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Australian leaders in indigenous tourism
Australian leaders in indigenous tourismAustralian leaders in indigenous tourismNitmiluk Tours has had a hugely successful result at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards 2017 held at Perth Stadium on Friday 23rd February 2018 taking out silver in the Luxury Accommodation category for Cicada Lodge, and a bronze in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism category.“These wins are a recognition of both the commitment of our team in the delivery of a highly professional and authentic cultural tourism product, and to the growth and significance of Aboriginal tourism to the overall Australian tourism economy” said Jane Runyu-Fordimail, CEO Nitmiluk Tours.“As a proud Jawoyn woman receiving this award on behalf of the team at Nitmiluk Tours and all of the Jawoyn people, this is a recognition of our people, our culture and our passion to share our culture, our land and our traditions. It is an acknowledgement of the past and a positive step forward to the future”.Nitmiluk Tours is a successful 100 percent wholly owned and operated Indigenous Tourism Operation that operates on Jawoyn Land that stretches over 50,000 square kilometres, the size of whole European countries. It is the exclusive provider for touring the breathtaking Nitmiluk Gorge, located approximately 320km South of Darwin Northern Territory, Australia.Source = Nitmiluk Tours
Northern Hemisphere market report for Week 30 end
Northern Hemisphere market report for Week 30 (ending July 27) Decofrut/edited by www.freshfruitportal.comFreshfruitportal.com is not responsible for the information provided by State of the Market. The contents only reflect analysis carried out by Decofrut. You might also be interested in August 02 , 2018
November 06 2018
November 06 , 2018 From the pages of Produce Business UKWhether it be leading supermarkets with omni-channel retail or major e-commerce players like Ocado and AmazonFresh, the UK is at the vanguard of online grocery shopping in the developed world. Fresh produce still has some catching up to do, but Nielsen UK’s head of retailer and business insight, Mike Watkins, highlights some key developments that have positioned the category for growth.Mike Watkins at Nielsen UK says ‘younger shoppers are more inclined to by fresh online. It’s a lifestyle thing.’According to Nielsen Homescan research for the 52 weeks to 31 September 2018, 7.3 percent of Great Britain’s fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) were purchased online, making it a £7 billion market.Watkins says the group predicts online grocery will rise to 10 percent of the grocery market in the next three years, as the fastest-growing retail channel “outside of the discounters Aldi and Lidl.”For the moment, around 4 in 10 British shoppers make grocery purchases online. But how do fresh fruit and vegetables fit into the equation?In terms of the percentage of overall sales purchased online, fresh produce is only lagging by less than a percentage point.Watkins says the Nielsen Homescan research shows 6.4 percent of fruit and vegetable sales in Great Britain are made online, with a value of £720 million annually, and almost a third (28 percent) of shoppers are now buying fresh produce over the internet.“The thing about fruit and vegetables is there’s no longer any significant barrier to stop shoppers buying those products online,” he tells PBUK.“When online was growing very fast five years ago and shoppers weren’t used to buying fresh produce online, they bought less as a proportion of their online shopping basket. While fresh isn’t a destination category, it’s very much part of the online shopping basket as it would be if you went to a store.”And the outlook is strong because, according to Watkins, the produce offering is starting to fit with three key drivers for online purchase intent.“It’s the convenience of shopping online, it’s the range of products available and it’s the ability to ask good prices,” he says. “You do have the ability today in the UK to get the same depth of range in fruit and veg online as you can often get in the store.“That’s a challenge for the supply chain and the retailer because if there’s one challenge that shoppers find online it’s the issue of substitution, which clearly in any fresh food is going to be more of a challenge.”In the case of fruits and vegetables, this is even more of an issue because of seasonality, but the buying trends for younger generations – from Generation X through to Z — bode well for the sector.“Here’s a really important point. We know from our Homescan research that the younger shoppers are much more demanding of good quality, but they’re also much more willing to accept substitution,” says Watkins. “They learn to shop differently. And more importantly perhaps, younger shoppers are more inclined to by fresh online. It’s a lifestyle thing.”Finding and building systems to support online fresh produce growthWatkins emphasises all the major UK supermarkets have been pioneers in developing the category, as well as Ocado and more recently AmazonFresh.In the company’s half year report, Ocado chief executive officer Tim Steiner said the online retailer was in the midst of a “transformational period” with its proprietary technology offering an end-to-end operating solution to meet consumer needs.In the first six months of the year the group signed three international partnerships for its Ocado Smart Platform (OSP) with Sobeys (Canada), ICA (Sweden) and Kroger (US). This adds to existing partnerships with Groupe Casino (France), Bonpreu (Spain) and Morrisons (UK).