Reward Your Junior MVP’s Thanks To Red Rooster

first_imgWhether you want to honour your best and fairest or lifetime members, the new Red Rooster Trophy Room allows you greater flexibility to configure your clubs Trophy Room.Remember the people who have made your sporting club what it is today. Available to all SportingPulse website administrators, look for the Trophy Room icon in the ‘Administrator Control Panel’ to start creating your Award Wall and Honour Board. Dear SportingPulse is glad to announce an exciting new enhancement for your club membersbrought to you by Red Rooster. Put a smile on the face of your best and most hardworking junior players each week with a Red Rooster Junior MVP Award.The newly enhanced system gives junior team managers and coaches the ability to register their details and reward three of the most valuable junior players each week with a voucher for a free cheeseburger which they can exchange at their local Red Rooster Restaurant.center_img Please see below for further information. last_img read more

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10 months agoMan Utd legend van Nistelrooy: I shouted at Ferguson & then made reconciliation

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd legend van Nistelrooy: I shouted at Ferguson & then made reconciliationby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRuud van Nistelrooy says he still regrets leaving Manchester United in controversial fashion 13 years ago. The Dutchman enjoyed great success at Old Trafford, before a falling out with Sir Alex Ferguson resulted in him joining Real Madrid in 2006.And the striker admitted he took the first steps to mend their broken relationship.”It was very harsh, both ways,” he told Eleven Sports.”Especially after five years of having such a strong bond. I learned so much from him, and in all modesty: he from me too.”And yet the end was ruthless.”He added: “It was me who took the first step to make it okay again. I called him. A few times a year I felt bad about what I had done to him and the names I called him when he kept me on the bench the entire match in the League Cup final in Cardiff. In a blind rage I shouted at him.”I called him something. I called him a number of things in a blind rage. Cocky and stubborn as I was, I couldn’t snap out of that for some time after. That’s how it all crashed.”It was just really disrespectful, there were lots of other people there. It wasn’t all that outrageous in terms of words but it was completely out of order. Not done.”I wasn’t proud of it, still am not.” last_img read more

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a month agoWatford boss Quique Sanchez Flores: The result today damages me a lot

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores: The result today damages me a lotby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Quique Sanchez Flores fears for his players after their 8-0 thrashing by Manchester City.He apologised numerous times to the club’s supporters following the thumping loss, but claims that the nature of the performance makes his position as coach more difficult.”We know how tough is the Premier League and every single match,” said Sanchez Flores.”When we accepted the invitation of the club to come here, to lead the team, we knew we were going to play against Arsenal and we were going to play against Manchester City.”It’s not about the margin you have when you come or not. Pep said yesterday in his press conference we know it’s not about you as a coach, it’s about the results.”So, of course, the result today it damages a lot myself, but one week ago, the results supported me. “We can see more than one week, we can see longer than one next match. It’s like this, so we need to live with this kind of consequence. It’s like this, it’s our work.”First we have to say sorry to the fans because they came to the stadium waiting for a good performance from the team and it was very difficult to be on the pitch today.”After 30 seconds we realised it would be very tough and then after 15 minutes it was impossible to play like this.” last_img read more

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Project to Protect Hope and Yallahs River Watersheds gets $119 Million

first_img A sum of $119 million has been set aside in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure to carry out this and other tasks under the Integrated Management of the Yallahs/Hope River Watershed Area project. Approximately 120 farmers in the Yallahs and Hope River watershed areas of the Blue Mountains will be trained in land husbandry best practices in the upcoming fiscal year.A sum of $119 million has been set aside in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure to carry out this and other tasks under the Integrated Management of the Yallahs/Hope River Watershed Area project.The project seeks to reduce pressure on natural resources in the watershed areas by increasing the practice of sustainable land use, resulting in improved management of biological diversity and enhanced flow of ecosystem services that sustain local livelihoods.The money will also be used to strengthen the activities of four community groups, conduct a knowledge exchange tour, improve agricultural practices in two communities, and implement a communication plan.Other imperatives for the fiscal year are completion of the review for the watershed area management mechanism, designing a Payment for Ecosystem Services Scheme, as well as implementation of the Global Information System (GIS) Decision Support System.The project got under way in September 2012 and some of the achievements to date include the training of 167 farmers in land husbandry best practices, and six communities trained in forest fire management.Also, 26 hectares of reforested land have been maintained, a farmer field-school graduation held for 167 farmers, and a watershed policy drafted and submitted to the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.The project is being implemented by the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) with funding support from the Government and the Global Environmental Facility (GEF).It is slated to end in November 2019. Story Highlights The project seeks to reduce pressure on natural resources in the watershed areas by increasing the practice of sustainable land use, resulting in improved management of biological diversity and enhanced flow of ecosystem services that sustain local livelihoods. Approximately 120 farmers in the Yallahs and Hope River watershed areas of the Blue Mountains will be trained in land husbandry best practices in the upcoming fiscal year.last_img read more

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International Film Submissions Now Open – Vaughan International Film Festival

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement This year’s festival will run from May 14 – 17, 2018. Submissions for the early bird deadline is December 31, 2017. High school student submissions are also open. Please see website for further information; https://www.vaughanfilmfestival.comAbout VFF: The Vaughan Film Festival is an exciting four-day festival showcasing Canadian and international multigenre short film. As a not-for-profit organization, the Festival is committed to promoting and furthering arts education. It also supports the arts community by granting various scholarships and bursaries to young filmmakers, art students and educational institutions in the city of Vaughan Facebook Vaughan, Ontario – It’s that time of year again! International film submissions are now open! Now in its 6th edition, the Vaughan International Film Festival’s exciting 4-day event proudly showcases both local and international talent. Filmmakers from around the world can submit their short film and get a chance to take home a Golden Reel Award!Last year’s winners include Lieven Vanhove from Belgium who took home three awardsincluding Best Film, Best Cinematography and Best Director for Nimmer! Canada’s own Alexandre Gourgeon won Best Documentary for his film I Am The Wolf. Italian Director Luigi Pane won the Audience Award for his film Black Comedy.Student submissions are also open! Ontario high school students can have their short films on the big screen and the winning school will receive $2000.00 towards the department that assisted them in creating the film. Twitterlast_img read more

