The numbers behind Syracuse’s 3-point shooting frequency and efficiency

first_imgQuentin Hillsman has said he wants Syracuse to shoot 30 3-pointers every game. He said he hopes for 10 makes from beyond the arc every time out.Syracuse’s route to reaching those numbers hasn’t always looked efficient on paper. The Orange shoots just 30.8 percent from distance. Even when SU’s players miss shots, Hillsman urges them to keep shooting, and for good reason.The Orange (17-5, 5-4 Atlantic Coast) ranks third in the country with 679 3-pointers attempted, ninth with 209 made 3-pointers and 11th with 9.5 made 3s per game. But Syracuse ranks 209th in 3-point field goal percentage at 30.8 percent. But, its effective field goal percentage bears out a much more productive offensive team.Effective field goal percentage accounts for the fact that 3-pointers are worth 50 percent more than 2s. Thirty-three percent from 3 equals 50 percent from 2. So for Syracuse, the amount of 3s it attempts are bound to make the Orange more effective scoring than the simple percentages.Syracuse has tallied a 48.5 effective field goal percentage on the season. That’s higher than its 41.1 percent overall from the field.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSometimes, the strategy to keep shooting it from deep backfires. Against N.C. State on Jan. 14 and Miami on Jan. 18, Syracuse made nine 3s, near its season average. But against the Wolfpack, SU missed 20 3s and the Orange went on to miss 26 3s against the Hurricanes. The Orange lost both those games.“It doesn’t matter how many shots I miss, he’s gonna tell me to keep shooting,” Gabrielle Cooper said on Nov. 28.In the long run, the strategy pays off for the Orange. Percentages that on paper look putrid from inside the arc can still be somewhat effective from deep. Tiana Mangakahia makes 26.2 percent from deep, Digna Strautmane makes 22.6 percent from 3 and Isis Young makes 29.2 percent from downtown. But all three are firmly above 40 percent in effective field goal percentage, much more bearable because of the frequency with which they shoot the 3-ball.Against then-No. 11 Florida State on Jan. 7, Syracuse took 20 3s in the first half. It made just five. That 25 percent from 3 equates to a still unimpressive 37.5 percent from two. But SU didn’t shy away from letting it fly in the second half. The Orange shot 16 second-half 3s and made eight on the way to an upset victory. Miranda Drummond made 3-for-8 from 3 in the first half but then was a perfect 5-for-5 in the second half.In every game except a loss to then-No. 5 Mississippi State, Syracuse has shot more 3s than its opponent. Sometimes, the hot shooting comes in the first half, unlike the game against FSU.Against Pittsburgh, SU shot 8-for-14 in the first half from distance. But the Orange only made 2-of-16 in the second. The power of the 3 had already done the necessary damage, though. A 13-point halftime lead proved too much for the Panthers to overcome, and 24 of SU’s 44 point in the half came from beyond the arc. Cooper went 4-for-6 from 3 in the first half and then missed all four attempts from deep in the second.“When I get the ball, I try to get the ball up there and do what I do,” Gabrielle Cooper said on Nov. 28, summing up Hillsman and SU’s strategy.The Orange takes and makes almost as many 3s as any team in the country. But the rate at which SU makes them is mediocre, at best. By sheer volume of attempts and conversions, though, Syracuse makes up for that mediocrity with an absolute ferocity with which it stands by the 3-ball.“Hoping for the day that they could start knocking down some more of those 3-point shots,” Hillsman said on Nov. 28. “I think it’s gonna change the whole complexion of the way we play.” Comments Published on January 29, 2018 at 10:25 pm Contact Billy: | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Pay increase for supermarket workers following trade union campaign

