2016 Harvey Norman All Stars Team Announcement

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is pleased to announce the TFA All Stars and TFA indigenous All Stars sides to take part in the 2016 Harvey Norman All Stars event to be held at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday, 13 February 2016. Two games of Touch Football will be played as part of the All Stars event, with the latter of the two to take place just prior to the kick-off of the NRL Indigenous All Stars taking on the World All Stars. TFA Chief Executive Officer, Colm Maguire said that the organisation is extremely excited to be again involved in the All Stars concept. “The All Stars is a significant event to recognise and celebrate Indigenous Australians and the diversity within our culture, and our sport, with representatives from across the country to take on one another on the field, as well as come together off it, to aid in the delivery of community and educational outcomes,” Maguire said.“The brand of Touch Football is going from strength to strength, and with our partnerships with the NRL and Harvey Norman, a strong foundation is being set to help the sport achieve great things in our next strategic cycle and beyond.”Phil Gyemore will again take the reins as coach of the TFA Indigenous All Stars Team, with Michael Lovett to again lead the TFA All Stars. Both coaches have had a huge year, being central to victorious World Cup campaigns, Phil as an assistant coach for the Women’s Open and Michael as coach of the Mixed Open side.TFA High Performance Manager, Wayne Grant, spoke of the important role the coaches have played as members of the High Performance program, as well as the 2015 All Stars event. “Both Phil and Mick are fantastic coaches who have an ability to bring their groups together, which is especially important, as many of the athletes have not played together before.”“Both thrive on the competitive nature of the game, and I’m sure will put all niceties aside when the teams take the field.”“We’re really excited about the two playing groups for this year’s event, and are positive that they will represent the sport extremely well, but also put on a great show for all of those watching in the stands and at home,” Grant added. The participants in the two teams have taken different journeys to the All Stars event, the TFA All Stars team is a mixture of those voted on by the public, as well as through selection and CEO picks. An Expression of Interest process was undertaken for the TFA Indigenous All Stars, with players nominating themselves for consideration, and then selected through consultation with the coaches, and the TFA High Performance team. Touch Football Australia would like to congratulate the athletes selected for their respective sides, and look forward to seeing them take the field on Saturday, 13 February 2016.  TFA All StarsJayden BenbowStuart Brierty Hannah Dyball Dylan HennesseyKylie HilderSamantha Hopkin Leah Percy Rob McCarthyPeter Norman Steve RobertsSamantha RodgersKai Simbolon Emma Sykes Louise WinchesterCoach – Micheal LovettTFA Indigenous All StarsScott BundyKristian Congoo Justin CostelloKasey DragisicCody Green Jemma Mi MiKobe Nona Lachlan Pierce Jarrad RotumahTahlulah Tillett Trent ToumaTamika UptonCarly WalshMarikki WategoCoach – Phil Gyemore Stay tuned to the TFA website and social media channels in the lead up to the 2016 Harvey Norman All Stars event for all of the latest news and information. Related Links2016 All Starslast_img read more

Ole Miss Sells Out Season Tickets In Record Time

first_imgOle Miss Football Tickets are Sold Out.Ole Miss Tickets Sold OutThe Rebels are coming off their first nine-win football season since 2009 and the anticipation for the next chapter is apparent, as Ole Miss has sold out of season tickets in record time, according to Athletic Director Ross Bjork. Was just asked if I wanted to tweet this out first….I jumped at the chance. Thanks to our #OleMiss family! #WAOM pic.twitter.com/Rje3iHISjf— Ross Bjork (@RossBjorkAD) June 23, 2015Earliest (on record) we’ve sold out of @OleMissFB season tickets…….June 23. Expecting new sales record as well! pic.twitter.com/viVYZGn9el— Ross Bjork (@RossBjorkAD) June 23, 2015 After defeating conference opponents like Alabama and Texas A&M during its 7-0 start to the season, it’s easy to see why Ole Miss is excited about the glaring support from its fans.The Rebels didn’t close the 2014-15 season out as strong as they had hoped, losing four of their last six games, but that’s not going to keep the always-proud fan base down. And one can only assume this kind of enthusiasm will pour over into The Grove and then Vaught-Hemingway Stadium come September 5, when the Rebels open up the season at home against UT Martin.last_img read more

CBS News appoints new leader for evening newscast

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – CBS News has appointed Mosheh Oinounou (WAH-noo-noo) as the top behind-the-scenes executive at the “CBS Evening News,” where Jeff Glor recently took over as the anchor.Oinounou replaces Steve Capus as the show’s executive producer. CBS News President David Rhodes said Capus, a former NBC News president who has been the show’s executive producer for the past four years, will be staying at CBS in a role yet to be defined.CBS says Oinounou will be looking for digital extensions to the nightly newscast. He was part of the leadership team for the CBSN streaming service.The “CBS Evening News” generally draws about 7 million viewers a night, placing it third in the ratings to newscasts at ABC and NBC.last_img