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Philip Rivers Has The Supporting Cast He Deserves Again

BUF52%HOU60%HOU 20, BUF 13+9.4– Game quality is the harmonic mean of the Elo ratings for the two teams in a given matchup.*Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: ESPN.com It probably isn’t a coincidence that Rivers is currently enjoying his best statistical performance in years, with Gordon and Allen also contributing more than any Charger rusher and receiver since the days of LaDainian Tomlinson and Vincent Jackson. It’s a little circular, in that sense: Is Rivers making them better, or are they helping Rivers rediscover his form? (Gordon’s ability to run against stacked defenses, for instance, has opened up space for Rivers to throw downfield.) Either way, the ingredients have been in place for a late-career QB rejuvenation. Right now, Rivers is on pace to tie for the ninth-most-efficient post-merger performance for a passer age 35 or older, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com’s advanced passing index. As far as old-man QB seasons go, this is one of the best in history.Of course, with the Chargers, it’s about more than just improved talent. It’s also about execution, something this team has often been found sorely lacking over the years. As Mike Tanier wrote in his L.A. chapter for Football Outsiders’ 2018 Almanac, you could make a pretty convincing case that the 2017 Chargers missed the playoffs because of two very fundamental football activities: tackling and kicking. Last year, Los Angeles let opponents break tackles at an incredible rate and missed numerous field goals and extra points, helping to turn a team with 10-and-a-half-win point differential into a sad-sack nine-game-winner.This year’s place-kicking game hasn’t been great (Caleb Sturgis made just 71 percent of his total field goals and extra points before he was sidelined by an injury), but it’s no longer dead-last in football, which I suppose is an accomplishment. Plus, the Chargers rank among the best in the league in terms of kickoffs, a big reason for their fourth-ranked net starting field position. And as for the tackling woes, they appear to be a thing of the past. According to Football Outsiders’ charting data, only 3.9 percent of plays by Charger opponents have seen a broken tackle, good for 10th best in the league this year. Relatedly, the Chargers are also allowing the league’s sixth-lowest rate of yards after first contact per rush this season, another major sign of defensive progress as compared with last season. NYJ67NYJ57NYJ 42, IND 34-9.9– 201775.1M. Gordon98.8K. Allen87.663.0 LAC69LAC60LAC 38, CLE 14-9.1– MIA42.812.6DET24.39.822.41496 200997.0L. Tomlinson55.3V. Jackson73.646.4 201899.2M. Gordon124.2K. Allen80.054.9 LAC60.614.6TEN41.312.627.21524 CAR43.4%±12.8PHI64.2%±12.225.01586 201713.3312.3132 The Chargers must have practiced their tacklingLos Angeles Chargers’ defensive performance and league ranking in preventing opponents from breaking tackles or gaining yards after contact 20183.9%101.566 OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION CHI43.012.2NE78.49.021.31560 Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total ChangeGame Quality What’s been a great season for Elo kept getting better in Week 6 as the algorithm beat the average reader by 55 points, its second-best showing of the entire year so far. Human predictors really only had one major feather in their cap — Houston’s Nathan Peterman-fueled win over Buffalo (a very bad team whose badness Elo refuses to acknowledge) — but otherwise they saw Elo run roughshod over their picks. Elo correctly called wins for Dallas and Miami when readers picked otherwise, and it had a lot more confidence than readers in the Jets’ and Chargers’ victories as well. All told, the average reader is now down 233 points to Elo for the season to date.Among the readers who weren’t destroyed by Elo, congrats to John D. Harden, who led all users with 275 points in Week 6, and to Jevon Mallett, who continues to lead all users for the season with 453 points. Thanks to everyone who played last week — and if you didn’t play, get in on the game already! You can make picks now and still try your luck against Elo, even if you haven’t played yet.Check out our latest NFL predictions. 201631.8M. Gordon88.5T. Williams66.251.1 ATL27.76.5NYG1.21.07.51454 Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. 201077.1M. Tolbert59.4A. Gates48.964.3 GB66GB75GB 33, SF 30+3.3– Los Angeles will put its improved talent and newfound execution on display in London on Sunday, for a game against the Tennessee Titans that ranks among the best of Week 7 in terms of both matchup quality (i.e., the harmonic mean of the two teams’ Elo ratings in each game) and how much it figures to swing either team’s odds of making the playoffs: 200658.5L. Tomlinson145.2A. Gates57.861.1 Playoff %Playoff % 201548.3D. Woodhead68.2K. Allen45.338.6 CIN49.611.2KC95.83.614.81575 ATL67ATL64ATL 34, TB 29-3.9– WSH38.816.3DAL40.216.232.61517 PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET PTS Per-game measures are relative to team schedule lengths, not individual games played.YABQ: Yards Above Backup Quarterback, a measure of QB performance that gives credit for passing and rushing, and adjusts for strength of schedule.YDSC: yards from scrimmage, or rushing yards plus receiving yards.Defensive efficiency: ESPN’s measure of a defense’s per-play effectiveness on a 0-100 scale.