first_imgA supermarket chain that has four stores in Donegal has secured a new pay deal for its member, it has been revealed. The newly agreed pay award provides a range of pay increases from a minimum of 2.5% to 8.5%.The Mandate Trade Union group said members working in the Kavanagh Group Supervalue chain had secured new pay deals. The chain has four stores across the county, in Buncrana, Ballybofey, Donegal town and Dungloe.Speaking following the announcement, Divisional Organiser for Mandate’s North and West Division Ciaran Campbell said: “The new pay agreement represents an annual pay increase of €1,300 for a full-time worker, while some of our members will be better-off by €2,000 per year.“At a time when unions and businesses are operating in the unknown that is Brexit, and also while some retail employers feel that the National Minimum Wage is a benchmark in pay, this agreement – whilst not to be sniffed at – is only a work in progress.“We have already signalled that the current pay regimes in this and many other similar type employments are not fit for purpose as staff are not being adequately rewarded for their work, efforts and contributions to their employers’ profits.” “While the retail industry operates in very challenging and competitive times, this cannot mask the fact they are in the main profitable.“It is in those profitable workplaces that Mandate is intent on securing rates of pay and terms and conditions for its members that are not only meaningful but provide a decent standard of living.“We have a bit of work to do but seeing our members better off by €30 or €40 a week is a pleasing start.”Pay increase for supermarket workers following trade union campaign was last modified: October 22nd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Do New Fossils Soften the Cambrian Explosion?

