Wimbledon 2019: World No. 2 Naomi Osaka crashes out in first round

first_img Next Associated Press WimbledonJuly 1, 2019UPDATED: July 1, 2019 21:59 IST Naomi Osaka suffered first-round defeat at Wimbledon 2019. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNaomi Osaka suffered first round defeat at Wimbledon 2019Yulia Putinseva defeated Osaka -6 (4), 6-2 in the first roundWorld No. 2 Osaka lost in the third round at French OpenNaomi Osaka became the first top player to lose at Wimbledon, falling to Yulia Putinseva 7-6 (4), 6-2 in the first round.The second-seeded Osaka, who won the U.S. Open last year and the Australian Open this year, was ranked No. 1 in the world until last week.Osaka had 38 unforced errors on Centre Court, while Putinseva had only seven.It was Osaka’s second loss to Putinseva on grass this season. The Japanese player lost to the 24-year-old Kazakh in Birmingham two weeks ago.Osaka lost in the third round at French Open.Also SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Wimbledon 2019Follow French Open 2019 Wimbledon 2019: World No. 2 Naomi Osaka crashes out in first roundWimbledon 2019: World No. 2 Naomi Osaka suffered a defeat against Yulia Putinseva in the first round of the Grand Slam to become the first top ranked player to exit the tournament.advertisementlast_img read more

Tertiary Institutions Offering New and in-Demand Courses – Senator Reid

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says that higher education in Jamaica is evolving, with more institutions being established and offering new and in-demand courses.“In addition, some of our local institutions have been improving their quality and are seeking to upgrade their status to degree-granting entities through the attainment of chartered status,” he said.A charter institution is an independently run public school granted greater flexibility in its operations, in return for greater accountability for performance.He noted that in recent times the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) and the Caribbean School of Medical Sciences of Jamaica have emerged as chartered, higher educational institutions, while The Mico University College is on the way to achieving charter status.Senator Reid was speaking at the opening ceremony for the meetings of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Technical Advisory Committees (TAC) at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge on March 6.The Education Minister said the Government is pleased about its policy position in the establishment of the Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission (J-TEC), as the regulatory body for the tertiary sector, thereby adding impetus to the business of higher education in the region.He also lauded the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) for maintaining quality assurance in higher education in Jamaica through accreditation of institutions and programmes.“Our Government’s support for these two agencies resides in recognition that greater access for more students is a desirable goal, but should not be encouraged at the expense of maintaining quality standards,” Senator Reid said.The Education Minister noted that this week’s meeting of the UWI TACs take on added importance as “we seek to find consensus on new paradigms for funding and action”.During the two-day meetings, the budgets for the biennium 2018-2020 for the university’s four campuses, its Vice Chancellery and the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) will be reviewed and recommendations made to the grants committees.“The challenge will be to plan wisely and to direct the resources to the areas yielding the highest returns, whilst identifying, redirecting or eliminating cost centres that are not yielding the expected returns,” Senator Reid said.He noted that the UWI’s ‘Triple A Strategy’ for the 2017-2022 period, which is built on the pillars of Access, Alignment and Agility, speaks to wealth creation and reduction of social inequality through greater and more affordable access.“This plan… speaks to efficient and effective alignment with society, industry and economy, and enhanced agility in pursuit of opportunities for increased demands for UWI’s programme offerings,” he added.Since its inception in 1948, the UWI has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional university with well over 40,000 students.Today, The UWI is the largest, most long-standing higher-education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. He noted that in recent times the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) and the Caribbean School of Medical Sciences of Jamaica have emerged as chartered, higher educational institutions, while The Mico University College is on the way to achieving charter status. The Education Minister said the Government is pleased about its policy position in the establishment of the Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission (J-TEC), as the regulatory body for the tertiary sector, thereby adding impetus to the business of higher education in the region. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says that higher education in Jamaica is evolving, with more institutions being established and offering new and in-demand courses.last_img read more

Learning Grants to Benefit Seniors

first_imgEight community learning networks in Nova Scotia are promoting health literacy to seniors thanks to $60,000 in funding and contributions from the departments of Seniors and Education. The Seniors Literacy and Learning Grants aim to develop self-confidence and the skills many seniors need when it comes to understanding health information. “This initiative targets some older Nova Scotians who wish to enhance their health, understand medical instructions, or make the best use of health and social services,” said Len Goucher, acting Minister of Seniors. “We know that when you improve a person’s ability to learn about health, the better that person’s health will be.” Health literacy links a person’s level of literacy with their ability to act on health information and, ultimately, take control of their health. Health literacy is critical for maintaining a healthy lifestyle by being able to understand things like food labels, medical instructions, the importance of fitness, routine medical examinations, and healthy eating. “The results of the 2005 International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey showed many Nova Scotian seniors have issues with literacy,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “These grants are our response to these findings and we are confident they will work to give seniors the knowledge they need to make informed decisions.” All eight funding recipients are guided by the Health Literacy Manual for Older Adults, developed by the Department of Seniors. The guide offers practical lessons for seniors that help with needs such as talking to a doctor or understanding nutrition labels. Some groups also bring in guest speakers, such as pharmacists, fitness instructors, or nutritionists to assist with programs. “Our organization plans to hold workshops on important health issues and in addition, our seniors have discovered they have resources that need to be shared with others,” said Alma Johnston, president of Lake Loon Cherry Brook Senior Citizens. “It has prompted us to continue recording our stories in an upcoming book, Living Libraries II, Stories & Tips for Seniors Health. Thanks to projects such as this, our seniors now believe in lifelong learning.” The recipients and details of the projects being funded are: — Club Acadien de Chezzetcook and Regroupement des aînées et aînés de la Nouvelle-Écosse. The program will highlight government’s role in health care, Acadian history and French literacy. — Community Learning Association North of Smokey and Bay of St. Lawrence Community Centre Seniors. A 12-week program for 10 to 15 seniors on the Health Literacy manual and the Enhancing the Basic Skills of Older Nova Scotians manual. — Dartmouth Learning Network and Lake Loon Cherry Brook Senior Citizens Group. This 15-week program for 20 seniors will include the Health Literacy manual and resources from the Halifax African Health Association, pharmacists and Canadian Cancer Society. — Guysborough County Adult Learning Association and Shamrock Seniors Club. A 15-week program that will include the Health Literacy manual and guest speakers. — Guysborough County Adult Learning Association and Seniors Along the Bay. A 15-week program that will include the Health Literacy manual and guest speakers. — Hants Learning Network Association and Gladys Manning Memorial Retirement Residence, Kings County Grandparents International Storytelling Group, and Seniors Safety and Falls Prevention Coalition. This 26-week program for 50 seniors will include the Health Literacy manual and special guest speakers. — Inverness County Literacy Council will hold 12 sessions from the Health Literacy manual and the Enhancing Basic Skills of Older Nova Scotians manual with the Port Hood Knitters and Stitchers Seniors Club, and the North East Margaree Senior Citizens and Pensioners Club. Adult Learning Association of Cape Breton and Cape Breton Council of Senior Citizens and Pensioners. This 12-week program begins in March for 12 to 15 seniors. Topics will focus on the Health Literacy manual with occasional guest speakers.last_img read more

