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first_imgMemorial Cycling title this weekendGUYANA’s top cyclists will converge in the county of Essequibo this weekend for the Urban Benjamin Memorial Cycling Road Race set for Sunday.Team Evolution’s Paul DeNobrega who was last year’s winner in two hours 55 minutes 52 seconds, will be looking to retain his title and grab the lucrative first place cash prize as well.However, as is often the case, it will be no easy feat as the other top contenders will all be out to dethrone DeNobrega and claim glory for themselves.The likes of recently returned Michael Anthony who is in good form along with Alanzo Ambrose, Curtis ‘Chappy’ Dey and Team Coco’s Jamual John will all be present and the 76-mile race is sure to be a thrilling one. The race begins at Charity and the cyclists will proceed to Supenaam before returning to the point of origin for the finish.Meanwhile, riders are expected to meet at National Cycling Coach, Hassan Mohamed’s Office at the National Sports Commission (NSC) on Homestretch Avenue at 8:00hrs on Saturday morning for departure to the Parika Ferry Stelling to cross over to Supenaam.Last year’s winner in the Juniors category was Curtis Dey, however this year will see a new winner being crowned.In the Veteran-45 race, Stephen Fernandes rode in first last year, while Leer Nunes came in second and Steve Ramsuchit third. The Over-45 category race was won by Andrew Spencer.The following categories will be contested this year:SeniorsJuniorsVets U-45Vets O-45NovicesMountain Bikeslast_img read more

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Article published by Shreya Dasgupta Wisdom, a Laysan albatross, is believed to be at least 68 years old and is the world’s oldest known wild bird.She returned to her regular nesting site in Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, located within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in the northern Pacific, in November last year, and her new chick hatched earlier this month.Millions of Layson albatrosses were slaughtered in the early 1900s for their feathers, which were used in hats in Europe. That makes Wisdom’s contribution to the species’ regeneration important as it recovers from the large-scale hunting, biologists say. At nearly 70 years, Wisdom, a Laysan albatross, is the world’s oldest known wild bird. She’s also a mother once again.Wisdom was previously spotted at her regular nesting site in Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, located within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in the northern Pacific, on Nov. 29 last year, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Pacific Region. She then laid an egg, which hatched earlier this month, biologists with the USFWS said in a blog post.To date, Wisdom is believed to have raised some 36 chicks during her long lifetime.“Wisdom is rewriting history about our understanding of survivorship, how long birds live, and how often they breed,” Beth Flint, a USFWS biologist, said in the blog post.Wisdom is unlike most other Laysan albatrosses (Phoebastria immutabilis). The large birds spend much of their lives at sea, returning nearly every year to their nesting sites. There, they meet their mates, whom they tend to keep for life. The albatross pairs lay a single egg, with both parents taking turns to incubate the egg and raise the chick over the next seven months or so. While one parent takes on parental duties, the other goes out to sea to forage for food. This entire process is extremely energy-intensive, so most Laysan albatrosses take a year or two off between laying eggs. But Wisdom and her mate, Akeakamai, have been returning to their nesting site at Midway Atoll every single year since 2006, laying an egg each time.Did somebody say #WednesdayWisdom? The world’s oldest bird became a mother again! 🎉🥳 Wisdom is at least 68 years old!!! She has hatched over 30 🐣in her lifetime and has flown millions of miles across the ocean 🌊! https://t.co/zE2hkU0k4r pic.twitter.com/fhQGBBSES9— USFWS Pacific Region (@USFWSPacific) February 7, 2019Millions of Layson albatrosses were slaughtered in the early 1900s for their feathers, used in hats in Europe. That makes Wisdom’s clockwork contribution to regeneration important for a species still recovering from the large-scale hunting, biologists say. While no longer hunted, the species faces new threats, such as the ingestion of plastic at sea, as well as non-native mice that attack the birds while they’re nesting.“Because Laysan albatross don’t lay eggs every year and when they do, they raise only one chick at a time, the contribution of even one bird to the population makes a difference,” Bob Peyton, the USFWS project leader for Midway Atoll Refuge and Memorial, said in the blog post.Midway Atoll, where Wisdom lives with her partner, is the most important nesting site for Laysan albatrosses, with nearly 70 percent of the birds’ known population relying on the island. Other species, like the black-footed albatross (Phoebastria nigripes), listed as near threatened on the IUCN Red List just like the Laysan albatross, as well as the vulnerable short-tailed albatross (Phoebastria albatrus), also nest on the island. Biologists estimate that more than 3 million individual birds of more than 20 species live on the island.Wisdom was first tagged with a tiny band by Chandler Robbins, an American ornithologist, in 1956. Since albatrosses spend their first five-odd years at sea before returning to their home colony on the islands to breed, biologists estimate that Wisdom is at least 68 years old.It wasn’t until 2002 that Robbins and Wisdom met again in Midway. Robbins attached a new band on her leg that year. USFWS staff located Wisdom on the island once again in 2006, and reattached a new band that would make tracking her easier. Since then, the reserve’s staff have regularly monitored Wisdom, watching her lay an egg on the island each year.Wisdom, a Laysan albatross, with one of her chicks. 