You Lose

first_imgIf you can’t stand others encroaching on your space, breaking through the wall that you’re used to having between you and them, you lose. If you can’t stand others touching you, handling you, laying their hands on your shoulders, so that when they retreat, there is nothing but smoke and noise that comes between you, you lose.  Renowned Hungarian poet, playwright and novelist  János Háy. You’re standing in Chandni Chowk, the market of old Delhi, a loser. The sounds assault your brain, and as the muezzin chants, you can’t even remember where you’re headed. It’s coming from a loudspeaker. Apparently, the old-style religion does not frown upon this new-style technical assistance. You see the demarcation line between the Hindu and the Muslim Delhi as the sound breaks through it from time to time. Of course, terrorists also want to violate borders now and then, so the public buildings are protected by soldiers equipped with machine guns crouching behind sandbags, watching over what, as the Mumbai attacks prove, appears to be public safety. You are suddenly scared, anything can happen anywhere, but if you’re scared, you lose.And then on to the largest market of seasonings in the world, where everyone is coughing and spitting, in the bales vaguely familiar seasonings, the smell so thick it’s impossible not to spit and you spit too on the cobblestones on top of the other spit. Nobody hides the phlegm in their handkerchief here. Suck it down from your nose to your mouth and spit it out.You shoo off the rickshaw men and the self-appointed tourist guides. They’ll show you everything practically for free, palaces carved from marble hidden in narrow alleyways, here and there the water pipes break through the medieval walls, tangled electric cables run in disorder above your head, the 220 volts might crash down on you at any time, men in dim corners are working on machines that remind you of the time of the Industrial Revolution, the museum industry in action, further off they’re smelting gold in small crucibles in a thousand year old stone furnace.The guide who has attached himself to you in the meanwhile takes you inside various shops to buy something; he’s working on commission, but you say, No. If you can’t say No or can’t accept the consequences of saying Yes, then you’ve joined a chaotic system where you’re passed from hand to hand in an attempt to get you to part with your money, you lose. If you always want to end up the winner, if you don’t know that being in India already means that you’re a winner, you lose. If your parents protected you from everything, if there’s no bacteria inside you, if they sterilized the toilet and washed you with anti-bacterial soap, you lose. The first time you go into a fast-food place whose kitchen is out on the street, its ovens made of packed mud, while inside at the tables the locals sit using only their right hand to eat, they use the left for something else, if you’re interested look it up in your guidebook, the food comes on a tin plate, griddle-cakes and vegetables with spicy sauces, and when you eat this food, the lava erupts from your insides and you run to relieve yourself, the liquid feces come spurting out of you, or else it waits two more weeks and a worm grown inside your intestines that will take months to kill off, and you lose.If you grew up in a sterile environment, you lose. All those Indians laugh at you and look you in the eye, because they dare to look you in the eye, and if you don’t dare to look back, you lose. If you keep your distance they look down on you, they don’t consider you anything but a foreign object with money. If you can’t look them in the eye, if you can’t lean close to them, if you can’t see the authenticity in the penury, you lose. You’re a tourist, and India is a favorite tourist destination. You will remain a stranger in a strange land.They rob you, they cheat you, you bargain and haggle from morning to night, what should be how much cheaper, whereas it’s already cheap enough as it is. You become part of the world that has humiliated and abased two thirds of the globe. You are one of the rich who do not think about the neo-colonization that the world’s arrogant half engages in to this day.You consider leftist ideology a thing of the past, you think that the terror of white supremacy has ended with the liberation of the colonies. You don’t take into account that nothing has come to replace the destroyed economic and social traditions except servitude and poverty. You are part of the world that feeds off of the fat of the lean East. Back home, you buy the products they produce at low prices; after all, the eastern laborers, not infrequently children, made them for starvation wages under conditions that would be unthinkable in Europe. Let them learn what we know, you’re thinking, let them be as flexible as European culture. It’s not our fault we’re ahead of them, they shouldn’t have stopped progress thousands of years ago. The Asian mode of production failed even back then, except they didn’t notice, because Europe hadn’t made an appearance among them yet. They should have realized that the only goal worth aiming for is material progress, in other areas, such as spiritual improvement, progress is hopeless anyway.A new metro, new industrial parks, new shopping centers, if you don’t see that India has caught on and is learning, you lose. It is forging ahead like a tank.According to Darwin’s theory, they won, provided that we consider the survival of the species a primary goal. Multiply and multiply some more, the Bible says, and they are multiplying. Every sixth person in the world is Indian, whereas only every six-hundredth is Hungarian. We don’t even have enough offspring to pay for our pensions. Of course, in Hungary, most of us know about pensions only from hearsay. The migration of people is a slow process, people looking for work come in slow streams from the overpopulated world. Europe’s population is changing unnoticed. We’re dead set against them bringing their chadors and their cheap labor, their unacceptable morals. They refuse to assimilate, when they’re living off of us we’re up in arms, whereas it’s the other way around, we’re the ones that can’t live without them. This is no longer the Europe of 30 years ago. Turks speak Turkish-German on the streets of German towns, it’s their lingua franca. London’s retail trade is in the hands of Indians and Pakistanis. While we are fighting for a shorter workweek and a life more worthy of a human being, longer summer vacations, but time for a bit of winter skiing as well, they are working.Of course, India is not what it was 30 years ago either. Gandhi’s non-violent revolution has been replaced by intense financial activity. India’s time has come, the posters say. Three countries are on the playing field: China, Russia, India, the rest were disqualified in the semi-finals. In Delhi people say India will win, in Beijing they’re betting on China. Europe and America are regarded only as possible markets and the hated world that is the source of their humiliation. But they’re tired and have had their day, they can’t be counted on in the future, though it’s hard to tell at this point in time what would happen to the eastern economies without our conspicuous consumption. The leftist ideologies that have had their day are popping up like weeds. Religion is the opiate of the masses, says the president of Hyderabad University as he sips his whisky, he’s just returned from China. No one in Budapest believes that he will ever hear this sentence again. If you laugh when you hear it, you lose, because despite the West’s admiration of India, religion there can’t be comprehended if approached only from its spiritual dimensions.Religion is an institution that applied spiritual pressure to preserve the caste system, ignorance, and keeps people in poverty. There is no free democracy, democratic principles stand in the service of capital, a man from Kerala says. The Hungarians just changed horses and not their political system, and he is gung-ho for socialism. He brings up the state as an example, meaning Kerala, where there is a communist government and they have in fact eradicated illiteracy. Thanks to positive discrimination they were able to move those from the lower castes to the elite proportionately, and to obliterate all sorts of principles based on prestige and authority.India is an alliance of states with independent governments. From the Congress Party conservatives to the out and out commies, the political palette is colorful. The people, too, are colorful. The women wear colorful saris. Here, even the intellectuals are not loath to wear traditional Indian garb. Nobody thinks about them what I think about those Hungarians who appear in public in a peasant vest or a Bocskai jacket. The skin color varies from the very light to the very dark. They say that India is a paradise for racists as well as human anthropologists, because for thousands of years tradition has kept society static and retained the various cultures and blood groups intact.The people of Kerala talk about solidarity in an English that conforms to the acoustics of the local language (Malayala). They talk about how a member of the elite is bound to care for those who have no say in decision making, those who are in need of someone else’s help. My children know about this type of European elite only from books. I have actually met leftists who believed in the improvement of society, and through it, of man. I have seen the last guardians of the flames of enlightenment, whose endeavors were made impossible once and for all by the specifically Hungarian realization of their dreams here at home. In Europe, ideals and those who believed in them have been relegated to the museums.Social thinking is ruled by the “solve it yourself and rule your own life” movement, and if you fail in the process of solving it, it was your fault. No one reflects on the extent to which responsibility and duty are bound to the individual and to what extent they are bound to society. It takes a crisis, the loss of middle class security, for people to realize, on an emotional level at least, that anyone might lose anything, whether it is his fault or not, that no one has the right to anything by virtue of birth — thoughts that force their way into the light of day while the middle class is still worried about next summer’s vacation and next winter’s skiing trip, the children’s language school in England, the risky bank accounts, and not their dinner.Indian intellectuals feel lousy surrounded by so much misery. They feel lousy because they know perfectly well that the leaders of India are also to blame for the misery.I am in Jaipur in the palace of the maharajah, looking at the photographs of one of the last rulers. Polo was his favorite pastime, and in England he was considered one of the best players. He was most proud when he received a visit from the viceroy. There he stood ceremoniously by his side, his clothing and his palace speaking of fabulous riches, and he didn’t care how many were moaning outside the gates. He would have liked to be English, but he could only be Indian. The elite of Europe are as pleased with themselves in their good life and provincialism as the maharajah of Jaipur, and the more insignificant the country we visit (for instance, our own, which — need we add — is still close to our hearts), the more we show off with what we’ve got and the more glaring the provincialism. We fix our eyes on New York or Washington, we applaud the war in Iraq, cry our approval if that’s what is called for, and our disapproval if that’s what is expected of us, and we forget to so much as glance toward the Third World to see the conditions there, along with the conditions on the outskirts of our own towns, the villages of the dying regions, or what has happened to the Roma in the last 20 years, that the greater part of the Roma foundation funds never crossed the city limits of the capital, and then we’re indignant if those for whom it was meant come to claim it. We can live quite comfortably while half of the country barely makes do on the poverty line, and get a lump in our throats only if our accumulated wealth is threatened. As long as the ghettos and slums keep the dregs of society confined, we don’t feel responsible, our feeling of comfort remains intact. If they’re there, it’s their fault.And nobody cares that there should be mobility in the country, whereas the feeling of getting ahead is capable of releasing incredible energies in every stratum of society. Also, the introduction of the new energies into the elite would be as necessary as a piece of bread. We’re not fazed by the newly emerging caste system, whose walls were first put up out of money, though by now schooling too is part of the mortar. We’re surprised only if all hell breaks loose among the strata deprived of opportunity, and without thinking, driven by emotion, they rally behind the proponents of shameful and intolerable principles. I’m the guest of a middle class family. They’re a bit surprised when it turns out that I like the local flavors, whereas they’d have preferred to serve me a French-style dinner. They employ armies of servants. India is teeming with servants. There is a saying in Jolly Old England: it’s worth living here because Indians make the best servants. Even poets and teachers have servants. Human labor is so cheap anyone can afford to hire help.The middle class is the same everywhere. Provided you have enough money, you can pay for the same services all over the world. This family is just like a family back home living in the Buda hills. They radiate the comforting feeling of security. They are good people, but they’re just like the people I know throughout the world.It is always the poor who are interesting, because they are forced most keenly to live according to local conditions. The good life standardizes people, it turns them into a dime a dozen. They’re different only in comparison to the poor; in comparison to the world, they are alike. And yet there is a difference after all: even these wealthy people are open and above board. Indian culture is not reflective, like ours. Jokes and humor are present, but irony and cynicism are unknown. People call things by their names. Communication is guided by honest and direct talk about the world. There is no time for pretence and guile. Joy is joy and pain is pain, and ten rupees are ten rupees. Life is experienced directly.It is the curse of European culture that it has made the immediate experience of life impossible. We’ve cut ourselves off from the origin of things; every product is an abstraction. We don’t know how it was made or of what ingredients. We have chosen comfort over the elemental level of the understanding of the world. The basis of the world is like a simple lever, a clearly defined system of causes and results, whether we’re on the terrain of physics or of biology. In India if you don’t know the simple structures of everyday life, you die of starvation, you’re dead, and in a non-reflective culture, a dead man is just a lifeless corpse that’s of no use for anything. I am heading to Benares (Varanasi), one of the most famous spiritual centers of the world, sharing a compartment with a Belgian-French religious historian and two American girls. The religious historian tells us that he is engaged in studying a special reincarnation of Shiva. He’s on a 12-month research trip in order to discover something, I can’t quite follow what. He tells us about those old Hindu books that talk about this strange god known only in certain areas, for instance here in Benares. The American girls are lively, they buy tea, they eat dinner, they’re extremely happy that compared to their limited finances life here is so cheap, and that they decided to embark on this long trip. True, sometimes the Indians touch them, their hair, for instance, because they’re blond, and they even touch them in more intimate places, but they never go further than that. They don’t have to be afraid of sexual harassment; besides, the Indians are still living in pre-sexual revolution times.The girls sip their tea, an Indian type boiled with buffalo milk, sugar, and spices, and which, despite the English domination, is called chai and not tea, and they’re deliberating whether they should go to Nepal, which is even cheaper and where the people are even nicer than the Indians. Because they’re so poor, they have no reason to be bad. In a 100 years from now, one wonders, who will be the cheerful girls and who the Belgian religious historian, who will make up the happier half of mankind? Will the exotic tours head from West to East, or from East to West? No one knows what the poverty and dominance map of the world will look like then.I get off the train. Narrow streets, cows, dogs, monks, dung, the early Middle Ages. In the hotel I realize they’ve stolen my money, a quickly won material experience in the center of spirituality. They try to palm hashish off on you wherever you go, cheap, and of the best quality, needless to say. In their eyes the white men are idiots, they come to gape over a religion they haven’t the vaguest idea about. They’ve heard of only a handful of the nearly 3,000 gods, and even get that handful mixed up. They come to put on Indian garments, to meditate on the banks of the Ganges, and to get a cheap fix of coke. A couple of ageing European faces among the mendicant monks, they came with the first flood in the late sixties, they were hippies back home, or just got tired of the good life of the middle classes and went in search of spiritual deliverance, which brought them here; and they stayed, possibly because the paternal inheritance sufficed to finance life only in India, possibly because something really touched them deep down: Vishnu, Prince Krishna, Ganesh with the elephant’s head, or the cocaine. Debris wherever you look. A country whose relationship to garbage goes back to the Middle Ages, when there was no garbage, when materials were organic and became part of the environment once again. A fast food restaurant in Tamil Nadu, they still dish your lunch out on a banana leaf. In the tea shop they serve you tea in half-baked pottery, you throw it away, it breaks and decomposes, is returned to the soil. This is the country that has become a garbage heap of plastic, whose half-life will survive civilization itself. They don’t know what they should do about it, they haven’t accumulated garbage before. In the most breathtaking places like the Himalayan waterfall it takes a sleight-of-hand to take a picture that doesn’t include the plastic bags hanging from the branches or the plastic bottles that mar the landscape.I am sitting on the hotel’s terrace and the sun is just going down. I can hardly believe that I have reached my destination for the day, and that even the setting sun is adding to the experience. You never know what bus you should take and whether it will take you where you want to go; it may very well let you off at another station from where you must proceed on a motorized tricycle. Or it may not take you anywhere, because it would take a miracle for it to start up at all. And yet India seems to be functioning, and if you pay attention, you can actually feel it. This is the highest point one can reach in India, nearly three thousand meters. I wanted quiet, the cities, whether Benares or Rishikesh, wore me out; though there were churches on every corner and armies of priests, yogis and monks, they could not make up for the silence which in the long run is the only route to meditation.I am sitting on the terrace, I even got hold of some whiskey to help me turn inward. What a great thing it is, I thought, to believe in a society, and my father came to mind, who had a positive worldview, for whom human history was progressing toward something, and for whom that something was good. And also that the community will punish those who would harm it, and that the leading elite, to whom he also belonged on the village level by virtue of being the director of a large cooperative, should be busy 24 hours a day thinking up ways of improving the lives of those who don’t have the answers, and who cannot act on their own. Though he hadn’t read either, Marx and Toynbee made fortuitous companions in my father’s head. He only read books on gardening, but for him Modern Blackcurrant Cultivation was enough, it seems, to have the proper attitude toward the community he lived in. I felt ashamed knowing that we are light years away from this sense of responsibility. I felt ashamed of our ignorance of the world, of our place in the world, and our insignificance. Ashamed of how blind we are to the basic questions. Ashamed that though the world is open toward us, we turn away and twiddle our civilized thumbs behind closed doors, mostly with a sense of superiority, inordinately pleased with our good lives. And we don’t even notice that we have lost the game.Reprinted with permission from the author, Magyar Lettre Internationale and the translator Judith Sollosy.  János Háy is a renowned Hungarian poet, playwright and novelist. His published works include Between Father And Mother, The Beauty Of The Heart, I Will Go By Foot To You On The Passage, and The Stonewatcher. Related Itemslast_img read more

