Daily Archives: June 6, 2018

Announcing Nueva Granada Gold Corp: A New Cash-flowing Precious Metal Physical Offtake Company

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TORONTO, June 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nueva Granada Gold Corp. (“the Company” or “NG Gold”) is pleased to announce that it has concluded a merger transaction involving Lemuria Royalties Corp and certain assets of the refining division of Sun Valley Investments of Houston, Texas (“Sun Valley”; www.sunvalleyinv.com), to form a new precious metal physical offtake company to be called Nueva Granada Gold Corp (or “NG Gold”; www.ng.gold). The exchange of Lemuria shares for shares of Nueva Granada Gold Corp has been unanimously approved by Lemuria shareholders.

NG Gold assets will include 100% of the precious metal offtake from the Segovia and Marmato operations of Gran Colombia Gold in Antioquia, Colombia, which it will process and resell through Sun Valley’s proprietary refining, marketing, trading and hedging platform. NG Gold will also hold a 2% NSR on the Caylloma lead-zinc-silver mine operated by Fortuna Silver Inc.

Lemuria, now a wholly owned subsidiary of NG Gold, also contributes a total of approximately US$6.0 million to the general operating working capital of NG Gold at closing. Initial annualized net revenues for 2018 are estimated at approximately US$5 million. NG Gold is focused on evaluating new accretive investment opportunities in the precious metal financing/refining offtake space with mining companies in the Americas and Australia.

Abraham Drost, CEO of Lemuria and Director of NG Gold commented, “NG Gold’s refining contract product combines traditional refining capacity with upfront capital on attractive terms. It has intriguing tax and balance sheet advantages which are well regarded by precious metal producers. NG Gold will remain focused on selective and accretive investments and we look forward to growing our business in conjunction with our new partners at Sun Valley to the benefit of all our shareholders and stakeholders.”

David Morgan, former CEO of Lemuria will also continue as a Board member of NG Gold. CIBC World Markets Inc. acted as exclusive financial advisor to Lemuria in connection with this transaction.

Cautionary Statement

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of securities legislation in Canada and which are based on the expectations, estimates and projections of management of the parties as of the date of this news release unless otherwise stated. Forward-looking statements are generally identifiable by use of the words “expect”, “anticipate”, “continue”, “estimate”, “objective”, “ongoing”, “may”, “will”, “project”, “should”, “believe”, “plans”, “intends” or the negative of these words or other variations on these words or comparable terminology. More particularly, and without limitation, this news release contains forward-looking statements and information concerning expectations regarding the cash-flow position of the merged company, the Caylloma royalty, the ability of the merged company to raise capital and sourcing offtake transactions. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Actual results, developments and timetables could vary significantly from the estimates presented. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Lemuria and Nueva Granada disclaim any intent or obligation to update publicly such forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Additionally, Lemuria and Nueva Granada undertake no obligation to comment on analyses, expectations or statements made by third parties in respect of Lemuria or Nueva Granada, its financial or operating results or its securities.

Contact:

Lemuria Royalties Corp/Nueva Granada Gold Corp
Abraham Drost, M.Sc. P.Geo; CEO/Director
adrost@ng.gold 
www.ng.gold   Ph: 1-807-252-7800

Announcing Nueva Granada Gold Corp: A New Cash-flowing Precious Metal Physical Offtake Company

NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO UNITED STATES NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES

TORONTO, June 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nueva Granada Gold Corp. (“the Company” or “NG Gold”) is pleased to announce that it has concluded a merger transaction involving Lemuria Royalties Corp and certain assets of the refining division of Sun Valley Investments of Houston, Texas (“Sun Valley”; www.sunvalleyinv.com), to form a new precious metal physical offtake company to be called Nueva Granada Gold Corp (or “NG Gold”; www.ng.gold). The exchange of Lemuria shares for shares of Nueva Granada Gold Corp has been unanimously approved by Lemuria shareholders.

NG Gold assets will include 100% of the precious metal offtake from the Segovia and Marmato operations of Gran Colombia Gold in Antioquia, Colombia, which it will process and resell through Sun Valley’s proprietary refining, marketing, trading and hedging platform. NG Gold will also hold a 2% NSR on the Caylloma lead-zinc-silver mine operated by Fortuna Silver Inc.

