Sir Viv never chased Gabriel off the field

first_imgLEGENDARY former West Indies captain Sir Vivian “Viv” Richards says he never chased former T&T opening batsman Richard Gabriel off the field during a Benson and Hedges Limited Overs match in Australia in 1984.The “Master Blaster” has been maligned, cursed and abused by local cricket fans who saw the incident as an attack on their own.The episode occurred at Perth in a tied encounter between West Indies and Australia. Clive Lloyd was the captain but Richards was holding on for him when the incident occurred.Larry Gomes, the Trinidadian part-time off-spinner, was operating at the time and bowled a short delivery outside off-stump to Kepler Wessels who was cut down to deep point. Gabriel gingerly running around close to the boundary failed to pick up the ball and it cannoned into the fence.“I never sent Gabriel off the field because I wanted to discipline him as the commentators said at the point in time,” recalls Richards.“Gabriel indicated that he had a hamstring problem so I point that he could go off the field after that effort.“I think Gabriel has finally been able to come clean with the incident and tell people what really happened on that occasion.”The match was the second game of the World Series finals and ended in a tie. Television replays of the incident show Gabriel pointing to his right hamstring after recovering the ball. Gus Logie, his fellow Trinidadian, replaced him on the field for the remainder of the match.After the incident, fans at the Queen’s Park Oval in St Clair, Port-of-Spain, refused to give Richards a good reception until they consumed their choice beverage and the Antiguan was murdering the bowling of the opposition.There will always be “talk” of Viv not liking Trinidadians and this did not go down well with the batting genius as he showed otherwise on many occasions.My own interaction with Viv showed his true colours.Back in 2016 while covering the West Indies versus Pakistan Test series in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Viv would insist that I take a ride back to my hotel with the transport that was provided for him by the television company he was working for, during the series.We spent close to a month in the UAE and grew very close as I was able to get to know the man better and understand his thinking and methods.One night after play had ended in the day/night Test between West Indies and Pakistan at the Dubai International Stadium, I told him that I would see him the next day, as I was about to call a taxi. He called me into his van as he had been doing every day of the Test match.On that evening, another Trinidadian journalist Fazeer Mohammed and part of the television crew had stayed back to complete his assignments so he did not leave with the other van as he usually had done, together with former Pakistan opening batsman Rameez Raja.I didn’t go to Viv’s van because it was filled, as daily, it was occupied by the driver, Viv, Ian Bishop and former Pakistan fast bowler Waqar Younis.Viv told me: “Get into the van.” To which, I mentioned to him that the vehicle was filled to capacity. He told the driver to open the back of the vehicle and commented: “I will not leave my Caribbean brother alone.”Viv said he would sit in the booth of the Landcruiser just to accommodate me. When the driver opened the back, we realised there was a pull-down seat in the vehicle. However, Mohammed volunteered to sit in the back as he was smaller in-built and off we went.This showed his love for his Caribbean brother, a Trinidadian at that, and he was very much willing to assist me.On that tour, we sat together and spoke a lot about politics. We watched clips of his masterful batting and he openly shared his feelings towards his Caribbean people and the deep passion with which he views the region.It was on this tour, he revealed the incident with Gabriel and it was obvious that the entire episode had affected him because the truth was not spoken.On the international scene, Viv is one of the few former West Indies cricketers that will make sure you are comfortable when far away from home. He always says that “when we are far away from home we must stick together as Caribbean people and ensure that we make life easy for each other.”Viv has always been a voice for the voiceless. He was the one who came out openly and suggested to Yorkshire County Cricket Club back in the day that they look at some of the young Asians who were very talented in the Headingley area.He was told by an official that they couldn’t handle the smell of all that curry in the dressing room. Viv hated this comment so much that when the official passed on, he refused to even attend his funeral.The legend Viv has sat with Kings, presidents, prime ministers, and top celebrities, exuding a class that is equal or even above them. Long live, the “King of the Caribbean”.(Reprinted from T&T Guardian)last_img read more

