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Opinion Despite signs of growth Cleveland Cavaliers fans know to tread lightly

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) attempts a shot during a game against the Chicago Bulls Jan. 22 at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavaliers lost, 98-87.Courtesy of MCTTo the casual NBA fan, it would be surprisingly reasonable to think the Cleveland Cavaliers are heading in the right direction and that the team is on its way to its first playoff appearance since LeBron James donned Cleveland jersey.A playoff berth is vital if Cleveland hopes to convince All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving to stay in Cleveland.Irving is coming off a 31 point, 14 assist and five rebound All-Star game MVP performance while his teammate, shooting guard Dion Waiters, is coming off a strong showing in the NBA Rising Stars Challenge, gathering 31 points and dishing out seven assists.The Cavs also made two of the biggest moves before Thursday’s NBA trade deadline. The team traded center Andrew Bynum and a draft pick to the Chicago Bulls for the rights of small forward and former All-Star Luol Deng Jan. 6. Two weeks later, the move was followed by the Cavs trading forward Earl Clark and center Henry Sims along with two second round draft picks to the Philadelphia 76ers for center Spencer Hawes.The hope is these two veteran players will help provide leadership for the team in its goal of reaching the playoffs, one of the few qualities Irving has yet to add to his game.The organization also recently fired general manager Chris Grant, which was followed by a six-game win streak, the first in Irving’s three year NBA career.All of these signs point toward immediate improvement for the organization, however Cleveland fans know to tread lightly.A strong showing for Cleveland during the All-Star break might appear as a positive, but Cavs fans know all too well that All-Star week performances mean little to nothing. During last season’s All-Star break, Irving propelled himself to superstar status after winning the 3-point contest and crossing then-Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Knight into the history books in the NBA Rising Stars Challenge.Unfortunately for Cavs fans, that success didn’t follow Irving when he came back to Cleveland. Instead, his stats began to drop, including his points per game which fell by 3 1/2. The team failed to reach the playoffs and earned the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.Rumors have been swirling that Irving isn’t happy in Cleveland and wants out. While the rumors have continuously been denied by the organization and Irving himself, Cavs fans can’t help but cringe at the mere possibility of “The Decision 2.0.”Add to the fact that the Cavs third leading scorer and arguably the NBA’s best sixth man, Waiters, has been noted as having problems developing positive relationships with his teammates and one starts to notice the Cavs have some obvious issues that need to be fixed soon if the team wants to make the playoffs.Another one of these issues is the team’s health. Currently, the Cavs have three crucial players missing games because of injury. The injury bug seems to bite starting center Anderson Varejao every year and this year has been no different as he has missed six straight games because of a sore back. Starting shooting guard C.J. Miles has missed two straight games for a sprained ankle and Waiters has missed three straight after hyperextending his left knee. Coach Mike Brown said there is no timetable for the return of any these players in an interview with the Cleveland Plain Dealer.A recent bright spot for the Cavs is the progression of the 2013 No. 1 overall draft pick Anthony Bennett, who averaged 8 points and 5.5 rebounds in the month of February, both of these are up from his regular season averages of 4.1 and 3.2 respectively. Bennett also accumulated his first two double-doubles in his NBA career in February.Reaching the playoffs this year would provide fans with a glimmer of hope that Irving will decide to stay in Cleveland, and recent trades show that management realizes this. Behind all the clutter that is in the way, there is still a chance the Cavs make the playoffs. Just 6 1/2 games back of the Atlanta Hawks, who currently hold the 8th seed in the sluggish Eastern Conference, the Cavs could make the playoffs if the team finds a way to come together and turn things around. With only 25 games remaining, this needs to happen sooner rather than later. read more

