Austrian journalist Sandra Bakutz finally acquitted

first_img Help by sharing this information TurkeyEurope – Central Asia April 2, 2021 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out more Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law RSF_en Follow the news on Turkey June 1, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Austrian journalist Sandra Bakutz finally acquitted TurkeyEurope – Central Asia News News to go further News News Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit The Ankara court for heavy penalties today ordered Sandra Bakutz’s provisional release pending trial on 1 June. Reporters Without Borders welcomes this decision but calls for all the charges against her to be dropped. Austrian freelance journalist Sandra Bakutz, who had been facing a sentence of 10-15 years in prison on a charge of belonging to an illegal organisation, was acquitted today by the Ankara court for heavy penalties on grounds of insufficient evidence. Bakutz had been released from police custody on 30 March and allowed to return to Austria pending today’s hearing, in which the judges decided to drop all charges against her. Reporters Without Borders welcomes today’s outcome.———————————————————-30 March 2005 Ankara court frees Austrian journalist provisionally, leaves charges in placeReporters Without Borders voiced relief at an Ankara court’s decision today to provisionally free Austrian journalist Sandra Bakutz pending trial on 1 June, but urged the Turkish authorities to go one step further and drop the charges against her of belonging to an illegal organization.”This young Austrian journalist has wasted enough days in prison,” the press freedom organization said, adding, “her release should definitive instead of provisional because the authorities have failed to support the charges against her.”Today’s hearing at the Ankara court for heavy penalties began at 2 p.m. in the presence of many Turkish and Austrian journalists and a Reporters Without Borders representative. Judge Orhan Karadeniz presided.Although prosecutor Salim Demirci produced no hard evidence, the court accepted his presentation of the charges while rejecting his request for Bakutz to remain in custody. Speaking in German, Bakutz rejected all the charges. She was defended by more than 20 lawyers.A reporter for Austrian radio station Orange 94.0 and the German weekly Junge Welt, Bakutz was arrested on her arrival at Istanbul’s Atatürk airport on 10 February on a charge of “belonging to an illegal organization.” She was transferred to the Pasakapisi detention centre in Istanbul on 16 February and from there to Gebze prison, 50 km to the south. Finally, on 1 March, she was transferred to Ulucanlar prison in Ankara, where she remained until today’s hearing.There will no restrictions on Bakutz’s movement while she awaits trial on 1 June. She still faces the possibility of a prison sentence of 10 to 15 years. Organisation Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor April 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alertslast_img read more

Ørsted to invest $30 billion in wind power, green development through 2025

first_imgØrsted to invest $30 billion in wind power, green development through 2025 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CNBC:Danish energy firm Ørsted has unveiled an “extensive investment program” that will see it invest around 200 billion Danish krone ($30.26 billion) in green energy between 2019 and 2025.Breaking the figures down, Ørsted said that investments in offshore wind farms were expected to make up 75 to 85 percent of the program, with onshore investments accounting for 15 to 20 percent. Bioenergy and customer solutions were expected to represent 0 to 5 percent of the spending.“Today, our portfolio consists of 11.9 GW (gigawatts) of offshore and onshore wind farms and biomass-fired combined heat and power plants that are either in production, under construction or have been given final investment decision,” Henrik Poulsen, Orsted’s CEO and president, said in a statement Wednesday.“Towards 2030, it’s our strategic ambition to reach an installed capacity of more than 30GW, provided that the build-out creates value for our shareholders,” Poulsen added. “As an important step, we’re raising our 2025 ambition for offshore wind from 11-12 GW to 15 GW.”Ørsted is a world leader in offshore wind. In September, the business officially opened the Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm, the world’s largest operational offshore wind facility. Located in the Irish Sea, it has a total capacity of 659 megawatts and is capable of powering nearly 600,000 homes in the U.K. Ørsted owns 50 percent of the project, with Danish pension funds PFA and PKA owning 25 percent each.Europe as a whole is a major player in the offshore wind sector. It is home to more than 4,000 offshore wind turbines across 11 countries, according to trade body WindEurope. Thirteen new offshore wind farms were completed in 2017, including the world’s first floating offshore wind farm, Hywind Scotland, located 25 kilometers off the coast of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire.More: Ørsted outlines plans for $30 billion investment in green energylast_img read more

Interstitials. Internet speed bumps.

