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  •  France on Monday called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to make a decision to meet his American counterpart Joe Biden at a summit proposed by Paris to ease rising tensions over Ukraine Today it is possible to move towards a summit and bring stakeholders together Now it is up to President Putin to make the choice for him a French presidential official who asked not to be identified told reporters The official described the situation as very dangerous and the parties as on a very fine line The official s comments came after 24 hours of frantic diplomacy in which President Emmanuel Macron spoke twice by phone with Putin and also with Biden in an attempt to negotiate the summit plan In this context of very high volatility of very great danger we are making our last efforts our most intense efforts to avoid the worst the official said President Macron does not resign himself to defeat or to the worst outcome He is taking risks as he is out of habit the official said The Elysee issued a statement early Monday indicating that both Biden and Putin had agreed in principle to the summit The White House said such a meeting could take place as long as Russia does not invade Ukraine The Kremlin described then as premature to speak of a summit and that there were no concrete plans The French official did not dispute the Kremlin s assessment saying a goal had been set but not achieved to create an occasion to speak We are not there yet We are in a very volatile context but little by little we are changing how things are going We were successful in opening up a real diplomatic perspective in the weekend talks the official added stressing that the summit could only take place if there were no Russian invasion and substantive issues to discuss France s Europe Minister Clement Beaune earlier told LCI TV that the idea of the summit showed that a political solution might be possible If there is still a chance to avoid war to avoid confrontation and to build a political and diplomatic solution then we should seize it he said Source Credit TheGuardian
    Putin must decide on ‘possible’ Biden summit: France
     France on Monday called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to make a decision to meet his American counterpart Joe Biden at a summit proposed by Paris to ease rising tensions over Ukraine Today it is possible to move towards a summit and bring stakeholders together Now it is up to President Putin to make the choice for him a French presidential official who asked not to be identified told reporters The official described the situation as very dangerous and the parties as on a very fine line The official s comments came after 24 hours of frantic diplomacy in which President Emmanuel Macron spoke twice by phone with Putin and also with Biden in an attempt to negotiate the summit plan In this context of very high volatility of very great danger we are making our last efforts our most intense efforts to avoid the worst the official said President Macron does not resign himself to defeat or to the worst outcome He is taking risks as he is out of habit the official said The Elysee issued a statement early Monday indicating that both Biden and Putin had agreed in principle to the summit The White House said such a meeting could take place as long as Russia does not invade Ukraine The Kremlin described then as premature to speak of a summit and that there were no concrete plans The French official did not dispute the Kremlin s assessment saying a goal had been set but not achieved to create an occasion to speak We are not there yet We are in a very volatile context but little by little we are changing how things are going We were successful in opening up a real diplomatic perspective in the weekend talks the official added stressing that the summit could only take place if there were no Russian invasion and substantive issues to discuss France s Europe Minister Clement Beaune earlier told LCI TV that the idea of the summit showed that a political solution might be possible If there is still a chance to avoid war to avoid confrontation and to build a political and diplomatic solution then we should seize it he said Source Credit TheGuardian
    Putin must decide on ‘possible’ Biden summit: France
    Foreign7 months ago

    Putin must decide on ‘possible’ Biden summit: France

    France on Monday called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to make a decision to meet his American counterpart Joe Biden at a summit proposed by Paris to ease rising tensions over Ukraine.

    “Today it is possible to move towards a summit and bring stakeholders together. Now it is up to President Putin to make the choice for him,” a French presidential official, who asked not to be identified, told reporters.

    The official described the situation as "very dangerous" and the parties as "on a very fine line."

    The official's comments came after 24 hours of frantic diplomacy in which President Emmanuel Macron spoke twice by phone with Putin and also with Biden in an attempt to negotiate the summit plan.

    "In this context of very high volatility, of very great danger, we are making our last efforts, our most intense efforts, to avoid the worst," the official said.

    President Macron “does not resign himself to defeat or to the worst outcome. He is taking risks as he is out of habit,” the official said.

    The Elysee issued a statement early Monday indicating that both Biden and Putin had agreed "in principle" to the summit.

    The White House said such a meeting could take place as long as Russia does not invade Ukraine. The Kremlin described then as premature to speak of a summit and that there were no concrete plans.

    The French official did not dispute the Kremlin's assessment, saying "a goal had been set, but not achieved, to create an occasion to speak."

    "We are not there yet. We are in a very volatile context but little by little we are changing how things are going."

    “We were successful in opening up a real diplomatic perspective” in the weekend talks, the official added, stressing that the summit could only take place if there were no Russian invasion and substantive issues to discuss.

    France's Europe Minister Clement Beaune earlier told LCI TV that the idea of ​​the summit showed that "a political solution might be possible."

    "If there is still a chance to avoid war, to avoid confrontation and to build a political and diplomatic solution, then we should seize it," he said.

    Source Credit: TheGuardian

  •  Eleven people were missing and two remained trapped after an Italian flagged ferry caught fire overnight in the Ionian Sea Greek officials said as emergency crews raced against the clock to put out the blaze and locate survivors before nightfall Divers are being brought in to widen the search for the missing the Greek coastguard said after 278 people were rescued and brought to the island of Corfu following the fire on the Euroferry Olympia en route from Greece to Italy The fire was still burning Friday afternoon hours after it first broke out off the island of Ereikousa between Greece and Albania and authorities said the cause was unknown Among those rescued 10 were taken to hospital with breathing difficulties and minor injuries public television ERT said But several were still missing Friday afternoon An operation is underway to locate 11 missing passengers the Greek coast guard said in a statement A Bulgarian and a Turkish truck driver were trapped on board and trying to reach the deck a transport company in Bulgaria said According to the ferry s owners Grimaldi Lines the ship was officially carrying 239 passengers and 51 crew members as well as 153 trucks and trailers and 32 passenger vehicles A migrant stowaway was rescued in addition to those on the ship s list raising fears that more undocumented passengers could be on board Grimaldi Lines said they were alerted at 4 12 am 0212 GMT of the fire on the ship which was heading to Italy from the Greek port city of Igoumenitsa off Corfu Television images showed the ship engulfed in flames that sent plumes of black smoke into the sky Burning from end to end The ship is burning from one end to the other Corfu rescuer Yiorgos Glikofridis told ERT on Friday afternoon from a boat near the ferry There is a huge amount of smoke and visibility is poor We see no movement on the deck just flames she said Three tugboats equipped with fire hoses were engaged in extinguishing the fire and a ferry with two fire trucks on board was dispatched the coast guard said A Greek coast guard spokeswoman told AFP it would take several hours to put out the fire Bulgaria s Foreign Ministry said there were 127 of its citizens on the passenger list including 37 truckers Another 24 are from Turkey the country s NTV station said ERT said there were 21 Greeks among the passengers No fuel spill has been detected at sea and the ship s stability does not appear to be compromised the company said Tug boats have been contracted and are heading towards the Olympia Euroferry to provide rapid support and manage the emergency he said We heard the fire started in the hold but it s not certain a Greek man who identified himself as a passenger told Skai TV It took only 15 minutes for the fire to reach the deck he said adding that the response from the mostly Italian crew had been just perfect They were very organized The crew saved us she said Passengers rescued by an Italian law enforcement patrol boat who also responded to the scene told Italy s Ansa news agency that the flames were giant and that panic had broken out The evacuation was not a simple matter the commander of the patrol boat told Ansa Nikos Bardis a local fisherman had previously told ERT that several fishing boats were also circling the wreck looking for people in the water We can hear explosions they must be cargo trucks exploding he said There is intense maritime traffic between the western Greek ports of Igoumenitsa and Patras and the Italian ports of Brindisi and Ancona The last fire on board in the Adriatic occurred in December 2014 on the Italian ferry Norman Atlantic Thirteen people died in the fire Source Credit TheGuardian
    11 missing after Greece ferry fire
     Eleven people were missing and two remained trapped after an Italian flagged ferry caught fire overnight in the Ionian Sea Greek officials said as emergency crews raced against the clock to put out the blaze and locate survivors before nightfall Divers are being brought in to widen the search for the missing the Greek coastguard said after 278 people were rescued and brought to the island of Corfu following the fire on the Euroferry Olympia en route from Greece to Italy The fire was still burning Friday afternoon hours after it first broke out off the island of Ereikousa between Greece and Albania and authorities said the cause was unknown Among those rescued 10 were taken to hospital with breathing difficulties and minor injuries public television ERT said But several were still missing Friday afternoon An operation is underway to locate 11 missing passengers the Greek coast guard said in a statement A Bulgarian and a Turkish truck driver were trapped on board and trying to reach the deck a transport company in Bulgaria said According to the ferry s owners Grimaldi Lines the ship was officially carrying 239 passengers and 51 crew members as well as 153 trucks and trailers and 32 passenger vehicles A migrant stowaway was rescued in addition to those on the ship s list raising fears that more undocumented passengers could be on board Grimaldi Lines said they were alerted at 4 12 am 0212 GMT of the fire on the ship which was heading to Italy from the Greek port city of Igoumenitsa off Corfu Television images showed the ship engulfed in flames that sent plumes of black smoke into the sky Burning from end to end The ship is burning from one end to the other Corfu rescuer Yiorgos Glikofridis told ERT on Friday afternoon from a boat near the ferry There is a huge amount of smoke and visibility is poor We see no movement on the deck just flames she said Three tugboats equipped with fire hoses were engaged in extinguishing the fire and a ferry with two fire trucks on board was dispatched the coast guard said A Greek coast guard spokeswoman told AFP it would take several hours to put out the fire Bulgaria s Foreign Ministry said there were 127 of its citizens on the passenger list including 37 truckers Another 24 are from Turkey the country s NTV station said ERT said there were 21 Greeks among the passengers No fuel spill has been detected at sea and the ship s stability does not appear to be compromised the company said Tug boats have been contracted and are heading towards the Olympia Euroferry to provide rapid support and manage the emergency he said We heard the fire started in the hold but it s not certain a Greek man who identified himself as a passenger told Skai TV It took only 15 minutes for the fire to reach the deck he said adding that the response from the mostly Italian crew had been just perfect They were very organized The crew saved us she said Passengers rescued by an Italian law enforcement patrol boat who also responded to the scene told Italy s Ansa news agency that the flames were giant and that panic had broken out The evacuation was not a simple matter the commander of the patrol boat told Ansa Nikos Bardis a local fisherman had previously told ERT that several fishing boats were also circling the wreck looking for people in the water We can hear explosions they must be cargo trucks exploding he said There is intense maritime traffic between the western Greek ports of Igoumenitsa and Patras and the Italian ports of Brindisi and Ancona The last fire on board in the Adriatic occurred in December 2014 on the Italian ferry Norman Atlantic Thirteen people died in the fire Source Credit TheGuardian
    11 missing after Greece ferry fire
    Foreign8 months ago

    11 missing after Greece ferry fire

    Eleven people were missing and two remained trapped after an Italian-flagged ferry caught fire overnight in the Ionian Sea, Greek officials said as emergency crews raced against the clock to put out the blaze and locate survivors before nightfall. .

