R U OK? Day

first_imgThe Australian Sports Commission (ASC) is seeking your support as a member of the Australian sport community, to join the ASC in promoting and participating in R U OK? Day. In doing so, you are helping to take a stance towards addressing mental health issues in sport. Every organisation can choose how they would like to be involved in R U OK? Day, all that is asked is that on Thursday, 7 October, you start a conversation with anyone who may be doing it tough and encourage your networks of athletes, coaches, employees and club members to do so as well. Our aim is to bring Australians together in a bid to help prevent the isolation that can lead to outcomes such as people taking their own lives.Staying connected with others is crucial to our general health and wellbeing. Feelings of isolation and being alone are major contributing factors to depression and social issues that can ultimately result in suicide. Regular, meaningful conversations can protect those we know and love.It’s so simple but in the time it takes to have a coffee, you can start a conversation that could change a life.For more information, please click on the following attachments, while the website can be found by clicking on the following link: http://www.ruokday.com.au/content/asc.aspx Related Filesruokday_poster-pdfruokday_overview_and_meeting_guide-pdflast_img read more

a month agoAston Villa boss Smith confident Grealish will find form

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Aston Villa boss Smith confident Grealish will find formby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa manager Dean Smith has backed Jack Grealish to find some form.The midfielder and Villa captain has struggled to play at his highest level so far this season.”There will be more to come from Jack. He wants to get better. You end up sometimes dragging him off the training ground because he wants to get better. It’s a massive plus in his favour,” he said.”Jack’s a football person. He will train all day and go and find a room somewhere and fall asleep. Then he’ll wake up and go and do a gym session, that’s how he is.”He’s that sort of character – I’m surprised his girlfriend is still with him! He’ll go back home and he’ll be watching football as well. He’s a football nut.”Jack and John McGinn were probably our most influential players last season and to expect them to be as influential in the Premier League is asking a little bit too much straightaway. But they are getting better and better, that’s for sure.”What we want Jack to do is to be running at opposition players and hurting them like he did against Crystal Palace.” last_img read more

Modi govt allowed Nirav Modi Mallya to flee country Kejriwal

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal alleged on Saturday that the Modi government allowed economic offenders Nirav Modi and Vijay Mallya to flee the country, and wondered whether this was the prime minister’s “patriotism”. “Why did Modi government make the two flee country. Is this the patriotism of Modi ji?” Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi.The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief was reacting to a tweet saying Mallya and Nirav Modi have met several times in the past to discuss evading extradition to India. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThere was a fresh focus on the fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi after a British daily Saturday reported that the accused in the USD 2-billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam has been living in a swanky 8-million pound apartment in London’s West End and is now involved in a new diamond business. Sources in the Enforcement Directorate (ED) said on Saturday the United Kingdom’s home secretary has recently referred India’s request for extraditing Nirav Modi to a court for initiating legal proceedings.last_img read more

Coalition of regional parties fizzle out as constituents go separate ways

first_imgDarjeeling: The coalition of regional parties in Darjeeling Hills and the exercise to field a consensus candidate fizzled out with the constituents deciding to go their own ways. Even Congress and Left Front have fielded their own candidates.The Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) has decided to form an alliance with the Bimal Gurung faction of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha. The coalition will be supporting the BJP candidate from the Darjeeling constituency. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaInterestingly, the bigwigs of the Bimal Gurung faction of the GJM, namely Gurung and Roshan Giri, are absconding. In a joint press conference in Delhi on Monday, the GNLF-GJM (Bimal faction) pledged their support to the BJP. “This has been done in the greater interest of the Gorkhas and to defeat anti-Gorkha forces,” stated Niraj Zimba, spokesperson, GNLF. The coalition feels that the BJP alone can fulfill the aspiration of the Gorkhas. When questioned on the public demand for local candidates for the Darjeeling constituency, Binu Sundas of the GJM (Bimal faction) said: “We had thought of this but had to compromise.” The BJP has not yet announced the names of candidates. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayWhen questioned on the GNLF-GJM (Bimal faction) coalition, Binay Tamang, president of the GJM said: “The GNLF does not have any base in the Hills. The leaders of the other party are absconding. How will the coalition matter?” Meanwhile Shanker Malakar, the sitting MLA of Matigara-Naxalbari, has been fielded by the Congress for the Darjeeling constituency. The name of Saman Pathak was declared by the Left Front on Tuesday as their candidate for Darjeeling.last_img read more

