Tomislav Fain, UHPA: We have created a platform for successful cooperation of UHPA members as destination management companies (DMK) and destinations

first_img˝Since signing the cooperation agreement with the Tourist Board of Hvar, we have promoted the destination online through our communication channels, promoted our domestic destination of the year at the UHPA Days recently held in Vinkovci and promoted and highlighted the destination in UHPA promotional printed materials such as the UHPA Directory and the UHPA Professional Review. It should be emphasized that we have created a platform for successful cooperation of UHPA members as destination management companies (DMK) and destinations, which results in the development of specific programs as well as the growth of tourist traffic˝, said Tomislav Fain and concluded that he believes that joint cooperation will contribute to even better positioning, recognition and promotion of the destination and thus create a successful cooperation of UHPA members as destination management companies (DMK) and the city of Hvar. UHPA President, Tomislav Fain, Photo: UHPA THE CITY OF HVAR STARTS WITH THE DESTINATION INTEGRATED QUALITY MANAGEMENT PROJECT Following the six-month cooperation between the Hvar Tourist Board and UHPA, UHPA President Tomislav Fain commented on the cooperation between travel agencies – destination management companies (DMK) and the city of Hvar, which aims to focus on the development of specific tourism programs and growth of tourist traffic. and post-season and targeted, ie focused promotion on certain tourist niches. With the aim of further connection, a meeting of the members of the UHPA Management Board with representatives of local tourist agencies and other stakeholders was held in Hvar today. A joint tour of the sunniest island is also planned, and in the afternoon a meeting of the Board of Directors.  ˝Hvar is strongly treading the path towards a great tourist future. We anticipate that we will welcome the next big anniversary of organized tourism with more than 250 thousand arrivals and a million overnight stays. In order to make the predictions come true, the city of Hvar adopted the “Development Strategy of Tourism of the City of Hvar”, while the Tourist Board of the City of Hvar began to implement certain projects for sustainable, more responsible and quality tourism, which included private renters, agencies, hoteliers, caterers. employees in the field of trade and wellness˝, concluded Petar Razović. With the increase in the number of arrivals and overnight stays, the city of Hvar wants to make an additional step and develop in the direction of enriching and expanding the existing tourist offer with new, attractive tourist products and facilities with the aim of raising competitiveness and positioning Hvar as a year-round tourist destination.  RELATED NEWS: For eight years in a row, UHPA through the project of domestic destination of the year successfully contributes to better positioning, recognizability and promotion of destinations through strengthening the tourism sector, and last year the city of Hvar chose for domestic destination 2018/2019. years. Last year, in which 150 years of organized tourism were celebrated, Hvar had 206 thousand arrivals and 750 thousand overnight stays, which is a percentage increase of 4% in arrivals and 2% in the total number of overnight stays. ˝If we look from the position of further development of Hvar tourism, then we consider the past 2018 as the beginning of the creation of a new brand of Hvar and the return of the old splendor on the tourist map of the world˝, said Petar Razović, director of the Tourist Board of the town of Hvar. TOMISLAV FAIN, UHPA: SLAVONIA CAN SHOW AND OFFER A LOT, AND I HOPE THAT AGENCIES WILL DECIDE TO PUT SLAVONIA IN THEIR OFFERlast_img read more

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Patrick Vieira the ‘perfect fit’ for Arsenal following Unai Emery sacking, says former Man Utd star Louis Saha

