2006 laureate in the “media” category : Novaya Gazeta

first_img The bi-weekly Novaya Gazeta has earned a reputation for its investigations which regularly put the spotlight on corruption and authoritarianism in the Russian administration and report on the most sensitive issues in Russian society. This newspaper which is so critical of the government carried numerous reports by Anna Politkovskaya on Chechnya and Russian society. December 13, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 2006 laureate in the “media” category : Novaya Gazeta Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News News RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” June 2, 2021 Find out more BelarusEurope – Central Asia The bi-weekly Novaya Gazeta has earned a reputation for its investigations which regularly put the spotlight on corruption and authoritarianism in the Russian administration and report on the most sensitive issues in Russian society. This newspaper which is so critical of the government carried numerous reports by Anna Politkovskaya on Chechnya and Russian society. Politkovskaya, who joined the paper in 1999, also probed cases of censorship assault on journalists.Novaya Gazeta has paid a high price for its stand. Two other journalistic staff have been murdered: journalist Igor Domnikov in 2000 and Yuri Shchekochikhin, editor and Duma member, in 2003.The founders of the “New Newspaper” set themselves the objective of being independent and extending their circulation throughout Russia. This has now been achieved; since Novaya Gazeta is distributed all over the country and its sales have reached around 500,000 copies, including regional editions. One of its goals is to step up its production from two to three issues a week. Novaya Gazeta was founded in April 1993 by journalists who formerly worked for Komsomolskaya Pravda. It launched its website version in 1996 (http://novayagazeta.ru). Novaya Gazeta is one of the flagships of the news press in a Russian media landscape made up mostly of state-run papers providing electoral and consumer news.The privately-owned newspaper in which the staff holds 51% of the shares, saw two political figures take over 49% of its capital in June 2006. They were the former Soviet president and originator of glasnost (openness), Mikhail Gorbachev, and Alexander Lebedev, wealthy businessman and member of the Duma.Novaya Gazeta is currently carrying out its own investigation into Anna Politkovskaya’s murder.A Russian press under ever greater controlEven if Russia cannot be compared to regimes which systematically ban independent media, press freedom is under serious threat. On one hand Russian society is beset by escalating violence which affects journalists. Twenty-one have been killed because of their work since Vladimir Putin was first elected president of the Russian Federation in March 2000. The vast majority of these cases have not been solved contributing to impunity for the murderers of journalists. The recent wave of killings of officials, businessmen and celebrities (murder of the government of the central bank, the Litvinenko case and so on..) illustrate this climate of violence. Three journalists have been killed in 2006: Ilia Zimin (NTV), Yevgeni Gerassimenko (Saratovski Rasklad) and Anna Politkovskaya (Novaya Gazeta). Elsewhere, news reporting is hampered by a lack of pluralism, particularly in the broadcast media. Russians who mostly get their news from the television have only two federal channels to chose from, both of which are controlled by the Kremlin: ORT and Rossia, watched in more than 98% of homes. Media purchases by state-controlled gas giant Gazprom, also give rise to concern since it is reportedly becoming the country’s biggest media group. It recently announced its aim of buying the country’s top-selling daily, Komsomolskaya Pravda, which boasts 2.1 million readers. The company already owns the leading private TV channel NTV, after which purchase the satirical programme the “Kukli” disappeared from the screen; the Izvestias and the radio Echos of Moscow. In the regions, the concentration of power has put the media under mounting pressure and journalists have fewer resources to fight this state of affairs. In 2002 and 2003, successive editors of the newspaper Togliattinskoye Obosrenie were murdered and in 2006, the weekly Permsky Obozrevatel (Perm Observer), the only independent newspaper in the Perm region in the Urals, suffered persecution from the local authorities. The situation in Chechnya remains dire. The Caucasus republic is a news black hole. The murder of Anna Politkovskaya only adds to this already serious situation, since she was one of very few journalists to regularly cover the conflict in Chechnya and its consequences.The other 2006 nominees in the “media” category were:1/ Democratic Voice of Burma, BurmaThe Norwegian-based radio Democratic Voice of Burma was founded in 1992 by a group of pro-democracy students who escaped the 1988 massacres. In 2005 it launched Burma’s first independent TV channel. Although DVB TV only broadcasts for two hours a week throughout Burmese territory, it infuriates the generals in Rangoon, who have been used to exercising tight control over news put out by the media.The radio broadcasts more than two hours of programmes daily and in seven ethnic minority languages and is one of very few news sources to escape the junta’s relentless advance censorship. 2/ Uthayan, Sri LankaThe highly popular Jaffna-based daily Uthayan has for nearly 20 years managed to keep a relatively independent editorial line despite the war in the north of Sri Lanka. At least five staff on the paper were killed in 2006, two of them murdered in a raid on its premises on the eve of World Press Freedom Day. In September, the printers of the Colombo edition was torched by unidentified attackers, while in Jaffna armed men have twice forced staff to print their press releases.The pro-government Tamil militia, responsible for most of the attacks, takes advantage of the passivity of the army which dislikes the daily. In the 1990s, the offices were the target of a military bombardment. 3/ An-Nahar, LebanonFounded on 4 August 1933, An-Nahar is Lebanon’s leading Arabic-language daily. The moderate and liberal paper is today seen as a publication of reference, read by the Lebanese intelligentsia as much as by students and company bosses. The recent Israeli-Lebanese conflict, which hit a number of media and left one journalist dead, spared An-Nahar. But the newspaper suffered sad losses in 2005, losing within a few months its editorialist and its publisher. Samir Kassir, editorialist on the daily for ten years, was killed by a car bomb explosion on 2 June 2005. News Receive email alerts to go further May 28, 2021 Find out more BelarusEurope – Central Asia May 27, 2021 Find out more “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says Help by sharing this information News Organisation RSF_en Follow the news on Belaruslast_img read more