Two wellknown Quebec sovereigntist family members duke it out for Bloc run

first_imgOTTAWA — Members of two of Quebec’s best-known sovereigntist clans are battling it out for a chance to represent the Bloc Quebecois in a Montreal riding in the upcoming federal election.Anne Duceppe, the cousin of former Bloc leader Gilles Duceppe, is facing the outgoing leader of the Communist Party of Quebec, Andre Parizeau, the nephew of former Quebec premier Jacques Parizeau.They are seeking to represent the Bloc in north-end Ahuntsic-Cartierville, where a nomination meeting is set for Aug. 17.The successful candidate will face off against Liberal Melanie Joly, who won the federal riding for the Liberals in 2015 with more than 46 per cent of the vote.Some within the party, including the former Bloc leader, have raised concerns about Parizeau’s recent communist affiliations.In a July 28 statement, the Communist Party of Quebec, which split from the Communist Party of Canada and is not registered as an official party, confirmed Parizeau was stepping down as leader to “avoid any possible ambiguities.”Parizeau, who already held a position in the Bloc as an adviser, confirmed his candidacy in Ahuntsic-Cartierville on Aug. 1.Reached by The Canadian Press, Gilles Duceppe expressed concern about Parizeau’s recent involvement in the communist party.“I think that when you are a member of the Bloc, you should be a member of the Bloc only and not another party at the same time,” he said.The former Bloc leader, who in his youth advocated communism and was a member of the Workers’ Communist Party of Canada, now says that communism was “a monumental mistake.”“Now we are in a democracy, people can decide to run for a nomination,” he said. “It is the members who decide.”Anne Duceppe announced her intention to run on the weekend, prompting Parizeau to write on social media that she was being parachuted into the riding.He accused her of wanting to run in a different riding in the Quebec’s Laurentians region where she lives before changing her mind and seeking the nomination in Ahuntsic-Cartierville.Neither Anne Duceppe nor Parizeau was immediately available for comment.Catherine Levesque, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Protest Erupt in Barcelona After ExCatalan Leader Puigdemonts Arrest in Germany

Rabat- Tens of thousands of protesters flocked to the street, in several parts of Spain including Barcelona and Lerida, following the arrest of former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont in Germany on Sunday. Puigdemont’s lawyer, Jaume Alonso-Cuevillas, said in a post on Twitter that the exiled official, Puigdemont, had been intending to return by vehicle to Belgium, where he has resided since fleeing Spain last October. He was then detained by the German police based on an international arrest warrant.“President Carles Puigdemont was held in Germany when he crossed the border from Denmark, on his way to Belgium from Finland,” the lawyer said. Local media reported that at least 89 people were injured and several demonstrators were arrested as they clashed with police for the first few hours after the news of Puigdemont’s arrest broke. Several videos have circulated, showing Spanish police firing shots into the air and speeding vans towards protesters in an attempt to disperse crowds. Demonstrators, who chanted “This Europe is shameful,” also gathered in front of the European Commission’s Barcelona offices to demand the release of the former President Puigdemont.  The ousted leader has been living in self-imposed exile in Belgium since fleeing Spain after a failed bid by his regional government to declare Catalonia’s independence from the country in late October 2017. The Spanish government-led declaration to impose direct rule over Catalonia included the Spanish court’s dissolution and dismissal of the Catalonian parliament and called for a new regional election in December. Puigdemont had fled to Belgium along with other members of his dissolved cabinet after Spain’s attorney-general filed charges of rebellion, sedition, and misuse of public funds against Puigdemont and five of his ministers on October 30. The arrest came after a Spanish Supreme Court judge, Pablo Llarena, ruled on Friday to reactivate the international arrest warrants against Puigdemont. The judge also ordered five other Catalan officials to be detained without bail. read more

UN Official Hopes Moroccos Progress Will Spread to the Rest of

Rabat – Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Amina J. Mohamed said that Morocco’s progress is “truly exemplary leadership.”Mohamed attended a reception hosted in New York by Morocco’s permanent representative to the UN Omar Hilale on Tuesday, July 30. The event was held to celebrate the 20th anniversary of King Mohammed VI’s coronation. During the reception, Mohamed said that Morocco’s reforms are “very reactive and in line with the times” to meet the aspirations of young people and the rising generations. She added that the UN presence at the ceremony was an “expression of solidarity for the leadership we see in a prosperous nation that leads the way in Africa and also in the world.”Read Also: US Secretary of State Congratulates Morocco on Throne Day, Reiterates Commitment to ‘Strategic Partnership’Mohamed told Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) that she hopes that Morocco’s expertise can be spread to the rest of Africa.UN Assistant Secretary-General for the Department of Peace Operations and the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Bintou Keita, thanked King Mohammed VI  for all “the contributions that Morocco is making to peacebuilding and peacekeeping efforts” on the African continent.Morocco contributes with more than 2,100 uniformed peacekeeping volunteers. Morocco ranks 13th in the world for peacekeeper contribution. The country has been “an essential partner of United Nations peacekeeping operations for many years,” said UN peacekeeping spokesman Nick Birnback. read more

