first_imgScienceInsider has been tracking the partial U.S. government shutdown since it began 11 days ago.  Member of Congress and President Barack Obama are now discussing a way out of the impasse.For some scientists, it’s too little, too late. Their research has already been disrupted. 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Essential scientists still on the job included a D.C. bird identification expert, physicists maintaining the cesium fountain clock that keeps official U.S. time, and an immunologist tending 14,000 mice at the National Cancer Institute.Antarctic Research Winding DownAlthough most NSF activities were immediately suspended after the shutdown began, certain programs (including Antarctic research) had some leeway to continue operating using leftover funds from 2013. But now the clock is winding down, and NSF will have to close its research programs in Antarctica if the U.S. government shutdown continues beyond 14 October. Also on the chopping block are several major NSF-funded construction projects, including a solar telescope, a gravity wave observatory, and ecological and ocean-observing networks.Ecologists Face Long-Term EffectsFor Long Term Ecological Research projects, missing even a single field season can create unfillable gaps. Shutdown casualties include a 23-year Antarctic study tracking the effect of sea ice on the polar biota and a New Mexico climate variability project that has been active since 1988.U.S. Radio Telescopes Go DarkAll the National Radio Astronomy Observatory’s (NRAO’s) U.S. telescopes were turned off on 4 October. A fourth telescope in Chile, run in partnership with three other countries, has enough money to limp along for a few weeks.NIH Denied Exemption From ShutdownLast week, Senate Democrats blocked a House of Representatives plan to restore current funding levels for NIH through 15 December, saying House Republicans shouldn’t be allowed to pick and choose which federal agencies they’d like to reopen. One representative likened the discussion on the House floor to “a new episode of The Hunger Games.”Shutdown Throws Wrench in Scientific MeetingsWith 800,000 workers furloughed, meetings have had to be postponed or canceled. An NIH researcher traveled to Perth in Western Australia—a 30-hour trip from Washington, D.C.—only to learn by e-mail from NIH that he could not present at the meeting.Misses:MAVEN Mission Is a Go After AllNASA officials ruled on 3 October that work on MAVEN, which is scheduled for launch between 18 November and 7 December, can continue after all. The spacecraft is designed to study the martian atmosphere, in part to figure out how its climate apparently became inhospitable for life. NASA has essentially shuttered the rest of its space science operations.Many Marine Researchers Still AfloatDespite initial reports from the American Geophysical Union that government research vessels would have to return to port if the shutdown lasted more than 24 hours, many U.S. research vessels are still on the water and have enough money to stay there until December. None of the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System’s 19 vessels have been recalled, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s primary research ship will continue working. The U.S. Navy’s research ships also remain Gets ExemptionNIH may have been denied a shutdown exemption, but the website was granted a reprieve and is now operating during the shutdown to enable clinical trials to move forward.Collateral Damage:One astronomer says the NRAO closures have rendered about $500,000 and one year’s worth of data useless. The Antarctic research halt spelled disaster for at least one graduate student, who arrived at Palmer Station along with several pallets of his Ph.D. research equipment and was told to turn around and go home. Cell biologists aren’t happy either: There’s no one at customs to approve shipments of research fruit flies, and grant reviews are on hold. Other scientists shared their frustrations on Twitter. 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first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ “We played good defense and made the stop,” Isaac said.The dramatic win was Blackwater’s first in the playoffs since joining the league in 2014 and it couldn’t have come at a better time with the Elite facing the formidable Bolts, who won nine games against only two losses in the elimination round.Walker only had 11 points in the first three quarters before taking over when it mattered most. He exploded for 19 points in the fourth quarter, scoring Blackwater’s first 18 points in the period.The former NBA veteran, who had stints with the Boston Celtics, New York Knicks and Miami Heat, scattered 30 points, 18 rebounds, six assists, one steal and a block.The 30-year-old Maliksi, who was acquired from Star in a four-player trade on Sept. 10, wound up with 15 points and four rebounds. Starting guard Mike DiGregorio added 20 points.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Reigning Best Import Allen Durham posted 18 points, including an inside basket that gave the Bolts a 91-90 edge with 15.8 ticks remaining, 21 rebounds and seven assists while Chris Newsome and Cliff Hodge had 19 and 18 points, respectively.Blackwater tries to become only the fourth team to knock off the No. 1 team on Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next “Going into the final 15 seconds of the game with Meralco up by one, the instruction was to have a good shot and if there was opening, we take it,” Blackwater head coach Leo Isaac recalled.“We challenged the players to face the situation. We wanted the ball to Walker but there was also an option for Maliksi,” Isaac said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe ball did go into the hands of Walker, who then setup Maliksi for game-winning jumper from the free throw line with 9.5 seconds left.Walker and Maliksi carried the Elite down the stretch but it took team effort in the waning seconds to pull off the defensive stop on the Bolts, whose last shot was a one-hander from just inside the 3-point line by Mike Tolomia that was off target. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Marcelino twins help Lyceum go 14-0 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa PBA IMAGESAllein Maliksi continued to prove why Blackwater made a good move in trading for him late in the season.Maliksi came up clutch as the Elite took down the top-seeded Meralco Bolts, 92-91, Wednesday to pave way for a do-or-die for a slot in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