Low turnout indicates conventional voting trend

first_imgNew Delhi: With relatively less number of voters turning out for voting during the second phase of Lok Sabha polling, it seems electorates have given a thumbs-down to campaigning strategies of political parties.According to political experts, the low turnout indicated that voting pattern was conventional and there was no ‘extra’ enthusiasm among voters. “The low turnout reflects that cadre and regular voters have come out of the home to vote for candidates of their choice. It also shows that there was no such passion among voters that they have to vote to ensure the victory of candidates of their choice, which was there in 2014,” said political commentator Arvind Mohan. “The voting trend also suggests that the general election is all about local issues instead of national issues, which is against the voting pattern of previous Lok Sabha elections,” Mohan said, adding that there might be a possibility that ruling parties have not been able to disseminate their achievements at the remote level. “It seems are voters are making their choices on the basis of caste and local issues and not on national issues. It’s is so that some of the regional parties have slowed down their campaigning strategies,” the political commentator said, adding that the situation is worst in Bihar as the caste has taken a centrestage in the campaigning trail. The elections were held on 95 Lok Sabha seats across 11 states on Thursday. The original schedule was for 97 seats, but the election commission has cancelled polling in Vellore (Tamil Nadu) and Tripura East constituencies. The voter turnout of the second phase of polling for Lok Sabha elections 2019 stood at 61.12 per cent. The Voter turnout was highest in Assam with the state registering 73.32 per cent polling, while in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the highest polling percentage for the second phase was recorded at 82.5 per cent in Nagaland. The poll percentage in Bihar was 58.14 per cent, 68.70 per cent in Chhattisgarh, 43.37 per cent in Jammu and Kashmir, 61.80 per cent in Karnataka, 55.37 per cent in Maharashtra, 74.69 per cent in Manipur, 57.41 per cent in Odisha, 72.40 per cent in Puducherry, 61.52 per cent in Tamil Nadu, 58.12 per cent in Uttar Pradesh, and 75.27 per cent in West Bengal.last_img read more

Boy Those Toronto Blue Jays World Series Odds Went South Quick

Before any MLB playoff games were played, things were looking so good for Canada’s World Series hopes. (The country’s title drought in hockey gets all the attention, but no baseball champ has hailed from north of the border since 1993, either.) With odds of 19 percent, the Toronto Blue Jays had the best chance of winning the World Series of any team, according to our pre-playoffs MLB Elo ratings.Now? Not so much. The Blue Jays have lost the two first games to the Texas Rangers in their best-of-five American League Division Series. That’s changed their chance of winning it all — as well as everyone else’s.According to the latest Elo simulation of the rest of the playoffs — which includes the Rangers’ victory over Toronto on Friday afternoon but no subsequent results — the Blue Jays’ probability of breaking Canada’s winless streak is now just 5 percent: CHANCE THAT A TEAM WILL … Toronto Blue Jays15641001585 Los Angeles Dodgers1535100522411 New York Yankees15160000 TEAMELOMAKE LDSMAKE LCSMAKE WSWIN WS Kansas City Royals1538100331810 St. Louis Cardinals1549100502814 Texas Rangers1535100%85%43%22% New York Mets1523100482110 Pittsburgh Pirates15540000 Because they’re up 2-0 in their series versus Toronto, the Texas Rangers are now your World Series favorites, though that can and will change depending on what happens the rest of Friday. Houston Astros1528100673115 Chicago Cubs1558100502714 read more

Is Alex Ovechkin Better Than Wayne Gretzky

Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Links to what we discussed are here:Neil Paine on what last weekend’s wild-card games really mean.Neil Paine writes about why there is no Super Bowl favorite.FiveThirtyEight’s college football coverage.Neil Paine reports on the quality of goalkeeping in modern hockey.Ben Morris explains why Lionel Messi is impossible. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Jan. 12, 2016), we look at whether Alabama’s onside kick won the Tide this year’s college football championship. We try to work out who the heck is going to be crowned Super Bowl champion. Plus, we ask whether Alex Ovechkin is the best hockey player of all time. And we give you a Significant Digit on the awesome Lionel Messi as he secures his fifth Ballon d’Or. Also, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump makes his Hot Takedown debut. Hot Takedown If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

