Ed O’Leary and Joe Kelly of The Good Room, the duo behind IMRO Award Winning Live At St. Luke’s concert series, have teamed up with Cork Opera House to present Cork’s first Podcast Festival, taking place in various venues across the city, including Cork Opera House, Crawford Art Gallery, The River Lee, Plugd Records, pubs, book shops and other nooks & crannies, from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th October 2019.The festival line-up, due to be announced throughout July, will feature a broad palette of talkers, thinkers, and doers, covering everything from fact and fiction, stories, and tales, sports to comedy, and beyond.Joe Kelly of The Good Room said: “Having watched the evolution of Podcasting from a small and unique listenership to the huge fanbase now, we felt that the time was right to host a weekend of Podcasting in Cork. Some of the acts that we have been dealing with over the years have created audio content with huge success. It is great to team up with Cork Opera House and other top venues to present this new festival in Cork.”Ashley Keating, interim CEO Cork Opera House, added: “It’s such a pleasure for the Cork Opera House to be involved in Cork’s first Podcast Festival, and an added bonus to be working with the fine humans at The Good Room once again. Here’s to a great weekend of the best, most interesting, and maybe even strange podcasts that the genre has to offer, see you there!”Full line up being announced throughout July. Stay tuned for more information and follow Cork PodcastFestival on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up with the news.
Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility VATICAN CITY (AP) — Police have been out in force and streets around the Vatican were closed as authorities test out a new, beefed-up security plan to protect Pope Francis.Police said they decided to use Francis’ Wednesday general audience as a dry run for the new plan, given that huge crowds are expected starting in December when Francis opens a special Jubilee year.The main boulevard leading to St. Peter’s Square was closed to traffic, as were side streets leading to it. Police were everywhere and traffic on both sides of the nearby Tiber River was at a standstill. Pilgrims who managed to get to the square had to have their bags searched. Comments Share The Vatican has said it is taking prudent precautions to guard the pope but that there were no specific threats.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Check your body, save your life Pope Francis Pope Francis hugs a child as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino) How men can have a healthy 2019 Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day
Movers & Shakers Valuation Vision 2014-02-19 Tory Barringer in Headlines, News, Origination Valuation Vision Names VP for Business Development, Customer Relations February 19, 2014 477 Views Share Call it a hiring kick: Days after announcing the addition of Brandon Goldstein as managing director of capital markets, Valuation Vision (V2) recruited Loretta Zeballos as VP of business development and customer relations.Previously, Zeballos worked in account management at First Valuation, where she led client relations for leading mortgage and capital markets clients. At V2, she will be actively involved with the company’s “continuing strategy to redefine the valuation experience,” according to a release.“We are excited to have Loretta as part of the Valuation Vision team,” said CEO Shane Copeland. “Her strong skill set, extensive valuation experience and professional reputation make her an ideal first addition to our Dallas based operations.”
