Solving the Mobile Video Optimization and Monetization Conundrum

first_imgCloud virtualization of high density, general purpose computing hardware across multiple applications. Get a sneak preview of the demoOpens in a new window and register to meet us at MWCOpens in a new window. See you in Barcelona!Sven Freudenfeld is responsible for Business Development for the Communications Product Business Unit at Kontron focusing on the telecom and cloud vertical markets. Sven possess more than 15 years experience in voice, data, and wireless communications, having worked extensively with Nortel Networks in Systems Engineering, Sanmina-SCI in Test Engineering, and Deutsche Telekom in Network engineering. He previously held the position as President of the Communication Platform Trade Association and is currently an active member of PICMG’s xTCA marketing work group. Sven holds an electrical engineering degree from Germany. A high performance Big Data platform that cuts processing time by more than half, enabling rapid analysis of video traffic data for new insights driving optimization and monetization. Leveraging high density computing for cost-effective optimization, high performance analytics, and next-generation NFV evolutionBy Sven Freudenfeld, Director, Business Development, Telecom-Cloud, KontronEverybody’s talking about the exponential growth of video and its impact on network capacity and subscriber quality of experience. The thing is, nobody’s really solved the problem in a cost-effective and comprehensive way – until now.  We won’t bore you with market statistics and forecasts, since you probably live them. Instead, let’s chat about the real problems you face.The trend is foretelling: service providers and cable operators are competing for the same customer base who want the convenience of being platform and location independent. This in turn forces operators to make difficult decisions on how to balance content delivery with the available compute and bandwidth resources. Multi-screen reduces subscriber churn, but does not come for free.Previously, mobile service providers had to manage low-bitrate, low-resolution content across their networks, including multimedia messaging services (MMS) and multimedia broadcast multicast services (MBMS). With the advent of OTT video they now have to deliver HD content across bandwidth constrained pipes. Conversely for cable operators, the management and delivery of high-bitrate HD content (and now Ultra HD) is part of their DNA. However, the delivery of high quality video across unmanaged, bandwidth-constrained networks presents a challenge most cable operators are unfamiliar with.Problem #1: Current mobile video optimization solutions are inadequate. The business case for optimization is suspect because transcoding is an expensive operation. Purpose build solution cost and scalability are major concerns, and vendors are challenged to deliver. What technology fits best to repurpose elements to provide more flexibility in the deployment of video optimization.Problem #2: The real goal of operators is not just to manage the OTT traffic more effectively, but to find ways to monetize it. However, most operators suffer from the inability to truly make monetization decisions because they lack an understanding of the traffic, the quality with which it’s delivered, and the subscriber behaviors driving it.Problem #3: On top of the video issues, operators are faced with evolving next generation networks, with NFV and SDN front and center, but with limited real-world examples to help them plan effectively.At Mobile World Congress, Intel, Kontron and Vantrix will demonstrate a solution that solves all three of these problems enabling successive, major benefits to mobile operators. The demo at the Kontron booth in Hall 5 Stand 5H19 will highlight solutions available today that demonstrate the following:A high density transcoding solution for video optimization that reduces the raw CPU footprint required by 4x over current computing platforms, significantly improving the business case.last_img read more

Premier League: Chelsea FC draw 0-0 at home vs Leicester City

first_imgChelsea put yet another drab show at home as they were held to a goalless draw by 10-man Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday.Slumping to their third straight goalless draw, after 0-0 Cup stalemates against Norwich City and Arsenal, Chelsea did not look sharp enough, with Alvaro Morata looking frustrated.With the draw, Chelsea gave Manchester United an advantage in the race to the second place in the league table, as Manchester City are the runaway leaders this season.Chelsea are now third in the league table at 47 points, currently the same as Manchester United who will take on struggling Stoke City on Monday. Manchester City are comfortable on top of the table with a 15-point advantage over both the teams.ALSO WATCHThe champions struggled for much of the game against the team that won the title a year before them, with Leicester creating a string of chances in the first half, thanks in large part to winger Riyad Mahrez, who has been the subject of constant transfer speculation.Chelsea improved after coach Antonio Conte replaced Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas with Pedro and Willian in the 58th minute.But even though Leicester went down to 10 men when defender Ben Chilwell was booked twice in five minutes midway through the second half, the home side failed to capitalise on the advantage, lacking ruthlessness and the final incisive pass.”I think I saw a lot of very tired players,” Conte said. “We suffered a lot, then when I decided to put fresh energy on we had a big chance to score.”advertisementChelsea have played seven games in the last three weeks, including a League Cup semi-final against Arsenal on Wednesday.Morata has failed to score for five games but Conte said the problem was not with his striker.”The problem is for the team not only for Morata,” he said. “Compared to last season we are conceding less. But at the same time we are showing not great quality in our finishing… it’s not just Morata.”Leicester coach Claude Puel said he felt his side had dropped two points, based on the their performance until the sending off.”In the end it was a good point, playing 10 against eleven… I think the sending off was harsh,” he said.Puel’s side defended patiently and in numbers for the last 20 minutes, Harry Maguire and Aleksandar Dragovic snuffing out Chelsea moves and Algerian Mahrez looking dangerous on the break.”He (Mahrez) is happy in playing, in training, he is happy with us and his team mates,” Puel said. “There is a lot of speculation about the players… and we want to keep our best player.”The London side meet Norwich City in an FA Cup replay at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