Fajardo getting ample help cleaning the glass for Beermen

first_imgRoach says Golovkin will KO Canelo The three-time PBA Most Valuable Player has every reason to be satisfied, with the rest of the Beermen picking up the slack when it comes to the boards.Fajardo said that San Miguel has put on extra work on its team rebounding, thus the explanation for the rise of boards for its backcourt.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTo wit, in the Beermen’s victory over the Batang Pier, Alex Cabagnot hauled down 10 rebounds, Chris Ross got six boards, and Marcio Lassiter had four.“We really worked out on that, that the rebounding won’t be the responsibility of the big men alone,” the 6-foot-10 giant said in Filipino. “I’m boxing out the opponent’s imports and their big men, so we really have to rebound as a team.” BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSurprisingly ranking just third among locals in rebounding with 7.8 boards per game, June Mar Fajardo shared that he doesn’t really mind his standing in the statistics.“It’s OK,” he said with a grin after San Miguel’s 112-101 victory over GlobalPort on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games San Miguel is sixth in the league when it comes to the boards, collecting 52.2 rebounds per game.Despite the slight dip in his numbers, Fajardo’s presence is still felt in the team, even if he fought through a stiff neck on Friday.The Cebuano behemoth finished with 15 points, eight rebounds, and three assists in the win, which helped the Beermen grab a top two seat going to the playoffs.Still, Fajardo said that work is just getting started as San Miguel braces for tougher competition in the quarterfinals.“We need to prepare ourselves because we’re facing stronger teams,” he said. “Intensity is bound to get a notch higher in the playoffs, so we have to program ourselves to be prepared.”ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIEScenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View commentslast_img read more

