KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) – Nearly 30 Africa-based rights groups have signed a letter condemning Sudan for sentencing a 20-year-old woman to death by stoning over charges of adultery.The statement, signed and released Friday, is urging Sudanese authorities to cancel the sentence passed May 13 and release Intisar Sharif Abdallah.Rights groups are concerned that Sudan is leaning toward the application of a strict interpretation of Shariah, or Islamic law. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Comments Share New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Abdallah is being held in a prison in Sudan’s capital of Khartoum with her 4-month-old baby.The rights groups say she initially pleaded not guilty to the adultery charges, but later admitted to them after beatings from her brother. Then she was subjected to what they called an “unfair trial.”Rights lawyers have filed an appeal for her.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates The vital role family plays in society Top Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family
Diethelm Travel Group (DTG) has signed a deal with UK technology specialist Open Destinations, which involves the licensing of the company’s software, Travel Studio, which will be employed into DTG offices throughout Asia.DTG engaged in a worldwide search for a flexible technology solution, with chief operating officer Maarten Groeneveld, saying technological expansion was the forefront of the company’s strategic growth.“We looked for a system that not only has the flexibility to fit with our current organization, but also the capacity to grow with us in the future,” Mr Groeneveld said.The partnership also marks Open Destination’s development into South East Asia.Implementation of Travel Studio is underway, with the development of a business model that will be used in the Thailand office, and then replicated among all other offices in the network.The press release stated the completion of the project would result in an additional 400 users of Travel Studio, which currently hosts more than 10,000 users per day.Source = ETB News: Megan Tran
Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman Etihad Airways has acquired a 75 per cent stake in Alitalia Loyalty, the owner and operator of MilleMiglia, Alitalia’s frequent flyer program, the remaining 25 per cent stake will stay with Alitalia.Alitalia Loyalty will become part of Global Loyalty Company (GLC), a loyalty and lifestyle company that allows Etihad Airways and its partners to target the global loyalty market more effectively.The addition of MilleMiglia will lead to enhanced opportunities for members to collect and redeem their miles around the world. Etihad Airways president and chief executive officer James Hogan, said that Etihad Airways’ majority stake in Alitalia Loyalty is a fundamental part of its investment in Alitalia.“The loyalty program sector is a faster growing and higher margin business than the airline industry. This approach allows both Etihad Airways and Alitalia to reap greater rewards together, with opportunities to generate sustained profits from our loyalty programs,” Mr Hogan said.MilleMiglia is Italy’s largest frequent flyer program, with 4.6 million existing members and more than 20,000 new members a month. The acquisition of a 75 per cent stake has been valued at €112.5 million and is being financed through a cash investment by Etihad Airways.
State Rep. Brett Roberts, R-Eaton Township, issued the following statement after Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2016 State of the State address:“Last night, Gov. Snyder touched on a multitude of issues in Michigan, namely the Flint water crisis. When news of Flint’s situation reached the Legislature in October, we responded immediately to give the city a quick transition back to the Detroit Water and Sewer Department system.“It is imperative that we consider the health of Michiganders across the state at all times. I empathize with the frustrated residents of the city, and vow to continue to do everything in my power to address this issue. I will be working to see that swift action is carried out again to help the people of Flint to the best of our abilities.“Words have no meaning unless they can be backed up with action. Today, I voted in favor of new legislation that will give Flint the funds that it needs to make sure that Flint residents have all of the resources they need. This legislation will ensure that every Flint resident receives a water filter, every resident has clean drinking water, and families and kids receive the healthcare they need to accurately monitor and treat any medical complications they have. This will also be another step in getting Flint’s water system back on track.“Gov. Snyder also touched on the need for continued economic growth. Michigan performed extremely well in 2015. The unemployment rate dropped lower than the national average for the first time in more than a decade, Michigan businesses created 420,000 new jobs, and was rated as the fastest-growing economy in the Midwest.