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joe Winn What do you get when you mix auto loan programs with a desire to help others? Well, approaches that make a difference, of course. So what do you get when … Web: credituniongeek.com Details BAM! Whatever you call them, you’ve seen them before, and chances are, your institution is using them.And unlike the carnival game, it’s actually no fun at all. Despite that, you likely never even gave much thought to your website interstitials.Hence why, just like those abandoned carnival grounds outside town (that’s too much Welcome to Night Vale for me), you can’t just make them disappear. Like essentially everything in Night Vale, that’s bad juju. Bad for your customers or members, and bad for your institution. Take a look at your own (if you use them) or visit some of your CU companions in the area. Chances are, some of these institutions have wording which could rival Halloween Horror Nights! (Ok, I kid…mostly…what’s THAT?!)If you use them, the worst message you want to convey to a member is: “maybe you’re better off hitting ‘Cancel’”. Some credit unions take a much softer tone and acknowledge the link goes to a trusted partner site or similar. Best practices include making the “Sure!” or “Let’s Go!” links prominent buttons by size and/or color.Now they’re not so scary! But the question remains: Why have these interstitials at all?Marketers know how fickle and impatient their web users are. In fact, they have less than 5 seconds to capture a user’s attraction. Any obstacles at all can easily cause the page to be abandoned. Given this knowledge, why do these interstitials exist? It all stems from a guidance issued by the OCC (and reprinted by NCUA) in 2003.What Did Your Website Look Like in 2003?Ah, we had just “survived” Y2K. The internet was starting to take on the enormous value it is today. (Sidenote: My company launched its first website in 1996!) However, these were still early days in website development.You can actually view every version of your site through its history in the Wayback Machine.Data security was important, yet we didn’t hear about massive hacks on a daily basis, and cyber theft was a new thing. The average person paid little attention to security online. MySpace was just starting, bringing with it “glitter kittens” and every imaginable animated gif.Businesses featured internet “billboards” and added “helpful” content to their sites like weather widgets, visit counters, and more to add fun & interest.It was the early days of online merchants. Consider this era of website a glorified listing, rather than the primary presence it represents now. Information on the company as well as 3rd party partners was common.A user could visit a company site, learn about a 3rd party service, and click straight through to it. The concerns came when sites used browser frames to give the appearance that users were still on the original website.Legal folks at the regulatory agencies were concerned that consumers, especially those making transactions, may not be aware they were doing business with a separate company. A fair assessment for the time, so, on April 23rd, 2003 this guidance was issued: WEBLINKING: IDENTIFYING RISKS AND RISK MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUESReading through the document, it becomes clear how outdated the information actually is.  This was before anyone considered user experience, or had any statistics on internet marketing.One item that is critical: the document is only GUIDANCE, not a regulation. That said, in 2013, The Financial Brand found that over 80% of all US financial institutions were using these speed bumps while referencing all that “silly lawyer stuff”, a strategy unique to the US. Since then, by our own observations, those numbers are on the decline, as institutions have measured the costs against the potential liability.What are the costs of having a speed bump?Unfortunately, there aren’t any published studies on exactly how much business institutions may be losing through the use of speed bumps.Let’s look at what we do know:A study by Google focused on an interstitial comprised of a pop-up offering a service. The study found when users were expecting a certain page to load and instead were faced with an offer, there was a high percentage of abandonment. (That’s not setting or meeting expectations at all!) Based on those results, Google decided to stop displaying pages with any type of interstitial in the mobile environment. Why?The basic objective of Google’s search engine is to deliver exactly what the