Help by sharing this information April 26, 2019 French intelligence to question three reporters about Yemen arms leak FranceEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsProtecting sources Judicial harassment June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on France June 4, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts FranceEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsProtecting sources Judicial harassment “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU to go further News RSF_en News Journalists have the right to refuse to reveal their sources, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) emphasized today after three French investigative reporters received a summons from the French domestic intelligence agency (DGSI) about a leaked classified report revealing the use of French weapons in Yemen. May 10, 2021 Find out more Any prosecution of these three reporters – Mathias Destal and Geoffrey Livolsi, the founders of the website Disclose, and Radio France’s Benoît Collombat – would constitute a serious press freedom violation, RSF said. The three journalists have been summoned for questioning at DGSI headquarters in Paris on 14 and 15 May in an investigation into a “compromise of national defence secrecy” that the Paris prosecutor’s office has launched in response to a complaint by the armed forces ministry.The summonses state that they are “suspected” of committing or “trying to commit” a violation of national defence secrecy by publishing reports earlier this month about the use of French weaponry in Yemen. Their stories were based on a memorandum from the Directorate for Military Intelligence (DRM) classified “defence-confidential,” which was passed to them by unnamed source.Under France’s January 2010 law on the protection of sources, journalists have the right to refuse to reveal the identity of their sources and the authorities cannot force them to do so.“We are concerned that the sole aim of this hearing is to use the threat of prosecution to put pressure on these journalists to reveal their source,” said Paul Coppin, the head of RSF’s legal unit. “As it is legally unable to force them to disclose the identity of their source, the prosecutor’s office is using the possibility of a charge of compromising national defence secrecy, a charge punishable by five years in prison and a fine of 75,000 euros. The mere fact of threatening such a prosecution for publishing information in the public interest would in itself constitute a serious violation of the public’s right to be informed.”RSF is of the view that the information revealed by Disclose in its “Made In France” story about the use of French weapons in Yemen is indeed a matter of legitimate public interest, as these weapons could be used in the war crimes that are being committed in the course of this conflict.France is ranked 32nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. News RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story Organisation
to go further October 5, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities agree to let Belgium have Guy Theunis RwandaAfrica Receive email alerts The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa February 13, 2020 Find out more RwandaAfrica The Rwandan authorities said yesterday they have agreed to transfer responsibility for carrying out the judicial investigation against Father Guy Theunis to Belgium at the latter’s request. The Belgian foreign ministry said the two countries would have “detailed talks on the technical modalities” for implementing this agreement. Theunis, who is Belgian, would be transferred back to Belgium as soon as the judicial investigation gets under way there. The former editor of the Rwandan magazine Dialogue, Theunis was recently accused by the Rwandan authorities of having a role in planning and inciting the 1994 genocide. He is currently held in the main prison in Kigali. ————————————————————————–11.09.2005 Belgian priest who edited magazine to be tried for genocide, faces death penaltyReporters Without Borders voiced shock and dismay today that one of Rwanda’s people’s courts (known as gacaca) has classified Belgian missionary priest Guy Theunis, the former editor of the Rwandan magazine Dialogue, as a category one genocide suspect and ordered him held in Kigali prison pending trial by an ordinary court.Father Theunis, 60, no longer lives in Rwanda. He was arrested on 5 September while on a stopover in Kigali airport on his way back to Belgium after attending peace and reconciliation seminars in the neighbouring eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.By putting him in category one during a public hearing on 10 September, a gacaca in the Kigali district of Rugenge effectively accused him of being among the “planners, organisers, inciters, supervisors and leaders” of the 1994 genocide. As a result, he faces the death penalty.“Father Theunis has always defended the principles of tolerance and respect for others, and has spent his life combatting racism and ethnic hate, so we are outraged that the Rwandan authorities have now brought these charges against him,” Reporters Without Borders said.The organisation said it was “absurd” that he has been accused of inciting hate for reproducing passages from the extremist newspaper Kangura in Dialogue. “He did indeed quote passages from that newspaper, but he did it with the aim of condemning hate and intolerance.”