6 Comments Share The love story told in the Oscar-nominated film “A Star Is Born” isn’t so unlike a love story yet to be written here in the desert.OK, so maybe there’s not a lot of threads to connect Bradley Cooper’s movie with the Arizona Cardinals — not yet anyway.But with the Oscars coming this Sunday and the film expected to take home some hardware after being nominated for a handful of honors, 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Jarrett Carlen and Luke Lapinski decided to dazzle us with a rendition of the movie’s hit song, “Shallow.” Playing Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen and coach Kliff Kingsbury, respectively, it’s likewise about a connection between two passionate humans and the discovery of talent.Related Links98.7 FM listeners tell their favorite stories of meeting the famousFrom the first lyrics (“Tell me something, Josh. Are you unhappy after every loss?”) to the emotional climax (“When the games are played, using the Air Raid, no one can stop us now”), Cardinals fans will surely feel the emotion of this parody. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Sports streaming service DAZN has teamed up with Discovery on a wide-ranging distribution pact that will see two Eurosport channels made available to DAZN subscribers in Austria, Germany, Italy and Spain.Eurosport 1 HD and Eurosport 2 HD will be made available in the four markets under the deal, which is the latest expansion play for the four-year-old London-headquartered SVOD.The deal comes despite Eurosport’s own OTT service, Eurosport Player, being available widely across Europe, meaning DAZN likely paid a premium for the rights.Discovery’s Eurosport holds exclusive pan-European rights to Grand Slam tennis championships; cycling’s Grand Tours; all FIS World Cup and World Championship winter sport competitions and premium motorsport series’ including Formula E, WTCR and 24 Hours of Le Mans. Eurosport also hosts Olympics coverage in Europe, with all media rights to Tokyo 2020, Beijing 2022 and Paris 2024 across more than 50 markets.Meanwhile, DAZN has exclusively sublicenced 45 Bundesliga matches from Discovery in Germany and Austria, including matches on Friday night, Sunday, Monday and relegation play-off matches from the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons.Eurosport content becomes available on DAZN from 1 August.John Gleasure, chief business development officer at DAZN Group, said: “This is an exciting agreement that brings Eurosport’s incredible sports content to our subscribers, and delivers 45 Bundesliga matches to the DAZN service in Germany and Austria under a two-season exclusive sublicensing agreement.“This deal underlines our commitment to providing the biggest and best sports action to fans in an accessible and affordable way, while rewarding rights holders for integrating their content on our market leading platform. We look forward to developing our partnership with Discovery.”James Gibbons, in his role as head of commercial development for EMEA at Discovery, said: “We are delighted to enter this partnership that expands the distribution of Eurosport’s channels in four European markets. We always look for new partners that help get our brands and content to more fans. In parallel, we will continue to develop and market our all-access multi-sport OTT service – Eurosport Player – for fans who want a deeper experience.”
1981: I was looking through some old books that somehow ended up at my parents’ house. Among them, I found a set of history books from the 1930s. With an innate interest in the topic, I began reading them, and was absolutely shocked by what I found. The last book of the series covered what were then modern times, and to my horror, I found lavish praise for – of all people – Benito Mussolini. These were American books, by the way, beautifully produced by a respected publisher. And there, in authoritative tones, was the story of the great Mussolini, the savior of Italy. Given that I was taught precisely the opposite, a mere 30-odd years later, you can imagine my surprise. Just to establish my point, here are a few quotes from that time about Mussolini: What a man! I have lost my heart! – Winston Churchill The greatest genius of the modern age. – Thomas Edison I am much interested and deeply impressed by what he has accomplished and by his evidenced honest purpose of restoring Italy. – Franklin Roosevelt Obviously, these quotes are no longer mentioned in ‘respectable’ circles. And that’s my point: What is inconvenient to the current ruling establishment is dropped from the books. When I was young, the USSR was famous for horribly twisting history to make themselves look like the great and mighty ones. They even made jokes about it on the original Star Trek. But here was clear evidence that history – in America – had been altered. In this case, parts had not been added, but they most certainly had been taken away. That rather shook my view of history, as it had been taught to me at school. The Making of… Hidden History A few years later I came across an even more troubling instance of history being pulled out of the books: I had been writing a few books for a major publisher, and one of my editors asked me to meet him for dinner, which, of course, I did. We discussed projects that we might pursue and generally had a pleasant evening. At some point we left off discussing our projects and talked about history. Somehow, we