FMFD appoints new executive director

first_img TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning The Toronto-based Federation of Mutual Fund Dealers (FMFD) has named former assistant executive director Matthew Latimer as its new executive director, the industry group announced Wednesday.Sandra Kegie has moved from her role as the group’s executive director and is now a policy advisor and treasurer of the FMFD board, the federation says in a news release. Also Wednesday, the FMFD announced its board of directors for 2019:John Adams, PFSL Investments Canada Ltd.;Karen Adams, FundServ;David Chapman, FundEX Investments Inc.Nelson Cheng, Sterling Mutuals Inc.;Aly Damji, Hub Financial and Hub Capital Inc.;Michael Kazmierowski, B2B Bank Dealer Services;Mark Kent, Portfolio Strategies Corp.;Susan Monk, Peak Financial Group; andSandra Kegie, Kegie Consulting Corp.Sonny Goldstein of Goldstein Financial Investments Inc. and Derek Altimas of PriceMetrix are leaving the FMFD board, the federation says. Keywords Appointments,  Mutual fund dealersCompanies Federation of Mutual Fund Dealers Business People Meeting Discussion in a boardroom concept rawpixel/123RF Facebook LinkedIn Twitter James Langton Share this article and your comments with peers on social media PenderFund names new SVP for investments Related news CI GAM names its first-ever head of investment managementlast_img read more

Video activism: How a picture really is worth 1,000 words

first_imgKey takeaways The advent of smartphone cameras has ushered in a new era of video activism, in which citizens provide footage to courts and news media. Published: Nov. 5, 2019 • By Lisa Marshall A picture is worth a thousand words.A New York newspaper editor first coined the expression in 1911.But only recently—with the rise of smartphone cameras, social media and citizen journalists who deploy these tools to expose human rights violations—have we begun to recognize the full potential of images, says media studies Assistant Professor Sandra Ristovska.“Images have always mattered, but they have traditionally been treated as a sort of illustration on the side—an afterthought,” says Ristovska. “Today, they are finally being recognized as a valuable mode of information on their own. Because of that, we need to take them more seriously.”In recent years, eyewitness videos have uncovered everything from police brutality in the United States to chemical weapons attacks in Syria. They’ve ignited race riots, swayed international policy, and helped to jail perpetrators of genocide. But videos have also been co-opted by terrorist groups, misused by news organizations and, in a few recent high-profile cases, faked, notes Ristovska.In one recent case, filmmaker Jordan Peele released a fake video of former President Barack Obama making a speech. It turned out to be a public service announcement warning that videos can be manipulated. In another, a doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi—appearing to stammer and slur her words—was broadly circulated via social media.And it’s not uncommon for news organizations to air borrowed video, submitted by viewers or citizen activists, without thoroughly verifying accuracy.“It’s a bit of a Wild West out there,” says Ristovska, who works with activists, human rights courts, media organizations and future journalists to raise the bar on how videos are vetted and presented.Telling the untold storiesBorn in Macedonia in the 1980s, and shaped by the images she saw during the fall of Yugoslavia, the filmmaker and media scholar has dedicated her career to giving images their due respect.Although print journalists have historically taken pains to assure accuracy, the same care has not always been taken with images, she notes.Holocaust photos were routinely mislabeled. The first photojournalism program wasn’t launched until 1946. And it wasn’t until the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy that people began to view TV as a legitimate news source.Then, in 1991, a man holding a camcorder captured footage of four Los Angeles police officers savagely beating 25-year-old Rodney King. Millions of viewers at home soon saw the footage on TV.“While the brutality of the incident was tragically common, what was uncommon was that it was captured on tape and became the subject of global outcry, showing the unique power of video to bring the truth to light,” explains the human rights group Witness, which was founded the next year to train camera-toting activists to use video to effect change. Timeline2018 Filmmaker Jordan Peele releases a fake video of former President Barack Obama making a speech. It turns out to be a public service announcement warning that videos can be manipulated.2018 Eyewitness video shows hospitalized children being treated after a chemical weapons attack in Syria. 2017 The International Criminal Court issues an arrest warrant for an alleged military commander in Libya based solely on social media video evidence. 2011 The Arab Uprising: Egyptian activists take to the streets, filming with their smartphones and broadcasting video internationally via social media.1991 The Rodney King beating launched a new era of video-driven human rights activism.A new era of video activism was born. But with this video revolution has come a challenge: How does one assure the video is what it says it is?“For a while, people thought, ‘Great. We don’t have to send a foreign correspondent to Syria. We can use this instead,’” Ristovska says. “But it’s not that simple.”Some progress is already being made, she notes.For instance, The New York Times now has an extensive video analysis and verification team that works to ensure that video provided from eyewitness activists or social media sites is what it says it is. ProPublica, BBC and other news organizations have initiated similar efforts.And groups like Witness continue to work with those shooting video to teach safe and ethical filming techniques.Through her books, Visual Imagery and Human Rights Practice and Seeing Human Rights: Video Activism as a Proxy Profession, Ristovska argues that news organizations and courts need to do more to verify accuracy, by cross-checking against satellite imagery, street views or geotagged photos, give credit to those who shot them, and not overstate their meaning.She tells her journalism students the same thing.Meanwhile, she cautions the public to rely on more than one news source and to not get too paranoid about “deep fakes” (like the Peele and Pelosi videos), which are still rare in the news media and technologically unsophisticated.Bottom line, she says: Recognize that even images have their limits.“Images can reveal but they can also conceal. We have to learn how to live with that and not necessarily demand more from them than they can give.” Share on Facebook More Health & Society Follow @CUBoulderCategories:Health & SocietyNews Headlines  CU Boulder Assistant Professor Sandra Ristovska wants to raise the bar on how they’re presented.center_img Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Sometimes those videos are not what they seem to be.last_img read more