Rory McIlroy wins The Players Championship after brilliant performance in Florida

first_imgRory McIlroy wins The Players Championship after brilliant performance in Florida The 29-year-old secured the unofficial ‘fifth major’ for the first time following an excellent display at Sawgrass. Sunday 17 Mar 2019, 10:05 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 17th 2019, 9:42 PM McIlroy holds the trophy at Ponte Vedra Beach. Image: Gerald Herbert 82 Comments McIlroy holds the trophy at Ponte Vedra Beach. Short URL “It’s very special, I just tried to treat it like another day,” McIlroy said after his victory.“Even though I’ve had close calls this year, they didn’t mean anything. They were good for me, I call them ‘remote misses’. It gives you even more hope to go again — I think all those experiences this year led me to this point.“Ultimately they were good for me because it got me over the line today. I birdied nine, I had a great chance on ten, birdied eleven and then before I hit my tee-shot on twelve I heard this big roar and I backed off.“The birdie on twelve was huge, just to give me a little bit of momentum to get to fifteen under par.”McIlroy bogeyed the 14th but held his nerve in the final stages with back-to-back birdies to reclaim the lead, before navigating the final two holes with two pars.“The final few holes were tough and to get that birdie on fifteen after the drop shot on fourteen was massive,” he said. “I knew sixteen was a good chance and then just to par the last two holes gives me a lot of confidence going forward.A winner has been crowned @THEPLAYERSChamp!@McIlroyRory claims a huge victory @TPCSawgrass. 🏆#LiveUnderPar— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 17, 2019 Image: Gerald Herbert A BRILLIANT PERFORMANCE from Rory McIlroy saw the County Down native secure the Players Championship at Sawgrass on Sunday to cap off a perfect St Patrick’s Day.The four-time Major winner recovered from a double-bogey six at the fourth to card a 70 and finish on 16 under, one stroke ahead of Jim Furyk, securing his first PGA Tour win since the Arnold Palmer Invitational 365 days ago.Jon Rahm, who held the overnight lead by one stroke from McIlroy and fellow Team Europe Ryder Cup star Tommy Fleetwood, faded badly to finish five back.Fleetwood ended up on 13 under alongside world number one Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker, while Tiger Woods claimed a tie for 30th on six under.McIlroy adds Sunday’s crown — the unofficial fifth major — to his collection while picking up the $2.25 million prize.He now approaches the 2019 Masters at Augusta with a renewed confidence seeking to become just the sixth man to ever complete the career grand slam.History. Made.@McIlroyRory is THE PLAYERS Champion 2019.— THE PLAYERS (@THEPLAYERSChamp) March 17, 2019 Share190 Tweet Email2 “This is a great start to the season. It’s a massive win, but the way I played on those last few holes gives me huge confidence.“If I hadn’t have won today I would have said that I don’t need a win going into Augusta, but it’s very nice to get a win, especially doing it on this golf course which plays a little bit similar to the way Augusta will play in a few weeks’ time.“As I said, I can take a lot from this. It’s taken me a few weeks to get to this point, but I feel like I’m playing some of the best golf of my life right now and I just need to keep going with it and keep doing the same things.”Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Subscribe By Aaron Gallagher 48,068 Views last_img read more

