By Sana ElouaziRabat – An Egyptian lawyer, Nabih Al-Wahsh, has sparked fury after saying that women who wear revealing clothes, such as ripped jeans, deserve to be sexually assaulted and raped.Al-Wahsh’s inflammatory comments came during a panel discussion over a draft law aimed to fight prostitution and “debauchery,” that was broadcast on the local television show Infrad on October 19. The Islamist lawyer called for the sexual assault of women who show parts of their bodies by wearing torn trousers, adding that it is a man’s “national duty” to do so.“Are you happy when you see a girl walking down the street with half of her behind showing?” he said.“I say that when a girl walks about like that, it is a patriotic duty to sexually harass her and a national duty to rape her.”Al-Wahsh further stated that “girls must respect themselves so others respect them. Protecting morals is more important than protecting borders.”The lawyer’s remarks prompted an outrage across the region, with activists claiming that his comments were a “flagrant call” for rape and sexual assault that violate the country’s constitution.In response, Al-Wahsh said in a statement to a local news site Al-Watan that even “his daughter would deserve rape and sexual harassment if she decided to walk in the streets wearing ripped Jeans.”Following these comments, Egypt’s National Council for Women announced in a statement that it would file a complaint against the the channel and the Islamist lawyer, who the organization said is supposed to defend people’s rights and freedoms.“All the members of the council denounce and decry this statement, which explicitly promotes rape and sexual harassment,” said a council spokesman.The national council also issued a plea to media outlets not to invite speakers who incite violence and sexual assault against women.Al-Wahsh’s controversial comments came right after the Egyptian capital, Cairo, was named the world’s most dangerous city for women, according to a poll conducted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.This is not the first time that the Egyptian lawyer’s public statements have sparked controversy.Al-Wahsh previously attacked the Egyptian film director Inas Al-Dagheidy, saying that she “doesn’t have a shred of femininity.”The lawyer also expressed his opposition to women serving as judges, suggesting it would give them too much power.“If we let a woman become a judge, why shouldn’t she become Sheik of Al-Azhar? Why shouldn’t she becomes the Mufti? Why don’t we all just go to Hell? Will she issue me a fatwa while she is menstruating?” he said.
This was a nice set up for Ryan Merkley, CEO of Creative Commons. To Merkley, the term “remote work” is erroneous. That’s because use of the word “remote” suggests that the work is at the office, when in fact work is where the people are. “Distributed work” is the better term he said, and he presented his experience running a 100% distributed company. Creative Commons closed its physical office because few of its employees were local to it. He touted the many benefits of distributed teams, but cautioned that effort is required to counteract how our culture prizes individual accomplishments. Leadership is really about driving effective collaboration, he said. The message was clear: Flexible work is much more than a technical issue. The workday in general is far less structured than it used to be, but it’s particularly unstructured for distributed workers across time zones. One of the key benefits of distributed work is schedule flexibility, yet this turns against us if we can’t turn it off. The antidote is connection, Murabit said. When employees feel a sense of purpose that’s supported by inclusive and responsive management, they’re more than 80% healthier and happier, she explained. Not all meetings in a distributed company are distributed. Sometimes the social dynamic is necessary and appropriate to meet in person. For these meetings, Merkley said he funds travel and requires participation. “You are either in the meeting or not,” he said. He also said he practices the full-attention or no-attention rule, and mocked the “sent from mobile” in email signatures as an excuse for a compromised response. If you can’t fully engage, just say so and respond when you can. The speaker lineup was diverse. The topics