ended up at the Armenian genocide. He was surprised that I knew about it (many still don’t), but I had known quite a few Armenian kids growing up, and I had heard their stories. Then, my editor took a deep breath and said, “then I want to tell you something.” He explained that a few years before, he had been working for one of the big three textbook publishers, and happened to be editing a high school history book. One day, he got a phone call from the US State Department. He was shocked, and asked them why they would be calling him. “It’s about the history book you’re editing,” the man said. My friend had been raised in about the same way I had, so the idea of censoring a textbook was astonishing to him. “We need you to cut back the section on the Armenian genocide,” the man from the State Department said. My friend was horrified, and complained that it was the true history. “Yes,” said the man, “but we need to keep the Turks happy.” My friend’s 2-3 pages on the Armenian genocide was reduced to 2-3 paragraphs, and it was a victory that he got that much space. According to all I learned in school, such things did not happen in America. According to all that is self-promoted about academia, they are the sworn enemies of such things. But they do happen – a lot. I’ve encountered the same thing on museum walls: descriptions that are clearly misleading, but which glorify the rulership of our time. There is much more to this, but I’ll let the point stand as I’ve made it thus far: History is manipulated. You can find the truth if you dig through old books and artifact records, or from some specialists, but not from schoolbooks. The books aren’t filled with lies, they just remove the facts that don’t make their bosses look good. And this is not a trivial thing; it affects a lot more than school children. As Adolf Hitler was starting his aggression against the Poles, the London Times quoted him as saying: Go, kill without mercy. After all, who remembers the Armenians? What is deleted from history can teach us nothing, and those who have this power use it to glorify themselves. This is a very dangerous thing, and it rules the schoolbooks of America and the Western world in general. I’ll close with a line from Paul Simon’s song, Kodachrome: When I think back on all the crap I learned in high school, it’s a wonder I can think at all. What you learned in school was a partial, cartoon version of history. You learned what made the big bosses look good, and no more. Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.com
Thousands of Manual Processes Increase Risk of Human Error, Strain Productivity; Half of Companies Missed GDPR Compliance Deadline–Most Plan New Hires for RegulationsDataGrail, the privacy management platform purpose-built for the European (GDPR), Californian (CCPA) and impending privacy regulations, announced the publication of “The Age of Privacy: The Cost of Continuous Compliance.” The report benchmarks the operational impact of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), as well as sharing insights into lessons learned and attitudes toward privacy regulations.“Businesses without a European presence were not impacted by the GDPR. However, with the CCPA fast approaching, US businesses without GDPR are experiencing the same challenges that multinational companies did with GDPR,” said Daniel Barber, Co-founder & CEO, DataGrail. “Most companies reported taking at least seven months to achieve GDPR readiness, but now with CCPA only seven months away, they realize their systems will not support CCPA and other forthcoming privacy regulations. Companies will need to integrate and operationalize their privacy management to avoid the time-consuming and error-prone manual processes to comply with these regulations.”Marketing Technology News: Everflow releases SmartSwitch to Automate Optimization and Fraud Prevention for Performance and Partner MarketingDataGrail surveyed more than 300 U.S. privacy management decision makers; including IT, operations, security, legal, and risk and compliance professionals. Key findings from “The Age of Privacy: The Cost of Continuous Compliance” include:GDPR Compliance Took Longer Than ExpectedOnly half of companies achieved self-reported compliance before the May 25, 2018 deadline.Most companies took seven months or longer to achieve readiness.Even GDPR Readiness is CostlyTwo-thirds of companies assigned dozens, or even hundreds, of employees to manage GDPR compliance. Based on survey results, it’s likely the average organization spent 2000 – 4000 hours in meetings preparing for GDPR — more than a full year of work.Half of privacy management decision makers spent at least 80 hours personally preparing for GDPR, and another 80 hours to sustain compliance — also a full month of work.Privacy Rights Requests Are Time-Consuming and Error-ProneHalf of companies use manual processes to manage GDPR privacy rights requests, such as the right to be forgotten.Two-thirds of companies have processed at least 100 requests in the past year, across dozens of business systems and third-party services, and most of them have at least 25 employees involved in request management. That’s thousands of touch points with the potential to introduce human error — the overwhelming majority of privacy professionals are working to reduce the risk of manual error in these requests.Marketing Technology News: New Study Reveals Positive Impact of Page Speed