Google Assistant Will Soon Be Available on One Billion Devices

first_img 2019 Tech Trends Worth Getting Hyped AboutYou Can Finally Buy A Terabyte SD Card Thanks to Lexar Stay on target Watch out, Amazon Alexa: Google Assistant is expected to be on one billion devices by the end of January.On Monday, Google announced in a  blog post  that Google Assistant users grew four times over the past year. Google said it predicts that Google Assistant will be available on one billion devices in a few weeks, which is up from 500 million devices in May 2018.Google Assistant also received a global update for 2019: To date, Google Assistant is now available in nearly 80 countries and 30 languages, up from 14 countries and eight languages last year. Google Assistant is now multilingual too, so customers can speak more than one language to it inside their homes.Photo Credit: GoogleNew Google Assistant features include natural conversation, multiple voice settings, and more smart home compatibility. Google improved the Google Assistant features to make the virtual voice assistant more accessible for different cultures and languages.After Google introduced Continued Conversation for the Google Assistant last summer, Google Assistant can now understand and respond to users in a more natural tone. Plus, Google Assistant can interpret more complex requests, including questions like, “What’s the weather like in Austin and New York?”AI advancements helped improve Google Assistant’s voice capabilities. Now, Google can develop new Google Assistant voices in a shorter timeframe, and improve pitch, pace, and pauses for more human-like conversations. The Google Assistant now has eight different types of voices, including Australian and British accents.Google can help people create the ultimate smart home setup too. Google Assistant now works with over 10,000 smart home devices. The company said the number of smart devices that connect with Google Assistant increased more than 600 percent since last year. The aim of Google Assistant is to simplify smart home management, so users don’t have to manually operate appliances.We don’t know Google’s next moves, but the company has its eye on expanding Google Assistant to more customers and smart home devices in the near future. With its Google Assistant updates, Google aims to compete with other virtual voice assistants, including Amazon’s Alexa, to make smart home living more seamless for customers worldwide.More on Approves Google’s ‘Soli’ Radar-Based Motion SensorMacaulay Culkin Is Home Alone Again With Google AssistantGoogle Transformed Cloud Storage Traffic Into Cool Data Artlast_img read more

The Rusty Chain a charming addition to neighborhood

first_imgWhy: The Rusty Chain is truly a neighborhood dining option. Recently opened at the Columbia Street address that formerly housed the now-defunct Commonwealth Cafe, the family-friendly watering hole offers a burger, salad, and sandwich menu with a variety of appetizers to please. Live music on the weekends and regular events bring a sense of community to the neighborhood establishment.What I Tried: I had the Philly cheesesteak with french fries, and my dining companion had the signature burger with a house salad.The Philly starts with a soft, fresh specialty bun. Tender, lean, thinly sliced, saut?ed steak is combined with grilled green pepper and onions and topped with Swiss cheese, pepperoncinis, and pickled jalape?o pepper slices for a delicious, juicy, hot sandwich.Rusty’s signature burger is made with a quarter-pound patty of local, grass-fed beef, a portion of ham, bacon, and cheddar cheese and finished off with mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, and onion on a grilled bun. My dining companion had never tried ham on a burger before and liked what it brought to the flavor of the other ingredients. She was also impressed with the quality of the beef. The fries were a standard, crinkle-cut variety fried to a golden, crisp finish. Rusty’s house salad is a garden-fresh combination of greens, carrot, cucumber and tomato, topped with a touch of red onion, cheddar cheese and croutons.Overall, the food exceeded our expectations, and we both agreed return visits are in order.Atmosphere: The red-painted building has a high-pitched roof and green metal awnings and has a sort of old-time mercantile look. It sports a fancily lit sign with a few bicycle and motorcycle parts mounted on the exterior. Just inside the entry is the bar and a single pool table. Beyond this, two separate dining rooms are available. The spaces are tastefully decorated in keeping mostly with the bike theme, with a few other nostalgic items of interest. Outside is a spacious patio with picnic tables, umbrellas, and a fire pit feature for fair-weather dining.last_img read more

Police search for suspect who robbed Mission Valley Target

first_img KUSI Newsroom MISSION VALLEY (KUSI) — Investigators from the San Diego Police Department’s Robbery Unit are asking for the public’s help in locating an unknown suspect wanted for a commercial armed robbery of a Target store located in the Mission Valley area of San Diego.On March 25, at approximately 10 p.m., a loss prevention officer (LPO) noticed a male inside the Target store located at 1288 Camino Del Rio North.The LPO recognized the male from previous encounters. As the LPO was monitoring the male, he saw the male grab three memory cards and attempt to remove them from their security cases.The male then went to the bedding area of the store and used a towel to conceal the cases. The male then removed one of the memory cards and placed it inside his pant pocket.The LPO confronted the male. The male placed the towel on the ground and walked towards the exit. The LPO followed the male. As the male was near the exit door, he pulled out a folding razor knife from his waistband and told the LPO to stand back. The male left the store and was last seen getting into an early 2000’s gray Cadillac CTS.The suspect is described as a White male, approximately 28-years-old, 6”0” tall, 170 lbs., wearing a tan colored long sleeve dress shirt, blue jeans, and black tennis shoes.Anyone with information on the identity or location of the suspect is asked to call the SDPD’s Robbery Unit at (619) 531-2299 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case. April 11, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 11, 2018 Police search for suspect who robbed Mission Valley Target Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Seagates officially licensed PS4 game drive adds 2TB storage

