Click the menu for more details.The #CookforSyria menu available at Sydney’s Cruise Bar is available for a limited time.Already proving to be a hit with diners, the menu – including the mouthwatering Orange blossom fudge served with pistachio and walnut praline and fig ice cream lead image – can be ordered until the end of June.For every one of the mouth-watering dishes devoured – from Beef Kibbeh and Syrian Chicken, to Orange Blossom Fudge – Cruise Bar will donate $5 to UNICEF on behalf of diners.This year marks the second time Cruise Bar has been involved in the month-long initiative following a successful inaugural campaign last year.For further details about #CookforSyria, see https://www.unicef.org.au/cook-for-syriaTo locate Cruise Bar, see www.cruisebar.com.auTo get the tastebuds churning, here’s a few of the dishes on offer (captured by Kai Leishman).Beef kibbeh served with green elk, dandelion greens, pomegranate and beetroot yoghurt.Whole deboned chicken stuffed with barley pilaf, served over heirloom carrots & a pomegranate jus $35 (feeds two)Crumbed quail egg and lamb bacon served with a black garlic Aleppo aioli
Tags: #SB Rep. Ned Canfield, R-Sebewaing, invites residents of the 84th House District to attend his in-district office hours throughout the month of October.“I encourage all residents with questions and concerns regarding state government to come join me at my office hours,” Rep. Canfield said. “Your input is vital to ensuring our district is the very best it can be.”Office hours will be held at the following times and locations:Thursday, Oct. 13Reese Unity District Library Community Room2065 Gates Street in Reese5:30-6:30 pmFriday, Oct. 21stMillington Arbela District Library8530 Depot St. in Millington4:30-5:30 pmNo appointment is necessary. Residents unable to attend office hours are encouraged to contact Rep. Canfield by phone at 517-373-0476, or by email at EdwardCanfield@house.mi.gov. Categories: Canfield News 06Oct Rep. Canfield invites residents to October office hours
07Mar Aircraft safety legislation approved by House committee The House Law and Justice Committee approved legislation today from Reps. Laura Cox of Livonia and Tom Barrett of Potterville to criminalize pointing a laser or directed energy device at or in the path of an aircraft.“This is a public safety issue, when you consider pilots can be temporarily blinded when struck by a laser,” Cox said. “That puts everyone else in the aircraft, or in its path, in danger.”“As a helicopter pilot, I know not being able to see even a few seconds can lead to catastrophic results,” said Barrett, who is in the Michigan National Guard. “For a passenger airplane coming in for a landing, those are seconds you don’t have. For a helicopter a few hundred feet above the ground, you have many split-second decisions. It’s only a matter of time that this kind of behavior leads to a fatal accident so we must address it.”In 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration reported over 3,800 incidents of people aiming laser pointers at aircraft, which in addition to affecting a pilot’s vision can also disrupt navigation systems.During testimony before the Law and Justice Committee on Feb. 28, the Michigan State Police (MSP) recounted how an MSP helicopter and three aircraft heading to Detroit Metropolitan Airport were struck by a laser beam during a single February day. A pilot with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office also testified, recounting how an Oakland County helicopter was struck three times by a laser during a single aerial search flight in Commerce Township.Rep. Barrett shared with the committee during testimony that directed energy devices, such as laser pointers, were available for under $50 online. The legislation also includes prohibition of items that transmit focused electromagnetic radiation and sound disruptors from being directed at aircraft.“That is critical to be added, even if those type of directed energy devices are not available in the neighborhood hardware store at this moment,” Cox said. “Five years ago, we didn’t need this kind of legislation regarding laser pointers but today we do. Pilots and their aircraft should be protected from all possible ground-based disruptions.”The legislation includes a felony sentence of five years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.House Bills 4063 and 4064 will advance to the House floor. Categories: Cox News,News
Categories: Cole News 12Jul House approves Rep. Cole bill for overweight vehicle transport permits The Michigan House of Representatives passed legislation today authored by state Rep. Triston Cole to allow applicants to obtain an annual oversized vehicle transport permit.“Traditionally the driver would have to permit the trailer and every piece of equipment individually that it hauls each time it travels,” said Rep. Cole, of Mancelona. “This bill simplifies the permitting process for vehicles that routinely carry oversized equipment or routinely exceed weight requirements.”Transport permits currently are only issued for vehicles carrying individual loads, which cannot reasonably be reduced in size or transported by other means. There are single trip permits and extended permits. Single trip permits may be issued for a five-day period and valid for one trip only.A permit may also be stored and presented by the holder using a mobile device. This will make a valid permit easier to access and less than likely to not get lost.House Bill 4644 now moves to the Senate for consideration.###