Lemuria, now a wholly owned subsidiary of NG Gold, also contributes a total of approximately US$6.0 million to the general operating working capital of NG Gold at closing. Initial annualized net revenues for 2018 are estimated at approximately US$5 million. NG Gold is focused on evaluating new accretive investment opportunities in the precious metal financing/refining offtake space with mining companies in the Americas and Australia.

Abraham Drost, CEO of Lemuria and Director of NG Gold commented, “NG Gold’s refining contract product combines traditional refining capacity with upfront capital on attractive terms. It has intriguing tax and balance sheet advantages which are well regarded by precious metal producers. NG Gold will remain focused on selective and accretive investments and we look forward to growing our business in conjunction with our new partners at Sun Valley to the benefit of all our shareholders and stakeholders.”

David Morgan, former CEO of Lemuria will also continue as a Board member of NG Gold. CIBC World Markets Inc. acted as exclusive financial advisor to Lemuria in connection with this transaction.

Cautionary Statement

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of securities legislation in Canada and which are based on the expectations, estimates and projections of management of the parties as of the date of this news release unless otherwise stated. Forward-looking statements are generally identifiable by use of the words “expect”, “anticipate”, “continue”, “estimate”, “objective”, “ongoing”, “may”, “will”, “project”, “should”, “believe”, “plans”, “intends” or the negative of these words or other variations on these words or comparable terminology. More particularly, and without limitation, this news release contains forward-looking statements and information concerning expectations regarding the cash-flow position of the merged company, the Caylloma royalty, the ability of the merged company to raise capital and sourcing offtake transactions. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Actual results, developments and timetables could vary significantly from the estimates presented. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Lemuria and Nueva Granada disclaim any intent or obligation to update publicly such forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Additionally, Lemuria and Nueva Granada undertake no obligation to comment on analyses, expectations or statements made by third parties in respect of Lemuria or Nueva Granada, its financial or operating results or its securities.

Contact:

Lemuria Royalties Corp/Nueva Granada Gold Corp
Abraham Drost, M.Sc. P.Geo; CEO/Director
adrost@ng.gold 
www.ng.gold   Ph: 1-807-252-7800

Northrop Grumman Receives FTC Clearance to Close Acquisition of Orbital ATK and Updates 2018 Financial Guidance

  • Combination enhances capabilities, innovation and competition in critical global security domains
  • Orbital ATK to become Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, a new, fourth business sector
  • Northrop Grumman now expects 2018 sales of approximately $30 billion, EPS of $16.20 to $16.45 and free cash flow1 of $2.3 to $2.6 billion

FALLS CHURCH, Va., June 05, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) announced today that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has cleared Northrop Grumman’s proposed acquisition of Orbital ATK Inc. The FTC’s Bureau of Competition has completed its review of the merger, and the Premerger Notification Office has informed the company that the waiting period under the HSR Act has terminated, allowing the companies to complete the merger. As part of that clearance, the FTC issued a decision and order providing for solid rocket motors to be available on a non-discriminatory basis under specified circumstances and under processes defined in the order. The company expects to complete the transaction after market close tomorrow and is issuing the following updated guidance. This updated guidance assumes the completion of the transaction tomorrow.

1 Non-GAAP measure – see definitions at the end of this release.

Updated 2018 Guidance

2018 financial guidance reflects the company’s judgment based on the information available to the company at the time of this release. The government budget and appropriations processes can impact our customers, programs and financial results. Government budgets, appropriations, including the timing of appropriations, and the occurrence of continuing resolutions and government shutdowns can impact the company’s ability to achieve 2018 guidance.

Updated 2018 guidance reaffirms Northrop Grumman stand-alone guidance provided on April 25, 2018 and reflects the expected results of Innovation Systems for the remainder of the year. Updated guidance reflects a partial year of acquisition-related purchased intangibles amortization of approximately $175 million; this estimate is subject to the completion of purchase accounting and other post-closing activities. Free cash flow guidance for 2018 also reflects an expected $250 million discretionary pension contribution.