first_imgParis Saint-Germain forward Timothy Weah revealed his mother played a big part in convincing him to remain with the Ligue 1 champions, though he may reconsider going out on loan in January.  The 18-year-old United States international scored his first Ligue 1 goal for PSG in the club’s opener and was rewarded with a start in its second game.However, Weah was pulled at halftime in that contest and has yet to feature for the club since, with speculation mounting prior to the transfer deadline that he would head out on loan. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Weah decided to remain with PSG, and speaking to reporters after the USMNT’s 2-0 loss to Brazil, the forward explained how his mother played a large role in convincing him to remain.“It was a family decision,” Weah told reports of his decision to not go out on loan. “My mom, she thought I am still really young and tender. There’s still some stuff to work on.“She thought if I did go to a lower team in the same league, there would be so many expectations to carry that team or potentially fight for a league winning spot. I don’t feel that I’m ready for that.”Instead, Weah thinks the experience of getting time on the training field with the first team and some of the game’s biggest stars is best for his development. “I’m always ready for a challenge but right now I feel like training with PSG, training with Neymar, Thiago Silva and getting better each day – I feel like that’s the way to go. That’s the choice we made.” While playing time is not guaranteed with PSG, Weah is still taking positive experiences from it, saying the environment has helped build his confidence before he arrived with the USMNT. “Playing with one of the best teams in the world, it gives you huge confidence coming to international camp,” Weah said. “I wouldn’t say on the same level but you feel more confident when you’ve played like guys like Neymar, Thiago Silva. You know how they play. You’re with them every day and they’re like your brothers. Coming into these games you’re super confident.“I felt with the touches that I had, I showed a confidence. It’s just right now, I’m super young and I’m still learning. I still had a bit of jitters playing against Brazil but it’s something to work on and the future is really bright for us.”Despite remaining for now, Weah did leave open the possibility he may consider a loan away from PSG in January.“There’s still so much time. I’m only 18,” Weah added. “So who knows? In January, when the transfer market is open again hopefully look see where it is.”last_img read more

first_imgSunil Ambris hit his first one-day international century to help the West Indies to a five-wicket win over Ireland at Malahide on Saturday.Ambris hit 19 fours and a six in his 126-ball 148 as Ireland’s 327-5 was overhauled with 13 balls to spare. West Indies ended on 331-5 in 47.5 overs to complete its highest successful ODI run chase.The match looked in the balance when the West Indies slipped to 112-2 in the 20th over.But Ambris and Roston Chase (46) shared 128 for the third wicket to put the visitors firmly on top.Boyd Rankin took three wickets for Ireland but Jonathan Carter (43 not out) and skipper Jason Holder (36) saw the West Indies home for a second Tri-Nations series victory over the tournament hosts.Ireland’s innings had been underpinned by Andy Balbirnie, who struck 135 off 124 balls for his fourth ODI century.West Indies moved above Bangladesh, and Ireland is without a win after three matches.Also Read | Sanath Jayasundara charged under ICC anti-corruption codelast_img read more

first_imgDwight Yorke Dwight Yorke assumes ambassadorial role for GEMS ESM Goal Last updated 2 years ago 05:23 15/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Dwight Yorke Manchester United Getty Images The former Manchester United striker has taken up a role at the GEMS Education and the ESM Football Academy in Dubai. Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke has become an ambassador for the GEMS Education and the ESM Football Academy in the UAE.Red Devils 5/2 for the titleYorke won an historic treble in his debut season with the Old Trafford outfit. He also featured for Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Birmingham City and Sunderland in the Premier League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing “As a member of the FIFA Development Committee, I am extremely passionate about helping young footballers achieve their immediate and long term goals,” said Yorke, who will begin in his role this month.The former Trinidad and Tobago international is well-versed with the challenges facing footballers in small countries and hopes to use his experiences to guide young talent in the UAE.“I can understand the challenges of playing football in a small country and really relate to their dreams of playing in the major football leagues around the world.“Many young players and parents feel it’s not possible to have a future playing here in the UAE. I can tell you, coming from the Caribbean, anything is possible.”To see what ESM Football Academy have been doing for the last 12 years in the UAE is very encouraging and it’s only going to get better. This is where it starts and we’ll be implementing the best options and methods for each player at the academy, to give them structure and the opportunity to have a bright future.”GEMS Education and the ESM Football Academy have also partnered to launch the GEMS Football Cup in the GEMS Sport Series, which creates healthy and competitive sports among students within the GEMS network.Sir Christopher Stone, chief education officer, GEMS Education, said: “Having a sports legend like Dwight Yorke as a mentor is every young footballer’s dream come true. At GEMS Education, we welcome this excellent opportunity to develop our students’ extra-curricular sporting skills.”Managing Director at ESM Football Academy, James Bowring, said: “ESM Football will stick to its strong long-term vision of helping produce quality players in the UAE, and giving boys and girls the opportunities to consider a professional career in the ‘beautiful game’ post their studies.“We all understand the importance of development of young players here in the UAE. Dwight Yorke will be a fantastic addition to our development programmes, offering an invaluable insight in to playing at the highest level. This experience and view point will benefit the talent we have here and help produce a new generation of players.”last_img read more

