After numerous criticism about Neymar’s performance at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, he finally receives words of encouragement from Brazil teammate, Kaka.Kaka is confident Neymar attracts unequal criticism concerning his performance and admonished that Neymar should not be blamed for the country’s bad performance at the World Cup campaign. “This search for the one to blame is what I don’t agree with too much,” Kaka told Omnisport as quoted in FourFourTwo, speaking courtesy of Adidas.“Brazil lost. It wasn’t Neymar who lost. The Brazilian national team was eliminated in the quarter-finals.“[The response to] everything he does is very unbalanced. When he does something good, it’s very big. And when something not so good happens, it’s also very big.PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“He, as a 26-year-old lad, has to manage all this… I think he’s fine. Many who criticise Neymar are much older and more mature than Neymar is today.“Faced with all the situations he faces, given the age he is… I’m a fan of Neymar. And that’s speaking about him as a celebrity. As an athlete, he’s an excellent player.”“He was decisive, he did good passes, he didn’t score, but he looked for the game,” the retired midfielder said.“He tried at every moment, he put his team-mates near the goal lots of times, but this happens.”
Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez has backed fellow teammate and France superstar Antoine Griezmann to land the prestigious Ballon d’Or.Griezmann was included on the 30-man shortlist for the coveted individual prize, having finished third for the award in 2016.The 27-year-old enjoyed a successful campaign with the Rojiblancos netting 29 goals in 2017-18 as his team won the Europa League and helped Les Bleus to win the World Cup title.Saul believes Griezmann deserved to win the Ballon d’Or, ahead of Madrid’s Luka Modric who is still seen as the favourite.“I wish. He would be a fair winner for me,” the Atletico midfielder told RNE on Tuesday.Lionel Messi would accept Cristiano Ronaldo’s dinner invite Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Lionel Messi revealed he would have no problems accepting long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo’s surprise invitation to dinner sometime.“Atletico Madrid are growing and are doing so partly thanks to Griezmann. He doesn’t have the numbers of Cristiano [Ronaldo] and [Lionel] Messi, but he makes us play and score goals – for his club and the national team.”Saul also defended Atletico coach Diego Simeone, who was booed by fans earlier this season.Atletico sit third in the La Liga table, just a point behind leaders Sevilla after an even start to the season in Spain’s top flight.“With everything he has done and everything he is doing, the doubts are unthinkable,” Saul said.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 7, 2016 -The seventh annual Green Aruba Conference, held at the Marriott Resort & Stellar is Casino in Aruba during the week of November 15, served as an exceptional platform to showcase Aruba’s progress in sustainable energy transition, a process which began since 2004. This conference provided an ideal opportunity for countries, institutions and experts from all over the world to share valuable information, knowledge, experiences and best practices.Energy Analyst – Ms. Sparkle Prentice participated as a mentee of the Women in Renewable Energy (WIRE) network, an initiative of the Clinton Climate Initiative, connecting women energy leaders from islands worldwide, providing up-to-date information on the status of women in the energy industry and highlighting women doing world-changing work. Ms. Prentice was one of ten women selected as a WIRE Mentee who will benefit from one-on-one mentoring, sharing goals, successes and learning opportunities to develop personal leadership styles and refine tools to progress and excel; thereby achieving professional and personal goals in a male-dominated energy industry. At the Green Aruba Conference, as a WIRE Mentee, Ms. Prentice participated in the panel discussion, “Islands as Leaders in the Evolving Energy Portfolio: The Opportunities and Challenges.” Ms. Prentice spoke about island governments working to create and reform policies that benefit utilities, government, industry and residents, as well as the opportunities or incentives that can be offered to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. She was joined in Aruba by her 2 WIRE Network Ambassadors, Juliet Carvalhal and First Lady of Aruba, Doina Eman Neagoy, as well as other WIRE Network Ambassadors and mentees from Jamaica, St. Lucia, Anguilla, US Virgin Islands and San Andres. Ms. Prentice also participated in the WIRE Mentor