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ISPCC Childline and Vodafone Ireland Foundation Announce Major New Partnership

Working to Keep Children Safe by Keeping Them Connected
4th February 2016 ISPCC Childline and the Vodafone Ireland Foundation are delighted to announce a major five year partnership that aims to keep children safe by keeping them connected. The Partnership will;
  • provide the charity with €2 million in direct funding from the Vodafone Foundation over five years
  • provide a commitment to covering the call costs for the Childline service for ten years until 2026
  • update Childline’s technologies and service infrastructure to modernise and broaden out access to the service in line with the changing needs of children
  • offer additional resources including Vodafone’s Be Strong Online Programme, to support children and parents through some of the issues they face in today’s digital society
  • leverage and engage Vodafone’s 2000 employees raise further funds for Childline
In 2014 ISPCC’s unique support service for children and young people responded to almost 500,000 calls and online contacts. Over the last 10 years, Childline has experienced a 75% increase in children seeking support online. Through this new partnership, with Vodafone’s support, the charity will now be in a position to develop a new total communications infrastructure which will improve children’s access to Childline and provide a 24 online digital platform.
Vodafone’s Be Strong Online Programme will offer support on issues ranging from bullying to online privacy and can be accessed online and in all retail stores nationwide from Tuesday, February 9th, Safer Internet Day 2016. One in five children in Ireland say that they have been bothered by something online in the last year. The Be Strong online programme will mean that children will now have a range of resources offering support and advice on cyber safety at their fingertips whenever they need it.
Announcing the partnership, Grainia Long, Chief Executive, ISPCC Childline said ‘I’m thrilled that ISPCC Childline will be working with Vodafone to help keep children safe. For every child who reaches us, there are many more who cannot. From today, this partnership will enable us to give every child the connection they need, when and where they need it most.’
Ray Collins, Vodafone Ireland Director of Strategy and Chairman of the Vodafone Ireland Foundation said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Childline and are looking forward to working with them to transform their unique and invaluable service. Life is challenging for young people and children today. Together we want to ensure that when children reach out for help, they can connect with Childline in whatever way they choose, via a call or a text or an instant message. Through the partnership we also plan to work together to build young people’s resilience and awareness online, to help them navigate their world better and cope with issues that confront them with a new confidence.”
The partnership comes with the support of Vodafone’s 2,000 employees, who have pledged to raise additional much needed funds for Childline through a range of fundraising activities over the course of the partnership.
See www.vodafone.ie/foundation.
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About Vodafone
Vodafone is one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies and provides a range of services including voice, messaging, data and fixed communications. Vodafone has mobile operations in 26 countries, partners with mobile networks in 57 more, and fixed broadband operations in 17 markets. As of 30 September 2015, Vodafone had 454 million mobile customers and 12.5 million fixed broadband customers. For more information, please visit: www.vodafone.com

