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Contact tracing the missing link in Indonesia’s battle with COVID-19

first_imgTopics : To roll out contact tracing, Indonesia has been relying on community health center (Puskesmas) workers, sometimes with the help of volunteers and village leaders.There are 9,993 Puskesmas in the country, according to 2018 health ministry data, with some of their workers now juggling between serving patients and monitoring the condition of confirmed and suspected cases in self-imposed isolation in their respective areas.The Jakarta Health Agency’s head of disease control and prevention, Lies Dwi, said obstacles they were facing included an unwillingness of some COVID-19 patients to provide a contact history due to a lack of trust. Others told the health workers they had trouble recalling their activities over the preceding 14 days, especially given the high mobility of urbanites, Lies said.There was also stigma surrounding COVID-19 that could possibly prompt fears of expulsion from their communities, Lies said, in addition to instances of incomplete or incorrect contact data. Breaking the chain of transmission is key to containing the COVID-19 outbreak, but in Indonesia, contact tracing remains weak due to problems ranging from an insufficient number of tracers to people’s reluctance to open up to these workers.Six months into the epidemic, COVID-19 task force spokesperson Wiku Adisasmito said earlier this month that the country’s contact-tracing ability was still poor. He said the government was working on tracing a minimum of 30 contacts per confirmed case.Contact tracing means identifying the contact history of confirmed, probable or suspected cases by interviewing the patients in order to test and quarantine those having been in contact with them as soon as possible.center_img Jakarta tested an average of six contacts per confirmed case in July, even though, according to Lies, the number of contacts traced was higher.”COVID-19 is not replacing other illnesses. […] The burden [on Puskesmas] has become bigger. To break transmission chains as soon as possible, we need more workers to trace contacts, and it’s not enough just to rely on Puskesmas workers,” Lies told The Jakarta Post on Saturday. “Volunteers have indeed been very helpful.”Jakarta has deployed between 40 and 60 workers from each of its 44 district-level Puskesmas to conduct COVID-19 tests, trace contacts and analyze data, she said, adding that it had also recruited between two and three community helpers for each Puskesmas.She said that not all contacts would have to be tested or go into quarantine for 14 days. The decision, she said, was rather based on a priority scale in regard to the risk borne by the contacts — whether they were close contacts or had higher risks.The Health Ministry’s latest COVID-19 protocol, issued following the World Health Organization’s newest guidelines, define close contacts as people having a contact history with confirmed or probable cases and those having face-to-face interaction with these cases within at least 15 minutes or with physical touch.The protocols deem contact-tracing capacity adequate when more than 80 percent of new cases’ close contacts are identified and quarantined within 72 hours of the cases being confirmed, and for them to be monitored for 14 days since their last contact.Reuters reported last week that unpublished data from the COVID-19 task force it had reviewed showed only 53.7 percent of people identified as confirmed or suspected carriers of the disease were subjected to contact tracing by June 6.Read also: Testing disparity hinders fight against coronavirusTwo university students recruited as community helpers to trace contacts from late July to mid-August in Surabaya, East Java, another COVID-19 epicenter in the country, told the Post recently that they had faced similar obstacles.Out of economic concerns and stigma many also refused to be tested and to go into self-imposed quarantine even as the Surabaya administration promised them free meals. The absence of enforcement left tracers with no option but to let them go, the volunteer said.”For tracing, we’d need very detailed data, but there were people who had doubts […] They’re afraid that I’d misuse the data,” said Anggara Widyartanto, one of the community helpers assigned to a Puskesmas in one of the city’s hardest-hit areas.Anggara said he managed to trace an average of three contacts per case. Another volunteer assigned to a different Puskesmas, who requested anonymity, said the target in his Puskesmas at that time was 14 contacts per case, but the reality was that he, most of the time, could only reach the closest contacts — family members and their neighbors.They said that, at the time, for contacts to be swab-tested or go into quarantine, some would first be tested using the rapid antibody tests, which experts have strongly opposed for diagnostic purposes.Read also: Rights groups ask for transparency in COVID-19 contact tracingEast Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa previously said in June that the tracing ratio in Surabaya was 2.8. The province’s COVID-19 task force tracing team head Kohar Hari Santoso did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for updated data.”There were also times in which the Health Agency only notified us a week, or even nine days, after the cases were confirmed positive. We then had to rush to trace and isolate them, because there were only several days left before their isolation period was up,” one of the volunteers said. “I’m talking about cases tested by companies or by people on their own.”The volunteers also highlighted the need for the city administration to continue recruiting community helpers, as Puskesmas workers had also been overwhelmed, with some workers themselves testing positive and going into self-imposed quarantine.Masdalina Pane of the Indonesian Epidemiologists Association (PAEI) said regional leaders had not paid much attention to Puskesmas and contact-tracing efforts, when massive tracing and isolation should have been the ultimate means of epidemic control.With only around 30 percent of cases hospitalized and the remaining in self-imposed isolation, more resources should have been given to Puskesmas to contain sources of transmission.The monitoring of people in self-imposed quarantine remained weak, she said, adding that, given people’s mobility, especially in Greater Jakarta, tracing would necessitate cooperation across regions.”One of the indicators of good contact tracing is when more than 80 percent of the cases have their sources known, who are then contained,” she said.last_img read more