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group, pro-Football-Reference.com 200886.5L. Tomlinson96.0V. Jackson72.938.7 JAX46.713.8HOU23.612.926.71470 SEA67SEA63SEA 27, OAK 3-4.4– 2012-3.9R. Mathews59.9M. Floyd50.955.4 201379.6R. Mathews90.3K. Allen65.432.2 DAL53JAX60DAL 40, JAX 7-16.2– SeasonRivers YABQ/GTop RBYdSc/GTop Rec.YdSC/GTeam Def. efficiency YearBroken tackles/playNFL RankOpponents’ yards after 1st contact/rushNFL Rank Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 6Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 6 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game BAL68.711.5NO72.29.721.11605 BUF10.25.7IND4.12.38.01417 201148.0R. Mathews96.6V. Jackson72.333.2 Philip Rivers is great again — and he has helpLos Angeles Chargers’ production from quarterback Philip Rivers and his supporting cast, 2006-2018 201445.7B. Oliver53.3M. Floyd53.542.8 The best matchups of Week 7Week 7 games by the highest average Elo rating (using the harmonic mean) plus the total potential swing for the two teams’ playoff chances, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions TEN53BAL54BAL 21, TEN 0+4.8– Source: Football Outsiders, ESPN Stats & Information Group LAR69LAR75LAR 23, DEN 20+1.2– CIN54CIN51PIT 28, CIN 21+1.2– MIA54CHI59MIA 31, CHI 28-15.4– For the Chargers, it’s part of a long road trip that will keep them away from Southern California until Nov. 18. The StubHub Center doesn’t exactly offer an intimidating advantage even when they are at home, but it does bear watching how L.A. manages all that travel. Even so, the Chargers’ season will still probably hinge on the final few matchups of the season — their last five games are either against division rivals or the biggest threats to their wild-card chances. If Rivers and his improved supporting cast can continue to thrive up to and including the month of December, we’ll know the Chargers have stamped their ticket back to the postseason and given their star QB at least one more chance to shine on the game’s brightest stage.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersAttention football fans! Be sure to check out our constantly updating NFL prediction interactive, which uses FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings to forecast the rest of the season. And if you think you can outsmart Elo, step right up to our prediction game, which lets you pick against our model (and your fellow readers) for bragging rights and a place on our giant leaderboard.Here are the games where Elo made its best — and worst — predictions against the field of prognosticators last week: Conventional NFL wisdom says teams should do whatever it takes to snag a Franchise Quarterback™ — that from there, the winning just takes care of itself. But for most of Philip Rivers’s career, his Los Angeles (née San Diego) Chargers have been the exception to that rule. Taken fourth overall in the 2004 draft, Rivers has been the elite passer that teams dream about building around. And yet, his team has just four total playoff wins to show for it, including only one this decade.This year, though, Los Angeles looks poised to reverse that trend and actually capitalize on having a future Hall of Fame QB in its midst, while there’s still time left in Rivers’s career to do it. The Chargers walloped the Browns 38-14 in Cleveland last Sunday, bringing their record to 4-2 on the season — and giving them a 61 percent probability of making their first playoff appearance since 2013. Although L.A.’s postseason bid is far from assured, right now the Chargers have set themselves up with their most promising start to a season in a long time.This Charger renaissance has been building for a few years, since the team finally began surrounding Rivers again with better playmakers on both sides of the ball. On defense, that goes back to 2012, when former general manager A.J. Smith drafted pass-rusher Melvin Ingram 18th overall. After a slow start to his career, Ingram has blossomed into a Pro Bowler and an annual double-digit sack candidate. Under Smith’s successor, Tom Telesco, the Chargers have also grabbed several defensive contributors through the draft, including sack-machine DE Joey Bosa,1Who has missed the season so far with an injury but made the Pro Bowl last year. solid LB Denzel Perryman, up-and-coming CB Desmond King II and rookie S Derwin James (who, in his first season, already ranks as the NFL’s fifth-best safety according to ProFootballFocus’s player grades). Toss in outside pickups such as DT Brandon Mebane and CB Casey Hayward — another Pro Bowler from last season — plus the guidance of proven coordinator Gus Bradley, and the Chargers’ defensive talent base has undeniably made strides over the past handful of seasons.On offense, Telesco also made key acquisitions that helped pave the way for this year’s hot start when he took WR Keenan Allen in the third round of the 2013 draft and RB Melvin Gordon 15th overall in 2015. Picking first-round running backs is always tricky business, but Gordon has been a good one so far in his career, with a couple of 1,400-yards-from-scrimmage seasons under his belt (in 2016 and 2017) and an excellent start to 2018 as well. Meanwhile, Allen has taken the lead from top San Diego-era targets Malcom Floyd and Antonio Gates and forged his own chemistry with Rivers — only four receivers leaguewide have more yards through the air since 2017 than Allen does. (It also helps that Allen has stayed healthy these past two seasons after missing 23 combined games in 2015-16.) Allen and Gordon aren’t the only teammates making Rivers’s life easier: The offensive line has been much better with free-agent C Mike Pouncey anchoring the middle, while change-of-pace RB Austin Ekeler has proven himself exceptionally tough to bring down — he leads all RBs in yards after first contact per rush. More broadly, in its second year under head coach Anthony Lynn, Los Angeles now has the offensive pieces to beat teams in multiple ways.Add it all up and it’s clear that Rivers, who turns 37 in December, has a much better group of talent around him to work with than in years past. Here’s a look at the changes in Rivers’s own production over time — as measured by his Yards Above Backup Quarterback (YABQ) — along with how his top skill-position teammates and defense have also evolved: CAR55CAR58WSH 23, CAR 17-5.3– LAR95.83.3SF3.12.86.11512 NE54NE50NE 43, KC 40-6.2– PHI71PHI66PHI 34, NYG 13-5.4– TB20.75.6CLE1.11.06.61394 MIN74MIN79MIN 27, ARI 17+0.9– DEN3.82.6ARI1.40.83.41418 200726.4L. Tomlinson121.8A. Gates61.562.6 MIN57.013.4NYJ14.77.120.51513 read more

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Ohio State womens track and fields Khadevis Robinson ready for challenge

