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CGTN: China, Vietnam chart course for bilateral ties

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BEIJING, Nov. 1, 2022 /CNW/ — China has welcomed the first foreign leader to visit the country since the conclusion of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) — General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong.

 

At the invitation of Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee and Chinese president, Trong is on an official visit to China which began on October 30.

During their talks on Monday, the two leaders vowed to make joint efforts in promoting the ChinaVietnam comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership in the new era to a new level.

A visit showing solid friendship

Noting that Trong is the first foreign leader he has met since the 20th CPC National Congress and this is Trong’s first trip abroad since the 13th National Congress of the CPV, Xi said that it fully shows the great importance the two sides attach to developing relations between the two countries and the two parties.

Xi also presented the Friendship Medal of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to Trong, saying that the medal represents the profound friendship of “comrades plus brothers” between China and Vietnam.

The award is presented to those who support the country’s modernization, promote exchanges between China and the world and safeguard world peace.

Trong said that he has fulfilled his promise to Xi that he would visit China for his first international visit following his re-election as General Secretary of the CPV in January 2021.

Five years ago in November, Xi chose Vietnam as his first overseas destination after the 19th CPC National Congress.

The Vietnam News Agency said that Trong’s trip is a reciprocal visit, which aims to “affirm Vietnam’s consistent policy of attaching importance to relations with China as a top priority.”

A visit charting the course for bilateral relations

The two leaders agreed to continuously advance socialist modernization, align development strategies, and promote cooperation in various areas, such as medical and health care, green development, digital economy and climate change.

For the cause of socialism and ChinaVietnam relations, adhering to the correct political direction is paramount, Xi said.

Highlighting the two sides should consolidate the socialist economic foundation, he said China is ready to synergize its development strategies with Vietnam.

China regards the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as a priority in its neighborhood diplomacy and a key region in high-quality Belt and Road cooperation, and attaches importance to Vietnam’s role in the ASEAN, Xi said.

Trong said that Vietnam is willing to further synergize the “Two Corridors and One Economic Circle” and the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

Despite impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and geopolitical upheavals in the world, Vietnam is China’s largest trading partner in the ASEAN and the sixth largest in the world, with bilateral trade exceeding $230 billion in 2021.

In July, China and Vietnam agreed to further strengthen the docking of development strategies and speed up cooperation under the BRI and the “Two Corridors and One Economic Circle” plan.

The “Two Corridors and One Economic Circle” plan is an initiative to boost regional economic cooperation between China and Vietnam. It involves several areas in southern and southwestern China and northern Vietnam.

During their talks, Trong also stressed that his country firmly adheres to one-China policy, firmly opposes any form of separatist activities seeking “Taiwan independence,” and will not develop any official relations with Taiwan.

Vietnam does not allow any country to establish a military base on its territory, does not join any military alliance, does not use force against any country, and does not unite with one country against another, he said.

Following the talks, the two leaders witnessed the signing of cooperation documents on political parties, economy and trade, environmental protection, culture and tourism, justice, customs and local affairs.

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Stack Sports Announces New Ecosystem of Products in Australia, New Zeland, and the UK

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MELBOURNE, Australia, Dec. 5, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Stack Sports, a global leader in sports technology, today are excited to announce that the GameDay and Stack Team App products are combining forces to provide an end-to-end solution for sports organizations internationally.

These two teams will now focus on bringing together the best features of both products to better serve sports. Once the integration is complete partners can expect seamless data flow between the governing organizations, competitions, and teams.

To add to the upcoming product innovation, GameDay and Stack Team App will now offer Partners the full set of solutions within the Stack Sports Ecosystem. Designed to make sport easier for organizations the ecosystem includes solutions for Officials, Tournaments, Travel, Learning Management, Photo Distribution, and NFTs. Partners can now get even more value from their existing Partnership with Stack Sports. 

In addition to the new ecosystem product offerings, Stack Sports is also announcing two new leadership roles at GameDay and Stack Team App.

To better serve Partners, Stack Team App CEO & Founder Rob Fletcher will take on the role of Managing Director of International Operations for Stack Sports, whilst Daniel Smith, currently in the position of Global Partnerships Manager at Stack Team App, will move into the position of General Manager at Stack Team App.

These new appointments will further align the operations of this innovative future offering and they will work together to create new innovation globally.

