Police guard a street in the Finsbury Park area of north London where a vehichle hit pedestrians on June 19, 2017. AFPSeveral people were injured in north London early on Monday when a van rammed into worshippers leaving a mosque, witnesses said, in what British police described as a “major incident”.The Muslim Council of Britain said the vehicle hit people as they were leaving the Finsbury Park Mosque, one of Britain’s largest. The attack comes during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when people attend prayers at night.Two worshippers were feared killed, according to the Sun newspaper, but there was no immediate confirmation of this.Prime Minister Theresa May said her thoughts were with those injured in “this terrible incident”. The leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, said he was “totally shocked”.Police said they were called just after 12:20 a.m. (2320 GMT Sunday) to reports of a collision on Seven Sisters Road, which runs through the Finsbury Park area of the city. They said there were a number of casualties and one person had been arrested.”From the window, I started hearing a lot of yelling and screeching, a lot of chaos outside. … Everybody was shouting: ‘A van’s hit people, a van’s hit people’,” one woman who lives opposite the scene told the BBC.”There was this white van stopped outside Finsbury Park mosque that seemed to have hit people who were coming out after prayers had finished. I didn’t see the attacker himself, although he seems to have been arrested, but I did see the van.”A man leapt out of the van and stabbed at least one person, the Evening Standard newspaper reported, citing witnesses. Reuters could not immediately confirm that report.The incident comes just over two weeks after three Islamist militants drove into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed people at nearby restaurants and bars, killing eight. .It also comes at a time of political turmoil, as Prime Minister May plunges into divorce talks with the European Union weakened by the loss of her parliamentary majority in a June 8 election.She has faced heavy criticism for her response to a fire in a London tower block on Wednesday which killed at least 58 people, and for her record on security after a series of attacks blamed on Islamist militants in recent months.One witness told CNN it was clear that the attacker at Finsbury Park had deliberately targeted Muslims.”He tried to kill a lot of people so obviously it’s a terrorist attack. He targeted Muslims this time,” the witness, identified only as Rayan, said.Other witnesses told Sky television that the van had hit at least 10 people.Counter-terrorism police have joined regular police officers looking into the incident, the Guardian newspaper reported.’Deliberately swerved’Miqdaad Versi, assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said the van had deliberately swerved into a group of people who were helping a man who was ill and had fallen to the ground.”A number of passers-by, or friends, or people who had come by from the mosque, were gathering around him to help take him to his family, take him to his house,” Versi told Reuters.”At that moment in time, basically a van swerved into them deliberately,” he said, citing a witness at the scene.He said the driver had run out of the van but a group of people caught him and held him until police arrived.A Reuters witness saw at least one person being loaded into an ambulance. Armed police, ambulances and the fire service were in attendance.Britain has been hit by a series of attacks in recent months, including the van-and-knife attack on London Bridge on June 3.On March 22, a man drove a rented car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a policeman to death before being shot dead. His attack killed five people.On May 22, a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a concert by American pop singer Ariana Grande in Manchester in northern England.The attacks were a factor in campaigning ahead of the June 8 election, with Prime Minister May criticised for overseeing a drop of 20,000 in the number of police officers in England and Wales as interior minister from 2010 to 2016.She was also criticised for keeping her distance from angry residents during her visit to the charred remains of the 24-storey Grenfell Tower, and said on Saturday the response to the fire disaster had been “not good enough”.The Finsbury Park Mosque gained notoriety more than a decade ago for sermons by radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, who was sentenced to life in a U.S. prison in January 2015 for his conviction on terrorism-related charges.A new board of trustees and management took over in February 2005, a year after Abu Hamza was arrested by British police, since when attendance has greatly increased among worshippers from various communities, according to the mosque’s website.
