Dear Cloud: Connected things have brains, too

first_imgOne way to understand a market’s maturity is to look at how simplistically solutions are described. IoT has often been described as some sort of physical device that pipes sensor data into the cloud for deep learning. This is actually not a bad description. In fact, we do generally want to move as much intelligence as feasible to the commodity, high-power resources in the cloud. However, as IoT matures we’re realizing that it isn’t feasible for all of the intelligence to live in the cloud – it’s just not that simple.Context, security and performance drive us to distribute this intelligence not only to the gateways, but also to the edge devices (even resource-constrained devices). Which begs the question, why? Why intelligence on the gateway?I recently spoke with a prominent cloud IoT platform vendor who said that at least 85% of the IoT solutions he encountered had some sort of gateway. Gateways bridge between a local network of edge devices and the internet or intranet. They typically contain enough processing resources to support an OS such as Linux, making it easy for IT software programmers to transition to gateway programming. Programmers ideally abstract the software functions on the gateway behind service-oriented APIs (yes, running on the gateway) to further aid in cloud IoT platform integration. But why put software here in the first place?As a bridge between the internet and local network, the gateway has a certain context that makes it an ideal place for relevant decisions and intelligence. The local network is often running a different protocol stack than the backhaul network (think 802.15.4 vs. Cellular). It has to be able to adapt between these stacks. For battery-operated devices, the gateway may schedule and manage the traffic to the edge nodes. The gateway also serves as a prime location to house edge device and network logic, so that the cloud platform doesn’t have to understand all of the variations. Daniel Barnes, Director of Product Management, SynapseThe gateway makes decisions in many applications due to latency requirements. When you press your light switch, you expect the light to turn on in less than a second. If it doesn’t, you’ll probably press it again. If the decision takes place in the cloud, the event would be triggered at the edge device (your finger press), be transmitted to the cloud, a decision would be made, a resulting event would be sent to the light and then the light would turn on. The round-trip delay from edge to cloud and cloud to edge alone is difficult to accomplish in 100’s of milliseconds. IoT lighting control developers know this from experience (and logical deduction). The gateway has all of the context to make this decision and is located to be able to do this with an acceptable amount of latency.Security is one of those frustrating necessities of life. You never need it until you do and it’s always getting in the way of flexibility and performance. To make matters worse it isn’t a binary decision; it’s a gradient. How much security do you need? How much flexibility and performance are you willing to give up? Good news, the gateway gives you additional flexibility in your security implementation. The gateway limits the exposure of the edge devices in many architectures by providing a single point of control for all of the devices behind it. While some implementations allow direct IP access to the edge device, most either perform a NAT or even hide the edge devices behind a set of services on the gateway. Many IoT applications don’t have an internet connection and run on an on-premise server or even run entirely on the gateway.Gateway software often acts as a powered on-premise storage center due to cellular backhaul or as a fail-safe when the internet connection is lost. The gateway aggregates the data, may perform threshold-crossing analysis and even implement rules engines, all to keep from using the backhaul link except when necessary.Why intelligence on the edge device?Many IoT cloud platform vendors seem to have adopted the “If we build it, they will come” mentality, meaning if the cloud platform is provided, then people will just plug their things into it. Unfortunately, in business, there are no whispers in beautiful fields of grain, just cold, hard facts. Even though a cloud platform can perform deep learning with neural networks using distributed elastic compute resources, it’ll never produce any valuable insights without real data. That’s the cold, hard fact. IoT needs the cloud platform to produce insights and IoT needs the Things to generate the data to make the insights valuable. It’s true that the Things don’t need neural networks to generate the data, but they do need some intelligence – intelligence that requires software. This should scare every IT developer out there – it’s software alright, but it’s embedded software without your precious Linux and Java garbage collector. If I’m you (and I have been), then I’m really questioning the need for software on these embedded devices. Well, here are some considerations.The edge devices integrate with physical devices: with temperature sensors, light sensors, and vibration sensors, and legacy PLCs. These sensors have a variety of interfaces such as 0-10 Volt, 4-20 mA, and MODBUS over RS-232. This data could be communicated in its raw form to the cloud, but then the burden is on the cloud to understand a lot of detail about each and every device. Most IoT edge devices perform at least some of the conversion from the physical sensor/actuator to a logical set of information that is more generic for the cloud. For example, rather than interpret the voltage scale of a specific temperature sensor, the cloud platform can just read degrees Celsius. Battery-operated edge devices often implement a state machine in software to manage the power consumption. They behave in an active-processing mode for very short periods of time and then go into low-current sleep. The state machine on the edge device can’t tolerate the round-trip latency of remote cloud control between each state transfer. The cloud platform will often control the state of the device at a macro-level (such as wake for upgrade), but can’t possibly manage all of the specific actions necessary to perform the state transfers.The edge-devices often manage the performance of the local network as well as the number of data points the gateway and cloud platform are exposed to by making some local decisions. For example, a fire-extinguisher monitoring application may only send the level of the fire extinguisher fluid when it drops below a certain amount rather than periodically. I could continue to describe cases for software on the edge device such as encryption on mesh networks, immediate reaction and reliable data transfer. Suffice it to say that there is software on the edge devices. So, how will your IT developer write that software and how will you keep that software up to date? The good news is that there are Things platforms solving these problems. Some provide VM’s for separating the core OS and networking functions (generally written in C) from the user application (written in a language such as Python). These also provide the added benefit of remotely upgrading the user application separate from the core OS and networking.The IoT Things PlatformI initially introduced the need for a new type of IoT platform, the Things platform, in Welcome to yet another IoT Platform, describing the large set of needs not met by the IoT cloud platforms. In To recharge or not to recharge: A battery of IoT questions, I described a specific set of problems a Things platform should solve associated with long battery life. We need the IoT cloud platforms to do much of the heavy processing, but we need IoT Things platforms to answer the challenge of distributing intelligence to the Things. SNAP: The Things Platform is Synapse’s answer to the challenges of Things.This article was produced in partnership with Synapse Wireless Tags:#API Gateway#cloud computing#edge computing#IoT#Synapse Related Posts Follow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img ReadWrite Sponsors Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…last_img read more

Rubel helps Bangladesh sweep New Zealand series

first_imgRubel Hossain’s four-wicket haul helped Bangladesh complete a sweep with a thrilling three-run victory over New Zealand in the fifth and final one-day international on Sunday.The fast bowler finished with 4-25 off 9.3 sharp overs as New Zealand, chasing a 175-run target, were bowled out for 171 in the last over.Bangladesh clinched the series 4-0, their first sweep against a major team. The second match was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain.last_img