Moxy Hotels has made its entrance into Greece, opening the doors to Moxy Patra Marina. The third largest city in the country, Patra is set on the crystal-clear waters of the Gulf of Patras, where the Moxy Patra Marina is situated.Patra is a city of juxtaposition, with the old city on the hills. Then at sunset, the city transforms into a cosmopolitan, sharp-dressing, vibrant hub of trendy cafés and bars. Characterised by attractive squares and lively pedestrian streets, it draws in travellers from all over the world.ADVERTISEMENTIt is a gritty, buzzing hub of tourists and locals, as well as home to the biggest carnival in Greece. Bringing that party atmosphere into the hotel, the new Moxy gives its guests a stylish interior and an atmosphere that brings people together.With its trademark boutique vibe, the hotel flaunts a ‘play on’ spirit that Moxy customers have come to know and love.With its playful rooftop bar and restaurant overlooking the harbour, five-by-15 metre outdoor swimming pool, extensive cocktail selection and high-speed Wi-Fi, the 116-room hotel invites guests and locals alike to meet and mingle in a relaxed yet lively atmosphere. John Licence, vice president premium and select brands Europe at Marriott International, said: “Patra is known for its high energy and welcoming population, so it is the perfect location for Moxy to open its first doors in Greece and we have no doubt that Moxy guests will love discovering this spirited city. “Moxy hotels are all about a playful, inclusive ambiance and a stylish setting at an affordable price point, and the new Moxy Patra Marina fully embodies this ethos.” OlderKing’s Pool Camp re-joins Linyanti Wildlife Concession in Botswana NewerNew Scientist launches range of tour opportunities
The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (Unhcr) in Cyprus announced on Tuesday they were launching a series of stories about asylum seekers living on the island to shed light on their daily lives and the problems they face.Through this series of stories, to be posted regularly on the Unhcr’s social media account and website – the human rights agency aims at helping people understand what it’s like to be an asylum seeker in Cyprus.According to the Unhcr, there were 3,088 asylum seekers in Cyprus waiting for a decision on their applications for international protection at the end of last year.Of these, 307 were accommodated at the Kofinou Reception Centre, and another 112 unaccompanied and separated asylum seeking children are hosted in special reception centres in Nicosia, Larnaca and Limassol. The remaining asylum applicants live independently in the community. “Some are employed, while others – very few – receive social assistance from the state, but not under the national Guaranteed Minimum Income (GMI) scheme,” the Unhcr said.It added that the first nine months they are not allowed to work and thereafter many can’t work, either because they cannot find a job or cannot work in the very limited sectors of the economy they are allowed by law to work, such as farms, animal husbandry, garbage collection and the like. “Others have serious health conditions preventing them from being able to work”.“Is the social assistance they receive from the state adequate to ensure a dignified living for the health and subsistence of these individuals and their families? Who are these people and what do they dream of for the future?” it asked.Only about 20 per cent of asylum seekers living outside reception centres presently receive state social assistance, it said, which is provided mostly in-kind, through vouchers, and only a small amount of cash to be used for utilities and other expenses is handed out. It added that while GMI for a single person is €760 per month for rental allowance and other expenses, an asylum-seeker only receives €320 per month for rental allowance and other expenses.GMI beneficiaries also receive an additional €144 per dependent, while for asylum seekers this amount is €25 and caps at four dependents, regardless of the total number of children. “In general, the social assistance offered to asylum-seekers is significantly below the risk-of-poverty threshold, which in 2015 stood at €690 per person per month, according to the Statistical Service of the Republic of Cyprus,” the Unhcr said.The first story posted was that of a 23-year-old mother from Somalia who rushed her 11-month old baby boy to hospital last “week freezing cold, hypoglycaemic, and having convulsions”, caused by bad nutrition.The mother could not afford to buy baby formula, and the coupons and cheques she receives which she can use towards that end arrive late, which is not uncommon in many cases, the Unhcr said. “In any case, the two shops where the coupons can be used to make purchases do not stock baby formula”.She had received her April coupons on April 20, the Unhcr said, and had to redeem them until the end of the month when they would expire. Her monthly cash allowance – €95 – for utilities and other expenses is always delayed.“I had no money to buy baby milk. I was only able to buy long-life milk and I added sugar to make it sweeter. The next coupons won’t be given to me until the end of May. What else could I do?” the mother said.The stories – both in Greek and English – may be found on Facebook: Unhcr Cyprus and at http://www.unhcr.org.cy/You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppTake Online Privacy on a whole New levelFigLeaf Beta AppUndoMarie Claire | HanacureMeet The Beauty Equivalent To TIME’s Person Of The Year AwardMarie Claire | HanacureUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementTop Yale Doctor: This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo 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