first_imgLook at the picture of fossils in an article on PhysOrg.  The discoverers claim these fossils from Gabon are 2.1 billion years old, and provide evidence that multicellular organisms began evolving long before the Cambrian explosion.  “Until now, it has been assumed that organized multicellular life appeared around 0.6 billion years ago and that before then the Earth was mainly populated by microbes (viruses, bacteria, parasites, etc.),” the article said.  “This new discovery moves the cursor of the origin of multicellular life back by 1.5 billion years and reveals that cells had begun to cooperate with each other to form more complex and larger structures than single-celled organisms.”    The original paper in Nature shows detailed photos of the structures.1  The largest are 12 centimeters long, but most are smaller.  Many have a radial growth pattern, and the centers of some show a fold, indicating the organisms were composed of flexible sheets of cells.  The fossils, however, show no cellular differentiation, gut, limbs, or other complex structures characteristic of the Cambrian phyla.  The best that El Albini et al could claim is that the structures suggest colonies of organisms that were more organized than mere microbial mats.  To have grown into such shapes, “They require cell-to-cell signalling and coordinated responses, akin to that required for multicellular organization.”  Most of the paper was concerned with how they dated the fossils and ruled out chemical processes for their formation.    In the “News and Views” section of the same issue of Nature,2 Donoghue and Antcliffe (U of Bristol) commented on the findings.  They said this find “will get palaeobiologists talking” because there is “excitement” any time fossils bigger than microbes are found before the Cambrian explosion.  They began by debunking a myth about Darwin:It is a peculiar but widely held view that Charles Darwin used the palaeontological record as one of the principal lines of evidence for biological evolution.  He did not.  To modern eyes, On the Origin of Species presents a shocking account of the fossil record as an archive of evolutionary history.    For instance, Darwin highlights the idea that the then earliest-known fossil-bearing rocks, from the Cambrian period, beginning about 542 million years ago, contain records of modern groups – implying an extensive prehistory teeming with life.  One-and-a-half centuries of subsequent research have revealed a vast microscopic fossil record of unicellular protists and bacteria extending, some would argue, as far back as there are sedimentary rocks from which they could be recovered.  But although fossils of millimetre- to metre-scale multicellular organisms characterize the 90 million years of the Ediacaran period that precedes the Cambrian, pre-Ediacaran macroscopic fossils are exceedingly rare.In their timeline of the fossil record, Donoghue and Antcliffe show that the Ediacaran fossils appeared in a mere blip of time before the Cambrian explosion.  These, however, are significantly earlier.  Darwin knew of no Precambrian fossils.  It really bothered him.  “It was Darwin’s view that absence of organisms in these early intervals of Earth’s history would prove his theory of biological evolution wrong.”  Although they concluded that Darwin would be vindicated now (“The discovery and continuing elucidation of the Precambrian fossil record has met Darwin’s predictions on the extent and structure of evolutionary history”) they also pointed out that “Interpreting truly ancient fossils is an especially tricky business.”    Much of the evolutionary significance of these fossils depends on whether they represent true eukaryotic multicellular life, with division of labor and signalling between the cells.  “The fossils are not much to look at,” though, they admitted, and “Out of their geological context, these structures are unremarkable and would probably have been ignored.”  Dating of the fossils, therefore, is another requirement for assigning them any evolutionary significance.  “The null hypothesis, however, has to be that these remains represent bacterial colonies.”  Are they any more significant than stromatolites dated earlier?  Do they represent anything as remarkable as the later Ediacaran biota?3    The discoverers ended on a note that stimulates another question.  “Although we cannot determine the precise nature and affinities of the 2.1-Gyr macroorganisms from the Francevillian B Formation of Gabon,” they said, “we interpret these fossils as ancient representatives of multicellular life, which expanded so rapidly 1.5 Gyr later.”  Combined with Donoghue and Antcliffe’s statement that “pre-Ediacaran macroscopic fossils are exceedingly rare,” this makes one wonder what took evolution so long to do anything with its new experiment in multicellularity.  Why did multicellular life expand so rapidly at the Cambrian?  Readers should note that all the spectacular evolution of toucans, platypus, dinosaurs, horses and humans occurred in one third of the timeline after the Gabon fossils, assuming the evolutionary dating.  If after a century and a half of looking, these rare fossils from one tiny place on the globe are all that paleontologists can find, a statement by Donoghue and Antcliffe in their final paragraph seems understated: “This latest discovery raises more questions than it answers.”1.  El Albani et al, “Large colonial organisms with coordinated growth in oxygenated environments 2.1?Gyr ago,” Nature 466, 100-104 (1 July 2010) | doi:10.1038/nature09166.2.  Philip C. J. Donoghue & Jonathan B. Antcliffe, “Early life: Origins of multicellularity,” Nature 466, 41-42 (1 July 2010) | doi:10.1038/466041a.3.  For background on the Ediacaran biota in relation to the Cambrian explosion, see 12/23/2002, 08/19/2004, 04/23/2006, and 07/14/2009.Under the most generous concessions to the Darwinists, these fossils can only be described as enigmatic.  Under more realistic assumptions, however, they are no help at all.  First, consider their rarity.  Why isn’t the globe teeming with fossils of multicellular experiments and transitional forms in Precambrian strata?  We’re talking about 3.4 billion years of dice-throwing since the first life appeared in their saga.  If (as they believe) microbial fossils appeared “as far back as there are sedimentary rocks from which they could be recovered,” evolution had no trouble doing the grunt work of creating cells and spreading them over the globe.  Those cells, according to the Darwin fundamentalists, had already mastered genetic coding, transcription, translation, regulation, cell division, signaling and networks run by thousands of molecular machines. Are we to believe that evolution could not do the much easier task of stitching cells together into more complex colonies?  Given humans, it’s not hard to envision them forming a club in short order.  Given cells with communication tools and remote sensing, it’s also not hard to envision them coming together in social groups, and profiting from division of labor.  Coming up with the humans and the cells to begin with is the big leap.  Given the explosion of diversity later, why did evolution struggle for most of the habitable history of the planet to cross that threshold?    Second, these fossils are of dubious interpretation.  They may be nothing more than fairy-ring colonies growing outward like bacteria in a Petri dish.  Perhaps the matlike remains were flexible enough to fold on the inside in some cases.  There is no indication of a coelom or tissue differentiation.  They do not appear transitional to Ediacaran fossils, let alone to Cambrian animals.    Third, the dating is incestuous to evolutionary geological assumptions.  Donoghue and Antcliffe spoke glibly about “speculative hypotheses on the co-evolution of life and the chemistry of the oceans” that tempt them to think the fossils fit “elegantly” within tales of a Great Oxidation Event and other evolutionary sub-myths (12/10/2006).  If one does not accept the Darwinian premises, all such talk is circular.    Finally, the structures, even under generous concessions that they represent multicellular experiments far back in the Precambrian, do nothing to mitigate the Cambrian explosion.  These fossils have none of the jointed limbs, digestive systems, reproductive systems, eyes, antennae, fins, and other complex organs seen in the earliest animal fossils.  As the must-see film Darwin’s Dilemma illustrates powerfully, complex body plans bespeak even more complex developmental programs able to direct cells at the right place at the right time into tissues, organs, and functioning organisms.  The only theory that can explain hierarchical organization with goal-directed assembly is intelligent design.    For these reasons, this discovery represents Darwinian wishful thinking.  They are grasping at straws, trying to fill a Grand Canyon of a gap in their theory with pebbles.  It’s almost humorous watching the tension in their rhetoric between the obligations of scientific restraint and the wish to see a huge embarrassment relieved.  “This latest discovery raises more questions than it answers,” they said.  One question we’d like to add is, “When are you guys going to concede defeat?”(Visited 32 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

