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AIBA Continental Forum for Oceania is scheduled for February 22 in the city of Nadi, Fiji.
This event would be second continental forum after successful start in Panama City. European Forum is scheduled for February 29 in Assisi, Italy, and the rest two dates for Asian and African forums will be announced soon.
There are in total 16 National Federations in Oceania.
AIBA Interim President Mohamed Moustahsane noted that after first forum in Panama there were a lot of good changes in AIBA-NFs relationships.
Oceania has a big potential in developing our beautiful sport in the region. We truly believe that after intense forums discussions we will find solutions how to develop boxing on the continental, said Dr Moustahsane.
He added that together with AIBA it would be more easy to make continental boxing stronger.
We need to listen to Oceanian NFs and find appropriate solutions to solve all existing issues. And step by step we will come to a new powerful strategy for the future", noted Interim President.
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Fiji will host the International Boxing Association (AIBA) Continental Forum for Oceania on February 22.
The event, due to take place in Nadi, is the second to be held by AIBA after the inaugural forum was held in Panama last month.
Sixteen National Federations are expected to attend.
"Oceania has big potential in developing our beautiful sport in the region," said AIBA Interim President Mohamed Moustahsane.
"We truly believe that after intense discussions at the Forum we will find solutions for how to develop boxing on the continent.
"We need to listen to Oceanian National Federations and find appropriate solutions to solve all existing issues.
"And step by step we will come to a new powerful strategy for the future."
The forums were devised by AIBA marketing commission chair Umar Kremlev to create fruitful dialogue between AIBA, Confederations and National Federations after a crisis-riddled year for the organisation.
AIBA was stripped of its Olympic status last June over a number of issues, including governance, finances and refereeing and judging.
The organisation's future remains precarious due to a large amount of debt and uncertain leadership, with Moustahsane currently acting as Interim President after the resignation of Uzbekistan's Gafur Rakhimov.
Moustahsane and Kremlev were in attendance in Panama to give progress reports, while Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee President Brian Lewis was invited to advise National Federations and Confederations on how to facilitate the renovation of Olympic boxing in line with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Last month, Nenad Lalovi, head of the IOC group monitoring AIBA, slammed the lack of progress the body has made since it was suspended, warning the organisation that it needed to work much harder to be reinstated.
Kremlev claimed in Panama that the Continental Forums gave the IOC "no reason not to reinstate" the organisation, however.
Moustahsane also branded the forums as one of his organisation's "greatest ideas".
The European Forum will take place in the Italian city of Assisi on February 29, with details for the events in Asia and Oceania yet to be announced.
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The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has postponed the Fed Cup Asia Oceania group-1 womens tennis tournament, by at least three weeks, according to a release from the All India Tennis Association (AITA) on Monday.
The event was originally scheduled to be hosted by China in Dongguan, but had to be moved by the ITF owing to travel restrictions in China following the virus outbreak. The rescheduled competition was to be held in Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan, from February 4 to 8. It was noted that the government of Kazakhstan had prohibited the organisation of international sports events in the country, due to the threat of coronavirus.
The ITF is working with the Womens Tennis Association (WTA) to ensure availability of top players and are also exploring further venue options to host this event, said AITA CEO Akhouri Bishwadeep, in the statement.
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New Zealand's Luuka Jones. Photos: Jamie Troughton/Dscribe Media
Evy Leibfarth turned up Down Under this time last year with stars in her eyes and the fresh-faced enthusiasm only a 15-year-old can bring.
The American teen shyly introduced herself to kayaking stars Jess Fox and Luuka Jones and proudly proclaimed them her idols as she watched their classy performances, on and off the water.
A year later, as she lines up at this weekend's Oceania canoe slalom championships in Auckland, the paddling prodigy will be eyeing Australia's Fox and New Zealand's Jones as near-equals after an astonishing break-out 2019 season.
She became the youngest person to win a world cup medal, picking up C1 bronze in Solvenia, and made a series of finals in both K1 and C1 across the world cup rounds and the world championships.
"My paddling took a huge jump - just being in the presence of so many top athletes and being able to watch and learn from them really helped my paddling," Leibfarth says at the Vector Wero Whitewater Park in Auckland this week.
"I was just really excited the whole year to keep training and pushing and I'm really excited for this upcoming year, starting with the Oceania championships."
She celebrated her 16th birthday on her first trip to New Zealand this week, although the Bryson City, North Carolina native met Jones and Fox at the Australian championships last year.
