Daily Archives: September 11, 2017

TVU Networks to Make Available Hundreds of Its TVU One and TVUPack Mobile Transmitters for the Upcoming Presidential Re-election Vote in Kenya

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, Sept. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP video solutions, announced today that it will provide comprehensive support to all media organizations in covering the upcoming Kenya presidential re-election vote. TVU will make hundreds of its award-winning TVU mobile uplink units, including TVU One, and its global live video distribution network, TVU Grid, and the reliable live video transmission mobile phone app, TVU Anywhere, available to broadcasters.  Furthermore, TVU will have its partners and staff available to provide onsite support during the election.

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TVU solutions have become a crucial part of the news operations of major broadcasters around the globe. For example, TVU was successfully able to support the continuous live coverage of the recent Kenya elections by major broadcasters in Kenya, such as Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) and K24. Both broadcasters utilized an extensive number of TVU units for more than twenty hours daily for several days as a part of their regular news coverage of the elections. By relying on TVU’s proprietary IS+, Inverse StatMux Plus technology, KBC and K24 were able to deliver dependable high quality live video from the field to their viewers even in unreliable and poor cellular coverage environments.

To further reduce operational costs, TVU One units will utilize its HEVC/H.265 encoding technology.  With HEVC, customers can transmit a broadcast quality HD signal at a mere 3Mbps.

“As the state broadcaster for Kenya, many viewers across the country rely on our news coverage everyday including important events such as the presidential elections. The TVU equipment performed perfectly during our elections coverage efforts from all locations,” said Roncliffe Odit, Senior News Anchor/Reporter, KBC. “As a senior reporter, I was in Eldoret Town in Uasin Gishu County, covering the three counties of Uasin Gishu, Nandi and Elgeyo Marakwet. TVU make it really easy to do the coverage.”

“We decided to use TVU for the first time for our presidential elections coverage because all other solutions have failed to deliver a reliable picture usable on air. We’ve been using TVU equipment during and after the elections,” said George Kagoru, Senior Engineer, K24. “Our newsroom is very happy with TVU as we had live coverage from over 21 towns on election day which has helped increase our viewership. This has helped to make K24 a reliable news and current affairs station.”

Added Kagoru, “TVU has never failed us.  We will expand its use further with the upcoming re-election.”

With a new court-ordered presidential election set for early November, TVU is planning to provide increased support for existing and new broadcast customers. For more information about TVU IP live video solutions or to place an order, contact Abdalla Elhag at +254799872663 or globalrentals@tvunetworks.com.

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‘War is Being Won,’ Says Head of Regional Force Battling Boko Haram

BUDUA, CAMEROON � The head of the multinational task force fighting Boko Haram says the war against the militants is being won, but warned that suicide bombings remain a threat, killing close to 400 people in Nigeria and Cameroon since April.

Soldiers from the 7,800-person task force have been stationed in several towns and villages along the Nigeria-Cameroon border since those communities were liberated from Boko Haram a little over a year ago.

The force’s commander, Nigerian-born General Lucky Irabor, visited four communities along the border on Saturday to reassure local residents and rally the troops.

“Boko Haram and other criminal gangs, their end has come. Boko Haram is on the downward trend,” Irabor told the soldiers. “That alone should motivate you to know that the war is being won, and for you to give in the last of your energy and your commitment so that they would be completely defeated.”

Irabor ordered the soldiers to focus on stopping suicide bombers, and to work more closely with local self-defense groups. He urged civilians to report anything or anyone suspicious.

The Boko Haram conflict has displaced over two million people in four countries, but the governments of Nigeria and Cameroon are urging people to go home.

Irabor said the soldiers’ presence in villages will keep Boko Haram from taking them back.

However, security is not the only challenge the returnees face.

Aboubakar Bouba, an elder of Budua village on Cameroon’s northern border with Nigeria, returned home in August. He fled Budua after a Boko Haram attack in 2014.

The 75-year-old says the loud sounds of bombs that destroyed their village mosque, killing several people including their imam, also ruptured his eardrums.

A soldier asked Bouba how life has been in his village since he returned. Bouba said he is poor and lives on food aid from well-wishers and neighbors. He says he hasn’t seen his children since 2014, when they also fled.

The village, once home to 200 people, is now inhabited by approximately 70. The residents say they are hungry, but the fighting has devastated farmland, leaving farmers unable to cultivate crops or take care of livestock.

Cameroon’s government has announced plans to provide seeds to farmers and financial aid to unemployed youths to start small businesses, but the people of the village say they are still waiting.

Source: Voice of America

‘War is Being Won,’ Says Head of Regional Force Battling Boko Haram

BUDUA, CAMEROON � The head of the multinational task force fighting Boko Haram says the war against the militants is being won, but warned that suicide bombings remain a threat, killing close to 400 people in Nigeria and Cameroon since April.

