India strongly condemns terror strikes in Sri Lanka, offers help

first_imgNew Delhi: India on Sunday strongly condemned the serial blasts on multiple locations in Sri Lanka while Prime Minister Narendra Modi held telephonic conversations with the president and the premier of the island nation offering all possible help and assistance to deal with the situation.In his conversation with the Sri Lankan leadership, Modi termed the serial blasts as a “cold-blooded and pre-planned barbaric acts” and pointed out that the attacks were another grave reminder of the most serious challenge posed to the entire humanity by terrorism in our region and the entire world. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs said there can be no justification for any act of terror and called for concerted global action to effectively deal with the menace, including cross-border terrorism. Over 200 people were killed and around 500 others were injured in a series of blasts at several locations in Sri Lanka in which suicide bombers were involved in at least two of the eight attacks that struck three churches and luxury hotels frequented by foreigners on Easter Sunday. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and Government of Sri Lanka. We wish speedy recovery to those injured in the attacks,” the MEA statement said. The ministry said India has always opposed and rejected terrorism in all forms and manifestations and there can be no justification for any kind of terror. “We call for perpetrators of such ghastly and heinous act and those who provide them support to be brought to justice expeditiously,” the ministry said. “We strongly condemn the serial blasts on multiple locations in Sri Lanka today morning in which many people have been killed and injured. “We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and Government of Sri Lanka. We wish speedy recovery to those injured in the attacks,” the MEA statement said. In his telephonic conversation with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Modi conveyed his heartfelt condolences on his own behalf as well as on behalf of all Indians, over the loss of over 200 lives in the terrorist action, a government release said. It said Modi condemned in the strongest terms the serial terrorist attacks perpetrated at various places, including religious places and during a religious festival, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office. The Prime Minister renewed the offer of all possible help and assistance to Sri Lanka for ensuring its security against the challenges such as those posed by terrorism, the release said. The Prime Minister also wished a speedy recovery for the injured and offered any kind of medical assistance for treatment of the injured. Sources said Modi spoke to the Sri Lankan leadership while he was himself travelling across the country for his political campaign. The sources saidw the PM spoke to the Lankan President even as the latter is currently in Singapore. Condemning the blasts, Modi earlier said there is no place for barbarism in the region and that India stands in solidarity with the people of the island nation. “Strongly condemn the horrific blasts in Sri Lanka. There is no place for such barbarism in our region,” he tweeted. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also said India was keeping a close watch on the situation. “Colombo – I am in constant touch with Indian High Commissioner in Colombo. We are keeping a close watch on the situation. @IndiainSL,” Swaraj tweeted. “India has always opposed and rejected terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and has urged concerted action by the international community against terrorism, including cross-border terrorism. There can be no justification whatsoever for any act of terror,” the MEA said in the statement.last_img read more

Lekjaa and Renard to Attend FIFA Conference on VAR, 2018 World…

Rabat – Will the controversy over video assistant referee (VAR) ever be addressed? FIFA has invited coaches and presidents of its 211 football associations across the globe to attend a conference on the 2018 World Cup, which took place in Russia from June 14 to July 15.The world’s governing football body announced Monday, July 30, that it will host a conference on the recent World Cup on September 23 in London.The head coach of Morocco’s football team, Herve Renard, and the chairman of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) Fouzi Lekjaa will both take part in the event. According to FIFA’s FIFA , the conference aims to analyze “FIFA’s flagship competition from the technical and tactical angles.”FIFA added that the meeting will compare the 2018 World Cup with the previous tournaments, as well as discuss the implementation and impact of VAR.FIFA knows that several football teams and thousands of fans were not satisfied with the use of VAR throughout the Russia tournament. But FIFA may not choose to admit the alleged mistakes committed by referees in several games due to the “unjust” use of VAR.The football organization has denied all accusations against VAR and its referees, arguing that when using VAR, referees’ decisions were 99.3 percent correct.According to FIFA’s figures, VAR analyzed 335 incidents, including all goals, an average of 6.9 incidents analyzed per match.Morocco was one among several football teams to complain that VAR was not used to judge fouls in Morocco’s favor in its Potugal game, but the technology was used to allow an equalizer for Spain in Morocco’s last game.The issue caused Moroccan football fans to launch a petition to denounce the lack of VAR use in the Portugal game.Morocco World News contacted FIFA to ask about its stance on Moroccan fans’ accusations, but FIFA did not respond.In its Monday statement, FIFA said that the unprecedented meeting will be organized, hosting several symposiums for technical experts of confederations and members of football associations.“The World Cup in Russia has been a success both on and off the field, and with this conference we want to discuss the technical and tactical aspects identified in the field by our experts, while listening to feedback from our team,” said Deputy Secretary General of FIFA Zvonimir Boban. read more

UN rights expert pleased defamation no longer criminal offence in Maldives

The bill adopted on 23 November abolishes articles 150 through 166 of the country’s Penal Code, which deal with defamation of a person’s “name, integrity, or dignity,” which carried a sentence of exile, house detention or fine. UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, welcomed the move, which he had called for following his visit to the Maldives in March. He also urged all States which have not already done so to repeal criminal defamation laws in favour of civil laws. “In addition, any provisions that allow public officials to bring defamation suits with regard to their actions in public office should be totally eliminated,” he stressed.Mr. La Rue also said he looked forward to the implementation of other recommendations he made with regard to the Maldives, including the adoption of an anti-monopoly legislation, particularly with regard to communications. 1 December 2009An independent United Nations human rights expert today welcomed the adoption of a bill by the Parliament of the Maldives to decriminalize defamation, and urged other States to take similar action. read more

