South African Mohair Industry’s Response to Claims of Animal Abuse

The South African Mohair Industry is shocked by reports about animals being mistreated that came to light on Wednesday, 2 May 2018. We view these reports in a very serious light and are treating them with the greatest of urgency.

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While we consider much of the report, and accompanying footage, to be factually incorrect and a misrepresentation of the South African Mohair Industry, some isolated issues have been raised and we have launched an investigation to address these issues directly and swiftly.

Over the past decade the industry has taken great care to ensure that sustainable production practices are introduced, accompanied by third party audits as of the beginning of this year. These third party audits will be expanded and done in cooperation with animal protection organisations.

Once we have concluded the investigation and identified the individuals who have transgressed the Sustainable Industry Guidelines, punitive measures will be implemented and they will face action in terms of the Animal Protection Act.

Angora goats are farmed for their fibre and not intentionally harmed in any way as they are the livelihood of every mohair farmer. The treatment of the animals ultimately determines the farmer”s income and sustainability.

As an industry we are passionate about our animals, our fibre and every single one of the 30,000 individuals who depend on the Mohair Industry for their livelihood. We want to ensure that we portray the passion and dedication of the South African producers and our remarkable industry – passion and dedication that is widely recognised by the international community.

In the interim all mohair produced on farms implicated during the investigation will be suspended and withdrawn from auction until they have been audited and found to be in-line with industry guidelines.

Deon Saayman                                                                                                                     
Managing Director – Mohair South Africa
Tel: +27-41-487-1386
http://www.mohair.co.za

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, May 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —

Deluxe Launches New Platform to Unify Global Content Creation and Distribution

LOS ANGELES, April 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc. (Deluxe) today announced the launch of Deluxe One, a platform that unifies every stage of the content ecosystem — from creation to viewer experience — in one cloud-based interface. An open platform, Deluxe One is designed to integrate with any vendor or customer system, allowing users to succeed in an age where the lines between creator and distributor are becoming increasingly blurred.

‘More and more, customers are working to shorten the time between camera lens and screen,’ said John Wallace, chief executive officer for Deluxe. ‘As the only industry provider that can deliver the full range of services from content creation through distribution, Deluxe is uniquely positioned to bridge this divide and power this new age of storytelling. Deluxe One offers a seamless way for companies of all sizes to access our services — from pre-production to playout — and reaffirms our commitment to persistent innovation.’

Deluxe One unifies a network of micro-services accessed through an intuitive interface that helps customers streamline their workflow, whether they are using Deluxe”s end-to-end solution or just a piece of it. Designed to reduce hand-offs between vendors and speed up turnaround times through automation, Deluxe One allows customers to get their content to audiences around the world quickly and reliably.

‘Deluxe One completely reimagines how content gets made and delivered,’ explained Andy Shenkler, chief product officer for Deluxe. ‘The modular architecture enables integration with vendor and customer APIs, unifying what was once a very fragmented ecosystem of services and offering it to customers through a single interface that gives them control and visibility throughout the entire media lifecycle.’

In contrast to traditional siloed solutions, Deluxe One acts as an open hub, allowing not only customers but other vendors to connect their business with Deluxe and benefit from the power and breadth of the platform while co-creating value. Vendor partners that are currently integrated in the platform include:

  • DLVR: Multi-CDN switching and optimization for peak streaming performance
  • Globant: OTT platform solutions for publishers and content creators
  • Hybrik: Highest-quality cloud-based transcoding at scale
  • Mediamorph: Rights information and management to automate operational content flows

Deluxe One draws on the expertise Deluxe has built as the trusted partner of the largest studios, programmers and distributors for over 100 years. With its best-in-class proprietary products, applications and services, Deluxe has created and delivered more premium content than anyone in the world, and Deluxe One makes it easier for customers to access this unparalleled expertise for their post-production and distribution needs.

To learn more about Deluxe One and how it can help create and deliver your content to global audiences more efficiently than ever before, visit one.bydeluxe.com.

About Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc.
Deluxe Entertainment Services Group (Deluxe) is the world”s leading video creation to distribution company offering global, end-to-end services and technology. Through unmatched scale, technology and capabilities, Deluxe enables the worldwide market for premium content. The world”s leading content creators, broadcasters, OTTs and distributors rely on Deluxe”s experience and expertise. With headquarters in Los Angeles and New York and operations in 38 key media markets worldwide, the company relies on the talents of more than 7,500 of the industry”s premier artists, experts, engineers and innovators.

 

 

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Deluxe One brings together everything creators and distributors of all sizes need to reach more audiences

Pascal Laik Joins FollowAnalytics as CEO

FollowAnalytics, the leader in Enterprise Mobile Success and GDPR compliance, announces the appointment of Pascal Laik as CEO and to the Board of Directors. He brings decades of experience and has a proven record of helping enterprise software players like FollowAnalytics to the next level both in sales and product executive positions on both sides of the Atlantic ocean. In his new role at FollowAnalytics, he will focus on operational excellence and sales scalability. 

Pascal Laik”s experience includes a deep understanding of the CRM software market and the data management, data quality and data integration space as well enterprise wide digital transformation platforms in the IoT, Big Data and AI arena.

There is a significant opportunity for FollowAnalytics that lies ahead, and we couldnt be happier with Pascal joining us and helping the company and its customers achieve continued success,’ said Samir Addamine, Follow Analytics founder. 

I am very happy to join a company with great products, marquee customer references such as Allianz, Orange and Louis Vuitton, a unique partnership and synergy with Salesforce and a promising market at the intersection of mobile, marketing, AI and IoT. It is now ready to take on the future!’ said Pascal Laik, CEO of FollowAnalytics.

Pascals executive management experience combined with Samirs skills as an industry pioneer and visionary, will provide the perfect blend of executive leadership for Follow Analytics future growth, said Denis Barrier, managing partner et co-fondateur at Cathay Innovation, one of the companys historical investors.

Today”s announcement follows the $11 million funding round led by Orange Digital Ventures in December 2017, as well as a key win for FollowAnalytics with the signature of its first seven-figure yearly contract.

About Pascal Laik  

Before joining Follow Analytics as CEO, Pascal was VP of Sales at C3 IoT, Managing Director South Europe at Winshuttle, VP Sales International at Informatica and Vice President of Master Data Management and Data Quality products at Oracle/Siebel where he spent 10 years in various products, service and sales leadership roles. Before, Pascal worked 8 years in Consulting at PwC and Andersen Consulting. Pascal has a Master of Science in Engineering from Ecole Nationale Superieure de Techniques Avancées (ENSTA) in Paris France and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the Wharton School from the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated with a major in Finance in May 2000 with distinction.

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PARIS, February 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —