Book on Olympian wrestler from Maharashtra launched

first_imgMumbai, Dec 9 (PTI) A book on the life and times of Olympian wrestler late Shrirang Jadhav from Satara, was launched at the ongoing Maharashtra Kesari Wrestling Competition.Jadhav had represented India at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, along with Khashaba Jadhav, who won the bronze medal.The book, titled Ajinkyatara, and written by sports writer Sanjay Dudhane, was launched at the wrestling tournament underway in Pune, by the vice president of Indian Olympic Association Balasaheb Landge.Shrirang Jadhavs son Amar, who has carried forward his fathers tradition of training wrestlers, said former Maharashtra chief minister Y B Chavan had encouraged the late Jadhav to start a wrestlers training facility in Satara.Jadhav passed away in 1984 at 64, had also served as vice president of the Maharashtra Kustigir Parishad, the apex wrestling body in the state.The Olympian wrestlers school mate and noted orator, thinker and former vice-chancellor of Marathwada University late Shivajirao Bhosle has penned the introduction to the book, Dudhane said. PTI VT NRBlast_img read more

Bayern Munich survive scare to reach German Cup third round

first_imgBayern Munich edged past amateurs SV Roedinghausen 2-1 to reach the third round of the German Cup on Tuesday.Champions Bayern, who were made to work hard, Bayern were far from their best against their fourth-division opponents on a rainy and cold evening in east Westphalia and had to endure a nervous finale before booking their spot in the next round.Bayern were missing half a dozen players because of illness or injury.Quick goals from Sandro Wagner in the eighth minute and Thomas Mueller, who scored with a penalty five minutes later, put the visitors in the driving seat.Next round #MiaSanMia #da27 pic.twitter.com/PKpTORS8UrDavid Alaba (@David_Alaba) October 30, 2018Bayern, second in the Bundesliga, were awarded a second spot kick in the 22nd minute but Renato Sanches’ effort bounced off the crossbar.The hosts cut the deficit four minutes after the restart with Linus Meyer beating Rafinha to connect with a cross as the home crowd erupted in wild celebrations.Niko #Kovac on @Thiago6: “He’s in a lot of pain at the moment, but we will wait and see what the examination tomorrow reveals.”#DFBPokal #SVRFCB pic.twitter.com/PZbcBlxz0nFC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) October 30, 2018Franck Ribery had a rare chance in the second half but his low drive was palmed wide by keeper Niclas Heimann as Bayern took their foot completely off the gas and looked short of ideas and Roedinghausen pressed for an equaliser.@esmuellert_: “We’re into the next round, that’s what counts. With regards to how we did it though, we players need to have a long, hard think.”#DFBPokal #SVRFCB pic.twitter.com/UMjdPcdG14advertisementFC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) October 30, 2018The Bavarians, who have now won four matches in all competitions after a four-game winless run, may have to make do without Thiago Alcantara in the coming matches after the Spaniard suffered a leg injury.Fellow Bundesliga clubs Hertha Berlin and VfL Wolfsburg also advanced by beating Darmstadt 98 and Hanover 96 2-0 respectively.Thank you for your support! #MiaSanMiaAnd respect to @svroedinghausen for a brilliant fight #DFBPokal #SVRFCB pic.twitter.com/atGFzjcvwxFC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) October 30, 2018Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund host second tier Union Berlin on Wednesday.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

I feel let down and deflated: Former IPL auctioneer says he was axed in one-line email

first_imgThe familiar voice of the Indian Premier League auction will not be heard when the eight franchises meet on January 18 in Jaipur.Richard Madley, who was the voice of the IPL auctions for more than 10 years, will not be conducting the affairs after Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) replaced him with Hugh Edmeades, who is an independent fine art, classic car and charity auctioneer.Madley in a recent interview said that he felt disappointed by the way he was treated and let down by BCCI.”I’m sad, disappointed and a little bit let down and deflated,” Madley was quoted as saying by Cricketnext.”It’s not my decision, it’s the decision of the BCCI combined with IMG. It has come as a bit of a shock to me after 11 unbroken years of conducting the auction and always receiving positive comments and feedback from the franchise owners, administrators, BCCI and my many fans. It has come as a bolt out of the blue – to be released, to use an IPL term – without reason or explanation.”I have been told that the BCCI wants to ‘change up’ the auction with a new venue, new timings and I assumed then that they were going to bring in a newer, younger auctioneer. Perhaps an Indian auctioneer, which would be perfectly logical. Therefore I was surprised when my replacement is a British auctioneer, older than me, more grey hairs, heavier! He’s a good friend of mine, I’ve known Hugh for many years. But he’s a first class art auctioneer who has no experience of IPL. Therefore, it is illogical to me to replace me with somebody who is almost my mirror image. That, to me, is the one area that hurts.advertisement”I was thinking that if I was going to be replaced, it would be a seed change in the auction and not a simple substitution without rhyme, reason or logic. Is it fair, equitable or honourable? So naturally I feel somewhat bruised.”Madley was also not happy that he was not given any explanation for releasing him and especially the way the matter was dealt with by BCCI.”I was in early November if I was available to conduct the auction. I confirmed my availability and heard back from IMG/BCCI two weeks back with a one-line e-mail saying ‘Your services are not required. We have chosen a replacement auctioneer’. No explanation, no thanks for the 11 years of service, and no reason whatsoever. I was shocked.”They did mention they were considering other auctioneers when they asked me my availability. I confirmed my availability and assumed – wrongly – that they wanted to hire me. I surmise that they had already decided to hire Hugh and were purely going through the motions, and had already decided that they’d axe the hammer man.”I want to know the reason why. What have I done wrong, or who have I offended, or where have I stepped out of line? For my peace of mind and professional integrity, I need to hear the truth. I quite understand I might never work in India again, but personally and professionally I need to know who these decision makers are, who can influence these matters masquerading under the guise of BCCI, but nobody being big enough to put their hand up and say this was my decision, and this is the reason. If they do that, I would feel much happier.””Never say never is my motto. I have been proud and honoured to come to India and conduct the IPL auction. It’s part of my DNA,” Madley said.”The BCCI have said the decision is for one auction. They’ll review it after that. But I feel like a batsman who has made a double century and dropped by the selectors for no reason. However, a good cricketer will put his head down, make more runs in state cricket and get a recall. Of course I’m not going to say I’ll never return. But I feel the damage might be done and it might be difficult for the BCCI to eat humble pie and accept this decision was the wrong one, and in doing so, upset what is the greatest auction in the world.”It would appear that they are making change for change’s sake. You don’t fiddle with something that isn’t broken. The IPL auction is an extraordinary process, it’s more than just selling players. It’s a great launch pad for the tournament which usually starts six weeks later. Alter it at your risk. It’s inconceivable to me why they would want to do it. Why remove a key player in your team who has given 11 years service and still has some life left?advertisement”The IPL auction process is highly transparent. I am asking for that same transparency.”Also Read | Indian Premier League 2019 player auction to be held in Jaipur on December 18Also Read | IPL 2019 Auction: Jaydev Unadkat at base price of Rs 1.5 crore, Brendon McCullim at Rs 2 croreAlso Read | IPL 2019 auction: Malinga back in the pool, Finch and Maxwell opt outAlso see:last_img read more

Scorpions and Mets battle for top spot

first_imgBy BEN HARRISNSW Scorpions and NSW Mets are on a collision course for top spot of the women’s Elite Eight division.The two remain the only undefeated teams in the group after two days of the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League at Coffs Harbour.They will meet each other in the final round on Friday and it could well be the match that decides pole position in the women’s open competition.Could being the key word.The Mets’ finals credentials will be tested as they take on teams in second and third positions on day three.They will meet Queensland Outlaws in the sixth round at 10.30am and follow it up by playing the Scorpions, who should beat NSW Rebels at 9.40am, if previous results are anything to go by.Mets’ could be without Australia women’s open player Ash Quinlan who was carried off in Mets’ 7-5 win over Queensland South Stingrays.The Scorpions had wins over Stingrays (9-6) and Outlaws (7-5) to trail Mets on percentages.The Outlaws went down twice on Thursday, which has put them in danger of missing out on the top four if they fail to fire on day three.They lead a long list of teams who are jockeying for the final two semi spots.The Stingrays remain fourth despite losing twice while The Alliance and Queensland Chiefs are in the hunt.Last year’s runners-up, the Chiefs, put their disastrous day one performance behind them to win twice on day two.Rebels are not totally out of it of the semi-finals but it will be a long shot, while NSW Country Mavericks’ campaign is over.No doubt the highlight on day three in the women’s competition will be the match between the Scorpions and the Mets, which will most likely decide top spot.The game taps-off at 3pm.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksWomen’s Elite Eight day twolast_img read more

CBC BOOKS ANNOUNCES CANADA READS 2017 THEME HOST AND LONGLIST

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook The Break by Katherena Vermette (House of Anansi Press)Company Town by Madeline Ashby (TOR)The Elephants in My Backyard by Rajiv Surendra (Random House Canada)even this page is white by Vivek Shraya (Arsenal Pulp Press)Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis (Coach House Books)I Am Woman by Lee Maracle (Press Gang)The Just City by Jo Walton (TOR)Knucklehead by Matt Lennox (Harper Collins)Nostalgia by M.G. Vassanji (Doubleday Canada)One Hour in Paris by Karyn L. Freedman (Freehand Books)Quantum Night by Robert J. Sawyer (Viking)The Right to Be Cold by Sheila Watt-Cloutier (Penguin Canada)Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel (Del Rey)Today I Learned It Was You by Edward Riche (House of Anansi Press)Waiting for First Light by Roméo Dallaire, with Jessica Dee Humphreys (Random House Canada)The Canada Reads panel and the final five books will be announced on January 31, 2017. Each year,   the shortlisted Canada Reads books see a significant rise in sales, and the winning book stays on bestseller lists for months. For the past two years, all five shortlisted titles appeared on Canadian bestseller lists in the weeks leading up to the debates.Notable past winners include Joseph Boyden’s The Orenda, which went on to become the top-selling Canadian book of the year in 2014; The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis, which began as a self-published book and won Canada Reads in 2011; The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, the 2009 winner, which was broadcast as a mini-series on CBC-TV in early 2015; and both 2007’s winner Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill, and Ru by Kim Thúy — debut novels that became international bestsellers.CBC Books is pleased to announce that Indigo is returning for a third year as a sponsor of Canada Reads.The Canada Reads debates will take place in front of live audiences over four days from March 27-30, 2017, and will be broadcast on CBC Radio One, CBC TV and online at CBCbooks.ca.  Each day of the competition, one book will be eliminated by the panellists, until a winner is voted the must-read book for Canadians in 2017. Olympian and humanitarian Clara Hughes was the winning panellist for Canada Reads 2016, defending  The Illegal by Lawrence Hill.For more information, please visit CBCbooks.ca, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram  @CBCbooks #CanadaReads.-30-About Ali HassanAli Hassan is an Actor, Stand-Up Comedian and host of CBC Radio’s Laugh Out Loud. CBC television viewers may remember him from his season as the lead comedy panelist on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight. He can currently be seen in his recurring roles on Man Seeking Woman (FXX), Odd Squad (PBS Kids) and Cardinal (CTV). Ali recently returned from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where he did a month long-run of his solo show Muslim Interrupted.About CBC BooksHome to Canada Reads, Writers & Company with Eleanor Wachtel, The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers, Canada Writes and the CBC Literary Prizes, CBC Books connects Canadians with books, encouraging a shared love of reading and writing. For book news, writing challenges, reading lists, book recommendations and more, visit www.cbcbooks.ca.About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. In 2017, CBC/Radio-Canada will be at the heart of the celebrations and conversations with special 2017-themed multiplatform programming and events across Canada. CBC Books today announced the Canada Reads 2017 longlist of 15 books. Debating the question, “What is the one book Canadians need now?” Canada Reads 2017 is looking at stories that help us explore the diverse perspectives that make this nation what it is today, and to reflect on where we’re heading. Hosted by CBC Laugh Out Loud’s Ali Hassan, CBC’s annual battle of the books, now in its 16th year, will take place March 27-30, 2017.“I’m thrilled to be the host of Canada Reads for 2017,” said Hassan. “In my eyes, it’s the most important literary endeavour in the country, bringing together people to celebrate these diverse Canadian authors. My father, an English professor of 40 years, will also posthumously be pleased.”From science fiction to nonfiction, futuristic to fable, the longlisted books are: Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Ohio State basketball continues Big Ten grind against Penn State

Penn State is not the Ohio State basketball team’s most intimidating opponent. The Nittany Lions, who the Buckeyes will play Wednesday, come into the game with a 10-11 record overall and a 2-6 record in the Big Ten. But the Big Ten has five teams ranked among the top 25, which is more than any conference in the nation. Coach Thad Matta said that in the Big Ten this year, there are no easy games, no matter the record. “I don’t think there’s a coach in the Big Ten that feels good about the next game that they’re playing and that’s just documented by who has beaten who,” Matta said. “Records or ranking or where the game has played really has not much relevance. You have to play in this league and know at the conclusion of one game you’re going to another battle the next game.” The Buckeyes are 5-2 in the conference this year with both losses coming on the road. Wednesday’s game against Penn State will be at home in the Schottenstein Center where the Buckeyes have an undefeated 14-0 record this year. The Nittany Lions come into Wednesday’s game having lost four out of the their last five contests. The lone win in that streak came against Illinois, who the Buckeyes lost to Jan. 10. Penn State point guard Tim Frazier is considered by many the best point guard in the Big Ten. The junior has averaged 18 points and more than six assists on the year. Matta said containing Frazier will be a “challenge.” “He makes them go, there’s no question about it,” Matta said. “The ball is in his hands a lot so it’s not on (sophomore guard Aaron Craft) or (sophomore guard Lenzelle Smith) or whoever is on him at the particular time. It’s going to have to be really all five guys somehow, someway give support and help him out.” Smith said Matta told the team that Penn State is not to be taken lightly and the team needs to play a complete game. “The first thing he told us is they probably play harder than any team we’re going to play this year,” Smith said. “Watching them a little bit on film, it’s obvious. They crash the boards … They’re going to play 40 minutes of good hard basketball.” Smith said the key to beating Penn State is their focus and intensity on the defensive end of the floor. “Whenever we find ourselves playing great defense, our offense just carries off,” Smith said. Eleven games remain on OSU’s regular season schedule and six of those games come against opponents who are currently ranked. Despite more high-profile matchups on the horizon, Matta said he’s not worried about his team looking past Penn State. “It is strictly Penn State,” Matta said. “I want our guys focused on one thing and one thing only and that’s Penn State. If you find yourself looking too far ahead, it will come back and get you in the end.” Tipoff for Wednesday’s game is set for 6:30 p.m. read more

Rep Rendon supports plan adding resources to Michigans fight against PFAS

first_img Michigan Legislature approves fundingRep. Daire Rendon today voted in favor of a plan that will provide more financial support to clean up contaminated sites and combat PFAS in northern Michigan and the entire state.The Michigan Legislature approved $69 million for an environmental cleanup fund which also will help boost local recycling programs, plus a separate $20 million specifically to boost ongoing efforts to detect and clean up PFAS contamination. This is in addition to $60 million previously approved by the Legislature for testing, monitoring and emergency response to PFAS.“Communities across the state – including the Camp Grayling area – are discovering these chemicals in the drinking water they’ve depended on for years,” said Rendon. “Michigan is tackling this problem head on, working hard to detect and clean up this contamination. Our vote today commits more resources to the fight.”The same fund will provide about $15 million annually to help improve local recycling programs, another key environmentally friendly improvement. Rendon said rural areas across Michigan do not have the same recycling capabilities as more urban areas, adding this extra allocation strengthens Northern Michigan communities’ recycling programs and efforts to combat PFAS contamination.The budget bills headed to Gov. Rick Snyder for consideration also include more money for roads, school safety grants, child protective services, veterans services, the Soo Locks and many other important programs.###The legislation: Senate Bills 601 and 149. Categories: Daire Rendon News,News 21Dec Rep. Rendon supports plan adding resources to Michigan’s fight against PFASlast_img read more

UK pay TV operator BSkyB has committed to make add

first_imgUK pay TV operator BSkyB has committed to make additional investment in British film production, producing films for a “family audience” for Sky Movies and new documentaries for Sky Atlantic.The new content will be available exclusive to Sky customers from 2013.Sky Movies will invest in feature-length films for TV aimed at family audience over the next five years. New productions are already in development and Sky Movies is seeking submissions for further projects, the company said. The projects are being funded by what Sky described as “a dedicated, six figure development fund”.  Features that are approved for production will have budgets of around £5 million (€6 million).Sky will also create up to 12 primetime documentaries for Sky Atlantic. Projects in each strand will be commissioned and acquired exclusively for Sky customers and will receive their premieres on Sky Movies and Sky Atlantic HD, said the broadcaster. The new shows will also be available on Sky’s on-demand services.Sky has committed to increase investment in home-grown programming to £600 million by 2014, representing an increase of 50% over three years.“We know British programming resonates strongly with our customers so we’ve been building our capability and credibility in this area over the last couple of years. I’m very encouraged by the progress we’ve achieved so far, particularly in original comedy and drama, but we’re only at the start and we’re determined to raise our ambitions again and keep improving,” said CEO Jeremy Darroch in a statement.last_img read more

Former Sky and Lovefilm executive Nick James and f

first_imgFormer Sky and Lovefilm executive Nick James and former Zodiak Media chiefs Rod Henwood and Marc Antoine d’Halluin are creating an SVOD service for quiz show fans.The trio have created Inquisitive Media (stylised InQuisiTiVe Media), whose interactive on-demand service IQTV is first launching in the UK before an international rollout follows.D’Halluin left Zodiak upon its merger with Banijay Group two years ago and later turned up at France’s M7 Group as chairman.Rod HenwoodFormer Zodiak UK boss Henwood took on the same role at the merged business, but exited Banijay UK in 2016.Henwood is chairman of the company, with James and d’Halluin co-founders.Programming deals have been struck with BBC Worldwide, Channel 4 and Banijay Rights, allowing subscribers to watch a variety of game shows such as Mastermind, Celebrity Mastermind, A Question of Genius, Only Connect, The Weakest LinkAt launch in July, IQTV will cost £3.49 (€3.93) per month. The first month will be offered free.There is interactive playalong technology built in to the service, meaning viewers can compete in individual episodes.Henwood told DTVE sister title TBI he and the co-founders have financed the company along with unnamed personal connections, and that a new funding round will happen “just before or after launch to support more marketing investment”.“This is a unique proposition in the world of SVOD, addressing an important gap in the market. Intelligent quiz shows represent an attractive, untapped genre for a niche SVOD service,” he said in a statement. “They have significant and very loyal audiences, their brands are enduring, their hosts are highly recognisable with a strong social media following, and they have had a relatively limited airing on multi-channel television.“While there has been a well-documented focus on scripted content and millennial audiences, older viewers and non-scripted passion genres represent a real gap in the VOD landscape.”BBC Worldwide UK television sales and business development director Jonathan Newman said: “SVOD is the perfect medium for harnessing the potential for re-discovery and celebration of classic content; this new venture promises to demonstrate exactly that.”Karla Berry, Channel 4’s transactional distribution manager, sold classic British gameshow Countdown – the first show to air on the terrestrial channel in November 1982 – to Inquisitive.“Through our agreement with IQTV we’re delighted that true gameshow fans in the UK and the Republic of Ireland can discover and play along to classic episodes and comedic moments made famous by the much-loved Richard Whiteley and his number crunching co-host Carol Vorderman.”last_img read more

Taiwan Broadband Communications TBS has tapped T

first_imgTaiwan Broadband Communications (TBS) has tapped TV technology outfit Nagra to provide its OpenTV Suite to power its new OTT TV service, TBC Go.Both cable and broadband TBC customers will have on-the-go access to live TV and to more advanced features later this year.TBC Go will deliver live TV and video-on-demand on open devices. The service is expected to be commercially available to TBC subscribers in June.The OpenTV Suite is a set of tightly integrated and optimised TV components comprising OpenTV Experience, OpenTV Platform, OpenTV OS and OpenTV Player that is designed to facilitate and simplify access to digital media content on multiple viewing devices and deliver advantages of deployment speed, performance, service innovation, scalability and monetization, according to Nagra.“Nagra has been a key partner since 2015 in helping us roll out our newly digitized platform and enable new services like our OTT platform,” said Jimmy Chen, CEO, TBC.“Their tightly integrated solutions provide fast time-to-market and their team is committed to our success. We look forward to introducing it to all of our subscribers in the next few months.”Stéphane Le Dréau, SVP, sales and services APAC at Nagra, said: “We are excited to support TBC as they leverage their digital platform to enjoy all the benefits that OTT has to offer and deliver more compelling services to their customers. This latest service launch highlights TBC’s commitment to their customers by extending their access both inside and outside the home. With the OpenTV Suite, TBC has an OTT solution that is widely used by operators around the world and gives them a launchpad for new services and extended monetization opportunities.”Nagra’s OpenTV solution will be demonstrated on the Nagra stand, 1J2-01, at ConnecTechAsia /CommunicAsia 2018 in Singapore on June 26-28.Nagra will be exhibiting at ANGA COM on stand 8.MS10last_img read more

10 Tips for HomeBased Employee Computer Security

first_img You’re saving money by sending them home, but is the technology they use secure? 10 Tips for Home-Based Employee Computer Security 3 min read –shares Keith Ferrell Add to Queue Apply Now » May 15, 2009center_img If you’re looking at ways to trim operating costs without trimming staff, sending employees home to work may be near the top of your list. Just be sure employees’ home workspaces are as secure as your business’s.Quite a few security issues come to mind when thinking of employees working from home, but here are bMighty’s top 10:1. Anti-Malware And Defenseware –Are the employees’ home setups equipped with the same protection from malware, spyware and intrusions as the equipment at the main facility? Not just similar, and not just same-level. You should have identical levels of protection deployed on all equipment that will be handling company information or processes.2. Upgrades And Patches –Are the employees’ auto-update settings all enabled to ensure that virus defs and patches are current and stay so?3. Shared Use –Do other members of the employee’s household use the home office? This one is important — inadvertent exposure of company information as a result of an employee’s child or spouse’s actions is no less troublesome for your business… and in some cases can put you in legal jeopardy.4. Home Network Security –Is the household running a wireless network? How secure is it? Believe me, you may not want to know, but believe me, you had better know. And so should your IT manager.5. Backup Practices –How will the employee backup the day’s work (or whatever backup period your business requires)? How will you ensure that the backups are made, and that the backed up data is accurate and secure?6. Encryption –How much of your business data would be safe from prying eyes if the employee’s home were burglarized and the work-from-home computer stolen?7. Disaster Recovery –What happens to your data–and your access to it–should your employee become incapacitated? Do appropriate members of the employee’s household understand your ownership of data residing on machines in their home–machines that may be the employee’s personal property? Do you, for that matter, have the necessary passwords to access that data if the need or circumstance arises?8) Termination Troubles –If the work-from-home strategy proves not to solve your overhead concerns and you are forced to terminate the employee, how confident are you of your ability to reclaim all company data? Like the point immediately above, this one can be further complicated if the employee was using personal equipment for business purposes.9) Compliance Considerations –Many of the points raised above come into even sharper focus (and concern) if any of the materials the employee is working with are subject to regulatory compliance. Make sure the law lets employees work with information at home before you send the information home with them.10) Peace Of Mind –Okay, this one’s wholly subjective, but you should ask yourself–and discuss with the employee–your mutual comfort levels with company information being handled, worked on, stored at the employee’s home.We’ll be looking, in the weeks ahead, at some of the issues and questions that these issues and questions raise. (Should you equip the employee’s home with a dedicated machine and connection for business use only, for instance.) Brought to you by Information Week SMB Technology Next Article The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 Listlast_img read more

Now We Know the Truth Going AllDigital with AI Is a Mistake

first_imgNow We Know the Truth: Going All-Digital with AI Is a Mistake Henry Vaage IversenJune 21, 2019, 9:00 amJune 19, 2019 Two of Scandinavia’s leading financial institutions have very different strategies for their conversational AI-powered customer service but with one unifying element at the core: human augmentation“We should go digital” is a common refrain in the financial services industry. Competition is increasingly happening online with smartphone apps, digital transactions and products that automate the customer experience. In the rush to avoid getting left behind, banks and insurance companies are looking to AI-driven virtual agents to smartly improve their limited customer service, with many even considering going all-digital on their conversational AI support efforts. But while the extensive use of digital technology has been a competitive edge across the industry, savvy financial institutions now know the truth: Going all-digital is a mistake.Relying solely on automation to handle all customer service interactions is a slippery slope. Even the most advanced AI can, and will, stumble when tackling complex queries, spouting off responses that could potentially turn customers away, and negatively impact a brand.Major European companies like Tryg and DNB have clearly understood that the path to finding the customer experience ‘sweet spot’ lies in using technology to augment existing human support staff. Both companies, for example, while implementing conversational AI technology in different ways, found that by leveraging the efficiency and predictability of AI against the expertise of their employees, they are able to achieve results without sacrificing the quality of service for which their customers have grown accustomedAugmenting customer support with AIMitigating complexity was a key challenge for Tryg in providing security and peace-of-mind to its 4 million customers. Rather than using Artificial Intelligence as customer-facing first-line support, the insurance company built a virtual agent named RoSa designed to make internal operations more streamlined and efficient.“When our outbound support teams speak to customers, they have all of the knowledge from the virtual agent instantly available and at their fingertips,” said Head of Process Excellence, Bjartmar Jensen at Tryg. “If the customer asks a question they don’t know the answer to, he or she can simply ask RoSa and get an answer immediately. In fact, 97 percent of the time RoSa has the right answer, or can provide useful relevant links, explain contract conditions, and provide guidance to internal processes.”By making the company’s entire wealth of knowledge easily accessible to its employees, Tryg has ensured that none of its customers risk being greeted by support agents who are too inexperienced to handle their problems. Instead, using RoSa, even new employees can give customers expert advice and resolve inquiries according to best practices.Since the virtual agent launched in July 2018, Tryg’s outbound customer support teams have been able to substantially resolve more cases and decrease the number of calls from support to back-office teamsFinding the right balance between human and machineDNB is Norway’s largest bank, comparable in terms of assets to the top banks in the U.S. The bank chose to position its virtual agent, Aino, front-and-center in its digital customer-service strategy. The partially government-owned bank needed a solution to deal with thousands of daily inquiries to its website that, while easily handled by human support staff, still required considerable time and resources.“The challenge for us is in handling the enormous amount of incoming traffic efficiently, while at the same time giving the best possible experience to our customers,” says Oyvind Brekke, EVP and Head of Digital Innovation at DNB.  “Since launching our virtual agent in June 2018, we have already automated 50% of all incoming chat traffic.”In a confident move by DNB, customers visiting the bank’s website are required to first interact with Aino who will attempt to solve their query on-the-spot. This takes care of the menial, repetitive tasks that would otherwise tie up support lines, freeing customer service staff to concentrate on more nuanced queries that the artificially intelligent virtual agent identifies and passes on.To date, Aino has had over 1 million conversations with customers and can answer 3,500 different questions. Initially, the bank was seeing automation rates as high as 70%, however, DNB quickly discovered that there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. “The results are a lot higher than we expected in such a short time,” adds Brekke. “We work hard every day to make Aino even better and to find the right balance between human and machine.”That balance is the key to Aino’s success. The bank dialed its capabilities back when the data made it clear that automation of around 50% of first-response queries (with high-quality automation) created the best customer experience. Overall, DNB now automates 17% of all its customer interactions across channels thanks to Aino, with that number expected to grow as its capabilities continue to expand. AIconversational AICustomer Experinececustomer serviceCustomer SupportHuman SupportVirtual agents Previous ArticleP&G’s Marc Pritchard and Brand Leaders from Taco Bell and LEGO Take on the Future of Advertising, Platforms and Purpose at Wake up with the EconomistNext ArticleTechBytes with Evgeny Popov, Global Vice President at Lotamelast_img read more