Religion as social unifier

first_imgAs gods grew more powerful, Henrich said, they gradually were represented as being more interested in the day-to-day affairs of mankind and more willing to punish those who did not conform to social norms.And as the gods changed, so too did the rituals that played a key part of binding people to their faiths.Where small hunter-gatherer societies often used dance and moving in synch to help bind groups together, the shared belief in omniscient, powerful gods and rituals like Sunday services and prayer help unite larger communities of faith, Henrich said.‘We have evolved some basic cognitive abilities that allow us to represent and understand these supernatural beings.’ — Joseph HenrichSuch tight-knit societies eventually either were able to outcompete their neighbors — by sharing resources, growing faster, or fielding ever-larger armies — or they served as an example of their gods’ powers, and in attracting converts.“The key element is that there is an in-group pro-sociality,” Henrich said. “You are willing to support other members of your group … but that circle expands over time.”To understand whether and how belief in God might influence people’s behavior, Henrich and colleagues conducted experiments that took them to more than half a dozen locations around the world.“We went to eight societies and tested Hindus, Christians, Buddhists, and others,” Henrich said. “What we did was give people a chance to essentially cheat at a game or to be biased toward themselves and their local communities over strangers from the same religious group.”At the beginning of the experiment, participants were given a number of coins, along with two cups, one for a distant person of the same religion, and the other for either themselves or a member of their community. Participants then selected one of the cups in their minds, and rolled a black and white die. If the die came up black, they placed a coin in the cup they’d mentally selected. If it was white, a coin went in the other cup.Importantly, Henrich said, the experiment is designed in a way that only the participants know whether or not they followed the rules. Using statistics, however, researchers were able to calculate how likely any outcome might be, and to understand how biased participants were toward themselves, a close member of their group, or a distant member of the same religion.“Based on interviews done later, what we found was how omniscient and punishing people believe their god to be — predicted how much they would cheat, essentially,” Henrich said. “Those who believed in more-punishing and more-knowing deities cheated less in favor of themselves and their local groups over distance co-religionists, although everyone cheated in favor of themselves or in favor of their local group a little bit. What this means is they were allocating more coins to a distant co-religionist, and expanding the social sphere.”While religion — and the cooperation it engendered — was likely a key factor in helping society reach the heights of modernity, its role is now gradually being supplanted by secular institutions.The job of enforcing ethical behavior, once the purview of a punishing god, now falls to the justice system, where crimes are punished not with damnation, but with prison sentences, Henrich said. There are plenty of things that make it possible for humans to live in large groups and pack into cities. New building techniques and materials, for instance, allow construction of high-rise buildings; plumbing delivers clean, fresh water and sewage systems that help to prevent diseases.One factor, however, is rarely included on the list: having one or more gods.In two studies published earlier this year in the journal Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology Joseph Henrich examined the notion that, by helping enforce ethical and cultural norms, belief in a powerful, omniscient God helped human societies quickly grow. Complementing that premise in a second study published in Nature, Henrich showed that people who believe in God are more likely to treat others fairly.“What we want to understand is how humans were able to scale up from being relatively small societies to larger groups very quickly,” Henrich said. “One answer is that religion can act as a kind of social technology that helped humans scale up and build large, complex societies.“If you look at the religion of very small-scale societies, like hunter-gatherers, there’s no intertwining between religion and ethics or morality,” he said. “There are supernatural agents, but they tend to be weak, they can be tricked, and they don’t have any power over the afterlife. It’s only over time that gods become increasingly concerned with human affairs. Gods that have control over the afterlife don’t appear until relatively late in human history.”Where did the concepts of those more powerful gods come from?“We have evolved some basic cognitive abilities that allow us to represent and understand these supernatural beings,” Henrich said. “Cultural evolution can then shape the details of what those gods care about and how powerful they are.” Related Study finds that the slower ‘eusocial’ system in nature offers high risks, high rewards Reproductive strategieslast_img read more

