PT UshaThe National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) conducted its fourth raid of the month and made a surprise check at the PT Usha School of Athletics at Kozhikode, Kerala, on Friday.A NADA team, headed by senior project officer V Jayraman raided the academy rooms and collected urine samples of six athletes for dope testing.Earlier this month, NADA had conducted surprise checks at the National Institute of Sports (NIS), Patiala and Sports Authority of India’s centres at Bangalore and Bhopal.On Friday, experts from NADA also conducted a detailed session of awareness on doping with the athletes and coaches. There were no supplements found in any of the rooms, which were searched.”The team reached the Institute at 12pm and checked rooms of athletes for banned substances and also took urine samples on a random basis. A total of six urine samples were collected which will be brought to Delhi for testing. No food supplements were found in the rooms,” read a statement from NADA director general Rahul Bhatnagar.”A programme for education and awareness is being drawn up for sportspersons in Kerala in view of the forthcoming National Games, which includes printing and distribution of educational material in Malayalam,” he added.NADA insists that it will continue its drive against the doping menace in the country and more surprise checks will be conducted at centres where the athletes are training.So far, the results of samples collected from Patiala and Bangalore have been out and none of them have returned positive while the results of those collected from Bhopal are still awaited.advertisement
India will hope the likes of Mohammad Siraj, Basil Thampi and Jaydev Unadkat support Jasprit Bumrah as they seek to extend their domination over Sri Lanka in the T20 International series.India, who demolished Sri Lanka 9-0 across formats in their own den earlier this year, won the three-Test series and ODI series on the islanders’ return visit. The hosts have rested some of their key players ahead of the tour of South Africa.Consequently, three young pacers along with the likes of Deepak Hooda and Washington Sundar have been included in the team.Sundar made his ODI debut during India’s second ODI against Sri Lanka in Mohali last week.India’s batting will heavily rely on skipper Rohit Sharma, who will have KL Rahul for company at the top. Having lost his first match as captain, Sharma’s record double hundred led a 141-run rout in Mohali and he will look to continue that form in the shortest format. A good start will be crucial for India to minimise the workload on the middle and lower order, which will be steered by Dhoni whose ability was doubted in the series against New Zealand.Saurashtra left-arm pacer Unadkat, who last played in a T20I against Zimbabwe in June last year, has been recalled and India have three first-timers in Washington Sundar, Basil Thampi and Deepak Hooda. Baroda all-rounder Hooda had scored the fourth fastest Twenty20 century (108) by an Indian during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in February. It remains to be seen, however, if he’s handed his debut cap with India already having two finishers in Dhoni and Hardik Pandya.advertisementIn the pace department, death bowling specialist Bumrah will shoulder the responsibility after Bhuvneshwar Kumar was rested. Kerala pacer Thampi has shown his ability to bowl yorkers.With consistency during his Gujarat Lions stint in the IPL. While India will have a bit of concern in the pace department, Yadav and Chahal are expected to deliver. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, have lost five T20Is on the trot, starting from the match against Bangladesh in April.For the visitors, Upul Tharanga was in imperious form during his 95 in the third ODI and he would be the key for Sri Lanka. Former skipper Angelo Mathews, who scored a century in the second ODI, would be the vital cog in Sri Lankan wheel. The islanders would also hope that Niroshan Dickwella strikes form to give some stability to the middle order. Their otherwise ordinary bowling looked exceptional in Dharmasala where they bundled out India for 112 but since then, they have managed to take six wickets in two matches as they have to buck up in all the departments of the game.”We had a good chance to beat India in India, but we couldn’t execute with our middle order. We have to think about the T20Is, everything is past, we have to think about the present,” Sri Lanka captain Perera has said in Visakhapatnam.Squads:India: Rohit Sharma (C), K L Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj, Basil Thampi and Jaydev Unadkat.Sri Lanka: Thisara Perera(C), Upul Tharanga, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Janith Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Niroshan Dickwella, Asela Gunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dasun Shanaka, Chaturanga de Silva, Sachith Pathirana, Dananjaya De Silva, Nuwan Pradeep, Vishwa Fernando and Dusmantha Chameera.Match starts: 1900 IST.(With PTI inputs)
Source: ReutersTweetPinShare0 Shares Jamaica’s Usain Bolt has landed in Rio de Janeiro more than a week before the Olympics opening ceremony to fine tune his preparations for his attempt at an unprecedented triple-triple of gold medals in the men’s sprints.The wold record holder, who required a medical exemption after he pulled out of the Jamaican trials with a hamstring strain, proved his fitness last Friday by running 19.89 seconds to win the 200 metres at the London Diamond League meeting.He will join the Jamaican pre-Olympic camp as he seeks to become the first man to win gold medals in the 100, 200 and 4×100 relay at three successive Games.Bolt had been training and receiving medical treatment in Munich after he pulled out of the Jamaican trials with the hamstring injury.The lanky sprinter is among 59 track and field athletes in Jamaica’s 63-member delegation.The Caribbean nation will also be represented in diving, swimming and artistic gymnastics.