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Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- ‘It wasn’t supposed to be this difficult,’ I thought to myself as I looked down at the pitiful drops of blood leaking from my finger. I’d already pricked two of my fingers for blood and had moved on to a third. Dean Street clinic in London slashes appointments from 350 a day to just 75HIV+ man tells how a home self-testing kit saved his lifeDean Street Express: We want people without symptoms to order home-testing kits from now onRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/my-first-home-testing-sti-kit/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… An increasing number of people in London are being asked to order home-testing STI kits online (Photo – posed by model – bySuliman Sallehi | Pexels | Public Domain) ‘Maybe ordering a home-testing kit is the way forward?’ I thought. So, I thought I’d try it out. Logging on to the Dean Street website, it now suggests ordering a home-testing kit via Sexual Health London. You enter your details and it dispatches a kit.At each stage of the process, you receive an email or text message, letting you know you’re registered, the kit’s on its way, etc. You even get a message reminding you to set ten minutes aside to do your test and offering advice (‘Top tip: Keeping your hands warm will make taking blood samples easier’).The kit duly arrives and I get another message reminding me to do it. Opening it up, I’m surprised by the amount of equipment packed in the small box. It’s like assembling a Kinder Egg surprise without the chocolate treat (although they throw in a condom for good measure!).Swabs for throat and anus are straightforward. As is the urine sample. It’s the finger-prick blood test that proves more difficult.Bloody messMaybe I should have kept my hands in warm water for a few minutes rather than a cursory wave beneath the hot tap. Either way, getting sufficient blood from my fingers to fill the tiny test tube takes a good ten minutes in itself.I just about manage to hit the bare minimum required and hope it will suffice.I carefully place all the specimens back in their protective packaging and seal the box, which is free to send back to a laboratory. Posting it on the way to work, I pray it doesn’t get damaged in the post. I should get the results in around 3-6 days.Truth be told, the bloody mess of finger-pricking myself aside, this was fairly convenient. I didn’t have to travel anywhere and sit for ages in a waiting room. I just now have to wait a bit longer for the results.If anything comes back positive, I should be able to make an appointment with a clinic pretty quickly.What if I lived with my parents?That’s all fine and dandy for me, but as some have pointed out, home-testing won’t suit everyone.What if I shared my home with a partner but didn’t want them to know I was testing my sexual health? What about a young person living at home with their parents? The arrival of a small box in the post might prompt awkward questions (even though its packaging is very discreet). What if you don’t have symptoms but want to talk to someone about your concerns?No-one seems to be offering an easy solutions to these issues.A Dean Street spokesperson told us last week they it, along with other London clinics, now has targets to encourage people to home-test. Here in the UK, it’s going to be increasingly foisted upon us … whether we like it or not.If you’re a sexually active adult in London, you might want to check out the service. I’d be interested to know what others make of it. Not only will you helping ease the demand on appointments, but you might also get around to having tests that you’ve long put off because you simply haven’t found the time to go to a clinic.If you do, just make sure to warm your hands up well first!See alsoHow I let go of my issues with the ‘bitchy queens’ at the bar The instructions told me to keep my hand at waist level, to aid blood flow, and to massage the finger to ‘milk’ it for blood once pricked. But have you ever tried getting anything more than 3-4 drops from a finger-prick?This was my first experience of doing an sexual health home-testing kit. And it wasn’t going quite to plan.Fewer sexual health clinicsLast week, Gay Star News exclusively revealed that Dean Street Express in Soho, central London, was slashing the number of appointments it was offering from 350 a day to just 75. It already had 1,500 people apply daily for its limited appointment slots.Around five STI [Sexually Transmitted Infection] clinics in the UK capital have closed over the last two years. At least three of them directly linked to financial cutbacks. As clinics close, the demand on existing clinics rises.It had been getting increasingly difficult to get an appointment slot at Dean Street Express – the busiest sexual health clinic in Europe. In part, its popularity is due to the quick turnaround of results (you usually got a text message within 4-6 hours of visiting). Its location in the heart of Soho is another selling point.Dean Street Express in Soho, London (Photo: Pensons | Facebook)Sexually-active gay men are encouraged to get an STI check-up at least once a year. Or more often if they have lots of partners or engage in riskier sexual practices. It’s suggested those regularly having condomless sex with numerous partners have a full check-up every three months.This guidance has helped to drive down the HIV infection rate in London. Dean Street itself recorded a massive 80% drop in HIV infection rates in late 2017.Encouraging men on PrEP to get tested every three months is also helping to ensure that cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia are detected quickly.All well and good… except for the fact the UK is in the midst of an austerity drive. The NHS is on its knees.The move to home-testingSexual health services are funded by local authorities, and they have far less money to spend on providing testing for those without symptoms. This has led to Dean Street Express reorganizing its services.It now prioritizes seeing those with symptoms. It is forced to encourage anyone without symptoms to order a home-testing kit. People I’ve spoken to off the record tell me staff are deeply unhappy about this and wish they could do more – but their hands are tied.