HC restrains Delhi govt from taking coercive steps against GMR

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 5 (PTI) Delhi High Court today restrained Delhi Government from taking any coercive steps till April 8 against GMR Sports Pvt Ltd, owner of IPL franchise Delhi Daredevils, which has been slapped a demand notice for payment of entertainment tax for the upcoming T-20 matches.The order was passed by a bench of justices S Muralidhar and Siddharth Mridul on GMRs application seeking stay of a April 1 demand notice for entertainment tax at the rate of 15 per cent on sponsorship receipts and submitting details of sponsors along with the copies of signed agreements in respect of the matches to be played here by Delhi Daredevils (DD).”Till the next date, respondents (Commissioner of Excise, Entertainment and Luxury Tax, Delhi government) are restrained from acting in terms of the communication dated April 1, 2016,” the bench said and posted the matter for hearing on April 8.The bench, which also issued notice to Delhi government and others, said since the matter was pending consideration before a regular bench, hence GMRs application would be heard along with it.In its application, GMR has also sought directions to the respondents “not to withhold its application on the basis of non-payment of tax on sponsorship and non-submission of details of sponsors in respect of the matches to be played by DD in IPL 2016 till the final disposal of the petition.”It has also sought direction to the authorities not to take any coercive action against it on this issue.During the hearing, senior advocate Amit Sibal, appearing for GMR, told the bench that they cannot sell tickets for the upcoming IPL matches unless they get prior permission from the concerned authorities.advertisement”We pay tax for every seat whether it is full or vacant,” he said.In its application, GMR said that for holding IPL matches for the 2016 season, they had sought permission to sell the tickets for the first match scheduled to be held on April 15 and also for booking of tickets for all the five matches.It said that in response, it had received a letter on April 1 from entertainment tax officer asking it to deposit the tax at the rate of 15 per cent on tickets as well as on sponsorship receipts and details of sponsors along with copies of agreements signed with each sponsor for processing its case for grant of permission.GMR claimed that entertainment tax officer has raised the demand in pursuance to Delhi governments notification whose “legality and validity” has already been challenged. (More) PTI ABA PPS HMP ARClast_img read more

Hawks’ John Collins suspended 25 games without pay for PEDs

first_imgDrilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? “Of course it’s disturbing, that this is something you hope you can prevent, and we hope we can educate him on that, but he made a decision, or someone made a decision and somehow we got to this point,” Pierce said. “It’s our job to get to the information, to keep all our guys from making this decision or being in this position again, but it hurts our team.”Collins, Atlanta’s leading rebounder and second-leading scorer, was suspended for 25 games without pay on Tuesday for a violation of the NBA’s anti-drug program after testing positive for a growth hormone.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe NBA announced that the 22-year-old Collins tested positive for Peptide-2. Collins apologized in a statement, saying he was “incredibly frustrated and disappointed in myself for putting all of us in this position,” but that he planned to appeal the suspension.“I have always been incredibly careful about what I put in my body, but I took a supplement which, unbeknownst to me, had been contaminated with an illegal component,” he said. “I plan to fight my suspension in arbitration so I can get back on the court as soon as possible and continue to contribute to our 2019-20 campaign.” MOST READ Paschall, young Warriors beat Blazers for 1st home win Rice industry paralysis Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politicscenter_img Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) drives to the basket past Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)ATLANTA — Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said the team will support forward John Collins following his suspension for a positive drug test.Pierce insisted his first concern is helping Collins “get through this, not as a player but as a person,” but the coach likewise acknowledged that Collins let the team down.ADVERTISEMENT Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Pierce spoke with Collins and said it was an emotional conversation. Guard Trae Young, the Hawks’ leading scorer, also checked in with his teammate.“For me, it’s tough,” Young said. “For the whole team, it’s tough. I just told him I was here for him. I’m here to support him. I feel for my brother. I’ve got his back.”Collins is the third player to be handed a 25-game suspension for drug violations this season.The NBA announced Oct. 24 that Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton was suspended after testing positive for a diuretic. On Aug. 29, the league suspended Brooklyn Nets forward Wilson Chandler for testing positive for Ipamorelin, a drug that increases the release of growth hormone.The suspensions of Ayton and Chandler also are without pay.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Collins’ suspension began Tuesday against San Antonio. He is allowed to practice and travel with the team but must leave the arena at least 2 hours before tipoff, at home and on the road. No jersey hung in his locker before Tuesday’s game.Pierce said he told the team about the suspension earlier in the day. He added that Collins has not yet addressed the team and might do so at Wednesday’s practice.Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk said the team was “disappointed to learn that John put himself in an unfortunate situation and violated the league’s anti-drug policy.”The 6-foot-9 Collins is averaging 17 points and 8.8 rebounds per game in his third NBA season. Jabari Parker replaced him in the starting lineup.“Obviously you want to know why, you want to know how and you want to know what,” Pierce said. “I’m unfamiliar to any of the banned substance things, still don’t really know what it was and what it does. All I know is it’s not supposed to have been taken, and he failed the test, and that’s where the suspension comes.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Education sector is harmed by lack of accountability, says UNESCO report

first_imgAccording to UNESCO reports, the lack of accountability in the education sector is jeopardizing the progress in the area. It recommends that government  should adopt mechanisms to fix responsibility.The report from UNESCO was named as Global Education Monitoring (GEM) report which drew attention to the damage in education sector  by lack of accountability.”Millions of children not going to school and many not achieving minimum proficiency levels at school indicate that education systems are not on track” said Shigeru Aoyagi, Director and UNESCO representative to PTI.The 2017/8 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) report:The 2017/8 GEM Report evaluates the role of accountability in global education systems regarding achievement of the vision of UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4: ensuring inclusive, equitable and good-quality education and lifelong learning for allIt was launched on Monday and highlighted the responsibility of all education stakeholders, primarily government, to provide universal quality educationIt emphasized that accountability is indispensable in achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs)The report provides clear evidence on accountability tools that are working and those that are notAccording to the report, disproportionate blame on any one actor for systemic educational problems can have serious negative side effects, widening inequality and damaging learningRecommendations made in the report:Creating an accountability system for schools and teachers that is supportive, avoiding punitive mechanisms especially those based on narrow performance measuresAllowing democratic participationRespecting media freedom to scrutinize education and setting up independent institutions to handle complaintsDeveloping credible and efficient regulations with associated sanctions for all education providers that ensure non-discrimination and the quality of education and making the right to education justifiable.Read: Supreme Court directs UP to promote mainstream education for specially abled childrenadvertisementRead: Sports enthusiasts in schools to get financial aid by Delhi governmentFor more updates, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Film Submissions for SXSW 2017

