Qantas celebrated the 50th anniversary of its first jet service between New Zealand and Australia.On 10 April 1965, a 104 seat Qantas Boeing 707 aircraft departed Sydney for Christchurch, where it was welcomed by a 10,000 strong crowd.Previously the Tasman route was serviced by a propeller-driven Electra International aircraft, and prior to that, Shorts Empire Flying Boats which seated a maximum of 15 passengers and took around nine hours to travel from Auckland to Sydney.The inaugural V-jet service was commanded by Chief Pilot Line Operations, Captain “Torchy” Uren and NZ-born cabin crew members Bob Bishop, Alan Williams and Alan Gill as well as Anne Claydon from Lyttelton in Christchurch.Qantas International chief executive officer Gareth Evans, said the fifty year milestone highlighted Qantas’ ongoing commitment to New Zealand.“Qantas is proud of its flying history across the Tasman and New Zealand remains an important part of our international network. Our humble beginnings of twice weekly jet services have evolved to a schedule of more than 200 flights per week, mostly operated by our fleet of next generation B737-800 aircraft,” Mr Evans said.“The milestone comes in a year when Qantas is investing significantly in the customer experience across the Tasman with a new dining experience in Economy, Champagne and luxury amenities in Business and a dynamic schedule enabling more flexibility and choice for customers.”Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman
With 3,500 exhibitors from over 150 countries, buyers can get stuck into some serious business at IMEX which is scheduled to take place on May 21-23 in Frankfurt. New exhibitors confirmed so far include Mallorca Tourist Board, Associated Luxury Hotels, the Faroe Islands, Pacific World Congresses & Exhibitions and Nobu Hotels. Jordan Tourism Board, Hilton International, Evintra, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Azerbaijan and H-Hotels are among the exhibitors who have an increased presence at the show this year.“IMEX in Frankfurt is truly a global gathering of the MICE industry – bringing together 14,000 senior industry professionals each May to meet, do business and advance the sector. The show is a melting pot of ideas, connections and shared experiences that can only happen when meeting face to face. IMEX constantly seeks to innovate and deliver fresh and surprising content at each show – and this year’s IMEX in Frankfurt is no exception,” Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group.Exhibitor announcementsNew Leonardo hotel openings in Frankfurt and Zurich; the launch of a new tall ship for Sea Cloud Cruises; Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s Economic Impact Study results; Peninsula Hotels’ new Global Art Programme plus the launch of new exclusive experiences for Eurostar clients are just a few of the updates buyers will hear when talking business with exhibitors. More than 10 organisations also plan to make news announcements during IMEX including SITE, Airport Authority Hong Kong, European Cities Marketing and Thailand.New Discovery Zone – powered by imaginationImagination is IMEX’s talking point for this year and the theme informs content throughout the show, bringing with it a range of exciting new experiences, exhibitors and educational events. Imagination powers the show’s new Discovery Zone, which is set to showcase the latest in experiential concepts and event technology. This specially curated area will be packed with education and experiences to fire up the imagination of event planners and exhibitors alike, helping them to question the conventional and explore fresh approaches.A talking robot, holographic show and 360-degree photography booth plus an interactive art mural are among some of the surprises in store.EduMonday launches with keynoteLearning opportunities are core to IMEX in Frankfurt, beginning with EduMonday, an afternoon of free professional education taking place the day before the show on May 20. Anne Kjaer Riechert, Co-founder & Managing Director of ReDI School of Digital Integration, launches EduMonday with her keynote at She Means Business.For the first time, MPI (Meeting Professionals International, Strategic Partners to IMEX America) will also be offering high-level education sessions during EduMonday: event marketing; risk management and inclusivity. Erwin Steijlen, who was a huge hit at MPI’s recent European Meetings and Events Conference (EMEC) with also bring his show-stopping presentation on ‘The Power of Music’ to IMEX.Young planners learn ‘how to put the roar into their career’Young professionals will learn ‘how to put the roar into their career’ in Living life with a purpose, a session that’s part of Rising Talent, personal development education designed for planners under 35 years. Other sessions focus on how to develop leadership qualities, networking and career advancement strategies, and also The impact of associations and their conferences on destinations detailing the importance of legacy.Explore social learning, food waste and emotional engagementWith over 250 complimentary learning sessions in both English and German taking place on EduMonday and throughout the three days of the show, there’s no shortage of opportunities to update industry knowledge and contacts.New for this year is the Red Lab where experts from outside the events sector will deliver fresh and imaginative perspectives in sessions such as Social learning: Connect. Share. Learn from game-based learning platform and What a waste! Finding solutions for world problems using co-creation – a session delivered by Laure Berment from Too Good To Go, the world’s number one app for fighting food waste.The importance of mindfulness in talent management will be presented by Jan Esswein, one-time monk and now Germany’s most widely-read author on the subject of mindfulness. Emotional engagement in event design is explored by experts including James Morgan, Founder of Event Tech Lab. There’s also a brand new Event Innovation Lab, by EventManagerblog.com – an immersive event planning training workshop aimed at high-performance agencies and corporate event teams.