How many plays do you expect your starters to be in for Saturday?“Depends how it goes. If it was as good as last week it will probably be the same. If it’s not, we’ll play a little bit longer. I don’t really have a snap count, really, for anybody this week. Just watch and see how they play and go from there.” A lot of linebackers are getting hurt around the league. When that happens, is it a cause for concern or just a crazy trend?“It’s just bad luck. It’s one of those things. It does cyclically go through positions, it’s funny, and then everybody’s looking for one and there’s none out there to find. So you’re going to have to create one. That happens a lot of times — guy that has multiple position flexibility, it’s really valuable.”Is the amount of depth on the roster a testament to the coaching staff’s ability to get young players up to speed?“I think, first of all it goes to Steve (Keim) and Terry (McDonough) for getting quality players. Then for the coaching staff to develop them. That’s one of the reasons we do the double practices in the heat of the spring so that those guys get all those reps and they’re not way, way behind when we come to training camp.” Do you think John Brown, given his speed, was overlooked because of his size?“You never know who had what grades on guys. I know that people say, ‘hey, you got my guy right before we were going to take him,’ yeah, really? I’ve been through this so many times with small school, smaller receivers that are fast. A lot of guys like them 6-2, 220 that can’t run. I like those little fast guys.Did you hear that from anybody this year about John Brown, that they were about to draft him before you did?“Yeah, about three or four. They’re all lying.”Are you interested in seeing how a player like Logan Thomas handles all the positive attention he’s been receiving since his preseason debut?“It would be nice if he were getting a lot of reps this week, but it’s not his turn. I really enjoy all the guys who said he stunk coming out and should play him at tight end. They’re eating a lot of crow this week, so that’s fun.” – / 37 0 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories GLENDALE, Ariz. — Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his second year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media each day during training camp.Here, in this space, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following the morning walk-through:“I thought yesterday was another really, really fast, excellent practice. We stacked two. It’s a good challenge to see if we can do it three days in a row, going Cardinals against Cardinals. Tomorrow we’ll work a little bit against Minnesota because they are different and we want to give our guys a chance to perform better.
Go back to the enewsletterSouth Australian wholesaler Venture Far (was Venture Holidays) has just announced the appointment of liquidators and has ceased operations. In a statement, the company said:“Venture Far regrets to advise that after 39 years of operation we have appointed Liquidators and placed the company into liquidation. The costs and challenges of being a boutique wholesaler, operating in a high-price-drive, low-margin industry have proven to be too large to overcome.“Venture Far identified the need to adapt to the changing travel landscape and underwent major changes in 2017 including a total rebrand. While we saw improvements for these changes, it has proven not to be enough.“For Agent queries regarding your booking, please contact 1300 303 343 and select option 1. The Liquidators have maintained some reservations staff to assist with your enquiries. Sales, Marketing and Product areas have ceased immediately.”The Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) has responded, taking action to terminate the ATAS travel accredited status of The Trustee for Venture Holidays SA Unit Trust trading as Venture Far.“The circumstances of the bookings are yet to be known, however, any travel agents who have bookings with Venture Far and are participants in the AFTA Chargeback Scheme (ACS) may be able to make a claim subject to participation commencement,” AFTA said in a statement.Travel agents and consumers impacted are advised to invoke a chargeback if payments were made by credit card.“They should also contact local Police to commence criminal charges against the principles, where payments and deposits had been paid for future travel that will now not be able to be taken,” AFTA said.Go back to the enewsletter
Categories: Maturen News State Rep. David Maturen, R-Brady Township, took the ceremonial oath of office administered by Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young Jr. Accompanying Maturen is his daughter, Nicole, and his wife, Nancy. Maturen was elected last November as the state representative for the 63rd House District, which consists of parts of Calhoun and Kalamazoo counties. Residents are invited to contact Maturen and his staff by phone at (517) 373-1787, via email at DavidMaturen@house.mi.gov, and by mail at P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909. 15Jan Rep. Maturen takes oath of office in Lansing