No current or former Ohio State track and field athletes qualified for the 2012 London Olympics, but the Buckeyes’ newest track and field coach did.Khadevis Robinson, who competed in the 800-meter run in London and also at the 2004 Athens Games, was announced as an assistant coach for OSU women’s track and field on Aug. 30. Robinson will lead the cross-country program and coach the track and field team’s distance runners.Before accepting the OSU position, Robinson had served in the same coaching capacity at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas for the men’s and women’s teams since January 2011. Under his guidance, junior Kelsey Williamson earned indoor and outdoor 800 meter Mountain West Conference indoor track and field championship titles, while senior Brett Zorich qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the same event.OSU women’s track and field coach Karen Dennis said she was impressed by what Robinson achieved in his time at UNLV, and believes it will translate to success at OSU.“When I looked at what Khadevis had done at UNLV, he was really getting some solid performances out of some women who I didn’t think had the talent,” Dennis said. “I didn’t think they had the same talent and depth that we have. I thought we have good, better talent, but we just weren’t getting the performances.”Robinson said he is excited for his new opportunity.“I’ve coached at almost every level … but I hadn’t coached at a big university,” Robinson said. “I like challenges and this will be a great challenge for me.”Robinson’s accomplishments as a professional athlete include four U.S. indoor titles and four U.S. outdoor championships in the 800 meter.A graduate of Texas Christian University, Robinson was also the 1998 NCAA champion in the 800 meter. He failed to qualify out of the opening heats of the 800 meter in both of his trips to the Olympics, but at 36 years old, he was the oldest competitor in the event in London.Robinson explained how his success as a professional athlete on the track has helped him achieve success coaching.“What it comes down to is really being able to relate to the athletes,” Robinson said. “So if they’re going through something, you can say, ‘Well, I know how you feel because I’ve gone through this also.’”Dennis said that while Robinson’s athletic success increased his appeal as a candidate for the job, there were other factors as well.“Well, I think that any time you’ve got somebody that’s coming in from the Olympics, sure they’re attractive,” Dennis said. “But at the same time, that wasn’t the sole reason. I would’ve still considered him as a strong candidate because I’m looking for somebody that showed results. I felt like he’s a good motivator, he’s very articulate …. and I felt like that’s what our kids needed.”Dennis said there were “probably 80 applicants,” and about 30 of them were what she would consider “strong, qualified applicants.”But Robinson stood out.“When it came to interviewing and bringing people on campus, he just proved himself. He just moved to the top of the pack,” Dennis said.An athletic spokesman stated that Robinson’s annual salary is $60,000.An Olympic runner on the track and a Division I coach on the sidelines, Robinson has had to learn how to balance two challenging jobs. He described the balance as “very, very, very, very, very difficult.”“If I was just running and not trying to be top 10 in the world, or making the Olympic team, it wouldn’t be as difficult because competing at the highest level is extremely difficult,” Robinson said. “On the other hand, some of the same things I tell my athletes, I can hear myself saying it to myself when I’m competing. So it gives me accountability, because when I tell some of the athletes I’m coaching to be A, B, C and D, then it makes me be accountable to doing A, B, C and D when I’m competing also.”But Robinson said coaching is a way for him to fulfill what he believes to be his purpose in life.“I think everything in life has a purpose,” Robinson said. “I found out my purpose is to inspire, motivate and help others. That’s my purpose in life. It just so happened that God blessed me as an athlete to be able to get my message out.” read more

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Mens Hockey No 1 Ohio State falls to UMass 63 in home

Ohio State redshirt senior goalie Sean Romeo (30) prepares for a UMass shot in the first period of the game against the University of Massachusetts on Oct. 19 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorNo. 1 Ohio State men’s hockey team fell to UMass 6-3 after falling into an early hole in its home opener.Ohio State (2-1-0), ranked No. 1 in the polls for the first time in team history, allowed six goals against UMass (3-0-0) on only 27 shots. Though the loss was disappointing for the Buckeyes, head coach Steve Rohlik said there were positives from their first home outing, and they know what they need to work on.“Number one, we’ve got to just keep getting better. It’s the beginning of the year, it’s our third game, it’s a long season,” Rohlik  said. “We played a really good hockey team tonight, we knew that. You know, we didn’t have the start we wanted. I liked their compete coming back.”UMass senior forward Brett Boeing opened up the scoring off an assist from sophomore defenseman Cale Makar with just under ten minutes remaining in the first period.It wouldn’t be the last time Makar would leave his impression on Ohio State, as he would provide another assist and an empty net goal of his own later on.With just over seven minutes remaining in the second period, it was 3-0 in favor of the Minutemen and the Buckeyes seemed out of sorts, and were looking for a jump start on offense.“At that point is was kind of a do or die,” senior defenseman Sasha Larocque said. “You know we had to come out and give them our best to stay in the game, and the guys battled really hard, we got back into it.”After the Buckeyes killed a penalty, junior forward Carson Meyer gave the Buckeyes some momentum late in the second period off a penalty shot for his second goal of the season. He followed it up minutes later with his second goal of the game to cut the UMass lead to one.Though the game ended in defeat for the Buckeyes, Meyer still had an impressive game for the Buckeyes, scoring two goals that gave Ohio State a chance to mount a comeback.Halfway through the third period, senior forward Dakota Joshua scored to again cut the lead to one. But with less than five minutes remaining, UMass freshman forward Bobby Trivigno made it 5-3 in favor of the Minutemen to ice the game. An additional goal was tacked on a minute later by Makar to bring the final score to 6-3.Ohio State outshot UMass 38-27 on the night and were one for five on the power play. Redshirt senior goaltender Sean Romeo saved 21 shots and allowed five goals.Looking to tomorrow’s game, Larocque said the team knows what it needs to improve on to earn its first home win of the season.“I think just, like coach has been saying, coming out ready to play, start to finish. It’s something we’ve struggled with in past years, being consistent throughout an entire game, and it’s something that we really need to improve,” Larocque said.The Buckeyes will return to the Schottenstein Center to play their second game against UMass at 5:00 p.m on Saturday. read more