“The success of our technology platform continues to be demonstrated by our UK retail business, where Ocado continues to outpace our competition in terms of our service offering and our growth,” Steiner said.“We have just opened our latest state-of-the-art Customer Fulfillment Centre, which, once at full capacity, will be the largest automated warehouse for online grocery retail in the world and will showcase the scalability, adaptability and efficiency of our platform.”Ocado’s technological innovation is a response to many hurdles that continue to exist in e-commerce for fresh food, with two main problems being the cost of fulfillment and the challenge of providing frequent deliveries in an efficient way.“They [Ocado] say in their trading statement that the average spend is over £100, and within that there’s rather a high proportion of fruits and vegetables. So Ocado specifically look to offer depth of range which is very important in fresh foods,” says Watkins.“The next stepping point which includes fresh is for retailers to find a way of delivering smaller baskets more often, profitably.“If fresh is part of your meal occasion at night, shoppers will have to pay more for that in the future in my view because it becomes very expensive for any retailer, whether it be Tesco, Amazon or Ocado, to fulfil that.”Subscription services the “next big thing” for e-commerceWatkins emphasises that as only 7 percent of FMCG purchases are online. That means the vast majority are still in physical stores.“That isn’t going to go anywhere soon – what we’re seeing as the future growth of fresh food as a destination online is still to be proven,” he clarifies. “If you look at all the expenditure online, people buy lots of different products within their online shopping basket. But only 5 percent of those online baskets are 100 percent fresh.”He says this is a broad trend in what is still a “very specific” category, where e-commerce is not yet happening instead of the bigger shop for households.“In heavily urbanised cities or regions, be it in the UK or Korea, there’s a market for having fresh foods delivered within the area, but the number of items that people are buying is going to be a handful, so we need to look at it somewhat differently,” says Watkins.“Similarly to alcohol and confectionery, there’s a need for theatre and in-house experience within the whole fresh environment, to be able to touch the products and see the display, which is obviously a key part.“That’s why fresh online delivery and specifically fresh baskets are still in their infancy.”He describes delivery packs and subscription models as “probably the next big thing in online grocery shopping”.“That’s because if you subscribe to the benefits of having a subscription, you’re more likely to shop more often, and if you’re shopping more often, you’re more likely to buy more fresh food.”Like the Amazon Prime subscription service that offers same-day delivery, leading UK supermarkets are also offering subscription services, generally incentivising longer subscription periods with more competitive pricing for annual deals.Examples include Tesco’s Click+Collect Delivery Saver, Asda’s Delivery Pass and Sainsbury’s Saver Delivery Pass. Many of these plans offer consumers better pricing for mid-week delivery between Tuesday and Thursday, but what they all share is a £40 minimum spend or else the purchase includes a delivery fee.Earlier this month (October), Waitrose took the model a step further with the announcement of a trial allowing consumers to have their online grocery purchases delivered while they’re out.Using Yale smart-lock technology, customers give a Waitrose delivery driver the ability to enter their home with a temporary access code sent to the retailer via a secure app. The code is then sent to the driver’s device at the time the customer has booked for the delivery and is deleted once the delivery is complete.The retailer will test demand for the “While You’re Away” service with 100 customers within the delivery area of its dotcom fulfilment centre in Coulsdon, South London. Participants in the trial will need to make minimum orders of £25 and a minimum number of six orders.If the trial is successful, the retailer hopes to make the service available to more than 1,000 customers in spring 2019.“There is certainly an increasing demand among our customers to make shopping with us even more convenient to fit around their busy lifestyles,” said Waitrose’s head of business development Archie Mason.“Rather than waiting for a delivery or trying to put everything away, it gives customers more flexibility to use that time differently, including more time enjoying cooking and eating the food they’ve bought.“The concept of ‘in-home delivery’ has started to prove popular in other countries, so we are keen to establish if there is an appetite for it in the UK.’”Two more omni-channel trends to watch: Meal kits and sustainable packagingWatkins highlights two other key trends that will shape the future of fresh produce sales, with implications for online, as well.The first is meal kits, building on trends around recipes and meal delivery services.“If you go back about 10 years in the UK, chilled ready meals in a box to put in the microwave, that was a big, growing category,” he says.“When you look at the online space, it’s more like innovation by meal kits where you buy the product to prepare and cook yourself.