Cove and John Ashram assists Mahaicony fire victims

first_imgThe Cove and John Ashram, located on the East Coast of Demerara, on Saturday donated several household items, groceries, tables, chairs and a quantity of cash to the Mahaicony family who were recently affected by a fire.The couple, Jairanie and Nalinie Singh, whose house was completely gutted onJairam and Nalinie SinghMarch 15, 2017 while they were attending a wake, explained that they with still coming to grips with the entire situation, which has left them homeless. Accordingto reports, the fire originated from an electrical wire.The Singhs were unable to save anything from their home; however, they remain optimistic that their situation would improve, as according to Mr Singh, their dream for Christmas was to be living in their own house with their family. They explained too that it was devastating to witness 20 years of hard work engulfed in flames.The Ashram, upon learning of the tragedy, decided to extend its humanitarian hand. According to Swami Shivashankaranadaji Maharaj, the couple’s eldest son,Swami Shivashankaranadaji Maharaj making the donationwho was a student at the Hindu College, informed the Ashram about the fire, and as such, members decided to render assistance.The Swami, during his visit, encouraged the family to have faith and reminded them that where there was a way, there was a will. He pledged the Ashram’s support towards helping the family until they could get back on their feet.The Singh family expressed gratitude for the timely donation; however, they also appealed to members of the public to assist them in whatever way they could to help them to rebuild their home. The couple has three children and the family is presently staying at a relative’s home.last_img read more

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Rep Hoitenga bill will help human trafficking victims

first_img Legislator’s plan forces criminals to pay for survivors’ servicesState Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, today detailed her legislation as part of a bipartisan effort to provide added legal protections and assistance to human trafficking survivors.Hoitenga’s measure would create a human trafficking assistance fund financed by Michigan’s convicted criminals, in the form of fines and penalties, rather than the Michigan taxpayer. The fund will supply trafficking survivors with monetary support and access to legal, health and housing services to help rebuild their lives.“This is a common-sense measure, providing the needed help to survivors of human trafficking,” Hoitenga said. “Criminals themselves will pay for expanding our rehabilitative services for survivors, which helps our law enforcement and court systems, and community-based assistance organizations. This fund will be used to restore the survivors’ lives and open paths to new opportunities.”Hoitenga’s legislation is a key part of a 26-bill package to address the connections between prostitution and sex trafficking, while expanding awareness, updating preventive measures and creating additional legal tools for victims.Current Michigan law categorizes prostitution as a disorderly conduct offense, much like loitering, public intoxication and illegal gambling. This plan would not only remove prostitution as a crime of disorderly conduct, but would also change all references of “prostitution” to “commercial sex act” in state law to remove the stigma of acts tied to human trafficking.“Michigan must take the next step to help survivors of sex trafficking and prostitution, but do so in a way not hurting our state’s collective wallet,” Hoitenga said. “Over the past two years, we have expanded legal protections to victims for their crimes done under unfathomable duress, but we must not stop there. There is an added responsibility to restore their basic human rights and make opportunities available to get their lives on track.”House Bills 6156 and 6157 have been assigned to the House Law and Justice Committee.### 27Jun Rep. Hoitenga bill will help human trafficking victims Categories: Hoitenga Newslast_img read more

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Disney Channel is launching on Free Sat in Turkey

first_imgDisney Channel is launching on Free Sat in Turkey, taking the kids and family offering into 60% of Turkey’s 18.5 million TV homes.The channel will launch on the free-to-air service on January 12 as an ad-supported service.“Turkey’s youthful population coupled with a high affinity for digital media create a perfect environment for this free to air approach,” said Giorgio Stock, executive vice-president and managing director, Disney Channels, music, publishing, gaming and online, The Walt Disney Company EMEA. “As the gateway to all things Disney, Disney Channel is the ideal vehicle to grow our presence in Turkey – our brand has universal appeal and this launch will give it nearly universal reach.”Disney XD and Disney Junior will remain pay TV channels in Turkey. Disney’s strategy in Turkey is similar to the one it adopted in Spain where it changed from a pay, to a free-to-air, channel in 2008.last_img read more

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Dutch cable operator Ziggo is launching an advance

first_imgDutch cable operator Ziggo is launching an advanced VOD user interface delivered entirely from the network cloud.Ziggo will use ActiveVideo Networks’s virtual set-top box platform CloudTV to deliver the UI. The initial deployment will include video-on-demand navigation and guide functionality, including enhanced search, discovery and previews, to existing set-top boxes.“Service providers deploying advanced navigation, guides and other content need long-term, flexible solutions that will support any current or future device,” said Ronald Brockmann, managing director for ActiveVideo Networks in Europe. “The selection of CloudTV will allow Ziggo to deliver rich, engaging services without replacing existing set-top boxes.”last_img read more

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Pay TV provider M7 Groups German subsidiary M7 De

first_imgPay TV provider M7 Group’s German subsidiary M7 Deutschland has teamed up with BrightBlue, the white-label IPTV platform launched by fibre network provider Deutsche Glasfaser last year, to collaborate on the provision of IPTV content to FTTH operators.BrightBlue has integrated M7’s TV packages for distribution to  FTTH providers. The partnership agreement will give BrightBlue access to over 140 channels from the likes of RTL, ProSiebenSat.1 and other German-language and international channels for distribution to potential or current customers for M7 content.Current customers for the service include Inexio, Stiegeler IT and Deutsche Glasfaser itself.Christian Heinkele, managing director of Eviso Germany GmbH, the M7’s partner for marketing and channel management, said that the agreement would enable FTTH operators to enter the IPTV market without investing in their own platforms.Uwe Nickl, managing director of BrightBlue/Deutsche Glasfaser, said that the group’s advanced TV solution meant that network partners would no longer need to invest in expensive platforms from vendors.last_img read more

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