Categories: Calley News State Reps. Tom Barrett and Julie Calley sponsored legislation introduced by Rep. Daire Rendon on last week requiring the Secretary of State to create a sticker for active duty military members to place on their driver’s licenses.When active military members are deployed overseas for long periods of time, their driver’s licenses expire. The sticker would act as a safeguard to prove to law enforcement that the individual was on active duty when the license expired if they happened to be pulled over when returning home.“The last thing our armed service members are thinking about when they come home is if their driver’s license is expired,” said Barrett, of Potterville. “This sticker would prevent active military members from getting in trouble for not having their licenses renewed yet.”Armed service members would still be expected to renew their licenses, but the sticker would prevent them from late fees and a hefty ticket for driving with an expired license.“It’s the least we can do for our military heroes,” said Calley, of Portland. “This legislation doesn’t excuse our active military members from renewing their driver’s license like everyone else, but at least it gives them a warning and reminder to renew it before they pay the fines that are associated with expired driver’s licenses.”House Bill 4836 was referred to the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee for consideration.### 17Jul Reps. Barrett, Calley among sponsors for military member license legislation
13Sep Hughes’ e-bike legislation rolls through committee Tags: e-bikes, outdoor recreation, Tourism Categories: Hughes News Bill sponsor gears up for floor voteLegislation sponsored by state Rep. Holly Hughes, of Montague, to provide a regulatory framework for electric bicycle (e-bike) use was approved today by the House Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee.E-bikes differ from regular bikes in that they utilize an electrically powered motor for propulsion. They must be pedaled by the rider and therefore are not considered motorcycles.Hughes’ bills are part of a greater package intended to allow for and encourage the use of e-bikes on Michigan’s many bike trails.“I’d love to see more e-bikes out on Michigan’s trails – not only are they a great alternative for people with physical limitations, they’re also just plain fun!” said Hughes, who chairs the Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee. “I’m thrilled to see this legislation cruise through committee.”Hughes’ legislation also defines the term “e-bike” in statute while another bill in the package states that e-bikes will not be subject to Michigan’s auto no-fault insurance system since they are powered by the cyclist.House Bills 4781-4783 now move to the House floor for consideration.###
State Rep. Peter Lucido today announced a pair of proposals to reduce water contamination, and to fund improvements to water and sewer systems in Michigan communities.Lucido, of Shelby Township, said water is one of Michigan’s most valuable resources.“It’s simply unacceptable for any family living in the Great Lakes State to go without access to safe drinking water or to be denied access to our beaches, lakes and streams due to improper use or disposal of chemical and biological contaminates,” Lucido said. “It’s critically important that we be proactive in our efforts to address PFAS contamination, and it’s equally as important that we invest in improvements to the water and sewer systems in our communities.”Lucido introduced two pieces of legislation this week to address these issues.House Bill 6373 would require the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to develop rules regulating the handling, storage, disposal and cleanup of products containing perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in our state.“Now that the risks and prevalence of PFAS contamination are known, we must establish clear guidelines to ensure it is handled, cleaned-up and disposed-of appropriately,” Lucido said.The second measure, House Bill 6372, would require water bottlers, and others seeking to make significant ground water withdrawals, to obtain a permit, be properly monitored, and be subject to a 5-cent per gallon fee. Funds generated from the fee would be placed into a “water infrastructure fund,” which is also created by the bill. The funds would be dedicated exclusively for drinking water and sewer system infrastructure capital improvement projects, to include the separation of stormwater and sanitary sewer systems, in order to reduce sewage overflows that can result in the contamination of surface waters, which often result in beach closing after heavy rains.“It’s wrong to allow big corporations to profit from bottling hundreds of millions of gallons of Michigan water each year, without contributing to the infrastructure necessary to keep our waters safe and clean for residents,” Lucido said. “This is just common sense… this is a fair and equitable way to generate a portion of the funds that need to be invested into the repair and replacement of the water and sewer infrastructure in our communities.”The bills will be referred to a committee on Sept. 25.### 20Sep Rep. Lucido introduces bills to increase protection of MI’s water resources Categories: Lucido News,News