"Both of them have such a unique style and each does certain moves better than others and I just love to watch them and see how smooth they are in the water. Off the water, they just have such a great attitude towards the sport and they get a lot of younger kids into it and I really admire that about them."
Evy Leibfarth (United States) training at the Vector Wero Whitewater Centre in Auckland.
The Oceania championships double as the first Olympic qualifier for many Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Island paddlers, with the second in Australia next month. Leibfarth has her own Olympic trials in Oklahoma in April - where she's heavily favoured to book spots in both C1 and K1 - while Fox and Jones have already pre-qualified with their world championship performances and just need their selections confirmed.
Fox, who became the most successful paddler in world championship history last year, was herself a precocious teen, winning Olympic silver in the K1 in London in 2012. She predicts a big future for Leibfarth too.
"She was catapulted onto the world tour last year with some amazing performances by a 15-year-old so she's definitely one to watch," Fox says.
"She's a bubbly, exciting paddler to watch and she can put down some fast paddling. She's just really tidy and clean and gets through the gates well, she's got a lot of potential and progress to make, being so young."
This will be the fourth time Fox has competed at Vector Wero and she's also looking forward to reigniting her long rivalry with Jones, with the pair sharing podiums in some big events in recent years.
"It's great to have such awesome competition close to home - I've known Luuka for years now and she's one of the strongest paddlers in the world and on her home course, she'll be hard to beat. I think back on Rio and how special it was to share the podium with her and to have New Zealand and Australia side by side, like a sisterhood in a way. It was nice to have the Southern Hemisphere represented when it's such a European-centred sport and the growth of the sport in the Southern Hemisphere is fantastic."
For Jones, having some of the world's best paddlers come to her home course is immensely gratifying.
"It's a huge weekend having the Oceania champs in New Zealand and it's really special having so many internationals over to compete with," Jones says.
"It's such an awesome whitewater course and I feel quite proud to show them where we train. Jess is an amazing paddler - the most successful in our sport - and just to have her here to measure myself against is pretty exciting."
While selection rivalry will be particularly intense in the men's K1 - where both New Zealand and Australia have qualified boat spots for Tokyo - the men's C1 is wide open with a continental qualification still up for grabs between paddlers from Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands.
Entry is free for spectators across all three days, with the championships starting at 9am on Saturday.
(Vector Wero Whitewater Park, Manukau, Auckland)
Saturday Feb 1: 9am-3pm Oceania qualifying rounds
Sunday Feb 2: 9am-midday Oceania semis and finals, 1-3pm Tamariki Challenge open to paddlers not in Oceania Champs
Monday Feb 3: 9am-midday Oceania semis and finals, 1-2.30pm Slalom Extreme
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Kobelco has chosen TRT, Tidd Ross Todd, as its distributor in Australia and New Zealand. The announcement comes after longstanding distributor ACM (Australian Crane & Machinery) said it was relinquishing the deal.
TRT and their Queensland-based subsidiary, TRT (Aust) Pty Ltd, will provide Kobelco crane customers in the Oceania region with technical information, parts supply, and sales of new Kobelco cranes.
Kobelco said: This new partnership reflects both organisations commitment to outstanding customer service and support throughout the region. We are excited to combine TRTs great customer support and expertise with Kobelco cranes, which are valued in the industry for their high performance, having earned a reputation as the most reliable brand of crawler cranes on the market.
TRT, a New Zealand based company operating across Oceania and established in 1967, have built up many decades of expertise in the crane industry. TRT is highly respected and well experienced with crawler cranes, including Kobelco, the Japanese manufacturer says. This new partnership will reshape the way customers are supported moving forward.
In a December 2019 email announcing the end of ACMs deal, MD Ben Potter said the company would be continuing to supply the local crane industry, through a new partnership with Zoomlion.
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Intelerad awarded Best in KLAS recognition for PACS Asia/Oceania in the 2020 Best in KLAS global report – DOTmed HealthCare Business News
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Montreal, Canada February 31, 2020 - Intelerad Medical Systems, a leader in enterprise workflow solutions, today announced that it received a Best in KLAS recognition, ranking #1 for PACS Asia/Oceania in the 2020 Best in KLAS: Global Software (Non-US) report. This marks the fourth consecutive year the company has received this award since the introduction of the Global PACS category.
