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first_imgLamana 1 takes on new team DKS at the Q Club while another newcomer, Kasens, will face off with Magic Wizards at Laguna Hotel in the Premier Grade.The other Premier Grade game between PMMI and Lamana 2 will be played on Thursday evening at Q Club.On Tuesday night in the A Grade, Rapid Response Dragons play PMMI 2 at Q Club while Kasens and PMMI 1 will have a bye.For the B Grade, Rapid Response Dragons will lock horns with PMMI 2 at Q Club, Kasens will challenge BPNG Cannons at Laguna Hotel, while at Aviat Club Famagusta go head to head with PMMI 1 on Wednesday night.On Thursday in C Grade, HDI Dragons will go up against PMMI 2 at Q Club, Kasens face BPNG Cannons at Laguna Hotel and at Aviat Club, PMMI 1 take on PMMI 3.last_img read more

Brook beaten by Spence Jr

first_imgBrook sunk to his knees with his swollen left eye causing obvious distress, and referee Howard Foster called a halt to confirm Spence Jr as the new IBF welterweight champion.Sheffield’s Brook had previously suffered a broken orbital bone in his middleweight defeat to Gennady Golovkin last September, but his other eye resulted in his demise against Spence Jr who was ahead on all three judges’ scorecards at the conclusion.The American challenger, a cool and composed character throughout the week despite being in enemy territory, began to quietly find a home for his trademark body shots from the opening bell.Brook’s counter left – a successful shot on multiple occasions, delivered over Spence Jr’s jab – was evidence that the Sheffield fighter retained his speed and reflexes upon his return to welterweight.Brook tried to bulldoze through his younger and less experienced foe, and sure enough, his trainer Dominic Ingle assured “he’s beginning to drain” after four rounds of tit-for-tat action.The champion appeared comfortable opposing a southpaw, as he has been on many occasions before, but Spence Jr proved a slick operator who justified the considerable hype generated from America. His punches to the body were never obvious but always present.Spence Jr needed to grit his teeth and persevere through a difficult sixth round when Brook turned up the heat, but the tables quickly turned.Straight left hands from the southpaw stance began to find Brook and, in the seventh, his left eye showed clear markings. The wound worsened swiftly.Brook needed the solace of the bell to the end of the ninth round as Spence Jr realised the IBF belt was within his grasp.Brook was then on the floor – a combination with a crunching punch to the mid-section from Spence Jr caused him to double-up in pain. His eye, by this point, looked appalling but he bravely roared on and, from the precipice of defeat, turned the round into a back-and-forth affair.But the injury was too severe and, with Spence Jr given an obvious target, it was causing more and more problems. Brook was blinking worryingly – an ominous reminder from his Golovkin fight – and he sunk to his knees before the referee saved him.last_img read more