ATHENS (AP) — Greek police are seeking the gun-toting owner of PAOK Thessaloniki and four others after they marched onto the soccer field following a disputed goal at the end of a league match.PAOK owner Ivan Savvidis walked onto the field accompanied by bodyguards, and appeared to be carrying a pistol in a holster around his waist. The Sunday match in the northern city of Thessaloniki between PAOK and AEK Athens was eventually abandoned after the disputed 90th-minute goal, which would have put host PAOK ahead 1-0.Police say they are investigating Savvidis, who holds a gun license, for illegal entry onto the field and for possession of an object that could cause harm in a sporting venue.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Continue Reading Previous Barr Group’s Embedded Systems Survey to Capture Latest Design TrendsNext Meet the world’s oldest computer program that’s still in use today Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. nathandavidson says: Log in to Reply January 31, 2017 at 8:59 pm Once-over Practically every technical document should begin with some carefully crafted opening section. Whether this is called an Introduction , Overview , Summary — or something else — it plays a key role in conveying information quickly and effectively to the widest possible audience.The write idea Depending on the material, the length and complexity of the opening section can vary widely. In training, an overview can be a dozen pages or more. In a brochure, you may try to nail it in three sentences. But between these two extremes opening words have similar objectives as follows:There’s no second chance to make a first impression. Readers will expect you to speak to the title of your piece quickly. Begin by addressing your subject in a manner that is crisp and clear and your work will make a good first impression.Helps people “context-shift.” Our multi-tasking life demands we constantly shift between deep technical topics. This is often a difficult and disorienting process, and good opening material helps people make these shifts.Establishes a common vocabulary. I believe half of all technical communication problems are related to vocabulary. This problem is avoided from the start by taking steps to establish a common vocabulary as early as possible.Gathers the largest audience. Good opening material has a “gathering” effect, drawing in the widest group of people that could be considered qualified. This helps you reach your largest legitimate audience.Avoids surprises. When absorbing a complex subject, surprises in the presentation of a topic are bad. We all know how a joke is ruined when some important detail is left out; then suddenly inserted out of order. A similar phenomenon happens to serious material — only worse.Transfers knowledge efficiently. Good opening statements offer two related benefits. First, they provide the author with a guide to organizing the body of the material. This, in turn, helps to improve the overall organization and benefits the reader by making things easier to understand and absorb.(Source: Grey Flannel Graphics) Sound easy enough? It’s not. As French mathematician, Blaise Pascal, famously noted on the bottom of a letter he wrote to a friend:Je n’ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que je n’ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte. (Forgive me for making this so long, I didn’t have time to make it shorter.)Pascal’s statement reveals this truth: while it may be relatively easy to gather some thoughts on paper, it takes time to put a message into its sharpest form. Crafting good opening material can be challenging, but it’s a key part of shaping a message and pays big dividends. Do a good job here, and you’ll gain the interest and appreciation of your audience. Log in to Reply September 25, 2018 at 1:40 pm Log in to Reply January 31, 2017 at 8:54 pm rdgreen says: Clive”Max”Maxfield says: “Bonjour Max. Je ne savais pas que tu parlais franu00e7ais!” January 31, 2017 at 8:55 pm Log in to Reply 4 thoughts on “The Write Stuff: The role and importance of an overview” “I love seeing a “Management Summary” section at the front of a technical document — I enjoy seeing just how much the subject matter has been dumbed-down” “”We all know how a joke is ruined when some important detail is left out; then suddenly inserted out of order.”nnAh, you’ve heard my wife tell a joke LOL” “An overview often contains all the information readers need to know in a brief form. If the overview is vague, then the readers might get turned away for the wrong reasons. Hence, it is important to highlight the important points in the overview itself. O Clive”Max”Maxfield says: Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Automotive, Communications, Consumer, Industry, Medical
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini: Fans best they’ve ever beenby Carlos Volcano17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini is delighted with their current form after victory over Lecce.Atalanta are flying high in Serie A with four victories in five courtesy of Sunday’s result.”We had a great performance, confirming our good run of form,” Gasperini said.“We’ve christened the new part of our stadium, which will be completed at a later date, in the best way.“The fans were great, the best they’ve ever been, but the result was perhaps a bit tight for the chances we created.“We still have room for growth. We had several chances, which we didn’t take. We must be more ruthless.“Still, I’m happy. We’ve put together a run of games with quality. We’re constantly seeking confirmation.“We always know what to do and we have more options now. Over the years we’ve reduced the gap with the big sides.“We also want to do that in the Champions League.”