Oncotype DXguided treatment could reduce cost for breast cancer care study suggests

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 24 2019A new study suggests that Oncotype DX-guided treatment could reduce the cost for the first year of breast cancer care in the U.S. by about $50 million (about 2 percent of the overall costs in the first year). The study by Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and National Cancer Institute researchers was published April 24, in JNCI.The landmark TAILORx (Trial Assigning IndividuaLized Options for Treatment) trial results suggested that use of the Oncotype DX® gene test can offer women valuable information about treatment options, potentially sparing 70 percent of women from needing chemotherapy if they are newly diagnosed with the most common subtype of breast cancer. The information only applied to women with early-stage breast cancer that is hormone positive (ER/PR+), HER2neu negative, and has not spread to the lymph nodes.The projected cost savings in the new study are based on two factors: about a 50 percent increased cost in gene testing assuming that it will be done for all newly diagnosed women, which would be offset by an approximately 8 percent expected drop in the overall cost of chemotherapy due to fewer women being recommended this form of treatment. Chemotherapy is considerably more expensive than gene testing, hence the 8 percent reduction in its cost is greater, dollar-wise, than the 50 percent increase in cost for gene testing.”Individual women’s decisions should not be about dollars and cents, but what is right for them based on consideration of the best evidence and personal preferences,” says Jeanne S. Mandelblatt, MD, MPH, professor of oncology and medicine at Georgetown Lombardi.Mandelblatt and her colleagues examined the monetary impact in the U.S. of providing care based on evidence from TAILORx. The researchers looked at statistics on gene testing and chemotherapy use in National Cancer Institute and Medicare databases, before and after the TAILORx trial results were announced in 2018. The periods during which costs accrue are usually grouped into three timeframes: initial costs (diagnosis and treatment), terminal costs (last year of life) and everything in between (continuing care costs). This study only estimated initial costs.The estimated individual Oncotype DX test costs in this analysis were about $3,400 and based on Medicare reimbursement rates. Many insurers, including Medicare, cover the cost for most women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer. Another gene test that is used less often in the U.S., called MammaPrint®, has similar costs.Related StoriesSugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumorsNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerThe investigators estimated that, prior to 2018, the mean initial costs of healthcare nationwide for newly diagnosed women with breast cancer, which were fairly stable for a number of years, included two components: chemotherapy costs of $2.701 billion and Oncotype DX testing costs estimated to be $115 million, for a total healthcare cost of $2.816 billion in the first year after diagnosis. The researchers estimated that only 34.8 to 57.2 percent of women were receiving the Oncotype DX testing in this period as the clinical application of such tests was still uncertain.In 2018, the TAILORx findings showed no benefit from chemotherapy for women whose tumors had lower risks for recurrence based on Oncotype DX scores. For their modeling, the researchers projected that all women with scores of 0-25 (low to intermediate risk) would forgo chemotherapy starting in 2018, so those treatment costs would go down by 8 percent, saving $338 million in initial chemotherapy costs. The researchers also assumed 100 percent of women would get Oncotype DX testing, raising those costs by $116 million (from $115 to $231 million). The total initial costs for this period were therefore projected to be $2.766 billion.Comparing the two initial 12-month costs of care for the pre-2018 and 2018 and after periods, the researchers projected that the combined treatment and testing costs would decrease from $2.816 to $2.766 billion, for a net savings of about $50 million (1.8 percent decrease).”This study only answers the question about whether, in the first 12 months after diagnosis, costs of gene testing are likely to be offset by savings in avoided costs of chemotherapy – and the answer is yes. We did not estimate how the trial results could diffuse into medical practice, since those data will not be available for several years,” Mandelblatt says. “The gene tests are not perfect predictors of who will ultimately have a recurrence of breast cancer, so it will be important to model the long-term outcomes and costs from diagnosis to death.” Source:https://lombardi.georgetown.edu/news/Genetic-Testing-in-Women-Diagnosed-with-Breast-Cancer-Decreases-Cost-of-Care-Nationwidelast_img read more