“Michigan is growing, but we can’t stop now. Increasing education on skilled trades is paramount to creating an even healthier Michigan economy. We need to expel the myth that you need a college degree to get a job in the U.S. Trade jobs are respectable and pay well. Jobs like this allow us a window into Michigan’s future, and supporting these industries will serve the entire state well.”###Editor’s Note: Rep. Brett Roberts is a freshman lawmaker representing Michigan’s 65th House District, which serves residents from Lenawee, Jackson and Eaton counties. 20Jan Rep. Roberts statement on State of the State and Flint water issue Categories: News,Roberts News
Categories: Noble News Measure requires consent before ending life-sustaining treatmentState Rep. Jeff Noble today testified before the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee in support of his legislation requiring a physician to obtain consent before withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining treatment.Earlier this year, Kansas enacted a measure called Simon’s Law after the parents of a seriously ill child discovered after their son’s death that the medical team placed a do-not-resuscitate order on him without the parents’ knowledge.Michigan families have reported experiences similar to Simon’s parents while reviewing a loved one’s medical records, both before and after the patient’s death.The bill prevents doctors and hospitals from side-stepping the family’s authority when there is a dispute about the patient’s care. If treatment is going to be withheld, the patient’s guardian, advocate, or parents must be involved in the decision and process. “My bill is aimed to protect the rights of patients and their families to make medical decisions, which could literally be the difference between life and death,” said Rep. Noble, of Plymouth. “This legislation extends protection to all medically frail patients. Only decisions regarding life-sustaining treatment options will require explicit consent.”House Bill 5076 remains under consideration by the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee.### 09Nov Rep. Noble testifies on his bill to help protect vulnerable patients
14Feb MSU responds to House inquiry, shares reports related to complaints against Nassar Categories: Kesto News,LaSata News “The information we received today is another strong step toward the kind of accountability and transparency we expect from Michigan State University,” said LaSata, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education. “We will review the documents to see how MSU handled the complaints, and then take appropriate measures based on our findings.” The information was in response to the official request made in a Jan. 25 letter from state Reps. Klint Kesto and Kim LaSata, who are leading the House’s inquiry into complaints filed to MSU in 2014-17 against convicted sex offender Larry Nassar. The Michigan House of Representatives today received documents and communications totaling more than 1,300 pages from Michigan State University. Kesto, chair of the House Law and Justice Committee, agreed while noting that several bills and resolutions inspired by the Nassar case have already been introduced. “This information will be crucial to identify what we need to do in the Legislature to build a better, safer system on our college campuses,” Kesto said. “The information we now have is expected to go a long way toward that goal. As we review everything, we will continue to work on the reforms to protect students and build on making certain this never happens again in Michigan.”
14Mar Rep. Webber celebrates March is Reading Month with Rochester Community Schools State Rep. Michael Webber of Rochester Hills visited students at Hamlin Elementary School this week and read to them in honor of March is Reading Month. State Rep. Michael Webber of Rochester Hills sits with his son, James, after reading to his class at Hamlin Elementary School in honor of March is Reading Month. Categories: Webber News,Webber Photos
Categories: LaFave News State Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain announced today that Escanaba Upper Elementary School has won Delta Dental’s National Reading Month photo contest. The school is one of four in the state that will receive a $500 grant to purchase books for the school’s media center. Delta Denta’s photo contest promotes good oral health and daily reading by sharing tote bags with classrooms each year.PHOTO INFORMATION: Rep. LaFave reads “What If You Had Animal Teeth?” to students at Escanaba Upper Elementary School during his March Is Reading Month tour. LaFave visits schools yearly to promote children’s literacy while also encouraging young people to read. 13May Escanaba Upper Elementary School wins Reading Month photo contest