Mamata Opposition biggies question staggered LS polls in Bengal UP and Bihar

first_imgNew Delhi: A day after the announcement of 7-phase poll dates for Lok Sabha elections, the Opposition parties questioned the Election Commission’s decision to spread Lok Sabha polls in the states of West Bengal, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh over seven phases and alleged that voting has been staggered with a view to enabling extensive electioneering by the ruling NDA’s start campaigner – Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday suggested that the long-drawn Lok Sabha election process was part of the BJP’s “gameplan to disturb” her state. Banerjee, also the state’s ruling Trinamool Congress chief, said the list of candidates of her party will be released on Tuesday. Notably, all the three states – Bihar, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh—will witness 7-phase polling. In UP, 41 out of 80 seats (more than 50 per cent) have been squeezed into the last three stages of the election schedule, while the remaining 39 have been spread over four phases before the fasting month for Muslims start. Of them 14 will go to polls on the first day of Ramadan on May 6, another 14 on May 12 and the voting for the remaining 13 seats will be held on May 19. In West Bengal, where the BJP has been trying to gain a foothold to compensate for the possible losses in north India, polling for 42 Lok Sabha seats will be held in seven phases with 24 of them being scheduled for the last three phases (May 6, May 12 and May 19). Similarly, Bihar will see 21 out of a total of 40 seats going for polls in the last three phases during Ramadan. “It is strange that the number of phases over which voting will be held in Bihar is the same as that of the neighbouring Uttar Pradesh where the number of seats is twice as many and in West Bengal too, which has only 42 seats, polling will be held in seven phases,” RJD leader Shivanand Tiwary said.last_img read more

Make it womenfriendly

first_imgIn a significant decision, the Bombay High Court has clarified the law on abortion in India. It is legal. Every woman has a fundamental right to her sexual and reproductive autonomy and choose whether to retain her pregnancy or not. But this is not an absolute right, and is subject to certain exceptions in law, as prescribed in The Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971 (MTP Act) which seeks to provide for the termination of certain pregnancies by registered medical practitioners. Section 3 of the Act provides that a registered medical practitioner can terminate a pregnancy up to 12 weeks, or two registered medical practitioners can terminate a pregnancy up to 20 weeks if they are of the opinion that continued pregnancy would involve a risk to the pregnant woman’s life or cause grave injury to her physical or mental health, or there exists a substantial risk to the child’s health. The MTP Act further allows termination of pregnancy beyond twenty weeks, if the doctor opines that such termination is immediately necessary to save the woman’s life. However, doctors are highly reluctant to conduct abortions beyond 20 weeks without court approval. In most cases, women seeking abortion after 20 weeks have to approach the High Courts or the Supreme Court, who then set up a medical board consisting of a panel of doctors to decide whether abortion could be allowed or not. In Ms. Z v. State of Bihar (2018), a woman was raped in a shelter home, and her request for abortion in 17 weeks was not allowed by the hospital. When she approached the High Court, she was again denied, which was overturned by the Supreme Court. However, she was already 26 weeks’ pregnant by the time her matter was heard in the Apex Court, and she was not allowed to abort. The Supreme Court held that “the duty cast on the authorities under the Medical Termination Pregnancy Act, 1971 is not dutifully performed, and the failure has ultimately given rise to a catastrophe, a prolonged torment”. In the present case, referring to various High Courts and Supreme Court decisions, the Bombay High Court gave certain interim directions for the implementation of the MTP Act. The High Court categorically held that a registered medical practitioner is entitled to terminate a pregnancy beyond 20 weeks if she is of the opinion that such termination is necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman. But if she opines that there is no immediate danger to the life of pregnant woman, then she is not entitled to terminate the pregnancy beyond 20 weeks without court’s approval, even if such pregnancy may cause grave physical or mental harm or there is a substantial risk to the child. In the latter case, the pregnant woman has to approach the High Court directly to seek permission for termination of pregnancy beyond 20 weeks. The Court further directed the State to set up medical boards in each district in order to examine pregnant women and assess the feasibility of termination of pregnancy beyond 20 weeks. It is argued that though the High Court attempted to clear the confusion regarding termination of pregnancy beyond 20 weeks, by doing so, it has made the law on abortion more difficult for women in India. As noted before, the issue of termination of pregnancy exceeding 20 weeks is a vexed one plaguing the courts for the last many years. The High Court’s distinction between cases with an immediate risk to woman’s life, and those where the same risk is not there, but there’s a substantial risk to her physical/mental health or to the child is a flawed one. The High Court failed to take note that while there may not be an immediate risk to her life, to force her to approach the Courts which would then take their own time to set up a medical board to assess pregnancy would cause irreparable damage to her physical/mental health, especially if there is a delay in adjudicating the matter, like what happened in Ms. Z v. State of Bihar. In many cases, by the time the Supreme Court or the High Courts allowed the termination of pregnancy, several weeks had passed, thereby making it impossible to conduct the termination, and forcing women to bear unwanted pregnancy. It is an irony that a law like MTP that primarily pertains to women’s bodies has not been enacted from women’s rights perspective, but to exempt medical doctors from penalty vis-à-vis offences in the IPC regarding causing miscarriage and causing fetal death. Despite referring to women’s rights to privacy, dignity and autonomy enshrined in Article 21 of the Constitution, the Bombay High Court failed to make the women’s reproductive autonomy central to the interpretation of the MTP Act. If a pregnant woman seeks to terminate her pregnancy beyond 20 weeks, then her physical/mental health should be of main concern, even if there is no immediate risk to her life. To compel her to get involved in complex bureaucratic procedures of court approval, which includes examination by a medical board, is an affront to her sexual and reproductive autonomy. It is hoped that this rigidity of interpretation is relaxed in the future, and a truly progressive regime on abortion is ushered in this country soon. (The author is an Attorney. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