Categories: Lucido News Tags: Health Policy, Opioid Locking vials will prevent pilfering in Macomb County familiesState Rep. Peter Lucido, of Shelby Township, today announced his support of a bill reducing the instances of teen opioid abuse and overdose through the use of locking prescription vials for opioids.The legislator said the current pill bottle design is only meant to keep small children from opening them but does nothing to prevent pilfering, the act of sneaking a small number of pills hoping that it will go undetected and the number one source for youth opioid abuse.Each year, 595,200 children between the age 12 and 17 nationwide pilfer from the family medicine cabinet.“Instances of opioid abuse continue to rise at astronomical rates, destroying families and the futures of our young people” Lucido said. “This measure, along with many other opioid reforms I’ve supported during my time in office, is what we need to keep dangerous drugs out of the hands of our teenagers.”Lucio believes low-cost, secure, locking prescription vials will ensure addictive prescription drugs are accessible only by those who need them.It is estimated that eliminating pilfering would prevent more than 150,000 Michigan teens from initiating abuse and return $715 million in lost productivity and criminal justice costs to the state’s economy over the next 10 years.House Bill 5857 was referred to the House Health Policy Committee. 01May Lucido supports measure protecting teens from opioid abuse, overdose
12Jun Rep. Bellino to host June office hours State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe has set his local office hours for the month of June. The representative will be available Friday, June 22 at the following times and locations:9 to 10 a.m. at Biggby, 26614 Telegraph Road in Flat Rock;10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Carleton Library, 1444 Kent St. in Carleton; and12 to 1 p.m. at Tim Hortons, 404 S. Monroe St. in Monroe.“I believe accessibility is the foundation for an open and honest government,” Bellino said. “Holding office hours is a great way to keep the government accountable to the people. I welcome anyone with thoughts, ideas, or questions to attend.”Appointments are not necessary during office hours. Anyone unable to attend is encouraged to contact Rep. Bellino’s office via phone at (517) 373-1530, via email at JosephBellino@house.mi.gov, or by visiting www.RepBellino.com. Categories: Bellino News
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares Pete Spiro / Shutterstock.com October 14, 2014;Daily PrincetonianIn the face of a lawsuit and growing demand for mental health services in college campuses across the country, Princeton University joined over 55 other colleges and universities in becoming members of the Jed & Clinton Health Matters Campus Program.The dynamic growth in the need for services on college campuses was documented in the 2013 National Survey of College Counseling Centers. The survey reached out to 203 college centers serving 1.8 million students. In these schools, the average percentage of students accessing services was 11.37 percent in four-year institutions and 12.9 percent in two-year institutions. The average ratio of counselors to clients at these schools was 1 to 1,604 students. The survey also found that smaller schools (those with fewer than 15,000 students) had considerably lower ratios than larger schools.The number of students accessing services at counseling centers is overshadowed by the number experiencing mental illness or substance abuse. According to a 2010 survey by the American College Health Association, in the twelve months preceding the survey, 45.6 percent of students reported feeling that “things were hopeless” and 30.7 reported feeling “so depressed that it was difficult to function.” Additionally, according to a 2007 study by the National Center on Addition and Substance Abuse, half of college students participated in binge drinking, abused prescription drugs, and/or abused illegal drugs.The Jed Foundation describes the Clinton Health Matters Campus Program as a “groundbreaking self-assessment and feedback program that helps colleges create more comprehensive solutions to support their students.” Current members of the program include schools in the Big Ten, Midwest liberal arts colleges, community colleges, and religious institutions. After a school joins the program, it takes a confidential self-assessment survey assessing current mental and substance abuse services and opportunities for enhancement. The survey leads to participation in four years of technical assistance activities to expand and enhance these services. The program was created this past June and is a partnership between the Jed Foundation and the Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Health Matters Initiative.Princeton University’s mental health program has been under intense scrutiny recently after two students reported being pressured to drop out of school due to their medical conditions. One filed a federal lawsuit this past March alleging his confidentiality was violated when his medical records were turned over to campus security following his suicide attempt.