Meet the 2017 Volunteer Of The Year Award Nominees!

first_imgTouch Football Australia has countless volunteers who dedicate their time across the country to make significant contributions to our Touch Football family.To celebrate and recognise these contributions, each State and Territory were asked to nominate one highly valued volunteer to be considered for the TFA Volunteer of the Year for 2017.The nominees for the 2017 TFA Volunteer of the Year Award are: Toby Burgess – TASToby Burgess is a name that is synonymous with Touch Football in Tasmania. A lifelong volunteer to sport both as a player, referee and coach, Toby has been a part of Touch Football for over 20 years. Toby Burgess over the last 12 months has been a great asset to the Tasmanian Office. Toby’s focus on improving our Tasmanian State Teams is second to none and has always put his hand up to be a coach over the years. This past year was no different, when Toby was head coach for two of our elite state teams. Toby also implemented additional training sessions for our teams during the week to ensure the highest level of performance at the NTL. Gabe Hodges – ACTGabe has made significant impacts on gender diversity in our sport. She has primarily worked with young female Touch Football players, providing them with opportunities to invest in our game at all levels following their interaction with her. Gabe is also a valuable member of the ACT SOAP, offering her years of experience in junior development over the last 4 years.Gabe has dedicated a significant amount of her time to the growth of Touch Football in the ACT – committing herself to at least four nights of Touch Football per week in a coaching or playing capacity. Her friendly, encouraging and happy disposition has made her a favourite amongst the ACT community. Graham Knights – NSWManly Warringah is one of the top affiliates in NSW, not only for their on the field performances but also their off field performances. Graham’s has been instrumental in this success. His vision of ensuring that the club has policies and procedures for every aspect of their operations has laid out a clear and concise platform to ensure not just success but also sustainability in one of the most competitive environments and landscapes in NSW.This platform paved by Graham importantly is having a great impact at grass roots level and the growth of the organisation. His and his clubs work is not just having an impact with the Manly Warringah TA, but also with other affiliates across the state. Many of whom are looking to Manly to replicate their success by following the programs and principles laid down by Graham and his team. Importantly Graham is willing to share his experiences with other affiliates and members. Thomas Edgword – NTTom has had a huge impact with improving the culture within the sport across the NT. He recognises the need to high standards to set a benchmark for others to strive to achieve to show our sport in good standing. Tom is a damn good bloke. He is loyal, enthusiastic, committed and passionate in all he does. He loves the game of touch and represents our game in the highest both in his personal and work life. He has and continues to represent the Army in touch football at the highest level. He willingly takes others under his wing to guide and nurture them within the touch football environment. Tom is the type of person who will do anything with integrity for our game. Deirdre Morrow – SADeirdre’s positive energy unites the broader touch community in South Australia as she volunteers her time across many levels of the sport. She interacts positively with junior players and parents alike which impacts positively on the Touch Football brand. Deirdre’s professional approach has allowed the TFSA office to entrust her with making decisions that reflect positively on events and roles she volunteers her time for, which also reflects positively on TFSA.Deirdre is trustworthy, honest, committed and a little cheeky which enhances the fun aspect of Touch Football. Deirdre has shown continued commitment to the sport at every level both here in South Australia and Nationally. Steve Watterson – QLDHaving been a part of the Sharks Volunteer crew since 2004, Steve has been a constant familiar face and very well liked amongst the Sharks playing group. SQBD prides itself on setting the standard on and off the field and it has been Steve’s contributions over the many years which has assisted in setting its off-field professionalism and standards. The fact that Steve is prepared to drive 16 hours to take equipment to a tournament to ensure Sharks players receive the same service as any other at another proves his importance to this organisation. As a result of his work and commitment at South Queensland Touch, Steve has also been awarded a life membership. He has also been a long-term member of the South Queensland Board of Directors and still currently supervises junior selection programs. Monique Williamson – WAOver the past 12 months Monique has once again remained President of Perth Brothers Touch Association, a position she has held since 2009. Monique is Perth Brother – she is a coach, team manager, helps in the canteen and looks after the Junior Referees. Monique does everything!Monique’s impact on the organisation has been enormous, she has bought a sense of community and pride to the Perth Brothers through her professionalism, hard work and leadership in a largely diverse area of the Perth Metropolitan area. Monique strongly deserves this nomination as a reward for the professionalism and leadership she has bought to Perth Brothers TA and is now bringing her skill and experience at the SOAP level.Congratulations to all our nominees for their nominations and a big thank you for all your hard work and effort. The winner will be announced in the coming weeks.last_img read more