Share19TweetShareEmail19 SharesOctober 7, 2015; ThinkProgressWith the only homeless shelter in Sarasota, Florida, full, and the fee for a bed too high for him to afford, David Cross saw no other choice than to sleep outside. Having found a resting spot outside a library, Cross was soon woken up by police officers, who told Cross he would be given a trespass warning for violating the city’s ordinance that prohibits outdoor sleep.Frustrated by his lack of options, Cross and five other homeless residents have teamed with the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida to sue the city of Sarasota, claiming that the local ordinance violates their constitutional rights.The lodging ordinance bans people from sleeping outside, though it does require police to first give residents the opportunity to go to a shelter before giving them a violation. Yet according to the lawsuit, Sarasota County doesn’t have publicly funded shelters—and the only shelter available is consistently at or over capacity.Cross, his compatriots, and the ACLU argue that enforcement of the lodging ordinance is in violation of the Eighth Amendment by punishing individuals for the need to sleep, thus constituting cruel and unusual punishment. The lawsuit claims that the city has criminally prosecuted and arrested 882 people through the ordinance between 2013 and 2014.Homelessness in Sarasota—and the city’s response of criminalizing it—has been an issue for well over a decade. An estimated 1,365 homeless individuals are living without shelter in Sarasota County, and more than 75 percent of them are in the city itself. While a 2011 HUD report identified building an emergency homeless shelter as a high priority, the shelter has yet to materialize.“Sarasota has decided to criminalize and prosecute homeless citizens rather than give them services,” said Adam Tebrugge, a staff attorney with the ACLU of Florida. Other Floridian cities have also emphasized criminalization of the homeless despite all the evidence that it’s less expensive to focus on housing efforts.The aim of the Sarasota lawsuit, if successful, is to create change. “If we were to get a favorable ruling, it might be something that could be useful around the state of Florida,” Tebrugge noted. “It could be a very good precedent.”—Kathleen EbbittShare19TweetShareEmail19 Shares
Liberty Global’s US$23.3 billion (€17.9 billion) buyout of Virgin Media could lead to more consolidation in the European cable space, predicts Virgin chief operating officer Andrew Barron. Speaking to DTVE at Cable Congress last week, Barron said that consolidation was a “fundamental truth of our industry,” citing recent activity in the German and Polish markets.Last year European powerhouse Liberty Global completed the merger of its two German subsidiaries Unitymedia and KabelBW into a single organisation, while Polish pay TV operators Cyfra Plus and ‘n’ merged to create nc+.“Consolidation is a truth of our industry – the reason for that is we benefit from scale, and scale allows us to bring more innovation and more investment to serve customers better. So I think you’re going to see more consolidation in our industry – we think it’s a good thing,” said Barron.Also speaking to DTVE at Cable Congress last week, Marissa Drew, co-head of global market solutions at Credit Suisse, described the Liberty Global-Virgin deal as an “absolutely seminal moment” for the industry and also tipped more M&A activity.“I think the advent of being able to do a large deal like this makes people dust off the shelf of the art of the possible, so things that might not have been able to be done six or nine months ago, maybe people are taking another look at those files,” she said,Drew claimed that the amount of debt Liberty was able to raise to agree the Virgin deal was a “watershed moment” post-financial crash, and added that “the regulatory environment is also, I believe, receptive to the concept of cable consolidation.”
Switzerland-based video-on-demand service Viewster has named Jeremy Playle as its UK sales director.Playle will head Viewster’s brand partnerships and advertising sales business in the UK, and will be tasked with bringing new media brands to the platform as well as developing the company’s existing partnerships.Playle previously led the commercial element of cinema advertising group DCM’s transition from analogue to digital distribution, and he has also held positions at EMAP and ITV.“Advertisers today are looking for premium environments online where they can reach large groups of targeted audiences. With 100% professional content and 100% mind share, and a large global audience, this is Viewster’s sweet spot,” said Kai Henniges, CEO of Viewster. “With global spend on online video advertising set to hit US$14.7 billion by 2017, as more advertisers move budgets away from TV, developing our advertising sales business is a key part of our global business growth strategy. I am therefore thrilled to have Jeremy Playle on board. His great experience will be invaluable, as we expand our offering in the UK and elsewhere.”