first_img Video Games Storage Unboxing the PS4 Pro 500M Edition 28 Photos 5 Now playing: Watch this: The 28 best games on PlayStation 4 3:04 How to add more storage to a PS4: Everything you need to know.   Best Super Bowl TV deals: Buying a new TV for the big game? These are your best choices. center_img You can use the drive to bring your game library to a friend’s console, but be warned that you’ll need to sign into the PlayStation Network account originally used to purchase the games to play them. It’s coming out in the US next week for $90 (around £70 or AU$120), a bit more expensive than a normal 2TB Seagate drive. The company said via email that it doesn’t have timing for a UK and Australia release yet.So it’s up to you if that little logo is worth it. Just don’t be like the guy who used some trickery to get a PS4 for $11 and ended up in jail. First published Jan. 30 at 3:24 a.m. PT.Updated Jan. 31 at 9:24 a.m. PT: Adds Seagate comment on UK/Australia release. Share your voice Seagate has an external hard drive for those who want a little more PlayStation branding in their lives. Seagate PlayStation 4 storage is a concern for plenty of gamers — those of us with launch models of Sony’s console have been deleting games to make room for new ones for years. We’ve already got plenty of options for increasing PS4 storage, but Seagate announced on Wednesday it’s releasing a 2TB Game Drive — an external hard drive — that’s officially licensed, so it has a little PlayStation logo. That 2TB will give you space for about 50 more games and you’ll be able to play them as quickly as if they were on the PS4’s internal drive, Seagate said in its release. It’ll also work smoothly with every PS4 model, as long as it has system software version 4.50 or later. Tags Comments Seagate Sonylast_img read more

SpiderMan Far From Home early reactions are way too positive

first_imgTom Holland on the poster of Avengers: EndgameInstagramSpider-Man: Far From Home is all set to release on July 12, but the press screening has finally started. The next movie after Avengers Endgame is helmed as something magical and classical from the reviewers.Spider-Man: Far From Home features the life of Tom Holland’s Peter Parker after he was snapped from existence for five years. The character then comes back to the current timeline only after all the original Avengers did the impossible task of going back in time.The upcoming Spider-Man movie shows Peter Parker struggling with the fact that Tony Stark aka Iron Man is no more. The first few minutes of the movie will show Peter in depression and even suffering a little PTSD, just like his mentor. Peter will soon embark on a summer vacation along with his classmates to Europe where he will be hired by Nick Fury to join the hands with Mysterio in their fight against elemental monsters.After the phenomenal success of Avengers Endgame, fans will all be lined-up when this next MCU movie will hit the big screens. The movie was recently screened for the critics and this is what they all have to say about it.Kate Erbland from IndieWireA reaction tweet: #SpiderManFarFromHome is wonderful. It’s funny and clever and filled with smart twists. (It also made me have incredibly visceral memories of class trips of yore.) I didn’t leave the theater sad! I am not worried about superheroes’ emotional states! Zendaya!!Kara Warner from PeopleWhat a fun, solid sequel. Tom Holland so incredibly charming, will watch him in any/all things. Jake Gyllenhaal gets way more to do than expected, clearly had a ball doing it. Also still loving Zendaya’s MJ.Angie Han from Mashable#SpiderManFarFromHome is the code we needed after Endgame, a glimpse of how the world looks now that the dust has settled. Could maybe have gone a bit harder on P’s emotional arc, but bursting with warmth and humor and awkward teen romance. Also: Jake G = perfect casting.Steven Weintraub from ColliderAbsolutely loved #SpiderManFarFromHome. Captures the spirit of the comics and mixes in some amazing movie magic. The second the film ended I wanted to watch it again. #JakeGyllenhaal is fantastic as Mysterio.I know you hear this all the time, but I’m telling you avoid spoilers on #SpiderManFarFromHome. You will enjoy the film so much more…And like all @MarvelStudios movies…you should stay in your seat till the very end.— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) June 19, 2019Well, all these positive reviews are actually making all the Marvel fans desperate to get a chance to see Tom Holland’s performance as Spider-Man. MCU fans will only have to wait a couple of weeks to watch Spider-Man back in action.last_img read more