first_imgShare on Facebook Fulham That season at Leicester was a bonus, a miracle I forgetClaudio Ranieri Inevitably there were also questions about his time at Leicester, who he guided to an impossible Premier League title as 5,000-1 shots in 2016. However, even at 67 Ranieri insisted that he only wanted to look forward. “One quality I have is to forget what happened yesterday,” he said. “I look always forward. I’m an ambitious man. I believe I have good players. Now I have to choose players who show fighting spirit, quality and unity.”It helps that Ranieri still has a house in west London from his time at Chelsea, and he seemed instantly at home at Fulham, which he called a “little big club”. But there were no grand promises to win the Premier League again – merely a hard-hatted acceptance that he wanted to get to 40 points and keep Fulham up as quickly as possible.“That season at Leicester was a bonus, a fairytale I forget,” he said. “Now it’s important not to think about the miracle. There will be a lot of battles ahead and it’s important to be ready together. The club, the players and the fans, together. They have to support us in a bad moment. And this is a bad moment, because Fulham is at the bottom. Read more There has been little to light up Craven Cottage this season, but on a shale-grey November afternoon Claudio Ranieri was a one-man sunbeam – offering optimism, old-world charm and an iron promise to do everything possible to keep Fulham from the drop. “If I come here it’s because I believe,” he said, smiling after being unveiled as the club’s new manager. “I’m mad but not stupid.”At Leicester Ranieri promised his players pizza every time they kept a clean sheet. This time, he joked, he would have to up the ante for a side that have conceded 31 goals in 12 Premier League games this season. “I have to promise something more,” he said. “Pizza is not enough now. Better everybody to McDonald’s! I hope to pay for a McDonald’s big burger very soon!” 1:08 Reuse this content “But I am very happy to come back, the country of football. To me it is the best league of the world. It is difficult, very difficult. But I love this job.”There was no mistaking the enthusiasm – or the intent. Ranieri is back. And the Premier League is undoubtedly a more interesting place for it. There was, of course, a serious message behind the laughs. Fulham have lost six league games on the spin (seven in all competitions), are three points from a safe position, and have a defence more leaky than the Trump White House. This was the politest of warnings from Ranieri, who replaced Slavisa Jokanovic on Wednesday, that things would have to change – and fast.“Fulham concede a lot of goals,” he said. “I’m an Italian manager. For us Italians it’s important to maintain the clean sheet. This team has enough quality to be safe. But I need fighting spirit too. Play football, play well. But when you lose the ball I want to see you with an anchor, like pirates. I have fought for everything. I am a fighter. I want my players to be fighters – that is it. It is simple.” Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Slavisa Jokanovic deserved more time to transform Fulham’s fortunes “But when the manager changes, life is new, everybody wants to show their best. For me it’s important they understand me, just one man, my philosophy.”Yet Ranieri, who resembles a likeable buzz of caffeine and charm, is confident he can turn things around – once he gets to work on the training pitch. “I’m only thinking about when the players come back from the international break,” he insisted. “I just have two days to prepare for the match [against Southampton]. My nightmare is this. To think about how I can help my players. That’s it. The Fiver: sign up for our free daily football email.center_img Share on WhatsApp Fulham appoint Claudio Ranieri as manager after sacking Slavisa Jokanovic Topics Read more features Eni Aluko Claudio Ranieri’s journey to Fulham and back to the Premier League – video profile Share via Email Play Video Share on Pinterest Claudio Ranieri Share on Messenger And Ranieri made it clear that improving Fulham’s defensive shield will start with his star striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who never appeared entirely happy being asked to harry and hustle by Rafa Benítez at Newcastle. “For me Mitrovic is a fantastic player,” explained Ranieri. “We have to give him some good balls so he can score. I watched him in the national team and score a lot of goals. He is very important. And I think from him we have very good things. But I have to choose the best way not only for him but for everybody, for the first XI.”Inevitably such an approach, he warned spectators, meant his side might have to shun some of the free-flowing style under Jokanovic in favour of winning ugly. “I hope we can play well, but if we play well and lose it’s a big problem,” Ranieri admitted. “Fulham played so well against Manchester City and Liverpool and lost. I hope to play badly and win.”Yet as he pointed out, he has got teams out of worse scrapes in his 32-year managerial career – particularly when he took over at Parma in February 2007. “When I arrived, I called my friends and they said: ‘You are mad to go there – it’s not possible to save this team.’ And I saved the team.”That Parma team won 17 points in the final 10 Serie A games to survive the drop, and earn Ranieri the manager’s job at Juventus. And his friends are firm believers that he can work his particular brand of magic again. “Everybody has said good choice, good club, historical club, magical club,” he added. “They all said: ‘Come on Claudio, you can do it’.”last_img read more