No Jitter Roll Five for Friday

As a free service, Threads allows teams to have up to 150 conversations, CNBC said. The premium version of the software allows unlimited conversations for the price of $10 per month per user. “As a team grows, you start to see it happen. People get left off meeting invites, group chats happen in private with fewer people than before, and even email becomes siloed,” Kazi wrote. “You start to hear about critical decisions through the grapevine, things at work feel like they’re coming out of left field, and even if you have a strong opinion, it’s often too late since the ball is already rolling.” Talkdesk Updates CCaaS PlatformCloud contact center provider Talkdesk this week debuted the latest updates for its Enterprise Contact Center platform, adding capabilities meant to enhance the customer experience and improve security. At Enterprise Connect Orlando, we have a conference track focused on Video Collaboration & A/V topics, led by track chair Ira Weinstein, of Recon Research. Learn more about solutions for the huddle room in the session, “Huddle Rooms: Behind the Scenes,” scheduled for Monday, March 18 at 8:00 a.m. Dish Networks Gets a Bone in Sprint, T-Mobile Merger OK Michael Finneran July 30, 2019 A fantasy solution for a fanciful concern clears the way for Sprint, T-Mobile combo — please let it go through, for safety’s sake! Dialogic selected Epsilon as its UCaaS partner due to its “global presence, high-performance network, and customer-focused approach,” said Bill Crank, Dialogic president and CEO, in a prepared statement. These updates, compiled in the Enterprise Contact Center Winter 19 release, in part follow on from Talkdesk’s November 2018 Talkdesk iQ announcement. With Talkdesk iQ, Talkdesk is bringing artificial intelligence (AI) to bear across the Enterprise Contact Center platform, as Tiago Paiva, Talkdesk CEO, shared when introducing the initiative. Kazi attributes this problem to the inability of current communications tools to keep up with teams as they grow. Threads has designed the platform to allow people to catch up and contribute to a discussion when they have time by providing a time-ordered discussion thread, notifications on activity related to that thread, and the ability to mark a relevant comment as the decision, Kazi wrote. Prior to this week’s launch, the company raised nearly $11.5 million in funds, including a $10.5 million series A round led by Sequoia Capital, CNBC reported. Today Talkdesk iQ’s influence is manifest in Talkdesk Omnichannel, enabling the combination of work across digital channels and allowing for more personalized, context-driven interactions with customers, Talkdesk said. New capabilities for this omnichannel solution include rules-based presence sync; the ability to serve up high-priority social media posts, as identified via social listening; and a synchronized view of SMS, live chat, and app messaging interactions. In addition, Talkdesk Omnichannel is now embedded in the Callbar agent interface. Dialogic, Epsilon Team to Launch UCaaS PlatformDialogic, a cloud-optimized applications and infrastructure solutions provider, this week announced it has partnered with Epsilon, a global communications service provider, to launch a fully managed and hosted carrier-class UCaaS platform. This edition of our regular news roundup covers contact center as a service (CCaaS) product updates, a new team collaboration venture, a partnership around unified communications as a service (UCaaS), and a couple industry acquisitions related to mobility and audio and video solutions. Introducing Threads for Team CollabOn the team collaboration front, a former Facebook product manager, Rousseau Kazi, this week launched the beta of his Threads platform for making work “more inclusive by empowering teams to discuss and make decisions at scale,” as he wrote in his company’s first blog. Regarding its security enhancements, the Winter 19 release adds enhanced SAML 2.0 support for streamlined authentication and expanded PCI tools for agent-assisted payments, Talkdesk said. Interestingly, Kazi’s new venture will be in direct competition to his former employer’s team collaboration solution, Workplace by Facebook, which just yesterday announced that it has reached two million paid users in the two years since its inception. But in speaking with CNBC, Kazi contended that Threads is better suited for the kind of conversations that happen in the workplace than a tool whose genesis is in connecting friends and family. Avaya & RingCentral: Does This Alliance Make Sense? Zeus Kerravala October 04, 2019 While the benefits for RingCentral are clear, that’s not so easily said about Avaya. ServiceMax didn’t disclose the deal’s financial terms. Even once acquired, Zinc said it will continue to work with other field service management platforms and CRM systems, including those from Oracle, Click, and Salesforce. GN Audio purchased Altia Systems for $125 million on a debt and cash free basis, with roughly $12 million linked to retention agreements to be expensed by GN Audio between 2019 and 2021, the company said. See All in Industry News » No Jitter Editor Beth Schultz contributed to the writing of this portion. If you haven’t yet registered for Enterprise Connect, coming to Orlando, Fla., March 18 to 21, it’s not too late! Register now using the code NJPOSTS to get an extra $200 off your pass!Tags:News & ViewsTalkdeskWorkplace by FacebookZincDialogicGN AudioIndustry NewsCCaaSMobilityTeam Collaboration Tools & WorkspacesUCaaSVideo Collaboration & A/V Articles You Might Like Dive in to all things UCaaS in the Cloud Communications conference track at Enterprise Connect. You’ll learn more about the myriad UCaaS players in the session, “Big Brands & Convergence: Understanding the UCaaS Market Landscape,” on Monday, March 18 at 8:00 a.m., led by Elka Popova, program director at Frost & Sullivan. Dialogic will host its BUZZ UCaaS platform in Epsilon’s global Tier-3 colocation facilities, and rely on the provider’s connectivity services, including Ethernet data center interconnections, direct connectivity to cloud and Internet exchanges, and Internet and hybrid software-defined WAN. In addition, Dialogic will take advantage of Epsilon’s voice portfolio of SIP trunking, inbound, porting, and termination services. Beyond AI capabilities, the Winter 19 release provides enhancements that should ease the ability to bring the platform into a contact center. Callbar, for example, now features universal support for SIP and external devices, and a capability called Talkdesk xConnect provides the ability to connect Enterprise Contact Center to PBXs and carriers. GN Audio Acquires Altia SystemsGN Audio, a provider of audio solutions, last week announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Altia Systems, a video collaboration solution provider known for its PanaCast solution and its development of video communications solutions using digital multicamera array technology. Talkdesk iQ is also powering the Talkdesk Studio routing flow designer. For Studio, the Winter 19 release brings optimized workflows, multilingual speech-to-text functionality, and new editing tools for contact center administrators, Talkdesk said. ServiceMax said it intends to use the Zinc technology to accelerate its growth and expand its Service Execution Management platform with communications functionality such as one-to-one and group messaging, voice, video, content sharing, push-to-talk, top-down broadcasts, and hotlines, as well as analytics, ServiceMax said. “No service execution strategy is complete without real-time communication,” commented ServiceMax CEO Scott Berg. Log in or register to post comments Avaya Taps RingCentral in UCaaS Partnership Beth Schultz October 03, 2019 Deal includes RingCentral’s $500 million investment in Avaya. Talkdesk’s Enterprise Cloud Contact Center Winter 19 release made the list of finalists for the 2019 Best of Enterprise Connect Award program — winner to be announced on stage at Enterprise Connect 2019, coming the week of March 18 to Orlando, Fla. Learn more about Talkdesk at the event; you’ll find the company on the Expo floor at booth 1927. GN Audio operates under the Jabra and BlueParrott brands, providing enterprises with professional headsets and speakerphones. Altia Systems gives it the ability to expand into integrated audio and video communications solutions, GN Audio said, noting that it will focus on providing comprehensive collaboration capabilities for huddle rooms. news_chalkboard_774.png Under GN Audio’s ownership, Altia Systems will continue to commercialize its current products and invest in its product pipeline. A group of key employees from Altia Systems will continue to lead its development activities following the transaction. Learn more about enterprise mobile strategies at Enterprise Connect. Don’t miss the session, “Mobile Strategies To Finally Eliminate the Desk Phone,” led by mobility expert Michael Finneran, of dBrn Associates, scheduled for Monday, March 18 at 8:00 a.m. ServiceMax Acquires ZincServiceMax, a provider of cloud-based software for service execution, this week announced its acquisition of Zinc, a enterprise communication platform provider focused on enabling field technicians to share knowledge and collaborate. One Way or Another, Sprint Needs Out of Purgatory Michael Finneran June 19, 2019 For enterprise customers, the benefits of a T-Mobile/Sprint combination are clear, but the politics remain incomprehensible. No Jitter Roll: Five for Friday Beth Schultz June 14, 2019 A look at news from Slack, Symphony, Intel, Nureva, and PGi Dialogic has built the UCaaS offering on its BUZZ Unified Communications platform, which offers calling, conferencing, and collaboration functionality as well as an API-driven architecture for integrating artificial intelligence and Internet of Things technologies, Dialogic said. Service providers and channel partners using the BUZZ UC platform will be able to offer UCaaS sans infrastructure investment, Dialogic said. Learn more about team collaboration tools and workspaces at Enterprise Connect, where we’ll feature a conference track on the topic. Of note for those experiencing the team drop-off problem Kazi described is the “Team Collaboration Growing Pains” session scheduled for Monday, March 18 at 9:00 a.m. read more

