Women’s World Cup| FIFA says it was wrong to remove fans wearing Iran slogan T-shirts

first_imgFIFA says it was wrong to remove fans from a Women’s World Cup match for wearing T-shirts calling for Iranian women to be let into football stadiums.Two fans were removed during Canada’s 2-0 win over New Zealand on Saturday because their T-shirts carried slogans.However, FIFA has now said the message was “social, not political” so not against its rules.The governing body added it “will do its best to ensure similar situations do not occur at future matches”.The Open Stadiums movement has been campaigning for women to be allowed access to men’s sporting events in Iran after a 40-year ban.In March 2018, 35 women were detained for trying to watch a football match in Tehran, but in October a select number of women were allowed access to a friendly match between Iran and Bolivia.FIFA has been working with Iran to try to end the ban.The incident in Grenoble last Saturday was witnessed by Australian fan Petr Kuzmin, who said the couple wearing the T-shirts, which also had a message about hijabs – headscarves worn by some Muslim women – on the front, did not resist.But Kuzmin said he was “incensed” by what he saw and described it as an “insane irony”.“The main message (on the T-shirts) was about allowing women access to stadiums and to have it censored like this seemed ridiculous,” he told BBC Sport.“I’m glad FIFA made the right decision to formulate the right response, even if it took three days, and I think it’s a good sign that they are interested in promoting women’s access to stadiums in Iran.”FIFA said in a statement it “believes that the message to allow women into football stadiums in Iran is a social, not political, matter and so the message on the front of the T-shirts worn by two fans is not against FIFA rules, which always need to be applied with a sense of proportion”.The world governing body added: “As such, in this specific case, the fans should not have been asked to remove their T-shirts or to leave the stadium by local security, even if there were other messages on the back of their T-shirts.“FIFA will do its best to ensure that any similar situations do not occur at future matches during the competition.”(BBC Sport)last_img read more

Badiru, Dantata Are Future of Nigeria Polo, Says LPC President

first_imgPresident of the Lagos Polo Club, Ade Laoye has described the performances of Timi Badiru and Selim Dantata at the just-concluded Lagos International Polo Tournament as hugely-impressive submitting that both teenagers are future of the game in the country.Badiru, 14, and Selim, 11, made their debuts at the prestigious tournament reputed to be the highest-rated in West Africa and their total ratings at the 11-day double-phase polo extravaganza are above average.While Badiru featured for Lagos RCF, Selim played for Kano BUA and the club helmsman expressed delight at their performances. “That teenagers like Timi and Selim are already performing well at this stage, points to the fact that the future of the game in Lagos Polo Club is bright. They are the future of the game in Nigeria,” Laoye stated during the presentation of the Churchward Plate which he captained Lagos Ribadu while Badiru captained the Lagos Awolowo team.Meanwhile, Natalie Allan has said that she hopes to use the experience she got at this year’s tournament to guide her to win laurels at the club’s tournaments scheduled for later in the year.For the second year running, the minus-one handicap player rolled with the boys and played a huge part in her team winning their two preliminary round matches, although it was not enough as they missed out of the final on goals difference.“I’m excited to play again at this wonderful tournament. The experience is piling up and I know very soon I should be able to cap my outings with titles. The club tournaments are scheduled for late in the year and I should be able to use the experience I had playing with great players to guide my team to successes.The President’s Cup, the Captain Cup, Santa Gold Cup and X-Men Cup are some of the in-house events that the prestigious club will hold this year.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