Network sessions on leadership, self-awareness, and realizing and embracing power and influence.Energy and Utilities Commissioner – Malike Cummings was a speaker on the first day of the Green Aruba Conference, presenting on the topic, “Energy Sustainability and the Regulator.” He addressed the emerging role of the regulator in promoting sustainable energy, and underscored the increasing complexity and challenges the implementation of sustainable energy brings to the role, function and duty of the regulator, especially in small Caribbean markets. The involvement of the regulator in policy development is fundamentally important in order to contribute and transfer knowledge to the process, and to ensure processes are transparent and actions predictable in order to minimize risks and transaction costs, and instill and reinforce investor confidence in renewable energy initiatives.Cummings also spoke to the many regulatory challenges, namely; having to justifying the value of benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives, which are realizable in the long term, against relatively high costs that must be borne in the short term; the challenge of managing special interests to minimize regulatory capture; dealing with archaic legislative and regulatory frameworks and the challenges of modernizing them; and the coordinating role of the regulator with relevant departments and agencies to minimize conflicts, duplication of efforts and delays in the successful and effective implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives. He also spoke about the pivotal role of the Regulator in the Integrated Resource Planning for the electric utility, to ensure a least cost energy mix and acquisition of assets. Fundamental to the successful execution of the regulator’s duties is the adequate allocation of resources, especially in this increasingly complex and emerging energy sector, where roles, tasks and functions continue to accrete, Cummings elaborated. Related Items:
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 17, 2017 – Nassau – The Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas has congratulated the Government and people of the Republic of India on the celebration of its National Day. The Government of The Bahamas looks forward to continuing the friendly and cooperative relationship that has existed between the two countries since the inception of Diplomatic Relations in 1975.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sent a formal Diplomatic Note of congratulations to the Government of India to that effect.Release: BIS
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The administration’s study of the health of the nation’s defense industrial base remains on course to issue recommendations in April. Working groups already have internally presented interim findings, reports Defense News. “Now we are taking those findings and turning them into recommendations for addressing those risks. We’re still in the process of that, and we’re on track to do that in mid-April,” Jerry McGinn, principal deputy director for DOD’s office of manufacturing and industrial base policy, said Monday. Working groups from DOD and other agencies have been examining the defense sector to recommend ways to cover gaps and weaknesses. “We have a lot of known risk areas,” McGinn told reporters.Photo by John Snyder
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a list of FREE upcoming library programs for adults, teens and kids submitted by the Wilmington Memorial Library:Registration begins 30 days prior to the event. Please register online using our Calendar of Events at www.wilmlibrary.org or by calling (978) 694-2099 (for Adult) or (978) 694-2098 (for Children/Teen). Please note we request registration for programs that are marked *RR. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for funding support for library programs!Adult EventsCoffee with a CopWednesday, September 18, 10 amDrop in, grab a tea or coffee, and chat with a police officer. Learn about the rights of the public as well as the roles and responsibilities of police and community in a relaxed and open setting. All questions welcome.Current Affairs Discussion Group *RRWednesday, September 18, 7 pmThis group is for all who would like to broaden their knowledge of current national and international affairs. You will have the opportunity to discuss topical events and learn from others. Recommended background readings will be provided prior to each meeting. Led by facilitator Dan Hall.Musical Stylings of John Muratore*RRThursday, September 19, 2:30 pmJoin Boston University School of Music faculty member John Muratore, one of Boston’s best-known and most highly regarded classical guitarists, as he