Ronaldo shines for Portugal, while Lloris dims French hopes

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games At the De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam, the Dutch moved up to third place — three points behind co-leaders Sweden and France — by routing last-placed Luxembourg 5-0.Veterans Wesley Sneijder — on his national record 131st appearance — and Arjen Robben scored in the first half.Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum; Spartak Moscow forward Quincy Promes, and Tottenham striker Vincent Janssen got the other goals.There could well be a lot of nerves on show when the French host the Dutch at Stade de France on Aug. 31.In Belarus, Mikhail Sivakou’s 33rd-minute penalty and fellow midfielder Pavel Savitski secured a 2-1 win for the hosts against Bulgaria.GROUP BAndorra stunned Hungary 1-0 to win its first World Cup qualifier in 13 years, ending a 66-match winless streak in official competitions.It was only the second win for the small country in qualifying for either the World Cup or the European Championship, and the first since a 1-0 win over Macedonia in October 2004.Portugal won 3-0 at Latvia, with Ronaldo scoring twice, while Switzerland remained three points clear at the top with a 2-0 victory at the Faeroe Islands.Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri scored for Switzerland, which has 18 points from six matches.GROUP H Nadal’s no good with numbers? He seeks No. 10 at French Open Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games There was nothing impressive — or justifiable — about the error from Lloris that led to Sweden’s winner against France in Group A.With the score level at 1-1 in a tight match, neither side would have felt aggrieved with a point. Indeed, a draw would have kept France atop the standings and there was clearly no cause for such late urgency from Lloris.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNormally one of the most reliable goalies in European football, Lloris somehow took it upon himself to launch a speculative pass from his penalty area in the random hope of creating a winning goal with only seconds remaining.The ball landed at the feet of forward Ola Toivonen, who launched it back over Lloris from about 40 meters to move Sweden to the top of Group A, level with France on 13 points. Latvia’s Nikita Kolesovs (L) vies with Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Latvia and Portugal in Riga, on June 9, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Ilmars ZNOTINSWhile Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo continued his electric scoring form, goalkeeper Hugo Lloris dimmed the lights for France with an inexplicably poor error in contrasting fortunes during 2018 World Cup qualifiers on Friday.Less than one week after scoring twice in Real Madrid’s 4-1 win against Juventus in the Champions League final, Ronaldo netted another two in Portugal’s 3-0 win at Latvia in Group B. He has 73 goals in 139 appearances for his country.ADVERTISEMENT Dries Mertens led Belgium to a 2-0 victory over Estonia to give it a dominant position after closest challengers Greece and Bosnia-Herzegovina played out a 0-0 draw that was marred by a brawl after the game.Napoli’s Mertens scored in the first half and West Bromwich Albion midfielder Nacer Chadli scored. Estonia played with 10 men for the second half after Artjom Dmitrijev was sent off for a high tackle on Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini in the 44th minute.Belgium has 16 points from six games and holds a four-point lead over Greece, while third-place Bosnia has 11 points.In the other game, Cyprus beat Gibraltar 2-1.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire MOST READ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage What ‘missteps’? Elsewhere, unheralded Andorra won its first World Cup qualifier in 13 years.GROUP AA win at the Friends Arena in Solna would have moved European Championship runner-up France six points clear of Sweden.All was going to plan when Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud struck his sixth goal in his last four internationals with a superb swerving shot in the 37th minute.But Jimmy Durmaz equalized shortly before halftime and Toivonen stunned France at the end, thanks to Lloris’ unusual sloppiness.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Not concerned with underdogs tag, says Atletico de Kolkata coach Jose Molina

first_imgAtletico de Kolkata (ATK) are not bothered about the “underdog” tag that has been thrust upon them ahead of their semi-final first leg tie against Mumbai City FC here on Saturday.”I don’t think about that too much. Maybe to you (pointing at journalists) but I don’t know,” ATK coach Jose Francisco Molina said.”I am not worried about that. It doesn’t matter if we are favourites or not. I don’t lose my sleep thinking if we are favourites or not. My aim is to play in the best way and try to win the final,” the Spaniard added.ATK finished fourth while Mumbai topped the league table en route to the semi-finals.Molina said he doesn’t have any special plans to contain Mumbai’s marquee footballer Diego Forlan.”No special plan for him. Forlan will not play alone on the pitch. He will have 10 team-mates. Then we have to defend as a team and not against one player. We will try to defend even if they are strong players,” Molina said.ATK have drawn eight of their 14 league games. But Molina said they never play for a draw and they will go all out for a win at the Rabindra Sarovar Stadium on Saturday.”We never play for a draw. We play to win always. If we can’t win, we will try to draw. We don’t want to lose but we try to win every time we go to the pitch.”Molina said there are no injury concerns bar India centre back Arnab Mondal who has a slight “problem”.advertisement”Today we have no injury worries. Only problem is with Mondal. He is the only problem we have right now.”last_img read more

Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton face off again in Austria

first_imgSebastian Vettel celebrated his 30th birthday on Monday but it can be safely assumed that Lewis Hamilton will not be bringing any gifts to Austria this weekend.After the ‘road rage’ of Azerbaijan two weeks ago, the Formula One title rivals head to the bucolic surroundings of the scenic Red Bull Ring, and its backdrop of hills and forests, with controversy still simmering.Vettel, Ferrari’s championship leader, had risked a heavy penalty for his moment of madness in driving into Hamilton’s Mercedes behind the safety car in Baku but instead the German arrives in Austria with no further sanction and the matter officially closed.Vettel has had to accept full responsibility, and apologise to Hamilton, and will have to stay on best behaviour with a race ban looming if he collects any more penalty points on his licence this weekend.But the incident, the sport’s major talking point post-Baku, is unlikely to die down immediately even if Mercedes say they have moved on.Hamilton, for one, has said nothing.But he has kept social media buzzing with news he had ‘liked’ a fan’s supportive post on Instagram that said the Paris decision had sent the message that “you can do whatever you want on track, smash into each other but if you suck up and just apologise and you get away with it”.Hamilton is now 14 points behind Vettel after eight of 20 races, with a loose headrest costing the Briton victory in Azerbaijan. Vettel, despite a stop-and-go penalty, finished fourth and one place ahead of his rival.advertisementAustria, the birthplace of Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff and non-executive chairman Niki Lauda, offers Hamilton the chance to take some of those lost points back.Mercedes have won every year since the race returned to the calendar in 2014 and Hamilton is the only driver on this season’s grid to have won in Austria — doing so last year after a last lap collision with his now-retired team mate Nico Rosberg.”Every great Formula One season is marked by a great rivalry. Last year it was our internal battle between Lewis and Nico and this year it seems that the fight is on between Ferrari and Mercedes and Lewis and Sebastian,” said Wolff.”As calm as it started, it was only a matter of time until the rivalry would eventually become more fierce and controversial. That moment happened in Baku and we saw the results of that tension on track.”We have moved passed that moment now and it is a closed chapter.”Aside from the Mercedes-Ferrari battle, Red Bull will also fancy their chances in front of a home crowd after Australian Daniel Ricciardo won in Baku for his fourth successive podium finish.This time, Dutch teenager Max Verstappen will be hoping it is his turn.”Luck evens itself out. Daniel has had four podiums and a race win but I’m sure a big race is around the corner for Max,” team principal Christian Horner said after Baku.last_img read more