WEF 2016: How technology can transform healthcare in Africa

first_img16 May 2016“Health is the basic foundation for any standard of living here in Africa and around the world,” moderator Hans-Paul Burkner said during a discussion on “Transformation of Healthcare” at the 2016 World Economic Forum on Africa in Kigali, Rwanda last week.Burkner opened the floor to conversation between Novartis corporate responsibility global head Jurgen Brokatzky-Geiger, President of Guinea Alpha Conde, Peek Vision Foundation CEO Andrew Bastawrous, Laura Lane, president of global public affairs at UPS, and Fortis Healthcare president Daljit Singh.They touched on:Using data analytics to detect pandemicsBoosting access to primary careTackling worker and financial shortagesWatch the session:According to WEF, there is no better time than now to chart Africa’s health transformation. The organisation said African economies are growing faster compared to other regions in the world, and numerous breakthroughs in research and development are enabling healthy people to maintain their status quo.“A virtuous cycle exists between health and economic development,” it said. “Better population health is an important driver of economic progress, as healthy populations live longer, are more productive and can save more.”3 ways #Africa can transform its #health systems #af16— World Economic Forum (@wef) May 15, 2016How #socialmedia is shaking up healthcare @sdosemagen @LeeAase #health— World Economic Forum (@wef) May 8, reporterlast_img read more

Top 10 Online Small Business Collaboration Tools

first_imgWith the growing number of online services, it’s becoming more economical for small business to rely on web-based tools rather than expensive enterprise software. Not too long ago we brought you 5 Web Apps To Keep Your Startup Organized, and now the website Business Pundit has released their top 10 list of online collaboration tools for small businesses.Call it Web 2.0, or Enterprise 2.0; the fact of the matter is that online services just make more sense for businesses on a budget. Because these software platforms are web-based, users can use any computer to access them at work, at home or even on the road. They eliminate the need for expensive software and fewer IT employees are required for setup, updates and patches to systems. Considering these benefits of online tools, Business Pundit’s list of collaborative services is an excellent resource for startups and small businesses looking to save some cash while still getting things done as efficiently as possible.Topping their list is OfficeMedium, a service we profiled last fall which provides a wide variety of collaborative features wrapped up in an elegantly designed interface. With live chat, user profiles, polls and calendars, OfficeMedium is a social collaboration network for your company. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… While the service is relatively inexpensive with monthly costs of just $6 per person and $1 per gigabyte of storage, you may be disappointed by a lack of mobile application and developer API if your company is constantly on-the-go. Coming in just behind OfficeMedium is Basecamp, a service that we use daily here at ReadWriteWeb and which made our top 5 list of organization apps for startups. While the two services are more or less functionally comparable, Business Pundit puts Basecamp in second place due to its less-than-thrilling (though customizable) interface design and a few functionality gripes. For the mobile business, Basecamp’s API has allowed for over a dozen mobile applications, which could be a feature that makes it the #1 choice.Rounding out the rest of the top 5 are CubeTree, WizeHive and SocialText – three powerful web applications which were deprived of the top spot by a few lacking features, design problems and ease-of-use issues. The remainder of the top 10 includes CentralDesktop, Onehub, PBWorks, Zoho Projects and Socialcast.What do you think? Is there a better business collaboration tool out there that was left off of Business Pundit’s list? Or would you rank one of these apps higher than another? Let us know your thoughts below in the comments.Photo by Flickr user wonderferret. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market chris cameron A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#start#tips last_img read more