Wrestling No 4 Ohio State looking for upset of No 2 Penn

OSU then-redshirt sophomore Nathan Tomasello competes in a match against Arizona State on Nov. 13.Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe No. 4 Ohio State wrestling team suffered a tough loss at the hands of No. 3 Iowa, but looks to finish the season strong, starting with a Feb. 3 matchup against No. 2 Penn State.The matchup against Penn State will be the first of four in a 10-day span, with each of those matches coming against a Big Ten opponent currently ranked nationally in the top 12.The Buckeyes lost their dual against Iowa 21-13, and went into the heavyweight needing a fall to win the dual. They were, however, without Kyle Snyder, who is their normal starter in heavyweight.Despite the loss, the Buckeyes remain focused on finishing this week and preparing each member of the team for the Big Ten and national championships.“We didn’t get the job done. We lost,” said OSU coach Tom Ryan. “But the good news is that we learned a lot and, unlike many sports, there are no significant consequences to a college dual meet loss in regards to season-ending opportunities to win a national championship.”As for this week’s matchup against Penn State, many of the Buckeyes have a sense of familiarity with their opponent. One of the most prominent of these matchups is 184-pound sophomore Myles Martin against Penn State’s Bo Nickal.No. 11 Martin defeated No. 2 Nickal in the 2016 174-pound national championship as a true freshman, becoming the first-ever true freshman at OSU to win a national title. The two have both moved up to 184 pounds for the 2017 season.“It’ll be interesting,” Martin said about his upcoming matchup. “I’m sure he wants to win this as much as I do. I’m just going to go out there and let it fly.”Redshirt sophomore Micah Jordan is another OSU wrestler facing a top-ranked opponent, as he faces off against No. 1 149-pounder Zain Retherford. Jordan is coming off a close 2-0 loss to No. 5 Brandon Sorensen of Iowa.“There is a feeling after you lose, like you’re trying to train harder,” Jordan said. “But I try to keep consistent. No matter if I win or lose, I try to stay consistently motivated in practice.”In addition to Martin and Micah Jordan, two other Buckeyes will face top competitors in their division. 174-pound redshirt junior Bo Jordan will take on No. 7 Mark Hall, and No. 1 heavyweight Kyle Snyder will take on No. 4 Nick Nevills.These individual matchups against highly ranked teams hold implications for the Big Ten and national championship tournaments, when many of these wrestlers can meet again.“This is another chance for us to compete in a high-stress environment because you’re wrestling people that want something as badly as you do,” Ryan said. “The Penn State team, like the Iowa team, like the Ohio State team, all believe that they are the best team.”Snyder will return to the lineup for heavyweight this week, but the Buckeyes will have a replacement at 157 pounds for redshirt sophomore Jake Ryan. Bo Jordan will likely be in the lineup after wrestling against Iowa, but is still recovering from an injury. read more

Has the US Mens National Team Plateaued

Has the US Mens National Team Plateaued

This view suggests the U.S. may have reached a new plateau. The performance of the 2002 team, for instance, is problematic from this vantage point. If the U.S. fails to beat Belgium on Tuesday, that means it will have gone three World Cups without equaling (much less improving upon) the 2002 team’s performance. Perhaps we’re left with the global soccer equivalent of the Atlanta Hawks: a team that will usually make the “playoffs” then lose in the first round.This might seem like a contrived reading of the evidence. But mapping the Americans’ trajectory from 1986 onward is also selective: It’s easy to make an upward pattern look more impressive by starting from what you know to be a low point.There’s a credible story behind each theory. Under the steady-improvement theory, the story is one of demographic and cultural trends abetted by some measure of self-perpetuating success (a positive feedback loop). Soccer has been a big youth-participation sport since the 1970s, but immigration from Latin America may be giving the U.S. even more young athletes who are interested in soccer. The occasional successes of the U.S. men’s national team, along with an increasingly popular domestic league (and improved television visibility for the English Premier League and Liga MX) may motivate some of these young athletes to play soccer professionally instead of transitioning into baseball, football or another sport.The punctuated-equilibrium theory suggests that the U.S. was badly underachieving its soccer potential for many years. Then it got its act together when it was chosen to host a World Cup: better facilities, more investment in the national team, a sustainable domestic league and so forth. But it was picking low-hanging fruit. It shouldn’t be that difficult for a super-wealthy country like the United States, which excels at so many other sports, to be half-decent at soccer if it tries.What’s more challenging is going from a country that sometimes makes the knockout phase to one that sometimes makes the World Cup semifinals — or beyond. It’s not clear that the U.S.’s wealth, or its athletic prowess, implies that it ought to be much more successful at soccer than it has been in recent years. For instance, we can compare each country’s GDP (taken as a natural logarithm) against its soccer team’s Elo rating as of June. There’s certainly some relationship, but it’s rough (soccer is a comparatively inexpensive sport). The trendline in the chart implies that a best guess for the United States is an Elo rating somewhere in mid-1,800s, almost exactly where it is today.The same story holds if we compare the number of medals each country has won at the Summer Olympics since 2000 (again taken as a natural logarithm5Because a number of countries have won no medals since 2000 — meaning that their natural logarithm would be undefined — I instead take the log of the number of medals won plus one.) against its soccer team’s Elo rating.There’s a high margin of error on these estimates. China’s GDP (and its Olympic medal count) is just a little less than the United States’ — but its soccer team has qualified for only one World Cup and has gotten worse in recent years. Germany also has a big economy and a big medal count — and its soccer team is great. The point is that the U.S. men’s national team is no longer underachieving reasonable expectations, as it was before the 1990s. Nor is it exceeding them. Perhaps what we’ve seen is about what we’re due to get in a populous, wealthy, athletic country — where interest in soccer is average, at best, by global standards.The success of the U.S. women’s national soccer team stands in contrast to that of the men’s. But soccer players are among the highest-profile female athletes in the U.S., suggesting that part of the problem for the men’s side is competition from other sports.The punctuated-equilibrium theory would imply that it may take some time for the U.S. men’s team to reach the next plateau. Perhaps an external catalyst would help: another American World Cup, a run to the World Cup semifinals, the emergence of an American soccer player who is recognized as among the best in the world. (Personally, I’d hope for him to be as brash as Cristiano Ronaldo, the better to spark headlines and stoke rivalries with other countries.) But it could be a long while before any of those things happen, and there could be some further delay before their feedback effects kick in.Or it could be that the steady-improvement theory is right. It also reflects a reasonable interpretation of the evidence. The data on youth interest in soccer is very encouraging, for instance.Tuesday’s game against Belgium will provide us with one data point — but just one. Unlike in the past, however, we might not need to wait four years for the next one. Instead, in 2016, the United States will host the Copa América Centenario, a special one-off tournament that will feature the best teams from both North and South America. It could serve as a preview of our soccer future. Playing at home produces the equivalent of an 100 Elo-point bonus — equal to eight years of improvement for the U.S. based on its 1986 to 2014 trajectory. If the U.S. will be ready to compete with the Colombias and Argentinas and Brazils of the world on neutral turf by 2022 and 2026, it should be able to do so on home soil in 2016.CORRECTION (July 1, 4:54 p.m.): A chart in an earlier version of this post mislabeled the Elo ratings vs. Olympic medal counts for China and Russia. The chart has been updated. For the United States, almost every recent World Cup match has been billed as the most important game in the history of the men’s national team. Its knockout-stage match against Belgium on Tuesday isn’t receiving quite as much hype.1The New Republic does describe the U.S.-Belgium game as the “most important sporting event in American history.” That’s apparently a joke, however. But a win would advance the U.S. to the World Cup quarterfinals for a Saturday afternoon match against Argentina or Switzerland. That would probably be the most-watched game in U.S. soccer history — the first World Cup quarterfinal that many American fans would ever see their men play live.2The U.S. advanced to the quarterfinals in 2002, but its game against Germany was played in South Korea at 7:30 a.m. Eastern time on a Saturday morning — not ideal viewing hours. The U.S. also advanced from its group to the semifinals in the inaugural World Cup in 1930, but that was when just four teams made the knockout stage.It’s tempting to say that these matches are the soccer equivalent of political “game changers” — much-ballyhooed events that seem exciting at the time but which rarely have as much lasting impact as the pundits claim. But it’s not unreasonable to feel as though every World Cup game is more important than the last. It’s a consequence of the long-term state of U.S. soccer.On the one hand, expectations are getting higher. The U.S. advanced from the group stage in 1994, 2002, 2010 and now 2014. Matches against England or Portugal or Germany are now thought of as opportunities rather than sure losses. On the other hand, the men’s national team has never quite had its breakthrough moment.When might the bar be raised? When might U.S. fans view a Round of 16 exit as a travesty and not a triumph?If you’re in your mid-30s, like me, the advance of the U.S. men’s national team might seem as inevitable as that of gay marriage. You’ll be just old enough to remember that the U.S. was once a soccer backwater. But you might not remember how long it took the Americans to get where they are today. The trajectory since the 1980s has always been upward:This chart shows the Elo rating for the U.S. in each World Cup year3Specifically, it shows the U.S.’s Elo rating as of the date of the World Cup final — whether or not the U.S. actually qualified for the tournament. For 2014, I’ve used the U.S.’s Elo rating at the end of the group stage. since 1986 — the last World Cup where the Americans failed to qualify, and the last one before 1988, when FIFA declared the 1994 World Cup would be played in the U.S.From this perspective, the upward trend has been extremely steady. In fact, other than the 2002 team arriving in the quarterfinals a little ahead of schedule, it’s been almost perfectly linear. Since 1986, the U.S.’s Elo rating has improved by almost exactly 50 points every four years.Imagine that the trend continues. Right now, the U.S. team’s Elo rating is nearly 1,850, which places it 15th in the world. Add another 50 points, and by 2018 it would be at 1,900 — somewhere around eighth or 10th in the world and near where Belgium and Uruguay and France are today. That’s a team that could be a dark-horse World Cup contender. By 2026, its Elo rating would be 2,000 — not far from where Argentina, Germany and the Netherlands began this year’s tournament. So in just 12 more years — in a World Cup that could possibly be held in the United States — the U.S. will be a global soccer powerhouse.Or perhaps not. Consider another look at the evidence, one where we run the numbers back further. For much of the 1970s, there was a lot of hope surrounding the growth of U.S. soccer, but the men’s national team repeatedly failed to qualify for the World Cup. In one year, the U.S. failed to win a single qualifying match. But let’s go back ever further, to 1950. This tells a different story. The men’s national team got worse from 1950 to 1958, bottomed out for almost 30 years with no sign of life, improved rather sharply in a concentrated period from 1986 through 2002, and has been fairly steady since.Yes, the U.S. has still gotten better by this reckoning — but it looks more like a case of punctuated equilibrium — a sudden change after years of stasis.4The so-called punctuated trend in the chart is drawn by fitting a regression with a dummy variable that is taken as zero between 1950 and 1986 and one between 2002 and 2014 and allowed to vary at a linear rate only in the intervening years. read more