DATA MODUL presents several highlights at embedded world 2018

first_imgAt embedded world in Nuremberg, DATA MODUL will be using its extended stand to exhibit products relating to displays, display optimization and embedded visual solutions. The extra exhibition space will be used this year to present the core competence of optical bonding in a more differentiated manner. Now with four different bonding procedures (LOCA, OCA lamination, air gap bonding and gel bonding), DATA MODUL is the only company to offer all the important adhesive options in-house, enabling it to supply the right display optimization for any industrial demand, even in the more demanding industries such as the medical sector. Models of all four procedures will be shown for the first time at embedded world.The BeamPro 2 is the result of a development cooperation between DATA MODUL and the Californian technology company Suitable Technologies. It is a telepresence robot which makes it possible to visually and acoustically depict conference / meeting participants in the form of a mobile HMI monitor solution when they cannot be present. A number of sensors, microphones, PCAP easyTOUCH and other interfaces and features enable direct participation and have now been reinstalled in the new version of the successful BeamPro and / or jointly optimized. The basis for this is formed by a newly developed COM Express Baseboard together with the latest, high-performance Intel Core i5 CPU of the seventh generation in DATA MODUL’s COM Express module. The result will be communicating with visitors at embedded world.DATA MODUL will also provide two of the latest versions of touch operation to be tested by exhibition visitors: THE on-trend PCAP Touch optimization Force and 3D-Touch. With this touch development, recognition of a change to the Z-axis and the finger/hand/contact pressure strength are crucial. Depending on the pressure strength, the interaction occurs on the touch surface. As such: different strengths mean different signals. As a result, a menu level can be expanded many times over and additional operating options are created on the interface. DATA MODUL will be exhibiting an industrial PCAP Force Touch solution at embedded world, in which evaluation occurs using power sensors which have been integrated into the periphery of the touch sensor.In addition, a touch panel with haptic feedback will be presented. Using direct power reassignment, each touch interaction will be shown to the user for confirmation on the touch sensor. A tangible feedback in the form of vibrations then reflects the position of the finger on the sensor. To ensure such feedback, the user interface was integrated into the housing as a floating installation. Especially in medical applications, in which the user must focus constantly on the patient, for example, this touch function can be extremely beneficial, as visual contact with the monitor is not required. This expansion to include haptic feedback could also support visually-impaired people in the future, for example on local public transport (ticket purchasing) or when entering sensitive information (cash machine). Up to now, acoustic signals have been relied upon.A wide range of monitor solutions is being presented, including the updated version of the stylish, ultra-thin 18.5” monitor with USB Type C from a Sharp LCD display with 1920×1080 pixel full HD resolution in 16:9 format and connected with an internally developed easy-Touch sensor solution. The touchscreen was optically bonded to cured 3-mm front glass in-house at DATA MODUL and is impervious to disinfectants and cleaning agents. Equipped with an internally developed eMotion USB Type C with alternating mode, a standardized but also scalable monitor concept is created, while also being the thinnest OpenFrame monitor in the DATA MODUL portfolio.In addition, DATA MODUL is presenting a 15.6” Panel PC in portrait format, equipped with PCAP, RFID, sound and barcode scanner.DATA MODUL is exhibiting ORTUSTECH’s latest expansions: including the most recent, high-resolution, compact and ultra-light 5” TFT displays like the COM50H5N03ULC for mobile and automotive applications. Equipped with Blanview 2 technology, all panels by the Japanese manufacturer ORTUSTECH are particularly resistant to sunlight and can also be viewed from all lines of vision, even in direct sunlight. The HD 720×1280 dot resolution provides sharp images, brilliant colors and high contrast levels. In addition to the 5” panels 4.3” and 4.8” diagonals can be seen exclusively at the DATA MODUL stand at embedded world. .Due to the massive demand, there is still a particular focus on Memory in Pixel (MiP) displays at DATA MODUL. The company will be presenting the reflective panels in color and in a variety of diagonals. The energy-saving MIP displays are particularly suitable for displays with rather static content, such as digital price tags (ESL), PoI, PoS, in wearables and in information systems, e.g. in public rooms and surgeries. Those who can’t/won’t forgo battery operation and/or those whose application is exposed to a very light environment can find out about a range of diagonals with full HD resolution and very low power consumption on the exhibition stand. In comparison to transmissive LCD displays, there can be an approx. 80% energy saving when using reflective displays due to the unnecessary backlighting.The DATA MODUL controller board eMotion series is taking advance of a number of industry trends in Nuremberg. The demand for high resolution (UHD and 4K) and the desire for monitor solutions with as few interfaces as possible –especially in the embedded sector– have prompted the DATA MODUL specialists to develop a high-end controller board for high-resolution 4K displays. This controller board will be exhibited, as well as the eMotion USB, which makes it possible to obtain display, touch, audio and power supply simultaneously through a single standard cable. Design aspects play an important role here: Compacter and flatter device designs and the corresponding types of installation are possible with the plug miniaturization. The growing demand for state-of-the-art design in the industrial sector is taken into account here.Due to the individual requirements of industrial customers, DATA MODUL has developed a demand-based stage system. Visitors can find out about the individual bundles for the professional sector at the trade fair. While the easyTOUCH core brand allows for a package of customer-specific cover glass, bonded, projected capacitive touch sensor and adjusted touch controller for panels up to 32”, the easyTOUCH DISPLAY includes standardized and individual touch solutions with assembled industrial TFT displays in three categories: Entry, Advanced and Professional level. DATA MODUL will present these categories at embedded world based on price-sensitive panel solutions and highly-specialized applications in industry, some of which are subject to certification.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules, Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Avalue: embedded products with 6th gen Intel Core processorNext GrammaTech: protecting security-sensitive software from Spectrelast_img read more

PKL 2019: Telugu Titans vs Tamil Thalaivas, Bengaluru Bulls vs Gujarat Fortunegiants Live Streaming

first_imgIn what will be a repeat of last year’s final, Bengaluru Bulls will be up against Gujarat Fortunegiants after Telugu Titans clash against Tamil Thalaivas on a double-header day of the Pro Kabaddi League 2019 in Hyderabad.It was not the start that hosts Telugu Titans would have wished for as they lost the opening clash of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) Season 7 to U Mumba 25-31. However, defending champions Bengaluru Bulls made a stunning comeback to pip Patna Pirates 34-32 in their campaign opener in Hyderabad.As the teams gear up for 2 mouth-watering clashes, here are the details regarding when and where to watch Pro Kabaddi League Season 7 live streaming:Where will the third and fourth matches of Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) be played?Bengaluru Bulls will lock horns with Gujarat Fortunegiants, while Telugu Titans will take on Tamil Thalaivas, with both the matches being played at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad.What time will the third and fourth Pro Kabaddi League matches start?Telugu Titans vs Tamil Thalaivas will start at 19:30 PM IST. Bengaluru Bulls vs Gujarat Fortunegiants will start at 20:30 IST.Where can I watch the third and fourth Pro Kabaddi League matches (PKL 2019) matches live?The matches will be shown on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD. Meanwhile, you can also watch online coverage on Indian streaming service, Hotstar.What are the respective squads for the teams?Gujarat FortunegiantsElite Retained Players: Sachin Tanwar, Sunil KumarLalit Chaudhary, Rohit Gulia, Parvesh Bhainswal, Rituraj Koravi, Vinod Kumar, GB More, Amit Kharb, Abolfazl Maghsoudloumahali, Mohammad Shazid Hossain, Pankaj, Gurvinder Singh, Sonu, Abhishek, Sonu GahlawatadvertisementTamil ThalaivasElite Retained Players: Ajay Thakur, Manjeet Chhillar, Victor Onyango ObieroHimanshu, M. Abhishek, Rahul Chaudhari, Ran Singh, Mohit Chhillar, Ajeet, Milad Sheibak, Shabeer Bapu, Yashwant Bishnoi, Vineet SharmaTelugu TitansElite Retained Players: Armaan, Farhad Rahimi Milaghardan, Krushna MadaneManish, Akash Choudhary, Siddharth Desai, Abozar Mighani, Vishal, Duet Jennings, Amit Kumar, C Arun, Suraj Desai, Suraj Kumar, Sombir, Mula Siva Ganesh Reddy, Rakesh GowdaBengaluru BullsElite Retained Players: Rohit Kumar, Pawan Kumar Sehrawat, Ashish KumarAmit Sheoran, Sumit Singh, Mohit Sehrawat, Banty, Mahender Singh, Vijay Kumar, Sanjay, Lal Mohar Yadav, Sandeep, Raju Lal Choudhary, Vinod Kumar, AmanAlso Read | Pro Kabaddi 2019: U Mumba down Telugu Titans, Bengaluru Bulls pip Patna PiratesAlso Read | Pro Kabaddi League 2019, All you need to know: Schedule, teams, match timings, live streaminglast_img read more

England v USA semi-final will be year’s biggest TV event, predicts Phil Neville

first_img Hide Topics Meanwhile the US will be going for a record 11th World Cup victory in a row when they play England and are also breaking records off the pitch as well, with Nike announcing that the team’s shirt is the biggest selling soccer jersey in the company’s history.“The USA women’s home jersey is now the No 1 soccer jersey, men’s or women’s, ever sold on Nike.com in one season,” said Nike’s CEO Mark Parker. “The exposure [of the Women’s World Cup] is driving outstanding sell-through in kits, high-performance bras and lifestyle extensions.” Show Share on LinkedIn Alex Morgan and USA resolve to put Ellen White in the shade Share via Email Read more Women’s football Was this helpful? Thank you for your feedback. One of the key battles is likely to be between England’s best player Lucy Bronze and the American idol Megan Rapinoe, who has made headlines on the pitch by scoring five goals and off it with her criticisms of President Trump. Bronze, though, insists she is relishing the prospect.“I love a challenge,” she said. “Megan is up there as one of the best, so to go toe-to-toe will be great. And while I think USA are a great team others have started knocking on the door, and getting close, so I believe they are beatable.”Bronze admitted she also admired the US team for their social activism, which has included launching a lawsuit for equal pay against its own federation on international women’s day and speaking out for gay rights, but said the England players were mainly focused on growing the women’s game.“We influence where we can – and at the moment that is driving women’s sport and equal opportunities for women’s sport in our country,” she added. “It sounds quite fairytale-like but we want to inspire the nation – little boys as well as little girls – and we want the whole country to get behind us.” Share on Messenger Photograph: Michael Dalder/X90041 Quick guide England at the Women’s World Cup Women’s World Cup 2019center_img England women’s football team Women’s World Cup Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Phil Neville Read more Share on Facebook Share on Twitter “It’s our biggest strength as a nation that we come together as a country in these moments,” said Neville. “I heard 7.9 million saw the Norway game but we’ll have 10 to 12 million watching against the US. We have gathered momentum on and off the pitch and now the players have got to deliver.England’s women have never reached a final of a major world competition before and they will be underdogs against the US, who are the reigning World Cup holders and ranked No 1 in the world. However Neville believes that his team, which reached the semi-finals of this competition four years ago as well as the last four of the European championships in 2017, have the ability and mentality to step up.“I want my players to realise that we are so close and we have to deliver,” he added. “There is no upside to defeat. Losing in a semi-final would mean nothing to me. Every single meeting, every single training session, every five-a-side we’ve had we’ve spoken about winning. Winning is the most important thing. It’s about winning, that’s the mentality we’ve brought in. My players now have to become serial winners. We’ve done semi-finals – we have to make the next step.” England’s women’s footballers have captured the hearts of the nation to such an extent that their World Cup semi-final against USA on Tuesday night will be the most watched TV event of the year, Phil Neville has predicted.Nearly eight million people watched the team’s quarter-final victory against Norway but Neville, the England manager, expects 10 to 12 million to watch the biggest game in the history of England women’s football.That would exceed the season finale of the police corruption drama Line of Duty, which had 9.6 million viewers in June – the biggest overnight TV rating of the year so far. FA furious after US officials are caught in England’s World Cup hotel news The first official Women’s World Cup was in China in 1991 – England missed that one, but have qualified five times since. When they qualify, they do well: reaching at least the quarter-finals every time1991 ChinaDid not qualify1995 SwedenQuarter-finals, lost 3-0 to Germany.1999 USADid not qualify2003 USADid not qualify2007 ChinaQuarter-finals, lost 3-0 to USA.2011 GermanyQuarter-finals, lost to France on penalties after a 1-1 draw AET.2015 CanadaFaced Japan in the semi-finals. England went a goal down in the 33rd minute but swiftly equalised, then pushed for a shock victory: Toni Duggan hit the bar, Ellen White forced a save, Jill Scott headed wide. But then, in stoppage time, England’s Laura Bassett toed a cross into her own net. It was a heartbreaking finish – but they recovered to win the third-place play-off against Germany 1-0, via an extra-time Fara Williams penalty. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Media Microscope: Previewing Fox’s World Cup debut