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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Karl Dorrell said Cowan will play against Washington State Saturday, and that he’ll return to practice today. “We’re trying to get some other quarterbacks ready to play, just in case,” Dorrell said. “Pat, I did not want to practice him today to get him more rest time. He could have practiced, but I chose not to have that happen just to get him more rest. “He did a lot of reps (Tuesday) and we pulled him back at the end of practice. It started getting a little bit tight on him.” Cowan suffered a partial tear of the medial collateral ligament against Washington and didn’t return until he led UCLA to its victory against Cal on Saturday. Cowan missed some of Tuesday’s practice, then walked gingerly down some stairs long after practice to talk to reporters. Dorrell said Cowan was fatigued on Tuesday, a sentiment echoed by Cowan. No one said anything about fatigue on Wednesday. By Jill Painter STAFF WRITER Starting quarterback Patrick Cowan didn’t practice Wednesday – he didn’t even participate in drills with the other quarterbacks – raising obvious questions about the health of his right knee. What was even more telling was that true freshman Chris Forcier practiced with the second team, a day after quarterbacking the scout team, and Cowan spent a considerable amount of time tutoring Forcier on the side. Dorrell said he’d travel with four quarterbacks “just in case something happens.” MacLeod Bethel-Thompson ran the first team on Wednesday. Osaar Rasshan is expected to be one of the four quarterbacks traveling to Pullman, but he didn’t get much work in on Wednesday. If Forcier were to play, he would have to burn his redshirt, something he said wouldn’t be a problem earlier this season. Jay Norvell, UCLA’s offensive coordinator, is assembling a game plan all of the quarterbacks can execute. Part of Cowan’s success is his ability to run, but there’s no telling how much he’d be able to do. “(Cowan) going to have some limitations, but hopefully the rest of the guys can come together for him,” Norvell said. “We hope he’s going to be fine for Saturday. He’s a pretty resilient guy. He’s found a way to get us in position to win two games. “We’ve got to prepare him the best we can with some of the physical limitations. I think he can play. We still have (Thursday), all day Friday and most of Saturday before we play.” Ben Olson is still out with a knee injury, so if Cowan wasn’t able to play, UCLA would go with a quarterback who’s never started on the road. “We’ve put in the things we needed to do that are thing all the guys can do,” Norvell said. “We’ll be smart with certain things.” Dorrell had his assistant coaches step aside for a bit after practice, while he had a discussion with players in the post-practice huddle. Players agreed with the message. “He wanted to keep our focus more than anything,” Rodney Van said. “He felt our focus lacked a little bit. As a senior group, we all noticed it, and we addressed it. We need to practice like we did for Cal.” “Practice was not up to our standards,” Shannon Tevaga said. “Focus was the main thing we talked about.” Linebacker Christian Taylor (concussion, seizure) has not been cleared by doctors and will not play against Washington State. … Safety Chris Horton walked off the field holding his right hand. Dorrell said he sustained a cut. … UCLA will travel with just five defensive tackles to Pullman. … Defensive end Thomas Blake (bruise above the knee) didn’t practice for the second consecutive day. … Brian Price is expected to start at defensive tackle with Jess Ward out. Dorrell is focused Bruin bits Stanford loses Evans Stanford running back Jason Evans will miss the rest of the season with an injured left knee, becoming the latest Cardinal running back sidelined this year. Evans tore his ACL in last Saturday’s 21-20 victory at Arizona, when he rushed for a career-high 78 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. The AP contributed to this notebook.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

New Read/WriteWeb Writers