House Resolution 94, adopted today, declares May 2015 Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month in the state of Michigan.Cystic Fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system. About 1,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.State Rep. Ben Glardon, R-Owosso, offered the resolution.“Approximately 1,100 children and young adults in Michigan are living with Cystic Fibrosis. Rep. Glardon said. “This resolution invites Cystic Fibrosis chapters, foundations and volunteers to come together in Michigan to raise awareness about this devastating disease this May to achieve their mission of curing and controlling the disease.”Rep. Glardon has volunteered his auction services for Cystic Fibrosis awareness for over 25 years and has developed friendships with families affected by the disease.### Categories: News 21May Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month established
State Rep. Brett Roberts will meet with residents of the 65th House District during office hours from 10 to 11 a.m. Aug. 29 at Biggby Coffee in Jackson County, 3039 E. Michigan Ave., Jackson.“Meetings like these offer a valuable opportunity for me to meet with our neighbors and give them an update about what is going on in state government,” said Rep. Roberts, R-Eaton Township. “I take the thoughts and concerns shared by people back to Lansing to help me do a better job representing our district.”Anyone unable to attend is encouraged to contact Rep. Roberts’ office by phone at (517) 373-1775, or by email at BrettRoberts@house.mi.gov.### 17Aug Rep. Roberts announces in-district office hours for August Categories: Roberts News
State Rep. Thomas Albert, R-Lowell, today invited residents of Kent and Ionia counties to meet with him during office hours in Ada and Belding.“I’m ready to get right to work addressing issues that matter to people in our district,” Albert said. “I encourage residents to stop by during office hours and share their thoughts and ideas about how we can make Michigan an even better place to live and work.”Albert will be available at the following times and locations on Monday, Jan. 30:9 to 10 a.m. at Nonna’s Pantry, 591 Ada Dr. SE in Ada.11 a.m. to noon at Bridge Street Café, 103 E. High St. in Belding.No appointment is necessary to attend. Anyone unable to meet during the scheduled times may contact his office at (517) 373-0846 or email ThomasAlbert@house.mi.gov.### Categories: Albert News 13Jan Rep. Albert schedules local office hours Jan. 30
Categories: Kahle News 04May Rep. Kahle to host panel discussion on opioid crisis State Rep. Bronna Kahle of Adrian welcomes the community for a conversation about what is being done to prevent opioid abuse and addiction, as well as exploring potential solutions to the growing opioid crisis throughout Southeast Michigan.“Michigan is among the states hardest hit by the opioid crisis. Too many families have lost loved ones,” Kahle said. “Confronting and combatting this crisis requires collaboration with many people and organizations across our community. This is why I am bringing together this group of dedicated individuals for an important public conversation.”The panel will include Lenawee County Prosecutor Burke Castleberry, Lenawee County Undersheriff Troy Bevier, the Michigan Attorney General’s Office, Lenawee Community Mental Health, a recovered opioid addict, and a local high school student.“The statistics related to opioid abuse are deeply disturbing, but witnessing the human face of addiction, including neighbors, friends, co-workers, and family members is devastating,” Kahle said. “I look forward to hearing from the community and working with them to develop solutions to help fight this crisis here in Lenawee County and across our state.”The informational meeting will take place on Monday, May 14, at the Lenawee District Library, located at 4459 W US 223, Adrian, MI 49221, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Categories: Hauck News,News 17May Rep. Hauck votes to protect Michigan youth from dangers of e-cigarettes State Rep. Roger Hauck this week voted in favor of a plan to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and prevent individuals under 18 from possessing vaping products in Michigan.Hauck, of Union Township, said the number of teenagers who use e-cigarettes has increased dramatically over the past few years, prompting parents, teachers and law enforcement officers to reach out to him with concerns. In a recent study, one in five Michigan high school students reported having used an e-cigarette during the previous 30 days.