“We are not fooled,” Reporters Without Borders continued. “Some political score is being settled here. The Rwandan authorities must have given him a visa to enter Rwanda with the aim of trapping him. We are also astonished at the unusual speed of the proceedings and the fact that most of the people who appeared as prosecution witnesses were ruling party members.”Noting that Father Theunis gave space in his magazine to all those who advocated reconciliation, including President Paul Kagame’s opponents, the organisation said it was puzzling that he was arrested now, as he had visited Rwanda several times since 1994, each time with a visa issued by the authorities.“Father Theunis was our correspondent in Rwanda in 1992 and 1993,” Reporters Without Borders added. “We will not forget him and we will not stop proclaiming his innocence and campaigning for his release.”The Company of Missionaries of Africa, to which Father Theunis belongs, has also rejected the charges brought against him. The Belgian authorities summoned the Rwandan ambassador in Brussels on 9 September to voice concern about the case and request an explanation.Theunis is the first foreigner to be brought before the gacacas, which were set up to try the hundreds of thousands of people still held on suspicion of involvement in the 1994 genocide. November 27, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information News BBC Africa’s “disproportionate and dangerous” dismissal of a journalist A people’s court has accused Belgian missionary priest Guy Theunis, the former editor of the Rwandan magazine Dialogue, of inciting inter-ethnic hate. “This man has spent his life combatting racism and hate,” says Reporters Without Borders. “We are outraged by the behaviour of the Rwandan authorities.” Reports News News Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent April 6, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Rwanda Organisation RSF_en
Follow the news on Pakistan News June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts RSF_en March 1, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Another journalist gunned down, second in three days to go further News Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists News PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Organisation The Balochistan Liberation Army claimed responsibility for Afridi’s murder a few hours after his death.—–03.01.2013Reporters Without Borders is appalled to learn that Mehmood Ahmed Afridi, a correspondent for the newspaper Intikhab, was gunned down by unidentified men on a motorcycle today in Kalat, in the southwestern province of Balochistan. He was the second journalist to be murdered in Pakistan in the space of three days.No one has so far claimed responsibility for Afridi’s murder.“We are deeply shocked that just two days after Malik Mumtaz Khan’s murder, another journalist has been murdered in a similar fashion,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The Pakistani authorities need to realize the terrible dangers to which journalists are exposed and immediately deploy sufficient resources to provide them with effective protection. Thorough and impartial investigations are also needed to identify and punish those responsible for these killings.”Reached by telephone, a Balochi journalist based in Quetta told Reporters Without Borders that Afridi, 56, had worked as a journalist since 1995 and was president of the Kalat press club.“Mehmood Ahmed Afridi was waiting outside a public telephone cabin when two men on a motorcycle arrived and opened fire,” the source said on condition of anonymity. According to doctors who carried out an autopsy, he was shot four times. Kalat deputy police commissioner Bashir Ahmed told Dawn News TV bureau chief Ali Shah that it was a “targeted killing.”Condemning the shooting, Balochistan Union of Journalists president Essa Tareen accused the government of hardly bothering to try to identify those who murder journalists, despite repeated appeals from the journalistic community.“We feel humiliated because we submit requests to the government and the government does so little,” Tareen told Reporters Without Borders.Balochistan is one of Pakistan’s most dangerous regions for journalists as they are liable to be targeted by both the intelligence agencies and Balochistan’s armed separatist groups.This week’s other media victim, Malik Mumtaz Khan, was gunned down near his home in Miranshah, the chief town in North Waziristan, in the Tribal Areas of northwestern Pakistan. He worked for Geo TV and the Jang newspaper group.Pakistan is ranked 159th out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Help by sharing this information Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire April 21, 2021 Find out more PakistanAsia – Pacific News January 28, 2021 Find out more
News October 14, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Bahrain Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest RSF_en BahrainMiddle East – North Africa BAHRAIN The human rights situation and the problems for those who defend media freedom continue to be extremely worrying in Bahrain. Several journalists have been summoned for questioning including Issa Ebrahim, a photographer for the daily Al-Wasat, who was detained and interrogated for several hours on 5 May.The following are still detained:- Al-Bilad editor Jasem Al-Sabbagh, held since 26 April.- Al-Watan sports reporter Abdullah Ashur, held since 13 April.