Rob Fletcher jointly launched Stack Team App in Feb 2013 and has been involved with grassroots sporting clubs for over 20 years. “Having used and admired GameDay’s technology for years from afar, I’m excited about re-establishing the business as the premier sports technology platform for administrators across our core markets. The business has made significant enhancements to the existing technology, providing our users more functionality than ever before.”

Daniel Smith, who’s been with Stack Team App for over 4 years, has 12+ years of initiating and delivering sustained commercial growth in the ever-expanding sports and technology industries. “Rob has established Stack Team App as the market leader in youth sport communication and I’m excited to continue that success. We are in a strong position with new and innovative products being released in the coming months and I’m looking forward to overseeing all facets of the business to continue our expansion and growth globally”.

About Stack Team App

Stack Team App is an Australian-based smartphone app trusted by more than 7 million members and over 250,000 sporting clubs, teams, leagues and social groups in 150+ countries across the globe. Stack Team App has helped transform the way coaches, team managers and volunteers are able to communicate and engage with their members. Choosing from a huge range of features, a fully customized app with a dynamically updating website can be created for free in less than 10-minutes.

Located in one of the world’s great sporting cities of Melbourne, Australia, Stack Team App started with a passion to support local community sporting clubs and help them prosper in a technological world. To learn more about how Stack Team App can help your team, go to www.stackteamapp.com  or download Stack Team App from the App Store or Google Play.

About GameDay

GameDay, part of the Stack Sports family, have been providing next-generation sports management technology solutions in the Australian market since 2001 and has extended its key markets to include the United Kingdom, Europe and New Zealand. GameDay provides a range of solutions including membership management, competition and tournament management, event/ticketing platforms and various digital websites, e-commerce, and online auction fundraising solutions. GameDay works with a wide variety of organisations including grassroots sporting clubs/associations, professional clubs/teams, national governing bodies, and event providers along with charities and foundations. 

About Stack Sports

With over 50 million users in 35 countries, Stack Sports is a global technology leader in SaaS platform offerings for the sports industry. The company powers the sports experience through world-class software and services to support national governing bodies, youth sports associations, leagues, clubs, parents, coaches, and athletes. Some of the largest and most prominent sports organizations, including the U.S. Soccer Federation, Little League Baseball and Softball, USA Lacrosse, and NFL Flag, rely on Stack Sports technology to run and manage their organizations. Stack Sports is headquartered in Dallas and focused on growing participation in sports through Grassroots Engagement, Participation Growth Technology, Recruiting Pathways, and Elite Player Development. To learn more about how Stack Sports is transforming the sports experience, please visit https://stacksports.com/.

 

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Sunbird Messaging Announces Beta App, Brings iMessage and Unified Messaging to Android Users

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Sunbird is a new messaging app that gives Android users a fully featured iMessage and the ability to unify the world’s most popular messaging apps in one app inbox.

NEW YORK, Dec. 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Sunbird Messaging app has launched its closed beta community. The app is the first and only fully featured “iMessage for Android” app that only requires your Android phone. (No personal server, Apple device, or desktop software is required.)

 

We’ve solved 14 years of communications challenges associated with Android messaging…By inventing a new technology…

With Sunbird, there are no more green bubbles. Users get security (encryption), internet messaging, full-quality media, iMessage group chats, reactions/tap backs, live-typing, and read receipts, with plans to add new features regularly.

Android users can join the “early bird” list to be the first to receive an invitation to access the Sunbird beta user group. Sunbird will roll out invitations in phases to join the closed beta user group beginning in late 2022.

Sunbird offers an authentic unified messaging experience. The beta launch will include the ability to communicate securely with iMessage, SMS/MMS, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger—with more message app types added over the coming months.

“We’ve solved 14 years of communications challenges associated with Android messaging,” states Danny Mizrahi, CEO, and Founder of Sunbird Messaging. “By inventing new technology that gives Android users iMessage on Android, one can enjoy the most popular functions and features uniting the top messaging apps that people use every day. One inbox for all your messages.” Mizrahi adds.

The Sunbird messaging servers never store user or personal data, ensuring a safe, secure, and private messaging experience. All message types, except for traditional SMS, are end-to-end encrypted at all times. Two-factor authentication is fully supported.

Android users can join the early bird invitation list at sunbirdapp.com. The product development roadmap is also shared there, including timelines of future releases and updates to the app: Telegram, RCS, Instagram Direct Messaging, Slack, Signal, Discord, and many more.