"Providers and payers demand better performance, usability, and interoperability from their vendor partners every year. Best in KLAS winners set the standard of excellence in their market segment. Earning a Best in KLAS award should both excite and humble the recipients. It serves as a signal to providers that they should expect only the best from the winning vendors," said Adam Gale, President of KLAS.
This news comes on the heel of another major announcement for Intelerad, the company having finalized an investment agreement with UK-based private equity investor Hg. This investment, alongside continued dedicated efforts on boosting radiologists' productivity, enhancing clinical accessibility and supporting infrastructure dependability, will allow Intelerad to pursue its growth and expansion objectives while continuously improving on core products like IntelePACS as well as developing new and innovative solutions, such as the many it has launched in the past 6 months, for example Odyssey, a new AI-augmented workflow solution, its intelligent rule-based workflow orchestrator, Odyssey Navigator as well as Concierge Workflow, a solution dedicated to improve workload balancing.
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Blind Spot Solutions Market by Product Type, Technology, End Market, Electric Vehicle, Vehicle Type and Region – Global Forecast to 2027 – Yahoo…
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Advent of autonomous vehicles and increasing demand for semi-autonomous vehicle The demand for semi-autonomous vehicles has increased significantly in the last few years, which has accelerated the growth of the blind spot solutions market.
New York, Jan. 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Reportlinker.com announces the release of the report "Blind Spot Solutions Market by Product Type, Technology, End Market, Electric Vehicle, Vehicle Type and Region - Global Forecast to 2027" - https://www.reportlinker.com/p05781861/?utm_source=GNW Semi-autonomous vehicles are self-driven vehicles with the ability to sense their environment and navigate to the destination with partial human-based physical input or voice commands.
The main reason for the increasing adoption of semi-autonomous and autonomous vehicles is increased safety.Therefore, a large number of safety features will be integrated into such vehicles.
In semi-autonomous vehicles, the environment around the vehicle is detected through sensors such as radar, ultrasonic, LiDAR, and cameras.Blind spot solutions such as blind spot detection system, surround view camera, and digital side view systems can also be used to sense the environment better.
Hence, increasing adoption of semi-autonomous and autonomous vehicles will boost the blind spot solutions market.
Asia Oceania is projected to be the fastest growing marketIn recent years, the automotive industry has witnessed higher growth in terms of vehicle production in Asia Oceania than in the matured markets of Europe and North America.Asia Oceania has emerged as a hub for automotive manufacturing, given the nascent stage of the market, state-promoted support, and cost advantages for OEMs.
The growth of the automotive optoelectronics market in the Asia Oceania is expected to be driven by the increasing government regulations and promotions about road safety.The R&D activities on autonomous vehicles are continuously growing in the region.
China and Japan are the leading countries from the technology perspective.Japan is planning to start truck platooning tests in 2018 and aims to commercialize autonomous trucks by 2022.
This will boost the growth of blind spot solutions market in the Asia Oceania region.
Passenger car is expected to be the largest vehicle type segment in the blind spot solutions marketThe passenger car segment is estimated to contribute to the largest share of the blind spot solutions market.The passenger car consumers are becoming increasingly aware of vehicle safety.
Owing to the growing demand for safer and more comfortable vehicles, the passenger car segment is projected to lead the market in 2027.Governments around the world are planning to mandate active safety systems in passenger cars.
In the US and Canada, backup cameras are mandated for cars manufactured from May 2018 onward.These mandates are likely to drive the blind spot solutions market for passenger cars.
The increasing demand for luxury vehicles in developing countries is another driving factor for the growth of blind spot solutions market.
OE market is expected to be the largest and fastest growing segment by end market typeNew vehicles are equipped with many active and passive safety systems.Blind spot solutions feature as active safety systems.
The initial stage of installation by OEMs is a crucial phase for the blind spot solutions market.Most OEMs offer many standard safety and convenience features that include blind spot solutions.
In addition, optional high-end features such as a surround view system, intelligent park assist, and intervention system for blind spots are customizable according to the requirement. For instance, Toyota Sequoia offers blind spot detection and surround view system as standard features.On the other hand, Toyota Avalon offers a surround view camera as an optional feature.Nowadays, as a product differentiation strategy, OEMs are increasingly focusing on providing safety and convenience features as a standard fitment in vehicles along with aftersales services.