- Al-Bilad sports reporter Abdullah Alawi, who was arrested in April.The Bahraini news agency reported that the trial of 21 people accused of belonging to terrorist organizations and trying to overthrow the government began before a military court on 8 May. The defendants include several human rights activists and the bloggers Abdul Jalil Al-Singace and Ali Abdulemam. After the trial opened, it was adjourned until 12 May.The head of the pro-democracy and civil liberties movement Al Haq, Singace was rearrested on 16 March after being held from September to February. He was previously arrested in 2009 for allegedly trying to destabilize the government because he used his blog (http://alsingace.katib.org) to denounce the deplorable state of civil liberties and discrimination against Bahrain’s Shiite population.Abdulemam, who is being tried in absentia, is regarded by fellow Bahrainis as one of his country’s Internet pioneers and is an active member of Bahrain Online, a pro-democracy forum that gets more than 100,000 visitors a day despite being blocked within Bahrain. A contributor to the international bloggers network Global Voices, he has taken part in many international conferences at which he has denounced human rights violations in Bahrain. He was also detained from September to February but avoided being rearrested.Abbas Al-Omran, a human rights activist who obtained refugee status in Britain a few years ago, has also been put on the list of wanted persons. A member of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, he provides the international media with information about human rights violations in Bahrain.Mujtaba Salmat, a blogger and photographer who was arrested on 17 March for covering the anti-government demonstrations in Manama’s Pearl Square and posting the photos on Facebook, was released on 27 April.The opposition newspaper Al-Wasat announced in its 8 May issue, previously billed as the last issue, that its board had reversed its decision to close and intended to continue publishing. Closed by the information ministry on 3 May for allegedly disseminating false information that undermined the country’s international image and reputation, it was allowed to resume publishing the next day but three of its most senior journalists – editor Mansour Al-Jamari, managing editor Walid Nouihid and local news editor Aqil Mirza – were forced to resign. Several of its journalists were also arrested. to go further Organisation Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives May 10, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Governments still cracking down hard on media covering pro-democracy demonstrations March 17, 2021 Find out more June 15, 2020 Find out more SYRIA The crackdown by the Syrian authorities on media trying to cover the anti-government protests continues to escalate. Arrests, threats and acts of intimidation are all still taking place. The Internet is also being censored.The Syrian journalist and writer Ammar Mashour Dayoub was arrested yesterday while taking part in a demonstration by about 100 people in Arnous Square, in central Damascus. Malak Al-Shanawani, another Syrian journalist, was also arrested yesterday.Ghadi Frances, a Libyan journalist working for the Lebanese daily Al-Safir, was arrested in Damascus on the afternoon of 7 May. No information about the reason for her arrest has been given. She had arrived in Syria ten days ago to cover the unrest and had written an article in Arabic headlined “Blood, horror and hope in the street in Homs” on the eve of her arrest.Ghassan Saoud, a Lebanese journalist who writes for Al-Akhbar (a Lebanese newspaper regarded as pro-Syrian), was briefly detained on 6 May near the Omeyyades mosque in Damascus. He was taken to a military police office with a plastic bag over his head and was repeatedly kicked and insulted. He has written a series of articles about the pro-democracy uprising in which he interviewed members of the Syrian political opposition, young people and activists, and reported their views.Meanwhile, there is no news of Jehad Jamal, a Facebook activist known by the pseudonym of Milan.The photographer Akram Darwish was arrested while covering a Kurdish demonstration in the northeastern city of Qamishili on 3 May. The reporter Iyad Khalil was badly beaten in the northwestern port city of Latakia oh the evening of 1 May. When he went to the police station to report the assault, he found himself face to face with his assailants, who turned out to have been members of the security forces (see his Facebook page). Maher Deib has resigned as a presenter on Syrian national television in protest against the station’s coverage of the unrest. Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that Habib Saleh, a cyber-dissident who was arrested in May 2008, has been released on completing a three-year jail sentence.The following are still detained: – The Syrian writer and journalist Omar Koush, who was arrested on 2 May on his arrival at Damascus airport after attending a conference in Turkey.- Dorothy Parvaz, an Al-Jazeera journalist with US, Canadian and Iranian nationality who was arrested on her arrival at Damascus airport on 29 April. This is the Facebook page calling for her release. The government newspaper Al-Watan nonetheless claims that she left the country on 1 May without saying where she was going.- Fayez Sara, a Syrian journalist and writer arrested on 11 April.- Mohamed Zaid Mistou, a Norwegian journalist of Syrian origin arrested on 7 April.