2 Ohio State football players no longer with team

Two Ohio State football players are no longer with the team. Sophomore linebacker Conner Crowell and freshman offensive lineman Joey O’Connor “will no longer play football for the Buckeyes,” according to OSU athletics news release Wednesday. Crowell, who has had two surgeries to repair damage suffered from a lower-leg injury, will not be medically cleared by the team’s medical staff and O’Connor has requested a transfer to be closer to home, per the release. Crowell came to OSU as a three-star prospect, according to Rivals.com before sitting out the 2011 season as a redshirt. This past season, Crowell totaled one tackle in the three games he played in. A native of Waldorf, Md., Crowell amassed 212 tackles, nine sacks and five interceptions in his junior and senior seasons at North Point High School. O’Connor came to Columbus as a four-star prospect, according to Rivals.com before sitting 2012 as a redshirt. read more

Womens gymnastics coach Carey Fagan named Ohio State Assistant Athletics Director

Carey Fagan was named the Assistant Athletics Director for Ohio State on May 8. Credit: Jay LaPrete | Courtesy of OSU AthleticsOhio State women’s gymnastics coach Carey Fagan is moving on from coaching and will become OSU’s Assistant Athletics Director for Sport Administration and Student-Athlete Well-Being, the university announced on Monday.In her new role, Fagan will be assigned sports to oversee, act as a mentor for student-athletes and coaches and provide guidance and education while maintaining awareness of team cultures and dynamics, the press release said.“Although it was a difficult decision to leave coaching, this is truly an opportunity of a lifetime and I am extremely excited and grateful to be a part of (OSU Senior Vice President and Athletics Director) Gene (Smith)’s vision for our department,” Fagan said in a statement.Fagan spent 13 years coaching the women’s gymnastics team and was named Big Ten coach of the year twice in her tenure. In 2012, OSU reached the NCAA National Championships for the first time in 23 years and she was named NACGC/W National Coach of the Year. In Fagan’s final season as coach, OSU placed fifth at the NCAA Champaign Regional.She is replacing former assistant athletics director Martin Jarmond who was hired as Boston College’s Director of Athletics last month.“She has built this program into a constant contender in the Big Ten and the NCAA overall,” said OSU Associate Athletics Director for Sport Administration Shaun Richard in a statement. “She is leaving the program in great shape for the next leader.” read more

Neville Progressive but not a successfull season for United

first_imgManchester United have more than certainly progressed from where they were last season, but it is still a failure since they did not win the Premier League, thinks Red Devils legend Gary Neville.They finished 19 points behind arch-rivals City in the second place as they lost 13 of the total 38 games they played in this campaign. However, this is four places better than the previous season and were able to qualify for the Champions League only because they won the Europa League.“In the league, which is where everybody wants to be measured, you have to say that second is progression from where Manchester United have been, but it’s not a successful season for Manchester United when you don’t win the league,” Neville said, according to Manchester Evening News.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“That’s the measure of the club and has been for 60, 70, 80 years, it has to be the league title you are measured by.”“To keep winning trophies would show they are still a club that are winning things and keeping that winning mentality. Manchester City have had the most outstanding of seasons and Jose Mourinho measures himself by title wins, not finishing second. Manchester United have had a good season in the league in finishing second but it has been inconsistent and they have dipped at times,” Neville went on to add.last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday July 2 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Tuesday, July 2, 2019:#1) Preschool Storytime At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a Preschool Storytime at 10am. This storytime on stars for preschoolers includes books, rhymes, music and a fun craft. Parents and caregivers accompany the child and participate in the activities. Space is limited. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Ages 3-5.#2) Senior Center ActivitiesThe Wilmington Senior Center (15 School Street) is holding its usual Tuesday activities — Walking Group (8am); Aerobics (10:30am); Mah Jongg (1pm); Tai Chi (1pm); and Gentle Yoga (2:30pm).#3) Tour Of Wilmington Town MuseumThe Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is open from 10am to 2pm. Come explore Wilmington’s history. Free admission.#4) Angels In Motions MeetingAngels In Motion meets every Tuesday, from 9:30am to 2:30pm at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue).  The club provides a great opportunity for seniors to meet new friends or reacquaint with old ones. A luncheon is served as noon.  Free. Handicapped accessible.#5) Town Beach Open The Town Beach is open today.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, September 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, July 30, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, July 23, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Ballet School Increases Dance Opportunities for DC Youth

first_imgThe Washington Ballet intends to increase the number of free dance classes it offers to D.C. public schools east of the Anacostia River.The announcement of the expanded offerings came at a April 29 fundraiser for the ballet.  The classes are part of DanceDC, an education and outreach program that provides a seven week in-school residency to second and third grade D.C. students.The program currently serves eight to nine schools every year, totaling more than 700 students. The ballet expects to increase the number of schools to 13 to 14 through the expanded initiative.Incoming artistic director Julie Kent placed heavy emphasis on the academic and emotional successes of students who participate in the program.“Dance is vital and really bridges the gaps between all areas of D.C., allowing people to see all the real colors and layers D.C. has to offer,”  Kent told the AFRO. “We think it is important that we expand our program and are currently making plans to add an additional five schools to DanceDC.”last_img read more