2018 Guidance
($ in millions, except per share amounts) As of 4/25/18 As of 6/5/18
Sales ~27,000 ~30,000
Segment operating margin %1 Low – mid 11% Low – mid 11%
Total net FAS/CAS pension adjustment2 ~960 ~1,080
Unallocated corporate expenses3 ~250 ~425
Operating margin % ~12% High 11%
Net interest expense4 ~390 ~520
Effective tax rate % ~18% ~18%
Diluted EPS 15.40 15.65 16.20 16.45
Capital expenditures ~1,000 ~1,150
Free cash flow1 2,000 2,300 2,300 2,600
1 Non-GAAP measure – see definitions at the end of this release.
2 Total net FAS/CAS pension adjustment is presented as a single amount consistent with our historical presentation, and includes expected 2018 CAS pension cost of $965 million and FAS pension benefit of $115 million. In accordance with ASU No. 2017-07, $405 million of FAS (service-related) pension cost is reflected in operating income and $520 million of FAS (non-service) pension benefit is reflected below operating income. CAS pension cost continues to be recorded in operating income.
3 Includes initial estimate of approximately $175 million for approximately seven months of purchased intangibles amortization in 2018. Purchased intangibles amortization in 2019 is not expected to be ratable to 2018 due to accelerated amortization of customer-related intangibles.
4 Includes full year of net interest expense for $8.25 billion debt issued in October 2017 to finance the Orbital ATK acquisition, as well as estimated net interest for the company’s remaining debt.

About Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, strike, and logistics and modernization to customers worldwide. Please visit news.northropgrumman.com and follow us on Twitter, @NGCNews, for more information.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Statements in this press release, other than statements of historical fact, constitute “forward-looking” information within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “will,” “anticipate,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “estimate,” and similar expressions generally identify these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements regarding the benefits and implications of the Orbital ATK acquisition. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date when made, and Northrop Grumman undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements after the date of this press release except as required by applicable law. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and inherently involve a wide range of risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict.  Actual results may differ materially from those described or implied in these statements based on a number of factors.  A discussion of these risks and uncertainties is contained in Northrop Grumman’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. They include:

  • our dependence on the U.S. Government for a substantial portion of our business
  • significant delays or reductions in appropriations for our programs and U.S. Government funding more broadly
  • investigations, claims, disputes, enforcement actions and/or litigation
  • the use of estimates when accounting for our contracts and the effect of contract cost growth and/or changes in estimated contract revenues and costs
  • our exposure to additional risks as a result of our international business, including risks related to geopolitical and economic factors, laws and regulations
  • the improper conduct of employees, agents, subcontractors, suppliers, business partners or joint ventures in which we participate and the impact on our reputation, our ability to do business, and our financial position, results of operations and/or cash flows
  • cyber and other security threats or disruptions faced by us, our customers or our suppliers and other partners
  • the performance and financial viability of our subcontractors and suppliers and the availability and pricing of raw materials and components
  • changes in procurement and other laws, regulations and practices applicable to our industry, findings by the U.S. Government as to our compliance with such laws and regulations, and changes in our customers’ business practices globally
  • increased competition within our markets and bid protests
  • the ability to maintain a qualified workforce
  • our ability to meet performance obligations under our contracts, including obligations that are technologically complex, require certain manufacturing expertise or are dependent on factors not wholly within our control
  • environmental matters, including unforeseen environmental costs and government and third party claims
  • natural and/or environmental disasters
  • the adequacy and availability of our insurance coverage, customer indemnifications or other liability protections
  • products and services we provide related to hazardous and high risk operations, which subject us to various environmental, regulatory, financial, reputational and other risks
  • the future investment performance of plan assets, changes in actuarial assumptions associated with our pension and other post-retirement benefit plans and legislative or other regulatory actions impacting our pension, post-retirement and health and welfare plans
  • our ability successfully to integrate the Orbital ATK business and realize fully the anticipated benefits of the acquisition, without adverse consequences
  • our ability to exploit or protect intellectual property rights
  • our ability to develop new products and technologies and maintain technologies, facilities, and equipment to win new competitions and meet the needs of our customers
  • changes in business conditions that could impact business investments and/or recorded goodwill or the value of other long-lived assets
  • unanticipated changes in our tax provisions or exposure to additional tax liabilities

Additional information regarding these risks and other important factors can be found in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in our 2017 Annual Report on Form 10-K and from time to time in our other filings with the SEC.

You are urged to consider the limitations on, and risks associated with, forward-looking statements and not unduly rely on the accuracy of forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date this release is first issued or, in the case of any document incorporated by reference, the date of that document.  We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

This release also contains non-GAAP financial measures. A definition and discussion of these non-GAAP financial measures are included in this release.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures Disclosure: This release contains non-GAAP (accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America) financial measures, as defined by SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) Regulation G and indicated by a footnote in the text of the release. Definitions for the non-GAAP measures are provided below. Other companies may define these measures differently or may utilize different non-GAAP measures.