Ramadan-time Euro 2016 fever sweeps Arab world

first_imgPassionate about footballRamadan hasn’t stopped people following the contest on big screens in the Gulf.In Kuwait, whose national team was banned by FIFA in October from taking part in World Cup qualifying matches because of alleged government interference in sports, fans take consolation in the Euros.“Kuwaitis are passionate about football. It’s their favourite sport. But with the local championship being dull, football fans are passionate about the Euros,” said Salman Awad, former coach of the local Al-Salmiya team.Germany, the reigning world champions, are the most supported team in Kuwait and in many other Arab countries, exceeding defending European champions Spain.“Germany will win against Spain” in the final, was the prediction of Abbas Sistani as he sat in a restaurant in Kuwait City.In Dubai, one restaurant has erected a huge tent on the beach with big screens to show the games.Wafts of aromatic smoke fill the air as diners puff on flavoured tobaccos from hookahs, the water pipes that are a popular social pastime across the region.In another restaurant, an excited Jamie, sporting a white England shirt, said the cosmopolitan city state was a great venue to follow the tournament.“I don’t think we’re going to win it. I don’t think we’re close to being favourites,” he said.But “when it’s a decent game, this place is jam-packed… you can’t get that atmosphere at home… It’s as good as it gets.”Share on: WhatsApp Kuwait City, Kuwait | AFP |From Dubai to Tunis, Euro 2016 football fever is sweeping the Arab world, filling cafes and restaurants and overshadowing the nightly television soap operas that normally dominate Ramadan viewing.Every year, during the Muslim fasting month, television audiences soar as families gather in front of their sets after breaking the daytime fast.Usually the ratings are dominated by the dozens of rival soaps that are aired by state and private channels. But this year, Ramadan coincides with the Euros which are another massive draw.“The Euro championship is a high season for us,” said Mohammed Saeed, who runs a cafe in an upmarket area of Cairo. “We wait for it every four years to guarantee a full house.”Cafes in the Egyptian capital have draped the flags of competing countries over their entrances to attract fans.Some games are played during the day, when devout Muslims are fasting, while others clash with the iftar meal which breaks the daily fast at sunset.In Tunisia, where most cafes are closed during daylight hours in Ramadan, the venue moves to people’s homes.Evening games begin a few minutes after Muslims break their fast, a time most Tunisians spend with their families watching television.“No doubt there will be disputes in homes between those wanting to watch the soaps and others who want to watch the Euro matches,” said the head of a major television channel in Tunisia.Television viewing in the region peaks during Ramadan with ratings remaining high well into the night and advertisers devote large chunks of their budget to the small screen’s high season.With most games showing on foreign satellite channels, the main Tunisian channels have scheduled daily analysis programmes on the matches.last_img read more

It’s advantage Yorkshire in title chase

first_img It’s advantage Yorkshire in the title race at the English Men’s County Championship after they won this morning’s foursomes against Hampshire by 2.5-0.5 at Sandwell Park in Staffordshire.Yorkshire captain Darryl Berry commented: “They all did well to give us a two-point cushion going into the singles. That’s all I could ask for and now we’ll go out and try and get the top three matches out there.”The dramatic game of the morning was the top clash between Yorkshire’s Kealan Lowe and Bailey Gill and Warwickshire’s Mark Burgess and Tom Robson.It goes down on the scoresheet as a half but behind that lies some astonishing scoring. Yorkshire started with six consecutive birdies, while Hampshire stayed in touch with the help of eagles on the 3rd, where Robson holed a four-iron, and another on the 5th, where Burgess rolled in a 4ft putt. “So we were five-under and one down through six!” said Robson.Hampshire got all square on the 7th, but lost the 8th before eagling the 10th, where Burgess hooked a three-iron around the trees and Robson holed a 40-footer from the back of the green. All square again.Hampshire went one up on 12, but Yorkshire won the 16th and 17th where Gill and Lowe pulled off a magical up and down to go down the last 1up.Robson found his own touch of magic on the 18th green, holing a downhill 10-footer across the slope which he set off at 90 degrees to the hole. The birdie squared the game and Robson remarked: “That’s the best match I’ve ever played.”In the other games, English champion Dan Brown and Steve Robins set Yorkshire on their way, winning the first point 5/3 and completing the season as an unbeaten pairing.Will Whiteoak and Ben Brewster (pictured top © Leaderboard Photography) were involved in another battle which went to the 18th before they emerged as 1up winners. They too amassed birdies and an eagle on 10 as they worked their way to dormie two up. Hampshire birdied the 17th to take the game the full distance but the 18th was halved in par and Yorkshire took the point.In the third-place play-off Warwickshire also lead Cornwall 2.5-0.5 after the foursomes.Warwickshire’s Max Martin and Liam Phipps took the first point with their comfortable 5/4 win, before Matt Cryer and Ian Winstanley won the 18th to finish 1up. Gareth Jenkins and Tom Ibbertson completed the team’s scoring with their half.Click here for full scores 25 Sep 2016 It’s advantage Yorkshire in title chase last_img read more