UN human rights team finds over 100 bodies over past day in

8 April 2011The United Nations human rights office said today that its investigators have found more than 100 bodies over the past 24 hours in three different towns in strife-torn Côte d’Ivoire, with some of them appearing to be ethnic killings. As more killings come to light, High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay condemned the series of vicious attacks on civilians. “The reports that the UN human rights team in Côte d’Ivoire are sending back are utterly horrifying,” she said in a news release. “They are finding more bodies every day.”Staff from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) saw 15 new bodies in Duékoué yesterday, in addition to the 229 already found and buried, bringing the total number to 244 known for sure to have been killed during an incident that took place between 28 and 29 March.Rupert Colville, OHCHR’s spokesperson in Geneva, told reporters that the victims are believed to have been mostly or all of Guerre ethnicity. The Guerre have traditionally been supporters of Laurent Gbagbo, who has refused to cede power despite the UN-certified victory of Alassane Ouattara in November’s presidential run-off poll. “The killings took place when fighters who support President Ouattara took control of Duékoué,” he stated. “Some of the victims seem to have been burnt alive, and some corpses were thrown down a well.”This incident followed an earlier one in mid-March when another 100 people of the Dioula ethnicity, including some women, were reportedly killed by pro-Gbagbo forces who were in control of Duékoué at that time.The human rights team also found around 40 corpses in the small town of Blolequin, to the west of Duékoué. “The perpetrators are said to have been Liberian militias, who spared the Guerre from other groups after separating them out,” said Mr. Colville, adding that the town’s population has all fled, and there has clearly been a lot of looting.In the nearby town of Guiglo, investigators saw more than 60 corpses, including a number of West Africans. OHCHR has also been receiving reports of smaller-scale killings in other towns and villages which are still to be investigated.Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonovic, who has been in the country for several days now, met yesterday with Mr. Ouattara and two of his ministers and discussed the killing of civilians at length. He also spoke by phone with a senior aide of Mr. Gbagbo.Last night Mr. Ouattara appeared on national television and urged his supporters, as well as all other Ivorians – to refrain from committing crimes or acts of vengeance, and said that those who had done so would be punished.Ms. Pillay welcomed his statement and his commitment to set up a truth and reconciliation commission, and urged him and his new administration to redouble their efforts to halt all killings and human rights violations.“The first priority is to do everything possible to stop further killings and violations,” she stressed. “But equally important is to end impunity in Côte d’Ivoire.”Speaking on behalf of the Security Council, Néstor Osorio, the Permanent Representative of Colombia, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for April, expressed grave concern over continuing “loss of life and attacks on civilians” in Côte d’Ivoire and called for dialogue. He told reporters that the “the great difficulty is the absolute reluctance of Mr. Gbagbo to recognize the legitimacy of Mr. Ouattara.”In a related development, the five-member UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries discussed recent events in Cote d’Ivoire and Libya and warned today that mercenaries are still very active in Africa where they have been recruited to attack civilians. “The issue of mercenaries is still alive,” said the Group’s Chair-Rapporteur, José Luis Gómez del Prado, at the end of the group’s 12th session in Geneva, where it examined country situations involving the use of mercenaries. “We are especially concerned about the reported involvement of mercenaries in serious human rights violations,” he stressed.Yesterday UN relief chief Valerie Amos sounded the alarm about the humanitarian situation inside Côte d’Ivoire, saying emergency aid is needed now to help hundreds of thousands of civilians caught up in the deadly violence that has engulfed the West African country.The heaviest fighting is now focused on the commercial capital, Abidjan, where pro-Gbagbo forces are concentrated. The UN peacekeeping mission (UNOCI) is carrying out ground and air patrols to try to protect civilians and to respond to requests for assistance from journalists and foreign nationals.Alain Le Roy, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, told reporters in New York that despite the fact that forces loyal to Mr. Gbagbo approached UNOCI on Tuesday saying they wanted to negotiate a peaceful solution, this has not happened.Instead, the very next day, pro-Gbagbo forces started shelling the UN headquarters in Abidjan again as well as the civilian population. “They are clearly using the lull of Tuesday as a trick to reinforce their position,” Mr. Le Roy said after his closed-door briefing to the Security Council.UN aid officials have estimated that up to 1 million Ivorians have been displaced by the violence, with some internally displaced and others forced to flee into neighbouring countries, particularly Liberia which is hosting 135,000 Ivorians.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today that thousands of refugees continue to pour into neighbouring countries, with close to 150,000 Ivorian refugees now spread across 12 countries in West Africa.The agency noted that the ongoing fighting in Abidjan is driving more civilians into exile in Ghana. Some 2,000 Ivorians have crossed into Ghana in the last week, bringing the total there to 7,200. Further east of Côte d’Ivoire, some 200 Ivorians have been arriving daily in Togo in recent days, bringing the total there to 2,300. Cote read more

F1 tech puts bus operator en route to lower emissions

UK automotive supplier GKN has agreed a deal that will see Formula One technology fitted to 500 buses across the UK.As part of a supply deal with national bus operator Go-Ahead, GKN will provide vehicles with its innovative Gyrodrive electric flywheel technology, which will help to reduce emissions in cities. The system, which uses a high-speed carbon fibre flywheel to store energy, is based on Formula One technology developed in the UK. It also helped the Audi R18 e-tron win the Le Mans 24 hour race in June.The system is expected to offer fuel savings of more than 20% over conventional powertrains and is designed to last the life of the bus.Philip Swash, CEO, GKN Land Systems, said, “This is an important milestone for GKN Hybrid Power. We’ve worked in close partnership with Go-Ahead throughout the development of this innovative technology and it’s very exciting to move into the production phase.“The fact that we are using the same groundbreaking technology that helped Audi win at Le Mans for the past three years to improve fuel efficiency in the public transport sector also shows what great innovation there is in the UK’s engineering sector.”For more information on innovative advanced powertrain technologies, see the SMMT Sustainability Report.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Debra McLauchlans final paper a touching tribute to a remarkable career

