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Dispense Equal Opportunity

first_imgThe Senate President Pro Tempore has called on the leadership of the Women’s Legislative Caucus of Liberia (WLCL), to dispense equal opportunity to their colleagues across the country.Pro Temp Jallah made the remarks recently during a one-day roundtable conference of stakeholders on the Equitable Participation and Representation Act 2016 in Monrovia under the auspices of the WLCL.The Gbarpolu County Lawmaker observed that women represent the less fortunate class of the country’s population, whose interest in politics has not received the much needed public support for political participation. For that, he noted, is most likely owing to their lack of interest in politics over the years, “the lack of support from their male counterparts and perhaps difficulties involved in rising above the traditional male dominated culture which is vanishing gradually.”Pro Temp Jallah expressed appreciation to the caucus headed by Bong County Senator, Jewel Howard Taylor, who also chairs the Committee on Education and Public Administration, for what Pro Temp Jallah described as their unwavering determination to bring about a change in the country’s body politic, and for solidifying the country’s democratic credentials as a nation with one people who seek freedom and dignity for everyone, including the less privileged.“Do not allow this process to be hijacked by a few minority groups (if you are to) achieve substantive equality of opportunity in education, the economy and our governance system,” Pro Temp Jallah urged the Caucus leadership.He announced his commitment to working with the Caucus and at the same cautioned the group to guard against the vices of discrimination among themselves as they endeavor to achieve their goal of serving their country.In another development, Jallah has cautioned the leadership of Montserrado District #10 Student Association not to perceive itself as boss or master of the people of the district, but rather as servants and see those who elected them as the true bosses and masters. “Listen more to those who elected you especially when there is disagreement so as to help you find a smooth path.”He challenged the student body not to look down on itself as underdogs and incompetent to cope with and contribute to the betterment of society, but rather work hard, study and think critically about the environment, and be prepared to help develop their country.Those Pro Temp Jallah inducted into office were Samuel A. Davies Jr., Williamena M. Varney, Michael A. Maigbay, and Fritz Biago, as President, vice President, Secretary General and student representative respectively.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Stacking the deck for foreign interests

first_imgDear Editor,It is clear to everyone with an objective mind that the President is stacking the deck of likeminded stagnated thinkers to achieve a desired result that has nothing to do with Guyanese.If you look at all the positions being filled to control the democratic process, the President has arbitrarily selected people that would do what his Government wants. It does not help that they are clearly too old to be progressive thinkers to consider the interest of the youth.Never since Burnham have the youth been sidelined by a Government like this one. The recent causality of Granger’s questionable decision to select another geriatric for a critical post in our democratic system is the AFC. Prior to this, he arbitrarily selected an 84-year-old GECOM Chairman who will be 88 years old in 2020.This is not an attack on age, but an insight to the President’s lack of progressive vision, and his blatant disregard for the promises that had been made to the young people of Guyana.AFC is now crying that the President has rejected their nominee for GECOM Commissioner, since it was their way of saying that the coalition supports the youth, but instead, the President chose another clearly older member for the role. The AFC will now understand what many have been saying from day one: that they are voiceless and powerless. The only voice they have is when they are attacking the PPP. But when it comes to the inner workings of running the country, they are decoration.I am hard pressed to think that Granger is acting in the interest of the average Guyanese, but more in the interest to position themselves as the most favoured to foreign interest. They are simply making themselves to be the best servants to their foreign master’s needs. And in this process, you will see a lot of propaganda that creates the perception of care for the people, but in reality, our resources will be sold cheaply, and they will keep getting bonuses while marginalizing the people.All indications point to Guyana being the newest victim of the resource curse. It starts with a puppet Government that would create a few super rich, a powerful autocracy, and increase poverty to keep the people weak and voiceless.I urge my young Guyanese brothers and sisters to know the teachings of Walter Rodney. You have seen how he has inspired young legends like Chronixx, whom you admire as he inspires millions around the world. Well Chronixx got that knowledge from a Guyanese, and his name is Rodney.Sincerely,Malcolm Watkinslast_img read more

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Crusaders, Lions battle for top Super Rugby spot