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement Submission format: Secure URL linkCompetitive: YesEntry fees: YesOfficial deadline : September 22, 2016Late deadline : October 20, 2016EligibilityFilms will be screened in the following categories: Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Short, Animated Short, Experimental Short and Music Video.Competition is open to works completed in 2015, 2016 and early 2017;Works in competition must not have been shown previously in Austin (Texas);The maximum running time for short films presented is 40 minutes;SXSW Film does not accept trailers or works in progress. Rough-cuts are accepted but works must be finished at least two weeks before the festival begins.For more information please consult the film submission FAQs. Facebook Twittercenter_img Calls for entry(All film genres) The SXSW 2017 Film Festival is currently accepting entries.Please note that all films must be submitted directly to the festival. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Since 1987, South by Southwest (SXSW) has produced the internationally recognized Music and Media Conference & Festival. As the entertainment business adjusted to issues of future growth and development, in 1994, SXSW added conferences and festivals for the film industry (SXSW Film) as well as for the blossoming interactive media (SXSW Interactive Festival). Now three industry events converge in Austin during 10 days, mirroring the ever-increasing convergence of entertainment/media outlets.The SXSW Film Conference portion of SXSW Film has been described as a five-day crash course on guerrilla filmmaking and marketing for every level of filmmaker from novice to veteran. Panels, workshops and interviews are always peopled with knowledgeable experts and entertaining speakers offering unique access to the industry. Specialized sessions such as hands on workshops, mini-meetings and one-on-one meetings in the Mentor Program distinguish the SXSW experience.SXSW is a qualifying festival for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Short Film competition. The Best Animated Short Film, Best Narrative Short Film and Best Documentary Short Film winners become eligible for the Academy Awards. Telefilm Canada recognizes selection in the South by Southwest Film Festival as part of its Success Index and provides assistance through the International Festival Participation Program Industry Promotion Telefilm Canada, Montréal514 283-6363last_img read more

Tackling drought crucial in finding food crisis solution – UN

25 April 2008Addressing drought is essential in resolving the food crisis the world faces, the United Nations agency tasked with minimizing the threat posed by natural disasters said today. Both drought and unsustainable water management have played a key role in the current problem, and managing drought risk is essential to finding a long-term solution to the crisis, according to a press release issued by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR).Reports of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – last year’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate – have shown unequivocally that the world is warming, almost certainly due to human activity, with potentially disastrous effects including worsening drought in some regions and heavier rainfall in others.“Drought creeps, so we can outrun it,” said Sálvano Briceño, Director of the ISDR Secretariat. “But this will take a genuine mindset and policy shift towards the ethos that prevention is better than cure, and serious political and economic commitment to saving harvests and lives on a global economic level.”Major food exporters such as Australia and Ukraine are experiencing the effects of drought, serving as examples of how climate change can trigger future food crises.Water scarcity contributes to food scarcity, and, as the IPCC has pointed out, billions of people are at the risk of water stress by the end of the century unless carbon emissions are slashed and urgent adaptation actions are taken.ISDR said that a greater emphasis must be placed on disaster risk, urging communities and nations to enhance their defences against global warming, drought and desertification through such measures as improved water management.Yesterday, the head of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) warned that soaring food prices across the globe are threatening the agency’s efforts to feed the world’s hungry.WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran warned of the “new face of hunger” – the millions being pushed into the urgent hunger category.“We’re also concerned because this isn’t just an issue of hunger, but also an issue of instability,” she said, with protests against soaring food prices having been held in dozens of countries. read more

Student protests hurting one of Montreals biggest barhopping streets

Student protests hurting one of Montreal’s biggest bar-hopping streets MONTREAL – Bar hopping, shopping and dining out in downtown Montreal are taking a hit due to ongoing student protests that business owners say are chasing their customers away due to traffic headaches.The owner of downtown landmark Ziggy’s Pub, frequented by the late author Mordecai Richler, said his patrons aren’t sticking around for after-work drinks. He estimates business has dropped 60 per cent.“A lot of people, as soon as the day is finished, they get into their cars and go back home,” said Ziggy Eichenbaum, whose pub is on Crescent Street, a well-known destination for restaurants and bars.“You walk around downtown at night and you could take a bowling ball and throw it,” Eichenbaum said Wednesday.“If you don’t hit a student, you won’t hit anybody. You won’t hit a client.”The demonstrations over increased tuition fees of several hundred dollars per year continued on Wednesday with a group of student protesters storming into a downtown university, many of them with their faces covered by masks, and disrupting classes.The student unrest has lasted 14 weeks with almost daily demonstrations. Only one-third of Quebec students are actually on declared strikes, but the conflict has created considerable social disorder and has included smoke bombs that shut down Montreal’s subway system.The Quebec government was looking at the possibility of adopting emergency legislation — a law reportedly laden with financial penalties for people who have played a role in encouraging the ongoing disruption, which began in late February.The owner of Thursday’s restaurant, also on the popular Crescent Street, said he has about 20 per cent fewer customers, which he called the “difference between a profit and a loss.”“It’s been devastating,” said Bernard Ragueneau. “Nobody wants to go downtown. We’re actually being held hostage.”Tourists and locals aren’t frequenting the street as much, going from bar to restaurant to bar as they normally do, because of the demonstrations, he said.“Forget it. Bar hopping is gone,” Ragueneau said. “We’re being held hostage.”The Montreal Chamber of Commerce estimated that business overall is down 15 per cent at retailers and restaurant owners in the downtown core and student protests have cost several million dollars in economic damage to the city.“The fear is night-time demonstrations, which results in some streets being closed, and it leads people to want to go other neighbourhoods than the downtown,” said Michel Leblanc, the chamber’s president and CEO.“It’s not a worry about violence that’s keeping people away, it’s more worry about congestion,” Leblanc said of traffic tie-ups and detours resulting from the protests.Leblanc said the long-term worry is the protests will result in people becoming used to avoiding downtown activities.“We’ve signalled to the government that there will be repercussions and we hope the conflict will be settled quickly.”Some merchants worry the students will try to disrupt the Grand Prix Formula One race, which is expected to bring in tens of millions of dollars to Montreal’s economy when it’s held on the weekend of June 9.“We’ve got two weeks before the Grand Prix for the mayor and the premier to decide no more masks,” he said of protesters who have hidden their faces.Students have already blocked bridges, disrupted shareholder meetings for Power Corp. (TSX:POW) and the National Bank (TSX:NA) and entered workplaces where mining companies are located.Meanwhile, police costs have escalated. Montreal police have temporarily hired 150 officers due to the protests and the police union has said overtime costs were expected to be between $2 million and $3 million. The Quebec provincial police overtime bill was estimated at $1.5 million.However, Tourisme Montreal says the student demonstrations have had no impact so far on the number of visitors coming to the city. by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted May 16, 2012 5:28 pm MDT read more