LeBron James’ 3rd MVP performance fires team to NBA All-Star triumph

first_imgLeBron James scored 10 of his game-high 29 points in the fourth quarter as Team LeBron rallied to defeat Team Stephen 148-145 in the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles.James added 10 rebounds and eight assists and led a feverish defensive stop on the final possession to preserve the victory and earn MVP honors. He is the league’s All-Star Game MVP for a third time, joining Bob Petit (four), Kobe Bryant (four), Oscar Robertson (three), Michael Jordan (three) and Shaquille O’Neal (three) with three or more.Kevin Durant added 19 points, Paul George scored 16, Andre Drummond and Bradley Beal had 14 each, Kyrie Irving 13, Anthony Davis 12 and Kemba Walker 11 for Team LeBron.Russell Westbrook contributed 11 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for Team LeBron.DeMar Rozan and Damian Lillard led Team Stephen with 21 points each, while Joel Embiid scored 19, Karl-Anthony Towns had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 16, Klay Thompson had 15, James Harden 12 and Curry 11.After DeRozan made 1 of 2 free throws to give Team Stephen a one-point lead with 40 seconds left, James scored on a drive to put his team ahead. After a turnover by Team Stephen, James fed Russell Westbrook for a layup and a 148-145 lead with 10 seconds left. James hit a 3-pointer to even the score at 144 with 1 minute 30 seconds remaining (NBA Twitter Photo)A trapping defense by James and Durant prevented Curry and his team from getting off a shot on the final possession.”We got stops when we needed to, got some buckets, made some big plays down the stretch. It was good,” Westbrook said on TNT after the game. “We wanted to win. We take pride, and we came out to win.advertisementIt was fun and exciting to get to go against other guys from the same conference. It was fun.”Durant’s 3-pointer gave Team LeBron a one-point lead at the outset of the third quarter, but DeRozan and Embiid scored five points each as Team Stephen took a 90-83 lead.Team LeBron twice got within two points and once got within one point three times before Beal’s 3-pointer gave James’ club a 105-103 lead.#LeBronJames talks after being presented with the #KiaAllStarMVP trophy!#NBAAllStar (@NBA) February 19, 2018The score was tied twice before Curry’s 3-pointer gave his team a 112-109 lead after three quarters.Lillard scored seven points as Team Stephen built the lead to 133-120 midway through the fourth quarter.George’s 3-pointer ended the run, he made another and James converted a three-point play as Team LeBron got within 136-133.Irving’s basket got Team LeBron within a point and Westbrook twice made baskets that James’ squad within one.Embiid scored on a layup before James hit a 3-pointer to even the score at 144 with 1:30 remaining.#LeBronJames lifts his third #KiaAllStarMVP trophy aftergoing for 29 PTS, 10 REB, 8 AST in the #TeamLeBron victory!#PhantomCam (@NBA) February 19, 2018(Source: Reuters)last_img read more

Virat Kohli needs no protection in Indian batting lineup: Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgVirat Kohli needs no protection in Indian batting lineup: Sunil GavaskarOver the last decade, Virat Kohli has scored 39 ODI hundreds in his career with as many as 32 centuries coming at No. 3.advertisement India Today Web Desk MumbaiFebruary 15, 2019UPDATED: February 15, 2019 22:28 IST Virat Kohli has been India’s most prolific run-getter in ODIs over the last few years (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli will be returning to lead India in the ODI and T20I series vs AustraliaThe 30-year-old has amassed 8440 runs at No.3 at an average of 62.98The Delhi batsman has played 37 ODIs at No.4 scoring 1744 runs at 58.13Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar is of the opinion that Virat Kohli is the perfect choice to bat for the team at No.3 in the ICC World Cup but can look to drop down the order if the need arises.Gavaskar said there is no need for the team management to protect the world’s best batsman in the lineup but if India lose any one of the openers early on in a big run chase, then the team can think about sending Kohli in at No.4.”The best batsman in the world needs no protection in the batting order. But sometimes you have to assess the conditions. There could be a lot of swing and movement in the air in England… and if the opposition makes over 350 and India lose the first wicket early, then Kohli could be protected and sent at No.4.”This is the very reason why it is really important for India to select its third opener who is technically sound. Because the ball swings and seams around in England. But if the conditions are not very different then Kohli should bat at No.3,” Gavaskar told India Today.Over the last decade, Kohli has scored 39 ODI hundreds in his career. As many as 32 of those hundreds came batting at No. 3. Kohli does not have a bad record at No. 4 either: he has scored 1929 runs when batting at that position including seven hundreds.Gavaskar’s comments came even as India head coach Ravi Shastri had stated that India won’t be hesitant to shuffle the batting order and play Virat Kohli at No. 4 at the World Cup.advertisementIndia have been having issues with the middle-order and are being looked at as a top-heavy unit. However, the good batting form of Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav and veteran MS Dhoni should give India confidence in the lead up to the much-anticipated tournament of the year.”The good thing about this Indian top-three is we can separate them, if conditions and situations demand. Someone like Virat Kohli can go to number four, and we can put a good number three to bring more balance to the batting line-up. That’s flexibility for you, and for big tournaments like the World Cup, you have to be flexible to see what’s the best balance for the side. So we will decide that (accordingly in England).”Maybe Rayudu, or someone else, could bat at number three, and Kohli comes in at number four. We wouldn’t want to disturb the opening combination. Separating the top-three could make the batting stronger,” Shastri had told Cricbuzz.Also Read | Virat Kohli can bat at No.4 depending on conditions in England: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Both Vijay Shankar and Hardik Pandya for World Cup? Sunil Gavaskar has this to sayAlso Read | Virat Kohli head and shoulders above the rest in world cricket today: Kumar SangakkaraFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Sunil GavaskarFollow ICC World CupFollow Team IndiaFollow India vs Australialast_img read more