first_img0Shares0000The Canterbury Crusaders are vying to retain their unbeaten Super Rugby record and ensure they finish top of the regular season ladder © AFP/File / MARTIN HUNTERSYDNEY, Australia, Jul 13 – Canterbury Crusaders and the Golden Lions are embroiled in a final-round battle this weekend to claim the top rankings spot and home advantage throughout the Super Rugby playoffs.The Crusaders, just two points ahead of the Johannesburg-based Lions, must beat defending champions Wellington Hurricanes to go into next week’s top-eight play-offs as top seed and in the box seat to host the final on August 5. Should the seven-time champions stumble in Wellington on Saturday then the Lions could leapfrog them to finish top of the final-season standings if they down the Coastal Sharks in Durban later that day.Eight teams have already qualified for the play-offs with the top four conference winners having home advantage in the first week of the finals against the fifth to eighth-placed wild card teams.Only the exact final places are to be decided this weekend.All Blacks TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett and Ardie Savea return for the Hurricanes against Crusaders, in the only changes to the team that started during last month’s 31-31 draw with the touring British and Irish Lions.The Crusaders are vying to retain their unbeaten Super Rugby record and ensure they finish top of the regular season ladder, giving them home advantage throughout the play-offs.A win for the Hurricanes would mean a trip to Canberra to play the Brumbies in the quarter-finals, while a loss would send the defending champions off to Cape Town to face the Western Stormers.– Vengeful Sharks –The Lions face a vengeful Sharks, still rankled by their dramatic 34-29 loss at Ellis Park earlier this season.“We have been looking forward to this game for some time, especially after what happened at Ellis Park where we felt we should have won, so we are definitely excited about this one,” Sharks scrum-half Cobus Reinach said.“In that Johannesburg game it did not work out. Hopefully we can put in a great performance and it will go our way this time.”The Sharks can avoid a long trip to play the Crusaders in the first week of the finals if they beat the Lions with a bonus point and the Otago Highlanders are upset at home by Australia’s Queensland Reds.Centre Juan de Jongh and loose forward Sikhumbuzo Notshe will be available for selection for the third-ranked Stormers against the Northern Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.Australian conference winners ACT Brumbies have made 12 changes to the team that was beaten by the Reds in Brisbane last week for their final game of the regular season against the Waikato Chiefs in Hamilton.Only winger Henry Speight, fly-half Wharenui Hawera and flanker Scott Fardy remain from the side that went down by a point at Suncorp Stadium, as head coach Stephen Larkham rests players ahead of their home quarter-final against either the Hurricanes or the Chiefs on July 21.In this weekend’s other games with no finals bearing, Western Force may play their final game in Super Rugby against the New South Wales Waratahs in Perth, the Rebels host Argentina’s Jaguares in Melbourne and Japan’s Sunwolves take on the Auckland Blues in Tokyo.The Southern Kings and Central Cheetahs, already officially dumped from the 2018 competition, play their final Super Rugby game in Port Elizabeth.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Northern Health Authority looking into low marks for northern hospitals

first_imgFor a link to the complete article in the Vancouver Sun, click here. Michael McMillan, a chief operating officer with Northern Health, references the term “burden of illness”, referring to incidences of diabetes, cancer and lung disease, saying such occurrences are 20 per cent higher in northern B.C. then anywhere else in the province.The article claims officials are currently trying to determine whether the higher rate of illness among northern B.C. residents may have affected some of the findings in a report released last week by the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI).McMillan says poorer individual health could impact the morbidity and readmission rates cited in the study, but it is too soon to say for sure.- Advertisement -He adds there are a variety of reasons for high levels of illness among residents of northern B.C., including lack of exercise, poorer access to fresh foods, higher smoking and drinking rates and an increase in vehicular accidents.The article also touches base with the Peace Region, stating that of the 22 medium-sized B.C. hospitals, CIHI found four, including Dawson Creek, perform below average in seven post-treatment areas.The institute also released a new online tool that shows how Canadian hospitals, including the 68 within B.C., measure up to other hospitals of the same size. The comparison tool can be found here.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Man United 1-0 Tottenham: Mkhitaryan nets first league goal in narrow victory

first_img 3 3 Henrikh Mkhitaryan: The Armenian international celebrates after opening the scoring 3center_img After Tottenham’s better start, Mkhitaryan nearly added to Thursday’s Europa League strike at the other end, but his goal-bound shot was vitally blocked by Jan Vertonghen.The Armenia international was on the score sheet six minutes later, putting the hosts ahead on 29 minutes with a powerful strike high into the goal past Lloris.Heung-min Son tested David De Gea before the break with a fizzing 25-yard shot, the Spanish goalkeeper tipping over his bar.Manchester United were quickest out of the blocks in the second half, but the best chance fell to Spurs’ summer signing Victor Wanyama. Eriksen’s left-wing cross was floated in and the Kenyan midfielder was unmarked, but his free header was somehow sent wide of the target.Pogba came close shortly after the hour mark when he was fouled by Mousa Dembele 25 yards from goal. The confident midfielder stepped up to take the resulting set piece, curling a fine free-kick against the woodwork.He had another great chance minutes later when a United counter attack saw Mkhitaryan cross to Pogba, who volleyed into the ground and Lloris made another fine save to keep his side in the contest.The visitors looked to exploit the Red Devils’ weak link in Matteo Darmian, playing left-back. Pochettino identified this by asking Kyle Walker to stay deep, allowing the Spurs attack to isolate the Italian defender and that is something substitute Moussa Sissoko was doing time and time again.Mourinho saw the pattern of play and ordered under-fire Marouane Fellaini to warm up – and the Belgian was given a frosty reception from the Old Trafford crowd.More worryingly, star man Mkhitaryan broke into the Spurs half in the closing stages of the game and a challenge by Rose saw the former Borussia Dortmund attacker land awkwardly, requiring a stretcher to leave the field.After a tense final few minutes with Tottenham camped in United’s half, Mourinho’s men hung on for a vital three points. Henrikh Mkhitaryan opened his Premier League account as Manchester United beat Tottenham 1-0 – LIVE on talkSPORT.Jose Mourinho’s side ended a winless run at Old Trafford that stretches back to September 24 – and the Armenian was the star man. He added to his Europa League strike v Zorya Luhansk in midweek with a fine finish shortly before the half hour, justifying his selection after a difficult few months since joining from Borussia Dortmund.Paul Pogba twice went close in the second half, first hitting the crossbar with a well-taken free-kick before seeing compatriot Hugo Lloris save his close-range effort. More worrying scenes for United fans will be the sight of Mkhitaryan being stretchered off the field in the closing stages of the game, after a challenge from Danny Rose.But Mourinho will be pleased his side could see out the victory over a rival team in terms of the league, after arriving back from their midweek clash in Ukraine in the early hours of Friday morning.This was a thoroughly entertaining encounter, ebbing and flowing from the outset as both defended resolutely, pressed smartly and eked out the odd opportunity. World-record purchase Pogba nearly opened the scoring inside 90 seconds with the first clear-cut chance, when Zlatan Ibrahimovic squared the ball across the box and the Frenchman’s controlled effort was well saved by Lloris.The hosts were conceding cheap free-kicks in their own half around the 15-minute mark and they were nearly punished by Christian Eriksen. The Dane’s resulting set piece was low and powerful and David De Gea had to dive across his goal to get a strong hand to the ball.last_img read more

