Wilmington High School Sports Schedule Week of January 13 2019

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington High School Varsity Sports Schedule (Week of January 10)In “Sports”Wilmington High School Varsity Sports Schedule (Week of January 3)In “Sports”Wilmington High School Varsity Sports Schedule (Week of January 17)In “Sports” WILMINGTON, MA — Below is the Wilmington High School Sports Schedule for the week of January 13, 2019.Sunday, January 13 Monday, January 14No GamesTuesday, January 15Wednesday, January 16Thursday, January 17No GamesFriday, January 18Saturday, January 19(NOTE: The above information is from Big Teams.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly February 11 2015

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioSenate Takes Up Controversial Greenhouse Gas Reduction PlanLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCIn the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, the Environment and Public Works Committee took up a controversial plan by President Obama to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The EPA program would require a 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide from power plants by 2030.  Republicans call it federal overreach, and Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan had more objections than time allowed.Three Weeks, No Flights: Diomede Residents Stranded without Mail, Food DeliveriesMatthew Smith, KNOM – NomeThe only aircraft flying to one of Alaska’s most remote communities has been down for maintenance for nearly three weeks—leaving residents of the Bering Strait community of Little Diomede with empty mailboxes, bare grocery store shelves, and no way on or off the island.Gov. Walker Dropping Pt. Thomson LawsuitAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauGov. Bill Walker has announced that on Friday, he will drop his Point Thomson lawsuit against the state and instead try to address his concerns with the settlement through legislation. It’s exactly what legislative leaders have been calling on him to do. But the way Walker went about it perplexed some of those same lawmakers.Alaska Aerospace Corporation CEO Pitches PrivatizationJay Barrett, KMXT – KodiakThe CEO and board president of the Alaska Aerospace Corporation were before the Senate Finance Committee this morning, making a pitch, not so much for funding, but for the opportunity to move on. CEO Craig Campbell even raised the possibility of taking the state-owned corporation private.Chief Justice Fabe Argues For Judicial Branch FundingAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauWith lawmakers reviewing the state budget for cuts, Chief Justice Dana Fabe made the case for preserving the judicial branch’s funding in her annual speech to the Legislature.Iditarod Restart Moving To FairbanksPhillip Manning, KTNA – TalkeetnaFor the second time in its history, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race will begin in Fairbanks, though race officials still plan to hold the ceremonial start in Anchorage.For Musher Lance Mackey, ‘Retirement’ Is A 4-Letter Word Emily Schwing, KUAC – FairbanksLance Mackey is currently running in 8th place on the Yukon Quest trail. He is the winningest musher in Yukon Quest history. The four-time champion is a cancer survivor and the lifelong musher knows he can’t run dogs the way he used to.Stampede State Rec Area Advocates Say They’ll Persist, Despite Budget Woes Tim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksThe Denali Borough Assembly considers a resolution tonight urging the State Legislature to create a Stampede State Recreation Area near Healy. It’s the latest attempt to push the proposal with state legislators.NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest Not So Tiny Scott Burton, KTOO – JuneauNPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series has become anything but tiny since its inception in 2008. And this year, the series began a contest, open to all, where the winner gets to travel to NPR in Washington DC to play a concert at the tiny desk. In this inaugural year, the contest received over 7,000 entries, including 17 from Alaska.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Thursday August 25

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3u
From 5-7 P.M.We’ll have reaction to Hillary Clinton’s speech this afternoon, where she directly linked Donald Trump to the so-called, “Alt Right,” White nationalist movement, which supports his candidacy for president. Also, more reporting on the Baltimore City Police Department’s secret aerial surveillance Baltimore’s Black communities.
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Colins Week 1 College Football Kickoff Picks

