Can IoT-assisted asset tracking save shippers trillions?

first_imgHow IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… Tags:#Cisco#DHL#IIoT#IoT#logistics#shipping The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption Global supply chains are undergoing a massive Internet of Things (IoT) transformation that will generate huge economic value.A new report by Business Insider says that new connected technology will unlock $1.9 trillion, citing estimates by Cisco Systems and logistics giant DHL.Specifically, it is the advent of IoT devices and related asset tracking solutions that will spark a seismic shift in global supply chains.IoT-powered asset tracking technology stands to generate massive value for the logistics sector because of its sheer versatility.Among the many benefits for companies, the connected tracking tech creates cost savings at almost every stage in global supply chains. Such phases where IoT is saving money include extraction, production, storage, transportation and the ultimate delivery to the client.As well, new asset tracking technology will improve compliance reporting and unlock new revenue-generating opportunities in the logistics sector.Yet it’s not just the hardware sensors that is transforming the industry, but the data these sensors are producing. More importantly, it’s the valuable insight that logistics and supply chain operators can glean from this new torrent of data.“Analyzing real-time tracking data for operational insights can deliver a wide range of benefits including decreased fuel and storage costs, the automation of inventory-related tasks to free up employees for more valuable assignments, improved compliance reporting, and new revenue opportunities,” said the Business Insider report.Logistics firms need major upgradesResearchers found that the advent of IoT-powered asset tracking is prompting logistics companies to undergo major technology upgrades.“Legacy asset tracking technologies like barcode scanners are gradually being replaced with newer internet-connected tracking solutions that provide real-time tracking data, as well as other information on the condition of goods in transit,” said the report.“Asset tracking solutions allow companies to completely overhaul their supply chain and logistics operations so they can deliver more goods faster and more cheaply.”The report says that the leading sectors adopting the new asset tracking technology include: manufacturing, agriculture, retail and oil and gas.center_img Donal Power Related Posts Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu…last_img read more

How communication firms can monetize IoT beyond connectivity

first_imgRelated Posts For communication service providers or CSPs staggering from losses in their conventional lines of business, the IoT offers enticing opportunities to overturn their fortunes. At first look, you would consider monetizing IoT would be a slam-dunk for the communications organization.After all, they manage the networks that IoT devices must pass through. But, if CSPs are to gather millions in profits from billions of linked smart objects, charging for connectivity alone would not cut it. They will have to offer more than commoditized dumb pipes to monetize the internet of things.See also: IoT and business models – building new tech and brandsCSPs will definitely produce revenue from the IoT data they bring. But, in order to make the most of the opportunity, they will need to speed up acceptance of IoT products and services in the primary place, which requires forging partnerships with the IoT device makers and application providers that are at the front line of the trend.IoT platforms offer CSPs with various monetization opportunities. To start with, they help make a fixed base of IoT devices that are bound to their networks. For instance, devices made with AT&T’s IoT Starter Kit are planned to make the organization the default carrier once those devices are arranged.When it comes to IoT expansion, communication service providers still have various catching up to do to contend with the likes of Amazon, Google, and Apple. Having seen in the game with their IoT platforms would not make sure their success, but it is an essential first step.Luckily for CSPs, there are other methods to monetize IoT data. Take data storage, for example. All of those zettabytes of IoT information have to be stored in somebody’s cloud. This is a grown opportunity for telecoms and cable service providers. And, yet it is one that most have been slow to take hold of.How about data flow?A considerable opportunity for monetization of this data flow, but one that appears largely uncharted thus far is the purposeful cross-pollination of data between IoT service providers. Whereas this idea may look to infringe a center tenet of multi-tenant cloud service providers, whose platforms are almost generally made to prevent data visibility between tenants, doing so in a prearranged and careful way would undo latest monetization opportunities for the data streams arranged by IoT cloud service providers.CSPs may be the connectivity rulers. But, it continues to be seen even if they can rule the business connections with device makers, OEMs, content providers, application developers, systems incorporators and the thousands of different players it takes to produce lasting revenues from ITO solution. Bulk SMS service is one more thing that helps businesses in getting more revenues and a combination of SMS with IOT may definitely create wonders.More vital still, will they have the digital abilities to handle the intricacies of client acquisition, service delivery and profit sharing in multi-partner IoT commitments? Will they be capable of innovating at IoT speed? These are the obstructions CSPs will have to conquer in order to grab IoT monetization opportunities. All of these abilities depend on CSPs making a solid digital base in their central operating and business systems if they are to get any significant returns with IoT. How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… Tags:#Internet of Things#IoT#Monetization The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D…center_img Natasha Williams 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu…last_img read more