It was a free trip to a major theatrical production, so Debra McLauchlan figured ‘why not.’ She was a high school student at the time, and a troublesome one at that.Sitting near the back of the auditorium, the teenaged McLauchlan figured she would put on her own ‘performance’ that night.“I became a persistent thorn in the side of my teachers, two of whom threatened me with expulsion,” McLauchlan recalled. “I purposely surrounded myself with classmates who could be counted on to misbehave.”But something happened that night as she watched a performance of Fiddler on the Roof.“The lights went down, and an enormous curtain opened on a translucent scrim, and gradually emerged a purplish brush of sky, and a starkly peaked roof with a ragged fiddler perched on top.“He began to play, and I lost my capacity to speak, to move and at times, to breathe. Throughout the performance, I sat riveted and unaware of my surroundings.”McLauchlan was silent on the bus trip home. She didn’t sleep that night. Her mind was racing. She knew, in that moment, that her life’s path had just been altered.“I was going to be somehow involved in theatre for the rest of my life,” she wrote.McLauchlan’s recollection of that life-changing trip to the theatre was recently published as part of her final article “Playlinks: a theatre for young audiences artist-in-the-classroom project.” McLauchlan, a Professor in Brock’s Faculty of Education passed away suddenly on Oct. 31, 2016. Her article, summarizing a study on theatre-based education in elementary school classrooms, was published in the March issue of Pedagogies: An International Journal.McLauchlan’s article, which she submitted in the weeks leading up to her death, is printed alongside those of her Faculty of Education colleagues Jennifer Rowsell, Shelley Griffin, Peter Vietgen and Kari-Lynn Winters as part of a special edition focusing on Community Art Zone, an SSHRC-funded international research project lead by Rowsell, Canada Research Chair in Multiliteracies.There are nine articles in the special edition of Pedagogies focusing on the CAZ project, but McLauchlan’s stands out, reading like an autobiography as she summarizes what led her into a remarkable career dedicated to teaching the arts.“To enhance transparency of my perspective as a researcher in the present study, I hereby reveal aspects of my personal and professional life,” she wrote, before discussing her underprivileged childhood and feeling disconnected from her early schooling. “The power of theatre to deeply touch young people resonates with my personal history.”After graduating from university, McLauchlan spent nearly two decades teaching in elementary and secondary schools, directing more than 60 student productions.“I learned that students were hungry and eager to participate in activities that allowed them to explore and communicate ideas through an artistic medium,” she wrote.McLauchlan was first hired by Brock University’s Faculty of Education as a sessional instructor in 1996 and became an assistant professor in 2000. Throughout her career, she worked alongside community partners such as the Carousel Players, Shaw Festival, Theatre Ontario and St. Catharines Museum.Though she had many articles published over the years, it somehow seems appropriate that her final piece appears alongside the work of her Faculty of Education colleagues.“It was the little things that Debra did to mentor us as colleagues,” said Vietgen, who co-authored an article with Rowsell in the Pedagogies edition. “It’s a privilege to be in a journal that she’s part of. It was an honour to call her a colleague and a mentor.”“The arts team is a close-knit group of committed art educators that work in Teacher Education,” said Griffin, who also wrote an article on music in the classroom for the special issue. “Drama in education was really her craft. Her students looked up to her as a leader not only in the Niagara region, but also nationally and internationally.”The full special Community Art Zone edition of Pedagogies: An International Journal featuring McLauchlan’s article can be found online.A touching tribute to McLauchlan written by her former colleagues and students was also published in the March edition of Youth Theatre Journal. read more

TT police probe pregnancy of girl 12

(Trinidad Guardian) A teenager and two young men are expected to be questioned by police about the pregnancy of a 12-year-old schoolgirl.The Child Protection Unit of the T&T Police Service is investigating reports that the girl had been subjected to two years of sexual abuse by relatives and neighbours.According to reports, the girl’s 17-year-old cousin and two of his friends, ages 19 and 20, had sex with the girl earlier this year. It is not yet known who is the father of the unborn child. The girl was living with her mother in severe poverty at the time of the alleged attacks.The series of events only came to light when the girl told her father, who was released from prison two months into her pregnancy, about her experiences. She was taken to the Princes Town Police Station where a statement was taken, then to the Princes Town District Health Facility where it was confirmed she was pregnant. She was then placed into the care of her father.Several people were questioned about the abuse of the child but no one had been arrested up to yesterday. Police said investigators are stilling piecing the case together and more witnesses have to be interviewed. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTwelve-year-old gives birth in T&T, cops launch investigationMay 9, 2016In “latest news”73-year-old T&T grandmother ‘played dead’ to save her life in brutal bandit attackApril 4, 2016In “Crime”Brothers given life sentences for raping 10-year-old niece in IndiaNovember 3, 2017In “World” read more


Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBrazilian border town tires of Venezuelan refugeesMarch 15, 2018In “Regional”Brazil court bars Venezuelans crossing borderAugust 6, 2018In “Regional”Maduro tells Venezuelan migrants to ‘stop cleaning foreign toilets,’ returnAugust 29, 2018In “Regional” …in VenezuelaIf there was any doubt that Venezuela’s meltdown had reached a point of no-return, it was put to rest by the US Congressional Delegation’s visit to Guyana and its other neighbours.With 2.3 million refugees having fled a country with the largest reserves of oil in the world – even more than Saudi Arabia! – neighbours like Brazil, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia may be more willing to consider the most radical ‘solution” to this regional crisis: regime change via military intervention.When President Trump suggested that option last year, Caribbean and Latin America quickly objected, but a lot of water has since flowed under the bridge. Over in Brazil, locals in Roraima state, bordering Venezuela, have turned violent against Venezuelan refugees after their services were overwhelmed. Roraima, after all, earned the reputation as “the armpit of Brazil” because it’s the most underdeveloped state in that country – a thousand miles from glittering Sao Paulo and Rio.While the world has become transfixed by refugees streaming from the Middle East into Europe, 1.5 million Venezuelans have ended up in Colombia, a country already wracked by poverty and drugs. Across one bridge alone, over 35,000 Venezuelans trek across daily with their miserly possessions slung across their backs. After accepting 400,000 refugees, Peru has started to tighten up on its regulations. Ecuador has already done the same.And it’ll only get worse. Venezuelan inflation has crossed the ONE MILLION PERCENT mark, and Maduro has had to lop off five zeroes from the value of the Bolivar! That’s 100,000% devaluation, which has wiped out the value of all savings!! Floating a crypto currency is an act of desperation! Venezuela can’t meet its contractual obligations to ship its oil to customers to the tune of 600,000 barrels per day!! In the meantime, there are shortages of even basic foodstuffs in the country – much less pharmaceuticals.And how did all of this start? With the presumably “good” intentions of Hugo Chavez, who railed against “American Imperialism” and nationalised a wide swathe of foreign businesses in Venezuela – including Exxon’s. He wanted to “help the poor” by directing oil revenues directly to them – and even tweaked the US’ nose by offering free oil to US inner-city ghettoes!!Venezuela developed the classic Dutch Disease when the nationalised businesses collapsed and oil revenues were used to fill the gap.When oil prices collapsed by 2014 – by which time Chavez had unexpectedly died and his successor was the inept Maduro – the Venezuelan economy imploded.Your Eyewitness is worried that Maduro might try to rouse nationalistic sentiments to gain support by invading Essequibo.As such, he supports that military intervention to staunch the implosion of Venezuela. But it must be led by regional forces.…and Guyana déjà vuOlder Guyanese reading the above – or younger ones who know their history – would be struck by the parallels between the present collapse of the Venezuelan economy and that of ours under Burnham back in the 1970s. Like Chavez, Burnham was a “socialist” who wanted to “help the poor”, and railed against US and British “imperialism”. He nationalised foreign firms, and saw them collapse after he placed them in the hands of his ideologues!! Refugees poured out of Guyana, and we now have large communities in Suriname, Venezuela, New York and Toronto. We ended up with one of the largest per capita debt burdens in the world.Rats started eating babies’ toes at GPHC!Luckily, the Cold War ended and the PPP Government painstakingly rebuilt the economy, to move us from being a Highly Indebted Poor Country into a Middle Income Country. But now that the PNC’s back in office and oil has been found, its socialist proclivities have resurfaced.Witness the crescendo of demands that oil revenues flow directly to the poor!! While sugar is killed!!…and confrontation?USAID has pumped in $56 million to assist with the refugees…but it’s a drop in the ocean. The US also deployed a Naval Medical Ship off Colombia to help. But so have the Chinese!!And they’ll oppose military intervention for sure! read more