“We cannot let this trend continue to grow,” Hauck said. “This plan will make it harder for kids to get their hands on vaping products and give local school districts the tools they need to keep these items off school grounds.”Electronic cigarettes are battery-operated devices that deliver nicotine and flavoring without burning tobacco. The devices are small and often look harmless – including a version that looks just like a computer flash drive – making them appealing to teens and difficult to detect in schools.According to the Centers for Disease Control, vaping nicotine can harm adolescent brain development and lead to addiction. Many vaping products also contain diacetyl, which is commonly associated with “popcorn lung” – a condition that damages airways.Senate Bills 106 and 155 received overwhelming support in the House and now head to the governor for consideration.###
09Jul Rep. Wendzel hosting insurance and roads forum State Rep. Pauline Wendzel will host a community forum that will focus on road funding, local road projects, and the recently signed auto-insurance reform law on Thursday, July 18th.Rep. Wendzel will be bringing in Representative Jason Wentworth, Senator Aric Nesbitt, Senator Kim LaSata, and Jason Latham to provide an update and answer the questions of Berrien County residents.Representative Jason Wentworth spearheaded the House’s select committee on auto-insurance reform; Senator Aric Nesbitt led the insurance reform package in the Senate; Senator Kim LaSata is the Vice Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee; and Jason Latham is the Managing Director of the Berrien County Road Department.“The two most talked about issues I hear from the people of Southwest Michigan are roads and car insurance,” Rep. Wendzel said. “I’m bringing in the best of the best, Representative Wentworth and Senator Nesbitt, to explain our historic auto-insurance solution to the people of our community. Senator LaSata and I will give updates on both the House and Senate road funding proposals while Mr. Latham gives an update on local projects happening right here in Berrien County.The event will take place on Thursday, July 18th at Kinexus, 499 W. Main St. in Benton Harbor from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. RSVP’s are not required, but are appreciated. For more information, you may contact Rep. Wendzel’s office at 517-373-1403 or via email at PaulineWendzel@house.mi.gov. Categories: Wendzel News
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesMarch 13, 2014; PBS NewsHour, “The Rundown” A little over a week ago, NPQ published a newswire on the significant increase in library use in urban areas across the U.S. A new study from the Pew Research Center has found that three in ten Americans over the age of 16 are “highly involved” with libraries and two-thirds of those highly engaged library users are also heavy users of the Internet. It has called this community of people who have disproven the dire predictions for the demise of libraries “information omnivores.” The other category, making up one-third of those highly engaged, is termed “library lovers.” And as if to drive home the importance of libraries to an informed civil society, here is an excerpt from the report about both groups:As a whole, the high engagement groups are defined by their high rates of library usage and their extremely positive views about libraries’ roles in their communities. The vast majority visited a public library or used a public library website in the past year—far higher rates than the general population. They also appreciate what libraries do for their communities, and value a range of library services from book lending to children’s programs…. The groups’ interactions with libraries fit into a broader array of involvement in their communities. They are active in their localities, taking advantage of a range of cultural and recreational activities. They feel they have the capacity to effect change for the better in their communities. In addition, they are heavy book readers and news consumers, and feel self-sufficient in pursing the information they need. And contrary to the idea that the Internet is replacing the need for libraries in people’s lives, these high engagement groups also report some of the highest rates of technology use in our sample.Both highly engaged groups are dominated by women and are relatively well educated. They also tend to be younger and include a disproportionate number of parents, students, and young people looking for jobs.The researchers in this study spent three years studying the role of public libraries and surveyed 6,224 Americans over the age of 16.