Skille-ful performance salvages series split for UW

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoIn a weekend of must-win games for the Badgers as the team desperately tries to get back into the postseason race, the end result could easily be labeled a disappointment. After being embarrassed by visiting Minnesota State the night before, the Badgers literally didn’t go down without a fight Saturday, as Wisconsin won 4-1 a night after losing 3-1.Game two of the weekend series saw 108 penalty minutes and a five-minute brawl in the second period, with the main highlight being Jack Skille’s first career hat trick.After registering only four shots on goal in the first period Friday night, the Badgers came out swinging, firing 17 shots on goal in the first period. Freshman Michael Davies got Wisconsin on the scoreboard first, scoring on a wrap-around goal, beating Mankato goalie Mike Zacharias for the 1-0 lead.With time winding down in the second period, the controversy started.With the puck trickling out of Wisconsin’s own zone, assistant captain Jake Dowell, seeing Skille start to break down ice, left his skates and used his stick to poke the puck ahead to his teammate.As he broke down ice with defenseman Chad Brownlee on his back, Skille lost control of the puck, tripped Brownlee with his stick, which left him wide-open to backhand the puck past Zacharias for the Badgers second score of the evening.”It was pretty obvious what happened and it was pretty much the ref’s digression,” Brownlee said. “If he didn’t see it, I am sure that’s why he didn’t call it.”A minute later, the melee began.Freshman Blake Geoffrion was checked hard into the boards in front of Minnesota State’s bench and took exception. Separate fights broke out all over the ice between the two teams, including a verbal shouting and finger-pointing confrontation between the teams’ two head coaches.When everything got sorted out, 72 minutes and six misconduct penalties were handed out, with three players — including Minnesota State’s leading scorer Travis Morin — from each team heading to the box.After Minnesota State cut the Badger lead to one, Skille buried his second goal of the night when he was left wide-open in front of the net. The sophomore completed his hat trick with under a minute remaining with an empty netter, off a feed pass from Captain Andrew Joudrey, sending Badger hats flying onto the ice.”That was a pretty generous pass for Joudrey,” Skille said. “I can’t remember the last time I had a hat trick.”Shane Connelly stopped 17 of 18 shots on the evening for the win in his first start since Dec. 31. On the season, the sophomore goalie is 3-0-1 in his four starts.”I see him stopping more pucks, whether it’s breakaways or drills,” UW head coach Mike Eaves said. “His teammates will tell you that it’s harder and harder to score pucks on him.”The victory was a total turnaround for the Badgers after a dismal game the night before. “We went out there and played relentless from the start,” Skille said. “We had a great start to the game and played the full 60 minutes.”Wisconsin wasn’t as fortunate Friday night, playing a lifeless 60 minutes en route to an embarrassing 3-1 loss to the Mavericks.Despite being near the bottom in conference, Minnesota State outworked, out-hustled and dictated the entire game against the Badgers. The Mavericks got two of their three goals from their freshmen wings, as Geoff Irwin and Kael Mouillierat scored big goals in a hostile environment to put State in a four-way tie for sixth in conference.”They were strong and scored two huge goals for us,” Minnesota State head coach Troy Jutting said. “When you get two freshmen to score goals on the road in a big game, they are big goals.”Even when the Badgers were doing things right, State found a way to put points on the board. Off a perfectly executed block by Andrew Joudrey, the puck caromed right back to the shooter, assistant captain Steve Wagner, who fired the rebound past Elliott.”[The Mavericks] really collapse[d] to the net when the puck came out,” Eaves added. “They were getting in the shooting lanes with the puck and we weren’t able to get them in.”Wisconsin sophomore Ben Street removed some of the embarrassment from the Badgers’ night when he scored his sixth goal of the season off a rebound in front of the net, but it proved to be too little, too late for the Badgers.On the weekend, the Badgers went 0-for-11 on the power play and at times, failed to develop any rhythm on the man advantage. With a road series at Colorado College next weekend, converting on the power play will be at the top of Wisconsin’s wish list.”The power play wasn’t going very well but [the production] is coming,” Dowell said.last_img read more