“That hits the other part of online food shopping, which is Just Eats and HelloFresh, where you’re actually buying the ingredients for the meal that creates, which is different to having it in a box and putting it in the microwave.”He says meal kits are more orientated to higher-end, bigger expenditure demographics, but “clearly there’s a good profit margin in the industry, and that’s where the innovation is going”.The second issue relates to the mass consumer movement against plastic waste and a need to provide more recyclable and sustainable packaging, while at the same time still protecting the product and therefore product quality.“That’s a big topic in the UK – when you’re having product delivered to the home or from pick and collect, they still need to be packed correctly,” Watkins says. “It’s really only in the past 12 months that the supermarkets have started to take a lead role on this, so it’s all about the overall brand and the brand equity and retailer equity.“It’s not yet specifically for online – when you shop at these retailers, you can trust them to be doing all these right things that you expect them to do.”For more on omni-channel retailing, check out the home page for the Amsterdam Produce Summit, which features articles and speakers who be focusing on the topic at this year’s conference from 12-14 November. 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But Trump said on Saturday he did not think that was fair to U.S. suppliers.He noted that the U.S. Commerce Department would evaluate in the next few days whether to take Huawei off its entity list.This decision was applauded by both China and U.S. microchip makers.“We are encouraged the talks are restarting and additional tariffs are on hold and we look forward to getting more detail on the president’s remarks on Huawei,” John Neuffer, president of the U.S. Semiconductor Association, said in a statement.Yet not all U.S. politicians are likely to welcome the move.Last month, Republican U.S. Senator Marco Rubio and Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Warner urged Trump to not use Huawei as a bargaining chip for trade negotiations.Huawei has come under mounting scrutiny for over a year, led by U.S. allegations that “back doors” in its routers, switches and other gear could allow China to spy on U.S. communications.The company has denied its products pose a security threat.An uncertain future for the U.S. and ChinaRegarding tensions between the two administrations, a number of Asia specialists, including former U.S. diplomats and military officers, have urged Trump not to “treat China as an enemy.”They warn that this approach could hurt U.S. interests and the global economy, according to a draft open letter reviewed by Reuters on Saturday.Although analysts cheered a resumption of talks between Washington and Beijing, the future relationship between the world’s largest economies remains uncertain.Some are left questioning whether the two sides would be able to build enough momentum to breach the divide and forge a lasting deal, explained Reuters.Read the full article here NZ: Zespri sends first kiwifruit charter of the ca … No deadline was set for progress on a deal, and the world’s two largest economies remain at odds over significant parts of an agreement, commented Reuters.Still, financial markets, which have suffered from the nearly year-long trade war, are likely to cheer the truce, it added. U.S. increases tariffs on China to 25% in major tr … July 01 , 2019 You might also be interested in Washington and Beijing have slapped tariffs on billions of dollars of each other’s imports, stoking fears of a wider global trade war. Those tariffs remain in place while negotiations resume.“We’re right back on track,” Trump told reporters after an 80-minute meeting with Xi Jinping at a summit of leaders of the Group of 20 (G20) major economies in Osaka, Japan.Trump tweeted later that the meeting with Xi went “far better than expected.“The quality of the transaction is far more important to me than speed,” he tweeted. “I am in no hurry, but things look very good!”Developments regarding Huwai TechnologiesTrump made a major compromise with Xi concerning China’s Huawei Technologies Co [HWT.UL], the world’s biggest telecom network gear maker, noted Reuters.Previously, the Trump administration claimed the Chinese firm is too close to China’s government and poses a national security risk.Trump’s Commerce Department even put Huawei on its “entity list,” effectively banning the company from buying parts and components from U.S. companies without U.S. government approval. U.S. President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping met in Osaka, Japan, on Saturday, agreeing to restart trade talks with each party returning to the negotiation table offering certain concessions.On the U.S. side, Trump said he would not impose any new tariffs on the Asian country’s imports and would ease restrictions on tech company Huawei. As for Xi, he said he would make new – but unspecified – purchases of U.S. farm products. Australian table grape season in China “outstandin … Trump moves to scrap trade privilege for India …
Leonard bill signed into law removes offending words from law books
Categories: Leonard News,Leonard Photos Rep. Tom Leonard, left, and his legislative aide, Dan Simon, join Lt. Gov. Brian Calley as he signs Public Act 67 of 2014 into law. The bill, which was introduced by Leonard, was part of a legislative package removing the words “retarded” and “retardation” from Michigan statute, a move Leonard says will promote respect for all. 01Apr Leonard bill signed into law, removes offending words from law books
Rep Price invites 89th District residents to May office hour events