—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesApril 24, 2014; The OregonianIt is a strange confluence of events under which a state health insurance exchange would opt to switch to the federal exchange because of the latter’s technological superiority. But that is the situation with Cover Oregon’s exchange. A technological advisory committee has recommended moving to the federal exchange because of what experts have described as Cover Oregon’s “catastrophic failure.” Although the state spent $248 million in federal dollars to set up the exchange, it would cost more than $78 million to do a “partial fix,” compared to $5 million for simply switching to the federal.Because of technical problems, the Oregon exchange is the only online exchange that does not allow the public to self-enroll in a single sitting. Under the new structure, CoverOregon.com would become a gateway site to Healthcare.gov, which, given its improvements since its October 1st rollout, has risen above its early days of “glitches.”Nonetheless, the switch from the state to the federal exchange will not be without problems. Those who enrolled through the Oregon site might have to re-enroll, and some of the 16 insurers on the Oregon exchange will have to build new interfaces for their connection to the federal exchange. The state’s two consumer-operated nonprofit health insurance cooperatives, Health Republic and Oregon Health CO-OP, will face the most serious impacts as they make these costly adaptations.The importance of providing and guaranteeing insurance coverage to people who tried to enroll through the Oregon exchange remains, regardless of the technical problems. The Oregon failure is an indictment not of the Affordable Care Act, but of our idealization of some of the technical experts that we all grant near-infallibility. In Oregon’s case, the exchange website wasn’t crafted by your friendly neighborhood volunteer IT nerd, but by the massive firm Oracle. As the lead vendor for the site, Oracle faces potential legal action from the state; Oracle, in its defense, blames Oregon’s management decisions for screwing up the site.Are there lessons from the Healthcare.gov and CoverOregon.com website debacles? A couple worth pondering might be these:Don’t confuse the technical problems of creating and mounting the websites with the validity and importance of providing health insurance for the uninsured. The significance of healthcare reform exists notwithstanding the managerial mistakes of federal and Oregon website contractors, managers, and decision-makers.While HHS Secretary Sebelius has walked the plank for the federal system rollout, there has to be an examination of federal (and state) contracting and procurement processes. What other policies got in the way of making sure that these vital website mechanisms were designed and implemented properly? It may not have been only the decisions of Sebelius or her Oregon counterparts, but aspects built into the process that introduced problems into the coordination of all the players and their parts in the website’s design and interface.At least at the federal level, there is reason to suspect that the website might have been designed and implemented just as well by government staff rather than for-profit contractors. Has the mandate to shove everything out of government into the control of private corporations gone too far and convinced the public—wrongly—that the job couldn’t have been done in-house?It’s wonderful that top government officials now use Twitter and Facebook, but that doesn’t mean that they are IT experts. In far too many cases, they, like many people, treat their technology contractors like magicians. They aren’t. Rather, they are fallible contractors who, when given huge government contracts, need expert oversight, not hands-off trust.Ultimately, of course, much of this could have been avoided by designing a single-payer system rather than the multiple mechanisms of insurance coverage built into the ACA. Qualifying for Medicaid, for expanded Medicaid, and subsidized private insurance with various multiple permutations is a mix of complexity that makes the challenge of designing functional website exchanges, as difficult as that might be from the start, astronomically more problematic than the system would have been with a single payer.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share9TweetShare7Email16 SharesHigh Risk Area / Howard LakeJanuary 14, 2017; World Economic Forum and the Washington PostWhen the new presidential administration takes office on January 20th and begins to implement its policy directions, it will be facing a world in turmoil. The social discord that fueled the surprising outcome of our election is part of a global pattern. The World Economic Forum’s recently released Global Risks Report 2017 (PDF version here) sees “deep-rooted social and economic trends are manifesting themselves increasingly disruptively across the world.”Persistent inequality, particularly in the context of comparative global economic weakness, risks undermining the legitimacy of market capitalism. At the same time, deepening social and cultural polarization risks impairing national decision-making processes and obstructing vital global collaboration.For the last 12 years, the WEF’s Global Risk Report has assessed key forces with