ranged from best practices, to 5G, physical robots, AI, and more. It wasn’t a traditional vendor conference, in that Fuze only played the role of host and didn’t present on how its services could facilitate mobile and distributed work. Be a Change Agent for Your Workspaces Beth Schultz May 20, 2019 Everyone’s No. 1 focus should be on creating great employee experiences. FlexSummit2019_2174 entry.jpg FlexSummit2019_9317 theater.jpg Click below to continue to Page 2Tags:News & ViewsFlex Summitflexible workplacescollaborationFuture of WorkAnalyst InsightDigital WorkplaceEmployee ExperienceNews & Views12nextlast Articles You Might Like Personal video meetings help him retain connections and minimize burnout, and he prioritizes these recurring meetings despite travel and other commitments, Merkley said. A shared Google Doc serves as a live agenda and log. He minimizes communication channels to specific tools in order to retain a useful conversation history. He recommends the use of shared objectives and key results to ensure alignment among team members. WorkSpace Connect: Uniting People, Places, Technology Beth Schultz April 02, 2019 IT, A/V, facilities, real estate, HR, and other groups must come together to develop cohesive, worker-centric workplaces — and we’re here to help. Merkley shared several practices that he uses to manage a distributed team effectively. For example, if one person is distributed, everyone is distributed. This rule acknowledges that interactions taking place among a distributed workforce have different needs than those among colleagues located in the same place. If six participants are in the same room and one is remote, the meeting qualifies as distributed and has a distinct set of practices, including sending agendas in advance, verification that all parties can see and hear, shared and visible notetaking, a digital whiteboard, and more. Most readers here are familiar with how UC technologies enable working from anywhere, on any device, at any time. While this is indeed a marvelous accomplishment, it’s just a precursor to many of the radical changes occurring in the workplace. In a presentation on how flexible work is transforming global communities, Dr. Alaa Murabit, UN high-level commissioner on health employment and economic growth, cited that just offering flexible work options leads to 89% higher retention rates for companies. She cited that American Express had 43% higher productivity rates after implementing flexible work policies. Is Your Office Built for the Future of Work? Roopam Jain May 09, 2019 Workplace innovation and redesign will become critical success factors moving forward. Workstreams Paving the Way for the New World of Work Iain Scholnick June 04, 2019 Workstreams can thread all the necessary information, knowledge, people, and business tools into a single point of productivity. Log in or register to post comments Fuze last month hosted an informative gathering to address future-of-work trends and issues with distributed and flexible collaboration and productivity. The event, called Flex Summit, featured 13 presentations (many available for viewing here) on the emerging challenges and opportunities of flexible workplaces. See All in Future of Work » It’s Time We Modernize the Way People Work Joe Burton March 18, 2019 Accelerating innovation that will transform the way people communicate and collaborate in the future Flexible work can contribute to burnout, too, Murabit said. More than 50% of remote employees face personal wellness issues, she said. In fact, it’s no coincidence that the World Health Organization recently classified burnout as a disease. Without a clear schedule, the same self-motivated characteristics that allow many teleworkers to succeed cause others to burn out. Thirty percent of remote workers don’t know when they’re supposed to be working, and 85% of them feel an incredible sense of isolation, she said. However, there’s a dark side to flexible work, Murabit said. Unintended consequences of flexible work include exacerbating socio-economic and gender inequalities, she shared. Remote workers need to have access to technology as well as strong communication skills, and these two requirements eliminate a lot of otherwise qualified candidates — particularly outside of the west and in non-tech careers.