Matthey Hayden reveals MS Dhoni’s reaction when he first saw the Mongoose bat

first_imgImage Courtesy: FPJ/Getty/The HinduAdvertisement wsNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsbixk7gpWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eb3l( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) s0zs9Would you ever consider trying this?😱7Can your students do this? 🌚c6Roller skating! Powered by Firework The famous ‘Mongoose Bat’ entered the global cricket scene with creating a huge uproar. The bat with a shorter blade and longer handle, wielded by none other than the former Aussie hall of fame Matthey Hayden, was an object of desire for many fans. The former Chennai Super Kings stalwart was ruthless against bowlers with the bat, however, it earned a little slack from a fellow cricketer, and it was none other than Mahendra Singh Dhoni!Advertisement Image Courtesy: FPJ/Getty/The HinduWith the absence of cricket action in the COVID-19 lock down, many current and former cricketers are taking to social media to engage with the fans. In a recent interview with anchor Rupa Ramani, Matthew Hayden recalled his Indian Premier League days, revealed the reaction he got when first using the mongoose bat from his captain.“I will give you anything you want in life, to not use this bat. Please do not use this bat,” Mahi had said to Hayden after seeing the mongoose, the 48 year old said in the interview session. Check it out below-Advertisement Dhoni’s negative reaction to the mongoose came when Hayden started using it in the 2010 IPL season. The bat, with its 43% longer handle and 33% shorter blade made it lethal for aggressive batting.However, the former Aussie opening batsman had defended the mongoose against Dhoni’s scepticism, saying, “I am using this bat for practice for about a year and a half and when it hits the middle of the bat it goes 20 meters further.”CSK, who lifted their third IPL trophy in 2010, saw a spectacular batting performance from Hayden wielding the mongoose, who scored 346 runs in that season.“The mongoose product was a step in the right direction and it was a brave and courageous decision to use it and for a couple of times when I used I just loved it,” Hayden added.Even though the bat had gained a huge amount of popularity a decade ago, it was ineffective in defensive play, and following Hayden’s retirement, the mongoose became an extinct choice for batsman.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-You won’t believe MS Dhoni’s brand new lockdown look!Ian Chappell: India are well equipped to handle Australian conditions! Advertisementlast_img read more

Bombers capture West Kootenay Fieldhockey title with 1-0 win over SHSS

first_imgThe West Kootenay champ gains a berth in the BC High School Field Hockey Championships November 6-8 in Oliver.The loser of the final has another chance to qualify, meeting Fraser Valley #2 in a Wild Card game in Kelowna.The Bombers return to the pitch this weekend for a tournament at Pass Creek Park. Teams from Mount Boucherie and Oliver join the three locals squads in the event.Bombers knock off first place J. Lloyd Crowe in WK Fieldhockey actionTuesday, the Bombers took a huge step toward the West Kootenay title by scoring a 2-0 victory over first-place J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks in West Kootenay Girl’s Fieldhockey League action.The win pulled the Bombers to within a point of the Hawks with Wednesday’s game being the final game of the regular season.Tara Yowek was back guarding the cage for LVR to register the shutout.LVR was helped by the return of Abbie Bourchier-Willans who joined the team Tuesday for the first game this season.Bourchier-Willans is also the main setter for the Volleyball squad. The L.V. Rogers Bombers have claimed the West Kootenay Girl’s Fieldhockey regular season title by edging Stanley Humphries Rockers 1-0 Wednesday at Pass Creek Park in Castlegar.The win lifted LVR past J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail and into top spot in regular season standings.Grade 10 midfielder Noa Butterfield scored an unassisted goal for the only marker of the game.”It was (Noa’s) birthday (Tuesday) and we we so hoping she would score a goal then…but today made it even sweeter since it was the only one,” said Bomber coach Val Gibson.Jenna Wheeldon registered the shutout in goal with help from a solid defence of Kyra Burkart, Emma Gregorich, Grade 9 Heather Potkins and Lauren Walgren.The Bombers now gain a bye into the West Kootenay Final next Thursday (October 23) at 3:30 p.m. at Pass Creek.LVR plays the semi final winner between Stanley Humphries and Crowe, played Tuesday.last_img read more