Frontline Agrees Loans to Partially Finance Four Ship Deals

first_imgzoom Tanker owner and operator Frontline signed two senior secured term loan facilities of USD 110.5 million each to partially finance four recent vessel deals.Under the deals, up to USD 110.5 million would be provided by ING Bank and the other USD 110.5 million would be provided by Credit Suisse, for the financing of the company’s recent very large crude carrier (VLCC) resales and newbuilding contracts.Signed in June 2017, both facilities mature in 2023, carry an interest rate of LIBOR plus a margin of 190 basis points and have an amortization profile of 18 years.Frontline has committed bank financing in place to partially finance all of its 10 resales and newbuilding contracts.“The financing of our current newbuilding program is complete, following the signing of our senior secured loan facilities with ING and Credit Suisse. The terms of the financing support Frontline’s low cash break-even levels,” Inger M. Klemp, Chief Financial Officer of Frontline Management AS, said.The agreements were unveiled as part of Frontline’s second quarter and first half of 2017 financial report in which the company said that it ended the three-month period in the red, mainly due to a weak tanker market witnessed during the quarter.The company’s net loss for the period reached USD 19.4 million, compared with net income of USD 27 million seen in the first quarter of the year. The loss was primarily due to USD 7.8 million in dry docking expenses during the quarter and a USD 12.2 million loss on termination of two charters.The two long-term charters which were ended were for the 1998-built Suezmax tanker Front Brabant and the 2000-built VLCC Front Scilla, ahead of the vessels’ scheduled drydockings.“The market has been decidedly weak since the start of the second quarter of 2017, which is primarily the result of the increase in the size of the global crude oil tanker fleet. While the weak market naturally affects our earnings in the short term, the company’s strategy is not altered,” Robert Hvide Macleod, Chief Executive Officer of Frontline Management AS, said.For the six month period ended June 30, Frontline delivered a net income of USD 7.6 million, compared with a net income of USD 93.2 million seen in the first six months of 2016.As of August 2017, the company estimates that the average daily cash breakeven rates for the remainder of 2017 will be approximately USD 21,600, USD 17,500 and USD 15,700 for its owned and leased VLCCs, Suezmax tankers and LR2 tankers, respectively.last_img read more

Pharma exports expected to touch 22 billion in FY20

first_imgHyderabad: Pinning hopes on the recovery of the USA market, a top official of the Pharmaceuticals Export Promotion Council of India (Pharmexcil)on Friday said Indian pharma exports may touch $22 billion during the current financial year against $19.14 billion in FY ’19. Speaking to reporters, director-general of Pharmexcil, a body under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Uday Bhasker said some of the policy decisions being taken by the Chinese government may align favourably to Indian pharma exporters. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn July 2019, Indian exports recorded 21.7 per cent growth to 1.72 billion (total exports from April to July this year was at $6.17 billion), he said. The cumulative growth of Indian exports for the period April-July was 13 per cent. As of June 2019, Indias generic pharmaceutical exports have grown almost 2.7 to 2.8 times faster than the market (global generic market), he said. “Hence, we expect the exports to touch $22 billion in the fiscal 2019-20,” Bhaskar said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”The prices (in USA market) are now stabilised. Even when there was price erosion, our export volumes were growing. That is why the US market has revived,” he said. Despite price erosion and cartelisation in the USA market, the market there started recovering with 13.72 per cent growth in FY ’19 against negative growth of eight per cent in FY ’18, Bhaskar said. Exports to North America, Africa and European Union contribute nearly 66 per cent of the total Indian pharma exports comprising bulk drugs, finished dosage formulations, Ayush and herbals and surgical, statistics supplied by the Pharmexcil said. On exports to China and Japan markets, the official said the Japan market was basically not favourable for generic drugs and also doctors in that country were also not willing to promote generic versions. The registration of drugs in China takes lot of time for Indian companies. There was some policy change last year which was perceived as an opportunity for Indian exporters, he said. According to him, India currently imports APIs (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient) and other chemicals worth $2.5 billion from China while drug exports to the country was at $230 million. Pharmexcil would be organising a two-day ‘International Regulators Meet’ here on September 19 and 20. About 40 delegates, including some drug regulators, from 25 countries are expected to participate in the meet, Bhaskar said.last_img read more

