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OR Tambo Airport ‘ready for Afcon final’

first_img7 February 2013 The management of OR Tambo International Airport say they are ready to cater for the influx of passengers into the country for the final of 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon). Following their victories in Wednesday night’s semi-finals, Nigeria and Burkino Faso will do battle in the final match of the 2013 Afcon finals at the National Stadium in Johannesburg at 8pm on Sunday, 10 February. Wednesday’s semi-final losers, Mali and Ghana, will play off for third place at Nelson Mandela Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. With the last four teams coming from the West Africa bloc, OR Tambo International Airport General Manager Tebogo Mekgoe said they didn’t anticipate any hassles in processing the outflow of football fans after the tournament. “We have a lot of processing capacity and great experience in terms of events management at OR Tambo Airport, so we are ready for the potential inflow of football fans for the Afcon finals,” Mekgoe said. “With the robust plan that we have with our stakeholders at the airport, we are confident that there will be no issues in processing the high volumes of football fans into the country, and this plan will also be used when they depart after the tournament,” he told SAnews on Wednesday. Asked about challenges at Africa’s biggest and busiest airport, Mekgoe said the issue of delayed flights had to be dealt with in order for the airport to continue to be rated among the best in the world. Mekgoe said he was also working on an ideal collaborative plan with all the airport stakeholders, with a view of improving services. Source: read more

Time travelling with William Kentridge

first_imgBy Alexandra Dodd27 February 2015Quick quick. Tick tock. The time has come. It is 8:25 pm. Wine must be gulped and put aside at the door as we file in to the hall and take our seats in rows of old metal-framed, fold-down chairs with wooden armrests. The dress rehearsal for the South African debut of William Kentridge’s immersive multimedia chamber opera, Refuse the Hour, is about to begin.The faded Edwardian grandeur of Cape Town’s City Hall forms an ideal backdrop for the Constructivist stage set with its archival hues and didactic slogans: “argument against authority”; “give us back our sun”; “talking against thinking”. The giant pipes of the old organ rise up over an assembly of musical contraptions, bicycle wheels and megaphones, mechanised drums and other mysterious paraphernalia. We have entered the laboratory of the mad professor in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and we are about to witness an unorthodox experiment.It begins with drumbeats from above – a theatrical flourish, the primal heartbeat, relentless knocking on an unopened door. It begins with a story inside a story; an eight- year-old boy is travelling on a train with his father. His father tells him a tale. It is the myth of Perseus and it has a cruel ending. It is unjust, but inevitable, irreversible. It sets in motion a lifetime of fevered questioning – interrogations concerning the nature of being in time and the inescapable pressure that time exerts on the living. The boy is William – the man we know as Kentridge. And so begins 80 minutes of ecstatic journeying inside the frenetic mind of a creative titan.Sonic and visual languageThe project grew out of a series of ongoing conversations with Peter Galison, a Harvard professor in the history of science and physics, and wrestles with the idea of time moving in a single direction. For physics it can go both ways. The production explores these ideas about the reversal, compression and repetition of time in sonic and visual language.The auditory aspect is a revelation – transporting the archival bent in Kentridge’s oeuvre into the realm of the futuristic. The ether is abuzz with strange sonic glitches and blips, as echoes are compressed, words reversed, emitted sounds sucked back in on themselves. We are caught somewhere between frequencies on an old transistor radio, picking up the spatial feedback of the universal archive.Of course, the stars and cosmos have always been there in Kentridge’s work, but now an electrifying outward-bound sense of the Russian space station accompanies his backward gaze at the failed utopian thrust of the Constructivists. There is this sense of moving both back and forward – no risk of nostalgia.Each scene introduces a new thought, a fresh philosophical proposition, and each deserves its own chapter. One such goosebump-inducing moment is the dialectical duet between opera singer and member of the Soweto Gospel choir Ann Masina and sonic glitch artist Joanna Dudley, who is from the Berlin contemporary modernist music scene. There is nothing to prepare one for this strange, alluring dialogue about the birth and death of sound and other things.Gifted shapeshifterRefuse the Hour is a deeply collaborative, multi-vocal production with many layers, many actions and images colliding on the stage at once. It includes dance, performed and choreographed by gifted shapeshifter Dada Masilo, an original score by Philip Miller (who takes to the stage in one hauntingly tender scene, blowing into a plaintive melodica or mouth organ), video by wizard cutter Catherine Meyburgh, mechanical sculptures made in collaboration with Sabine Theunissen, vocal performance and narration.If you returned to see it several times, each time you’d emerge having resonated with different aspects of the performances, previously unseen shards of the action. Its themes are timeless and also, somehow, pressingly of this moment, triggering a panoply of associations.Some of the connections it called to mind were Achille Mbembe’s meditations on the postcolony as an “interlocking of . multiple durees made up of discontinuities, reversals, inertias and swings that overlay one another”; photographer Cedric Nunn’s current exhibition, Unsettled: One Hundred Years War of Resistance by Xhosa Against Boer and British; the time catastrophe, tidal-wave scene in the film, Interstellar (2014); the brilliant androgynous vision of linked lives across time in the filmic adaptation (2012) of David Mitchell’s novel, Cloud Atlas (2004) – but, most presciently, the paradoxically generative idea of the all-consuming force of the black hole which is also at the centre of The Theory of Everything, the Stephen Hawking biopic for which Eddie Redmayne has just taken home an Oscar.From cropped Soviet haircuts to screenprinted aprons, overalls, workerist denim dresses, Cape minstrel fezzes, and the bold black-and-white lines of Xhosa dress design, the costumes by Greta Goris are a swoon-worthy evocation of this mesmerising postcolonial account of time.‘Perceptive by feeling’Refuse the Hour has aptly been described as “an aesthetic and philosophical stage dream”. The word “aesthetic” was appropriated into German in the 18th century and adopted into English in the early 19th, from the Greek aisthētikos, which means “perceptive by feeling”. But the term has had a contested history in Western philosophy, coming, ironically, to be applied to the disinterested, distanced, rational act of good judgment about art and the beauties of nature. Phansi to that!Refuse the Hour is a profoundly “aesthetic” production in the original sense of the word in that it gives audiences an immediate, pulsing physical sense of what it feels like to perceive – to know by feeling, to understand through and by the senses. It hijacks the term back from its aloof Kantian deployment and gives it back its social, economic and political potency – its potential for human awakening. Every idea, no matter how complex, is explained, transmitted, made real through the beating, flickering, thumping and soaring effects of sound and light. It is a work made by bodies to be felt and understood in the body – both in the intimacy of our own bodies and in the charged political spaces between them.This review originally appeared on the Design Indaba website. It is republished here with kind permission.Refuse the Hour is a theatrical accompaniment to a five-channel video installation, The Refusal of Time (made in collaboration with Philip Miller, Catherine Meyburgh and Peter Galison), presented by the Goodman Gallery at the Iziko National Gallery in Cape Town from February to June 2015.last_img read more