first_imgWorld Cup Media Microscope: Previewing Fox’s World Cup debut Seth Vertelney 00:07 6/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Fox Sports set Fox Sports World Cup From a focus on American voices to a controversial decision to leave many of them at home, there will be plenty to dissect in the network’s debut Seven years after it won the rights to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups with a bid near $500 million, Fox is ready to take on the challenge of broadcasting its first men’s World Cup.Ahead of the tournament’s kickoff on Thursday, Goal spoke with three key members of the Fox team about some of the biggest talking points in the network’s coverage: analyst Alexi Lalas, lead studio host Rob Stone and executive producer David Neal.Here are a selection of some of the most noteworthy aspects of Fox’s men’s World Cup debut. Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move The basicsFox Sports will carry all 64 games of the World Cup live, 38 of which will be on the over-the-air Fox network. The other 26 games will be on FS1.Game times will usually be 8 a.m. ET, 11 a.m. ET and 2 p.m. ET. Fox will broadcast a pre-game show one hour before kickoff of the first game and a post-game show following completion of the last game. There will also be a nightly highlights show, “FIFA World Cup Tonight,” that will be shown on either Fox or FS1.Games will also be streaming online and and on-demand via Fox Sports GO and the Fox Sports App, but authentication is required for both.Full broadcast team:Play-by-play/analyst teams: John Strong and Stuart Holden, JP Dellacamera and Tony Meola, Derek Rae and Aly Wagner, Glenn Davis and Cobi Jones, Jorge Perez-Navarro and Mariano Trujillo, Mark Followill and Warren BartonStudio hosts: Rob Stone, Kate Abdo, Fernando Fiore, Ian JoyStudio analysts: Hernan Crespo, Guus Hiddink, Alexi Lalas, Dr. Joe Machnik (rules analyst), Lothar Matthaus, Moises Munoz, Kelly Smith, Ian WrightReporters: Rachel Bonnetta (Digital), Sergey Gordeev (National Geographic), Maria Komandnaya, Rodolfo Landeros (Mexico reporter), Geoff Shreeves (England reporter), Jenny TaftCorrespondent-at-large: Grant WahlFox takes the reins For the first time since 1990, ESPN/ABC will not carry the World Cup in English in the United States.“ESPN did a fabulous job with the World Cup,” Neal said. “They were largely responsible for the growth of soccer in the United States over the past decade-plus, so really for us they set such a high bar.“We want to begin by just equaling that bar and in our own way we hope to exceed it.”There will be many similarities between ESPN and Fox’s broadcasts, but Fox will attempt to differentiate itself by elevating American voices, and emphasizing opinion and personalities.“With Fox I want to be a part of a group that is committed to surpassing [ESPN], but also doing it in a Fox way,” Lalas said.“We are proud disrupters, which means that at times people are going to like what we do and at times they’re going to not like what we do.“We take what we do very seriously but we don’t take ourselves very seriously so I think an element of humor and an element of performance and theater and characters, but always being genuine and authentic and truthful in the way we go about presenting that.”An emphasis on American voicesFox has made no secret of its desire to promote American voices, with eight of its 12 match commentators hailing from the United States, including lead duo John Strong and Stu Holden.It’s in stark contrast to ESPN, which has gone Brit-centric with its selection of match commentators in previous World Cups.  Gone are legendary voices like Ian Darke and Martin Tyler. “I think the fact that four of our six play-by-play voices are American is something that should be celebrated,” Neal said.“It really reflects the fact that the game is growing exponentially in the U.S. and that we don’t have to go offshore to find qualified voices. That was certainly by design and something that I’m extremely proud of and excited about.”Will calling off monitor be off-putting?Fox has been taking plenty of heat over its decision to only send four of its 12 commentators – the pairings of John Strong and Stu Holden along with JP Dellacamera and Tony Meola – to Russia while having the remaining eight call the games off monitors in Los Angeles.Contrast that to the 2014 World Cup, when ESPN sent 10 commentators to Brazil.Lalas is realistic in his assessment of Fox’s decision.“It’s disingenuous for me to say that it’s ideal – it’s not ideal and we recognize that,” Lalas said. “These are decisions that other people make and they make them for a reason.“The ideal is that you’re at the stadium and you’re calling it, but life doesn’t always work out like that and you have to make some very tough decisions. Ultimately this is a business.”Many believe that had the U.S. qualified for Russia, Fox would be investing more into the tournament and sending more announcers to the host nation. For Neal, though, the controversy over the issue has been overblown.“Really it’s much ado about nothing,” Neal said. “If you look at the global standard of the way soccer is covered day in and day out, at least half, if not more than half of the matches that are watched on any given day in any country involve commentators who are doing them off tube [from a monitor].“There are European rights-holders for the World Cup who are not sending any on-air talent to Russia so it’s a little puzzling to me that this has become such a point of interest because really, for anyone that knows anything about how soccer is televised around the world, this is standard procedure.”Will the U.S. be conspicuous by its absence?Suffice it to say, Fox wasn’t expecting the U.S. to not be at the 2018 World Cup when it paid nearly $500 million to acquire the English-language rights to the tournament, along with the 2022 edition in Qatar.But that’s the reality facing the network as it embarks on the first World Cup since 1986 without the United States. Will viewers still be hearing about the U.S. national team on a American network that is making a concerted effort to emphasize homegrown talent?“I would talk to Vegas right now and say, ‘What is the over/under on times that we mention the United States in our World Cup broadcast?” Stone said.“My guess in all honesty is going to be four or less. And that might be on the high side.”Stone believes the American audience is now at a point where they will tune in to the World Cup whether their home country is involved or not.“I think our country is in a place that’s OK with [the U.S. not qualifying]. They’re clearly upset that the U.S. isn’t there but it doesn’t mean we’re going to turn this tournament off. The intelligence level and sophistication of the American fan around this sport right now has grown immensely.”Should the U.S. become a subject of conversation during Fox’s 350 hours of World Cup programming, Stone predicts it will likely stem from any developing stories on the team’s head coaching search.Wagner makes historyFormer U.S. women’s national team midfielder Aly Wagner will become the first female game analyst for the men’s World Cup on American television, alongside Telemundo’s Viviana Vila.“She works incredibly hard and that’s just what jumps out at you immediately,” Lalas said of Wagner.“The way that she is able to distill that work into providing interesting and insightful comments during a game, that’s what you want. She’s also not afraid to have an opinion.”Wagner was capped 131 times by the USWNT, and has served as a match analyst for Fox at the 2015 Women’s World Cup and last summer’s Confederations Cup.“She earned this role at the World Cup by doing terrific work last summer during the Confederations Cup,” Neal said.“She’s just someone who understands how to explain a sport that can sometimes be complex and mysterious. She sees it, she breaks it down into its absolute basics and makes it easily understood.”Wagner will be partnered with veteran Scottish play-by-play man Derek Rae.Russia serves up its share of controversyThe World Cup’s host country is always a big part of a broadcast’s storyline, bringing an added focus to the team’s performance on the field and the nation’s culture off of it. This year’s host nation will present some unique challenges.Russia has made its share of unseemly headlines in recent years, with doping scandals, election hacking and political assassinations underscoring the country’s general proclivity to cause geopolitical chaos. How will Fox balance its on-field duties with some of the more elephant-in-the-room aspects of the host nation’s profile?“We don’t go in with any presumption that we’re news journalists – we’re not,” Neal said.“I don’t think viewers are watching the World Cup to watch a discussion of Russia-U.S. relations. I think there are plenty of networks out there who will provide that for them. Viewers are coming to us to watch the World Cup … If we start to get into anything outside of that area, I think we’re doing a disservice to our viewers.”Stone mostly agrees, though he concedes that off-field matters could briefly come up on the air.“My guess is most of the political talk is going to happen before kickoff and the opening [match]. My feeling is that once the sport takes over the politics are going to step away.”Like it did during last summer’s Confederations Cup, Fox is partnering with National Geographic to bring a focus to the people and culture of Russia.“I think there is the majority of people in the United States who see Russia as Ivan Drago from ‘Rocky IV’,” Stone said.“Everybody knows about Moscow and St. Petersburg but all the other host cities outside of maybe Sochi, people are probably for now at least scratching their head and have no idea where they are and why they were selected. It’s part of our job to educate everybody about that element.”A unique set in Red SquareFox is the only broadcaster at the World Cup that will have its own standalone studio in Moscow’s Red Square.While many other broadcasters will be in a shared structure nearby, Fox will have a state-of-the-art studio all to itself.How did Fox become the only broadcaster to have its own studio in Red Square? It likely has something to do with the fact Neal has visited Russia 16 times before the World Cup has even started.“It’s about building relationships,” Neal said. “You need to be vested, you need to be partners with the organizing committees, you need to share your vision early and then continue to pursue it. That’s been our relationship with FIFA.“Early on we laid out what we wanted to do and we stuck with it. We had to go through various iterations of it but it’s relationship building.”El Tri takes center stageThe U.S. may not be at the World Cup but luckily for Fox, the most popular team in the U.S. will be.Fox will unsurprisingly go big on its Mexico coverage, hoping to draw English-speaking El Tri fans and at least siphon off some bilingual Mexico followers who otherwise would be watching on Telemundo.Rodolfo Landeros will be embedded with the team in Mexico, while El Tri goalkeeper Moises Munoz, who is still an active Liga MX player and played for Mexico as recently as last summer, will provide studio analysis. The all-Mexican team of Jorge Perez Navarro and Mariano Trujillo will handle play-by-play and color commentating duties.“Viewers will get the best, most informed reporting on Mexico that’s available anywhere on television – certainly in the United States,” Neal said.One potential pitfall: Perez Navarro and Trujillo will be back in Los Angeles calling off monitors rather than with the team in Russia.last_img read more