first_imgArsenal have been urged to appoint club legend Patrick Vieira as their new manager (Picture: Getty)Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha believes Patrick Vieira is the ‘perfect fit’ for Arsenal following Unai Emery’s sacking.The Gunners are searching for a new permanent manager after ending Emery’s 18-month spell at the Emirates last week.Club legend Freddie Ljungberg has been placed in temporary charge of the club but Saha has urged Arsenal to make a move for Vieira. Louis Saha says Vieira is the ‘perfect fit’ for the Gunners (Picture: Getty)Vieira spent almost a decade at Arsenal as a player, helping the club win three Premier League titles, and is currently in charge of Nice.ADVERTISEMENT‘I would love to see Patrick Vieira as Arsenal’s next manager; there are other contenders for the job but none as suitable as him,’ Saha told bwin.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I’m not saying that because he is my friend, he has done a great job in management over the years.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He has the heart of an Arsenal player and that’s what the club needs. He is the perfect fit for this Arsenal squad.‘I’ve always been surprised that more ex-Arsenal players haven’t been involved with Arsenal as coaches under [Arsene] Wenger.‘When I saw Patrick at Man City, it didn’t make any sense to me – he would have been perfect at Arsenal. Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 5 Dec 2019 11:15 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link481Shares Patrick Vieira the ‘perfect fit’ for Arsenal following Unai Emery sacking, says former Man Utd star Louis Sahacenter_img Advertisement Arsenal v Brighton preview: Freddie Ljungberg press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 9:48FullscreenArsenal v Brighton preview: Freddie Ljungberg press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-v-brighton-preview-freddie-ljungberg-press-conference-2062026/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘I used to hate Arsenal and that was because of Patrick and his team-mates; they were impossible to play against.‘Arsenal need that character back and he would be the best fit to take Arsenal forward.’Saha’s endorsement comes after Arsenal reportedly identified Vieira as their top target to replace Emery.MORE: Nicolas Pepe impresses Freddie Ljungberg with superb skill in Arsenal training Advertisementlast_img read more

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Gobernador Wolf: La Secretaria de Salud firma la orden que dispone medidas de seguridad para los trabajadores para combatir la COVID-19