IRS Proposes Increased User Fee for Offers in Compromise (NPRM REG-108934)

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportThe IRS has proposed an increase in the user fee for processing a taxpayer’s offer in compromise. The current user fee is $186 and the IRS proposes to increase the fee to $300 for offers submitted on or after February 27, 2017. However, no fee is charged if the offer is based solely on doubt as to liability, or made by a low-income taxpayer.The actual cost of an offer as of 2015 was $2,450, and although agencies are ordinarily required to charge full cost, an exception applies in the case of offers in compromise. The increase is an attempt to recover more of the actual cost of processing the offer.Comments must be received by November 28, 2016. Submissions should be mailed to: Internal Revenue Service, CC:PA:LPD:PR (REG-108934-16), Room 5203, P.O. Box 7604, Ben Franklin Station, Washington, D.C. 20044. Submissions may also be hand-delivered Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to CC:PA:LPD:PR (REG-108934-16), Courier’s Desk, Internal Revenue Service, 1111 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, D.C. 20224 or sent electronically via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at (indicate IRS and REG-108934-16).A public hearing is scheduled for December 16, 2016, beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Main IR Auditorium of the Internal Revenue Service Building, 1111 Constitution Ave NW., Washington, D.C. 20224.Proposed Regulations, NPRM REG-108934-16, 2016FED ¶49,715Other References:Code Sec. 7122CCH Reference – 2016FED ¶41,120BTax Research ConsultantCCH Reference – TRC IRS: 42,100last_img read more