Fantastically Preserved Viking Boat Grave and Skeletons Unearthed in Sweden

first_imgArchaeologists recently unearthed two Viking burial boats in Uppsala, Sweden — one of which was exceptionally preserved and held the remains of a dog, a man and a horse. The Vikings sent a handful of their powerful elites to the afterlife in boats laden with sacrificed animals, weapons and treasure; the funeral practice dates back to the Iron Age (A.D. 550 to 800) but was used throughout the Viking age (A.D. 800 to 1050), according to a statement. These richly appointed graves have been discovered across Scandinavia. For example, archaeologists had previously found one such burial boat in Norway that had evidence of human remains and one in western Scotland that contained a slew of burial items such as an ax, a shield boss, a ringed pin, a hammer and tongs. The elites who were given such elaborate send-offs were also often buried with animals, such as stallions.Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65892-viking-burial-boats-discovered-sweden.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  These burial boats were typically built with overlapping wooden planks (called “clinker built”) and had symmetrical ends, a true keel and overlapping planks joined together, said Johan Anund, the regional manager for The Archaeologists, an archeological organization working with the National Historical Museums in Sweden. Archaeologists have also found other, simpler boat structures, such as logboats, which are like a dugout wide canoe, Anand told Live Science in an email. [Photos: A Man, a Horse and a Dog Found in Viking Boat Burials] The remains of the dog and the horse were nestled in the bow of the well-preserved boat, while the remains of the man were found in the stern. “We don’t know much” about the man yet, Anund said. But analysis of the skeleton will reveal how old he was, how tall he was and if he had any injuries or diseases. Anund’s group may even be able to figure out where the man grew up and where he lived for most of his life, Anund said. As for the animals buried with him, they could have been sacrificed to help the dead person on the “other side” but could also be there to show the man’s status and rank, Anund said. It’s common to find horses and dogs in such burials, but also big birds like falcons. Archaeologists also found other items on the boat such as a sword, spear, shield, an ornate comb, and leftover wood and iron nails that were likely used in its construction. The other boat was badly damaged, probably because a 16th-century medieval cellar was built right on top of it, according to the statement. Some human and animal bones were still preserved on the damaged ship, but they seem to have been moved around, making it difficult for archaeologists to say much about them, Anund said. Archaeologists discovered the ships, the well and the cellar after a plot of land outside Uppsala was marked off to become a new building for the vicarage of Gamla Uppsala parish. They excavated the boats last month and some of the finds will go on display at Gamla Uppsala museum and the Swedish History Museum in Stockholm. Live Science Editor-in-Chief Jeanna Bryner contributed to this story. Editor’s Note: This article was updated to correct the fact that “clinker” boats meant the boats were made of overlapping wooden planks. Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndohear.comThese German hearing aids are going viralhear.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoComparisons.orgCalifornia Drivers With No Tickets In 3 Years Must Read ThisComparisons.orgKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndo Photos: 10th-Century Viking Tomb Unearthed in Denmark Fierce Fighters: 7 Secrets of Viking Seamen Photos: Vikings Accessorized with Tiny Metal Dragonslast_img read more

The Marshall Islands Are 10 Times More Radioactive Than Chernobyl

first_imgSome of the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean — such as the Bikini and Enewetak atolls — are still more radioactive than Chernobyl and Fukushima, even though more than 60 years have passed since the United States tested radioactive weapons on those islands, a new study finds. When testing the soil for plutonium-239 and -240, the researchers found that some of the islands had levels that were between 10 and 1,000 times higher than those on Fukushima (where an earthquake and tsunami led to the meltdown of nuclear reactors) and about 10 times higher than levels in the Chernobyl exclusion zone. The researchers took only a limited number of soil samples, meaning a more comprehensive survey is needed, they said. Regardless, they were surprised that neither national governments nor international organizations had “any further guidance on permissible plutonium levels in the soil,” even though levels in the Marshall Islands were high, the researchers wrote in the study. [Top 10 Greatest Explosions Ever]Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65949-marshall-islands-more-radioactivity-chernobyl.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  Testing bombs After dropping atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, effectively ending World War II, the United States decided to test more radioactive weapons. Some of these tests happened in the Marshall Islands, a chain of islands between Hawaii and the Philippines that was then a district of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands and was run by the U.S. on behalf of the United Nations. The first two bombs, called Able and Baker, were tested on Bikini Atoll in 1946 and kicked off a 12-year period of nuclear testing on the Bikini and Enewetak atolls, during which the U.S. tested 67 nuclear weapons. The first-ever hydrogen bomb test, with the code name Ivy Mike, was tested on Enewetak in 1951. The U.S. conducted its largest hydrogen bomb test on Bikini Atoll — the 1954 Castle Bravo bomb, which was more than 1,000 times more powerful than Little Boy, the uranium weapon that decimated Hiroshima. In addition to contaminating the Bikini and Enewetak atolls, nuclear fallout from the tests also rained down on and sickened people living on Rongelap and Utirik atolls (also part of the Marshall Islands), the researchers said. In 2016, a team of researchers from Columbia University in New York published a study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) on the background gamma radiation in three of the northern Marshall atolls: Enewetak, Bikini and Rongelap. The researchers found that radiation levels on Bikini were higher than previously reported, so they decided to do more in-depth studies on radioactivity in the islands. (Nuclear weapons are one source that releases gamma-rays, which are like energetic X-rays.) More fallout Now, that same team has written three new studies, published online yesterday (July 15) in the journal PNAS, on four of the atolls in the northern Marshall islands: Bikini, Enewetak, Rongelap and Utirik. External gamma radiation levels were significantly elevated on Bikini Atoll, on Enjebi Island in Enewetak Atoll and on Naen Island in Rongelap Atoll, compared with an island in the southern Marshall Islands that the scientists used as a control, the researchers found. The levels on Bikini and Naen islands were so high, they surpassed the maximum exposure limit that the United States and the Republic of the Marshall Islands agreed to in the 1990s, the researchers said. (On a side note, bikini swimsuits weren’t named after the island because of its tropicality, but because the French designer wanted the two-piece swimsuit to be “explosive,” just like the bomb tested there, said one of the study’s senior scientists, Ivana Nikolic-Hughes, director of the K1 Project at the Center for Nuclear Studies and a senior lecturer of chemistry at Columbia University.) [Flying Saucers to Mind Control: 22 Declassified Military & CIA Secrets] The researchers also found that the islands of Runit and Enjebi in Enewetak Atoll, as well as on Bikini and Naen islands, had high concentrations of certain radioactive isotopes in the soil. (An isotope is an element with a different number of neutrons in its nucleus.) These four islands had radioactive plutonium levels that were higher than those found in Fukushima and Chernobyl, the researchers found. “What was surprising was just how high the external gamma radiation was for Naen, which is the outer island for Rongelap Atoll,” Nikolic-Hughes told Live Science. “It was populated during the Bravo test … [the people there] were then moved, moved back and moved again. It’s quite a dreadful history of what happened to Rongelapese people.” In their second study, the researchers worked with professional divers, who collected 130 soil samples from the Castle Bravo Crater at Bikini Atoll. The level of some of the isotopes — plutonium-239 and -240, americium-241 and bismuth-207 — was an order of magnitude higher than levels found on other Marshall Islands, the researchers found. These findings are important because “measuring the radioactive contamination of the crater sediment is a first step in assessing the overall impact of nuclear weapons testing on the ocean ecosystems,” the researchers wrote in the study. In the third study, the researchers tested more than 200 fruits — mostly coconuts and pandanus — on 11 of the islands from four different atolls in the northern Marshall Islands. Cesium-137 levels didn’t look good for a sizeable chunk of the fruits on Bikini and Rongelap atolls, which had radioactivity levels higher than those deemed safe by several countries and international organizations, the researchers found. More work is needed to educate people living on the Marshall Islands about these dangers. Moreover, these findings and future research can shed light on whether it’s safe for the Marshallese people to resettle or harvest food on some of these islands, the researchers said. 10 Times HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ Got the Science Wrong In Photos: World’s 10 Most Polluted Places The researchers tested coconuts and pandanus fruit (shown here) for radioactivity on 11 of the islands. Credit: Shutterstock In Photos: Fukushima Butterflies Plagued With Defects Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoSoGoodlyThey Were Named The Most Beautiful Twins In The World, Wait Till You See Them TodaySoGoodlyUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoLivestlyThe List Of Dog Breeds To Avoid At All CostsLivestlyUndolast_img read more