Tesla Is Years Away From Its Goal of Reaching Apple

first_img Enroll Now for Free How far does electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc have to go to reach its goal of matching Apple Inc’s current market value? It would take 26 years, based on rough calculations by Reuters, unless it starts selling a lot more cars.Tesla CEO Elon Musk surprised analysts on the company’s earnings call on Wednesday by saying that his company could be worth $700 billion by 2025. That is roughly the same size as Apple Inc, the most valuable company in the Standard and Poor’s 500 index, is worth now.Investors were quick to point out that reaching that goal would require a jump of 2,700 percent in the value of Tesla’s shares, given its market value of $26.6 billion.Actually, at its current annual production rate of 55,000 cars a year, the company would have to sell every car until 2040 to get to that market cap.More likely, Musk expects the production rate to expand, but the question is by how much? Today, every Tesla car represents $463,636 in market cap. Assuming that ratio remains unchanged, it would take sales of 1.45 million cars every year to justify a $700 billion figure and the same investor faith in future growth.By Musk’s 2025 target date, everyone who currently bought a Tesla would have to convince 26 of his best friends and relatives to buy one as well.Toyota Motor Corp, by comparison, sold 10.2 million cars worldwide last year. Each vehicle sold represented approximately $21,681 in market value for the $221.1 billion company.Michael Mullaney, chief investment officer at Boston-based Fiduciary Trust Co, said that the company’s rich valuation is the main reason he doesn’t own shares.”It probably is the next generation of cars, but it is ridiculous when you consider what you’re paying for as far as future growth prospects,” he said.Tesla faces stiff competition from high-end car makers such as BMW and Audi, who will eventually roll out their own electric cars that are comparable to Tesla’s, he said. Apple, by comparison, has an easier path with selling $200 iPhones.Tesla did not respond to a request for comment on this story.Shares of the company, which did not post a profit last quarter, fell 5.6 percent in midday trading Thursday, and are down 23 percent over the last six months.(additional reporting by Ryan Vlastelica; editing by Linda Stern and David Gregorio) 2 min read This story originally appeared on Reuters February 13, 2015 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

New tower with 92 rooms coming to Occidental Nuevo Vallarta

first_img MIAMI — Occidental Nuevo Vallarta will boost its capacity with a brand new guestroom tower with 92 new rooms, set to debut in the first quarter of 2020.The US$8 million project will bring Occidental Nuevo Vallarta’s key count to 366 rooms and suites. Located in the Riviera Nayarit, Occidental Nuevo Vallarta is part of the Barceló Hotel Group.The pool at Occidental Nuevo VallartaEach new room will feature Pacific Coast views of Bahía de Banderas, says the company.“Our number one priority at Occidental Nuevo Vallarta is the satisfaction of our guests,” says Juan Luis Sampol, Director of Barceló Hotel Group’s Pacific region. “Occidental Nuevo Vallarta’s new tower will improve our guest experience offering by providing travelers with more exclusive options when selecting their rooms. We’re confident that this will be a great success for the brand.” Tags: Occidental Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> New tower with 92 rooms coming to Occidental Nuevo Vallartacenter_img Travelweek Group Friday, June 21, 2019 Sharelast_img read more


first_img Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Other finalists include Bill Parcells, wide receivers Tim Brown, Cris Carter and Andre Reed, running backs Jerome Bettis and Curtis Martin, former Kansas City Chiefs guard Will Shields, DEs/LBs Chris Doleman, Kevin Greene and Charles Haley, DT Cortez Kennedy, C Dermontti Dawson, offensive tackle Willie Roaf and owner Edward DeBartolo, Jr.Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.center_img Former Arizona Cardinals DB Aeneas Williams is a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.Williams played 10 seasons in Arizona, without missing a game, from 1991-2000 before finishing his career in St. Louis in 2004. He appeared in eight Pro Bowls, including six consecutive games between ’94 and ’99.At various times with the Cardinals, Williams led the NFL with non-offensive touchdowns, fumble return yards, fumble returns for a touchdown, interceptions and interceptions returned for a touchdown. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories last_img read more

June 5 1999 Arcosanti community synergy to instal

first_imgJune 5, 1999Arcosanti community synergy to install East Crescent electrical line. Will, George,Dario spool out electrical cabling into the EastCrescent heat duct tunnel, as David, Paul, and Herb lube and feed cablinginto pipe. At the other end of the tunnel (not pictured), Sparks, Mike, and Roboperate the winch that is pulling the cabling.last_img

Jan Frykhammar Ericsson has warned that its third

first_imgJan FrykhammarEricsson has warned that its third quarter results will be “significantly lower than company expectations”, a week after it said it would cut 3,000 jobs in Sweden.Announcing its preliminary Q3 results, Ericsson said that negative industry trends from the first half 2016 have “further accelerated”.It noted weaker demand for mobile broadband – especially in markets with a weak macro-economic environment like Brazil, Russia and the Middle East – and said that capacity sales in Europe were also lower following completion of mobile broadband projects in 2015.Sales declined by 14% year-on-year to SEK 51.1 billion (€5.25 billion), driven by slower development in its ‘Segment Networks’ division – which provides network infrastructure needed for mobile and fixed communication – where sales dropped by 19%.Operating income fell by a massive 93% year-on-year to SEK300million, including restructuring charges of SEK 1.3 billion.Meanwhile the company’s gross margin declined to 28%, compared to 34% a year earlier, following lower volumes in Segment Networks, lower mobile broadband capacity sales, and higher share of services sales.“Our result is significantly lower than we expected, with a particularly weak end of the quarter, and deviates from what we previously have communicated regarding market development,” said Ericsson president and CEO Jan Frykhammar.“The negative industry trends have further accelerated, affecting primarily Segment Networks. Continued progress in our cost reduction programs did not offset the lower sales and gross margin.”Frykhammar, who stepped in as interim CEO in July following the departure of previous chief executive Hans Vestberg, warned that current trends are “expected to continue short-term”.He said that Ericsson would continue with its ongoing cost programme and “implement further reductions in cost of sales to meet the lower sales volumes.”Ericsson last week announced it would reduce its Swedish headcount from 16,000 employees to 13,000 as part of its cost-saving efforts.Roughly 1,000 jobs will be cut in production, 800 in research and development and approximately 1,200 in other operations – including sales and administration.last_img read more