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Leyton Orient end long search for Justin Edinburgh’s successor

first_img 2 2 Carl Fletcher has been given the Orient job Fletcher takes over from caretaker boss Ross Embleton, who has filled the vacancy since the death of Edinburgh in June.Orient director of football Martin Ling told the club website: “The board went through the interview process with Carl and he kept coming out on top.“He has leadership skills, which he obviously had as a captain of many teams he was at including his country. Everything that we were looking for, he ticked every box.“Everyone we spoke to said everything we wanted to hear. We spoke to Stephen Purches at Bournemouth, we had people speak to Eddie Howe and Charlie Daniels. “We spoke to a couple players who played under him at Plymouth as well as the people at board level at Bournemouth and they all said the same thing – they believe he’s going to make a top-class football manager.”Fletcher represented Bournemouth, West Ham, Watford, Crystal Palace, Nottingham Forest, Plymouth and Barnet as a player.He returned to the Pilgrims as manager in 2011, keeping them in League Two despite a backdrop of severe financial issues, but was sacked in January 2013 following a poor run of form. Getty Images – Getty Leyton Orient have announced the appointment of Carl Fletcher as their new head coach, ending their long search for the late Justin Edinburgh’s successor.The former Wales midfielder, 39, has agreed a two-year contract at Brisbane Road and arrives from Bournemouth, where his most recent position was loan manager. Getty Images – Getty Justin Edinburgh tragically died in June last_img read more

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Breaking News in the Industry: July 18, 2018