R.Franco goes omni-channel with Mediatech platform

first_img Platform provider Mediatech Solutions has enabled R.Franco, one of the oldest gaming brands in Spain, to provide its customers with a full omni-channel experience after the slots manufacturer secured one of the country’s recent online gaming licences.R.Franco, which is currently celebrating 50 years in the industry, has pivoted from its traditional class B slots & export B2B markets in order to provide Spanish gamers with a B2C experience via its brand new Wanabet.es operation.Partnering with Mediatech Solutions, R.Franco was able to deliver a world-class offering, with the best of breed content and payment providers.With fixed odds and live sports betting from BetConstruct, live casino from Evolution Gaming, table games and slots from Microgaming, slots from NETENT and NYX Gaming Group, and payments from Teleplay, Skrill, PaySafeCard and Paypal. The  diverse offering demonstrates the power of using a powerful and flexible platform, which Mediatech Solutions has provided here.Building on these successes, the two companies went a step further by leveraging Mediatech Solutions’ land-based extension “Candy” to power R.Franco’s custom built retail sports betting and slots terminals. Using a single-wallet omni-channel solution, Wanabet enables players to bet online, mobile and on retail with a frictionless experience.Daniel Graetzer, Mediatech Solutions’ Executive Director, said: “It’s been a fantastic experience to work with R.Franco to launch Wanabet.es. They have really capitalised on our range of products and services in launching a multi-provider, multi-device solution, all integrated seamlessly into our platform. What impressed me most is their confidence in their new brand and the strength of the entire company’s support for the project. It’s world class and sets a new standard for online and land based offerings in Spain.” Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Share Share Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020last_img read more

BREAKING : Aubameyang says YES to Manchester United approach

first_imgAdvertisement r6xbNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2vunzWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ejh( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) yd50eWould you ever consider trying this?😱bkhCan your students do this? 🌚wmqRoller skating! Powered by Firework In what appears to be the transfer story of the year, Arsenal ace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is on the verge of signing for Manchester United. Memories of Robin van Persie is fresh in the minds of Arsenal fans and another heartbreak could be on the cards for the North Londoners.Advertisement Reports say Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes the Gabonese international could make a similar impact for United as Robin van Persie did when he left the Emirates for United in 2012.Advertisement The details are unknown but with 41 goals in 65 games for Arsenal, Aubameyang is close to priceless for them at this juncture.Lack of Champions League football has rendered the club with a pocket-change 40 million Euros as transfer budget.Advertisement Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku has expressed his desire to join Inter which is why Aubameyang is being considered.Inter hope to bring Lukaku to the San Siro on a two-year loan for a £9m fee along with a 55M fee as a mandatory buy clause. Advertisementlast_img read more