St. Mary Infirmary National Project for Labour Day

first_imgThe national spotlight for Labour Day 2013 will be on the St. Mary Infirmary in Port Maria.Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, made the announcement at the launch of National Labour and National Workers Week 2013, on Monday, May 13, at Jamaica House.Miss Hanna informed that work will be done to upgrade the facility, “so that our infirmed may feel loved, cared for and protected.”The infirmary houses 81 persons, 20 of whom are physically and mentally challenged.The Minister pointed out that the project will require many hands and urged volunteers to assist. “We will be refurbishing, replanting and replacing. Our work will concentrate around the vegetable garden, recreation room, chapel, kitchen, plant nursery, the poultry and animal stock, among other areas. Additionally, it is our plan to bring young people to groom and entertain the inmates,” she said.Miss Hanna emphasised the need to lend a hand to the most vulnerable.“Our focus must therefore be on the disabled, the infirm, the weak and helpless, those at risk, children and our senior citizens if we are to progress into a viable economy and an equitable society. We have to foster within us a greater love for each other, protecting those in need and caring for those who have served before us,” she said.National Labour Day and Workers’ Week are being celebrated under the theme: ‘Lend a Hand… Build our Land’. The commemorative activities are being spearheaded under the Ministries of Youth and Culture; Local Government and Community Development; and Labour and Social Security.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller officially launched the event on Monday at Jamaica House, where she announced that National Workers Week will be observed from Sunday, May 19 to Thursday, May 23.In the meantime, Minister of State, Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Colin Fagan, said his Ministry will be facilitating the registration of projects through the Parish Councils and the Social Development Commission (SDC). These entities will be active in the mobilsation of communities to volunteer and participate in projects, he said.Mr. Fagan also informed that the NSWMA is on alert and will be making special arrangements for the removal of garbage and other debris generated as a result of the work.He encouraged owners of trucks and equipment, such as front end loaders to aid in the clean-up activities.“You can lend your contribution to Labour Day in this effort. In fact, everyone can contribute in some way, no matter how small, to make a difference in someone’s life,” he added.The State Minister outlined a number of projects that will be undertaken by Parish Councils islandwide to commemorate Labour Day 2013. These include work on the Mandeville Regional Hospital, Manchester; Roaring River Early Childhood Institute, Westmoreland; Charles Gordon Market, St. James; and Spanish Town Market, St. Catherine.Work will also be undertaken to: build two houses for homeless persons in St. Thomas; repair steps to the Port Antonio Hospital, Portland; renovate Green Island Library, Hanover; erect partition of classroom blocks at St. Mary’s All Age School, St. Elizabeth; repair the Golden Age and Worthley Girls Homes in the Corporate Area; and to paint bathrooms at Central Police Station.Labour Day and Workers’ Week 2013 are being celebrated against two significant milestones, the 40th anniversary of the declaration of Labour Day by former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Michael Manley, and the 75th anniversary of the birth of the modern Trade Union Movement, following the labour riots of 1938.Contact: Andrea Brahamlast_img read more

Rajiv Gandhi assassination convict back in prison

first_imgChennai: S. Nalini, one of the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, was back in prison after her 51-day parole came to an end. She returned to the Vellore Central Prison on Sunday evening. The Madras High Court on September 12 declined to extend her parole. She had sought an extension till October 15 to complete the marriage arrangements for her daughter. On August 22, the court had extended her parole by three weeks. On July 25, Nalini was released on a one-month parole. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The Madras High Court had on July 5 granted a one-month parole to Nalini on her plea for a six-month parole. It had stipulated that Nalini would not meet politicians and the media during this period. Nalini had argued her case in person. In her plea, she said that every life-convict was entitled to a one-month ordinary leave after completing two years in prison and that she had not taken leave even once in the past 27 years in jail. Six others convicted in the case are her husband V. Sriharan alias Murugan, A.G. Perarivalan, T. Suthendraraja alias Santhan, Jayakumar, Robert Payas and Ravichandran. They have been in prison since 1991. A female Tamil Tiger suicide bomber blew herself up at an election rally near Chennai killing the former Prime Minister.last_img read more

Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation Issues 50th Grant

first_imgThe Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, the world’s first anti-bullying foundation, today announced it has issued its 50th grant, coinciding with the organization’s third anniversary.The Foundation is a registered 501c3 grant-making non-profit in the United States and a registered charity in the United Kingdom. The 50 grants have been given across both countries.Partnerships between non-profits and for-profit ventures are increasingly important and powerful in creating sustainable funding models to bring about social change.“We are absolutely thrilled to have reached this important milestone so quickly in our history,” said former rugby star Ben Cohen, MBE, founder and chairman of the Foundation. “Our mission is to raise awareness of the long-term, damaging effects of bullying, and to fund those doing real-world work to stop it. I feel like we are making real progress, thanks to those who support our work.”The Foundation is funded through individual donations, corporate support and a share of income from the StandUp commercial brand. The commercial brand, which is the largest contributor to the Foundation, distributes products created in partnership with consumer favorites, such as Kiehl’s Since 1851 and Nike.Income to the Foundation to-date totals $890,000 (US and UK). Grants given total $358,000, including distributed and committed amounts as of March 2014. These figures do not include $200,000 in funds the Foundation manages and administers on behalf of the LGBT Sports Coalition, which are generated through sales of Nike’s #BETRUE brand.“Our early days required a good deal of investment to build the structures and processes of an international Foundation. Now, we are able to give more of every dollar, which is our key metric of success. With startup expenses behind us, the Foundation operates very efficiently today, and 100 percent of our staff are volunteers,” said Alison Doerfler, executive director of the Foundation.“Partnerships between non-profits and for-profit ventures are increasingly important and powerful in creating sustainable funding models to bring about social change,” said Patrick T. Davis, chief executive officer of Ben Cohen Worldwide, which manages the StandUp brand. “Knowing that the work is doing good in the world makes the intense efforts of coming to market worth it.”The list of grantees can be found here.last_img read more

3 strategies for companies concerned about Amazon wage hike

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Amazon’s plans to pay all its U.S. employees at least $15 an hour is putting pressure on small business owners, even those who aren’t retailers directly competing with the huge company.“Amazon is giving a kick in the butt to a lot of business owners to increase compensation,” says Gene Marks, owner of The Marks Group, a small business consulting firm in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.Small businesses located near Amazon’s dozens of order fulfilmentcentres vie with the company for staffers, and the competition will become even fiercer during the upcoming holiday season, when Amazon needs an extra 100,000 people to pack and ship boxes.Amazon is “doing what they need to do to get employees,” Marks says.The company, whose market value briefly topped $1 trillion last month, has another motive — placating critics including some politicians who have called on Amazon to give its employees a raise.The strong economy and shrinking labour pool has made workers hard to find for employers of all kinds, including big retail chains, fast-food restaurants and small businesses. Some are boosting pay. But higher wages are harder for small businesses to absorb because they don’t have the massive revenue stream of a company like Amazon.Meanwhile, small retailers who sell on Amazon expect the internet giant to increase the fees it charges them to help fund the salary increases. But small business consultants, and owners themselves, say strategizing can help lessen the pain.Here are three things small business owners need to know about Amazon’s wage hike:AN ADVANTAGE WHEN HIRINGA small business can be more flexible than a huge company. So, while small businesses may not be able to match Amazon’s pay, they can sweeten the pot for potential hires and their current employees in other ways.Owners should say to prospective employees, “we may have a little difficulty giving you the full $15, but what else can we do for you,” says Brent Leary, co-founder of CRM Essentials, a consulting firm.With fewer workers to juggle, small businesses can more easily offer flexible schedules, transportation or other perks that might make up for slightly lower pay. And companies that employ people in their 20s and 30s find that many of their staffers would prefer more benefits to extra pay.Small businesses can also be better at giving younger people training and mentoring, even during a short-term hire.“If you provide a work experience that they’re looking for, that makes it easier to find people,” Leary says.RAISING PRICES MAY NOT SCARE CUSTOMERS AWAYSome small business owners may have to pass along the higher costs of competing with Amazon or selling through its website to their customers. Many owners dread having to charge more but they should realize that consumers and businesses are likely to be more accepting of higher prices now that the economy is strong, Marks says.Moreover, “if you have to increase your prices, your competition probably has to also,” Marks says.Companies that have to raise prices should be up-front with customers about why it’s happening, Leary says. That will help preserve a good relationship with their customers.Amazon stokes goodwill of its own by offering customers same-day or even one-hour delivery. Still, retailers have the ability to differentiate themselves, says John Lawson, an online marketing consultant.“Amazon doesn’t necessarily have the most personalized service,” he says.Lawson finds that more consumers are interested in ordering online and picking up merchandise in stores; any brick-and-mortar retailer that can offer that service should, he says.AMAZON SELLERS EXPECT THEY’LL HELP FOOT THE, which sells on Amazon as well as its own website, believes the fees it pays the company for taking orders and packing and shipping merchandise will go up as a result of the higher wages. But Vice-President Justin Haver says the increase is a cost of doing business, and a change the Chantilly, Virginia, company will take in stride.“The reality is, selling online and running a business requires forward thinking and nimble adaptation to current trends/opportunities,” Haver says.Many owners may look for cost savings elsewhere in their company, perhaps finding cheaper supplies or lower shipping costs.But Lawson, whose company sells vacuum cleaners and parts, notes that it costs money to sell merchandise, no matter what retail channel or what distribution and delivery system a business owner uses.“After all these years, you just kind of get used to it. If it’s not Amazon, it’s the U.S. Postal Service,” says Lawson, who has been an online seller. “Every year it gets more and more expensive to stay in business and ultimately the consumer pays more.”_____For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: Joyce Rosenberg at . Her work can be found here: read more

ICC probes tape on Sri Lanka

Investigations are underway in coordination with the ICC, the statement said without providing further details on the contents of the tape. (Colombo Gazette) The Anti Corruption and Security unit of the International Cricket Council (ICC) is investigating a taped conversation handed over to it by Sri Lanka Cricket.A statement by the cricket board released late Sunday evening said that on Thursday 9th August Sri Lanka Cricket was made aware of an allegation of alleged corruption which centers on a taped conversation. A copy of the tape has now been handed over to an official of the ICC Anti Corruption and Security unit currently in the country covering the Sri Lanka Premier League. The short statement signed by the cricket board media manager Rajith Fernando said that a copy of the taped conversation had been given to a Sri Lankan newspaper. read more