This cruise line wants you to get tattooed while at sea

first_imgTags: Virgin Voyages This cruise line wants you to get tattooed while at sea Posted by PLANTATION, FL — Tattooing takes skill, laser focus and absolute precision. So it makes total sense for a tattoo parlour to open up on a moving, swaying cruise ship.Leave it to trailblazer Virgin Voyages to debut a one-of-a-kind tattoo studio aboard its first ship, Scarlet Lady, set to debut in 2020. Dubbed ‘Squid Ink’, the studio is a joint venture with ink industry legends World Famous Tattoo Ink, and will feature two full-time resident tattoo artists handpicked by ink industry legend Lou Rubino Jr.“Tattooing is a time-honoured seafaring tradition, and we’re continuing that legacy with rock and roll style by bringing some of the best ink artists to sea,” said Tom McAlpin, president and chief executive officer for Virgin Voyages. “Our sailors are looking to make lifelong memories, and we think there’s no better way to commemorate their first voyage with us than with a souvenir they’ll never lose track of.”When the Scarlet Lady sets sail, Squid Ink will also feature a star-studded lineup of guest artists, including the tattoo industry’s most sought-after trendsetters and celebrity artists. While details are still to come, Spike TV’s Ink Master star Sarah Miller, surrealist specialist artist Arlo DiCristina and illustrative specialist Jime Litwalk have already committed to onboard appearances.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthAll Squid Ink tattoos will be created with World Famous Tattoo Ink original vegan ink, which is globally recognized to exceed safety standards with no animal by-products or testing. In addition to tattoos, Squid Ink will also offer body piercings and permanent makeup treatments using vegan-friendly Perma Blend pigments.Virgin Voyages will encourage its crew members to also express themselves freely through tattoos if they wish. In a unique move for the cruise industry, the company has indicated that the hiring of shipboard candidates with visible tattoos is a-okay.So tell us, will you be willing to get a tattoo at sea? Sharecenter_img Thursday, October 25, 2018 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Cypriot students arrested over Erdogan visit to Greece

first_imgGreek police on Tuesday evening arrested 56 Greek Cypriot students during scuffles at a protest outside the Turkish Embassy in Athens over the arrival this week of the Turkish president in Greece.The protest was organised by members of student group Drasis Kes – a far right group that opposes a settlement solution based on a bi-zonal bi-communal federation.According to the Cyprus News Agency, the scuffles broke out when police tried to stop some students from erecting a banner at the entrance of the embassy.The students were shouting slogans against Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and Turkey and were calling for union of Cyprus with Greece.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is scheduled to arrive in Greece on Thursday morning for a two-day official visit, the first by a Turkish head of state since that of Celal Bayar in 1952.Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and President Nicos Anastasiades on Tuesday discussed issues concerning the Cyprus problem ahead of their Turkish counterpart’s visit to Greece this week during a telephone conversation.According to state broadcaster CyBC, Pavlopoulos called Anastasiades to discuss the Cyprus problem and the stalled settlement talks, which the former is expected to discuss with Erdogan.The two men, CyBC said, discussed how Pavlopoulos would bring up several aspects of the Cyprus problem with Erdogan.Following the collapse of the Conference on Cyprus in Switzerland last July, which Greece and Cyprus blamed on Turkey’s intransigence, the government hopes that Erdogan’s visit to Athens will yield positive results regarding the island’s reunification process.Particular attention is attached to the expected meeting between Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Erdogan and especially their possible discussion of the issue of security and guarantees.You May LikeSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rep Johnson welcomes Clare Primary students to Capitol