- Kamal Sheikhou, a Syrian blogger arrested on 15 March.There is still no news of the journalists Akram Abu Safi and Sobhie Naeem Al-Assal, who have been missing since 24 March.The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) warned Syrian Facebook users on 5 May that fake security certificates, probably planted by Syria’s telecommunications ministry, are being used to trick them into logging on to what they think are securely encrypted Facebook pages. If they do, their personal data can be stolen and their communications can be monitored. The fake security certificates cause warnings to pop up in browsers, but people tend to ignore them because they think they are caused by routine technical problems. Although the trap is not very sophisticated, the EFF urged Syrian Facebook users to use proxy connections to access Facebook, or to login via Tor. The EFF subsequently reported that Syrian ISPs were blocking access to Tor. Another option is to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN).The New York Times has reported difficulties using satellite phones in Syria. News BahrainMiddle East – North Africa IRAQI KURDISTAN Ahmed Mira, the editor of Lvin Magazine, reported in an article on 7 Mary that he received a direct death threat from Pershmergas minister Sheikh Jaafar Mustafa on 7:46 p.m. on 24 April. The minister denies threatening Mira, although Mira recorded the conversation.The threat was made against the backdrop of a generalized crackdown on journalists and news media covering the street protests that have been rocking northern Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region since mid-February. But it was the first time that a journalist has been directly threatened by a government minister. The authorities should punish anyone making such threats.Mira has asked the Kurdistan Regional Government’s prime minister, Dr. Barham Salih, to order an investigation into Mustafa’s threat. News YEMEN Ali Iskander, a distributor of the newspaper Al-Tajamou, was attacked and beaten by pro-government thugs known as baltajiya on Sanaa’s Al-Zabiri Street on the morning of 8 May. They seized copies of the newspaper and threatened to cut Iskander’s tongue out. They also threatened to attack the newspaper’s headquarters if it continued to publish articles criticizing President Ali Abdallah Saleh.The journalist Abdelhafez Ma’joub was arrested at the Bagel checkpoint at the entrance to Al-Hodeidah as he was returning from Sanaa on 6 May, and his mobile phone was confiscated. He was released on the evening of the next day. German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News
News May 7, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper publisher freed after more than a year in detention Organisation Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election Côte d’IvoireAfrica to go further RSF_en RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire Côte d’IvoireAfrica October 16, 2020 Find out more News The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Reports News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information November 27, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that newspaper publisher Ousmane Sy Savané was finally released on 3 May, World Press Freedom Day, after being held for just over 13 months on a charge of endangering state security.However, his release is only provisional, and Reporters Without Borders joins the National Union of Côte d’Ivoire Journalists (UNJCI) in calling for his definitive release. The CEO of the Cyclone publishing house, Savané had been held since 27 March 2012.“We welcome this decision by the Ivorian judicial system, but we urge the authorities to drop all charges against Savané, who was held for more than a year without any hard evidence being produced to support the charge,” Reporters Without Borders said.“Impartial justice is essential for reconciliation in Côte d’Ivoire. We hope that this development will mark the end of the judicial system’s use of detention against journalists who are just doing their job.”Reporters Without Borders also urges the Ivorian authorities to pursue effort to guarantee real freedom of expression.More Information on Savané’s caseMore information about media freedom in Côte d’Ivoire October 29, 2020 Find out more
Related Articles Subscribe Home / Daily Dose / Distressed Property Investing in 2021 and Beyond Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Sign up for DS News Daily December 9, 2020 2,221 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: High Court Takes on FHFA ‘Separation of Powers’ Case Next: Cities That ‘May Be Vulnerable’ to Foreclosures Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share 1Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Christina Hughes Babb The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Distressed Property Investing in 2021 and Beyond Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Two knowledgeable real estate veterans hosted a webinar in which they examined U.S. housing, the economy, and foreclosure trends, to name a few things.Rick Sharga, SVP at RealtyTrac, and Daren Blomquist, VP Market Economics at Auction.com Wednesday facilitated “2021 Outlook: What’s in Store for the Real Estate and Foreclosure Markets.”They said it would not be a surprise to anyone paying attention to hear that the economy has been “on a real roller coaster of a ride.” Although the GDP saw a drop, Sharga said it wasn’t as drastic as expected, and the rebound has “probably surpassed a lot of economists’ expectations on what was going to happen.”They agreed that the housing market has been one of the bright spots in the economy. Looking at the months since the pandemic began, Sharga explains that during April and May, months that generally see more home buying activity, home purchases were down. “What we saw over the summer, though, was really nothing short of phenomenal,” he said.”We saw a lot of pent up buying activity that had us exceed the number of sales that we saw in July and August last year, and those numbers even went up more dramatically in September and October. Rather than the pandemic causing the number of existing homes sold this year to be lower than we saw last year. We’re already running ahead of 2019 