on Google RankingsCCPA Compliance Programs Face the Same Challenges as GDPR ProgramsTwo-thirds of privacy professionals believe it will take less than six months to prepare for CCPA, even though most reported it took seven months or longer to prepare for GDPR. Even worse, technology adoption rates for CCPA are lower than they were for GDPR — companies are primarily training employees to manage privacy regulations — increasing cost and risk of ongoing compliance.Companies Will Be Challenged by the Future of Privacy RegulationsMost companies are approaching privacy regulations on a case-by-case basis; two-thirds of privacy professionals agree the systems they have put into place will not support new regulations.90% of companies plan to hire at least three new employees in the next two years to manage privacy regulations, but only one-third of companies are automatically updating their data inventory.“It is evident from this research that most companies still rely on piecemeal technology solutions and manual processes, when they should be turning to privacy management solutions purpose-built for privacy regulations,” said Barber. “As companies turn their attention from GDPR to CCPA and beyond, they must operationalize sustained compliance to reduce risk, provide transparency for their customers, and control operational costs.”Marketing Technology News: 51% of ‘Hungry Searchers’ Choose Restaurants by Food Type as Journeys Go Mobile DataGrail Research Reveals 70% of Privacy Professionals Agree Their Systems Will Not Support New Privacy Regulations PRNewswireMay 20, 2019, 3:16 pmMay 20, 2019 CCPADaniel BarberDataGrailGDPRMarketing TechnologyNewsprivacy management solutions Previous ArticleTravel Tech Providers Gimmonix and Trip Sciences Strike a Strategic Partnership to Deliver Travel Industry’s First White-label Native Mobile Solution for HotelsNext ArticleMetadata.io Wins TiE50 Award for Breakthrough AI-powered Account Based Marketing Platform
© 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Amazon will stream AVP beach volleyball tour next 3 summers Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Amazon had a mostly successful debut into live streaming of major sports events, with increased audience and an improved viewing experience in its first season showing NFL games. Citation: Amazon looks to build on 1st season of NFL streaming (2018, January 11) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-amazon-1st-season-nfl-streaming.html The question looking ahead is how aggressively will Amazon be in the sports streaming landscape?”It’s too soon to say,” said Jim DeLorenzo, the head of Amazon Sports. “We’re just in the early stages here. We were definitely pleased with the way things played out. It was great to partner with the NFL on this and we were really happy with how our customers reacted to it. But it’s too soon to say this impacts our strategy going forward.”Amazon.com Inc. already had smaller deals with the ATP Tour to air last year’s Next Gen ATP Finals and the rights to show some men’s tennis tournaments to customers in the United Kingdom and Ireland, as well as an upcoming deal to show beach volleyball events.But the NFL is the biggest endeavor Amazon has made so far after paying $50 million for the rights to stream 10 Thursday night games and an additional one on Christmas.Amazon built on the audience Twitter had in 2016 in the first year of streaming on Thursday nights, with the averaging per-minute audience for the 11 games hitting 310,000, a 17 percent increase from Twitter’s numbers.On a per capita basis, the biggest audience was in the District of Columbia, followed by Washington, Colorado, Oregon and Utah. Prime members in Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota and North Carolina watched for the longest amount of time.Viewers who already are used to watching movies and scripted shows on Amazon’s various platforms stayed longer on the NFL, with the average viewer watching for 63 minutes.The feed was usually much cleaner than on Twitter or some other streaming services and was delivered even faster than some cable systems, as opposed to the usual delay for online streaming.”This was really our first step into distributing live sporting events at scale on a global basis,” DeLorenzo said. “Of course there was learning. Because we’re so early on in that process of distributing this kind of content to our customers, there are a number of things we can look at along the way.”Even though television audiences for the NFL dropped for the second straight year as people cut the cord and drop cable or satellite service, the streaming audience on Amazon was still a small fraction compared with the more than 10 million viewers who watched on average the Thursday night games on NBC, CBS or the NFL Network. CBS and NBC pay about $45 million per game for the rights to their Thursday night broadcasts.The NFL will decide soon its plans for Thursday night games next season, but it is expected to once again split the package between a broadcast and streaming partner.Amazon offered alternate language feeds for the broadcast to cater to some of the fans from more 220 countries who tuned into the games, with feeds in Spanish, Portuguese and “U.K. English,” for those less familiar with the American version of football.”That was a fun component of what we were doing and we were glad to see customers reacted well to that as well,” DeLorenzo said.