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Arsenal leading Real Madrid in race to sign Nicolas Tagliafico

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are also interested in Tagliafico (Picture: Getty)Earlier this week, Tagliafico brushed off speculation that he could be set for a move to Atleti in the summer transfer window.‘If [Diego] Simeone is interested in me and really loves me then it means that I’m doing well,’ he said.‘But now the important thing is to think about the Ajax.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesArsenal could be set for a major squad overhaul, with Monchi reportedly set for a reunion with Emery in north London after stepping down from his post as Roma’s sporting director.Emery trusts Monchi from their time together at Sevilla where the latter oversaw the construction of a squad that won three successive Europa League titles. Nicolas Tagliafico is firmly on Arsenal’s radar (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are in pole position to sign Ajax full-back Nicolas Tagliafico, according to reports in Spain.Nacho Monreal is set to leave Arsenal when his contract expires in the summer, with Sead Kolasinac establishing himself as Unai Emery’s first-choice left-back in the Premier League this season.The Gunners are scouring the market for Monreal’s long-term replacement after accepting the Spaniard’s imminent departure and Tagliafico has been identified as a potential solution at full-back.Marca claims that Tagliafico is attracting interest from a number of top European clubs, but Arsenal boss Emery is ‘best positioned’ to land the 26-year-old defender.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe report suggests that Ajax are demanding a fee of around €20million (£17m) for the sought-after Argentina international.It’s understood both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are also plotting moves for Tagliafico ahead of the 2019/20 campaign. Arsenal leading Real Madrid in race to sign Nicolas Tagliaficocenter_img Emery praises his players after 2-0 win over Man UtdTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 8:30FullscreenEmery praises his players after 2-0 win over Man Utdhttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-praises-players-2-0-win-man-utd-1879846/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Jose Mourinho is PSG’s first choice to replace Thomas Tuchel as Zinedine Zidane seals Real Madrid return Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 12 Mar 2019 11:55 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link571Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

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BLOG: Governor Wolf Continues Priority to Combat Opioid Abuse by Hosting Roundtable at Governor’s Residence (Round-Up)