Everything you need to know about the bank guarantee but were afraid

first_imgWHEN NEWS CAME through on the morning of 30 September 2008 that the Irish government had guaranteed the country’s banks, many did not know what to make of it.Why was it needed? Was it a good thing? Would it cost the taxpayer?Many of the questions could not be answered immediately but five years and €64.1 billion later, the Irish public are much more knowledgeable about the now infamous move.The two words are bandied about now to explain away our current economic quagmire but what did it do and what does it mean for us now?TheJournal.ie explains…What banks were covered by the bank guarantee?Six Irish institutions were covered by the guarantee – AIB, Bank of Ireland, EBS Building Society, Irish Life & Permanent, Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide.What money and investments were included?When commentators call it a ‘blanket guarantee’, they are not exaggerating. The government guaranteed pretty much everything.On top of all customer deposits, any money that was loaned to an Irish bank was included in the guarantee. That meant the government was effectively saying to each creditor and bondholder (person/company/fund/country that is owed money) that they would be paid back, in full, regardless of what happened to their original investment.The guarantee included all types of bonds, regardless of how ‘risky’ they were deemed by the borrower at the time. (Imagine somebody guaranteeing Paddy Power’s bets on Crystal Palace winning the English Premier League next year).Subordinated bondholders were covered, as well as senior and secured bondholders. The only exception was about €8.2 billion of undated junior debt.So, how much was all that?The estimated total of guaranteed liabilities was about €440 billion. To put some context on that number, it was about 10 times the national debt.Did it include ordinary people’s deposits?Yes.The Deposit Guarantee Scheme (DGS)had been increased from €20,000 to €100,000 earlier in September 2008. It was also expanded to include credit unions for the first time.But as part of the 30 September 2008 guarantee, 100 per cent of ALL deposits (regardless of the amount) was guaranteed in the six institutions.That guarantee expired on 29 September 2010. The initial DGS then came back into play, is still in place and does not have an end date.Why was it needed at that time?The financial sector was in turmoil across the world and Irish banks were being hit hard.They were losing deposits, share prices had plummeted and confidence – which is a always a vital cog in banking sectors – was at an all-time low.Although the issue of solvency would eventually emerge as the main problem, the focus in September was about liquidity. The banks – and, in turn, the government – believed the issues could be solved with injections of cash.The guarantee aimed to increase confidence, encouraging the international markets to begin lending to the Irish institutions again – at a reasonable cost of borrowing.How did other countries react?The initial reaction was bad. Europe was not happy that Ireland acted unilaterally, while the UK was worried that the government had undercut British banks. They expected savers to send a tsunami of money to Irish institutions as they were now, actually, the safest places in the world in which to place money. Why? Well, investors could not lose. The government had essentially told people that they were so confident that people would not lose money on their investments, that they would back them.Brian Lenihan’s counterpart in Britain, Alistair Darling, said it put UK banks in an impossible situation.Angela Merkel described the development as “unacceptable”, adding that the “Irish way is not the right way”.How did the banks react to it?The government’s decision gave the banks some breathing space. Take Anglo as an example. Seánie Fitz’s baby was on a cliff. It was about to go under and knew it could not last another day’s trading.The world had already seen Lehman Brothers go bust just a couple of weeks earlier so a similar fate for the Irish lender wasn’t outside the realm of reality.The recently published Anglo tapes revealed boss David Drumm talking about ‘getting the money’ in during the days following the government’s announcement.In public at the time, they were more demure putting out a message of ‘business as usual’ within the sector.Did the banks try to benefit from it?After the criticism from Europe, the government had to be careful to ensure that banks were not seen to be using the guarantee as a selling mechanism.However, it was somewhat inevitable.Irish Nationwide Building Society were given a slap on the wrist and a €50,000 fine when it emerged that Michael Fingleton Junior had sent emails to bankers in London trying to convince them to move deposits his way on the back of the guarantee.Did the guarantee work?Well, quite obviously, no.In a way, the financial system called the government’s bluff. Brian Cowen, Brian Lenihan et al. tried to fix the situation by standing firm behind the Irish banks, granting them the kind of confidence boost they craved.But it didn’t last long.It wasn’t long before the cash injections required by the banks were costing big time. Lenders then began charging penal interest rates in order to lend to the Irish government, knowing that it had to back the constantly-growing banking losses.It eventually led to the Fianna Fáil/Green Party coalition calling on the international powers – soon to be well-known, but not fondly, as the Troika – for help. €64.1 billion worth of help.When did the guarantee come to an end?Some form of bank guarantee remained in place until midnight, 28 March 2013.However, that doesn’t mean the government isn’t responsible for bonds issued while the guarantee was in place. All bonds issued between 30 September 2008 and 28 March 2013 are covered and are worth tens of billions of euro.Two of the covered banks, Bank of Ireland and Permanent TSB, issued new bonds on the last week of the guarantee. Bank of Ireland borrowed €5 billion, while Permanent TSB raised €3.065 billion, with both bonds due for repayment in March 2015.How much did it end up costing the State?€64.1 billion.In return, the State now holds a 15 per cent stake in Bank of Ireland and owns 99.8 per cent of AIB, as well as EBS (as a subsidiary of AIB), Permanent TSB* and what remains of Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide**.*The Irish Life arm of Irish Life & Permanent was sold to Canada Life**The failed institutions became the IBRC which was put into liquidation earlier this year. Read: 10 ways the bank guarantee changed our livesRead all our coverage of the 5th anniversary of the bank guaranteelast_img read more