Florida State Trolls Florida Beer Cans Treon HarrisThe Florida vs. Florida State rivalry is alive and well, folks. Well, at least it is in one neighborhood.A Seminoles fan who goes by @Noles_AJ posted a number of tweets and photos Thursday afternoon, explaining how after attending the Atlanta Braves game Wednesday night, a Florida supporter gator-chomped at her, cut her off and threw beer cans at her car as they were trying to leave the stadium. She claims it was because she had a Florida State license plate.In response, she is returning the beer cans, which are now wrapped in Florida State photos, along with a handwritten note that makes fun of Florida fans, Treon Harris’ arm, and the fact that the Gators lost last year’s game. She apparently knows where the culprit lives.Last night after the Braves game, this UF car started gator chomping at us- cut us off & then threw beer cans at us. All bc of a FSU plate.— Ali (@Noles_AJ) May 21, 2015I don’t think the guy knows that we live in the same neighborhood. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯— Ali (@Noles_AJ) May 21, 2015Surprise!! You’re getting your beer cans back! pic.twitter.com/DlL1FaLmfo— Ali (@Noles_AJ) May 21, 2015And a nice little note too. pic.twitter.com/D5PFyOejhj— Ali (@Noles_AJ) May 21, 2015The Seminoles and Gators renew their rivalry on November 28. Let’s hope these two aren’t anywhere near each other at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
Rasesh Mandani MumbaiJuly 17, 2019UPDATED: July 18, 2019 00:01 IST Ravi Shastri will have to reapply for the head coach’s post once his contract expires (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBCCI’s new advertisement seeks applicants who have prior coaching experienceRavi Shastri had no prior coaching experience when he replaced Anil Kumble in 2017Shastri had earlier worked with India as the team director from August 2014 to June 2016There has been a lot of curiosity around the eligibility criteria laid down by BCCI for the Indian head coach position as opposed to the last time the post was advertised.Interestingly, current coach Ravi Shastri, who remains a strong contender to get the job again, would never have qualified if the ‘prior coaching experience’ norms were adhered to when he was named Team Director in 2014.The new coaching advertisement seeks applicants who have been ‘head coach of a full member Test playing nation for a minimum period of two years or head coach of an associate member/IPL or equivalent international leagues/first class teams/national A teams for a minimum three years’.Shastri, who played for India from 1982 till 1992, had been working as a cricket broadcaster after his retirement and had no prior coaching experience at the time, except a series in Bangladesh in 2007 with the Indian team.The then-BCCI dispensation during the N Srinivasan era drafted Ravi Shastri in as team director mid-way through the tour of England in August 2014 even when Duncan Fletcher was the coach and World Cup 2015 was around the corner.Ravi Shastri remained team director till June 2016 until India lost in the World T20 semi-finals before being reappointed as head coach in 2017 after Anil Kumble was removed following his differences with captain Virat Kohli.The Shastri-Kohli combine has helped India climb the top of the Test rankings with a historic series triumph in Australia. However, under Shastri, India have failed to get past the semi-finals at World Cup 2015, World T20 2016 and World Cup 2019. Shastri is also an automatic contender for the head coach post advertised for a two-year term.advertisementAlso Read | Virat Kohli set to travel to West Indies for T20Is, ODIs and TestsAlso Read | Kapil Dev-led CAC favourites to pick Indian team coachAlso Read | BCCI’s new Cricket Advisory Committee to pick Team India head coachFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Ravi ShastriFollow BCCIFollow Team India coach Ravi Shastri would never have made it under current BCCI coaching eligibility normsCurrent India coach Ravi Shastri who remains a strong contender to get the job again would never have qualified if the ‘prior coaching experience’ norms were adhered to when he was named Team Director in 2014.advertisement