user is looking for. An interstitial creates “friction” in the user experience. Is your financial institution over-regulating itself and losing revenue in the process? Here’s an easy method to make members happy and increase income.We know a lot more today about the importance of user experience online. Here are 3 solid website rules for marketers:You’ve got 5 seconds – The first 5 seconds of any website visit is the golden window that allows your site to explain its value.Make Navigation Easy – Clear, with no surprises nor obstructions.Be Consistent IRL (in real life) – If your business has a presence in the real world (I’m talking branches here), it should be consistent with the website.That last rule is critical.  Imagine this scenario:Your institution partnered with a car buying service (Disclosure: My company does offer this). They have an office in your branch. After speaking with an MSR about a loan, you are referred to the auto buying rep. However, at the door (which is locked), there is a sign swinging above. It says:Got your pen ready to sign? Probably not.This isn’t the strangest example. Imagine going to your branch to apply for a loan and you are greeted with this sign at the front door. Why?Credit unions like yours partner with a 3rd party to provide their loan application and serving platform.Yes. There are institutions which actually place an interstitial after you click “apply for a loan”.  Take a look at this: *Sample* Credit Union is not responsible for the product, service, overall website content, security or privacy policies on any external third-party sites. What would you think (or do) when you see this message after clicking “Apply”?It probably doesn’t include, “continue with the application process”.Industry Self OverregulationThe financial industry puts a lot into stopping over-regulation (for a lot of great reasons).Then they do it to themselves. This outdated guidance took on a life of its own, getting misinterpreted and blown out of proportion for over fifteen years. The result is a detriment to the member experience and, in turn, the institution’s performance.Cover Your (You Know What)So internet speed bumps are a negative for your users and your institution. They’re also not necessary. So why continue using them with such fervor?It appears to be a liability concern. In conversations with institutions that use them, their compliance staff insist they be present, “because they always have”. Others tell us that their auditors insist upon them.Perhaps that logic even affects JP Morgan Chase Bank. On their Car Buying Service page, they have a small “disclaimer” at the bottom, stating: Chase’s website terms, privacy and security policies don’t apply to the site you’re about to visit. Please review its website terms, privacy and security policies to see how they apply to you. The Chase Car Buying Service is provided by TrueCar.Chase did not use a disruptive interstitial but did still keep the disclaimer. Of course, the copy is so small most users will not even see it. However, it’s there. Can you say CYA?Wrapping It UpWebsites in general, and our understanding of what people actually want while browsing, have both come a long way since 2003. The OCC guidance had no intention to impede business or negatively affect the member experience. It came at a time when websites, by design, had glaring liability issues, thus mitigating them with disclosures was a popular strategy. Not that it was a good idea back then, either.These are the facts. I get that you will not (and should not) change your practices because of something you read online (wait, there’s irony in that somewhere).There are institutions large and small not using the interstitial speed bump with partner services.If you’d like to talk to them to see how they did so without auditor challenge, I’m here to make the connections!If your examiner insists upon keeping that intrusive warning, soften it to the greatest degree possible!That might mean more friendly wording or elimination of a click-through interstitial. I know they’re a bank, but the folks at JP Morgan Chase might be worth emulating.In the end, the decision to have (or not have) interstitials is entirely up to your institution. In my relationships with credit unions, I’d say it’s about a 50/50 split.Some opt for; some opt against.What To Do?I can’t tell you that. However, I can share the information needed to explain your actions. It’s all about providing a seamless member experience, no matter their preferred channel. And you might just do a bit better as a result!last_img read more