ABCs Muir hits fiveyear mark at World News on the top

NEW YORK — David Muir is celebrating his fifth anniversary as “World News Tonight” anchor with something that’s rare in television: a larger audience.The ABC newscast finished its year-long season last week with an average of 8.6 million viewers a night, the Nielsen company said. It’s the third straight year ABC has won the evening news ratings competition, with its largest margin over NBC in 23 years and CBS in 27 years, the network said.“World News Tonight” was averaging 7.9 million viewers when Muir replaced Diane Sawyer as anchor of ABC’s flagship newscast in September 2014. At the time, NBC’s “Nightly News” was the most popular newscast behind anchor Brian Williams, who was replaced by Lester Holt in 2015 after Williams was found to have made false claims about reporting in Iraq.Muir and Holt ran neck-and-neck in popularity for a period until Muir began pulling away. NBC still holds a slight lead among viewers ages 25-to-54, the demographic that news advertisers seek most eagerly.“David Muir has a unique ability to connect with the American audience,” said Almin Karamehmedovic, executive producer of “World News Tonight.” ”He’s passionate and he’s fearless and he delivers the stories in a way that really resonates.”ABC saw something in Muir and its decision to have him replace Sawyer turned out to be a good one, said Andrew Tyndall, an independent consultant who studies evening newscasts.ABC also made “World News Tonight” a much faster-paced broadcast that is similar in tone to the local newscasts that usually precede it on ABC’s schedule, Tyndall said.The ABC newscast’s average audience of 8.61 million is slightly down from last year’s average of 8.64 million, Nielsen said. “Nightly News” has slipped from 8.16 million viewers each night to 7.95 million. The “CBS Evening News,” where Norah O’Donnell took over as anchor in July, saw its nightly average decline from 6.22 million to 5.84 million.On the last week of the summer TV season, NBC won bragging rights in prime time entertainment with an average viewership of 6.2 million. CBS had 5.6 million, ABC had 3.8 million, Fox had 3 million, ION Television h ad 1.31 million, Univision had 1.26 million, Telemundo had 1.1 million and the CW had 540,000.Fox News Channel was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.43 million viewers in prime time. ESPN had 1.91 million, MSNBC had 1.71 million, Hallmark had 1.38 million and HGTV had 1.33 million.For the week, “World News Tonight” averaged 8.1 million viewers, “Nightly News” had 7.3 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 5 million.For the week of Sept. 16-22, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NFL Football: L.A. Rams at Cleveland, NBC, 18.59 million; “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 13.17 million; NFL Football: Cleveland at N.Y. Jets, ESPN, 12.22 million; “America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday), NBC, 10.22 million; “Football Night in America,” NBC, 10.06 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 9.93 million; “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 9.88 million; College Football: Notre Dame at Georgia, CBS, 9.29 million; “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 8.08 million; “Emmy Awards,” Fox, 6.98 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by Fox Corp. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online:http://www.nielsen.comDavid Bauder, The Associated Press read more

Spinal cord researcher carries Rick Hansens legacy forward

Working with functional electrical stimulation in David Ditor’s Welch Hall lab are, from left, graduate student Hisham Sharif, Pat Kowal of Burlington, Ditor and undergraduate student Jessica McGuire.For someone with a spinal cord injury, the little things matter.The ability to roll over in bed. The ability to lift yourself from your wheelchair to your car. The difference between requiring someone to accompany you to a restroom and being able to do it independently.It’s with this knowledge that David Ditor operates his research lab, a unique facility that gets spinal cord injury patients mobile.Ditor, an associate professor of Kinesiology, has dedicated his career to increasing the independence and quality of life of people with spinal cord injuries. His work, which has several ties to Rick Hansen, has earned him a place as a medal bearer on the St. Catharines leg of the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay. He will also be profiled by CTV as one of 25 Difference Makers in spinal cord research.It’s inspiring to participate in the anniversary relay, Ditor said.“Rehab centres like mine would simply not exist if not for what Rick Hansen did 25 years ago.”Spinal cord injuries are life altering, said Ditor, whose research receives funding from the annual Rick Hansen relay. But the secondary ailments it causes – cardiovascular and respiratory disease, urinary tract infections, sores on the skin, and more – can be just as devastating. His lab aims to decrease the impact and likelihood of those secondary ailments.David DitorEven for someone with total paralysis, just increasing the size of the muscles has health benefits. For example, it improves the ability to store glucose and therefore reduces the risk of diabetes. It also provides better cushioning for the buttocks while sitting and helps to prevent pressure sores from developing.About 20 people with spinal cord injuries currently use Ditor’s lab at Brock. By next year, he hopes to move into a larger lab and at least double the amount of people using it. Anyone in the community with a spinal cord injury is welcome to use the exercise lab free of charge. About $50,000 for the new lab has come from the Rick Hansen relay.Ditor’s lab is staffed by three graduate students – Hisham Sharif, David Allison and Jackie Cramp – and a number of undergraduate students. The students are inspired by the people who use the lab, he said.“When people start out coming to the lab, they’re very unsure about their abilities,” he said. “They may be socially isolated. They aren’t sure what they can do. We get to be hands on in helping them get through that stage.”Ditor’s team works on the knowledge that even incremental improvement to someone’s physical condition can change that person’s life, he said.“Take, for example, the ability to roll over in bed,” he said. “If you don’t have the strength to do that, you have to rely on someone to move you every three or four hours. Just being able to do that is a drastic improvement.”Ditor will participate in the Brock portion of the relay at about 12:25 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14. He will be one of three medal bearers from Brock.Stay tuned to The Brock News for the exact time and location of the relay events. read more