    Divers are being brought in to widen the search for the missing, the Greek coastguard said, after 278 people were rescued and brought to the island of Corfu following the fire on the Euroferry Olympia en route from Greece to Italy.

    The fire was still burning Friday afternoon hours after it first broke out off the island of Ereikousa, between Greece and Albania, and authorities said the cause was unknown.

    Among those rescued, 10 were taken to hospital with breathing difficulties and minor injuries, public television ERT said.

    But several were still missing Friday afternoon.

    "An operation is underway to locate 11 missing passengers," the Greek coast guard said in a statement.

    A Bulgarian and a Turkish truck driver were trapped on board and trying to reach the deck, a transport company in Bulgaria said.

    According to the ferry's owners, Grimaldi Lines, the ship was officially carrying 239 passengers and 51 crew members, as well as 153 trucks and trailers and 32 passenger vehicles.

    A migrant stowaway was rescued in addition to those on the ship's list, raising fears that more undocumented passengers could be on board.

    Grimaldi Lines said they were alerted at 4:12 am (0212 GMT) of the fire on the ship, which was heading to Italy from the Greek port city of Igoumenitsa off Corfu.

    Television images showed the ship engulfed in flames that sent plumes of black smoke into the sky.

    – 'Burning from end to end' –
    “The ship is burning from one end to the other,” Corfu rescuer Yiorgos Glikofridis told ERT on Friday afternoon from a boat near the ferry.

    “There is a huge amount of smoke and visibility is poor. We see no movement on the deck, just flames,” she said.

    Three tugboats equipped with fire hoses were engaged in extinguishing the fire and a ferry with two fire trucks on board was dispatched, the coast guard said.

    A Greek coast guard spokeswoman told AFP it would take several hours to put out the fire.

    Bulgaria's Foreign Ministry said there were 127 of its citizens on the passenger list, including 37 truckers.

    Another 24 are from Turkey, the country's NTV station said. ERT said there were 21 Greeks among the passengers.

    No fuel spill has been detected at sea and the ship's stability does not appear to be compromised, the company said.

    “Tug boats have been contracted and are heading towards the Olympia Euroferry to provide rapid support and manage the emergency,” he said.

    "We heard the fire started in the hold, but it's not certain," a Greek man who identified himself as a passenger told Skai TV.

    “It took only 15 minutes for the fire to reach the deck,” he said, adding that the response from the mostly Italian crew had been “just perfect”.

    “They were very organized. The crew saved us,” she said.

    Passengers rescued by an Italian law enforcement patrol boat who also responded to the scene told Italy's Ansa news agency that the flames were "giant" and that panic had broken out.

    "The evacuation was not a simple matter," the commander of the patrol boat told Ansa.

    Nikos Bardis, a local fisherman, had previously told ERT that several fishing boats were also circling the wreck, looking for people in the water.

    "We can hear explosions, they must be cargo trucks exploding," he said.

    There is intense maritime traffic between the western Greek ports of Igoumenitsa and Patras and the Italian ports of Brindisi and Ancona.

    The last fire on board in the Adriatic occurred in December 2014 on the Italian ferry Norman Atlantic. Thirteen people died in the fire.

    Source Credit: TheGuardian

  •   The Lagos state government on Friday launched a reality TV show called Kampus Stars to address youth concern and make the state a hub for talented youth Ms Uzamat Akinbile Yusuf State Commissioner for Tourism Arts and Culture during the opening ceremony in Alausa Ikeja said that the project would help discover talented and creative minds in various higher learning institutions He said the project was a reality show with a difference that would help young Nigerians channel their energy into positive use Akinbile Yusuf said the fair was organized in conjunction with Content Warehouse Ltd With the presentation of the Lagos Kampus Stars we will celebrate the versatility of the various higher institutions in Lagos State and the abundance of creativity and talent in our young people We are using this program to further harness the inherent creativity of the people of Lagos and establish the state as a vibrant and innovative tourism destination that diversifies the economy creates jobs in multiple segments of tourism and offers the world access to ingenuity and hospitality from the neighbors he said Akinbile Yusuf said Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu as a lover of youth pays special attention to youth related initiatives especially through exemplified capacity building He said that the governor was working on modalities to create sustainable growth and development for youth not only in tourism entertainment arts and culture but also in educational empowerment and skills acquisition Kampus Stars logoAkinbile Yusuf said the goal was to transform youth restlessness into a productive enterprise adding that youth made up more than 65 percent of the country s population As we all know young people are the strength and vigor of a society We believe that young people are not only the future of tomorrow in Lagos State and they must participate in our development plans to achieve the necessary balance in our society In addition to the fun among the participants the program will further engage our young people to use their immeasurable intelligence and creativity to start a better life which is part of our Governor s dream and vision Akinbile Yusuf said Previously a renowned film producer Tade Ogidan head of the project s technical team explained the modalities of the entire reality show Ogidan said the entrants would be selected from different colleges within the state and after a series of auditions 18 finalists would be selected and housed for eight weeks Participants would visit eight ministries in Lagos State to learn about the operations of each ministry after which they would each compose music based on what they learned in any of the ministries guides and musicians Also read Nollywood actress Stephanie Linus premieres short film the student He said that the entrant with the best music would be the overall winner and would be rewarded with a new car and a cash prize of N10 million We will have Governor Sanwo Olu as the chief judge along with other specialists in that area Within the eight weeks that it is supposed to last the beauty of Lagos state would have been exposed to the world and gradually the state would be creating a future hub of talent Ogidan said Mr Solomon Bonu Special Adviser to the Governor on Tourism Arts and Culture said the event would be an opportunity for the young participants to be the next Davido
    LASG unveils ‘Kampus Stars’ TV reality show
      The Lagos state government on Friday launched a reality TV show called Kampus Stars to address youth concern and make the state a hub for talented youth Ms Uzamat Akinbile Yusuf State Commissioner for Tourism Arts and Culture during the opening ceremony in Alausa Ikeja said that the project would help discover talented and creative minds in various higher learning institutions He said the project was a reality show with a difference that would help young Nigerians channel their energy into positive use Akinbile Yusuf said the fair was organized in conjunction with Content Warehouse Ltd With the presentation of the Lagos Kampus Stars we will celebrate the versatility of the various higher institutions in Lagos State and the abundance of creativity and talent in our young people We are using this program to further harness the inherent creativity of the people of Lagos and establish the state as a vibrant and innovative tourism destination that diversifies the economy creates jobs in multiple segments of tourism and offers the world access to ingenuity and hospitality from the neighbors he said Akinbile Yusuf said Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu as a lover of youth pays special attention to youth related initiatives especially through exemplified capacity building He said that the governor was working on modalities to create sustainable growth and development for youth not only in tourism entertainment arts and culture but also in educational empowerment and skills acquisition Kampus Stars logoAkinbile Yusuf said the goal was to transform youth restlessness into a productive enterprise adding that youth made up more than 65 percent of the country s population As we all know young people are the strength and vigor of a society We believe that young people are not only the future of tomorrow in Lagos State and they must participate in our development plans to achieve the necessary balance in our society In addition to the fun among the participants the program will further engage our young people to use their immeasurable intelligence and creativity to start a better life which is part of our Governor s dream and vision Akinbile Yusuf said Previously a renowned film producer Tade Ogidan head of the project s technical team explained the modalities of the entire reality show Ogidan said the entrants would be selected from different colleges within the state and after a series of auditions 18 finalists would be selected and housed for eight weeks Participants would visit eight ministries in Lagos State to learn about the operations of each ministry after which they would each compose music based on what they learned in any of the ministries guides and musicians Also read Nollywood actress Stephanie Linus premieres short film the student He said that the entrant with the best music would be the overall winner and would be rewarded with a new car and a cash prize of N10 million We will have Governor Sanwo Olu as the chief judge along with other specialists in that area Within the eight weeks that it is supposed to last the beauty of Lagos state would have been exposed to the world and gradually the state would be creating a future hub of talent Ogidan said Mr Solomon Bonu Special Adviser to the Governor on Tourism Arts and Culture said the event would be an opportunity for the young participants to be the next Davido
    LASG unveils ‘Kampus Stars’ TV reality show
    Entertainment8 months ago

    LASG unveils ‘Kampus Stars’ TV reality show

    The Lagos state government on Friday launched a reality TV show called 'Kampus Stars' to address youth concern and make the state a hub for talented youth.

    Ms. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, during the opening ceremony in Alausa, Ikeja, said that the project would help discover talented and creative minds in various higher learning institutions.

    He said the project was a reality show with a difference that would help young Nigerians channel their energy into positive use.

    Akinbile-Yusuf said the fair was organized in conjunction with Content Warehouse Ltd.

    “With the presentation of the Lagos Kampus Stars, we will celebrate the versatility of the various higher institutions in Lagos State and the abundance of creativity and talent in our young people.

    “We are using this program to further harness the inherent creativity of the people of Lagos and establish the state as a vibrant and innovative tourism destination that diversifies the economy, creates jobs in multiple segments of tourism and offers the world access to ingenuity and hospitality. . from the neighbors,” he said.

    Akinbile-Yusuf said Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, as a lover of youth, pays special attention to youth-related initiatives, especially through exemplified capacity building.

    He said that the governor was working on modalities to create sustainable growth and development for youth not only in tourism, entertainment, arts and culture, but also in educational empowerment and skills acquisition.

    'Kampus Stars' logo

    Akinbile-Yusuf said the goal was to transform youth restlessness into a productive enterprise, adding that youth made up more than 65 percent of the country's population.

    “As we all know, young people are the strength and vigor of a society.

    “We believe that young people are not only the future of tomorrow in Lagos State and they must participate in our development plans to achieve the necessary balance in our society.

    “In addition to the fun among the participants, the program will further engage our young people to use their immeasurable intelligence and creativity to start a better life, which is part of our Governor's dream and vision,” Akinbile-Yusuf said.