Categories: News State Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township, will continue her monthly office hour visits in Spring Lake, Park Township and Grand Haven with scheduled stops on May 6, 16 and 20.“These office hours are free and open to the public,” said Rep. Price. “I hope to talk with area residents about their thoughts on state government to do the best I can in being their representative in Lansing.”The office hours are:Friday, May 6, 3-4 p.m. at the Spring Lake District Library, 123 E. Exchange St., Spring LakeMonday, May 16, 10-11 a.m. at the Park Township Hall, 52 152nd, HollandFriday, May 20, 9-10 a.m. at Coffee Grounds, 41 Washington Ave. No. 180, Grand HavenNo appointment is necessary. Anyone unable to attend the office hour events can contact Rep. Price’s Lansing office at 517-373-0838. The representative also can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at N-1193 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909. 29Apr Rep. Price invites 89th District residents to May office hour events
Rep LaFaves key vote advances plan to guarantee lower car insurance rates
State Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain today voted in favor of legislation to fix Michigan’s broken car insurance system and guarantee lower rates for all drivers in the Upper Peninsula and across the state.The House Insurance Committee approved the plan that would lower rates by offering drivers more choice in medical coverage, cracking down on fraud, and reining in medical costs by establishing a fee schedule. LaFave made the important procedural motion to advance the bill to the House floor, then cast the deciding vote in favor of the bill.“Michigan has the highest car insurance rates in the nation – a ridiculous 82 percent above the national average,” LaFave said. “That’s simply unaffordable for many U.P. families and forces them to juggle financial priorities. This plan finally would deliver the guaranteed lower prices drivers deserve, and I am proud to cast the deciding vote in advancing this legislation to the next step. I look forward to voting in favor of this bill on the House floor and seeing it taken up in the Senate.”LaFave stressed the proposal continues unlimited lifetime medical benefits for those already injured in catastrophic car accidents. The legislation also allows people who want that coverage in the future to continue buying it.In addition, the bill offers alternative personal injury protection coverage options. All insured drivers would be guaranteed lower rates on the PIP portion of their policies, with the savings increasing at lower coverage levels. The savings could be greatest for seniors, who would not need PIP coverage at all if they already have lifetime health insurance such as Medicare.“We’re not taking coverage away from anyone,” LaFave said. “The key here is eliminating mandates and offering choice so people can pick whatever works best for them. Michigan is the only state mandating unlimited lifetime health care coverage in car insurance. That should not be the case. Every other state offers choice, and Michigan should too.”LaFave voted in favor of an amendment that guarantees rate rollbacks for all drivers on the PIP portion of coverage. PIP savings would be 10 percent for those buying unlimited coverage, 20 percent for those buying $500,000 in coverage and 40 percent for those buying $250,000 in coverage.LaFave voted against two Democratic amendments, including a measure that would have forced Upper Peninsula drivers to subsidize drivers in Detroit.“These amendments were politically motivated. They were intended to kill the bill, make sure it would never pass, and make sure drivers never got any rate reduction at all,” LaFave said. “I didn’t come to Lansing to play politics. I came here to fix problems.”House Bill 5013 advances to the House floor for consideration.##### Categories: LaFave News,News 26Oct Rep. LaFave’s key vote advances plan to guarantee lower car insurance rates
Rep Noble encourages communities to support local businesses during Buy Michigan Week
Categories: Noble News State Rep. Jeff Noble today encouraged residents to participate in an ongoing week-long event that emphasizes buying Michigan-made products.Noble noted the continued importance of supporting small businesses and how their success will only strengthen Michigan’s economy while creating job and career opportunities.“Purchasing goods and services here in Michigan leads to stronger communities and a stronger state,” said Noble, of Northville. “Supporting our local businesses – which truly are the backbone of our state’s success – helps provide jobs and stability for our communities. Let’s all come together and show how appreciative we are for the Michigan businesses choosing to invest in us.”Back in October, the Michigan House passed a resolution supporting “Buy Nearby” – an annual statewide promotion for shopping at local retail outlets instead of alternatives via the internet. It is estimated that if Michigan residents made a collaborative effort to buy locally, the Buy Nearby project could create $9 billion in economic activity and nearly 74,000 jobs statewide.Buy Michigan Week began on July 28 and will run through Aug. 5. 30Jul Rep. Noble encourages communities to support local businesses during Buy Michigan Week
Rep Lightner announces monthly Outstanding Educator Award
Today, state Rep. Sarah Lightner announced she will recognize local educators as part of her monthly Outstanding Educator Award. Residents of the 65th House District can nominate educators who make a difference in their lives, and each month, one will be presented with a state tribute in appreciation of their service to the community.“Our educators sacrifice so much to help prepare the next generation,” Rep. Lightner said. “We recently celebrated Teacher Appreciation Day, but I believe their hard work and dedication deserve to be recognized throughout the year. This opportunity to shed a little more light on the tremendous work being done by our educators is exciting!”All residents are invited to submit nominations for educators living in the 65th House District by visiting Rep. Lightner’s website at www.RepLightner.com and filling out the Outstanding Educator Award form. For questions or more information, residents may contact the representative’s office by calling (517) 373-1775 or emailing SarahLightner@house.mi.gov. Categories: Lightner News 15May Rep. Lightner announces monthly Outstanding Educator Award