first_imgCollege football is here and the first weekend of games is so good it’s borderline NSFW.Don’t lose your face picking the first week of the season based on your faint recollections of last year’s rosters and now obsolete information. That’s old news. Uncle Colin’s done the homework and wants to give you the answers to the test.Week 1 is here and he’s shaking in his seat like a radio host waiting to be shot out of a a cannon. So let’s let it rip.Full slate of games. Here are Colin’s Week 1 College Football Winners: Game: #3 Oklahoma vs. #15 HoustonWinner: OklahomaColin:  Baker Mayfield leads the Sooners into Houston to face the rapidly improving Cougars, led by one of the top dual threat quarterbacks in the country, Greg Ward. Upset alert in this one, but the Sooners manage to pull it out late and look ahead to Ohio State. What an opening weekend of college football. @ColinCowherd has all your winners. #HerdHere pic.twitter.com/axD5DVvi9v— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) September 3, 2016 Game: #2 Clemson vs. AuburnPick: ClemsonColin: Clemson returns likely #1 pick Deshaun Watson, and their leading rusher and receiver. Auburn has been disappointing. Clemson enters as a 10 point favorite. Close for a while, but Clemson and Watson pull away late. Advertisement Game: Kansas State vs. #8 StanfordWinner:  StanfordColin:  Heisman contender Christian McCaffery is the most dominant player on the field. Senior Ryan Burns is a fifth year starter. Stanford pulls it out, but K-State makes it closer than the 14 point spread. Game: #18 Georgia vs. #22 UNCPick : North CarolinaColin:  Kirby Smart leads Georgia into the Georgia Dome for his debut against a tough Tar Heels squad. Colin doesn’t like the vibes in big stage coaching debuts. Larry Fedora and the Tar Heels pull the upset as a 3-point dog. Georgia starts the Smart era off with a loss.center_img Game: #5 LSU vs. WisconsinPick: LSUColin:  LSU is a 10 point favorite and rolls over the Badgers led by a dominate defense, and the top running back in the nation, Heisman co-favorite Leonard Fournette. QB play for LSU is shaky again, but it won’t matter today. Wisconsin is physically overmatched again in an SEC opener. LSU comfortably. Game: #20 USC vs. #1 AlabamaPick: AlabamaColin:  Both teams have new starting quarterbacks. Both have mostly new defensive personnel. USC has plenty of talent, but the difference is Saban and the experience of the Alabama machine. Tide will roll as a 10 point favorite. Game: #10 Notre Dame vs. TexasPick: Notre DameColin: Texas will be much improved, but too much Brian Kelly and the Irish offense. ND pulls out the W on the road in Austin as a 4 point dog. Don’t give up on Charlie Strong yet Horns fans. They’re headed in the right direction. Game: #16 UCLA vs. Texas A&MPick: UCLAColin:  A&M is listed as a 3 point home favorite, but all eyes will be on UCLA super sophomore Josh Rosen, who needs his O-line to keep him upright for the Bruins to have a shot on the road. Rosen gets it done and UCLA sneaks into Aggieland too pull the minor upset. Game: #14 Ole Miss vs. #4 Florida StatePick: Ole MissColin: Upset Alert. Senior Quarterback Chad Kelly will have Ole Miss ready for the ‘Noles. Ole Miss is good in big games. Ask Alabama. Florida State is a 5 point favorite, but has questions at quarterback. Ole Miss pulls the biggest upset of the opening weekend.last_img read more

AirAsia Japan rebrand to Vanilla Air

first_imgNew brand to target resort destinations. Executives chose Vanilla Air from over 200 other names, taking a month and a half to decide. Further details in regards to destinations and ticketing costs will be announced in late September. President Ishii attributed the losses to the airline’s focus on online sales, as many Japanese customers still prefer to book flights through travel agents. Source = ETB News: P.T. Vanilla Air will begin flights in late December with two passenger planes to be leased from ANA, with plans to expand to 10 aircraft in 2015. AirAsia Japan will rebrand as Vanilla Air, following the break-up of parent companies AirAsia and All Nippon Airways (ANA).center_img AirAsia Japan had been operating for a little over a year but was failing to register profits. “We will begin with short-distance services but want to expand the range to mid and long-distances in line with ANA’s branding strategy,” Mr Ishii said. AirAsia Japan’s 420 staff will become employees of Vanilla Air, while base operation will remain at Tokyo’s Narita Airport, serving travellers to resort destinations throughout Asia. AirAsia and ANA announced the termination of their joint venture in June 2013, with ANA acquiring full ownership of AirAsia Japan, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. “We chose vanilla as our brand name because it is popular and loved by everyone in the world,” AirAsia Japan president Tomonori Ishii said.last_img read more

Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Well, when you put it that way. Larry Fitzgerald is going to get paid. At 27-years-old, the Cardinals star is just entering his prime. A free agent at the end of the season, Cards GM Rod Graves said money is really no object in negotiations for a contract extension“We are prepared to make Larry the highest-paid player in our history and we are prepared to make him one of the highest-paid players in the National Football League,” Graves told Sports 620 KTAR. “So I see no reason why we can’t get a deal in place before the start of the season.” Top Stories Comments   Share   center_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkelast_img read more

21st Century Fox offers more concessions in bid fo

first_img21st Century Fox offers more concessions in bid for Sky by The Associated Press Posted Apr 3, 2018 12:42 am PDT Last Updated Apr 3, 2018 at 1:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – 21st Century Fox has offered new proposals to insulate Sky’s news operations from Rupert Murdoch’s influence in its ongoing bid to take full control of the London-based pay TV company.Fox said Tuesday it proposes to either sell Sky News to Walt Disney or comprehensively ringfence Sky News.It said in a regulatory filing it has worked “diligently” with Britain’s Competition and Markets Authority to come up with proposals that would “safeguard the editorial independence of Sky News” and address the agency’s concerns.The agency is considering whether to recommend the Fox deal for Sky to Culture Secretary Matt Hancock for approval.It has reached a preliminary finding that the 11.7 billion-pound ($16.5 billion) takeover would give Murdoch excessive control over Britain’s media.last_img read more

Rep Miller approves largest education budget in state history

first_img28Mar Rep. Miller approves largest education budget in state history Categories: Miller News,News State Rep. Aaron Miller, of Sturgis, today voted to increase the state’s allocation for each individual student by $100 as part of a $14.3 billion education budget.“Our state’s future is based on our students and our classrooms,” said Miller, a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on School Aid. “That’s why I voted to approve this significant investment, so our kids can be proficient in reading, have better career and technical education programming, and have better educational opportunities than a year ago.”Among the key items in the approved education budget:Increases K-12 education funding to the highest ever in state history.Adds $100 more funding for each and every Michigan student, which adds up to $143 million more in Michigan’s classrooms.Increases funding for career and technical education (CTE) programs to $37.6 million, while also expanding grants for public-private partnership in CTE programs.Prioritizes early childhood literacy with $25.4 million dedicated to added instruction time, increased work with literacy coaches and in-classroom screenings to help K-3 students.Helps “at-risk students” with more funding for free or discounted lunches and added instruction time.The budget will be forwarded to the House Appropriations Committee for consideration.#####last_img read more

Republican leaders announce their expectations for the State of the State address

first_img“Making Michigan the best home for families, talent, and jobs is the driving force behind the priorities identified by our caucus.  The Governor has an opportunity to embrace that shared vision and work with the legislature to improve our state,” said Shirkey.  “Our goal is for Michigan to continue on its growth trajectory and for us to see more investment in our state to the benefit of all citizens.” 12Feb Republican leaders announce their expectations for the State of the State address Categories: Chatfield News “Our shared legislative priorities represent ample opportunity to craft bipartisan solutions.  Reducing the cost of car insurance is not a goal exclusive to Republicans or Democrats, it’s a problem all Michiganders want us to fix.  Building a better infrastructure plan has nothing to do with who you voted for in the last election, it’s about continual improvement so that Michigan is an attractive option for capital investment,” said Shirkey.  “Our caucus is eager to partner with our colleagues in the House and the Governor to deliver solutions for Michigan.” 2019 Legislative Republican PrioritiesSpeaker of the House Lee Chatfield, of Levering, and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, of Clarklake, today announced the top issues they and their Republican caucus members hope to see included by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in her State of the State address.  The issues represent shared priorities both leaders believe are essential to Michigan’s continued comeback. The shared priorities House and Senate Republicans expect to see highlighted in the address include the following:Lowering the nation’s highest auto insurance rates for Michigan familiesFixing Michigan’s infrastructureProtect and enhance the current funding to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads and bridgesEnsure every student has access to clean drinking water in schoolSupport the Straits tunnel to secure energy and heat for Michigan families Supporting education and career readinessGive students options to design a career path that works for themGive teachers strong funding and time to teachGive parents more choice and greater control over their child’s future Making government work for everyone in MichiganContinue recent progress with criminal justice reformsFix the state’s broken mental health systemImprove government accountability and predictability “Focusing on these important topics would show Gov. Whitmer is on the right path and working on the right issues to begin her term,” said Chatfield.  “These priorities represent some of the items legislators hear about most often talking to people in their local communities and the most common causes for concern when people reach out to the Legislature for help.  They are also some of the biggest areas where a commitment from the governor to strong reforms can make a real difference in the lives of Michigan residents. “But these are not just the most pressing issues facing Michigan families; they are also common-sense, bipartisan reforms on which we can all agree. We have discussed policy priorities with our colleagues, and we can say with certainty that bringing these critical matters to the forefront will give the governor a leg up in finding common ground with the Legislature and a head start in delivering results for the people we represent.” Gov. Whitmer will present her first State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature on Tuesday night. Speaker Chatfield and Majority Leader Shirkey will be available to the media Wednesday morning to discuss the governor’s plans and answer questions about how well her remarks addressed the state’s top issues.last_img read more