first_imgSuspect drags LP associate through mall parking lotA Florida man was arrested on multiple charges after dragging a Dillard’s loss prevention associate from his car in the Melbourne Square Mall parking lot. Melbourne police said that 42-year-old Cleon Demitris Leeks, of Palm Bay, was charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Driving on a Suspended License, Leaving a Scene of a Crash with Injury, Petit Theft, and Resisting an Officer.On Saturday, at approximately 2:00 p.m., a loss prevention associate observed Leeks conceal a pink Ralph Lauren polo shirt in his shorts. Leeks then left Dillard’s and entered the driver’s side door of a 2016 Kia as the LP associate ran after him. As Leeks backed up, the door struck the associate, knocking him down to the pavement. “He was then dragged approximately 10 to 15 feet,” police said. Leeks also ran over the associates’s ankle, failing to stop despite pleas to do so. The LP associate was transported to Holmes Regional Medical Center. A few miles away, Melbourne police found Leeks and initiated a traffic stop where he was arrested. Bond set at $31,500.   [Source: Palm Bay Daily]Pair suspected of using children in retail robberiesDarrell Campbell, 32, and Jeammie Preston, 31, both of Moreno Valley, are facing charges of conspiracy, second-degree robbery, child endangerment and grand theft, and they’re being held at Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning in lieu of $245,000 and $210,000 bail, respectively, according to online jail records. They were arrested Thursday.- Sponsor – Campbell and Preston are scheduled to make a court appearance Tuesday at the Riverside Hall of Justice, jail records state. In June, sheriff’s deputies in Moreno Valley began investigating multiple commercial robberies in the city, according to a Riverside County sheriff’s news release. Deputies learned a man and woman, later identified as Campbell and Preston, conspired to commit robberies and used children to carry stolen merchandise out of major retail businesses, the release stated.In some cases, the man directed the children to grab specific merchandise and then walk out of the business to a waiting vehicle where the woman waited as the getaway driver. While exiting the business, loss prevention officers were threatened with a knife, according to the news release. Investigators found evidence that the couple conducted similar thefts as far back as October in Menifee, Eastvale, Riverside, Lake Elsinore, Glendora and San Bernardino, the release said. During the investigation, deputies gathered significant evidence against the suspects and identified the two adults and juveniles.On Thursday, Campbell and Preston were arrested in the 25000 block of Alessandro Boulevard in Moreno Valley, according to the news release. Child Protective Services took custody of three children, the release stated. Anyone with information about the investigation can call Officer June, of the Robbery and Burglary Suppression Team, at the Moreno Valley station by calling 951.486.6700. Citizens can also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.   [Source: The Press-Enterprise]Gas pump hackers chargedWayne County Illinois Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged two men for allegedly hacking a Detroit gas station and stealing over 600 gallons of gas. The incident occurred on June 23 at a Marathon gas station in the 17800 block of W. Seven Mile on the city’s west side. Reginald Hollien, 34, and Damon Blocker, 29, both of Detroit, are charged with use of a computer to commit a crime, organized retail crime and larceny of $1,000 to $20,000. “The alleged actions of these defendants show a critical need for the protection of businesses in Wayne County,” Worthy said in a release. “We must ensure that businesses in this County are fully supported and protected.”While at the gas station, the defendants allegedly sold and accepted cash for the gas, a press release states. Once gas attendants discovered what was happening, they attempted to disable the pump by computer. The attempt was unsuccessful and eventually, the attendants had to activate an emergency shut off, that’s when the suspects fled. They were then arrested by Detroit police on July 9. Hollien and Blocker were arraigned on Wednesday, July 11. Blocker received a $75,000/10 percent bond, while Hollien received a $50,000/10 percent bond.   [Source: WXYZ Detroit News]Police arrest three for stolen lingerieThree women from outside of Wichita Falls, Texas, reportedly from Georgia, Florida and New York, have been arrested and charged with organized retail theft, accused of taking nearly $700 in merchandise from Victoria’s Secret in Sikes Senter Mall. Located in their purses, according to Wichita Falls police, were anti-theft deactivation instruments.Wichita Falls Police Information Officer Harold McClure said officers responded to a theft from Victoria’s Secret shortly before 4 p.m. Friday. According to McClure, when the officer arrived, law enforcement was told that three Hispanic females suspects had left in a red vehicle. The officers located the vehicle in a nearby shopping center parking lot where three Hispanic females exited the vehicle.When the three were asked where they were coming from, they said they were driving from Atlanta on their way to Houston. Once the officers informed them they had received a call that a theft had been committed from the Victoria’s Secret and that they matched the suspects’ descriptions, they became very nervous, McClure said. When the suspects were asked if there was anything illegal or stolen in the vehicle, all three shook their heads yes, McClure told the Times Record News.The officer, McClure said, located a large duffel bag with 10 pairs of Victoria’s Secret pants with the tags and anti-theft devices inside valued at $695. The officers also located two purses that were lined with anti-theft deactivation instruments. The officers also located a magnet instrument used to remove anti-theft devices from merchandise. A loss prevention associate arrived on the scene and stated that they observed two of the suspects enter the store while the third stood outside as a lookout. All three were arrested and charged with Organized Retail Theft and Possession/Manufacture/Distribution of items used to commit theft.   [Source: Times Record News]Employee facing several counts of fraud after stealingA Louisiana woman is facing several counts of fraud after authorities say she stole money from a pizza restaurant. On Monday, police were notified of a theft by fraud that occurred at the Baker Domino’s on Main Street. According to the arrest report, an employee had stolen over $3,000 in funds from the business over the course of two weeks. The thief was identified as Jacobi Duncan.A district manager contacted authorities about the theft. Authorities say the district manager discovered the theft after receiving e-mail statements from the owner of the store. While completing the monthly audit, the manager discovered excessive mileage payouts for employees of the Baker store that were three times above the average for store employees. When the employees were asked about the payouts, they said none of them had received any additional funds above their normal salary pay.Reports say that Duncan was an assistant manager at the store and had access to the records, and the power to change them. During an investigation, it was discovered that there was an excessive amount of cancellations for orders that had been made in the store, which averaged between five and eight cancellations per night. It was also discovered that all of the cancellations had been paid for in cash. Records show that Duncan handled the cancellations. Duncan is charged with 68 counts of computer fraud, 33 counts of access device fraud, and 35 counts of public payroll fraud.    [Source: WBRZ2 News]UPS launches pilot to deliver packages in apartment buildingsUPS has launched a pilot program to deliver packages inside apartment buildings in New York City using Latch, a smart lock system, according to a press release. Through the program, a UPS driver receives credentials to enter apartment buildings that have Latch devices enabled, allowing the driver to deliver packages when residents are not home. UPS will only enter apartment buildings, not individual residents’ units. UPS started the pilot in Manhattan in March and recently expanded to Brooklyn, with expansion into other markets expected in the future. Latch said 20 million multi-family residential units exist across the U.S.    [Source: SupplyChainDIVE] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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ECM and Compliance: Would you survive an audit?

first_imgRegulatory Compliance touches virtually every public company and government organization today. Science companies, financial service companies, and governments all have regulations that must be complied with. The rules are complex and even if you have adopted software to help achieve compliance, like an ECM system, you may still be at risk.ECM systems often have special challenges involved to ensure data recovery and searchability.Metadata is an area of special concern.  Within ECM, documents often move throughout the system in workflow and review, and the data object that is viewed from the software UI as a single document may actually be a collection of data scattered across multiple data repositories.  ECM systems are complex and are built by integrating together a number of differently-architected software components.Metadata may be stored in a relational database.  File content may be stored in a secured file system.  Full-text index data may be located elsewhere.  And there is also workflow metadata and discussion text and comments that reviewers may have associated with the document.  Those too may be stored in different underlying repositories.In order to secure the integrity of ECM data, a well-thought-out data backup and recovery strategy is essential.   Backups need to capture data as a snapshot in time.  If a system is composed of multiple data repositories, a backup plan is required that can capture a synchronized picture of data across all repositories.  Otherwise, the data could become corrupt.  Hot backups are the biggest culprit.  While convenient, hot backups are most prone to creating problems with inaccurately capturing data relationships.80 percent of the cases of ECM data corruption is as a result of backup problems that cause data relationships to not be correctly captured.  Proper planning for any operation is always advisable — and when dealing with the backup of ECM systems, it is essential.last_img read more