first_img May 05, 2016 BLOG: Governor Wolf Continues Priority to Combat Opioid Abuse by Hosting Roundtable at Governor’s Residence (Round-Up) SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor’s Residence,  Round-Up,  Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog Yesterday, Governor Wolf continued his state tour of roundtable discussions focused on discussing the current opioid abuse epidemic in Pennsylvania. The event, held at the Governor’s Residence, was attended by members of the Governor’s cabinet, local officials, law enforcement, health care professionals, emergency responders, and stakeholders. These statewide roundtables being hosted by the Governor are opportunities for the attendees to discuss collaborative efforts to combat the crisis.“Fighting Pennsylvania’s opioid and heroin epidemic is a top priority for my administration,” said Governor Wolf. “The community leaders here today work diligently every day to ensure that Pennsylvania leads the nation in the fight to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use crisis. This panel is an opportunity to discuss how we can work more collaboratively with the folks on the ground of this crisis.”The Governor and his administration hope that these roundtable discussions will lead to a larger bi-partisan conversation between state and local officials on how best to confront opioid abuse in Pennsylvania.“The magnitude of the addiction and overdose death epidemic in Pennsylvania is shocking: at least seven Pennsylvanians die every day from a drug overdose,” Governor Wolf said. “With nearly 2,500 overdose deaths in Pennsylvania in 2014 and estimates that the 2015 total will be higher, a collaborative effort on the federal, state, and local levels is crucial in combating this crisis.”Take a look at additional coverage of the roundtables and the Governor’s efforts below:PennLive: Wolf pledges to lead US in fighting painkiller-heroin crisis: here’s how[Governor] Wolf said the crisis crosses all political, economic and geographic lines, and that should “galvanize” bi-partisan political will toward solutions. While much more needs to be done, experts on Wednesday said Pennsylvania has already taken a national lead…Yet much more is needed, said Wolf and others.The Times: Gov. Wolf hosts opioid discussion, plans to tour the state“We have a chance, I think, to really do something to address this issue,” [Governor] Wolf said…”It is a real medical problem. It is a medical epidemic, and we need to treat it as that,” said Wolf, assuring a room full of advocates and professionals that his administration understands the severity of the problem and the need for intervention and funding.Observer-Reporter: Wolf leads roundtable meetings to discuss heroin, opioid epidemicBipartisanship in Harrisburg is about as rare as a Bigfoot sighting, but Gov. Tom Wolf says he has found common ground with Republican colleagues on at least one issue – recognition that the heroin and opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania is at a crisis point, and the need to alleviate it is urgent…“There seems to be a broad recognition that this is a problem, and there is the political will to do something about it.” [said Governor Wolf]Altoona Mirror: Wolf seeks to stem drug abuse“This is a problem throughout Pennsylvania, not just one corner,” [Governor] Wolf said. “Every segment of the population is facing this.”… In 2014, nearly 2,500 Pennsylvanians died from drug overdoses – most from heroin and opium-based medication – including 21 in Blair County and 37 in Cambria County, according to the Pennsylvania State Coroners Association. “We lose too many lives,” Wolf said.Fox 43: Gov. Tom Wolf Addresses Opioid Abuse and Heroin Epidemic“People need to recognize this because it’s happening to people next door,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “It’s happening to people in their families. It’s happening all over  Pennsylvania. Every segment of the population is affected by this. And so, we have a chance, I think, to really do something, to address this issue.”WTAJ: Governor pushes for more action in fighting opioid epidemicThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that opioid overdoses killed more than 28,000 people in 2014. In Pennsylvania, deaths are a fraction of that number, but it’s increasing quickly. The state Coroners Association found nearly 2,500 people died in PA from opioid overdoses in 2014.  Governor Wolf and health experts all said they expect those numbers to increase in the 2015 report.CBS 21: Wolf meets with police, healthcare professionals to discuss heroin crisis[Governor Wolf] met with police and healthcare professionals Wednesday to talk about how the state will move forward. Wolf says the state should start treating the issue as an addiction, rather than criminalizing people with prescription drug addiction. While trying to combat the issue, Wolf hopes Democrats and Republicans can come together as part of a larger conversation.center_img Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistantlast_img read more

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Thriving Kelly just happy to be playing football

