Journalists Honoured for their Courage, Resolve

Burton Benjamin Memorial Award recipient Christiane Amanpour with IPFA honorees Malini Subramaniam, Óscar Martínez, and Can Dündar at the International Press Freedom Awards. Nov. 22, 2016, New York. Credit: CPJ/Barbara Nitke.

Burton Benjamin Memorial Award recipient Christiane Amanpour with IPFA honorees Malini Subramaniam, Óscar Martínez, and Can Dündar at the International Press Freedom Awards. Nov. 22, 2016, New York. Credit: CPJ/Barbara Nitke.

By Tharanga Yakupitiyage
NEW YORK, Nov 30 2016 (IPS)

Journalism has become one of the world’s most dangerous professions, making the courageous achievements of this year’s four International Press Freedom Award winners particularly meaningful.

The four winners from El Salvador, India, Turkey and Egypt were honoured for their courageous achievements by the Committee to Protect Journalists at the 26th International Press Freedom Awards on November 21.

“These awardees are truly remarkable journalists, all of whom have carried out their work with the knowledge that doing so puts them in real danger,” said CPJ’s Board Chairman Sandra Mims Rowe.

“It is heartening to see such resolve, and to know that even under the most threatening conditions, journalists will always find a way to do their job,” she continued.

Since 1992, CPJ found that 1220 journalists have been killed, the majority of whom were murdered with complete impunity. In 2015 alone, nearly 200 journalists were also imprisoned worldwide.

Can Dündar, one of the awardees and chief editor of Turkish daily newspaper Cumhuriyet, was arrested in November 2015 and sentenced to 6 years in prison after publishing a report claiming Turkey’s intelligence service’s plans to send weapons to Syrian rebel groups.

“It is our right to write, and the people’s right to know. We are not only defending a profession, but we are defending the people’s right to be informed,” — Can Dündar.

Dündar, who was arrested on charges of disclosing state secrets, espionage and aiding a terrorist group, told IPS of the importance of press freedom.

“It is our right to write, and the people’s right to know. We are not only defending a profession, but we are defending the people’s right to be informed,” he said.

“This award is a kind of message from the world to us that they are aware of our struggle,” Dündar continued.

According to Reporters Without Borders (RSF)’s Press Freedom Index, Turkey is ranked 151st out of 180 countries. Since the election of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in 2014, more than 1800 cases were opened against journalists and cartoonists for insulting the leader.

The country’s media crackdown has only deepened since the coup attempt in July as the Turkish government has allegedly used its state of emergency and anti-terror laws to shut down over 100 news agencies and imprison approximately 120 journalists.

Óscar Martínez, another awardee and investigative reporter from El Salvador, also highlighted the important role of media to IPS, stating: “Only in countries where the press can exercise its right to freely inform is it possible to illuminate those dark corners [of societies] that would otherwise stay in the dark.”

One such dark corner is the ongoing violence in El Salvador. The Central American nation is now the world’s most violent country that is not at war, with over 6,500 murders in 2015 alone. After reporting on extrajudicial killings by police, Martínez received death threats and was forced to temporarily flee the country.

Though CPJ’s award can help the press freedom cause, Martínez added that governments must ensure and provide real protection for journalists.

Malini Subramaniam similarly reports on abuses by police and security forces and extrajudicial killings, but in India’s “Red Corridor” where a five-decade long conflict between Maoists and the government has persisted.

Working in the Indian State of Chhattisgarh, first as a development worker then as a journalist, Subramaniam told IPS that she saw indigenous residents, known as adivasis, caught in the crossfire without essential services or a voice.

“These stories were not coming out…I realised that these stories need to be told,” Subramaniam told IPS, adding that the dangers of telling the story did not matter to her.

Due to her critical reports on human rights abuses, Subramaniam has had to cope with numerous instances of police interrogation and harassment, eventually forcing Subramaniam to leave the Bastar district of Chhattisgarh.

However, Subramaniam noted that she is just one of the journalists that faced such perils there. According to CPJ, at least four journalists are imprisoned in the Central Indian state, and other journalists including a BBC correspondent have been forced to flee the area for fear of reprisal.

“It’s not just about an individual, it is about the larger field,” Subramaniam told IPS.

“This award will sort of amplify the situation that is there in Bastar as far as reporting is concerned, what’s happening to the journalists that are there and as a message to the government of India to wake up,” she continued.

CPJ also honoured Mahmoud Abou Zeid, an Egyptian photojournalist who has been in prison since August 2013.