How Health IT Big Data Will Improve Patient Outcomes

first_imgBig data in healthcare is gaining a lot of attention as the drive to personalized medicine shifts into high gear. Recently, the Bipartisan Policy Center hosted a forum that focused on improving healthcare through the use of big data. We were fortunate to catch up with several thought leaders at the event and find out where the puck is headed with using big data to improve patient care.In the above video, Sen. Ron Wyden (Ore.), J. Leonard Lichtenfeld, M.D., Deputy Chief Medical Officer, American Cancer Society, and Nirav Shah, MD, MPH, Commissioner of Health, State of New York, share their visions of how big data will impact healthcare going forward and the steps needed to harness the power of information within big data for better patient outcomes. Take a look and let us know what you think.What questions do you have about big data?last_img read more

Stunning close-up of Saturn’s moon, Pan, reveals a space empanada

first_imgStunning close-up of Saturn’s moon, Pan, reveals a space empanada Astronomers have long known that Pan, one of Saturn’s innermost moons, has an odd look. Based on images taken from a distance, researchers have said it looks like a walnut or a flying saucer. But now, NASA’s Cassini probe has delivered stunning close-ups of the 35-kilometer-wide icy moon, and it might be better called a pan-fried dumpling or an empanada. Pan orbits Saturn in a gap in the planet’s rings and pulls material from them, so the ridge around it likely started accumulating soon after the moon formed, researchers say. The new images are only hours old, so scientists haven’t yet had time to estimate how wide and tall the ridge is. If material in the ridge is still loose, rather than somehow fused together, the ridge can maintain its steepness only because the moon’s gravity is so low. The latest pictures were obtained as Cassini conducts its final (and riskiest) flybys past Saturn’s moons and rings before it blazes into the planet’s atmosphere later this year. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) By Sid PerkinsMar. 9, 2017 , 1:30 PMlast_img read more

Nadal, Dimitrov advance to Australian Open quarterfinal

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dimitrov has never won a major, coming closest here last year before losing a semifinal to Rafael Nadal in five sets, but is enhancing his credentials as a next generation champion.Nadal secured his spot in a 10th Australian Open quarterfinal earlier Sunday on Rod Laver Arena, beating Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3 in 3 hours and 51 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe 16-time major winner draped an arm around his Argentine friend and patted him on top of the head. If he needed a fitness test in the first week in his comeback from an injured right knee, he got it.“A great battle … he’s a good friend of mine,” Nadal said. “This is the first big match that I played in 2018. That’s confidence for myself … confidence I can resist for four hours on court at a good intensity.” Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Caroline Wozniacki continued to cash in on her second chance, reaching the quarterfinals here for the first time since 2012 with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Magdalena Rybarikova.After saving match points and coming back from 5-1 down in the third set of her second-round win, No. 2-ranked Wozniacki said she was “playing with the house money” and had nothing to lose.Wozniacki next plays Carla Suarez Navarro, who rallied from a set and 4-1 down to beat No. 32 Anett Kontaveit 4-6, 6-4, 8-6.The other quarterfinal will feature the winners of two tune-up events. Brisbane International champion Elina Svitolina beat Denisa Allertova 6-3, 6-0 in a match that started just before midnight.Fourth-seeded Svitolina next plays Hobart International winner Elise Mertens, who beat Petra Martic to reach the quarterfinals in her Australian Open debut.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman in their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)MELBOURNE, Australia — After snuffing out local hopes for yet another Australian Open, Grigor Dimitrov huddled with Nick Kyrgios at the net and the pair exchanged encouraging words.It was Kyrgios, having just lost 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (4) in the fourth round in a typically tempestuous performance, who left No. 3-ranked Dimitrov with this message: “Believe.”ADVERTISEMENT Nadal lifted to win the third, but Schwartzman didn’t relent.The second game of the fourth set lasted almost 13 minutes, with Nadal finally holding after saving five break points.He broke again in the next game to regain control.“It was a good test for me. It was a lot of hours on court. Moments under pressure,” Nadal said.Britain’s Kyle Edmund reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal with a 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 afternoon win over Andreas Seppi and could relax and watch the night-time entertainment featuring Dimitrov and Kyrgios. They all played two weeks ago in Brisbane, where Edmund lost to Dimitrov, who lost to eventual champion Kyrgios.Both Dimitrov and Kyrgios got tense at key times in the night match. Dimitrov was broken while serving for the match. Kyrgios was called for a foot fault, double-faulted on a set point and smashed an easy overhead into the net on a break point after dominating the rally. He had 36 aces, and some second serves recorded at faster than 202 kph (125 mph).“Only a couple points in it, you know. It wasn’t like I got demolished out there,” said Kyrgios, who missed the chance to end the drought for local men that dates back to the 1976 Australian Open. “I had a lot of chances to win the match and I just came up short.”He tipped his mate Dimitrov to go far.“He hasn’t even found his best form yet and he’s still getting through all those matches, which is pretty frightening,” Kyrgios said. “Once he finds his feet and he has more confidence, he’s got a real chance at winning it.”Dimitrov thanked him for the support, and said he’s growing more confident in his game. Nadal will next play 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic, who collected his 100th Grand Slam match win with a 6-7 (2), 6-3, 7-6 (0), 7-6 (3) victory over No. 10 Pablo Carreno Busta.“I had the 300th win of my career at the U.S. Open in 2014, so this is also beautiful one,” Cilic said of his latest major milestone. “I hope I’m going to continue and gather three more here.”Nadal lost last year’s Australian Open final to Roger Federer, but went on to regain the No. 1 ranking and win the French and U.S. Open titles before bringing his season to a premature end because of an injured right knee.Despite not playing any competitive matches in his Aussie Open preparation, Nadal advanced through three rounds without dropping a set.That streak finished when Schwartzman took the second set, rebounding three times after dropping serve to break back and win the tiebreaker.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives MOST READ PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH The Patriots and Eagles will square off in Super Bowl 52 View comments ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claimslast_img read more