State Rep. Scott VanSingel will continue his work on the House Appropriations Committee in the new legislative term, with an emphasis on Michigan’s universities and community colleges.Committee assignments for the Michigan House’s 2019-20 legislative term were announced this week by Speaker Lee Chatfield.VanSingel, in his second House term, already has experience helping shape Michigan’s state budget from the most recent legislative session. During 2019-20, he will chair the subcommittee working on plans connected to universities and community colleges across the state.“Michigan must make data-driven decisions when prioritizing how to spend our hard-working taxpayers’ money,” said VanSingel, of Grant. “That’s true of every budget area, including our community colleges and universities. We must ensure these institutions are affordable and running efficiently while preparing people for jobs and doing important research that makes Michigan an even better place to live.”VanSingel also will serve on appropriations subcommittees connected to the state’s prison system, natural resources and environmental quality, and state departments dealing with regulatory affairs and financial services.VanSingel’s background is well-suited for the Appropriations Committee. He worked in public accounting and as a financial analyst before his election to the Legislature.### Categories: News,VanSingel News 17Jan Rep. VanSingel will focus on state budget during 2019-20 Michigan House session
Share13TweetShare6Email19 SharesNovember 10, 2015; USA TodayThe tide of events at the University of Missouri quickly became too much for the university system’s Board of Curators, and the university president Timothy Wolfe. Yesterday morning, Wolfe took responsibility for the racial protests at the university and resigned effective immediately, a sharp contrast to his position from only days earlier where he had rejected calls for his leaving and had promised reforms that would take as long as several months to be realized.Events that transpired between Sunday evening and Monday morning built to the point where Wolfe and the Curators had to give in, including an announcement from some part of the faculty that they too would join the students in demanding Wolfe’s ouster. Like the coach of the University of Missouri football team who stood by his players, potentially jeopardizing his salary for all the public might have known, the faculty saw their primary allegiance and obligations to the young people whose futures they were entrusted with guiding and cultivating.Wolfe’s resignation is by no means the end of this situation. Much more is going to have to happen to address the rapid crescendo of events that emerged in Columbia, Missouri over the past couple of weeks. But lessons can be drawn nonetheless:Multi-racial mobilization: Much of the press coverage focused on black students and black football players, but much more was going on here. People of all races on the Missouri campus felt the impact of the racism that emerged. For the press, for the Curators, and for the unrepentant racists who scrawl racial insults on dorm walls, it does not work to dismiss protests like Missouri’s as simply the actions of a minority of students. In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, the impetus against racism has captured and moved people of all races.Campus grievances: Despite the racial tensions at the heart of the protests, there was more at play. The racism displayed by unidentified cowards shouting the N-word added to grievances that the students at Missouri already had about a number of factors on campus. As a statement that had been released by the Missouri Students Association said, “For our students, the struggles of living on this campus have too often been met by the silent bureaucracy of an inadequate system…The academic careers of our students are suffering. The mental health of our students is under attack. Our students are being ignored.” Other issues on campus provided fertile ground for the racial protests to take root and resonate strongly among a cross-section of students who saw the school’s response to the racial incidents as consistent with its manner of handling other grievances.“It always starts with sports”: That was the statement of Michael Sam, the former Mizzou defensive end who was once the SEC defensive player of the year and was the first openly gay player ever to be selected in the National Football League draft. Sam came to the campus to show his solidarity with the protesters and to speak with Jonathan Butler, the graduate student who was on a hunger strike. In his statement to the press, Sam noted that there had been complaints about conditions and the lack of input of students, but “President Wolfe would just pretty much wave it off—until the football team said something.” Sam wasn’t implying that sports teams are at the heart of all campus social movements, but that much of this nation’s societal progress has been captured and reflected in sports. Sam cited Jackie Robinson and Arthur Ashe as two prototypical examples of athletes