Zeid, who is also known as Shawkan, was arrested while covering clashes between Egyptian security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi. Among the charges he faces is weapons possession, illegal assembly and murder.

Egypt is the second largest jailer of journalists in the world, only second to China, CPJ found.

Attending the awards ceremony on behalf of Shawkan was his childhood friend Ahmed Abu Seif.

“I still sometimes want to wake up and for somebody to tell me that it is just a dream,” Seif told IPS, adding that it hurts him that Shawkan is not there himself to receive CPJ’s award.

“This award means a lot for recognising a journalist behind bars. It’s also a sign to tell the Egyptian government that…even if you don’t recognise him as a journalist, we do,” he continued.

The fight for press freedom is not limited to countries like Egypt and Turkey, but also continues to remain an issue in the United States.

Receiving the Burton Benjamin Memorial award was Christiane Amanpour who pointed to the perils American journalists face and may continue to face after President-elect Trump assumes office.

“I never in a million years thought I would be up here on stage appealing for the freedom and safety of American journalists at home,” she told attendees, pointing to a tweet by President-elect Trump that said “professional protesters” were “incited by the media.”

She particularly noted the issues U.S. media faced while reporting the presidential campaigns in balancing neutrality and truth, but said that this cannot continue.

“I learned long ago, covering the ethnic cleansing and genocide in Bosnia, never to equate victim with aggressor, never to create a false moral or factual equivalence, because then you are an accomplice to the most unspeakable crimes and consequences. I believe in being truthful, not neutral and I believe we must stop banalising the truth,” she said.

She added that the media can either contribute to a more functional system or to deepen the political dysfunction.

“This above all is an appeal to protect journalism itself…we have to stand up together–for divided we will all fall,” she concluded.

Envision Solar Receives Order from the Fresno County Rural Transit Agency to Supply 13 EV ARC(TM) Transportable Solar Powered EV Chargers

SAN DIEGO, CA—(Marketwired – November 29, 2016) – Envision Solar International, Inc., (OTCQB: EVSI) (“Envision Solar,” or the “Company”), the leading renewable energy, outdoor advertising, EV charging and energy security product company, announced today that the Fresno County Rural Transit Agency (FCRTA) has ordered 13 EV ARC™ units against the California State Contract awarded to Envision Solar in 2015 and renewed in 2016.

FCRTA will deploy the 13 EV ARC™ solar powered EV chargers as part of their ongoing innovative efforts to reduce harmful emissions in Fresno County. This deployment will be the first countywide deployment of solar powered EV charging and the first to target disadvantaged communities. FCRTA worked with the Department of Transportation and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to realize this groundbreaking pollution reduction program, which will allow local members of the community to “drive on sunshine.”

The EV ARC™ units will charge electric vehicles and also be equipped with emergency power panels, which can be used in the event of a blackout or brownout. First responders can depend on them as a highly reliable source of emergency power. FCRTA's deployment of EV ARC™ units will be the first countywide deployment of EV chargers, which also provide life–saving emergency power during disasters such as earthquakes, terrorist acts or other severe events.

“We are dedicated to helping the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District meet its air quality goals and to making the people of our community safer during emergencies,” said Moses Stites, FCRTA General Manager. “Transportable solar powered EV chargers that also provide emergency power deliver a highly compelling value proposition and allow us to do both.”

“This is one of the most innovative and meaningful deployments of EV ARC products yet,” said Desmond Wheatley, CEO of Envision Solar. “We are delighted that our products will not only help to clean the air and make fueling less economically burdensome for the hard working people of Fresno County, but also keep them safe during the times when they need electricity the most.”

Invented and manufactured in California, the EV ARC™ fits inside a parking space and does not reduce available parking in any way. The system's solar electrical generation is enhanced by the patented EnvisionTrak™ system, which causes the array to follow the sun, generating 18 to 25 percent more electricity than a fixed array. The energy is stored in the EV ARC™ product's energy storage for charging day or night. The EV ARC™ product requires no trenching, foundations or installation work of any kind and is deployed in minutes. EV ARC™ products are manufactured in the Company's San Diego facility by combat veterans, the disabled, minorities and other highly talented, mission–driven team members.

About Envision Solar International, Inc.

Envision Solar designs and manufactures unique, renewably energized, EV charging, Outdoor Advertising and Energy Security products including the patented EV ARC™ and the patented Solar Tree® products. Enhancements include EnvisionTrak™ patented solar tracking, SunCharge™ Column Integrated Electric Vehicle Charging Stations and ARC™ technology energy storage solutions.