Editors’ Recommendations Flying Dog Brewery, the Maryland-based brewery that is perhaps known as much for its Ralph Steadman-designed artwork as it is for its wide range of craft beers, is getting into the cannabis business with the announcement that they are partnering with Green Leaf Medical Cannabis to launch Maryland’s first THC-infused beer later this year.The beer, which will be called Hop Chronic IPA, will be non-alcoholic (we repeat: non-alcoholic) and meant as a vehicle for cannabinoids for medical marijuana patients.“We see a lot of interest in cannabis from the craft beer community, and we jumped at the opportunity to partner with Green Leaf on a product that captures the passion and energy you see in fans of both craft beer and cannabis,” Flying Dog CMO Ben Savage said in a statement. “There are definitely similarities between the natural flavor profiles we extract from hops and the terpenes and cannabinoids found in cannabis.”Hop Chronic IPA. Flying Dog BreweryIt isn’t the first time breweries have created products in a similar vein. New Belgium’s Hemperor uses toasted hemp seeds to get a similar flavor.Hop Chronic will be available this summer pending regulatory and legal approvals, but if it clears all of the hoops, you will be able to find it at dispensaries throughout Maryland in either single-serve or six-packs of 12-ounce cans. According to the brand, Hop Chronic will be available in a wide variety of THC and CBD potencies.“In a way, the cannabis industry is a lot like the craft beer movement was a few decades ago.”The collaboration between the two companies was not a chance encounter – both are headquartered in Frederick, Maryland, and less than a half-mile from one other.“In a way, the cannabis industry is a lot like the craft beer movement was a few decades ago,” Green Leaf CEO Phil Goldberg said in a statement. “We have to educate people and change the overall perception of what cannabis is, what it could be, and how it might benefit people. Partnering with Flying Dog seemed like another great way to get more people interested in cannabis.”In regards to the beer, Goldberg said that using it as a cannabis delivery system could be helpful for those that need the drug, but don’t want to or can’t smoke or vape it.The brands both said that this would not be the last time they collaborate. Flying Dog and Green Leaf are already working on a number of other projects, including specific beer-inspired proprietary cannabis strains, cannabis strain-inspired beer recipes, and more, which they hope to also release in 2019. The Best Oktoberfest Beers to Sip On This Season Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) Jameson Releases Two New Caskmates Editions 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches
The Acadian and francophone community and all Nova Scotians will continue to celebrate Grand Pré as the Birthplace of l’Acadie and a dynamic agricultural landscape reclaimed from the sea. Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leonard Preyra and Education Minister Ramona Jennex hosted a ceremony at Province House today, Nov. 5, to announce the three trustees for the Grand Pré UNESCO World Heritage Site Funding Trust. The trustees are Peter Herbin of Grand Pré, Marie-Paule LaForge of Halifax and Robert Palmeter of North Grand Pré. “Grand Pré is an important part of our history for all Nova Scotians, including the Acadian and francophone community,” said Mr. Preyra. “I congratulate Mr. Herbin, Ms. LaForge and Mr. Palmeter for taking on the important task of managing the trust that will provide funding to support the management of the site for Nova Scotian families.” The province announced the $2.5-million trust in November 2011, to support Grand Pré site operations. The trustees will be responsible to allocate annual funding to the Grand Pré UNESCO World Heritage Site Stewardship Board over the next 10 years. “I think I can speak on behalf of the other Trustees when I say we are honoured to administer this Trust on behalf of the province, said Mr. Herbin. “It provides essential support for the stewardship board to preserve, protect, interpret and manage the outstanding universal values of Grand Pre into the future.” The trustees will schedule their first meeting within the next few weeks to begin preparations for the spring. “A lot of people worked hard to ensure Grand Pré’s successful designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site,” said Ms. Jennex. “On behalf of everyone involved, I wish the trustees great success in their new role.”
