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Europe’s number one leading annual events for Revenue Management, Digital Marketing and Distribution for the hospitality industry is taking place in Amsterdam on Wednesday and Thursday 29–30 March, co-located with HITEC Amsterdam 2017 – and you are very welcome to attend.

“This is HSMAI Region Europe’s 7th Revenue Optimization Conference, with the added value of Digital and Distribution Optimization, held as a two-day event in Amsterdam’s RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre,” says HSMAI Region Europe President and CEO Ingunn Hofseth, who is pleased to welcome professionals of the entire industry, as they convene in Amsterdam on Wednesday 29 March.

Please visit hsmairoc.eu for further details.

“We hope to see as many of our esteemed colleagues as possible, for a day full of top experts and inspirational speakers, sharing their insights and tips on Revenue Optimization, Digital Marketing and Distribution. In the evening, find out who will get all the awards at the Awards Ceremony,” she says, with an added reminder that the following day’s schedule contains so-called think tanks on Digital Marketing, Revenue Management, Distribution, Customer Loyalty Relationship Management, Sales, and an introduction to HSMAI Region Europe’s Revenue Management, Digital Expert and Service Pledge training programmes.

Day 1 programme: hsmairoc.eu/hsmai-region-europes-7th-annual-revenue-optimization-digital-marketing-and-distribution-for-the-travel-hospitality-and-event-industry-2017/

Day 2 programme: hsmairoc.eu/think-tanks/

CRME workshop

A workshop, including exams for the CRME (Certified Revenue Management Executive) certification is also set to take place on the second day of the two-day conference, for which you may find detailed information on this page:

hsmairoc.eu/2017/02/02/hsmai-region-europe-will-be-in-amsterdam-for-the-crme-certification-on-thursday-30-march/

HSMAI Awards

Both days will offer a host of leading experts within their respective fields, and then, of course, there’s the HSMAI European Awards 2016, to be held in the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre in the evening of Day 1.

The Awards 2016 will recognise the people and companies that deserve to be awarded for their great work in Hospitality this year.

HITEC Amsterdam 2017

HSMAI Region Europe’s ROC and DOC conferences are co-located with HFTP’s HITEC Amsterdam 2017, also taking place in the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre between 28 and 30 March. Please vitis their designated event website here.

Article source: http://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/4081731.html

HFTP

 

With the 600+ pre-registered attendees for next week’s inaugural HITEC Amsterdam, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) is interpreting the strong interest as a sign of vitality for the hospitality industry and its stakeholders. In 2017, HFTP expanded its stakes in its 45-year Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC®), by adding two boutique events in hospitality-strong regions to complement the larger, North American HITEC that runs annually in June. The first of three HITECs in 2017 is HITEC Amsterdam, March 28-30 at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre, with pre-registration already exceeding the expected attendance number. This sign of popularity, plus the fact that the exhibit hall sold out in 72 hours when space was made available last June, demonstrates the need for a regional, concentrated forum to discuss the ins-and-outs of hospitality technology via networking, education and exhibits. This year HFTP will also produce HITEC Toronto, June 26-29 and HITEC Dubai, November 14-15, in partnership with Naseba.

“While we expected that HITEC Amsterdam would be a big draw, it is already exceeding our wildest expectations,” said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. “Because we are a nonprofit organization, our successes are attributable to the industry experts who volunteer their expertise and time to help plan the program, resulting in valuable knowledge-sharing that leads to industry improvement.  HFTP is also fortunate to have the support of many industry suppliers and sponsors, some who have been with HFTP through name changes, mergers and acquisitions for the HITEC brand’s 45 years.”

The HITEC Amsterdam education program is a topical slate of sessions planned and presented by a respected group of industry experts. The program itself was put together by the HITEC Amsterdam Advisory Council, led by Chair Carson Booth, CHTP and Vice Chair Derek Wood. Sessions will cover important topics such as: EU data privacy legislation, disruptive technologies, e-payments, service bus technologies, technology for profit and more. In addition the program starts with a keynote from BBC Radio broadcaster Dr. Aleks Krotoski and caps off with a keynote by future-scenario planner Woody Wade.

Wolfe goes on to say, “HFTP has been entrusted by the industry as one of the most reliable sources for finding out how technology and finance impact our enterprises. HFTP’s volunteers are among the very best and brightest the industry has to offer who are extremely passionate about the industry.  It is that passion that drives such positive responses.”