    Previously, a renowned film producer, Tade Ogidan, head of the project's technical team, explained the modalities of the entire reality show.

    Ogidan said the entrants would be selected from different colleges within the state and after a series of auditions, 18 finalists would be selected and housed for eight weeks.

    Participants would visit eight ministries in Lagos State to learn about the operations of each ministry, after which they would each compose music based on what they learned in any of the ministries, guides, and musicians.

    Also read: Nollywood actress Stephanie Linus premieres short film 'the student'

    He said that the entrant with the best music would be the overall winner and would be rewarded with a new car and a cash prize of N10 million.

    “We will have Governor Sanwo-Olu as the chief judge along with other specialists in that area.

    “Within the eight weeks that it is supposed to last, the beauty of Lagos state would have been exposed to the world and gradually the state would be creating a future hub of talent,” Ogidan said.

    Mr. Solomon Bonu, Special Adviser to the Governor on Tourism, Arts and Culture, said the event would be an opportunity for the young participants to be the next Davido.

  •  A coalition of world sports bodies has written an open letter to the Kenyan government expressing concern about the Copyright Amendment Bill currently before parliament and its potential impact on the availability of international sports content on the Internet Kenya The Sports Rights Owners Coalition SROC is an alliance of over 50 international and national sporting bodies representing some of the world s leading sporting codes and competitions including the English Premier League FA Cup Wimbledon MotoGP and RugbyWorld Bowl In the recent letter signed by Chairman Mark Lichtenstein the SROC says its members are extremely concerned about changes to Kenya s Copyright Act if the Copyright Amendment Bill it becomes law The SROC is particularly concerned about proposals to repeal sections 35B 35C and 35D of the Copyright Act which allow for the removal of notices issued to Internet based service provider platforms that allow copyright piracy to flourish content A takedown notice is a widely used resource by copyright owners around the world forcing online platforms to promptly remove content from their websites if the content is suspected of infringing copyright The Kenya Copyright Board KeCOBO champion of the Partners Against Piracy PAP initiative has spoken out in support of the SROC letter Takedown notices are a critical tool for copyright and related rights holders to combat digital content piracy by controlling the distribution and economic viability of their work and how it is accessed online says Edward Sigei CEO of KeCOBO Around the world they help safeguard the intellectual property rights of sports rights owners If rights owners cannot request that pirated sports content be removed immediately it will threaten the future of live sports broadcasts in Kenya Why would the international sports media allow sports broadcasts in Kenya if they have no way of preventing them from being pirated Kenya s Copyright Amendment Bill 2019 incorporates principles from the World Intellectual Property Organization WIPO Internet Treaties 1996 aimed at preventing unauthorized access to and use of creative works Takedown notices are among these principles and are necessary tools to enforce copyright protections for rights owners and distributors If the amendment bill becomes law Kenya will be out of step with global trends the average Kenyan will miss out on great sports entertainment Another negative consequence of the passage of this amendment bill would be the reputational and economic investment quagmire it would create which would jeopardize Kenya s ability to renew participation in the Africa Growth and Opportunities Agreement AGOA program as one of the additional renewal provisions requires a demonstrated commitment to copyright protection as a prerequisite to signing Repealing section 35 of the Copyright Act would do the exact opposite and threaten investor confidence The SROC notes that in Europe lawmakers are strengthening not weakening the effectiveness of takedown notices particularly when it comes to live content New proposals to protect live content more effectively in Europe are expected in the first half of 2022 If the Copyright Amendment Bill were to be enacted it could have devastating consequences for both the Kenyan economy and Kenyan consumers the SROC letter states Rights holders from sports and other creative industries are highly unlikely to license their content in a jurisdiction that effectively legitimizes piracy Thus consumers would be deprived of watching their favorite sports and TV shows leaving Kenya isolated on the world copyright stage The coalition which includes the English FA UEFA IAAF and the International Tennis Federation continues to call for the proposed new law to be urgently reconsidered so as not to harm Kenyan consumers and threaten the availability of sports content and of entertainment in Kenya nbsp
    CORRECTION: World sports bodies raise concern over Kenya copyright bill
     A coalition of world sports bodies has written an open letter to the Kenyan government expressing concern about the Copyright Amendment Bill currently before parliament and its potential impact on the availability of international sports content on the Internet Kenya The Sports Rights Owners Coalition SROC is an alliance of over 50 international and national sporting bodies representing some of the world s leading sporting codes and competitions including the English Premier League FA Cup Wimbledon MotoGP and RugbyWorld Bowl In the recent letter signed by Chairman Mark Lichtenstein the SROC says its members are extremely concerned about changes to Kenya s Copyright Act if the Copyright Amendment Bill it becomes law The SROC is particularly concerned about proposals to repeal sections 35B 35C and 35D of the Copyright Act which allow for the removal of notices issued to Internet based service provider platforms that allow copyright piracy to flourish content A takedown notice is a widely used resource by copyright owners around the world forcing online platforms to promptly remove content from their websites if the content is suspected of infringing copyright The Kenya Copyright Board KeCOBO champion of the Partners Against Piracy PAP initiative has spoken out in support of the SROC letter Takedown notices are a critical tool for copyright and related rights holders to combat digital content piracy by controlling the distribution and economic viability of their work and how it is accessed online says Edward Sigei CEO of KeCOBO Around the world they help safeguard the intellectual property rights of sports rights owners If rights owners cannot request that pirated sports content be removed immediately it will threaten the future of live sports broadcasts in Kenya Why would the international sports media allow sports broadcasts in Kenya if they have no way of preventing them from being pirated Kenya s Copyright Amendment Bill 2019 incorporates principles from the World Intellectual Property Organization WIPO Internet Treaties 1996 aimed at preventing unauthorized access to and use of creative works Takedown notices are among these principles and are necessary tools to enforce copyright protections for rights owners and distributors If the amendment bill becomes law Kenya will be out of step with global trends the average Kenyan will miss out on great sports entertainment Another negative consequence of the passage of this amendment bill would be the reputational and economic investment quagmire it would create which would jeopardize Kenya s ability to renew participation in the Africa Growth and Opportunities Agreement AGOA program as one of the additional renewal provisions requires a demonstrated commitment to copyright protection as a prerequisite to signing Repealing section 35 of the Copyright Act would do the exact opposite and threaten investor confidence The SROC notes that in Europe lawmakers are strengthening not weakening the effectiveness of takedown notices particularly when it comes to live content New proposals to protect live content more effectively in Europe are expected in the first half of 2022 If the Copyright Amendment Bill were to be enacted it could have devastating consequences for both the Kenyan economy and Kenyan consumers the SROC letter states Rights holders from sports and other creative industries are highly unlikely to license their content in a jurisdiction that effectively legitimizes piracy Thus consumers would be deprived of watching their favorite sports and TV shows leaving Kenya isolated on the world copyright stage The coalition which includes the English FA UEFA IAAF and the International Tennis Federation continues to call for the proposed new law to be urgently reconsidered so as not to harm Kenyan consumers and threaten the availability of sports content and of entertainment in Kenya nbsp
    CORRECTION: World sports bodies raise concern over Kenya copyright bill
    Africa8 months ago

    CORRECTION: World sports bodies raise concern over Kenya copyright bill

    A coalition of world sports bodies has written an open letter to the Kenyan government, expressing concern about the Copyright Amendment Bill currently before parliament and its potential impact on the availability of international sports content on the Internet. Kenya.The Sports Rights Owners Coalition (SROC) is an alliance of over 50 international and national sporting bodies, representing some of the world's leading sporting codes and competitions, including the English Premier League, FA Cup, Wimbledon, MotoGP and RugbyWorld. Bowl.In the recent letter, signed by Chairman Mark Lichtenstein, the SROC says its members are "extremely concerned" about changes to Kenya's Copyright Act if the Copyright Amendment Bill it becomes law.The SROC is particularly concerned about proposals to repeal sections 35B, 35C, and 35D of the Copyright Act, which allow for the removal of notices issued to Internet-based service provider platforms that allow copyright piracy to flourish. content.A takedown notice is a widely used resource by copyright owners around the world, forcing online platforms to promptly remove content from their websites if the content is suspected of infringing copyright.The Kenya Copyright Board (KeCOBO) champion of the Partners Against Piracy (PAP) initiative, has spoken out in support of the SROC letter.“Takedown notices are a critical tool for copyright and related rights holders to combat digital content piracy by controlling the distribution and economic viability of their work and how it is accessed online” says Edward Sigei, CEO of KeCOBO.“Around the world, they help safeguard the intellectual property rights of sports rights owners. If rights owners cannot request that pirated sports content be removed immediately, it will threaten the future of live sports broadcasts in Kenya. Why would the international sports media allow sports broadcasts in Kenya, if they have no way of preventing them from being pirated?Kenya's Copyright Amendment Bill 2019 incorporates principles from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Internet Treaties 1996, aimed at preventing unauthorized access to and use of creative works. Takedown notices are among these principles and are necessary tools to enforce copyright protections for rights owners and distributors.If the amendment bill becomes law, Kenya will be out of step with global trends, the average Kenyan will miss out on great sports entertainment. Another negative consequence of the passage of this amendment bill would be the reputational and economic investment quagmire it would create which would jeopardize Kenya's ability to renew participation in the Africa Growth and Opportunities Agreement (AGOA) program. ), as one of the additional renewal provisions requires a demonstrated commitment to copyright protection as a prerequisite to signing. Repealing section 35 of the Copyright Act would do the exact opposite and threaten investor confidence.The SROC notes that in Europe, lawmakers are strengthening, not weakening, the effectiveness of takedown notices, particularly when it comes to live content. New proposals to protect live content more effectively in Europe are expected in the first half of 2022.“If the Copyright Amendment Bill were to be enacted, it could have devastating consequences for both the Kenyan economy and Kenyan consumers,” the SROC letter states. “Rights holders from sports and other creative industries are highly unlikely to license their content in a jurisdiction that effectively legitimizes piracy. Thus, consumers would be deprived of watching their favorite sports and TV shows, leaving Kenya isolated on the world copyright stage.”The coalition, which includes the English FA, UEFA, IAAF and the International Tennis Federation, continues to call for the proposed new law to be urgently reconsidered "so as not to harm Kenyan consumers and threaten the availability of sports content and of entertainment in Kenya." 