Go back to the enewsletterSingapore Airlines and wellness brand COMO Shambhala, which forms part of the COMO Group, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) last week on a wide-ranging partnership aimed at enhancing the customer experience for travellers.The initial phase of the partnership will see COMO Shambhala’s award-winning wellness cuisine introduced on selected Singapore Airlines’ flights departing Singapore in the second half of 2019, elevating the airline’s range of food and beverage offerings on board.Using seasonal and sustainable ingredients each with their own nutrition profile, this style of cooking aims to inspire the palate with memorable and delicious flavours, marrying healthy eating with pleasurable gastronomy.The inclusion of co-developed wellness dishes will progressively be made available in SIA’s Book the Cook service. In addition, a new wellness menu featuring specially curated dishes will be introduced.Future collaborations may also extend to onboard amenities and inflight entertainment content relating to wellness, among other features.“It’s an exciting moment for the COMO Group, as this collaboration marks the coming together of the world’s most awarded airline and COMO’s passion for holistic wellness and nutritious cuisine that has been at the heart of our brand offering since the beginning of COMO Shambhala and COMO Hotels and Resorts” added Mr Olivier Jolivet, CEO of the COMO Group.Lead image: Yeoh Phee Teik, Singapore Airlines and Olivier Jolivet, COMO Hotels ink the MOU.Go back to the enewsletter
Increasing numbers of Brits are expected to travel on flights to Nepal next year thanks to the country’s Tourism Year.This is according to the nation’s tourism board, whose Nepal Tourism Year is expected to attract one million international visitors to the south Asian country, a figure that would represent a significant increase from the 400,000 recorded in 2009.Nepal Tourism Board spokesman Laxman Gautam said that Nepal is traditionally known among tourists for the Himalayas and its mountain trekking.”It is equally known to the world that Nepal is the birth place of Lord Buddha and is a treasure house of vibrant cultures and festivals,” he commented.Mr Gautam went on to say that the country is expecting “an unprecedented rise” in the number tourist arrivals from the UK over the course of 2011.According to the country’s tourist board, 24.3 percent more travellers visited Nepal in August compared to the same month last year.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedMozambique more accessible for touristsMore Brits are expected to book flights to Mozambique now that the country’s tourism market has opened up.More Brits travelling on flights to TunisiaMore Brits travelling on flights to TunisiaDemand for flights to Brazil expected to increase in run-up to 2016 OlympicsMore people are expected to book flights to Brazil after the country won the 2016 Olympic bid
27Aug Rep. Potvin encourages public opinions, ideas at Dept. of Education forums Categories: News State Rep. Phil Potvin invites residents of the 102nd House District to attend and provide new ideas at public meetings held by the Michigan Department of Education to discuss updates to the state’s science and social studies standards.“The Michigan Department of Education puts a lot of thought into changes in their curriculum, and I encourage all members of our community to attend one of these forums,” said Rep. Potvin, R-Cadillac. “It’s exciting to see our dynamic education system changing right before our eyes.”Members of the community will have an opportunity to comment on proposed changes to Michigan’s science and social studies content standards for the state’s public schools. Developed by education experts from around the nation, the proposed changes have been designed to provide young Michiganders the best educational experience possible.People can learn more about the proposed standards at www.michigan.gov/science and www.michigan.gov/socialstudies.Sessions in and around the 102nd House District will be held at the following times and locations:Thursday, Sept. 3, from 5 to 8 p.m., located at Central Michigan University’s Bovee University Center in Mt. Pleasant;Monday, Sept. 14, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Gerald R. Ford Museum, located at 303 Pearl St. NW in Grand Rapids; andMonday, Sept. 21, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Traverse Bay Intermediate School District, located at 1101 Red Drive in Traverse City.“The quality of our kids’ educations depends on these standards,” Rep. Potvin said. “Because a child’s education is the product of a partnership between teachers and parents, I encourage everyone to bring their thoughts to the table.”No appointment is necessary. Residents with questions about the forum are encouraged to contact Rep. Potvin’s office by phone at 517-373-1747, or by email at PhilPotvin@house.mi.gov.