first_imgHe has also toned down his aggression with time and his He has also toned down his aggression with time and his coach feels it has only helped Indias batting mainstay. “Aggression has always been his strength. The only thing is that he should not be over aggressive and cross the line. He was a bit immature earlier but now he is a matured guy, and what you seeing on the field these days is controlled aggression. He has got a very good head on his shoulders.” Sharma closely followed Kohlis breathtaking run in IPL where he ended up being the highest run-getter besides smashing a record four centuries. “I was in regular touch with Virat. I even went to watch the final and got back only a couple of days ago. The hundred he made against Kings XI in the 15-over game is my personal favourite. It was unbelievable the way he played that night.” Sharma feels Kohli is ready to captain in all three formats but he should wait as long as MS Dhoni is around. “He has shown his leadership quality but I would say Dhoni is a tremendous captain. So let him continue till the time he wants to continue and Virat will take over when the times comes,” the coach added. PTI BS KHS KHSlast_img read more

Deepavali celebrated with fervour in TN

first_imgChennai, Oct 18 (PTI) Deepavali, the festival of lights, was celebrated with traditional fervour and joy across Tamil Nadu today. Sporting bright new clothes, people, especially children, celebrated the festival by bursting crackers, exchanged greetings and sweets with neighbours and friends. In Tamil Nadus cracker city of Sivakasi, a 10-year-old boy died on the spot when he accidentally lit a box containing fire crackers, which burst. Fire and Rescue Services personnel here said they received a couple of calls of blaze due to crackers adding these were “minor ones,” and that there were no loss or damage to property and no one sustained serious injuries. Tamil Nadu, known for fans of top Tamil actors making a beeline to cinema theatres to watch the Deepavali release of their favourite stars was no exception this year too. Film buffs, and fans of top actor Vijay whose “Mersel,” hit the screens today, thronged cinema halls. Many fans of the actor put up banners, flex boards in cinema halls, multiplexes hailing the actor and wishing the new movie a big success at the box office. A section of them even did “milk abishekam,” to the cut out of the actor in some places. Actor Sarath Kumars “Chennaiyil Oru Naal-2” is among the other movies that hit the screens today. Prominent places of worship like the Meenakshi temple in Madurai, Ramanathaswamy temple in Ramanathapuram, Ranganathaswamy temple in Tiruchirappalli and Kamakshi temple in Kanchipuram saw devotees visiting in good numbers on the occasion of the festival. Sweets, a major feature of the festival saw sweet outlets doing a brisk business. Several popular traditional sweets like Tirunelveli Halwa, Srivilliputhur Palkova, Tiruvaiyaru Asoka Halwa, were among the much sought after sweet varieties. BJP State President Tamilisai Soundararajan distributed crackers to children and celebrated the festival by lighting sparklers with them here. Chennai Police Commissioner A K Viswanathan celebrated the festival with police personnel at the Police Commissioners office here by distributing sweets to them and bursting crackers. Television channels beamed special programmes on the occasion of the festival. State-run TASMAC liquor outlet chain across the State expect a good sale as was seen in previous years during Deepavali. Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board had appealed to the public to “restrict” bursting of crackers to the “maximum extent possible,” on Deepavali as prevailing weather conditions “are not conducive.” Various parts of the State has been experiencing sporadic spells of rains with overcast skies. Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister K Palaniswami and other leaders had greeted the people on Deepavali. PTI VGN COR SSN RC MVVadvertisementlast_img read more