whose role in sports had meaning to society. The Missouri football team has in its own way followed those icons along a path of leveraging their sport for social change.The power of the players: NCAA football is big business. Had this impasse not been resolved and the football team not played its next game against Brigham Young University, Missouri stood to lose more than $1 million in liquidated damages and other costs per its game contract. In this case, like the Northwestern University football team’s organizing for employee status rather than the NCAA-crafted fiction of “student-athlete,” the Missouri football players tossed the “dumb jock” image out the window. As Tim Dahlberg wrote for the Associated Press, the football team’s protest and boycott “highlighted the power of players who toil for little more than an education and some meals while bringing in millions of dollars every week for their university. They stood up for what they thought was right, and they won. They stuck together and forced changes that without them would never have been made. Think about the implications of that, if you will. If players can oust a university president over racial issues, what’s stopping them from getting together to correct other inequities in a college sports system where almost everyone makes money except the players?”The Ferguson effect, the college student effect: The Columbia campus is not far from Ferguson, Missouri, where Michael Brown, close to the same age as many of the Missouri students, was shot and killed by a white policeman. There had been Ferguson-related organizing on the Missouri campus which Wolfe and the administration should have taken into account with the history of racial incidents at the school—which, by the way, go back some years. But beyond geographic proximity, the Missouri protests should demonstrate that university students are not all hermetically sealed off in libraries cadging for grades and jobs; a in past decades, they are aware of societal inequities—perhaps more acutely aware than their parents, in many cases. College students are often at the vanguard of issues that need to be heard by the rest of society. Some people might not like the style of some of the protests, but universities are—or should be—platforms for raising concerns and, in the case of Missouri, bringing them to the attention of bureaucrats like Wolfe and his peers and compelling action.Not just one man: In addition to Wolfe, university chancellor R. Bowen Loftin, technically the head of the Columbia campus (Wolfe was president of the entire University of Missouri system), also resigned. Except in rare cases, problems like Missouri’s are not resolved simply by lopping off the top guy and moving on. Wolfe, Loftin, and the Curators all get that. The Board of Curators has announced a series of steps to be taken, including the hiring of a diversity, inclusion, and equity officer; support for students who have received disparate treatment because of their race; the formation of campus-based task forces to develop inclusion and equity strategies; mandatory diversity training for all university faculty and students; and support for hiring a more diverse faculty and staff complement.Protest is often messy and uncomfortable. For a university president like Wolfe who not only generally brushed off the issues, but at the homecoming event, refused to talk to protesters (and as a result ended up bumping graduate student Jonathan Butler with his car), the lesson should be clear. Listen really hard to what students have to say. They aren’t taking to the streets, boycotting classes, or boycotting football games (and risking their scholarships) for fun. If they’re raising grievances that are not minor or superfluous—and the history of racial incidents at Mizzou certainly wasn’t—the students’ concerns should be respected. But for faculty, students, and administrators, the issues of racism are not simply the overt racists who scrawl things on walls in the dead of night or shout epithets from the anonymous safety of a passing car, but the layers of inequities that constitute the hidden, covert, and institutional racism that pile up and get institutionalized in systems and reflected in the clueless reactions and behavior of university administrators like those at Missouri.—Rick CohenShare13TweetShare6Email19 Shares
Share9Tweet12Share16Email37 SharesBy SuSanA Secretariat [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsSeptember 18, 2017; New Hampshire Public RadioEveryone knows the old adage, “If you give a man a fish…” NHPR has a story with a new twist: “If you give a woman a menstrual pad…”In all seriousness, the reproductive health of girls and women around the world is at stake, and according to reporter Courtney Columbus, the recent movement to make sanitary pads more accessible hasn’t been a silver bullet solution for increasing education rates in some developing countries.First, a look back. In 2010, the New York Times highlighted the problem and what had recently emerged as a possible solution:Throughout the developing world, girls are less likely than boys to be enrolled in school, and these differences are particularly large after puberty.