Categories: News,Rendon News 30Mar Rep. Rendon votes for updating graduation standards State Rep. Daire Rendon, of Lake City, today voted in support of Merit Curriculum legislation that will give high school students more flexibility in their education choices and help better connect with 21st century jobs.“Mid-Michigan has a significant demand right now for the jobs our students are learning in our high schools,” Rendon said. “Skilled trades, computer coding or statistics are all skills with a future, so we should allow students to include those subjects as options when preparing for life after graduation.”The four bills in the package will:Allow students to fulfill a 21st Century Skills requirement by completing a combination of career/technical education (CTE) or visual/performing arts courses.Allow for one of two required foreign language credits to be achieved through a CTE course, computer coding or certain visual/performing arts courses. This is current law, but legislation removes the 2021 expiration date.Allow the completion of an Occupational Safety and Health Administration general industry or construction training program within a CTE program to fulfill a health education requirement.Allow a Statistics course to be an alternative to Algebra II within current Michigan Merit Curriculum standards that require at least four mathematic credits to graduate.House Bills 4315-4318 advance to the Senate for consideration.#####
Categories: Tedder News 28Sep Rep. Tedder recognizes Michigan State Fair scholarship winner State Rep. Jim Tedder today welcomed a recipient of the Michigan State Fair Urban and Rural Scholarship to the House of Representatives. Clarkston resident Kimberly Suran was among the 60 scholarship winners that were recognized on the House floor.“I’m honored to welcome such a talented group of students to the House today for this very special occasion,” Rep. Tedder said. “Meeting and talking with Kimberly has been a great experience. She definitely has a bright future ahead of her.”The Michigan State Fair Urban and Rural Scholarship recognizes young people across the state who make a difference in the cities, towns and villages by planting and harvesting garden space in their local neighborhoods. Scholarship recipients received a total of $40,000 divided between four areas of competition: Animal/Livestock, Home Arts, Agriculture, and Urban/Rural Farming.
Categories: Howrylak News,News Bipartisan bills will treat 17-year-olds as minors for most criminal offenses A plan to change the age at which individuals are considered adults for the purposes of prosecuting and adjudicating criminal offenses – and the funding mechanism to support the change – recently was approved by the House Law and Justice Committee.The legislation voted on by the committee was offered by numerous Michigan state representatives as part of a bipartisan, 21-bill package.“This is a monumental criminal justice reform,” said Representative Martin Howrylak, of Troy, who serves on the committee. “We will be able to treat kids as kids and adults as adults within the system and that will lead to better rehabilitative efforts as we strive to get offenders back out into society to successfully live and work.”Michigan is one of just four states in the country that automatically consider a 17-year-old to be an adult in criminal offenses. With this legislative package, 17-year-olds will be moved under the jurisdiction of juvenile courts, while serious offenders could still be “waived up” to adult criminal court. Societal, behavioral and psychological analysis shows this practice creates a dangerous situation for young people who are in an older prison population and housed with adult inmates.A big hurdle with this shift in policy involves the costs arising from transferring authority from adult criminal courts to family courts in regards to 17-year-olds who commit criminal offenses – specifically the Michigan Child Care Fund. Currently, the Child Care Fund represents state dollars which currently provide 50 percent reimbursement to counties for the costs of providing child welfare and juvenile justice cases.House Bill 6396, sponsored by Howrylak, will give Michigan counties the ability to choose a funding option to assist in dealing with the influx of newly adjudicated 17-year olds. One option provides that all newly adjudicated 17-year-olds will be funded through an annual county juvenile grant, paid in quarterly increments, with no change to child care funding for juveniles 16 years of age or younger. The second option allows counties to forgo the grant and receive an overall increase in the Child Care Fund reimbursement rate of 68 percent. The legislation was the end result of a workgroup constructed by Representative Howrylak which was made up of representatives from Michigan counties, courts, sheriffs, prosecutors, and many others.“This proposal addresses the funding concerns that came from this project and I am pleased that the workgroup’s diligent work was recognized with the advancement of these bills,” said Howrylak.Two other Howrylak bills within the package, HBs 4678 and 4741, require policies and programs to be in place for inmates. Under HB 4678, a Family Advisory Board within the Michigan Department of Corrections will assist in family reunification after incarceration. Meanwhile, HB 4741 requires the MDOC to develop policies related to prison inmates who are less than 21 years of age.Another Howrylak bill, HB 4850, amends the Code of Criminal Procedure to require that an individual who is under 18 be taken to the family division of a circuit court, reflecting the change in age threshold within state law.After securing passage from committee, the bill package now advances to the House floor for further consideration. 29Nov Rep. Howrylak applauds committee passage of ‘Raise the Age’ proposal