—Gayle NelsonShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share39TweetShareEmail39 SharesDadaab / European Commission DG ECHOJuly 18, 2016; NewsweekIn May, NPQ reported on the Kenyan government’s decision to close the Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camps. Managed by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Dadaab Refugee Complex is the largest refugee camp in the world and home to over 340,000 refugees, 95 percent of whom are from Somalia. Covering an area of 50 kilometers, Dadaab was originally a group of three camps established in 1991 to house 90,000 people, mostly Somalis fleeing civil war. The camp’s enormous population makes it the third largest “city” in Kenya, after Nairobi and Mombasa. The Kenyan government’s plan to close Dadaab was cited, in part, as a response to the security threat posed by the Somali militant group al-Shabaab. The government has accused the group of using the camp to launch terrorist attacks, including the 2013 Westgate Mall attack where at least 67 died and the April 2015 attack at Garissa University College that killed 148 students and staff. (Newsweek reports that the “UN has noted that ‘clear information’ is not available on the presence of terrorist elements inside Dadaab.”) Kenya’s decision to close the camp was met with grave concern by numerous international humanitarian organizations, who, in a joint statement, urged the Kenyan government to reconsider its decision, while acknowledging its contributions over the years: “Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) providing assistance to refugees in Kenya acknowledge the hospitality and responsibility that the Government of Kenya has borne over decades.” Currently, Kenya hosts approximately 600,000 refugees, mostly from Somalia, South Sudan, and Burundi. Dadaab’s closing is yet another example of the huge challenges facing refugees and host countries worldwide. In a report released on June 20, UNHCR stated that over 65 million people in the world are currently refugees or internally displaced persons (IDPs)—more than the entire population of the United Kingdom and surpassing even the number of people displaced by World War II.The Kenyan government has assured Western governments, UNHCR, and international NGOs that repatriation to Somalia would be “voluntary, safe and dignified,” but is nonetheless facing widespread criticism over the closing of Dadaab, as the international community worries that sending Somali refugees home would both endanger their lives and empower al-Shabaab and other terrorist groups. Before his departure in 2015, Somalia’s top UN official at the time, Nicholas Kay, declared the nation a “recovering fragile country” rather than a “failed state.” However, after decades of civil war, famine, collapsed government, and now, widespread Islamic terrorism and insurgencies, Somalia will take years to rebuild. Sending these refugees back to their still violent and unstable homeland is without a doubt fraught with risk and danger. Should the international community condemn the Kenyan government for choosing security over their international obligations? Is this a case of scapegoating refugees, a legitimate national security concern, a holdover from the fact that next year Kenya holds national elections—or some combination of all three? The problem is that U.S. and European governments pressure poor countries to take in refugees when they themselves are unwilling to do the same. An Oxfam report published this week states that the “six wealthiest nations host less than nine percent of the world’s refugees while poorer countries shoulder most of the responsibility.” This echoes the UNHCR report, which notes, “Developing regions hosted 86 percent of the world’s refugees under UNHCR’s mandate,” the highest figure in more than two decades. One of the world’s six richest countries, Germany is the host of 736,000 refugees. Kenya, as noted above, is currently hosting 600,000. According to the UN’s 2014 figures, Germany had the fourth largest GDP of all countries in the world; Kenya was 73rd.In January of this year, NPQ reported that the Danish parliament was trying to make Denmark as unattractive as possible to refugees by passing a bill that allowed for the seizure of refugees’ assets upon their arrival in the country. For the international community to criticize Kenya for closing Dadaab 25 years after it was opened is an example of the hypocrisy and inequity that colors even the question of who bears the responsibility for taking care of the world’s most vulnerable populations. In the government’s official statement on the closing of Dadaab, Kenya’s Interior Cabinet Secretary, Joseph Nkaissery, mentions that European countries, with regard to refugees, have made their countries’ economic and national security interests paramount:Kenya appreciates the national security interests that are informing how other countries are dealing with the challenge of refugee inflows. We are also seeking to anchor our humanitarian character, which is recognized all over the world, in considerations that put the security of our country first. We will not be the first to do so; this is the standard practice worldwide. For example in Europe, rich, prosperous, and democratic countries are turning away refugees from Syria, one of the worst war zones since World War Two.At the end of his statement, Nkaissery puts it simply: “Refugees are a responsibility of the international community.” He is right. Perhaps the 145 countries who are party to the 1951 UN Refugee Convention have forgotten what they signed.—Vanessa WuShare39TweetShareEmail39 Shares