We have inherited culture

first_imgGreetings fellow readers,It is with esteem privilege that I’ve found reason to follow up with another letter of opinion, frustration or just lack thereof. Now am I to understand that the author in a letter captioned in your paper, “Quantifying the level of greening in Bartica” dated October 28, 2016, isn’t an outright defence of his worship and fellow deputies of the Bartica township. The author made reference to some political stirrings and hidden agenda; well let me say quite frankly, I can’t believe that because I had my views to share, it was deemed “some hidden political agenda”… it would leave one with the position that the current state of events shouldn’t have been highlighted since it would deem to be of “political in nature”.Outside of Bartica, the bigger picture is Guyana and many other great places of interest. I think I’ve made mention that our plight for electricity is a well-documented one (nothing else to add to that). Irrespective of who is running the show, one just doesn’t say “they’ve inherited the problem”. It brings into the picture “GEC” days. How does that statement bring relief to the “levelled minded citizens”? You see, when we talk about concerns of this community we have to talk about the complexity of it; when there is no electricity, there is no potable water. Many can relate to this fact, but despite some reasoning that the population has grown thus the plant doesn’t have the ability to generate the energy needed… it’s called “forward planning”.I think this writer should discuss about how incapable the station is to deliver. If I am to quote or to say that the previous administration had indeed reflected on how the plant needs to be supplemented to offset energy needs, a new plant was indeed on the cards. Again my research has shown such, so if again it points to my hidden agenda or political stirrings, then I have none. I’m associated with none party. I’m just pointing the readers and writers what is already stated.This “greening”, it’s a good thing the writer mentioned about the solid waste issue that we have because even that has become an eyesore, but of recent the site was graded and most refused to fill the area that was fully occupied, but what next?Which other area has been identified to become the dump site? Because at least every day, if I’m not mistaken we have two collectors picking up refuse (one private and one from the council) and they dumping at the same site as we speak. Just a thought though, it seems persons are getting into the idea that there have been receptacles to dispose refuse in but never used it in the later part of the said “23 years” they claimed the “garbage situation has gotten out of control”! Is it due to the fact that they now know about the “levels of greening taking place”? Or are they showing respect to the environment that should’ve been done years now and not just because the “new dispensation” putting bins all over?Was it a political thing or a mind thing? I’m guessing most readers would agree with the latter.While the opposite grouping would give thanks to the new dispensation… an ideal example is our capital city… but it seems as if the deputy mayor can “walk with her high heels at the dump site”. She’s working none the less, if you don’t believe me, anything that happens, it is related on the Facebook page. Oops, but only some can access the Internet because while some have electricity, others are not so fortunate.Of course “I would want to be seen on the ground when any capital project is going on, that’s one way to indicate my interest and that I’m not just waiting on pay day.”The green spaces are good but how does it serve the Bartica population at large? I think that should the people of the scheme occupy the park, then I guess it serves them mostly. Nothing wrong with that cause it’s a prerogative that most housing schemes have a recreational area; outside of that aspect, they have the Mongrippo ball field, which is now being graded to my own estimation another area deem for green space.But what of our employment rate and liveable wages? Of recent, we’ve had another young miner being ruthlessly killed for earning an honest dollar. How do the green spaces help to combat this? I think many would agree that the funds could have been used to build or occupy several government buildings (so called white elephants) from the previous administration to have a Technical Institute.What we have is a brain drain of young men heading into the interior for want of better pay and use of their hands on skills they learn.Why this?It is fact that when one leaves home to “hussle” they find it hard to return home to uplift the needs of the home and community at large, so why not bring the institution here instead of having to travel outside of Bartica to acquire such skills?What do we do next?Regards,Niranjanlast_img read more

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Mings gets five-game ban for Zlatan stamp

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United’s striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic (2L) clashes in the air with Bournemouth’s defender Tyrone Mings (L) during the English Premier League football match March 4, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, March 8 – Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings has been given a five-match ban for stamping on the head of Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Football Association said on Wednesday.Bournemouth said they were “extremely disappointed” with the decision, which they described as “extraordinary”. Mings, 23, trod on Ibrahimovic’s head during the first half of Bournemouth’s 1-1 draw at United in the Premier League last Saturday.Ibrahimovic retaliated by elbowing Mings in the head, for which he accepted a three-game ban on Tuesday.“AFC Bournemouth’s Tyrone Mings will serve a five-match suspension, following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today,” the FA said in a Twitter post.“Mings was charged with violent conduct in relation to an incident in or around the 44th minute of the game against Manchester United.”A Bournemouth statement said: “We will study the detailed reasons of the commission once they become available, but find it extraordinary that the charges can be described as ‘proven’ when there is absolutely no evidence to prove the incident was intentional.“It is our strongly held belief –- backed up by our relationship with the player and knowledge of his background and character –- that it was an accidental collision.“Tyrone twice apologised to Ibrahimovic during the match for the accidental collision and also reiterated that there was no intent straight after the final whistle in a series of television interviews.”Match referee Kevin Friend did not spot either incident involving Mings and Ibrahimovic.As a result, they were referred to a panel of three former elite referees, who unanimously concluded that both offences merited red cards.Mings denied deliberately stamping on Ibrahimovic, saying: “That’s not in my game. Hard and fair is how I like to tackle, but off-the-ball stuff like that isn’t part of my game.”He will miss Bournemouth’s league games against West Ham United, Swansea City, Southampton, Liverpool and Chelsea and will not be available until the trip to Tottenham Hotspur on April 15.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Hunters in U.S. steadily decline