A parody of the real thing Bake Off viewers unimpressed with picture

first_img@BritishBakeOff @sanditoksvig @noelfielding11 pahahahahahaha @Its_Khaya it looks like a Comic Relief sketch doesn’t it?!😂💔💔— Pans✨ (@_pansyp) April 14, 2017 Things weren’t any better over on their Facebook page, where the show brightly wrote: “Good things come to those who bake.  The Great British Bake Off. Coming soon to Channel 4.”Thousands of people “reacted” with sad and angry faces to the picture, and many left their thoughts in the comments.Nicole Morgan wrote: “Absolutely devastated I honestly can’t describe my disappointment in your choice of judge I’m gutted as it was something I looked forward to every year but I can honestly say I won’t be watching again”. Barbara McInnes said: “Just not going to be the same!!!! And that’s coming from an Aussie devotee of the show!!! Mary you are my guru! Sue and Mel no one will replace you either!!!!”And Rachel Molloy complained: “I know we should give the show a chance and we haven’t even seen the first episode but it just doesn’t seem right and I can’t see this show surviving long term as it would have previously.”So disappointed as I have loved this show from the very first series and look forward to watching each summer. I don’t think any line up would work for many people as how could you improve on the previous one”. ‘Did greed overrule sense?’ @BritishBakeOff @sanditoksvig @noelfielding11 pic.twitter.com/tqoe558YXj— camilla whitehill (@camillavalerie_) April 13, 2017 @BritishBakeOff @sanditoksvig @noelfielding11 Looks like a sketch show parody of the real bake off.— Jamie D (@JamieD1138) April 13, 2017 @BritishBakeOff @sanditoksvig @noelfielding11 pic.twitter.com/i43nRbcsFd— Leah (@leahfroud) April 13, 2017 The Bake Off social media channels were flooded with replies featuring unimpressed pictures of Mary Berry, who used to present the show.Judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood and presenters Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig  failed to impress viewers in their first official picture as they posed with cupcakes.Some stated they were unimpressed with the line-up choice @BritishBakeOff @sanditoksvig @noelfielding11 Yet to see a positive comment! I wonder if the producers are worried? Did greed overrule sense?— Lesley Watson (@Saffysoot) April 14, 2017 @flawlessmorpher @BritishBakeOff @sanditoksvig @noelfielding11 pic.twitter.com/Eyzhulw4G9— Jacob (@JacobsStuff) April 13, 2017 This picture of Nadiya summed up how one viewer felt @LindyC_ @BritishBakeOff @sanditoksvig @noelfielding11 I just don’t see the chemistry lol why do bad things happen to good people— Laurel (@laurabhayward) April 13, 2017 @BritishBakeOff @sanditoksvig @noelfielding11 I’m finding it difficult to get excited about this line up.. and no doubt the million ad breaks…— Sinéad 🇮🇪☘️💕🎯⚽️ (@sineadmcanenny) April 14, 2017 @JacobsStuff @BritishBakeOff @sanditoksvig @noelfielding11 pic.twitter.com/vTcF47ulkC— 🌷Tin🗒 (@flawlessmorpher) April 13, 2017 Some were rather melodramatic The Great British Bake Off  has revealed their first press shot of the new presenters in order to tempt viewers with a tantalising morsel of the upcoming series.However, the move has backfired, with many people saying the picture looks lacklustre and the line-up is strange. Some have even gone so far as to comment that it looks like a parody of the real thing. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. @BritishBakeOff this is worse than trump being president— Leah ✨ (@Leahh1411) April 13, 2017 @BritishBakeOff @TheMightyBoosh @sanditoksvig @noelfielding11 This is like remarried parents at your wedding, tryin’ to make it ok— Natalie Trott (@redlibertine) April 13, 2017 Others simply used a picture of Mary Berry to express their disgust Viewers think it is a ‘parody of the real Bake Off’ @BritishBakeOff @sanditoksvig @noelfielding11 It really is the oddest line-up. Were the production team drunk on cake when casting?— Ian Fry (@Ian_Fry) April 13, 2017 @BritishBakeOff @sanditoksvig @noelfielding11 This is the biggest down grade I’ve ever seen— Emily (@Chickagleek) April 13, 2017last_img read more