In addition to the educational component, HITEC Amsterdam will also host an exhibit hall with 85 companies offering some of the best technology products and services ever assembled in Europe under one roof.  In support of the inaugural event, the Platinum Sponsors include CNN, Samsung, NEC and Novility. In addition, HoReCa.digital is the exclusive sponsor of the start-up pitch competition Entrepreneur 20X, which is a pre-show eventon the afternoon of March 28.

About HITEC
HITEC is the world’s largest and oldest hospitality technology exposition and conference brand. HITEC offers a unique combination of top-notch education, and brings together the brightest minds and hottest technologies from across the globe to one place. The unparalleled event offers attendees essential education, access to top hospitality technology industry experts and the resources to find cost-effective ways to improve company bottom lines. Combined with the intimate opportunities to connect with fellow professionals, HITEC has everything to enhance your career.

Historically hosted annually in a different city throughout the United States, HFTP decided to break tradition in 2017 by hosting three HITEC events all taking place outside of U.S. borders– in Toronto, Amsterdam and Dubai. This will be the first time the global association’s largest HITEC event – featuring thousands of hospitality professionals from around the world – will take place outside of the U.S. In 2017, HFTP is producing its larger HITEC Toronto as well as two additional, inaugural HITEC events: HITEC Amsterdam and HITEC Dubai

For more information about HITEC and HFTP’s other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec. Download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website.

 

About HFTP
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) is a global nonprofit hospitality association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, that uniquely understands the industry’s problems. HFTP has members and stakeholders across the globe. HFTP assists its members in finding solutions to industry problems more efficiently than any organization via its expert networks, research, conferences such as HITEC and certification programs. HFTP also owns the world’s only hospitality specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segment of the hospitality industry. For more information about HFTP, email membership@hftp.org or download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website.

 

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Intertraffic Amsterdam has partnered with Automotive Week 2017 to underline the cooperation opportunities between the traffic technology and automotive industry as these key industries are undergoing significant technological transformations. The developments in the automotive, telecom and the Internet world are moving very fast. The user is constantly connected to the Internet and expects road authorities, transport operators and service providers to go along with these trends. From Sunday 26 until Friday 31 March 2017 (inter)national mobility experts will gather at the Automotive Campus in Helmond, the Netherlands to jointly discuss how future mobility can be organised. The Intertraffic summit will be held on Tuesday 28 March.

A vast discussion point is how to deal with the increasingly complex road situations when more and more vehicles are connected to each other and to the Internet. While automated vehicles advance towards higher automation levels cooperation becomes key. This creates new business opportunities and leads to new technology companies within the industry. During the Intertraffic summit on Tuesday 28 March the focus will be on what the automated industry means for our current traffic and mobility management and how the world of automotive and mobility can cooperate more closely.

Joyce de Winter, Exhibition Manager Intertraffic Amsterdam, “Traditionally Intertraffic Amsterdam has a focus on traffic technology and transportation. With mobility becoming smarter at an incredible pace, the connected automotive market is a significant stakeholder. For Intertraffic Amsterdam 2018 we are incorporating the automotive market in our platform thus participation at the Automotive Week was an obvious choice for us.

Richard Butter, Exhibition Director Intertraffic Worldwide Events, adds “At the Automotive Week we make a connection between the traffic technology and automotive industry. Intertraffic Amsterdam is a biennial event so to be able to showcase the industry what new aspects they can expect at next year’s event is a great opportunity.

The Intertraffic summit “When Traffic and Automotive join forces” on Tuesday 28 March kicks off with a plenary programme by internationally renowned speakers on topics such as “what it takes to make automated driving a reality”, “harmonization between C-ITS projects”, “TM 2.0 and the role of automation in traffic management”, “regional authority to test C-ITS and automated vehicles” and “the BMW Group on trends developments in connected and automated driving.” Followed by a panel discussion on “anticipating on the changing mobility” the summit continues in the afternoon with a variety of dynamic workshops where best practices and pioneering mobility concepts will be shown.

Automotive Week is celebrating its 3rd edition and offers a more international programme than previous years. The focus of this edition is on international mobility experts and the importance of sharing more data and knowledge to create new opportunities to improve traffic flow, accessibility, liveability and safety. As the world’s largest and most influential trade event for traffic and mobility Intertraffic Amsterdam recognizes the importance of creating new mobility opportunities together and has joined Automotive Week 2017 as partner and programme organiser. National and international stakeholders in the field of smart mobility have been invited to take part in the five day programme.