NFL Week 12 Playoff Implications Show The Cardinals Some Respect

UPDATE (Nov. 21, 12:24 p.m.): The interactive tables above have been updated to include the result of Thursday night’s Oakland Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs match-up, and that game has been removed (the text of the article has not been updated).After an upset-filled Week 11, the NFL playoff picture has shifted, but the outlook is as murky as ever. The Atlanta Falcons, at 4-6, were among the week’s winners, and have somehow found themselves atop the NFC South after a victory over the Carolina Panthers and a rare home loss by the New Orleans Saints. The Houston Texans — after their win over the Cleveland Browns and the Indianapolis Colts’ Sunday night loss — saw their playoff chances double, to 24 percent.As for the losers, the Browns in a single week went from first to worst in the AFC North (and the Oakland Raiders, crossed out in the interactive above, became the first team to be mathematically eliminated from playoff contention). The Colts have all but squandered any chance at a first-round bye, having dropped games to current Nos. 1 and 2 seeds the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos. And the Saints seem determined to keep the race for the NFC South title interesting.Just two weeks ago, a Saints division title seemed very likely. Now New Orleans has ceded the lead to Atlanta, a team that has yet to win a game outside of the NFC South.1Although nothing to brag about, Atlanta’s poor record outside the NFC South doesn’t hurt their division tiebreakers. So, how bad could it get in the division? How about an NFC South victor with only five regular-season wins? It’s a mathematical possibility, although remote. Of the 50,000 simulations that form the basis for this weekly feature, nine resulted in the Panthers finishing 5-10-1 and atop the NFC South (granted, that’s just a probability of 0.02 percent). And there is about a 1-in-5 chance the division winner will finish with a losing record.Last week, we introduced the use of Gini coefficients to measure playoff uncertainty, specifically the uncertainty of each divisional race. Traditionally used to measure income inequality, Gini coefficients quantify how equally a resource (e.g. playoff probabilities) is distributed. We can also extend this approach to each conference’s overall playoff race.2The lower the Gini coefficient, the more equally allocated the playoff probabilities. As the regular-season progresses, one would expect the conference Gini coefficient to increase as teams begin to drop out of playoff contention — the have-nots ceding their wealth to the haves. By season’s end, the coefficient will reach its maximum value of two-thirds, corresponding to the six playoff berths being shared equally among six of the 16 teams in each conference.The chart below tracks the Gini coefficient by week for the AFC and NFC. There is an upward progression to both lines, but you can see that things have stagnated somewhat in the NFC, with the Gini coefficient declining after a chaotic Week 11.Looking ahead to Week 12, the game with the highest amount of “swing” features the Baltimore Ravens, who are traveling to the Superdome to play the Saints. A total of 87 percentage points of playoff probability is at stake, spread among 15 teams.The matchup between the Miami Dolphins and Broncos results in some conflicting allegiances for two teams in the AFC West. A Broncos victory would help the San Diego Chargers’ and Kansas City Chiefs’ playoff hopes, because both teams are competing with Miami for the two AFC wild card berths. But a Broncos victory would also hurt those teams’ chances of winning the AFC West title. I would imagine a Chiefs fan would prefer to aim high and root for the Broncos to lose. Chargers fans should probably be more pragmatic. An AFC West title is highly unlikely, making a Dolphins loss the more attractive outcome for San Diego’s slim playoff hopes.The most compelling divisional matchup takes place Sunday afternoon, when the Arizona Cardinals visit the Seattle Seahawks. The Cardinals, despite their NFL-best 9-1 record, have rarely cracked the top 10 in the betting market-based rankings used for this feature (see below). They are seven-point underdogs to the Seahawks, a team Arizona leads by three games in the standings. A win by the Cardinals would give them a 94 percent chance of winning the NFC West title — an outcome that was almost unthinkable at the outset of this season. Back then, most would have assumed a dogfight between the Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers. read more