Categories: Webber News 25Feb Join Rep. Webber at his March office hours State Rep. Michael Webber of Rochester Hills invites residents to join him for his in-district office hours on Monday, March 4.“This is a great opportunity to directly hear your thoughts and questions about state government,” Rep. Webber said. “I’m focused on effectively representing your interests in Lansing and meeting the needs of my communities back home in the Greater Rochester area.”Rep. Webber will meet with residents at the following time and location:9 to 10:30 a.m. at Panera Bread, 2508 S. Adams Road in Rochester Hills.No appointments are necessary to attend coffee hours. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Webber’s office at (517) 373-1773 or via email at MichaelWebber@house.mi.gov.
Natural Resources Trust Fund proposal approved by Appropriations CommitteeState Rep. Sarah Lightner today voted to support a plan moving through the Michigan House that includes support for major outdoor recreation and natural resources projects in the region.The legislation approved today by the House Appropriations Committee includes $1.72 million to purchase land for a new state game area in Eaton County and $450,000 for Watkins Lake State Park in Jackson County.The Eaton County project involves buying 465 acres, including frontage on the Thornapple River. The property would be managed for pheasant, deer, turkey and waterfowl habitat.“This project is a fantastic way to improve public hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing opportunities in the area,” said Lightner, of Springport. “The region needs something like this since public areas for hunting and recreation are in great demand.”In Jackson County, the plan includes acquiring 123 acres to connect two sections of Watkins Lake State Park and County Preserve.“This is a unique opportunity that will allow the development of new nature trails and make Watkins Lake State Park an even better attraction,” said Lightner. “It’s a great spot to bird watch, take a relaxing walk and reconnect with nature.”The park – roughly 15 miles from Jackson and 25 miles from Ann Arbor – features a scenic lake, open meadows, mixed hardwoods and wetland areas. Another $60,600 is included in the plan to buy 23 acres in Washtenaw County’s Manchester Township for the project.Overall, the legislation approved by the House Appropriations Committee includes $26 million for more than 60 projects statewide. The money would come from the Natural Resources Trust Fund, which according to the Michigan constitution can only be used to support these types of projects.The projects were recommended by the Natural Resources Trust Fund Board in December. The recommendations are subject to approval by the Michigan Legislature, a process started with the committee’s approval of House Bill 4244.The legislation advances to the House floor for further consideration.Money in the Natural Resources Trust Fund comes from the development of minerals on state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with the state and local governments. 27Feb Reps. Lightner: Outdoor recreation plan in Michigan House includes support for projects in Eaton, Jackson counties Categories: Lightner News
Share42TweetShare13Email55 Sharesstephen bannon / Paladin JusticeNovember 16, 2016; Associated Press and PoliticoThe appointment of Steve Bannon as a senior advisor to President-elect Donald Trump has drawn fire over Mr. Bannon’s history with Breitbart News, which has been accused of consistently taking white supremacist, anti-immigrant, and anti-Semitic positions.During the campaign, Donald Trump accused the press of unfairness and bias. Politico’s Jack Shafer described our new president’s relationship with the press while a candidate this way: “During the campaign, he promised to bring the press to heel by ‘opening up the libel laws’ to make it easier to bring and win suits against publications. He has singled out individual reporters as ‘sleazy,’ ‘extremely dishonest,’ ‘unfair,’ and ‘not good people’ and blacklisted individual reporters from access to his campaign. At rallies, he fed his audience the raw meat of press hatred.”Early indications are that this animosity has not eased nor has President-elect Trump decided he needs to create a more civil relationship. His early morning Twitter stream continues to attack the press.I have recieved and taken calls from many foreign leaders despite what the failing @nytimes said. Russia, U.K., China, Saudi Arabia, Japan,— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2016 Australia, New Zealand, and more. I am always available to them. @nytimes is just upset that they looked like fools in their coverage of me.