For the full programme, partner overview and an indication of national and international days, see www.automotiveweek.nl. Attendance is free of charge, however registration is required.

About Intertraffic

Intertraffic is the world’s largest and most influential trade event portfolio for traffic technology, covering infrastructure, traffic management, smart mobility, traffic safety and parking. Since its launch in 1972 by RAI Amsterdam, Intertraffic Amsterdam has become the largest and most authoritative trade event for professionals. Following the success of the Amsterdam flagship event, regional events have been initiated in Turkey, China and Mexico. More information is available on www.intertraffic.com.

Article source: http://www.parking-net.com/parking-news/intertraffic-joins-forces-automotive-week

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Email:Jessica.blankenship@hftp.org

With the 600+ pre-registered attendees for next week’s inaugural HITEC Amsterdam, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) is interpreting the strong interest as a sign of vitality for the hospitality industry and its stakeholders. In 2017, HFTP expanded its stakes in its 45-year Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC®), by adding two boutique events in hospitality-strong regions to complement the larger, North American HITEC that runs annually in June. The first of three HITECs in 2017 is HITEC Amsterdam, March 28-30 at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre, with pre-registration already exceeding the expected attendance number. This sign of popularity, plus the fact that the exhibit hall sold out in 72 hours when space was made available last June, demonstrates the need for a regional, concentrated forum to discuss the ins-and-outs of hospitality technology via networking, education and exhibits. This year HFTP will also produce HITEC Toronto, June 26-29 and HITEC Dubai, November 14-15, in partnership with Naseba.

“While we expected that HITEC Amsterdam would be a big draw, it is already exceeding our wildest expectations,” said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. “Because we are a nonprofit organization, our successes are attributable to the industry experts who volunteer their expertise and time to help plan the program, resulting in valuable knowledge-sharing that leads to industry improvement. HFTP is also fortunate to have the support of many industry suppliers and sponsors, some who have been with HFTP through name changes, mergers and acquisitions for the HITEC brand’s 45 years.”

The HITEC Amsterdam education program is a topical slate of sessions planned and presented by a respected group of industry experts. The program itself was put together by the HITEC Amsterdam Advisory Council, led by Chair Carson Booth, CHTP and Vice Chair Derek Wood. Sessions will cover important topics such as: EU data privacy legislation, disruptive technologies, e-payments, service bus technologies, technology for profit and more. In addition the program starts with a keynote from BBC Radio broadcaster Dr. Aleks Krotoski and caps off with a keynote by future-scenario planner Woody Wade.

Wolfe goes on to say, “HFTP has been entrusted by the industry as one of the most reliable sources for finding out how technology and finance impact our enterprises. HFTP’s volunteers are among the very best and brightest the industry has to offer who are extremely passionate about the industry. It is that passion that drives such positive responses.”

In addition to the educational component, HITEC Amsterdam will also host an exhibit hall with 85 companies offering some of the best technology products and services ever assembled in Europe under one roof. In support of the inaugural event, the Platinum Sponsors include CNN, Samsung, NEC and Novility. In addition, HoReCa.digital is the exclusive sponsor of the start-up pitch competition Entrepreneur 20X, which is a pre-show event on the afternoon of March 28.

To learn more about HITEC Amsterdam, visit the HITEC website or follow HFTP/HITEC on HITEC Bytes, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP) and Instagram (@HFTP_HITEC).

About HITEC
HITEC is the world’s largest and oldest hospitality technology exposition and conference brand. HITEC offers a unique combination of top-notch education, and brings together the brightest minds and hottest technologies from across the globe to one place. The unparalleled event offers attendees essential education, access to top hospitality technology industry experts and the resources to find cost-effective ways to improve company bottom lines. Combined with the intimate opportunities to connect with fellow professionals, HITEC has everything to enhance your career.

Historically hosted annually in a different city throughout the United States, HFTP decided to break tradition in 2017 by hosting three HITEC events all taking place outside of U.S. borders– in Toronto, Amsterdam and Dubai. This will be the first time the global association’s largest HITEC event – featuring thousands of hospitality professionals from around the world – will take place outside of the U.S. In 2017, HFTP is producing its larger HITEC Toronto as well as two additional, inaugural HITEC events: HITEC Amsterdamand HITEC Dubai.