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts richard macmanus Tags:#Admin#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Thank you to everyone who applied for the Read/WriteWeb writer roles we wrote about a couple of weeks ago. The response was amazing, with over 120 people applying. There were a lot of good applicants and the shortlist was brimming with talent. However we only had two part-time positions available and they have gone to: Aidan Henry and Andrew Pipes. You will be hearing more from those two people, as R/WW writers, very soon!Also a note that Josh Catone will be going full-time on Read/WriteWeb shortly. All of these additions and changes will allow me to focus more on growing the business, although of course I will still be one of the main writers for R/WW.Thanks again to the 120+ people who applied for the p/t writer role and sorry we could only choose 2 at this time. Also I wasn’t able to reply to all of the applicants personally, I hope you understand.Finally, a note for startups and companies emailing us news and product pitches. Please use the tips@readwriteweb.com address, which goes to myself, Josh and all the main writers on R/WW. Your email stands a much better chance of getting a reply if sent to the tips address, than if sent direct to me ;-). Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

The Year Ahead in LP

first_imgThis is truly a transformative time in retail. With mounting expectations on product availability and escalating demands on service and convenience, the way people shop is changing—and with it the strategies necessary to attract and retain customers. Innovation has become a requisite to retail survival, with new technology offering both our greatest opportunities and our greatest challenges. But the changes that we face are more than just a few new and different widgets that will push the envelope. This is all part of an evolving retail culture that is changing the way that we do business.What does this mean for loss prevention? What are the primary challenges the industry may face this coming year, and how might we rise to meet them? For perspective and input into where 2018 may take LP, we turned to executive leadership from three leading retail solution providers to help identify some common themes.- Sponsor –  Was there a key trend or development in 2017 that you think will drive the loss prevention agenda in 2018? Or might something new steal LP’s focus in the year ahead?CARTER: With a reduction in overall brick-and-mortar growth and an increasing aim at omni-channel expansion, loss prevention will need to realign their resources more toward product visibility and inventory controls. Individual consumer buying habits continue to evolve, and there is a growing need for more visibility of the available inventory. As consumers, we’ve already done our research and know what we want. We want to experience the purchase in-store but know it’s there before we go.With this increased transparency comes inherent risk. Credit card and cyber security threats are on the rise and can severely affect profits but more dramatically alter brand loyalty and future purchases. Loss prevention must continue evolving preventative measures for protecting these critical areas of the business.Terrorism, active shooters, and the opioid epidemic are all growing and raising substantial concern for employee and consumer safety. Planning and preventing these types of safety threats is a monumental challenge for loss prevention and if done inaccurately can shake the stability of the brand, personnel, and future offerings. Security measures, training, and working in conjunction with law enforcement can help, but it will be loss prevention’s preparedness and responsiveness that will best reflect community responsibility.SANTANA LI: We are once again moving forward in a new age of technology, and this will continue to demand our focus and attention. In 2017 we began scaling operations of autonomous security robots nationwide after numerous successful deployments in California and believe this will be an escalating trend in 2018. We’ve been able to assist law enforcement in issuing an arrest warrant for a sexual predator, helped loss prevention apprehend retail thieves, helped stop a vandal at a corporate campus, and put a stop to a fraudulent insurance claim. We’re just getting started in providing our nation’s more than 2 million law enforcement, loss prevention, and private security professionals new, unprecedented capabilities in situational awareness—new tools to help them to do their difficult jobs much more effectively.TONKON: Inventory accuracy and visibility will continue to drive the loss prevention agenda as retailers address the complexities of omni-channel commerce. This is vital to developing a winning retail strategy today and directly benefits loss prevention efforts by helping organizations understand what items are missing. Inventory accuracy is critical for supporting an omni-channel solution that provides real-time visibility to a single view of products across all channels. It begins with data integrity throughout the merchandise supply chain and the ability to track at the item level what happens from when it arrives at the store.As you look over the risk landscape in 2018 and consider the many challenges currently facing LP, are there any areas where you think LP might need to step up its game?SANTANA LI: Implementation of technology, which is a two-fold problem. First, having the courage to take on new technologies proactively and aggressively—the pace is way too slow, and there needs to be a much greater sense of urgency. The second is much more complicated—the lack of innovative technologies to actually implement. This is an industry starving for real game-changing innovation but also an industry starving for those willing and able to drive that same innovation. This needs