92% Of All Smartphones Shipments in Q4 2012 Were iOS & Android

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … dan rowinski Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement For the entirety of 2012, Android held 68.4% of all smartphone shipments. Apple held at nearly one-in-five (19.4%) while the rest of the market shared 12.2% of all shipments. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#Android#iOS If you are a smartphone manufacturer trying to make a dent in the mobile wars and are not building a device running iOS or Android, you are out of luck. According to Boston-based research firm Strategy Analytics, 92% of all smartphones shipped in the last quarter of 2012 ran either Apple or Google’s mobile operating systems. Overall, smartphone growth for the quarter grew 38% annually between Q4 2011 and Q4 2012 from 157 million units to 217 million. For the year, Strategy Analytics believes that 700.1 million smartphones were shipped in 2012, well ahead of the 490.5 million shipped in 2011. Growth rates for the smartphone market are slowing. Granted, growth is still in the double digits, but global ship growth slowed from 64% in 2011 to 43% in 2012, according to Strategy Analytics senior analyst Neil Shah in a release. On a global basis, Android is winning the smartphone wars. In Q4, it took 70.1% of all smartphone shipments. Apple’s iOS was second with 22%. That left 7.9% to all other competitors, notably Microsoft’s Windows Phone and Research In Motion’s BlackBerry. last_img read more

Centre releases additional ₹1,000 crore to cyclone-hit Odisha

first_imgThe Home Ministry on Monday announced the release of an additional ₹1,000 crore to the cyclone-hit Odisha as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.A statement from the Home Ministry said the amount would be in addition to the ₹341 crore that had been provided to the Odisha’s State Disaster Response Force in advance.As announced by Prime Minister after his aerial survey and review of relief efforts with the Odisha government, the Home Ministry has announced a further release of ₹1,000 crore for assistance to the State, the statement said.The cyclone Fani made a landfall in Odisha on May 3, causing extensive damage in the State and claiming at least 34 lives.last_img