first_imgGobernador Wolf: La Secretaria de Salud firma la orden que dispone medidas de seguridad para los trabajadores para combatir la COVID-19 Español,  Press Release,  Public Health El Gobernador Tom Wolf anunció hoy que la Dra. Rachel Levine, bajo su autoridad como Secretaria del Departamento de Salud para tomar todas las medidas apropiadas para controlar las enfermedades y proteger al público de la propagación de la enfermedad infecciosa, firmó una orden que dispone medidas de protección para los trabajadores críticos que trabajan en empresas que están autorizadas a mantener el funcionamiento en persona durante la emergencia por el desastre de la COVID-19.“Esta orden dispone protecciones cruciales para los trabajadores que deben administrar y operar estos establecimientos de soporte vital”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Las empresas en todo el estado ya han comenzado a implementar muchos de estos protocolos por su cuenta, y aplaudimos los esfuerzos que realizan para proteger a los empleados y los clientes”.“Esta orden garantizará la continuidad de todas las empresas de soporte vital y aumentará nuestros esfuerzos para proteger la salud y la seguridad de todos los residentes de Pennsylvania”, dijo la Dra. Levine. “Juntos, podemos ayudar a mitigar la propagación de la COVID-19”.La orden establece protocolos para ayudar a los empleados a mantener el distanciamiento social durante el trabajo:Proporcionar máscaras para que los empleados usen mientras trabajan, y hacer que su uso sea un requisito obligatorio mientras estén en el lugar de trabajo, excepto cuando un empleado use el tiempo de descanso para comer o beber conforme a la guía del Departamento de Salud y los CDC. Los empleadores pueden aprobar las máscaras obtenidas o hechas por los empleados siguiendo las pautas de esta guía;Escalonar los horarios de comienzo y fin del trabajo de los empleados cuando sea práctico para evitar que grupos grandes entren o salgan de las instalaciones al mismo tiempo;Proporcionar espacio suficiente para que los empleados tengan descansos y puedan comer mientras mantienen el distanciamiento social de 6 pies, que incluye la limitación del número de empleados en áreas comunes y la disposición de asientos para que los empleados miren hacia adelante y no se miren unos a otros;Realizar reuniones y capacitaciones de manera virtual. Si se debe realizar una reunión en persona, limitar la menor cantidad de empleados posible, sin superar los 10 empleados a la vez y mantener el distanciamiento social de 6 pies.Garantizar que las instalaciones tengan un número suficiente de empleados para realizar las medidas mencionadas anteriormente de manera eficaz y de una manera que garantice la seguridad del público y de los empleados;Garantizar que las instalaciones tengan una cantidad de personal suficiente para controlar el acceso, mantener el orden y hacer cumplir el distanciamiento social de al menos 6 pies;Prohibir la entrada de visitantes no esenciales a las instalaciones del negocio; yGarantizar que todos los empleados que no hablan inglés como idioma materno conozcan los procedimientos informándoles, ya sea de manera oral o escrita, en su idioma nativo o preferido.Al descubrir el contacto con una persona que es un caso probable o confirmado de COVID-19, las empresas también tienen la orden de implementar controles de temperatura antes de que los empleados ingresen a las instalaciones para comenzar a trabajar y envíen a todo empleado a casa que tenga temperatura elevada de 100.4 grados Fahrenheit o superior. Los empleados enfermos deben seguir los pasos recomendados por los CDC. Los empleados no deben regresar a sus trabajos hasta que se cumplan los criterios de los CDC para suspender el aislamiento en el hogar, en consulta con los proveedores médicos y los departamentos de salud estatales y locales. Se recomienda a los empleadores implementar el pago del tiempo en que los empleados se encuentren en aislamiento en el hogar.Ante una exposición, las empresas también tienen la obligación de hacer lo siguiente:Cerrar y ventilar las áreas visitadas por esa persona;Esperar un mínimo de 24 horas, o el tiempo que sea práctico, antes de comenzar la limpieza y la desinfección;Limpiar y desinfectar todos los espacios, especialmente las áreas de uso común y los equipos electrónicos de uso compartido;Identificar y notificar a los empleados que estuvieron en contacto cercano con esa persona (dentro de una distancia a aproximada de 6 pies durante alrededor de 10 minutos); yGarantizar que la empresa tenga una cantidad suficiente de empleados para realizar estos protocolos