Uniondale Man Charged in 17-month-old’s Death

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 26-year-old Uniondale man described as a soulless “monster” was charged in the murder of his girlfriend’s 17-month-old child over Columbus Day weekend, Nassau County authorities said.Lord Pardo was ordered held on $20 million bond or $10 million cash at his arraignment Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead. He was charged with second-degree murder for the child’s death on Sunday.“It’s clear that the defendant has no soul,” acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter said Tuesday during a press conference at police headquarters in Mineola. “He’s truly a monster.”Pardo, who emigrated from Haiti in 2009 and has no prior arrest record, is not the father of the child, but he was watching the tot because the mother was working at Whole Foods in Jericho.The tragic incident occurred during the afternoon as Pardo cared for the boy, Mason Robinson, and his own three-week-old daughter, authorities said. He’s cared for the child between six to eight times in the past four months, officials said.At 1:40 p.m., Pardo notified Robinson’s mother via text message that the child had “difficulty breathing,” officials said. That’s when the woman asked Pardo to bring the child to Whole Foods, which he did, according to his defense attorney Meir Moza. The child was then taken to North Shore LIJ Hospital in Syosset, where he was pronounced dead at 2:57 p.m., police said.During Pardo’s arraignment, Assistant District Attorney Jessica Cepriano said Robinson sustained a fractured rib, collapsed lung, lacerated liver, lacerated diaphragm, fractured skull, and massive internal injuries.“This was no accident,” acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said. “This baby was severely beaten and those injuries caused his death.“Nothing is more despicable than the murder of a child,” added Singas.Pardo’s defense attorney said the evidence does not point to his client willfully injuring the child.Moza said the second-degree murder charge is an example of the district attorney’s office “overreaching,” adding that the facts would prove that.Pardo has no reason to harm the child, the attorney said.“For me to believe that someone is just going to harm a baby out of nowhere, it just seems farfetched,” Moza told the Press.The attorney suggested that the injuries could’ve been caused by “negligence supervision,” but his client never intended to physically assault the child.“I don’t think that the evidence will be sustainable,” Moza said.When told of Moza’s remarks during Pardo’s arraignment, Krumpter said the “charges are consistent with the injuries the baby suffered.”The injuries, he said, are “inconsistent with an accident.”Authorities said Nassau County Child Protective Services has never investigated a case involving Pardo.last_img read more

From budget hotels to broken gear, athletes face quirky challenges when competing abroad

first_img2. Lugging around sports equipmentAside from the nerves that kick in at the start of a competition, there is another thing that most athletes fear when they have to travel abroad: lugging around heavy and expensive equipment. Most athletes worry that something might occur to their gear in transit – a common story even today.National archer Riau Ega Agatha was well acquainted with this situation since the moment he became a professional athlete.In June 2019, his confidence deflated after finding out upon his arrival in the Netherlands that the case of his bow and arrow had broken. Riau and his teammates were just about to compete at the World Archery Championship in Hertogensbosch.“When I found out there was a hole in the case, I was utterly disappointed,” Riau told The Jakarta Post recently.“I don’t know why the case was broken. Maybe it got thrown about [when it was moved between airplanes]. I couldn’t do much about it.“I bought a new case in the Netherlands. My bow was fine, but I was afraid there could be splinters,” he said.There are also other problems with lugging around sports equipment – especially when international airport security flags them as dangerous.Professional pole vaulters also have to contend with such issues.In 2018, the Indonesian Athletics Association (PASI) failed to send its athlete Idan Fauzan Richsan to the International Association of Athletics Federation’s (IAAF) Under-20 World Championship in Finland, simply because there were no airlines that permitted the transport of vaulting poles.“I’ve spoken at an international forum and found that some other countries experience a similar problem. Only those in Europe don’t experience this,” PASI secretary-general Tigor Tanjung said recently. For many of the world’s athletes, the COVID-19 pandemic has put an abrupt end to international competitions and other opportunities to travel outside their home training grounds.And while the disease has given them some respite from their rigorous training, the highly prized lives of athletes are not always as glamorous as they appear to be on social media.Like any other person, sport professionals have to deal with bouts of jetlag, the heavy shuffling of equipment and tight budget constraints – all the while navigating even tighter competition schedules. 1. Complicated visa applications It may come as no surprise that the luxuries that an athlete can afford are only going to be as good as their passports, and the Indonesian passport has proven to be less robust than those of other countries.Athletes, especially those who compete as individuals in sports like tennis or badminton, must put aside some of their personal time to process their own visa applications for overseas events.Before the coronavirus disease swept the globe, the management team of the Indonesian Surfing Association was almost at wit’s end in the application process to send their surfers to compete in the 2020 World Surfing Games in El Salvador.The fact that El Salvador had yet to open a representative office in Indonesia meant that the association had to go overseas to apply for visas for their surfers to go, well, overseas.“It turns out that Indonesian [passport holders] must go through the visa application process at El Salvador’s consulate general in Melbourne, Australia,” said association chief Arya Sena Subyakto in March.“The thing is, in order to process the visas in Melbourne, we also needed to apply for an Australian visa, for which we did not have enough time. I wish we could just send out our documents there and not go to the consulate in person.”The 2020 World Surfing Games act as a final qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but both competitions have been postponed due to the pandemic. The International Surfing Association expects the Surfing Games to be held in the second half of the year, from its initial May timetable, while the Olympics will be postponed until next year.center_img Former Indonesian top tennis player Angelique Widjaja once said that one of her reasons for retiring was that she felt “burned out by the grind of constant travel”.To wit, here are just some of the challenges Indonesian athletes face when they travel abroad for competitions: 3. Traveling on a budgetContrary to popular belief and the image well-heeled international superstars often portray, most Indonesian tennis players don’t get backing from big-name sponsors to fund their overseas tournament expenses.Instead, athletes must often compensate for their skimpy travel budget when competing abroad. A five-star hotel suite is almost never an option for them, as they are forced to think about other expenses when competing.Pro tennis player Beatrice Gumulya said she used her bonuses earned at competitions like the National Games (PON) to cover her expenses at other tournaments.One of the ways she cuts back on expenses is to lodge with overseas acquaintances or in budget hotels.“If, for instance, the tournament’s official hotel partner commands Rp 600,000 (US$39) per night, I always try to find somewhere else that is cheaper. One time I even slept at a hotel that only cost me Rp 200,000 and I shared the room with my friend,” she told the Post recently.She would often have to sacrifice convenience for cost, especially when the official hotels are just minutes away from the tournament venue. “[For me, it usually] takes up to 30 minutes to reach the venue. But that’s the reality I face, because I don’t have enough money to spend,” she said.Beatrice says her mindset makes all the difference between playing for leisure and competing professionally.“I don’t like to eat at expensive restaurants; if I really wanted to, I would do it after winning the tournament,” she said. “If I don’t do this, there is no way my tennis career would ever thrive.”Topics :last_img read more