Inside Conditions…Steelers unleash quasar on Titans

first_img“T’was the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring not even a mouse.” The Tennessee Titans rubbed their eyes, glanced at the calendar and clearly thought that it was X-mas. From the first play of the game, the Titans displayed a very benevolent spirit by giving and continuing to hand the Steelers football after football adorned with satiny red bows. However, when the Titans unwrapped all of the many presents carefully placed under their tree, every single gift box contained only signed, snarling photos of the Steeler defense.It seemed that the biggest opponent the Steelers had to face while playing in the “volunteer” state was “father” nature. It also appeared that Pittsburgh’s most staunch ally was the Titans themselves.Tennessee coughed up the pigskin seven times, four in the first half alone. The heat itself seemed to play a cruel game of “last man standing” on the Black and Gold, especially the offensive line. The O-line, with the exception rookie center Maurkice Pouncey, was forced to seek assistance from the sidelines for various reasons but the main culprit was the heat.The Steelers hung stockings by the end zone with care with hopes that St. Vincent “the Young” would soon be there.This was supposed to be the game that all three phases of the Steelers offense, defense and special teams came apart at the seams in the midst of a very inhospitable environment but the only true hostilities that were being generated were along the Steelers defensive front. By the way, I refuse to refer to Steelers nose tackle Chris Hoke as a second teamer. Hoke is just one of two “alternate” nose tackles for the Black and Gold. Did you see the game that he played? He had the middle of the D-line clogged up more than a septic tank after a thanksgiving dinner for 20.Everyone seemed to assume that the quasar was an indicator Titans All-Pro running back Chris Johnson was about to have a glorious day. Steelers Nation, glory is not spelled 16 carries for 34 yards. That is not a glorious day toting the rock, even playing peewee football. The Steelers defense was, well, just out of this world. Instead of choking, the defense became chokers, wrapping around the Titans offense, constricting and squeezing all hopes that Tennessee had of eking out a victory. There is a burning star shining brightly in the black hole called the AFC North. No, it is not the Aurora Borealis, but the Steelers defense.The tea party is coming, the tea party is coming.No, the British are not coming. They have come and gone. Oh, my bat, except for the Beatles, Simon Cowell, and the lovely Sharon Osbourne. There is an element of the local media that seems to think that they have the creative license and the constitutional right to say anything about African-American athletes without any repercussions. Following the Steelers win in Tennessee, the game was being discussed on the WTAE Action Sports Sunday post-game show and what the heck do ya know? Out of the blue, John Steigerwald opened up his “Tea Party” lips and allowed one of the most hateful and racially insensitive remarks that I have ever heard come from the mouth of any journalist. He said “he hoped that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick would get hurt.”What did Vick ever do to him? What, what is he afraid of? Why is he drinking up all of the “Haterade?” Maybe someone close to him of a female persuasion has a poster of Vick displayed prominently on their boudoir wall.I have found out when people trash others for no apparent reason it is usually the perpetrators of the negative energy who are themselves lacking. On several occasions, I have been severely critical of the play of Ben Roethlisberger on the field and off but I would never and I can say “never,” write about or wish hurt harm or danger upon him or any person, athlete or not just to endear myself to any segment of the population.Attending sports events is supposed to represent one of our many pleasures but nowadays there is a nasty, meanspirited temperament that is being nurtured and maintained by a few of those “supposedly” covering the game.These mental peons do not want to only cover the game, they want to impact the outcome without ever stepping on the gridiron or the court. Minorities had “better” understand that in America, the land of the free, we are never more than a few votes away from a congressional mandate that could not only turn back the clock as far as human rights are concerned but possibly obliterate any instrument used to measure time.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected]­pitts­burghcourier.com or 412-583-6741.)last_img read more

Tigers, Cardinals meet in championship Wednesday at QE Park

first_imgThe Cardinals have the edge heading into the final with one of the best records in the league this season.However, the Overland West Freightlines Tigers are on a roll, entering the contest as one of the hottest teams in the league.First pitch is 6:15 p.m. at Queen Elizabeth Park. The minor baseball season is winding down and in the hunt for the championships in the Cal Ripken Division are two Nelson and District Baseball Association teams.Wednesday, at Queen Elizabeth Park the two combatants — Nelson Overland West Freightlines Tigers and Nelson Priority Concrete Cardinals — take to the diamond to determine bragging rights, not only for the Heritage City but also the West Kootenay Baseball League.last_img read more

2,000 DONEGAL STUDENTS GET LEAVING CERT RESULTS – HELPLINE SET UP

first_imgMORE than 2,000 students in Co Donegal are getting their Leaving Cert results today.And the Letterkenny Youth Information Centre will be providing a Leaving Cert results phone helpline for them.Staff at the centre will be available today from 10am-6pm and daily for young people and parents to bring along any queries that may arise following students receiving their results. The Youth Information Centre will be able to give young people details on how to calculate points, how to go about having papers re-checked, how to go about accepting an offer from your college, or how to access other training courses.The Youth Information Centre has a booklet available called “Flying the Coop”, which has advice and useful contacts and information for those who will shortly be leaving home for the first time.Youth Information Coordinator, Gareth Gibson, says the important thing is to take time to decide what you want to do.“If you don’t get the results you want it is not the end of the world. You could repeat, take on a Post Leaving Certificate course, take on an apprenticeship, or find a career path through a state training agency. We have information available on all these options so feel free to come in and have a talk to one of the staff or phone us in the centre.” The Youth Information Centre will also be holding a series of seminars in the week beginning August 26th in the Youth Information Centre Letterkeny, Planet Youth Ballybofey, Buncrana Youth Drop In and the Yard Falcarragh for young people and parents of those who will be leaving home for the first time, with advice on managing finances, how to make the most of college and how to stay safe. For further details on these seminars contact the YIC on 074 91 29640The phone number to call for the Leaving Cert results helpline is 07491-29640. The Youth Information Centre is located at 16-18 Port Road, you can even email your query to [email protected] or not? Send your Leaving Cert pix to [email protected] 2,000 DONEGAL STUDENTS GET LEAVING CERT RESULTS – HELPLINE SET UP was last modified: August 14th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaldonegal daily newsLeaving certResultslast_img read more