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2016In a break with longstanding tradition, President-elect Trump has made it harder for the press to cover his activities by providing limited information about his schedule and limiting the press pool’s ability to be with him as he goes through his day. According to the AP:Trump traveled from New York to Washington last week without a pool of journalists… with his transition team offering few details about his schedule…. Every president and president-elect in recent memory has traveled with a pool of journalists when leaving the White House grounds. News organizations take turns serving in the small group, paying their way and sharing the material collected in the pool with the larger press corps.Steve Bannon’s ascent as chief strategist to the president-elect creates the potential for the White House to manage the media in an unprecedented manner. While the relationship between the White House and the Press Corps that covers it is often cantankerous, it is the media’s responsibility to cover government actions. Previous presidents have used strategies to spin their messages and control the news. The press has been known to trade away their independence in the hope of getting better access such as in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. But both the president and the press have traditionally seen it necessary to work with each other even in difficult times. The newly elected administration may have a willing and exclusive channel through which it can directly put its story forward.Yesterday, sixteen press organizations wrote a strongly worded letter defending their right to access to the executive branch of government.We expect that you, as the new leader of the free world, will preserve longstanding traditions that ensure coverage of the Trump presidency. […] Every president of both parties has treated this important tradition with respect. The role of the press pool is critically important to our country whose citizens depend on and deserve to know what the president is doing. […] We respectfully ask you to instill a spirit of openness and transparency in your administration…you have an opportunity as incoming president to set the tone for your staff speaking on the record for the sake of transparency. […] A great America depends on having sunlight on its leaders.—Martin Levine and James SchafferShare42TweetShare13Email55 Shares
Share11Tweet1Share2Email14 SharesBy Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America (Mick Mulvaney) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsNovember 26, 2017; CNNThe deputy director of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) has filed an eight-page complaint in federal court seeking to prevent President Trump from naming OMB Director Mick Mulvaney acting director of the independent finance watchdog agency.Leandra English, CFPB Director Richard Cordray’s chief of staff until her appointment as deputy director last Friday, is seeking a temporary restraining order preventing Trump from installing Mulvaney and, in effect, validating her status as acting director until the US Senate confirms her replacement. Cordray appointed English to the number-two position to allow her to serve as acting director as defined in the Dodd-Frank law which established the bureau.Cordray was expected to resign his position sometime this winter in order to run for the Democratic nomination to be governor of Ohio. He had previously announced that he would resign sometime in November, but the timing of his resignation and the appointment of English the day after Thanksgiving was a double-barreled surprise.The White House Counsel’s office, the US Department of Justice, and the general counsel of the CFPB itself agree that Dodd-Frank does not control succession at the CFPB. Instead, they argue, the 1998 Federal Vacancies Reform Act, passed in 1999, vests that power in the presidency. English argues in her filing that the Dodd-Frank process, passed in 2010, supersedes the Vacancies Act. Casting further question over the legal issues is a 2016 federal court ruling declaring the leadership structure of the CFPB unconstitutional.Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), an architect and fierce proponent of the agency who was once considered for appointment as its first director, tweeted: “@realDonaldTrump can nominate the next @CFPB Director—but until that nominee is confirmed by the Senate, Leandra English is the Acting Director under the Dodd-Frank Act.”However, banking and finance industry advocates share the view of Rick Manning, president of Americans for Limited Government: “President Trump is the only person allowed to name the new head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Any attempt to circumvent that authority by Cordray runs counter to the fundamental principles of American governance.”Republicans hope that there won’t be a showdown at the CFPB offices on Monday morning with Mulvaney and English both attempting to move into the director’s office and issuing orders to staff. That would be too reminiscent of competing Cabinet appointments and the Tenure of Office Act that led to the impeachment (and ultimate acquittal) of Andrew Johnson in 1868.However, this federal power showdown builds pressure for the administration to quickly