Vodafone TV arrives in Ireland

  • First-to-Market services: Dedicated Netflix button on remote controls, super-fast channel switching, Restart TV, instant 7-day catch-up and Wireless Multiroom to access recordings from anywhere in the home
  • Streaming on the Vodafone TV Anywhere app included in Vodafone TV package
  • Over 100 TV & Radio channels (HD as standard) delivered through high-end set top device, remote recording via dedicated new mobile app
21st January 2016, Vodafone Ireland today launched TV services for the first time in Ireland. Vodafone TV has all the content and features customers expect from a state-of-the-art TV service with first-to-market extras. TV lovers can catch up, record and restart their favourite programmes at any point with the most versatile and seamless TV experience in the Irish market. Customers can enjoy Netflix from their TV browser or simply at their fingertips with a dedicated button on their remote control. This easy to navigate service, coupled with Vodafone TV’s first-to-market features, provides an unrivalled viewing experience.
Vodafone TV is a premium service available from only €40 per month to all new and existing Vodafone Home (Broadband) customers*. As part of the Vodafone TV service, Vodafone is today launching a new TV Anywhere app where mobile customers can watch their favourite shows while out and about. This service is included in the price of the customer’s Vodafone TV package. Also included in the package, customers can choose six months a) Netflix, b) Setanta Sports pack including BT Sports or c) Free Multiroom.
Research commissioned by Vodafone to mark the launch of Vodafone TV, revealed that viewers in Ireland are changing their viewing habits. One quarter of Irish adults now view TV content on-demand, and a further quarter embrace online streaming to fit into their busy lives. This demonstrates that people now want the flexibility to watch their favourite shows whenever and wherever they want. Vodafone TV enables customers to do just that.
Ciaran Barrett, Head of Consumer Fixed, Vodafone Ireland, commented on the launch, “This is a significant move for Vodafone in the Irish market, offering a full TV service to our customers for the first time. Vodafone TV customers can build their own packages to suit their household needs and enjoy unique features such as Restart TV and Netflix at the touch of a button. We’ve listened to our customers to understand what kind of TV service they want and we believe we are delivering great content with an excellent experience that brings convenience and seamless viewing from the home into the hand.”
Vodafone TV is available to order in retail stores nationwide for further information visit http://www.vodafone.ie/home/tv
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*Notes to Editor:
Vodafone TV is delivered through IPTV i.e. via high-speed broadband. It is available to consumers who have Vodafone Broadband speeds of at least 40mbps. Customers can call into any of Vodafone retail stores to check line speeds for Vodafone TV.
Vodafone TV** is available to all new and existing Vodafone Home (Broadband) customers with Simply Broadband, Home Essentials and Home Unlimited via a new 18 month contract for broadband services for €40 per month for the first six months.
**Vodafone Basic TV package provides a minimum of 55 TV channels, with the add-on of Netflix OR Sports (BT and Setanta Sports) with unlimited broadband and landline calls included for €40 for six months, standard price €70pm thereafter.
Vodafone TV Plus package includes all Basic TV elements with additional channels across kids, Comedy, Eurosport, increased music options plus access to additional documentary channels, with two add-ons included (Netflix OR Sports OR Multi-Room) alongside unlimited broadband and calls for €40 per month for six months, standard price €80per month thereafter. Additional add-on packages for Sky Sports and Sky Movies are also available.
The research referenced in this press release was carried out this month on behalf of Vodafone Ireland via online survey conducted by Amárach Research. Some additional interesting findings from the research identified that Nostalgia for Sunday night Irish TV classics remains strong with almost three in ten people surveyed saying they would like to bring back ‘Love/Hate’ for one night only. The original rural soap ‘Glenroe’ followed a close second with the glamorous Teresa Lowe’s unforgettable ‘Where in the World?’ also featuring in the top five.
Vodafone TV service includes:
Seamlessly access Netflix; Fast Channel Switching – no delays, no loading, no waiting around; Restart TV – the ability to restart a programme at any point; 7 Day Catch Up – scroll through the previous week’s guide to catch up on favourite series’ or missed moments; High Definition as standard; Wireless Multiroom – cable-free access via an extra set top box in any room of the house; Live TV Filter – allowing live preview of what’s on across every channel all on one screen; Personal Profiles – everybody in a household can create a profile of their favourite shows; Play, Pause, Record ­– 300 SD hours of recording space and Vodafone TV Anywhere – catch up on shows or manage recordings across devices through Vodafone’s dedicated App - this service is included in the price of the customer’s TV package.
Further information:
Clodagh O’Hagan, Vodafone Ireland, 087 9084055
Norman Pratt/ Orla Molloy Weber Shandwick, 01 679 8600 / 086 151 8921 / 087 770 5108
About Vodafone
Vodafone is one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies and provides a range of services including voice, messaging, data and fixed communications. Vodafone has mobile operations in 26 countries, partners with mobile networks in 57 more, and fixed broadband operations in 17 markets. As of 30 September 2015, Vodafone had 454 million mobile customers and 12.5 million fixed broadband customers. For more information, please visit: www.vodafone.com

QuantaDyn Corporation Wins Joint Terminal Control Training and Rehearsal System (JTC TRS)

Sterling, VA - January 11, 2016 – QuantaDyn Corporation (QuantaDyn) is very pleased to announce the award of the Joint Terminal Control Training and Rehearsal Systems (JTC TRS) contract by Department of the Air Force – Air Force Material Command.
Under the contract QuantaDyn will initially install and support two JTC TRS devices, with additional options for 30 more devices. The devices will be used in support of Joint Terminal Attack Controllers in the performance of Terminal Control, Terminal Guidance, Close Air Support and Joint Fires operations training for the Combat Air Force (CAF), Special Operations Command (SOCOM), Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) and Tactical Air Control Party (TACP).
QuantaDyn’s President, Bill Dunn said "We are very proud to be delivering the JTC TRS to the US Air Force which leverages and extends our existing joint fires simulation and training products and services, including our Advanced JTAC Training System (AJTS). This positions us to be the world leader in the delivery of JTAC Training Systems."
QuantaDyn Corporation supplies simulation and training systems to the U.S. military and coalition partners around the world.
Our goal is to provide modern, innovative answers to training needs, while taking full advantage of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technology. Our experience includes virtually all phases of training device development for Joint Fires as well as both fixed and rotary wing aircraft for use on military and commercial programs.
About QuantaDyn
QuantaDyn Corporation supplies simulation and training systems to the U.S. military and coalition partners around the world. Our goal is to provide modern, innovative answers to training needs, while taking full advantage of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technology. Our experience includes virtually all phases of training device development for Joint Fires as well as both fixed and rotary wing aircraft for use on military and commercial programs. www.quantadyn.com
 