first_imgWisconsin defensive end Brendan Kelly has three sacks – two of which came Saturday at Michigan State – and two forced fumbles in seven games this year.[/media-credit]If Brendan Kelly could trade in his two fourth quarter sacks of Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins for a win, he would.In Wisconsin’s heartbreaking 37-31 loss Saturday in East Lansing, Mich., the redshirt junior defensive end was in Cousins’ face all game, sacking him twice for 19 yards and forcing a fumble on the second.But despite his outstanding game, luck just swung toward the opposite sideline as Cousin’s last-second Hail Mary reached the end zone and was deflected into the hands of Keith Nichol for a game-clinching touchdown.“I would trade the game in right to give up those statistics and get a ‘W’,” Kelly said. “I can’t say it feels that great. I wish I could walk away and say that I picked a pass off and ran it back for a touchdown and won the game for us. Winning is what we want to do; that’s what I love doing.”Ever since he stepped in for the injured David Gilbert, Kelly has been winning – albeit on a personal level.In the week leading up to the intensely anticipated Big Ten conference opener against Nebraska, Gilbert broke his foot during practice, opening the door for Kelly to get the start.Fellow starting defensive end Louis Nzegwu has noticed the seamless transition from Gilbert to Kelly.“He’s that type of guy that’s always waiting for his opportunity,” Nzegwu said. “The second that David got hurt, he was there, prepared to take his spot. … Everybody gets hurt; you don’t know when your last play is, and BK just filled in that role like he was there, starting the whole entire year.“BK is one of those guys that’s always prepared. He’s always working, always willing to get better. I was excited when he finally got his chance to play, and he’s really filling that role in for David.”While Kelly had the opportunity to fill in for a injured teammate this season, he knows what it is like to be on the other side of the situation.Last season, Kelly was forced to redshirt due to a groin injury he suffered in 2009. For most of that year, no one was able to identify the cause of the injury – much less figure out how to fix it. Three surgeries later, Kelly was finally on the road to rehab and a chance at getting on the field again. But for a period of time, he thought his career was over.“Realistically, I was mad,” Kelly said. “I was frustrated with myself, I was frustrated with my body. I couldn’t understand why it wasn’t healing the way it should have been, why it wasn’t being fixed, why people didn’t know, couldn’t get answers. But the one constant: I never gave up. I always kept fighting even if I questioned myself. I always kept fighting. … I’m a football player. I knew in my heart that I was meant to play football.”Despite being forced to sit out for over an entire season, Kelly used his time off the field to watch film and familiarize himself with more schemes and defensive looks.Instead of spending hours in practice, he not only rehabbed and made himself stronger; he gained a higher intelligence of the game, making him an all-around stronger player.“He really had two years off from football because of his injuries,” defensive line coach Charlie Partridge said. “But he studied film through that whole injury process, and I’m excited about the improvement in his technique, and he’s starting to make some plays because of it.”“I think it helped greatly,” Kelly said. “Just to recognize different formations, different plays and definitely staying in tune with the defense and what they’re doing. A lot of guys get hurt and they go off by themselves and try to tackle that injury by themselves, but I said, ‘You know, I want to be a part of the team, whatever team we’re playing.’ If we’re playing TCU in the Rose Bowl, I’m going to prepare like I’m going to be starting in the Rose Bowl, and I’m going to watch that much film.’”So far, it has paid off. In Wisconsin’s first seven games, Kelly has 22 tackles, three sacks for 25 yards, two forced fumbles and one pass deflected. He has only started three games, but he has already made an undeniable impact on the field. And it all comes as no surprise to Partridge.“I think the things I got were some of the things that, quite honestly, I expected,” Partridge said. “His work ethic really is second to none. He’s a student of the game.”But last year, Kelly thought for a time he would never get the chance to don a Wisconsin jersey again. To him, this year is simply a blessing.“It’s definitely a blessing,” Kelly said. “The only person I can credit that with is God. There was a period there when I thought my game, my career as a football player was over. … I stepped in as a starter and it’s just a blessing. I just can’t be any happier about it.”last_img read more

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Women’s hockey: No. 3 Wisconsin splits with Ohio State in Columbus

first_imgWisconsin senior forward Blayre Turnbull continued her hot streak Friday with two goals to lead the women’s hockey team to a 2-0 shutout of Ohio State in Columbus.Turnbull scored a hat trick in their previous series against Minnesota Duluth and now has five goals in the past two weeks.“Well, I think after our last game where she scored a hat trick, she left the rink a little more confident,” Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson said of Turnbull. “Certainly that confidence showed tonight as she scored the first goal and then scored a real nice power play goal in the second period.“Hopefully it’ll continue, I think she’s been pretty consistent all year. There’s some times she was getting some chances but the puck just wasn’t going in, but she stuck with it, had a big weekend last weekend against Minnesota Duluth, which has certainly carried over to tonight’s game against Ohio State.”The first period of Friday’s game against OSU ended scoreless, with the Buckeyes outshooting the Badgers 8-6 before the Nova Scotia native Turnbull found the back of the net early in the second period, just 97 seconds into the frame.Turnbull’s second goal of the game came with about three minutes remaining in the second period to extend the Badger lead to 2-0.Turnbull’s second goal came on the power-play, something that proved to be a big factor in the Minnesota Duluth series as well, as she scored all three of her goals against UMD on the power-play.Wisconsin senior goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens stopped all 24 shots she faced as she earned her 12th shutout of the season, which ranks second in the country and second in program history for a single season.SaturdayWisconsin’s eight-game losing streak was snapped in game two of the series against Ohio States as the Badgers efforts fell just short in Columbus Saturday afternoon, 4-3.The Buckeyes, still fighting for postseason contention, were coming off a 2-0 loss to the Badgers on Friday. Wisconsin (23-5-4, 18-5-3 WCHA) meanwhile, looked for a ninth straight win to ride out the season, but their efforts could not provide the outcome they looked for despite scoring three goals against the Buckeyes Saturday.While the team does not need the win, and the one loss will not dramatically, if at all, change their ranking, as Johnson said, if the team does not put out their best efforts, then the dangers of complacency may set in.Ohio State opened scoring in the first period after breaking out on an odd-skater rush, but the lead was only held for the remainder of the period. Wisconsin tied on a Courtney Burke goal almost six minutes into the second period, but the Badgers, again, gave up a goal in quick succession on an Ohio State power-play six minutes later.Wisconsin sophomore defenseman Melissa Channell scored off a slapshot from the left point three minutes later to quickly take away an Ohio State lead and tie the game at two.However, once the third period came around, the Buckeyes made the most of their chances, converting twice to open up a two-goal lead, capitalizing on two Wisconsin mistakes, one while shorthanded.Wisconsin’s last effort came just too late, as Annie Pankowski tallied her 16th goal of the season with 1:30 left, leading to a dramatic finish as the Badgers peppered the Buckeye’s net with shots. But Ohio State’s Stacy Danczek stood firm and denied all opportunities of a late tying-goal.Next week Wisconsin will look finish out the season strong at home against St. Cloud State in their final series before the first round of the WCHA playoffs. Puck drop is at 3 p.m. Friday.last_img read more