… So how do we get girls into school? One possible solution—one which has received particular attention in the last few years—is providing better sanitary products for use during menstruation.Part of the appeal of this explanation is that the fix is so easy. There is no need to change attitudes about female schooling, to provide funds for uniforms or textbooks, or to construct new schools closer to girls’ homes; instead, the menstruation theory suggests simply providing sanitary products could significantly affect the education gap.The Times pointed to Procter & Gamble supporting the idea as early as 2007 through the Protecting Futures Program, which provided sanitary pads to girls in Africa and is now part of Save the Children. Nonprofits like Days for Girls and Sustainable Health Enterprises, which has distributed 200,000 made of banana fiber across Rwanda, were founded around that time. The issue also sparked interest stateside as women questioned why such an essential health supply is subject to state sales taxes—the so-called “tampon tax.”As NHPR reported, national governments have stepped up to help across Africa, including Kenya, Uganda, and Zambia.“In August, Botswana joined the club,” Columbus wrote. “And it’s not just happening in low- and middle-income countries. In July, the Scottish government launched a project to distribute tampons and pads to women who can’t afford them. For some governments, the goal is to boost school attendance for girls. Perhaps free pads would make it easier and more comfortable for girls to manage their periods at school. Others hope that the pads could reduce anxiety about periods—less worry about stains or how to get the next pad, for example.”However, the roots and reach of problems addressed by nonprofits are increasingly complex, requiring leaders and funders to think holistically and be willing to make long-term investments. NHPR cites some of the challenges that have arisen:While menstrual health researchers say it’s encouraging that more countries are talking about periods at the highest levels of power, some question the motivations… Some critics in Kenya chalk up the plans as campaign promises, and aren’t sure the government will follow through.[…]Giving out pads is only part of what needs to be done to help girls manage their periods. It’s not a “silver bullet solution,” says Bethany Caruso, a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University.Researchers highlighted the necessity of having teachers who are educated and empathetic to girls’ needs, as well as safe and private toilets or facilities to wash reusable pads or cups.As Marni Sommer, a professor at Columbia University, noted in an NPR interview last year, “If girls don’t have a safe, private place to manage their periods…then even with supplies or even with education, they still will be hindered. I just want people to pay attention to toilets…(but) they’re not sexy.”—Anna BerryShare9Tweet12Share16Email37 Shares
Share9Tweet2ShareEmail11 Shares“Protesting Trump’s Imposition of the So-Called Gag Rule on Women’s Healthcare Providers,” Charles Edward MillerMarch 6, 2019; RewireFor reproductive rights advocates, the political environment is an ever-changing theater of conflict, each of which is important.Lawsuits have been filed by numerous state attorneys general and nonprofits across the US in response to the new Title X guidelines released by the Trump administration this week. The guidelines constitute a domestic gag rule that limits women’s access to sexual and reproductive health services.Specifically, the guidelines state that grant-funded Title X services “[do] not include abortion as a method of family planning” and “None of the funds appropriated under this title shall be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning.” This means that money for research and training and money that supports other health services such as cancer screenings, infertility treatment, and contraceptives cannot go to facilities that also provide abortion; they must be “physically and financially” separate. While health providers may mention abortion to their patients, they cannot provide any direct referrals for the service.Planned Parenthood has already declared that if and when the rule goes into effect in May, they will simply forfeit their Title X funding rather than compromise care. However, many smaller providers rely much more heavily on federal funds and may not be able to make that choice.“I don’t believe I’m overstating it when I say that the domestic ‘gag rule’ poses an unprecedented threat to our organization,” said George Hill, president and CEO of Maine Family Planning. Hill’s organization has joined with the global Center for Reproductive Rights to file one of the suits against the new rules. According to the 2017 Form 990, the majority of Maine Family Planning’s money comes from federal grants. Hill said, “The rule undercuts and upends all of the work that we’ve done to expand meaningful access to affordable reproductive health care, including abortion care, in Maine.” His organization faces an impossible choice: provide a lower standard of care for their patients or close their doors.Twenty-one state attorneys general agreed with Hill and Planned Parenthood and announced they would “challenge the constitutionality” of the new rules in US District Court in Eugene, Oregon.Advocates have seen this move coming. One of the new administration’s first acts in January 2017 was to reinstate the global gag rule, which prevents USAID (United States Agency for International