Based in San Diego the company integrates the highest quality components into its Made in America products. Envision Solar is listed on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol [EVSI]. For more information, visit www.envisionsolar.com or call 866–746–0514.

About The Fresno County Rural Transit Agency

The Fresno County Rural Transit Agency is a Joint Powers Agency providing daily (M–F) general public transit services in rural Fresno County for both incorporated cities and unincorporated communities in the County. They serve 13 rural Cities with Intra–City service and provide Inter–City corridor general public transit service into Fresno on a daily basis (M–F). We have been serving the general public, disabled and senior residents of Fresno County since 1979.

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Authors of Sales and Marketing Alignment Book Predict Shifts in Sales Skills and Marketing Compensation Will Bring Sales and Marketing Together in 2017

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—(Marketwired – November 29, 2016) – Today InsideView published its predictions for sales and marketing alignment based on the new book, Aligned to Achieve, authored by InsideView's CMO Tracy Eiler, and VP of Enterprise Sales Andrea Austin. The book was released in October 2016 by Wiley. The predictions are based on the research in Aligned to Achieve, which includes the results of a survey of 1,000 sales and marketing leaders. Eiler and Austin's research shows that the problem of misalignment continues to grow and the disconnect is having a direct effect on revenue.

“Sales and marketing alignment is a hot–button issue that companies are focused on fixing once and for all,” said Tracy Eiler, CMO of InsideView. “It's not just to keep sales and marketing from being at each other's throats; it's because alignment translates to revenue and faster growth. So, what comes next? After months of conversation with peers, we forecast where we think alignment is going so companies can get ahead.”

The authors offer the following seven predictions for the future of sales and marketing alignment as businesses realize the benefits of aligning marketing and sales and prepare to increase alignment efforts in 2017. For an infographic of top predictions, go to: http://learnmore.insideview.com/2016.11–5–Alignment–Predictions–Infographic.html.

  1. The rise of the consultative seller. The most successful sales people will become hybrid marketers. By 2020, the need for B2B salespeople will change to demand a more “consultative seller”, according to Forrester Research1. Buyers are doing more research themselves and no longer require transaction–based sellers, so the traditional sales model must adjust. These new consultative sellers will become experts on their industry, products, buyer personas, and customer journey, and will need marketing's enablement along the way. Some industries will even begin merging sales and marketing into the same teams.
  2. Cross–training will become an imperative. The most desired workers will be those that seek out experiences beyond their domain of expertise, including sellers that understand marketing and marketers with sales backgrounds. Progressive companies will even formalize and incentivize cross–training in the workplace.
  3. Pipeline will become the primary way of measuring marketing performance. According to InsideView's research, 66 percent of marketers say that pipeline is the primary way they are measured. Advanced companies will start looking at team revenue, where a portion of each sales rep's quota will be the responsibility of marketing. Marketing is incented to work closely with each rep to the point they can actually quantify their direct impact on that rep's quota.
  4. The entire customer journey will become account–centric. ABM initiatives continue to outperform other marketing investments, creating a model for success that won't be limited to sales and marketing in the future. Get ready for companies to prioritize account–based everything.
  5. Customer data strategy becomes more important. Industry research shows that companies that put data at the center of their marketing and sales decisions improve marketing ROI by 15 to 20 percent (Winterberry Group). To capitalize on the booming marketing and sales technology landscape, successful companies will prioritize efforts to streamline and consolidate their technology infrastructure and customer data strategy. Doing so will allow companies to develop cohesive, shared customer intelligence that enable them to align more strategically.
  6. Millennials have a major impact. In 2016 Millennials surpassed Baby Boomers as the nation's largest living generation. That also means they are changing the makeup and skillset of the salesforce. Millennials are more entrepreneurial, adaptive, and collaborative. They also have different expectations for education, communication, and career advancement. Successful companies will start adapting their organizational styles to attract and retain this generation's best talent, and consider whether candidates are ready for alignment as part of the hiring process. And the millennials of today are the buyers of tomorrow. Companies must adapt to their style.
  7. Academia catches up. Universities will view formal B2B programs as essential for preparing students for the real world, on the sales, marketing, and data fronts. Expect to see more universities offer degrees in sales, not just marketing or accounting. In addition, more institutions will modernize their marketing degrees beyond consumer marketing to focus on B2B. Finally, expect more business–focused degrees in data science and data analytics as data becomes more critical to business success.