For more information about HITEC and HFTP’s other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec. Download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website.

About HFTP
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) is a global nonprofit hospitality association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, that uniquely understands the industry’s problems. HFTP has members and stakeholders across the globe. HFTP assists its members in finding solutions to industry problems more efficiently than any organization via its expert networks, research, conferences such as HITEC and certification programs. HFTP also owns the world’s only hospitality specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segment of the hospitality industry. For more information about HFTP, email membership@hftp.org or download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website.

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Article source: http://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/4081719.html

(GINA) -The National Sports Commission (NSC) is looking to resuscitate the abandoned sports complex in New Amsterdam, Berbice to provide another avenue for youth development.

The complex, (known as the old Bermine Club) was once the sporting hub for New Amsterdam, and was used for facilitating events such as wedding receptions, parties, and sporting activities and even housed a large pool.

The complex, which was formally operated and owned by the Berbice Mining Enterprise Limited (BERMINE), is now the responsibility of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL).


The dilapidated sporting complex in New Amsterdam, Region Six.

Director of Sport Christopher Jones and a team from the NSC, along with the Mayor of New Amsterdam Kirt Wynter, visited the complex last Saturday. The intention is to take control of the site and make it the NSC’s subcommittee headquarters in New Amsterdam.

Jones told the Government Information Agency (GINA) that the NSC, through the Ministry of Education, will be writing to NICIL in an attempt to acquire the building. Jones noted that the building will cost approximately $200M to rehabilitate. However, he pointed out that once rehabilitated, the sports complex will be able to generate revenue.

“There is need for rehabilitation works to be done on the building. Downstairs there is a sports bar that could easily be rented out for income generation for the commission. There are several spaces that could accommodate persons wanting to host wedding receptions and parties. So therefore, we recognise that this space here can generate income on its own and pay for itself,” Jones explained.

The sports complex is expected to be the main hub for sports related activities in Regions Five and Six, and according to Jones, similar initiatives will be undertaken in  Regions Seven, Eight, Nine and Ten.

Wynter said that he was delighted that the NSC will acquire the building. The Mayor said that the complex was once a vibrant building but after the mining company left the town, it was left to deteriorate.

“I am glad now that the National Sports Commission is embarking on this venture of taking it up, restoring it and opening it up back to the public where we can all enjoy the facility once again,” said Wynter, adding that once the building is acquired, the council will be supportive in ensuring that the facilities are up and running again.

Article source: http://www.stabroeknews.com/2017/sports/03/22/nsc-seeking-establish-sporting-hub-new-amsterdam-youths/

Nyenrode Business GameAs of September 2017, full-time MBA students at Nyenrode Business Universiteit will be studying in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. This move aims to give students more opportunities to integrate into the European business landscape and community.

Nyenrode University makes it a priority to help students find a great company to start their careers with. The institution has numerous activities, such as “Meet the CEO” sessions and other career-oriented events, that already connect students with the Dutch labour market. Moving the MBA programme to Amsterdam aims to provide students with even more opportunities, connecting them to other career possibilities across Europe.

In 2016, Nyenrode Business Universiteit redesigned the full-time MBA programme to add European Immersion Modules. These modules allow students to visit companies situated in Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Milan, and Paris. Relocating the programme to Amsterdam is the next step in the programme’s development to open more international doors for students.

Prof. Dr. Dennis Vink is a Program Director of the Nyenrode full-time MBA. Here is what he has to say about moving the programme to Amsterdam:

“Company visits connect our students with business executives of top tier companies and institutions, providing a great opportunity for them to expand their network, learn about the latest developments in international business, and enables them to explore employment possibilities.

Our strong connection with the business world plays a big role in providing employment possibilities to our students. Currently, 82 percent of them find a job within three months after graduation. Living and studying in Amsterdam will bring our students even closer to such opportunities.”

Programme reputation

The full-time MBA is a flagship programme at Nyenrode Business Universiteit. It is a one-year course that is taught entirely in English and is designed around case studies, business practices, and European Immersion Modules.

MBA students develop personally and professionally throughout the programme, allowing them to boost their career opportunities and bring them to an international level.

According to the Financial Times Ranking 2016, Nyenrode’s MBA programme is ranked #38 in Europe.