Intelsat 20 serves Intelsats African clients from

first_imgIntelsat 20 serves Intelsat’s African clients from 68.5° East.Intelsat last month signed a new contract with South Africa’s Sentech – the latest deal that has made 68.5° East the hotspot for sub-Saharan Africa. EMEA sales VP Jean-Philippe Gillet explained recent developments to Stuart Thomson.In September, South Africa’s Sentech extended its contract for DTH and primary distribution capacity with satellite operator Intelsat. Sentech will continue to use Ku-band capacity on the Intelsat 20 craft at 68.5° East to expand its DTH offering and feed digital-terrestrial transmitter sites in Africa.Sentech will use its capacity to broadcast around 500 channels, including 31 HD services via a single multiplex on the craft.Jean-Philippe Gillet, vice-president, EMEA sales at Intelsat, citing Euroconsult research that points to average growth of 5.4% annually for the next 10 years, says that the number of channels across Africa is set to expand further, driven in part by an annual growth in TV homes of 4.4% per annum. However, the opportunity is not limited to TV households, with growth in TV consumption likely to be dwarfed by consumption of mobile media. Gillet says that Intelsat currently has relationships with all the major GSM operators. “The market in Africa is also going to be about a lot of video direct to laptop or handheld devices because the penetration of GSM and smartphones is significantly greater than terrestrial TV,” he says. “We really position satellite as a way to [deliver video] whatever the end device.”Intelsat has a long-term relationship with Sentech, which is using its capacity on Intelsat for both DTH and digital-terrestrial distribution. Digital switchover, long delayed in many countries – not least South Africa – could provide a significant boost for demand.“Moving from analogue to digital is a massive task even for developed countries,” says Gillet. “You can’t just decide to switch and it happens. It requires you to have all of the components on the customer side, along with the [transmitter] towers. At the the same time, it will happen, even if there is a delay.”In terms of video generally, Africa is not a single market and the dynamic at play there is very different to other markets such as Kenya or Tanzania – both of which are in turn very different from each other. “Each country has a dynamic linked to the size of the middle class, the state of local infrastructure and regulation,” he says, adding that South Africa stands on its own, with pay TV giant MultiChoice, which is leading a drive towards HD, operating on a different scale to other players.Gillet says that 68.5° East remains a hotspot for the African market, anchored by MultiChoice’s presence. Intelsat signed a new 15-year deal with the pay TV operator in June, whereby the latter committed to take additional capacity on the forthcoming Intelsat 36 satellite, to be co-located with the existing Intelsat 20 at 68.5° East. The new satellite, which will launch late next year, will include both Ku- and C-band capacity. “The South African market is the largest DTH market in the whole of Africa,” says Gillet. “This is the hottest of all the spots in African in terms of the number of eyeballs it attracts.”Also for MultiChoice, Intelsat provides pan-African distribution for GOtv, the group’s digital-terrestrial venture in around 11 countries. In South Africa, in addition to MultiChoice’s DStv DTH offering, the company also hosts Sentech’s feeds and the channels of rival player Vision TV on its satellites. “We are active in a number of markets, either with local TV stations or a pay package, and not only the English-speaking markets,” says Gillet.High-throughput satellitesWhile South Africa remains an engine of TV growth, Gillet believes other countries will also see increasing activity.Intelsat is investing in EPIC, its next generation of high-throughput satellites, set to launch from next year, that will be able to deliver enterprise and consumer broadband services as well as specialised broadcasting services across the continent.  The first satellite up will be Intelsat 33e, set to launch next year. Gillet says there is considerable interest in this for video ciontribution applications, with broadcasters able to utilise the satellite’s configuration of powerful targeted hotspots covering multiple countries. Using a small amount of capacity to carry a large number of channels destined for digital-terrestrial delivery to the end-user could provide a boon for the operator, enabling broadcasters to use satellite to feed transmitter sites more cost effectively than before. Two other satellites – Intelsat 35e and Intelsat 37e – are expected to be launched in 2017 with capacity over Africa.last_img read more