About Aligned to Achieve

Aligned to Achieve provides B2B companies with a strategic outlook and practical advice on how to get their teams aligned for maximum revenue growth. Leaders must align their teams to focus on company growth, not departmental success. Misalignment between sales and marketing is an age–old problem — frequently lamented, but seldom addressed. As this schism grows amidst the evolving marketplace, its effects on top and bottom line performance are being felt more than ever before. Aligned to Achieve puts sales and marketing on the same page, creating a revenue 'dream team' that will drive an organization to new heights. For more information, go to: https://alignedtoachieve.com/ or watch the on–demand webinar featuring the Aligned to Achieve authors and guests at: http://learnmore.insideview.com/sales–and–marketing–alignment–panel–webinar.html.

About InsideView

InsideView powers the world's business conversations, helping more than 20,000 companies redefine their go–to–market strategies from a volume–based to more targeted approach. Its leading market intelligence platform helps sales and marketing teams quickly identify and qualify the best targets, engage with more relevancy, close more deals, and retain and expand accounts. InsideView is the only company that begins with the industry's most accurate company and contact data and enhances it with relevant, real–time business insights and authentic connections. InsideView headquarters are in San Francisco. For more information, visit InsideView at www.InsideView.com, twitter, or read the InsideView blog.

[1]The B2B Sales Force Digital Reboot“, Forrester Research, Inc., Oct 2015

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Cheryl Kemp Joins iMiller Public Relations' Executive Team as Vice President of Events

MAMARONECK, NY—(Marketwired – Nov 29, 2016) – iMiller Public Relations (iMPR), a results–driven, independent public relations, content and digital marketing consulting firm, welcomes Cheryl Kemp as Vice President of Events. In this role, Cheryl is responsible for leading the growth and development of the Northeast DAS & Small Cell Association's (NEDAS) seminars, socials, symposiums and summits, as well as providing leadership, guidance and support across industry events, client events and iMPR's tradeshow marketing programs.

A passionate technology industry executive, Cheryl brings leadership experience in content and community development for tech conferences and events to her role at iMPR. Prior to joining iMPR, she was the Director, Community & Conference Content at Penton (now part of the Informa Group), where she oversaw programming, content and marketing strategy for the company's HostingCon, e–learning, cloud and channel events.

“I am excited to continue working with global tech companies and an array of industry events to educate and enhance attendee experiences,” comments Cheryl Kemp, Vice President of Events at iMiller Public Relations. ”It is an honor to join the executive management team and lead iMPR's exceptional event producers, managers and coordinators to deliver industry thought–leadership programs, networking events, client soirées, and tradeshow marketing programs that help each client achieve their unique goals.”

“The iMPR team is an agile group focused on helping our global telecom and technology clients, industry associations, tradeshows and events accelerate and amplify their messages to the market,” adds Ilissa Miller, CEO of iMiller Public Relations and President of the Northeast DAS & Small Cell Association. ”Cheryl's industry knowledge, leadership experience, relationships and understanding of executive requirements make her an ideal leader for our events program.”

In addition to the addition of Cheryl to iMPR's executive management team, the company's content team continues its expansion under the leadership of Daniel Highet, who was promoted to Director of Content in the summer of 2016. As demand for educational and informative content for articles, blogs, white papers, case studies and more covering the subsea cable industry, data centers, cloud computing, internet infrastructure and networking continues to rise, Daniel's creative and strategic contributions to content development across these segments continues to be an important element in servicing iMPR's client base.

“It is an honor to be part of a company so effective in positively impacting the global telecom and technology industry,” remarks Daniel Highet, Director of Content for iMiller Public Relations. ”Our content team's collective knowledge of industry products and solutions complements the prowess of our digital marketing efforts and together, epitomize a tremendous differentiator and value–driven service our clients appreciate.”

To learn more about iMiller Public Relations, visit www.imillerpr.com.

About iMiller Public Relations
iMiller Public Relations (iMPR) is an award–winning, results–driven, independent public relations, digital and content marketing consulting firm. iMPR works with global telecom and technology companies that when coalesced, represent more than $11B in revenues. At the forefront of our market leadership positioning is iMPR's industry thought–leadership, where our consultative, industry–insider perspective helps clients propel messages to reach their target markets more effectively. Our services include: Strategic Media Relations, Content Development, Digital Marketing, Social Media, Event Management, as well as Conference and Tradeshow Logistics, Program Development and Press Room Management. For more information about iMPR, visit www.imillerpr.com.

