Japan’s Minister of Finance Taro Aso poses for an official photo at the G7 Finance Ministers Summit in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada on 1 June. Photo: ReutersUS-imposed trade tariffs on its close allies could have a “grave impact” on ties and the world trading system, the Japanese government said Monday, describing the situation as “extremely deplorable”.Washington found itself isolated at a weekend meeting of G7 finance ministers over its stinging steel and aluminium tariffs and Tokyo kept up the barrage in unusually strong language.“It is extremely deplorable that the situation has not improved even after Japan has explained to the US its concerns at various levels,” said government spokesman Yoshihide Suga.Close allies Tokyo and Washington have been at loggerheads over trade policy after the US refused to give Japan an exemption from the tariffs, which came into effect on Friday.“The US government’s trade measures, citing its security, makes us concerned that they could disrupt the global market,” Suga told reporters.“On top of that, we think that it may have a grave impact on the economic cooperation between the allies Japan and the United States and on the whole multilateral trading system under the WTO (World Trade Organization) rules.”The trade row has cast a shadow over the relationship between prime minister Shinzo Abe and US president Donald Trump, who have forged otherwise close ties.Last month, Tokyo informed the WTO it had the right to impose tariffs worth 50 billion yen ($456 million) on American goods-equivalent to the impact of the US tariffs newly imposed on Japanese steel and aluminium products.According to the most recent data, Japan’s trade surplus with the US was 615.7 billion yen in April ($5.6 billion), a gain of 4.7 per cent on higher demand for cars and construction machinery.
July 9, 2008 – TRUMPF Medical Systems Inc. recently introduced reportedly the first in-light high definition (HD) operating room camera. The TruVidia HD captures and transmits razor sharp, true-to-life images with 1,080 lines horizontal resolution and 2 million pixels. The images are more than twice as clear as those available from standard definition (SD) cameras, said TRUMPF.Images, captured in wide-screen format, can be transmitted for telemedicine applications and displayed on screen for education. Remote consultations can be conducted with a greater degree of confidence as the HD images essentially place the remote physicians in the OR. The TruVidia HD is integrated into the central handle of the TRUMPF iLED surgical light. The camera is also available on a separate arm. Camera functions, including zoom and rotate can be controlled directly from the sterile field or from the control panel. Captured still images and even entire video sequences can be shared and archived on USB memory sticks.For more information: www.trumpf-med.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | July 08, 2008 TRUMPF Introduces In-Light HD OR Camera
News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Related Content News | September 28, 2008 Siemens to Build Ultrasound Hemorrhage Device for U.S. Military Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more September 29, 2008 – Siemens Healthcare has entered into an exclusive government contract today with the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a prototype Deep Bleeder Acoustic Coagulation cuff (DBAC), an ultrasound device limiting blood loss and shock resulting from combat limb injuries. Partners at the University of Washington’s Center for Industrial and Medical Ultrasound (UW), the Texas A&M University’s Institute for Preclinical Studies (TIPS) and Siemens Corporate Research (SCR) will work together with Siemens Healthcare to achieve DARPA’s goal of producing a prototype in 18 months.“We are very pleased that DARPA has recognized the expertise of the Siemens team to deliver on this ambitious vision”, notes Dr. Frank Sauer, Department Head of Imaging and Visualization at SCR. “The development of this groundbreaking ultrasound technology will allow military personnel to begin treating blood loss injuries right at the front lines, potentially saving lives.”The cuff is designed to limit blood loss from penetrating wounds to limbs in fast and slow bleeders, significantly reducing the risk of limb loss and death resulting from irreversible hemorrhagic shock. Once applied to the limb, Siemens Silicon Ultrasound technology within the cuff automatically detects the location and severity of the bleeding within the limb. This triggers therapeutic ultrasound elements within the cuff to emit and focus high-power energy toward the bleeding sites, speeding coagulation and halting bleeding at the injury site. The device is intended for use by minimally-trained operators, curtailing bleeding in a minimal amount of time with automatic treatment and power shut-off.Aside from its use of advanced medical technologies, the cuff’s use in the field requires a compact, lightweight design with highly integrated electronics. Built with versatility in mind, the cuff is capable of accommodating a variety of limbs ranging from the wide male thigh to the slender female arm.The team will be working in collaboration with future users of the technology to maximize its potential, including the Combat Casualty Care Group at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command, surgeons from the Madigan Army Medical Center and the U.S. Army Institute for Surgical Research.Further more information: http://www.siemens.com/healthcare FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more