International Business Game

The university invites prospective students to attend informational events about the full-time MBA programme to help them discover if it truly suits their career goals. The next event is the International Business Game in Amsterdam, scheduled for March 30th — April 1st. This event challenges the business skills of students and gives them a chance to win an MBA scholarship at Nyenrode.

To read more about the MBA admission and application process, please visit Nyenrode University’s website.

Article source: http://www.eurogates.nl/news/a/3737/nyenrode-full-time-mba-relocates-amsterdam/

The political event will feature a line-up of contemporary artists and talks

A regular dance night at Amsterdam’s Paradiso Noord, Tolhuistuin, Progress Bar is a political party that brings together a roster of diverse artists along with a program of interviews and lectures.

On 1 April, the party will be playing host to the New Jersey rapper Cakes Da Killa, the self-described ‘genre-fluid’ DJ An Ni, DJ Firmeza from the batida scene, founder of Progress Bar Juha and the Berlin-based producer Kablam.

The writer and activist Wail Qasim will also be giving a talk on the night. Having worked as a freelance writer for publications such as The Guardian and Vice, Qasim often explores issues dealing with racism, gender identity and black social movements.

You can buy tickets here and read Crack’s conversation with Cakes Da Killa here.

 

 

Article source: http://crackmagazine.net/events/events/cakes-da-killa-will-taking-progress-bar-april/

A series of organ recitals is planned to honor Dr. Wylie S. (Van) Quinn, organist and choirmaster at Chapel of the Cross since 1970. He will retire in June.

His ministry to hundreds of adult and young people in five choirs, to many organ students and to the congregation has been significant. His influence on the parish’s liturgy and music as well as the larger music community in Chapel Hill will be lasting.

“There is a great nurturing, sustaining, spiritual force in music that has stood the test of time,” Quinn says on the church website. “It deepens us and opens us up to the realities of God.”

The first recital on Saturday, March 25, will feature organist Jacob Reed, a senior at Yale University where he has a double major in music and mathematics. He began his study of organ with Quinn.

On Friday, April 7, the organist is Dr. David Arcus, now organist at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Hillsborough who was at Duke University for nearly 30 years where he served in various capacities in the department of music, Divinity School and Duke Chapel.

He has degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the School of Music at Yale University where he earned his doctor of musical arts degree.

On Friday, April 21, Dr. Susan Moeser of UNC is the organist. She is now university organist and instructor of organ. She has had faculty appointments teaching organ, music theory and music history at the universities of Nebraska, South Carolina, Montana and Pennsylvania State University. She received the doctor of musical arts degree in organ performance from the University of Kansas.

There is a great nurturing, sustaining, spiritual force in music that has stood the test of time.

Wylie S. (Van) Quinn, organist and choirmaster

All three recitals will be at 7:30 p.m. on the Kleuker organ in the church, 304 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. A reception in the Great Hall will follow each concert. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Female Passover seder

The Levin Jewish Community Center, 1937 W. Cornwallis Road, Durham, will host a Passover seder for women and girls 6 and older on Monday, April 3, led by Hollis Gauss, a Jewish educator.

The seder from 6 to 8 p.m. will include a traditional Passover dinner and will explore the Haggadah with an emphasis on the role of women.

The event is cosponsored by Chapel Hill-Durham Hadassah, the Jewish Federation of Chapel Hill-Durham and the Lerner Jewish Community Day School.

The Faith Connections on Mental Illness seventh annual conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 31, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 940 Carmichael St., Chapel Hill.

“Transforming Lives: Overcoming Stigma in Mental Illness” will focus on stereotypes, bias, stigma and silence faced by those dealing with mental illness.

Breakfast and lunch will be included.

Faith Connections on Mental Illness is a nonprofit organization working with all faith communities to welcome, include, support, educate and advocate for individuals and families who are living with mental illness.

Nazi resistance novel

A local author, Mary Dingee Fillmore, spent 13 years working on an acclaimed historical novel, “An Address in Amsterdam,” about a young Jewish woman who risks her life in the underground in the Dutch resistance to the Nazis.

Mary will speak about how the Dutch faced their dilemmas and discuss how people of faith and others can inspire us now. She will be at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 210 St. Mary’s Road, Hillsborough, at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 25, and at Beth El Synagogue, 1004 Watts St., Durham, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 26.

Critics and scholars have praised Mary’s book for its research and for its rich and evocative portrait of Amsterdam, but more for its gripping story.

The author spent 30 months in Amsterdam, tracking down significant events and places, many of which were unmarked, such as the Anne Frank family home before they went into hiding.