The Humax HDR-1800T DVRMore than 40% of broadband households in the US and UK and over 30% of broadband households in Belgium and France have a DVR, according to new research by Parks Associates.In its ‘Cloud DVR: The New Face of Television’ report, Parks says that more than 45% of US pay TV subscribers find cloud DVR technology “very appealing” and that consumers show “particular interest” in unlimited storage space and two-week catch-up services.However, Parks adds that though consumer demand for DVR capabilities remains strong, the industry is still grappling with “contentious content issues” such as storage capacity and duration.“Acquiring the rights for cloud DVR systems has been a complicated and arduous process. Many European providers have been extremely diligent in negotiating with content rights owners on cloud DVR, but in the US, there is a much greater reliance on statutory and case law. Companies are relying on legislatures and courts to decide the status of rights,” said Parks Associates research analyst, Glenn Hower.He added: “The Aereo case left licensing for cloud DVR rights largely unaffected, allowing pay-TV providers to move forward with cloud DVR development and implementation.”
Panasonic at CESPanasonic has unveiled a number of 4K TV sets that will run on Mozilla’s Firefox OS, following a preview of Firefox-based panels at CES in January.At the company’s convention in Frankfurt this week, Panasonic highlighted the new Firefox-based interface foxr its 2015 models, featuring three decks to accommodate live TV, apps including pre-installed apps and those available from the Firefox Apps Market, and devices to which the panel can be connected.The devices allow users to pin favourite on the home screen as well as to search the TV and internet for content and to access information and recommendations on an single Info Frame feature.Firefox will be available on the Viera CR850 and CR730 series curved screens and Viera CX800, CX750, CX700, CX680, CX850, and CX650 series flat panels displays.Panasonic announced that it was teaming up with Mozilla for smart TVs at the beginning of January. “Panasonic had been expanding content and services dedicated for Panasonic TVs on our own portal site and our collaboration with Mozilla on Firefox OS will further accelerate various innovations and encourage many new services,” said Yuki Kusumi, Director of the TV Business Division of the Panansonic’s AVC Networks Company at the time.
All future Freeview products must be HD-capable from the end of next year, and the Freeview brand will no longer appear on new SD products after that date.Freeview has said it will no longer licence the Freeview trade mark to SD products from the end of 2016. The UK DTT operator said that this move is expected to give a major boost to sales of HD products, which in 2014 accounted for over 70% of Freeview sales in the UK.Freeview cited research that showed that picture quality via HD and access to the UK broadcasters’ online players on their television are the most important features for TV viewers on Freeview, and that the HD move is the next step in the company’s drive towards an increasingly hybrid, HD platform.All equipment for the Freeview Play service, set to launch in October, will be built to the HD standard from the start, as specified in the D-Book 8 guidelines.Over 100 million Freeview products have sold since the service launched in 2002.“Freeview HD gives consumers the best possible picture quality without a subscription. By moving all Freeview products to HD, we are ensuring that our viewers get the full range of channels available to them on the platform and the best possible quality. The company has been working closely with manufacturers, retailers, government and other industry stakeholders to future-proof the platform,” said Guy North, managing director of Freeview.“The industry has given unanimous support, through its collaboration in the DTG, to Freeview’s move to ensure all their viewers enjoy the rich experience of high definition TV with the reliable experience to which they have become accustomed from world’s greatest industry-defined and open digital TV platform,” said Richard Lindsay-Davies, CEO of the Digital Television Group.
A+E Networks has renewed its carriage deal for History and Crime + Investigation with Africa’s Multichoice.The deal means the two channels will continue to be distributed via the DStv platform across Sub-Saharan Africa alongside A+E Networks’ Lifetime channel.“The past two years have seen tremendous growth for A+E Networks’ business in Africa. Today’s announcement demonstrates our continued commitment to this market and we are excited about its future potential,” said A+E Networks’ recently appointed general manager for Africa, Yusuf Nabee.A+E Networks first partnered with Multichoice in 2003, when it launched History across Africa. It added Crime + Investigation in 2007 and launched Lifetime in 2014.In 2015 A+E Networks opened an office in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Nabee, A+E’s first general manager for Africa, joined earlier this month.