Rep Griffin sets May indistrict office hours

first_img State Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, will meet with area residents this month during office hours across her district.“Office hours are a great way to talk about the issues affecting our local communities,” Rep. Griffin said. “I hope you’ll take the opportunity to join me and share what’s on your mind.”Rep. Griffin will be available Friday, May 17 at the following times and locations:11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Hartford City Hall, 19 W. Main St. in Hartford;1 to 2 p.m. at the South Haven Library, 314 Broadway St. in South Haven; and3 to 4 p.m. at Cooper Township Hall, 1590 D Ave. W. in Kalamazoo.No appointments are necessary. Those who are unable to attend at the scheduled times but would like an opportunity to talk with Rep. Griffin may call her office at (517) 373-0839 or email BethGriffin@house.mi.gov.### Categories: Griffin News 13May Rep. Griffin sets May in-district office hourslast_img read more

Apples Diversity Report Comes with Apology from CEO Tim Cook

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesAugust 15, 2014; New York Times Blogs, “Bits”Following the trend of tech companies releasing analyses of the level of diversity in their organizations, Apple’s report comes in a manner emblematic of the design-focused company. A beautifully laid-out webpage and a short film accompany the numbers, tastefully graphed and tucked in a corner where they can be scrolled past without drawing too much attention. The focus is on the faces of Apple employees in all their variety, and on a message from Apple CEO Tim Cook—the first tech company CEO, according to a quote in USA Today from the Rev. Jesse Jackson, to take a public stand on the issue of diversity.Here’s a transcript of the voice-over for the montage:“From the very beginning we have been a collective of individuals, different kinds of people from different kinds of places, an intersection or technology and the liberal arts, diverse backgrounds all working together, one powerful thing we share is the belief we can make a difference in this world, through our products and through our values, through who we are, for this reason we put inclusion and diversity at our very center, we honor individuality, human dignity and human equality, we want people to be themselves and contribution through their own individual experiences, because this environment inspires creativity and innovation and empowers us all to do the best work of our lives together.“Inclusion inspires innovation.”A nice sentiment. And, to their credit, Apple’s numbers on diversity do beat out their competitors at Google and Facebook by a little. According to the information disclosed, “Apple’s percentage of white American workers (55 percent) is lower than Google’s (61 percent), Twitter’s (59 percent) and Facebook’s (57 percent).” Thirty percent of their employees worldwide are women, and in the technical and leadership areas, the level of representation of people of color is double or triple that of companies like Twitter.That level of inclusion doesn’t satisfy Cook, however. In his statement, he says, “As CEO, I’m not satisfied with the numbers on this page. They’re not new to us, and we’ve been working hard for quite some time to improve them. We are making progress, and we’re committed to being as innovative in advancing diversity as we are in developing our products.” He goes on to highlight members of the Apple team who exemplify the diverse nature of Apple’s employees—including a blind Apple Store Specialist who comes to work with her “seeing iDog”—and recount some of the philanthropic endeavors currently on Apple’s plate:“We recently pledged $100 million to President Obama’s ConnectED initiative to bring cutting-edge technologies to economically disadvantaged schools. Eighty percent of the student population in the schools we will equip and support are from groups currently underrepresented in our industry.“Apple is also a sponsor of the Human Rights Campaign, the country’s largest LGBT rights organization, as well as the National Center for Women & Information Technology, which is encouraging young women to get involved in technology and the sciences. The work we do with these groups is meaningful and inspiring. We know we can do more, and we will.”The New York Times’ “Bits” blog also points out that Cook has “steadily added women or minorities to its executive roster. Crucial hires and promotions include Angela Ahrendts, who oversees Apple’s retail operations, and Denise Young-Smith, who took over human resources. In July, Apple also added a woman, Susan L. Wagner, to its boards.”These are notable steps. However, as is shown in an interactive series of graphs on the USA Today website, the tech field remains “mostly male” and “mostly white.” Hopefully, more Silicon Valley (and beyond) firms will make similar commitments to improve diversity, and get their CEOs to stand behind them.—Jason SchneidermanShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