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Cheryl Kemp Joins iMiller Public Relations' Executive Team as Vice President of Events

MAMARONECK, NY—(Marketwired – Nov 29, 2016) – iMiller Public Relations (iMPR), a results–driven, independent public relations, content and digital marketing consulting firm, welcomes Cheryl Kemp as Vice President of Events. In this role, Cheryl is responsible for leading the growth and development of the Northeast DAS & Small Cell Association's (NEDAS) seminars, socials, symposiums and summits, as well as providing leadership, guidance and support across industry events, client events and iMPR's tradeshow marketing programs.

A passionate technology industry executive, Cheryl brings leadership experience in content and community development for tech conferences and events to her role at iMPR. Prior to joining iMPR, she was the Director, Community & Conference Content at Penton (now part of the Informa Group), where she oversaw programming, content and marketing strategy for the company's HostingCon, e–learning, cloud and channel events.

“I am excited to continue working with global tech companies and an array of industry events to educate and enhance attendee experiences,” comments Cheryl Kemp, Vice President of Events at iMiller Public Relations. ”It is an honor to join the executive management team and lead iMPR's exceptional event producers, managers and coordinators to deliver industry thought–leadership programs, networking events, client soirées, and tradeshow marketing programs that help each client achieve their unique goals.”

“The iMPR team is an agile group focused on helping our global telecom and technology clients, industry associations, tradeshows and events accelerate and amplify their messages to the market,” adds Ilissa Miller, CEO of iMiller Public Relations and President of the Northeast DAS & Small Cell Association. ”Cheryl's industry knowledge, leadership experience, relationships and understanding of executive requirements make her an ideal leader for our events program.”

In addition to the addition of Cheryl to iMPR's executive management team, the company's content team continues its expansion under the leadership of Daniel Highet, who was promoted to Director of Content in the summer of 2016. As demand for educational and informative content for articles, blogs, white papers, case studies and more covering the subsea cable industry, data centers, cloud computing, internet infrastructure and networking continues to rise, Daniel's creative and strategic contributions to content development across these segments continues to be an important element in servicing iMPR's client base.

“It is an honor to be part of a company so effective in positively impacting the global telecom and technology industry,” remarks Daniel Highet, Director of Content for iMiller Public Relations. ”Our content team's collective knowledge of industry products and solutions complements the prowess of our digital marketing efforts and together, epitomize a tremendous differentiator and value–driven service our clients appreciate.”

To learn more about iMiller Public Relations, visit www.imillerpr.com.

About iMiller Public Relations
iMiller Public Relations (iMPR) is an award–winning, results–driven, independent public relations, digital and content marketing consulting firm. iMPR works with global telecom and technology companies that when coalesced, represent more than $11B in revenues. At the forefront of our market leadership positioning is iMPR's industry thought–leadership, where our consultative, industry–insider perspective helps clients propel messages to reach their target markets more effectively. Our services include: Strategic Media Relations, Content Development, Digital Marketing, Social Media, Event Management, as well as Conference and Tradeshow Logistics, Program Development and Press Room Management. For more information about iMPR, visit www.imillerpr.com.

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Cheryl Kemp Joins iMiller Public Relations' Executive Team as Vice President of Events

MAMARONECK, NY—(Marketwired – Nov 29, 2016) – iMiller Public Relations (iMPR), a results–driven, independent public relations, content and digital marketing consulting firm, welcomes Cheryl Kemp as Vice President of Events. In this role, Cheryl is responsible for leading the growth and development of the Northeast DAS & Small Cell Association's (NEDAS) seminars, socials, symposiums and summits, as well as providing leadership, guidance and support across industry events, client events and iMPR's tradeshow marketing programs.

A passionate technology industry executive, Cheryl brings leadership experience in content and community development for tech conferences and events to her role at iMPR. Prior to joining iMPR, she was the Director, Community & Conference Content at Penton (now part of the Informa Group), where she oversaw programming, content and marketing strategy for the company's HostingCon, e–learning, cloud and channel events.

“I am excited to continue working with global tech companies and an array of industry events to educate and enhance attendee experiences,” comments Cheryl Kemp, Vice President of Events at iMiller Public Relations. ”It is an honor to join the executive management team and lead iMPR's exceptional event producers, managers and coordinators to deliver industry thought–leadership programs, networking events, client soirées, and tradeshow marketing programs that help each client achieve their unique goals.”

“The iMPR team is an agile group focused on helping our global telecom and technology clients, industry associations, tradeshows and events accelerate and amplify their messages to the market,” adds Ilissa Miller, CEO of iMiller Public Relations and President of the Northeast DAS & Small Cell Association. ”Cheryl's industry knowledge, leadership experience, relationships and understanding of executive requirements make her an ideal leader for our events program.”