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Syracuse makes 2nd-straight NCAA tournament, plays Wisconsin

first_imgThree years ago, Syracuse’s four current seniors — Gabriela Knutson, Masha Tritou, Libi Mesh and Dina Hegab — traveled to Gainesville, Florida and played in the program’s first NCAA tournament match. Knutson, Mesh and Hegab all won their singles matches as SU overcame a lost doubles point to defeat Georgia State 4-3.This year, they’ll have the opportunity for one more tournament trip, now their third in four years. In Monday night’s NCAA tournament selection show, No. 31 Syracuse (13-12, 5-9 Atlantic Coast) earned a spot in Stanford’s region and plays No. 40 Wisconsin (18-5, 9-2 Big 10) in a first-round matchup on Saturday at noon.Syracuse started off its 2019 campaign with four straight wins, including two in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend against then-No. 9 Michigan and Purdue to clinch the Orange’s first berth in the National Indoor Team Championship in team history. That next week, SU rose to No. 10, its highest ranking ever.But then the inconsistency that plagued the Orange the rest of its season kicked in. SU lost the next four matches, before rebounding to take the following four.Syracuse hasn’t won a doubles point in its last 10 matches — a streak lasting more than a month — and last week head coach Younes Limam split up then-No. 84 Sofya Golubovskaya and Sonya Treshcheva, childhood friends from Russia. Overall, SU has won only nine doubles points this season, three in ACC play.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textStill, the Orange find themselves in the NCAA tournament for the third time in four seasons under Limam. Last year, the Orange lost to Wichita State 4-1 in the first round after Knutson said it would be “embarrassing” if they lost.Wisconsin is led by No. 80 Sara Castellano and No. 123 Lexi Keberle in singles. The Badgers don’t have any ranked doubles pairings.“I think the most important is to make the NCAA and the second goal is probably to show the higher results in ACC championship,” junior transfer Guzal Yusupova said in March. “And then going forward to play NCAA in good shape.”Last Thursday, the Orange practiced outside at the Skytop Tennis Complex for the first time this season. In a few days, they’ll travel more than 2,800 miles to the Taube Tennis Center. Comments Published on April 29, 2019 at 6:48 pm Contact Andrew: arcrane@syr.edu | @CraneAndrewcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Henshaw back for Connaught

first_imgFourth placed Leinster have named an entirely new starting 15 for tomorrows meeting at home to ScarlettsRob Kearney starts for the first time this season while Dominic Ryan, Sean O’Brien and Jamie Heaslip form a formidable back row. John Cooney comes in at scrum half while in the pack  Nathan White is introduced to the front row.Eoin McKeon returns to the back row to link up with captain John Muldoon.USA international outhalf AJ MacGinty is on the bench.last_img