pace.”Delinquencies are at an all-time high—”that’s the headline,” Sharga said but suggested that listeners consider some factors before panicking or view this like we would have viewed serious delinquencies a decade ago.”There’s a record level of homeowner equity in the market of at six and a half-trillion dollars. I do believe that data suggest that over 70% of homeowners have more than 20% equity.”He predicts that as bans on foreclosure expire, homeowners will go into default, but with 20% equity in a market with no inventory and high demand. Having that equity gives them an opportunity to really get out from under the foreclosure before it happens and sell a house, probably at a profit. The exception to the rule might be FHA loans, which are running about twice as delinquent as loans overall.”The FHA borrower who probably is at the low end of the income scale, and who probably took out a loan with very little downpayment, won’t maybe have the equity cushion that other borrowers might have.”Sharga pointed to exceedingly low recent foreclosure activity, noting that “virtually the only thing going into foreclosure right now are vacant and abandoned properties, which is a good thing. We want to get them.” He added that the CARES Act and foreclosure moratoria have made for an unprecedented situation.”We have this real dichotomy right now between record-high levels of serious delinquency and record-low levels of foreclosure activity …”When homeowners who have opted for COVID -related forbearance programs hit the end of forbearance, Sharga says, they basically have a clean slate and get to start all over again, which is completely different than how seriously delinquent loans have been treated in the past. “Normally, if you were 90, 120, 150, 180 days delinquent, you’re pretty much guaranteed to go through—or are already in—foreclosure.”Blomquist detailed Auction.com’s predictions for the foreclosure and distressed property market in the next five years.Applying a model that accounts for unemployment and home equity, seriously delinquent rate among other factors, Blomquist anticipates 1.8-3.3 million completed foreclosures.While remaining below 78% below year-ago levels, there was a 24% uptick of completed foreclosure auctions to a six-month high in September, Blomquist said. That said, the moratoria have played a part in creating a backlog of likely foreclosures that an Auction.com analysis estimates will grow to more than 1.1 million by Q2 2021. (Blomquist’s complete Q4 Distressed Market Outlook is available now on Auction.com.)”Now it’s not going to all happen evenly over the next five years … but we’re, we’re coming off with that baseline level of about 250,000, adding another 60% roughly per year,” he explains.The men closed in saying that they did not want to downplay the impact of the pandemic. “We both expect to see default activity increase,” Sharga said. “The question is how big it will be and how severely it will be seen in foreclosure activity.”On the bright side, he concluded, “There are going to be a lot of opportunities both for investors and real estate professionals and, in a way, for homeowners because as sad as it is when someone loses a home, to foreclosure, there’s an opportunity for a new homeowner to come in and have a chance at their own shot at homeownership.” 2020-12-09 Christina Hughes Babb Print This Post
The Revivalists have announced the Against All Odds Spring 2018 headline tour. The NOLA-based group has expanded their touring machine to eight people, including David Shaw [lead vocals/guitar], Zack Feinberg [guitar], Andrew Campanelli [drums], George Gekas [bass], Ed Williams [pedal steel guitar], Rob Ingraham [saxophone], Michael Girardot [keyboard & trumpet], PJ Howard [percussion].Kicking off on April 11th in St. Petersburg, FL, the 10-date trek will bring the band’s ground-shaking live show though multiple cities in Florida and Texas before ending with two hometown performances during New Orleans Jazz Fest. Support for the tour includes Samantha Fish for the Texas dates, with support to be announced for the Florida and New Orleans shows. Pre-sale tickets are available now via Tickets Today. General on-sale begins Friday, February 2nd at 10am local time. For ticket info, please visit the band’s website.2018 is already gearing up to be another busy year for The Revivalists, in addition to the tour, will perform sets at Bonnaroo and BottleRock Festival this summer. Check out the full schedule below, with more dates expected to be added soon.THE REVIVALISTS 2018 TOUR DATES:March 4 Phoenix, AZ @ McDowell Mountain Music FestivalApril 11 St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus LiveApril 12 Orlando, FL @ House of BluesApril 13 Miami, FL @ The FillmoreApril 14 Jacksonville, FL @ Florida TheaterApril 18 Dallas, TX @ House of BluesApril 19 Houston, TX @ House of BluesApril 20 Austin, TX @ Stubb’sApril 21 San Antonio, TX @ Aztec TheatreMay 3 New Orleans, LA @ Saenger TheatreMay 5 New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Jazz & Heritage FestivalMay 27 Napa, CA @ BottleRock 2018June 9 Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