Hyundai Santro First Drive Review: The quintessential small car

first_imgNearly two decades back Hyundai began their Indian innings with a small hatchback called the Santro. This little car eventually turned around the fortunes of Hyundai in India and made it a household name. Over the course of time, the Santro changed and became the Santro Xing. With the advent of the Hyundai i10, sales of the Santro Xing started dwindling. It had become old in comparison and Hyundai pulled the plug to this ever popular brand name. But in 2018, Hyundai has decided to bring the brand name back. But let us begin by saying that apart from the brand name, there is nothing common between the older cars and this new 2018 version. The new Santro is based on the K1 platform and is longer and wider than before. However, as compared to the original ‘Tallboy’, this new hatch is 30mm lower. Suspension duties are taken care of by McPherson Struts up front and a coupled torsion beam axle at the back. On the looks front, the new Santro sure looks quirky. The cascading grille takes up generous space on the front bumper and it also houses rather large fog lamps. In profile, the Santro looks quite a bit like a ‘Tallboy.’ Top of the line Sport and Asta variants get 14in steel wheels while the rest are shod on 13in tires. There are no alloy wheels available even as an option. At the back, the tailgate comes with a design line much in sync with the Grand i10 and the tail lights are large and clear to view. Top of the line variants also get a rear wash and wipe function as well as a parking sensor and camera.advertisement Hyundai has become a company which loves to load up their cars with best in class features and the Santro has got the same treatment. The dash looks smart and the quality of plastic and switchgear are excellent. The top variants also come with a 7in touchscreen infotainment system which features Apple and Android support systems apart from Bluetooth connectivity. If you notice, our car here comes with funky color coordinated accents across the cabin and this is a feature you will get if you opt for this quirky shade of green! The instrument panel is also loaded and offers quite a lot of data including fuel efficiency etc. Then there is a tacho too. Hyundai is also offering electrically adjustable ORVMs on top variants. However, the AMT version we are driving surprisingly does not get a reversing camera. The power window switches are placed on the gear stick console and are easy to reach. The steering too gets controls for audio and telephony. There are plenty of cubby holes around the cabin to store stuff and that is a great thing. The seats are comfortable and offer generous support. Space is found aplenty both up front and at the back. The window lines are pretty low and this means rear passengers won’t feel claustrophobic. Rear passengers also get their very own AC vent at the back. The only drawback we found was that the B-pillar is too close to the seat and this means one has to turn around first to step out of the hatch. The boot is decent in size and can be opened from the cabin and by using the key. The Santro is available with a 4-cylinder, 1.1-liter petrol engine which offers 69bhp and 99Nm of torque. Hyundai claims a fuel economy of 20.3kmpl and that’s quite a lot we must say. Then there is a CNG variant available as well which is slightly less powerful. The petrol variant can be had with a 5-speed manual transmission or an AMT. This is the first time Hyundai has offered an AMT and quite a lot rides on it. The AMT box comes with electric motor driven clutch actuators, gear shift and select operation and Hyundai claim that this makes the shifts seamless. To try out what they were claiming we got our hands on the AMT version on this drive. The engine feels pretty refined at idle. There is ample grunt in this four-pot motor to get up to high speeds and by that we mean an indicated 140kmph. Even at such high speeds noise levels and vibrations are kept well under control. However, it is the AMT gearbox which is the star of this show. The box shifts through the cogs smoothly and with a light foot, shifts happen at around 2,000rpm. However, keep your foot pinned and the shifts are held till 4,000rpm. This means that overtaking on the go is a breeze and there is no jerks felt. In manual mode too the gearbox shifts down relatively quickly and this makes driving the new Santro fun. The manual gearbox version at the same time is surely faster as gear changes are done manually. The box is slick and clutches light. A perfect combination for city driving.advertisement The Santro also sports a taught suspension set up. The car handles bumps and ruts with ease and little is felt within the cabin. This is especially the case when you encounter those tyrant tarmac creases. There is also ample ground clearance on tap and even the biggest humps near Konark couldn’t touch the underbelly of the Santro. The steering is set to light in true Hyundai guise. Driving in the city is a breeze and making three-point turns even easier. However, at high speeds, you do feel the need for a little more feedback. VerdictThe 2018 Santro, to begin with, has nothing to do with the original Santro launched decades back. However, traits like generous interior space, quirky design and loads of features remain same. While there is ABS and driver side airbag standard across all variants, we would have loved to see two airbags as standard instead of one. The engine is smooth and the AMT box excellent. So put together the new Santro is a proper all-rounder.last_img read more