Share22TweetShare6Email28 SharesHaiti: Earthquake 2010 / European Commission DG ECHOOctober 16, 2016; Washington PostThe Washington Post’s Editorial Board forthrightly writes to remind its readers that Haiti’s suffering is growing by orders of magnitude in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. There’s little doubt that time is not on the side of the estimated 1.4 million Haitians, more than a tenth of the country’s population, in need of immediate assistance. The threats to life are mounting: shortages of food, fresh water, shelter, and medical supplies; washed-out roads, bridges, canals, and sewer systems; a caretaker government; looting; and the potential for “a spike in Haiti’s already deadly epidemic of cholera.” The Editorial Board encourages its readers to be generous to the NGOs responding to the crisis. And so we should be.According to the World Food Program, nearly 100 percent of crops and 50 percent of livestock were destroyed in the Grand-Anse region. “A ‘flash appeal’ for Haiti issued by the U.N. humanitarian agency in Geneva was not getting anywhere near the level of support officials are seeking, with only about 5 percent pledged so far of the $120 million requested.”The New York Times reports in this pictorial that for many Haitians, caves offer the only shelter.Mary Anastasia O’Grady, a Wall Street Journal editor, makes the case in “The Curse of Charity in Haiti” that supporting the responding NGOs makes humanitarian sense, but our philanthropy may have unintended consequences. O’Grady references the award-winning 2015 documentary “Poverty, Inc.,” which discredits the “aid brigades” as producing the wrong outcomes.Haitians joke that they live in the land of 10,000 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs.) The country has also been the recipient of billions of dollars in foreign-government bilateral and multilateral aid over the last quarter century. This enormous giving has created harmful distortions in the local economy because when what would otherwise be traded or produced by Haitians is given away, it drives entrepreneurs out of business.Are all those smart and efficient NGOs and their benefactors mistaken? Might they have been wrong since the founding of the World Bank, the United Nations, and ever since President Harry S. Truman announced the first U.S. foreign aid program in 1949? In 2014, William Easterly, Professor of Economics at New York University and co-director of the NYU Development Research Institute, wrote a book entitled The Tyranny of Experts. In her lengthy and well-worth-reading review of the book for the Washington Post, Marie Arana writes:If Easterly has it right, the development business is hobbled not only by a tacit racism in which whole regions of Africa, Latin America and Asia are deemed “helpless,” but by a willful neglect of history. The past, geography, ethnic identities, societal nuances—none of these play a part in the present-day development calculus, he tells us. The “Blank Slate” mentality—the conviction that aid needs no analysis beyond comparative statistics and growth rates—is often the rule in development circles.One largely missed email included in the release of 35,000 of Hillary Clinton’s emails by the U.S. State Department in response to a Freedom of Information Act Lawsuit, was addressed to “Dad, Mom.” [The e-mail in full may be read here.] It provided a blunt assessment of the NGO response to the 2010 earthquake and serves as a fitting conclusion to this Newswire that seeks to honor the dignity and capacity of the Haitian people.“The incompetence is mind numbing,” she told her parents. “The UN people I encountered were frequently out of touch…anachronistic in their thinking at best and arrogant and incompetent at worst.” “There is NO accountability in the UN system or international humanitarian system.” The weak Haitian government, which had lost buildings and staff in the disaster, had something of a plan, she noted. Yet because it had failed to articulate its wishes quickly enough, foreigners rushed forward with a “proliferation of ad hoc efforts by the UN and INGOs [international nongovernmental organizations] to ‘help,’ some of which have helped … some of which have hurt … and some which have not happened at all.”The former first daughter recognized something that scores of other foreigners had missed: that Haitians were not just sitting around waiting for others to do the work. “Haitians in the settlements are very much organizing themselves…Fairly nuanced settlement governance structures have already developed,” she wrote, giving the example of camp home to 40,000 displaced quake survivors who had established a governing committee and a series of sub-committees overseeing security, sanitation, women’s needs and other issues.“They wanted to help themselves, and they wanted reliability and accountability from their partners,” Chelsea Clinton wrote. But that help was not coming. The aid groups had ignored requests for T-shirts, flashlights and pay for the security committee, and the U.S. military had apparently passed on the committee’s back-up plan that they provide security themselves. “The settlements’ governing bodies—as they shared with me—are beginning to experience UN/INGO fatigue given how often they articulate their needs, willingness to work—and how little is coming their way.”The world’s NGOs would do well to heed these words in trying to avoid repeating history and perpetuating the misery that seems to cling to Haiti.—James SchafferShare22TweetShare6Email28 Shares