At Ceph Day Berlin, yesterday (November 12) the Linux Foundation announced the launch of the Ceph Foundation. A total of 31 organizations have come together to launch the Ceph Foundation including industries like ARM, Intel, Harvard and many more. The foundation aims to bring industry members together to support the Ceph open source community. What is Ceph? Ceph is an open source distributed storage technology that provides storage services for many of the world’s largest container and OpenStack deployments. The range of organizations using Ceph is vast. They include financial institutions like Bloomberg and Fidelity, cloud service providers like Rackspace and Linode, car manufacturers like BMW, and software firms like SAP and Salesforce. The main aim of the Ceph Foundation The main focus of the foundation is to raise money via annual membership fees from industry members. The combined pool of funds will then be spent in support of the Ceph community. The team has already raised around half a million dollars for their first year which will be used to support the Ceph project infrastructure, cloud infrastructure services, internships, and community events. The new foundation will provide a forum for community members and industry stakeholders to meet and discuss project status, development and promotional activities, community events, and strategic direction. The Ceph Foundation replaces the Ceph Advisory Board formed back in 2015. According to a Linux Foundation statement, the Ceph Foundation, will “organize and distribute financial contributions in a coordinated, vendor-neutral fashion for immediate community benefit” Ceph has an ambitious plan for new initiatives once the foundation gets properly functional. Some of these include: Expansion of and improvements to the hardware lab used to develop and test Ceph An events team to help plan various programs and targeted regional or local events Investment in strategic integrations with other projects and ecosystems Programs around interoperability between Ceph-based products and services Internships, training materials, and much more! The Ceph Foundation will provide an open, collaborative, and neutral home for project stakeholders to coordinate their development and community investments in the Ceph ecosystem. You can head over to their blog to know more about this news. Read Next Facebook’s GraphQL moved to a new GraphQL Foundation, backed by The Linux Foundation NIPS Foundation decides against name change as poll finds it an unpopular superficial move; instead increases ‘focus on diversity and inclusivity initiatives’ Node.js and JS Foundation announce intent to merge; developers have mixed feelings
Share Wednesday, July 26, 2017 European Union court says Canada passenger data deal breaches privacy Source: The Associated Press BRUSSELS — The European Union’s top court says in an advisory opinion that a deal between the EU and Canada on sharing airline passenger data breaches citizens’ privacy and cannot be concluded in its current form.Wednesday’s opinion by the European Union Court of Justice’s Advocate General Yves Bot was a setback to attempts to share airline data in the fight against extremism.It says that transferring passenger data from the EU to Canada and the possibility that the information could be shared with others “entail an interference with the fundamental right to respect for private life.”The EU and Canada signed the agreement in 2014, but the European Parliament subsequently referred it to the court for a ruling on whether it was compatible with EU privacy laws. Tags: Britain & Europe, Canada, European Union << Previous PostNext Post >>
A bevy of international productions is heading to Portugal, lured by its unique light, landscapes and a revamped 25-30% cash-rebate scheme.With a 30% rebate, Portugal competes with territories such as UK, Hungary and France, and may expand to their levels.Terry Gilliam’s “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” benefited from the incentives; upcoming productions include Ira Sachs’ “A Family Vacation,” shot in Sintra and produced by Saïd Ben Saïd and Luis Urbano. “The new scheme gives me greater chances to work with directors such as Ira Sachs, but for me, it’s important that the projects have an organic link with the locations,” pointed out Urbano.With its warm climate, beaches and long daylight hours, Portugal is positioning itself as the “California of Europe” — with a booming tourism industry, start-up culture and high-profile events such as the Web Summit.Last year, Portugal experimented with a 20-25% tax rebate scheme, a minimum of EUR 1 million (USD 1.1 million) production spend and supported four projects. The revamped scheme provides a cash rebate, a higher 30% maximum rate and lower minimum production spend.The 2017 World Travel Awards voted Portugal the world’s best destination, and filming of commercials is booming — with campaigns for Apple, Volkswagen, McDonald’s, El Corte Ingles and Yves Saint Laurent filming in the country.