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Woodland mobile home destroyed by electrical fire

first_imgFire investigators said that an electrical malfunction caused the fire that destroyed a Woodland mobile home Tuesday, displacing its sole occupant.The fire was reported at about 11:45 a.m. at Woodland Mobile Home Resort, 39100 N.W. Pacific Highway.Crews with Clark County Fire & Rescue responded and kept the fire from spreading to neighboring units, but officials said the mobile home was a complete loss.The home and its content resulted in a loss estimated at $50,000, Deputy Clark County Fire Marshal Curtis Eavenson said.last_img read more

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Watford release Dja Djedje

first_imgWatford Football Club have terminated the contract of Brice Dja Djedje after three years at the club.The Ivorian defender had his contract at Vicarage Road terminates after a poor spell at the club since he moved to England from France in 2015.Watford have officially announced that the club and former Lens defender Brice Dja Djedje have mutually terminated their contract.The Cote d’Ivoire international who completed a move to the Vicarage Road from Olympique Marseille in 2016 for €3.6m, made just two appearances in his unimpressive spell with the Hornets.Neymar, BrazilTop 5 Ligue 1 players to watch throughout next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Top 5 players to watch in Ligue 1 next…Dja Djedje who spent the entire 2017-18 season on loan at Lens returned to the club with a lot of optimism only to be informed he’s not a part of manager, Javi Gracia’s plans.“Watford confirm that following completion of the appropriate documentation today, it has been agreed to terminate the contract of defender Brice Dja Djedje by mutual consent,” the club announced on their website, as quoted by Goal.The 27-year-old will hope to settle in quickly with the Turkish elite division Ankaragucu when he gets to feature for them.last_img read more

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PM urges Commonwealth countries to exert pressure on Myanmar

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses the inaugural session of the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) at South Plaza of the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban in Dhaka on Sunday. Photo: BSSPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday urged the Commonwealth countries to exert pressure on the Myanmar government to stop persecution on its Rohingya citizens and take them back from Bangladesh at the earliest.The prime minister said this while inaugurating 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) at a function at South Plaza of the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban in the capital.Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has given temporary shelter to huge number of Rohingyas on humanitarian ground. Her government is maintaining relations with foreign countries on the policy ‘friendship to all, malice to none’.Especially, her government is eager to maintain good relations with neighbours, Sheikh Hasina said adding that her government has resolved many outstanding issues with India and Myanmar.”But inhuman persecution meted out on the Rohingya population in the Rakhaine state of Myanmar and their forceful expulsion from their homeland have created instability in the region and beyond,” she said.”I would like to request you all to discuss the Rohingya issue with utmost importance and exert pressure on the Myanmar government to stop persecution on its citizens and take them back at the earliest,” Sheikh Hasina said.Over 6,22,000 Myanmar nationals have fled to Bangladesh to escape persecution. After 1978, another five hundred thousands of Rohingyas came to Bangladesh at different times, she added.Reiterating her call to Commonwealth countries to be united to get rid of militancy and terrorism the prime minister said thoughtless acts of a section of people are claiming innocent lives. Recent terror attack in New York claimed eight precious lives. Militancy is not a problem of a particular country, rather it has become a global phenomenon, she said. Chairperson of CPA and speaker of Jayita Sangsad of Bangladesh Shirin Sharmin Choudhury gave welcome address while Secretary-General of the CPA Akbar Khan, Commonwealth youth representative Aiman Sadique and treasurer of CPA Vicki Dunn spoke, among others, on the occasion.Messages of Queen Elizabeth (II) and Secretary General of the Commonwealth Secretariat Patricia Scotland were read out on the occasion.The magnificent inauguration of the 63rd CPA Conference was marked by presentation of a number of documentaries on Bangladesh’s history, nature and livelihood of the people as well as brilliant performances of artistes of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and dance troupe ‘Nrithanchan’.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina expected immediate implementation of the promises made at different times to offset the adverse impacts of climate change. Bangladesh as one of the worst victims of the climate change is experiencing its colossal effects. Excessive precipitation and recurrence of flooding washed away vast localities and damaged standing crops in recent times, she pointed out.Sheikh Hasina said she was deeply honoured to have the opportunity to inaugurate the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) in this historic city of Dhaka.Welcoming the distinguished guests on behalf of the people of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, also the vice patron of the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference said she was confident that CPA conference would give the countries a clearer insight into democratic values and practices.”We parliamentarians, being the people’s representatives, have the first and foremost obligations to preserve and maintain the faith of the people in democracy and parliamentary institutions,” she said.The CPA and Bangladesh Jatiya Sangsad are jointly hosting the conference with the theme: Continuing to enhance the high standards of performance of parliamentarians. More than 550 delegates from 144 national and provincial parliaments of 44 countries joined the conference.Sheikh Hasina said it was the pragmatic and far-reaching decision of the Father of the Nation Bangabhandu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to join the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) in 1973. And, Bangladesh was proud of having first woman Chairperson of the CPA in 2014, now a forum of total of 52 countries which once were territories of British Empire.”This is a testimony by the honourable members of the parliament across the Commonwealth towards our commitment to democratic practices and values,” she noted.Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has become a sovereign and an independent democratic country through huge sacrifices as cherished desire of the people of this land. Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had led the struggle from the forefront.Highlighting Bangladesh’s topsy-turvy democratic journey since independence the prime minister said the reactionary defeated forces of 1971 assassinated Bangabandhu along with most of his family members on 15 August 1975 when he was engaged in reconstruction and rehabilitation of the war-ravaged country.But, she and her sister Sheikh Rehana survived the incident as they were abroad on that fateful night. Later, they were barred from returning home. With the killing of Bangabandhu, she recalled, democracy in Bangladesh was assailed and the era of military dictatorship started.Sheikh Hasina said she engaged herself in the struggle for restoration of democracy in Bangladesh while she was in exile. Ending six years in exile, she returned home in 1981. Since then she had to endure huge sufferings while struggling for establishing people’s rule.She said repeated attempts were made on her life along with house-arrest and internment and thousands of workers and leaders became victims of massive repression of the rulers after 1975. But none could restrain her from the struggle for the restoration of democracy as she thought that only a democratic polity can ensure uplift of people’s living standard through fulfilling their basic needs.The prime minister said after long 21 years, her party Awami League returned to state power in 1996 and engaged in fulfilling the basic needs of people not as a ruler but as a public servant.Sheikh Hasina said the foremost aim of her government is to build a hunger and poverty free Bangladesh through strengthening the foundation of democratic rule. To fulfill the goal, she said, the government has framed ‘Vision- 2021’. The government is working to achieve the visions with specific plans, she said.The prime minister said her government has strengthened various democratic institutions, including national parliament and local government bodies. Elected representatives are leading the local government bodies. Bangladesh is now at the top of the countries in South Asia in terms of women empowerment and achieving gender parity, she said.Sheikh Hasina said her government has ensured the freedom of mass media and people’s right to information as independent and strong mass media are the vigilant watchdog of democracy. In the past few years Bangladesh has witnessed huge expansion of mass media, she said.Underlining the socio-economic development of Bangladesh, the prime minister said her government is implementing the SDGs in continuation of the successes of the MDGs. The subjects of SDGs have been incorporated in our 7th 5-year plan.”Bangladesh has been in a journey through the roads of peace, democracy, development and prosperity.” she said adding that Bangladesh will emerge as a middle incoming country by 2021 when it will celebrate the Golden Jubilee of its Independence. Bangladesh will be a developed one by 2041, she optimistically said.She urged the Commonwealth leaders to work together to make the planet a peaceful, happy and prosperous abode for the entire humanity and hoped that stay of the CPA dignitaries in Bangladesh would be joyful and memorable one.last_img read more