nominate a new CFPB director. Since Senate Democrats voted to remove the 60-vote requirement for most federal appointments in 2013, a new director could be confirmed on a party-line vote by the Senate’s GOP majority if necessary. Regardless of who is named, the appointment would be controversial because many Republicans agree with the federal court decision finding that “other than the President, the Director of the CFPB is the single most powerful official in the entire United States Government, at least when measured in terms of unilateral power.” Trump’s appointee would be expected to back increased Congressional oversight, including Congressional appropriation of the agency’s budget (funding for the CFPB currently comes from the Federal Reserve).The longer it takes for the federal court (or courts, in the likely case of appeals) to decide who is the acting CFPB director, and the longer it takes for Trump to nominate Cordray’s successor and have that person confirmed by the Senate, the longer the CFPB will be yet another political football.—Michael WylandShare11Tweet1Share2Email14 Shares
Share23Tweet7ShareEmail30 SharesBy Agência Brasil Fotografias [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsMay 29, 2018; Vanity Fair“Female gymnasts still embody the fantasy of childhood innocence amid superlative physical accomplishment,” writes Vanessa Grigoriadis in Vanity Fair. But, adds Grigoriadis, in the wake of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal, gymnasts “have also become bellwethers for our evolving views on femininity, agency, and sexual abuse.”At NPQ, we emphasize the importance of shifting narratives and culture to make lasting social change possible. Because of its high profile, at USA Gymnastics, we have seen this process of reshaping stories and culture unfold publicly in real time. The cultural change lens is explicit, Grigoriadis notes. The central goal, Grigoriadis writes, of Aly Raisman and other US women gymnasts like Jordyn Wieber is to “engineer a vast redesign of her sport’s culture.”Earlier this year in NPQ, Susan Bales wrote that, “Successful movements are about meaning-making.” The ones that succeed, Bales added, “focus our attention on the social systems and structures that need to be fixed by revealing how they impede the outcomes we value.” In the case of the gymnasts, this has required calling out how institutions enabled abuse to occur and persist, as well as working to elevate athletes’ voices and change sports cultural norms.So far, at an institutional level, as Grigoriadis points out, resignations have included “USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny and its entire board of directors; the president of the United States Olympic Committee, Scott Blackmun; and the president, athletic director, and other employees of Michigan State University, where Nassar was an assistant professor of osteopathy and practiced at a sports-medicine clinic.” Earlier this month, too, Michigan State agreed to a $500 million settlement, with $425 million to be paid out to 332 women affected, and the remaining $75 million to be held in reserve for additional possible claims.“And yet we are still in the early days of accountability for this tragedy,” Grigoriadis observes. Even financially, gymnasts still have outstanding claims against USA Gymnastics and the US Olympic Committee.Changing the sport’s culture is not easy. As Grigoriadis writes, an underlying belief system enabled the abuse—namely, that it was worth “any price” to pursue Olympic gold. Indeed, an article published last year in Deadspin bore the headline, “The US Gymnastics System Wanted More Medals and Created a Culture of Abuse to Get Them.”Wieber has this response to that “win at any price” attitude:I think there’s a way to make Olympic champions that’s not abusive. Maybe we will go down a little bit in the rankings before we go up just because of the lack of organization and all the things that are going on. The next couple years are going to be stressful for USA Gymnastics and the athletes….But I cannot believe that you have to be sexually, emotionally, and verbally abused to win Olympic medals.Raisman says she hopes one day everyone “will be educated and able to protect themselves from predators like Larry, so they will never, ever, ever have to say the words ‘me too.’”As Grigoriadis details, Nassar did not act alone. Rather, he acted within a system that involved 20 elite women gymnasts, most still of high-school age, going away from home “every four to six weeks…to an obscure location…for a five-day practice session.” Control by coaches was near total; athletes feared they might be “kicked off the team for being complainers.” Jennifer Sey, a former national gymnastic champion and author of Chalked Up, published in 2008, notes that, “The gymnasts had no institutional voice in the sport at all.”Some institutional changes have now been made. USA Gymnastics “closed the ranch. It is also working with SafeSport, a new Denver-based center that will process any future abuse claims on Olympic teams, [and] they have expanded the list of banned coaching behaviors to include not only sexual abuse but also verbal and emotional abuse. It now not only permits parents or another chaperone to travel to camps and competitions with their