To mark the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has stressed that “human trafficking is a heinous crime that affects every region of the world” – especially women and children.According to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), some 72 per cent of detected victims are women and girls, and the percentage of child victims has more than doubled from 2004 to 2016.“Most detected victims are trafficked for sexual exploitation; victims are also trafficked for forced labour, recruitment as child soldiers and other forms of exploitation and abuse”, Mr. Guterres said in his message on the Day, marked annually on 30 July.Here’s our story.UNICEF budget must triple to fight DRC Ebola outbreak Updating the press on the deadly Ebola outbreak in the north-east region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jerome Pfaffmann, a Health Specialist for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said that the agency would have to triple its budget to respond to the crisis.The spokesperson underlined the complexity of the outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, which are facing a public health emergency and a humanitarian crisis at the same time – including conflict and a major measles outbreak.UNICEF has already vaccinated more than 40,000 children against measles and plans to put in place a programme to address acute humanitarian and social needs.Execution of Bahrainis condemned by UN human rights office, amid allegations of unfair trial New UN report shows record numbers of children killed, maimed in conflict A new UN report has found that 2018 was the worst year on record for children caught up in armed conflict; the year saw the highest number killed or hurt since the United Nations began monitoring the violation.In the 20 conflict situations monitored in the 2018 edition of the Annual Report of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict, released Tuesday, more than 12,000 children were killed or maimed over that year.A “disheartened” Secretary-General António Guterres said that he was “particularly appalled” by the unprecedented numbers of grave violations committed against children.Children continued to be used in combat, particularly in Somalia, Nigeria and Syria: some 7,000 have been drawn into frontline fighting roles around the world during 2018. They also continued to be abducted, to be used in hostilities or for sexual violence: more than half of the 2,500 reported cases were in Somalia. Read about it here.Conflict, climate change among factors that increase ‘desperation that enables human trafficking to flourish’, says UN chief The execution of two Bahraini citizens on Friday has been strongly condemned by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in a statement released on Tuesday.The executions took place despite concerns of Michelle Bachelet, the UN rights chief, that the men’s confessions were obtained under torture, and that they were denied due process and guarantees of a fair trial.The two men were tried in a mass hearing with 58 other defendants and convicted on charges of terrorism.A UN spokesperson said the High Commissioner is “very concerned” about the fate of other detainees at risk of imminent execution on death row in Bahrain and has called on the Bahraini Government to halt all pending executions.Spread some kindness, on International Day of Friendship The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is encouraging us all to brighten someone’s day, and spread a bit of kindness, on the UN’s International Day of Friendship.The call is part of UNICEF’s campaign to end violence in and around schools where, worldwide, around half of all students aged between 13 and 15, have reported experiencing some form of violence.The campaign includes a short video featuring K-pop superstars BTS singing their hit single “Answer: Love Myself”, showing young people confronting school violence. Listen to or download our audio News in Brief for 30 July on SoundCloud:
A new ship unloader has been installed in a coke bunker plant on the site of Salzgitter Flachstahl in Salzgitter, Germany. The bunker is being loaded either from ship stowages on the canal site or from train wagons on the land side. It is divided into several bunker bins, whose volume can now be determined by 3D laser technology.In order to determine the exact bunker volume contact-less measuring systems by LASE have been applied. They are highly suitable because of their high accuracy, high reproducibility and the robust design. Two 2D laser scanners of the LASE 2000D-11x Series are mounted on the main girder of the ship unloader, such that their scan planes are projected vertically downwards and parallel to the main girder. Both laser scanners deliver 2D profiles where the cross section of the bunker below them is shown.The laser measurement system starts measuring automatically at crane travel and being actuated by a SPS. During crane travel the created 2D profiles are collected and converted into a 3D volume model by the discharging position. Thus the volume of totally eight bunkers is updated permanently and the calculated result is displayed on screen. For the determination of the exact volume even the separating walls or other objects can be excluded from the calculation through suppression areas.The system can be operated intuitively due to user-oriented dialogue control and configuration wizards for simple commissioning. The application has great versatility and can be used for volume and profile measurements in several bunker plant types. This specific software derives from the product line CEWS Bulk Volume Module and distinguishes oneself in the use within rough industrial environments.