RK Vardar score 40 against champions from Kielce

EHF Champions LeagueRK VardarVive Tauron Kielce 1. HC Vardar6501188:165(23)10 The reigning EHF Champions League winners lost second match in a row! Vive Tauron Kielce are defeated in Skopje’s hell – hall “Jane Sandanski” just two weeks afte home defeat against Rhein Neckar Lowen. RK Vardar were better rivals in the second half led by goalie Arpad Šterbik (14 saves) and playmaker Igor Karacic, who netted nine goals against Talant Dujshebaev roster in which Julen Aguinagalde was unstopable in the first half.Vardar Skopje – Vive Tauron Kielce 40:34 (18:18)Vardar: Sterbik, Milić – Stoiłow, Ferreira Moraes, Maqueda 1, Dereven, Karacić 9, Dujsebaev 8, Abutović, Canellas, Cindrić 3, Cupić 2, Dibirow 1, Shiskarev 1, Borozan 4, Marsenić 4.Vive Tauron: Ivić, Szmal – Reichmann 4, Kus 2, Aguinagalde 8, Bielecki 3, Jachlewski 1, Strlek 2, Lijewski, Jurkiewicz 5, Paczkowski 2, Zorman 3, Bombac 3, Djukić 1.STANDINGS: 4. HC Meshkov Brest6303162:161(1)6 5. MOL-Pick Szeged5212132:133(-1)5 3. KS Vive Tauron Kielce6402187:176(11)8 ← Previous Story Skube ahead of Veszprem: A very hard place to play Next Story → Veszprem’s tight win over Bjerringbro Silkeborg 2. Rhein-Neckar Löwen6411176:167(9)9 6. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko5113138:151(-13)3 6. IFK Kristianstad6114165:179(-14)3 8. HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo …6105148:164(-16) read more

Top 7 MMO Terms You Need to Know Before Seeing Ready Player

first_img 10 Best Worst Items in Hot Topic’s Clearance SectionReal There You Guys: Ready Player One and Nostalgia as Generational Poison Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img The virtual world found in Ready Player One is very similar to MMO games. Like MMOs, The OASIS features its own economy, history, and cultural norms. Given the similarities between MMOs and The OASIS, gamers (and our wonderful readers) will no doubt recognize much of the movie’s video game terminology. However, audiences unfamiliar with games may have a difficult time understanding specific terms used in the film. That’s where we come in.In order to prepare folks for Ready Player One (even those torn apart by it), we’ve compiled a list of the 7 MMO terms you’ll need to know. You may have heard these terms in passing, or know them intimately. Either way, a good crash course on these terms should help everyone out.RespawnIf you die while playing an MMO or most online games, you almost always get brought back to life. This is respawning. Upon your return, you either end up exactly where you left off or at a nearby save point. Thanks to respawning, players can take chances they otherwise wouldn’t if they had limited lives.This is also the case in The OASIS. Protagonist Wade Watts and his friends can partake in death-defying stunts without fear of dying. The only real penalty one suffers after dying in The OASIS is losing valuable loot. This can also be the case in other MMOs. In general, respawning makes playing online games (and even offline ones) a lot more enjoyable.Easter EggThese aren’t the eggs kids paint (and rabbits lay?) during Easter. Easter Eggs have been a staple of gaming almost from the beginning. They are either objects or inside jokes developers like to hide in games. They are usually put in there for the hardest of the hardcore fan. World of Warcraft is known for containing Easter Eggs from franchises like Super Mario Bros and Final Fantasy, for example.The central plot of Ready Player One actually revolves around an Easter Egg. The game’s creator, James “Anorak” Halliday, planted this object somewhere in The OASIS. The first person who can find it gets awarded with Halliday’s vast fortune. Naturally, Wade Watts and other “gunters” (egg hunters) do whatever they can to find this Easter Egg. If they succeed, they can finally make a better life for themselves in the real world.NPCNPCs, or Non-Playable Characters, are the AI-controlled characters found in any video game. They aren’t limited to humans, either. Animals, robots, and monsters all fall under the NPC umbrella. It’s actually quite difficult to think of a game that doesn’t have NPCs of some sort. In fact, some of gaming’s most memorable characters are NPCs. Think of all the interesting individuals you meet in games like The Elder Scrolls or Fallout.Wade Watts comes across various NPCs during the course of Ready Player One. So keep in mind that when he or his friends talk about NPCs, they aren’t referring to other players.RaidA Raid is a special mission that multiple players can partake in. Usually, Raids contain challenges a single player cannot hope to overcome. Raids typically have endless enemy waves and a large monster (or more) to slay. Raids can even have players fight against each other.Given their difficulty, Raids almost always reward players with high-end loot not found in other game modes. Of course, rare drops aren’t always guaranteed; meaning players may have to replay Raids multiple times to get the goodies they desire. Raids are mostly associated with MMOs, but even games like Destiny have them.PVPPVP means Player Versus Player. This is different from PVE, Player Versus Environment. As the name tells you, this is a mode in online games where players can fight and kill one another. The OASIS in Ready Player One has dedicated PVP locations and even entire worlds strictly for PVP. Wade Watts has to travel through dangerous PVP areas and avoiding fighting the “Sixer” forces during his hunt for the egg.Games like EVE Online are famous for their large-scale PVP battles which can contain thousands of player-controller ships at a single time. For many players, PVP is the main reason they play MMOs or other online games. To them, nothing is as thrilling as facing off against human-controlled enemies.AggroAggro is when a monster becomes “aggressive” and focuses all of their attention on a single player. Typically, you’ll want monsters to attack players who have high defense (“tanks”) since they can survive such a barrage. While these players draw aggro from monsters, users who specialize in magic or ranged attacks can attack from a safe distance.Having players that can effectively draw aggro is a vital component in MMOs, especially during Raids. Even non-MMO titles like Monster Hunter: World have an aggro system in place.BuffThis doesn’t refer to waxing one’s car. A Buff is a beneficial status effect that boosts attributes for you and your party. Buffs include increased health, defense, and attack damage. Dedicated healers can place buffs on tanks to help them survive vicious attacks or heal the team if they are low on health. Conversely, “de-buffs” remove beneficial status effects from enemies or players.Games like Entropia Universe and other MMOs rely heavily on buffs and debuffs. Managing both is the key to overcoming the toughest monsters. Plus, knowing when to buff and debuff adds a nice level of strategy to battles.last_img read more