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Salesforce opens up Lightning Bolt portal templates for specific business needs

first_img Posted on 15th September 2016Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share HomeDigital MarketingSalesforce opens up Lightning Bolt portal templates for specific business needs Salesforce opens up Lightning Bolt portal templates for specific business needsYou are here: Salesforce has added bolts to its Lightning.Last year, the company released generalized self-service portal templates using its Community Cloud, for businesses’ customers, partners, and employees.The templates were built with the company’s Lightning framework. Lightning enables portals for web and mobile apps to be readily assembled via the use of drag-and-drop functional components, like an organizing tool for community events or the ability to share files among a team.Nearly a thousand Lightning communities were created by businesses with these templates. European telecommunications firm Sky, for instance, created a community of its users, while Unilever employed it for Employee Communities that spanned brands.Salesforce says its research shows that, for such uses as case resolution, employee engagement, partner sales, and customer satisfaction, online communities can boost performance by 40 or more percent.Now, Salesforce has launched the next phase of portal templates, called Lightning Bolt.A componentized portal building tool was made available to ten Salesforce partners — including Accenture, Deloitte, and Cognizant — to create a dozen business-specific portal templates that include built-in logic and workflow, like recommendation engines, e-commerce, and case management. Like the original templates, these are integrated out-of-the-box with Salesforce’s popular customer relationship management (CRM) system and with the Community Cloud, and can be connected via API to other systems.The new Lightning Bolt templates include:an insurance company community for its agents;a store operations platform for internal communications;a B2B e-commerce community between sales reps and suppliers;a community of customers and partners for manufacturers;a portal for patient health;a chatbot that connects retailers with customers, partners, and employees;access to customer information and purchase history by retail store managers.In each case, the design, functions and business logic has been tailored for that specific business need. Salesforce’s AppExchange will now host a new Lightning Bolt category so more partners can build, market, and sell other portal templates.SVP Mike Stone told me that about 60 percent of the Bolt portal templates “are ready to go.” The others can be customized by businesses working with the original partner-creators, or through their own developers.From our sponsors: Salesforce opens up Lightning Bolt portal templates for specific business needs Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019last_img read more

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Tzoa’s Wearable Enviro-Tracker Wants To Clear The Air