Neighbours saw slavery case women walking near flats every day

first_imgRESIDENTS IN FLATS near the south London home where three women — including a 57-year-old from Ireland — were allegedly held captive for thirty years have said they often saw the women walking outside and even talking to police.One resident of Peckford Place flats in Brixton told Channel 4 News he saw the women outside in the area “every day” and had often seen them speaking with officers.“That’s why I don’t know how they couldn’t go to the police. They even talked to the police. I’ve actually seen them talk to the police. That’s why it’s crazy to me.The neighbour said that though the women spoke to police officers, they didn’t “talk to people”.Another resident spoke of how he had once called to the door of the home, and said that all five residents had come to the door at once.“There was five people at the door basically, and, it was just weird… like they wanted to say something but they didn’t.”Officers believe two of the three women victims met the male suspect in London “through a shared political ideology” and that they lived together in “a collective”.Efforts are now under way to establish how that collective came to an end and how the women ended up continuing to live with the suspects.Met Police Commander Steve Rodhouse spoke of “invisible handcuffs” that were used to control the women, and said they had built up a “disturbing picture of emotional control over many years”.Officers stand outside the flats yesterday [Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images]Along with the Irish woman, a 69-year-old Malaysian and a 30-year-old British woman were also rescued on 25 October, one week after first making secret telephone contact with a charity.The two suspects in the case, a man and woman, have been released on bail.  It was confirmed yesterday that they are originally from India and Tanzania and came to Britain in the 1960s.Residents at Peckford Place said the flats had been built in 2005, meaning the women and the suspects must have moved there in the course of their alleged imprisonment.Officers have been carrying out door-to-door enquiries in the area this weekend.Rodhouse said police were still working “to gain the trust and confidence of the highly traumatized victims” and said the process would take time.Read: Enslaved women traumatised but doing ‘remarkably well’ >More: Irish Embassy in London look to establish details behind woman freed from slavery >last_img read more

So just what IS the Song of the Summer this year

first_img Am I wrong is the song of the summer— John Murphy (@jmurph725) July 18, 2014 LAST YEAR, WE had Get Lucky and Blurred Lines duke it out for the honour of Song of the Summer. Both were universally beloved and are destined to be played at weddings for time immemorial.This year, however, things are a little more up in the air with several viable contenders vying for the title of Summer Jam ’14.First things first, I’m the realest. Secondly, the Song of the Summer is surely Fancy, no?Across the Atlantic, Fancy by Iggy Azalea has reigned supreme having spent seven weeks at number one in the Billboard Top 100.Is it the song of the summer here in Ireland, though? If you take Top 40 and radio airplay data into account, then not really. The song has failed to crack the top ten, peaking at no. 12 since its release and during the week of July 10th – 16th, the song ranked at just no. 37 in the Irish radio airplay charts.Huh. So how are we going to find out what the Song of the Summer?With the aid of Top 40, Spotify and radio airplay data, that’s how.Sounds scientific. Who are the contenders?We’re about to find out. Coldplay – A Sky Full of Stars Source: Coldplay Official/YouTubeRelease date: May 2ndTop 40 peak: 3Airplay chart (July 11th – 17th): 1Spotify chart: 7Verdict: When you hear the name Coldplay, you may not be inclined to think “summer jam”. But there you’d be wrong.  While the refrain (“‘Cause you’re a sky full of stars”) may sound like it was written in Chris Martin’s sleep, they’re clearly on to something as it continues to dominate both Top 40 and airplay.John Legend – All Of Me Source: johnlegendVEVO/YouTubeRelease date: What feels like four years ago.Chart peak: 1Airplay chart ranking (July 11th – 17th): 6Spotify chart: 12Verdict: Yes, it may still be no. 2 in the charts and all over the radio waves, but we refuse to acknowledge it as a contender. Next.Sam Smith – Stay With Me Source: SamSmithWorldVEVO/YouTubeRelease date: April 25th Chart peak: 1Airplay chart ranking (July 11th – 17th): 5Spotify chart: 9Verdict: A good song, to be sure, and perfect for trailers/montages. But this gospel-soaked number is perhaps a little too deeply felt and serious to be named Song of the Summer.Calvin Harris – Summer Source: CalvinHarrisVEVO/YouTubeRelease date: March 14thChart peak: 1Airplay chart ranking (July 11th -17th): 11Spotify chart: 8Verdict: A club song that’s radio-friendly and literally called Summer? Good effort, Calvin Harris, but it’s just a little too try-hard to be the actual song of the summer.Ella Henderson – Ghost Source: EllaHVEVO/YouTubeRelease date: June 8thTop 40 peak: 1Airplay chart (July 10th – 16th): 2Spotify chart: 3Verdict: A total earworm that you’ll likely hate a little bit by the end of the summer, but with strong showings on both radio and the charts, 18-year-old Henderson could wind up being crowned Queen of the Summer.Ed Sheeran – Sing Source: Ed Sheeran/YouTubeRelease date: April 7thTop 40 peak: 1Airplay chart (July 10th – 16th): 3Spotify chart: 2Verdict: Still lingering in the top ten at no. 7 after nine weeks, this one bears Pharrell Williams’ Midas touch. Sheeran is already behind the biggest album of the summer and anyone who saw him lead a sing-a-long of this at Glastonbury will tell you that this one is a strong contender – if not the winner – for the title.Ariana Grande – Problem feat Iggy Azalea Source: ArianaGrandeVevo/YouTubeRelease date: June 30thChart peak: 1Airplay chart ranking (July 11th – 17th): 9Spotify chart: 1Verdict: Addictive sax riff? Check. Guest rap verse? Check. Babyfaced singer à la Carly Rae Jepsen AKA Queen of Summer 2012? Check. Problem has all the hallmarks of a summer hit. Early days for it yet, but it’s showing legs.Is that it?Not quite. There are three pretty likeable, if slightly interchangeable pop/dance tracks doing extremely well in both the Top 40 and airplay charts at the minute: Waves by Mr. Probz, Jubel by Klingande and Am I Wrong by Nico & Vinz, with the latter in particular making a strong case for itself. Sure, they’re all catchy, but will we be dancing to any of them at weddings in years to come? Doubtful. And that is the true Song of the Summer litmus test.Anything else that may emerge as a contender?Rude by MAGIC! just nabbed the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in the States, dethroning Iggy Azalea in the process and is quickly ascending the airplay chart here. Source: Milky Chance/YouTubeDitto Stolen Dance by German duo Milky Chance, which has been a smash all over Europe and is starting to break through here with a showing on the iTunes Top 20  and ranking at number four on the most Shazam’d songs in Ireland.For now, though?We’re calling it a three-horse race between Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande and Ella Henderson. Fight!10 musical struggles we all had to face before the internet >Man gets stuck at airport overnight, makes amazing music video >center_img Source: John Murphy/Twitterlast_img read more