Britains first WWI merchant wreck set to become marine reserve after amateur diver

first_imgAlthough the wreck is off-limits to tourist divers, the government has allowed fishing rights in the area, which could be causing the reduction in marine life.  Since then, he has led two Royal Geographical Society expeditions to the islands. Christopher Lees, an amateur diver whose grandfather Alan was the ship’s radio operator, also joined the team.However, a more recent dive revealed that marine life on the wreck has been depleted and Mr Dover has appealed to the Omani government to prevent human disturbance of the wreck and the marine species that live there. The City of Winchester, pictured, was the first British merchant vessel to be sunk by the German Navy during World War One.Credit:Paul Fearn/Alamy Stock Photo Mr Dover wants to establish a 25-mile ‘No Take Zone’ around the islands, which would ban fishing altogether. Alan Lees, the radio operator of the City of Winchester, whose grandson Christopher joined an expedition to see the wreck. The City of Winchester Alan Lees, the radio operator of the City of Winchester 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. An amateur scuba diver who bought a First World War-era British merchant shipwreck for £1 in the 1990s is planning to turn it into a protected area for marine wildlife.Steve Dover discovered the wreck of the merchant ship the City of Winchester while scuba diving off the coast of Oman’s Hallaniyat Islands.The ship was the first British merchant vessel to be sunk during the First World War. Crew members had left before a German light cruiser shelled it in 1914, sending its cargo of tea and antlers to the ocean floor.In 1998, the Omani government agreed to sell the wreck to Mr Dover, allowing him to take expeditions of scuba divers to see the Arabian humpback whales and dolphins that congregated in the man-made reef.“It was the most exciting moment in life, to have found it,” Mr Dover told the BBC. “We were hugging each other, dancing around the prop, the propellor at the bottom of the rudder.”last_img read more

Off The Ball team leaves Newstalk

first_imgUpdated 5.15pmNEWSTALK HAVE TODAY parted company with the team behind the award-winning Off The Ball programme.Presenter Eoin McDevitt, Ken Early, Ciaran Murphy, Simon Hick and Mark Horgan have resigned according to the station.A statement issued to reads: ”Ger Gilroy, Newstalk Sports Editor, who devised Off the Ball in 2002, will be joined by mainstays of the Newstalk sports team – Cian Murtagh, David McIntyre and Joe Molloy – in taking over the running of the show, starting tonight.“Newstalk would like to thank Eoin, Simon, Ken, Ciaran and Mark for their contributions to the station and wish them luck in their future endeavours.”Station insiders claim the team disagreed with bosses about the future direction of the show, suggesting the OTB team were keen to move to an earlier slot.When Marconi House bosses decided a switch in the scheduling wasn’t feasible and other slots and ‘financial incentives’ were offered, the situation came to a head, they say.The team will make a statement soon.George Hook, speaking on air this evening, said he was sorry to see his colleagues go but insisted they were off to look for ‘fame and fortune elsewhere’. One RTÉ spokesperson told that they do not speculate on programming.The incredibly-popular nightly sports show has been running for over a decade.- additional reporting Niall KellyLiverpool’s debts increase by ₤21.8millionNew Blue? Here’s what you can expect from Jimmy Gopperth, Leinster fanslast_img read more