  •   A coalition of world sports bodies has written an open letter to the Kenyan government expressing concern about the Copyright Amendment Bill currently before parliament and its potential impact on the availability of international sports content on the Internet Kenya The Sports Rights Owners Coalition SROC is an alliance of over 50 international and national sporting bodies representing some of the world s leading sporting codes and competitions including the English Premier League FA Cup Wimbledon MotoGP and RugbyWorld Bowl In the recent letter signed by Chairman Mark Lichtenstein the SROC says its members are extremely concerned about changes to Kenya s Copyright Act if the Copyright Amendment Bill it becomes law The SROC is particularly concerned about proposals to repeal sections 35B 35C and 35D of the Copyright Act which allow for the removal of notices issued to Internet based service provider platforms that allow copyright piracy to flourish content A takedown notice is a widely used resource by copyright owners around the world forcing online platforms to promptly remove content from their websites if the content is suspected of infringing copyright The Kenya Copyright Board KeCOBO champion of the Partners Against Piracy PAP initiative has spoken out in support of the SROC letter Takedown notices are a critical tool for copyright and related rights holders to combat digital content piracy by controlling the distribution and economic viability of their work and how it is accessed online says Edward Sigei CEO of KeCOBO Around the world they help safeguard the intellectual property rights of sports rights owners If rights owners cannot request that pirated sports content be removed immediately it will threaten the future of live sports broadcasts in Kenya Why would the international sports media allow sports broadcasts in Kenya if they have no way of preventing them from being pirated Kenya s Copyright Amendment Bill 2019 incorporates principles from the World Intellectual Property Organization WIPO Internet Treaties 1996 aimed at preventing unauthorized access to and use of creative works Takedown notices are among these principles and are necessary tools to enforce copyright protections for rights owners and distributors If the amendment bill becomes law Kenya will be out of step with global trends the average Kenyan will miss out on great sports entertainment Another negative consequence of the passage of this amendment bill would be the reputational and economic investment quagmire it would create which would jeopardize Kenya s ability to renew participation in the Africa Growth and Opportunities Agreement AGOA program as one of the additional renewal provisions requires a demonstrated commitment to copyright protection as a prerequisite to signing Repealing section 35 of the Copyright Act would do the exact opposite and threaten investor confidence The SROC notes that in Europe lawmakers are strengthening not weakening the effectiveness of takedown notices particularly when it comes to live content New proposals to protect live content more effectively in Europe are expected in the first half of 2022 If the Copyright Amendment Bill were to be enacted it could have devastating consequences for both the Kenyan economy and Kenyan consumers the SROC letter states Rights holders from sports and other creative industries are highly unlikely to license their content in a jurisdiction that effectively legitimizes piracy Thus consumers would be deprived of watching their favorite sports and TV shows leaving Kenya isolated on the world copyright stage The coalition which includes the English FA UEFA IAAF and the International Tennis Federation continues to call for the proposed new law to be urgently reconsidered so as not to harm Kenyan consumers and threaten the availability of sports content and of entertainment in Kenya
    World Sports Bodies raise Concern Over Kenya Copyright Bill
      A coalition of world sports bodies has written an open letter to the Kenyan government expressing concern about the Copyright Amendment Bill currently before parliament and its potential impact on the availability of international sports content on the Internet Kenya The Sports Rights Owners Coalition SROC is an alliance of over 50 international and national sporting bodies representing some of the world s leading sporting codes and competitions including the English Premier League FA Cup Wimbledon MotoGP and RugbyWorld Bowl In the recent letter signed by Chairman Mark Lichtenstein the SROC says its members are extremely concerned about changes to Kenya s Copyright Act if the Copyright Amendment Bill it becomes law The SROC is particularly concerned about proposals to repeal sections 35B 35C and 35D of the Copyright Act which allow for the removal of notices issued to Internet based service provider platforms that allow copyright piracy to flourish content A takedown notice is a widely used resource by copyright owners around the world forcing online platforms to promptly remove content from their websites if the content is suspected of infringing copyright The Kenya Copyright Board KeCOBO champion of the Partners Against Piracy PAP initiative has spoken out in support of the SROC letter Takedown notices are a critical tool for copyright and related rights holders to combat digital content piracy by controlling the distribution and economic viability of their work and how it is accessed online says Edward Sigei CEO of KeCOBO Around the world they help safeguard the intellectual property rights of sports rights owners If rights owners cannot request that pirated sports content be removed immediately it will threaten the future of live sports broadcasts in Kenya Why would the international sports media allow sports broadcasts in Kenya if they have no way of preventing them from being pirated Kenya s Copyright Amendment Bill 2019 incorporates principles from the World Intellectual Property Organization WIPO Internet Treaties 1996 aimed at preventing unauthorized access to and use of creative works Takedown notices are among these principles and are necessary tools to enforce copyright protections for rights owners and distributors If the amendment bill becomes law Kenya will be out of step with global trends the average Kenyan will miss out on great sports entertainment Another negative consequence of the passage of this amendment bill would be the reputational and economic investment quagmire it would create which would jeopardize Kenya s ability to renew participation in the Africa Growth and Opportunities Agreement AGOA program as one of the additional renewal provisions requires a demonstrated commitment to copyright protection as a prerequisite to signing Repealing section 35 of the Copyright Act would do the exact opposite and threaten investor confidence The SROC notes that in Europe lawmakers are strengthening not weakening the effectiveness of takedown notices particularly when it comes to live content New proposals to protect live content more effectively in Europe are expected in the first half of 2022 If the Copyright Amendment Bill were to be enacted it could have devastating consequences for both the Kenyan economy and Kenyan consumers the SROC letter states Rights holders from sports and other creative industries are highly unlikely to license their content in a jurisdiction that effectively legitimizes piracy Thus consumers would be deprived of watching their favorite sports and TV shows leaving Kenya isolated on the world copyright stage The coalition which includes the English FA UEFA IAAF and the International Tennis Federation continues to call for the proposed new law to be urgently reconsidered so as not to harm Kenyan consumers and threaten the availability of sports content and of entertainment in Kenya
    World Sports Bodies raise Concern Over Kenya Copyright Bill
    Africa8 months ago

    World Sports Bodies raise Concern Over Kenya Copyright Bill

    A coalition of world sports bodies has written an open letter to the Kenyan government, expressing concern about the Copyright Amendment Bill currently before parliament and its potential impact on the availability of international sports content on the Internet. Kenya.

    The Sports Rights Owners Coalition (SROC) is an alliance of over 50 international and national sporting bodies, representing some of the world's leading sporting codes and competitions, including the English Premier League, FA Cup, Wimbledon, MotoGP and RugbyWorld. Bowl.

    In the recent letter, signed by Chairman Mark Lichtenstein, the SROC says its members are "extremely concerned" about changes to Kenya's Copyright Act if the Copyright Amendment Bill it becomes law.

    The SROC is particularly concerned about proposals to repeal sections 35B, 35C, and 35D of the Copyright Act, which allow for the removal of notices issued to Internet-based service provider platforms that allow copyright piracy to flourish. content.

    A takedown notice is a widely used resource by copyright owners around the world, forcing online platforms to promptly remove content from their websites if the content is suspected of infringing copyright.

    The Kenya Copyright Board (KeCOBO) champion of the Partners Against Piracy (PAP) initiative, has spoken out in support of the SROC letter.

    “Takedown notices are a critical tool for copyright and related rights holders to combat digital content piracy by controlling the distribution and economic viability of their work and how it is accessed online” says Edward Sigei, CEO of KeCOBO.

    “Around the world, they help safeguard the intellectual property rights of sports rights owners. If rights owners cannot request that pirated sports content be removed immediately, it will threaten the future of live sports broadcasts in Kenya. Why would the international sports media allow sports broadcasts in Kenya, if they have no way of preventing them from being pirated?

    Kenya's Copyright Amendment Bill 2019 incorporates principles from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Internet Treaties 1996, aimed at preventing unauthorized access to and use of creative works. Takedown notices are among these principles and are necessary tools to enforce copyright protections for rights owners and distributors.

    If the amendment bill becomes law, Kenya will be out of step with global trends, the average Kenyan will miss out on great sports entertainment. Another negative consequence of the passage of this amendment bill would be the reputational and economic investment quagmire it would create which would jeopardize Kenya's ability to renew participation in the Africa Growth and Opportunities Agreement (AGOA) program. ), as one of the additional renewal provisions requires a demonstrated commitment to copyright protection as a prerequisite to signing. Repealing section 35 of the Copyright Act would do the exact opposite and threaten investor confidence.

    The SROC notes that in Europe, lawmakers are strengthening, not weakening, the effectiveness of takedown notices, particularly when it comes to live content. New proposals to protect live content more effectively in Europe are expected in the first half of 2022.

    “If the Copyright Amendment Bill were to be enacted, it could have devastating consequences for both the Kenyan economy and Kenyan consumers,” the SROC letter states. “Rights holders from sports and other creative industries are highly unlikely to license their content in a jurisdiction that effectively legitimizes piracy. Thus, consumers would be deprived of watching their favorite sports and TV shows, leaving Kenya isolated on the world copyright stage.”

    The coalition, which includes the English FA, UEFA, IAAF and the International Tennis Federation, continues to call for the proposed new law to be urgently reconsidered "so as not to harm Kenyan consumers and threaten the availability of sports content and of entertainment in Kenya."