In addition to the addition of Cheryl to iMPR's executive management team, the company's content team continues its expansion under the leadership of Daniel Highet, who was promoted to Director of Content in the summer of 2016. As demand for educational and informative content for articles, blogs, white papers, case studies and more covering the subsea cable industry, data centers, cloud computing, internet infrastructure and networking continues to rise, Daniel's creative and strategic contributions to content development across these segments continues to be an important element in servicing iMPR's client base.

“It is an honor to be part of a company so effective in positively impacting the global telecom and technology industry,” remarks Daniel Highet, Director of Content for iMiller Public Relations. ”Our content team's collective knowledge of industry products and solutions complements the prowess of our digital marketing efforts and together, epitomize a tremendous differentiator and value–driven service our clients appreciate.”

To learn more about iMiller Public Relations, visit www.imillerpr.com.

About iMiller Public Relations
iMiller Public Relations (iMPR) is an award–winning, results–driven, independent public relations, digital and content marketing consulting firm. iMPR works with global telecom and technology companies that when coalesced, represent more than $11B in revenues. At the forefront of our market leadership positioning is iMPR's industry thought–leadership, where our consultative, industry–insider perspective helps clients propel messages to reach their target markets more effectively. Our services include: Strategic Media Relations, Content Development, Digital Marketing, Social Media, Event Management, as well as Conference and Tradeshow Logistics, Program Development and Press Room Management. For more information about iMPR, visit www.imillerpr.com.

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Cheryl Kemp Joins iMiller Public Relations' Executive Team as Vice President of Events

MAMARONECK, NY—(Marketwired – Nov 29, 2016) – iMiller Public Relations (iMPR), a results–driven, independent public relations, content and digital marketing consulting firm, welcomes Cheryl Kemp as Vice President of Events. In this role, Cheryl is responsible for leading the growth and development of the Northeast DAS & Small Cell Association's (NEDAS) seminars, socials, symposiums and summits, as well as providing leadership, guidance and support across industry events, client events and iMPR's tradeshow marketing programs.

A passionate technology industry executive, Cheryl brings leadership experience in content and community development for tech conferences and events to her role at iMPR. Prior to joining iMPR, she was the Director, Community & Conference Content at Penton (now part of the Informa Group), where she oversaw programming, content and marketing strategy for the company's HostingCon, e–learning, cloud and channel events.

“I am excited to continue working with global tech companies and an array of industry events to educate and enhance attendee experiences,” comments Cheryl Kemp, Vice President of Events at iMiller Public Relations. ”It is an honor to join the executive management team and lead iMPR's exceptional event producers, managers and coordinators to deliver industry thought–leadership programs, networking events, client soirées, and tradeshow marketing programs that help each client achieve their unique goals.”

“The iMPR team is an agile group focused on helping our global telecom and technology clients, industry associations, tradeshows and events accelerate and amplify their messages to the market,” adds Ilissa Miller, CEO of iMiller Public Relations and President of the Northeast DAS & Small Cell Association. ”Cheryl's industry knowledge, leadership experience, relationships and understanding of executive requirements make her an ideal leader for our events program.”

In addition to the addition of Cheryl to iMPR's executive management team, the company's content team continues its expansion under the leadership of Daniel Highet, who was promoted to Director of Content in the summer of 2016. As demand for educational and informative content for articles, blogs, white papers, case studies and more covering the subsea cable industry, data centers, cloud computing, internet infrastructure and networking continues to rise, Daniel's creative and strategic contributions to content development across these segments continues to be an important element in servicing iMPR's client base.

“It is an honor to be part of a company so effective in positively impacting the global telecom and technology industry,” remarks Daniel Highet, Director of Content for iMiller Public Relations. ”Our content team's collective knowledge of industry products and solutions complements the prowess of our digital marketing efforts and together, epitomize a tremendous differentiator and value–driven service our clients appreciate.”

To learn more about iMiller Public Relations, visit www.imillerpr.com.

About iMiller Public Relations
iMiller Public Relations (iMPR) is an award–winning, results–driven, independent public relations, digital and content marketing consulting firm. iMPR works with global telecom and technology companies that when coalesced, represent more than $11B in revenues. At the forefront of our market leadership positioning is iMPR's industry thought–leadership, where our consultative, industry–insider perspective helps clients propel messages to reach their target markets more effectively. Our services include: Strategic Media Relations, Content Development, Digital Marketing, Social Media, Event Management, as well as Conference and Tradeshow Logistics, Program Development and Press Room Management. For more information about iMPR, visit www.imillerpr.com.