“Another benefit to the Sunbird app is it helps to solve bullying issues that have historically come from the green and blue chat bubbles,” says Mizrahi. “A January 2022 WSJ article headline included …Teens Dread the Green Text Bubble. With the Sunbird app, we want to help end this issue among teens and adults,” Mizrahi adds.

About Sunbird Messaging

Founded in 2022, Sunbird Messaging is the first and only iMessage Android & web app that allows users to unify the world’s most popular messaging apps into one app inbox, including iMessage, SMS/MMS, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp. (No desktop software/server is required, only an Android phone. ) More message app types, such as Telegram, Signal, RCS, Instagram Messenger, Slack, Line, and Discord, will be included in future updates. Sunbird Messaging servers never store user messages, ensuring safety, security, and privacy. Join the waitlist at Sunbirdapp.com. Follow @Sunbirdapp on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn, and @SunbirdMessaging on Facebook.

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New Driver Training Developed at Cincinnati Children’s Keeps Teens with ADHD Safer Behind the Wheel

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Integrated Desktop and Simulator Training Reduced Crash Risk by 40%

CINCINNATI, Dec. 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Roadways can be a dangerous place for teen drivers, even more so for those diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This is because those with ADHD may have difficulty sustaining visual attention to the roadway, especially when distracted.

“This training improves attention, reduces crash risk, and has the potential to save lives.” — Jeff Epstein, PhD

Now, an ADHD driver’s training program developed at Cincinnati Children’s reports success at reducing the frequency of long, distracted glances away from the road that often occur among youth with ADHD. Details were published December 1, 2022, in The New England Journal of Medicine.

“This training improves teen drivers’ attention to the roadway, reduces crash risk and has the potential to save lives,” says the study’s principal investigator Jeff Epstein, PhD, a pediatric psychologist with the Division of Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology at Cincinnati Children’s.

Trainees Had Fewer Crashes/Near-Crashes

The study details outcomes of the FOCAL+ training program, which expands upon a desktop-based software platform called FOcused Concentration and Attention Learning (FOCAL). This study enrolled 152 teen drivers with ADHD, aged 16-19, and split them into two groups. The 76 teens assigned to FOCAL+ participated in multiple training sessions that involved wearing special eye-tracking monitors that detect “long” glances (2 seconds or more) away from the roadway during simulated driving.

When long glances away from the road occurred while drivers were performing secondary tasks in the simulator (i.e., searching for a visual symbol on the driving console), an alarm sounded. The 76 teen drivers assigned to the control group learned about driver safety and then, like the FOCAL+ drivers, participated in multiple training sessions while wearing an eye tracker which required them to perform the same secondary task as the FOCAL+ group. However, control drivers did not get alerts when they glanced away from the road for too long.

One month after training, teens in the control group had 28.05 long glances during driving simulation per drive compared to just 16.52 long glances for the FOCAL+ group—a 41% difference. Six months later, both groups slightly improved at avoiding long glances, but those who received the FOCAL+ training maintained a 42% edge. The study also reports that non-trained drivers were more variable than trained ones in their lane position–a driving indicator related to crash risk.

To measure the impact of the training on real-world driving, drivers in both groups had an eye-tracking camera attached to the windshield in their vehicles for a year. Teens who received FOCAL+ training had fewer long-glances and crashes and near crashes than the control group. In fact, there were 40% fewer crashes and near crashes among the FOCAL+ trained group (3.4%) than the control group (5.6%). None of the crashes involved fatalities.

These findings suggest teens with ADHD were able to generalize trained skills to real-life settings, Epstein says. 

Next Steps

As a result of the success of the study, Cincinnati Children’s is now offering this training to teens with ADHD. The five-session program will cost $250. Those interested in participating can call 513-636-8107 or visit the website to see if they or their teen qualify.

“Our ultimate goal is to make this training available to all teen drivers with ADHD,” said Epstein. “The hope is to reduce teen driving injuries and fatalities and to provide parents with added comfort about their teen driver’s safety.”

Epstein notes that the sample of drivers in this study was limited to one geographic region and results may not be the same for drivers in other regions. But the results justify pursuing the programs further. The team plans to apply for grants to further investigate program efficacy. 

The program founders also are studying ways to expand the program to other ADHD care providers, and perhaps other driving instruction providers. 

The challenges ahead include scaling up the program and finding supporting sponsors. 

Video, sound and photos are available at link below. Please courtesy Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
https://spaces.hightail.com/space/EWZGcXantm

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