TORONTO – Brendan Richmond created a viral sensation with his hoser comedy song “Out For a Rip” in 2013, but he was surprised to recently find his popular catchphrase gracing the side of a Coca-Cola bottle.The Kingston, Ont.-based comedy rapper’s “Out For a Rip” video went on to rack up more than 12 million views on YouTube, convincing him to trademark the saying that made it so popular. That’s why he wasn’t expecting to see it printed on the side of one of the world’s most popular beverages at a Toronto grocery store.“I just pulled it out of the cooler — and it was literally in my hand before I saw what was on it,” said Richmond, whose rapper persona is B. Rich.“I definitely did a double take.”So he’s now released a followup song, titled “Out for a Sip,” on YouTube taking the beverage corporation to task for using “Out For a Rip” without his permission.The new video also features Richmond’s Toronto-based intellectual property lawyer Rob Kittredge — playing the role of lawyer John Buddy — who discusses B. Rich’s legal rights.Kittredge said he’s “old friends” with the performer and they agreed that making a video would be a fun idea.“I don’t have a lot of clients for whom this would be an appropriate response,” Kittredge said.“We had the opportunity to do something totally creative and my job is boring, so this is an unusually fun way to write a demand letter for me.”Near the end of “Out for a Sip,” B. Rich tells the company he’d be happy with a settlement that includes a truckload of Coke dumped on his front lawn, tickets to the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Blue Jays, and a new pair of skates.A representative for Coke said the company has “reached out” to discuss the matter.Richmond said his music career skyrocketed after the original video went viral, but he became more savvy after noticing that people were slapping “Out For a Rip” on bumper stickers and T-shirts without his permission.So he submitted to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office and received documents that made the phrase legally his own.“Those words have become such an integral part of my career and livelihood as a musician,” he said.“So to see it on this rather iconic product … was shocking.”The Coke bottle also features a scannable image which encourages customers to download an app to access an “Out for a Rip” Spotify playlist created by the company. It includes bands like Hollerado, Black Keys and Hot Hot Heat, Richmond said.“Aside from not including the (‘Out for a Rip’) song itself, it doesn’t jive with the esthetic of ‘Out For a Rip,’ which is rural Canadian, good ol’ boy fun music,” he added.“In my mind I’d see ‘Life is a Highway’ by Tom Cochrane, some (Guns N’ Roses) and Bon Jovi.”The musical threat of litigation had already gathered more than 45,000 views as of Wednesday afternoon.
Tina HouseAPTN NewsIt was around 3 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 25 that a mother of four on a rare night out became separated from her friend after leaving a local pub in Nanaimo, B.C.The woman, who does not want to be identified, said she stepped onto the street to hail a cab – and that’s when things went wrong.“I hailed a cab here and he picked me up he asked me where I was going,” she told APTN News. “I gave him my address of where I was going to and he proceeded to drive down the road.”She said she doesn’t know the name of the company – but remembers the car was blue. There also wasn’t any cab number on the window nor drivers identification. Only the cab meter.She said she gave the address of where she wanted to go – and then eventually noticed that the driver was going the wrong way.“He took me towards Bowen Road and there is a park and he pulled into the park and he was silent the whole time,” she said. “And I asked him where he was going he wouldn’t answer I panicked I said where are you going? You are going the wrong way! He didn’t answer.”“He pulled in behind the area and parked the car.”She said at the very end there was a car and a truck and there was a group of five or six men standing around – one was smoking a cigarette.She said the driver got out and opened the back door.“And then he attacked me in the backseat of the taxicab,” she said. “He pulled my legs and tried to he tried to assault me and when he was going to undo himself I took the opportunity to and I kicked him as hard as I possibly could and I picked up my phone and I said I’m phoning the police.She said although her cell phone was dead, she pretended to call the police.“He jumped up jumped outta the cab slammed the door,” she said. “But then a new driver came in so there was two drivers for this cab one was older and one was younger and I sat up and I said are you going to try and do what the man did and he didn’t say anything he just sat there and he was scared and I couldn’t tell if he was scared of me or if he was scared of the man he was speaking to and he just asked where are you going and he pulled off and dropped me off.”The next day she said she called the police and reported the incident.Const. Gary O’Brien is with the Nanaimo RCMP.“We received a report on November 25,” he said. “It’s an active investigation… because it’s very active and in the preliminary stages there is nothing further that we can report on this.”“If anything changes as far as information received on the file we feel it necessary to report to the public we will.Have you had an issue with cabs in Nanaimo? Email Tina: email@example.com
The Council, in a press statement read out by its President, Ambassador Johan C. Verbeke of Belgium “called upon all parties in Timor-Leste to adhere to the principles of non-violence and to democratic and legal processes to ensure that these elections have a unifying impact and contribute to bringing the people of Timor-Leste together.”The 15-member body called on the people of the small South-East Asian nation, which the UN helped to shepherd to independence in 2002, to “ensure that free, fair and peaceful parliamentary elections take place.”The members also appealed to the population to respect the National Commission’s electoral Code of Conduct.Underscoring the importance of the international community’s support in the country, the Council “welcomed the presence of domestic as well as international electoral observers in Timor-Leste for these elections.”Voters will go to the polls to elect 65 members of Parliament to serve five-year terms.Yesterday, the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste – known as UNMIT – began distributing ballot papers, with a total of 652,000 ballot papers to be distributed throughout the country and a reserve will be stored in all districts to deal with contingencies.Also, in a video message yesterday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on candidates and their supporters “to react to the results in a peaceful manner, and to raise any concerns they may have about the process through the appropriate legal channels.”Recalling the successful presidential elections of April and May, he said that he “was moved by the graceful transfer of responsibility from the first President to his successor, through the freely expressed will of the people.”In another development, the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) has called for increased participation of women in politics.The fund’s scheme, called Integrated Programme for Women in Politics and Decisions Making, also seeks to raise awareness of the status of Timorese women.Workshops to draw attention to the electoral process were held last month bringing together experts from the European Union, the National Electoral Commission and the UNIFEM-backed observer group known as KOMEG, along with ten parties participating in the elections.All of the women representatives endorsed a Women’s Political Platform signed on 28 May, which prioritizes such issues as economic advance and health care for women; justice and security; and media reporting on and for women. 29 June 2007United Nations Security Council members today expressed their full support for the Timor-Leste parliamentary elections to be held tomorrow and called on the country’s people to ensure that the polls are free, fair and peaceful.