In addition, increasing government mandates are pushing OEMs to provide many safety features safety as standard fitment. This will boost the OE market for blind spot solutions.The study contains insights provided by various industry experts, ranging from equipment suppliers to Tier-1 companies and OEMs. The break-up of the primaries is as follows: By Company Type: Tier-1 40%, Tier-2 25%, OEM 35% By Designation: C level 38%, D level 35%, Others 27% By Region: North America 20%, Europe 40%, Asia Oceania 30%, RoW 10%
The report provides detailed profiles of the following companies: Continental (Germany) Denso (Japan) Valeo (France) Aptiv (Netherlands) Magna (Canada) Autoliv (Sweden) Ficosa (Spain) Bosch (Germany) ZF Friedrichshafen (Germany) Gentex (US) Samvardhana Motherson (Germany)
Research CoverageThe blind spot solutions market has been segmented by technology (camera, radar, and ultrasonic), product type (blind spot solutions market, park assist system, backup camera system, surround view system, and virtual pillar), end market (OE market and aftermarket), electric vehicle type (BEV, HEV, FCEV, and PHEV), vehicle type (passenger car, light commercial vehicles, truck, and bus), and region (Asia Oceania, Europe, North America, and Rest of the World). The market has been projected in terms of volume (thousand units) and value (USD million).
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Despite the fact that Halloween is long gone, witch season never ends, a subject The New York Times recently delved into in an article, When Did Everybody Become A Witch? But Paris has a long history of fascination with the occult, particularly in its Belle poque heyday, and there are still a few places in the city rife with witchiness and wonder. Here are some of our favorites.
La Maison de la Radiesthsie, or House of Divination, is the oldest (and one of the last) esoteric stores in Paris. You can buy wands, pendulums, and divination rods, starting in a reasonable 10 range, and working up into the designer realm. 22 Rue Godot de Mauroy, 75009
And of course, theres nothing better, when youre in the mood, than a good ol fashioned haunted house. Le Manoir de Paris has been putting up its trademark Legends of Paris show for almost a decade, featuring all kinds of creepy and gruesome characters from Pariss history. Keep an eye out for special events like their annual Halloween show, and a performance called Dark Night that occurs every Friday the 13th. 18 Rue de Paradis, 75010
A bookstore that refers to itself as a Librairie sotrique, Arc en Ciel is a place for anyone who needs an non-ironic crystal ball or tarot cards. Among the books, find anything on topics ranging from reiki and aromatherapy to yoga and plant care. They host workshops, seminars, and meet-ups for those inclined towards the spiritual and the occult. 3 Rue Jean-Mac, 75011
Brsilophile in Passage Jouffroy is a great place to find any kind of rare or exotic crystals you need to perform whatever witchcraft youve learned from your reading at Arc en Ciel. Loose beads, precious stones, and even an esoteric crystal collection should cover anything youre looking for, from rose quartz to tourmaline. 40 Passage Jouffroy, 75009
You might recognize the Church of Saint-Merri, because it sits right beside the Stravinsky fountain, and one of the more famous murals of the Marais. But this medieval church got some surprising sprucing up in the mid-1800s, when a Baphomet was carved above the entranceway. The demonic figure is heavily used in Satanism, and among the Knights Templar, and its accompaniment by a prominently-placed stained glass depiction of a pentagram makes this one curious church. 76 Rue de la Verrerie, 75004
For one-of-a-kind trinkets, statement pieces, and magic charms, try the office of Xenia Rybina, a Parisian witch, illustrator, and fashion designer come to France by way of Russia. Everything is witchcraft around [us] Rybina says in an interview with Messy Nessy Chic at her home/workshop in Paris, which she lovingly refers to as her coven. And with a snake named Seraphim and a cat named Lucifer, its easy to believe that everything is witchcraft around Xenia Rybina, whose berets embroidered with eyes and tiny, exquisite spider dolls have an effect at once whimsical and uncanny. Xenias work will soon be available in her e-shop. In the meantime, shes selling items via Instagram (DM her for prices).