Share130Tweet34Share89Email253 SharesBy Yoichi Okamoto–Public Domain, LinkDecember 14, 2017; Washington PostThe Washington Post is reporting that the final GOP tax bill will not include a repeal of the Johnson Amendment, which is a provision that has been in effect since 1954 and prohibits partisan political activities by 501c3 nonprofits, including houses of worship. This protects charitable nonprofits from partisan pressures while still leaving room for nonpartisan organizing and advocacy.As readers will remember, the House had, in its version of the tax bill, included the repeal applicable to all nonprofits and houses of worship, but the Senate did not include it, so it might have gone either way in the reconciliation process.Still, it is worth noting that President Trump appears to remain committed to the repeal after having vowed to “totally destroy” the Johnson Amendment at last February’s National Prayer Breakfast.Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, confirmed the provision was gone, saying, “I’m pleased to announce that Democrats successfully prevented the repeal of the Johnson Amendment from being jammed into any final Republican tax deal.” He also said that they would “continue to fight all attempts to eliminate this critical provision.”The provision was made vulnerable to Democratic challenge by the “Byrd Rule,” which allows any provision of the tax bill that does not have to do with changes in federal deficits or surpluses, or any items the Senate Parliamentarian judges to be “extraneous matter,” to be eliminated.Of course, nonprofit infrastructure groups have put significant effort into having the repeal eliminated from the tax bill, as is reflected in this “Community Letter in Support of Nonpartisanship” to express their strong opposition to the proposal to politicize the 501c3 community. Still, Tim Delaney of the National Council of Nonprofits warns that the fight is not over.A similar attempt to weaken the Johnson Amendment, he points out, was slipped into the House-passed appropriations bill, and we anticipate that additional attempts will be made to slip policy riders into the next appropriations bill. The good news is that all of the work done up until now has been designed to make that task even more difficult for the other side because we’ve all educated so many lawmakers, the media, and the public along the way.There remains much in this bill that ought to be scrapped. As Delaney writes, “We strongly urge every Representative and Senator to vote ‘No’ on this bill and start over.”—Ruth McCambridgeShare130Tweet34Share89Email253 Shares
The shortlist of nominees for Digital TV Europe’s Euro 50 Awards 2011 will be unveiled later today.The Euro 50 Awards will be presented at a special Awards dinner at the Grange Holborn Hotel at the end of the first day of Informa’s Digital TV Summit on December 6. Awards will be presented across seven categories: Industry Leader, Content Executive, Technology Leader, New Media Executive, Marketer, Lifetime Achievement and the Digital TV Europe Award. The shortlist for each award will be available on the digitaltveurope.net site at the end of the day.
Online streaming service and DVD rental service Lovefilm has struck two major digital deals with BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the British public broadcaster, and commercial rival ITV.The deal will see the Amazon-owned company add a raft of drama and documentary titles to its subscription video-on-demand service. BBC Worldwide series that will be available include Life on Mars, Spooks, Planet Earth and Whitechapel, while ITV series include Marchlands, Above Suspicion, Prime Suspect, Inspector Morse, Cold Feet and Secret Diary of a Call Girl. BBC Worldwide and ITV join Lovefilm’s other content partners including Sony Pictures, Lionsgate, Disney, Entertainment One, Warner Bros and Studiocanal.Lisa Rousseau, head of UK and Ireland sales and distribution, BBC Worldwide said: “We’ve had a content partnership with Lovefilm for several years now and it’s great to see this evolve digitally. We’re delighted to give Lovefilm’s subscribers the opportunity to instantly watch their favourite British shows, wherever and whenever they wish, alongside a diverse range of great programmes and films.”Martin Goswami, director of pay and distribution, ITV said: “We are delighted to be working with Lovefilm to bring a wide range of ITV’s best loved programmes to their subscribers. Partnering with Lovefilm’s instant service is a great example of how ITV is starting to drive new revenue streams by distributing its content across multiple platforms.”