Internet etiquette

Antioch Baptist Church, west of Chapel Hill at 1707 N.C. 54 White Cross Road, will host a discussion on Internet etiquette, cyber safety and cyber-bullying at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 4.

Titled “Proud of What you Post: A Program for the Whole Family,” this event aims to foster an inter-generational conversation about pre-teen life in the digital age. The event for those age 10 and up is free and open to all.

Dementia conference

The Health Ministry of White Rock Baptist Church, 3400 Fayetteville St. in Durham, will sponsor a conference on “Alzheimer’s and other Dementia” from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25, in the fellowship hall at the church.

Dr. Goldie Byrd, director of the Center for Outreach in Alzheimer Aging Community Health, will be the keynote speaker. Dr. Edward Shaw, co-author of “Keeping Love alive as Memories Fade: the 5 Love Languages and the Journey” will make a presentation. Also, Attorney David Morris will address financial issues involved in caring for someone with dementia.

Nonprofits that serve the aging population will make a presentation.

Admission is free, but you need to register by calling 919-688-8136.

‘Inside Out’

Unity Center of Peace, 8800 Seawell School Road, Chapel Hill, is having a special screening of the Disney aninmated film “Inside Out,” at 5 p.m. Saturday March 25, as part of its monthly film series in which viewers will see a documentary or a feature film that provides insights into opportunities for spiritual growth.

The screening is free (donations appreciated), and pizza will be provided. Expect freewheeling a discussion of kindness and compassion based on the characters and stories.

Article source: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/community/chapel-hill-news/article139149448.html

When I visited Holland to speak to Jewish and Christian audiences and to have private meetings with pro-Israel leaders I was told how Dutch Jews were increasingly fearful about speaking out or showing their support for Israel. Their main fears derived from the threatening atmosphere being stoked up by anti-Israel protesters and BDS activists.

I was introduced to Rabbi Benjamin Jacobs, the head of the Dutch Jewish community, who has been the victim of five attacks as Jews have been targeted in proportion to the rise of BDS and other anti-Israel activism in Holland.

So it was surprising to find my talk to the Jewish audience in the Liberal Jewish Center in Amsterdam attended by what I was told were three of the leading members of the Dutch BDS. Here they were sitting in the Anne Frank Hall in the presence of the people who told me they are fearful of them.

I purposefully engaged one of them in a public dialogue. One openly admitted that the BDS cause was to achieve a One-State solution and not the achievement of a two-state peace deal. In other words, he was loyal to Omar Barghouti, the BDS founder, who has always advocated the end of the Jewish state of Israel. This character wearing his brown shirt emblazoned with ‘BOYCOTT ISRAEL’ stickers on a background of a Palestinian flag certainly subscribes to a Palestinian state “from the river to the sea.”

In the end I wiped the floor with him in an exchange in which I deconstructed all the emotional tropes he could hurl at Israel. I showed him, but more importantly the audience, how the insults he threw at Israel applies in spades to the Arab regimes that surround Israel and to the Palestinian themselves .

Apartheid state? Look at Jordan that has kept tens of thousands of fellow Arabs and Muslims in refugee camps, stateless, for seventy years.

Ethnic cleansing? Look at the Syrian slaughter of Palestinians and the mass deportation of Palestinians from Kuwait.

Gaza blockade? How about Egypt’s total blockade of Gaza compared to the thousand truck that flow into the Gaza Strip from Israel daily.

Human rights? This ‘pro-Palestinian’ BDS advocate never protests the horrendous human rights abuses perpetrated against their own people by both Fatah and Hamas.

BDS hypocrisy is staggering. Their arguments may be emotionally eloquent to the uninformed but they are intellectually dumb to those who know the facts. Why then are Jews in Holland afraid to challenge these idiots?

BDS activists show their stupidity regularly. Take, for example, the case of the BDS idiot who, after a morning spent in Dam Square trying to persuade people to boycott Israel, walked into a falafel café to satisfy his hunger. This fool wasn’t aware that he was giving his money to an Israeli-owned fast food chain! Talk about dumb and dumber.

What is disturbing in Holland, and in Amsterdam is particular, is that the BDS are allowed to pitch their lies every week in Dam Square but pro-Israel activists find difficulty being allowed to hold counter-events in the same square.