LOréal Paris Women of Worth Event Celebrates 10 Passionate Women Creating Positive

first_imgL’Oréal Paris honored 10 inspiring women who selflessly commit their lives to serving their communities and fostering positive change at the 12th annual Women of Worth celebration.Aja Naomi King, Andie MacDowell, Elle Fanning, Eva Longoria and Liya KebedeCredit/Copyright: Cindy Ord/Getty Images for L’OrealInspired by the L’Oréal Paris belief that “We’re all worth it,” the annual Women of Worth celebration honors the intrinsic beauty of everyday women making an extraordinary difference. This year’s Honorees represent a wide range of causes, from supporting survivors of human sex trafficking to raising awareness about mass incarceration.Among those who attended were Elle Fanning, Eva Longoria, Camila Cabello, Andie MacDowell, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Hoda Kotb, Gayle King, Arianna Huffington, Liya Kebede, Aja Naomi King and Dana PerinoEach Honoree received a $10,000 grant for her organization and Shandra Woworuntu, founder of Mentari which provides assistance to victims of human trafficking through DREAM, which stands for Direct services, Resources, Education, Advocacy and Mentorship, was named as the 2017 National Honoree and was awarded a total of $35,000 to support her cause. 2011 Women of Worth Honoree Gretchen Holt Witt, founder of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, received the Karen T. Fondu Impact Award to recognize her continued work in supporting research for new and improved therapies for pediatric cancer. This notable award is in recognition of Gretchen’s impactful leadership, under which Cookies For Kids’ Cancer has funded $12.5 million in research grants, leading to 36 new treatments in clinical trial that are available to children fighting cancer today.“It is an honor to celebrate the Women of Worth Honorees, who beautifully embody our brand ethos of self-worth. Through their passion, resilience and selflessness, they are making a positive impact on their communities and the world,” said Tim Coolican, President, L’Oréal Paris. Karen T. Fondu, President Emeritus and Chairwoman of L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth added, “Through the recognition and platform Women of Worth provides, our commitment is to amplify their stories and causes, so that their work will continue to thrive and to profoundly change the course of so many lives.”NATIONAL WOMEN OF WORTH HONOREE: SHANDRA WOWORUNTU
The 2017 Women of Worth National Honoree, Shandra Woworuntu, was awarded an additional $25,000 after receiving thousands of public votes via the L’Oréal Paris website and social channels in support of her efforts in human trafficking and domestic violence. Woworuntu created Mentari, which began as a series of cooking classes taught out of her home, and grew into an organization where human trafficking survivors could connect and learn culinary arts courses with a professional chef, and other mentoring opportunities. Through this $35,000 grant from L’Oréal Paris, Woworuntu will be able to offer additional cooking courses and be able to train up to 45 people, as well as start work on a safe house for trafficking victims.KAREN T. FONDU IMPACT AWARD WINNER: GRETCHEN HOLT WITT
Cardiac surgeon and host of “The Dr. Oz Show”, Dr. Mehmet Oz presented this year’s Karen T. Fondu Impact Award, to Gretchen Holt Witt, for her cause, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. As the 2011 Women of Worth National Honoree, Witt was celebrated for raising funds to support research for new and improved therapies for pediatric cancer, the leading cause of death by disease for children under the age of 18 in the United States. Since 2008, Cookies For Kids’ Cancer has funded $12.5 million in research grants, leading to 36 new treatments in clinical trial available to children fighting cancer today.“It’s truly an honor to be part of the Women of Worth legacy,” said Gretchen Holt Witt. “The recognition and generous donation from L’Oréal Paris has helped my organization, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, stay laser-focused on doing all we can to raise awareness and funds for new research to help find a cure for pediatric cancer and keep the promise I made to my son — to make it better for other kids. I am beyond thankful for your support.”2017 WOMEN OF WORTH HONOREESSelected by a distinguished panel of judges including leaders in business and media, the 2017 L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth Honorees were chosen from thousands of nominations for their unwavering commitment, drive and desire to better the lives of those around them. • Leanne Huebner – Los Angeles, Calif.; Co-founder, Minds Matter National, an educational nonprofit that transforms the lives of accomplished high school students from low-income families by broadening their dreams and preparing them for college success. • Deborah Jiang-Stein – Minneapolis, Minn.; Founder, unPrison Project, an organization that works to build literacy, mentoring and life skills for women and girls in prisons and for their children to help cultivate critical thinking tools to plan, set goals and prepare for successful life after prison. • Rana Abdelhamid – Palo Alto, C.A.; Founder, the International Muslim Women’s Initiative for Self-Empowerment or WISE, a self-defense, social entrepreneurship and leadership development movement for young Muslim women. • Charolette Tidwell – Fort Smith, Ark.; Founder, Antioch for Youth & Family, a nonprofit that provides supplemental food assistance to approximately 7,000 people in the community, in addition to youth development services and family assistance through a variety of personal enrichment programs. • Shandra Woworuntu – Corona, N.Y.; Founder, Mentari human trafficking survivor empowerment program that provides direct services, resources, advocacy, education and mentoring initiatives to help survivors as they reintegrate into society. • Lulu Cerone – Encino, Calif.; Founder, LemonAID Warriors, a nonprofit youth-activism organization that connects children to worthy causes and provides unique action plans to create tangible social good. • SreyRam Kuy – Missouri City, Texas; Partner, Dog Tag Bakery, a nonprofit organization that sells baked goods and trains veterans in business and the first female Cambodian refugee to work as a surgeon in the U.S. • Valerie Weisler – New York, N.Y.; Founder, The Validation Project, an international organization that works with more than 6,000 teenagers in 105 countries, providing them with the resources and guidance they need to develop confidence and gain self-worth. • Theresa Flores – Worthington, Ohio: Founder, S.O.A.P. Project, which stands for “Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution” raises awareness and provides resources for victims of human trafficking by placing educational materials and bars of soap in hotels and motels across the country with information on how to seek help. • Cassandra Lin – Westerly, R.I.; Creator, project Turn Grease Into Fuel (TGIF), a sustainable system that collects used cooking oil from residents and restaurants, coverts it to biodiesel, and distributes the biofuel to local families for emergency heating assistance, developed by Westerly Innovations Network.last_img read more