Redshirt sophomore quarterback Joe Burrow (10) runs the ball in the fourth quarter against Nebraska in Memorial Stadium on Oct. 14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State redshirt junior quarterback Joe Burrow has heard it all. He’s nothing but a career backup. He’s going to transfer when he doesn’t win the starting quarterback position. He wasn’t a highly ranked recruit. He should have signed elsewhere if he wanted to play at the Division I level. He lacks both Dwayne Haskins’ spectacular arm strength and Tate Martell’s head-turning elusiveness. “For about a year, I get all these tweets. ‘Where are you going? You’re going to transfer and never play.’ I see them,” Burrow said on March 22. “I don’t say anything, but I see them.”But what at once seemed like a foregone conclusion to many seems less likely now. Not only is he still at Ohio State, but he’s in competition for — and should win — the starting quarterback position. While Haskins’ arm and Martell’s legs seem appealing, no one has the combination of the two that Burrow possesses. Though his arm won’t wow onlookers the same way Haskins’ does, he can make any throw to all parts of the field. And despite lacking Martell’s electric speed and shiftiness, Burrow has enough speed to pose a threat to defenses on power read-options.The combination of all skills lends itself to a comparison between Burrow and J.T. Barrett, the quarterback whom he would replace. The similarities don’t end with their physical traits. “I think the big thing for all of us is leadership,” Burrow said. “I think the best leader is going to win the job because obviously J.T. was the leader of the team last year and someone is going to have to step up.”When head coach Urban Meyer grades the talent of quarterbacks, he said he puts additional focus to the non-throwing aspects of the position, such as competitiveness, toughness, leadership, football IQ and the ability to extend the play. That should help Burrow’s case to start in the eyes of Meyer.In his three seasons as a Buckeye, Burrow has not attempted more than nine passes in any game. But in his short time, he impressed and entered last fall tied with Haskins as Barrett’s backup until a broken hand ended his pursuit of the backup role.“Joe, before his injury, was neck and neck,” Meyer said on March 6. “We’re trying to do the best we can to make sure that they have equal opportunity to compete.”Now healthy, Burrow is out to prove everyone wrong. He came back this spring with one goal in mind: to become the next Ohio State starting quarterback.“I was convinced that it was going to be an open competition and that’s why I wanted to stay and give it my best shot,” Burrow said. “They said that they’ll make a decision soon and we’ll see.”