Nitros fall short at Cyclone Taylor Cup, drop 6-5 decision to Storm in Final

first_imgThe Kimberley Dynamiters came within one game, within one goal of capturing a BC Junior B Hockey Championship.Gage Colpron had three assists to spark the Campbell River Storm to a 6-5 victory over Kimberley in the Junior B Hockey Final of the Cyclone Taylor Cup Monday in Mission City.The Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League Champs, which defeated Kimberley for the second time in the tournament, now represent BC at the Keystone Cup April 16-19 at Cold Lake, Alta.Host Mission City Outlaws blasted North Vancouver Wolfpack 7-0 in the Bronze Medal Game earlier in the day.The difference for the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League reps was a shaky defence that had been the cornerstone of the team’s success throughout the post season. Leading 3-2 after 40 minutes, the Storm scored three times in a span of 10 minutes to take a 6-3 lead with six minutes remaining in the third period.Trent Johnson, Michael Olson and Trevor Bottomley scored to blow the game open.Jason Richter, named the tournament MVP, cut the lead to 6-4 with two minutes remaining before Jordan Busch made it a one-goal game in the final minute.However, Kimberley could not get the equalizer past Jesse Michel in the Storm nets.Dawson Frank, Dane Feeney and Nathan Browne also scored for Campbell River, who went undefeated in the tournament.Jordan Roy, Keenan Haase also scored for the Nitros.Richter finished the game with three points for Kimberley while Braden Saretsky, Alex Rosolowsky and Haase all had two points in the game for Kimberley.Kimberley outshot Campbell River 25-22 as Tyson Brouwer, named Most Inspirational Player of the Tournament, took the loss in goal.TOURNAMENT NOTES: Campbell River brought the Cyclone Taylor Cup back to the Island for the first time since the Peninsula Panthers won the title in 2011. . . .This is the sixth Cyclone title for the VIJHL and second for the Campbell River Storm. The last BC Championship was one by the Storm in 1999. . . .Gage Colpron of the Storm won the tournament scoring title with four goals and four assists. Bryce Pislak of Mission City was second with seven points while Jason Richter of Kimberley finished in a six-way tie for third with five points. . . . Kimberley opened with a 2-1 win over Mission City before dropping a 6-5 OT decision to Campbell River. The Dynamiters advanced to the final by defeating North Van 5-4 in overtime. Richter scored the winner at 4:54 of the second extra time period. . . . Nelson’s Sawyer Hunt finished the tournament with a goal in three games.last_img read more

INTENSE BIDDING SEES DONEGAL FARM SELL FOR MORE THAN €800,000

first_imgA WELL-known Co Donegal farm sold today for more than €800,000.Bidding wars ensued as five different lots went under the hammer on farmland and buildings in the townlands of Woodtown and Coolboy near Ballyare.The property, a mile from Illistrin was owned by the late David Patterson. Estate agent Boyd Robinson told donegaldaily.com that the intense interest in the land showed the growing strength of the agricultural sector.“It was very intense with more than five interested bidders on each of the five plots sold today,” said Boyd“In total the farm realised €831,000. It showed the level of interest in farmland at the moment in a sector which is growing.“We are delighted for our clients and obviously delighted that everything sold at the auction.” The lands sold as follows:Lot 1  15 acres of fair grazing with 3 bedroom chalet and Shed       €209,000Lot 2 13 acre of fair grazing                                                              €189,000Lot 3 17 acres of fair grazing                                                             €252,000Lot 4 24 acre of fair grazing                                                              €140,000 Lot 5 2 bedroom cottage on 1 acre                                                        €45,000INTENSE BIDDING SEES DONEGAL FARM SELL FOR MORE THAN €800,000 was last modified: April 28th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:000INTENSE BIDDING SEES DONEGAL FARM SELL FOR MORE THAN €800last_img read more