Official Conmebol suspends the Libertadores Final

Official Conmebol suspends the Libertadores Final

first_imgAfter the shameful images coming from Buenos Aires, Conmebol finally decided to move the Copa Libertadores final for tomorrow.Things have turned incredibly dangerous for all the normal people who came to the Estadio Monumental to witness the Copa Libertadores final, a game that Conmebol decided to cancel because Boca Juniors isn’t psychologically able to play on Saturday.Without them knowing, there was a major battle between the Argentine hooligans and the local police from Buenos Aires that was the ultimate reason for the match to get suspended.Conmebol has announced that the match will take place on Sunday at 5 pm local time, but the incidents from this Saturday could push the federation to properly sanction the horde of fans who still can’t understand that football is not about violence.The biggest confusion came as skipper Pablo Perez was taken to the hospital with a nasty eye injury after the Boca bus was attacked by River fans, but his injuries weren’t able to get confirmed by Conmebol doctors and this is what eventually prolonged the agony as thousands of fans who were already inside the Monumental were waiting for hours.This video is insane. River fans see an opening to get inside the stadium and then my goodness… pic.twitter.com/M5DWSlq7nE— Miriti Murungi (@NutmegRadio) November 24, 2018With the physical condition of the skipper’s eye, as well as another two players from Boca Juniors, the players were adamant on the match getting postponed but FIFA and Conmebol started to make rash decisions and even pushing the game to be played.It was evident that the match needed to be suspended from the very moment in which the bus was attacked, making the whole situation go for longer than expected was the main reason why the fans outside the stadium were also able to create chaos and make things increasingly difficult.But the real complicated moments began right after the announcement was made, as the most difficult moments were about to start due to all the uncivilized fans who were outside the stadium were starting to create even more problems for the people who decided to attend the stadium.There was a moment right after the suspension was made official, in which many fans who didn’t have a ticket forced their entry to the Monumental Stadium and mobbed the police that was guarding that area. This is what unleashed the biggest chaos.Imágenes del escándalo en las intermediaciones del estadio Monumental | Seguinos por AM 910 pic.twitter.com/i5EWPwl1sURiver Plate v Boca Juniors - Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2018Match Preview: River Plate vs Boca Juniors Boro Tanchev – September 1, 2019 It is time for one of the most intense derby games in the world, as River Plate and Boca Juniors go head-to-head tonight at 22:00 (CET).— Radio La Red AM 910 (@radiolared) November 24, 2018With those fans inside the stadium, who are nothing more than criminals, the people on the inside got really scared and many refused to leave the premises until the situation got regulated.There were images of River president D’Onofrio talking to the press, when the corridor on the inside got mobbed and the connection was lost.There were many incidents reported during the following hours after the cancellation, a shameful display that reflects the reality of Argentinean football today.And finally, the most concerning incident happened outside of the stadium as River Plate announced that they were going to request for the fans to save their ticket in order to attend the match on Sunday.The criminals outside the stadium, were spotted robbing many fans off their tickets as they left the stadium just a few blocks away. Both presidents from both clubs say that the unruly fans were not that many, but the images on social media say otherwise.It’s a really sad day for football, stay tuned for more information on Sunday.Balas de goma se disparan a las afueras del Monumental pic.twitter.com/oFCQSwSRhQ— Goal Argentina (@GoalArgentina) November 24, 2018What should Conmebol do to act against the River Plate fans who spoiled the Copa Libertadores final this Saturday? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Two men rob Oceanside pizza parlor force employee to drive them away

Two men rob Oceanside pizza parlor force employee to drive them away

first_img OCEANSIDE (KUSI) — Two armed men robbed an Oceanside pizza parlor and then forced an employee to drive them roughly 10 miles to Bonsall early Friday morning, police said.Officers were alerted just after midnight by the victim, an employee at Killer Pizza from Mars, Oceanside Police Lt. Kedrick Sadler said. The restaurant at 3772 Mission Ave. is just across the street from the Oceanside Police Department.The suspects, one apparently armed with a handgun and the other with a knife, made contact with the employee while he was cleaning the restaurant Thursday night and forced him to give them cash, OPD spokesman Tom Bussey said. The suspects then forced the employee into a vehicle.The suspects reportedly made the victim drive them “with a gun pointed at his head.”After forcing the victim into the car, the suspects made him drive them to Bonsall, about 10 miles northeast of Oceanside, where they fled from the vehicle, Bussey said. It wasn’t believed that the victim was injured.Detectives were investigating the incident and did not immediately provide suspect descriptions. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Two men rob Oceanside pizza parlor, force employee to drive them away KUSI Newsroom Posted: March 23, 2018 March 23, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

High Design at Low Cost

first_imgWhere Stock Saves For Billboard’s reviews and “Happening Now” sections, Klenert says, the magazine can rely on press shots. And because the magazine often covers artists well before other magazines—while musicians are in the studio, for example—Klenert can get shots that haven’t saturated the market. (For a recent issue, Billboard even used a stock image on a cover, albeit an arresting shot of hip-hop artist Lil’ Wayne.) In some cases, Klenert says, he works with the artists’ own photographers to craft their press shots, which Billboard will eventually use. Klenert isn’t afraid to use an illustrator when recent press shots aren’t available—a small but significant area of savings when the alternatives include expensive agency shots.Klenert recommends developing a working relationship with a small group of photographers and/or illustrators who are apt to cut deals in exchange for frequency. “You get to know each other really well,” says Klenert. “They know what you want, and that saves you time and money in the long run.” It’s also beneficial to give photographers and illustrators as much time in advance so they don’t have as many expenses—savings that will eventually come back to the magazine. Tricks of the TradeAnother trick to saving on illustrations, Klenert says, is to pick something in the illustrator’s existing collection which will require little or no tweaking. “You’ll get an original illustration at a stock price.”Some cost-saving tactics Klenert uses are specific to the entertainment world, but can be applied elsewhere. “Certain artists have stylists that would be way out of our league,” Klenert says. “So when they come along to a shoot, the stylists are usually covered by [the artist] personally.” But Billboard will sometimes credit the location of the shoot in exchange for use of the space, generating more money saved.Ingenuity—and cost-savings—in design can come from places you might not expect.“I’ve been laying stuff on my flatbed scanner for years,” says Jamie Stark, principal, of Stark Designs. “Not just flat art, but things like coins, matches, leaves, keys, sugar packets—anything that is somewhat flat. It’s a great way to produce backgrounds.“I design a trade publication with no art budget so I do a lot of stuff to get art free or cheap,” Stark adds. “I designed an article about candy sales and laid Lifesavers, sour balls and M&Ms on the scanner.” Design budgets aren’t immune from the cost-cutting going on in the magazine industry. But that doesn’t mean magazines must return to a gray, drab look.What it means is that art directors and designers have to be innovative, budget-conscious and, most importantly, plan ahead. “We can’t just throw money around,” says Josh Klenert, creative director at Billboard. “We don’t have huge budgets. We work in advance as much as possible.” Bill Bridgeforth, former creative director at Apprise Media’s Beckett Publications and principal of his own design firm, agrees. “I think cliché answers—hiring young and cheap, cutting costs on paper, using stock photography and Photoshop only end up hurting the final product,” says Bridgeforth. “Getting a handle on time management is a tangible way to get things done cheaper without compromising the quality of the publication.”He says some of the “more mundane” design problems can be solved with tech savvy and ingenuity. For example, Bridgeforth was able to use some scripting capabilities within InDesign to automate the biography capsules in a magazine and media guide for the U.S. Olympic Baseball Team. “We were under a tight deadline and needed to be able to produce an insert as soon as the final roster was announced for the Beijing Games,” he says. “I set it up beforehand and was able to automate most of the process without doing any typesetting by hand.” This type of solution ends up affording you more time to “pick your spots” and spend time doing work on the pieces that really need it.last_img read more