performs Spanish classical guitar favorites as well as Latin American, jazz and folk-inspired compositions. Don’t miss this afternoon of beautiful music!Novel Ideas Book Group *RRThursday, September 19, 7 pmFeatured Book: The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams, Karen White, Lauren WilligPlease stop by the library to pick up a copy of the featured book.Poetry Circle *RRSaturday, September 21, 9:15 am-11:30 amLove poetry? The poetry circle is a great opportunity to meet other poets and get constructive feedback in a supportive environment. When registering, please provide your email address so you can receive an agenda and any prep materials in advance. Led by local writing enthusiast, Barbara Alevras.Cemetery Stroll *RRSaturday, September 21, 10 amJoin us for a Cemetery Stroll, starting in the parking lot behind the library! This year’s Stroll will feature graves and stories related to Wilmington’s participation in and commemoration of the Civil War. Bring your walking shoes and enjoy a pleasant stroll in one of Wilmington’s most interesting historic locations. Led by Town Curator Terry McDermott.Kids & Teen EventsTeen Volunteer Orientation *RRSaturday, September 14, 10 amNeed volunteer hours? Whether for meeting your graduation requirement or just because you really love helping out at the library, we may have opportunities available for you! Please complete the online application at https://wilmlibrary.org/youth-services/teens/volunteers/ before attending. Grades 9-12Intro to Dungeons & Dragons *RRSaturday, September 14, 1-4 pmInterested in finding out more about this fantasy tabletop role-playing game, or looking for a group to play with? Join DM Alex for more info and a mini campaign! Grades 6-12Kids Crafts: Monkey and Rose Pencil Decorations *RRSaturday, September 14, 2 pmThis craft is led by three Wilmington High School students. Grades 1-5Little Movers *RRMonday, September 16, 10 amLet’s move! Join us for a morning of singing, dancing, and moving around! Ages 1-2Teen Volunteer Orientation *RRTuesday, September 17, 2:30 pmNeed volunteer hours? Whether for meeting your graduation requirement or just because you really love helping out at the library, we may have opportunities available for you! Please complete the online application at https://wilmlibrary.org/youth-services/teens/volunteers/ before attending. Grades 9-12Trivia Tuesday *RRTuesday, September 17, 7 pmShow us your smarts at pub-style trivia! Play against your friends, putting your pop culture knowledge to the test. The winning team walks off with prizes and bragging rights! Snacks provided. Grades 6-12Star Mag *RRWednesday, September 18, 3:45 pmCalling all kid writers and artists! Drop in to help create this magazine written by, for and about kids, and published by the library. Grades 3-6First Look Book Group *RRThursday, September 19, 2:30 pmWant to discover the next big thing in YA lit? First Look is for you! Hang out with other teen fiction aficionados and read books hot off the presses. Take home a book to keep after every meeting! Grades 6-12The College Camp *RRThursday, September 19, 7 pmIs college the right next step for you? Kristin Allaben, COO and Certified Greatness Zone Coach, can help high school students make the most informed decision possible about whether college, a trade school, or apprenticeship is the right fit, as well as additional guidance about what to do after senior year. 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A bill that would have banned tackle football, heading in soccer and checking in lacrosse for children under 14 on publicly funded fields, was killed in a Maryland General Assembly House committee recently.Del. Terri Hill (D-12), a surgeon, filed a bill that would have banned contact sports for youth under 14. The bill was killed in committee earlier this week. (Courtesy photo)The Ways and Means Committee overwhelmingly rejected the legislation (19 voted to kill the bill, three did not vote), which the bill’s sponsors called a “public health” bill. The measure could have had a major ripple effect for youth sports across the nation if it had passed.The bill was filed in the House by Del. Teri Hill (D-12) a doctor, who represents parts of Baltimore and Howard counties, who says she loves football.“In reality, what we’re trying to do is minimize the risk of kids getting these injuries, because the younger the brain, the more long-term damage we see,” Dr. Hill told the CBS affiliate in Baltimore.An online petition against the bill allegedly accumulated more than 7,000 signatures.“I really didn’t expect the bill to pass, but I think it’s a conversation we have to have and I don’t think the conversation is over,” Dr. Hill told the Baltimore Sun.