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Automated meter reading systems make life easy for intruders

first_img Citation: Automated meter reading systems make life easy for intruders (2012, October 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-10-automated-meter-life-easy-intruders.html An aerial view of the neighborhood where the researchers performed their eavesdropping experiments. Each blue triangle or red star represents a group of four or five meters mounted in a cluster on an exterior wall. Using an LNA and a 5 dBi omnidirectional antenna, they were able to monitor all meters in the neighborhood. Some sniffed meters may be out of the scope of this view. Credit: Ishtiaq Rouf et al. More information: Research paper: www.winlab.rutgers.edu/~grutes … ers/fp023-roufPS.pdfvia Newscientist Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org)—Intruders of the break-in and snooping variety have their work cut out for them by just picking up wireless signals that are broadcast by utility meters, say researchers from the University of South Carolina at Columbia, IEEE and Rutgers. As with many other technological advances that bring new pathways for criminals, advances in meters have created concerns about intrusions. Millions of analogue meters to measure water, gas and electricity consumption have been replaced by automated meter reading (AMR) in the U.S. The newer method enables devices to broadcast readings by radio every 30 seconds for utility company employees to read as they walk or drive around with a receiver. Intruders can tune into the same information, however, according to Ishtiaq Rouf and his colleagues, authors of a paper that delivers a security analysis of AMR systems. More than 40 million meters in the United States have been equipped with AMR technology over the past years. The smart meters collect energy consumption data which could reveal sensitive personal information from homes, they said. Because energy usage often drops to near zero when a house is empty, the readings could be used to identify which owners are at work or traveling. Their work shows that currently deployed AMR systems are vulnerable to spoofing attacks and privacy breaches. The research was presented earlier this week at the 19th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security, which ran from October 16 to 18 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The AMR meters that they studied make data publicly available over unsecured wireless transmissions. “They use a basic frequency hopping wireless communication protocol and show no evidence of attempting to ensure confidentiality, integrity, and authenticity of the data,” added the research team.They picked up transmissions from AMR meters operated by companies. They said that the communication protocol can be reverse-engineered with only a few days of effort. They made use of radio equipment and information available through online tutorials. They used software radio equipment publicly available for about $1,000 (GNU Radio with the Universal Software Radio Peripheral). “We were able to both eavesdrop on messages as well as spoof messages to falsify the reading captured by a commonly used ‘walk-by’ reader,” they said. Through wireless monitoring, they harvested consumption data from 485 meters within a 300m radius region.As remedies, the authors suggested alternative schemes based on defensive jamming, which they said may be easier to deploy than upgrading meters themselves. Jamming could protect against the leakage of legacy devices and requires no modification of the deployed meters. © 2012 Phys.org Google’s PowerMeter Will Help Reduce Energy Consumption (Video)last_img read more

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Six shades of art

first_imgSometimes visual inferences play a major role in defining idea or space. Context and the content are sparingly important resources to generate the identity for a certain instance or order. The Power of six is a show of six contemporary artists  picked to give importance to  few tiny instances that deliberately enables us to grin a bit.The title is formed to take the metaphor of the object and forecast the idea of binding eight contemporary artists under same arena. Cuarto Shekhar Jamb says that “The world is huge and this show supplements a conceptual space of the six to stand under single shade”. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The show will bring forward the recent collections of six contemporary artists, such as, Binoy Verghese, Chandra Bhattacharya, Farhad Hussain, George Martin PJ, Jagdish Chinthala, Tejinder Kanda. They all have set a mile stone in their creative venture and their canvases speak the true form of color and their inheritances as well. Moreover the exhibition will carry a tactile quality through the colorful sculptures. And to article them under a colourful shade this show is conceptualized. A sense of tactile quality will be graced by the sculptures of Jagdish Chinthala. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIn terms of structure and thought process this exhibition is planned to put forward the best and fresh collection of the said artists and to create a montage of artistic diversities.  Panorama of colour will hold the shades of five painters and one sculptor with distinct features and styles. The idea of integrating all the said artists will not only create a new experiment but also will provide the beholder to perceive something fresh and new.Where: Creativity Art Gallery, Hauz Khas Village When: On till 5 Februarylast_img read more