Middlesex Sheriffs Office Awarded 244000 Federal Grant To Assist Individuals With Mental

Middlesex Sheriffs Office Awarded 244000 Federal Grant To Assist Individuals With Mental

first_imgCAMBRIDGE, MA — A quarter of a million dollar federal grant will help the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office enhance continuity of care for inmates with mental health and substance use disorders following the completion of their sentences, Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian and Congressman Michael Capuano (MA-07) announced this week.The MSO will utilize a $244,373 Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP): Implementation and Expansion grant to partner with Advocates, a leading nonprofit provider of health and social services from central to eastern Massachusetts, to construct and execute a re-entry project assisting up to 60 individuals with mental health and co-occurring substance use disorders. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Governance Lab (MIT GOV/LAB) will serve as a research collaborator to evaluate the pilot project.“The primary underlying drivers of incarceration for those in Middlesex County – as they are nationwide – are mental health and substance use disorders,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “This grant will help us work with community and academic collaborators to craft, implement and manage an initiative creating greater continuity of care for those leaving our custody. This will include individually-tailored re-entry plans, evidence-based interventions and other services supported by a navigator.”In calendar year 2017, 48 percent of all individuals entering the Middlesex Jail & House of Correction reported a history of mental illness, while 41 percent required medical detox. A series of one-day snapshots conducted the prior year (2016) showed that 76 percent of those prescribed psychiatric medications also had a co-occurring substance use disorder.“This is exactly the type of care initiative that should be implemented,” said Congressman Capuano. “Simply releasing individuals with known mental health and substance use issues from prison without giving them access to supportive services makes re-entry for them more difficult. It increases the likelihood that they will fail and return to prison. I applaud Sheriff Koutoujian, Advocates and the MIT GOV/LAB for forming this partnership and focusing on evidence-based rehabilitation and re-entry strategies.”“Many people released from jail have serious mental health and substance use challenges – and often few resources and supports. Our re-entry services address the numerous needs that people have when they return to the community, and we are committed to working closely with the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office to replicate our community justice re-entry model and help improve the health and safety of Middlesex County,” said Diane Gould, president and CEO of Advocates.“Better understanding the link between improved re-entry services and recidivism rates could be an important contribution to building trust between communities and government, as well as improved outcomes for those in the criminal justice system,” said Daniel Hidalgo, Professor of Political Science and MIT GOV/LAB Faculty Associate.Originally authorized by Congress in 2004, the JMHCP seeks to increase public safety by facilitating collaboration among the criminal justice and mental health and substance use treatment systems to increase access to mental health and other treatment services for individuals with mental illnesses or co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. The grant program is administered by the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMiddlesex Sheriff’s Office Announces Gambling Survey ResultsIn “Police Log”Middlesex County Named Data-Driven Justice Project Pilot SiteIn “Government”Middlesex Sheriff Holds Meeting To Discuss New Data-Driven Justice InitiativeIn “Government”last_img read more

A ping pong robot at CES 2019 made me wonder Could I

first_imgJust your friendly arachnid ping pong robot. Chris Monroe/CNET I finally realized I could’ve been a professional ping pong player. But tragically, it’s too late for me now.I have good reason to believe in my ping pong skills, thanks to Forpheus, a robot I met this week at CES in Las Vegas. Made by Omron, Forpheus first appeared at CES last year to show off its ping pong prowess. It’s back this year with an expanded range of movement and enhanced prediction skills. When I tell people I played ping pong with a robot this week, the first thing they ask is: “Did you win?” I tell them that winning isn’t really the point. Though if we’d kept score, I probably did. The whole aim of Forpheus is to coach you on improving your game. The robot uses sensors on your bat (aka paddle) and five cameras to work out where you are and how you’re moving. It plays using a multi-axis robotic arm that can mimic human tactics such as topspin. Feedback arrives via voice and on a screen, which offers tips about posture, positioning and swing. After just a five-minute session, I was wondering where Forpheus had been all my life. That’s because following our tutorial, Forpheus told me that skill-wise I was 48 percent similar to an elite professional player. I know what you’re thinking — 48 percent isn’t that similar. But bear in mind that I’m in the worst shape of my life and extremely out of practice. Imagine if I’d had this kind of feedback 15 years ago when I was in my ping pong prime. Table tennis was a low-key obsession for me as a young teen in Manchester, England. I didn’t have much to do other than smack a ball around day after day, all summer long. I was pretty damn good and had a killer serve that threw off many an opponent.   0 Gadgets Share your voice Human vs. robot: I challenged Forpheus to a game of ping-pong Robots Tags Back then, I’m sure I would’ve been well over 50 percent similar to an elite pro, thanks to my higher fitness level and better eyesight. And if Forpheus had existed back then, I would’ve had a constant competitor/coach to bump that percentage up higher and higher. Even in the few minutes we had together this week, Forpheus gave me tips on how to improve my form and picked up that I struggle more with my forehand. (My backhand is much stronger.)Admittedly, Forpheus isn’t house friendly, and it isn’t even for sale. It’s more of a demonstration of robotics and sensor technology. It also lurks over the ping pong table like a giant mechanical tarantula, but that seems like a small price to pay for success on the sporting world stage. Back in 2002, I watched table tennis champs compete in the Commonwealth Games in Manchester. I was mesmerized by the skill and speed of the game. It was a level of sportsmanship that would be nearly impossible for me to achieve now. But thanks to Forpheus and other robot coaches of the future, maybe some other lucky kid out there will be able to turn pro. Post a comment 17 Photos CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.Tech Enabled: CNET chronicles tech’s role in providing new kinds of accessibility.  1:39 Now playing: Watch this: Meet all the cute, friendly, useful robots of CES 2019 CES 2019last_img read more

AL factional clash kills 2

AL factional clash kills 2

first_imgMap of NarsingdiAt least two people were killed and 15 others injured in a clash between two factions of Awami League at Mirzarchar union in Raipura upazila of Narsingdi on Tuesday morning, reports UNB.The deceased are Iqbal Hossain, 30 and Amanullah, 27,Mohsinul Kabir, officer-in-charge of Raipura police station confirmed the incident but the details of the incident could not be known immediately.last_img

Ziehm Vision FD Earns Best New Product of the Year at Stevie

Ziehm Vision FD Earns Best New Product of the Year at Stevie

first_img Image courtesy of GE Healthcare Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more October 26, 2017 — Ziehm Vision FD has been recognized with the Silver Stevie Award as “Best new product of the year” in the “Health & Pharmaceuticals” category at the 2017 Stevie Awards ceremony on Oct. 21 in Barcelona, Spain. The jury highlighted the improved clinical outcome and the cost-efficiency of Ziehm Vision FD that has set new standards in intraoperative imaging.Ziehm Imaging presented the first version of Ziehm Vision FD 10 years ago, marking the introduction of the first fully digital mobile C-arm with flat-panel technology. In 2017, the latest generation of Ziehm Vision FD featuring a new CMOS flat-panel detector was launched. It offers higher image resolution than conventional flat-panel detectors at the same dose.Thanks to CMOS, Ziehm Vision FD allows for excellent image quality and is ideally suited for lengthy interventions with its liquid cooling system. In addition, finely tuned workflows and new software features help optimize patient outcomes and increase productivity further. The enhanced SmartDose concept optimizes safety for surgeons, staff and patients.The Stevie Awards are the world’s premier business awards. They were created in 2002 to honor and generate public recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and working professionals worldwide.For more information: www.ziehm.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more News | Mobile C-Arms | October 26, 2017 Ziehm Vision FD Earns Best New Product of the Year at Stevie Awards Latest generation of digital mobile C-arm with CMOS flat panel technology earns top honor in Health & Pharmaceuticals category Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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WestJet to start serving McDonalds coffee