first_imgOUTDOORS: Decrease concernswildlifeagencies dependentonlicensing fees to remain afloat. By David Crary THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Hunters remain a powerful force in American society, as evidenced by the presidential candidates who routinely pay them homage, but their ranks are shrinking dramatically, and wildlife agencies worry increasingly about the loss of sorely needed license-fee revenue. New figures from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service show that the number of hunters 16 and older declined by 10 percent between 1996 and 2006 – from 14 million to about 12.5 million. The drop was most acute in New England, the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific states, which lost 400,000 hunters in that span. The primary reasons, experts say, are the loss of hunting land to urbanization plus a perception by many families that they can’t afford the time or costs that hunting entails. “To recruit new hunters, it takes hunting families,” said Gregg Patterson of Ducks Unlimited. “I was introduced to it by my father; he was introduced to it by his father. “When you have boys and girls without a hunter in the household, it’s tough to give them the experience.” Some animal-welfare activists welcome the trend, noting that it coincides with a 13 percent increase in wildlife watching since 1996. But hunters and state wildlife agencies, as they prepare for the fall hunting season, say the drop is worrisome. “It’s hunters who are the most willing to give their own dollar for wildlife conservation,” Patterson said. Compounding the problem, the number of Americans who fish has also dropped sharply – down 15 percent, from 35.2 million in 1996 to 30 million in 2006, according to the latest version of a national survey that the Fish and Wildlife Service conducts every five years. Of the 50 state wildlife agencies, most rely on hunting and fishing license fees for the bulk of their revenue, and only a handful receive significant infusions from their state’s general fund. “They’re trying to take care of all wildlife and all habitats on a shoestring budget,” said Rachel Brittin of the Washington-based Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. In New Hampshire, only multiple fee increases – which produced numerous complaints – have enabled the Fish and Game Department to keep revenues robust. Its ranks of registered hunters has dropped from 83,292 in 1996 to 61,076 last year, according to department spokeswoman Judy Stokes. “We hear concerns about land access,” Stokes said. “People grew up hunting – you went out with your family, your uncle. And now you go back, and there’s a shopping plaza or a housing development. Some of your favorite places just aren’t available anymore.” 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

Oreo Cheesecake Mickey: A Sweet Spot Snack

first_imgDoes this look like a tempting sweet treat for you? Let us know in the comments. Overall, although the portion size on this one is much smaller than, say, a cupcake, it really is just the right size for a snack for one person. The cheesecake comes with a chocolate crust, a layer of cheesecake, and an Oreo cream top (with two chocolate chip “eyes”). It’s the perfect treat one you want just a little something for a cool and refreshing afternoon snack. Share This!Looking for a little bit of a sweet as an afternoon pick-you-up? Over at Sunshine Seasons in The Land, you can get a small Oreo Cheesecake Mickey on a stick for $4.29 or one Disney Dining Plan snack credit.last_img read more

Over R1bn transferred via eWallet

first_imgThe Financial World Innovation Awards have been running for more than a decade, recognising examples of creativity and vision within the financial services industry. The awards will take place on 1 December 2011 in London. Encouraged by the success of eWallet in South Africa, FNB has made the solution available in Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland, in keeping with its strategy of expanding its products and services into the rest of the continent. Innovation award shortlist According to Van Wyk, eWallet is proving to be extremely popular in those countries as well, showing similar month on month growth as was seen in South Africa. “We are constantly looking for ways to improve the service to add value to our customers,” she said. “We have seen the importance of being at the forefront of our industry in order to differentiate ourselves from our peers and other services available in the market.” “On average we are seeing over R3-million being sent daily to eWallets by FNB customers. This kind of activity illustrates how convenient our customers are finding eWallet.” 10 October 2011 First National Bank says that over R1-billion has been transferred via its money transfer solution eWallet, which allows money to be sent to anyone with a valid South African mobile number, since its launch in October 2009. Van Wyk said that eWallet was not a solution specifically for a certain target market, as customers from any income bracket could benefit from using it. “Besides beign used for sending money to family or friends in remote areas, one can reimburse friends for lunch or use it to give children their pocket money,” she said.center_img Cellphone banking most popular They can also choose to send the money to another recipient and even buy prepaid airtime or electricity. eWallet Solutions CEO Yolande van Wyk said that the growth of eWallet could be attributed to its ease of use and its convenience. “We are pleased with the growth that we have experienced,” she said in a statement last week. This allows for money to be sent even to people who do not have a bank account. When sent money in this manner, the recipient receives an SMS informing them that they have received money, and the necessary instructions to withdraw it from an FNB ATM. Since its launch, more than 700 000 eWallets have been created. FNB customers can send money via cellphone banking, online banking and FNB ATMs, with cellphone banking being the most popular channel. eWallet was recently shortlisted as a finalist for the Financial World Innovation Awards 2011 in the Innovation in the delivery of financial products – Multichannel and Mobile Banking. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Why Health Care Reform Matters