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SLIVER.tv raises $9.8m for VR esports broadcasting

first_imgSLIVER.tv, a 360º virtual reality broadcasting technology company, has raised $9.8 million (£7.7m) in series A funding in its bid to transform the esports spectator experience.Co-founder and CEO of SLIVER.tv, Mitch Lui, said the money would “accelerate our R&D investments in machine vision, artificial intelligence and virtual reality” as the platform develops “cutting edge” live streaming technology for esports fans. He told us in February of the “do or die” approach the team took to ensuring the platform was up to scratch.The round of funding was led by Danhua Capital, and Heuristic Capital Partners joined ZP Capital as fellow investors. Mitch said he was “thrilled” to welcome the trio aboard. The haul brings funding up to a current total of $17.5m (£13.7m). Existing seed contributors DCM, Sierra Ventures, The VR Fund, Samsung Next Fund and Sony Innovation Fund also joined in for the round.“We are very excited to partner with SLIVER.tv,” said Dovey Wan, Managing Director of Danhua Capital. “Mitch and his team are fundamentally transforming the live spectator experience for global esports fans with their patented video streaming technology. Together with a new interactive engagement model, 360º esports content, and a novel incentive model for streamers, tournament organizers, and esports fans, we firmly believe they are ready to disrupt the industry with their next-gen multimedia entertainment platform.”SLIVER.tv has already been a broadcaster for a number of esports tournaments since its last just last year. They have worked with leading esports brands such as ESL One, Intel Extreme Masters and Dreamhack in the US and Europe to bring 360º VR to millions of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and League of Legends fans.In July 2017 the company launched its ‘Watch and Win’ esports platform, which has drawn in hundreds of thousands of esports fans to spend virtual currency viewing and engaging with live games. SLIVER.tv claims nearly 100 years worth of content has been viewed in the past few weeks alone.The platform operates by submerging viewers in a fully immersive 360° in-world stream using virtual camera array technology. The company describes the arrangement as akin to ‘giving them courtside seats’, allowing fans to delve right into the action.Esports Insider says: This technology, along with a pending patent for automatic in-game highlight generation using machine vision, is an exciting prospect for esports fans. We are looking forward to seeing how the tech develops after a promising period of funding.last_img read more

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NFL trade rumors: Raiders cooling off on Antonio Brown deal

first_imgOne of Antonio Brown’s hottest suitors might be backing off.According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Raiders are cooling down on chasing Brown due to possible contract disputes and losing a top draft pick. The Raiders also have bad history with trades from the Steelers — just look at the Martavis Bryant deal. The team also has expressed interest in soon-to-be free agent Tyrell Williams, who likely would be cheaper and less complicated than any deal with Brown.The Raiders also need a top receiver, since they traded Amari Cooper to the Cowboys for a first-round draft pick.Despite all this, Raiders coach Jon Gruden has expressed his love for Brown, saying in December “He can run every route you dream up.””I say that about other receivers, but he can run double move,” Gruden said. “He can run by you. He can run crossing routes. He’s very good after the catch. What’s the greatest thing about this man, I’ve told all of our receivers, if you get a chance to watch him practice, you’ll see what unlocks the greatness in him. “He’s the hardest-working man, I think, in football. Hardest-working player I’ve ever seen practice. I’ve seen Jerry Rice. I’ve seen a lot of good ones. But I put Antonio Brown at the top. If there are any young wideouts out there, I’d go watch him practice. You figure out yourself why he’s such a good player.”Per recent reports, the Steelers are expected to deal Brown as soon as Friday, although those same reports state that the Jets and Cardinals are out of the running.Could the Raiders pull out next? NFL trade rumors: Steelers expect to deal Antonio Brown by Friday Brown has said he wants a new contract with whichever teams signs him, which complicates matters for the Raiders. Chances are, they will have to give up a top draft pick for Brown, since the Steelers want a stout deal for him.But the Raiders would inherit Browns’ current contract with the Steelers, which has three years left on it from the four-year, $68 million extension he signed at the beginning of 2017. Related Newslast_img read more

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James Harden injury update: Rockets star questionable (cervical strain) vs. Timberwolves

first_imgJames Harden might not play against the Timberwolves.The Rockets star is suffering from a cervical strain and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. Brandon Ingram injury update: Lakers F expected to make full recovery for next season Harden missed a game against the Warriors on Feb. 23 due to the neck pain from the injury, and apparently it has lingered.Although the Warriors ended the Rockets’ nine-game winning streak on Wednesday, Harden followed up with a 41-point performance against Phoenix on Friday. Related News Harden, 29, is the NBA’s leading scorer. He is averaging 36.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 7.6 assists in 2018-19.The Rockets have ascended to third place in the Western Conference standings, and they are still within reach of the top spot.last_img read more