Burnley youth team sign 10 teenagers

first_imgDanny Cadamarteri’s youth team has recruited 10 teenagers who will start their two-year scholarships as part of the Burnley Under-18 squad.Cadamarteri has been looking to strengthen his youth team and bringing this 10 teenagers into the Turf Moor ranks is dream come true.Among the 10 new recruits, four of them already spent at least two years within the Clarets’ Academy set-up with a constant play for the Under-16s last season and the youth team.Mitchell George, Matthew O’Neill, Rhys Fenlon, Jon Conley have all progressed from within the Academy before joining up with the youth team.Part of them are: Harry Allen, Jaydon Major, Matty Rain, Kane Patterson, Udoka Chima and Edon Pruti and Joe Conn-Clarke.Academy Manager Jonathan Pepper said Lancashiretelegraph:Burnley FC v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“We are really looking forward to the new intake of scholars coming in next season.“We have a large number of exciting attacking players to add to our existing group, as well as a whole new defensive line and goalkeeper to bolster the squad.“There will be a lot of competition for places for the U18s next season.”He added: “Nicky Law, in the recruitment department, has worked tremendously hard to bring in a number of players from outside to add to the players who have progressed through our own Academy.“The rise in the profile of the club, the elite training facilities and the growing reputation of the Academy has helped us recruit players from the top clubs in the country, as well as giving opportunities for players from lower levels the chance to develop.“I am looking forward to seeing the players integrate and develop as a group, and hopefully we will see individuals progressing onto the U23 Development Squad at some stage over the course of their scholarship”last_img read more

Bodies Recovered From Crash Site Near Girdwood

first_imgRCC responded to the scene in a Pave Hawk helicopter and was able to confirm the crash and that there were no survivors. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享UPDATE:The Alaska State Troopers Helo 2 and members of Alaska Mountain Rescue Group recovered four bodies from the plane crash wreckage, according to an online dispatch released on Thursday. The bodies were transported to the State Medical Examiner for positive identification. The names of the deceased have not been release while next of kin is being notified. On August 4, AST received a report of a plane crash outside Girdwood on Goat Mountain near Eagle Glacier at approximately 5,000 feet elevation.center_img Original Post:  According to the FAA’s website, four people died. The plane that went down was a Piper PA22. One crew member and three passengers died.last_img read more

Time Inc Rationalizing Portfolio as Q1 Shows Continued Decline

first_img Also Wednesday, CEO Rich Battista told investors that Time Inc. is investing in “an aggressive cost re-engineering program” along with “rationalizing” its portfolio — a phrase that usually refers to shutting or selling properties.  It’s a rocky start to 2017 for Time Inc., which last month appeared to have closed the door on acquisition discussions with multiple parties, at least for the time being. Meredith Corp. reportedly valued the company at $18 per share — below the $20 per share that Time Inc. supposedly sought. Time Inc.’s revenue declined by $54 million, or 8 percent, in the first three months of 2017, marking another quarter of contraction for the beleaguered but still giant publisher. Overall revenue for the quarter was $636 million, including $212 million from print advertising (down 21 percent from the same period in 2016) and $119 million from digital advertising, which increased by 32 percent. Circulation revenue also decreased by 14 percent, or $33 million, which the company attributed to changes in frequency across brands, as well as a consumer preference for digital media. Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story reported that Time Inc. had rejected an offer from Meredith Corp. Time Inc. has not confirmed that claim. View the company’s official statement here.center_img As Battista promised a brighter future, former CEO Joe Ripp said goodbye to yesterday. Ripp is leaving his role as executive chairman of Time Inc., as is board member Howard Stringer. Ripp is being replaced by John Fahey as non-executive chairman of the company. Dan Rosensweig, president and CEO of the learning platform Chegg, Inc., has also been nominated to the board.  Operating income was reported at a loss of $26 million, following decreases in revenues as well as large restructuring costs, to the tune of $16 million, that followed a year of layoffs and the resulting severance payments. In an earnings announcement Wednesday, the company also said that it has identified “non-core assets,” which it will begin to divest shortly. It’s not clear which assets will be sold, but the news of a potential selloff comes just days after Time Inc. said it would follow its own strategic plan instead of seeking a sale of the whole company. Shareholders responded unfavorably to Wednesday’s report, with shares dropping from $15.13 on Tuesday afternoon to $12.25 Wednesday morning. At press time, shares had stabilized around $13.08.last_img read more