ATX Networks has appointed former Imagine Communications president and CEO, Charlie Vogt, as its new president and chief executive officer.Charlie VogtVogt succeeds Ken Wildgoose, who led the network infrastructure and video solutions company for the last 18 years.Wildgoose will remain with ATX as an advisor and continue to serve on the board of directors.“The cable, satellite and telecommunications industries are undergoing transformative change as the world embraces new advanced technologies to deliver services cheaper, faster and better than before,” said Vogt.“I am thrilled to join the company at such an exciting time in our industry and look forward to working closely with the ATX team and its impressive lineup of customers.”Wildgoose said: “It has been an honour to lead ATX Networks and to be a part of the company’s incredible team of dedicated employees.”“Charlie is a visionary and strategic thinker with a decades-long track record of hyper growth in the service provider and media communications industries.”
John MaloneThe CEOs of John Malone’s companies will have the first right to acquire his controlling stock after he dies, the US cable magnate has told the Irish Times.Malone, speaking during Liberty Global’s annual overseas board meeting in Dublin, confirmed to the paper that “most of [his] long-time CEOs…have the first right” to acquire stock after his death.Malone said that, according to the US government, he had control of 13 public companies and “five or six” other businesses. He said that most of his personal wealth would go to a charitable foundation.Malone gave right of first refusal to his holdings in Discovery Communications and Liberty Global to CEOs David Zaslav and Mike Fries in 2014 in a move seen at the time as the first step in laying out a succession plan for his business empire.Under the plan, Zaslav will get the first option on Malone’s stake in Discovery, while Fries will have first look at his stake in Liberty Global.A second filing at that time gave Zaslav and Fries the option to vote Malone’s Class B shares if the media magnate decided not to voite on board-level decisions of their respective firms.Zaslav recently had his tenure at Discovery extended until 2023. His 2014 agreement with Malone applied only if he remains CEO of the factual channels giant or retains a place on the board.
As video service operators turn to OTT services to stay competitive, they are faced with managing multiple DRMs for a full multi-screen experience.Operators and OVPs are now realizing the true levels of cost and complexity associated with building and managing a multi-DRM platform. In fact, more than half are attempting an in-house DRM solution. But, a new white paper from Frost & Sullivan reveals that this strategy may be based on gross miscalculations.Get your copy and explore the argument behind build vs. buy which includes:• 5 cost considerations for a DRM solution• Key aspects of total cost of ownership for DRM• Best practice guidance on deploying secure content servicesDownload your copy of the white paper to understand the total cost of ownership for DRM in the context of OTT and why Frost & Sullivan sees DRM not simply as an anti-piracy solution, but as a business-enabling monetization.