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Sept. 16, 2018, file photo, filmmaker Ron Howard poses at a private cocktail party to celebrate the FX network’s Emmy nominations in Los Angeles. Howard is planning to make a documentary about a California town’s attempt to rebuild after the destruction of the 2018 California wildfires. National Geographic Documentary Films announced the project Thursday which will focus on the Sierra Nevada foothills town of Paradise, California. In November of 2018, the wildfires took over 14,000 homes and displaced over 50,000 people. Its working title is “Rebuilding Paradise.” (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) Ron Howard to make doc about town devastated by wildfires by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Jan 25, 2019 7:05 am PDT PARK CITY, Utah — Director Ron Howard is planning to make a documentary about a Northern California town’s attempt to rebuild after a devastating wildfire last yearNational Geographic Documentary Films announced the project Thursday which will focus on the Sierra Nevada foothills town of Paradise, California. In November of 2018, flames destroyed nearly 15,000 homes and displaced over 50,000 people. Its working title is “Rebuilding Paradise.”Howard said he has relatives in the area and was drawn to the universal human experience of the tragedy. The film will follow the residents of Paradise, first responders and volunteers helping to rebuild the town over the course of a year.National Geographic Documentary Films is also the shop behind the climbing documentary “Free Solo” which was just nominated for an Oscar.Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press
Parents and officials called on Monday for steep penalties for business owners who sell alcohol to minors after a 13-year-old girl was rushed to hospital in a comatose state on Sunday after consuming a large quantity of alcohol.The girl is now out of the coma and is in a stable condition at the Makarios hospital in Nicosia.The 13-year-old’s mother reported that at 7.30pm on Saturday she was called to pick up her child from an area in Germasogeia in Limassol where she and her friends had gathered. The mother found the girl in a semi-conscious condition. She was told by the other children that her daughter had been drinking heavily.The mother took her child to a private clinic but the severity of her condition meant she was transferred to the Makarios hospital in Nicosia.Police spokesman Andreas Angelides said on Monday that they are investigating where the girl bought the alcohol.The girl’s condition has improved, he said.Head of the parents’ secondary school association Kyriacos Nikiforou told state broadcaster CyBC on Monday that the penalties ought to be very steep and serial offenders should have their licences revoked.But he also focused on the parents’ responsibilities.“Us parents bear the biggest share of responsibility,” he said. Parents, he said, must stop allowing their children to drink alcohol or going out to bars.“We must stop doing our children favours. It is not just offering our children money or what they want, but we must spend time with them and talk with them and cultivate a culture so that they will not need to drink alcohol or other harmful substances,” Nikiforou said.He added the association would distribute leaflets to parents during registrations for the new academic year in a bid “to help [us] awaken from the slumber we have fallen into”.Ledha Christodoulou, an official of the National Addictions Authority in charge of alcohol-related issues, said Cyprus ranks third in the EU in the percentage of minors who have access to places where alcohol is being sold.“There is no effort for compliance with the law,” she said, arguing that even where the law is being applied, penalties are very low and are thus not a deterrent.Christodoulou said the authority has asked for penalties to be raised to €3,000 from the current €80 for those found selling alcohol to minors and raise the legal drinking age to 18 from the current 17 to bring Cyprus into line with the rest of the EU.“There should also be the chance of training everyone on responsible sale of alcohol and this to be linked with the sale of alcoholic beverages,” she said. “Unless everyone cooperates, the situation will not change.”She said the police must show a commitment to carry out checks by increasing officers tasked with the job, while the interior ministry has not expedited the law providing steep penalties to parliament yet.This, she said, is “also a personal responsibility” of each individual.Angelides said that during the three years until April 2019 “there have been 52 cases of alcohol sale to minors under 17”. He added that the numbers of persons involved in these cases are much higher, giving as an example a case last March in Limassol, “for which the police had been criticised” where around 55 minors were found consuming alcohol in a party organised by a 29-year-old owner of an establishment.