On May 29, Associated Black Charities (ABC), sponsored the forum, “Moving From Protest to Policy: Making Advocacy Count,” which focused on the substance of the recently concluded Maryland General Assembly’s Legislative Session. The forum was produced by ABC in partnership with the University of Maryland School of Social Work and was held at the School of Social Work’s auditorium. The event was coordinated by A. Adar Ayira, of ABC’s senior leadership team, who led the two-hour conversation between community members and leaders and the panelists, who included (from left), Marc Steiner, human rights activist and veteran talk show host, Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor and Catalina Byrd, political consultant and community advocate. Not pictured is Tom Hall, host of Midday, on WYPR, 88.1.Associated Black Charities (ABC) forum, “Moving From Protest to Policy: Making Advocacy Count.” (Courtesy Photo)
More information: Niche construction and Dreaming logic: aboriginal patch mosaic burning and varanid lizards (Varanus gouldii) in Australia, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Published 23 October 2013 DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2013.2297AbstractAnthropogenic fire is a form of ecosystem engineering that creates greater landscape patchiness at small spatial scales: such rescaling of patch diversity through mosaic burning has been argued to be a form of niche construction, the loss of which may have precipitated the decline and extinction of many endemic species in the Western Desert of Australia. We find evidence to support this hypothesis relative to one keystone species, the sand monitor lizard (Varanus gouldii). Paradoxically, V. gouldii populations are higher where Aboriginal hunting is most intense. This effect is driven by an increase in V. gouldii densities near successional edges, which is higher in landscapes that experience extensive human burning. Over time, the positive effects of patch mosaic burning while hunting overwhelm the negative effects of predation in recently burned areas to produce overall positive impacts on lizard populations. These results offer critical insights into the maintenance of animal communities in the desert, supporting the hypothesis that the current high rate of endemic species decline among small animals may be linked to the interaction between invasive species and mid-century removal of Aboriginal niche construction through hunting and patch mosaic burning. Goanna (Varanus varius). Credit: Wikipedia Citation: Study finds aboriginal hunting technique causes increase in number of prey (2013, October 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-10-aboriginal-technique-prey.html (Phys.org) —A team of American researchers led by anthropologist Rebecca Bliege Bird of Stanford University has found that a bush burning hunting technique used by aboriginal hunters in western parts of Australia leads to an increase in the number of sand goannas—their main prey. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, the team describes a decade long study of the Martu Aboriginal people, their hunting techniques and the impact the people have on their environment. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Hunting with fire appears to benefit Australia’s small-mammal populations, researchers say The common assumption in field studies is that when humans hunt, the number of prey falls—it just seems to be common sense. In this new effort, Bliege Bird and her colleagues have found that may not always be the case. In studying how the Martu people hunt, the researchers learned they use controlled small fires to burn away brush that allows them to find the dens of sand goannas—a type of monitor lizard. Their controlled small burns are in stark contrast to the wildfires that race across the bush due to lightening strikes in areas where the Martu don’t live and hunt. Once the dens have been located, the hunters (all women) use sticks to prod the lizards into revealing themselves. Once killed, the lizards are cooked and eaten—they make up a substantial portion of the Martu diet.Aboriginal people have been living in the Australian Outback for thousands of years, and until recently, were allowed to continue their hunting practices without interference by modern people that have migrated to the country. Believing that the people living in the outback were depleting the numbers of animals that lived in the bush, the government began attempting to move them towards a more modern way of living. Unfortunately, that move appears to have backfired as the numbers of indigenous animals has been declining with several groups going extinct altogether. This new research suggests that because the Aboriginal people have been living in the environment for such a long time, they have become an integral part of its existence. Play A burning approach mixing practical philosophy and knowledge leads to a near doubling of lizards and improves habitat, according to a study by Rebecca and Doug Bird, researchers affiliated with the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. The fire makes it easier to spot burrows from longer distance, and, by removing grass, improves the ability to locate the animal in its burrow. Credit: Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment Over the years, the research team has conducted extensive surveys of sand goannas both near where the Martu live, and in distant places. In so doing, they have found that there are on average twice as many of the lizards in the areas where the Martu hunt, than in those areas where they don’t. They attribute this to the localized burning that is used to hunt them. They believe it leads to a more varied environment that allows for more diversity, which in turn means more food for to the lizards, causing growth in population. 