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Kaltura Positioned as a Leader in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Video Content Management for Fourth Consecutive Year

NEW YORK, NY—(Marketwired – November 28, 2016) – Kaltura Inc., the leading video technology provider, was positioned as a Leader in the 2016 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Video Content Management [1]. Kaltura is positioned the furthest for “Completeness of Vision”. This is the fourth year in a row that Kaltura has been cited as a Leader in this report, and the second consecutive year as furthest in “Completeness of Vision”.

To download the report, go to http://site.kaltura.com/Gartner–Magic–Quadrant–2016.html

“After another great year across the board, we are honored to, once again, be formally recognized by Gartner as a market leader, positioning us the furthest for completeness of vision in our industry,” said Kaltura Chairman and CEO, Ron Yekutiel. “Kaltura aspires to represent everything video, with the goal of 'powering ANY video experience.' As a result, we have built the most robust, modular, and flexible platform in the market, which is being used for the widest range of use cases by companies of all sizes in all industries around the world. We are committed to continuing our path of rapid innovation and wide collaboration in 2017 and beyond.”

Increasingly, video has become an important data type, that has already penetrated many workflows and experiences, and is continuously growing in volume, as well as use cases that require support. Video is still however complicated to manage, deliver, search, analyze and administrate in many cases. In order to ensure that video is a first–class data type, Kaltura continues to drive innovation and momentum in two main areas – convergence and openness.

Kaltura leads the way in convergence by accepting content from across video sources and inputs, from personal capture to high–quality live events. Kaltura supports a full range of video contexts and workflows and delivers to a wide variety of video endpoints, from video portals, to enterprise systems to any screen in an enterprise from handheld devices to digital signage.

Another key value is openness. Kaltura strives to keep its video platform open through the company's open APIs. By leading the way with initiatives such as the Open Video Capture format and Caliper analytics, Kaltura is helping build a video ecosystem that allows users the greatest flexibility possible. With tools that create rich videos with easily searchable metadata and advanced interactive features, Kaltura allows users to create videos that are anything but opaque. Through Kaltura's Video Platform as a Service (VPaaS), companies are easily customizing and building their own video experiences and workflows. Kaltura continues to foster openness and collaboration within its open source community, which is already more than 120,000 members strong.

Kaltura's enterprise video solutions include the Kaltura CorporateTube™ video portal, webcasting and eCDN solutions, full media management tools and robust API, Kaltura CaptureSpace™ video capture solution, video extensions for social business platforms, such as Microsoft SharePoint, Jive and IBM Connections, as well as out–of–the–box video integration packages to marketing automation systems like Eloqua and Marketo. These market–leading solutions are in use by thousands of businesses worldwide, including some of the world's largest corporations, including Philips, SAP, Intel, Groupon, Whirlpool, AstraZeneca, Danone and many more.

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[1] Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Video Content Management” by Whit Andrews, Adam Preset, November, 2016

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Selling Their Bodies for Fish and a Handful of Shillings

People at Gasi Beach in Kwale County, on Kenya's Indian Ocean coast, wait for fishermen to buy the daily catch. Credit: Diana Wanyonyi/IPS

People at Gasi Beach in Kwale County, on Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast, wait for fishermen to buy the daily catch. Credit: Diana Wanyonyi/IPS

By Diana Wanyonyi
KWALE, Kenya, Nov 28 2016 (IPS)

It’s Saturday morning and Hafsa Juma* is seated on a traditional mat known locally as a mkeka under the scorching sun outside her homestead, located near Gasi Beach on the Kenyan coast.

Clad in a traditional Swahili dress known as a dera, complemented by a mtandio wrapped around her head, Hafsa, 15, says she has been suffering from flu and headaches for more than a week. She hoped the hot sun might ease her chills and shivering, since her parents are unemployed and too poor to pay for a doctor visit.”As much as I don’t like what I do, I’m forced to do it because we need to survive.” — Asumpta, age 14

Hafsa is one of many girls who barter their bodies for fish and a little money at Gasi Beach on the Indian Ocean, in Kwale County. The oldest of three siblings, she is the breadwinner for her family.

Living near the beach, she is easy prey for male fishermen. She said started sex work two years ago.

“I completed standard eight [the final year of primary school] in 2014,” she said. “My parents are not well and that is why there is no food to eat at home. I’m forced to go and look for something small to bring home. I leave at around 8 p.m. and I come back to the house at around 12 a.m. Every night, I have one client. After he agrees to my demands, he gives me 200 shillings (about two dollars) and half a kilogramme of fish,” she said, avoiding eye contact.