Development) funds from going to any organization that provides information, referrals, advocacy, or services related to abortion. The president has been threatening to defund Planned Parenthood almost since he took office. This past May, over 100 healthcare organizations sent a letter to Health & Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, registering grave concerns about the possibility of a domestic gag rule; it would, they said, “contradict the primary purpose of Title X,” which provides healthcare to over four million Americans.Planned Parenthood president Leana Wen wrote, “This rule has nothing to do with medicine and everything to do with politics.” She’s absolutely right.The head of the Office of Population Affairs (a creepy name for the department tasked with distributing Title X funds) is Diane Foley, a prior president of the anti-abortion Life Network, which has ties to Focus on the Family. In November, anti-abortion groups convened at the White House to convey their disappointment that despite threats made on Twitter, little progress had been made to defund abortion clinics. Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins said, “We did express some disappointment that things haven’t moved faster and that there were things that they’ve promised that they haven’t done yet.”Women who have lower incomes, women who live in rural areas, and women of color, all of whom generally have a harder time accessing decent health services, will be heavily impacted by this rule. Their bodies—the bodies of women, particularly women of color—have become the battleground in a war for ideological turf, their rights collateral damage sacrificed at the altar of dominant patriarchal narratives about morality and gender norms.Aziza Ahmed wrote in 2005,Conservative forces and nations…are able to merge their own agendas with that of the US government’s; ironically, they are allies in the war against women. The rise of conservativism, bolstered by…cooptation of human rights language, has led to a more specific assault on sexual and reproductive health rights.The press release from HHS claims this rule “protects Title X healthcare providers so that they are not required to choose between participating in the program and violating their own consciences.” But removing the choice from the purview of healthcare providers does not eliminate it; the policy merely reassigns the choice to politicians, who by definition are more likely to make the decision based on politics rather than medicine. The choice to save the “consciences” of healthcare providers rather than health of their patients is the one being fought by Planned Parenthood, Maine Family Planning, the attorneys general, and several others.—Erin RubinShare9Tweet2ShareEmail11 Shares
Euronews has launched a Greek-language channel targetting Greece, Cyprus and Greek-speaking audiences in all markets.The channel is the 12th to be localised and the first to broadcast from Lyon. The wholly-owned subsidiary is based in Athens, and is available via various TV networks, online and via a mobile app.Michael Peters, CEO of Euronews said, “This launch is a big step forward and will ensure to the Greek-speaking community an unrivalled window on world news and a recognised expertise on European affairs. The presence of a local team will highly improve our coverage in Greece, both in quantity and in quality, due to the permanent exchange between the journalists based in Athens and the editorial team based in our HQ in Lyon. The news coverage, in all domains, will be an opportunity to enhance the standing and influence of Greece on a European and international scale. Finally, we are delighted to provide an additional offer for the benefit of the general audience in Greece, Cyprus and all over the world.”
Modern Times Group (MTG) has appointed former Virgin Media executive Aleks Habdank as chief operating officer of Viasat Broadcasting’s pay-TV and emerging markets operations.Habdank, who is due to take up his new role on May 7, will manage Viasat Broadcasting’s pay-TV channel operations in Central and Eastern Europe, and develop its pay-TV business in emerging markets.Based in London, Habdank will report to Irina Gofman, CEO of MTG’s Russian, CIS and emerging market pay-TV operations.He joins from Virgin Media in the UK where he was most recently director of digital entertainment products, and was responsible for TiVo, linear TV, video-on-demand, online and multiscreen services – including the launch of Virgin Movies and Virgin TV Anywhere.Prior to this Habdank was general manager of Chello On Demand, part of Liberty Global’s Chellomedia content division, and he also previously worked for NTL.“We are very happy to have Aleks on board. His strong digital background and intimate knowledge of the Eastern European and international markets makes him the perfect candidate to develop our ever-increasing portfolio of pay-TV channels, and to grow our satellite and online pay-TV subscriber bases across our territories,” said Gofman.Viasat Broadcasting’s emerging market pay-TV operations sell pay-TV packages on the Viasat satellite platforms in the Baltics and Ukraine, and on the joint venture Raduga TV satellite platform in Russia. Viasat also distributes 35 channels via third party pay-TV networks to subscribers in 31 countries across central and eastern Europe, Africa and the United States.