TORONTO – A Toronto lawyer representing a disenfranchised member of Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives says he’s taken legal action in an effort to extend the party’s leadership race by a week.Jeffrey Radnoff said the Superior Court of Justice was scheduled to hear his application for an injunction on Friday morning, just hours before voting in the contentious race was scheduled to end.The party ruled against prolonging the race late Wednesday, saying that would contravene its constitution, and instead decided to push back the registration deadline to Thursday night and let members vote until noon Friday.But Radnoff said in an email late Thursday that his client, listed on the notice of application as Christopher Arsenault, had not received a personal identification number allowing him to vote.“Clearly, a significant number of members of the party, including the applicant, have been deprived of their right to vote as guaranteed in the party’s constitution,” Radnoff wrote in an email.The chair of the leadership organizing committee, Hartley Lefton, wrote in an email Thursday that the party’s election is in accordance with the PC constitution. He noted that the voting period had already been extended once, and the verification period had its deadline pushed back three times.“It is unfortunate to learn that certain individuals may be considering this step, after we have worked so closely with leadership campaigns and with party members from across the province on a leadership election process passed by the PC party executive in accordance with the constitution,” Lefton wrote.News of the court action came hours after one of the candidates vying for the top spot alleged that party “elites” were handpicking those who would be able to cast a ballot in the leadership election.Former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford said key documents required to participate were sent by email to specific members while ignoring others — including his own mother — awaiting the same information.Ford and the other candidates — former Progressive Conservative legislator Christine Elliott, Toronto lawyer and businesswoman Caroline Mulroney and parental rights activist Tanya Granic Allen — have all raised the alarm in recent days over the voting process.Ford, Mulroney and Granic Allen have all pushed for the party to extend the leadership race by a week in order to ensure all members can participate.“The political elites, they distribute PIN numbers to a special group — and I don’t know who picks this group — and then Mr. and Mrs. Smith … they don’t get to vote,” Ford told The Canadian Press.“Something is wrong. I’ll let you come to your own conclusion,” he said. “This is not a transparent election.”Party executives did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Ford’s allegations Thursday, but have previously said they were aware of concerns over delays in getting members the documents they need to vote.Ford said he believes the legitimacy of the race has been compromised, but he was noncommittal when asked if he would dispute the results.Mulroney said she believes the election will produce a fair result, but she vowed to look into the PIN distribution issues if she wins. Granic Allen said she would continue to call for the voting deadline to be postponed.The rules of the leadership race include provisions for filing complaints and appealing decisions, but those wishing to contest the results could also turn to the courts.“You would have to show that it affected the vote enough to have changed the result,” said Duff Conacher, co-founder of Democracy Watch.It’s incredibly rare for the courts to overturn the results of an election, however, and it would be more effective to seek an injunction before the votes are tallied, he said.“If you have real proof that things are not working the way that all the rules say they should be — or worse, actually rigged in some way — then it’s much better to go before a judge now, rather then put the judge in a position of overturning what thousands of people said they want,” said Conacher, a political science professor at the University of Ottawa.Asked about the prospect of a court challenge, Tory legislator Todd Smith said he hoped it wouldn’t come to that.“I think what I would like to see on Saturday is, no matter who wins, is that the other campaigns unite behind our leader and we start to focus on Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals,” said Smith. “It’s been five or six weeks now where we’ve been pointing the guns inwards — I think right now it’s important that we focus on defeating the Liberals on June 7.”The party said nearly 77,000 members had registered to vote and more than 44,000 had cast a ballot as of Wednesday evening.
The Canadian PressOTTAWA –Approval of a ski resort in a region held sacred by Indigenous people does not violate their constitutional right to freedom of religion, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled Thursday.The high court decision means the proposed resort development in southeastern British Columbia is a step closer to reality.The Ktunaxa Nation consider the land at the foot of Jumbo Mountain to be sacred and say construction of the resort would drive away Grizzly Bear Spirit, a principal figure of their religious beliefs, from an area known as Qat’muk.They argued that charter of rights protections for freedom of religion must include not only spiritual beliefs, but also underlying sacred sites _ in this case the presence of Grizzly Bear Spirit in Qat’muk.The Supreme Court ruled that religious protections under the charter do not extend that far, covering only the freedom to hold such beliefs and the right to manifest them through worship and teaching.“In short, the charter protects the freedom to worship, but does not protect the spiritual focal point of worship,” a majority of the court ruled.The Supreme Court also found the B.C. minister of forests, lands and natural resource operations “did not act unreasonably” in deciding the constitutional obligation to consult the Ktunaxa about their concerns had been met.“We arrive at these conclusions cognizant of the importance of protecting Indigenous religious beliefs and practices and the place of such protection in achieving reconciliation between Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous communities,” the reasons for judgment said.The ruling stems from a suit filed by the Ktunaxa after Glacier Resorts received B.C. government approval to proceed with the project.The company plans to build a year-round ski resort with lifts to glacier runs and overnight accommodation for guests and staff.For more than two decades, Glacier has been negotiating with the provincial government and interested parties, including the Ktunaxa and Shuswap peoples living in the Jumbo Valley.Early in the process, the Indigenous groups raised concerns about the development. Consultations led to significant changes in the proposal, satisfying the Shuswap people.The Ktunaxa continued to have concerns and after lengthy discussions it appeared there would be an agreement. But late in the process they took the position the planned resort would make Grizzly Bear Spirit flee.After renewed efforts to revive the talks, the government declared that reasonable consultation had taken place and approved the project.The Ktunaxa were unsuccessful in trying to overturn the decision in the B.C. courts, prompting the appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.