It’s 2011, and we’re still buying 4-inch optical discs. One reason why is that they’re still an extremely popular way to burn archives of our documents and photos. They do have their downsides, of course. They’re not particularly sturdy, for one thing.Researchers at the University of Southampton have developed a new technology that turns glass discs into storage media capable of packing 260GB of data into a disc the size of a Blu-Ray — roughly double what a current BDXL can hold. That’s really not a giant leap in capacity when something is considered a breakthrough, but these new discs also boast substantially improved durability. Not only are the glass discs capable of withstanding the everyday knocks that our hard drives and optical discs aren’t fond of, they’re also heat resistant up to 1000 degrees Celsius.Finally, a disc you can leave sitting on your dashboard and not ruin. For the record, that’s the systems’ “lens” shown above, not one of the actual discs.Information is stored using a process called femtoprinting that uses infinitesimally short laser pulses to imprint three-dimensional dot patterns in the glass discs. Patterns can be overlayed, allowing multiple data sets to be imprinted in the same space. As Extreme Tech points out, the goal of this particular project isn’t to create a new consumer storage medium. Rather, it’s aim is at medical imaging devices.The multi-dimensional nature of femtoprinted data makes it an ideal way to store massive medical images like MRI and CT scans, which currently output massive JPEG2000 files and consume vast amounts of drive space. Right now, the research team is working with a Lithuanian company to bring the technology to market.More at University of Southampton and Extreme Tech
Police images show how close the device was to homes on the street. Image: PSNI Wednesday 11 Sep 2019, 11:27 AM Police images show how close the device was to homes on the street. 7,504 Views Man arrested over New IRA bomb found outside family home in Tyrone Police believe the New IRA intended to fire the mortar into Strabane police station. Share4 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/4804477 By Michelle Hennessy Image: PSNI 8 Comments Wed 11:27 AM POLICE HAVE ARRESTED a man in connection with the discovery of a bomb outside homes in an estate in Co Tyrone.The mortar bomb was found in Church View in Strabane on Saturday morning and police said they believe the New IRA was responsible.Detectives from the PSNI’s terrorism investigation unit arrested a 33-year-old man in the Strabane area yesterday. He remains in police custody.On Monday, Aileen Mullan, who lives in one of the homes in Church View, told the BBC her teenage daughter had not returned home since it was discovered and her son would not play outside.The bomb, described by police as a “deadly device”, was metres away from the front door of her home. “My daughter is 14 and my son is seven, my son could have easily walked out the front door and lifted it, quite easily went out and lifted it and he would have been gone,” she said. Source: PSNIPolice believe the New IRA intended to fire the mortar into Strabane police station from Church View. Detective Inspector Andrew Hamlin today said the investigation is ongoing. He appealed to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the Church View area on Friday night or in the early hours of Saturday morning to contact police.“I believe an orange Fiat Sedici, pizza delivery vehicle that was hijacked in the area of Mount Sion, Ballycolman , Strabane at 9.40pm was used to place the device in Church View at approximately 9.45pm,” he said. The vehicle is believed to have travelled along the following route: Mount Sion, Ballycolman Avenue, Bridge Street, Market Street and Church Street. It was subsequently abandoned on Evish Road, Strabane.Hamlin said anyone travelling on this route, particularly anyone with dash cam footage, is asked to contact detectives. Information can also be provided anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Alexis Tsipras, the leader of Greece’s main left-wing opposition party, attacked the government’s privatization agenda, accusing the power-sharing administration of wanting to sell public assets and resources on the cheap.The criticism came on the second day of the debate on the new government’s policy platform, which saw conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and his finance minister pledge to kick-start privatizations and encourage private investment in a bid to pull the country out of its deep recession.“The prime minister’s policy statement was nothing more than a ‘for sale sign’ put on Greece,” Tsipras told Parliament. “The government will have to account for its actions, the looting of public goods,” he added, slamming Samaras for backpedaling on his pre-election pledge to renegotiate the country’s bailout deal with international lenders.“The renegotiation of the memorandum finished on the evening of June 17,” he said, referring to the day of the election that saw ND win by a slim margin. “Those who believed [Samaras] have been betrayed.”In comments made to the Financial Times last week, Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras appeared to suggest Greece had dropped its demand to ease the bailout terms. The government has not refuted the statements.“The acknowledgment of the new finance minister that we cannot make any demand is the disastrous dogma of the new government,” Tsipras said.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A fire sparked in Fort Lauderdale after a power line fell on top of a stop sign.Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue crews responded to the incident where an energized power line hit a stop sign, sparking a fire and causing some power outages on Northwest 10th Terrace and Eighth Street.The incident even caused water in nearby pipes to boil — releasing steam from nearby man hole covers — until the power line could be turned off.Crews were able to put out the fire without any injuries.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Share Listen 00:00 /01:08 The section of El Dorado Boulevard south of Clear Lake Boulevard has one lane in each direction. But new development is putting a lot more cars on the road and that’s slowing things down for commuters who need to hook up with I-45.A joint project between the City of Houston and Harris County could change all that. Plans call for widening a one-mile segment of the road from two lanes to four. City Council Member Dave Martin said the city and the county have agreed to share the $7 million cost.“The city will pay roughly about four of the seven and then the county will pay three of the seven,” explains Martin. “But the county is doing the design work, the engineering work. They’re doing all the right-of-way acquisition and the construction as well.”As for what the road would look like, Martin said they’re looking at three different options. He favors the option that doesn’t require any tree removal.“It’s a little bit more expensive. It’s going to cause us a little bit of a delay,” said Martin. “But I think it’s going to be a little more visually appealing to the neighbors.”Martin says they’ll discuss those options at a public meeting next Thursday night, November 30. It’s at the University of Houston-Clear Lake from 6:30 to 8:00 PM.