to change.It’s also infuriating that we live in a society where going to work, going to the mall, going to a movie theatre, or even going to school comes literally with a risk of being shot or killed. A fundamental change is required. I can assure you that no amount of “thoughts and prayers” from our political leaders is going to fix this growing problem. LP folks need to think broadly about risks—not just losses.TONKON: Technology is being embraced more rapidly than ever before, and the race to support the many facets of an omni-channel solution is driving most retail investments. But as history has shown, this race can lead to the need for greater loss prevention efforts because some retailers’ risk assessments were not fully considered at the time of implementation. As a result, initiatives such as “buy online/pick up in-store” and touchless in-store purchasing have exposed greater risks than initially understood.Another key trend is in the world of big data, moving beyond data analytics to prescriptive analytics and the need for qualified professionals. Over the last four years, we have worked with the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) to mentor students at the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business Master of Science in Business Analytics program. This leading global program develops data scientists that RILA matches with major retailers to analyze major loss prevention challenges. With efforts like these, all industries will enable the faster transition of data into actionable information.CARTER: We as an industry are unprepared for the opioid epidemic, which doesn’t discriminate and can affect any individual and community. It’s unsafe and creates uncomfortable and challenging situations for us all. As loss prevention professionals, we will need to identify with it, accept it’s here, learn more about it, and figure out how we can adapt to provide a safer and more secure shopping environment for our communities.Technology advancements are coming fast and furiously. As you look at the year ahead, do you see technology reshaping retail or loss prevention? If so, how?TONKON: Retail is already being reshaped by changing consumer expectations. Organizations need real-time visibility and location solutions, which transform the physical to digital, so they can sense what’s happening in their operations, analyze that data to deliver insights, and act on those insights to make smarter decisions. Retailers specifically require real-time visibility across all purchasing channels to ensure they have what the shopper wants when and how they want it, or shoppers will buy somewhere else.In loss prevention, this transition is well underway as companies move to utilizing technology and analytics that will sense, analyze, and notify store associates to act immediately on a real-time situation. These actions are geared to prevent a loss or situation from occurring in the first place because of the ability to capture data and recognize that an occurrence outside of a certain threshold is taking place so that a message can be sent to a store associate equipped with the mobile device to take action in real time.The proper training of store associates will be the last step to make this ubiquitous. We’re seeing the emergence of new technologies such as robotics, advanced video analytics applications, behavior recognition, and the application of blockchain for food safety benefit loss prevention as well as other functional areas of retail.SANTANA LI: We here in Silicon Valley are working on game-changing technology that will drastically impact the entire LP landscape in the future—but would challenge the premise of the question as it’s not as fast as it needs to be. Our long-term ambition is to make loss prevention the hero in the organization. What happens when the technology is mature enough to effectively eliminate the majority of shrink—and that massive amount of money goes straight to the bottom line of an organization? What if most losses were eliminated, and we could reduce prices of goods for everyone nationwide? When that happens the shopping experience, financial performance, job satisfaction—all of it changes dramatically.CARTER: Artificial intelligence (AI) applications and augmented-reality shopping experiences are going to continue to reshape our buying habits and purchase landscapes. As more transparency is shown during a customer’s journey, such as inventory availability, store accessibility, and un-attended kiosks, the more opportunity can arise for risk and shrink. We all want to have the latest and greatest smart devices, apps, and experience, but at what point is the experience leading us versus us leading it? These are interesting questions to be posed and prepared for, and solutions designed to help support our evolving technology.There is a lot of industry talk about changes in retail strategies to drive revenues. Do you see any emerging retail strategies impacting loss prevention?CARTER: Loss prevention will need to realign resources more toward protecting product visibility and inventory management. Having a transparent inventory knowledge bank that is accessible to any consumer could result in future threats, shrink, and inventory shortages in brick-and-mortar, further driving consumers toward omni-channel solutions. As loss prevention