Segment operating income: Total earnings from our four segments, including allocated pension expense recognized under CAS, and excluding unallocated corporate items and FAS pension expense. This measure may be useful to investors and other users of our financial statements as a supplemental measure in evaluating the financial performance and operational trends of our sectors. This measure should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to operating results presented in accordance with GAAP.

Segment operating margin rate: Segment operating income as defined above, divided by sales. This measure may be useful to investors and other users of our financial statements as a supplemental measure in evaluating the financial performance and operational trends of our sectors. This measure should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to operating results presented in accordance with GAAP.

Free cash flow: Net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures. We use free cash flow as a key factor in our planning for, and consideration of, acquisitions, stock repurchases and the payment of dividends. This measure may be useful to investors and other users of our financial statements as a supplemental measure of our cash performance, but should not be considered in isolation, as a measure of residual cash flow available for discretionary purposes, or as an alternative to operating cash flows presented in accordance with GAAP.

Contact:

Tim Paynter (media)
703-280-2720
timothy.paynter@ngc.com

Steve Movius (investors)
703-280-4575
steve.movius@ngc.com

Trending now in entertainment & media: convergence, connections and trust

Players in all sectors are adapting to disruptive changes in the competitive environment, consumers’ habits and public expectations

NEW YORK, June 05, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — According to PwC’s Global Entertainment & Media Outlook 2018-2022 (Outlook), the ongoing rapid evolution of the industry has entered a dynamic new phase. Amid growth that is broad-based and consistent – but unevenly distributed – three imperatives are affecting every company in the industry: convergence, connecting with consumers and the need to build trust.

“Convergence 3.0” is redefining the competitive playing field. Differing from earlier waves of convergence, it’s creating an ever-expanding group of “supercompetitors” and specialized, niche brands that are striving to secure the engagement and spending of increasingly demanding consumers.PwC Global Entertainment & Media Outlook 2018-2022

As this wave of change plays out, the borders that once separated the entertainment and media, technology and telecom industries are dissolving. Large Internet access providers and delivery platforms are integrating vertically, and online giants are expanding horizontally into content. Traditional segment distinctions are blurring – between print and digital, video games and sports, wireless and fixed access, cable and online, social and traditional media. In the process, business models are being reinvented so all companies can tap into new revenue streams and create relevance at scale. Some required capabilities include targeting fans and connecting more effectively with consumers to develop a membership mind-set. Amid these changes and ongoing advances in technology, the challenge to build and sustain consumer and public trust is growing more critical and the pace of change will only accelerate.

Continued overall revenue growth…

All of this is happening against a backdrop of continued global growth in industry revenue. The Outlook – which provides revenue data and forecasts for 15 industry segments across 53 territories – projects that total global spending on entertainment and media will rise at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.4% over the next five years. This boost will see the industry’s global revenue reach US$2.4 trillion in 2022, up from US$1.9 trillion in 2017.

…but with stark differences among segments…

Within this overall increase, the fastest revenue growth will be in digitally driven segments. Virtual reality will lead the way, albeit from a low base, at a five-year CAGR of 40.4%. OTT video follows at 10.1%. By contrast, newspapers and magazines will see revenues decline over the next five years. Books, radio and traditional TV and home video will each grow at a CAGR of less than 2%.

Even among the most dynamic segments, there are sharp differences among sub-segments. Although the video games and e-sports segment will grow at an overall CAGR of 7.2%, the e-sports component will leap by 20.6% compounded annually. Conversely, global recorded music is projected to rise at a robust 6.1% CAGR, but three of its sub-components – physical, downloads and ringtones/ringbacks – will see significant declines. Global box office rose 4.3% in 2017, but fell in France, the US and Australia. Global TV advertising will grow at a CAGR of 2.7% through 2022, but fell, for the first time, in 2017. And although newspaper revenue is declining almost everywhere else, in India it will increase by close to US$1 billion by 2022.

…and between countries

Similar contrasts are evident in countries’ overall entertainment and media spending. The fastest-rising markets through 2022 will be Nigeria and Egypt, with total entertainment and media revenue growing at CAGRs of 21.1% and 17.2%, respectively, driven largely by surging spending on Internet access. But strip out Internet access, and India becomes the fastest-growing country, with a 10.4% CAGR, followed by Indonesia at 8.4%. On the same measure, no market in Western Europe or North America will exceed 3% CAGR growth to 2022. And China will all but match the US in terms of absolute growth, placing the two on an equal footing in terms of global importance, even though the US remains a larger market in absolute terms.