de manera eficaz e inmediata.Además de los protocolos de distanciamiento social, mitigación y limpieza, se ordena a las empresas que atienden al público dentro de un edificio, o de un área definida, implementar lo siguiente, en base al tamaño del edificio y al número de empleados:Exigir que todos los clientes usen máscaras mientras estén en las instalaciones y negar la entrada a las personas que no usan máscaras, a menos que la empresa esté proporcionando medicamentos, suministros médicos o alimentos, en cuyo caso la empresa debe proporcionar métodos alternativos de recogida o entrega de productos, excepto las personas que no pueden usar una máscara debido a una afección (incluye a niños de 2 años de edad) que pueden ingresar a las instalaciones sin tener que presentar documentación médica;Hacer operaciones comerciales con el público solo mediante cita y, si esto no es posible, limitar la ocupación a no más del 50 por ciento del número indicado en su certificado de ocupación, según sea necesario para reducir el número de personas en el negocio, al momento de la salida y en las líneas de cajas para poder mantener una distancia social de 6 pies; colocar letreros en cada sitio para ordenar el distanciamiento social tanto para clientes como para empleados;Modificar el horario de atención comercial para tener tiempo suficiente para limpiar, reponer mercadería o ambas cosas;Instalar escudos protectores u otras barreras en las líneas de cajas y áreas de salida para separar físicamente a los cajeros y los clientes o tomar otras medidas para garantizar el distanciamiento social de los clientes del personal de salida, o cerrar líneas de cajas para mantener una distancia social de 6 pies entre las líneas de cajas;Impulsar el uso de pedidos en Internet mediante la entrega o recogida externa;Designar un horario específico para que los ancianos y personas de alto riesgo utilicen el negocio al menos una vez por semana si existe un componente continuo de atención al cliente en persona;En empresas con múltiples líneas de cajas, usar solo una caja por medio, o menos. Después de cada hora, rotar a los clientes y empleados a las cajas previamente cerradas. Limpiar las cajas abiertas anteriormente y el área que las rodea, incluso las máquinas de tarjetas de crédito, luego de cada rotación;Programar descansos para que los empleados se laven las manos al menos cada hora; yCuando se disponga de carros y cestas de mano, asignar a un empleado que limpie los carros y las cestas de mano antes de ofrecerlos a un nuevo cliente.La consecuencia de no cumplir con estos requisitos será una medida de fuerza que podría incluir citaciones, multas o suspensiones de licencias. La orden entra en vigencia a partir del domingo 19 de abril a las 8:00 p.m.El Gobernador ha ordenado a las siguientes agencias estatales y funcionarios locales que hagan cumplir las órdenes relacionadas con la pandemia de COVID-19 en todo el peso de la ley:Junta de control de licores de PennsylvaniaDepartamento de SaludDepartamento de AgriculturaDepartamento de Trabajo e IndustriaPolicía del Estado de PennsylvaniaFuncionarios locales, en virtud de sus recursos para hacer cumplir las órdenes de cierre dentro de sus jurisdicciones“Es vital que exijamos a las empresas que pongan en práctica estos protocolos de seguridad de sentido común y científicamente probados para la protección de los trabajadores y del público en general. Y eso es lo que hace esta orden”, dijo la Senadora estatal Tina Tartaglione, Presidenta Demócrata del Comité de Trabajo e Industria del Senado. “Muchas de las medidas incluidas en esta orden formaban parte de la legislación que propuse. Aplaudo esta rápida medida de la Secretaria Levine y del Gobernador Wolf para aplicar estos protocolos tan necesarios”.Esta orden sigue a otra orden de la Dra. Levine que brinda instrucciones para mantener y limpiar edificios de empresas autorizadas a mantener el funcionamiento en persona conforme a las órdenes comerciales de soporte vital suyas y del Gobernador Tom Wolf anunciadas el 19 de marzo.El Gobernador Wolf también recomendó a todos los residentes de Pennsylvania usar una máscara cada vez que salgan de sus hogares por motivos de soporte vital.Ver la orden de la Secretaria Levine como PDF aquí o en Scribd.Para obtener la información más actualizada sobre la COVID-19, los residentes de Pennsylvania deben visitar https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/.Ver esta página en inglés. April 15, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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ABB scores five-year Ichthys LNG deal from Inpex