ShareTweet “While there are a number of cities around the world involved in the wider network, this MOU will strengthen our ties on a more localized level and create new opportunities in skills and learning across Ireland.“While it will of course be fantastic to have the support offered through the wider UNESCO network, building partnerships between cities here is equally as important in fostering a culture and standard of learning that is consistent and appealing to people who wish to study closer to home.”Chairperson of Derry and Strabane’s Learning City and Region initiative, Padraig Canavan, welcomed the MOU saying: “This is a positive move which will be widely welcomed by educators North and South. With the recent announcement of a City Deal for Derry and Strabane and the strong focus on education and skills development at the heart of the bid, signing this charter is another step closer to realizing our aspirations for the North West in terms of establishing a centre of learning excellence here in the city.“As a City Region we have always recognised the importance of lifelong education for better and more satisfying lives. “Learning Cities declares this loudly and seeks to align our resources to provide better access, pathways and outcomes for us individually, as a community and as an advocate for sustainable improvement through education.”UNESCO defines a learning city as one that promotes lifelong learning by encouraging learning in families, communities and in the workplace, enhancing the quality and excellence in learning and extending the use of modern learning technologies. This is turn lays the foundation for sustainable social, economic and environmental development.All of the cities signed up to the new charter, along with Belfast, as members of the Irish Learning City Network endeavour to create an island of learning, ensuring opportunities for accessible, life-long learning throughout Ireland.Mayor joins civic leaders in signing all-Ireland Learning Cities charter was last modified: May 15th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: Derry and Strabane CouncilMayor John BoyleMayor joins civic leaders in signing all-Ireland Learning Cities charter THE Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor John Boyle, joined with civic leaders from across Ireland this week in signing a special Memorandum of Understanding dedicated to establishing a national network of Learning Cities.Mayor Boyle recently launched Derry and Strabane’s bid to become a UNESCO designated Learning City and was in Port Laoise for the signing which was attended by the Lord Mayor of Cork, Mick Finn, Deputy Mayor of Limerick, Eddie Ryan and Co-Chair of Dublin Learning City, Trevor Purtill.The city will find out in June if it has been successful in its bid to become a member of UNESCO’s global network of Learning Cities, promoting lifelong learning for everyone. The Mayor was joined by partners in the North West Regional College and Ulster University in signing the application, which will focus on the theme of Access for All in terms of Educational Pathways.UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, which aims to build peace through a coalition of nations committed to a range of international standards promoting cultural heritage and the equal dignity of all.According to Mayor Boyle, the endorsement from UNESCO will further enhance the profile of the City and District, and the MOU will place the focus on strengthening education links across the country.“I was delighted to see the campaign move to the next stage today in establishing a national network of cities committed to the UNESCO ethos of promoting learning,” he declared.
foyle search and rescuePolicePolice and FSR praise ‘hero’ who raised alarm over person in River FoylePSNI FOYLE ShareTweet “A member of the public was walking along the path by the railway station and noticed a pair of shoes in the snow. “He walked over to the edge and saw a person in the water below. He raised the alarm and Police and Foyle Search and Rescue were on scene in minutes. “One trained volunteer from Foyle Search and Rescue bravely entered the freezing and fast flowing river and brought the person to safety.“Like a true hero, the man who spotted the shoes in the snow and raised alarm, slipped away in the commotion before anyone could thank him, after helping pull the person in the water and the FSR volunteer into safety. “Talk about being in the right place at the right time! “You know who you are and if you’re reading this, thank you.“It’s a sad reality that so many people suffer alone that don’t have to. “If you are struggling, its ok to not be ok. Its ok to get help but please get help. Here are some useful numbers to save to your phone. It just takes one phone call.“In an emergency, call 999. For non emergencies call 101.”FSR said: “At 21:22hrs on Tuesday 29/1/19 FSR Emergency Response Teams were tasked by the PSNI to reports from a member of the public that a person had entered the water. “Mobile Teams responded along with Boat Crews with a Jetski being launched. “Pager Co ordinator arrived on scene within minutes & observed a person in the water. “A Swiftwater Technician suited up & secured by a safety rope entered the water to rescue the person, with the asistance of PSNI personel on land then transferred the person immediately to an awaiting ambulance. “FSR would like to acknowledge the member of the Public who called 999. “The event you witnessed tonight would have been stressful and we would like to ensure you are Ok. “Please message us on our FB page or contact us during office hours on 02871313800 where someone will speak to you. “Appreciation to all ERT & second response teams who responded in sub zero conditions and to our Swiftwater Technician who entered the water to effect the rescue.”Police and FSR praise ‘hero’ who raised alarm over person in River Foyle was last modified: January 31st, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: POLICE in Derry and Foyle Search and Rescue have the praised the actions of a ‘hero’ last night who raised the alarm after spotting someone in the River Foyle.The selfless action sparked a major police and FSR operation which led to the person being successfully rescued from the icy waters.PSNI Foyle say; “It’s always a heart sinking moment when you hear on the radio, “person in the water” and last night was a very close call.