first_imgFREDERICTON — Wayne Long is so big a New England Patriots superfan that he has their logo tattooed on his leg. He spent 13 years on a waiting list for season tickets — despite living on the other side of an international border.“It’s six-and-a-half hours to drive from here to Boston,” said Long, the member of Parliament for Saint John – Rothesay.He doesn’t mean that it’s far. He means that it’s close.For the legions of Patriots superfans in New Brunswick, New England’s NFL team is theirs too, and Gillette Stadium in the Boston suburb of Foxboro, Mass., is practically local.“I think people would be shocked if they actually did a head count of the number of people — particularly from southern New Brunswick — who go down to Patriots games. I’d dare say there are hundreds.”Much of the province will be watching Feb. 3 when the Patriots will be in Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII, their fourth appearance in the NFL’s championship game in five years. They’ve won it twice since 2015.Super Bowl parties are planned at homes, bars and even in hotel ballrooms.Long has had Patriots season tickets for four years, and said he gets to about four home games each year.There’s a strong bond between New England and Atlantic Canada, he said: The people are friendly and you can walk along Beacon Hill in Boston or Germain Street in Saint John and see similar architecture.The Maritime province has long-standing ties with the New England states and that includes support for the region’s sports teams like the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins.“New Brunswickers relate well to the folks in New England. We spend so much time in New England, whether it’s for vacationing or shopping, or catching commercial flights out of Bangor or Boston,” said Bob Hatheway of Fredericton.The Patriots fan and season ticket holder was still rejoicing the Patriots’ 37-31 victory over Kansas City on Sunday to capture the AFC championship.  “New Brunswickers have such an important relationship with New England. We’re almost like an extension of New England,” Hatheway said, noting that his grandmother was born in Maine while his grandfather was from Florenceville, N.B.Hatheway and a friend have shared a pair of season tickets since about 2010, and he made his way to five games in Foxboro this season.“It’s very common to run into other New Brunswickers. There are people we run into all the time,” he said.Rees Hasson of Fredericton said he’s been a Patriots fan his whole life. He’s 17.However he said there’s a bit of division at home because his mother is also a Patriots fan, while his father cheers for Washington.He’s calling for New England to beat the Los Angeles Rams by three points, while Hatheway expects a bigger spread, 28-17.As a season ticket holder, Hatheway has his fingers crossed for a chance to win tickets to the game in Atlanta, and has friends who have offered a place for him to stay.Failing that, he plans to do like many other New Brunswickers — gather with friends for beers and snacks — and cheer on their team from afar.Long said fan support for the Patriots will likely waver when quarterback Tom Brady, now 41, finally retires.But he says he’ll still be cheering for them long after the Brady era ends. When it comes to football, the Liberal MP’s blood run red, white and blue.“I have always been a Patriots fan,” he said. Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

4Rabat – The eastern Caribbean nation, Saint Lucia, has expressed its full support to Morocco’s FIFA 2026 World Cup bid.On Thursday, Saint Lucien Minister of Development and Sports Edmund Estephane announced his country’s strong support to Morocco’s bid to host the world’s premier football tournament.“My country’s government will be strong and will back Morocco’s bid 200 percent, which will do justice and honor the African continent and the Caribbean countries,” said Estephane, following an interview with Morocco’s ambassador to Saint Lucia, Abderrahim Kadmiri. Estephane has also commended the “excellence” of the cooperation relations linking the two countries, especially in the agricultural field. “Morocco has never ceased to provide assistance and expertise to farmers in my country.”The Saint-Lucien official added that Morocco is providing valuable assistance in the field of urban planning to his country. He also expressed his intention to visit the country, with the aim of establishing other cooperation in different areas, including urban planning and sports.Morocco officially submitted its bid book to FIFA on March 15. The application has received the support of many countries from different corners of the world, including Botswana, Qatar, Algeria, Tunisia, and France.Morocco’s bid, which also represents Africa, has collected  the support of many countries. The list of Morocco 2026 supporters  includes Algeria, Tunisia, Russia, Luxembourg, France, Botswana, Nigeria, Serbia, Belgium, and Qatar.Morocco is determined to clinch more international support to win the right to host the World Cup. read more