  •   There are many reasons why people in Africa believe that the Merck Foundation the German non profit foundation is the most influential in Africa One of these reasons is that the executive director and senator of the Merck Foundation Dr Rasha Kelej is an African woman nominated as one of the most influential Africans for 2019 2020 and 2021 and is also a Senator in the Egyptian Senate her high profile long experience and unique wise vision have added great value in better understanding the African continent and its pressing issues in building healthcare capacity empowering women in STEM and supporting girls education It should be noted that she was included among the 100 most influential African women for empowering women in general and infertile women in particular through the Merck Foundation s More than a mother campaign which is a historical movement that aims to empower childless and infertile women through access information education and change of mentality Merck Foundation is making history in Africa The Merck Foundation s programs have greatly contributed to building health care professional capacity by providing one year two year and three year bachelor s and master s degree fellowships to more than 1 300 physicians from 45 countries in more than 26 critical specialties and unattended Many of these doctors after graduation are the first in their countries and this is a developing story that makes the Merck Foundation an important part of Africa s legacy 20 African first ladies are ambassadors of the Merck Foundation The Merck Foundation in partnership with its Ambassadors the First Ladies of Africa supported our African communities during the coronavirus lockdown through donations raising awareness and training more than 150 doctors to be respiratory care specialists and specialists in intensive care They also worked together to support girls education so they can reach their potential and pursue their dreams through the Educating Linda program by providing scholarships and school supplies for thousands of girls in twenty African countries Address a wide range of critical health and social issues The Merck Foundation is successfully addressing a wide range of critical health and social issues through its partnership with media fashion and the arts and through capacity building how to break the stigma of infertility through the signature move More than a mother In addition the Merck Foundation is also addressing topics such as stopping gender based violence ending child marriage ending female genital mutilation supporting girls education empowering women supporting a healthy lifestyle sustainability early detection and prevention of diabetes and many more The Merck Foundation succeeded in creating a community of Fashion and Art with a Purpose The Merck Foundation is the first and perhaps the only foundation that managed to engage young artists singers fashion designers filmmakers and musicians to work closely with them to break the silence and create cultural change all because of creativity from its CEO Dr Rasha Kelej as she is the brains and soul behind all these innovative initiatives She has also served as executive producer and director of many song videos movies and other content for the Merck Foundation materials in English French Portuguese Arabic and sometimes other local languages Merck Foundation breaks the silence 9 Social Media Channels with more than 3 million followers More than 25 songs More than 2000 videos 10 children s stories Six different awards Media Fashion Film and Song each year with more than 200 winners each year Its media and awareness content rivals many TV channels in quality and influence therefore Five TV Channels gave the Merck Foundation a weekly slot to share its awareness content with its audiences so they can raise awareness in broader communities on rural areas across the country We are all looking forward to seeing your show as we follow your valuable materials on social media It s more More than 2 000 media people have been trained to raise awareness of different health and social issues It seems clear that the Programs conducted by the Merck Foundation create the awareness movement on important issues for the well being of communities More than a Mother a historical movement of the Merck Foundation The influence of the Merck Foundation can be seen in the Merck Foundation More than a Mother which is a strong movement that aims to empower infertile women through access to information education and change of mindset It supports countries in defining policies to improve access to regulated safe effective and equitable solutions for fertility and reproduction care It also defines interventions to break the stigma around infertile women and raises awareness about the prevention and treatment of infertility and male infertility In partnership with African First Ladies ministries of health information education and gender academia policy makers international fertility societies the media and the arts the initiative also provides training to leading fertility specialists and embryologists in many African countries
    Why Merck Foundation is most Influential in community Awareness in Africa!
      There are many reasons why people in Africa believe that the Merck Foundation the German non profit foundation is the most influential in Africa One of these reasons is that the executive director and senator of the Merck Foundation Dr Rasha Kelej is an African woman nominated as one of the most influential Africans for 2019 2020 and 2021 and is also a Senator in the Egyptian Senate her high profile long experience and unique wise vision have added great value in better understanding the African continent and its pressing issues in building healthcare capacity empowering women in STEM and supporting girls education It should be noted that she was included among the 100 most influential African women for empowering women in general and infertile women in particular through the Merck Foundation s More than a mother campaign which is a historical movement that aims to empower childless and infertile women through access information education and change of mentality Merck Foundation is making history in Africa The Merck Foundation s programs have greatly contributed to building health care professional capacity by providing one year two year and three year bachelor s and master s degree fellowships to more than 1 300 physicians from 45 countries in more than 26 critical specialties and unattended Many of these doctors after graduation are the first in their countries and this is a developing story that makes the Merck Foundation an important part of Africa s legacy 20 African first ladies are ambassadors of the Merck Foundation The Merck Foundation in partnership with its Ambassadors the First Ladies of Africa supported our African communities during the coronavirus lockdown through donations raising awareness and training more than 150 doctors to be respiratory care specialists and specialists in intensive care They also worked together to support girls education so they can reach their potential and pursue their dreams through the Educating Linda program by providing scholarships and school supplies for thousands of girls in twenty African countries Address a wide range of critical health and social issues The Merck Foundation is successfully addressing a wide range of critical health and social issues through its partnership with media fashion and the arts and through capacity building how to break the stigma of infertility through the signature move More than a mother In addition the Merck Foundation is also addressing topics such as stopping gender based violence ending child marriage ending female genital mutilation supporting girls education empowering women supporting a healthy lifestyle sustainability early detection and prevention of diabetes and many more The Merck Foundation succeeded in creating a community of Fashion and Art with a Purpose The Merck Foundation is the first and perhaps the only foundation that managed to engage young artists singers fashion designers filmmakers and musicians to work closely with them to break the silence and create cultural change all because of creativity from its CEO Dr Rasha Kelej as she is the brains and soul behind all these innovative initiatives She has also served as executive producer and director of many song videos movies and other content for the Merck Foundation materials in English French Portuguese Arabic and sometimes other local languages Merck Foundation breaks the silence 9 Social Media Channels with more than 3 million followers More than 25 songs More than 2000 videos 10 children s stories Six different awards Media Fashion Film and Song each year with more than 200 winners each year Its media and awareness content rivals many TV channels in quality and influence therefore Five TV Channels gave the Merck Foundation a weekly slot to share its awareness content with its audiences so they can raise awareness in broader communities on rural areas across the country We are all looking forward to seeing your show as we follow your valuable materials on social media It s more More than 2 000 media people have been trained to raise awareness of different health and social issues It seems clear that the Programs conducted by the Merck Foundation create the awareness movement on important issues for the well being of communities More than a Mother a historical movement of the Merck Foundation The influence of the Merck Foundation can be seen in the Merck Foundation More than a Mother which is a strong movement that aims to empower infertile women through access to information education and change of mindset It supports countries in defining policies to improve access to regulated safe effective and equitable solutions for fertility and reproduction care It also defines interventions to break the stigma around infertile women and raises awareness about the prevention and treatment of infertility and male infertility In partnership with African First Ladies ministries of health information education and gender academia policy makers international fertility societies the media and the arts the initiative also provides training to leading fertility specialists and embryologists in many African countries
    Why Merck Foundation is most Influential in community Awareness in Africa!
    Africa8 months ago

    Why Merck Foundation is most Influential in community Awareness in Africa!

    There are many reasons why people in Africa believe that the Merck Foundation, the German non-profit foundation, is the most influential in Africa.

    One of these reasons is that the executive director and senator of the Merck Foundation, Dr. Rasha Kelej, is an African woman nominated as one of the most influential Africans for 2019, 2020 and 2021; and is also a Senator in the Egyptian Senate, her high profile, long experience and unique wise vision have added great value in better understanding the African continent and its pressing issues in building healthcare capacity, empowering women in STEM and supporting girls' education.

    It should be noted that she was included among the 100 most influential African women for empowering women in general and infertile women in particular through the Merck Foundation's "More than a mother" campaign, which is a historical movement that aims to empower childless and infertile women through access. information, education and change of mentality.

    Merck Foundation is making history in Africa;

    The Merck Foundation's programs have greatly contributed to building health care professional capacity by providing one-year, two-year, and three-year bachelor's and master's degree fellowships to more than 1,300 physicians from 45 countries in more than 26 critical specialties and unattended. Many of these doctors after graduation are the first in their countries, and this is a developing story that makes the Merck Foundation an important part of Africa's legacy.

    20 African first ladies are ambassadors of the Merck Foundation

    The Merck Foundation, in partnership with its Ambassadors, the First Ladies of Africa, supported our African communities during the coronavirus lockdown through donations, raising awareness and training more than 150 doctors to be respiratory care specialists and specialists in intensive care.

    They also worked together to support girls' education so they can reach their potential and pursue their dreams through the "Educating Linda" program by providing scholarships and school supplies for thousands of girls in twenty African countries.

    Address a wide range of critical health and social issues;

    The Merck Foundation is successfully addressing a wide range of critical health and social issues through its partnership with media, fashion and the arts and through capacity building; how to break the stigma of infertility through the signature move "More than a mother".

    In addition, the Merck Foundation is also addressing topics such as stopping gender-based violence, ending child marriage, ending female genital mutilation, supporting girls' education, empowering women, supporting a healthy lifestyle, sustainability, early detection and prevention of diabetes and many more...

    The Merck Foundation succeeded in creating a community of "Fashion and Art with a Purpose".

    The Merck Foundation is the first and perhaps the only foundation that managed to engage young artists, singers, fashion designers, filmmakers, and musicians to work closely with them to break the silence and create cultural change, all because of creativity. from its CEO, Dr. Rasha Kelej, as she is the brains and soul behind all these innovative initiatives. She has also served as executive producer and director of many song videos, movies, and other content for the Merck Foundation materials in English, French, Portuguese, Arabic, and sometimes other local languages.

    Merck Foundation breaks the silence;

    - 9 Social Media Channels with more than 3 million followers - More than 25 songs - More than 2000 videos - 10 children's stories - Six different awards (Media, Fashion, Film and Song, each year with more than 200 winners each year) .

    Its media and awareness content rivals many TV channels in quality and influence, therefore Five TV Channels gave the Merck Foundation a weekly slot to share its awareness content with its audiences so they can raise awareness in broader communities on rural areas across the country. We are all looking forward to seeing your show as we follow your valuable materials on social media.

    It's more; More than 2,000 media people have been trained to raise awareness of different health and social issues.

    It seems clear that the Programs conducted by the Merck Foundation create the awareness movement on important issues for the well-being of communities.

    “More than a Mother” a historical movement of the Merck Foundation;

    The influence of the Merck Foundation can be seen in the “Merck Foundation More than a Mother”, which is a strong movement that aims to empower infertile women through access to information, education and change of mindset. It supports countries in defining policies to improve access to regulated, safe, effective and equitable solutions for fertility and reproduction care. It also defines interventions to break the stigma around infertile women and raises awareness about the prevention and treatment of infertility and male infertility. In partnership with African First Ladies, ministries of health, information, education and gender, academia, policy makers, international fertility societies, the media and the arts, the initiative also provides training to leading fertility specialists and embryologists in many African countries.