By the numbers Ohio State starts slow finishes strong against Maryland

Redshirt sophomore defensive end Tyquan Lewis (59) drags down Maryland redshirt junior quarterback Perry Hills on Oct. 10. OSU won 49-28. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorOhio State started slow once again but scored 28 unanswered points in the second half to put away the Maryland Terrapins, 49-28, in Columbus.Maryland’s offense, after getting shut out at home the previous week to a streaking Michigan team, got on the board first after redshirt junior quarterback Perry Hills fired a 52-yard touchdown pass. The Buckeye defense, which had bailed the team out from several close calls already this season, gave up a season-high 28 points, as well as 386 yards of offense.The Terps put up a valiant effort throughout the game, going so far as to even the score at 21 in the third quarter before the cracks began to widen. Two key interceptions in the fourth quarter helped end a potential comeback from Maryland, which leads the nation in interceptions thrown.Despite defensive struggles, the biggest takeaway from Saturday’s game was the OSU offense, which in the second half finally began to play to its potential. OSU coach Urban Meyer used redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones to start drives and let redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett finish them inside the red zone.This system proved effective, as both quarterbacks looked sharp throughout most of the game. Jones completed 75 percent of his passes (21-of-28) for 291 yards and two touchdowns, while Barrett added three rushing touchdowns and 62 yards on the ground to help lead the Buckeye offense to an impressive 499 yards of total offense and 31 first downs.Junior running back Ezekiel Elliott pounded away 106 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries to lead the rushing attack, while redshirt senior H-back Braxton Miller (79 yards, one touchdown), redshirt sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall (78 yards, one touchdown) and redshirt junior receiver Michael Thomas (107 yards) put up impressive performances for the receiving corps. Redshirt junior safety Tyvis Powell and redshirt freshman defensive end Sam Hubbard both added interceptions for the defense.Maryland put up arguably its best game of the season in the loss, mostly thanks to its quarterback. Hills, after not playing for the last three weeks, put up 133 yards and a score through the air while rushing for 170 yards and two more touchdowns on the ground, as he was responsible for three of the four Maryland touchdowns. By the numbers:0: Arguably the most important number of all, as OSU’s offense didn’t have a turnover for the first time since facing off against Hawaii in Week 2.17: The number of interceptions thrown by Maryland quarterbacks this season, the most in the nation.2-0: OSU’s all-time record against Maryland.21: OSU’s margin of victory over the Terps, the same amount that Mid-American Conference team Bowling Green beat Maryland by earlier this season.11: Elliott has pounded away at least 100 yards for 11 consecutive games.26: OSU’s current regular-season conference winning streak, the longest in Big Ten history.-2: The Buckeyes’ current turnover margin for the season, as they have turned the ball over 13 times in six games compared to forcing 11 turnovers from opponents. 102: The numbers of weeks OSU has been ranked No. 1 in the AP poll after the Week 7 rankings were released on Sunday, which is the most of any college football team (Oklahoma is second at 101). read more

Mens soccer OSU loses season finale at Wisconsin earns sixth seed in

Ohio State forward Yaw Amankwa (23) sends a ball past Maryland defender Chris Odoi-Atsem (28) during a game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Oct. 31, 2015. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State men’s soccer team faced off against No. 24 Wisconsin in its last game of the regular season on Sunday in Madison, Wisconsin. There was a lot at stake for both teams, as the game would determine the final Big Ten standings and seeding in the Big Ten tournament.In the end, the Badgers proved to be too much for the Buckeyes, defeating the Scarlet and Gray 2-1 in Madison.Wisconsin applied a ton of pressure early on in the match, earning the majority of chances and forcing the Buckeyes to spend most of the time in their own defensive zone.In the 16th minute, Wisconsin redshirt freshman defender Elan Koenig corralled a rebound off a save from OSU keeper Parker Siegfried and finished it off to put the Badgers up 1-0.Wisconsin would add to its lead in the 44th minute, again on a rebound opportunity. This time, it was redshirt sophomore forward Isaac Schlenker who buried the ball after a save from Siegfried, extending the Badger lead to 2-0.Wisconsin held a 15-3 shot advantage through the opening period, but the Buckeyes did not go quietly into the night.Late in the second period, OSU senior forward Yaw Amankwa launched a shot from 30 yards out that was able to beat the Badger keeper and find the back of the net, cutting the deficit to 2-1.The Buckeyes desperately battled back throughout the second stanza, outshooting the Badgers 12-4 in the period. However, they would be unable to find the equalizer, and the score remained at 2-1 as time expired.Sophomore forward Abdi Mohamed did not play in the match. Senior forward Danny Jensen played 58 minutes in his return from injury after a five-game absence.The Buckeyes finish the season with a 5-12-1 record (3-4-1 B1G).The loss gives OSU a sixth seed in the Big Ten tournament, where they will rematch Wisconsin in Madison this Sunday, Nov. 6. read more