Rep Slagh announces June office hours
State Rep. Bradley Slagh, of Zeeland, will meet with Ottawa County residents during scheduled office hours for the month of June.“I believe in sitting down with those I represent on a regular basis and this month is no exception,” Rep. Slagh said. “I hope you’ll join me for a cup of coffee and share what’s on your mind.”Rep. Slagh will have a joint coffee hour with Sen. Roger Victory on Monday, June 17 from 9 to 10 a.m. at DeBoer Bakkerij (south side location), 380 W 16th St. in Holland.Additionally, Rep. Slagh will be available on Friday, June 21 at the following times and locations:8:15 to 9:15 a.m. at Frank’s Restaurant, 134 E Main Ave. in Zeeland; and10 to 11 a.m. at Signatures Coffee & Espresso Bar, 6375 Balsam Drive, Ste. 100 in Hudsonville.No appointments are necessary. Those who are unable to attend at the scheduled times, but would like an opportunity to talk with Rep. Slagh may call his office at (517) 373-0830 or email BradleySlagh@house.mi.gov.### Categories: Slagh News 05Jun Rep. Slagh announces June office hours
Grantmakers in the Arts Study Points to Positive and Negative Revenue Trends
Share30Tweet44ShareEmail74 SharesFebruary 25, 2018; Grantmakers in the ArtsTo mark the 25th anniversary of the “first-ever benchmark study of institutional philanthropic support for arts and culture” in 1993, Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) commissioned arts philanthropy researcher Steven Lawrence to analyze data and trends in arts funding in the US over the last few decades. Those who work in the field will not be surprised by key findings, which paint a picture of a long roller-coaster ride of variable government funding, dramatic rises and falls in corporate support, and many twists and turns in the foundation landscape. The sector has remained remarkably resilient through most of this period—but since the Great Recession (2007–13), not so much.Lawrence reports his findings along a timeline dating back to the 1980s. He acknowledges that trends don’t neatly line up with the construct of decades, but he describes the overall state of arts philanthropy using themes from each decade to frame larger trends and fluctuations in the overall economy as well as in the arts. The report emphasizes the evolution of arts funding, not of the arts sector per se, and is therefore attentive to the various categories of funders and the narrative threads that can be traced within and across these categories over time.Those who work in the arts sector or in philanthropy will want to read the full report, which appears in the Winter 2018 issue of GIA Reader. GIA is also presenting a webinar on the research on March 27th. What we offer here is a summary of some of the key observations from Lawrence’s in-depth analysis.The 1980s are described as representing the beginnings of an organized approach to understanding, studying, and supporting the field of arts funding—the establishment of GIA, for example, as well as a significant increase in the number of state, regional, and local arts agencies. Those agencies were essential to the overall funding infrastructure, as the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) required four percent of its funds to be directed to the state agencies. This growing infrastructure of support agencies also represented the beginnings of local advocacy, capacity-building services, and research on behalf of artists and arts organizations. Also, many NEA grants required matching funds from private sources, making it essential for arts leaders to foster networks of philanthropic support at local levels.The 1990s were characterized by an increasingly sophisticated funding community that was learning how to make the case for “why arts and culture matter.” This was in part a reaction to the “culture wars” over censorship in the 1980s, which for some time after led to greatly reduced NEA funding and was in part a reflection of new areas of research, like “mappings of the social and economic benefits of the arts in specific communities.” But even as arts leaders and funders were learning to better make the case for investing in the arts, the NEA cuts—not just in dollars, but also in moving from “over a dozen divisions focused on specific disciplines to ‘a few generic themes’”—took their toll, and hurt state arts agencies as well, especially around the mid-’90s. However, as government funding declined during this decade, private contributions—from individuals, corporations, and especially foundations—increased substantially.Lawrence describes arts funding in the 2000s as “holding steady and losing ground.” Against the dot-com bust, the 9/11 terrorist attacks and, later, the Great Recession, the economy and philanthropy were battered in the first decade of the new century. Most troubling for the cultural community is that while other nonprofit sectors have since rebounded, the nonprofit arts sector still has not fully recovered:Support for the arts has fluctuated during the tumultuous period between 2000 and 2014. Unlike in prior economic downturns, where the arts showed consistency and resilience, an examination of recent arts and culture revenue