SA, Vietnam sign rhino action plan

first_img7 May 2013 South Africa and Vietnam have signed an action plan to set in motion the biodiversity conservation and protection agreement signed by the two countries in December, aimed at curbing wildlife crimes, in particular rhino poaching. “The implementation plan, effective until 2017, gives further impetus to the fight against wildlife crimes, particularly rhino poaching,” the Department of Environmental Affairs said in a statement. South Africa’s Deputy Environmental Affairs Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi and Vietnam’s Deputy Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Ha Cong Tuan signed the follow-up implementation plan in Hanoi on Monday. “The signing of the action plan is the culmination of intensive negotiations and discussions between the two governments,” the department said following the signing. The memorandum of understanding on biodiversity conservation and protection was introduced to promote cooperation between the two countries in law enforcement and compliance with legislation such as the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).‘Joint efforts to conserve biodiversity’ “Put into action is the development of joint legislative efforts to conserve biodiversity, build capacity and promote participation of international organisations and non-governmental organisations in the process,” the department said. Priority cooperation areas also include the use, transfer and development of technology, natural resource and protected areas management, wildlife trade and community development. “The two countries will, in the next six months, share information on each country’s legislation in regards to the management of sport hunting for trophies of rhino and other wildlife with the aim of improving the management of imports of hunted specimens to Vietnam,” the department said. “Awareness and education campaigns on biodiversity management, compliance with international regulations and legislation, forestry, skills development, sustainable utilisation and the improvement of livelihoods while conserving the environment and related matters, will also be conducted to ensure wildlife-related crimes are reduced.” Further development of wildlife monitoring systems, including the introduction of a gene bank and training courses in wildlife forensic analysis and DNA sample techniques, also form part of the implementation plan to combat levels of wildlife crime. “The two countries will share experiences on a regular basis, resulting in recommendations to enhance biodiversity, management, conservation and protection,” the department said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Told you that you were getting good sleep, says Fitbit

first_imgRyan Matthew Pierson Tags:#featured#Fitbit#Internet of Things#IoT#top#wearables Fitbit has sponsored a study that it says validates the ability of several of its fitness wearables to accurately track different stages of sleep. This study, which involved the Fitbit Alta HR, Blaze, and Charge 2 devices, was independently scored by polysomnography technicians.“With our sleep tracking tools, Fitbit has transformed what people can learn about their sleep habits by taking the ability to track sleep stages out of a lab and putting it on the wrist,” Conor Heneghan, lead sleep research scientist at Fitbit, said in a statement.Understanding the stages of sleepThe study focused on these devices’ ability to accurately track the three main stages of sleep: light, deep, and REM (rapid eye movement). Understanding how much of each stage someone is receiving is an important part of understanding the quality of sleep they are receiving.Sleep Stages, a new feature introduced this April, is available with Alta HR, Blaze, and Charge 2. It uses heart rate variability to estimate the amount of time spent in light, deep and REM sleep. It also detects when someone is awake in order to accurately log sleep patterns and duration.It does this by measuring changes in your heart rate, pairing variations to the different levels of sleep and awake states in order to determine how much of what type of sleep you’re getting. Early Fitbit sleep detection relied on your body’s movements to determine how restful or restless your sleep was.Fitbit’s growing sleep databaseWhen you look at a company with such a large, diverse user base, it’s hard to ignore the sheer volume of data these wearables generate. Since 2010, Fitbit has logged over 4 billion nights of sleep from its users. This gives it a data pool of over 23 million hours of slumber in order to better understand and improve on its tracker’s ability to accurately log sleep patterns.Among the the findings of this study, Fitbit determined that Gen Z (age 13-22) sleeps the most, averaging 6 hours and 57 minutes of sleep a night. Baby Boomers (age 52-71) sleep the least, with 6 hours and 33 minutes per night.Dr. Conor Heneghan, lead sleep research scientist at Fitbit, will present the findings of the study, “Estimation of Sleep Stages Using Cardiac and Accelerometer Data from a Wrist-Worn Device,” at SLEEP 2017, the joint conference of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society, in Boston from June 3-6. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Follow the Puck Related Posts How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua…last_img read more

a day agoSpurs, Man Utd target Denis Zakaria: I’ll keep my feet on the ground

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Spurs, Man Utd target Denis Zakaria: I’ll keep my feet on the groundby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria is staying grounded over growing transfer interest.Switzerland international Zakaria has the likes of Inter Milan, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United all keen.And Gladbach have intimated a willingness to sell for €50m.But the youngster says: “I’m happy with Borussia and I want to play a big season with Gladbach if possible. “The important thing is that I keep my feet on the ground and do not worry about the other things.” last_img