenfeld, member of the board of directors of P&T Luxembourg, said: “We decided to work with Netgem because its software allowed us to make a smooth upgrade to IPTV 2.0 to offer our subscribers a raft of new services. Our customers will now benefit from a new and exciting TV experience with highly intuitive and fast navigation. The upgrade allows the seamless blending of IPTV channels with rich internet content and must-have apps like Facebook and the web radio service TuneIn, developed for the STB by Netgem’s SDK partner MultimediaVision. The openness of Netgem’s Middleware and SDK was definitely a key criterion in our choice to work with them.”last_img read more

Pan European cable operator Liberty Global has att

first_imgPan European cable operator Liberty Global has attempted to mitigate the concerns of Germany’s competition regulator to allow its purchase of rival cabler Kabel BW to go ahead.Liberty Global announced its intention to acquire Kabel BW for €3.16 billion in March 2011. It has subsequently proposed concessions to the Federal Cartel Office to make the deal acceptable.“The German Federal Cartel Office is concerned that a KBW-Unitymedia merger could potentially intensify Germany’s existing regional oligopoly of cable companies for delivering basic cable TV services to apartment blocks, or multi-dwelling units (MDUs), through housing associations,” notes ratings analyst Moody’s.last_img read more

Pace has appointed Roddy Murray as its chief finan

first_imgPace has appointed Roddy Murray as its chief financial officer, replacing Stuart Hall who stepped down after five years with the set-top vendor.Murray was chief financial officer and director of The BSS Group between May 2006 and December 2010. “We are delighted to welcome Roddy to the business… His background will be very valuable as we move into the next stage of Pace’s development and deliver on our strategic plan,” said Pace CEO Mike Pulli.This is the latest shake-up at Pace, where former US chief Pulli took over as CEO following the sacking of Neil Gaydon last December. One of Pullis’s first decisions was to remove the position of chief operating officer.last_img read more

Russian pay TV operator Tricolor TV is aiming for

first_imgRussian pay TV operator Tricolor TV is aiming for 16 million subscribers by the end of 2015.The DTH platform provider launched in 2005 and has grown its subscriber base to 11.5 million in seven years.According to Alexander Nikiforov, head of external communications department at Tricolor’s parent company JSC National Satellite Company, the operator’s strategy of offering a free basic package of channels and then upselling premium content bouquets is paying off.Tricolor launched HD services in July and has since attracted over half a million HD subs. Nikiforov said the operator was aiming for seven million HD subs by the end of 2014.“Our content is the best in the Russian market,” Nikiforov told delegates at the Digital TV World Summit in London this morning. “NTV-Plus which was our main competitor when we launched was a premium content provider but in the last year, maybe two, we have reached the NTV Plus quality and quantity and now I think that our content is the best in the Russian market.”Nikiforov said Tricolor was also planning to launch VOD and catch-up platforms and was looking at launching HbbTV services.last_img read more

first_imgStreaming set-top box firm Roku has updated its iOS app to let users stream videos they’ve taken with their mobile device direct to their TV for the first time. The new feature adds to the Play on Roku feature that the firm launched last year that already lets users stream photos and music from mobile to TV via their Roku box.Roku said the update is supported by version 5.1 of the Roku player firmware and that Android support is “coming soon” for selected devices.last_img

Netflix grew its international member base by 78

first_imgNetflix grew its international member base by 78% year-on-year in Q2 and has outlined plans to “further invest aggressively in global expansion.”Announcing its second quarter results, Netflix said that its international user base stood at 13.8 million, and its total number of users – including the US – was 50.05 million.Confirming that its next set of launches – in Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, and Luxembourg – would come in September of this year, CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells said this would “significantly increase” its European footing.“This launch into markets with over 60 million broadband households will significantly increase our European presence and raise our current international addressable market to over 180 million broadband households, or twice the number of current US broadband households,” the executives said in a letter to shareholders.Hastings and Wells added that this would not be the end of their international expansion efforts: “Even after our upcoming expansion in Europe, we’ll only address about one-third (271 million of 728 million) of current global broadband households, providing a great opportunity to build on our international success beyond 2014.”“Our broad success from Argentina to Finland has convinced us to further invest aggressively in global expansion.”Internationally, Netflix made a loss of US$15.3 million (€11.3 million) in its international markets during Q2 and, with the next set of launches, it expects this to widen to US$42 million in Q3. However, overall Netflix said it is “rapidly approaching contribution profitability” in its international markets, and is seeing improvements “across all existing markets.”Overall in the quarter, Netflix made total streaming revenues of US$1.15 billion and contribution profit of US$212 million.In terms of content, Netflix attributed the growth of its US member base, which reached 36.2 million to the strength of its “ever-improving content offering,” including season two of original Netflix series, Orange is the New Black.Speaking on the company’s earnings call, Hastings said that Netflix was also “looking to do some investments in France with production” for content that would travel internationally.Chief content officer Ted Sarandos added that the content breakdown for the service in France and Germany would be roughly 10% to 20% local, with the rest “mostly Hollywood product that people want to see around world.”last_img read more

TeliaSoneraowned Lithuanian telco Teo saw its IPT

first_imgTeliaSonera-owned Lithuanian telco Teo saw its IPTV base rise by 24% last year to reach 131,000 – the fastest growth rate since the service was launched in 2006. The operator attributed the growth to a revamp of the service that simplified the user experience and introduced a number of new features. “During the fourth quarter of 2014 revenue and EBITDA grew for the first time after the two years break. This is a result of successful and significant changes. The focus on the customer, a record growth of number of IPTV users, smart IT solutions for businesses, managed churn of voice telephony services and increased efficiency of business processes led to the turn of TEO financials to a positive direction,” said Kęstutis Šliužas, general manager of Teo.In neighbouring Latvia, meanwhile, telco Lattelecom meanwhile said that its total number of TV customers exceeded voice customers for the first time in 2014, while over half of its broadband customers now used its fibre network providing speeds of up to 1Gbps.Lattelecom increased its profits for 2014 by 7% to €30.1 million, while EBITDA grew by 4% to €72 million on turnover of €191 million, flat year-on-year.last_img read more