Football 2019 wide receiver Jameson Williams commits to Ohio State

Ohio State added the second wide receiver to its 2019 recruiting class Friday as four-star receiver Jameson Williams committed to the Buckeyes. Williams is the No. 24 wide receiver in the 2019 recruiting class and is the No. 2 recruit in the state of Missouri according to the 247Sports composite rankings, coming from Cardinal Ritter College Prep in St. Louis. Williams will join five-star 2019 recruit Garrett Wilson, the No. 2 receiver in the class, in Ohio State’s recruiting class. With Williams being commitment No. 15 for the Buckeyes, Ohio State, according to 247Sports, has the second-best recruiting class in the Big Ten and the No. 15 2019 recruiting class in the country. Williams is one of 10 four-star recruits in Ohio State’s 2019 class, joining Wilson and offensive lineman Harry Miller, the two five-star 2019 recruits. read more

Football Chase Young finds himself against Penn State

Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) and sophomore defensive end Chase Young (2) shake hands following the Ohio State-Penn State game on Sept. 29. Ohio State won 27-26. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorChase Young wants the play to go to him. He prays for it. With Penn State facing a 4th-and-5 at the Ohio State 43-yard line down one point with 82 seconds left in the game, the sophomore defensive end was lined up, ready to jump off the line of scrimmage when the ball was snapped. As Nittany Lions redshirt senior quarterback Trace McSorley stepped off, changing the play call, Young touched his chest and pointed to the sky, something he said he does often, though it’s not caught on film. “I think everything is in God’s plan,” Young said. “I prayed and said ‘God, if this play’s coming to me, help me make it.’ I sent one up and it came to me and I made it.”As McSorley snapped the ball, Young moved around Ohio State redshirt junior defensive lineman Jashon Cornell, who held off the right tackle, immediately plugging the hole Penn State junior running back Miles Sanders attempted to run through for the first down, securing the victory for the Buckeyes. This tackle capped off a career day for Young, who recorded three tackles for loss, including two sacks, two quarterback hits and two pass breakups in Ohio State’s 27-26 win over Penn State. Young was recognized as Chuck Bednarik Award Player of the Week, given to the defensive end with the best performance in college football that week. Young was the second Ohio State defensive lineman to receive the award this year, with junior defensive end Nick Bosa receiving the award after his performance in the season opener against Oregon State. After Bosa suffered an injury during the TCU game, and with no clear timetable for return, Ohio State’s defensive line has had to lean on Young to become a dominant pass-rusher — something he has embraced against both Tulane and Penn State. “Coach [Urban] Meyer, he tries to tell us not to wait, so I think every chance I got to get on the field, I tried to put my best out there,” Young said. “I guess the Penn State game, I just had a real good game. I thank God I had a real good game. It was a national stage, ABC, and I just thank God that the Penn State game was that I had a good one.”Even with all the success, Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson said he still sees a young player when he looks at the sophomore defensive end. With the high expectations Young had going into his career at Ohio State, a five-star recruit out of Hyattsville, Maryland, Johnson said there is still a lot more for him to learn. Things like using his hands at the line of scrimmage, something Young said Johnson called out as he watched tape from the Penn State win. However, he is looking to correct the mistakes made against Penn State for the Indiana game on Saturday. Young, according to Johnson, strives for greatness. “He’s a great learner, he wants to learn everything,” Johnson said. “He picks Nick’s brain every day on how to rush the passer, things he can learn. And I think that’s what you want out of a player who’s a highly competitive guy and wants to be a great player.” Without Bosa, Young played more snaps than he ever had in a collegiate game against Penn State. And Johnson said as he continues to play, offensive lines will have to begin to notice. But with other weapons on the defensive line, like redshirt junior defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones, Johnson said it will be hard for opposing lines to treat Young like they might Bosa. That’s the kind of attention Young wants from opponents, the attention the injured All-American has. “He wants the role,” Johnson said. “I think Chase, he’s a competitor, so he wants to do well.”So far this season, Young has shown potential. He leads the team with four sacks and is tied for the team lead with six tackles for loss. However, Young still thinks he has a ways to go to meet the expectation he has for himself. “Not close at all,” Young said. “I made a few mistakes and I got to get the corrected. Obviously, you never want to play a perfect game, but you want to play, you want to try and play a perfect game. That’s what I am trying to do.” For sophomore cornerback Jeffrey Okudah, the defensive line sets the bar for the rest of the defense in terms of what each unit strives to be. “Once everyone hits [the level of the] defensive line group, we are just all going to elevate together,” Okudah said.Even with Bosa out, that mentality for the rest of the defense has not changed. Instead, the rest of the defense strives to be like Young. read more