and public and private funding suggests that the arts as they are traditionally perceived may represent a diminishing priority for foundation and corporate donors. While the nominal value of support for arts and culture in the United States remains impressive, relative to changes in support for other priorities, the arts have unquestionably lost ground.Other troubling trends include these:While the NEA has consistently remained the largest single funder of the arts in the US over the period studied, these funds are always subject to political winds, and the Trump Administration is threatening to “shut down” this critical funding stream, along with others that support the humanities, libraries, and museums. As noted above, defunding the NEA would have a crippling effect on state arts agencies, not only in terms of local grant making, but also in the areas of advocacy, capacity building, and research.Despite the proliferation in nonprofit arts groups—and especially in smaller, community-based organizations, “the distribution of arts and culture funding in 2014 continued to look remarkably similar to the early 1980s: museums and the performing arts accounted for a majority of grant dollars, and a substantial share of funding was concentrated among a small number of major arts and cultural institutions.” Lawrence notes that even as the US has become more ethnically diverse, those arts groups receiving the lion’s share of funding continue to reflect “a European cultural tradition.”The arts sector is losing ground in terms of overall nonprofit revenue: “Nonprofit arts organizations slipped from representing 3 percent of total nonprofit revenue in 2000 to 1.9 percent in 2013. Concurrently, the number of arts organizations reporting to the IRS grew by 20 percent during this time, meaning that the average value of revenue available for each of these arts organizations declined from $1 million to $850,000 after inflation.”Among the positive trends—and opportunities—are these:Since 2000, total private contributions to the arts are up by 10 percent, with individual donors leading the way. (A separate report about nonprofit theater donors supports this finding.) However, there is some concern about “a generational shift away from supporting the types of institutions traditionally thought of as embodying the arts in the United States,” which also represents an opportunity to better articulate “the ways that the arts need to speak to the challenges of poverty, educational disparities, and other factors.”The arts funding sector itself continues to evolve, by responding to and anticipating changes in the external environment. Lawrence describes “a robust and organized arts funding community” with “a rigorous research agenda to understand and convey the value of arts and culture to all facets of society.” Again, with generational differences in mind, the opportunity to engage newer foundations in fresh conversations about the impact of arts funding presents a critical opportunity.Despite some of the more sobering findings of the data analysis, Lawrence notes that while the 2000s have been challenging for the arts sector, the news is not all bad. In 2014, “individual, foundation, corporate, and government contributions for arts and culture together totaled a staggering $16 billion.”—Eileen CunniffeShare30Tweet44ShareEmail74 Shares
Study Highlights Health Impact of Historical Trauma in Native Communities
Share125Tweet12ShareEmail137 SharesBy US. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsJuly 11, 2018; Color LinesNonprofits working in communities continue to learn more about how intersectional identities and issues impact service provision. Poverty, housing insecurity, employment discrimination, and social isolation all influence the care and health of the American Indian and Alaskan Native (AI/AN) communities. AI/AN adults face significant barriers, especially women, who are burdened by the additional barrier of institutional racism. This impacts women of color and AI/AN women even when they avoid other barriers like poverty and housing insecurity. While research on the health of AI/AN women is limited, a study by the Center for American Progress has found these impacts are similar to those faced by Black women.The study, released on July 9th, found that the institutional racism faced by AI/AN women is one factor driving high maternal and infant mortality rates for Native Americans. In 2015, mortality rates for AI/AN babies under one year old was 8.3 per 1000 births, compared to only 4.9 deaths per 1,000 births of non-Hispanic white babies. Mortality rates have declined over the years for all ethnic groups except AI/AN babies. According to an article in Rewire.News, “Native American infants are twice as likely as non-Hispanic White infants to die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), and are 70 percent more likely than non-Hispanic White infants to die from accidental deaths before the age of 1.”Not only do barriers stemming from racism, such as class, insurance access, and healthcare access impact infant and maternal health, biological and neurological advances have found the same is true of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), including the “legacy of chronic trauma and unresolved grief across generations” as a result of colonialism, genocide, forced migration, boarding schools, and relocation.Historical trauma is transferred through generations via biological, psychological, environmental, and social means. These traumas not only impact people of color from accessing care, but they directly impact their health. Individuals with high ACEs scores (more traumatic childhood events) are more likely