Andrey Silanchev Seven in 10 respondents to a Russ

first_imgAndrey SilanchevSeven in 10 respondents to a Russian market survey carried out by content security provider Irdeto have said they consume pirated content, with 16% doing so more than once a week. According to the survey 39% sought out pirated content because legal content is too expensive, while 33% do so because of impatience due to windowing and 24% view pirated content because of the lack of availability of legal content.Forty-three per cent of respondents who watch entertainment content use advertising-funded service most frequently, but 23%, or almost one in four, primarily use pirate services, making the latter more popular than subscription services, used by one in five, or pay-per-view, used by only 4% of respondents.Twenty-seven per cent of respondents said they were stopped from watching more entertainment through their legitimate service provider due to cost, with 23% citing poor connectivity and 14% each citing lack of availability and insufficient multiscreen availability.The research, commissioned by Irdeto and carried out by YouGov, interviewed a sample of 1,000 Russian adults.“The prevalence of piracy in the Russian market is clearly identified by this research, with high content costs, longer windows and lack of availability fuelling the situation,” said Andrey Silanchev, business development director Russia and CIS, Irdeto. “While this is partly due to the economic situation, it’s clear that operators must make multiscreen and OTT content in this market either ad-funded or very affordable through low subscription fees. Ancillary devices outside the living room are clearly very prevalent in Russia and if pay TV operators are not fulfilling demand, this is another opportunity for pirated content services.”last_img read more