  •   Radisson Hotel Group www RadissonHotels com is proud to announce its entry into Madagascar with the opening of three hotels Radisson Blu Hotel Antananarivo Waterfront Radisson Hotel Antananarivo Waterfront and Radisson Serviced Apartments Antananarivo City Center Antananarivo is also known as Analamanga or the City of a Thousand in reference to the thousand soldiers appointed in the seventeenth century by King Andrianjaka to protect the palace known locally as Rova on the highest hill of the city Explore the charming streets and visit surrounding attractions such as Parc de Tsarasaotra and Lemur s Park to witness the island s remarkable fauna and flora including Madagascar s most beloved animal the lemur Discover pedestrianized Haute Ville a sleepy hilltop village famous for the architecture of its two story brick houses dating back to the 19th century With palaces like the 19th century Rova de Antananarivo and the nearby Andafiavaratra Palace museums colonial architecture and bustling markets Antananarivo is a charming and historic city Located beyond Antananarivo s northern outskirts is Royal Hill of Ambohimanga the country s only UNESCO cultural site and a place of great importance It includes the ruins of a fortified royal city as well as a burial site and remains an important place of pilgrimage for the people of Madagascar Radisson Blu Hotel facing the sea in Antananarivo https bit ly 3BlfsOz Centrally located in a private area within the tree lined boardwalk the hotel is close to the newly developed upscale business district which is surrounded by various shops entertainment and businesses The hotel s 168 modern rooms and suites are filled with natural light and overlook the captivating city with sea views Guests can embark on a culinary journey with international dishes served at The Larder Restaurant which serves a variety of international and regional dishes influenced by local produce Fire Lake Restaurant amp Bar is the hotel s rooftop restaurant with indoor dining and terrace seating offering panoramic views of Tana and a menu focused on grilled meats Guests can also unwind with a comforting hot beverage refreshing cocktail or snack at The Lobby Coffee amp Bar The hotel also offers a rooftop outdoor pool and a fully equipped state of the art fitness center to enjoy after a long day Accommodating meetings and events of all sizes the hotel offers three spacious meeting rooms a boardroom and a 2 700 square foot ballroom accommodating up to 250 guests Each of these five venues offers modern design and state of the art technology to ensure the success of the event Tim Cordon Area Senior Vice President Middle East and Africa Radisson Hotel Group says We are delighted to open our first three hotels in Madagascar showcasing two of our fastest growing brands and a diverse offering from hotels to serviced apartments We are proud to expand our presence in the Indian Ocean with a collection of hotels that we truly believe will have a positive impact on the Madagascar economy and together with the wonderful team at the Madagascar Tourism Board we look forward to attracting more travelers to this dear island Radisson Hotel Antananarivo facing the sea https bit ly 3LvIlMG Also located in Antananarivo guests can expect to experience authentic Madagascar hospitality at this 30 room boutique hotel Reflecting the Radisson brand s signature Scandinavian aesthetic the hotel s rooms and suites feature natural materials such as beautiful wood accents combined with Malagasy inspired architecture while boasting picturesque lake and garden views For a hearty and healthy meal throughout the day Tamboho Restaurant features a menu of local and international dishes made with fresh seasonal ingredients Guests can enjoy their food and refreshing fresh juices to the sounds of weekly live jazz performances in the indoor dining room or while taking in the fresh air in the green garden lounge before taking a dip in the heated pool The Tamboho Meeting Room with capacity for 20 guests is the perfect place to host a meeting in the city followed by lunch or coffee in the hotel s lush gardens The outdoor garden lounge is also available for private gatherings or social events such as intimate weddings Radisson Serviced Apartments Antananarivo City Center https bit ly 34InQeZ Filled with natural light and views of the surrounding hills the 56 bright and spacious studios and apartments offer the ideal home away from home for guests traveling for business pleasure or extended stays Handy room features include kitchenettes mini fridges and flat screen TVs With a neutral color palette and modern touches the studios and apartments have been designed to provide the utmost in tranquility Guests can get their adrenaline pumping at the hotel s fitness center and dine in style at SOHO Restaurant which offers tasty French and Asian fusion cuisine in a contemporary setting Located on the fifth floor SOHO Rooftop Lounge offers an escape from the bustling city while enjoying morning coffee afternoon tea or a refreshing cocktail You can enjoy weekly live music and DJ sets on the rooftop while taking in views of the city SOHO s rooftop terrace offers the ideal space to host a private event or celebration with its intimate atmosphere and spectacular views of Antananarivo Fran ois van Rens Cluster General Manager for the three hotels says It is an honor to introduce Madagascar to the renowned Radisson Hotel Group brands and together with my passionate teams to welcome the world to experience this beloved Yes I Can service ethic with our own warm and welcoming Malagasy hospitality We have no doubt that our hotels will be the most important for memorable stays gastronomic experiences as well as meetings and events of all kinds Radisson Hotel Group sends its best wishes and condolences to all those affected by Cyclone Batsirai and Cyclone Ana In line with the Group s long history of being a responsible business each of the three hotels in Madagascar has committed to supporting its communities as much as possible To learn more and get involved visit https bit ly 3BhDTw8 With the health and safety of guests and team members as their top priority each of the three hotels is implementing the Radisson Hotels Safety Protocol program https bit ly 3BxKBP3 The deep cleaning and disinfection protocols were developed in partnership with SGS the world s leading inspection verification testing and certification company and are designed to ensure guest safety and peace of mind from check in to check out out Discover the top five activities to experience in Madagascar here https bit ly 3sCMEwY
    Radisson Hotel Group debuts in Madagascar with the opening of three hotels
      Radisson Hotel Group www RadissonHotels com is proud to announce its entry into Madagascar with the opening of three hotels Radisson Blu Hotel Antananarivo Waterfront Radisson Hotel Antananarivo Waterfront and Radisson Serviced Apartments Antananarivo City Center Antananarivo is also known as Analamanga or the City of a Thousand in reference to the thousand soldiers appointed in the seventeenth century by King Andrianjaka to protect the palace known locally as Rova on the highest hill of the city Explore the charming streets and visit surrounding attractions such as Parc de Tsarasaotra and Lemur s Park to witness the island s remarkable fauna and flora including Madagascar s most beloved animal the lemur Discover pedestrianized Haute Ville a sleepy hilltop village famous for the architecture of its two story brick houses dating back to the 19th century With palaces like the 19th century Rova de Antananarivo and the nearby Andafiavaratra Palace museums colonial architecture and bustling markets Antananarivo is a charming and historic city Located beyond Antananarivo s northern outskirts is Royal Hill of Ambohimanga the country s only UNESCO cultural site and a place of great importance It includes the ruins of a fortified royal city as well as a burial site and remains an important place of pilgrimage for the people of Madagascar Radisson Blu Hotel facing the sea in Antananarivo https bit ly 3BlfsOz Centrally located in a private area within the tree lined boardwalk the hotel is close to the newly developed upscale business district which is surrounded by various shops entertainment and businesses The hotel s 168 modern rooms and suites are filled with natural light and overlook the captivating city with sea views Guests can embark on a culinary journey with international dishes served at The Larder Restaurant which serves a variety of international and regional dishes influenced by local produce Fire Lake Restaurant amp Bar is the hotel s rooftop restaurant with indoor dining and terrace seating offering panoramic views of Tana and a menu focused on grilled meats Guests can also unwind with a comforting hot beverage refreshing cocktail or snack at The Lobby Coffee amp Bar The hotel also offers a rooftop outdoor pool and a fully equipped state of the art fitness center to enjoy after a long day Accommodating meetings and events of all sizes the hotel offers three spacious meeting rooms a boardroom and a 2 700 square foot ballroom accommodating up to 250 guests Each of these five venues offers modern design and state of the art technology to ensure the success of the event Tim Cordon Area Senior Vice President Middle East and Africa Radisson Hotel Group says We are delighted to open our first three hotels in Madagascar showcasing two of our fastest growing brands and a diverse offering from hotels to serviced apartments We are proud to expand our presence in the Indian Ocean with a collection of hotels that we truly believe will have a positive impact on the Madagascar economy and together with the wonderful team at the Madagascar Tourism Board we look forward to attracting more travelers to this dear island Radisson Hotel Antananarivo facing the sea https bit ly 3LvIlMG Also located in Antananarivo guests can expect to experience authentic Madagascar hospitality at this 30 room boutique hotel Reflecting the Radisson brand s signature Scandinavian aesthetic the hotel s rooms and suites feature natural materials such as beautiful wood accents combined with Malagasy inspired architecture while boasting picturesque lake and garden views For a hearty and healthy meal throughout the day Tamboho Restaurant features a menu of local and international dishes made with fresh seasonal ingredients Guests can enjoy their food and refreshing fresh juices to the sounds of weekly live jazz performances in the indoor dining room or while taking in the fresh air in the green garden lounge before taking a dip in the heated pool The Tamboho Meeting Room with capacity for 20 guests is the perfect place to host a meeting in the city followed by lunch or coffee in the hotel s lush gardens The outdoor garden lounge is also available for private gatherings or social events such as intimate weddings Radisson Serviced Apartments Antananarivo City Center https bit ly 34InQeZ Filled with natural light and views of the surrounding hills the 56 bright and spacious studios and apartments offer the ideal home away from home for guests traveling for business pleasure or extended stays Handy room features include kitchenettes mini fridges and flat screen TVs With a neutral color palette and modern touches the studios and apartments have been designed to provide the utmost in tranquility Guests can get their adrenaline pumping at the hotel s fitness center and dine in style at SOHO Restaurant which offers tasty French and Asian fusion cuisine in a contemporary setting Located on the fifth floor SOHO Rooftop Lounge offers an escape from the bustling city while enjoying morning coffee afternoon tea or a refreshing cocktail You can enjoy weekly live music and DJ sets on the rooftop while taking in views of the city SOHO s rooftop terrace offers the ideal space to host a private event or celebration with its intimate atmosphere and spectacular views of Antananarivo Fran ois van Rens Cluster General Manager for the three hotels says It is an honor to introduce Madagascar to the renowned Radisson Hotel Group brands and together with my passionate teams to welcome the world to experience this beloved Yes I Can service ethic with our own warm and welcoming Malagasy hospitality We have no doubt that our hotels will be the most important for memorable stays gastronomic experiences as well as meetings and events of all kinds Radisson Hotel Group sends its best wishes and condolences to all those affected by Cyclone Batsirai and Cyclone Ana In line with the Group s long history of being a responsible business each of the three hotels in Madagascar has committed to supporting its communities as much as possible To learn more and get involved visit https bit ly 3BhDTw8 With the health and safety of guests and team members as their top priority each of the three hotels is implementing the Radisson Hotels Safety Protocol program https bit ly 3BxKBP3 The deep cleaning and disinfection protocols were developed in partnership with SGS the world s leading inspection verification testing and certification company and are designed to ensure guest safety and peace of mind from check in to check out out Discover the top five activities to experience in Madagascar here https bit ly 3sCMEwY
    Radisson Hotel Group debuts in Madagascar with the opening of three hotels
    Africa8 months ago

    Radisson Hotel Group debuts in Madagascar with the opening of three hotels

    Radisson Hotel Group (www.RadissonHotels.com) is proud to announce its entry into Madagascar with the opening of three hotels: Radisson Blu Hotel, Antananarivo Waterfront, Radisson Hotel Antananarivo Waterfront and Radisson Serviced Apartments Antananarivo City Center.