first_imgLast month, the Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. Employers are now faced with putting plans in place to implement this sweeping new piece of legislation. Regardless of what individuals personally think about the act, it is important to recognize how important health care insurance can be for our employees. I learned this lesson very early in life. April 27, 1987 is a day I will always remember.  Mr. Bartender and I had been married for 3 weeks (24 days to be exact).  I was wearing my new white pants.  We decided to have Chinese food for dinner.  Well, that’s what we would have eaten if we had actually made it to the restaurant.  You see, April 27 was the day of my “auto accident.” Sad to say, the “accident” (as it’s referred to these days) wasn’t a little fender bender.  I shattered my ankle, fractured my face in three places, and broke my back.  I subsequently had a tracheotomy and temporarily lost all movement from the waist down.  Initially, I spent three weeks in the hospital and the first nine months of my married life in a full body cast.  There were lots of follow-up surgeries which I won’t go into…but, you get the picture. Now, I’m not writing this for melodrama nor so anyone can feel sorry for me.  I never felt sorry for myself.  I AM writing this to share with you how fast your life can change.  And the importance of health care.  Even if you have great cholesterol, work out regularly, don’t smoke and eat healthy food…you can very quickly find yourself in a health care crisis.  It also doesn’t matter how young or old you are. Lucky for me, my employer offered free insurance coverage.  Even though I was young and thought I was invincible, the company benefits person told me it was free so I signed up.  It was excellent coverage.  Since then, I’ve always made it a point to understand how my health insurance works. Even as we’re implementing the Affordable Care Act, our country is still engaging in one of the most significant debates of recent history – health care reform.  I’m not here to tell you what’s right or wrong about the topic. But I do want to say, let’s not make the issue of health care reform about donkeys and elephants – this is much too important.  We each have an obligation to read about the issues, get educated on the subject and, most importantly, form an opinion. I’m sharing with you my story because the experience made me realize the importance of understanding not only insurance but health care in general.  I wouldn’t want anyone to go through what I did in order to take an interest in the subject of health care reform. Take my word for it. It’s important.last_img read more