first_imgTags:#crowdfunding#environment#Indiegogo#IoT#research#TZOA#wearable world#wearable world congress#WWC 2015 brian p rubin 4 Ways Big Data & VR Are Changing Professi… You Think Your Employees WANT to Wear That Devi… How Wearables Will Take Health Monitoring to th…center_img Given the seemingly endless supply of fitness trackers and health bands, there’s are no shortage of wearables that record and report user data coming from within. But a new device called Tzoa, which appeared on the floor of Wearable World Congress in San Francisco, provides insights into a person’s health by recording data from without. Billed on Indiegogo as a “Wearable Enviro-Tracker,” Tzoa analyzes the air around it, scanning for particles and quantifying them to offer meaningful information about air quality. In the short term, that could help users make informed decisions about where they spend their time. But Tzoa’s long term goals are much grander than that: the company wants to inspire meaningful change about what we pump into the air we breathe.(Disclosure: ReadWrite’s parent company, Wearable World, owns a small equity stake in Tzoa as a result of its participation in the Wearable World Labs program.)Air ApparentA tiny fan and an equally small laser inside the Enviro-Tracker make it work. The unit periodically sucks in air for analysis, and whenever particles cross the laser’s beam, the device identifies each one it based on its size—whether pollutants like black carbon emitted by diesel engines or allergens like pollen and dander. “It can say, here’s the particles that are really dangerous for your health, because they can enter past your cilia into your lungs and then not only affect your lungs but create scar tissue,” explained company co-founder and Tzoa inventor Kevin Hart. “They can also get through the blood barrier of the lungs into your bloodstream.”TZOA co-founder and inventor Kevin Hart at Wearable World Congress 2015The device also boasts light, UV, temperature, and humidity sensors, which help the device understand whether it’s inside or outside or what weather conditions are like. If the relative humidity hits 70 percent, for example, the Tzoa compensates for the way particles change in size as a result. All those sensors work in concert to give users a full picture of the air around them—both what they can see, and what they can’t.Tzoa can also track a user’s location via a smartphone’s GPS sensor when linked up with Bluetooth. An accompanying phone app will rate the air quality on a scale of one to ten, and might recommend that a user turn on an air purifier when things get bad. The app also provides what Hart calls a “daily digest,” which tells users about their air quality exposure throughout the day and then offers suggestions such as trying to avoid locations thick with pollutants and allergens.The TZOA app provides a real-time air quality report, a daily digest of a user’s environmental exposure, and crowdsourced air quality maps“If you’re indoors, it might say something like, ‘you should open the windows because we know the outdoor air is better than the indoor air’,” said Hart.Crowdsourcing The Air SupplyAnd how does it know that? “We’re aggregating all the different sensor data from different people,” Hart said. “We’re making citywide apps of air quality, both indoors and outdoors.”If lots of Tzoa units make their way out into the world, they can then share enough data to create crowdsourced air quality maps. It’s a lot like Waze, the traffic-reporting app that helps users plan their routes to avoid major jams or accidents. But instead of making your commute shorter, Tzoa wants to make your trip to work a little easier on your lungs and body.Says Hart:Just like you can manually report that there’s been a traffic incident or a police officer spotted, we can manually report when someone who has asthma has had an attack—you can report that by tapping the device.It’s sort of the first solution for people, because we don’t know typically what triggers this. We know air pollution is a major factor, and the environment. So we’re crowdsourcing this information and warning other people, stay out of this area.Air Of AuthenticityThe wearable version of Tzoa is just half the equation. The Vancouver-based company has also teamed with the University of British Columbia to deploy ten “Research Edition” versions of the Tzoa for use in a public health study in India to measure people’s daily exposure to pollutants. The Research Edition has a bigger battery and larger internal storage than the Enviro-Tracker, allowing the researchers to leave the devices at study sites for longer.The Research Tzoa will give the researchers an insight into the effects of burning wood or dung for cooking in huts. While the larger version costs at least a hundred dollars more than the Enviro-Tracker version, it’s significantly less expensive than the air quality analysis equipment used in past studies.“We have a queue of researchers who want to do these studies,” said Hart. “Researchers are looking for low cost devices, and they don’t exist right now. This is the first one that they’re looking at that they’re getting very excited to try out.“They’re typically $1,000 to $2,000 or more—up to $20,000,” he added. The Tzoa Research Edition costs $250.The larger TZOA Research EditionResearchers aren’t the only ones looking forward to the study’s results. The research edition’s deployment will also provide more data to help refine the Tzoa’s technology and design, while also providing a proof-of-concept for the wearable version that’s set to launch in 2016.And proving the Tzoa’s power and potential is important if the company hopes to succeed. Since crowdsourced air quality maps are one of the device’s chief selling points, its success hinges on getting as many Tzoas out into the world as quickly as possible.Hart said that consumer distribution and sales is only one avenue the company is currently exploring. Tzoa hopes to enter into partnerships with the likes of GE to embed air quality units in smart LED light bulbs for deployment around cities like San Francisco.Of course, while smoggy areas like New York, Los Angeles, and Beijing are easy targets for a device aimed at improving air quality awareness, there are plenty of sparsely populated places throughout the world that may not see air quality problems as something worth exploring. I asked Hart how Tzoa planned to target people living in smaller cities where air quality isn’t a daily concern.“This is an awareness campaign,” he said, posing a hypothetical data set built from sensors deployed in Tzoa’s home city of Vancouver:We might say, “hey we thought Vancouver was really clean, however when we went and put a thousand sensors around the city, we found X, Y, and Z. We found that restaurants were venting fumes onto a busy city street. We found that laundromats were venting lint right into a garage where people were getting their cars.” There’s all sorts of crazy scenarios.As the data sets get built out, as we have a proof of concept city established, we can then turn to a smaller city and say, look at what we learned here. You may not think you have a problem, but neither did they. And look at what they found, and look how we’ve improved their quality of life because of it.Waiting To ExhaleFor now, the $99 crowdfunding price (and the planned $139 launch price) might make the Tzoa just a little too expensive to see widespread consumer adoption, —and it’s a hurdle that Hart acknowledges. He didn’t hesitate with his answer when I asked him if he saw the Tzoa’s asking price as a potential barrier to widespread adoption:Absolutely. We’re starting with $99, seeing what happens with $99, and what we’re really trying to do is just expand the amount of volume manufacturing we’re doing so we can drive that cost down as low as possible. But we need people to be part of this movement for clean air and get engaged with using these and building the maps.We have ambassadors from around the world who have signed up and said, “we want to be the first people to build maps for you in our cities, and we want to tell people and spread the word.” Because the more people that use this, the lower the cost gets, and the better the maps get, the higher resolution they are, and the more useful this is for everybody.Regardless of the Research Edition’s results or any arrangement with GE, for Tzoa, the crowdfunding campaign is do-or-die. “We absolutely need to hit our goal in order to manufacture that in volume,” Hart said. The good news is that, after only one day, Tzoa’s Indiegogo campaign is already nearly halfway funded. The bad news is that, so far, the number of backers is still only hovering around 200 people—not quite enough to incite a major social change around the world just yet.If we can’t get enough people to wear this and get a high resolution picture of the environment, then we can’t. And so as much as this is a campaign about a product, it’s a campaign about a movement for clean air that’s empowered by the product. If we can’t find enough people who are interested in that topic, then maybe it’s not a topic that’s worth pursuing.But I personally believe, and we have a hundred ambassadors around the world who believe, that it is an important problem.Tzoa and Kevin Hart photos by Brian P. Rubin for ReadWrite; Tzoa app and Research Edition images courtesy of Tzoa The Key to Mass Adoption of Wearables Related Posts last_img read more