daughters—it requires it.”Aimee Boorman, former coach of Olympic all-around champion Simone Biles, advocates instilling a model of “positive coaching” that “involves using your resources to help increase an athlete’s skill, while nurturing them to understand that success comes from within.”Raisman lists some of her desired changes:We need to have a fantastic female doctor, a couple of them at that. Great female athletic trainers. Massage therapists, female ones. A sports dietician, a really good one, to educate the coaches and also the athletes. Get a psychiatrist that’s completely separate from USA Gymnastics and will keep what the athletes say confidential.Raisman, adds Grigoriadis, is also “asking adults who coach kids to complete an online course with Darkness to Light, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting sexual abuse.”Wieber, who is now a gymnastics coach herself, says leveling with athletes is also important. “From what I’ve heard, a lot of college programs aren’t even talking about [Nassar]. At UCLA, we have decided that we need to talk about it.”—Steve DubbShare23Tweet7ShareEmail30 Shares
Spanish cable operator Ono has announced the first major software upgrade for its TiVo next generation service.New software features include an upgrade from two to three tuners, and an enhanced video-on-demand offering that integrates assets from ONO’s Videoclub library into its search feature. Users will also be able to go back in time in the TV guide to view programmes that have already aired.The TiVo platform is now available across Ono’s entire network of six million homes passed following phased launches in Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia.Guillermo Mercader, chief operating officer of residential for ONO, said, “TiVo has changed the way ONO customers think of television; they have fully embraced this new world of on demand and internet-delivered content and we are thrilled to work with TiVo to keep this solution on the cutting edge. ONO is thrilled to see the positive impact that TiVo is having on customer satisfaction, clearly enabling ONO to provide the most compelling TV offering in Spain.”
Satellite operator SES has struck a multi-year capacity deal with the Eurovision network to broadcast the London 2012 Paralympic Games and other sporting events internationally.Eurovision is increasing its SES capacity to 54MHz and will use the SES teleport and the NSS-806 satellite at 40.5° West to broadcast the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to TV audiences across Latin America.The new capacity will also be used for contribution and distribution of major 2013-2014 sporting events in high-definition, including the Tour de France, Formula One, European and Latin American Football including 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Maxime Saada, deputy CEO of Canal Plus Group, in charge of distribution arm CanalSat, has been named as a member of the directorate of Canal Plus France.Saada, who joined Canal Plus in 2004 and has served as director of strategy and commercial director of the group, will sit alongside president Bertrand Méheut and CEO Rodolphe Belmer.
Chello Central Europe’s kids channel Megamax has launched on UPC Slovakia’s cable network.Megamax has a target audience of boys aged 7-14 years and airs animated series including X-Men, Iron Kid and Twisted Whiskers. It will launch on December 1 in the Basic Digital package, airing between 07:00 and 22:00.
Canal Plus Spain has added Portuguese channel TVI International to its line-up.The channel offers a range of content from leading Portuguese channel TVI and news channel TVI24.TVI International will join Canal Plus’ existing selection of international channels, which include RT, TV5 Monde, Canal de las Estrellas, TV Record and Cubavisión.
Telekom Austria Group’s Croatian subsidiary Vipnet has acquired RCS&RDS’s local satellite TV platform Digi TV, allowing it to expand its multi-play offering in the country. Digi TV Croatian launched in 2006 and turned in revenues of about €2 million in 2012.The move follows Vipnet’s acquisition of Croatian cable operator B.net in 2011. The latest acquisition postions Vipnet as the main competitor in multi-play services across the country to Deutshce Telekom-owned T-Hrvatski Telekom, which also delivers pay TV servics via fixed line and satellite. Financial details of the deal, which has already been closed, have not been revealed.“We are delighted about the expansion of our portfolio. The acquisition of Digi TV turns Vipnet into a full player and a comprehensive communications service provider“, said Mladen Pejkoviæ, CEO of the Croatian subsidiary Vipnet.
The number US web users who watch TV shows online via any device will reach a “critical tipping point” next year, surpassing 50% of the country’s web users, according to new stats.Emarketer’s new report, called ‘Digital TV and Movie Streaming: A Rising Tide of Devices, Content and Viewing’ predicts that the number of US online TV viewers will reach 145.3 million in 2017, up from 106.2 million in 2012.“US digital TV and movie content audiences will grow faster than previously expected due to increased viewing on tablets and smartphones, a wave of internet-enabled TVs, and greater content availability,” according to the research firm.