Tre Flowers wants to silence 100,000 in Austin

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Darrel K. Royal Memorial Stadium seats just over 100,000 people. That barely gets it inside the top 10 biggest stadiums in the country (amateur athletics!)Earlier this week, Tre Flowers said OSU was ready for the challenge of entering that cauldron.“For me, I love being at home,” said Flowers on Monday. “The atmosphere at Boone Pickens is great, but silencing 100,000 would be even better.”It probably won’t take much. Texas isn’t, uh, known for its raucous games. That could be even more true this season as Texas hasn’t even reached 90,000 in attendance for its Big 12 opener.AdChoices广告About 15,500 tickets left for Texas-Oklahoma State game.— Kirk Bohls (@kbohls) September 23, 2015 Maybe Emmanuel Ogbah knew this when he shorted the Horns 5K earlier this week.“It feels like a homecoming. I have a lot of family in Texas that are coming to see the game. It will be a great game for us because I like playing in front of my family and it’s a huge stadium with 95,000 fans. So it should be a good game.”And his QB sounds more than ready for his biggest road game yet.“It’ll be a great challenge and a great atmosphere. I try to have the same mindset going into every game,” said Mason Rudolph.“It is a challenge. It’s fun to play. It’s what every quarterback wants to do is to play in front of a big crowd. It’s obviously going to be a hostile environment and we’ll see how our guys will adapt to that. I think it’s going to be a tough road game.”Hopefully, not as tough as we originally thought.last_img read more

Zouma expects Chelsea stay but leaves door ajar

first_imgKurt Zouma is expecting to remain at Chelsea after being given assurances over his future, but has not closed the door entirely on a move away from Stamford Bridge.The France international defender spent the 2018-19 campaign away from West London on loan at Everton.He impressed while at Goodison Park, with Toffees boss Marco Silva expressing a desire to take the 24-year-old back to Merseyside. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Zouma has, however, been informed by new Chelsea boss Frank Lampard that there is a role for him with his parent club.The Blues coach has said: “I want him here, simple as that. I want him to be happy. If he competes and plays well this season, he plays.”Zouma has welcomed that show of faith and believes he will be staying put in the current transfer window, but admits he cannot rule anything out.He told reporters: “I’m happy with what the manager said about me. That means he is seeing the work I’m doing and I’m very pleased with that.“We had a chat, and he was very good with me. He is a very good manager.“I enjoyed my time at Everton but I’m a Chelsea player and we’ll see what will happen now in the future. I think it will be here at Chelsea.“This is a chance for me. I went out on loan last season but I’m a Chelsea player and I want to do well to get my chance and be here.”FIFA 17's most promising youngsters | Kurt ZoumaOn his spell at Everton, which delivered 36 appearances and two goals, Zouma added: “It was a very good season for me. It was very good for my development. After my injury I was ready to play week-in week-out.“Going there I did that and improved myself technically and tactically in every aspect with the manager there. I am a better player.“Everything has improved in my game. I still have a lot to learn and to work on but I feel I have done a lot.”Zouma is, however, aware that he faces fierce competition for places at Chelsea, with the likes of David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen also hoping to secure centre-half berths.“There is a lot of quality here,” said the Frenchman.“It depends on the manager. He can only play with two centre-backs. He has to make the choice but he is lucky because he has good players. It will be hard for him to make that choice but that is what we’re here for.”Zouma is determined to find regular football due to a desire on his part to add to the collection of five senior caps he has earned for his country.He added: “That is very important for me. It was one of my targets to get into the France team. I had been there before and wanted to come back.“I managed to do that. Now the target is to play at the Euros – but to be there you have to be playing at your club.“So I am working very hard – and let’s see what is going to happen.”last_img read more