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Governor signs legislation banning practice of ‘rehoming’ childrenRep. Mike McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills, today praised Gov. Rick Snyder for signing bills to prohibit informal child custody transfers, ensuring that people who use online forums to “rehome” children will be held accountable.House Bills 5626, 5628 and 5629 and Senate Bill 924, now Public Acts 481-484 of 2016, prohibit unregulated child custody transfers, a practice where children are placed in new homes without any oversight from the courts or the child welfare system. Under the new law, if an unauthorized person is found to advertise for, solicit or recruit a child for adoption, they could be found guilty of a felony punishable by up to four years in prison.“This legislation is about keeping children safe,” said Rep. McCready, who sponsored HB 5629. “When kids are ‘rehomed’ with people their parents connect with online they’re put in a very dangerous situation; they could be left in the care of pedophiles or violent abusers.“If someone wants to divest themselves of their parental responsibility – whether it’s for their biological child or a child they have adopted – they need to use the proper channels. Safeguards such as background checks are built into the system to ensure a child is placed in a safe and secure environment.”### Categories: McCready News 06Jan Rep. McCready: New law protects kids from unauthorized custody transfers
Spending plan boosts funding for education, road projectsState Rep. Julie Calley today voted for an effective and efficient state budget that increases spending on education and transportation system repairs while at the same time reducing the size of government.Calley, of Portland, said the budget is a fiscally responsible blueprint for Michigan.“This budget does more than just fund the vital departments, programs and services upon which Michigan residents depend,” Calley said. “We accomplish that – record spending on K-12 education and the most money ever spent on our transportation system – on fewer state taxpayer dollars than those being used in the current general state budget. That’s conservative, accountable budgeting.”Calley said the budget aims to boost the number of career and technical workers available for the in-demand jobs by increasing training funds by one-third.Road and bridge projects will see an increase in the coming budget year as well.“We cut the size of state government so we could dedicate more money to fix our crumbling transportation system,” Calley said. “We need less bureaucracy and more asphalt and concrete for our roads in Michigan.”She also pointed out the Legislature made sure it was using taxpayer money efficiently.“Just like families across Michigan, we have tightened our belt by cutting inefficient programs and eliminating waste in state government,” Calley said. “We strive to be good stewards of the taxpayer money people entrust to us by forcing government to live within its means.”Other aspects of the state budget include:Overall growth in spending does not exceed the rate of inflation.The budget helps make life better in communities across Michigan by adding money for road repairs, public safety departments, parks and other programs to improve our daily lives.The plan pays down millions of dollars in debt, helping relieve state liability and opening the door for a more secure financial future. ##### 20Jun Rep. Calley joins House colleagues in voting for budget Categories: Calley News,News
25Jul Rep. Hernandez highlights progress made on top priorities Categories: Hernandez News State Rep. Shane Hernandez of Port Huron today said he is pleased of the progress made so far this legislative session on the issues most important to the people of Sanilac and St. Clair counties, however he cautions that there is still much work left to do.“When I meet with residents in our district what I hear time and time again is that people want less government regulation and they want the government to live within its means,” Hernandez said. “Just like families across Michigan are tightening their belts, my goal as a member of the Appropriations Committee is to cut inefficient programs and eliminate waste in state government. I’m proud to say we have made significant progress in accomplishing that goal.”Hernandez noted that overall growth in spending for next year’s budget does not exceed the rate of inflation.“While the budget restricts the growth of government, we still managed to fund schools at the highest level in state history,” Hernandez said. “We also provided a record amount of funding to fix our state’s crumbling roads and bridges.”Hernandez also noted that he supported House Bill 4608, which eliminated an unnecessary government regulation requiring painters and decorators to obtain a license to work on residential properties in Michigan.