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Betting on Standardization

first_imgWith Office as the most deployed solution across business infrastructure, wherever on the collaboration spectrum your organization eventually lands, the exchange of information both inside and outside the firewall will most likely continue to revolve around Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations.When you standardize with devices that run Microsoft Office natively, your team members can seamlessly collaborate with their colleagues in other companies with 95 percent certainty that their Office documents will be viewed in their native environment.Gain Support from Enterprise ITFrom the perspective of IT, the Intel and Windows 8 platform is easy to implement and requires no additional backend infrastructure. Unlike iPads, Android devices, or even tablets based on Windows RT, Windows 8 devices can easily join an enterprise domain, and administrators can manage them with tools they likely already use.These factors mean that line-of-business managers who want to equip their teams with Windows 8 business devices powered by Intel architectureOpens in a new window will likely encounter less resistance from IT than they would with other options.This blog is part 4 of 4 in a series focused on intercompany collaboration. For a full report please click here.Previous entries include: What Does Collaboration Mean to Information Workers?Opens in a new windowCutting Through the HypeOpens in a new window4 Obstacles That Are Keeping Your Employees from CollaboratingOpens in a new windowDo your employees need mobile devices for their jobs?  If yes, What capabilities should you consider when choosing an enterprise tablet?Opens in a new windowFor more information from Intel’s IT Center and conversations on enterprise IT, click on the Hashtags below:#ITCenterOpens in a new window #enterpriseITOpens in a new window If you were flipping a weighted coin that landed heads-up 95% of the time, would you feel comfortable making a significant bet that the coin would land tails-up? Probably not. In a similar vein – you can’t guarantee the operating systems that your employees’ external business partners are using, but you can make an educated guess. And that educated guess can enable your employees to collaborate seamlessly both within the business with partners outside the firewall. In this blog, we’ll discuss how Microsoft Office is the safe bet for your business.- IT Peer Network AdministratorThe Shortest Path to CollaborationThe shortest path to the collaboration sweet spot for intercompany collaboration is through standardization.When providing employees with tablets, you can standardize information workers’ on elements that most organizations have in common, in order to support users’ needs for tablet and touch flexibility without creating additional collaboration hurdles. That standardization is easily accomplished through devices based on Intel architecture running Windows 8. This platform provides the best experience with the tools your users are already using—namely Microsoft Office—and supports users’ work styles with the least adaptation.In other words, unlike iPads, Android tablets, or fully converged collaboration solutions, devices running Windows 8 integrate seamlessly into user work styles with little disruption. Microsoft Office is the foundation of most information workers’ work styles. According to Forbes, Microsoft leads the office productivity software market with a 95 percent share.last_img read more

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International Mega-Telescope Project Gears Up at U.K. Observatory

first_imgThe nine-nation, $1.5 billion Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project to build the world’s biggest and most sensitive radio telescope has established a governing board and will set up its project office at the Jodrell Bank Observatory near Manchester, U.K. The new management structure and digs should support a variety of new activities, says Physorg.com: The [new office], which is hoped to grow to 60 people over the next four years, will supersede the existing SKA Program Development Office (SPDO) currently based at the University of Manchester. The move to Jodrell Bank Observatory is scheduled for 1 January 2012. Professor Richard Schilizzi, Director of the SKA, says: “The move to Jodrell Bank Observatory comes at a crucial time as the project grows from a concept to an international mega-science project. The new location and facilities will support the significant expansion that is planned.” Next year, the project will announce where the megascope itself will be based. Australia/New Zealand is one proposed site; South Africa is the other. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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Depressed Rates to Push Down Maersk Line’s Results

first_imgzoom Danish shipping and energy conglomerate Maersk has lowered its expectations for Maersk Line’s business results for 2015 amid depressed market.The previous expectation, as announced in the Q2 report, was based on an underlying result contribution from Maersk Line above USD 2.2bn. However, this has now been reduced to USD 1.6bn.“The group’s sensitivity guidance for the last six months of 2015 states that a general decline in the freight rate of 100 USD/FFE will impact Maersk Line’s result negatively by around USD 0.5bn, and that a volume reduction of 100,000 FFE will have a negative impact of around USD 0.1bn,” Maersk said in an announcement.Nevertheless, Maersk said that all other business units maintain their result guidance for 2015.“It is regrettable that we have to adjust our expectations for the 2015 result. All of our business units delivered a positive result in the third quarter, despite difficult conditions across our industries,” says Maersk Group CEO Nils S. Andersen.The group’s preliminary reported result for Q3 is USD 778m (USD 1,5bn) with an underlying result of USD 662m (USD 1,3bn). The preliminary reported result for the first nine months is USD 3,436m (USD 5bn) with an underlying result of USD 3,080m (USD 3,7bn).Maersk attributed the downturn to deterioration of the container shipping market beyond the group’s expectations especially in the later part of Q3 and October which are not expected to rebound in 2015.“Maersk Line has over the years taken steps to ensure a cost effective and resilient operation, but the current deterioration in the container shipping market is impacting also our business,” says Andersen.In Q3 Maersk Line achieved an average freight rate of 2,163 USD/FFE (2,679 USD/FFE in Q3 2014) and carried 2,427,000 FFE (2,401,000 FFE in Q3 2014) which were lower than expected.“As a result of the market circumstances, initiatives have been taken to adjust Maersk Line’s network accordingly,” the announcement reads.last_img read more

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Top executives from CA ECB to visit Pakistan for security briefings

first_imgKarachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board has confirmed that top executives from the Australian and English boards will visit the country for security briefings in September and October. The PCB said that Cricket Australia (CA) chairman Earl Edings and chief executive Kevin Roberts will be in Pakistan from September 16-18 followed by the arrival of England and Wales Cricket Board’s CEO and director in October. PCB chairman Ehsan Mani conveyed this to the members of the Board of Governors at a meeting in Lahore on Friday. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh According to Mani, the visiting Australian and English officials will be given complete security briefings. The idea is to convince them to send their teams to Pakistan and help them complete the revival of international cricket in Pakistan, where no Test-playing nation has set foot since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009 in Lahore. It will be the first time that top officials of the Australian and English cricket boards will have back-to-back visits to Pakistan since that March day a decade ago. A surplus budget for the remaining months of the fiscal year 2019/20 was also approved at the meeting while a nomination committee has also been formed to recommend independent directors for the Board of Governors.last_img read more