puts more emphasis on protecting the entire supply chain, better controls for omni-channel accessibility, diversified sales platforms, and transparency will continue to meet the ever-growing demand. I also believe that ongoing cultural changes, collaborative communities, and experiential visitations will also help to regain brick-and-mortar presence, delivering quality of experience or quantity of availability.SANTANA LI: We are currently working on (not yet released) an AI concierge feature to add to our autonomous security robots allowing for a two-way dialogue between the machine and a human. What if the loss prevention team could provide a unique and engaging shopping experience while simultaneously securing the facility? There’s nothing like the ROI on a safe and happy customer.TONKON: Let’s start with the touchless checkout that’s been implemented by many retailers, which eliminates the need to go through an associate-staffed point-of-sale. Depending on company policies, there are different methods for assessing and minimizing risk, but a standard method has not yet been established. Former methods for lowering risk associated with certain high-priced items are being challenged so that retailers can provide a more engaging experience, requiring that different prevention factors be implemented that utilize new technology. The good news is that these emerging technologies can be applied to a wider and more effective set of retail situations and ultimately lower the total loss factor at retail. This will be exciting for the loss prevention leaders of tomorrow. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

first_img Med-Rx is the distributing arm of Mar-Roc Limited. The items comprise 50 cases (15,000 units) valued at $900,000 for the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), and 100 cases (30,000 units) valued at $1.8 million, which will go to other facilities. The items have been contributed by Med-Rx Caribbean. Story Highlights Several cases of Intravenous (IV) Giving Sets, valued at just over $2 million, have been donated to the public health sector as part of efforts to improve the quality of health care delivery at various hospitals in the island.The items, contributed by Med-Rx Caribbean, comprise 50 cases (15,000 units) valued at $900,000 for  the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), and 100 cases (30,000 units) valued at $1.8 million, which will go to other facilities.The IV Giving Sets, used to administer fluid through the vein, is one of the most basic, yet critical instruments used in hospitals, which overtime, can become an expense because of the amount used daily.Speaking at the handing over ceremony on Wednesday, October 9 at the UHWI, Director, Emergency Disaster Management and Special Services in the Ministry, Dr. Marion Bullock DuCasse,  said that the assistance will go a far way in ensuring that patients receive the kind of care they deserve.Dr. Ducasse, who was delivering remarks on behalf of portfolio Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, used the opportunity to appeal to other persons and groups to support the health sector in any way they can, while thanking those who are already partners.She noted that donations such as these are vital, especially since the Government has been operating in a tight fiscal space and is required to cut costs in any way possible.She added that the Ministry has revised its policy and procedure guidelines on the ways gifts are accepted as part of efforts to facilitate the participation of the Diaspora and other groups, who wish to contribute.Managing Director, Mar-Roc Limited, Dr. Charles Rockhead, said it is hoped that the donation will help to keep down the cost of patient care.“We hope that it will ease the burden of the doctors, nurses and administrators who are on the front-line every day, seeing the needs firsthand and having to find more and more creative ways to function efficiently. We hope that it will stimulate even more businesses, small and large, to make donations such as this,” he added.He noted that even though the donation may be small when compared to the overall budget of the hospitals, “we hope that you can now re-allocate resources to another critical area of immediate need.”“Being in the medical field, I am aware of the importance of these items in improving the quality of health care delivery and so, that is the role that our company fills – ensuring that the smaller, critical items are covered so that the major outcomes can be a reality,” he added.Acting Chief Executive Officer, UHWI, Kevin Allen, expressed gratitude for the donation.  “I am sure this timely donation will be used to the greater good of providing quality healthcare to the citizens of Jamaica,” he said.Med-Rx Caribbean, which opened in 2010, is a licensed medical distributing company committed to supplying medical disposables of the highest quality. Med-Rx is the distributing arm of Mar-Roc Limited.last_img read more

first_imgTF1 has lost its case against Google, which a French court ruled was not responsible for ensuring material carried on its YouTube website was copyright cleared.It ruled that YouTube was a hosting platform for content and as such was not responsible for its editing and filtering. It added that YouTube had made the appropriate efforts to remove pirated content.