Fire breaks out at a canteen and ATM kiosk inside AIIMS trauma

first_imgNew Delhi: A fire broke out at an ATM kiosk and canteen situated inside the campus of AIIMS trauma centre, a Delhi Fire Service (DFS) official said Monday. No one was injured in the incident, they said. The fire department received a call about the blaze at 3.14 am after which two fire tenders were rushed to the spot. The fire was brought under control by 3.50 am, the DFS official said, adding the cause of fire is not known yet.last_img

No change in Pakistans nuclear policy FO says on Imran Khans statement

first_imgIslamabad: There is no change in Pakistan’s nuclear policy, the Foreign Office has said, hours after Prime Minister Imran Khan vowed that his country will never ever start a war with India, amid escalating tensions between the nuclear powers over the Kashmir issue. Addressing a gathering of the Sikh community at the Governor’s House in Lahore on Monday evening, Khan said both India and Pakistan are nuclear-armed countries and if tension escalates, the world will face danger. “There will be no first from our side ever,” he said, without explaining further. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USHowever, Khan has been repeatedly threatening the possibility of a nuclear war with India over Kashmir after his efforts to internationalise the matter failed to gain any traction. Khan also said conflict create more problems than resolving them. “I want to tell India that war is not a solution to any problem. The winner in war is also a loser. War gives birth to host of other issues,” he said. However, Pakistan Foreign Office said Khan’s comments were being taken out of context and did not represent a change in Islamabad’s nuclear policy. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”Prime Minister’s comments on Pakistan’s approach towards conflict between two nuclear armed states are being taken out of context,” Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said in a late night tweet on Monday. “While conflict should not take place between two nuclear states, there’s no change in Pakistan’s nuclear policy,” he said. In August, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had said that India may see a major shift in its nuclear weapons doctrine by doing away with a ‘no first use policy’ in the future. “Till today, our nuclear policy is ‘No First Use’. What happens in future depends on the circumstances,” he had said at an event in Rajasthan’s Pokhran, the site of India’s nuclear tests in 1998. Tensions between India and Pakistan spiked after India abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into two union territories. India has categorically told the international community that the scrapping of Article 370 was an internal matter and also advised Pakistan to accept the reality.last_img read more

Quebecs Beauce region hardest hit by springtime flooding province on alert

first_imgBEAUCEVILLE, Que. — Public Security Minister Genevieve Guilbault says Quebec’s Beauce region has so far been the hardest hit by the spring flooding affecting many parts of the province.Guilbault told reporters today about 230 buildings are flooded in the town of Beauceville, located 90 kilometres south of Quebec City. Thirty-six people have had to leave their homes and six roads have been affected by the rising waters of the Chaudiere River.Thomas Blanchet, a spokesman for the Public Security Department, said the water rose quickly today around downtown Beauceville after an ice jam broke free early this morning.Andre Cantin with Environment Canada says up to 80 millimetres of rain are expected to fall in the Quebec City region between Thursday and Saturday, which could aggravate flooding in towns across the area.Cantin adds temperatures are expected to remain above freezing across much of southern Quebec over the next few days, causing snow to melt and increasing the risk of flooding.He says authorities should also be monitoring the water levels of the Ottawa River close to the Montreal area, as up to 50 millimetres of rain are expected to fall in that region by the weekend.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Stars Help Raise £435054 At UNICEF UK Halloween Ball