WestJet to start serving McDonalds coffee

first_img Monday, November 21, 2016 Posted by WestJet to start serving McDonald’s coffee CALGARY — WestJet has signed a deal to serve McDonald’s coffee aboard its flights.The airline says it will start serving the coffee on a flight from Toronto to Calgary today and expand service across its fleet.WestJet says it also plans to offer McDonald’s coffee on its regional airline, WestJet Encore.McDonald’s has been working to improve its coffee in recent years with its McCafe brand.The deal is similar to other arrangements airlines have struck with coffee companies.Air Canada serves Second Cup coffee on its flights, while Porter Airlines serves Starbucks coffee in its lounges and on its aircraft. Loading… The Canadian Press center_img Share Tags: WestJet << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Two injured in Indonesian plane crash

Two injured in Indonesian plane crash

first_imgSecond Indonesian air crash this year. Two passengers have sustained minor injuries, according to officials, after a passenger plane carrying 52 people crash-landed in Indonesia.The State-owned, Merpati Nusantara Airlines MA-60 aircraft was coming in to land at El Tari airport in Kupang city when the accident occurred and the aircraft ended up with its belly on the runway and engine jammed face down into the tarmac, The Indian Express reported.A Transport Ministry spokesperson confirmed the plane was carrying 52 people on board and only two passengers experienced minor injuries caused from pieces of glass.“They have left hospital and are fine now,” he said.According to the spokesperson, damage suffered during the accident may have also possibly left the aircraft in an unrepairable state.The Merpati Nusantara Airlines accident is the second airline crash for Indonesia in less than two months, after carrier Lion Air crashed into the sea in April this year.  Click here for more information.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: NJlast_img read more

Wyndhams boutique brand TRYP by Wyndham debuts in South East Asia

Wyndhams boutique brand TRYP by Wyndham debuts in South East Asia

first_imgSource = Wyndham Hotel Group – TRYP by Wyndham – TRYP Yangon Wyndham’s boutique brand TRYP by Wyndham debuts in South East Asia TRYP YangonWyndham’s boutique brand TRYP by Wyndham debuts in South East AsiaTRYP by Wyndham®, Wyndham Hotel Group’s modern and trendsetting lifestyle hotel brand, has arrived on the shores of South East Asia with the opening of a new-construction hotel in Yangon, Myanmar. The 60-room TRYP Yangon is Wyndham’s inaugural hotel to open in Myanmar.TRYP by Wyndham celebrates the spirit of the urban traveller by offering an insider’s look at a city. Hotels can be found in the heart of the world’s most exciting cities – the ones on every travel bucket list – like Abu Dhabi, Brisbane, Barcelona, New York City, Paris, and Sao Paulo. The brand’s urban flair energises travellers with an inimitable style and helps travellers find the best ways to tap directly into the pulse of the city.“Myanmar is quickly becoming a must-see destination for international travellers with nearly eight million arrivals in 2015 thanks to an influx of foreign investment and Yangon’s expanded international airport,” said Mr Barry Robinson, President and Managing Director of Wyndham Hotel Group South East Asia and Pacific Rim.“The country’s travel and tourism sector is primed to spike even higher as people seek out new business opportunities, setting the stage for increased hotel demand in Yangon. TRYP by Wyndham’s unique urban flair will help visitors uncover the side of Yangon not in guidebooks, putting the city in a new light for visitors who want to experience it like a local.”Set in the heart of Yangon’s lively Mayangone Township, TRYP Yangon offers a restaurant and a lounge bar for evening cocktails in a dynamic social setting, as well as free Wi-Fi for guests to stay connected with friends and family. Sixty design-driven guest rooms feature a mix of patterns, textures and unexpected contrasts inspired by Myanmar’s longstanding culture and traditions. Art fixtures include kaleidoscopic landscapes of farmers toiling in farmlands and rice paddies, a nod to the country’s agrarian heritage.The hotel is operating under a franchise agreement with developer Dragon Mountain Holding Co. Ltd. and is managed by Kosmopolitan Hospitality, a hotel management company headquartered in Bangkok.Spokesperson for Dragon Mountain Holding Co. Ltd., Mr U Tin Maung, said, “I am thrilled to work with Wyndham Hotel Group to launch the vibrant TRYP by Wyndham brand in South East Asia. Wyndham Hotel Group has a growing track record in the region and we were impressed with their worldwide branding and distribution, as well as their commitment in providing excellent guest experiences.”Mr Glenn DeSouza, Chief Executive Officer of Kosmopolitan Hospitality added, “The opening of TRYP Yangon will invigorate Yangon’s hospitality landscape with its edgy concept and high speed internet connectivity. Along with the exceptional service expected from one of the world’s most renowned international brands, the hotel is poised to be a favourite among regional and international travellers.”TRYP Yangon is located less than five minutes from Myanmar Plaza, which offers upscale retail and dining options, and is a short stroll from many of the city’s glittering golden temples, including the majestic 34-meter-high Kabar Aye Pagoda and the vast Inya Lake.In 2015, Wyndham Hotel Group announced its entry into Myanmar with the signing of a franchise agreement for a 260-room Wyndham Grand® hotel, also in Yangon.Wyndham Hotel Group plans to expand the TRYP by Wyndham brand to other key Asia Pacific destinations within the next 12 months. The brand currently has more than 110 hotels globally, each curating a unique experience that reflects its location. For general information or reservations, please visit trypyangonhotel.com, email info@trypyangonhotel.com or call +95 1966 9688.All Wyndham Hotel Group properties in South East Asia participate in Wyndham Rewards®, the simple-to-use, revolutionary new loyalty program from Wyndham Hotel Group that offers members a generous points earning structure along with a flat, free-night redemption rate. Information is available at www.wyndhamrewards.com.About TRYP by Wyndham part of Wyndham Hotel GroupTRYP by Wyndham® represents more than 100 hotels and 16,000 rooms across Europe and the Americas. The brand caters to business and leisure travelers in cosmopolitan cities including Madrid and Barcelona in Spain; Paris, France; Lisbon, Portugal; Frankfurt and Berlin, Germany; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Brisbane, Australia and New York City, U.S. Powered by the city, the brand celebrates openly displaying passion for the cities in which its hotels are located. Reservations and information are available by visiting www.tryphotels.com. Travelers have the opportunity to earn and redeem points through Wyndham Rewards®, the brand’s guest loyalty program, which can be joined for free at www.wyndhamrewards.com. All TRYP by Wyndham hotels are either franchised by TRYP Hotels Worldwide, Inc. (THW), or its affiliate, or managed by an affiliate of Wyndham Hotel Group, LLC. THW is a subsidiary of Wyndham Hotel Group, LLC and parent company Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN).last_img read more

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