    Antananarivo, is also known as "Analamanga" or the "City of a Thousand" in reference to the thousand soldiers appointed in the seventeenth century by King Andrianjaka, to protect the palace known locally as "Rova", on the highest hill of the city. Explore the charming streets and visit surrounding attractions such as Parc de Tsarasaotra and Lemur's Park to witness the island's remarkable fauna and flora, including Madagascar's most beloved animal, the lemur. Discover pedestrianized Haute-Ville, a sleepy hilltop village famous for the architecture of its two-story brick houses, dating back to the 19th century.

    With palaces like the 19th-century Rova de Antananarivo and the nearby Andafiavaratra Palace, museums, colonial architecture, and bustling markets, Antananarivo is a charming and historic city. Located beyond Antananarivo's northern outskirts is Royal Hill of Ambohimanga, the country's only UNESCO cultural site and a place of great importance. It includes the ruins of a fortified royal city, as well as a burial site, and remains an important place of pilgrimage for the people of Madagascar.

    Radisson Blu Hotel, facing the sea in Antananarivo (https://bit.ly/3BlfsOz)

    Centrally located in a private area within the tree-lined boardwalk, the hotel is close to the newly developed upscale business district, which is surrounded by various shops, entertainment and businesses. The hotel's 168 modern rooms and suites are filled with natural light and overlook the captivating city with sea views.

    Guests can embark on a culinary journey, with international dishes served at The Larder Restaurant, which serves a variety of international and regional dishes influenced by local produce. Fire Lake Restaurant & Bar is the hotel's rooftop restaurant with indoor dining and terrace seating, offering panoramic views of Tana and a menu focused on grilled meats. Guests can also unwind with a comforting hot beverage, refreshing cocktail or snack at The Lobby Coffee & Bar. The hotel also offers a rooftop outdoor pool and a fully equipped state-of-the-art fitness center to enjoy after a long day.

    Accommodating meetings and events of all sizes, the hotel offers three spacious meeting rooms, a boardroom, and a 2,700-square-foot ballroom, accommodating up to 250 guests. Each of these five venues offers modern design and state-of-the-art technology to ensure the success of the event.

    Tim Cordon, Area Senior Vice President, Middle East and Africa, Radisson Hotel Group, says: “We are delighted to open our first three hotels in Madagascar, showcasing two of our fastest growing brands and a diverse offering from hotels to serviced apartments. . We are proud to expand our presence in the Indian Ocean with a collection of hotels that we truly believe will have a positive impact on the Madagascar economy and together with the wonderful team at the Madagascar Tourism Board we look forward to attracting more travelers to this dear island. .”

    Radisson Hotel Antananarivo facing the sea (https://bit.ly/3LvIlMG)

    Also located in Antananarivo, guests can expect to experience authentic Madagascar hospitality at this 30-room boutique hotel. Reflecting the Radisson brand's signature Scandinavian aesthetic, the hotel's rooms and suites feature natural materials, such as beautiful wood accents, combined with Malagasy-inspired architecture, while boasting picturesque lake and garden views.

    For a hearty and healthy meal throughout the day, Tamboho Restaurant features a menu of local and international dishes, made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Guests can enjoy their food and refreshing fresh juices to the sounds of weekly live jazz performances in the indoor dining room or while taking in the fresh air in the green garden lounge before taking a dip in the heated pool.

    The Tamboho Meeting Room, with capacity for 20 guests, is the perfect place to host a meeting in the city, followed by lunch or coffee in the hotel's lush gardens. The outdoor garden lounge is also available for private gatherings or social events such as intimate weddings.

    Radisson Serviced Apartments Antananarivo City Center (https://bit.ly/34InQeZ)

    Filled with natural light and views of the surrounding hills, the 56 bright and spacious studios and apartments offer the ideal home-away-from-home for guests traveling for business, pleasure or extended stays. Handy room features include kitchenettes, mini-fridges, and flat-screen TVs. With a neutral color palette and modern touches, the studios and apartments have been designed to provide the utmost in tranquility.

    Guests can get their adrenaline pumping at the hotel's fitness center and dine in style at SOHO Restaurant, which offers tasty French and Asian fusion cuisine in a contemporary setting. Located on the fifth floor, SOHO Rooftop Lounge offers an escape from the bustling city while enjoying morning coffee, afternoon tea or a refreshing cocktail. You can enjoy weekly live music and DJ sets on the rooftop, while taking in views of the city. SOHO's rooftop terrace offers the ideal space to host a private event or celebration with its intimate atmosphere and spectacular views of Antananarivo.

    François van Rens, Cluster General Manager for the three hotels, says: “It is an honor to introduce Madagascar to the renowned Radisson Hotel Group brands and, together with my passionate teams, to welcome the world to experience this beloved Yes I Can. ! service ethic, with our own warm and welcoming Malagasy hospitality. We have no doubt that our hotels will be the most important for memorable stays, gastronomic experiences, as well as meetings and events of all kinds”.

    Radisson Hotel Group sends its best wishes and condolences to all those affected by Cyclone Batsirai and Cyclone Ana. In line with the Group's long history of being a responsible business, each of the three hotels in Madagascar has committed to supporting its communities as much as possible. To learn more and get involved, visit (https://bit.ly/3BhDTw8)

    With the health and safety of guests and team members as their top priority, each of the three hotels is implementing the Radisson Hotels Safety Protocol program (https://bit.ly/3BxKBP3). The deep cleaning and disinfection protocols were developed in partnership with SGS, the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, and are designed to ensure guest safety and peace of mind from check-in to check-out. out.

    Discover the top five activities to experience in Madagascar here (https://bit.ly/3sCMEwY).

  •   French police shot dead a man who lunged at them early Monday with a long bladed knife at Paris busy Gare du Nord train station police sources said The man attacked two police officers patrolling the station London s train terminal with a 30 centimeter 12 inch knife that had ACAB All Cops Are Bastards written on the blade a police source said I ask not be named The police used their firearms thus eliminating all danger both for themselves and for travellers Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin wrote in a tweet The attack happened around 7 00 am 0600 GMT it said A France Television journalist who was at the train station at the time posted a video of the incident on social media in which two shots can be heard He was an individual known to the police as someone who wandered around the station Transport Minister Jean Baptiste Djebbari told RMC TV He appears to have attacked the police with a knife forcing them to use his weapon Source Credit TheGuardian
    Police kill knife-wielding man at Paris train station
      French police shot dead a man who lunged at them early Monday with a long bladed knife at Paris busy Gare du Nord train station police sources said The man attacked two police officers patrolling the station London s train terminal with a 30 centimeter 12 inch knife that had ACAB All Cops Are Bastards written on the blade a police source said I ask not be named The police used their firearms thus eliminating all danger both for themselves and for travellers Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin wrote in a tweet The attack happened around 7 00 am 0600 GMT it said A France Television journalist who was at the train station at the time posted a video of the incident on social media in which two shots can be heard He was an individual known to the police as someone who wandered around the station Transport Minister Jean Baptiste Djebbari told RMC TV He appears to have attacked the police with a knife forcing them to use his weapon Source Credit TheGuardian
    Police kill knife-wielding man at Paris train station
    Foreign8 months ago

    Police kill knife-wielding man at Paris train station

    French police shot dead a man who lunged at them early Monday with a long-bladed knife at Paris' busy Gare du Nord train station, police sources said.

    The man attacked two police officers patrolling the station, London's train terminal, with a 30-centimeter (12-inch) knife that had ACAB (All Cops Are Bastards) written on the blade, a police source said. I ask. not be named.

    "The police used their firearms, thus eliminating all danger, both for themselves and for travellers," Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin wrote in a tweet.

    The attack happened around 7:00 am (0600 GMT), it said.

    A France Television journalist who was at the train station at the time posted a video of the incident on social media, in which two shots can be heard.

    "He was an individual known to the police as someone who wandered around the station," Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari told RMC TV.

    "He appears to have attacked the police with a knife, forcing them to use his weapon."

    Source Credit: TheGuardian

  •   The UN Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights will hold its next session from February 14 to March 4 during which it will review the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC Belarus the Czech Republic Serbia Uzbekistan and the United Kingdom from Bahrain The six countries are among the 171 states parties to the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights They are required to undergo regular reviews by the Committee of 18 independent international experts on how they are implementing the Pact The Committee which has received the respective country reports and presentations from non governmental organizations will discuss a variety of topics with the six State delegations on the following dates Geneva time DRC February 14 16 3 5 pm Belarus February 15 17 9 11 am Czech Republic February 17 3 5 pm February 18 11 1 pm and 3 5 pm Serbia February 21 23 3 5 p m Uzbekistan February 22 24 11 a m to 1 p m Kingdom of Bahrain February 24 3 to 5 p m February 25 11 a m to 1 p m and 3 to 5 p m h The review will take place in a hybrid format with Committee members participating in person in Geneva and state delegations joining virtually on Zoom All of the above public dialogues will be broadcast live on UN Web TV More information on the session including the reports submitted by States parties and the full schedule of meetings is available on the session webpage
    UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to review DR Congo, Belarus, Czech Republic, Serbia, Uzbekistan and Bahrain
      The UN Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights will hold its next session from February 14 to March 4 during which it will review the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC Belarus the Czech Republic Serbia Uzbekistan and the United Kingdom from Bahrain The six countries are among the 171 states parties to the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights They are required to undergo regular reviews by the Committee of 18 independent international experts on how they are implementing the Pact The Committee which has received the respective country reports and presentations from non governmental organizations will discuss a variety of topics with the six State delegations on the following dates Geneva time DRC February 14 16 3 5 pm Belarus February 15 17 9 11 am Czech Republic February 17 3 5 pm February 18 11 1 pm and 3 5 pm Serbia February 21 23 3 5 p m Uzbekistan February 22 24 11 a m to 1 p m Kingdom of Bahrain February 24 3 to 5 p m February 25 11 a m to 1 p m and 3 to 5 p m h The review will take place in a hybrid format with Committee members participating in person in Geneva and state delegations joining virtually on Zoom All of the above public dialogues will be broadcast live on UN Web TV More information on the session including the reports submitted by States parties and the full schedule of meetings is available on the session webpage
    UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to review DR Congo, Belarus, Czech Republic, Serbia, Uzbekistan and Bahrain
    Africa8 months ago

    UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to review DR Congo, Belarus, Czech Republic, Serbia, Uzbekistan and Bahrain

    The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights will hold its next session from February 14 to March 4, during which it will review the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Belarus, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Uzbekistan and the United Kingdom. from Bahrain.