The Department for Work and Pensions DWP has bee

first_imgThe Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been accused of a “brazen repetition of a known lie” about the impact on disabled people of one of the government’s major spending cuts, following the publication of a damning new report.The report by the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) found that social security reforms over the last decade – mostly under successive Tory-led governments – had hit disabled adults four times harder than non-disabled adults.It found that disabled people had lost out by an average of about £1,200 a year, compared to an average of about £300 for non-disabled people.The report, Has Welfare Become Unfair?, shows that the higher a person’s support needs, the more they have lost out, with someone with six or more impairments losing over £2,100 a year on average, compared to someone with one impairment losing about £700 each year.But when DWP was asked to comment on the report’s conclusions, it claimed that “disability benefits are exempt from the benefit freeze”.This is not true, which has been repeatedly pointed out to ministers and DWP press officers over the last three years.In March, the minister for disabled people, Justin Tomlinson (pictured), failed to apologise after telling the Commons work and pensions committee that “disability benefits were exempt from the benefits freeze”.In June 2018, his predecessor, Sarah Newton, made the same claim in a Commons debate.This apparently deliberate attempt to mislead the public about the working-age benefits freeze dates to its introduction in 2016 by the then chancellor, George Osborne.Disability living allowance, personal independence payment and the employment and support allowance (ESA) support group top-up are all exempt from the benefits freeze, which has frozen most working-age benefits at the level they were at in 2015.But there is no exemption for the main component of ESA or the top-up paid to those in the ESA work-related activity group (WRAG), which continue to be frozen.This means that every disabled person receiving ESA, the main out-of-work disability benefit – and its equivalent under universal credit – has been and will continue to be hit financially by the freeze, including by its impact on non-disability-related benefits.Although DWP could argue that the main ESA component is set at the same level as the mainstream jobseeker’s allowance, the WRAG top-up is only available to people with impairments that affect their ability to work.Bob Ellard, a member of the national steering group of Disabled People Against Cuts, said: “The DWP’s brazen repetition of a known lie shows they believe they are immune from being held to account.“I urge everyone reading this to sign the Justice for Jodey Whiting petition for an independent inquiry into the DWP, not just for the people who have died but for all who have suffered hardship and distress in dealing with the DWP. Let’s hold them to account.”The petition* calls for an independent inquiry into links between DWP and the deaths of benefit claimants, and was launched following the death in February 2017 of Jodey Whiting, 15 days after she had her out-of-work disability benefits mistakenly stopped for missing a work capability assessment.The Independent Case Examiner concluded earlier this year that DWP was guilty of “multiple” and “significant” failings in handling her case.The DBC report says the benefit freeze “has been a major factor in reducing the incomes of disabled people and pushing them into poverty”.And comments this week by both contenders for the Tory party leadership, Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, suggest the freeze might not end next year as previously planned.Asked to comment on the department’s comment about the benefits freeze, a DWP spokesperson said: “On the DBC report, you have our statement and of course you are free to write up the story as you see fit.”The government has previously suggested that the main ESA element and the WRAG top-up** are included in the benefits freeze because they are “a work-related benefit”, rather than a disability benefit, even though they are benefits paid to disabled people.There was further misleading information in the DWP response to the DBC report, with the department claiming that “in many cases our reforms mean people will receive more money on average, with one million households gaining an average of £100 more on Universal Credit”.The department’s own equality impact assessment and the Office for Budget Responsibility have both made it clear that there would be both winners and losers from universal credit.But the DWP spokesperson claimed that – even though it had provided figures for those gaining from UC – the department did not publish figures showing how many million households would lose out through UC and by how much on average.The report by DBC – whose members include Inclusion London, Disability Rights UK and Transport for All – warns that when disabled people move onto universal credit there will be “dramatic increases in the levels of poverty among people who are already at a crisis point”.The report says this is a “disaster waiting to happen”.The report, funded by The Three Guineas Trust, concludes that changes to the social security system since 2010 have had a “devastating impact” on disabled people’s wellbeing and right to independent living.The report, which makes 22 recommendations for government action, concludes that people claiming disability benefits “are leading precarious lives characterised by financial insecurity, with immediate and enduring worries over money, bills and what the future may hold”.*Sign the Jodey Whiting petition here. If you sign the petition, please note you will need to confirm your signature by clicking on an email you will be sent automatically by the House of Commons petitions committee**New claimants placed in the WRAG after starting their claim from April 2017 onwards no longer receive the top-up A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

Do Marijuana Users Have More Sex Research Indicates They Do

first_img –shares November 7, 2017 Next Article dispensaries.com Do Marijuana Users Have More Sex? Research Indicates They Do. Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Carl Sagan thought marijuana led to better sex. And many who frequently uses marijuana will tell you they completely agree with the late astrophysicist. Of course, better sex is one thing. But can cannabis use actually lead to more sex?The answer, according to a new study, is “yes.” Although it’s a qualified “yes.” More study, as researchers often say, is needed. Andrew J. Sun and Michael L. Eisenberg, both doctors affiliated with the Department of Urology at Stanford University, conducted the new study. They used data on 28,156 women and 22,943 men taken from the National Survey of Family Growth.That survey has information both on frequency of sex and marijuana use. The two doctors found a clear trend: “A positive association between marijuana use and sexual frequency is seen in men and women across all demographic groups.” In other words – more marijuana use, more sex.Related: As American Attitudes Become More Liberal, Even Republicans Favor Pot LegalizationFrequency of sexGenerally speaking, the doctors found those who had used marijuana had about 20 percent more sex than those who did not use marijuana. But where’s the fun in that? The following are the actual numbers on the frequency of sex, as reported by the study participants.Women who don’t use marijuana – 6 times per monthWomen who do use marijuana – 7.1 times per monthMen who don’t use marijuana – 5.6 times per monthMen who do use marijuana – 6.9 times per month.So, those who used marijuana reported having sex one more times per month than those who didn’t. That’s 12 times per year, obviously. Or 480 times over 40 years of adulthood, if you really want to extrapolate that far.But hold onBefore cannabis companies start working up that “more marijuana means more sex” marketing campaign, everyone needs to be aware that the doctors reported limitations to the study. For example, it was entirely self-reported. Self-reporting in studies, much like in polls or surveys, can sometimes lead to skewed numbers. Also, the test was over a very limited time frame, just one month.On top of that, those who did not answer questions on the National Survey of Family Growth about marijuana use or frequency of sex were simply omitted from the study. Who knows what their numbers would have shown?Related: It’s Lit! Cannabis Trends and the Pitfalls of ‘Potrepreneurship.’The study also focused exclusively on heterosexual sex, according to the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH). For some context, the numbers from the study on frequency of sex correlate with numbers for younger people from the Kinsey Institute, which researches all topics related to sexuality. They report the following, broken down by age:Those 18 to 29 have sex about twice a weekThose 30 to 39 have sex about 1.6 times per weekThose 40 to 49 have sex about 1.3 times per weekThe Stanford study already has caused disagreement among scientists and doctors, with one telling NPR “it’s a lot of stretch here” with the study results. He noted that other studies have shown marijuana may impact the ability for men to achieve an erection. The ACSH pointed to studies showing marijuana can prevent men from achieving orgasm.Sex, as usual, is a difficult topic. Expect more research into sex and marijuana in the coming years. Even the Stanford doctors say the effect of cannabis on sex “warrants further study.”Follow dispensaries.com on Instagram to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. Free Green Entrepreneur App The cannabis industry faces many legal challenges, but it now has an unbeatable marketing message. Cannabis Guest Writer Image credit: MrKornFlakes | Getty Images Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. 3 min read Download Our Free Android App Add to Queuelast_img read more