Ennèl van Eeden, Global Entertainment & Media Leader, PwC Netherlands, comments: “The story behind the Outlook’s global figures is a near-infinite accumulation of micro-stories, and a dizzying array of different trends, at a territory and segment level. For almost every trend, there’s a counter-trend somewhere among the 15 segments and 53 territories. Also, the pace of change isn’t going to let up: technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality will continue to redefine the battleground. Across all segments, technology is enabling content delivery to become progressively cheaper and more personalised. This heightens the urgency for companies to invest in technologies that will enable them to compete more effectively.”

Drivers of the new ecosystem

So, what are the forces behind the latest wave of convergence reshaping the industry? The Outlook pinpoints five key drivers:

  • Ubiquitous connectivity: The number of high-speed mobile Internet connections will increase by 2.2 billion globally by 2022, vastly expanding the market for mobile content consumption at faster speeds. A symbolic tipping point will occur in 2020, when total global data consumption via smartphones overtakes fixed-broadband data consumption.
  • The mobile consumer: The worldwide explosion in mobile access is seeing the connected mobile device become consumers’ primary means of accessing content and services across virtually all markets. This makes mobile an increasingly important focus for advertisers. And again, a key tipping point underlines this shift: 2018 will be the first year in which global mobile Internet advertising revenue will exceed its wired equivalent.
  • Need for new sources of revenue growth: E&M companies are looking to expand beyond traditional revenue sources, which in some cases are declining. At the same time, telecom companies are targeting entertainment and media content to revitalize their growth. As a result, every player in the ecosystem is racing to develop new revenue streams. Consider that OTT spending will grow at a CAGR of 10.1% through 2022, compared with just 2.3% for broadcast TV advertising.
  • Value shift to platforms: Social media and technology platforms are outpacing traditional content creators in capturing consumers’ attention and a rising share of their spending, trends that have fuelled the rise of supercompetitors. Now some traditional content companies are fighting back by developing their own platform-like businesses.
  • Personalisation: Today’s empowered consumers reject one-size-fits-all content experiences. As a result, it’s vital for companies, ranging from supercompetitors to fan-focused niche players, to use data analytics and AI to personalise their offerings. And the appeal of the live experience endures. For example, ticket sales for e-sports events will rise at a CAGR of 21.1% through 2022.

Winning – and then retaining – trust is vital

Across all the drivers and trends examined in the Outlook, one overarching imperative emerges: the absolute need to earn and sustain the trust of consumers and ecosystem partners. We’re in an era in which trust in many industries is at a historically low ebb and regulators are targeting media businesses’ use of data. As a result, a company’s ability to maintain trust is becoming a vital differentiator. This can be especially challenging for entertainment and media companies, because they must demonstrate their trustworthiness across many dimensions, including content, data, monetisation, social impact and the appropriateness of advertising content. When building trust, content and brand form the foundation, starting with delivering on the promise of quality.

Given the vision of the industry’s future presented in the Outlook, how can companies position themselves for sustained success?

Christopher Vollmer, Global Advisory Leader for Entertainment and Media, PwC US, comments: “To succeed in the future that’s taking shape, companies must revisit every aspect of what they do and how they do it. This means going ‘above and beyond’ in how they envision their business, generate revenues, create and organise their capabilities and build and retain trust. And given the pace and scale of change under way, speed is vital. For many companies, the models, assets, practices and capabilities that support their businesses today will simply not be enough in the future. Standing still is not an option.”

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About the Global Entertainment & Media Outlook
PwC’s 19th annual edition of the Global Entertainment & Media Outlook is a comprehensive online source of global analysis for consumer and advertising spending. With like-for-like, five-year historical and five-year forecast data and commentary for 15 defined industry segments in 53 territories, the Outlook makes it easy to compare and contrast consumer and advertising spending across segments and territories. Find out more at www.pwc.com/outlook.

Segments covered by the Global Entertainment & Media Outlook
Books; Business-to-business; Cinema; Data consumption; Internet access; Internet advertising; Magazines; Music, radio and podcasts; Newspapers; Out-of-home; OTT video; Traditional TV and home video; TV advertising; Video games and e-sports; Virtual reality

About Global Entertainment & Media Outlook data
Much of the content in this press release is taken from data in the Global Entertainment & Media Outlook 2018-2022. PwC continually seeks to update the online Global Entertainment & Media Outlook data. Therefore, please note that the data in this press release may not be aligned with the data found online. The online Global Entertainment & Media Outlook 2018-2022 is the most up-to-date source of consumer and advertising spend data.