A 13-year-old girl from Bulgaria, Mariella Yancova Valeva, who had been missing since March 15, has been found and is well, police said on Wednesday.The girl was found on Wednesday morning in Aglandjia, Nicosia.You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoAll Pro SaverCalifornia: This Is What All Homeowners Need To Know In 2019All Pro SaverUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Nicosia’s lawyers are considering protest measures to complain about delays in restoring the old supreme court building in the hope they will prod the government into speeding up the renovation project.Lawyers have also strongly criticised the Nicosia Bar Association for tolerating the long delays to fixing up what are to be the family and labour dispute courts.The old supreme court building has been closed for six years and its renovation is expected to take another two years once it starts. For the past six years, lawyers and those involved in family and labour disputes have been housed in a “temporary” building.On April 14, the Minister of Justice Ionas Nicolaou, in response to a letter received from the president of the Nicosia Bar Association, Costas Demetriadis, announced that according to the information provided by the Department of Public Works, the preliminary estimate of the cost of the works amounts to 4.74 million euros plus VAT. The competition for tenders was expected to be made by 30 April.According to Nicolaou, it will take six months to complete the tender process and to sign a contract, plus another 20 months to complete the project.Meanwhile, the term of office of the present board of the Nicosia Bar Association ends in September and presidential elections will take place next February. As a result, the case will be handled by a new board and this may cause even more delays.Demetriadis informed association members that the justice minister said the delays were not the ministry’s fault. He also wondered if the five million euros needed to repair the building could be used to build a new one.“No one has the patience to wait. Unfortunately, this is how Public Works and the government machine work,” Demetriadis said in his message to the lawyers. “I fully understand your disappointment and your suggestions for a reaction.”But he warned that this was no time for “confrontation, strikes or vigorous protest”. You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
An increase in withdrawals at the Co-op compelled the Central Bank of Cyprus to say that Thursday’s comments made by one of its officials on the disastrous consequences for depositors of a failure to implement the Hellenic – Co-op deal were intended to highlight the worst-case scenario rather than present the probable scenario.“The comments about the remote, theoretical probability of the liquidation of the Cyprus Cooperative Bank were made to stress the most extreme negative consequences if the transfer of the Cyprus Cooperative Bank to Hellenic Bank is not completed, a solution which under the circumstances constitutes the only alternative,” a central bank spokesperson said in an emailed statement on Friday.On Friday, customers were queuing inside and outside Co-op branches leading to an increase in withdrawals, sources familiar with the matter said. In the first three months of the year, the Co-ops saw €2 billion in cash withdrawals amid concerns over the bank’s capital adequacy. Depositor concern was amplified by comments made by opposition politicians who left open whether their parties would support a government bill that would allow the government to extend guarantees to Hellenic Bank to shield it from a probable under performance of assets it agreed to acquire.The Co-op, the second largest lender on the island, has a ‘very important market share in deposits’ facilitating ‘critical functions’ for the economy, the central bank spokesperson said.The Cyprus Coperative Bank declined to comment.“Therefore, interest and economic and financial stability necessitate that there is no impact on insured depositors. Therefore, even in the case of considering the probability of resolution, public interest will lead to the complete protection of insured deposits without raising the issue of liquidating the bank if the deal on the sale of the Cyprus Cooperative Bank’s operations is not completed,”On Thursday, Yiangos Demetriou, head of the central bank’s supervision department warned members of the parliament’s watchdog committee of the ‘disastrous’ effects the non-implementation of the agreement signed by Hellenic Bank with the Cyprus Cooperative Bank on Monday would have. Demetriou had also said that the European Central Bank and the Single Resolution Mechanism, were preparing for a scenario under which the deal was not implemented.The