Chula Vista Bayfront makeover construction continues

first_img Ed Lenderman Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News July 16, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCHULA VISTA (KUSI) – The long-awaited makeover of Chula Vista’s bayfront now includes some 25 double-trailer dump trucks going up and down the I-5 between Chula Vista and the UC-San Diego campus.It’s a welcome sight for Chula Vista and Port District Officials, as well as Chula Vista residents. The site, is where the center piece of the 500-acre bayfront makeover is being built:  A 1,600 room resort hotel and adjoining convention center, 275,000 square feet.And starting early Monday morning and continuing all day long, through August 11th, this will be the scene here– truckload after truckload of dirt being hauled in from an excavation project at the UC San Diego campus.The goal is to build up the site some 6 to 8 feet– that takes some 210,000 cubic yards of earth.  Hence, the convoy of big rigs up and down the five through the middle of August.Engineers are increasing the site’s elevation for two reasons– drainage would be an obvious one, but with an eye on the future– the second reason is the continued warnings about future sea-level rise.The port’s project manager, Mark McIntire, said the Port has been studying this issue for a long time and through science and theoretical projections, determined there is a lot of need to raise sites near the coastline various elevations.  They’re also raising another nearby area, using 60,000 cubic yards of earth. Posted: July 16, 2018center_img Chula Vista Bayfront makeover construction continues Ed Lenderman, FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Plantronics is transforming into a new brand called Poly

first_img Mobile Accessories 9 Photos Cisco Microsoft Share your voice Plantronics BackBeat Fit 3100 go true wireless “Today feels like my first day as CEO of a new company,” said Joe Burton, Poly’s president and chief executive officer. “We see limitless opportunity for how people communicate and collaborate today. With advancements in AI, machine learning and new technologies, we see a future where Poly makes the connection, then quietly steps out of the way to become the one thing you don’t notice in the meeting.”The origin of the prefix poly is from an ancient Greek word which means “many.” Poly The company said the Poly logo “honors the company’s new path forward as well as its legacy.” Its lava red color and angle of letters form a propeller reflecting Plantronics’ 60-year aviation lineage while its three legs pay homage to the design of Polycom’s iconic conference phone.Don’t expect the Plantronics name to disappear immediately, however. At the Enterprise Connect 2019 conference, Poly is unveiling new products and services, some of which confusingly retain the Plantronics and Polycom names. Here’s a look at some of the products Poly is rolling out, according to the company:Polycom Studio, a video USB bar that upgrades huddle rooms to business class and works with services like Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype for Business, Google Meet, Cisco Webex or Amazon Chime.Plantronics Elara 60 Series, a mobile phone station designed for the “increasingly mobile-first worker” and provides users with a one-touch Microsoft Teams experience.Eagle Eye Cube, a video conference camera with 4K sensors and rich sound to upgrade meetings in small to midsized rooms. Blackwire 7225, a new boomless UC headset designed for open offices. It’s equipped with active noise cancellation to muffle sounds around you when taking calls or listening to music on a Windows PC or Mac.The Plantronics Status Indicator, a wired presence indicator that sits on your desktop and connects with whatever communications platform you’re using to let others know if you’re available, on a call or away from your desk.center_img Comments Tags Headset manufacturer Plantronics acquired Polycom for $2 billion last year. After the deal closed, Reuters reported that the company was trying to sell itself and Logitech was interested in acquiring it. But no sale transpired, and instead the company has decided to rename itself Poly and recalibrate its mission.Poly will focus on “the human experience of communications and collaboration, aiming to make communication as rich and natural as in-person,” according to a press release announcing the new name. 2last_img read more