first_imgZurich-based automation specialist ABB has signed a five-year framework agreement with operator Inpex to provide services that ensure equipment uptime and optimization of LNG production at the Ichthys LNG project.Currently under construction, Ichthys is one of Australia’s largest LNG projects.Described as three mega projects in one, the Ichthys LNG project incorporates offshore facilities located 220 km off the West Australian coast along with onshore processing facilities in Darwin and an 890-kilometer subsea pipeline to unite them.The project is expected to have an operational life of 40 years, therefore extending equipment asset lifetimes to reduce capital expenditures, along with maintenance and operational costs is critical, ABB said in a statement.This latest frame agreement covers support services for equipment supplied by ABB to facilitate the main power distribution for the onshore dual train LNG processing facility near Darwin that liquefies the gas collected from the offshore field.The agreement also includes support for the electrical power distribution for the entire floating production, storage and offloading facility, Ichthys Venturer and the semi-submersible central processing facility, Ichthys Explorer.ABB have also supplied analyzer equipment and instrumentation across the Ichthys LNG project assets.The Ichthys LNG project is a joint venture between Inpex(the operator), major partner Total, CPC Corporation Taiwan, and the Australian subsidiaries of Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas, Kansai Electric Power, JERA and Toho Gas.last_img read more

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Evelyn Anthony – Brookville

first_imgThose surviving who will cherish Evelyn’s memory include her sister, Barbara (Bob) Bohlander, and many nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Anthony; two sons, Douglas Lee Anthony and Richard Todd Anthony; five brothers, Bill, Don, Paul, Carl and John, and two sisters, Gladys and Rosemary. Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street.  Graveside services will immediately follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville. To sign the online guestbook please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Evelyn Anthony.center_img Evelyn Anthony went to her heavenly home on Sunday, June 17, 2018 at the age of 84.  She was born on July 3, 1933 in Hamilton, Ohio to the late William and Ellen Sparks Hubbard.  Evelyn graduated from Brookville High School and later worked for insurance agent, Don Russell and at General Electric in filing.  She married Melvin E. Anthony on January 8, 1955 at St. Michael’s Rectory in Brookville and was of the Christian faith.  She was a loving wife and mother, a beloved sister and aunt, and an avid flower gardener.last_img read more

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Justin Rose reclaims No.1 spot

first_imgMadrid: England’s golfer Justin Rose started 2019 by regaining the top spot in the world golf rankings released on Monday with 9.46 average points, while United States’ Brooks Koepka moved down to second with 9.33.US golfers Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas and Bryson DeChambeau stayed in the third, fourth and fifth spots respectively, while their compatriot Xander Schauffele climbed four spots to the sixth, having won the 2019 Sentry Tournament of Champions held in Hawaii on Sunday. Spaniard Jon Rahm, 24, who was in sixth place last week, moved down to the seventh with 6.36 average points. However, he is still the youngest golfer among the top-50.The current golf rankings and points are as follows:1. Justin Rose (England) 9.46 average points2. Brooks Koepka (USA) 9.333. Dustin Johnson (USA) 8.364. Justin Thomas (USA) 8.175. Bryson DeChambeau (USA) 7.026. Xander Schauffele (USA) 6.497. Jon Rahm (Spain) 6.368. Rory Mcllroy (Northern Ireland) 6.049. Francesco Molinari (Italy) 5.8310. Tony Finau (USA) 5.47. IANSAlso read: Justin Rose regains top spot in World Golf Rankingslast_img read more

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Mallards extend win streak to 4 games

first_imgMadison\’s Ben Long hit a three-run home run with two outs in the third inning Wednesday at the Duck Pond to put the Mallards up 5-1 over the Waterloo Bucks.[/media-credit]For the second consecutive night, the Madison Mallards got strong starting pitching and a big home run off the bat of Ben Long, a combination that produced an 8-5 victory Wednesday over the Waterloo Bucks.Joe Yermal, a sophomore from UNC-Charlotte, pitched six innings and allowed just two runs on five hits to earn his first victory of the season just hours after arriving in Madison.“I just got in here this morning at 1:30 a.m.,” Yermal said. “I had to go get some sleep after that to get ready for tonight, but it was a good opportunity to pitch at home. Making your first start at home is always a big key.”Madison provided Yermal with a 2-0 lead early, scoring a pair of runs in the first inning.Leadoff hitter Kurtis Muller got things going with an infield single and would later advance to second on a wild pitch. Joe De Pinto followed with a single through the infield and while Muller initially was held at third, he would score on a throwing error on the play. De Pinto came around two batters later on a groundout to short by Troy Channing.Waterloo cut the lead to one run in the third with back-to-back two-out singles and a stolen base. Willie Argo singled and stole second before being driven in by Michael Giller, who reached on an infield single.Thanks to Long, however, the score would not remain close for more than an inning. With two on and two out in the bottom of the third, the junior catcher hit a three-run home run to the opposite field, giving the Mallards a comfortable 5-1 lead.“It was great. I just saw a pitch up that I could drive … went with the pitch and it went over the fence,” Long said. “I actually thought the right fielder was going to catch that one with that short porch in right field but it just got over.”It was Long’s second home run in as many games and his third of the season for the Mallards. He now has nine runs batted in and though his average dropped after going 1-for-3 at the plate Wednesday, it remains an impressive .583 (14-for-24) on the year.Long began the season signed to just a 10-day contract, but with the way he has played, the Mallards certainly would not mind keeping him around a little longer.“We’d love to have him here, and I think if we get the opportunity we will,” manager C.J. Thieleke said. “There’s some funny things with the league and the way the roster is maintained. We’d have to lose some guys to the draft maybe or an injury to keep Ben, but we want to keep him around obviously.”The Bucks struck again in the fifth with a solo home run to left off the bat of second baseman Tyler Robbins, cutting the Mallards lead to 5-2. Madison answered back in the sixth with three more runs sparked by singles from Jerrud Sabourin and Adam McClain.Waterloo starter Rick Dodridge finally exited with two on and two out in the inning, finishing with 7 runs (6 earned) allowed on nine hits in 5.2 innings to take the loss.Sabourin, who was playing in his first game with the Mallards this season, went 3-for-3 on the night and was one of seven Madison players to score a run in the game, which proved to be a true team effort for the Mallards.“I thought it was a pretty good, clean effort from everybody,” Thieleke said. “The first week of the season is in the books, and it’s not a bad start for us.”Brandon Wikoff also saw his first action of the season for the Mallards in the game, replacing an injured Chris Barker who started the game in left and batted ninth for Madison. Barker was hit on his right elbow for the third time this week and was removed from the game prior to his at-bat in the third inning in favor of Wikoff, who stayed in the game to play shortstop.With an 8-3 lead heading into the ninth, it appeared to be nothing more than a formality for reliever Kevin Cahill, who came on in a non-save situation. Cahill and the Bucks hitters made things interesting, however, plating two runs on one hit and three walks in the frame.And though the tying run came to the plate, Yermal remained confident in Cahill.“The bullpen looks good; they just come in and do their thing,” Yermal said. “I knew Cahill was going to come in and close the door. That’s what he’s supposed to do and he got it done.”Madison and Waterloo will square off again Thursday at the Duck Pond. Cody Winiarski will take the hill against Scott Williams for the Bucks as the Mallards look to extend their winning streak and sweep a second consecutive two-game set at home.last_img read more