On Friday, Baltimore-based funk quartet Pigeons Playing Ping Pong stopped at Martin Guitars in Nazareth, PA to perform a special set. The band comprised of guitarists Jeremy Schon and Greg Ormont, bassist Ben Carrey, and drummer Alex Petropulos offered up their first-ever full-band acoustic set at the historic guitar manufacturers’ headquarters.With no pedals, cables, or amplifiers in sight, the four-piece opened up their 20-minute set with an “ACOOstic Jam”, which was followed up by fan-favorite “Julia”. The band smoothly segued into The Little Mermaid‘s “Under The Sea” before diving head-first back into “Julia”. “Dawn A New Day” brought the exploratory full-band acoustic set to a close.Watch Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s special full-band acoustic set below:Pigeons Playing Ping Pong – Martin Guitars – 3/29/2019[Video: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong]Pigeons Playing Ping Pong continue their spring tour tonight, Friday, March 29th with a performance at Stroudsburg, PA’s Sherman Theater. For ticketing information and a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates, head to Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s website.Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Martin Guitars | Nazareth, PA | 3/29/2019Set: ACOOstic Jam, Julia> Under The Sea> Julia, Dawn A New Day
As I look back on my experience at Mobile World Congress (MWC) held last month in Barcelona, I’m struck by how rapidly the Telco and Service Provider industry is changing. As I mentioned in my previous post Telcos and service providers are all engaged in large, complex, multi-year infrastructure and service delivery transformations. The technology transformation is the replacement of dedicated network appliances such as routers and cellular network switches with software running on commercial off-the-shelf hardware. The industry term for this is Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). The aim of NFV is to reduce the time to service, and cost for Communication Service Providers (CSPs) to deliver network services.Different providers are taking different approaches to their transformation and the technologies they use. Some are building new services on custom, bespoke technology stacks while others are looking to implement blueprint based systems, but at a smaller scale, and cost. At Mobile World Congress we introduced the EMC Provider Cloud System (PCS). PCS is a reference architecture for communications service providers that leverages EMC’s strong industry expertise and Telco grade product portfolio. PCS is designed to accelerate the transformation of service delivery for CSPs. In what I believe is a transformation milestone for the industry, we’re now seeing the industry-focus change from architecting infrastructure solutions to deploying repeatable cloud solutions and using these clouds to provide new services.As transformation takes place across the industry, I believe the greatest opportunity for CSPs will be to monetize their data in order to influence events and consumer behavior in real-time. CSPs have a tremendous amount of data about their networks and customers and are now seeking to move beyond older analytics tools that are not able to process the volume of data efficiently or quickly enough. EMC has packaged a solution leveraging the latest analytics technology via the EMC Real-Time Intelligence (RTI) platform. EMC RTI leverages best-in-breed technologies from across the EMC Federation of companies and the open source community to provide a data analytics solution designed to operate at the multi-petabyte scale of the largest providers. It can enable use cases in network operations, security and fraud detection, network planning, customer experience and revenue generation. Today, RTI is in production at some of the largest operators in the world and EMC has a number of very exciting proofs-of-concepts underway with new startups looking to leverage the power of EMC’s data lake architecture.I am very bullish on the state of the Communications Service Provider industry coming out of MWC. EMC’s commitment to creating repeatable solutions to accelerate cloud and next generation data analytics solutions at massive scale will only accelerate the industry’s transformation in 2016.Now you know what I think, but what do you think? I encourage you to comment below.
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension will be offering a free, online school garden symposium for educators starting at 10 a.m. June 16.Four one-hour presentations will be presented on the following topics:Fruit in the school garden — Ashley Hoppers, Gilmer and Fannin County Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension agentSeed saving — Rosann Kent, lecturer, Department of Education, University of North GeorgiaVermiculture — Josh Fuder, Cherokee County Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension agentUsing the Great Georgia Pollinator Census with school gardens — Becky Griffin, Extension school and community garden coordinatorParticipating teachers will learn four presentation-related activities that they can take back to the classroom with them, according to Griffin, who is organizing the workshop. There will be time during the webinar for questions and networking.“They’ll be activities that teachers can use during the first couple of weeks of school,” she said.Educators who attend all of the presentations and complete the activities are eligible for a certificate of completion for continuing education credit. The topics covered were requested through teacher surveys and to address previous problems that some school garden coordinators have reported. “We are also aware of what school gardeners could face going into the school year, so we’ll be ready for those things. I’ve had some teachers contact me and ask how they can participate in the pollinator census even if they’re not back in school, so we’re going to address that,” said Griffin.To register for the event, visit schoolgardenwebinar0616.eventbrite.com. To learn more about school garden resources from UGA Extension, visit extension.uga.edu/programs-services/school-garden-resources or call 1-800-ASK-UGA1.