Fofana is happy to play but his team needs to get

first_imgThe Ivorian midfielder has played in all Udinese matches this 2018-2019 season in the Italian Lega Serie AUdinese is currently sitting in the 16th place in the Italian Lega Serie A with nine points.And despite the results, Ivorian midfielder Seko Fofana is feeling well, after playing in all the matches so far in the 2018-2019 season.“I love to play in midfield. It doesn’t matter if, in a two or three-man midfield, that’s for the coach to decide,” he was quoted by Gianluca Di Marzio.“We are doing well, we struggled only against Napoli. This is a pivotal season for me, I have ambitions and goals, I want to have a great career.”Stefano Sensi, inter milanReport: Inter go top with win over Udinese George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Inter Milan are top of Serie A after beating Udinese to make it three wins out of three.Antonio Conte’s career at Inter Milan, could…“I am playing like I was in my first season here before fracturing my fibula in March 2017 against Juve,” he added.“That was the toughest moment in football for me. We are more unite compared to last year, We are more friends with each other both on and off the pitch”.“I’d like to play in European cups. I love Paris and I support PSG, but if I had to choose a club where I’d like to go one day it would be Manchester City,” he commented.“I was there and it’s still in my head. I met Yaya Toure, my role model. He was a hero for me, now we are friends”.last_img read more

Police search for subject in attempted robbery at downtown Miami Metromover station

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Cameras were rolling when a man attempted to rob a couple of tourists at the Riverwalk Metromover in downtown Miami.Surveillance cameras captured the subject as he emerged from an elevator at the station along Southeast Fourth Street and 88th Avenue, around 3 p.m., Tuesday.Moments later, the man could be seen on video confronting the couple from South Carolina on the stairs and demanding the woman’s cellphone.According to Miami-Dade Police investigators, both victims then ran up to the platform to try to escape in the elevator.Officials said the crook followed the couple inside the elevator and struck the male tourist in the face with his elbow.The female tourist was also hurt during the attack.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue treated both victims at the scene. The subject eventually took off empty-handed.If you have any information on the subject’s whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

KPop Group Twice Release What Is Love EP Music Video

first_img Twitter News Facebook The all-female K-pop group has released their fifth EP with a colorful music video to matchRenée FabianGRAMMYs Apr 9, 2018 – 4:27 pm K-pop group Twice — comprising nine members Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, Chaeyoung, and Tzuyu — are back April 9 with their fifth EP, What Is Love?The popular all-female group’s record includes five new tracks: the title song, “Sweet Talker,” “Ho!,” “Dejavu,” and “Say Yes.” Fans who purchase a physical copy of the EP will also receive the bonus track “Stuck.”To celebrate the EP’s release, Twice also dropped a music video of the title track, which takes its inspiration from films such as Ghost, The Princess Diaries, La La Land, and Pulp Fiction to match the song’s opening lyrics: “Every day in a movie, in a book, or in a drama, I feel love I learn about love/My heart keeps beating as if it’s my own story.” The video already has nearly 9 million views on YouTube.The song itself features an electro-pop vibe that Billboard says “sprinkles digital quirks, sparkling chimes and staccato’d percussion over the bubblegum melody, as the nonet sing about their desire to discover the elusive feeling that they’ve learned about through fictional depictions of what love is.” Twice are one of the top K-pop groups to come out of South Korea since their formation thanks to JYP Entertainment through the reality TV show “Sixteen.” They released their debut EP, The Story Begins, in 2015, which sealed their spot among K-pop’s elite. Since then they’ve had hits such as 2016’s “Cheer Up” and “TT” and 2017’s “Likey.”Now’s your chance to see how their latest release compares, and maybe answer a few questions about love in the meantime.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morecenter_img K-Pop Group Twice Release ‘What Is Love?’ EP, Music Video Email Watch: Twice’s “What Is Love?” From New EP k-pop-group-twice-release-what-love-ep-music-videolast_img read more

People of 14 villages meet Naidu to extend support on Praja

first_imgAmaravati: Farmers from 14 villages in Amaravati visited Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu at his residence and extended their support to him on the order issued by the state government for demolition of Praja Vedika, notice regarding his official residence and reduction in his security. The villagers led by former Tadikonda MLA Sravan Kumar met Naidu on Friday. Also Read – TDP to intensify protests on sand issue in Vizianagaram Advertise With Us The Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) on Friday had served a notice to TDP chief to vacate his current official residence. Last week, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had ordered the demolition of ‘Praja Vedika’ (people grievances’ hall), claiming that the hall was constructed illegally and violated many acts. Also Read – 20L construction workers lost livelihood in AP: TDP Advertise With Us While expressing support to Chandrababu Naidu, the villagers offered him land and said that they themselves will provide security to him. People from Mandadam, Venkatapalem, Tallayapalem, Anantavaram, Tulluru, Rayapudi, Nelapadu, Dondapadu, Nekkallu, Velagapudi and Malkapuram extended their unconditional support to him. Naidu thanked the farmers and women from Amaravati. He recalled the developmental activities taken up in the area during his regime. He said that if he had developed the region for five more years with the same pace, Amaravati would have become a great asset to the state. The former Andhra Pradesh chief minister further said that he will stand by the people of Amaravati and fight for their problems. Advertise With Us The TDP chief said that adverse conditions are not new to him. Earlier, 26 enquiries were ordered against him but not even a single allegation was proved. “Now, this new government is saying that it will set up committees and hold inquiries,” Naidu said. “I will work for the public. I think of state development and welfare of the poor. I will always be among the people, create awareness, and fight on public issues, he said.last_img read more