The Travel Bug® That’s Traveled the Furthest* (*and is still traveling)

first_img SharePrint RelatedMAT – the Travel Bug® that TeachesSeptember 18, 2012In “Learn”The Teenage Travel Bug® MoverSeptember 19, 2012In “Community”Trackable Week Begins Monday!September 8, 2012In “Community”  Eine aktiver Travel Bug übertrifft alle anderen in der zurückgelegten Entfernung.Das ist die Geschichte des am weitesten gereisten aktiven TB in der Welt, Steves Geo–Rucksack und seines Eigentümers, Steve Kenny (clrtolnd). Mit (bis jetzt) 1,6 Millionen Meilen hat Steves Geo–Rucksack viel Erfahrung im Reisen. Steve hat den Vorteil, dass er Pilot bei einer Fluggesellschaft ist und somit viele Möglichkeiten hat, die Welt zu sehen.“Geocaching ist perfekt für Piloten, da wir während unserer Reisen Zeit für Zwischenstopps haben.” Der Name clrtolnd steht für “Bereit zur Landung“, eine positive Nachricht für Piloten und ein erstklassiges Zeichen für Travel Bugs um eifrig mehr Meilen zu sammeln.Steve nutzt für seinen TB die Technik des “Eintauchens” um seine persönliche Reisemeilen zu protokollieren. Dies bedeutet, er loggt den Besuch eines Geocaches mit seinem Travel Bug, lässt diesen jedoch in seinem Besitz, anstatt Ihn in den Geocache abzulegen. Seinen TB “eintauchen” lassen, kann man auch auf Geocaching.com wenn man einen Cache besucht. Man wählt unter dem Reiter “Trackables abgelegt?”, die Option ‘Besucht‘ aus, durch diese Auswahl bleibt der TB im Bestand des Geocachers. Der Begriff “persönliche Traveler” bezieht sich auf Travel Bugs wie Steves Geo–Rucksack, sie dienen der Nachverfolgung des Kilometerstand zwischen den besuchten Geocaches. Alternativ loggen auch einige Geocacher einen Travel Bug als “Besucht” ein, bevor Sie diesen an eine andere Person übergeben.UAL Family Travel Bug, one of clrtolnd’s Travel Bugs.Steve entdeckte Geocaching im August 2006, als er und seine Kollegen einen Zwischenaufenthalt in Frankfurt, Deutschland hatten.  Während der Wartezeit, erklärte der Flugkapitän clrtolnd das Hobby Geocaching. An dem Tag fanden Sie gemeinsam drei Traditional– und einen Multi–Cache — seit dem wurde aus Steve ein begeisterter Geocacher. Er hat sogar aus seinem Bruder, Flyingbug, in einen Geocaching–Enthusiasten verwandelt. “Wir haben beide Hunderte von Meilen zu Fuß sowie Tausende von Meilen in der Luft zurückgelegt. Er ist mein bester Caching–Kumpel” gesteht Steve.Nach ein paar Monate im Hobby Geocaching kaufte Steve ein paar Geocoins und einen Travel Bug um zu verfolgen, wie viele Meilen er in einem bestimmten Monat gereist ist. Er brachte den TB an seinen kleinen Rucksack (daher der Name Steves Geo–Rucksack) an und das Abenteuer begann.Steve loggt seinen TB nicht bei jedem Cache den er findet ein, aber er loggt mit Ihm im Allgemeinen einem Cache pro Ausflug. Manchmal verpasst er das Loggen oder er vergisst es, vor allem bei Reisen in der gleichen Region. “Wenn ich einen Cache in Dubai finde, nach Hause fliege und meine nächster Fund ist in Kuwait, dann verpasse ich in etwa 13.000 Meilen. Das geschieht jedes Jahr mehrere Male, aber ich versuche zu mindestens jedes Mal einen Cache zu suchen, wenn ich für mehr als 12 Stunden auf dem Boden bin.”Mit so vielen zurückgelegten Meilen seines TBs kann Steve viele Geocaching–Geschichten erzählen. Er erinnert sich liebevoll daran, wie er einen UAL–Familien–Travel Bug mit einem McDonald‘s 747 Spielzeug–Flugzeug erstellte und ihn im Victoria Peak in Hongkong ablegte. “Der erste Geocacher, welcher den Travel Bug aufnahm, war ein Air New Zealand 747 Pilot!”Steve’s geo-backpack Travel Bug has logged its way across the globe.[Der Travel Bug Steves Geo-Rucksack hat seinen Weg über den Globus abgebildet.]Steve und sein Travel Bug der “Geo–Rucksack” haben keine Pläne kürzer zu treten. “Ich kann mir nicht vorstellen, meinen Geo–Rucksack in den Ruhestand zu schicken. Ich nehme Ihn fast überall mit hin, er enthält all mein Geo–Equipment.” Steves Geo–Kit enthält alles was er für das Geocaching benötigt, mit Ausnahme einer Zange oder einem scharfen Objekt – auch Piloten dürfen dies nicht auf Flügen mitnehmen. Trackable Week highlights a new story Monday through Sunday this week about creative ways to experience Trackables. Geocaching.com Trackables allow people to tag and track an item from location to location. Trackables typically come in three varieties, Geocoins, Travel Bugs® or Promotional Trackables like the “Find the Gecko,” Geico campaign. (Watch a video on Travel Bugs)See the bottom of this article for a place a share your Trackable stories, links to other Trackable stories and a limited time special offer for 10% or more on individual orders of Travel Bugs through Shop Geocaching and our International Retailers.Die Trackable–Woche präsentiert eine neue Geschichte jeweils von Montag bis Sonntag in dieser Woche um mehr über Trackables zu erfahren. Geocaching.com Trackables erlauben Leuten, einen Gegenstand zu markieren und diesen von Ort zu Ort zu verfolgen. Trackables kommen typischerweise in drei Varianten daher, Geocoins, Travel Bugs® oder Werbe–Trackables wie beispielsweise “Find the Gecko“, einer Kampagne von Geico. (Schau Dir ein Video über Travel Bugs an)Am Ende dieses Artikels findest Du Platz um Deine eigenen Trackable–Geschichten zu teilen, Links zu anderen Trackable–Storys zu setzen und Du findest ein Sonderangebot für einen begrenzten Zeitraum. Spare 10% oder mehr auf deine Bestellung von Travel Bugs im Shop von Geocaching.com und bei unseren internationalen Einzelhändlern.Steve’s Geo-BackpackSteve’s geo-backpack Travel Bug has logged its way across the globe.