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Mamata to lay foundation stone of Silicon Valley today

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will lay the foundation stone of her government’s flagship project ‘Silicon Valley’ on Monday. The Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation has already earmarked 100 acres of urban land at Action Area II beside the Biswa Bangla Sarani near Eco Park for the project, which will be attracting top IT players across the country.”Bengal is poised to take a lead when it comes to embracing emerging technologies like Blockchain, Fintech, Internet of Things (IoT), Embedded Technology, Artificial Intelligence, etc. The Silicon Valley, with its plug and play infrastructure, will encourage the IT firms associated with these technologies to take up space,” a senior official of the state Information Technology (IT) department said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBanerjee is expected to announce the IT department’s work schedule and plan of action for the Silicon Valley project on Monday. As per plans there will be green building offices and tier 4 cloud based data centre in the hub.According to sources, the IT department is working on a plan to provide co-working spaces in the proposed Silicon Valley project. “The concept of co-working is gaining momentum in the country. Quality innovation requires an environment of working in a community. So, we are trying to create facilities for co-working in Silicon Valley,” said an official of the IT department. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe department is trying to develop the concept of offering infrastructure as a service in the proposed Silicon Valley hub. “We want people to come to this place and use the plug and play infrastructure on a weekly/monthly/yearly rental basis,” he added.The IT department, for the last few months, has been holding knowledge-sharing workshops every month at the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre in New Town, related to emerging technologies. Experts from all parts of the country and even from the world are speaking and sharing their experiences on the advantages of these new age technologies. “Our vision is to move towards a decentralised and transparent ecosystem, where the government and every industry will be able to leverage benefits of these emerging technologies. We are laying a lot of emphasis on awareness and training of the people working in this sector, as well as for the future generation,” the official maintained.On January 31, Banerjee had announced her government’s decision to set up the Silicon Valley hub. She had said that the idea was discussed in the Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS), which was held on January 16 and 17 at the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre.last_img read more

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Weighing Design and Function When Building Your App

first_img This story originally appeared on Bizness Apps 5 min read These days, app makers must contend not only with well funded giants in the mobile space, but with the endless amount of new competition entering the scene as app store growth accelerates. Once a better version of your app gains popularity, yours is likely getting the axe — especially when the daunting “Storage Almost Full” message appears. To avoid the chopping block but not waste precious resources, you have to prioritize. So, which matters more: design or function?Computer, tablet, and smartphone users tend to be both decisive and loyal. For years, we’ve seen the same major brands go head-to-head, but this point buyers have generally chosen their camp. Try to sell a longtime iPhone user on an Android (or vice versa) and you’ll find yourself wrapped up in an endless debate over features, UI, customization, battery life, security, the color of the message bubbles…When it comes to apps, the market is endless and users are far less forgiving, especially when installing is free and uninstalling is simple. Once dominated by professional designers, the app industry is now accessible to anyone with a computer and some time on their hands through DIY app builders like Bizness Apps. So with such a high degree of market saturation, how can you entice users to download and keep your app installed for the long-run, especially when gaining loyalty is much harder?Function Breeds LoyaltyWhen a new user launches an app, they form an opinion immediately. Is it easy to use? Is it visually appealing? Does it perform all the functions I need it to? The average user doesn’t want to spend more than 10 minutes figuring out how to use an app and there’s no barrier to uninstalling which makes user experience of chief importance in retention. Recent findings by TechCrunch suggest average users spend 85 percent of their smartphone time on native applications, and 84 percent is devoted to just five apps total. Each user’s “fave five” will vary considerably, of course, but the apps with the highest usage fall under the categories of social media, gaming, and instant messaging.Mobile apps can edge beyond the competition by doing one thing — and doing it well. Consider e-commerce; since mobile websites often facilitate easy purchasing, mobile apps need even simpler checkout processes to be attractive to the average user. That means reducing the number of clicks to the purchase page, storing account info, and generally providing a much more personalized experience. If a user has installed a retail app, they’re likely looking for deals and an improved purchasing process. The app needs to check those boxes to stay on the home screen.Design Closes the DealFellow designers and mobile experts are sold on apps for entirely different reasons. Many industry buffs are most impressed by an app’s ability to draw on the device’s existing features, improving or applying them in new ways. For example, camera apps that optimize flash and size often top the design charts. Gaming apps are still popular in this demographic too, but generally for their innovative design and graphics. And though the general public tends to discount design in favor of the function-packed these days, the nuance of design is very much alive.Remember the message bubble thing above? It may seem silly that the background color of a text message would merit a reaction (and an emotional one, at that), but I can’t tell you how many iPhone users have expressed actual hatred for the green bubble that appears when they text non-iOS users. The message bubble defaults to blue when you’re texting another iOS user — a genius little trick on Apple’s part that glorifies its own. When applied to mobile apps, this psychology suggests that design holds the power of long-term influence. Users may be drawn in and initially held by an app’s function, but design can lock them in as they gradually develop a UI preference that they can’t imagine swapping out for something new.What This Means for YouAverage users want instant gratification and answers to their specific needs, but craftsmanship and visual innovation have more subtle capabilities in user retention. If you’re operating on a slim budget or a time crunch, your top priority should be perfecting function. Give users a reason to download and a reason to come back, and you’ll make a bigger dent than you would with an app facelift. But if you can devote more energy to your mobile app, don’t overlook the potential small design changes have to radically improve user experience. With three million apps and counting, there’s something out there for everyone, but you can’t beat a good first impression. April 5, 2016 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