Crime Continues to Soar…

first_imgBy Stephen Janis, Special to the AFROOver the past several days Baltimore has suffered from both the chaos of unrelenting violence and the ongoing legal tribulations of the agency tasked with stopping it. On Aug. 8,  Baltimore Police Sergeant Isaac Carrington was gunned down in front of his Northeast Baltimore home by a masked assailant in broad daylight; an act that elicited both an outpouring of support from residents and anxiety  an already sky-high crime rate had risen to a new level of brazenness.  Recently, Carrington delivered an inspirational message from his hospital bed, with Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison by his side. “I’ll be back,” Carrington said as he continues to fight back from the attack, which left him on life support for a time.Meanwhile, several members of the Baltimore Police Department (BPD), were sentenced or found guilty for a variety of crimes that suggested the city’s efforts to implement reform seem to be still lacking.But, the apparent lack of progress on both ends, tamping down of crime both inside and outside the department prompted frustration from community leaders and residents alike. “Crime continues to soar out of control while changes within the police department are piecemealed at a snail’s pace,” State Senator Jill P. Carter told the AFRO.  “We needed a complete overhaul from top to bottom, but we’ve only gotten more bloodshed while needed changes creep along.”Carrington’s ordeal began when the 22-year BPD veteran was standing on his front lawn on Aug. 8, around 4PM talking to a neighbor.  Witnesses say a blue Acura drove onto the block and stopped after a gunman emerged. The masked assailant demanded money. Both Carrington and a neighbor fled, but the gunman chased Carrington and shot him several times.Over the weekend police stopped a vehicle that resembled the car and detained the driver and a passenger.  However, no charges have been filed against either. Carrington is currently in stable condition.The violent shooting of Sgt. Carrington only heightened anxiety that a recently rolled-out policing strategy focused on violent “hot spots” was not working very effectively. “We have Inadequate deployment , deployment must mirror crime, violence and homicides,” former Baltimore NAACP President Marvin “Doc” Cheatham said. But, concern about crime and the levels of corruption within the BPD found equal footing among community members, particularly after a series of pending cases against BPD officers were resolved last week.“Our city is in the throes of death. Needed reforms can’t keep pace with the carnage. A sense of greater urgency is needed along with zero tolerance for the ineptitude that continues to prevail.” Carter said.Last week former Baltimore police officer Arthur Williams was sentenced to nine months in prison for beating a civilian that was captured on video in August of 2018.   The high-profile beatdown garnered national attention and prompted Judge Yolanda Tanner to scold Miller during sentencing. “A citizen does get to walk away from you, even if you’re a police officer,” The Baltimore Sun reported.  But, Miller was not the only officer to face adjudication. Earlier last week Officer Michael Gentil was found guilty of first-degree assault for pointing his gun at a man he nearly hit with his car in January of 2018.  A witness testified that Gentil jumped out of his car and pointed his gun at the victim, then proceeded to kick him in the head, which caused his chin to split open.   In a statement Gentil said the victim had thrown an unknown object at his car. However, Gentil was found guilty after a bench trial.But, even a high-profile murder case was mired in controversy over the alleged behavior of a BPD officer.The Baltimore Sun also reported Homicide Detective Kevin Brown was charged with driving under the influence in September of 2018 after getting into an accident operating a city owned vehicle.   The charges also included possessing a handgun while intoxicated. Brown was a key witness in the murder of seven-year old Taylor Hayes who was shot and killed in the back seat of a car in June of 2018.This week, Keon Gray faced murder charges for his role in her death.  But the case hit a roadblock when Brown contradicted himself on the witness stand about the make of the car that was spotted leaving the scene.last_img read more