first_img Categories: Johnson News,Johnson Photos,News State Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare, welcomed students and parents from Clare Primary School to Lansing today for a tour of the state Capitol. Along with accompanying the group to see and hear the history, art and architecture of the building, Johnson also gave the students a special treat by bringing them on the House chamber floor, where the 97th  District lawmaker explained his job as a legislator and answered questions. 12Feb Rep. Johnson welcomes Clare Primary students to Capitollast_img

Rep Lilly eager to grow student proficiency in area classrooms

first_img State Rep. Jim Lilly, of Park Township, looks forward to working with key officials in three Ottawa County school districts to build on student proficiency in the annual Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP).The M-STEP tests students in English language arts and math in third-eighth grades, in science in fourth-seventh grades, and in social studies in fifth-eighth grades. Results were announced this week by the state Department of Education.“We saw improvements statewide in multiple grades for math, science and social studies over the previous school year,” said Lilly, a member of the House Education Reform Committee. “Those are trends we want to see continue, along with growth in English language arts, because these are core subjects that every student needs to be proficient in before entering high school and continuing along their educational career.”Students in 10 of 18 grade and subject combinations tested statewide graded as proficient or advanced in the M-STEP, in addition to the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) exam given to high school juniors. When compared to 2015 statewide results, this year’s gains in students being proficient or advanced occurred in:Grades 5, 8 and 11 in social studiesGrades 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8 in mathematicsGrade 11 in science, andGrade 5 English language artsDistrict and building M-STEP results are available at Downloadable data is available at“I look forward to speaking with administrators in the Grand Haven, Spring Lake and West Ottawa school districts to discuss what trends they are seeing in the classroom,” Lilly said. “The M-STEP is a crucial factor in grading a student’s educational growth, but it is not the only one.” Categories: Lilly News,News 31Aug Rep. Lilly eager to grow student proficiency in area classroomslast_img read more