“This is a pointless rule that hinders job growth and does nothing to protect the public,” the first-term representative said. “Eliminating this licensing requirement opens up more job opportunities for people with the talent to paint and decorate homes in Michigan.”Another priority, increasing government transparency, was addressed when the House voted in March to expand open record disclosure rules to the governor’s office at state legislators.“I hold a strong belief that residents deserve more transparency from their elected officials,” Hernandez said. “Michigan is one of a few states that still exempts its governor, lieutenant governor and the Legislature from sunshine laws. It’s time we remove these exemptions and help improve government accountability.”While the House has accomplished many goals in the first six months of the 2017-18 legislative session, Hernandez said he continues to work hard on behalf of people in Sanilac and St. Clair counties.“We’ve come a long way, but there are still a lot of issues that we can address to continue to improve the quality of life for Michigan families,” Hernandez said. “I encourage residents to contact my office if they have any ideas or concerns they would like to discuss.”Rep. Hernandez’s office can be reached by calling (517) 373-0835 or emailing ShaneHernandez@house.mi.gov.###
Categories: News,Noble News The Michigan House today approved state Rep. Jeff Noble’s legislation bringing income tax relief to state residents.Noble is one of the primary sponsors in a package of bills to continue and increase personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents, while providing additional relief for senior citizens.“This is for the people – the ones who sent us to Lansing to make decisions in their best interests. This money belongs to the people, and they can do a better job with it than politicians ever could,” said Noble, of Northville, after the House approved the legislation. “Any money that isn’t absolutely necessary to run essential government services should be returned to taxpayers. These bills take a step in that direction.”The legislation ensures Michigan taxpayers can continue claiming personal exemptions on income taxes after federal tax reforms signed into law last month. In addition, the legislation gradually increases the state personal exemption from the current $4,000 to $4,800 for the 2020 tax year.Noble’s bill specifically ensures taxpayers in Michigan cities with an income tax will continue to be able to claim exemptions in relation to the Michigan income tax, rather than the federal tax code.Other legislation in the package helps senior citizens in addition to the personal exemption increase. The legislation provides a $100 income tax credit for a single filer age 62 or older – or $200 for joint filers.The bills include a provision to ensure school aid funding is not negatively affected by the legislation.House Bills 5420-22 advance to the Senate for further consideration.### 25Jan Rep. Noble’s tax relief bill approved by Michigan House
Share4TweetShare1Email5 Shares“Erdogan Turkey Defends Press Crackdown” by Democracy ChroniclesApril 17, 2017; The ConversationPresident Erdoğan of Turkey has spent his career building up to the powerful position he now holds, and this week’s vote has concentrated his power even more than was previously possible. On Sunday, Turks voted to reform their constitution in favor of “stability,” removing many of the checks on executive power.They voted to reform over 2,000 laws, including, according to the BBC:The role of prime minister will be scrapped. The new post of vice president, possibly two or three, will be created.The president becomes the head of the executive, as well as the head of state, and retains ties to a political party. (At the moment, presidents renounce political parties on taking office.)He or she will be given sweeping new powers to appoint ministers, prepare the budget, choose the majority of senior judges and enact certain laws by decree.The president alone will be able to announce a state of emergency and dismiss parliament.Parliament will lose its right to scrutinize ministers or propose an enquiry. However, it will be able to begin impeachment proceedings or investigate the president with a majority vote by MPs. Putting the president on trial would require a two-thirds majority.The number of MPs will increase from 550 to 600.Presidential and parliamentary elections will be held on the same day every five years. The president will be limited to two terms.Up to 1.3 million of the votes cast are up for debate, enough to switch the result, which squeaked out a “yes” with a margin of about 1.36 million votes. The referendum passed with support of 51.4 percent of the votes cast. Challenges to the results are being issued by the Republican Party (CHP), which has said it will take its challenge to the European Court of