However, two brave and insistent girls, Brenda Aartsen and Sabine Sterk, decided to present Israel by going to the square draped in Israeli flags every Sunday when the BDS people set up their anti-Israel displays. They have been joined by others, have pleasant conversations with tourists and visitors and now display a large floor poster with the name of their group ‘Time to Stand Up for Israel’.

This has driven the BDS mob to frenzy and violence.

On Sunday March 12, 2016, one hot head showed the true face of BDS. He told a girl wrapped in an Israeli flag; “You f***ing Jew Zionist! Go to your own country and demonstrate there.” The abused girl was neither Israeli nor Jewish. When the abuser saw a man taking pictures he attacked him. Others came to the cameraman’s assistance and the BDS hooligan attacked another man so severely he caused him head wounds. The police were not present in the square at the time of the incident. Sabine tracked the assailant as she called the police emergency number. When he saw her following him he turned on her and was about to attack her but two men protected her. He managed to spit in her face before the police arrived and arrested him.

In an earlier incident the girls received death threats from Haya el-Fatahi, a radicalized Muslim woman. A week later this woman returned to Dam Square and smashed the camera from Sabine’s hand but Sabine managed to film her violence. El-Fatahi’s trial will take place on May 10th.

Jewish and pro-Israel communities in Holland do have genuine cause for concern. The complaints that I hear is that they feel unprotected by the police and the authorities are surprisingly absent in Dam Square on Sundays.

When the happy presence of Israeli flag draped women take to this central location in Amsterdam the annoyance of the ‘Hate Israel’ brigade breaks out into violence. However, the stubborn resistance of two Christian girls and other individuals that have joined them must be applauded. They are prepared to go into the square to offer an Israeli perspective in the face of lies and threats.

These two girls show the rest of us that it really is time to stand up for Israel.

Barry Shaw is the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. He is the author of the best-selling book “BDS for IDIOTS.” https://www.amazon.com/BDS-IDIOTS-BOYCOTT-ISRAEL-honestly/dp/152372157X/ref=sr_1_1?s=booksie=UTF8qid=1489570461sr=1-1keywords=BDS+for+IDIOTS

Article source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/226961

The EBU’s Head of Radio has welcomed delegates at the annual Radiodays Europe event in Amsterdam with a speech addressing what radio means in 2017.

“In the past, there was a simple answer, a box with a receiver and speaker – not now,” he told 1500 partipants from 62 countries. ”With so many sources of audio, what is radio? We need a new definition.”

Dixon went on to discuss the how new technology, such as the smart home devices from Amazon and Google, is providing new channels.

“Any new definition cannot comment about how people listen, but rather it should focus on what radio does. Traditionally, radio provides us with education, information and entertainment. The traditional definition is still true; in this post-truth world, access to a range of opinions and views is more important than ever. However, this definition is incomplete. It fails to mention that radio also provides them with company, with identity and gives them a voice. Whether it occupies the public or the commercial space, radio creates a community, and creates that community by providing contact with events around them and in the wider world. More than this, radio can itself create the event, connecting people with each other and with music and ideas.”

The speech continued to examine the role of conventional broadcasting in a digital age. 

“We need conventional broadcasting for three reasons,” Dixon argued. “Security – in an uncertain world, we cannot risk hacking or shut-down precisely at the moments when we most need information. Social exclusion – the one-off payment for a radio receiver overrides the digital divide. Gatekeepers – companies controlling the platforms and choosing which content and stations should be available or prioritized for commercial reasons, or following an invisible algorithm.”

“What is radio?,” he concluded. ”It’s the audio-based delivery of content in response to human curiosity and the need for connection. We need to connect with others, hear their views, and express our own; and as humans, we have exceptional curiosity. Our curiosity and need for connective have brought us to Amsterdam. Connection and curiosity are precisely the reasons our medium exists and remains in good health.”

During Radioday, the EBU is also organising a meeting of the European Digital Radio Alliance, broadcasters both public and commercial committed to the promotion of digital radio across Europe. Additionally, new leaders from Belgian French Member RTBF and RTV Slovenia have been enabled to attend the event as a learning experience, developing their understanding of the medium.  

The new dotRADIO top level domain name will also be  promoted to the Radiodays audience, as a way of joining a community of internet domains, expressly dedicated to the radio sector across the globe.

 

Article source: https://www.ebu.ch/contents/news/2017/03/graham-dixon-examines-what-is-radio-at-radiodays-europe.html