The French commercial broadcaster unsuccessfully sought damages of over €140 million. It was ordered to pay €80,000 of Google’s legal costs.TF1 said the ruling was surprising and it is considering an appeal.
The case has many similarities with those brought against YouTube in the US where Viacom is pursuing a claim. Google, meanwhile is appealing a recent German court order that certain filters be installed to make it harder to upload pirated content to YouTube.last_img read more

first_imgVideo compression specialist Elemental used its press event at the NAB Show on Saturday to announce the integration of Elemental’s software-based encoding platform with Ericsson’s recently announced Ericsson Virtualised Encoding (EVE) platform, initially unveiled at the recent TV Connect show in London.Speaking at the Las Vegas event, Giles Wilson, head of compression at Ericsson, said that quality would remain important as video became available on more and more devices, but that the explosion in the number of video-enabled devices massively complicates the task of delivering services.“It’s a much more complex environment than service providers previously had to deal with and now they have more choices about how to do it,” said Wilson. “It’s a highly complex environment for the operator.”Wilson said that EVE is designed to provide a single abstraction layer for service creation and to provide support for all video compression codecs.EVE is essentially a management layer that uses software agents in different products to provide resource allocation and scheduling.“We’ve designed this to work with Ericsson’s hardware but we’ve chosen Elemental as our first third party partners for EVE,” said Wilson. “This [choice] is based on our belief in high-quality compression.”He said Ericsson believed that Elemental provides the highest quality software-based compress in the same way that Ericsson delivers the best in hardware-based compression.Speaking at the same event, Keith Wymbs, VP of marketing at Elemental, said that the company is also using NAB to follow up on its recent demonstrations of real-time 4Kp30 HEVC and 4Kp60 HEVC video compression and its Sochi Winter Olympics demo with Russian pay TV operator NTV+ of 4K video over satellite by demonstrating real-time 4K video online using MPEG-DASH adaptive bit-rate streaming in partnership with Sony and Level 3.“Here at the show we’re taking real time 4K HEVC, wrapping it in DASH and pushing it out over a CDN,” said Wymbs.Elemental also used its NAB press event to reveal that TV everywhere enabling technology provider MobiTV is using Elemental Live and Elemental Server to deliver more than 40 HD television channels – including live news and sports and a variety of full-episode on-demand shows — for streaming or download to hundreds of devices through multiple pay TV, wireless and OTT partners.Speaking at the press event, Bill Routt, chief operating officer, MobiTV, said that his company had partnered with Elemental because it shared the company’s vision that video is moving to IP-based multiscreen delivery.Routt said that the video ecosystem is becoming very fragmented with a wider variety of providers fighting to establish a relationship with customers based on their ability to deliver video services.He said MobiTV believes that the connected home will be enabled by mobile devices – and mobile service providers – primarily.“We think an HDMI dongle is the best way into the home for service providers and wireless carriers have an opportunity to win the living room if they move fast enough. They have relationships with customers and a nationwide sales network. They can subsidise hardware and we think they are uniquely positioned among the available ecosystems to win the living room,” he said.Elemental has also teamed up with French set-top box provider Sagemcom at NAB to showcase 4K HEVC delivered to a Broadcom-based set-top. The company is also using the show to demonstrate delivery of 4Kp60 HEVC video to a reference set-top in partnership with ViXs.Other NAB demos will include media services provider Globecast using Elemental technology for a new OTT offering and a joint announcement with Akamai, also for OTT.Also speaking at Elemental’s press event, CEO and co-founder Sam Blackman used the occasion to proselytise the benefits of cloud-based video processing. Blackman said the use of hybrid workflows employing hardware for day-to-day needs and software-based systems for spikes in demand allowed broadcasters to spin up resources to meet peaks in processing requirements and save on investment in dedicated infrastructure.