Tia, who works in Piraeus in the shipping industry, believes Greece is finally on the right path, and attributes that to a generation of young, creative Greeks keen on making a difference.“I see the youth of Greece changing, and in the age of information they have access to ideas and creative methods that they never knew of before, I see businesses springing up in the centre of Athens, in Piraeus where I work. And there are a lot of start-ups here as well, Greece has managed to produce some of the world’s most brilliant software engineers, this is big for Greece.”It’s not just young Greek Australians choosing Athens because of its vibrant lifestyle, others also feel the Greek way of life is better suited to children. Rebecca Hannigan, originally from Sydney, first moved to Athens in 1998.She now co-runs a small bookstore/cafe in central Athens, and although she concedes that the crisis has made life a little more difficult in Athens, the Greek capital remains her first choice for raising her children. “The reason that I prefer living in Greece is that I feel that there is a complacency at times in Australia, and living in a country that has everything that works like clockwork, the easiness of that, I actually find it difficult, and I prefer to live somewhere that has adventure, I feel like I’m alive here and I like that for the children as well, I think the social aspects of Greece are healthier.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Bill GeorgoussisRenowned fashion photographer Bill Georgousis has a young family of his own and he believes Athens is changing for the better. Originally from Melbourne, Bill graduated from RMIT University before embarking on a global career that saw him work for the world’s leading fashion and lifestyle publications in London, Milan, New York and Paris.He now calls Athens home and says the city’s youth are helping transform this concrete metropolis into a new creative hub that will have a long-term positive impact on the city.“The art industry has grown so much in Athens, it’s fantastic. It’s a great place to be a young artist – I’m not just talking about painters, but generally anyone creative because that scene has grown, it’s rubbed off on everything else it’s creating around it, it’s a bit like a small Berlin. I mean, we keep hearing that but it is really true.” Bill says that while it’s still incredibly hard in Athens, the mood is changing.“It’s probably us getting used to the situation and accepting it and thinking OK what can we do from the start, and start again and live with the situation, and try to improve on it rather than wait for other people to improve it, and that’s the big difference. Young people are now getting older and they’ve grown up with this situation, they’re building their lives around it rather than thinking it’s just going to get better again by itself. We’re making a difference I think.”Empowering the youth of Greece is something Irene Stampas Xantheas also believes is crucial to the nation’s future.Having moved here from Melbourne in the early ’90s, Irene now owns and operates a language school in the southern Athens suburb of Agios Dimitrios. She says while the crisis has affected everyone in Greece, like many other Australians who call Athens home, she just can’t see herself returning to Australia. “I love Australia, my parents are there, my brother is there, my friends are there and I go every two or three years, but life here is more beautiful for me.” It is estimated that approximately 15,000 Greeks with existing ties to Australia have arrived in Melbourne over the last three to four years.Surprisingly, despite the gloom surrounding Greece’s prospects, and the constant news of mass migration out of the country, it has not all been one-way traffic.There are still many Australians moving to Greece, some even made the switch during the peak of this current financial crisis, while others who have been in Athens for years refuse to give up on Greece.Watch the video shot by Lost Athina exclusively for Neos Kosmos below:Edward Fisher, from Perth, has been living in Greece for twelve years. He moved there in 2003 to open a business, Athens Backpackers, which at the time was the only fully-fledged hostel in Athens. He says he remains optimistic about Greece’s short and long term prospects. “As an optimist and a business owner here, I believe that these small factors that affect Greece are affecting the world, and in the fullness of time Greece will sort itself out and re-level, like everything does.”Kostas Mylonas, from Sydney, is also positive about the future.Kostas, who had been going back and forth between Australia and Greece for 15 years, finally made the permanent switch to Athens just two years ago. Kostas Mylonas“I moved back to Athens in the middle of the financial crisis because this is where I’m from, this is where I am. Athens is a different city to Sydney. Sydney has a little bit more money, it’s a bit more organised, yeah that’s great, but then everything that comes with living here in Athens, that you only understand when doing so, trumps all of that.”Kostas now runs the Athens office of Excite Holidays and sees first-hand how Greece is slowly changing for the better.“I’m very optimistic about Greece’s future because if anything, we’ve endured much worse than what we’re enduring now and Greece is Greece, Greece is not going anywhere, we will be here forever.”Another Greek Australian who made the move recently, despite the crisis, is Tia Thomas, who relocated to Athens from Melbourne in 2013.Living in Athens alone, while the rest of her family continues to live in Melbourne, Tia says she has often thought about whether she made the right decision, particularly during the troubled summer last year when capital controls were introduced in Greece. “When they introduced capital controls there was a sense of unity and that’s something I haven’t experienced before in Australia. Leading on from that, that’s one of the reasons why I feel so comfortable. I never feel alone in Greece.”