Human Rights if necessary, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. With or without the disputed votes, the perilously narrow margin means that Erdoğan rules a divided country, and the support for his new form of government is tenuous at best.Erdoğan came to power in an economic crisis and built up popularity by investing in infrastructure, education, and hospitals. Under his leadership, inflation slowed and Turkey’s economy grew. As this happened, he slowly gained control over institutions like the high courts and higher education decision-making bodies. He also backed away from the strident secularism of previous regimes, rolling back headscarf bans in places like the university and civil service. This won him the support of lower-income Turks in the center of the country, who tend to be more traditional.Erdogan’s rise was partly due to the influence of Fethullah Gülen, who, unlike Erdoğan, enjoyed a good relationship with the military and helped win them over to Erdoğan’s side. In 2013, however, after a corruption scandal that tainted Erdoğan, the two split. Gülen now lives in Pennsylvania, from where the U.S. has so far refused to extradite him. Erdoğan has accused “Gülenists,” as they’re called, of terrorism, disloyalty, and of being behind the 2016 attempted coup.The July 2016 coup attempt was a turning point in Turkey’s democratic status; since then, a state of emergency has persisted in the country. Journalists, academics, military officers, and other “elites” lost their jobs or were detained. Fifty thousand people were jailed and 120,000 civil servants were let go. Erdoğan accused the Gülenists of orchestrating the coup, which Gülen himself denies.Erdoğan has built a coalition between his moderate party and a far-right party, while opposition so far is fragmented. Turkish columnist Mustafa Akyol has pointed out that “while religious symbolism has broad appeal in Turkey, a Quran-thumping Islamic state does not.” The president walks a careful line between reaching out to more traditionally minded Turks and maintaining a basically secular society that appeals to people in the cities and on the coasts.If some of these dynamics sound familiar, they should; the techniques of nationalism and power consolidation are repeatable across the globe. Erdoğan, Donald Trump, Marine le Pen, Viktor Orbán, and others are riding a global trend of fear and resentment that could have long-term consequences for civil society and democratic institutions. Class tension, fear of economic instability, distrust of immigrants, the “other,” or other heightened ethnic resentment, distrust of elites, isolationism, and a general inability of citizens to communicate with one another have given rise to demagogues who don’t share power well.The election in Turkey is not over yet, at least not if the opposition has anything to say about it. The post-coup state of emergency, the poor press freedom index ranking (151 out of 180), and the accusation of improperly filed ballots will keep this case open for a while yet, while the enormity of the Turkish peoples’ choices sinks in.There is a reason democracies move slowly; it’s so they can move deliberately, and not rashly, to change the laws and customs of a country. In his bid for power, Erdoğan pushed a nimbler version of a country that will have far-reaching implications for civil society once the laws take effect. The anti-democratic vote has already compromised Turkey’s bid to join the European Union.As the situation progresses, a very active civil society may be the only thing that can keep Turkey from sliding into authoritarianism. If a more moderate president is elected in 2019 and holds the powers that Erdoğan just campaigned to give himself, it may be possible to reverse the reforms. If not, then a bastion of democracy and an important regional ally will be at risk, not to mention the freedom of millions.— Erin RubinShare4TweetShare1Email5 Shares
TV technology company Motive Television has launched Video2Go, a new software offering that it says provides broadcasters and pay TV operators with a low-cost way of delivering services to iPads and other devices.Video2Go delivers pre-prepared content to set-top boxes or other devices in the home, which can then be transferred, initially to iPads, via a ‘home cloud’ environment, with no need for transcoding within the set-top. Video2Go can be bought as a standalone product or as a complement to Motive’s existing TV Anytime technology, which enables broadcasters to deliver on-demand services via one-way networks.Len Fertig, CEO of Motive, said that Video2Go would enable broadcasters and operators to stream or download recorded content to iPads via an app. Motive already provides TV Anywhere, a software platform that delivers content to other screens but which requires greater processing power in the set-top.
Russian cable operator Akado has added educational channel Da Vinci to its line-up.Business operations group vice-president Sergey Nazarov said that the addition of Da Vince made Akado’s kids package as comprehensive as any on the market.