Climate change to hit coffee lovers hard

first_imgThanks to global warming; your morning cup of coffee could be a lot more pricey in the years to come. Researchers have estimated that climate change could reduce coffee growing areas in Latin America – the world’s largest coffee-producing region – by as much as 88 per cent by 2050. The study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) offers climate change’s projected impacts on coffee, and the bees that help coffee to grow. “Coffee is one of the most valuable commodities on earth, and needs a suitable climate and pollinating bees to be produce well,” said study co-author Taylor Ricketts, Professor at University of Vermont in the US.”This is the first study to show how both will likely change under global warming – in ways that will hit coffee producers hard,” Ricketts said. While other research has explored climate – coffee scenarios, no other study has explored the coupled effects of climate change on coffee and bees at the national or continental scale. The study was conducted with advanced modeling, spatial analysis and field data. It forecasts much greater losses of coffee regions than previous global assessments, with the largest declines projected in Nicaragua, Honduras and Venezuela. The scientists projected a slight increase in coffee suitability in Mexico, Colombia and, mainly in mountainous areas.last_img read more

Google Increases User Privacy Controls

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story originally appeared on Reuters 2 min read June 1, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Google increased privacy controls for users and rolled out a website on Monday that answers frequently asked questions in response to increasing concern over how the search giant collects and uses its massive amounts of data.Users have been able to control certain privacy settings for months or years, such as whether to save web browser and location history, which is also used in targeted advertising.But managing the controls is confusing and time consuming because the settings are in various places across the web that are not always easy to find.Now users will be able to use My Account, which provides a privacy checkup and security checkup, or lists where people can check off which data they want to be public and private.Google’s new website answers frequently asked questions, such as whether the company sells personal data and what information is given to advertisers.”We knew that users find privacy and security really mysterious so we wanted to make it very approachable,” said Guemmy Kim, product manager for account controls and settings.Data control has become increasingly important to users in recent years as more day-to-day activity has moved to the Internet.In 2013, Edward Snowden leaked classified documents that showed the U.S. National Security Agency was engaging in mass collection of phone records, placing companies that have enormous amounts of data, such as Google, Facebook and Apple, under increasing scrutiny.Only 9 percent of people in a recent Pew survey felt they had a “lot” of control over their data.Monday’s rollout comes on the heels of newly increased app permissions for Android, which Google announced at its annual developer’s conference last week. The new system mirrors the app permissions on Apple’s iPhones, which do not allow apps to automatically access numerous types of data, such as location or phone contacts.(Reporting By Yasmeen Abutaleb; Editing by Michael Perry)last_img read more