Le Soleil va connaître une longue période d’hibernationSelon trois études qui viennent d’être dévoilées aux Etats-Unis, le Soleil devrait prochainement connaître une inhabituelle période de très faible activité. Ce changement pourrait affecter de façon importante le climat terrestre.Des études réalisées par des astronomes américains et dévoilées à la conférence annuelle de la division de physique solaire de l’American Astronomical Society affirment que les taches solaires seraient en train de diminuer. Cela indiquerait que le Soleil se dirige progressivement vers une période de calme plat.En 2008, l’astre entamait son 24e cycle (un cycle dure environ 11 ans). Son activité est mesurée en particulier au nombre de taches observables. Celles-ci résultent de l’éruption de flux magnétiques de plus de 1.500 gauss issus du cœur de l’astre et qui empêchent des gaz moins chauds en surface d’y retourner. Or, selon les observations réalisées par les scientifiques du National Solar Observatory (NSO), celles-ci seraient en train de diminuer. Frank Hill, le directeur adjoint de l’observatoire indique que, sauf erreur, “le cycle actuel pourrait être le dernier d’activité solaire maximum que nous verrons avant plusieurs décennies”, rapporte l’AFP. Selon l’agence de presse, Frank Hill, principal auteur d’une de ces études juge ce phénomène à la fois “très inhabituel et inattendu”. Il estime que ce changement devrait affecter “un grand nombre de choses, de l’exploration spatiale au climat terrestre. Le fait que trois observations totalement différentes du Soleil pointent dans la même direction est une solide indication que le cycle des taches solaires pourrait s’acheminer vers une hibernation”, ajoute-t-il. Pour Matt Penn et William Livingston de l’Université Cornell, les éruptions solaires, au cours du prochain cycle, seront si faibles qu’il serait fort possible qu’aucune tache ne puisse se former.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESACe n’est pas la première fois que le soleil voit baisser son activité magnétique. Par le passé, cela avait coïncidé avec des périodes glaciaires sur Terre, entraînant un refroidissement et une contraction de l’atmosphère terrestre. Pour certains astronomes, la première chose à savoir c’est si ce ralentissement d’activité présage un second “Minimum de Maunder”. Cette période de 70 ans (de 1645 à 1715) ne laissait observer aucune tache solaire et durant celle-ci, l’Europe avait connu un petit âge glaciaire.Toutefois, comme le souligne Georg Feulner du Potsdam Institute (Allemagne), interrogé par l’AFP, même si le solaire baisse en intensité, cela ne compensera pas le réchauffement climatique lié aux émissions de gaz à effet de serre. Selon ses calculs, si une période identique au “Minimum de Maunder” survenait, les températures chuteraient de 0,3°C seulement alors que la hausse attendue d’ici 2100 par le groupe intergouvernemental d’experts de l’ONU sur le climat est de 3,7 à 4,5°C.Le 15 juin 2011 à 13:59 • Emmanuel Perrin
Washington, D.C. council members Vincent Gray and Robert White want to change the way infants and toddlers are educated in the District of Columbia.D.C. Council members Vincent Gray, D-Ward 7 (left) and Robert White, D-At-large (right) introduce bills to improve early education and health services for children. (Courtesy photo)Gray, a Ward 7 Democrat, is the author of the Infant and Toddler Developmental Health Services Act of 2017 and White, an at-large Democrat, is spearheading the Bolstering Early Growth Investment Act of 2017. Given that the bills have similar goals for different age groups of young children, the council decided to have a joint hearing of the Committee on Education, the Committee on Health, which Gray chairs, and the Committee on Finance and Revenue to review the pieces of legislation on Sept. 27.The Gray bill creates a comprehensive infant and toddler structure, starting in Wards 7 and 8 and eventually expanding to the rest of the District, focused on early childhood education and infant health. White’s bill establishes a city-run Office on Childhood Development, an infant and toddler task force, expands the duties of the Early Childhood Development Coordinating Council and permits the mayor to provide financial incentives to qualified child development facilities.Gray said he has been working on early childhood education issue for some time. “When I was chairman of the council, we worked with early childhood education,” Gray said. “We wanted to make sure that every child could go to school and open classrooms to young children though they were not ready for formal education.”Gray said he got resistance to his ideas at the time because educating young children at that time in their lives was “too demanding, too expensive and the parents wouldn’t support it.” Gray said since early childhood education programs have been implemented while he was mayor, the District is considered one of the leaders nationally in the field.“We showed the doubters and naysayers who say that children are too young to learn,” he said.White said early child care is expensive in the District, with many charging $1,800 a month for the service. The council member said he experienced this first-hand when he and his wife tried to get good child care for his 15-month daughter, Madison.He said that waiting lists to get into some well-known quality programs is long. White added that many dedicated child care professionals leave their positions because they are underpaid.“The average child care worker in the District makes $26,000,” he said at the hearing. “The most dedicated workers move on and those who are talented don’t consider it a profession.”D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), who chairs the Finance and Revenue Committee, supports both pieces of legislation, saying, “We need to get children in school as early as possible.“If you get a child in school at 3 years old, they’ll have a vocabulary of 1,000 words or more,” he said. “If the child starts school at kindergarten or first grade their vocabulary is 300 to 400 and is already behind.”Carrie Thornhill was one of the 53 people who testified on the legislation. Thornhill, the president of the D.C. Early Learning Collaborative, said the District needed to develop an infant and toddler education system and a publicly-funded child care center network that is affordable for residents. Nicole Odom agreed that the District government needs to do more to help struggling families.“I am a resident of Barry Farms in Ward 8,” she said at the hearing. “We need quality child care in Ward 8. My husband and I have pretty high standards for child care and we found a few but they weren’t in my ward.”Odom said she initially applied for a child care center in January but didn’t get a call back until July. She said that her child care provider is in Ward 1, and it is expensive for her and her husband to transport their child to and from that caretaker.“I am working part-time and my husband works full-time but it isn’t enough,” she said. “We use a $20 voucher for the child care but the use of the Metro, food and housing has to be taken into account for our budget. “
Categories: Lucido News,Lucido Photos 29Sep Rep. Lucido welcomes ‘Rep. for a Day’ contest winner to the Capitol State Rep. Peter J. Lucido today hosted a very special guest when Lilly Urban of Shelby Township joined the lawmaker as “Representative for a Day.”Lilly was selected as the winner of Rep. Lucido’s summer reading contest. The reading contest—which took place between May and August—invited elementary school students to fill out an entry bookmark each time they completed reading 10 books to win a trip to the Capitol.“We have ourselves a true future leader in Lilly Urban,” said Rep. Lucido, a Republican from Shelby Township. “She has shown the utmost dedication to her education by demonstrating the importance of reading and in doing so sets a great example for her peers.”After taking an oath and being sworn in as a “junior representative,” Lilly toured the Capitol alongside Rep. Lucido and then participated in a mock committee hearing followed by lunch with Rep. Lucido.“It was truly a pleasure having Miss Urban at the Capitol today,” Rep. Lucido said. “I have no doubt that we will see more from her in the future as her remarkable work ethic and positive attitude will take her far.”Rep. Lucido plans to host a similar reading contest next summer.