Yahoo! has reportedly held preliminary talks with US video-on-demand site Hulu and is one of a number of firms considering making a bid for the business.According to an All Things Digital report, Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer and COO Henrique De Castro recently met with top executives at Hulu and is looking at the business, though has not made a formal bid.The news marks the latest deal speculation about the News Corp and Walt Disney-owned site, which is said to have reached out to potential bidders in March. Comcast, Hulu’s third co-owner, gave up corporate control of the site as part of its NBCUniversal takeover deal.According to a Reuters report last month, former News Corp president and chief operating officer Peter Chernin reportedly tabled a US$500 million (€384 million) bid for US video-on-demand portal Hulu.The digital arm of financial services business Guggenheim Partners and Amazon are also reported to be interested in the VOD site.Yahoo! was also recently reported to have been in talks with French VOD site DailyMotion about taking a 75% stake in the business, before the French government expressed misgivings about a US firm taking over one of France’s few preeminent internet companies.
Wimbledon’s Rolex-sponsored YouTube channel will offer viewers exclusive interviews, behind the scenes footage, press conference coverage and highlights at this year’s UK tennis tournament. The coverage is in addition to the BBC’s own extensive domestic online coverage of the event, with the broadcaster due to offer an “unprecedented” 10 live streams along with linear broadcasts on its BBC One and BBC Two networks. The annual Grand Slam tournament begins today and will run for two weeks.
Easel TV is set to launch a version of its over-the-top video service for UK TV producer All3Media on tablets and smartphones at IBC.The multi-screen video software specialist originally launched the service in 2012 on Samsung TVs in the UK and also in the US under the name ‘Best of British TV’.The next release is being launched on iPads and iPhones at IBC and will also be available on Xbox 360 games consoles in the coming months, said Easel TV.Viewers can access more than 350 hours of TV shows through the service, either on a subscription or pay-per view basis.All3Media shows available include Skins, Shameless, The Only Way Is Essex, Midsomer Murders, and Peep Show, with further series to be added over time.“We have extended the application to these popular consumer devices due to the vast amount of TV content that is now being consumed on them in both the UK and particularly the USA. We have closely monitored the adoption of a wide range of OTT services with specific interest in games consoles and have been impressed by the amount of content now consumed this way,” said All3Media’s SVP of digital and business development, international, Gary Woolf.“Our primary digital business continues to be licensing programmes to international broadcasters and major video on demand partners. What is exciting for us is that his service allows us to offer a wide range of great quality content that doesn’t fit the needs of those services directly to new audiences developing direct consumer relationships and enhancing opportunities for our content to be discovered.”All3media service will be showcased on the Easel TV stand at IBC, on stand 4.C88.
Polish broadcaster TVN has said it expects strong revenue and earnings growth for the next three years on the basis of solid macroeconomic data from the Polish market.TVN said that it expects consolidated adjusted EBITDA growth of about PLN520 million (€123 million) this year, rising to PLN590 million next year and PLN630 million in 2016. Full year consolidated revenue is expected to grow by a low single-digit figure this year, with growth of between 5% and 9% expected 2015 and 2016.The broadcaster said it expected Polish GDP to grow by between 3% and 3.5% for the 2014-16 period, with the TV advertising market consequently showing growth in the low to mid single digits over the same period. TVN said it also expected the online TV advertising market to see high single-digit growth rates over the period.TVN said it did not expect any significant new capital market transactions over the period.
RTL Group’s long-serving Hungarian chief executive Dirk Gerkens is leaving his post, with Andreas Rudas appointed interim CEO.Gerkens, who has been chief exec since 2001, has been offered another, undisclosed role within RTL, the Bertelsmann-owned broadcaster said in a press release.The hunt for a permanent RTL Hungary CEO has begun, with RTL planning on hiring a Hungarian executive for the post to “further strengthen RTL Group’s ties with the Hungarian society”.For now, Rudas takes on Gerkens’ responsibilities with immediate effect and will perform them alongside his duties as executive VP, regional operations and business development, CEE and Asia.Rudas is a former ORF and WAZ Media Group executive. He joined RTL in 2009 to take on his current EVP role.RTL has butted heads with the Hungarian government in recent times, with the Luxembourg-based channel operator critical of high advertising taxes at have affected the RTL Klub channel.Gerkens recently told Bloomberg Businessweek he has received death threats and has moved his family out of the country as a result.The government and RTL recently began talks to lower the ad tax, which currently sees RTL Klub pay around 90% of revenues as tax despite only taking a 15% market share.