About PwC
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Contact

Nicholas Braude, PwC Global Media Relations
Tel: + 1 857 248 1323
E-mail: nicholas.braude@pwc.com

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Razeline เสนอแหล่งรายได้เสริมให้ผู้สร้างสรรค์ผลงานใน YouTube

ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ใน 18 เดือนที่ผ่านมา บุคคลผู้มีอิทธิพลใน YouTube มองเห็นว่ารายได้จากการโฆษณาของพวกเขาลดลง แพลตฟอร์มออนไลน์ Razeline มีทางออกสำหรับปัญหาดังกล่าว Razeline คือบริษัทสตาร์ทอัพที่ทำให้ผู้สร้างสรรค์ผลงานใน YouTube และแฟนๆ ของพวกเขาสามารถติดต่อกันได้โดยตรงผ่านการส่งข้อความที่มีการคัดกรองเบื้องต้น

ต้นปี 2017 YouTube เริ่มเคร่งครัดกับนโยบายว่าด้วยการสร้างรายได้ โดยทำทุกวิธีเพื่อแก้ไขความกังวลของนักโฆษณาเกี่ยวกับการจับคู่กับเนื้อหาที่ไม่น่าพอใจ  บริการของ Google เริ่มทำสิ่งที่เรียกว่า “การระงับการจ่ายค่าตอบแทนจากการโฆษณา” (de-monetization) ซึ่งเป็นแนวทางปฏิบัติในการปลดโฆษณาออกจากวิดีโอนับพัน การดำเนินการดังกล่าว หรือที่เรียกกันว่า “การล้างบางโฆษณา” (Adpocolypse) ยิ่งทวีความรุนแรงหนักขึ้นเมื่อผู้สร้างสรรค์ผลงานใน YouTube คนหนึ่งประเมินสถานการณ์ผิดพลาด

ในช่วงก่อนวันปีใหม่ปี 2017 Logan Paul ได้โพสต์วิดีโอเกี่ยวกับป่าฆ่าตัวตายที่สร้างความอับอายให้กับเขามาถึงปัจจุบัน วิดีโอดังกล่าวแสดงให้เห็นผู้เสียชีวิตจากการแขวนคอในป่าฆ่าตัวตายของญี่ปุ่น ซึ่งก่อให้เกิดปฏิกิริยาเชิงลบที่รุนแรงตามมา  เพื่อเป็นการตอบโต้เหตุการณ์ดังกล่าว YouTube ได้ตั้งข้อบังคับในการโฆษณาที่แคบลงกว่าเดิมโดย “ป้องกันมิให้ผู้กระทำการไม่ดีสร้างความเสื่อมเสียแก่ผู้สร้างสรรค์ผลงานดั้งเดิมหรือที่เป็นแรงบันดาลใจซึ่งหารายได้ผ่าน YouTube ทั่วโลก”

เนื่องจากตระหนักว่าผู้สร้างสรรค์ผลงานใน YouTube จำนวนมากมีฐานแฟนคลับที่เข้มแข็งและเหนียวแน่น Razeline จึงช่วยให้ผู้สร้างสรรค์ผลงานสามารถสร้างรายได้จากความสัมพันธ์ดังกล่าว โดยได้รับเงินจากการตอบข้อความ ผู้สร้างสรรค์ผลงานสามารถตั้งค่าบริการข้อความของพวกเขาเองผ่านแพลตฟอร์มของ Razeline ได้ ในโปรไฟล์ของผู้สร้างสรรค์ผลงาน YouTuber จะสามารถตั้งอัตราเฉพาะที่แฟนๆ ของพวกเขาจะต้องจ่ายเพื่อให้ได้รับข้อความตอบกลับโดยตรง เมื่อตั้งโปรไฟล์สาธารณะแล้ว ผู้สร้างสรรค์ผลงานสามารถแชร์ข้อมูลโปรไฟล์ด้วยลิงก์ที่คล้ายกับ Twitter และโพสต์ลงในช่องทางหรือบัญชีโซเชียลมีเดียอื่นๆ ของพวกเขา รวมถึงแชร์ลิงก์โดยตรงกับฐานแฟนคลับได้ด้วย