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesSeptember 5, 2014; ColorLinesFrom the point of view of a former community organizer, the strategy for those who have organized rallies or advocacy events is to build momentum and awareness that can help push the cause forward. Often, this momentum and public awareness is short-lived.Over a month ago, an unarmed, 18-year-old, black teenager named Michael Brown was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri. The case reached communities all over the world, shining a light not only on the tensions between the black community and law enforcement, but also onto the militarization of local police forces and America’s ongoing struggle with race relations. Ferguson, a small suburb of St. Louis, was in the eye of the world. A couple of weeks later, according to ColorLines, a daily online newspaper from Race Forward, a national organization that advances racial justice through research, media, and practice, the “national media are gone and the police have stopped making drama with tanks, tear gas, and rubber bullets.”What is different from most events like this is that people are still coming to Ferguson to show their support and to protest. People are not only coming from nearby, but from cities and communities thousands of miles away. According to Akiba Solomon, the article’s author, she joined “journalists, lawyers, medics, organizers, pastors, students, tech experts and videographers…More than 500 of us have traveled from Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Nashville, Portland, Tucson, Washington D.C., Winston-Salem and other cities to support the people of Ferguson and help turn a local moment into a national movement.”Michael Matlock from nearby St. Louis stated, “I couldn’t sit back on the sidelines; no more posting and tweeting…. This is the biggest thing I done seen since the Million Man March. We need to be out here supporting.” Lynetta Hayes, also from St. Louis, thinks about the treatment of her nephews by the police, stating, “They’re the same age as Michael Brown and they’re right here in this community…This could have been anyone, any one of our nieces, nephews, any one of our children.”The effort was organized by a group called Black Lives Matter and funded in part by social media fundraising through the online site GoFundMe. Black Lives Matter is not an organization but, according to its Facebook page, a “forum intended to build connections between Black people and our allies to fight anti-Black racism, to spark dialogue amongst Black people, and to facilitate the types of connections necessary to encourage social action and engagement.”The efforts of BLM have included congregations and families with children. Solomon describes the event she attended as peaceful and well organized, with leaders breaking everyone “into groups according to area of expertise and [planning] at least three local actions we will take. Deadlines are assigned and leaders assure us that we will have accountability partners to ensure that we do the work.”As the author rode home with her bus-mates, they took “a group photo with…hands up, the now-universal sign of resisting police and vigilante violence.” Ferguson for many will not be the typical march, but one that has real staying power.—John BrothersShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share5TweetShare3Email8 SharesBy Ggia – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, LinkJune 19, 2017; Al JazeeraWith all of the turmoil in America’s capital, it can be easy to forget about the issues plaguing the rest of the world. But, during today’s World Refugee Day, advocates here and abroad drew attention to the international refugee crisis. Unfortunately, the massive scale of the problem defies quick solutions and requires non-developing countries to step up with more financial and diplomatic support, not to mention a commitment to resettlement.The number of people forcibly displaced from their homes by conflict or persecution increased by 300,000 to 65.6 million from 2015 to 2016, according to a new report from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Fifty-one percent are children, including 75,000 young people traveling alone. (This fascinating Fast Company visualization illustrates the flow of refugees around the world from 2000 to 2015.)Other worrisome trends include a rise in refugees fleeing the civil war in South Sudan:South Sudan’s civil war, which began in December 2013, has left tens of thousands dead and forced a total of 3.7 million people from their homes—nearly a third of the population.Overall, the refugee population from the world’s youngest country swelled 85 percent last year to reach 1.4 million by the end of 2016, the UNHCR report showed.But, with the conflict in Syria unrelenting, Syrians still make up the largest portion of refugees. The report notes that 55 percent of refugees come from just three countries: Syria, Afghanistan, and South Sudan.NPQ has reported extensively on the international refugee crisis and internally displaced people and how nonprofit organizations are playing a role. Outcomes have been mixed, especially when complex relief efforts need to be coordinated across cultures and borders. A recent report even showed that NGO anti-smuggling efforts actually worsened the situation for migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean.In fact, 84 percent of refugees are hosted in the world’s developing regions: Turkey, Pakistan, Lebanon, Iran, Uganda, and Ethiopia are the top hosts, respectively. It