World IVF Day 2019 Fertility centres aplenty but imported tech keeps costs

first_img[Representational image]ReutersThe world’s first test-tube baby was born on July 25, 1978, giving hope to people who could not have children by natural means. In 2018, the World Health Organisation (WHO) had said that there were approximately 180 million couples struggling with infertility across the world and in vitro fertilisation (IVF) helps bridge the gap. To celebrate IVF and bust the taboo regarding the negative connotation around infertility, experts around the world came together in 2017 to announce July 24 as World IVF Day.What is in vitro fertilisation? In vitro fertilisation is the fusing of an egg and sperm to form an embryo. The ovary is stimulated to grow follicles (fluid-filled sacs in the ovary that contain eggs). The growth of the eggs are closely monitored and after they mature to a certain level, they are transferred to a woman’s body. Reasons behind rising infertility among today’s youthDr Haricharan, a consultant gynaecologist and IVF specialist at Indira IVF Centre in Bengaluru, told International Business Times, India, that the main reasons for infertility is late marriage, delaying parenthood and consumption of alcohol and tobacco.He added that in the rural areas, infertility is caused due to infections and diseases like tuberculosis that damage reproductive organs.Dr Haricharan added that due to the exceedingly sedentary lifestyle, many women also suffer from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) that makes child-bearing more difficult.IVF centres are also mushrooming in the country due to the easy availability of technology. “IVF technology has become a standardised technology because of lab standardisation. Due to this, everyone can afford to start the clinic because it affords a reasonably good success rate” said Dr Haricharan.Does IVF work against population control? With the population expanding drastically, India is likely to become one of the most populous countries in a few years. Many ask if we really need more IVF clinics when we are trying to control population explosion?Surprisingly, Dr Haricharan says that IVF clinics and helping people have babies does not have anything to do with the population. As an IVF specialist, he helps people at a micro-level while population control is a problem for the society and the government at a macro-level. He adds that if he does not help people with fertility issues, he would be denying basic human rights.He emphasised that adding one or two children in the world is not an indication of “not trying to control population”. (Representational Image)ReutersCan IVF become more affordable?While there is access to IVF technology, not many people utilise the service due to the exorbitant amount required for each attempt. “Each attempt will roughly cost Rs 1 lakh and a client will have at least three to four attempts before declaring the uterus as hostile,” Dr Haricharan explained. The success rate for IVF per sitting is 50 percent and each cycle is a huge bet for the patient.To make IVF technology more affordable, Dr Haricharan says that India will have to stop importing technology. At the moment, 50 percent of the population cannot afford IVF.last_img read more

Matteo di Micchele Arcosantis Human Resources Co

first_img Matteo di Micchele, Arcosanti’s Human Resources Coordinator, assisted the film crew as Paolo Soleri was leading them through the walkways of Arcosanti.[Photo & text: Pietro Viscomi] Even though Arcosanti is not a city designed around the automobile, the reporters found it an intriguing tourist destination, well worth a stop off the highway. In these images, Paolo Soleri is showing The Vaults and The Ceramics Apse – some of his unique passive solar, silt-cast structures.[Photo & text: Pietro Viscomi] December 15, 2008 Two TV journalists from the Italian car-travel show “Easy Driver” came to interview Paolo Soleri on December 3rd. Currently, the show is exploring the roads of The United States, Canada, The United Kingdom and Ireland. Ilaria Moscato and Marcello Mariucci stopped at Arcosanti on their way between Phoenix and the Grand Canyon.[Photo & text: Pietro Viscomi]last_img read more

Rep Bumsteads bill to assist with prison reopening receives Senate approval

first_img House Bill 4467—which aims to lift a burdensome restriction on a private Lake County prison—has been passed by the Michigan Senate with a vote of 23-14, announced bill sponsor state Rep. Jon Bumstead.“This legislation simply gives North Lake Correctional Facility in Baldwin the ability to house inmates classified at Level V and higher, giving Lake County and the surrounding community the opportunity to grow economically,” said Rep. Bumstead, R-Newaygo. “The facility was designed as a maximum security prison and is already equipped with the ability to safely house these inmates.”Currently, the North Lake Correctional Facility is restricted to only housing inmates classified under the first four of six security levels. By allowing inmates of a higher security classification, the prison will become a more viable option in contract negotiations with other states and would provide new revenue and up to 400 new jobs in one of Michigan’s poorest counties.The Michigan Department of Corrections has toured the facility and confirmed that the prison is capable of housing high-security inmates. “I want to thank Senators Darwin Booher and Goeff Hansen for their testimony on the Senate floor,” Rep. Bumstead said. “I would especially like to thank Sen. Hansen for his hard work leading up to this bill and his help passing this legislation in the Senate.”HB 4467 now moves to the governor for gubernatorial signature.### 27May Rep. Bumstead’s bill to assist with prison reopening receives Senate approval Categories: Newslast_img read more