At Least Six Dead After Tornadoes Slam Nashville

first_imgFolks in the Nashville area about to get their first real glimpse at the damage done by two overnight tornadoes as the sun comes up this morning.The twisters are blamed for at least six deaths while dozens of homes and businesses have been severely impacted. A video taken from 5th & Main in East Nashville shows the storm system that swept through the area early Tuesday morning. (Submitted by Brian Bates)Twisters hit in the middle of the night shortly before 1:00 a.m.last_img

Cam Newton injury update: Panthers QB to throw at minicamp next week

first_imgThe Panthers begin their three-day minicamp Tuesday, and it’s fair to say that all eyes will be on quarterback Cam Newton. Specifically his right arm.Why all the attention? Because, panthers.com reports, Newton will throw the football. Cam Newton throwing football, on schedule in recovery from surgery A cautious approach is to be expected because this is not the first time Newton has battled shoulder issues in his eight seasons with Carolina. January’s procedure was the second on that shoulder in less than two years.Newton, who turned 30 last month, passed for 3,385 yards last season, with 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions and a career-high 67.9 percent completion percentage. But his yards gained per pass completion was a career-low 10.6 as he continually threw short.“He’s done an outstanding job with his rehab and just being accountable to get his shoulder in the best shape possible,” quarterbacks coach Scott Turner said, per panthers.com. “Mentally, with me in the classroom, he’s just been great. He understands how important all of this is. He’s progressing, and he’s excited about it. We all are. He’s got a chance to have a really great year.” Cam Newton will throw at minicamp 😀https://t.co/eAvg0r7T5L— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) June 8, 2019This is the (first) moment Panther Nation has been waiting for since he underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his right shoulder in late January to repair whatever it was that deflated his arm strength and severely limited his effectiveness last season. Such was the concern for Carolina that Newton didn’t play the final two games of the season, and then the Panthers selected quarterback Will Grier in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft.Fans shouldn’t expect to see Newton flinging the ball over the practice field. He is only scheduled to throw during quarterback drills, according to the website. Related News “This is all part of the rehab process,” head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion said, per panthers.com. “Cam has worked extremely hard this offseason with his rehabilitation and his preparation.“He’s going to continue the throwing program Tuesday, and we’ll advance it as we monitor his progress. He’s achieved every milestone we’ve set out for him so far in preparation for this.”As such, Newton is expected to be limited in his number of throws to stationary targets. The team has not indicated when he will participate in team drills.last_img read more