Provided by The Conversation Citation: Indonesia earthquake—how scrap tyres could stop buildings collapsing (2018, August 15) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-indonesia-earthquakehow-scrap-tyres-collapsing.html Earthquakes are one of the deadliest natural disasters, accounting for just 7.5% of such events between 1994 and 2013 but causing 37% of deaths. And, as with all natural disasters, it isn’t the countries that suffer the most earthquakes that see the biggest losses. Instead, the number of people who die in an earthquake is related to how developed the country is.In Lombok, as in Nepal in 2015, many deaths were caused by the widespread collapse of local rickety houses incapable of withstanding the numerous aftershocks. More generally, low quality buildings and inadequate town planning are the two main reasons why seismic events are more destructive in developing countries.In response to this issue, my colleagues and I are working on a way to create cheap building foundations that are better at absorbing seismic energy and so can prevent structures from collapsing during an earthquake. And the key ingredient of these foundations is rubber from scrap tyres, which are otherwise very difficult to safely dispose of and are largely sent to landfill or burnt, releasing large amounts of carbon dioxide and toxic gases containing heavy metals. Many homes in Lombok have been destroyed. Credit: EPA/Adi Weda Rubber-soil mixturePrevious attempts to protect buildings from earthquakes by altering their foundations have shown promising results. For example, a recently developed underground vibrating barrier can reduce between 40% and 80% of surface ground motion. But the vast majority of these sophisticated isolation methods are expensive and very hard to install under existing buildings. My colleagues and I have shown that introducing rubber-soil mixture can also change the natural frequency of the soil foundation and how it interacts with the structure above it. This could help avoid a well-known resonance phenomenon that occurs when the seismic force has a similar frequency to that of the natural vibration of the building. If the vibrations match they will accentuate each other, dramatically amplifying the shake of the earthquake and causing the structure to collapse, as happened in the famous case of the Tacoma Narrows bridge in 1940. Introducing a rubber-soil mixture can offset the vibrations so this doesn’t happen. A promising futureThe key to making this technology work is finding the optimum percentage of rubber to use. Our preliminary calculations echo other investigations, indicating that a layer of rubber-soil mixture between one and five metres thick beneath a building would reduce the maximum horizontal acceleration force of an earthquake by between 50% and 70%. This is the most destructive element of an earthquake for residential buildings. We are now studying how different shaped rubber-soil mixture foundations could make the system more efficient, and how it is affected by different types of earthquake. Part of the challenge with this research is testing the system. We build small-scale table models to try to understand how the system works and assess the accuracy of computer simulations. But testing it in the real world requires an actual earthquake, and it’s almost impossible to know exactly when and where one will strike.There are ways of testing it through large scale experiments, which involve creating full-size model buildings and shaking them to simulate the force from recorded real earthquakes. But this needs funding from big institutions or companies. Then it is just a question of trying the solution on a real building by convincing the property owners that it’s worthwhile. At the time of writing, 436 people have died following an earthquake in the Indonesian island of Lombok. A further 2,500 people have been hospitalised with serious injuries and over 270,000 people have been displaced. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Collapsed building after 2018 Lombok earthquake. Credit: Shutterstock Our new anti-earthquake technology could protect cities from destruction Our alternative is to create foundations made from local soil mixed with some of the 15m tonnes of scrap tyre produced annually. This rubber-soil mixture can reduce the effect of seismic vibrations on the buildings on top of them. It could be easily retrofitted to existing buildings at low cost, making it particularly suitable for developing countries. Several investigations have shown that introducing rubber particles into the soil can increase the amount of energy it dissipates. The earthquake causes the rubber to deform, absorbing the energy of the vibrations in a similar way to how the outside of a car crumples in a crash to protect the people inside it. The stiffness of the sand particles in the soil and the friction between them helps maintain the consistency of the mixture. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. 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