Hafsa described being forced by her parents, especially her mother, to provide food for her family by offering sexual favours to male fishermen.

“I usually go to Gasi beach every day,” the teenager said. “In a month, if I work well, I get 5,000 Kenyan shillings (equivalent to 50 dollars) and I don’t have a problem with that.”

Walking with Hafsa along the shore of the Indian Ocean, our conversation is interrupted by a green wooden fishing boat with fishermen from the deep sea approaching the shore, where women, men and children with baskets eagerly wait to buy fresh fish from the fishermen coming in from the night catch.

Most of Hafsa’s clients are fishermen from the neighbouring country of Tanzania, who travel to Gasi once a year during the northeast monsoon winds and stay there for three months, from December to March, to fish and sell their catch.

After the monsoon season is over, and the foreign fishermen go back home, her clients are mostly motorcyclists who carry passengers, locally known as bodaboda.

“When I want to go to any given place away from home, I just board a motorcycle. When I’m almost at my destination, the bodaboda rider agrees to have sex for money. He gives me 100 shillings, and I also do the same with different bodaboda men to return home.”

Iddi Abdulrahman Juma is vice chairman of the Gasi Beach Management Unit, and a beneficiary of training from a non-governmental organisation known as Strengthening Community Partnership and Empowerment (SCOPE) that works to end commercial sexual exploitation of children in Kwale County. Juma blamed parents and guardians for making children vulnerable by sending them to buy fish at the beach.

“We’ve been seeing like 10 children coming here to the beach to buy fish, which is also dangerous. Some of them are already pregnant and others infected with deadly diseases. The age group of children who indulge in commercial sexual exploitation is between 12 and 17 years old,” he said.

Twenty kilometers from Gasi, in the Karanja area of Kwale County, 14-year-old Asumpta Pendo* sweeps out a thatched mud shanty. She says it is a mangwe — a place where palm wine known as mnazi (a traditional liquor) is sold.

Just like Hafsa, Asumpta also indulges in sex for money with clients, often drunk, just to put food on her family’s table. She is also forced by her mother to sell mnazi.

“I dropped out in class seven because my mother was unable to educate me and we live in poverty. Life is hard,” she said. “Most of my clients are palm wine drinkers. In a day, I usually get one or two clients. Some of them prefer to use condoms, while others refuse. They usually give me money — between a dollar and 12 dollars a night.

“If I refuse to sell palm wine to male customers here at home, my mother beats me and goes to the extent of denying me food. As much as I don’t like what I do, I’m forced to do it because we need to survive,” Assumpta said.

A 2009 baseline survey conducted by the End Child Prostitution in Kenya network, an umbrella of various civil society organisations, found 10,000 to 15,000 girls living in the coastal areas to be involved in child sex tourism.

To address this problem, SCOPE has partnered with the organization Terre des Hommes (TDH) from the Netherlands to implement a programme aimed at ending the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) in Kwale County and three sub-counties, Matunga, Msambweni and Lunga Lunga.

The strategy includes creating awareness among the general community and calling on local citizen constituencies to raise their voices against these abuses.

The coordinator of SCOPE’s End Commercial Sex programme, Emanuel Kahaso, said that the problem is serious in Kwale County, popular with tourists for its clean, sandy beaches.

“In 2006, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) reported that there were more than 50,000 children in Kenya who have engaged in sexual exploitation and 30,000 who are selling their bodies along the beaches in coastal Kenya,” he said.

“As an organisation, we also found out that more than 15,000 children here in the Kenyan south coast are used for commercial sex work in tourism,” he said. “Because of traditions and taboos, parents do not talk openly with their children about reproductive health and some of the perpetrators who are found guilty of the vice are not arrested because of these taboos.”

Emerging hotspots such as drug dens, nightclubs and discotheques, as well as an increase in bodaboda transport, have lured many children into commercial sex. According to local sources, in many instances, early marriage and commercial sex work have been initiated by parents, as well as child sex tourism and prostitution along the beach areas.

The problem is further exacerbated by the cultures and traditions of the local tribes, which are gender-biased and support various forms of sexual exploitation of children. Illiteracy is high, the economy is poor and laws to protect children are rarely enforced.

At Msambweni Referral County Hospital, Saumu Ramwendo, a community health worker for SCOPE, empowers and counsels young girls on health matters and fighting commercial sexual exploitation. The group has so far been able to reach 360 children who are the victims of sexual exploitation and 500 others considered at risk.

*Names have been changed to protect their identities.

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