Soldiers from the 7,800-person task force have been stationed in several towns and villages along the Nigeria-Cameroon border since those communities were liberated from Boko Haram a little over a year ago.

The force’s commander, Nigerian-born General Lucky Irabor, visited four communities along the border on Saturday to reassure local residents and rally the troops.

“Boko Haram and other criminal gangs, their end has come. Boko Haram is on the downward trend,” Irabor told the soldiers. “That alone should motivate you to know that the war is being won, and for you to give in the last of your energy and your commitment so that they would be completely defeated.”

Irabor ordered the soldiers to focus on stopping suicide bombers, and to work more closely with local self-defense groups. He urged civilians to report anything or anyone suspicious.

The Boko Haram conflict has displaced over two million people in four countries, but the governments of Nigeria and Cameroon are urging people to go home.

Irabor said the soldiers’ presence in villages will keep Boko Haram from taking them back.

However, security is not the only challenge the returnees face.

Aboubakar Bouba, an elder of Budua village on Cameroon’s northern border with Nigeria, returned home in August. He fled Budua after a Boko Haram attack in 2014.

The 75-year-old says the loud sounds of bombs that destroyed their village mosque, killing several people including their imam, also ruptured his eardrums.

A soldier asked Bouba how life has been in his village since he returned. Bouba said he is poor and lives on food aid from well-wishers and neighbors. He says he hasn’t seen his children since 2014, when they also fled.

The village, once home to 200 people, is now inhabited by approximately 70. The residents say they are hungry, but the fighting has devastated farmland, leaving farmers unable to cultivate crops or take care of livestock.

Cameroon’s government has announced plans to provide seeds to farmers and financial aid to unemployed youths to start small businesses, but the people of the village say they are still waiting.

Source: Voice of America

UNICEF: Decades of progress for children at risk across Middle East and North Africa

Nearly one-in-five children across the Middle East and North Africa � over 90 per cent of whom live in conflict-affected countries � need immediate humanitarian assistance, according to new analysis by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Conflict continues to rob millions of girls and boys of their childhood, said Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director, in a press statement.

Decades of progress are at risk of being reversed across the Middle East and North Africa, he added.

UNICEF pointed out that children have been hit hardest by ongoing years of violence, displacement and lack of basic services. Civilian infrastructure, including hospitals, energy, water, sanitation and hygiene installations have often come under attack, exposing children to the risk of death and diseases.

Moreover, millions of families have been forced to flee their homes � some multiple times and under fire. Continued violence and displacement have increasingly made it difficult for children and families to cope.

With no end in sight to these conflicts and with families’ dwindling financial resources, many have no choice but to send their children to work or marry their daughters early. The number of children affiliated with the fighting has more than doubled, continued the UNICEF Director.

According to the latest analysis, inside Syria and in refugee-hosting countries, almost 12 million Syrian children require humanitarian assistance � up from half a million in 2012.

Additionally, an estimated two million children who live in hard-to-reach or besieged areas in Syria have received limited humanitarian assistance over the years.

Turning to Yemen, the fighting has destroyed water and sanitation systems � sparking the world’s worst cholera and acute diarrhoea outbreak, with over 610,000 suspected cases to date.

More than half of Yemen’s health facilities are out of service and water systems have been destroyed, cutting off almost 15 million people from safe water and access to basic healthcare.

Across Iraq, more than 5 million children are in need of assistance as heavy fighting intensified, including in Mosul and recently in Tal Afar. They need water, food, shelter and education.

As for the Gaza Strip, an ongoing electricity crisis has reduced access to water by 30 per cent while diarrhoea cases among young children have doubled in just three months.

Children in the Middle East and North Africa region have undergone unprecedented levels of violence and witnessed horrors that no one should witness. If violence and wars continue, the consequences � not only for the region but for the world as a whole � will be dire, underscored Mr. Cappelaere.

World leaders must do much more to put an end to violence for the sake of boys and girls and their future, he concluded.

Source: UN News Centre

Taxi drivers urged to talk

Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa has called on meter cab and Uber operators to urgently engage in dialogue to find lasting solutions to their disagreements.

The Minister expressed concern over incidents of violence between transport operators, which happened in Sandton last week. The Minister is deeply concerned about the potential negative effect of the acrimony on the tourism industry.

In addition to the needless destruction of property and threat on human life, the general mood of uncertainty, implicit in the violence, threatens the stability of the tourism industry upon which thousands of jobs are reliant, the Minister said.

She said for any domestic or international tourist, the sense of security is as important as for the ordinary citizen.

However, both the meter taxicab and Uber operators need to bear in mind the fact that tourists can elect to visit one place and not another and one country instead of another, the Minister said.

She said the bad blood between the taxi operators is unhealthy because local passengers can also eventually stop patronising either if the violence continues.

It is self-evident that the operators are cutting off their noses to spite their faces. No one’s life must continue to be placed in danger because two operators are in disagreement with one another. This must stop, the Minister said.

Source: South African Government News Agency