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technology-3378259__340.jpg Meetings Made Easy: One Video Platform or More Beth Schultz September 09, 2019 Standardizing on a single platform or enabling platform-agnostic collaboration are two ways to go about reducing friction in the meeting room. See All in Video Collaboration & A/V » 3. 5G changes the gameWhile the buzz around this at the show was fairly limited, I’m still surprised about how little the AV industry knows about 5G and its capabilities. This technology is one of the disrupters quickly gaining ground, and most of the AV industry isn’t prepared. This includes everyone from manufacturers to integrators. It’s been an ongoing theme that IT will take over AV, but we might actually see that devices don’t need AV or IT. Video Communication Must Improve, Even as It Hits Its Stride Michael Helmbrecht September 12, 2019 Video conferencing at work has boomed. Now we need to fully deliver on its promise. Back in June, I attended my 17th InfoComm, one of the largest AV trade shows. It’s a fantastic place to meet the who’s who of the A/V world, learn more about what’s happening in the space and experience the innovations on the horizon. While we typically see Infocomm as an opportunity for big players to unveil hot new product lines or demo upcoming features, this year, it seemed like many companies were less focused on grand ideas of the future and more homed in on solving the problems of the here and now. Here’s a good analogy: When you purchase a BMW, the best that car will ever be is the moment you drive it off the lot. Its functions will only decline with wear and tear; and as newer models offer new features, you’ll need to purchase the new model to get those features. On the other hand, when you purchase a Tesla, your vehicle will improve with time because it’s designed to accept software updates and new features for which t the hardware is purpose-built. Similarly, software providers are looking for devices that can support their updates over time without replacing that hardware or at least limiting replacement to larger time gaps than have previously been in practice. Don’t Get Ripped Off with Video Conferencing Pricing Chris Heinemann July 30, 2019 Financially, the cost of video conferencing isn’t just high, it’s unpredictable. It’s time for a different approach. 2. AI accelerates the processThat said, another major trend seen at InfoComm this year was the increased use of artificial intelligence (AI) and the improved analytics it provides. Gone are the days of pouring over spreadsheets or data points to understand trends and take action on them. Through AI, manufacturers are now able to provide insightful data via their devices and then have solutions that can decipher the data. This is helping expedite the creation of new devices and software versions as manufacturers more easily learn what their end users need and want. Additionally, AI can pour over enormous quantities of data that wouldn’t have been possible with just humans reviewing. Because of this, we’re now able not only to count the number of people in a room, but also drill down and say how many men with glasses actually attended. With the introduction of 5G and the speeds that it could offer, wired and Internet service providers will need to change as well. Imagine latency goes from 20ms on 4G to just 4ms on 5G. Plus, 5G’s speed is well documented as it’s 100 times faster than 4G — i.e., faster than most home cable connections. This presents an exciting new opportunity. Reflections on the Zoom/Mac Security Debacle Dave Michels July 16, 2019 The vulnerability is all patched up, but questions linger. InfoComm is one of the shows I truly look forward to each year because it presents such a great opportunity to learn from the industry’s best and gain insight into what’s to come. This year, we saw many companies focusing on how to make significant improvements that look to benefit the end user. I’m excited to see how these changes play out over the next year and how things like AI and 5G will reshape the industry.Tags:News & ViewsAV5GInfoCommZoomUSB-CVideo Collaboration & A/VIndustry NewsNews & ViewsTechnology Trends Articles You Might Like 4. USB-C gains tractionFinally, as I mentioned in my previous piece, unified communications is a Wild West of players right now. The same is true for USB-C, the emerging standard for transferring data and power that is slowly replacing traditional USBs, Thunderbolts, and DisplayPorts on newer devices. 1. Hardware that can scaleSoftware providers like Zoom Video Communications and Microsoft are looking toward purpose-based PC solutions because they can evolve over time and can scale with the software providers, creating a better experience for end users. These companies are looking for solutions that only get better with time and can incorporate updates into existing systems. 3 Problems Still Facing Voice Services Alexey Aylarov September 04, 2019 Interconnectivity, teleconference audio quality, and robocalling issues are still impacting voice services. And while some manufacturers are trying to capitalize on it, it’s still very new and uncharted territory. AV professionals are interested in USB-C, but the solution presents new problems. It’s hard to extend it with an additional cord, problems are difficult to diagnose and troubleshoot, and interoperability can be an issue. USB-C has a cable that can be inserted into a device in more than one way, unlike traditional USB, which only fits in one direction. USB-C also has the capability to carry a much greater amount of power, meaning it can power not only smartphones and smaller devices but also laptops and much larger power-hungry devices with a single cable. 