Loopfuse Gets Series A Funding from True Ventures

first_img“To Marketo and their overpriced Toy for Marketing Tots™, and Eloqua, with their Techological Torture Device™, I say, Get some coffee and try to stay awake. If it was bad for you when it was two guys (and a dog), it’s going to be an utter nightmare now.”Are these More Tornado Tactics?That’s tough talk! Kind of funny as well, which is the point of punk marketing. This is exactly what punk musicians did when they landed on a very established music scene. Stiff Records, of the late 1970s London punk scene, was a master of the game.This is also the sort of tactics one sees in the high growth (“tornado”) phase of markets, when a lot of vendors duke it out for market share. Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com, is a master of this and has spawned many imitators. The tactics are so common now that they are in danger of losing their effectiveness unless they carry real substance or are very, very funny. LoopFuse may not have scored on the first count, but it got at least a chuckle here.Measuring Your CAC to ACV RatioBruce Cleveland, Partner at Interwest Ventures, which funded another company in the marketing automation space (Marketo), has a great blog entry about how much money it takes to build a SaaS vendor. He focuses specifically on the cost of marketing:“SaaS companies do need to aggressively monitor and manage their customer acquisition costs (CAC). If Annual Contract Value (ACV is the expected annual stream of cash flows expected from each subscriber) is relatively low against the cost to initially acquire the customer, then the SaaS company can quickly get into cash trouble.This is why I like my portfolio companies to constantly monitor and manage their customer acquisition to ACV ratio. A good target ratio to strive for is 1 or less — far less being the goal. That is, when you divide the total customer acquistion costs by the first year ACV, the resultant should be a number equal or less than 1. Customer acquisition costs should include: all direct and indirect marketing costs, commissions, and T&E.”Why Get into Such a Crowded Space?Because SaaS may be re-invigorating marketing automation. Traditional enterprise software has been a face-to-face sales game. SaaS is a marketing game, with telephone sales thrown in the mix, but with mass-marketing analytics driving the funnel management.Revenue growth is priority #1 for everyone. So, investing in productivity to drive revenue makes sense. This may explain why True Ventures has funded a late entrant to the crowded market.When I asked Sean Dwyer, he suggested that user-friendly design was the key. Perhaps. Malcom Friedberg, of LeadDogs, asks on Twitter:“I’m trying to get data points on how long it takes for a new user to become proficient on a marketing automation platform, any suggestions?”SaaS vendors win one click at a time. So, this learning curve maybe the key differentiator. Tags:#A-team#start bernard lunn True Ventures got our attention by closing a Series A deal in the dark days just after the financial meltdown, funding Syncplicity. It has just announced that it is funding LoopFuse, a late entrant to the very crowded marketing automation space. Sean Dwyer, CEO of LoopFuse, confirms that the Series A investment is $1.4 million. This puts True Ventures into the very elite class of VCs that have sealed two Series A deals in web technology since the financial meltdown (the other VC is Emergence Capital). Check out the True Ventures blog, which offers some interesting thoughts on whether the downturn will “re-invent venture capital.”Marketing Automation Is a Crowded SpaceMarketing automation is nothing new. Vendors like Eloqua and Unica have been around for a while. Salesforce.com is in the game, too. If you Google “marketing automation,” you’ll see plenty of vendors making Google rich by buying those ad words.If you’re not familiar with the market, here are three good resources for understanding marketing automation:The first is a summary of five problems that marketing automation means to solve.The second is an analysis of vendors in the market. It is thorough, if a bit biased in favor of solutions that integrate with Salesforce.com.Finally, here are some tweets about marketing automation, which, as it happens, is how I discovered LoopFuse. I was investigating the marketing automation space in general and, augmenting my Google search with a Twitter search as I now do, came across this brash upstart calling its competitors names: Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

North Carolina Discusses Federal Tax Law Changes

first_imgRecent federal tax law changes have affected how taxpayers will determine their North Carolina income tax. The Department of Revenue issued a notice discussing the impact of:Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA);Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (BBA).North Carolina IRC ConformityThe starting point for determining North Carolina tax liability is:federal taxable income for corporate income taxpayers; andfederal adjusted gross income for personal income taxpayers.Both determinations are based on IRC provisions in effect on a specific tie-date. Currently, North Carolina adopts the IRC in effect on January 1, 2017. Other states are planning to change their IRC conformity dates to January 1, 2018.Possible Update of IRC Conformity DateThe North Carolina General Assembly is scheduled to convene on May 16, 2018. Taxpayers computing North Carolina income taxes will be required to make adjustments for the TCJA and BBA changes, if the general assembly:does not update the IRC tie-in date; orupdates the IRC date, but decouples from certain changesFederal Changes Affecting IndividualsExamples of federal changes that might impact 2017 individual income tax returns, if the general assembly does not take action, include:the 7.5% (previously 10%) adjusted gross income threshold for the medical expense deduction;the $4,000 deduction for higher education tuition and fees;the mortgage insurance premiums deduction; andthe exclusion for income from the cancellation of home mortgage debt.Filing for a 6-Month ExtensionTaxpayers who wait for the general assembly’s determination before filing their North Carolina return can receive an automatic 6-month filing extension. The request is filed using:Form CD-419 for corporations; orForm D-410 for individuals.Taxpayers who file a return before the general assembly takes action may be required to file an amended North Carolina return.Important Notice: Impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 on North Carolina’s Corporate and Individual Income Tax Returns, North Carolina Department of Revenue, February 16, 2018Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