deal, which provides for the transfer of the Co-op’s operations to Hellenic, including €9.7bn in deposits, would spare the Co-op from being liquidated, Demetriou said.The implementation of the deal also requires the approval of a bundle of amendments in legislation to help banks reduce their non-performing loans, which the European Commission set as condition for allowing taxpayers’ money to facilitate the deal.The Central Bank of Cyprus spokesperson added that deposits up to €100,000 per individual or legal entity per financial institution remain guaranteed in accordance with a European directive transposed into national law.In 2013, depositors at Cyprus Popular Bank lost all their uninsured deposits after the bank ran out of capital while those at Bank of Cyprus recapitalised it with almost half of their savings in excess of €100,000.You May LikeCheapflightsLooking for Cheap Flights? Compare & Save On Flights Today!CheapflightsUndohowchoo7 Ways To Get Amazon Prime For Free (Or Cheap)howchooUndoFood PreventTop 9 Kidney-Friendly SuperfoodsFood PreventUndo At least 20 killed, 50 injured in attack on VP candidate’s office in KabulUndoFilm review: Child’s Play ***UndoState Legal Service condemns attack on attorney-generalUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
05Oct Rep. Bruce Rendon tours ArtPrize with House Tourism and Recreation Committee Categories: Rendon News State Rep. Bruce Rendon, chair of the House Committee on Tourism and Recreation, led his fellow committee members to Grand Rapids to experience ArtPrize and learn more about the widely known tourist attraction.The committee heard presentations from Christian Gaines, executive director of ArtPrize; Janet Korn senior vice president of Experience Grand Rapids; Allie Bush director of government Affairs for the Grand Rapids Chamber, Jay Steffon and Chris Mueller of the City of Grand Rapids; and Sarah Triplett, director of public policy for Creative Many Michigan.“ArtPrize is a prime example of what tourism can do for our state,” said Rep. Rendon, R-Lake City. “The event brings thousands of people to Grand Rapids each year, and I wanted my committee to be able to have that experience and get a flavor for all of the different types of tourism we have in the state of Michigan.”The lawmaker said he especially enjoyed an entry in the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel called “Hometown Hero” by Pamela Alderman. The piece was designed to honor not only the fallen hero portrayed in it, but also hundreds of other heroes whose names were written on the large canvas by ArtPrize visitors. Rep. Rendon chose to add his father’s name, Rigoberto Rendon, a WWII Army veteran who served in the Middle East, North Africa, Italy and France.Rep. Rendon says he hopes to take the committee to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for its next off-site committee meeting.###
Share91Tweet2ShareEmail93 SharesDecember 9, 2016; Washington PostThe Women’s March on Washington is still scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C., the day after President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, despite being blocked from gathering at the Lincoln Memorial. Reportedly, the National Park Service has taken out its own permit that essentially blocks dissenting groups from protesting. This kind of action would generally elicit civil disobedience, but right now the march is just looking to locate itself.Organizers announced Friday that the march would begin at Independence Avenue and 3rd Street SW—near the U.S. Capitol—and that the biggest hurdles had finally been overcome in the permit process.Although some of the hundreds of thousands of women and their allies had hoped to come together in front of the Lincoln Memorial, the National Park Service, on behalf of the Presidential Inauguration Committee, secured much of the area for the inauguration, essentially barring protests for days and weeks before and after the festivities, according to the Guardian.Organizers of the Women’s March, directed by three high-profile female leaders of social justice groups, seemed upbeat on social media. Their press release focused on the positive:We will continue to work closely with all of the relevant police entities, over the coming weeks, to ensure a safe march with all logistics in place to accommodate the number of people we anticipate convening. For security reasons, we will not release any further details about the march route until a later date.If everything goes as planned, the march could be the largest in U.S. history on Inauguration Day, according to Vox. About 60,000 people demonstrated in opposition to President Richard Nixon in 1973. A much smaller number made their voices heard at President George W. Bush’s inauguration in 2001.ABC News reports that Attorney Mara Verheyden-Hilliard of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund has threatened legal action against the park service if it does not rescind the omnibus permit.This is public land. This land belongs to all of us. The park service’s role is only to act as a neutral administrator and steward of public land. […] They have done a massive land grab, to the detriment of all those who want to engage in free speech activities.One nonprofit—ANSWER (Act Now to Stop Racism and End War Coalition)—is crying foul at the lack of permits being granted to protestors for January and beyond.