AB de Villiers better than Virat Kohli Nathan Lyon picks Mr 360

first_imgNathan Lyon described AB de Villiers as the hardest batsman he bowled to, not Virat KohliIANSIn his now highly-successful career, Nathan Lyon has bowled to all the great batsmen who have played in his era. From the likes of Sachin Tendulkar to Virat Kohli, the off-spinner has been tested against the best batters in the world. But when he was asked in an interview to name the batsman he found most difficult to bowl at, the Australian chose AB de Villiers.The reason cited by him for his choice presents the reason why the South African has earned the epithet of Mr 360. Lyon said on ‘The Back Page Live,’ an Australian television show, that while bowling to de Villiers, he felt that the former Proteas batsman could hit him anywhere at any time.Considering that Indian batsmen were traditionally regarded as the most skilful in playing spin, it comes as a big surprise that Lyon faced most difficulty not from an Indian, or for that matter any other Asian, but a South African.Lyon’s recordIn his career, the 31-year old Aussie has played 15 Tests against South Africa and 18 against India. Kohli and de Villiers have been present in almost all these matches of their respective teams. So, it says a lot about de Villiers’ ability to play spin that the offie rates him higher than any other batsman.If we were to look at the record of the off-spinner against the two teams, he has done considerably better vs the Indians. While he has 85 wickets against the Asian giants with an average of 32.60 and strike rate of 60.2, against South Africa, he has 46 wickets at an average of 42.28 and strike rate of 83.7. The disparity can partly be attributed to highly spin-friendly conditions that the bowler had on his two visits to India.But even when it comes to bowling in his own country, he has a clearly better record against the sub-continental side. Gary, as he is fondly called by his teammates, has taken 18 wickets in 6 Tests against the South Africans in Australia at an average of 46.22 and strike rate of over 91. Against India at home, he has 51 wickets in 11 Tests and with an average just under 34 and strike rate a shade under 66. Clearly, home or away, Lyon loves bowling at the Indian team. Nathan Lyon has enjoyed great success against IndiaReutersSouth Africa’s better record against LyonIt is noteworthy that India’s supposed dominance against spin bowling has considerably declined in recent years. Even somebody like Kohli has had difficulties facing good spinners in the past. De Villiers, on the other hand, seems highly adept at playing the slower bowlers. Having been a hockey player in his pre-cricket days, he seems to have wonderful wristwork that allows him to place the ball in whichever area he desires.Lyon has had the opportunity to bowl at both Kohli and AB when they were in prime form. When South Africa famously saved a Test at Adelaide in 2012 by batting out the entire fifth day, de Villiers played his part by stonewalling Lyon and co for 220 deliveries while scoring just 33 runs. In the very next match at Perth, he scored a magnificent 169 to help his team win the match and series. In the last series between the Aussies and South Africans, the infamous 2018 rubber, de Villiers again starred with a superb knock in the second Test which allowed the Proteas to level the series after losing the first match.Kohli too has enjoyed great success against Australia. He has seven Test hundreds against the kangaroos, six of them scored away from home. Of these, four came in the 2014/15 series alone. Yet, Lyon has picked up the wicket of Kohli seven times in Tests, the most for any bowler in the format.So clearly, Lyon has good reason to rate de Villiers higher. But while the South African has retired from international cricket, Kohli remains and will remain active for some time to come. Hopefully, we will some more riveting contests between the two.last_img read more

PS4 owners watch 3x as much porn as Xbox One owners

first_imgIt’s 2014 and considering the prevalence of mobile devices and game consoles, an increasing number of people are watching their porn on a device that isn’t a normal PC or television. According to SugarDVD — basically the Netflix of porn — a lot of people watch porn on their newly minted PS4 and Xbox One consoles. However, PS4 owners watch porn about three times more than Xbox One buyers.Like Netflix, SugarDVD began life as a DVD-by-mail service, and added a streaming option as time moved on. It can be accessed on just about any device that has a modern web browser, which means you can watch the Netflix of porn on game consoles. SugarDVD tracked the viewing habits of console patrons, and found that PS4 owners consume much more porn than Xbox One owners. Now, you might think that’s because Sony is selling twice the amount of PS4 consoles as Microsoft is selling Xbox Ones, but SugarDVD notes that the ratio is still too out of whack.When you think about it, the Xbox One is definitely more media-focused than the PS4. You may think that the Kinect — a hands-free control device for the console — would be the perfect way to navigate porn, but the device does not recognize porn sites. It’s also worth noting that the Kinect is a camera and microphone, and people likely don’t feel comfortable watching pornography in front of such a device.The top ten porn movies and categories viewed on either console are similar to one another, so at least in the ever-burning console war, both armies have common ground.last_img read more

5 Reasons to be Excited for Horizon Zero Dawn

first_imgStay on target The beginning of the year has been great for PlayStation 4 owners. In the last few weeks, they have been treated to such games as Gravity Rush 2, Yakuza 0, and Nioh. This would be enough to keep PS4 owners happy, but they’re about to get one of the biggest games of Q1 tomorrow. That’s right; I’m talking about none other than Guerrilla Games’ Horizon Zero Dawn.Unlike a lot of other recent AAA titles, Horizon Zero Dawn fully delivers on nearly all fronts. It is a sprawling open world game with beautifully rendered graphics and tight, intuitive gameplay mechanics. It is arguably the first truly “must own” exclusive of this generation. The hype surrounding this title is very much real.There are a lot of reasons to be excited for Horizon Zero Dawn. Below are the top five.Stunning graphicsHorizon Zero Dawn features the best looking graphics on a console to date. This game takes full advantage of the PlayStation 4 Pro’s extra horsepower. Thanks to checkerboard rendering, it looks exceptional on 4K HDR-enabled televisions. Folks who play on a standard 1080p TV will also benefit from supersampled textures.I’ve put many hours into this game. In that time, I have never seen any questionable looking textures or graphical anomalies. Every part of the world is rendered in exceptional detail. Even random NPC characters and building interiors look great. Graphically speaking, Horizon Zero Dawn has no equal on consoles.Massive open world to exploreOpen world games are standard these days. Normally, this wouldn’t be a selling point. However, Horizon’s rich and varied world is in a class of its own. A lot of this has to do with the aforementioned graphics. These gorgeous locales aren’t just for show, however. Secrets can be found on every mountain top, sandy desert, overgrown forest, and human settlement.Unlike many other open world games, exploration isn’t a mundane affair here. The game has a great deal of fast travel points. However, you will find that taking the scenic route is always more satisfying. After all, you want to see what awaits in each area. Most of the time, hoofing it on foot or riding a robot leads to unexpected but delightful situations. There is always something interesting to discover.An enthralling and engaging storyLike open-world titles, post-apocalyptic settings have also become ubiquitous. Horizon, however, has a unique take on this worn out genre. Like the gameplay, it combines various genres into something wholly original. Despite the prehistoric-like setting, Horizon is, at its core, a science fiction story. And though it isn’t upfront about it, there is also a strong underlying message about human hubris destroying the planet.Most video game stories aren’t told as elegantly as those from traditional media. Horizon manages to not only have a great story but one that is masterfully told. The story unfolds at just the right pace. Each new revelation is accompanied by a new and enticing mystery. Thankfully, none of this feels forced or awkward. By the end, most of the story’s questions have been fully and satisfyingly answered.Meaningful side questsEvery open world game has random side quests to complete. Most of the time, these missions feel like filler that inflates a game’s play time. Horizon has its fair share of side quests as well. Thankfully, most are meaningful and add depth to the game. With very few exceptions, each side quest introduces you to an interesting new character. Many quests involve finding objects or killing machines and people. However, they don’t feel like a waste of time. There is always a fascinating story behind each mission.Action junkies will no doubt get a kick out of the hunter’s lodge side quests. These missions will require players to use all of their cunning and reflexes to survive. Combat is one of the game’s strongest attributes (as I’ll explain below), and the hunter’s lodge quests force players to use everything they’ve learned to take down the nastiest of robots.Robot fightsAs I mentioned above, hunting and fighting giant robots is the single best feature of Horizon Zero Dawn. While battling humans can get downright tedious, going up against crazed machines never gets old. There is a lot of animal-like automatons in the world, and each has to be taken down in specific ways. Figuring out a robot’s weakness is a game unto itself. Feeling a giant mechanical beast is one of the most thrilling experiences you’ll ever have.To successfully take down a robot, you have to use every weapon at your disposal. This includes arrows, traps, and bombs. Each of these come in different varieties. For example, fire arrows are sometimes more effective than standard ones. Ice bombs work great against fire-spewing machines, and electric traps stop most robots in their tracks. Tying robots down with rope is also a great way to immobilize them. Few games have combat that is as thoroughly enjoyable as this. PlayStation 4 Becomes Fastest Console to Sell 100 Million‘Death Stranding’ Is Your PlayStation 4 Holiday Exclusive last_img read more