mHealth Summit Has New Look for 2015

first_imgNow in its seventh year, the mHealth Summit is taking its “innovation” theme to a new level with a few surprises in 2015. First and foremost, the summit is taking place a month earlier than usual – this year’s event will be held November 8-11 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington DC.  (Does this mean we won’t get to see the annual Christmas display in the Gaylord’s voluminous atrium?)Second, it’s now part of the HIMSS Connected Health Conference, which also includes the Global mHealth Forum, the Population Health Summit and the CyberSecurity Summit – all for the price of a single registration.And if that’s not enough, attendees can add on registration for seven additional co-located one-day conferences and events covering, wearables, games for health, venture capital and start-ups.Let me confess: the mHealth Summit is one of my favorite annual events in the healthcare space. Attendees and exhibitors have a missionary zeal, and they embrace their roles as evangelists. And I love the tech on display — both the hardware and the apps. It reminds me a lot of CES, the big consumer electronics show in Vegas, except on a more intimate scale, and confined to a topic I’m passionate about.Where are the providers?But in my view, there’s always been one thing missing from the mHealth Summit – the providers. Last year, only 14 percent of attendees came from provider and payer organizations. While this represents the second-largest demographic group at the summit, mixing payers and providers together masks the actually attendance of CIOs, IT directors, and other technology professionals from hospitals and large practices.When the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society acquired the event in 2012, many industry observers expected HIMSS members (today, some 61,000 strong) to fill that gap. Yet even three years in, the exhibit floor and education sessions still seemed the sole province of technology developers, consultants, consumer advocates, government officials (it is in DC after all) and a handful of independent, forward thinking clinicians.Eric Wicklund, editor of mHealth News (owned by HIMSS Media), says the acquisition may simply have been ahead of its time. In 2012, CIOs were in the midst of certifying EHRs, trying to get a handle on meaningful use, and dreading the implications of a change-over from ICD-9 to ICD-10. There just wasn’t the bandwidth to think about mHealth.Wicklund also suggests that a conference between Thanksgiving and the end of the year was a difficult pill for many CIOs and practitioners. “If your goal was to attract providers, it just seems like a hard time to hold a conference,” he said, pointing to the holidays and the wintry weather.Three reasons to reconsiderWicklund thinks that in addition to the broader focus of the conference and the change in dates, there are good reasons to believe this year’s event will appeal to technologists and clinicians. #1 – Connected health implies provider participation. Says Wicklund, “HIMSS identified three hot-button issues for providers – mHealth, cyber security and patient engagement. It’s not about mobility anymore — it’s connected care, and providers have a real stake in that.”#2 – Greater focus on provider use cases. Providers might want to look at the clinical care track, which features a number of case studies from some of the country’s leading hospitals and health systems, including the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital.#3 – Breaking news on provider issues. Here’s another reason why CIOs might want to make plans to attend this year’s event – the Office of the National Coordinator has agreed to hold a “fireside chat” on the recently released Interoperability Roadmap. Also at the Monday, Nov. 9 gathering, ONC officials are likely to detail the latest meaningful use final rule.In a recent interview, HIMSS CEO Steve Lieber provided a strong justification for why CIOs should invest more time looking at and understanding mHealth, wearables and the Internet of Things.“Healthcare is entering an era of the consumer and with that comes new challenges and opportunities,” Lieber told mHealth News. “More than ever before consumers are taking greater control of their health and healthcare. To support that trend, providers need to provide a different level of connectivity between the clinician and the consumer. Mobile health, population health and information security are critical components in achieving this new level of electronic connection.”I think Lieber is spot-on. Connected health is being driven by consumerism, and healthcare providers who aren’t able to respond to consumer demands for interactive and interoperable data, new payment options, self-serve scheduling and greater convenience will be left behind. Taking care of the infrastructure and managing internal applications used to occupy the full attention of provider-based technologists, but in today’s world, that is simply not enough. As care spills over the hospital wall (think about preventing unnecessary readmissions as just one example), the technology will follow.Do you plan to attend the mHealth Summit this year? Why or what not? Let me know in the comments or send me a tweet at @jbeaudoin.last_img read more