an impact on nations across the globe, 30 in this year’s effort, to provide guidance for policymakers and organizational leaders. It is the work of a large (750) diverse group of experts drawn from business, academia, and non-governmental organizations to make sure that it reflects no singular perspective.The report concludes that we are globally facing five significant challenges which require urgent attention:Fostering greater solidarity and long-term thinking in market capitalism Revitalizing global economic growthRecognizing the importance of identity and inclusiveness in healthy political communitiesMitigating the risks and exploiting the opportunities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.Strengthening systems of global cooperationMuch attention of late has been drawn to the growing disparity between the very rich and the rest of the society. The unrest that fueled President-elect Trump’s victory seems deeply rooted in those who feel both the economy and government have failed them and left them falling farther and farther behind. The policies of the new administration and the Republican Congressional majorities have seen the answer to this problem in renewing the capitalist engine that drives the economy. Lowering taxes, reducing regulations, and renegotiating trade agreements are key parts of a prospective formula that will result in a burgeoning U.S. economy that will benefit all. But even if these actions work and our economy grows, the GRR finds that this will not be enough to solve the problem.Boosting growth alone would not remedy the deeper fractures in our political economy. More fundamental reforms to market capitalism may be needed to tackle, in particular, an apparent lack of solidarity between those at the top of national income and wealth distributions and those further down.AP reporter Pan Pylas concludes that the report clearly calls for more substantive change in the nature of our economy to reduce the wealth gap and ease the tensions it causes: “Reforming the very nature of capitalism will be needed to combat the growing appeal of populist political movements around the world.”However, curing what ails the economy won’t be enough to reduce social unrest if the other societal divide the GRR highlights is not addressed. Older, often less educated citizens, who drove the last election to its outcomes, see their values and traditions as threatened and diminished.In the West, decades of rapid social and economic change have widened generation gaps in values, disrupted traditional patterns of affiliation and community…they are being marginalized within their own countries by changing values in areas such as gender, sexual orientation, race, multiculturalism, environmental protection and international cooperation.The GRR notes, “It will be challenging to find political narratives and policies that can repair decades-long cultural fault-lines while preserving, for example, gender and minority rights. Failure could further undermine social and cultural cohesion.”Will the new administration’s policies improve the economic conditions of the poor and the middle class fast enough to be seen as effective? How will they balance the traditional values that often seem to conflict with the needs of minorities and equal treatment for every citizen? If they can’t, it seems we are heading to a period of increasing social disruption, which could threaten many of the foundations upon which the American experiment has been built.—Martin LevineShare9TweetShare7Email16 Shares
Russian telco Rostelecom has named Maxim Gornostaev as director for the Republic of Tatarstan, replacing Evgeny Danilov, who was appointed to the post in July but has now resigned.Gornostaev was previously Rostelecom’s commercial director in the Republic of Udmurtia.
Scripps Networks Interactive has named the chief operating officer for its international business, Bob Baskerville, as the firm’s next chief information officer. Baskerville, who first joined Scripps in 1994 and has held his current role for the past three years will replace existing chief information officer Ron Johnson, who is due to retire at the end of the year after 10 years in the job.In his new position, Baskerville will report to Scripps’ executive vice president and chief technology officer, Mark Hale.“When we look at where the world of information technology and role of chief information officer are heading, we hit all the marks with Bob – a transformative leader who is intimately familiar with our business, builds and expands relationships, and takes the right risks. He will marry our overall business needs with the right technology services and solutions to support them,” said Hale.Scripps Networks Interactive’s media portfolio includes the lifestyle television and internet brands Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, DIY Network, Cooking Channel and country music network Great American Country.