Global Financial Systems Challenge Achievement of SDG Goals

first_imgShareTweet8ShareEmail8 Shares April 5, 2019; DevexUN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a Thursday, April 4th press conference that changes to global financial systems would be necessary in order to achieve its Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).Nonprofits working on a wide range of issues will find the SDG relevant. They were established by the UN in 2015, building upon 2000’s Millennium Development Goals, which worked toward the ending of extreme poverty. While philanthropy does have a role to play, the public sector contributes the most toward the SDG. As NPQ reported last September, over 95 percent of investment towards meeting SDG targets comes from public sources.While there has been some progress made on meeting SDGs, much more remains. The Financing for Sustainable Development UN Report indicates that investments that are necessary to achieve the SDGS are underfunded.Despite some progress on poverty reduction, the picture the report paints is bleak. World economic growth is holding at about 3 percent and unlikely to rise, seven times more dollars’ worth of goods are subject to trade restrictions compared to a year ago, and about 30 least-developed or vulnerable countries are in, or at high risk of, debt distress.The report calls for a recommitment to the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, where member states created a package of measures to finance sustainable development. The Addis Ababa agenda strongly suggests adjusting policies to new realities, by creating financing that supports national development agendas, revisiting labor market and social protection systems, competition policies and strategies, and trade policies that are consistent with their financial needs for development.But the UN report indicates that the multilateral trading system is stressed and multilateral institutions need to be made more fit for purpose. In particular, the report suggests that governments can increase the contribution of trade to inclusive economic growth by increasing the desirability of exports from least developed countries, whose exports are below the target of doubling by 2020. In addition, increasing access to international trade opportunities for micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises will help economic development and highlight the need for infrastructure and technology investment.Many countries are facing debt crises that may require restructure or reduction; the big questions are whether workouts can be tied to increases in social sector spending. There is also a pressing need to address international tax structures that has intensified as a result of digitization, e.g. economic activity driven by access to data without regard to geographic location.Disaster resilience and climate finance are key areas that require long-term investment; all actors must execute on long-range plans, as opposed to short-term strategies designed to address areas that dominate their short-term risk abatement needs. Countries need to focus on creating national financing frameworks that support spending on their national development plans. While such frameworks were discussed at the Addis Ababa summit, the frameworks now need to be put into action:Financial sector strategies are instrumental to addressing financing gaps and tackling market failures in an integrated manner. As a first step, governments can aim to build inclusive financial systems, for instance by supporting diversified types of financial institutions, depending on national contexts, and making greater use of financial technologies (fintech). They can also seek to further develop capital markets by first ensuring that the right conditions are in place.Technological innovation creates both opportunities and risks that must be properly dealt with. “Recent developments in automation have raised concerns that rapid advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and other technologies could make the labour of millions in developed and developing countries redundant.” While advances in big data, biotechnology, nanotechnology and learning related technologies, as well as innovations in financial applications and accessibility can enhance the quality of life for all, the potential for labor market disruption cannot be underestimated.While the UN can play a role in facilitating significant policy and institutional shifts, the entire sector of government, private institutions, and NGOs will have to work together to address what is a complex series of issues. As NPQ wrote in February 2018, some community foundations are taking a lead in investing in sustainable development, which are highlighted in the Council on Foundations report, “Local Leadership, Global Impact: Community Foundations and the Sustainable Development Goals.” For nonprofits, developing a better understanding of the SDG framework and what’s being done globally to advance inclusive economic growth, protect the environment, and promote social inclusion can give nonprofit leaders insights and ideas about how to link their programs, services, and strategies with a larger, emerging effort that is at once inspiring, and at the same time necessitates the involvement of a broader swath of civil society.—Eric Fullilove and Derrick RhaynShareTweet8ShareEmail8 Shareslast_img read more

France TelecomOranges TV base including both IP

first_imgFrance Telecom/Orange’s TV base, including both IPTV and satellite customers, grew by 26.5% year-on-year to reach 4.8 million at the end of September. The company recorded a million net additions in the course of the year, mainly in France and Poland.In France, Orange had 4.124 million TV customers, up 28% year-on-year. Broadband customers rose by 4.8% in the same period to 9.478 million. In Poland, the operator had 615,000 satellite and IPTV customers at the end of September, up 24% year-on-year, and a broadband base of 2.332 million, up 2.8%.France Telecom posted revenues of €33.848 billion for the first nine months, flat year-on-year, with declines in France and Poland being offset by growth in emerging markets and Spain. EBITDA for the period was €11.611 billion, down 1.4%.last_img read more

Multimedia Polska has launched a new sports packag

first_imgMultimedia Polska has launched a new sports package ahead of the Euro 2012 football tournament which will be held in Poland and Ukraine this summer.The Polish cable operator’s HD Sports Extra package includes TVP Sport and TVP HD, which will air live matches from Euro 2012 and coverage from the Olympic Games. The package also offers Eurosport HD, Polsat Sport HD Polsat Sport Extra, Polsat Football, nSport HD and Sport Klub.last_img

Time Warner Cable has launched its TWC TV app on R

first_imgTime Warner Cable has launched its TWC TV app on Roku boxes in the US, giving authenticated access some 300 live channels through the web-powered device and plans to add on-demand content to the offering later this year.TWC TV for Roku is available to Time Warner Cable video subscribers with a TWC authorised modem and Roku box, and is the fourth platform launch for TWC TV.The Time Warner deal was first announced in January as part of a string of new content deals agreed by Roku.last_img