The BBC has shut down its BBC HD channel and replaced it with a simulcast HD feed of BBC2, which will air alongside the November 2010-launched BBC1 HD channel. As of today BBC2 HD will be available subscription-free on all UK digital TV platforms offering HD channels – including Sky HD, Virgin Media, Freesat HD, BT Vision, Freeview HD and YouView.The launch date, first announced earlier this year, follows the earlier decision to close the general BBC HD channel as part of the BBC’s ‘Delivering Quality First’ cost saving efforts, announced in 2011.The BBC HD channel launched in December 2007 and was the UK’s first free-to-air, high-definition television channel. Since its launch, it has broadcast a stand-alone schedule of BBC High Definition output from across the corporation’s portfolio.
Vivendi-owned French service provider SFR could launch its IPO as early as July, according to press reports.Vivendi CEO Jean-Yves Charlier, speaking on the margins of a conference organised in Paris, was reported by Reuters as having said the company is well advanced in its preparations for the spin-off.Pressed on the date, Charlier said the process could kick off at the beginning of July.Vivendi has last year indicated that an SFR IPO would likely be launched by the end of this year or the beginning of 2015.French cable operator Numericable’s principal owner Altice, the investment vehicle of Patrick Drahi, reportedly recently began a fresh move to acquire SFR, putting together an all-cash offer of between €10-13 billion raised from a mix of debt and cash raised from Numericable and Altice’s own IPOs.
The European Commission-funded HBB4All project has started work on improving accessibility services for audiovisual content delivered to multiple devices using the HbbTV standard by announcing four pilot test projects.The HBB4All project will include expert testing of new production workflows, benchmarking of the quality of access services from a user point of view and the delivery of content to PCs, tablets and smartphones.The four pilots will focus on multi-platform subtitle workflow, alternative audio production and distribution, automatic UI adaptation for accessible smart TV applications and sign language translation.According to the EBU, the poroect will benefit from its own subtitling format work, including the EBU-TT-D delivery specification, which was published last month. The latter is set to be referenced in the upcoming HbbTV 2.0 and DVB-DASH standards.The HBB4All project runs for 36 months and is led by the Autonomous University of Barcelona. EBU Members RBB, IRT, RTP and SRG (SwissTXT) participate in the project.
Laurent DumeauEurope-based channel group, Trace, has extended it partnership with Angola and Mozambique pay-TV operator, TVCabo, launching Trace Sport Stars on the platform for the first time. TVCabo will also now carry the French Feed of Trace Group music channel Trace Urban for the first time, having renewed its deal to carry the Trace Urban channel.Trace Urban is an international hip-hop and R&B-focused music channel, while Trace Sport Stars is a global entertainment channel dedicated to sport celebrities.Both will be available to “the majority of” TVCabo subscribers via its own packages, thanks to the operator’s increasing number of basic package subscriptions, according to Trace.“Africa remains a number one priority for Trace. As the continent grows we want to grow with it hence the importance of further distribution and new business launches,” said Laurent Dumeau, CEO of Trace Sport Stars and senior vice president of distribution.The news come after Trace last month named Victor Bannerman-Chedid as COO for its African operations. He joined from Airtel where he was most recently acting marketing director, Airtel Zambia.In July, Trace also launched a new Portuguese-language music network in Angola and Mozambique. Called Trace Toca, this went live on MultiChoice’s digital satellite TV service DStv.
IneoQuest will be showcasing its range of video analytics and service assurance solutions, at ANGA COM. These include operational and behavioural advanced analytics platform that enables analysis of video assets, devices, protocols, and end user behaviour; and multiscreen and OTT video solutions to provide real-time data and business intelligence.Also on show will be: cloud-based video service assurance for multi-location validation of adaptive video asset availability and quality after a third party or operator CDN; and cutting-edge QoE and QoS monitoring solutions for linear broadcast TV, HEVC-encoded video, and compliance validation, with local language capability. IneoQuest will exhibit at ANGA COM in hall 10.2, stand H18.