speaks volumes that no countries in the Western world appear on that list, particularly when nationalism is on the rise.Here in the U.S., President Donald Trump issued an executive order temporarily blocking travel from seven (later changed to six) majority-Muslim countries, which has repeatedly been blocked by various courts as discriminatory and is now headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. The order and four-month hiatus on accepting new refugees devastated the network of refugee resettlement agencies, where hundreds of jobs have been cut since the President’s executive order. They had expected to receive 110,000 refugees this year.There is some good news: Statistics show that refugees can help the economies where they’re resettled. And, some American companies, including Airbnb and Chobani, are increasingly stepping up as advocates for refugees and immigrants, perhaps thanks to nonprofit initiatives like Welcoming America. The country’s newest Americans have even made their voices heard as leaders of their communities over the past decade.However, charitable dollars haven’t necessarily followed, although Giving USA’s 2016 report showed increases for international affairs organizations, among others, as immigration issues took center stage in public and political discourse pre and post-election.Without national governments and donors putting resources behind resettlement, and with conflicts growing in new regions, it’s unlikely the world will see a decline in refugee populations anytime soon.—Anna BerryShare5TweetShare3Email8 Shares
Share23TweetShareEmail23 SharesNovember 3, 2018; NPR, “Environment” and the New York TimesThe Climate Kids along with their nonprofit supporter, Our Children’s Trust, have won the ability to sue the federal government over its policies regarding climate change. The Supreme Court has determined that Juliana v. United States can move forward. The Climate Kids may take their case to federal court this month.The 21 plaintiffs, mostly minors who ranged in age from 8 to 19 at the time, began this legal journey by filing a suit, based on public trust doctrine, in Eugene, Oregon, in 2015. The suit charges that the government caused damage to the planet by encouraging production of fossil fuels while ignoring what they knew about the warming of the planet. The government has attempted numerous times in the last three years to have the lawsuit dismissed.Some climate change lawsuits, even those filed by municipalities, have been dismissed, as NPQ has reported. Often, the suits are filed with assistance from nonprofits, as is the case here, where Our Children’s Trust is backing the Climate Kids’ constitutional climate lawsuit.Kelsey Juliana, named plaintiff, is now 22 years old. She says, in a statement, “I want to trust that we are truly on track for trial without having further delays, but these defendants are treating this case, our democracy, and the security of mine and future generations like it’s a game. I’m tired of playing this game.”The lawsuit requests a national plan be created to “restore Earth’s energy balance” and “stabilize the climate system.”Solicitor General Noel J. Francisco, seeking a stay from the Supreme Court, did not believe the plaintiffs would be harmed by waiting for the justices to consider the case. He says the plaintiffs could not prove direct injury to sue: “All involve the diffuse effects of a generalized phenomenon on a global scale that are the same as those felt by any other person in their communities, in the United States, or throughout the world at large.”The plaintiffs responded:When a child suffers climate-induced flooding where the child sleeps, increased incidence of asthma attacks from climate-induced wildfire and smoke conditions in areas where the child exercises, dead coral reefs due to overly warm oceans where the child swims, and storm surges and rising seas perpetually attacking the barrier island where the child lives so that the child now routinely evacuates and experiences flooding in the child’s roads, home and school, those injuries are hardly generalized grievances.There’s no guarantee the government won’t attempt another stay, but the Climate Kids appear to be in it for the long haul.—Marian ConwayShare23TweetShareEmail23 Shares
HBO Nordic has selected Ericsson to manage the playout of its new online video service for the Nordic region.HBO Nordic will launch its first HBO-branded service in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland in October. The premium linear and on-demand offering will be available via the streaming site hbnordic.com. Ericsson has been selected to manage playout and media management services for the new platform under a five-year deal.
Vivendi’s supervisory board is set to confirm Bolloré chairman and CEO Vincent Bolloré as a member of its board at the company’s general shareholders’ meeting on April 30. Viviendi will also name Nathalie Bricault, who will represent the company’s employee shareholders for the first time, to the board, as well as former Apple Europe, Middle East, India and Africa general manager and vice-president Pascal Cagni. Also new to the board will be Yseulys Costes, chairman and CEO and founder of the interactive marketing company 1000mercis, and Alexandre de Juniac, chairman and CEO of Air France.Maureen Chiquet and Christophe de Margerie have decided not to renew their term of office in 2013.Bolloré was co-opted as a board member in December following the acquisition of channels Direct 8 and Direct Star by Canal Plus.