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Whats the difference between cross platform and native mobile development

first_imgMobile has become an increasingly important part of many modern businesses tech strategy. In everything from eCommerce to financial services, mobile applications aren’t simply a ‘nice to have’, they’re essential. Customers expect them. The most difficult question today isn’t ‘do we need a mobile app’ Instead, it’s ‘which type of mobile app should we build: native vs cross platform?’ There are arguments to be made for cross platform mobile development and native app development. Developers who have worked on either project will probably have an opinion on the right way to go. Like many things in tech, however, the cross platform v native debate is really a question of which one is right for you. From both a business and capability perspective, you need to understand what you want to achieve and when. Let’s take a look at the difference between cross-platform framework or a native development platforms. You should then feel comfortable enough to make the right decision about which mobile platform is right for you. Cross platform development? A cross platform application runs across all mobile operating systems without any extra coding. By all mobile operating systems, I mean iOS and Android (windows phones are probably on their way out). A cross platform framework provides all the tools to help you create cross-platform apps easily. Some of the most popular cross- platform frameworks include: Xamarin Corona SDK appcelerator titanium PhoneGap Hybrid mobile apps One specific form of cross-platform mobile  application is Hybrid. With hybrid mobile apps, the graphical user interface (GUI) is developed using HTML5. These are then wrapped in native webpack containers and deployed on iOS and Android devices. A native app is specifically designed for one particular operating system. This means it will work better in that specific environment than one created for multiple platforms. One of the latest native android development framework is Google Flutter. For iOS, it’s Xcode.. Native mobile development vs Cross platform development If you’re a mobile developer, which is better? Let’s compare cross platform development with mobile development: Cross-platform development is more cost effective. This is simply because you can reuse 80% of your code becase you’re essentially building one application. The cost of native development is roughly double to that of Cross-platform development, although cost of android development is roughly 30% more than iOS development. Cross-platform development takes less time. Although some coding has to be done natively, the time taken to develop one app is, obviously, less than to develop two. Native apps can use all system resources. No other app can have any additional features . They are able to use the maximum computing power provided by the GPU and CPU; this means that load times are often pretty fast.. Cross platform apps have restricted access to system resources. Their access is dependent on framework plugins and permissions. Hybrid apps usually take more time to loadbecause smartphone GPUs are generallyless powerful than other machines. Consequently, unpacking a HTML5 UI takes more time on a mobile device. The same reason forced Facebook to shift their mobile apps from Hybrid to Native which according to facebook, improved their app load time and loading of newsfeed and images in the app. The most common challenge with about cross-platform mobile development is been balancing the requirements of iOS and Android UX design. iOS is quite strict about their UX and UI design formats. That increases the chances of rejection from the app store and causes more recurring cost. A critical aspect of Native mobile apps is that if they are designed properly and properly synchronized with the OS, they get regular software updates. That can be quite a difficult task for cross-platform apps. Finally, the most important consideration that should determine your choice are your (or the customer’s) requirements. If you want to build a brand around your app, like a business or an institution, or your app is going to need a lot of GPU support like a game, then native is the way to go. But if your requirement is simply to create awareness and spread information about an existing brand or business on a limited budget then cross-platform is probably the best route to go down. Read Next How to integrate Firebase with NativeScript for cross-platform app development Xamarin Forms 3, the popular cross-platform UI Toolkit, is here! A cross-platform solution with Xamarin.Forms and MVVM architecturelast_img read more

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January 3 2014The path to the east entrance of th

first_imgJanuary 3, 2014The path to the east entrance of the apartment is getting a wider concrete pathway.[photo by Colleen Connery and text by Sue Kirsch]Here is the crew in action, wheeling concrete over a small ramp to the waiting form, Conrad Strano-Mcanany with the wheelbarrow.[photo and text by Sue Kirsch]Dan and Ron Chandler a screeding the concrete.[photo and text by Sue Kirsch]Paolo Van Erp adds concrete for a level surface.[photo and text by Sue Kirsch]More in upcoming reports.last_img

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Rep Roberts ends third consecutive year in office with perfect voting record

first_img State Rep. Brett Roberts, of Charlotte, completed his third consecutive year in office with a 100 percent voting record, taking part in every roll call vote during the 2017 legislative session.“Our neighbors sent me to Lansing to represent them, and part of that is making sure that I consistently voice their opinions,” said Roberts. “There is no such thing as a day off when it comes to voting on behalf of the people of the 65th District.”Rep. Roberts maintained a perfect voting record in spite of many challenges including his son being born on the day he was sworn into office in January 2015, an unscheduled appendectomy in the middle of a session week in Spring 2016, and his tractor being struck by a vehicle hours before a House session in Winter 2016.“I’ve been humbled by the responsibility entrusted to me by the people in our district,” said Roberts. “Being able to represent our community is a great opportunity, and I will never take it for granted.” 18Dec Rep. Roberts ends third consecutive year in office with perfect voting record Categories: Roberts Newslast_img read more

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Liberty Globalowned cable operator UPC Cablecom h

first_imgLiberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Cablecom has welcomed a decision by the Swiss Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC) to end the obligation to broadcast analogue TV channels.The obligation to broadcast foreign channels in analogue will be lifted on June 1, with national channels to follow by January 1 2015. Cable operators that make digital receivers available free of charge to their customers can cease broadcasting analogue services immediately.UPC Cablecom met the latter obligation at the end of last year by removing encryption on basic services, thereby removing the need for a dedicated decoder.last_img read more

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Olivier Barberot Globecast has completed a company

first_imgOlivier BarberotGlobecast has completed a company-wide reorganisation, in a bid to “enhance its position as a fully integrated media solutions provider.”Globecast said the changes will allow it to operate in a unified manner across all its territories and address the changing needs of its customers.Powered by the launch of ‘Media Factories’ around the world, Globecast said aims to deliver an end-to-end solution offering – moving from an independent teleport operator and satellite services provider to an integrated, global media solutions company.“Globecast has expanded tremendously since its inception, and seen enormous success with its satellite and fibre services. We have listened to our customers and closely examined the next phase of our development using their responses and our market expertise,” said Globecast CEO, Olivier Barberot.last_img read more

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