PepsiCo Tests SelfDriving Snack Robots at College Campus

first_img Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech SuitsRobots to Compete in Underground Challenge in Mining Tunnels Vending machines are so… 2018. At one college campus, students are getting their snacks and beverages delivered via self-driving robot.PepsiCo today rolled out “snackbots” at the University of the Pacific campus in Stockton, Calif.  The robot delivers snacks from Hello Goodness, which PepsiCo created in 2015 to provide “healthier snacks and beverages to consumers on the go.”From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., students can order food and drinks to one of more than 50 locations across the 175-acre campus through the snackbot app.The snackbots deliver snacks such as Smartfood Delight, Baked Lay’s, SunChips, Pure Leaf Tea, bubly, LIFEWTR, and Starbucks Cold Brew.“We’re thrilled to launch our Hello Goodness autonomous delivery snackbots and reimagine college snacking for the future,” Vice President Innovation and Insights of PepsiCo Foodservice Scott Finlow said in a statement.According to Finlow, the University of the Pacific will serve as a test site with three to five snackbots roaming across campus starting today, following several weeks of testing.Students can order food and drinks from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. via the snackbot App, to be delivered to more than 50 designated areas across the campus. (Photo Credit: PepsiCo)The snackbot, created in partnership with Bay Area-based Robby Technologies, is part of PepsiCo’s efforts to expand the Hello Goodness vending platform and concept of “curated convenience” into new formats, locations and experiences to deliver 50,000 touchpoints by the end of the year.The robots have a range of more than 20 miles on a single charge, and are equipped with camera and headlights that allow it to see and navigate carefully in full darkness or rain, as well as all-wheel drive capabilities for handling curbs and steep hills.“We’re thrilled to welcome snackbot to our campus, along with its convenient and nourishing options,” said Matt Camino, Director of e-Commerce at University of the Pacific Stockton.More on Geek.com:Food Delivery Robot Catches Fire on UC Berkeley CampusThere’s Now a Bacon Vending Machine at Ohio State UniversityPostmates’ Adorable New Robot Will Bring You Deliveries Stay on targetlast_img read more

Loss of Snow Days May Create the Next Generation of Remote Workers

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read January 27, 2015 The idea that snow or extreme weather conditions no longer mean getting a day off from school may become a chilling reality for school-aged kids. Thanks to technology and some forward-thinking administrators, like those of St. Cloud Cathedral high school in Minnesota, kids can now work from home on snow days with no productivity lost. If this approach spreads to school districts nationwide, it will encourage the creation of a new generation of self-sufficient, flexible workers. This could lead to a completely different work culture for businesses over the long term.Thanks to the recent proliferation of publicly funded personal technology in schools, students now have the equipment necessary to learn remotely, turning off-days into productive learning days. This means laptops and iPads are provided to each individual student, as opposed to having to share computers in a classroom or lab environment.The concept of students’ borrowing personal laptops loaned by the school is similar to the bring your own device trend at companies: Employees have access to work on a device of choice, wherever, thanks to technology solutions and web-based apps.And employees need not be at their desks or in the office to be productive. The requirement of being in the same work environment every day to be productive could be entirely eliminated. I believe a new generation of employees will begin at a young age to adapt to remote working. It’s intriguing to imagine how future employees and company leaders, after growing up with the work-anywhere mentality, could change the landscape.Ideally, future employees will be prepared to work from home, travel with all the tools that help them work efficiently throughout the day and not blink an eye if their commute to the office is snarled by snow. They will just open up their laptop remotely, grab coffee and begin at the same time as they usually do at the office. Remote working is obviously not a new concept, but having employees who enter the workforce already trained to work from anywhere, anytime, only helps a business become more nimble. Unfortunately, far too many organizations lack a clear plan for enabling and managing remote workers. Or they don’t fully appreciate how having a flexible workforce fights lost productivity and revenue.Providing flexible workplace options can have benefits well beyond those of disaster planning including the following:Related: 5 Essential Keys to Leading a Remote WorkforceCost savings. The reduction in the cost of utilities and other operational expenses is significant. Employers can save upwards of $11,000 per employee annually if that person works at least half time outside the office, according to GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com.Increased productivity. Although some jobs aren’t suited for remote work, productivity increases significantly in many other roles. Research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that employees working outside the office usually end up laboring well beyond 40 hours a week.Recruiting talent. Being able to work remotely is an attractive benefit to prospective employees. Giving potential employees flexible options can be the difference in a candidate’s choosing one company over a competitor.Higher employee morale. Research has shown that employees with multiple work options are more satisfied with their jobs and likely to stay. So what can a company do right now to encourage this new way of thinking? Here are some options:Related: 3 Qualities Every Remote Manager Needs (Infographic)Management buy-in. Company leaders should be open about supporting or encouraging working remotely and clear about expectations and when these practices are considered acceptable.Mobility. Whether it’s providing laptops or tablets or developing solid bring your own device policies, companies can deploy mobile devices to unchain employees from their desks. Modern tools and apps can provide remote workers the same communications experience as in the office.Cloud-based unified communications. Implement unified communications systems, which extend beyond traditional phone systems and provide tools to keep employees connected to one another and customers through video, chat and other collaboration options. Cloud-based unified communications ensures that if a building is inaccessible, remote employees can continue working normally.Remote-access network tools. VPN and other remote networking tools can provide the access and security necessary.Communicate the plan. Companies may have some advance warning of a business disruption from flooding, a storm, a tornado or hurricane. If such instances are the only time the company permits working remotely, then communicate expectations and review policies and procedures ahead of the threat. Related: 6 Best Practices for Working from Home Register Now »last_img read more