first_imgUNICEF UK Ambassadors and High Profile Supporters Rita Ora, Sir Chris Hoy, Martin Bell and Emma Willis led this week’s fantastical turn out for Unicef UK’s ‘Twisted Tales’ Halloween Ball raising £435,054 to support Unicef’s life-saving work for children in danger around the world.The bold and the beautiful descended on London’s Banqueting House for a Halloween experience like no other, with an interactive “twisted tales” themed champagne reception, a Beauty and the Feast dinner, and stellar performances from BRIT-award-winning Neneh Cherry and Unicef UK supporter Rita Ora.Dinner guests heard from Unicef UK Ambassador Sir Chris Hoy about the vital work made possible by generous donations to Unicef, and guests pledged their support at a money-can’t-buy auction – with lots including a starring role in David Walliams’ new book, an exclusive visit to the set of The Crown with Unicef UK supporter Olivia Colman, and a velodrome cycling experience with Sir Chris Hoy.Guests at the prestigious event also included Cel Spellman, Emma and Matt Willis, Ade Adepitan, Zeinab Badawi, and Lord Sebastian Coe.Guest performer and Unicef UK supporter Rita Ora said: “It is such an honour to be here on behalf of Unicef UK tonight and I am so proud to be able to give my time to such an incredible evening. It’s not often you get to perform at an event which really will make such a huge difference, and as a supporter of the charity or many years I know the money raised this evening really will help those children around the world most in need. It’s been such a fun evening performing for everyone, and it was so incredible to see how many people gave so generously.”Unicef UK Executive Director, Mike Penrose said, “I’m absolutely thrilled at the huge amount raised from this evening’s Halloween Ball. The money raised tonight will enable Unicef to deliver results for every child – especially those in the greatest need and in the hardest to reach areas. There has never been a more vital time for your support, and we are incredibly grateful to everyone who attended and gave so generously this evening.”The money raised at Unicef UK’s Halloween Ball will help Unicef, the world’s leading children’s organisation, support children in danger around the world. Since 2013, Unicef UK’s annual Halloween Ball has raised more than £4 million to support Unicef’s work.last_img read more

Somalia UN official urges immediate release of kidnapped staff member

Rolf Helmrich, a German national, was abducted late yesterday morning about 45 kilometres north of Kismaayo in the Lower Juba region in Somalia’s south.Maxwell Gaylard, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and Designated Official for UN Security in Somalia, issued a statement deploring Mr. Helmrich’s abduction.”The UN mandate is to support the Somali people in their development and peace-building efforts and our staff need to be safe in order to carry out their duties,” Mr. Gaylard said.Yesterday the UN began communicating with the region’s de facto authorities in a bid to secure Mr. Helmrich’s release. read more