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Lowe’s Co. is laying off thousands of employees at its U.S. stores as it outsources some of their duties to outside companies.The home-improvement chain, based in Mooresville, North Carolina, declined to say exactly how many employees were affected. But The Wall Street Journal reported that thousands of employees were told this week that their jobs were eliminated, which the company confirmed.Lowe’s spokeswoman Jackie Pardini Hartzell said Thursday that the cuts are coming as the company moves to a third-party assemblers and facility services to allow store associates to spend more time on the sales floor serving customers.Lowe’s, under its relatively new CEO Marvin Ellison, is trying to return its focus to its home improvement chain and streamline its business.Sarah Skidmore Sell, The Associated Press
“Children stranded without families should have proper shelter, care and protection, and there are solutions that could make this a reality for them,” said Laurent Chapuis, Country Coordinator for UNICEF’s refugee and migrant response in Greece in a press release issued over the weekend.The solutions include transfer these children to shelters on the mainland without delays, devote available funding to existing shelters with the right standards, and put more foster care or supervised living schemes in place, he added.Although the Greek authorities and their partners have made tremendous efforts in responding to the needs of children and families, the recent surge in the refugee and migrant arrivals has led to further overcrowding and deteriorating living conditions in island camps, with some reception facilities hosting twice as many as they were designed for.In September, there were more than 5,700 arrivals in Greece compared to an estimated 3,080 arrivals a year earlier. There are now some 1,800 unaccompanied children waiting for a place in shelter, living in open sites, reception centres, or who are otherwise stranded on the islands or in de facto detention centres. Some of these children are even living on the streets, and the approaching winter is adding to the risk. Children are particularly vulnerable at night without proper safeguards in place. Delays of up to five months in transferring children from the islands to the mainland are compounding their emotional and mental strain. UNICEF is also calling for urgent policy and legal reforms to strengthen community-based care after years of economic hardship in Greece. For those children who have family elsewhere in Europe, UNICEF is urging other European countries to step up family reunification.
Government action to ease access to affordable finance can only help support private sector investment in skills, innovation and technologies at a crucial period of recovery. Support for manufacturing, no further changes to fuel duty or VED rates and the confirmation of plans to establish a Green Investment Bank are also welcome measures that will support our businesses commitments to the UK. “Today’s emergency Budget sets out painful measures for individuals and businesses. Industry hopes the certainty they provide will create financial stability, confidence and growth,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “Although there are concerns about the rise in VAT, its delayed introduction will give industry an opportunity to prepare and may boost demand in the short-term. The determination to increase bank lending and investment in new low carbon technologies is welcome, but effective measures are urgently required to help sustain a still fragile recovery.” SMMT has welcomed today’s Budget for the long-term clarity and stability it gives to UK manufacturing through clear measures to re-balance the economy and place greater importance on the private sector and industries, like automotive, to drive growth, investment and exports. However, industry recognises that these will continue to be challenging times for the economy and our members’ businesses as we emerge cautiously from recession. Consumer demandThe increased rate of VAT will add around £300 to the price of an average car, potentially impacting on private buyers’ confidence and demand, but industry welcomes the delayed timeframe, allowing time for businesses and consumers to plan and prepare. The UK automotive industry looks to continue its collaborative work with government. Through the Automotive Council, industry will strive to keep the UK at the centre of the global low carbon agenda and a prime base for investment in a country that the chancellor described as “open for business”.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Business investmentThe plan to lower the corporation tax rate from 28% this year to 24% in 2014 is a welcome measure that incentivises and enables businesses to plan for the future with confidence, continuing with investment in new technologies and product development and creating more jobs. We remain concerned over lower capital allowances, these may impact on business investment and demand for vehicles.