Sri Lanka and India held military level discussions on Tuesday in order to strengthen ties between the armies of both countries, the Sri Lanka army media unit said.The India-Sri Lanka Army to Army Staff Talks (AAST) was attended by an Indian delegation including Major General Gurdeep Singh of the Indian army and Colonel Vivek Tyagi, the Director of Military Training of the Indian Army. The meeting comes even as politicians in India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu continued to raise objections to India providing military training to Sri Lanka. The AAST held on Tuesday was the second such meeting with the first held in India last year. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha Jeyaram and former Chief Minister M. Karunannidhi had on Tuesday demanded that the Indian government discontinue with the training for the Sri Lanka army. Following the AAST meeting both Sri Lanka and India are expected to sign the final minutes as an endorsement of the mutual agreement for implementation of the conclusions in the three-day deliberations.The Sri Lanka army media unit also said that the visiting Indian army delegation had separately met the Sri Lanka Army Commander Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya on Tuesday.“The delegation during the meeting with the Sri Lankan Army Chief expressed satisfaction over the progress that has been made after its inception a year ago. Lieutenant General Jayasuriya pointed out that the new bilateral understanding on security issues after this arrangement, has made great strides in the past one year and underlined the importance of maintaining the status quo,” the army media unit said. Tamil Nadu has been demanding an investigation into alleged war crimes committed during the final stages of the 30 year war between the Sri Lanka army and the Tamil Tiger rebels.However the Indian government had said it will continue with the training for the Sri Lankan military despite the protests. read more

HighfiveConferenceRoom.jpg 3 Problems Still Facing Voice Services Alexey Aylarov September 04, 2019 Interconnectivity, teleconference audio quality, and robocalling issues are still impacting voice services. Don’t Get Ripped Off with Video Conferencing Pricing Chris Heinemann July 30, 2019 Financially, the cost of video conferencing isn’t just high, it’s unpredictable. It’s time for a different approach. The dual trends of increased remote working and a shift to more open and shared collaborative in-office workspaces are changing how we think about the ways we conduct business. Walls have disappeared, huddle rooms and communal spaces have popped up, and team-based work has begun to replace individual contributions. Which got me to thinking: How truly connected are remote workers?As revealed in a Harvard Business Review poll, the answer may be “not very.” In the poll, remote workers indicated they often feel isolated or left out when it comes to true collaboration with their colleagues.The shift in how people work is accelerating due to the rise of younger, tech-first workers. Millennials aged 21 to 36 — already the largest generation in the U.S. labor force — will account for more than 75% of the workforce by 2025, according to the Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. Today’s younger workers not only are more comfortable working in groups and collaborating, but also desire an always-on, uber-connected workplace.So, what can your organization do to connect and engage with an increasingly dispersed workforce? A good place to start is with a combination of smart meeting spaces with intuitive software. In the past, two factors hindered the ability to create a more dynamic meeting space in multiple locations:Cost and complexity of setting up and operating a more connected meeting roomQuality of the meeting itselfAdditionally, non-integrated software and hardware platforms present various hurdles to a more efficient intelligent meeting. Users struggle with PIN codes, dial-in numbers, passwords, downloads, and plug-ins — common challenges we’ve all experienced over the years.The intelligent meeting room overcomes these hurdles with integrated hardware that’s powered by smarter software for a more enjoyable experience by both IT and end users. In a Highfive meeting room, participants don’t need to fumble with technology or suffer through a poor quality experience. Rather, they enjoy a more usable, collaborative environment. Highfive has always delivered an integrated, intelligent platform that makes for an easy, more seamless and collaborative meeting room experience.This approach has been the Highfive model, or what we like to call Meetings Reimagined. Highfive delivered the first integrated hardware and software platform more than five years ago, the only video conferencing solution built on WebRTC and running on the Amazon Web Services hyperscale cloud. This puts elegant hardware paired with smart software into every intelligent meeting room, delivering the audio and video intelligence needed to deliver exceptional, low-touch, high-quality meetings complemented by enablement, support, and services. Then, Highfive ties it all together with an affordable monthly per-room subscription, eliminating the need and additional cost of individual user licenses. And because Highfive was built on WebRTC from the start, meetings start within the browser with no software download required, and every meeting starts on time with just a single click from any meeting room or any device.With expanding remote workforces, multiple company locations, and more geographically dispersed partners and customers, the intelligent meeting isn’t a nice-have, but a must-have. Video conferencing technology should bring us closer together as our workplaces become more diverse, making us more empowered, efficient, and productive.If you’d like to take a deeper dive into what makes an intelligent meeting work, check out the recent evaluation by Let’s Do Video.Tags:News & Viewsintelligent meetingsconnected meeting roomHighfiveVideo Collaboration & A/VDigital WorkplaceEndpointsFuture of WorkSponsored PostVCaaS Articles You Might Like Video Communication Must Improve, Even as It Hits Its Stride Michael Helmbrecht September 12, 2019 Video conferencing at work has boomed. Now we need to fully deliver on its promise. What’s Up in AV? 4 Trends to Watch Jimmy Vaughan August 02, 2019 A look at some of the problem-solving solutions I saw at the recent InfoComm 2019 event. Meetings Made Easy: One Video Platform or More Beth Schultz September 09, 2019 Standardizing on a single platform or enabling platform-agnostic collaboration are two ways to go about reducing friction in the meeting room. Log in or register to post comments See All in Video Collaboration & A/V » read more