Russian service provider VimpelCom has appointed the former executive VP of strategy and new business development at energy company OJSC TNK-BP Management as the head of its Russian business unit. Mikhail Slobodin takes the role effective immediately, with the appointment coming as Anton Kudryashov was upped to the group executive board as chief group business development and portfolio officer.Kudryashov’s new role is effective from 14 October 2013 and his contract has been extended to the end of 2016.“I am very pleased that Anton has accepted our offer to join the group executive board. Under his strong leadership our business in Russia has reversed the negative trends of the previous years and has significantly strengthened its market position, through closing the gaps in products and services as well as successfully launching and executing key strategic projects aimed at improving the efficiency of the operations and achieving a superior customer experience,” said VimpelCom CEO Jo Lunder.In May, VimpelCom announced that chief financial officer Henk van Dalen had decided to leave the company when his contract expires in September 2013.
International sports broadcaster Eurosport has taken rights to key games in the Women’s Champions League football competition.It has taken rights to home games featuring VfL Potsdam and FFC Potsdam. The Discovery backed broadcaster will also have away games from the German teams.Underscoring the growing interest in women’s football on TV, Wolfsburg’s triumph over Olympique Lyonais in the 2013 Champions League won Eurosport 7.8 million viewers, a 62% increase on the audience for the 2012 final.Eurosport has recently bagged Women German Bundesliga rights and also shows Women’s World Cup Games.The broadcaster said it had a cumulative 55 million viewers for its coverage of the 2013 Euro Championships in Sweden in July, and saw a 53% increase in its average audience on the 2011 numbers when the tournament was last held.
Media services provider Globecast is using NAB to introduce a new OTT offering encompassing live, VoD and catch-up programming.OTT Live is for simulcast delivery of linear channels. OTT VoD ingests individual programme assets into the online video platform for VoD services and delivers the content over the Internet, and OTT Live-to-VoD creates a VoD package from entire linear channels.Globecast has partnered with Akamai as its preferred CDN supplier, while Kaltura is supplying its online video platform and app technologies as well as providing the video management layer.Anevia is supplying its Viamotion Plus solutions suite that interoperates with all transcoders currently available, according to the company. Globecast is deploying technology from Thomson Video Networks and Elemental to provide transcoding solutions for linear and non-linear content.Christine Jecko, chief marketing officer at Globecast, told DTVE that Globecast would deliver its OTT offering from all three of its global media centres in Singapore, Los Angeles and London. In addition to working with Akamai, she said that Globecast would also team up with local CDNs to meet the needs of content providers targeting specific markets where Akamai did not have a major presence, such as Russia.Jecko said that Globecast’s platform would deliver VoD preparation, including VoD files for catch-up TV as well as for on-demand content not in the live playlist.Globecast is targeting content providers and aggregators that want to deliver video content globally. Jecko said that the company believes there is substantial potential for growth in the Asian market in particular. She said that Globecast benefited from its position in the Chinese market, giving it a competitive advantage over rivals.“We are not only serving broadcasters but also content owners that want to go directly to customers via OTT,” she said. Another target market is smaller pay TV aggregators that would like third parties to deliver OTT services, in particular for mobile delivery.Jecko said Globecast primarily sees OTT delivery as complementary to satellite and other forms of broadcast.Globecast will this year add ‘edge playout’ to its portfolio of playout services, said Jecko. This involves the use of infrastructure in specific territories to localise content delivered over fibre from a main broadcast centre located elswhere. The idea, she said, is to enable broadcasters to market-test services in new countries, meeting local regulatory compliance requirements and potentially delivering localised graphics, advertising and content without the need to invest heavily in local infrastructure.Edge playout is seen as complementary but distinct from remote playout, already offered by Globecast, where playout in particular territories can be managed from a centre located somewhere else.
Sky said that it added 74,000 new TV customers in the three months ending March 31, more than double the growth that it experienced in the same quarter last year.Announcing its fiscal third quarter results, Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch said that Sky had a strong quarter and “continued to grow at an accelerated rate,” following concerns this week from analysts at Berenberg and Credit Suisse that it would suffer a decline in traditional pay TV subscribers for the first time.Sky said that it added 74,000 net new TV customers and 108,000 net new HD customers.It also recorded 284,000 new Sky Go Extra customers and said that 3.7 million customers now use its online offering Sky Go, up 13% year-on-year.On-demand usage tripled year-on-year, said Sky, and now accounts for more than 5% of viewing in connected Sky homes. On average, each connected home downloaded three pieces of content per week.“Our investment in connected TV services is delivering results. Almost 50% of Sky homes are now connected and this is transforming their viewing experience: connected customers are watching more TV, they’re more loyal and they’re more likely to recommend Sky,” said Darroch.“Nine months into our plans for the year, we have added almost a third more new paid-for subscription products than in the same period last year,” he added.Sky said that its connected TV base is now 5 million, having connected 600,000 more Sky+HD boxes in the quarter.In total, the firm claimed that it added 2.4 million new paid-for subscription products in the nine months since 30 June 2013, 31% more than the same period last year.Sky said that its adjusted Q3 revenue increased by 7% year-on-year to £5.666 billion. Adjusted EBITDA was down 2.4% to £1.233 billion, which Sky was a “good result” considering its connected services investment and an uplift in Premier League amortisation.