ICT creates new PTSD treatment

first_imgFollow us on Twitter @dailytrojan A mounted display, directional 3-D audio, and vibrations act in concert to immerse a man clutching a game controller through a virtual Middle East. His avatar is riding a Humvee, part of a convoy, when an IED suddenly and abruptly explodes up ahead. His virtual comrades erupt into commotion.This isn’t a video game setup showcasing the newest installment in the Call of Duty series. It’s a therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder being developed by researchers at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies.The treatment, known as Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy, allows veterans with PTSD to confront traumatic war memories. In ICT’s Virtual Iraq/Afghanistan program, patients can explore various scenarios in settings reminiscent of Middle Eastern cities and deserts.A trained therapist who can manipulate the environment to each patient’s needs guides them through the virtual world. Therapists can adjust weather, add villagers and trigger events with the touch of a button in the game.As each patient explores the virtual world, he or she communicates with the therapist in order to work through the emotions and physiological effects being experienced.Exposure therapy is a common form of behavior treatment used to treat many anxiety disorders. In this type of therapy, the patient learns to gradually confront the fears, anxieties and situations at the root of his or her disorder.Though exposure therapy can be used to treat certain disorders by directly exposing the patient to the actual trigger or feared situation, this isn’t possible with PTSD for war veterans where the underlying trigger is a painful memory from the war.Historically, exposure therapy for these cases is conducted through guided visualization, which relies on the patient imagining and recreating memories and feelings. With virtual reality, however, therapists can directly place patients in immersive environments that elicit a physiological response as if they were actually in the environment.“We can go back and look at log files and know exactly what the patient saw in the simulation,” said Albert “Skip” Rizzo, the associate director and research lead for Medical Virtual Reality at ICT.Exposure therapy is not a new science, but technological innovations have allowed for significant advances in the treatment.“The use of technology by this generation is not a luxury, it’s a given. As long as you’re delivering evidence-based treatment, then the technology can make it more effective, more efficient, more trackable,” Rizzo said.The technology is also becoming cheaper as advanced gaming hardware becomes more widespread. Rizzo said the hardware for the program costs less than $5,000.Aside from using virtual reality to treat veterans with PTSD through exposure therapy, Rizzo is also working on using virtual reality to prepare servicemen and women who have yet to be deployed.“We put ourselves out of that job by doing a better job on the front end so that we can reduce the ultimate incidence of PTSD,” Rizzo said. “Now, I don’t think we can eliminate it completely, but if we can cut it in half that would be a great thing.”Technology and virtual reality is an emerging aspect of USC School of Social Work’s military social work subconcentration, which is using other virtual reality technologies in partnership with ICT to train future clinicians who have to interact with veterans.One example of this is the “Virtual Patient” — a simulation program designed to replicate the behavior of war veterans that were exposed to combat stress. In this application of virtual reality in the clinical setting, students role-play with the “patient,” Staff Sergeant Alamar Castilla, an avatar programmed to emulate the symptoms of a number of conditions, including depression and post-traumatic stress.“It’s great for veterans and civilians. From the veteran perspective, it teaches me how to handle countertransference and set clinical boundaries,” said Marc Rentaria, a graduate student in his concentration year of the Master of Social Work program.Rentaria himself is a veteran of the U.S. Army who has been deployed three times.Some students worried, though, that the program could over generalize the conditions of patients.“Nothing compares to a living, breathing veteran in front of you because there is no one, single veteran,” said Tien Quach, an Army Reserve and a student in the master of social work program. “There is that particular veteran. But I do like the fact that there is a lot of research into it because you have to start somewhere.”last_img read more

Accuscore to enrich Finnish World Cup viewing

first_img StumbleUpon Share Submit Share Related Articles Veikkaus calls for early introduction of Finnish age verification measures August 28, 2020 Veikkaus revamping business around responsible gambling objectives November 1, 2019 Finnish ombudsman seeks to break-up Veikkaus control by state departments October 23, 2019 Accuscore has partnered with YLE the national broadcasting company in Finland, to provide the broadcaster with World Cup game predictions and individual player performance projections.These predictions will be integrated to YLE’s Voitto- robot, that automatically generates news articles based on data, during the World Cup all match preview articles on the YLE website will be done by Voitto and will be made up of statistics, predictions and pre-game analysis.Jarkko Ryynänen, product owner at YLE commented: “We want to provide up to date information during hectic World Cup tournament to our viewers quickly”, says: “We will combine human work with automated article generation and that will bring our audience faster, more accurate and interesting content.“Many fans are looking additional information before the games. We want to be objective content provider to meet fans’ demand”, says Tuomas Kanervala, CEO of Accuscore. “As automated text generation will have more applications also in the field of sports news, we are very happy to start working with YLE. This is the first time when our data feeds are integrated directly to the text generation robot.”YLE has a strong presence in Finland, operating four television channels and three channel slots as well as six radio channels and services complemented by over 20 regional radio programmes. Yle also has the most extensive and varied online selection of television and radio programmes in the country.In 2017 Yle reached every Finnish person. Yle TV1 was the most popular television channel in Finland and Yle Radio Suomi most listened radio channel. The public considers Yle to be a reliable source of news and current affairs. The company plays a major role in producing and presenting programmes dealing with national arts, educational programmes and children’s programmes. Yle’s services to the public also cover special and minority groups.AccuScore is a sports simulation company that accurately simulates sporting events prior to their scheduled time. Accuscore defines each player with a unique algorithm and simulate every match approximately 10,000 times. The current licensing and subscription services cover all major US sports and top 12 football leagues round the world. Accuscore provides game predictions as well as individual player performance projections to be used also in fantasy sports.last_img read more