“We need to sound the alarm about an effort underway to create a free speech buffer zone that would allow Donald Trump, in the weeks following his inauguration, to ban the American people from conducting mass assembly protests against his extremist political agenda in historic spaces of Washington, D.C.,” said a press release issued by ANSWER on Thursday, following a press conference to “expose the unprecedented and unconstitutional efforts by the National Park Service to act as a surrogate for the Trump Presidential Inaugural Committee to extinguish mass assembly protest and dissent in the weeks following Trump’s inauguration on January 20, 2017.”Through the efforts of our attorneys at the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund it has been revealed that the federal government is illegally giving the Trump Presidential Inaugural Committee, which is a private profit making entity that is soliciting tens of millions of dollars in “donations” from Corporate America, the right of first refusal to the use of all the historic public spaces not just on Inauguration Day but for weeks afterward.Even if the Trump PIC doesn’t use these spaces they can just hold on to the permit and refuse to allow demonstrators access for mass assembly protest. And that is precisely what is happening now.ANSWER is currently planning protests on Inauguration Day as well as a march beginning at the Trump International Hotel on Saturday, January 21st, that may meet up with the Women’s March on Washington. The nonprofit launched a #GivingTuesday fundraiser to support the protests that had raised about $6,614 of its $25,000 goal as of Sunday.—Anna BerryShare91Tweet2ShareEmail93 Shares
Digital TV CEE: Offering bundled services and upselling additional services are priorities for Nicolas Boissin, Co-founder and CEO of BKS Capital Partners and Nej TV in the Czech Republic. Offering mobile services will be a key part of this, and obtaining an MVNO licence – which would be a first for the country – is a key goal, he says.
German cable operator Kabel Deutschland has successfully placed an additional €200 million tap on its senior secured notes due in 2018.The tap increases the aggregate principal amount due in 2018 to €700 million. The proceeds will be used to replace the remaining €200 million bridge financing for the acquisition of Tele Columbus.
Telenor-owned Nordic pay TV operator Canal Digital recorded a slowing down of its subscriber losses and solid nominal EBITDA growth for the second quarter.Canal Digital lost 2,000 subscribers over the quarter, the lowest rate of loss since the third quarter of 2008. DTH subscribers in Norway now number 492,000, down 11,000 year-on-year, while Swedish, Danish and Finnish subs number 308,000, 104,000 and 49,000 respectively, all down year-on-year, with Denmark recording the largest loss after Norway, of 9,000 customers.Canal Digital posted revenues of NOK1.109 billion (€150 million) for the quarter, flat year-on-year as price increases and stronger hardware and services sales were offset by subscriber losses and negative currency movements. Canal Digital’s EBITDA grew by a 23% year-on-year to NOK159 million.Telenor Broadcast overall posted revenues of NOK1.697 billion, down 2% and EBITDA of NOK504 million, up 11%. Conditional access unit Conax saw revenues grow by 6% to NOK141 million, while EBITDA grew by 22% to NOK63 million. Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc) posted revenues of NOK248 million, up slightly year-on-year, while EBITDA grew by 3% to NOK165 million, and broadcasting infrastructure arm Norkring saw revenue fall by 4% to NOK227 million, with EBITDA up slightly to NOK116 million.Separately, TSBc says it has pre-sold nearly its entire allocation of occasional-use capacity at the 1°West orbital position for special broadcast services during the forthcoming London Olympic Games.As well as a contract with the BBC signed in 2011 for capacity on TSBc’s IS 10-02 satellite at 1° West, TSBc has agreed deals with other major broadcasters, including TV 2 Denmark and Danmarks Radio, to meet their capacity requirements throughout the Olympics.