Silver for our Volleyball Players at the Paralympic Games in Rio

first_imgRepresentation of BiH in sitting volleyball played the final match at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro yesterday against the selection of Iran.In the fifth consecutive final Paralympic tournament between the two best teams in the world, the Iranians were better and won the sixth Paralympic gold.Our players gave their maximum this time again, especially in the second set, but in the end they had to say goodbye to the title that deservedly goes in Tehran.In the previous five Paralympic performances, volleyball players of BiH won two gold medals, in Athens in 2004 and London in 2012, while they won silver in Sydney 2000 and Beijing in 2008 and today in Rio de Janeiro.At the Paralympic tournament in Rio, volleyball players of BiH achieved three wins and two defeats in five matches. In the group stage of the competition, they won against the Ukraine and China with maximum result, and Egypt in the semifinals, while they were defeated twice by the Iranians.The national team of Egypt won the bronze medal after beating Brazil with the score 3: 2.Besides Paralympic medals, the most successful sports team of our country is nine-time European and three-time world champion.The colors of BiH at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro defended:Adnan Kesmer, Mirzet Duran, Sabahudin Delalic (captain), Armin Sehic, Benis Kadric, Ismet Godinjak, Adnan Manko, Asim Medic, Nizam Cancar, Dzevad Hamzic, Safet Alibasic, Ermin Jusufovic, and selector Mirza Hrustemovic, caches Ejub Mehmedovic and Zikret Mahmutovic.(Source: Radiosarajevo.ba)last_img read more

COMMENT: Let us welcome Sports Broadcast to Ugandan football

first_imgRole-4 BroadcastThere is need for the mass media channels to broadcast the signal to the intended recipients. Radios, Internet (Streaming) and Television are the commonly used channels.Role-5 Marketing and SalesTaking football for the fans to watch on Television or listen to on radio does not make commercial value to the product chain until commercial partners that pay are brought on board. It is therefore paramount that marketing and sales efforts must be put in place like any other business to get the money. Professionals must be recruited to play this roleRole-6: The Consumers RoleBecause of the popularity of football, many companies would love to position their brand and sales messages to the football fans consuming football off the media. Most times the fans pay subscription fees for the access to football channels. This is the source of money to football that is used to pay all value addition entities along the product production chain and also pay FUFA, the Clubs and Players to reinvest into making a better productThe Current TrendsThe old school football persons still don’t understand that every player in the product chain must be paid. Many people are stuck in the era of volunteers who did not have the expertise to make money.CAF and its Members sold the television rights of the CAF Competitions and Events to French Company called “Lagardere”. This company does not own any TV Channel nor any Camera but has turned around CAF & Its Members Revenues tenfold.Let us welcome Sports Broadcasting, an indigenous Ugandan Company that has the vision to put Ugandan Sport to the living rooms of Ugandans. They don’t have to own a channel when Bukedde, UBC, NTV, NBS, BBS are in the business of Channels. Is it not that simple?***Magogo is the President of FUFA***Share on: WhatsApp The recently signed deal between UPL and Sports Boradcasting LtdKampala, Uganda | MOSES MAGOGO | COMMENT | My experience is that leadership is about seeing tomorrow from the position of today. Humanity naturally resists change and introducing new ideas definitely meets a lot of resistance of moving from the comfort zone. It is also true that you cannot achieve what you have failed to achieve over years using the same means.When I first said that Football today needs people to provide the brains more than the money, I was quoted out context, ridiculed and my comments were politicized to mean to target certain individuals. As a leader I had seen what tomorrow can bring and here we are.I am very proud that today many voices have joined my call and belief that Ugandan Football can generate its own money if brains are put to useHowever, in the days of liberalized media and the advent of Social Media where everyone has direct access to masses without control of quality of content, a new challenge has emerged of a few individuals positioning themselves to claim to understand what they have no idea about.I am an Engineer and I can never criticize nor challenge a surgeon. This is what professionalism calls for. Many pundits and bloggers with the experience of watching television football have become experts of Broadcasting Business. I have found it prudent to share my one cent of understanding;Football eMedia Business is a huge industry that is employing many people and making profits for those involved. It is a new thing in Uganda and definitely not many people understand the conceptThere are 6 Roles involved to make the business a going concernRole-1: Rights OwnersFUFA, Clubs and the Athletes create the sport of football that is loved and followed by many people. The modern game now demands lots of monies to identify, nurture, prepare and present players or teams that entertain fans. Therefore the owners of the sport have the treasure of the ownership of a product (Media Rights) that can be sold to masses. Therefore Role-1 is to allow other parties to record the proceedings of the matches.Role-2: ProductionUsing Media (Television, Radio and Internet), proceedings of a match are brought to the fans wherever they may be. Rights are useless if not commercialized. Role-2 is played by the Production team that uses the Cameras, and related equipment to capture the proceedings of the matches in textual, pictorial, audio and video formats. It is at this point that football has become what is called a signal.Role-3 TransmissionThe signal that is created at the match venues has no commercial value if not transmitted for the access of the fans. Transmitting a signal from one part of the world or country to the other takes it through several hands. There is a whole engineering of transmission that will ensure quality and timely reception of the signal is achieved. This is when High-Definition, Digital and Satellite terminologies come into play.last_img read more