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Kolkata: A 30-year-old Kolkata businessman was killed while his companion, a 21-year-old woman critically injured after a Ferrari sports car they were travelling in toppled on National Highway 6 at least 6-7 times before hitting a divider. The intensity of the accident was so high that the frontal portion of the high-end Ferrari California T was reduced to a lump of mangled metal. The railing of the divider pierced into the vehicle resulting in the bursting of the airbag on the driver’s side. The deceased, Shibaji Roy (30), was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident while his friend Ashna Surana (21) was sitting next to him. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe accident took place at Pakuria area of Domjur at around 9.30 am on Sunday. According to the police, the victims went to Dankuni to have food along with a few of their friends as they used to on a regular basis on Sunday morning. It was learnt that Roy’s friends who accompanied him were in other cars on their way back home.The Ferrari California T is a two-door, hardtop convertible sports car that makes over 552 horse power.The exact cause of the accident is yet to be confirmed by the Howrah rural police after a forensic test. Sources said the two-seater Ferrari crashed after the driver lost control over the vehicle. The nature of the accident suggests that it was running at a minimum speed of 150-170 km per hour at the time of the accident. Police are investigating every possible angle that might have led to the fatal accident. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt was learnt that Roy, a resident of a Triangular Park area, and a high-profile businessman had at least 8 high-end cars in his possession. He belonged to a group that used to go out frequently, particularly on Sundays. According to local sources, people often indulge in car racing along the National Highway 6.The way the car was damaged indicates a terrible crash as it hit the side of the road, smashing the driver’s door and the entire front was completely crushed. A metal pipe, about 6 inches thick, was seen to have pierced the bonnet of the vehicle. According to a senior police officer of Howrah rural police, the sports car was coming at a high speed from Dankuni and hit the divider while approaching a bridge at Pakuria on National Highway 6 at Domjur. Soon after the accident, the car landed upside down on the ground with a thud, the officer said.The locals rushed to the spot immediately. Senior police officers reached the spot and began with the rescue operation. The victims were removed from the mangled portion of the car with the help of the gas cutter.They were rushed to a private hospital where Roy was declared brought dead while Surana is undergoing treatment and is under ventilation support. Her condition is stated to be critical. According to hospital sources, she has multiple injuries in her body. Police are expected to conduct a forensic test on the mangled parts of the Ferrari. The accident caused a major disruption to traffic movement along the arterial road for around 30 minutes, a senior police officer of the district added.
How to claim additional expenses back on delayed/cancelled flights Some of the stranded passengers at Manchester Airport “We even got a text on Tuesday morning saying ‘Welcome to Bulgaria’. It was a generic text, but it really rubbed salt in the wounds.” Read MoreHero Geoff saves neighbour’s life after dragging her out of burning house Paula added: “We’d booked for seven nights – and now it is only five. It has been a real nightmare for us. When I arrived on Monday, I had no idea I would still be at the airport on the Wednesday.” Jackie, aged 51, of Weston Coyney, said: “We’re devastated. It has been very stressful and very emotional.” Watch Next Watch again Passengers Neil and Paula Greatbatch with friend Jackie Bloor Paula says the passengers could see their plane through the airport windows on Monday night – only for it to never take off. Read MoreThieving son stole £60k from disabled mum – and left her unable to pay care home fees The 46-year-old, from Park Hall, said: “Everyone was waiting at the gate. It got close to 6.30pm and nobody was getting on board. We could see the plane, but no-one said we could get on it and the doors were all shut. At about 7.45pm, a man came on the tannoy and said the flight had been cancelled and would be leaving on Tuesday. “Tuesday ended up being a waste of a day as we should have been in Bulgaria. You can’t go out and do anything because you’re right near the airport and your flight time could change at any moment. The video will start in 8Cancel Play now Video Loading Video Unavailable Video Loading Video Unavailable Share this video Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailFour Stoke-on-Trent passengers spent the first two nights of their week-long summer holiday grounded in Manchester – after their flight to Bulgaria was delayed for 44 hours. Couples Neil and Paula Greatbatch and Andrew and Jackie