UK theatre veteran Emma Stenning named Soulpepper executive director

first_imgTORONTO – This isn’t the first time incoming Soulpepper Theatre Company executive director Emma Stenning has faced the fallout of a sexual-misconduct scandal that rocked the arts world.The U.K.-based theatre veteran, whose hiring was announced Thursday, comes to Toronto by way of the Bristol Old Vic, where she has served as the company’s chief executive for the past nine years.Housed in a 250-year-old building, the Bristol Old Vic bills itself as the oldest continuously working theatre in the English-speaking world. But the present company traces its origins back to 1946, when it was established as an offshoot of the esteemed Old Vic in London.London’s Old Vic was thrust into the #MeToo spotlight last November after the theatre said it had received 20 allegations of inappropriate behaviour against its former artistic director Kevin Spacey.While the theatre companies are separate, Stenning said the Bristol Old Vic worked closely with its London counterpart to develop a program in which staff members are trained as “guardians” who their colleagues can turn to for confidential counsel about workplace concerns.Across the pond, Soulpepper has shown a similar commitment to culture change in the face of a now-resolved legal battle over sexual-misconduct allegations against its former artistic director, Stenning said, and she plans to build on this progress as both a leader and a listener.“You’ve got to walk the talk … Policies that sit on bits of paper in people’s drawers are no good,” Stenning said in a recent interview in Toronto.“We have to have an active culture of listening, of learning, of supporting each other. I hope to embody that, to lead from the front, just as I have in Bristol.”Having overseen a 25-million-pound ($42 million) overhaul of the 18th-century theatre, Stenning said she felt her tenure at the Bristol Old Vic was coming to a natural close, and she could leave with confidence that she had restored the company from a “wobbly” financial position into a thriving cultural institution.And as she looks towards Soulpepper’s next chapter, Stenning said the theatre’s standing is not as “wobbly” as one might think.“My vision for the company is just to continue to work with the team on this process of stabilization, I suppose, and make sure that we are really ready to deliver a bold future.”When she assumes her full executive duties this November, Stenning will work with Soulpepper’s yet-to-be-appointed artistic director to develop a five-year strategic plan for the theatre and review its training academy, which has been placed on a one-year hiatus.Her predecessor in the position, Leslie Lester, parted ways with the company in January after four actresses filed separate lawsuits against Soulpepper and her husband, founding artistic director Albert Schultz, accusing him of sexual misconduct. Schultz also stepped down from his position and vowed to vigorously defend himself against the allegations.Earlier this month, all parties in the case said they had reached an out-of-court settlement, the terms of which have not been disclosed.Vanessa Morgan, chair of Soulpepper’s board of directors, said in an email that all costs relating to the lawsuits will be accounted for in its 2018 financial statement and have not had a “material impact” on the non-profit theatre’s financial position or operations.After reporting a $556,000 deficit for 2017, Soulpepper said in a March statement that the theatre was projecting further deficits this year due to “extraordinary” one-time costs and revenue reductions, as well as the loss of a planned funding increase from the Canada Council for the Arts.In order to help its financial situation, earlier this year the theatre launched a “Transition Campaign” that has since raised $825,000, a Soulpepper spokesperson said Wednesday.Stenning said with the strong support of donors, whom she called Soulpepper’s “rocket fuel,” she feels optimistic about the company’s financial future.The theatre has maintained financial support from all three levels of government during its months-long legal battle, which she sees as a vote of confidence in the steps Soulpepper has already taken to create a safer workplace, including providing crisis counsellors, setting up a whistleblower hotline and adopting a new code of conduct.With connections to theatre festivals around the world, Stenning said she hopes to raise Soulpepper’s profile on the international stage.But Soulpepper’s true potential lies at home, she said, in a theatre that was founded by artists, and puts artists first. And she said those artists will be her guides as she steers Soulpepper forward.“I think it’s a very strong statement of values to say that we start with the art,” she said. “Artists are people that see around corners. You have to trust an artist’s vision of what … stories they want to tell.”last_img read more

Rajasthan Royals launches Academy in England

first_imgNew Delhi: Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals has tied up with the Star Cricket Academy in Surrey, England to re-launch the facility as the ‘Rajasthan Royals Academy’. The centre has a state-of-the-art cricket centre named the Jarrett Centre, RR said in a press release. It is an indoor cricket training centre run by former professional batsman Siddharth Lahiri, along with his team of coaches including former England international and mentor to the academy, Keith Medlycott. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Speaking ahead of the launch of the academy, RR’s England player Jos Buttker said, “I am delighted that Rajasthan Royals are launching an academy in the UK. There is so much talent here and the learnings that can be transferred from the IPL and Indian cricket in general are immense.” Manoj Badale, lead owner of the Rajasthan Royals, added, “Education and sports go hand in hand, which helps in building strong characters and leaders. Rajasthan Royals Academy is a great way to engage the youth, develop talent, and potentially find the stars of the future.” The franchise said it is also keen to create an exchange programme across India and UK wherein the children from the UK will receive an opportunity to come to Institute of Sport, Nagpur.last_img read more

Alberta regulator restricts fracking near March earthquake zone

CALGARY — The Alberta Energy Regulator is moving to restrict oilfield fracking activity near the Brazeau Reservoir in east central Alberta as a precaution following a 4.4 magnitude earthquake in the area in March.The AER says hydraulic fracturing operations targeting the Duvernay underground formation or deeper are prohibited within five kilometres of the Brazeau dam infrastructure.Hydraulic fracturing or fracking — where water, sand and chemicals are injected under high pressure to break up tight rock and free trapped oil and gas — is also banned for shallower operations within three kilometres. Fracking ordered suspended at Alberta well site following this week’s 4.6 magnitude earthquake ‘Tide has turned’: Pembina’s $4.5-billion venture to revive petrochemicals industry Flying in face of negative sentiment, U.S. private equity giant forms natural gas company in Canada Oilfield firms that engage in hydraulic fracturing within five kilometres of the dam must report any seismic events greater than 1.0 magnitude and operations must cease if any event of 2.5 magnitude or greater is detected, the AER says.The epicentre of the earthquake in March was estimated to be about 32 kilometres northwest of Rocky Mountain House but it was not immediately linked to fracking activity. It was strong enough to be felt by local residents but no damage was initially reported.A 4.6 magnitude earthquake a week earlier was felt in Red Deer and Sylvan Lake in central Alberta and prompted the AER to order producer Vesta Energy Ltd. to suspend fracking at its well site, report all previous seismic activity and file a plan to eliminate or reduce future seismic activity from fracking.“Earthquakes induced by hydraulic fracturing have not been observed or reported near the Brazeau dam,” the AER says on the website.“While there is no immediate risk to public safety or the environment, we have developed these requirements as a precaution to limit the potential for an induced earthquake to happen near the Brazeau dam.” read more

F35 The fighter jet of the future touches down on British soil

Luckily, what the Air Ministry first considered “impracticable” became the foundation of the modern Royal Air Force. When Coventry-born Sir Frank Whittle unveiled the design for his prototype jet engine, experts believed the 1,000-pound thrust it could produce “wouldn’t blow the skin off a rice pudding”.   But at 8.08pm on June 6, the first four F-35 Lightning II jets used their 40,000 pounds of thrust to land at RAF Marham in Norfolk, having flown across the Atlantic in a 6,440km (4,000 mile) marathon mission.   Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The cutting-edge single-seat, single-engine aircraft took off from a US Marine Corps Station in South Carolina and were flown by British pilots from the newly reformed 617 Squadron,… read more