BM Atletico Madrid wins Copa Del Rey 2013

After victory over the biggest rival F.C Barcelona, BM Atletico Madrid beat Logrono in the “Copa Del Rey” final – 38:28 and celebrates second trophy this season after IHF Super Globe.BM Ciudad Logrono – Atletico Madrid 28:38 (15:18)Logrono: Jorge Martínez, Aguinagalde,  Petrus 8, Mindegia 1, Víctor Hugo 4, Cuartero 2, Curuvija, Capote 1, Arrieta 2, Miralles 1, Ajo 1, Tioumentsev 2, Paván 5, Silva 1, BozalongoAtletico Madrid: Hombrados, Rogne, Källman 3, Aguinagalde 8, Jurkiewicz 8, Masachs 2, Balic 2, Lazarov 4, Sánchez 1, Eduard Fernández, Álvaro Ferrer 1, Ángel Romero, David Davis, Cañellas 7, Gojun 2 BM Atletico MadridCopa del Rey handballlogronoSpanish handball ← Previous Story Maja Zebic to Vardar SCBT Next Story → PSG wants Karabatic – Nagy stays in Veszprem! read more

Tech Aids Reduce Driver Stress Says MITFord Study

first_imgIf your car parks itself, you’ll lead a less stressful life, because technology-based driver assistance tools lower driver stress and increase safety, says a new MIT study sponsored by Ford. Automated parallel parking showed a reduction of 12 beats per minute in heart rate compared to parking manually, where a higher heart rate indicates elevated stress levels. In a second test, backing out of a confined space, drivers on their own sometimes missed crossing traffic and failed to stop, but never when the car’s cross-traffic alert system was enabled. AdChoices广告Ford Motor Company contracted with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) New England University Transportation Center (NEUTC) to determine if drivers suffer less stress using new technology in cars. It’s part of an ongoing Ford-MIT collaboration. Of the two technologies MIT tested here, automated parking is offered by only a handful of automakers and cross-traffic alert, which is part of Ford’s blind spot detection, is unique. Ford and MIT announced the results this week in Cambridge, Mass. Americans apparently hate to parallel-park: Ford cites a Harris Interactive study it commissioned that shows one in three drivers (31%) avoid parallel parking if possible. 43% of female drivers say their parallel parking skills are fair or poor, as do 21% of male drivers. Ford also points to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index which shows middle-age Americans say they feel the lowest state of well-being of their lifetime. It was unclear if this week’s midterm elections raised or lowered that figure. MIT ran its tests this way: Ford Motor provided a Lincoln MKS sedan with both technologies, which it calls Active Park Assist and BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert. Forty-two test participants – in their 20s, 40s, and 60s; half male, half female – got briefings on the technologies and saw demos. Then they tried it on their own, with heart rate monitors attached to measure their actual stress levels, and they were also asked to report their perceived stress levels. With Active Park Assist, the driver pushes a button and cruises the street; the car looks for an opening big enough to parallel-parking, signals the driver to step just past the spot, then the driver puts the car in reverse and controls throttle and brakes while the car automatically steers into the spot. “The test subjects averaged more than 12 beats per minute lower heart rate when using the Active Park Assist system compared to manually parallel parking the vehicle in what was a highly statistically significant decrease,” said Bryan Reimer, associate director of research for MIT’s New England University Transportation Center. “The substantial changes in the objective physiological markers of driver stress, coupled with changes in perceived stress, suggest that the driver’s well-being can be increased through this technology.” Even during the anticipating stage, looking for a parking spot, heart rates were three beats per minute higher when doing it yourself. With Cross-Traffic Alert, the blind spot detection sensors in the rear fenders look sideways for oncoming traffic as you back out of a head-in parking spot. If the car senses oncoming traffic, the driver receives an audible alert. Here, the most significant reported results are about what you’d expect: When the alert sounds, the drivers stopped every time in one set of tests, Ford said. When the driver backed out without CTA, 29% of the time they didn’t “appropriately stop” when traffic was about to cross into the car’s path. The Ford-MIT studies also serve as a rebuttal to concerns that technologies make drivers dumber and less alert – if lane departure warning is active, maybe you don’t have to pay as much attention to the road – and to humanize technology. The two Ford had tested here are useful in day-to-situations and on local roads, not on interstate highways.last_img read more

Report: 55,000 bridges are deficient

first_imgEd Rendell remembers his quest to become two-term governor of Pennsylvania as something of a tale of two cities.For decades, people running for statewide office in Pennsylvania had two sets of speeches. In the eastern half of the state they talked about jobs and education. In the western end — divided by three big rivers — they promised to get help for dangerously decrepit bridges.“In Pittsburgh, bridges were a huge issue,” he said. “It’s really amazing. Pittsburgh probably has more bridges per capita than any city in America.“We have a huge problem,” said Rendell, who co-chairs the advocacy group Building America’s Future. “You look at other states, and there are very few states that are even close to it.”The yearly American Road and Transportation Builders Association, or ARTBA, report on bad bridges, was released Wednesday, and Pennsylvania ranks second to Iowa in the number of structurally deficient bridges. Nearly 20 percent of the Keystone State’s bridges achieved that level of decrepitude.Nationwide, 55,710 bridges were found to be deficient.The report, which draws its data from federal statistics, ranks Virginia 21st among states with bad bridges. Maryland is 40th, and the District trails all 50 states.last_img read more