[Der Travel Bug Steves Geo-Rucksack hat seinen Weg über den Globus abgebildet.]One active Travel Bug has surpassed all others in its distance traveled.This is the story of the most–well–traveled active TB in the world, Steve‘s geo–backpack, and its owner, Steve Kenny (clrtolnd). With 1.6 million miles, and counting, Steve‘s geo–backpack has experienced some serious traveling. Steve has the advantage of being an airline pilot who has many opportunities to see the world.“Geocaching is perfect for pilots because during our travels, we have time to ourselves on our layovers.” The name clrtolnd stands for “clear to land,” a positive message for airline pilots, and an excellent sign for Travel Bugs that are eager to land more miles.clrtolnd at Burj Kalifa, Dubai, one of his many worldly travels.[Clrtolnd beim Burj Kalifa, Dubai, auf einer seiner zahlreichen weltweiten Reisen.]Steve uses the technique of “dipping” his TB to track his personal mileage. This means that he logs the Travel Bug at a geocache, but then keeps it in his possession rather than leaving it inside of the cache container. Dipping can be done on Geocaching.com by logging a cache and selecting the “Dropped off Any Trackables?” option, under which the option of “Visited” can be selected. By selecting “Visited,” the TB remains in the geocacher‘s inventory and is considered “dipped.” The term “personal traveler” refers to Travel Bugs like Steve‘s geo–backpack that are used for tracking the mileage between geocaches. Alternatively, some geocachers will dip a Travel Bug just before handing it off to another person.Steve first discovered geocaching in August 2006, when he and his colleagues were on a flight layover in Frankfurt, Germany.  While waiting, the flight captain introduced clrtolnd to the hobby of geocaching. That day, they successfully found three traditional geocaches and one multicache — Steve has been an avid geocacher ever since. He has even converted his brother, Flyingbug, into a geocaching enthusiast. “We both have but hundreds of miles on our shoes as well as the thousands of miles in the air. He is my favorite caching buddy,” admits Steve.A few months into geocaching, Steve purchased some coins and a Travel Bug in order to track how many miles he traveled in a given month. He clipped the TB to his small backpack (hence the name Steve‘s geo–backpack) and set off for adventure.Steve does not dip his TB in every cache that he finds, but he generally dips it in one cache per outing. Sometimes he misses out on logging miles, if he forgets to dip it between trips to the same region, “If I find a cache in Dubai, fly home, and my next find is in Kuwait, I failed to log more than 13,000 miles. That happens multiple times each year, but I attempt to find at least one cache each time that I have more than 12 hours on the ground.”With so many miles under his TB‘s belt, Steve has many geocaching stories to share. He fondly recalls a time that he made a UAL Family Travel Bug out of a McDonald‘s 747 toy–airplane and left it on Victoria Peak in Hong Kong, “The first geocacher to pick it up was an Air New Zealand 747 pilot!”clrtolnd’s photo of his brother, Flyingbug at a find in West Virginia[Clrtolnd’s Foto von seinem Bruder, Flyingbug bei einem Fund in West Virginia]Steve and his geo–backpack Travel Bug have no plans to slow down. “I can‘t imagine retiring my geo–backpack. I take it almost everywhere that I carry my geo–essentials.” Steve’s geo–kit includes all of the geocaching necessities, except for pliers or a sharp object – even pilots aren‘t allowed to bring those on flights.center_img ADDITIONAL TRACKABLE STORIES:Zusätzliche Trackable Geschichten:Share your Trackable stories for a chance to win this rare and coveted Moun10bike Trackable.Share your Trackable stories for a chance to win a rare and coveted Moun10bike Trackable.Teile jetzt Deine Trackable–Geschichten mit anderen und habe die Chance auf diesem seltenen und begehrten Moun10Bike Trackable.Learn and share Trackable EtiquettePrüfe und schaue Dir die Trackable Etikette anShop Now to Find Trackable Week Discounts of 10% or MoreFinde jetzt Rabatte von 10% oder mehr während der Trackable-Woche(Für Trackables von teilnehmenden Anbietern)Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