Bloor should have departed from Manchester Airport at 6.30pm on Monday. But their Tui flight was cancelled and the 300 passengers spent Monday night in an airport hotel. They were then told the plane would leave at 11.50pm on Tuesday and 12.50am yesterday – only for those departures to never materialise. Read More939 flats are to be built next to Stoke-on-Trent College – and there’s only 17 parking spaces! Now the flight has finally departed – at 2pm yesterday – to allow the couple to start their break at the Riu Helios Paradise Hotel. How to claim expenses back on a delayed flight The video will start in 8Cancel Play now Manchester Airport A spokesman said: “The flight was originally delayed due to short notice changes to our flying programme and then further impacted by a technical issue with the aircraft. Click for Sound Click to playTap to play Video will play in Watch again Click to playTap to play Video will play in Watch Next We pay for stories! Send your videos to email@example.com Travel giant Tui has apologised for the marathon delay. Click for Sound We pay for stories! Send your videos to firstname.lastname@example.org “Customers have been provided with full-board hotel accommodation and we have offered them a gesture of goodwill or help to find another holiday. “We understand how frustrating a flight delay can be and would like to thank them for their patience.” Share this video
Categories: Miller News State Rep. Aaron Miller, of Sturgis, today announced two upcoming dates where he will hold in-district office hours for the month of March.“Transparency and openness are essential to both good government and effective representation,” Miller said. “I encourage anyone with a question to attend and I look forward to our discussion.”Rep. Miller will be available Saturday, March 23 at the following time and location:7 to 9 a.m. at Yoder’s Country Market, 375 Eleanor Drive in Centreville.Rep. Miller will also be available Monday, March 25 at the following times and locations:7 to 8:30 a.m. at Shell, 465 W. Main St. in Mendon;9 to 10:30 a.m. at Dawn and Phil’s Café, 105 E. State St. in Colon; and11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Five Lakes in Meijer, 408 W. South St. in Sturgis.No appointments are necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Miller’s office at (517) 373-0832 or AaronMiller@house.mi.gov.### 15Mar Rep. Miller sets local office hours for March
Digital TV penetration in Russia will reach 98% by 2020, up from just under 50% at the end of 2013, according to figures from Digital TV Research. The stats predict that nearly a third of homes in the country will be primary DTT households by 2020, up from just 7.5% at the end of 2013, with every platform having “ambitious plans to roll out digital services.”Digital TV Research claims that digital pay TV penetration will climb from 36.0% in 2013 to 60.7% by 2020.“Massive network construction (using the latest technology) is underway, which will irrevocably change the market. However, satellite TV is the boom market at present, with consumers attracted by low cost packages,” said the report.Analogue terrestrial switch-off is expected to take place in Russia in 2018, though Digital TV Research says it expects analogue cable switch-off to take longer. It predicts that analogue cable TV penetration will fall from 37% in 2010 to 2% by 2020.“Analogue cable subscribers include many homes which take the low-cost ‘social package’, which usually comprises retransmissions of the terrestrial channels. Although many of these homes will convert to DTT – or even pay digital platforms – some will hang on to the analog cable subscription for as long as possible,” said Digital TV Research.It claims that pay TV revenues in Russia will increase by US$1.14 billion between 2010 and 2020 to reach US$2.02 billion. “ARPUs for cable TV have traditionally been low and this trend is continuing with the popularity of cheap DTH packages. However, DTH ARPUs are expected to increase, with cable and IPTV slowly falling.”
Digital TV software and services company Oregan has launched the latest version of its advanced set-top box client middleware solution, SparQ, aimed at legacy Linux set-top boxes and Android TV.Oregan said that the open standards-based offering resolves the differences between the current security and performance requirements of modern-day TV services and the hardware capabilities of STBs that were deployed up to a decade ago.SparQ is designed to let operators offer multiple over-the-top services with varied content security requirements, while allowing remote device management, analytics and quality of service monitoring.It also includes video streaming optimisation for Multicast Adaptive Bit Rate Streaming (mABR) in conjunction with MPEG-DASH, HLS, Cloud PVR, catch-up and time-shifting, and is offered as part of Oregan’s ‘pay TV system transformation suite’.“SparQ is a new breed of middleware that is fluid in the way it is developed, evolved and interfaced with other components within the end-to-end ecosystem,” said Mark Perry, CEO of Oregan Networks.“The SparQ code base has been substantially refined and extended from previous versions of Oregan’s middleware, to enable operators to effectively assimilate unmanaged network content using the latest delivery standards, whilst continuing to leverage managed networks where they exist, hence differentiating in terms of quality of service, experience and convenience.”