Thomond Park and Munster connect like we havent seen for some time

first_img Share647 Tweet Email4 By Murray Kinsella Inside Mount Albert Grammar, the national champions and SBW’s old schoolAll Blacks score 6 tries to set new Test record against Australia Thomond Park and Munster connect like we haven’t seen for some time This felt like the renewal of something special between province and supporters. 31 Comments Oct 22nd 2016, 8:13 PM Updated at 18.48THIS WAS A day when we saw that famous relationship between Munster and their supporters hit the old heights.From two hours before kick-off, there were Munster fans in their places in the east and west terraces at Thomond Park, with thousands more filtering in the gates towards the Shannon clubhouse. Thomond Park was a special place this afternoon. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHOIf Munster’s players turned up in a barely believable fashion on the pitch, then the province’s famous supporters did the same off it. This was like the glory days, only magnified by the grief of the past week, even more intense.From the moment Munster strode onto the pitch for their warm-up, we got the kind of guttural roars that the Red Army is famous for.‘The Fields of Athenry’ was in full voice for the first time half an hour before kick-off, before the Munster Rugby Supporters Club choir led a rendition of ‘There is an Isle’ that fizzed with emotion.Five minutes out from the start and suddenly a sheer silence, nobody sure what to do next. But Thomond Park burst back into life after the impeccably-observed minute’s silence for Foley, seemingly driving Munster into a superb start with Tyler Bleyendaal’s try.Anthony Foley always wanted Munster and their fans to feed off each other, spark action out of each other and coexist to power the province to success. That’s what occurred in Limerick this afternoon.Invariably, the fans’ voice was met with a response on the pitch. ‘The Fields’ burst back up, Peter O’Mahony clamped over the ball for a vital turnover penalty. ‘Stand Up and Fight’ rang out and CJ Stander blasted into contact for another gainline success.There was simmering discontent briefly at Keith Earls’ red card but, as for the left wing himself, it was the feeling of injustice rather than the validity of the refereeing decision that seemed to cause the anger. Jaco Taute and CJ Stander embrace. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHONo harm, we drive into the next battle, like Foley would have demanded.This was the kind of atmosphere that ‘Axel’ pined for in recent seasons, as Thomond Park’s attendances dipped, along with those of other stadiums in Europe. He dreamed of the famous Limerick venue being full again, and full of fervour.This occasion was all about sending the former number eight off in style, but perhaps it marks the beginning of something too, or rather a renewal of something.Foley would love nothing more than for this occasion, such an unforgettable one, to be the start of a return to better times.That’s what it felt like, and not simply because of the quality of the rugby.The real essence of Munster is that the province has been a vehicle for the creation of relationships and bonds. Sons and fathers, husbands and wives, daughters and dads, life-long friends, all the rest of them.So many people have bonded through their shared support of Munster. The lows, the memorable highs – every one of the experiences drew their followers closer together in unique ways. Captain Peter O’Mahony with Dan and Tony Foley. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOToday felt like that. No one present in Thomond Park will forget it, the scene after the final whistle most of all.Anthony Foley’s two young sons, Dan and Tony, came onto the pitch to join the victorious Munster players, very much part of the family. They all formed a circle in the middle of the pitch, arm-in-arm, and Thomond Park went silent.‘Stand up and Fight’ bellowed around the ground, the pure release of it striking deep.Normally reserved for the privacy of the changing room, Munster’s celebratory rendition drew every soul in Thomond Park into their inner circle, Foley represented by his proud sons.The legendary number eight, more than anyone, would want this to be the start of something long-lasting.The42 is on Snapchat! Tap the button below on your phone to add! 44,367 Views Saturday 22 Oct 2016, 8:13 PM Add us: Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

2 students arrested after social media threats against Southwood Middle teacher

first_img“Any threat that comes through is going to be taken seriously,” said Thomas.7News heard back from Torreslara’s mother, Monday night. She said that what her son did was a joke in bad taste.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. PALMETTO BAY, Fla. (WSVN) — Police have arrested two students at Southwood Middle School in Palmetto Bay after they allegedly made a threat through social media to kill their teacher and her family.Twelve-year-old Claudio Torreslara and 13-year-old Payton Rolle have been charged with aggravated stalking and written threats with intent to kill with bodily injury.According to Miami-Dade Police, the teacher received a friend request and a direct message on Instagram. The message stated that she and her children were “next on Valentine’s Day.”The message further stated that the sender would shoot at the school and kill her family.“It was basically threatening to do her harm and her children harm as well,” said Miami-Dade Police Detective Chris Thomas.The police report read, “The direct messages stated, ‘You and your children are next on Valentine’s Day for making my life. I’m finna (sic) kill all yo family and shoot up to (expletive) ass school.’ The victim also alerted to an ‘exclamation point’ on a picture on her infant daughter.”The teacher immediately notified police, and detectives were able to identify the location where the social media account was registered. Pioneer Middle students noticed a difference at the school on Monday.“There’s a police officer with a full bulletproof vest on. That’s not normal,” said a student.Pioneer officials said a teacher advised the school principal on Friday of phone calls students had received about potential threats.“I kind of feel a little bit safer, ’cause we have the police officer there,” said the student, “but I also feel kind of scared, ’cause that means something might actually happen, and we might need that police officer.”Monday’s arrests come 15 years after 14-year-old Southwood Middle student Jaime Gough was killed by a fellow classmate in a school bathroom, just before the start of classes, on Feb. 4, 2004.Police said Gough, an “A” student who was in eighth grade, was fatally stabbed by Michael Hernandez, then 14. Hernandez, who carried a knife in his book bag, was later convicted of murder.Fifteen years later, Miami-Dade school threats have been scrutinized. So far this school year, there have been 28 threats via social media and 31 verbal and/or written threats, for a total of 59. center_img Police went to Rolle’s home. Officials said the teen confessed to his involvement in sending the message and implicated Torreslara.Both students were then taken into custody.Parents outside of the school reacted to the arrest, Monday evening.“As a mom, I’m very concerned, but I’m glad the police handled it,” said Melissa Mathis.“Clearly very disturbing, and I think it’s got to come from the parents, of educating the kids on what’s appropriate and what’s not appropriate,” said Shawn Crews.In a statement, Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Albert Carvalho said, “Parents and students must understand that any threat — real or fabricated — to schools and students is a serious matter. It is unacceptable, and those involved in such activity will be prosecuted.”There has been tension over school security elsewhere in South Florida. Officials at Pioneer Middle School in Cooper City told the Broward Sheriff’s Office that students were hearing about a threat planned for the same day as the Southwood Middle students. Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. last_img read more