Facebook Admits That It Allowed Netflix and Spotify to Access Your Private

first_img Facebook Admits That It Allowed Netflix and Spotify to Access Your Private Messages The news came in response to a bombshell ‘New York Times’ report that detailed how numerous companies had undisclosed access to user data. Image credit: Getty Images via BI Next Article December 19, 2018 3 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business This story originally appeared on Business Insider Shona Ghosh Senior Reporter Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, left, and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, right. Facebook has acknowledged allowing other companies, namely Spotify and Netflix, to access millions of people’s private messages.Responding to a bombshell New York Times report from Tuesday on how Facebook shared user data with partners over the years, the company said it had given third-party companies extensive access to messages.Related: Netflix, Facebook, Google and Amazon Keep the Entrepreneur Index™ Above WaterIt said this was so people could log in to services such as Spotify with their Facebook account and then send messages through the Spotify app.The company wrote in a blog post:”Did partners get access to messages? Yes. But people had to explicitly sign in to Facebook first to use a partner’s messaging feature. Take Spotify for example. After signing in to your Facebook account in Spotify’s desktop app, you could then send and receive messages without ever leaving the app. Our API provided partners with access to the person’s messages in order to power this type of feature.”Citing internal Facebook documents, The Times said Spotify could see the messages of more than 70 million Facebook users a month. The Times reported that Spotify, Netflix, and the Royal Bank of Canada could read, write, and even delete people’s messages.Both Spotify and Netflix, however, told The Times they were unaware they had this kind of broad access. Facebook told The Times it found no evidence of abuse. Netflix told Business Insider it didn’t access anyone’s messages.”Over the years we have tried various ways to make Netflix more social,” a spokeswoman said. “One example of this was a feature we launched in 2014 that enabled members to recommend TV shows and movies to their Facebook friends via Messenger or Netflix. It was never that popular so we shut the feature down in 2015. At no time did we access people’s private messages on Facebook or ask for the ability to do so.”That Facebook would have deep integrations with third-party partners is not necessarily surprising, as the company’s former privacy chief Alex Stamos pointed out. That can signal a healthy, interoperable ecosystem.”I’m sorry, but allowing for 3rd party clients is the kind of pro-competition move we want to see from dominant platforms,” Stamos tweeted on Wednesday. “For ex, making Gmail only accessible to Android and the Gmail app would be horrible. For the NY Times to try to scandalize this kind of integration is wrong.” Related: The Most Successful Companies Led By Entrepreneurs More troubling to observers, however, was any sense that Facebook gave third parties deep access to user data without properly informing users and gaining permission. Many people tend to assume their private messages on social media will stay private.Former Federal Trade Commission officials told The Times that Facebook’s newly revealed data-sharing agreements probably violated regulatory requirements.For Facebook, this is the latest in a steady drip of privacy scandals. It is still struggling with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal in March and fighting regulatory fines. It has disclosed multiple breaches over the past few months, including a significant hack affecting up to 50 million users disclosed in September. –shares Facebook Add to Queue Register Now »last_img read more