The Geek Preppers Guide Bulletproof Your Dakimakura Anime Body Pillow

first_img When civilization falls or becomes a sci-fi or cyberpunk dystopia and humanity needs to survive and resist, geeks need to be ready. That’s what the Geek Prepper’s Guide is for. This guide will help you fight the future, just like the first X-Files movie.Dakimakura are anime body pillows. They’re very long pillows with pillowcases featuring anime characters, often full-body pictures of girls. Some would call them creepy. Others haven’t shopped for them yet. Anyway, here’s how you can make your waifu bulletproof, so she can mamoru you all day when the forces of oppression, anarchy, or Yakuza open fire on you.Don’t try this. Seriously, this whole concept is tongue-in-cheek, but this project in particular? Don’t rely on it to protect you from bullets, or to be effective at anything other than making your body pillow really uncomfortable. This is not intended to be a serious guide to prepare you for a life-threatening situation. And if you needed this paragraph to tell you that, that makes me sad.Kevlar is the DuPont-developed aramid (synthetic) fiber that’s become synonymous with bulletproof vests. It’s synthesized into a fiber and then spun into string, which is woven into fabric. This fabric is very resistant to cuts thanks to an absurdly high tensile strength, which is why layers of it are used in bulletproof clothing. And you can just buy it online by the yard!For bulletproofing, you want Kevlar KM2 fabric, which is the ballistic grade version of the material (lighter Kevlar fabrics are available for making knife-resistant clothing and gloves, and for ropes and other industrial applications). Kevlarsupply.com has 71.5-inch-wide rolls of Kevlar KM2 available at $40 per yard! The average dakimakura is 50cm (about 20 inches) wide and 150cm to 160cm (59 to 63 inches) long. So a single yard of the material should be enough, if you don’t waste any when cutting it.You’ll probably also want some strong steel shears, ideally designed for cutting Kevlar fabric (Kevlarsupply has them for $27 each, and an electric Kevlar cutter for $140), plus some Kevlar thread ($20 a spool). You’ll also need your favorite dakimakura waifu pillowcase, and you need to be prepared to do some surgery on her.Finally, you’ll need some imagination, because I didn’t actually do any of this and will instead just be filling this story with more photos of weird dakimakura. Incidentally, all pictures come from Animedakimakurapillow.com, the largest anime dakimakura pillow collection worldwide according to them.Using a seam ripper, cut the seams between the two halves of the pillow case. IF you do it cleanly, you should be left with two big fabric rectangles. Measure those rectangles and cut similarly sized rectangles from the Kevlar fabric, trimming them to be just half an inch or so smaller on all sides.Lay the Kevlar rectangles over the Dakimakura halves. If you have a sewing machine and a strong needle, use it with the Kevlar thread to sew the Kevlar to the pillowcase halves. If you don’t, get ready for some long, tedious hand stitching. Leave the top edge, where the pillowcase opening would be, unsewn, so you have pockets between the Kevlar and the fabric.When both Dakimakura pillow case halves are securely sewn to the Kevlar, sew them back together into your new, reinforced Dakimakura pillow case. Do this along the same lines where the seams were before you ripped them out. It’s best to sew it together inside-out, with the Kevlar facing outward, so when you pull the pillow case the right way the seams aren’t exposed.Your waifu is now ready to mamoru you! At least, from knives. While Kevlar is very resistant to penetration (joke goes here), it doesn’t actually stop the kinetic energy of bullets. And, if you use only one or two layers, more powerful bullets will likely punch through it as well. It can handle stabbing just fine, though. But you want it to be bulletproof, and that means reinforcing your dakimakura with some ballistic plates.I’m not going to lie; ballistic plates are pricey. But if you’re crazy enough to go this far, maybe you’re crazy enough to go further.James Franco & Kimiko (Photo via NBC/Ali Goldstein)Ballistic plates are hard plates that are inserted into bulletproof armor to help disperse the energy of bullets and prevent penetration, and are much more effective than Kevlar alone (especially with higher caliber rounds that will simply shred through the fabric; .44 Magnum rounds pack around seven times the kinetic force of .22 LR rounds). Ballistic plates generally offer level IIIA ballistic resistance, which means they can block rounds from a .44 Magnum.Tactical supply companies like BOTACH offer rectangular 11-by-14-inch ballistic plates for $70 to $100 each. To fully armor your waifu pillow, you’re going to need between six and eight, depending on how you arrange them. Get the plates, secure them together with some Gorilla tape, so they fit inside the pocket you made between the Kevlar and the pillow case, and slide that big, bulletproof slab in.The bad news is your waifu is now much, much less snuggly under the hard composite plates and aramid weave. The good news is she can now save your life from SMG fire. Is it worth it? Is any of this? I don’t know, I just really hope you don’t actually try this and think it’ll save your life. I’ve never actually worked with bulletproof material and have no freaking clue if this would be effective. Seriously. Don’t try this.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid Ryugu last_img read more

3 insurers plan to leave Alaska individual health market

first_imgThousands of Alaskans will have to find a new insurer after a shake-up in the state’s health insurance market.Aetna and State Farm plan to stop offering individual plans in Alaska and Assurant Health plans to leave the health insurance market altogether. Division of Insurance Director Lori Wing-Heier says the companies covered fewer than 6,000 policyholders at the end of 2014. Two major insurers remain for individual policies.Wing-Heier says the division is trying to contact another company licensed to write individual policies in Alaska to gauge its interest but that company hasn’t written that kind of policy in several years.Aetna said it looked at factors including whether it could provide affordable plans in making its decision. Assurant is looking for a buyer for its health insurance business nationwide.last_img read more

Eric Dickerson Demands 300k Lifetime Salary for NFL HallofFamers

first_imgBy Perry Green, AFRO Sports Editor NFL Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson made headlines this week when he announced that he and a group of fellow Hall-of-Famers would be boycotting future Hall ceremonies and other related activities if the league did not provide them with health insurance and a $300,000 annual salary.Dickerson and at least 20 other HOF players made their demands in a letter that was reportedly addressed to the Hall’s president, C. David Baker, along with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association Director DeMaurice Smith; the letter was obtained by ABC News, according to the news medium.In this Aug. 2, 2014, file photo, enshrinee Eric Dickerson is introduced during the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony, in Canton, Ohio. A group of Pro Football Hall of Famers is demanding health insurance coverage and a share of NFL revenues or else those former players will boycott the induction ceremonies. In a letter sent to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and Hall of Fame President David Baker — and obtained by The Associated Press — 21 Hall of Fame members cited themselves as “integral to the creation of the modern NFL, which in 2017 generated $14 billion in revenue.” Among the signees were Eric Dickerson. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)Those who signed the letter included notable football legends like Deion Sanders, Jim Brown, Lawrence Taylor and Joe Namath, among others. Jerry Rice and Kurt Warner’s names were also on the letter, though both of them later released personal statements, saying that while they would not be boycotting any Hall of Fame activities, they did support the request for better health care coverage for retired players.“People know us from our highlight reels. They see us honored and mythologized before games and at halftime, and it would be reasonable if they thought life was good for us. But on balance, it’s not,” the letter read. “As a group we are struggling with severe health and financial problems. To build this game, we sacrificed our bodies. In many cases, and despite the fact that we were led to believe otherwise, we sacrificed our minds.”Dickerson also spoke directly to ABC News, and told them he doesn’t want just free health care coverage and a proper pension for the Hall’s members but, also, he wants the league to provide healthcare insurance for any and every player that retires from the NFL, regardless if they make it to the Hall of Fame.“All of us feel like having health care is just a normal thing to have,” Dickerson said. “And I think it’s right. I think people are kind of losing the message that you know it’s all about the Hall of Fame. Well right now it’s all about the Hall of Famers because we can’t do anything because of the current CBA [collective bargaining agreement], we can’t go back in and do that. I want all players to have health care; every player that played in the National Football League.” https://www.google.com/amp/s/abcnews.go.com/amp/US/nfl-hall-famer-eric-dickerson-push-insurance-health/story%3fid=57927287But the group’s request for a $300,000 lifetime annual salary has caused some to speculate if they may be asking for too much. Yahoo Sports senior NFL reporter Charles Robinson said asking for that kind of money for life “cheapens the message” he was trying to relay on the importance of health care for retirees.“Guys in the NFL should have their health taken care of later in life. It’s a noble message. When a Hall of Fame player essentially says the NFL has a ton of new money and we laid this foundation, then throws out a $300,000 salary-for-life suggestion, that cheapens the message,” Robinson wrote, explaining how he agrees that NFL players should seek better pensions, “but seeking $300k a year for life for Hall of Famers is a reach for NFL revenues that never should have been mixed in with the health care argument.”But Dickerson stated in his letter that $300,000 isn’t too much, citing how the NFL made $14 billion in revenue last year.“The total cost for every Hall of Famer to have health insurance is less than $4 million – less than that of a 30-second Super Bowl ad, or about 3 cents for every $100 the league generates in revenue,” the letter states. “Paying Hall of Famers an annual salary works out to about 40 cents for every $100 in annual revenue, a figure that will increase dramatically in the near future with legalized gambling.”Dickerson also mentioned to reporters how MLB players make more than $200,000 in pension salary, so if it can be done in pro baseball, it should be fine for ex-football players, too.“If you played in the MLB for 10 years you get $220,000 a year and free health care,” Dickerson told Fox Sports. “We’re nowhere near that.” https://twitter.com/foxsportsradio/status/1042550762704797701?s=21While some call Dickerson’s efforts noble, others have begun to call him out for not having that same energy years ago, when he broke the picket line during a players’ boycott that would have given retired players better benefits.NBC Sports writer Michael D. Smith reported that NFL players had gone on strike in 1987, and one of the main agendas they were boycotting for was a better pension for the retired legends of the game. But Dickerson helped end the strike when he gave in and rejoined his team.“When players went on strike for better benefits, Eric Dickerson undermined them,” Smith wrote.https://www.google.com/amp/s/profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/09/19/when-players-went-on-strike-for-better-benefits-eric-dickerson-undermined-them/amp/last_img read more