to develop health problems, including diabetes, liver disease, fetal health issues, high blood pressure, and addiction and can even suffer early death in some cases.And while trauma may be in the DNA of American Indians, “love is there, too” says Mike Carney, a doula in the Lakota Nation. American Indian and Alaskan Native communities have many culturally grounded approaches that can interrupt the cycle of historical trauma, including cradleboards—indigenous baby carriers that have been shown to reduce SIDS—and welcoming ceremonies to bring the child to the tribe and family with open arms.Also, last month, NPQ wrote about a community initiative in Fresno that improves community resilience through the use of “a strength-based, holistic, and youth-friendly self-assessment tool grounded in the Medicine Wheel.” In the tool, as developed by the group, “the four directions—east, south, west, north—represent the lifespan (i.e., infancy, childhood, adulthood, elderhood); the area of health (i.e., mental, physical, emotional, spiritual); and the GONA [Gathering of Native Americans] themes (i.e., belonging, mastery, interdependence, generosity).”These ceremonies and traditions are empowering, and by incorporating practices and beliefs, especially those that support infant and maternal health (physical and emotional), agencies working with American Indian women and their children can increase the support and wellness of their clients. A level of cultural competency and humility needs to be present in all nonprofits, especially in the areas of health and wellness.Because of these institutional barriers and forms of aggression, as well as the low number (two percent of the population) of AI/AN individuals in the United States, medical files and records often underreport the number of AI/AN patients, so the numbers of infant and maternal mortalities may be higher. Nonprofits often struggle with data collection in the face of traumatized clients, confidentiality requirements, and fears of being intrusive.However, the need for government-level intervention and services in the community cannot be adequately measured without this data. And when working with clients who disclose they do have insurance, for instance, consider that they may be receiving health services through the Indian Health Services (IHS) program, which remains underfunded, lacks adequate emergency and child health providers, and has long wait times. As with many things, access does not mean adequacy.— Ember UrbachShare125Tweet12ShareEmail137 Shares
Swisscomowned Italian ISP Fastweb is deploying a
Swisscom-owned Italian ISP Fastweb is deploying a 100Gbps per channel fibre network between Milan and Rome, using equipment from Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN).The networks, which will allow a total data transfer speed of 4Tbps, is expected to be operational in the fourth quarter. NSN is providing its DWDM service, including network management.
Telekom Austria had 186000 A1TV customers in Aust
Telekom Austria had 186,000 A1TV customers in Austria at the end of September, up 39% year-on-year. Fixed broadband lines numbered 1.247 million, up 11.4%.Telekom Austria posted revenues of €1.111 billion for the quarter, down 6.2%. Net income was €128 million, up 32.5%.
German familyoriented channel and content provide
German family-oriented channel and content provider Your Family Entertainment has struck a deal to supply programming to the Italian market with local distributor Filmedia.Filmedia, which represents broadcasters including ORF, Deutsche Welle and ZDF in the Italian market, will distribute Your Family Entertainment shows including Mission Odyssey, Altair and Shadow of the Elves in Italy.In addition to providing a library of about 3,500 half-hours of kids and youth programming, Your Family Entertainment operates the Yourfamily pay TV channel in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Bulgaria.
Virgin Media has added a range of new channels fro
Virgin Media has added a range of new channels from Viacom to its Virgin TV and Virgin TV Anywhere services.Nick HD, MTV HD, MTV Music and BET have joined Virgin TV, while Comedy Central and BET have been added to the Virgin TV Anywhere offering.Virgin Media said it was the only cloud-based entertainment service to offer Comedy Central. Virgin TV Anywhere is available via the web, Virgin Media’s TiVo platform or via mobile and tablet apps.“These new channels are packed with everything from talk shows and children’s programming to a wide range of music and comedy. With a growing number of channels available there’s something for everyone on our TV platform and customers will never struggle to find something to watch, whatever their taste or mood, “ said Nick Forward, director of TV at Virgin Media.
Tablet shipments will outstrip PC shipments next y
Tablet shipments will outstrip PC shipments next year, despite experiencing a slowdown in 2014, according to new research by Gartner. The research firm predicts that in 2015 global tablet shipments will reach 321.0 million units, outstripping worldwide PC unit shipments at 316.7 million.This is in spite of Gartner expecting tablet sales to slow down in 2014 to reach 256 million units – an increase of 23.9% from 2013.This year PC shipments are tipped to reach 308.5 million units. This marks a market contraction of 2.9%, better than the 9.5% decline witnessed in 2014.Gartner estimates that the shift towards ‘phablets’ in South-East Asia and lower demand for tablets with smaller screens are slowing global tablet penetration.“The next wave of adoption will be driven by lower price points rather than superior functionality,” said Gartner research director Ranjit Atwal.