Ofcom has fined Discovery Europe £100,000 (€126,583) for transmitting graphic and disturbing violent content in slots where children would be watching.Several episodes of Discovery’s serial killer series Deadly Women went out between 6am and 5pm, during the school holidays, at the end of last year, putting Discovery at odds with media regulator Ofcom’s Broadcasting Code. Violent content is restricted to after the 9pm ‘watershed’ in the UK.True-crime factual series Deadly Women is produced and distributed by Beyond and went out on the Investigation Discovery channel in the UK.Ofcom noted that Deadly Women was shown on a specialist crime channel, but pinpointed prolonged reconstruction of mutilation and murder in its ruling that Discovery should not have shown Deadly Women before 9pm.It highlighted scenes in which individuals were attacked with hammers and knives as well as electrocutions, whippings and the dismemberment of a corpse with a circular saw. It also cited a verbal description of a victim’s eyeball rolling across the floor as examples of content that would upset children.“After an investigation, Ofcom ruled that the repeated broadcast in the daytime during the school holidays of very violent material – in the form of prolonged graphic and disturbing dramatic reconstructions of torture, mutilation and murder – resulted in serious breaches of the Broadcasting Code and warranted a statutory sanction,” the regulator said in a statement.It added that the breaches of the code were repeated with multiple showing of episodes of the show.In its ruling it added there was a significant likelihood that children would be watching the channel during the school holidays and that ‘broadcasts were highly likely to have caused distress to any children in the audience’.Discovery said that the Deadly Women transmission was a mistake and it had put in place new procedures to ensure this type of scheduling transgressin did not happen again. It issued a statement this morning, in the wake of the Ofcom ruling.“We sincerely apologise for accidentally breaching the code and transmitting episodes from series six of Deadly Women before the 9pm watershed on ID. It was a genuine error and all previous series were correctly classified and shown post watershed only,” it said.
Stéphane RichardOrange’s management does not believe in making direct investments in the media industry and has no plans to increase its involvement in the content business the model adopted by a number of its peers, according to CEO Stéphane Richard.Speaking to analysts after Orange’s latest quarterly financial release, Richard said that he did “not believe in a strategy based on heavy investment in content rights or pay TV activities”. He said that the Orange Cinéma Series service in France would “more or less” break even this year and that its budget was minuscule compared with Orange’s business as a whole. “It’s a marginal aspect and we have no plans to increase our investments in content,” said Richard.Richard said the content business was “a different business that requires different skills”, adding that “no-one has ever really proved that there is a significant synergy” between the access network business and content creation.Richard said that Orange does have to secure access to content for its subscribers, but that the route to do this was to take part in joint projects with others, as in France, or to tackle problems with the antitrust authorities, as in Spain, where Orange has argued that Telefónica, which controls 80% of the pay TV market, must make more of its content available to rivals.Separately, Richard said that Orange’s goal in Africa, where it has recently ramped up its investment activity, with the acquisition of a controlling stake in Morocco’s Méditel and a deal with Bharti Airtel to buy four of its African subsidiaries, was to achieve “critical size” across “the whole continent”. He said that Orange’s MTN was currently the only truly pan-African telco and that the company’s strategy in the continent would deliver long-term value creation for shareholders.
Catalan media outfit Mediapro is to distribute BeIN Sports, its new joint venture sports channel which will carry coverage of Champions League and Europa League football, to Orange’s TV customers.Mediapro’s deal with Orange follows an agreement with Vodafone to make the channel available to its TV customers.IN addition to the European football league competitions, BeIN Sports Spain will offer coverage of English Premier League, Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, Eredevisie and other international league competitions.Both Vodafone and Orange have also signed deals with Telefónica to secure redistribution rights for Spanish La Liga matches, the rights to which are held by the telecom giant.
TV technology provider Kudelski Group has turned in a strong first-half performance despite the adverse impact of the strength of the Swiss franc relative to other currencies.Kudelski reported first half revenues of CHF425 million (€395 million), up 10.4% in constant currency terms, driven by a strong performance in its non-TV-related public access segment, but also by a strong underlying growth in its core digital TV business. The latter grew by 6.8% in constant currency terms, despite the first half of the prior years including a boost from one-time licensing revenues from a Cisco patent licensing agreement. The digital TV business turned in CHF324.4 million in revenues, with operating income for the segment up 17.9% to CHF52.6 million.Digital TV deals during the first half included a framework agreement with Altice Group.Overall Kudelski posted operating income of CHF30.4 million, up 9.7%.