Bob Dylan Musical Girl From The North Country Continues To Garner Praise

first_imgNETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Watch highlights: Bob Dylan MusiCares tribute Email Archibald MacLeash was the first – the playwright tried to enlist a young Dylan to pen some Americana songs for his stage show Scratch – but creative differences sank that ship before it left the harbor. More recently, Broadway choreographer Twyla Tharp attempted to unite Dylan’s music with contemporary ballet and interpretive dance for her 2006 production The Times They Are A-Changin’. Though the show set season ticket sales records during its opening run in San Diego the volume of negative reviews led the production to close after just a short few weeks’ run.Clearly, it’s difficult to do a Bob Dylan-based theater production right.It’s all the more exciting then, that the Conor McPherson-penned musical Girl From the North Country seems to have captured lightning in a bottle where others have previously missed the mark.The play taps several of Dylan’s most well-known songs (“Like A Rolling Stone,” I Want You”), as well as some of his deeper cuts (“True Love Tends To Forget,” “License To Kill”) for its musical catalogue. The play’s writer, McPherson, who won two Tony awards in 2006 for his Broadway thriller Shining City, caught the attention of Sony Music and reps from Dylan’s camp back in 2013, as they were shopping around for creatives to lead a Dylan-themed stage play.”We didn’t want something that dealt with Bob’s life,” said a rep for Dylan’s camp. “By setting it before Bob was born, we could cut it loose from all associations with him and the Sixties,” he adds by way of explaining their interest in McPherson’s take.Dylan himself gave the final nod of assent when McPherson’s pitch was read to him backstage following one of Bob’s 2013 appearances in London. Sources close to Dylan cited the key deciding factor as McPherson’s focus on what Rolling Stone called, “a surreal, Coen brothers–style portrait of the old, weird America Dylan has long channeled.”Girl From the North Country has continued to draw positive reviews during its ongoing run at London’s Old Vic Theater, and plans are being worked up to bring the show across the pond, potentially even to Broadway, in the near future.Is Bob Dylan Coming To Your Town?Read more Twitter A Bob Dylan Musical That Finally Gets It Right bob-dylan-musical-girl-north-country-continues-garner-praise Facebook Irish playwright seems to have hit the mark with Dylan-themed musical where others have previously missed the markBrian HaackGRAMMYs Sep 13, 2017 – 4:06 pm The task of trying to build a theatrical production around the sounds and ethos of Bob Dylan’s illustrious catalogue and career has been attempted several times since the 1960s. News Bob Dylan Musical ‘Girl From The North Country’ Continues To Garner Praise last_img read more

November car sales Renault India registers 144 growth TKM witnesses 15 decline

first_imgRenault India, the Indian arm of Renault SAS France, sold 7,819 cars in India in November this year, 144% more than 3,201 units sold in the corresponding month last year.The company said the rise was primarily driven by sale of its small car Kwid, launched on 24 September this year, though the company did not share the number of Kwids sold. It is believed to have sold about 5,000 units of Kwid by the end of October.”When we launched Renault Kwid in India, we committed to launching a new era and benchmark in the Indian automotive industry. The outstanding feedback and unprecedented response to the car have proved us right,” said Sumit Sawhney, Country CEO and MD, Renault India Operations, in a statement.Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) has reported a decline in its domestic sales in November 2015. The company sold 10,278 units last month, a 15.58% decline compared to the 12,175 units sold in November 2014.Exports too witnessed a fall, from 1,959 in November 2014 to 1,110 units in November 2015.Hyundai India sold 57,661 units in November, up 6.2% from 54,290 units sold in the corresponding period last year.  Maruti Suzuki said its domestic car sales had gone up 10.6% in November to 1,10,599 units, up from 1,00,024 units in November 2014. Exports rose by a modest 1% y-o-y to 10,225 units.Passenger vehicle sales grew 8.7% to 89,479 units while sales of utility vehicles comprising Gypsy, S-Cross, Grand Vitara and Ertiga registered 57% growth 8,688 units in November 2015, up from 5,515 units in November 2014.Honda Cars India (HCIL) said it sold 14,712 units during November this year, down from 15,263 cars sold during November 2014. The company sold 6,342 units of Honda City, followed by 4,106 units of Amaze.Mahindra & Mahindra reported a 21% increase at 41,590 units in November 2015, up from 34,292 units sold in the corresponding period last year.last_img read more

JUST BCL leader expelled

first_imgEshad Hossain. Photo: UNBA leader of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) of Jessore University of Science and Technology (JUST) unit has been expelled for violating party discipline, reports UNB.The expelled leader is Eshad Hossain, organising secretary of Sheehed Moshiur Rahman hall unit of BCL and a Masters student of Physical Education and Sports Science department.A letter signed by BCL central president Saifur Rahman Sohag and general secretary SM Jakir Hossain on Friday said the action was taken against Eshad for breaking party discipline.Jessore district police additional superintendent Golam Rabbani said Eshad locked into an altercation with several teachers of the university on the campus while the first year admission test was being held on Friday morning.Later police detained him and recovered a pistol and four rounds of bullet from his possession.last_img read more

Gas cylinder blast burns 4

first_imgRepresentative image of gas cylinder blast. Photo: UNBAt least four people sustained burn injuries as a gas cylinder exploded at a jewellery shop in Fulbari upazila of Dinajpur district on Wednesday afternoon.The injured are Subrata, 28, son of a certain Bablu, Haripad Roy, 45, son of one Keshowari, Ratan Kumar, 32, son of one Mahendra Kumar of Katabari village, and Sumon, 30, son of one Tara Pad of Rangamati village in the upazila.Witnesses said the gas cylinder went off at ‘Dutta Jewellers’ around 12:00pm, leaving its four workers injured.Three of the injured were sent to Rangpur Medical College Hospital, reports UNB.last_img read more