TV software provider CoralTree has announced the s

first_imgTV software provider CoralTree has announced the successful upgrade to the Titan TV gateway, part of the daVinci portfolio, for Sky Deutschland.CoralTree has teamed up with Cisco to provide a TV gateway platform for the German pay TV operator to enable secure activation of new video services.The upgrade of the gateway, part of an overall Cisco upgrade to the VideoGuard conditional access system, is designed to future-proof the platform.The Titan daVinci gateway performs smartcard and device authorisation for automated TV and video services provision.“As Sky Deutschland grows, both from adding customers and an increased demand for our innovative services, we look to work in partnership with trusted suppliers to support our future business direction,” said Andreas Rudloff, vice-president, platform services, Sky Deutschland.“We have a long-term relationship with CoralTree. Its technology, as part of the wider Cisco solution, gives us the confidence that we have a secure and scalable, high performance platform. This investment will support our ability to continue to grow and deliver exceptional customer services.”last_img read more

Robin Rutili TV operating system provider Zenterio

first_imgRobin RutiliTV operating system provider Zenterio has teamed with app store specialist Metrological to combine their products.The pair said that the combination of Zenterio OS and Metrological’s product suite means that the two companies now will be able to offer an attractive combined service revenue package for TV operators. The partnership is also targeted at system integrators that can offer the Metrological platform as a pre-integrated option in Zenterio OS and for content providers.“Pay TV operators have a great position to shape the interface and provide a very attractive Digital Entertainment Service. A strong value proposition must be based on insight of their customers’ preferences and the capacity to offer the services at an attractive price. Combining Metrological’s powerful application eco system with Zenterio’s platform will enable Pay TV operators to fully leverage their market position, existing infrastructure and access to content in a great way. We intend to offer immediate revenue opportunities through a solution that will allow Pay TV operators to continuously evolve their business proposition”, said Robin Rutili, CEO, Zenterio.last_img read more

With the release of the new Apple TV box Apple ha

first_imgWith the release of the new Apple TV box, Apple has taken the largest share of the US streaming TV hardware market at 31.0%, according to new research.The report by Slice Intelligence, which collects data on online retail, said that Apple has pushed Amazon into second place with a 27.5% marketshare for its Fire TV devices.Post-launch of the revamped Apple TV, Roku comes in third place with 25.3% of the market, while Google’s Chromecast trails with 16.2% of the market.“More than 90% of the new Apple TV buyers are men, and the majority are between the ages of 35 and 44. While most streaming TV buyers across all brands fit this age and gender profile, on average, buyers of these devices are about 64% male—indicating an early adopter skew,” said Slice.Prior to the new Apple TV release – Apple’s first major update of its TV streaming device since 2011 – Slice estimates that Apple placed third in the US streaming market with 20.6% share, behind Amazon at 31.7% and Roku at 29.1%.Slice Intelligence’s digital commerce data is based on a panel of more than 3 million online shoppers.last_img read more

French service provider Free has added Canals mu

first_imgFrench service provider Free has added Canal+’s multiscreen TV service myCanal to its offering, complementing the recent launch of the TV by Canal Panorama service.Free will make myCanal available to Freebox Revolution customers who have signed up to the TV by Canal Panorama service. Users will be able to watch live channels, including services available on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform, and on-demand content on smartphones, tablets and computers. They will also be able to download content for offline viewing.MyCanal can also be viewed on the TV screen via Airplay or Chromecast. The service includes a TV guide and personalised recommendations of content.MyCanal includes access to over 100 live channels and more than 8,000 on-demand episodes and titles.TV by Canal Panorama was launched by Canal+ to enable IPTV service providers to bundle Canal+ channels with their multi-play packages as part of a root and branch rethink of the Canal+ proposition, in order to extend the reach of the pay TV offering and reverse years of declining subscriber numbers.last_img read more