Switzerland Woos Indian Tourists

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Dangal to Secret Superstar: 5 times Aamir Khan educated Indians through cinema

first_imgNo one does social service through cinema in India quite as well as Aamir Khan. Over the last decade, Aamir has made an an artform out of mixing entertainment and preaching to produce highly successful, commercial films. Aamir’s success in such films has given him the reputation as an actor who uses his superstar image to fight for causes he believes in.MOVIE REVIEW: DANGALALSO READ: Dangal is a better film than Sultan, says Salman KhanALSO WATCH: What works and what doesn’t in Aamir’s Dangal Aamir Khan’s recent release Dangal is one such film. Based on the struggle of real-life wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat who gave his all to train his daughters Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumar to become world-class wrestlers, Dangal is a pro-feminist film that deals with the societal bias against women and the girl child in India.Here’s looking back at Aamir’s tryst with being a social crusader using cinema as a weaponRang De Basanti (2006) Dir: Rakeysh Omprakash MehraFeaturing an ensemble cast, Rang De Basanti urged the country’s youngsters to take a part in shaping contemporary India. Rang De Basanti was the story of a few wayward youngsters, fresh out of college, who were apathetic towards the state of modern India and never thought that they would need to, or they were required to do something about it. Looking back, Rang De Basanti can be credited with creating political consciousness among India’s modern-day youth.Taare Zameen Par (2007) Dir: Aamir KhanWith Taare Zameen Par, Aamir Khan continued his crusade of fighting against social injustice. Directed by Aamir Khan, Taare Zameen Par highlighted the plight of those, especially children, suffering from dyslexia. The film also showed how every child is special and that each child should be allowed to pursue what they feel they are good at and not what their parents choose to force upon them.advertisement3 Idiots (2009) Dir: Rajkumar HiraniThe theme of following your dreams and letting each child/person excel at a field of their own choosing was further explored in 3 Idiots, Aamir Khan’s first collaboration with director Rajkumar Hirani. 3 Idiots became very popular among India’s students, in particular, engineering students, because the film’s depiction of what it feels like to be an Indian engineering student was highly accurate.Peepli Live (2010) Dir: Anusha RizviProduced by Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao, Peepli Live was a satritical take on the issue of farmer suicides and how India’s government and media chooses to deal with it on a surface level rather than seriously engage with the problem and solve it. Chosen as India’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Award at the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony, Peepli Live was also commercially successful grossing Rs 40 crore worldwide from a Rs 10 crore-budget.PK (2014) Dir: Rajkumar HiraniThe science-fiction comedy film was Aamir Khan’s second collaboration with director Rajkumar Hirani. PK, in the guise of a fantastic science-fiction film, talked about the issues of religious superstitions and dogmas prevalant in India. PK was highly acclaimed and also criticised for being overtly critical of Hinduism. But neverthless, PK got its message across.Now, Aamir Khan will be seen in Secret Superstar where he is playing the supporting role of a popstar. The film focuses on a young girl who wants to be known for her singing and musicianship. However, her stern father comes in the way of her dreams. As such, the girl dons a burkha to hide her identity and upload music on the internet thereby becoming a secret superstar.Here’s hoping that Aamir continues his legacy of being a competent social justice warrior with his cinema.last_img read more

Rohan Bopanna-Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan win Chennai Open doubles title