FRANKFURT — Like a sleek Mercedes crunched between two freight trucks, Europe’s economy is being knocked off course by the conflict between the U.S. and China over trade.The bill for damages from the U.S-China collision could be painfully high, starting this week if new growth figures on Wednesday show that Europe’s economic motor, Germany, is stalled or shrinking. Beyond that, economists say there are signs that years of jobs growth since the depths of the Great Recession and the eurozone debt crisis may be ending.And if the trade wars escalate to include higher U.S. tariffs on cars made in Europe, the picture could look even worse.The heart of the matter is Germany, Europe’s largest economy and a key trade partner of both the U.S. and China.Almost half the German economy – 47%, according to World Bank estimates – comes from trade as its companies play a dominant role in global markets for luxury autos and complex industrial machinery. Supply chains from Germany extend into neighbouring countries as well, while German profits are often invested in factories in places like Slovakia, Hungary and Poland. Great for Germany and Europe when trade is booming — but it means Germany remains more vulnerable than less open economies such as Portugal or France to a slowdown in global trade in goods and services.And that is what’s happening.German has spewed wretched economic data for weeks: an 8% annual fall in exports in June, a 1.5% drop in industrial production in June from the month before, three times bigger than expected. Surveys of company executives suggest the industrial sector is in recession, with consumer demand and services propping up the economy.But the damage from trade may be spreading to consumers and companies that do business only at home. While unemployment remains low at 3.1%, job gains have stalled recently.Ironically, trade between Germany and the U.S. and between Germany and China is holding up pretty well. It’s mainly the uncertainty about the outcome of the clash between U.S. President Donald Trump and the Chinese Communist leadership that has been weighing on business confidence and deterring decisions to invest and buy across global markets. Last week, Trump imposed a 10% tariff on an additional $300 billion in Chinese goods effective Sept. 1.As a result, research firm Oxford Economics forecasts world trade growth of just 1.2% this year, far below last year’s 4.9% rise.There are a few small benefits for Europe. While the U.S. and China ramped up barriers against each other, the U.S. has largely kept tariffs on European products the same, except for introducing charges on steel and aluminum imports. China has actually lowered charges on exports from the 19 European countries that use the euro.“That mildly positive effect for the eurozone has been, however, more than offset by the hit to business sentiment and demand,” says economist Florian Hense at Berenberg bank. “As uncertainty about the future trading regime is pervasive, businesses have cut their outlook and their investment plans. The slowdown in Chinese actual and potential growth, which the trade tensions have exacerbated, also weighs on demand for eurozone exports.”Trump has recently repeated threats to increase tariffs on autos if he does not get a satisfactory new trade deal with the EU.Germany’s top companies issued cautious outlooks along with their earnings for the most recent quarter, even those that are doing relatively well. Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess warned that “growing protectionism also poses major challenges for the globally integrated auto industry.” Siemens AG CEO Joe Kaeser said that “geopolitics and geo-economics are harming an otherwise positive investment sentiment.”The auto industry in particular, with its dependence on demand from operations in China, looks less healthy. Daimler, maker of Mercedes-Benz luxury cars, has issued four profit warnings over 18 months and saw its first quarterly loss since 2009. BMW lost money on its autos business in the first quarter for the first time in a decade.Some of Europe’s troubles can’t be blamed on the trade dispute. The auto industry is under pressure to meet lower greenhouse gas emissions limits imposed by the European Union. Automakers had expected to rely on more fuel-efficient diesels to help meet the requirements, but saw diesel sales plunge after Volkswagen was caught in 2015 cheating on diesel emissions tests.Another source of uncertainty is Britain’s impending departure from the EU, currently set for Oct. 31. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he wants to leave without an extension even if that means no divorce deal to smooth trade.In an effort to ward off a steeper slowdown or possible recession, the European Central Bank has signalled it could provide more monetary stimulus at its Sept. 12 meeting, including new purchases of bonds, which pump newly created money into the economy. It’s a measure of Europe’s reversal of fortune that a four-year, 2.6 trillion-euro ($2.9 trillion) bond purchase program was halted only in December.“What is hurting German exports currently is the uncertainty which has spread across the globe and has also paralyzed many European economies,” said Carsten Brzeski, chief economist for Germany at ING. “Looking ahead, the outlook for German exporters is clearly in the hands of the U.S. and China.”David McHugh, The Associated Press read more