Google CardboardYouTube has added 360-degree video support to parent company Google’s virtual reality offering, Google Cardboard.Announcing the rollout, YouTube said that all of the service’s 360-degree content is now available on Google Cardboard, providing a “truly immersive experience”.Google Cardboard is an initiative that lets viewers place their phone in a folded cardboard holder that can be held up to their face, so that they can experience virtual reality apps.YouTube first announced that it had started to support 360-degree video uploads, allowing viewers to control the angle and point-of-view of supported video clips, in March.Viewers can access these videos from Android devices, the Chrome web browser and now also on iPhones and iPads running iOS 8.0 and above.“To give you more ways to start filming in 360, we’ve announced today the Jump capture rig, which consists of 16 camera modules in a circular arrangement,” said YouTube product manager Sanjeev Verma.“Jump lets you capture, assemble and share immersive, three-dimensional content so that even more people can experience a time or place like they’re actually there.”YouTube content creators can access these 360-degree camera rigs at the firm’s six global YouTube Space studios in Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, New York, Sao Paulo and Berlin.
BBC director general, Tony HallThe BBC must “reinvent public service broadcasting” in a bid to take on digital video giants like Amazon and Netflix, according to director general Tony Hall.In a speech to BBC staff in Birmingham to mark the beginning of the BBC’s new 11-year charter period, Hall said that the BBC iPlayer must “make the leap from a catch-up service to a must-visit destination in its own right”.To do this, he highlighted personalisation as a “major priority” and said the BBC aims to grow the number of users who sign-in to the iPlayer from around three million today to 20 million “as quickly as possible”.“Our goal, even in the face of rapid growth by our competitors, is for iPlayer to be the number one online TV service in the UK. That will mean doubling our reach, and quadrupling the time each person spends on it every week. And we want do it by 2020,” said Hall.“By finding out more about our audiences and what they like, we can make better content, make it more relevant, and bring it to them more effectively. The closer and more personal our relationship with our audiences, the more I’m certain they will choose the BBC.”Hall said that he also wanted the BBC to examine how it can “push boundaries” in areas such as voice recognition and virtual reality.“As I’ve said many times before, we have to ride two horses: doing brilliant things on our existing channels and services, but also innovating in the digital space. Our task therefore is to reinvent public service broadcasting so that it works for all audiences, so that everyone gets value from the BBC,” said Hall.Discussing today’s changing media space, he said that 16-24 year-olds now spend 25% of their media time on social media and messaging, and across the whole of the TV market, time spent with young audiences has fallen by 20-30%.“The media landscape has changed beyond recognition. It is hugely more global and more competitive,” said Hall.“We’re now in an environment where Amazon, Netflix, and others are willing to invest huge amounts of money with no certain return in an attempt to capture market share where Facebook is looking at commissioning its own TV programmes, and Twitter is buying up sports rights and where moves such as the Fox-Sky merger are making the very biggest players even bigger.”To compete against these “big beasts”, Hall said that the BBC needs to be more entrepreneurial and must move away from working in silos – an old way of working that “simply cannot succeed”.Highlighting the BBC’s global ambitions, Hall said that he never wants the corporation to become a “publisher-broadcaster” and that owning intellectual property rights is key for the future.He pointed to the BBC’s production arm, BBC Studios, as critical to the BBC’s future global success and said this represents a “revolution in the way we source and make our programmes”.“I’m convinced that Studios is the only way we will secure our future as one of the very best programme-makers in the world,” he claimed.The BBC’s new Charter commenced on 1 January 2017 and under the terms of the new agreement, the BBC will scrap its governing body, the BBC Trust, as of April. In its place Ofcom will regulate the BBC and a new executive board will be created.Hall’s comments came on the same day that the BBC confirmed that David Clementi has been put forward as the preferred candidate for BBC chair – the head of this new executive board.
Pete FlammanPeter Flamman has landed a new role at Viacom and will oversee MTV and Nickelodeon across a large chunk of Europe as well as in Africa and the Middle East.Based in Madrid, he will oversee development and production, acquisitions, scheduling and operations across the channels and their digital services.Flamman replaces Laura Abril, who is now the senior VP editorial, Iberia, covering Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and Paramount Channel.Flamman joined Viacom in late 2015, having been at Turner in London for almost 15 years in a variety of leadership roles including SVP and general manager for Northern Europe and UK; SVP and MD of Kids Brands for EMEA; and SVP and COO for Turner EMEA.He joined Viacom as senior VP of brands for northern Europe and his new titles is senior VP, youth and music and kids and familybrands across what VIMN calls its Southern & Western Europe, Africa and Middle East (SWEMEA) cluster. Flamman reports to reports to Raffaele Annecchino, president and managing director of VIMN SWEMEA.Annecchino said:“Pete’s years of industry experience and great track record make him an excellent fit for the team and the perfect choice to lead these brands forward.”Flamman added: “I’m delighted to be leading such diverse and talented teams and I’m looking forward to building on our successful glocal strategy for both of these key brand portfolios across the cluster.”