dApp Development Will Help the Healthcare Industry

first_imgFDA Extends Collaboration on Living Heart Proje… Related Posts Harikrishna Kundariya, a marketer, developer, IoT, ChatBot & Blockchain savvy, designer, co-founder, Director of eSparkBiz @Mobile Application Development Company. His 8+ experience enables him to provide digital solutions to new start-ups based on IoT and ChatBot. eSparkbiz has reached greater heights with his immense contribution in calculating the Cost To Make An App. Harikrishna KundariyaCEO Tags:#dApps Development#dApps in Healthcare Blockchain – Impending Revolution in Glob… Why is Bitcoin Soaring? How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… From time to time, technology will come along that can be counted on to disrupt many industries. Blockchain is one such technology. Blockchain has started to make inroads into many business sectors. Blockchain will bring only thoughts of cryptocurrencies to many people. dApp development will help the healthcare industry.However, technology has invaded industries as varied as healthcare and transportation. The dApp is one product that uses blockchain technology. These are applications or programs that run without centralized control. A central entity controls all applications. Blockchain technology is what facilitates the creation of dApps, so why does healthcare need blockchain technology?What is blockchain technology?It is not a technology that is used only in cryptocurrency transactions. The Blockchain is an open-source technology. In this technology, transactions get recorded on a decentralized ledger. Transactions get spread across the chain. There are no centralized agencies which control the operations. This technology cuts out the need for a middle man. Alternatively, it uses consensus from all involved parties to validate a transaction.It is almost impossible for someone to make a transaction without the other entities knowing about it. It allows total transparency of all transactions. Though initially, people use this technology for transactions of cryptocurrencies, many industries are looking at ways to adopt this technology. There are many advantages of using this technology, especially where there is an exchange of data between many people.Advantages of blockchain technology.Before we see how Blockchain helps the healthcare industry, we should look at the benefits of using this technology. Any technology may get used if it adds value to the existing system. Let us see how blockchain technology is beneficial. The first and most significant advantage of Blockchain is that there is no central authority to validate transactions. Every transaction gets distributed to all the members of a chain.Hence there is no way any tampering can happen. The fact that every transaction gets accepted by consensus will prevent any fraud. Every transaction is recorded and validated by everyone. It means that there is total transparency in the system. It improves trust in the system. Every member of the group can see the details of every transaction. In earlier systems, the data was stored in a centralized location.In Blockchain, it gets spread among the various servers in the system. It makes it almost impossible for anyone to enter the system and steal the data. There is no central data store for hackers to target. As there is no central agency checking or approving each transaction, the cost of transactions become much less. It results in a considerable saving of money. The system itself takes care of the job. It also saves time.The Blockchain is a system that checks and approves the transactionsAs there is no single agency supporting the transactions, there is no way tampering can take place. All purchases need the consensus of all members.There is total transparency and trust because everyone can see all the transactions.There is more trust as everything is out in the open for everyone to seeThere is no centralized data storage for hackers to target.Money and time savings as there is no need to wait for someone to approve the transactions.What ails the healthcare industry?Before we see how Blockchain can play an essential role in the healthcare industry, we must look at the problems that the healthcare industry faces. There are many issues concerning sharing of medical information, treatment of patients, and distribution of medicines which can use the blockchain technology. One of the primary reasons for the theft of data from EMR (electronic medical records) of patients is that they are all stored in a centralized location.It makes it easy for any hacker to access the data and use it for illegal purposes. Another problem with the medical record of patients is the delay in getting the data. The patient may have undergone treatment in one facility. If another health organization wants these data, they have to wait to get it. It may take longer if these facilities are located in locations far apart.There is always difficulty in compiling the medical details from various sources. It may be possible to integrate the medical records from wearable devices of a patient with other data. But it certainly is not easy. Today more and more people are using wearable devices to record body activities.Theft of EMR is rampant as data gets stored in one locationHackers need only to open one storage device to get access to all data. These hackers sell these medical data for money.Sending data from one health organization to another can take a lot of time.Compiling of medical records from different sources is difficult.Integration of data from wearable devices with other medical records is a lengthy process.Using Blockchain in the healthcare industry.While Blockchain will help solve the above problems, it also finds a use for many purposes in the healthcare industry. Let us first see how Blockchain helps to solve the above issues. The first advantage of Blockchain is that it is fully decentralized. The system does not store any data in centralized storage devices. The data is available in a distributed manner across the whole network. There is no way hackers can target one source and get all the information.When the data gets distributed across the whole chain, it is easy to access the data. The patient can own the data and decide who has access to the data. It means that when the patient goes to a different healthy facility, even in a different country, he or she can show the data to the new doctor. There is no time delay or the need to wait for someone to share the data.Blockchain helps to merge the data from wearables to be integrated with other medical records available. Users will generate IoT data which they can consolidate with other healthcare organization data. Blockchain can help to secure IoT data with the utmost ease. Apart from the above, the main advantage is the formation of dApp, which are very helpful in the healthcare industry. Let us see how dApp can play a significant