Debunking the Myths of Racial Equity What Entrepreneurs Need to Know

first_imgWorkplace Diversity Debunking the Myths of Racial Equity: What Entrepreneurs Need to Know A culture of belonging in the company is nice but what matters is guaranteeing parity in income and equity for Black, Latinx and women team members. I remember having a brief conversation with Rev. Jesse Jackson at the White House during the confirmation of Patrick Gaspard as ambassador of the United States to South Africa in 2013. Our dialogue occurred after our Kingonomics Access to Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Investment conference during the 50th Anniversary of The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Albeit brief, the conversation was about the importance of working together to focus our efforts on authentically diversifying Silicon Valley tech companies as a precedent for the rest of the nation’s “tech world’ to follow.That same year, we launched Opportunity Hub, the nation’s largest Black-owned tech hub and co-working space in downtown Atlanta, GA. Within a three-year period, we launched two more campuses in Atlanta to serve the city’s emerging Black tech ecosystem and watched more than 20,000 people enter the doors of OHUB to attend our tech and startup related meetups and events.The next time I saw Reverend Jackson would be at SXSW in 2015 after his fireside chat with Van Jones. Tech companies were just beginning to release their diversity numbers in response to the specific and strategic requests of Jackson and other minority shareholders of some of the world’s largest publicly traded tech companies.Since that time across America, there have literally been thousands of conversations, panels, pop-ups, dedicated keynotes, breakout sessions, convenings, research, white papers, pilot initiatives, inclusion grants, etc. dedicated to diversity in tech. Yet, for the most part, we haven’t seen much national sustained traction on what truly matters. In actuality, it seems as if we are going backward while experiencing glimpses of success via the outlier stories or new pilot program pressers.Perhaps by debunking some myths about diversity, equity and inclusion amongst entrepreneurs, we’ll see more measurable outcomes in the space.Related: Diversity Wins: All of the People Who Made History in the 2018 Midterm ElectionsMyth #1: It’s about diversity and inclusion and belonging.Well sort of, but not really. Yes, “representation”, “having a voice at the table” and “feeling good” about being at the table are important. However, having the opportunity to build the table from nothing and equitably “eat from the table” once its set is what it’s really about. More so than diversity and inclusion, it’s all about equity, racial equity in particular.As the late Dr. Roosevelt Thomas, Jr. suggested in his writings and work, representation and relationship management are just the beginning stages of creating racial equity in the workplace. Creating a culture of belonging in the company is nice; but in many cases, it’s only that — nice.It doesn’t automatically guarantee parity in income or equity for Black, Latinx or women team members. Because of the racial wealth gap, when you negotiate the lowest compensation package under the auspice of protecting shareholder value, you are actually advancing income and wealth segregation as a result of your firm’s innovation density. This is why Microsoft is investing an initial $500 million in affordable housing in the Seattle, Washington Puget Sound region.America is steadily becoming a majority Black and Latinx nation. It’s critically important for all entrepreneurs (i.e. the job creators of our era and the future of work in the fourth industrial revolution) to focus on achieving racial equity in our companies and communities as early as possible. Just imagine for a moment if racial equity in the company and community would have been a day one priority for Microsoft and other tech companies like it.This is accomplished by attracting and equitably compensating all of the members of your team with fairness and transparency. This is sustained with corporate governance policies focused on fairness and equity for all.Related: The Fourth Industrial Revolution Is Our ResponsibilityMyth #2: Diversity, equity and inclusion can live and thrive in one part of a business.  The plethora of diversity and inclusion conversations and articles circulating throughout the startup ecosystem has many founders, angels and VC’s anxious to be more diverse and inclusive. Almost every six months, we’re reading about a new software company promising unbiased hiring.These are good things — very good things. Yet, your efforts will yield minimal results without an actual game plan (short and long range) to operationalize racial equity in your business — at any stage. When this happens, you and your team may become discouraged. You begin thinking there just isn’t much of a talent pipeline, or that the talent didn’t want to work at your company. Ultimately, as my colleague Karla Monterossa, CEO of Code2040 says, “we must think beyond pipeline change and think systems change.”To experience sustained success in diversity, equity and inclusion, startups have to operationalize and fund racial equity across six core areas of their business:Corporate governance: Ensure that there is racial equity amongst your cofounders (when possible), investors, formal advisors, key team members, early hires and interns. Establish, enforce and incentivize policies and procedures that advance racial and gender equity for all in your organization.Human resources: Be intentional about hiring Black and Latinx talent at all stages. Partner with organizations like OHUB, HBCU@SXSW and Rework to identify, develop, source and hire technical and technical sales talent. Hire from historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic serving institutions, tribal colleges, technical colleges with updated curriculum and coding boot camps.Related: Why Your Next Hire Should Be a Coding School GraduateProcurement: Hiring small businesses and other startups of color to provide key business-to-business services for your company directly impacts the traction, growth and new permanent job creation in communities of color. Make a commitment to ensure that your vendors and suppliers match the changing demographics of America and beyond.Innovation: Developing inclusive innovation initiatives like HBCU “solvathons” and inclusive centers for innovation on HBCU campuses. Fund pre-accelerators, accelerators, incubators, pitch competitions and venture funds for founders of color.Go to market: Intentionally allocating resources to reach Black & Latinx customer markets via targeted media, conferences, festivals and organizations. The African American and Latinx American buying power are in the trillions of dollars.Impact: Reinvest in the future development of the ecosystem at all levels. Fund coding, technical sales and entrepreneurship schools. Fund conferences, festival and events focused on Blacks in tech. At OHUB, we’ve branded this company process as DEIS for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion As A Service.Myth #3: Only large companies and organizations have to worry about racial equity.Unequivocally false.To be honest, waiting until your company is very large before launching an authentic diversity, racial equity and inclusion initiative is actually too late. At that stage, companies are often reacting to some type of diversity “scandal” about their lack of inclusion, an uncovering of facts by the media as in the recent pay disparities at Oracle or an incident that forces the company to react. This often results in the launch of a crisis management PR campaign constructed by firms that lack any deep understanding of how racial equity is achieved in the workplace. Many times, this comes off as inauthentic and creates further mistrust and distrust.The better path is to build a DEIS from the start. Yes, building something from nothing is hard enough but incorporating innovative and cutting edge best practices for racial equity during this early stages of company building has been proven to yield better product development. McKinsey has found it yields a higher return on investment and economic output.The state of current affairs in our nation presents an amazing opportunity for high-growth startups to take the lead in the development of authentic diversity, (racial) equity and inclusion systems, processes and initiatives throughout their business.Leverage this multifaceted operational approach as you create your startup’s unfair advantage in your respective industry and as you aim to raise more capital, hire the best talent, create better products, build new market channels, do good business, grow, scale and change your industry, community and world.Being intentional about racial equity from day one is the best approach. However, let me say this: Not starting when you were a startup doesn’t absolve a large companies role and responsibility in rising to the occasion to set a new precedence of the importance of creating authentic diversity, racial equity and inclusion. In reality, their commitment to financially supporting these types of initiatives at the highest level should be a priority.Will it be easy? Heck, no! But don’t be afraid to begin. As Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays said, “The tragedy of life is often not in our failure, but rather in our complacency; not in our doing too much, but rather in our doing too little; not in our living above our ability, but rather in our living below our capacities.” Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Image credit: Hero Images | Getty Images Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 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