Technology Might Be Killing Us But It Doesnt Have to Be That

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 6 min read Register Now » February 7, 2018 There is a difference between building a business that has purpose, and building a business to just make money. And while technology has made us all smarter, and just a click away from being connected to a person or information no matter where we are, something seems to be missing.Related: Bill Gates and Steve Jobs Raised Their Kids Tech-Free — and It Should’ve Been a Red FlagMaybe it’s what author Ross Baird has described in his takedown of Silicon Valley — the focus on solving “my world problems” instead of real-world problems. Or maybe, more simply, it’s rediscovering a sense of purpose.It is no longer enough to build new technologies just because we can. We’re living in an attention economy that is being driven, almost entirely, by technology. We have access today to more information than we can possibly absorb, and all of those sources are competing to try to get top of mind with us. If they can get us addicted, then they’ve got a business model.But, we’re also seeing the downside of this tech explosion, and it isn’t pretty. We are more isolated, more segmented and unhappier than ever before as tech has moved away from solving real problems.Related: Amazon Patents Wristband to Precisely Track Its Warehouse WorkersWe need the tech industry to refocus some of that effort on solving real world problems again.The dark side of techMore than 30 years ago, Georgia Tech professor Melvin Kranzberg compiled a list of what he called the “Six Laws of Technology,” which were intended to address potential social unrest related to the growing reach, even then, of technologies. His first law, that technology is not good or bad, but it is also not neutral, has become a measuring stick for tech policy in the era of Big Data, social media and always-on connectivity.That was in the 1980s, and since then technology has only become more pervasive.As of 2017, the average person spent more than two hours per day on various social media platforms, according to influencer marketing agency Mediakix.There will soon be more than 5,000 GB of data on every single person on the planet stored somewhere on the cloud where advertisers, corporations, governments and others can leverage it, a Digital Universe study found.And, incredibly, Facebook recently introduced a version of its Messenger app intended for kids aged six to 12.All this despite knowing that this increasing reliance on technology can be bad for our health. In a recent, ground-breaking piece in The Atlantic, Jean Twenge, a psychology professor at San Diego State, shared research showing that since the advent of the smartphone the rates of depression and suicide have skyrocketed among teenagers.Related: The ‘Father of the iPod’ Says Tech Addiction Would Worry Steve Jobs if he Were Alive TodayThere are two different forces at play here. One is the addictive, dopamine-driving behavioral design of applications that tether us to our technologies. This is what makes you keep that phone right next to you all day long and look at everything that pops up. The second thing is this ability for users to post content online, potentially anonymously or in ways that abuse other people, with little constraint. Too often, this allows people to say things they wouldn’t normally say in front of actual people, leading to more bullying behavior.How tech can helpThe technology industry certainly deserves some blame for this cultural conundrum but it also deserves some credit for not turning a blind eye to this issue. For example, Facebook recently rolled out an artificial intelligence feature that claims to be able to spot suicidal tendencies in users’ social media activity before even their doctors do. The company hopes the technology will help prevent suicides by getting people help before they even know they need it.It’s a good first step, but there’s more the industry can do.Create guidelines: It may be time for the industry to create behavioral health guidelines for their products, in order to both police its own practices and encourage the creation of apps that are built in a way to reinforce and encourage wellness, versus to try to take advantage of more negative behaviors. These would be voluntary guidelines that would police what the industry is doing, to prevent abusive technologies.Related: Study: Constantly Texting and Checking Social Media Makes You ‘Morally Shallow’Promote distance: Two hours of social media usage per day is a lot, but it still pales in comparison to the seven-plus hours that the average person spends watching television. Yet, there are proven mental health benefits to disconnecting from time to time. The industry should be supportive of this practice, encouraging users to take digital sabbaticals on a regular basis in order to maintain a happy and engaged user base. It doesn’t even need to be a full break, as having access to so-called “safe spaces” has been proven to make people happier in today’s increasingly hostile internet.Provide tools: How can users protect themselves against the negative effects of technology? How do they put up barriers against it? The industry can’t stand silent as this issue spirals out of control. Smart tech companies should step up now, acknowledge the problem and offer tools to help their users become healthy customers of their products.We still have a long way to go, but there are tech companies that are working to solve this very real-world problem. One example is Spry Labs, a Cincinnati-based development firm that leads specialized workshops and innovation sessions dedicated to solving society’s big problems. (Spry is a project of Cintrifuse, where I am a founding member.) This past summer, it hosted a hackathon focused on solving the opioid crisis, and on March 10 it is leading a session to help the tech industry deal with suicides.Technology certainly didn’t create the problem of suicide, and it won’t be the last time that we as a society have to deal with it. But, by taking small steps to help address the problem, the tech industry can turn its market power into a force for good, helping to make all of us happier and healthier in the process. 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The BBC still has a long way to go before lookin

first_imgThe BBC still has a “long way to go” before looking to deploy 4K as part of its online video service the iPlayer, with its focus still on improving its support for existing technology like HD, according to iPlayer executive Henry Webster.Speaking at the OTTtv World Summit in London, Webster, who is executive product manager, media services at the BBC’s Future Media division, said that though the likes of 4K represented a “great step” in quality, the BBC still had progress to make “even within existing standards.”“iPlayer is HD now, but it is only 720p. We did our first live streaming in HD last year, but that’s very, very basic. So in terms of IP distribution, I think we’ve got a long way to go before 4K becomes really important, because the bandwidth to the home is not there yet. I think we could do a lot in terms of improving quality and taking things to improve what we do today,” said Webster.Though he said that 4K, also known as Ultra HD, is a “great technology” that the BBC will look to use in the future, he said that he is focused on the iPlayer backend system and “turning around some of the things that we haven’t always traditionally done so well.”This is especially so in terms of events, said Webster, “making sure that we’ve got the kind of business continuity and the resilience in place and more in line with the broadcast operation , than the online world, that we’ve traditionally been in.”Speaking onstage at the conference, Webster also discussed the BBC’s recent replacement of its aging iPlayer infrastructure with live processing in the cloud through a new in-house system called Video Factory. Switching to the cloud means the BBC doesn’t have a fixed amount of storage so it does not have to limit the hours of content it can process or limit the hours of HD content it can handle.last_img read more