Former BBC Worldwide president of worldwide networks Jana Bennett has re-emerged at A+E Networks, where she will make up part of a new look team operating under new president and CEO Nancy Dubuc.Bennett, who exited BBCWW last year as part of a major restructure of the BBC’s commercial arm, will become president of the second-tier LMN and bio channels, which Dubuc has identified as set for a push this year in a bid to further grow the Disney and Hearst joint venture A+E business. Bennett will oversee all aspects of programming, marketing, development, brand strategy and publicity for the nets, reporting into Dubuc.“I am thrilled that Jana is joining A+E Networks. She is an experienced industry veteran who knows how to build and grow brands and create long-running franchises. Over the coming year, our goal is to grow our emerging networks into the powerful platforms that [tier one cable nets such as] History, A&E and Lifetime have become and Jana is the person to take us there. I am looking forward to her success in this new role,” said Dubuc.Bennett is one of four new appointments, the first Dubuc has made after officially replacing Abbe Raven as CEO this month.Robert DeBitetto, president and general manager of A&E and bio, has become president of brand strategy and business development, A+E Studios, where he will oversee original content production models. He will also oversee cross network brand strategies and continue to oversee documentary unit A&E IndieFilms. DeBitetto also previously oversaw the Crime & Investigation Network.Dirk Hoogstra, who has been credited with developing scripted drama smashesHatfields & McCoys and The Bible, has been promoted to executive VP and general manager of History and H2. He was formerly exec VP, development and programming for the channels.David McKillop has been named exec VP and general manager, A&E network, having previously been exec VP, programming for A&E and bio, during which time he helped develop A&E’s top rated series ever, reality series Duck Dynasty; and Rob Sharenow is now exec VP and general manager, Lifetime. He was previously. He previously ran programming for the network.
Danish telco TDC is expanding its delivery of IPTV-based television services outside of its home market into Norway, in partnership with Alcatel-Lucent. TDC will make new services available to customers of Norwegian internet service provider NextGenTel, with Alcatel using its experience in IP video systems integration to extend TDC’s existing Mediaroom platform into the country.Alcatel, which is the sole supplier of IPTV services for TDC, said that the Danish firm will also be able to extend its wholesale business into other markets in the future “to meet growing demands for video.”“Video is the in-demand service for consumers and they do not want to compromise on quality. We are pleased to continue our long working relationship with Alcatel-Lucent to help us quickly expand our high-quality video service offer to customers in other markets to satisfy growing demand,” said TDC’s vice president of TV, Jacob Zentio Larsen.Willem Hendrickx, Alcatel-Lucent’s president of Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “We have been working with TDC for almost 10 years to help them deliver an exceptional video experience to their customers. This agreement extends our relationship and highlights our commitment to helping customers like TDC innovate with new revenue-generating services that unleash the value within their networks.”Last week, Alcatel-Lucent announced that it will provide 100 gigabit-per-second optical networking technology to Telecom Italia so the operator can deliver “ultra-broadband” internet and TV services.
Russian pay TV provider NTV+ has struck a deal with the All England Lawn Tennis Club through IMG to secure rights to broadcast this year’s Wimbledon tennis championship.NTV+ will broadcast the competition, which begins today, on its dedicated tennis channe and on NTV+ Sport HD, showing at least two matches per day live on the latter.NTV+ CEO Alexander Vronsky said he was delighted that Wimbledon was returning to the broadcaster’s channels after two years.Separately, NTV+ is reportedly set to launch a terrestrial sports channel, Sports 360, based on its potential acquisition of the frequencies used by RTR-owned Russia 2.According to local press, the Russian government has instructed RTR to transfer the channel to NTV+ owner Gazprom Media by August 1. Gazprom Media will pay a reported €9 billion for the channel, which is expected to relaunch as Sports 360 in September.