    The six countries are among the 171 states parties to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. They are required to undergo regular reviews by the Committee of 18 independent international experts on how they are implementing the Pact.

    The Committee, which has received the respective country reports and presentations from non-governmental organizations, will discuss a variety of topics with the six State delegations on the following dates, Geneva time:

    DRC: February 14-16, 3-5 pm Belarus: February 15-17, 9-11 am Czech Republic: February 17, 3-5 pm, February 18, 11-1 pm and 3-5 pm Serbia: February 21-23, 3-5 p.m. Uzbekistan: February 22-24, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kingdom of Bahrain: February 24, 3 to 5 p.m., February 25, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. h

    The review will take place in a hybrid format with Committee members participating in person in Geneva and state delegations joining virtually on Zoom. All of the above public dialogues will be broadcast live on UN Web TV. More information on the session, including the reports submitted by States parties and the full schedule of meetings, is available on the session webpage.

  •  Semi automatic offside is tested at the FIFA Club World Cup www FIFA com in the United Arab Emirates Limb tracking technology provides accurate data to referees in seconds 3D animations show the offside decision on giant screens in the stadium FIFA has conducted further successful tests of semi automatic offside technology SAOT during the FIFA Club World Cup 2021 in Abu Dhabi along with 3D animations shown on the big screen in the stadium and on television providing viewers a better understanding of offside decisions After being successfully tested at the FIFA Arab Cup last year testing on SAOT s implementation is ramping up ahead of its expected use at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar SAOT has been used to assist on field referees with tight offside decisions on a number of occasions during the FIFA Club World Cup FIFA Referees Committee Chairman Pierluigi Collina and FIFA s Technology and Innovation team demonstrated the technology at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium on Wednesday We continue with a test to try to achieve the goal to have more precise decisions and also faster decisions in offside incidents Collina said I know someone called it robot offside It is not The referees and assistant referees remain responsible for the decision on the field of play The technology just gives them valuable support to make more accurate and faster decisions particularly when the offside incident is very tight and very difficult SAOT is an extension of the VAR system that is already used in 47 countries around the world and in more than 100 competitions including all FIFA tournaments Ten dedicated cameras as well as several broadcast television cameras are installed throughout the stadium to track 18 data points on each individual player providing their position on the field The number of data points is expected to increase to 29 points per player when the FIFA World Cup takes place This data collected 50 times per second is then transmitted to an AVAR specifically dedicated to offside decisions to verify and make their recommendation to the VAR and referee on the field This process occurs in real time and therefore means that decisions on offside calls can be made within seconds We re also tracking limbs we re tracking arms and legs and we know exactly where all those players are at every moment of the game FIFA Head of Football Technology Sebastian Runge explained We re tracking at 50 frames per second so 50 times per second we know where the players are and we re getting that information into the system This combination allows to evaluate if a player is onside or not FIFA is also testing the use of 3D animations that clearly illustrate when a player is on or offside We have introduced an offside animation which is not related to the decision making process but certainly offers a better understanding and a clearer view of the offside onside decision said Collina So once the decision is made this kind of animation starts to play out and a few seconds later it can better show what happened than using normal 2D lines These animations are created after the offside decision is made to provide a clearer image for fans watching on TV and in stadiums With semi automatic offside we get data points and these data points can be translated into an animation Runge said So we know where the shoulder is we know where the knee is for example And by taking that data we can go into the 3D world and we can create animations which can perfectly explain if a player was on how much of that player was off or on and we put that into an animation that will be shared with TV and our giant screen operators and we can inform viewers in a clearer way about offside and inside decisions FIFA will continue to test these innovations in other FIFA competitions throughout this year We know it s not easy to be fast and precise at the same time if you want to be precise you need time said Collina That s why we thought of a technology that can do the most accurate and quick decisions possible Other languages will be published on FIFA com soon nbsp
    FIFA tests Semi-automated offside tech aids for referees and spectators at UAE
     Semi automatic offside is tested at the FIFA Club World Cup www FIFA com in the United Arab Emirates Limb tracking technology provides accurate data to referees in seconds 3D animations show the offside decision on giant screens in the stadium FIFA has conducted further successful tests of semi automatic offside technology SAOT during the FIFA Club World Cup 2021 in Abu Dhabi along with 3D animations shown on the big screen in the stadium and on television providing viewers a better understanding of offside decisions After being successfully tested at the FIFA Arab Cup last year testing on SAOT s implementation is ramping up ahead of its expected use at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar SAOT has been used to assist on field referees with tight offside decisions on a number of occasions during the FIFA Club World Cup FIFA Referees Committee Chairman Pierluigi Collina and FIFA s Technology and Innovation team demonstrated the technology at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium on Wednesday We continue with a test to try to achieve the goal to have more precise decisions and also faster decisions in offside incidents Collina said I know someone called it robot offside It is not The referees and assistant referees remain responsible for the decision on the field of play The technology just gives them valuable support to make more accurate and faster decisions particularly when the offside incident is very tight and very difficult SAOT is an extension of the VAR system that is already used in 47 countries around the world and in more than 100 competitions including all FIFA tournaments Ten dedicated cameras as well as several broadcast television cameras are installed throughout the stadium to track 18 data points on each individual player providing their position on the field The number of data points is expected to increase to 29 points per player when the FIFA World Cup takes place This data collected 50 times per second is then transmitted to an AVAR specifically dedicated to offside decisions to verify and make their recommendation to the VAR and referee on the field This process occurs in real time and therefore means that decisions on offside calls can be made within seconds We re also tracking limbs we re tracking arms and legs and we know exactly where all those players are at every moment of the game FIFA Head of Football Technology Sebastian Runge explained We re tracking at 50 frames per second so 50 times per second we know where the players are and we re getting that information into the system This combination allows to evaluate if a player is onside or not FIFA is also testing the use of 3D animations that clearly illustrate when a player is on or offside We have introduced an offside animation which is not related to the decision making process but certainly offers a better understanding and a clearer view of the offside onside decision said Collina So once the decision is made this kind of animation starts to play out and a few seconds later it can better show what happened than using normal 2D lines These animations are created after the offside decision is made to provide a clearer image for fans watching on TV and in stadiums With semi automatic offside we get data points and these data points can be translated into an animation Runge said So we know where the shoulder is we know where the knee is for example And by taking that data we can go into the 3D world and we can create animations which can perfectly explain if a player was on how much of that player was off or on and we put that into an animation that will be shared with TV and our giant screen operators and we can inform viewers in a clearer way about offside and inside decisions FIFA will continue to test these innovations in other FIFA competitions throughout this year We know it s not easy to be fast and precise at the same time if you want to be precise you need time said Collina That s why we thought of a technology that can do the most accurate and quick decisions possible Other languages will be published on FIFA com soon nbsp
    FIFA tests Semi-automated offside tech aids for referees and spectators at UAE
    Africa8 months ago

    FIFA tests Semi-automated offside tech aids for referees and spectators at UAE

    Semi-automatic offside is tested at the FIFA Club World Cup™ (www.FIFA.com) in the United Arab Emirates; Limb tracking technology provides accurate data to referees in seconds; 3D animations show the offside decision on giant screens in the stadiumFIFA has conducted further successful tests of semi-automatic offside technology (SAOT) during the FIFA Club World Cup™ 2021 in Abu Dhabi along with 3D animations shown on the big screen in the stadium and on television providing viewers a better understanding of offside decisions.After being successfully tested at the FIFA Arab Cup™ last year, testing on SAOT's implementation is ramping up ahead of its expected use at the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ in Qatar.SAOT has been used to assist on-field referees with tight offside decisions on a number of occasions during the FIFA Club World Cup™.FIFA Referees Committee Chairman Pierluigi Collina and FIFA's Technology and Innovation team demonstrated the technology at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium on Wednesday."We continue with a test to try to achieve the goal: to have more precise decisions and also faster decisions in offside incidents," Collina said.“I know someone called it “robot offside”; It is not."“The referees and assistant referees remain responsible for the decision on the field of play. The technology just gives them valuable support to make more accurate and faster decisions, particularly when the offside incident is very tight and very difficult.”SAOT is an extension of the VAR system that is already used in 47 countries around the world and in more than 100 competitions, including all FIFA tournaments.Ten dedicated cameras, as well as several broadcast television cameras, are installed throughout the stadium to track 18 data points on each individual player, providing their position on the field.The number of data points is expected to increase to 29 points per player when the FIFA World Cup™ takes place.This data, collected 50 times per second, is then transmitted to an AVAR specifically dedicated to offside decisions to verify and make their recommendation to the VAR and referee on the field.This process occurs in real time and therefore means that decisions on offside calls can be made within seconds."We're also tracking limbs, we're tracking arms and legs, and we know exactly where all those players are at every moment of the game," FIFA Head of Football Technology Sebastian Runge explained."We're tracking at 50 frames per second, so 50 times per second we know where the players are and we're getting that information into the system."This combination allows to evaluate if a player is onside or not. FIFA is also testing the use of 3D animations that clearly illustrate when a player is on or offside."We have introduced an offside animation, which is not related to the decision-making process, but certainly offers a better understanding and a clearer view of the offside/onside decision," said Collina.“So once the decision is made, this kind of animation starts to play out, and a few seconds later it can better show what happened than using normal 2D lines.”These animations are created after the offside decision is made to provide a clearer image for fans watching on TV and in stadiums."With semi-automatic offside, we get data points, and these data points can be translated into an animation," Runge said.“So, we know where the shoulder is, we know where the knee is, for example. And by taking that data, we can go into the 3D world and we can create animations, which can perfectly explain if a player was on, how much of that player was off or on, and we put that into an animation that will be shared with TV and our giant screen operators and we can inform viewers in a clearer way about offside and inside decisions”.FIFA will continue to test these innovations in other FIFA competitions throughout this year.“We know it's not easy to be fast and precise at the same time, if you want to be precise you need time,” said Collina."That's why we thought of a technology that can do [the most] accurate and quick decisions possible.”(Other languages ​​will be published on FIFA.com soon)