SES12 one of a new generation of DTHHTS satelli
SES-12: one of a new generation of DTH/HTS satellitesSatellite operator SES has posted solid first half results on the back of strong growth in capacity sales in Europe and other territories outside the US, where its top line took a hit from the loss of government contracts.SES posted revenues of €938.9 million for the six months to June, up 6.3% at contant exchange rates and 3.1% as reported, with EBITDA of €693.8 million, up 7.4% at constant exchange rates or 4.8% as reported.The company had a contract backlog of €7.2 billion at the end of June.European revenue increased by 13.7% on a constant exchange basis to €514.7 million, boosted by sales of capacity to Sky Deutschland and to rival Eutelsat at the 28.5° East position – the result of the pair’s settlement of there frequency rights dispute at that position. Other developments included the growth of SES’s HD+ platform in Germany, which had 1.5 million paying customers at the end of June, up 29% year-on-year, with a further 1.3 million in a free trial phase.North American revenue declined by 13.5% to €167.2 million on a constnt exhange basis, while revenue from other territories grew 8.2% to €257 million, boosted by Brazilian DTH growth.“SES’s continuing successful development and execution of the 2014 plan has delivered robust first half results that validate our strategy to address target regions and market verticals. Video remains core to our business. Europe and the International segments posted strong growth, while the North American segment continued to be affected by the U.S. Government budget sequester. The 2014 financial guidance is reiterated,” said Karim Michel Sabbagh, president and CEO.“Three satellites were brought into service in the period, further developing our capabilities in Europe, MENA and Asia-Pacific. Four more satellites are under construction, including the newly announced SES-12, a hybrid satellite for the Asia-Pacific region, which will benefit from the dual innovations of an HTS payload and all-electric propulsion.These programmes, all components of our medium term CapEx plan, will enhance our differentiated positioning in the developing markets that we are targeting. On 10 July 2014, O3b Networks, the satellite company building ‘Fibre in the Sky’, in which SES has a significant interest, successfully launched its second group of four satellites. O3b’s full suite of commercial services will be offered once in-orbit testing is completed. We look forward to O3b’s successful commercialisation of its product range with customers across the underserved markets of the world.”
The BBC is looking to launch a BBC World News app
The BBC is looking to launch a BBC World News app for TV in a bid to extend the news functionality it offers on tablets and mobile devices to the big screen, according to BBC World News commercial director, Colin Lawrence.Speaking at Cable Congress in Brussels, Lawrence said that going down the tech route would give the World News TV channel a “slightly different future than the one we have now,” adding that people want “a degree of control in personalisation and on-demand.”“I do believe that the linear stream of output will be an important part of what we do in the future and I think that’s true of our competitors. But I think alongside that we’ve got an opportunity to serve more video, text and on-demand bulletins in stories that are going to enrich the overall news experience,” said Lawrence.“I think the Android functionality in set-top boxes enables people to use a TV screen much in the same way they might a tablet. So bringing those assets together is going to make a richer experience.”Asked specifically whether BBC World News was developing an IP-powered TV app, Lawrence said: “We are looking at apps all the time and we are close. At the moment the apps work on tablet or mobile. Our challenge is to bring them to the TV as well. Managing live media assets is more complicated than managing something that’s taped and server-based. That does create challenges for us, but they’re not insurmountable.”In January, the BBC started rolling out a new version of the BBC News app in the UK for Android and iOS devices, allowing users to personalise the app with the news that interests them. Also included in the update was an “enriched ‘live’ experience, letting users not only access the BBC News live channel, but also follow the latest news in the live pages.Earlier this month, speaking about the corporation’s wider digital plans, BBC director general Tony Hall said the BBC will introduce personalised recommendations on the iPlayer and homepage.“We’ll recommend news and sports stories just for you. We’ll give you your own BBC app, which will remember all your favourite programmes, artists, music, interests, DJs and sports teams. All in one place,” he said.BBC World News is owned and operated by BBC Global News Ltd, a member of the BBC’s commercial group of companies and is funded by subscription and advertising revenues.The channel is the BBC’s biggest television service and broadcasts around the world to an estimated weekly weekly audience of 76 million. It is available globally in more than 380 million homes.