Belgian MOD Acquires VBS3 Site Licenses For Military Training Centers

Orlando, FL - Bohemia Interactive Simulations, a global developer of game-based simulation software solutions, announced today that the Belgian MOD acquired site licenses to use Virtual Battlespace 3 (VBS3) at several training centers across the country for tactical training.
“We are pleased to welcome the Belgian military into the very active group of European countries using VBS3 for military training,” said Pete Morrison, BISim’s Co-CEO. “VBS3 has a long history of delivering cost-effective and quickly deployable desktop simulation for maneuver training.”
VBS3 provides an immersive virtual environment that helps soldiers train on tactics, rehearse for missions, and practice standard operating procedures. With its After Action Review tool, the software is designed to help soldiers learn to think, make decisions and improve communications before heading to the field for live exercises. VBS3 is used for tactical training and mission rehearsal on desktop computers as well as part-task trainers and full-mission simulators. The Belgian MOD will receive VBS3 with VBS Gateway, a brand new, easy-to-use interoperability gateway for DIS/HLA interactions.
According to Major Jan Vandamme, Simulation Center Chief at Leopoldsburg, the Center for Simulation Land (CSim) was created in 2013 to contribute to the success of Belgian military operations. It increases education and training efficiency by proposing exercises and training events that would not be possible without simulation due to the cost, safety risks, time limitations or lack of material.
“VBS3 will give us this capability for tactical training at Squad and Platoon level in a Joint & Combined Arms environment, allowing Forward Observers, Combat Engineers, Pilots and many others to cooperate directly with small manoeuvre units,” said Major Vandamme. “We are also confident that the pedagogical strengths of VBS3 – an immersive environment that allows trainees to learn by executing their future tasks, a powerful After Action Review tool and the opportunity for multiple repetitions in a short amount of time – will have a positive effect on the success rate and level of competence of students at our Manoeuvre School.”
“Finally, we will be able to deploy VBS3 to operational theatres to allow our troops to conduct Mission Rehearsal in a discrete way,” Vandamme added. “I have no doubt that our VBS3 licenses will be used almost permanently from early 2016 onwards and the crew of the Center for Simulation will shape the conditions to make each training session a success!”
The software license agreement includes VBS3Fires and VBS3Fires FST, VBS3 modules for high fidelity call for fire and close air support training from SimCentric Technologies.
VBS3 is used for a wide range of training purposes in 39 countries including military organizations and institutions such as the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, UK Ministry of Defence, Australia Defence Force, French Armed Forces, Bundeswehr, Swedish Armed Forces, Canadian Armed Forces, and New Zealand Defense Force.
Founded in 2001, Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim) is a global software company at the forefront of simulation training solutions for military and civilian organizations. BISim develops high-fidelity, cost-effective technologies for tactical military training. We apply game-based technology to a range of breakthrough, military-specific training and simulation software products.
For more information, visit our website at www.bisimulations.com.

Vintage Porsches drive Ireland’s epic Wild Atlantic Way

The road at the edge of the worldA fleet of 38 Porsche enthusiasts took on the world’s longest continuous driving route – Ireland’s stunning Wild Atlantic Way, named ‘the most scenic drive in the world’ by The Huffington Post.
Organised by the passionate and dedicated team at Porsche Club Ireland, the inaugural Wild Atlantic Way trip attracted Porsche drivers from around the world sparking the interest of fighter pilots, rally drivers, land speed record breakers and automotive craftsmen.
This winding and picturesque road runs the entire length of Ireland’s rugged west coast, over 1550 miles. The trail offers up stunning scenery, from soaring cliff-tops, golden beaches, jutting headlands and of course, the wild and crashing Atlantic Ocean, which over the years has shaped the area’s jagged and alluring coastline.
“The Wild Atlantic Way shows you every challenge of driving, but in the most beautiful countryside you could ever come across”, reflects Mel Nolan, a former world speed champion and Wild Atlantic Way native.
Want to embark on your own exhilarating adventure? Whether you’d like to explore the west coast’s entire length like the Porsche crew, or would prefer to break it into sections, there’s a unique Wild Atlantic Way getaway for everyone.
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WildAtlanticWay.com is the Wild Atlantic Way's official tourism information website and is operated by Fáilte Ireland, the National Tourism Development Authority. For further information please contact Elaine Joyce at In The Company of Huskies. content@wildatlanticway.com (01) 6681529