Apple and Qualcomm settle licensing dispute amid trials opening arguments

first_img Apple, Qualcomm head into latest legal battle, with billions at stake Apple v. Qualcomm jury includes pilot, former MLB pitcher, retired nurse Apple, manufacturers make opening pitch to jury, say Qualcomm ‘double dips’ What the Apple-Qualcomm battle means for your next iPhone Intel will exit 5G phone modem business, hours after Apple, Qualcomm settle Apple and Qualcomm have been battling over licensing fees. Viva Tung/CNET Apple and Qualcomm have settled their patent licensing battle, ending a two-year dispute the day after their trial kicked off in San Diego. The two sides announced the surprise agreement through a joint press release Tuesday at the same time lawyers were presenting their opening arguments in a courthouse in Southern California. Apple and its contract manufacturers had given their statements, and Qualcomm’s head lawyer had nearly finished his remarks when the courtroom buzzed with the unexpected news. The CEOs of both companies — Apple’s Tim Cook and Qualcomm’s Steve Mollenkopf — were expected to testify. As recently as January, Cook said the iPhone maker wasn’t in talks with Qualcomm. The settlement marks a big win for Qualcomm, which could have been forced to change its entire business model had it lost to Apple. The agreement is also a victory for consumers, who will once again have access to fast Qualcomm modems in their iPhones. That likely includes Qualcomm’s 5G modems as soon as 2020. Tags See All Later Tuesday, Qualcomm rival Intel said it would exit the 5G smartphone modem business. An Intel spokesman declined to say if Intel had planned to exit the business before the settlement or whether it was because of the new agreement between Apple and Qualcomm. If the decision came before the settlement, it would’ve forced Apple to make some concessions to Qualcomm.As part of the agreement, Apple will make a payment to Qualcomm for an undisclosed sum. The licensing pact, taking effect April 1, 2019, will last for six years and includes a two-year extension option. Apple and Qualcomm also signed a multiyear chipset supply agreement, which means Qualcomm modems could soon make their way back into iPhones. As a result of the settlement, all worldwide litigation will be dismissed, including claims involving Apple’s contract manufacturers. The companies were battling in courts in China, Germany and other regions.Apple and Qualcomm declined to comment beyond the press release.The settlement marks a sudden and surprise ending to the two-year battle. Apple in January 2017 had accused Qualcomm of anticompetitive practices that have raised chip prices, restricted competition and hurt customer choice. Qualcomm had countered that the iPhone wouldn’t be possible without its technology and it deserved to be paid for its innovation. “I do think this was last minute,” Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi said. Neither side could have known this early that they would be defeated, she said.Consumers winThe settlement is a boon for iPhone buyers. Apple and Qualcomm previously were close partners, with Qualcomm supplying high-end modems for iPhones. None of its rivals in the mobile chip business — like Intel — could match Qualcomm’s processor connection speeds, and it’s currently the only company that makes 5G modems to sell to third-party handset makers. (Samsung and Huawei build 5G chips but only use them in their own devices.)Starting in 2016, Apple used Qualcomm modems in about half of its iPhones but switched to Intel for the rest. That continued in 2017, but because of the licensing dispute, Apple’s latest iPhones, the XS, XS Max and XR, use only Intel chips. It was believed there wouldn’t be a 5G iPhone until 2020 or even 2021, whenever Intel’s modems were ready. That would put Apple a year or two behind Android vendors, forcing iPhone users to wait for a device that taps into the ultra-fast network. It’s expected that every major flagship Android phone by the end of this year will have 5G.  I think Apple threw in the towel. Endpoint Technologies analyst Roger Kay  Apple • Now playing: Watch this: Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? See also Comments Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 reading • Apple and Qualcomm settle licensing dispute amid trial’s opening arguments 23 Apple, Qualcomm go head-to-head — with billions at stake 3:14 “This was a major win for Qualcomm as fears of a loss in the courts was a major cloud over the name with Apple going after this IP issue full steam ahead,” Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives noted. Along with fighting Apple, Qualcomm also has battled Huawei over licensing terms. In January, Qualcomm said the two companies had reached a short-term pact. Now that the Apple dispute has settled, Qualcomm could soon reach a longer-term licensing agreement with Huawei. While it has resolved its problems with Apple and its contract manufacturers, a judge still has to rule in the Federal Trade Commission’s case against Qualcomm. The US government had accused Qualcomm of operating a monopoly, requiring exclusive agreements and charging excessive licensing fees for its technology. The two met in a San Jose, California, court in January, and Apple played a major role in the case. Qualcomm and the FTC have held settlement talks. It’s unclear what impact the Apple agreement will have on that case, but it could cause the companies to reach a deal before the judge issues her verdict. Qualcomm shares soared 23% to close Tuesday at $70.45. Apple shares were little changed at $199.25.Qualcomm said it now expects to report an additional “incremental” $2 per share in earnings as product shipments ramp up. It didn’t specify the timeframe for the money but will report earnings May 1. Battle historyApple, which initially filed suit against Qualcomm in January 2017, argued it essentially paid Qualcomm twice, first by purchasing processors and then by paying royalty fees. The Cupertino, California, company said it should pay fees based only on the cost of the wireless chip inside its iPhones. Apple partners Foxconn and Pegatron, which assemble its devices, agreed and joined the lawsuit. Qualcomm countered that it isn’t a monopoly and said its technology is more than modems so it should be compensated based on the selling price of the phone itself.Tens of billions of dollars were at stake in the case. Apple’s manufacturing partners wanted a refund of $9 billion for allegedly overpaying royalties since 2013. Under antitrust law, that amount could be tripled. Qualcomm wanted damages of its own for breach of contract, though it hasn’t detailed the amount. An even bigger concern for Qualcomm was whether it’d have to change its entire business model, collecting far lower royalties based on the price of its chips rather than the phones they’re in.The five-week, $27 billion trial over licensing kicked off Monday with jury selection and continued Tuesday morning with opening statements. The jury trial was being argued before US District Court Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel of the Southern District of California. The outcome could have affected what wireless networks your phone taps into.   “This development allows these tech companies to get back to business, and it will permit you to return to your everyday affairs,” Curiel said to the jury as he thanked them for their service and dismissed them at about 12:15 p.m. PT. A handful of jurors gathered outside the courtroom after being dismissed said they hadn’t yet formed an opinion in the case. Several expressed disappointment the trial ended so quickly. Originally published April 16, 12:09 p.m. PTUpdated continuously until 3:15 p.m. PT with new details.Update at 5:15 p.m. PT: Adds information about Intel exiting 5G smartphone modems Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Now that Apple and Qualcomm have settled their disputes and have signed a multiyear chipset supply agreement, it’s likely 5G will be coming to iPhones sooner than thought. A report from Nikkei said 2020 iPhones will have Qualcomm’s 5G modem. The settlement could also indicate that Apple didn’t have confidence in Intel’s ability to supply 5G modems for iPhones coming in 2020. An analyst earlier this month said he doesn’t think Intel’s chips will be ready for iPhones until 2021. Apple is believed to be working on its own modem designs.It’s unclear who caved and sought the settlement. But analysts speculate that it may have been Apple. That speculation gained further weight when Intel said Tuesday that it would stop 5G smartphone modem development.”I think Apple threw in the towel,” Endpoint Technologies analyst Roger Kay said. “The lever was that Apple had no viable 5G strategy without Qualcomm, and missing the window would have been deleterious. Intel was an unreliable supplier. Huawei was a nonstarter. Apple couldn’t wait until 2020 or 2021.”Creative Strategies’ Milanesi agreed.”This probably signals Intel was going to be late and too late,” she said. “It also could signal Apple couldn’t do it on its own in time.”Intel, meanwhile, said in a press release that it plans to exit the 5G smartphone modem business. It had been working on a processor for Apple. Its departure from that market again leaves Apple with Qualcomm as its lone modem supplier. “The company will continue to meet current customer commitments for its existing 4G smartphone modem product line, but does not expect to launch 5G modem products in the smartphone space, including those originally planned for launches in 2020,” Intel said. Its only modem customer is Apple. For Apple, it’s likely too late to use Qualcomm chips in its iPhones coming later this year, but it could have them in its 2020 iPhones. Clearing up Qualcomm uncertaintyThe settlement resolves the uncertainty surrounding Qualcomm over the past couple of years. The company makes a significant amount of money from licensing its patents, and its entire business model was threatened by Apple’s lawsuit. Every major mobile company was closely watching the case, which could have affected how much they paid Qualcomm for licensing.  Share your voice Qualcomm Apple Phones Componentslast_img read more