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USC collaboration to test VR for stroke treatment

first_imgThe Neural Plasticity and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory is in the process of creating ways for people to go through brain rehabilitation with virtual reality technology. Photo courtesy of VRSC.The Neural Plasticity and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory at USC is exploring the intersection of virtual reality and neuroscience with a new program that aims to help stroke victims. The laboratory aims to implement VR technology in health care under the acronym REINVENT, according to Sook-Lei Liew, head of the NPNL. Liew’s laboratory is partnering with USC Institute of Creative Technologies’ MxR lab for the REINVENT project, which focuses on virtual reality and stroke rehabilitation.“In all areas of human interaction with any kind of sophisticated technology, you want to develop things can amplify human functioning and learning,” said Albert Rizzo, who works at the MxR lab.The MxR lab is  part of USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies and hosts a variety of research at the forefront of virtual development, with focuses on optical physical therapy and game apps.Rizzo explained that in using VR as a medium for rehabilitation or as a tool for data collection, there are three measurements that must be considered.“First is the patient’s self-report — what do they think of the treatment and how do they think they are responding [for example],” Rizzo said. “Next is behavior, which is the measurement of the patient’s interactions before and after the treatment. Lastly, we can analyze body signals such as heart rate, electroencephalogram patterns or measurements of internal states.”Oftentimes, the treatment required for stroke recovery is tedious and frustrating for patients, Rizzo said. Since improvement is infrequent and made in small increments, the ability to distract the patient during rehabilitation and show them data afterward is advantageous.“The best tool VR currently provides us with is an environment in which we can control the stimulus,” Rizzo said. “We see how placing a patient in a game-like environment focuses their attention and allows us to motivate the patient with quantifiable results.”Liew aimed to detect when the patient thinks about moving their hand and create the illusion that they actually are, Rizzo explained. At the time of publication, Liew was traveling and was not available for comment.The application of VR to current technologies is as important as understanding the approach of those methods for stroke patients, according to Julia Anglin, a research lab supervisor at NPNL who works closely with Liew. “While stroke survivors suffered damage to the brain, there is still activity in the motor cortex,” Anglin said. “We’re interested in building the connection back between the brain and the muscles.”The REINVENT project aims to replace a stroke survivor’s arm with a virtual one, so that the brain sends signals to the muscles it rebuilds. In the process, the role of VR is to give the embodiment aspect imitating the feeling and feedback from one’s own arm.Anglin has conducted her own VR research in the past and found differences in the learning mechanisms participants used when conducting a motor function normally as opposed to with virtual reality.When using advanced screening tools, Anglin said researchers can study the brain and create more dynamic stimuli using VR. “These stimuli tell us more about what the brain is doing, and can help us determine what parts of VR are most important during decision-making or interactive processes like stroke rehabilitation,” said David Krum, a computer scientist at the Institute for Creative Technologies.Rizzo, Anglin and Krum all agree that VR has a bright future, as exploration of VR’s practical features has only become a focus in the past few years.As far as REINVENT goes, Anglin explained that they are just starting to measure the efficacy of VR among stroke survivors. While the data hasn’t fully been analyzed yet, she believes the program will continue for a long time. REINVENT is in the process of obtaining new grants.   “Our first grant was based on creating a device that was practical and affordable, and we developed the hardware using open software in collaboration with the ICT,” Anglin said. “So, we suspect this is going to be a long haul.”Krum said that some of the same problems and applications seen in VR today are similar to what the researchers have been working on in the past, in fields like medicine or social communication. The challenge lies in generating VR content and knowing what goes into developing it, Krum said.last_img read more