Hidden in a backstreet of Montmartre, in front of the Hotel Particulier Montmartre (one of the most exclusive boutique hotels in the city), is a lumpy hunk of rock called the Rocher de la Sorcire, or Witchs Rock. The rock, and the entire passage, was named for the old woman who lived in the house, called la soucire, or the dowser. (In case youre wondering, a dowser is someone who uses a divination rod.) No one quite knows where it came from, but some believe it might still have some powerful magic inside. Passage de la Sorcire, 75018
Though the interior has been refurbished into a modern restaurant, the exterior of the Auberge Nicolas Flamel is the same simple stone facade that was built to be an inn in 1407 by Nicolas Flamel and his wife. This makes it the oldest stone building in Paris, a pretty impressive feat in such a well-preserved city. If the name Nicolas Flamel rings a bell, you might recognize it from Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone. Both in the book and in real life, Flamel, probably the most recognizable name in the history of alchemy, was famous for allegedly creating a Philosphers stone, which had powers such as transforming ordinary metals into gold. 51 Rue de Montmorency, 75003
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Buried within the 13,000-odd words of the Union Budget speech on Saturday was a paragraph that set aside 8,000 crore over five years for the National Mission on Quantum Technologies and Applications. Most commentators seem to have either missed or overlooked this budgetary allocation, but in terms of significance, the implications are well worth considering.
More than two years ago, the department of science and technology launched the Quantum-Enabled Science and Technology (QuEST) programme with an aim to develop technical capacity within the country to build quantum computers and communications systems comparable with the best in the world. The first phase of the project was to build the infrastructure and acquire human resources to develop physical and computation structures for improving precision in quantum measurement. The eventual goal is to build quantum computers domestically.
Though the allocation in this years budget is clearly part of a long-term national strategy, I cannot help wonder whether it is, at least in some small measure, a response to Googles recent announcement that it had achieved quantum supremacy"the ability to perform a calculation on a quantum computer that is impossible on a conventional computer. And the fear that we might, once again, be falling behind.
As much as I enjoy science, quantum mechanics gives me a headache. Quantum computing is an order of magnitude more perplexing. Ordinary computers function using binary logic gates that can be either off or on. This is why classical computers store information in bitseither as a 0 or 1. On the other hand, quantum computers can store information as both a 0 and a 1 at the same time using a quantum property called superposition. This means that with two quantum bits (or qubits), information can be stored in four possible states of superposition, and as more qubits are added, the computational power grows exponentially.
While this gives us more computing power, quantum computers are error-prone. The quantum state is delicate. It lasts for a fraction of a second and is easily disrupted by tiniest of vibrations or variations in temperature. This noise" in calculations causes mistakes to occur, and unless we can make them sufficiently error-free, quantum computing will not be commercially viable. Googles breakthrough was to achieve sufficient control over the process to allow its experimental computer to outperform a traditional computer. As a result, its computer could solve in 200 seconds what would take the worlds fastest supercomputer 10,000 years.
We still have a long way to go before quantum computing becomes commercially viable, but there is reason for urgency. As soon as quantum computing becomes commercially viable, much of what we take for granted today will become irrelevant.
Take encryption, for example. Almost all digital security today is based on the RSA algorithm that encrypts messages by relying on the factorization of two large prime numbers. While it is easy to multiply two prime numbers, it is very difficult to factorize them. RSA encryption exploits this feature, making it impossible for even governments and private actors with near infinite computational resources to decrypt messages. This is why we have the confidence to store valuable information in encrypted archives on the cloud, secure in the knowledge that even the largest corporations and most technologically advanced governments dont have the computational capability to decrypt these databases and access the information stored inside.
Once quantum computers are capable of being used for decryption, the computational hurdles of prime number factorization that we now rely on will become trivial to overcome. Shors algorithm already describes a process by which quantum computers could be used find the prime factors of any integer. In 2001, IBM proved that this algorithm works by using a 7 qubit computer to factorize the number 15 into 5 and 3. Googles Sycamore processor harnessed 53 qubits in its latest experiment, demonstrating that much higher computational capabilities are already within our grasp. Once our quantum computers have reached a sufficiently advanced level of stability, even the highest encryption known to man will be easy to defeat.
When that happens, cyber security as we know it will be a thing of the past. All the secure data services that we rely on will be thrown wide open, allowing anyone with a quantum computer to easily access the information within. Given the imminence of major breakthroughs in quantum computing, it is rumoured that there is already an underground market for encrypted data in anticipation of a time when all this information can be decrypted and the secrets of famous personalities can be exposed.
In the war for quantum supremacy, it is those who can understand and use the fundamental technologies behind quantum computing who will emerge dominant. In the not-so-distant future, the world will be divided into the quantum haves and have-nots. It is imperative that India makes every effort to stay in the game if it is to have any hope of remaining relevant. If we are to retain any measure of technological independence, we will need to ramp up our research in quantum computing and actively invest in the development of indigenous quantum computational capabilities.
Rahul Matthan is a partner at Trilegal and author of Privacy 3.0: Unlocking Our Data Driven Future
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