According to a UN spokesman in New York, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Somalia, François Lonsény Fall, returned to Nairobi yesterday after talks in Jowhar with President Abdulahi Yusuf Ahmed and Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi of the Transitional Federal Government.Mr. Fall was in Somalia to help the leaders overcome the current differences within the Transitional Federal Institutions on the way forward, particularly on the relocation of the fledgling government from Kenya to Somalia, which has had no functional central authority for 14 years following the collapse in 1991 of the government of Muhammad Siad Barre.Yesterday’s meeting also focused on security and reconciliation. At a joint press conference following the meeting, Prime Minister Gedi expressed the Government’s willingness to work with the UN and in particular with Mr. Fall on resolving the current difficulties, the spokesman said.In a June report, the Secretary-General noted that although the interim government had been formed in Nairobi more than eight months ago, deep splits between President Yusef and Parliament speaker Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan over its location within the country had stalled a move either to the Somali capital Mogadishu, or nearby Jowhar.Calling for “serious dialogue” between the Somali factions to end this controversy, he also urged the parties to resolve their differences over the inclusion of troops from the frontline States (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya) in a future African Union/Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) peace support mission requested by the President. A large number of members of Parliament, cabinet ministers and other leaders oppose the deployment of troops from those countries.Meanwhile, security permitting, Mr. Fall plans to visit Mogadishu later this week for discussions with the Speaker of Parliament, and other cabinet officials and civil society groups there. read more

“I am here to reinforce efforts by UNHCR [Office of UN High Commissioner for Refugees] and the Greek government to step up the emergency response to the deteriorating humanitarian situation,” she said. “I look forward to meeting authorities, partners and volunteers working on the ground to improve conditions and ensure the vulnerable are protected.”Ms. Jolie-Pitt is highlighting the humanitarian situation of thousands of refugee families in Greece, most of whom were forced to flee Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. Nearly 85 per cent of all the refugees and asylum seekers who have arrived in Europe landed in Greece since January 2015.Her first trip to Greece on behalf of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees comes the day after her visit to Lebanon, on the fifth anniversary of the Syrian conflict, where she stressed the need for leadership and coordinated international action to address the root causes of the global refugee crisis.The Special Envoy’s visit comes on the eve of a critical meeting between European Union Member States and the Government of Turkey that will potentially affect thousands of refugees and asylum seekers in Greece, according to UNHCR. In Greece, she expressed her appreciation for the support and solidarity Greece has shown the hundreds of thousands of refugees and asylum seekers who have landed on their shores after dangerous and difficult, sometimes deadly, journeys.Ms. Jolie-Pitt also focused on access to adequate reception conditions and protection, including those legal pathways available to refugees and asylum seekers, such as the EU relocation programme.She has highlighted challenges and constraints facing the emergency response, as well as ways UNHCR could further support the Government and communities in Greece, and promote support for refugees with specific vulnerabilities, such as women-headed households, unaccompanied children, disabled, or those who have been exposed to sexual or gender based violence.UNHCR has set up eight field offices with hundreds of staff and significant resources to support shelter, water and sanitation, health and protection services among other priorities. There are more than 40,000 people in Greece who have arrived during the past weeks, who desperately need protection and humanitarian support, but efforts are not meeting all the needs on the ground and the situation is deteriorating daily, according to UNHCR. read more

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and Climate Central, a research and communications organization based in the United States, invited weather presenters from a dozen countries to work with meteorological services and other national experts to explore the implications. “What the weather presenters have created are only possible scenarios, and not true forecasts. Nevertheless, they are based on the most up-to-date climate science, and they paint a compelling picture of how climate change may impact daily life in cities where most of the world’s population lives,” said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas in a press release.Cities featured in the “Summer in the City” videos include Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Frankfurt, Hanoi, Havana, Kampala, Madrid, Montreal, Nairobi, Paris, Sofia and Tokyo.If greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase, the Earth’s average global surface temperature could rise more than 4 degrees Celsius or 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of this century, according to WMO.TV weather presenters used two different climate change scenarios – high emissions and moderate emissions – and matched each selected city with a city that already experiences such temperatures.For instance, in 2100, the citizens of Paris, where daily summer high temperatures now average 22.7 degrees Celsius, may see summer high temperatures hit 29.2 degrees Celsius as experienced today in Fez, Morocco.Climate Central has posted an interactive map to visualize these match-ups.Many of the assessed cities could see their maximum daily temperatures in summer rise by as much as 6 to 9 degrees Celsius. “Urban warming could be double that of surrounding areas due to the presence of stone materials and paved roads. This would lead in particular to higher night-time temperatures,” said Mr. Taalas. “The enhanced heat – and an expected increase in associated extreme weather like summer storms – will have major implications for energy and water supplies, public health and transportation. More intense heatwaves would also often lead to poorer air quality, which can even be lethal,” he added. The videos are posted on the WMO YouTube channel. In a similar exercise, WMO previously worked with some 60 weather presenters on “Weather Reports from the year 2050.” read more