RBIs Reference Rate for Dollar Today

first_imgThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday fixed the reference rate for the US dollar at 50.3130 rupees and the euro 65.8262 rupees.The corresponding rates of dollar and euro for the previous day (March 15, 2012) were 50.2225 rupees and 65.5355 rupees respectively.Based on the reference rate for the US dollar and middle rates of the cross-currency quotes, the exchange rates of British pound as against the rupee is 79.0468 as against 78.6384 on the previous day (March 15, 2012) and that of Japanese yen is 60.28 as against 59.92 the previous day.last_img read more

Airtel to Launch 4G Services in Delhi by September

first_imgAfter launching 4G services in Kolkata, Bangalore, Pune and Chandigarh, India’s largest telecome operator Bharti Airtel now ready to extend its high-speed internet service to the country’s capital Delhi by September 2013.According to reports, Airtel which recently slashed its 4G data prices by up to 31 percent in Pune, Bangalore and Kolkata will now roll out its service to Delhi through telecommunication firm Huawei. Airtel is also planning to launch the service in remaining regions like Mumbai, Haryana and Kerala. The company is also in talks with Chinese firm ZTE to plan, design and supply the fourth-generation network to other parts of the country.”We are planning to launch 4G services in Delhi by September and has selected Huawei for the network,” a company source told to PTI.The telecom major had acquired Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) license spectrum in Kolkata, Karnataka, Punjab and Maharashtra in 2010 for 3,314.36 crore. Earlier in 2012, Airtel acquired 49 percent interest in Qualcomm AP’s India entities that hold BWA licenses in Delhi, Mumbai, Haryana and Kerala. Currently, Airtel’s stake in WBS is 51 percent and the company is looking to make it 100 percent by the end of next year.Airtel which hopes to expand its customer base for 4G network is now offering its service for a monthly rental of ₹450 in Pune, Kolkata, Bangalore and Chandigarh.last_img read more

Bodies being retrieved from Myanmar plane wreck

first_imgMyanmar military members carry a dead body at Sanhlan village on 8 June, 2017. Photo: AFPHundreds of people gathered on a beach in southern Myanmar on Thursday desperately waiting for news of their loved ones as the first bodies arrived from the wreck of a military plane that crashed with more than 120 people on board.Navy ships and air force planes have been scouring the waves since Wednesday afternoon, when the aircraft disappeared en route from the southern city of Myeik to the commercial hub of Yangon.By mid-afternoon the commander-in-chief’s office said 29 corpses — 20 women, one man and eight children—had been retrieved from the sea after a navy vessel discovered wreckage from the plane off the coastline near Dawei town.Hundreds of locals, relatives and NGO workers clasping umbrellas watched as a fishing boat laden with the dead pulled up to San Hlan beach, where they were unloaded by NGO workers and uniformed soliders wearing masks and gloves.An AFP reporter counted 29 corpses of different sizes, wrapped in black and white plastic bags, being brought onshore from the boat.“My cousin’s sister’s family was in the plane crash—her husband, her child and herself,” said Kyaw Swar Myint, 44, from Dawei.“We heard news that the helicopter was now transporting about 20 dead bodies to the beach, so we are waiting here.”A military officer said strong currents has made it hard for boats to reach the shore, so many of the bodies may have to be airlifted to land.The Chinese-made Shaanxi Y8 plane was carrying a total of 122 people when it disappeared on Wednesday afternoon during a routine flight, according to the army chief.More than half of the passengers were from military families, including 15 children, along with 35 soldiers and 14 crew members, the army chief’s office said in a statement.Some were travelling for medical check-ups or to study in Yangon.The office of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi posted a statement expressing condolences to the victims.India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered to help in recovery efforts, while the US embassy sent sympathies to the families of those lost in the “tragedy”.It is monsoon season in Myanmar, but there were no major storms reported along the aircraft’s flight path on Wednesday afternoon.Poor safety record -The military said the plane was flying at over 18,000 feet (5,486 metres) when it lost contact with air traffic control at 1:35 pm (07:05 GMT) on Wednesday, about half an hour after takeoff.Gerry Soejatman, an independent aviation expert based in Jakarta, said the information indicated something went wrong “not long after or just before reaching cruising altitude”.The military named the captain as “seasoned” pilot Lieutenant Colonel Nyein Chan, who it said had more than 3,000 hours of flying experience.He was flying the Chinese-made, four-engine Y8 turboprop—a medium-range transport plane based on the Soviet Antonov An-12, which has had numerous crashes over the decades.Myanmar’s former junta bought several Y8s during their 50 years of isolated rule, when they were squeezed by Western sanctions.The plane’s maker, China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation, in a statement pledged to assist with investigations into the crash.The military said the plane that crashed was delivered in March 2016 and had a total of 809 flying hours.The debris—including two tires presumed to be from the plane were brought to shore before search efforts wrapped for the day—was found in the Andaman Sea, north of the last known location of Malaysia Airlines flight 370.That plane went missing in March 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board, but no wreckage has ever been found.Myanmar’s military fleet has a chequered recent history of plane crashes.A five-strong crew died when an air force plane burst into flames soon after taking off from the capital Naypyidaw in February last year.Three army officers were also killed in June when their Mi-2 helicopter crashed into a hillside and burst into flames in south-central Bago.last_img read more