“Anything you can do on premises you can also do in the cloud,” said Blackman. “Today is the consummation of what we’ve being doing for the past few years. Software is at an inflection point. Today we’re at the dawn of a new codec change. Ericsson thinks there will be 15 billion IP devices that can consume video over the next few years. Software architectures are progressively going to dominate the video market.”last_img read more

first_imgArkena has been chosen by TF1 Video to provide the platform for its video-on-demand service MyTF1VOD.Arkena is offering a platform that integrates all the workflows of MyTF1VOD service, including content preparation with the secured Cloud4Media solution, back-office, management of the PlayReady and Marlin DRM protection, Content Delivery Network (CDN) and apps, managed in collaboration with TF1 Video’s partners.MyTF1VOD is available on Bouygues Telecom, Free and Numericable set-top boxes, as well as on connected devices. It is the first VoD service to be made available via the HbbTV standard.“MyTF1VOD being one of the French reference for transactional VoD services, we have strong ambitions in terms of development for the coming months. We chose Arkena in accordance with our objectives and the challenges we want to tackle. Among other things, we have the assurance of working with a technical partner that differentiates itself with its expertise and proximity,” declared Tristan du Laz, Deputy CEO of TF1 Video.“MyTF1VOD is one of the most ambitious and innovative Video On Demand platform of the market. Being trusted by TF1 Video is one more proof of the relevance of our solutions to offer integrated services and platforms, whatever their business and distribution models”, said Grégory Samson, senior vice-president, media and telecom at Arkena. Arkena will be exhibiting at IBC on stand 1.B79last_img read more

first_img TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) 12,685.13 12,268.29 11, 665.70 Silver 19.53 21.62 27.22 Gold Producers (GDX) 25.86 26.51 41.59 Dear Reader, We’ve spent a lot of time in recent editions making the case for why gold will rebound and what great deals there are out there. We’ve frequently said that this gold bull cycle will end in a Mania Phase for the record books, and that this lies yet ahead. Doug Casey often says that when the larger world of investors really wakes up to the need to own gold and the potential for spectacular profits in gold stocks, the resulting flood of money will exert a pressure like trying to fit the contents of the Hoover Dam through a garden hose. Jolly good, but highly poetic. What do the numbers say? Andrey Dashkov takes a look at the relevant facts in his article below. As a quick—but not irrelevant—aside, it frankly blows my mind how much value investors give the financial sector. Never mind for now its essential Ponzi-scheme, fractional-reserve, and hallucinated derivative nature: just how can it be that the industry of people moving bits of imaginary paper around is worth so much more than any industry of people actually creating goods and services of tangible value? There’s something wrong with this picture. When the world figures it out, everything will change—and we’ll be very glad to be owners of the only financial asset that is not simultaneously someone else’s liability: gold. Sincerely, One Year Ago Rock & Stock Stats Last Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist Casey Research P.S. I have another Casey Phyle announcement to make. A Phyle is forming in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Anyone in the area who’s interested in meeting up with other like-minded individuals to discuss whatever is on your minds, please send an email to phyle@caseyresearch.com. TSX Venture 920.39 924.25 1,190.87center_img Oil 108.11 84.42 92.97 Silver Stocks (SIL) 12.65 12.77 17.86 One Month Ago Gold 1,296.70 1,374.00 1,580.40 Copper 3.14 3.21 3.53 Gold Junior Stocks (GDXJ) 39.28 41.32 75.24last_img read more

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