Ukrainian pay TV operator Volia is adding the Hockey channel to its line-up.The channel airs coverage from various hockey leagues, including the NHL, KHL, VHL and PHL. It is available for testing in the World and Whole World packages.Volia CEO Eric Franke said the addition of the Hockey channel is part of a drive to increase the number of sports channels on Volia’s platform by 20% this year.
The BBC has approved plans to launch a raft of programming online before it hits linear TV.Minutes just released from a meeting of the BBC Trust, the organisation that oversees the UK public broadcaster, reveal that it has greenlit a trial that will see up to 40 hours of BBC content launched on streaming and catch-up service iPlayer and elsewhere online before on the BBC’s linear channels.Specifically, the Trust’s Strategy and Approvals Committee gave the approval.The content in question will be across a range of genres, the Truts said, without detailing any specific titles or series.The trial will run for ‘up to 12 months’.The broadcaster has launched some content online ahead of TV before including Doctor Who series Pond Life, which was released on the Doctor Who website last year, but this is the widest experiment with online content yet.The Trust is currently reviewing BBC Online’s activities and a public consultation is underway.
The set-top box “isn’t dead” but will continue to evolve into a home networking environment, according to Steve McCaffrey, Arris’ senior vice-president of EMEA.Speaking at the Arris-Motorola’s Video Leadership Forum event in Berlin, McCaffrey said that though Motorola Home’s vision has never changed, though it previously “got a little bit confused” as its customers “didn’t know whether we were competitors or vendors in many ways.”Outlining Motorola Home and Arris’ aims post-Arris takeover, McCaffrey, who was previously vice-president at Motorola, said: “Our vision, particularly with the set top is there needs to be an aggregation point within the home. Today the aggregation point, supported by a video service provider happens to be a set-top box, but I think in time to come it will develop into some form of gateway and then into some form of home control point. The set-top box isn’t dead, it’s actually evolving to continue to be that control point within the home, but very much expanding into a home networking type environment. That measurement is very much smartened up now inside our new Arris organisation.”He added that under Arris, the Motorola Home brand would be phased out in the next 12 months.
UK service provider TalkTalk has added a new Brazilian TV mini-pack or ‘boost’ to is TV offering.TalkTalk TV will add two Brazilian channels supplied by channel provider Thema to its line up of world TV content – Globo, a channel that offers the best Brazilian entertainment, sports and news, and PFC, which offers sports fans a dedicated football channel showing the best of Brazil Série A matches.The Brazilian TV Boost will be available for £15 a month and viewers can watch the channels on TalkTalk channels 488 and 489.“We’re excited to be offering even more fantastic World channels to TalkTalk TV customers. For customers that are missing the World Cup they can tune into our Brazilian Boost, which offers the best of Brazilian football all year round as well as hit entertainment shows and news 24/7. PFC and Globo are great additions to our flexible monthly boosts and allow customers to dip in and out of their favourite shows from home or afar,” said Henrik Karlberg of TalkTalk.François Thiellet, CEO of Thema said: “We are very glad to make our channels available in a country where international communities thrive. And there is no better partner than TalkTalk to reach our audience.”
Media services provider RR Media has teamed up with production outfit WTS Live to offer broadcasters, news organisations, content owners and sports rights agencies a full set of digital media services at the forthcoming UEFA Euro 2016 football championship.RR Media and WTS Live have combined their resources to offer complete media packages, including live stand-up/ recorded transmission, turnaround, production and content delivery to operators worldwide, over multiple platforms, in different configurations.Camera operators, production managers and technical teams will be available on the ground during the tournament, providing 24/7 support and service in the 10 host cities and stadiums around France, according to RR Media.“2016 is set to be an exciting sporting year with the upcoming Euro tournament in France and the Rio 2016 Olympics in Brazil. We’ve made it a priority to serve our global customers with the broadest selection of digital media services, enabling them to engage their viewers everywhere with thrilling content, including live video and sporting highlights, while soaking up the atmosphere around the games as well. We’re pleased to partner with WTS in France, helping us to be ready to produce, broadcast and stream an exciting Euro 2016 to the world,” said Elad Manishviz, chief marketing officer at RR Media.Amos Hadar CEO WTS Live France said: “To be able to work with such a renowned industry leader as RR Media enhances the joint offering. With our on-ground capabilities and RR Media’s tremendous global reach and capability, we can capture the excitement of Euro 2016 and distribute this to customers and audiences worldwide.”