Penn State fan mercilessly trucks his Christmas tree after lastsecond field goal

first_imgLast night’s Rose Bowl was a college football instant classic, unless you’re a Penn State fan. USC beat Penn State 52-49 on a last second field goal that sent Trojan fans into hysteria, and left Nittany Lions fans crying in their beers.One PSU die hard decided the best way to deal with his disappointment by jumping off his furniture, and trucking his Christmas tree into oblivion like he was LaVar Arrington.The field goal was a brutal way to end an incredible Penn State season, but not as brutal as the way this guy ended his Christmas tree.Check out the video:(h/t Busted Coverage)last_img read more

Mobile the Majority Platform for Video Will Overcome Its Technical Pitfalls

first_img Enroll Now for Free 5 min read At Ooyala we’re continually measuring the viewing habits of millions of individuals worldwide, and our research has us convinced that video viewing on mobile devices is going to make up more than half of all views by 2016. That’s not surprising, given ongoing advances in the mobile ecosystem.Related: 5 Ways to Maximize Your Mobile Marketing StrategyManufacturers have developed tablets and smartphones, such as the iPhone 6, with features like bigger screens that make “anywhere, anytime” viewing more enjoyable and drive increased mobile video consumption. Developers also have cranked out apps and content designed to drive viewer engagement and make viewing more seamless for mobile devices; and ad delivery systems, well on their way to providing personalization, have made mobile-video advertising simpler.Yet despite all this progress, mobile video still has its pitfalls: In fact 60 percent of all mobile video suffers from quality issues. In addition, device fragmentation continues to dog mobile-app developers, and advertisers are still waiting for effective mobile-viewing measures. Clearly, we need more than a little sleight of hand for mobile video to more fully meet the needs of viewers, content providers and broadcasters. What’s behind some of the challenges with mobile, and how will we surmount them?A fragmented viewIt’s in advertisers’ and content owners’ best interest to deliver video to the largest number of devices and platforms possible while ensuring a reliable, high-quality experience. Yet, obstacles exist. Though it may sound simple to take a single video clip and repurpose it for playback on multiple devices, a lack of standards means that developers have to create a different version for each device — and that’s a challenge, to say the least.  Android devices are especially problematic: In 2014 OpenSignal reported that developers had to account for at least 18,796 different Android devices, a 60 percent increase from the previous year. The bottom line is that fragmentation is a mobile-device fact of life that’s not going to be resolved any time soon. Publishers and content providers need to get creative and find solutions to address the issues inherent in fragmentation. Fortunately, we’ve seen progress, with the introduction of software development kits (SDKs) and applications that let developers work around native players and deliver high-quality video playback across a variety of devices.  Related: Mobile Marketing and the Magic of Push NotificationsJust browsing?The widespread belief is that if users are interested in your content, they will install your application. But the fact remains that there are also a lot of folks browsing on mobile devices and coming across content serendipitously. That leaves smaller providers facing the choice of where and how to invest in mobile video delivery. If they choose to invest in an application, there still remains the question of which device(s) to design for.Screen size, inputs and user interfaces vary dramatically across devices and require very different approaches (see above). The good news is, analytics are improving all the time and will help push targeted content to viewers. Going forward, content discovery and personalized experiences may help eliminate the “either/or” conundrum.  The long and short of ItYahoo and other publishers are betting that viewers will increasingly turn to their mobile devices to watch mainstream, longer-form content. Yahoo launched Yahoo! Screen, an offering that makes its video content available through a mobile app, in hopes of drawing viewers and advertisers alike. Viacom and HBO also cast their votes for the concept, partnering with Yahoo to provide favorites such as The Colbert Report, SNL and original web series like The Leftovers for the mobile app.Still, how do providers really know where to place their bets? While our data show that 48 percent of the time spent viewing videos on mobile during a recent time period was spent watching long-form content, that still left 50-plus percent of the time that viewers were watching short-form content.Providers need to know what’s being watched, and when. For example, if I’m a video provider, should I serve ads prior to the start of programming, or in the middle? What happens to viewing habits if I create content that’s a little longer?Unfortunately,  the answers to those questions aren’t easily found because measurement standards haven’t yet caught up with the mobile ecosystem. At issue is the ability to measure unique audiences across devices and gauge how they interact with each other. Standard cross-platform measures, particularly those incorporating mobile video viewing, present one of the chief challenges to wider adoption of mobile video.Coming attractionsDespite device and delivery hiccups and lagging measurement standards, the evidence does point to a future in which mobile will become the main act in video and TV consumption, and by extension, advertising. Forward-thinking developers, content providers and advertisers will do well to look past today’s obstacles and envision the world in which mobile video-viewing will be as easy as saying abracadabra. Related: 5 Tips for Boosting Your Mobile-Marketing Platform in 2015 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. March 27, 2015last_img read more