Behavioural Changes Critical to Reduce Energy Usage – Minister Paulwell

first_imgMinister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, says individual behavioural changes are critical in the fight to conserve energy and reduce the country’s energy bill.He is calling on all Jamaicans to assess their consumption and seek to implement conservation measures.“Every Jamaican can start in his or her personal way. Sometimes we don’t stop to think about the amount of waste and expense we contribute to our own financial situation and if we do, we will see very quickly how effective we can (be) in minimising what we spend,” the Minister said.Mr. Paulwell was speaking at an energy efficiency and conservation workshop for agencies and divisions of the Ministry, at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston, on March 27.He said the Ministry will be working towards becoming the flagship agency as it relates to energy conservation and will be seeking to transform the way electricity is used.Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, says individual behavioural changes are critical in the fight to conserve energy and reduce the country’s energy bill.He is calling on all Jamaicans to assess their consumption and seek to implement conservation measures.“Every Jamaican can start in his or her personal way. Sometimes we don’t stop to think about the amount of waste and expense we contribute to our own financial situation and if we do, we will see very quickly how effective we can (be) in minimising what we spend,” the Minister said.Mr. Paulwell was speaking at an energy efficiency and conservation workshop for agencies and divisions of the Ministry, at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston, on March 27.He said the Ministry will be working towards becoming the flagship agency as it relates to energy conservation and will be seeking to transform the way electricity is used.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Government of Canada confirms a contribution of $14.6 million to boost the transition of TV5MONDE to digital and the international visibility of French-Canadian creators. Sylvain Lafrance has been appointed chair of the board of directors of TV5Numérique, the new subsidiary of TV5 Québec Canada responsible for supporting the development of this projectMONTRÉAL – With the proliferation of content on the Web, the Government of Canada is committed to protecting and promoting the place of the French language in the digital sphere, and to ensuring that Francophones and Francophiles around the world can access French-language content.The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie, confirmed an investment of $14.6 million over five years, starting in 2019–2020, to support the creation of a new digital platform to broadcast French-language audiovisual products: TV5MONDE Plus. The project is intended to drive the digital shift of TV5MONDE and promote the international reach of French-language Canadian productions. TV5MONDE+center_img Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Minister Joly also took the opportunity to highlight the appointment of Sylvain Lafrance as chair of the board of Directors of TV5Numérique, the new subsidiary of TV5 Québec Canada that will be responsible for the development of this platform. As a Canadian company, TV5 Québec Canada will work closely with TV5MONDE on the development of this multilateral project.Last October, in preparation for the 17th Francophonie Summit in Yerevan, Armenia, the Government of Canadaannounced its intention to support the creation of a French-language digital platform that brings together TV5MONDE’s public broadcasters to showcase Francophone cultures and strengthen their position in the digital world.The Canadian funding for the platform aims not only to increase the online presence of French-language content, but also to enhance the visibility of Canadian content in French and provide new international opportunities for Canadian artists and producers.This funding confirms the Government of Canada’s commitment to fostering exchanges among members of the International Organisation of La Francophonie, while contributing to the vitality, diversity and evolution of the Francophone community.Quotes“The protection and promotion of the French fact all over the world requires the strong presence of French content in the digital space. By creating a new platform, we’re giving our artists and creators broader access to a global audience. TV5MONDE already reaches 364 million homes in nearly 200 countries and territories; Canada’s financial support will therefore ensure a significant presence for both the Canadian and the international Francophonie within the digital space.” — The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie“TV5 Québec Canada welcomes the Government of Canada’s decision to support the reach of Francophone culture with a new five-year financial commitment. As proud representatives of Francophone public services, we are honoured by this vote of confidence. We will work in the best interest of the Francophonie, in close collaboration with our partners, first and foremost TV5MONDE, to develop a modern platform that will enable Francophones and Francophiles around the world to discover the wealth of French-language audiovisual creation.” — Marie‑Philippe Bouchard, President and CEO, TV5 Québec Canada“I would like to thank Canada and Minister Mélanie Joly for their trust in and commitment to TV5MONDE. The TV5MONDE Plus platform will ensure the discoverability of Canadian—as well as French, Belgian, Swiss and African—online content in French through collaboration with all of our partner channels, especially TV5, Radio-Canada and Télé-Québec here in Montréal. I would also like to thank Marie-Philippe Bouchard, Marie Collin and Michel Bissonnette, who have made a significant contribution to the feasibility of this visionary project, and I look forward to working with Sylvain Lafrance.” — Yves Bigot, Director General, TV5MONDE“The new media environment compels us to create new associations and partnerships to reach audiences around the world. From the very start, TV5 has been a concrete example of collaboration and innovation. This project will allow us to push this ambition even further and to promote Canadian content in the world. I am pleased that Canada is once again demonstrating its commitment to supporting international distribution in the Francophonie and playing a leading role in that initiative.”  — Sylvain Lafrance, Chair of the Board of Directors, TV5 NumériqueQuick FactsTV5—managed by two television channel providers, TV5MONDE and TV5 Québec Canada—is the largest French-language television network in the world.In January 2018, Canada took over the presidency of TV5, effective until the end of 2019. This responsibility is assumed in turn by each of the partner states and governments.TV5’s mission is to provide a special showcase for the Francophonie, to promote cultural diversity, to promote the exchange and export of programs between French-speaking countries, and to be a special forum for cooperation between broadcasting partners. The organization also promotes the expression of audiovisual and cinematographic creativity in the Francophone community.TV5MONDE is the first worldwide French-language audiovisual network. Through its nine general interest regional channels and two specialty channels (the TiVi5 children’s channel and the TV5MONDE Style HD lifestyle channel), TV5MONDE reaches 364 million homes in 198 countries. TV5MONDE subtitles most of its programs in 14 languages. It has also developed a multimedia device unique in the world to promote the French language, and support its learning and teaching through the sites and and their free dedicated apps.The investment of $14.6 million was announced in the 2018 Fall Economic Statement.Canada’s support for TV5MONDE Plus is intended to increase the online presence of French-language content, enhance the visibility of French-language Canadian content worldwide, and provide more opportunities for Canadian artists and producers.Sylvain Lafrance worked at Radio-Canada for over 33 years, serving in various roles including Executive Vice-President of the Crown corporation’s French-language services. He currently chairs the board of directors of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. He is the former chair of the board of the Quebec Film and Television Council and the Radios Publiques Francophones (RPF) community, an umbrella organization for Radio-Canada and public radio broadcasters in France, Belgium and Switzerland. He also served as the Canadian representative on the board of directors of TV5MONDE.last_img read more