role in the industry. Before that, we need to look at what is a dApp.What are dApps?dApp stands for Decentralized Application. It is a web application meant for sharing of information between the users. Unlike other apps, there is no central ownership or managing body. All the users of the app maintain the app. Any new addition or change is made through mutual consent. A copy of the app gets stored in the computers of all the users. It doesn’t matter how many people are there in the network.Bitcoin is probably the first dApp which runs on the Blockchain. It is a dApp for financial transactions. There is no central financial institution controlling the transactions. Each person adds an entry to the ledger.Healthcare and dApps.Apart from helping in financial transactions, dApps have been useful in many other industries. But healthcare is an industry which can get a lot of help from this technology. Let us see how the healthcare industry can use dApps.Sharing of data.It is probably the best use for dApps in the healthcare industry. When a patient is undergoing treatment, the details get entered in the app. dApps can connect the pieces of information in a shared network. It means that the treatment detail will be available at any time if the patient is visiting another hospital for treatment.Another benefit is that such exchanges can help in patients getting better treatment. Sometimes patients of similar symptoms can be treated with different medication. If the data is updated, doctors can know which treatment was more beneficial and start using that medication.Secure data storage.It is another important use of dApps in the healthcare industry. The dApp can store the data and spread it across all members of the group. It means that there is no central storage server which hackers can target.Hospitals store a considerable amount of data on secure servers. However, these are all vulnerable to attacks by hackers who will steal the personal data of patients. Having the data spread across an app will frustrate the hackers as there will be no target for them.Public Health.If there is a dApp which gets shared between various health practitioners and organizations, they can share information about an epidemic. It will help in treating the epidemic faster. Everyone in the network can add their knowledge about different treatment methods. It is right in the case of research too. If the research details get shared in a dApp, this can help different researchers involved in similar studies. They will know the results of various trails which have been conducted by their colleagues.An important fact here is that all the users in the dApp verify every entry. There is no way to make a wrong entry can. Nobody can claim ownership wrongly as every entry has to be authenticated by mutual consent. The study is safe, and everyone who has contributed will get his or her credit.Patient Health data.Instead of storing the health details of patients in a centralized electronic health record, they can store in a dApp which is owned and controlled by them. They can decide who can view the app. Patients cannot access EHR now. In a dApp, the patients can integrate their medical details from wearable devices. They can also use other tools and include that data in the medical records. It will help the doctors to give a complete picture of the patients’ health.Agreements and contracts.It is a very time-consuming process getting the family members to sign the deal when someone has to undergo surgery. There are forms to be completed and signature affixed. These have to be sent to a centralized authority for approval. In the case of a dApp, the patients’ relatives and the hospital can manage this without any central authority. It is possible because the others in the group authenticate every entry. It saves a lot of time.A secure on-demand model.The on-demand service app has made its presence felt in the healthcare industry. There are apps which help in the supply of medicines. There are also apps which help you get a doctor when you want. But there was no secure app for this purpose. dApps are the solution. They can help in a very secure network of doctors and medical suppliers. If there is a problem, it is straightforward to find out where it has happened and correct it.As all the users of the app have to authenticate, any data entered is immediately known to all the people concerned.Doctors treating patients who got treatment elsewhere can have instant access to patient’s records.Doctors can arrive at the best cure for a condition as treatment methods for similar symptoms are shared.Patient data is very secure as there is no central storage server for hackers to target.Epidemics can be treated quickly as information about treatment is readily available on the dApp.Researches researching similar diseases can share information and have access to details about various trials and results.Researchers are safe when sharing information as every entry needs authentication. Nobody can make the wrong claims.Patients can integrate all medical records in a dApp which they have access and can control. It is better than EHR.You can integrate medical results from wearable devices and other sources in one dApp.The signing of agreements and contracts are fast and secure.On-demand services become safer as mistakes can be immediately located and corrected.Obstacles and Difficulties in Using Blockchain Technology.Different regions have different medical guidelines. In a blockchain network, nobody knows whether everyone is following the directions correctly. It is because there is no central authority controlling the information. Another difficulty that occurs when storing medical data is storage capacity. Each user generates a considerable amount of data. It is much more than what can get stored in a blockchain because of the size restrictions of the block.The time taken for data to be loaded on to the Blockchain is another matter. The process is prolonged. It is because of the number of consents that are required before it can get recorded. There is a need to find a better system than the proof-of-work method. Data cannot be changed once it gets entered in the Blockchain. It adds to the security of the data because no one can change it. But this also makes it impossible to scale the data.ConclusionThe technology is still in its nascent state. There are many difficulties in using blockchain technology in the healthcare industries. There are unclear areas concerning data privacy. There is doubt about who should get access and who shouldn’t. The cost of technology is another obstacle to using it very widely. The main problem, however, would be to convince the various parties to adopt the technology and prove that it is useful and safer than present systems.The fact that it keeps patients’ data safe and gives them control should be enough reason to push forward this technology.last_img read more