ShrekNBCUniversal’s US$3.8 billion (€3.4 billion) deal for DreamWorks Animation has gained regulatory clearance from the US Department of Justice, according to Comcast.The deal is expected to close in coming months, an NBCU rep told a number of US news outlets via email.The DOJ has found no threat in the proposed deal, which will see DWA brand such asPenguins of Madagascar, Shrek (pictured), Where’s Waldo, Noddy, How to Train Your Dragon and Kung Fu Panda joining the NBCU stable.As such, the agreement was added to a list of proposed mergers and acqusitions that require no further investigation.Upon closure, the deal will be among the largest in the entertainment media sector this year, and will position US telco Comcast as a serious competitor to The Walt Disney Company in the family entertainment space.The agreement still needs other approvals, but the significance of a DOJ greenlight is that Comcast will definitely not need to pay DWA a US$200 million break-up clause that would have been triggered if the deal collapsed.
Broadcast services provider Media Broadcast Satellite has renewed a long-term carriage deal with satellite operator SES for capacity at the Astra satellite position at 19.2° East.Media Broadcast Satellite has taken 26MHz of capacity on the Astra pan-European beam. The company has been operating a satellite broadcasting platform for the German-speaking market on this transponder for more than 20 years.Media Broadcast Satellite provides services including signal supply, multiplexing, at request also encryption and uplink service from its teleport in Usingen.“We are pleased to confirm the long-term partnership with SES through the new agreement. We thereby offer national and international customers looking for channel distribution in the German-speaking region a well-established transmission platform with PIDs that have been tuned in for many years within an attractive channel environment. It is perfectly suited for new customers from Europe because of its large reach. We are certain that many TV broadcasters will continue to rely on SD distribution to achieve an efficient combination of reach and distribution costs,” said Christian Fleischhauer, managing director of Media Broadcast Satellite at the contract signing at the Cabsat trade event in Dubai.Separately, SES has teamed up with rival satellite operator Intelsat to deliver internet services across Africa. Intersat will be providing broadband connectivity to businesses and consumers via SES’s NSS-12 satellite, located at 57° East.The latest agreement with SES includes a new C-band capacity lease, infrastructure services out of the SES Betzdorf teleport and a renewal of upgraded Ku-band capacity out of the SES Djibouti teleport.
Approximately 6.7 million UK internet users, some 15%, consumed at least one item of online content illegally during the three months prior to March 2017, according to government stats.The UK Intellectual Property Office’s ‘IP Crime and Enforcement Report 2016/17’ claimed that “criminality threatens to implicate millions of ordinary consumers” as the use of set-top boxes to stream unlicensed TV shows rises.The report cites Industry Trust for IP figures that suggest that 19% of adults now watch copyright free material through IPTV set-top boxes, such as Kodi devices.It also said policing ‘technological misuses’ and ‘social media distribution’ requires investment, cooperation and raised awareness of the consequences of IP crime amongst consumers and business people.“Illicit streaming devices, which were highlighted as an emerging threat in last year’s IP Crime Report, have become mainstream products in some parts of the UK, and the subsequent threat to those working to create, produce, distribute and sell films and TV programmes is enormous,” according to the Alliance for Intellectual Property section of the report.Chief Constable Sussex Police, Giles York, commented that the emerging threat of illicit streaming devices is “undermining the creative industries involved in bringing films and TV shows to market.”FACT, a UK intellectual property organisation that works on behalf of the sports, TV and film industry, said that 70% of its active ongoing cases relate to ‘illicit streaming devices’, and that 47% of its public complaints in 2016/17 related to these devices – up from 18% in 2015/16.Government figures claim that the UK economy loses £9 billion per year through IP crime, while the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) estimates that the value of Europe’s illegal market is £76 billion.