Mr. Lester Paye (right) presents a plaque to Mr. Emmanuel S. King, Sr, as a token of appreciation from the YMCA.The leadership of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in Liberia recently retired four people, the entity referred to as ‘long serving employees’ who have served in their respective positions for well over 10-20 years.YMCA also honored five American visiting guests representing the US-YMCA.The ceremony, accordingly reflected YMCA-Liberia’s commitment to uniting and empowering young people through self-development and service to their respective communities as an extension of “the Kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”The retirees are Mrs. Vida Bracewell, finance manager, Mrs. Elizabeth Varney, former executive director of the Yekepa YMCA, Mr. Emmanuel S. King, Sr, former senior accountant and the late John Arku, who served the Liberia YMCA from executive director of the Yekepa YMCA to development secretary to administrator and consultant before he passed away in November, 2018.Members of the International Group of US YMCAs, who entity honored include, Tom Valentine of the Chicago YMCA, Curt Hazelbaker of the Dallas YMCA and La Veda Howell of the Indianapolis YMCA, respectively.Chairman of the National Board of the YMCA, Lester M. Paye, spoke of the program being so special to the extent that given the honor and recognition of the staff and US YMCA delegation was long overdue.“We are here to recognize staffs, who have worked over the years, and also recognize our friends from the US-YMCA, who have helped in strengthening our YMCA over the years,” Paye said.YMCA National General Secretary, E. Timotheus Kamaboakai, informed the gathering that when he took over, he invited stakeholders to drive the YMCA forward.Kamaboakai said after a year of consultation and brainstorming, they arrived at to furhter empower the young people with skills and knowledge to be changed agents in their communities.“Given the fact that the YMCA implements high profile programs with grants from respectable donors, who agreed to push the agenda forward as the YMCA is not a sustainable organization,” he said.The YMCA, Kamaboakai said survives on grants as donor grants constitute nearly 90 percent of the institution’s budget.Kamaboakai therefore, wants the YMCA to remain a sustainable organization with diverse income flow that will be resilient whether there is a donor fatigue; an epidemic or anything that affects the natural movement of the organization, so as to have resources at its disposal to implement what it wants to do.On the goals for a sustainable YMCA, Kamaboakai said that the YMCA has identified three key legs to address the challenges of sustainability to include social enterprise, which looks at integrate, embedded and optional approaches.One of the honorees, Elizabeth Varney, said she has passion and commitment to the YMCA, “and so during my years of service, my commitment remained to the young people.”A member of the US delegation, Tom Valentine, said he sees the passion, query and excitement of the young people in Liberia, and the change the YMCA has created in them as laudable.He noted that all of the good things in Liberia today with the young people are connected to the YMCA.“We all want to build a team that will contribute to the success of young Liberians,” Valentine said. He thanked the YMCA for the appreciation conferred on members of the delegation.The Swedish Ambassador to Liberia, Ingrid Wetterqvist, appreciated the YMCA for inviting her, but more importantly, empowering the young people with skills to develop the country.The program was attended by the chairman and members of the National Board of the YMCA, the former National General Secretary, Peter Kamei, representatives from the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mrs. and Mrs. Charles Ananaba, staffs of the YMCA as well as families and friends of the retirees.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
-A man was killed in an alleged gunfight with police at Tigharia village in Kashba upazila of Brahmanbaria early Saturday, reports UNB.The identity of the deceased is yet to be known. The police claimed that the killed man was a robber.According to police claim some 15/20 masked robbers attacked a patrol team of police around 1:00am, prompting the law enforcers to fire back that triggered a gunfight.At one stage, a masked robber was caught in the line of fire and died on the spot while four police officials suffered injuries, said Mizanur Rahman, superintendent of Brahmanbaria police.The body was sent to sadar hospital for autopsy, he added.
Civolution-owned forensic watermarking speclialist NexGuard has teamed up with chipset giant ALi to integrate its technology in ALi set-top box chipsets.According to Civolution, the partnership provides compliance with the MovieLabs security specifications and enables protection of high value content with forensic watermarking in addition to CAS and DRM systems.“NexGuard forensic watermarking is designed to meet the full array of evolving security challenges that digital media industries face. This integration provides ALi and its customers with MovieLabs forensic watermarking compliance and the only realistic defence against illicit re-distribution of linear content such as sport events and the illicit file-sharing of premium on-demand content, the greatest security threats facing the content industry today,” said Jean-Philippe Plantevin, SVP Products and Solutions, NexGuard.“As a global leader in STB technology, ALi makes every effort to ensure our chipset offerings meet the Pay-TV ecosystem’s most demanding security requirements,” said Daniel Huang, CEO of ALi Corporation.“Adding to a host of robust protection mechanisms with the NexGuard watermarking solution under TEE already enabled on our chipsets, ALi’s latest UHD solutions integrating hardwired NexGuard technology provide a powerful arsenal for rights owners and service providers in the battle against piracy of valuable entertainment content.”
Russia pay TV leader Tricolor TV plans to launch internet-connected TV services as well as making TV everywhere services available to subscribers on the go as well as those at home this year, according to CEO Alexei Kholodov.In an interview with local title The Standard, Kholodov also said there was plenty of room for organic growth in pay TV in Russia, despite a leveling off of subscriber additions last year.Kholodov said that about 4.5 million of the pay TV operator’s base currently has set-tops with an Ethernet port that can be connected to the web. He said that Tricolor was currently in the process of finalizing the functionality of its planned online app and would release it this year.The company currently offers a push-video-on-demand service that was launched at the end of last year, whereby non-DVR set-tops are connected to a flash drive or external hard drive, which receives two films daily. The content expires after a week, giving subscribers a choice of 14 films at any one time.Tricolor TV also provides an online movie VOD offering, launched last November, which Khodolov said could evolve to offer an SVOD offering as well as the current choice of transactional and advertising-supported VOD.Kholodov said that Tricolor TV would extend the reach of its online TV services beyond the home this year. The company currently enables subscribers to view Tricolor content on smartphones and tablets over their home WiFi networks.Addressing the overall prospects for pay TV, Kholodov said that Tricolor TV’s active base grew by 340,000 last year, slower than 2015 but still strong relative to the overall market, giving the operator a base of 8.5 million active subs.The overall number included 1.5 million subs equipped with8 HEVC-capable boxes. Kholodov said that the operator would extend its Ultra HD offering – currently comprising three channels – later this year.Kholodov also said he foresees tenfold growth in the number of subscrbers taking internet services from Tricolor. The operator launched a two-way satellite internet service in September last year using capacity on the Eutelsat 36C/Express-AMU1 satellite.