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Paul Ryan speaks out about Dublin squad departure

first_imgSeveral experienced players were not named in the new squad by manager Ger Cunningham. Paul Ryan has taken to twitter to confirm that he removed himself from the Dublin squad.Ryan is not in the winter training panel for next season however he tweeted today “contrary to what’s in the papers it was my decision to opt out of the 2017 panel.”Ryan has wished his now former teammates “the best of luck for the year”.last_img

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NB Hails NFF for Honouring 1994 Super Eagles

first_imgThe high point of the second edition of the Nigeria Football Federation Award Night was the honour and tribute to the class of 1994 of the Nigeria football team, the Super Eagles.Almost half of the living members of the squad were on hand to receive the honour , 25 years after the team brail the trail to become Nigeria’s first ever squad at the FIFA World Cup. In doing so, the 1994 Super Eagles also became the first Anglophone African team at the World Cup. Before the World Cup in June 1994, the team also won the Africa Cup of Nations, the first by any Nigerian squad outside the shores of the country. The squad also became the first Nigerian side to feature in the ‘sacred’ turf of the old Wembley Stadium in November 1994.Partners of the NFF and the official brewer of the beer of the Super Eagles, Nigeria Breweries (NB) were thrilled by the honour bestowed on the trail-brailing squad.According to the Marketing Director of the NB, Emmanuel Oriakhi, the recognition of the 1994 Super Eagles was a masterstroke employed by the NFF.Oriakhi recalled that the team not only brought honour to the country, it also attained the highest ranking of fifth position in the monthly rating of national teams which FIFA had been doing since 1993.“Recognising the exploits of that squad is a prerequisite for the advancement of subsequent squads Nigeria has been putting forward,” remarked Oriakhi. He recalled that no fewer than six members of the squad constituted the record-making Nigerian team of 1996 that became the first team outside Europe to win the Olympic Games’ football event in 68 years.Before that exploit, all the previous Olympic Games football gold medals had been won by European countries since the 1928 Olympics which was won by Uruguay. “Significantly, no European team has won since the Nigerian team broke their reign 23 years ago,” remarked the NB Marketing Director who sees this as a further tribute to the heroic performance of the Nigerian team to which his company is a pillar.He is of the opinion that the recognition of the 1994 squad will be an impetus to the current squad that will be featuring in the largest ever edition of the Africa Cup of Nations who could also put their names in gold. “The squad enmeshed in the middle of the FIFA ranking table will be spurred to rise. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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