DAs Accuse Louisiana PDs of Trying to Abolish Death Penalty—By Defending Clients

first_imgShare26Tweet3ShareEmail29 SharesApril 26, 2016; The Advocate (New Orleans, LA)As is the case in other states, public defender offices in Louisiana are facing restrictions imposed upon them by their own budgets. This has led to a “restriction of services” by 33 of the 42 public defenders’ districts in Louisiana’s state courts. In that context, the Louisiana District Attorneys’ Association (LDAA) and the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney’s Office are accusing the state public defender board of mismanagement in prioritizing death penalty cases, claiming that it is a sneaky way of abolishing the death penalty.The state public defender, hired by the Louisiana Public Defender Board (LPDB), on the other hand, says that since state-funded nonprofit firms take over these cases, it doesn’t work that way. However, it admits spending around a third of its budget on these cases, including cases that have progressed to a post-conviction phase. These appeals seem to be part of what is being targeted, according to the Times-Picayune:Assistant District Attorney Hugo Holland, who works out of Lake Charles, said the board has an anti-death penalty bent right now, which means it is willing to fund every appeal effort.Holland may not be alone in that belief. In addition to providing a floor for local public defender funding, the legislation also dramatically changes the makeup of the state public defender board.If passed, the number of people on the board would change 15 to 11, and local public defenders would have much more say over who sat on it. Professors from local law schools would no longer have assigned slots on the board either. Holland believes those changes might mean that the amount of money allocated for death penalty defense could go down.But LDAA executive director Pete Adams accuses the state public defender board of flouting its “fiduciary responsibility to taxpayers with misguided fiscal priorities.” He asked, “When you run out of money, you have to make tough choices. Are you going to spend a third of your state money on capital prosecutions, of which there are very few?”East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III also thinks that the restriction of services is a ploy. “No question they’re holding us hostage to obtain more funding. That’s all it is,” he said. “It affects public safety.”Now, instead of looking at providing more funding for the public defenders, a bill is progressing in the legislature that would reorganize the legislatively-created LPDB, requiring that 65 percent of its annual funding go to local public defender districts.Reginald McIntyre, the chief public defender for the 21st Judicial District of Livingston, St. Helena, and Tangipahoa parishes, agrees that those local districts should get as much money as possible from the LPDB. “I don’t like to see any district in (restriction of services). It damages the system,” he said, “Without the public defender offices, you don’t have a smooth running court.”State Public Defender Jay Dixon says that the money must be spent on capital cases because the stakes are so high and the cases so expensive to mount. Still, he said, “It’s not that we prioritize capital (cases) over everything else.”Dixon says that the argument being advanced is badly framed because the state board was not created to totally fund the 42 public defender districts but to supplement them. Most of their revenue comes directly from court fees and these have fallen dramatically in recent years.If you add in fees, Dixon says, the total public defense budget in the state is $66 million, and that means that the state board is spending only a sixth of that budget on capital cases. This also means that 75 percent of the total public defense funding is spent by local districts. The system just needs more money, he contends.The argument has been building since last spring when Adams responded to a 2014 Louisiana Public Defender Board call for additional state funding. “An intentionally created fiscal emergency should not be accepted nor rewarded without verification,” Adams wrote in his April 2015 response to the LPDB report. “The threat of a work stoppage and appointment of private counsel to do the work of state and local agencies is designed to build support for additional LPDB funding.”Dixon says that only the district attorneys believe that public defense in Louisiana is sufficiently financed, and that prosecutors outspend public defenders by far. Meanwhile, all but four of the local public defender districts have turned over their capital cases to the state board, which contract those cases out to nonprofit law firms, which are not getting rich representing those cases. Defending these cases requires special certification and recertification processes that many public defenders do not have.“Doing capital defense is not financially rewarding. It’s a losing proposition,” Dixon added.The combined number of new and pending capital cases handled by local public defender districts and the contract offices is declining, going from 235 in 2008 to 131 in 2013, according to LPDB. But, again, according to the Picayune,Some legislators are growing tired of the cost of the death penalty. It’s not just that the public defenders board is spending $9.5 million on defense. Prosecutors spend a lot of time and money on their side of the cases. And it costs money to maintain death row at Angola.Rep. Steve Pylant, a conservative Republican and retired sheriff from Winnsboro, has always been supportive of the death penalty. But he wondered aloud during the committee meeting Thursday if it was worth the expense anymore, especially when so many of the convictions get overturned.He said he was considering switching sides, being for getting rid of the death penalty in Louisiana for good.So, if rigorously representing capital defendants were a nefarious way of making a financial case for eliminating the death penalty, perhaps it is a good—albeit risky—strategy.—Ruth McCambridgeShare26Tweet3ShareEmail29 Shareslast_img read more