first_imgRohan Bopanna and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, playing only the second time together, notched up a memorable victory in a historic all-Indian doubles final, as they outplayed compatriots Divij Sharan and Purav Raja in the Chennai Open.World number 28 Bopanna and Jeevan beat the most-consistent and impressive team 6-3, 6-4 in just 65 minutes to win their first title together and deny Raja-Sharan their third at this level.It is the first time that an Indian team has clinched the Chennai Open trophy since the legendary Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi took the title in 2011.The Lee-Hesh pair, also known as the Indian Express, won five titles at the Nugumbakkam Stadium during their glorious careers.It was Bopanna’s 15th career title and first since June 2015 when he won the Stuttgart trophy with Florin Mergea. He lost two finals last season in Sydney and Madrid.Sharan and Raja, who have two titles (Bogota, 2013) and (Los Cabos, 2016), have lost a final for the first time in the third appearance together.It was a big win for Jeevan as he made a shift from singles to focus on doubles career very recently. The Chennai lad has three doubles titles on the Challenger circuit.The final was littered with breaks, and surprisingly, Sharan and Raja could not play the way they had en route the final, including knocking out Leander Paes and Andre Sa.Of the four players on the court, Jeevan was the least experienced at this level but he stood out with his service games as he was the only player to not concede a break in the match.advertisementNot only he served well, he played smartly, often creating chances with his angled winners. His accurate serving set up Bopanna at the net for easy winners.Raja and Sharan struggled with their serves in the wake of some superb returns from their rivals and it made a huge difference to the outcome of the match. Bopanna said the all-Indian final was great for the game in the country.last_img read more

Football League fixtures: Lampard’s Derby kick off season at Reading

first_imgLeague One Leeds United confirm appointment of Marcelo Bielsa as head coach Read more Steve Bruce takes his Aston Villa – beaten play-off finalists last month – to former club Hull on Monday 6 August, with the remaining nine Championship games taking place on the Saturday. Relegated West Brom, who confirmed Darren Moore as their permanent boss following an impressive stint as caretaker, open at home to Bolton while Graham Potter’s Swansea have an evening game at Sheffield United. Of the promoted trio, League One champions Wigan start at home to Sheffield Wednesday, runners-up Blackburn are at Ipswich and play-off winners Rotherham go to Brentford. Elsewhere, Birmingham host Norwich, Middlesbrough are at Millwall, Bristol City face Nottingham Forest at Ashton Gate and Preston welcome QPR. There is deja vu among the final round of fixtures. Bolton ensured survival last month with a final-day home win over Nottingham Forest and the two meet again in their final game of next season, albeit at Forest. Lampard’s Rams host West Brom in an eye-catching 5 May fixture. Stoke finish at home to Sheffield United and Swansea are at Blackburn. In League One, Joey Barton starts his management career at Fleetwood with a home match against AFC Wimbledon.Sunderland, in the third tier of English football for only the second time, open with a home match against Charlton at 12.30pm on 4 August. There are home games too for the other relegated sides, with Barnsley hosting Oxford and Burton taking on Rochdale. League Two champions Accrington open at home to Gillingham, Wycombe face Blackpool and play-off winners Coventry tackle Scunthorpe, with the other team to move up – Luton – away to Portsmouth. Beaten play-off finalists Shrewsbury – now under the stewardship of John Askey – start at home to Bradford, Peterborough face Bristol Rovers, Southend host Doncaster and Plymouth go to Walsall. Macclesfield and Tranmere, back in the Football League after promotion last season, both start their League Two campaigns away from home. Macclesfield, with Mark Yates at the helm following Askey’s departure, open at Swindon. Tranmere begin at Stevenage. Bury, Northampton and Oldham all start with home games as they bid for an instant return to League One, with Yeovil, Lincoln and MK Dons the respective opponents. Carlisle have a near 700-mile round trip to Exeter on the opening day, Notts County host Colchester and Mansfield are at home to Newport. Grimsby begin at home to Forest Green, Cheltenham host Crawley, Cambridge travel to Port Vale and Morecambe are at Crewe. Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Marcelo Bielsa Share on LinkedIn League Two Championshipcenter_img Football League Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Topics Share via Email Frank Lampard’s first competitive game as Derby manager will kick-off the Championship campaign. The former England midfielder, who took over at the Rams three weeks ago, takes his team to Reading on Friday 3 August. Derby also figured in the opening game of the 2017-18 campaign, drawing 1-1 at Sunderland. They went on to finish sixth but lost out to promoted Fulham in the play-offs, with Gary Rowett since leaving to join Stoke following their relegation from the Premier League. The opening round of Championship matches will be spread over four days. There is an intriguing contest at Elland Road on Sunday 5 August, with Leeds hosting Stoke in what will represent the first competitive match with their new clubs for respective managers Marcelo Bielsa and Rowett.  Reuse this contentlast_img read more