LA Revilla sends out cryptic tweet amid Kia hullabaloo

first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kung magpapalusot man lang sana ginandahan niyo na ang rason. Hindi talaga eh. Bagsak kayo sigurado kung may lie detector. 💩— LA Revilla (@wilLAREVILLAme) October 27, 2017FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 New team manager Joe Lipa offered a feeble explanation on the trade during talk with the media before PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa announced the approval, which likely triggered Revilla’s post on social media.“One man cannot spell the difference from a team winning a championship. But for us to have three to four veteran players who we believe isn’t only talented but can also contribute to the development of the younger players, we believe that we can be very competitive,” Lipa told reporters.The 27-year-old Revilla has been the team’s star since his arrival in 2014 and is entering his fourth season for the Picanto, who wasted a golden opportunity to draft a sure-fire star in Christian Standhardinger.Lipa also said the Fil-German big man, who is not the typical rookie having played professionally in Germany and with the Philippine national team, “is a great player” and “has a big potential.”Standhardinger is the consensus top choice in the coming draft on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Revilla hasn’t taken down the tweet and also hasn’t made another statement. View commentscenter_img The trade was also approved by PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa Friday night an hour before Game 7 of the 2017 Governors’ Cup, won by Barangay Ginebra, tipped off. Kia acquired Ronald Tubid, JayR Reyes, Rashawn McCarthy, and a 2019 first round pick.Trading away a high draft pick is nothing new to Kia.In 2015, the franchise also dealt its rights to No. 2 pick, which turned out to be Troy Rosario, to Talk ’N Text in a three-team trade and got veteran swingmen Aldrech Ramos and KG Canaleta in return.The Picanto followed it up with another head-scratching move a season later when they shipped Ramos and Canaleta despite having a promising campaign.Kia recorded a woeful 6-27 slate this season, including a 0-11 card in the Governors’ Cup. LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH It appears that even LA Revilla couldn’t hide his dismay over Kia’s controversial move that sent the No. 1 overall pick of the 2017 PBA Draft to San Miguel Beer.Revilla, the Picanto point guard, wrote a cryptic tweet on Friday night, the same day that after Kia management defended the team’s eyebrow-raising trade move and asked for patience from fans for their “unconventional” ways in the league.ADVERTISEMENT Black admits ‘not very happy’ with how Game 7 was governed John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

Young guns vital for Queensland’s defence in women’s open

first_imgBy BEN HARRISThey weren’t involved in Queensland’s historic win two years ago but Kim Sue See and Brooke Walker could play a big part in their state’s defence of the women’s open title.Queensland ended New South Wales’ grip on the women’s open title when they won the three-game series 2-1 in Port Macquarie in 2012 following victories in match one (5-3) and match three (3-1).It was Queensland’s first series win in the women’s open division since 2002.Now back on home soil at Sunshine Coast Stadium, Queensland are looking to go back-to-back in the division for the first time in State of Origin history.If they do, a big reason for it could be their six debutants including Sue See and Walker.Both have represented Australia via premiership-winning stints with Queensland Secondary Schools Touch at the National Youth Championships.Sue See made her international women’s open debut on her 18th birthday in the first Trans-Tasman Test at Mudgee on ANZAC Day earlier this year.“I’m really nervous but I’m not as nervous as I would be if I hadn’t already played for Australia. It really helped. It calms me a bit,” Sue See said.Coming from Bribie Island, Sue See is playing in her backyard at Sunshine Coast Stadium.She knows New South Wales won’t be pushovers.“New South Wales have some of the best players in the world,” she said.“But as a team hopefully we can play to our strengths and we will see how we go.”Walker, 19, expects all three matches to be physical and challenging.She said it was surreal to be making her debut in the open’s team alongside the likes of Peta Rogerson and Kelly Woods.“They have experience behind them and to be able to debut alongside them it is a dream really,” Walker said.“We have the potential to win definitely. We’ve got people like Peta and Woodsy to guide us and the rest will have to step up and hopefully we can come away with a win.”The first match of the women’s open series begins at 5.20pm on Friday, September 19.The second and third matches are on Saturday at 10.45am and 4.15pm respectively.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 State of Origin. The Touch Football Australia and State of Origin websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.soo.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and live games streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksSOO women’s openlast_img read more