NBA trade deadline: Wizards send Otto Porter Jr. to Bulls in exchange for Jabari Parker, Bobby Portis

first_imgParker has been in and out of the Bulls’ rotation recently and the team had reportedly been looking to move him. The fifth-year veteran signed a one-year, $20 million deal with the Bulls this summer. The contract also includes a $20 million team option for next season.Portis had spent all four of his NBA seasons with the Bulls. He’s tallying career highs in points (14.1) and rebounds (7.3) per game in 2018-19. OFFICIAL: we’ve finalized a trade with the Wizards.Full details: https://t.co/rg5bmMTGJw— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) February 7, 2019Wizards owner Ted Leonsis said in late January the team was “not trading” Porter. But, star guard John Wall ruptured his left Achilles tendon earlier this week while recovering from a December heel surgery. He’s expected to be out for most of next season. Porter has averaged 12.6 points and 5.6 rebounds in 29 minutes per game this season. He has shot 36.9 percent from 3-point range.Porter has two seasons — which includes a player option in 2020-21 — remaining on the four-year, $104 million contract he signed in July 2017. Otto Porter Jr. is heading to Chicago.The Wizards have agreed to send the 25-year-old forward to the Bulls, the teams announced Wednesday. Washington will receive forwards Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis, along with a second-round pick, in the deal.last_img read more

The Davis Cup tie against BiH expected to generate a lot of Excitement

first_img(Source: newsday) By Daniel Nhakaniso ZIMBABWE’S preparations for the 2015 Euro-Africa Zone Group II tie against Bosnia and Herzegovina are expected to gather momentum next week when the players arrive in the country for camp ahead of the crucial tie set for March 6-8 at Harare Sports Club.Team captain Martin Dzuwa told NewsDay Sport in an interview yesterday that the quartet of Takanyi Garanganga, Benjamin Lock, Tinotenda Chanakira and Mark Fynn were expected to start arriving in the country on Saturday.“At the moment, we have been working hard here together with Wayne Black, but the training camp will start next week when the players arrive from their bases in Europe and the United States.“They might be ranked higher than us, but I believe the tie will be evenly poised. We have been doing our homework on them. They have some good players. In fact, their top seed actually played at the Australian Open. Despite all that, I believe it’s still 50-50. We also have good players and we will have the advantage of playing at home,” Dzuwa said.The Davis Cup tie against Bosnia and Herzegovina is expected to generate a lot of excitement among local tennis fans, who last watched their team playing on home soil nine years ago.last_img read more

Medicare open enrollment is underway

first_imgMASON CITY — The open enrollment period for Medicare is underway. The spokeswoman for the organization that oversees the enrollment, Julie Brookhart, says it’s an important time. “Beneficiaries can take a look at the way they receive their Medicare and change their plan if they can find one that is better for their needs. We tell people to take advantage of this opportunity — because usually when they do compare — they usually do find something that will meet their needs better for next year,” according to Brookhart. She says the 625-thousand Iowans who use Medicare have several options.  She says there are 39 Medicare Advantage health plans if you do not want to be in the original Medicare.  And she says there are 29 stand-alone Medicare drug programs across Iowa. Brookhart, who works for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, says you should have received a mailing that would let you know about any changes in your current plan.   “Everyone should get what’s called an annual notice of change. And that’s from any plan that they are in currently — and it’s going to tell them what’s changing for the next year. It would ell them if their monthly premium is going up. It might tell them if a specific drug they take is no longer going to be on their formula” Brookhart says. “And so, these are the reasons why  you would definitely review your options.” She says you can use that information to help you decide what will work best in the coming year. “The Medicare Advantage plans might be an option for people. It covers everything original Medicare A& B covers — but the offer additional benefits —  dental, vision, hearing and sometimes gym memberships. They key there is you have to go to the providers in their network,” Brookhart explains. There is a Medicare Finder Tool available to help you. “It’s just been updated for the first time in ten year…the biggest change is that it is going to connect you if you have a mymedicare.gov account. You would just register for a mymedicare.gov account.  And it’s going to pull in the last 12 months of your Medicare Part D prescription claims data, so its already going to populate the prescriptions you already take,” Brookhart says. Brookhart says you can also call and get help in making your decision. “1-800-633-4227. A customer service rep can walk you through this comparison over the phone. They’ll just need some of your basic information like  your Medicare card number. If you don’t want to connect to the mymedicare.gov portal — they are going to need your prescriptions so they can input those,” Brookhart says. The Medicare Open Enrollment period runs through December 7th.last_img read more