first_imgNINETEEN MINERS WERE trapped in a collapsed tunnel at Rudna copper mine in Poland when an earthquake hit south-west of Warsaw just after 10pm last night.Emergency services say they rescued all 19 workers after about eight hours of digging through rock and earth, according to BBC News.Reuters reports that the men were trapped about 600 metres below the surface. Two were treated for minor injuries but the other 17 have returned home.A spokesperson for the mine’s owner KGHM said it was the biggest accident in the firm’s history. The State-controlled company is Europe’s second-biggest copper producer. It operates in the Lower Silesia region, which is rich in mineral resources.Nine trapped after Russia coal mine blastlast_img

first_imgProgressive employers will give as much thought to factors within an office environment that enable individuals to be the best they can be as they will to acquiring the best building on the best possible terms. Why? Because even the most high-tech or contemporary environment will be sterile in terms of creativity, teamwork and vibrancy if employers fail to recognise the factors that can help employees excel, and stay. Retaining good people is good business.Ergonomists, sometimes also called human factors specialists, have long been in the business of ‘designing for people’, that is, recognising that by taking into account the capabilities of each individual can have a significant impact on the work that someone can do, and the ease and joy with which that work can be done. After all, musculoskeletal disorders such as muscle, back or joint problems are, for example, the single largest cause of work absence in Scotland: every year over one million people visit a doctor with a musculoskeletal disorder.Working environments at which people can sit, stand, flex, move around, enjoy natural daylight and retain personal workspace while, at the same time, remaining integrated into a team are key factors in retaining and growing organisational capability.Ergonomics, by applying scientific principles to the environments in which we live, work and play helps people contribute, thrive and enjoy their surroundings and to make the most of their potential.Stephen Barraclough is chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factorslast_img read more

first_imgTo put this traffic in perspective, the 314 consumer magazine Web brands tracked by the Magazine Publishers of America averaged 69.7 million unique visitors per month during the second quarter—combined. Put it another way: in one month,  Drudge had more than twice the amount of visitors to his site than 314 consumer magazine brands put together.Check out this related post by FOLIO: blog contributor Henry Donahue on strategies for boosting traffic—and for getting out of the magazine site ghetto … Did your Web site have a good traffic month? Unfortunately, it’s all relative, my friends.Let’s all take a moment to bow down to the king of intelligent, partisan, all-caps news aggregation:THANKS FOR MAKING OCTOBER 2008 THE BIGGEST MONTH IN DRUDGEREPORT’S 13 YEAR HISTORY! THE PAGE WAS VIEWED 798,524,935 TIMES FROM 153,563,619 VISITS FOR MONTH, NEARLY 6X SITE’S TRAFFIC IN OCTOBER ’04… AND SOMEHOW IT FEELS LIKE IT’S ONLY JUST STARTING…last_img read more

first_imgThis August 29, 2017 photo shows Rohingya refugees fleeing from Myanmar resting at Kutupalong refugee camp along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border near the Bangladeshi town of Ukhiya. AFPThe UN Security Council on Wednesday discussed the violence in Myanmar where clashes and a security crackdown by the military in Rakhine state have sent 18,500 Rohingya fleeing across the border into Bangladesh.There was no formal statement from the 15-member council following the closed-door meeting but British Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said there were calls from council members for de-escalation.“We all condemned the violence, we all called on all the parties to de-escalate,” Rycroft told reporters.The clashes began on Friday after militants from the Rohingya Muslim minority staged deadly surprise raids on police posts.The violence has left at least 110 people, including 11 state officials, dead and thousands of Rohingya have poured across the border to Bangladesh despite Dhaka’s attempts to stop them.Myanmar’s military has been carrying out sweeps for militants, with residents reporting that security forces were torching villages.Britain requested the meeting on Myanmar, but diplomats said China was resisting stronger involvement by the UN council in addressing the crisis.It remained unclear whether further action was planned, but the issue is expected to be discussed during the annual gathering of world leaders at the General Assembly in September.Rycroft said the council still supports Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel prize laureate and democracy icon who now leads the government in Yangon.“A lot of us are hugely supportive allies of hers who have followed her progress with admiration from afar,” he said.“We look to her to set the right tone and to find the compromises and the de-escalation necessary in order to resolve the conflict for the good of all the people in Burma.”Rycroft pointed to recommendations put forward by former UN chief Kofi Annan calling for an end to restrictions on citizenship and movement imposed on the Rohingyas as a way out of the violence.last_img read more