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Specialist wait times up in Canada says study by freeenterprise think tank

first_imgVANCOUVER – A new study says Canadians are waiting longer than ever for specialist treatment, but one health research organization says most patients are receiving key procedures within acceptable time frames.The Fraser Institute released its annual report Thursday on queues for specialist visits and diagnostic and surgical procedures. It is based on surveys of about 2,400 physicians from 12 specialties including orthopedic surgery and radiation oncology.The free-enterprise think tank says the median national wait time, from referral to treatment, is 21.2 weeks, up from 20 weeks last year. It says this year’s wait time is more than double that of 1993, when it was 9.3 weeks.“I think it matters to those Canadians who are in pain, who are relying on their families and caregivers while they’re waiting for treatment,” said author Bacchus Barua.The study finds Ontario has the shortest total wait at 15.4 weeks while New Brunswick has the longest at 41.7 weeks. The waits in British Columbia and Alberta are both just over 26 weeks.It also says patients wait more than 41 weeks for orthopedic surgery, while the wait for medical oncology is just over three weeks. Canadians wait more than four weeks for a CT scan and nearly 11 weeks for a MRI scan, it adds.Barua said other countries with universal health care including Australia and France have shorter wait times and generally they partner with the private sector and expect patients to share in treatment cost.However, the Canadian Institute for Health Information also reports annually on wait times and its latest study found that three out of four patients have priority procedures done within national benchmarks.The institute uses provincial and territorial data and focuses on priority areas set out by the 2004 Health Accord. The benchmarks also set by the accord are considered to be medically acceptable wait times.Between 2012 and 2016, wait times for hip and knee replacements remained relatively stable, while they increased for cataract removal and decreased for hip fracture repair, the report says.Overall last year, 90 per cent of patients waited 36.4 weeks for treatment, it says.Jennifer D’Silva, a manager at the health institute, said the number of priority procedures performed is rising and Canada’s aging population might be a factor.The Fraser Institute sent surveys to more than 11,800 specialist physicians and received responses from 21 per cent.British Columbia Health Minister Adrian Dix pointed out that only 343 specialists in the province responded. There are about 5,900 specialists in B.C., so the Fraser Institute didn’t hear from 94 per cent of them, he said.“This has been a continual issue with the Fraser Institute study,” he said.However, Dix said wait times worsened over the past five to seven years under the previous B.C. government and he is working on solutions with doctors and health authorities.The Fraser Institute also notes “survey responses in parts of Atlantic Canada are notably lower than in other provinces, which may result in reported median wait times being higher or lower than those actually experienced.”Bruce Macfarlane, a New Brunswick health department spokesman, said the province makes surgical wait time data available on a website. It shows nine out of 10 hip replacements were completed in 53 weeks, exceeding the national benchmark of 26 weeks.“New Brunswick has an aging population and this is impacting the demand for specific types of interventions, for example total hip and knee joint replacements,” Macfarlane said.Ontario’s government will invest $1.3 billion in additional funding over the next three years to reduce wait times, said David Jensen, a health ministry spokesman.The ministry also has an online tool that allows patients to find out the wait times for specific services at individual hospitals.Health Canada spokeswoman Tammy Jarbeau said Canada continues to perform well on median wait times for priority procedures compared to other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries.However, surgical demand continues to increase and jurisdictions will be challenged to meet benchmarks, Jarbeau said.“The Government of Canada is engaging with provinces and territories to make our health care system more responsive and sustainable,” she said.— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.last_img read more

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Just an incredible feeling Northern Manitoba hockey team wins nationwide contest

first_imgThe Huskies beat out nine other teams for the coveted prize.The team chose Oscar’s Place, the town’s only homeless shelter, as its charity of choice after volunteering there last December.Conaty says the team originally volunteered as part of a team-building exercise and it snowballed from there.“We went from wanting to volunteer there for a few hours and just by fluke and the stars aligning we found out about the contest and entered,” he said.Last fall, The Pas Friendship Centre announced it would be closing the shelter due to a lack of funding.Several people stepped in to form a group called Stand Up for Oscar’s Place Inc. The group fundraises to help keep the shelter open.Money will go toward basic necessities such as food, dishes, cooking appliances and bedding, Louise Dewar, a volunteer with the group, told APTN last month.“For us it would mean taking a look at buying cots,” she said. “We do think it’s important because we get some elderly gentlemen here, and [they] sleep on the floor.”Chevrolet and Hockey Canada will present The Huskies with its winnings during a special televised event taking place in The Pas in early March.The Huskies video garnered approximately 45,000 views from across Canada.“We’re from a small town. We have like 12 kids on our team. The Pas has 5000 people. Our hockey association is pretty tiny,” said Conaty.“To get this kind of response is pretty incredible. Just an incredible feeling.” Brittany Hobson APTN NewsA pee-wee hockey team from northern Manitoba has 15,000 reasons to be happy.On Monday, The Pas Huskies were announced as this year’s winners of Chevrolet’s Good Deeds Cup, awarding the team $15,000 for the charity of its choice.Jerome Conaty, one of the team’s assistant coaches, said the news came as a shock for the kids.“They almost didn’t fully understand what was happening,” Conaty told APTN Monday. “They were pretty ecstatic once it all sunk in.”The contest, in its second year, was open to pee-wee teams across Canada. Teams were required to make a one-minute video advocating for a charity in their communities. Videos were posted to Chevrolet Canada’s YouTube page, and the one with the most views won.last_img read more