Mane has eyes on Champions League not Real Madrid links

first_img“We’re so positive in our way. We have our targets, of course. We wanted to win the league, and the Champions League.“We didn’t win the league but we still have one trophy to go so we are going to try to give everything to win it.”Mane remembers well the mood of dejection among the players as they waited at the airport in Kiev to fly home after last season’s Champions League final defeat, and suggested that drove them on to reach this year’s final.“Yeah, of course,” he said.“We were a little bit disappointed last year because we wanted to win it. But it wasn’t the case. That’s part of football. But at the same time, it’s important to be positive.“Many people, even you (the media), didn’t expect us to play in this final, and we did it.“So now I think we have learned a lot from this, and I hope we’re going to use our experience this season to get to where we want to be.”Liverpool face a Tottenham side who finished 26 points behind them in the Premier League, but Mane is wary of opponents who knocked domestic champions Manchester City out of Europe at the quarter-final stage in April.He is looking for Liverpool to use their previous experience of playing in the Champions League final to give them an advantage.“Every time it makes it easier,” he said.“But we expect a very difficult game because Tottenham are a very good team.“We are also very good, so let’s see an exciting game, and let’s see what’s going to happen. I’m sure we will give everything to get what we want.”Share on: WhatsApp Sadio ManeLiverpool, United Kingdom | AFP | Sadio Mane admits he is flattered by suggested interest from Real Madrid but insists he is happy at Liverpool and fully focused on trying to help them win the Champions League.Reports from Spain in recent weeks have suggested that Real want to bring the Senegal forward and Manchester United’s French midfielder Paul Pogba to the Bernabeu.Mane will be in action across the city on Saturday, at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano home, which will host the Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham.The 27-year-old has scored 17 goals in 24 matches for his club since the turn of the year, and is expected to lead his country’s attack in Egypt at the Africa Cup of Nations, which starts in late June.As he prepared for Saturday’s European final, Mane was asked about interest from Real Madrid, and did not dismiss it altogether.He did, though, insist that Liverpool’s progress to the Champions League final –- which has seen them knock out Napoli, Bayern Munich, Porto and Barcelona -– is a sign of their standing in the European game.“This is part of football, so we have to deal with it,” said Mane.“But for me, the more important thing is that I am with Liverpool and I am very happy here, and I am preparing for one of the club’s biggest games.“Let’s focus on this first, and on winning it.“It’s always a pleasure for this kind of team to want you, but Liverpool, don’t forget, we beat big teams.”Mane scored for Liverpool in last season’s Champions League final, which ended in the disappointment of a 3-1 defeat by Real Madrid in Kiev.This time, they go to the final attempting to bounce back from the disappointment of a first English league title since 1990, having finished one point adrift of Manchester City despite dropping only 17 points all season.– ‘Learned a lot’ –Liverpool’s total of 97 points is the highest ever accrued by an English top-flight team without winning the league, but Mane says that near-miss has not dampened their spirits.last_img read more