Harsimrat Kaur inaugurates Himachals first mega food park in Una

first_imgRELATED COMMENT Published on Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Minister for Food Processing Industries. File photo   –  Kamal Singh The mega food park has been set up at a cost of Rs 107.34 crore Govt plans to set up NBFC for lending food processing firms Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Sunday inaugurated Cremica Food Park, which is the first mega food park of Himachal Pradesh.“Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal today inaugurated Cremica Mega Food Park Pvt Ltd via video conference. The Park is located at Village Singhain Una District of Himachal Pradesh,” the ministry said in a statement. The mega food park has been set up at a cost of Rs 107.34 crore. This is the first mega food park operationalised in Himachal Pradesh. The inauguration took place in presence of Jai Ram Thakur, Chief Minister, Himachal Pradesh and Anurag Singh Thakur, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha, Hamirpur, according to the statement. The Cremica Mega Food Park will benefit people of Una district and nearby districts of Kangra, Hamirpur and Bilaspur. The park has been set up in 52.40 acre of land at a cost of Rs 107.34 crore. The facilities being created by the developer at Central Processing Centre (CPC) of this mega food park include Multi-crop pulping line with bulk aseptic packaging (24 MT/ hour), Frozen storage (1,000 MT), Deep Freeze, Dry Warehouse, QC Laboratory and other food processing facilities. The park also has a common administrative building for office and other uses by the entrepreneurs and 3 PPCs at Solan, Mandi, and Kangra having facilities for primary processing and storage near the farms. Speaking on the occasion, Badal said the mega food park will leverage an additional investment of about Rs 250 crores in 25-30 food processing units in the park and generate a turnover of about Rs 450-500 crore annually. It will also provide direct and indirect employment to 5,000 persons and benefit about 25,000 farmers in the CPC and PPC catchment areas. The minister said that the modern infrastructure for food processing created at the park will benefit the farmers, growers, processors and consumers of Himachal Pradesh and adjoining areas immensely, and prove to be a big boost to the growth of the food processing sector in the state. Badal also said that the present government is fully committed to providing an environment that is smooth, transparent and easy for investors wanting to start an enterprise in India, and in a bid to make India a resilient food economy and the Food Factory of the World, the government has made food processing a major thrust area of ‘Make in India’.The food processing ministry is focusing on boosting the industry so that agriculture sector grows exponentially and becomes a major contributor to doubling the farmers’ income and ‘Make In India’ initiative of the Government. To give a major boost to the food processing sector by adding value and reducing food wastage at each stage of the supply chain with particular focus on perishables, the Ministry of Food Processing Industries is implementing Mega Food Park Scheme in the country. The mega food parks create modern infrastructure facilities for food processing along the value chain from farm to market with strong forward and backward linkages through a cluster based approach. Common facilities and enabling infrastructure is created at Central Processing Centre and facilities for primary processing and storage is created near the farm in the form of Primary Processing Centers (PPCs) and Collection Centers (CCs). Under the Scheme, the Centre provides financial assistance up to Rs 50 crore per mega food park project.center_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL February 10, 2019 COMMENTS Himachal Pradesh SHARElast_img read more