The Return of Ebola in Africa Demands Nonprofits Understand Past Lessons

first_imgShare9Tweet3Share1Email13 Shares“Ebola virus.” Credited: CDC Global.May 14, 2017; Wall Street JournalThe very word “Ebola” sends waves of dread through many communities. It’s a horrible disease with extremely high infection and mortality rates and no cure. This week, the Democratic Republic of the Congo saw several citizens die of the disease, and the nation is scrambling to contain the outbreak before more are infected.Unlike Sierra Leone and other countries in western Africa where the 2014 epidemic hit, much of the Congo is densely forested and difficult to traverse. Experts hope that this will slow the spread of the disease. Conversely, as NPQ reported in November, the country has been hovering on the brink of civil war for months, and its health infrastructure has been described by the World Health Organization (WHO) as “virtually broken down.” As Harvard physician Margaret Bordeaux has pointed out, the destruction of institutions and infrastructure kills more civilians in wartime than violence, and the DRC’s violent history has made its civilians perilously vulnerable to even preventable diseases, never mind rampant killers like Ebola.NPQ tracked the global response to the last Ebola epidemic, which was widely deemed insufficient and, in some cases, unfulfilled. Science journalist Laurie Garrett explained in Foreign Affairs, “The global health infrastructure has shown itself to be weak, fractured, prone to infighting, and more interested in searching for technological silver bullets than engaging in the hard slog of social mobilization and classic local public health work.”Global disease expert BT Slingsby said,Ebola was very much a wake-up call for our global society. Regardless of whether we’re dealing with a pandemic, such as Ebola, or antimicrobial resistance, or with more endemic diseases like malaria or tuberculosis—all of those infectious diseases have one thing in common: Innovations do not come from the free market on its own. But we need these innovations—and therapies, vaccines and diagnostics.Some took Slingsby at his word; there is a vaccine for Ebola, though it has not completed the testing and approval process and only appears to work on one of two common strains. The WHO has not yet decided whether to use it in the Congo, but has made preparations just in case.But while the WHO debates, there are other things that can be done. One of the biggest problems in the last outbreak, apart from insufficient and poorly deployed aid, was the initial failure of health workers to understand the burial traditions of affected communities and how they magnified the spread of the disease. Many cultures have burial rituals that include washing and dressing the body, but in a cruelly ironic twist, Ebola is most contagious right before and after a victim’s death—so anyone trying to bid goodbye to a loved one is especially prone to catch it.There were also problems of trust: When people died in health facilities, workers who knew safe burial practices often buried bodies in unmarked graves. According to National Geographic, “These disappearances stoked conspiracy theories that Ebola was a hoax. In one, doctors were said to be killing patients to steal their organs. The less people believed that Ebola was real, the less likely they were to bring deathly ill relatives to clinics and to stop honoring their dead relatives in the traditional way.”And finally, there’s very little incentive for local people to join the SDB (safe and dignified burial) teams because they are often shunned by their communities for doing so. SDB worker Mariatu Karbgo told Irin News, “‘Mamma G’ was the stigma name they gave me in my community, even in my own street. They said ‘I’m a General in dead bodies’… whenever they saw me they’d gather in a group, and shout ‘General in Ebola!’”These issues will be familiar to anyone who does community work. It’s important to gain the trust of your community, to learn about the complex issues faced by the people who live where you work and how a situation is locally understood. The goal of Ebola containment and prevention is not flexible, but the approach can leverage local resources—like the Freetown officials in Sierra Leone who eventually asked local imams to explain ritual workarounds and convince people that the rules were not absolute, causing a 1,000 percent jump in the number of safe burial teams.There are many lessons to be applied to the newest Ebola outbreak, and hopefully the scale will remain small. In an already fragile state, it will take enormous effort to create a health infrastructure that could deal with problems like Ebola and the cultural competency to enlist the community. Nonprofits who step in will certainly have their work cut out for them.—Erin RubinShare9Tweet3Share1Email13 Shareslast_img read more

Pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has named Erik Sch

first_imgPay TV operator Sky Deutschland has named Erik Schneider as vice-president, customer service. Schneider, who will be charged with direction of Sky’s service centre, will report to Euan Smith, executive vice-president of product and operations.Schneider previously worked for consulting, system integration and managed services specialist Live Reply. He has also worked for Telefónica O2 in Munich, and for General Electric.last_img

Ukrainian cable operator Volia has launched a new

first_imgUkrainian cable operator Volia has launched a new interactive TV platform that will be available over-the-top on third-party networks as well as on its own cable network.Volia Smart HD will offer over 130 digital channels, on-demand movies and access to other services including YouTube on the TV.Following the initial launch of the service, Volia will introduce a hybrid set-top box in the second quarter that will give access to internet-delivered video-on-demand and catch-up TV services.The first third-party network to sign up for the service is Datagroup, which operates residential services in Ukraine under the brand Domashniy Telecom. The company has approximately 107,000 internet customers across the country. Datagroup launched its own TV service in 2010 and has signed up just over 20,000 subscribers in Dnipropetrovsk, Zhmerynka, Nikolaev, Gadyach and Bar.Volia’s internet-delivered content will be made available using adaptive bit-rate streaming, allowing consumption on multiple devices including smartphones and tablets as well as TVs.Content partners for the Volia Smart HD on-demand offering will include YouTube, Oll.tv, Megogo.net and Sony.Volia’s platform has been designed by system integrator Azdio in partnership with Ukrainian system integrator Romsat. Technology for the service is being provided by middleware provider Minerva, set-top provider Entone, conditional access specialist Verimatrix, compression specialist Envivio and OTT technology specialist Anevia.last_img read more

LG has integrated online payment service PayPal in

first_imgLG has integrated online payment service PayPal into its smart TV platform, allowing users to buy products and services directly through their TV set. The electronics manufacturer has launched the service on its devices in the US, Canada and the UK. It also plans to roll it out in France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Australia, starting from this month.“LG and PayPal will create a more user-friendly Smart TV experience, enabling the user to make faster, more secure digital payments,” said Richard Choi, senior VP of the LG Electronics’ Smart Business Center.“PayPal significantly reduces the number of steps the user has to take in order to complete a transaction; saving them time by eliminating the need to enter credit card and address details for each subsequent purchase. Moving forward, it will also make it possible for LG to better integrate digital commerce with first-class home entertainment.”Users can enter their PayPal details into their TV using the remote, and can choose a “remember me” option for easier payments.“We see smart TV as a high-potential platform for commerce in the coming years, and we’re thrilled to be at the forefront with LG in integrating the ease, security and functionality of PayPal directly into LG Smart TVs,” said Randall Davies , senior director of global business development at PayPal.last_img read more