Faisal Khan ผู้ก่อตั้ง Razeline และ CEO กล่าวว่า “ตอนนี้ผู้สร้างสรรค์ผลงานทั่วโลกสามารถตอบทุกๆ ข้อความที่เขาได้รับจากแฟนๆ และธุรกิจต่างๆ ทั่วโลกได้ในทุกๆ วัน และได้รับเงินจากการตอบนั้นด้วย” เรากำลังเจรจากับ YouTuber ที่มีชื่อเสียงหลายคนซึ่งมีฐานผู้ติดตามรวมกันแล้วกว่าหนึ่งพันล้านคน”

เรารับประกันว่าแฟนๆ ที่ใช้แพลตฟอร์ม Razeline จะได้รับข้อความตอบกลับจากผู้สร้างสรรค์ผลงานภายในสามวันทำการ  ผู้ใช้ Razeline สามารถส่งข้อความคล้ายกับ WhatsApp ความยาว 180 ตัวอักษร ร่วมกับรูปภาพและข้อมูลอันจำกัดเกี่ยวกับตัวพวกเขาได้ด้วย ข้อความเพิ่มเติมนี้จะทำให้ผู้มีอิทธิพลใน YouTube ได้รู้จักแฟนที่กำลังพูดคุยอยู่ด้วยมากขึ้นเล็กน้อย

Razeline ยังอนุญาตให้ธุรกิจต่างๆ ใช้เครื่องมือแบบเดียวกันนี้เพื่อติดต่อผู้มีอิทธิพลซึ่งบางครั้งอาจติดต่อได้ยากด้วย

ผู้มีอิทธิพลที่ต้องการตั้งค่าบริการข้อความ Razeline ของตนเอง หรือแฟนๆ ที่ต้องการติดต่อกับผู้สร้างสรรค์ผลงานใน YouTube ที่ชื่อนชอบ ต่างสามารถบรรลุเป้าหมายของตนได้เพียงเข้าไปที่ Razeline.com

เกี่ยวกับ Raze Technologies Inc.
Raze Technologies Inc. ผู้สร้าง Razeline มีสำนักงานใหญ่อยู่ในเมืองแอนอาร์เบอร์ รัฐมิชิแกน Raze Technologies ครอบครองและดำเนินการโดย Faisal Khan อดีตนักวิเคราะห์การเงินของบริษัท Fortune 500 ปัจจุบัน Khan อาศัยอยู่ในเมืองดีทรอยต์ รัฐมิชิแกน

ติดต่อ: Faisal Khan
faisalkhan@razeline.com หรือ 734 407 9626

Vietnam allocates 20 percent of State budget to education development

On Wednesday, Minister of Education and Training, Phung Xuan Nha, answered queries on measures to improve the quality of tertiary and universal education, and the management of kindergarten education.

Mr. Nha said that the education sector has seen considerable achievements as Vietnam allocates 20 percent of its State budget to education in addition to enterprises’ contributions: We have carried out projects to attract investment by society and enterprises in education. As the number of Vietnamese studying overseas increases every year, we are also working to create a high quality education system in Vietnam. The State budget is mostly spent on general education, while education for disadvantaged areas depends on private investment.

Source: VOV5

Deputy PM: Vietnam’s fight against corruption achieves substantial results

Vietnam’s anti-corruption efforts have achieved substantial results, receiving voters’ support and international applause, said Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue at the ongoing National Assembly session in Hanoi on Wednesday.

Mr. Hue highlighted the strong measures of the government and the hard work of the investigating police agency. He said the government will continue to implement working programs set forth by the Central Steering Committee on Corruption Prevention and Control.

Deputy PM Hue emphasized positive socio-economic performance in five months, macro-economic stability, consumer price index increase of over 3%, an export turnover of 93 billion USD, an export surplus of 3.4 billion USD, and implementation of FDI projects worth 6.7 billion USD: In five months, more than 52,000 enterprises were established with a total registered and added capital of 61 billion USD. Cultural and social areas continued positive changes. 640,000 people were employed, including 48,000 guest workers. Security and social order and safety were ensured. But there remain challenges. In the near future, the government, ministries, and localities will closely follow any developments and aggressively implement solutions to successfully achieve targets and plans for 2018.

The Deputy PM said the government will finalize national standards for environment, build a system of environmental monitoring and warnings, and implement the National Strategy on Climate Change and a target program on climate change response and green growth.

Source: VOV5