Applied developmental psychologist Jan Frijters has a powerful message for teens living with dyslexia, their parents and teachers: don’t give up the struggle to read.Applied developmental psychologist Jan Frijters has a powerful message for teens living with dyslexia, their parents and teachers: don’t give up the struggle to read.In fact, the International Reading Association – the world’s foremost expert on literacy – is so impressed by the research behind this message that it has granted Frijters and his team its 2014 Albert J. Harris Award for their paper “Evaluating the Efficacy of Remediation for Struggling Readers in High School.”“This award is an excellent validation of the need to move research-based interventions into the schools,” says Frijters. “It’s a validation not to write off some adolescents who many people think, ‘well, if they haven’t learned to read by now, there’s no hope for them’.”Developmental psychologist Maureen Lovett, a colleague of Frijters, created a remedial reading program focusing on three areas — word identification strategies, knowledge of text structures, and reading comprehension strategies.With massive support from psychological and educational colleagues at the Toronto Catholic District School Board, the research teamed rolled out the intervention to the most struggling high school students in an entire school district.The research team worked with 268 students in mostly Grades 9 and 10 who had “very serious” reading delays, mostly due to their struggles with picking up reading skills.” Eighty-three students on the waiting list acted as the “control” group.“When we talk about reading disability, we talk about children who are just consistently failing to meet the developmental expectations of where they should be for their age,” he says, adding that it includes slow reading, inaccurate reading or reading without understanding what is written.Participants were assessed on reading and reading-related skills at the beginning and end of the semester, with some participants being assessed one year later.The researchers found that students who went through the program achieved higher scores on all aspects of reading compared to students in the control group, even one year later.Frijters says providing adolescents with reading skills has “massive implications” for their lives.“It has implications for whether an adolescent who turns into a young adult will pick up a health information pamphlet, for example,” he says. “It has direct relations to whether or not they will be able to get a job that depends on them being able to read.”And it’s a big challenge. In recent years, up to 15 per cent of high school students in Ontario have failed their first attempt at one or more components of the provincial literacy test, which threatens their chances of earning a secondary school diploma.The development of this intervention is continuing under the umbrella of the Center for the Study of Adult Literacy, on which Frijters is one of five principal investigators. Collaborators at Brock University, the University of Memphis, Georgia State University and SickKids Hospital are building a hybrid reading intervention for struggling adult readers.Frijters’ and colleagues’ paper, “Evaluating the Efficacy of Remediation for Struggling Readers in High School,” was published in the Journal of Learning Disabilities in 2012.The Albert J. Harris award recognizes an article or monograph “that makes an outstanding contribution to the understanding of, prevention, or assessment of remediation for struggling readers in high school.”The 53,000-member International Reading Association (IRA) is a nonprofit, global network of individuals and institutions committed to worldwide literacy. Based in the U.S., the IRA works to improve the quality of reading instruction, disseminate research and information about reading, and encourage the lifetime reading habit.
POLICE IN BRISBANE have arrested a 34-year-old man in a shopping centre after he made threats while holding a firearm.An emergency situation was declared in the city at 11.20am local time when authorities received reports of an armed person in Queen Street Mall.A stand-off between the gunmen and armed units of the force for about an hour before the suspect was detained.He has been taken to Royal Brisbane Hospital with what are described as non life-threatening injuries. It is understood that ‘less-than-lethal’ rounds were used by officers to subdue him.As is standard practice for such incidents, an investigation will now be held into the “appropriateness of the police action in resolving the incident”.During the stand off, the mall and its surrounding area was evacuated. Armed police with bullet proof vests told people in the surround area to run away from the centre, according to ABC reporter Dea Clark.It is understood the man was shirtless while waving a handgun just before the lunchtime rush.The stand-off ended at 12.40pm when two loud bangs were heard.Queensland Premier Campbell Newman praised the police force for resolving the incident and keeping members of the public safe.Read: Australian police force poaching trained gardaí
Cyclone : Yasi s’approche du nord-est de l’AustralieLe continent australien s’inquiète de l’arrivée de Yasi, le cyclone le plus puissant de l’histoire du pays. Mercredi, des milliers de personnes ont commencé à fuir leurs habitations.Il devrait atteindre les côtes australiennes dans quelques heures : le puissant cyclone Yasi suscite toutes les craintes aujourd’hui dans le pays. Certains abris affichent déjà complet, rapporte l’Express, alors que les habitants veulent fuir leurs maisons, qui risquent d’être dévastées par le cyclone. Ses vents devraient souffler à 300 km/h. Yasi, qui couvre une superficie plus grande que l’Italie, a été classé dans la catégorie 5, catégorie la plus élevée sur l’échelle de la dangerosité de Saffir-Simpson, précise la même source. Sa puissance serait comparable, selon les experts, à celle de l’ouragan Katrina, qui avait dévasté la Nouvelle-Orléans aux Etats-Unis en 2005.À lire aussiRoi de l’imitation, cet oiseau-lyre peut reproduire le son d’un pistolet-laserPlus de 10.600 personnes se sont déjà rendues dans des centres d’évacuation. Mais ce sont 400.000 au total qui se trouvent sur la trajectoire prévue du cyclone. On retrouve aussi des stations balnéaires et la grande barrière de corail.Des milliers de soldats ont été déployés à Townsville, où ont commencé les premières pluies, pour aider la population après le passage du cyclone. C’est la deuxième catastrophe qui frappe l’Australie en quelques semaines seulement. Depuis Noël, la région du Queensland connaît des inondations qualifiées de “bibliques” par les autorités australiennes. Trente-cinq personnes ont perdu la vie dans cette montée brutale des eaux.Le 2 février 2011 à 09:18 • Emmanuel Perrin