Sky Deutschland has extended its Wimbledon tennis

first_imgSky Deutschland has extended its Wimbledon tennis rights through to 2018, taking exclusive broadcasting rights for TV, internet, IPTV, and mobile in Germany and Austria.The five-year extension was agreed with IMG Media on behalf of the All England Lawn Tennis Club. Sky Deutschland said that in 2014, as in previous years, it will broadcast the tournament on multiple  channels and cover the action on several courts at the same time – live and in HD.“With its unique mix of tradition and world class athleticism, the tournament in Wimbledon is one of the highlights of every sports year. The continuation of our successful partnership over the next five years is proof of our editorial work and a major component of Sky’s strategy to offer customers exclusive programming,” said Burkhard Weber, Sky Deutschland’s senior vice president, sports.last_img read more

The Returned Netflix has acquired exclusive global

first_imgThe ReturnedNetflix has acquired exclusive global rights to The Returned, the US remake of French drama Les Revenants, from FremantleMedia International. The deal marks the first time the US-listed streaming service will have premiere rights an acquired drama on its services around the world.The series has been commissioned by US cable net A&E, which will debut it on March 9. Netflix will then launch it a day later on all of its international services except the US. In the States A&E has a one-year holdback on the show.The original French series, which was distributed by Zodiak Rights, series was an international success, selling to over 70 territories with buyers including Channel 4 in the UK and Sundance in the US. It follows the residents of a small mountain town that is turned upside down when several local people, who have been long presumed dead suddenly reappear.Last year A&E ordered a ten-episode US version of the show, with its fledgling drama production unit A+E Studios, on production duty alongside Fremantlemedia North America and Haut et Cort, which made the original French show. Lost writer Carlton Cuse has penned and exec produced the US version alongside Raelle Tucker (True Blood).FremantleMedia International is selling the US series. CEO Jens Richter said: “Netflix is a ground-breaking platform, synonymous with high-quality, character-driven content that really pushes at the boundaries. The internet television network is the perfect home for The Returned.”Erik Barmack, vice president of global independent content at Netflix added: “We can’t wait for our global audience to see Carlton and Raelle’s interpretation of The Returned, a sensation in its own right that we think is perfect for Netflix.”last_img read more

Bulgarian cable operator Blizoo has added SPI Inte

first_imgBulgarian cable operator Blizoo has added SPI International’s FilmBox HD channel to its line-up.FilmBox HD features a variety of movie genres including dramas, comedies, thrillers and horror movies as well as TV series. Blizoo is offering FilmBox HD in its Extra, Premium and Champion TV packages.“Bulgaria remains one of our high-priority markets in CEE. We are excited to partner with Blizoo, the leading cable operator in Bulgaria and to bring FilmBox HD with its top movie content to Blizoo subscribers,” said Berk Uziyel, executive director of Filmbox International.“Blizoo as a company always strives to provide its users with quality content. We believe that our new proposal FilmBox will respond more fully to the expectations of the customers who always want the best on the market. Our goal is to offer reliable products to create unforgettable experiences for consumers,” said Blizoo.last_img read more

Delphine Ernotte Cunci French media regulator the

first_imgDelphine Ernotte CunciFrench media regulator the CSA has authorised the launch of a news service by public broadcaster France Télévisions.The CSA said last week that it was greenlighting a request by the ministry of culture and communication for the distribution of the channel in standard definition. The service will be available on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform on channel 27, just after rival service LCI on channel 26.To make space for the service, the CSA has authorised the pubcaster to continue to broadcast its France Ô service in standard definition only. Other service from the public broadcaster are available in HD.The news service is the brainchild of France Télévisions director-general Delphine Ernotte-Cunci, who was appointed to her role last year.France Télévisions will be responsible for the editorial content of the service, with Radio France, overseas TV organisation France Médias Monde and the Institut National de l’Audiovisue contributing. As envisaged by Ernotte-Cunci, the news service will include both a linear channel and on-demand elements.last_img read more