5 Ways Artificial Intelligence Is Already Transforming the Banking Industry

first_img Artificial Intelligence (AI) — and its growing impact on and applicability for individuals and businesses alike — is one of today’s most widely discussed topics. From virtual assistants like Siri and Alexa, to chatbots created by Facebook and Drift, AI is having a significant impact on the lives of consumers.Related: #Five Technology Trends That Will Disrupt Your Banking StyleA study from Statista showed that the number of consumers using virtual assistants worldwide is expected to exceed one billion in 2018. Additionally, a 2018 survey by Accenture projected that 37 percent of U.S. consumers will own a digital voice assistant (DVA) device by the end of 2018.It is readily apparent how AI-powered technology is making inroads into everyday life through DVAs and other consumer products, but AI is also having a transformative effect on an industry that impacts virtually all consumers and businesses: banking. Here are five ways that AI is already transforming the banking industry.Customer service automationAs natural language processing technology evolves, consumers find it increasingly difficult to distinguish between a voice bot and a human customer service representative. This stems from improved abilities on the part of voice and chatbots to resolve customer issues without human intervention.The benefits to banks of customer service automation are obvious: AI could lead to significant cost reductions. A recent study by Autonomous predicted that AI could lead to 1.2 million jobs being cut in the banking and lending industry, resulting in up to $450 billion in industrysavings by 2030.Despite the potential rewards customer service automation promises, banks and other businesses need to proceed with caution in relying too heavily on voice and chatbots. The popularity of GetHuman illustrates this: It’s a website that connects consumers with human CSRs to resolve their issue. In fact, voice and chatbots often work best when augmenting rather than replacing humans. At a minimum, the option to speak to a human, if necessary, should be readily available. Related: This Banker Explains Why Confluence of Fintech and Banks is Unavoidable Want an example of how banks are creatively employing AI to serve customers? The Swiss bank UBS, ranked number 35 globally for its volume of assets, according to Accuity’s August 2018 global bank rankings — has partnered with Amazon to incorporate its “Ask UBS” service into Alexa-powered Echo speaker devices.Ask UBS, which is aimed at UBS’s European wealth management clients, enables users to receive wide-ranging advice and analysis on global financial markets just by “asking” Alexa. “Ask UBS” also acts as a teaching resource, offering definitions and examples of acronyms and jargon related to the financial industry.While Ask UBS can make a call from a UBS financial advisor to a customer’s phone upon request, it is not yet able to access individual portfolios, execute trades or perform other transactions; it can’t offer personalized advice based on a client’s holdings and goals. According to the Wall Street Journal, the reason is primarily security and privacy concerns. More in-depth and personalized service through a DVA may not be far off, though. In the article, a UBS spokesman stated that the company’s aim is to make “Ask UBS” and similar tools “secure, compliant, and trustable for clients.”PersonalizationBanks have access to a wealth of customer data, including detailed demographics, website analytics and records of online and offline transactions. By utilizing machine learning to integrate and analyze information from multiple, discrete databases to form a 360-degree customer view, banks are better positioned to personalize products, services and interactions based on the behavior of individual clients.According to James Eardley, global director of industry marketing for enterprise software giant SAP, “The next step within the digital service model is for banks to price for the individual, and to negotiate that price in real time, taking personalization to the ultimate level.”While personalized pricing of this kind may only become prevalent in the future, banks are already utilizing AI-processed behavioral data to advise individual clients on appropriate credit and savings products, based on their goals and habits. Santander, the world’s 14th largest bank, measured by its current assets, even hosted a competition, with a prize of $60,000, on the machine learning crowdsourcing site Kaggle, encouraging data scientists to write code that better “pairs products with people.”SecurityIn the banking and payments industry, personalization extends far beyond marketing and product customization, into security. A growing number of banks are utilizing biometric data, like fingerprints, to replace or augment passwords and other forms of client verification.A report by Goode Intelligence forecast that 1.9 billion bank customers will be using some form of biometric identification by 2021. The Guardian reported that U.K. bank Halifax even experimented with Bluetooth wristbands that identified a client’s unique heartbeat to authenticate account access.In a widely discussed innovation to its popular iPhone, Apple has evolved its Face ID so that it now uses AI-powered facial-recognition technology to unlock the device as well as validate purchases using Apple Pay, its digital wallet service. As facial recognition and other biometric authentication techniques become more sophisticated and secure, they are poised to become increasingly commonplace.Process OptimizationOne of the most promising applications of AI in banking comes from automating high-volume, low-value processes. In one example, reported by McKinsey, JPMorgan began using bots to process internal IT requests, including employees’ attempts to reset their work passwords. Up to 1.7 million requests were expected to be handled by the bots in 2017, doing the work of 40 full-time employees.Pattern recognition and fraud preventionThe ability of AI to sift through massive amounts of data and identify patterns that might elude human observers is one of its greatest strengths. One area where this capacity is particularly relevant is in fraud prevention.According to McAfee, cybercrime costs the global economy $600 billion. AI and machine learning solutions are being deployed by many financial service providers to detect fraud in real time. An additional benefit of improved fraud prevention technology is that legitimate activity is flagged as fraudulent less often.According to Tech2, Mastercard was able to reduce “false declines” for its customers by 80 percent using AI technology.Final thoughtsThe fintech revolution is still in its infancy, but alongside AI, it has already had a substantial impact on the way traditional banks do business. This presents digital entrepreneurs and investors with myriad opportunities for improvement.Related: #5 Vital Points for Creating a Banking ChatbotAccording to CB Insights, the first quarter of 2018 alone saw a global record $5.4 billion in funds raised by VC-backed fintech companies. Having a high-level understanding of the goals big banks are looking to achieve with AI — including customer-service automation, personalization, improved security, process optimization and pattern recognition — hopefully provides food for thought and inspiration for digital entrepreneurs attracted to the fintech space. September 12, 2018 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 6 min readlast_img read more

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first_img Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more The new Konica Minolta DryPro 873 Laser delivers unparalleled image stability for high-quality images, including mammography. The DryPro 873 Laser Imager provides a 4.0 DMax at 43.75um to support consistent mammography imaging.Designed to enhance productivity and workflow, the DryPro 873 Laser Imager delivers a first print in 50 seconds and throughput of 150 14-inch x 17-inch sheets per hour. As with all Konica Minolta laser imagers, it is easy-to-use and engineered for superb reliability and efficiency. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Technology | October 07, 2008 Konica Minolta DryPro 873 Laser Imager for Mammography Designed to Enhance Workflow Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more last_img read more

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first_img News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more News | June 10, 2009 Reimbursement Efficiency Metric Designed for Oncology Market June 10, 2009 – Oncology Metrics llc and RemitDATA Inc. have partnered to create a tool to aid oncology practices in evaluating their billing staff’s efficiency and staffing levels. CORE, or Coefficient of Reimbursement Efficiency, is the proprietary collaboration between RemitDATA and Oncology Metrics. By integrating and then analyzing the unique data collected by each company, CORE enables oncology practices to objectively understand the efficiency of their billing and collections staff as compared with other oncology practices. This enables practices to take concrete steps to improve their billing and collections, directly impacting their profitability. CORE compares time-to-collection and the frequency of denials to evaluate the rate of collections per dollar paid in billing staff salary. CORE participants receive their ranking in the number of claims that are denied and the time from claim submission to first payment. Using CORE, practices can evaluate policies and procedures, staffing levels and output, and collection metrics against an objective standard. Ensuring that a practice is properly staffed continues to be a critical issue for practices as revenue constricts. CORE can help practices refine their billing procedures such as having billers specialize by payer and procedure. Currently, CORE is only available to leading practices that are both RemitDATA customers and members of the elite Oncology Circle, representing leading office-based oncology practices around the country. The two companies are developing means to enable other oncology practices to access key practice metrics that will drive additional profitability into oncology practices. For more information: www.oncologymetrics.com and www.remitdata.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). 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first_imgJanuary 5, 2011 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given clearance for Medic Vision Ltd. to market its SafeCT product in the United States. SafeCT processes and enhances images spanning a broad range of clinical applications acquired on a wide variety of computed tomography (CT) scanners. SafeCT enables a 50 percent dose reduction in CT scans without compromising image quality and diagnostic information, according to the company. It is compatible with most major CT platforms and picture archiving and communications systems (PACS) and as an add-on solution can provide low-dose imaging functionality to the scanners.SafeCT has been clinically validated at leading medical centers, with hundreds of patients tested and results presented in a number of papers. For more information: www.medicvision.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Related Content Left: standard-dose image at 396 mAs, 140 kVp right: SafeCT-reconstructed image of a registered 198 mAs, 120 kVp study of the same patient, showing similar image quality at less than 50 precent dose level. The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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