Supreme Court says public sector union of home care workers cant force

by Sam Hananel, The Associated Press Posted Jun 30, 2014 8:09 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Supreme Court says public sector union of home care workers can’t force nonmembers to pay fees WASHINGTON – WASHINGTON (AP) â€? The Supreme Court dealt a blow to public sector unions Monday, ruling that thousands of home health care workers in Illinois cannot be required to pay fees that help cover a union’s costs of collective bargaining.In a 5-4 split along ideological lines, the justices said the practice violates the First Amendment rights of nonmembers who disagree with the positions that unions take.The ruling is a setback for labour unions that have bolstered their ranks and their bank accounts in Illinois and other states by signing up hundreds of thousands of in-home care workers. It could lead to an exodus of members who will have little incentive to pay dues if nonmembers don’t have to share the burden of union costs.But the narrow ruling was limited to “partial-public employees” and stopped short of overturning decades of practice that has generally allowed public sector unions of teachers, firefighters and other government workers to pass through their representation costs to nonmembers.Writing for the court, Justice Samuel Alito said home care workers “are different from full-fledged public employees” because they work primarily for their disabled or elderly customers and do not have most of the rights and benefits of state employees. The ruling does not affect private sector workers.The case involves about 26,000 Illinois workers who provide home care for disabled people and are paid with Medicaid funds administered by the state. In 2003, the state passed a measure deeming the workers state employees eligible for collective bargaining.A majority of the workers then selected the Service Employees International Union to negotiate with the state to increase wages, improve health benefits and set up training programs. Those workers who chose not to join the union had to pay proportional “fair share” fees to cover collective bargaining and other administration costs.A group of workers led by Pamela Harris â€? a home health aide who cares for her disabled son at home â€? filed a lawsuit arguing the fees violate the First Amendment. Backed by the National Right to Work Legal Defence Foundation, the workers said it wasn’t fair to make someone pay fees to a group that takes positions the fee-payer disagrees with.The workers argue they are not different from typical government employees because they work in people’s homes, not on government property, and are not supervised by other state employees. And they say the union is not merely seeking higher wages, but making a political push for expansion of Medicaid payments.Alito agreed, saying “it is impossible to argue that the level of Medicaid funding (or, for that matter, state spending for employee benefits in general) is not a matter of great public concern.”The workers had urged the justices to go even farther and overturn a 1977 Supreme Court decision which held that public employees who choose not to join a union can still be required to pay representation fees, as long as those fees don’t go toward political purposes.Alito said the court was not overturning that case, Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, which is confined “to full-fledged state employees.” But he said that extending Abood to include “partial-public employees, quasi-public employees, or simply private employees would invite problems.”About half of the states require these fair-share fees.Justice Elena Kagan wrote the dissent for the four liberal justices. Kagan said the majority’s decision to leave the older case in place is “cause for satisfaction, though hardly applause.”Kagan agreed with the state’s arguments that home care workers should be treated the same as other public workers because Illinois sets their salaries, resolves disputes over pay, conducts performance reviews and enforces the terms of employment contracts.“Our decisions have long afforded government entities broad latitude to manage their workforces, even when that affects speech they could not regulate in other contexts,” Kagan said.Harris issued a statement through the National Right to Work Foundation praising the decision.“Families in Illinois can relax knowing their homes are safe from being a union workplace and there will be no third party intruding into the care we provide our disabled sons and daughters,” Harris said.A federal district court and the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had rejected her lawsuit, citing the high court’s precedent.The Supreme Court’s limited ruling means public unions avoided a potentially devastating blow that could have meant a major drop in public employee membership ranks.Mary Kay Henry, president of the SEIU, said her union would work with Illinois officials to create a new model for “working together to create good jobs and improve the quality of care that we deliver to seniors and the disabled.”Henry said it was not clear how the decision would affect home care union models in other states, where the union represents 400,000 caregivers.White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the ruling would make it harder for home care workers “to get a fair shake in exchange for their hard work” and make it tougher for states and cities “to ensure the elderly and Americans with disabilities get the care they need and deserve.”At least nine other states have allowed home care workers to join unions: California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon, Vermont and Washington. read more

UN review of global drug problem kicks off with calls for more

The world community must do more, and do better, to tackle the global drug problem, senior United Nations officials stressed today in Vienna, kicking off a two-day review of efforts to address a scourge that poses a serious threat to human life and undermines development.“The cultivation, manufacture, trafficking and consumption of illicit drugs continue to pose a major threat to the health of people everywhere; and to the stability and sustainable development of a number of countries and entire regions,” Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said at the opening of the review.“It is my hope that this high-level debate will help you to find common ground and come up with a powerful message that will enable us to strengthen our cooperation, and to address the world drug problem in a balanced, humane and effective way, based on the international conventions.”The High-Level Review of the implementation of Political Declaration and Plan of Action adopted by the Commission in 2009 to counter the world drug problem brings together over 1,500 representatives of Member States, civil society organisations and the media. The Plan of Action has three focuses: demand reduction, supply reduction, and countering money-laundering and promoting judicial cooperation to enhance international cooperation.Mr. Fedotov noted that there have been successes in implementing the plan: the global cocaine market has shrunk; the delivery of treatment has improved; and international cooperation has been strengthened.“And yet there have been serious setbacks,” he added. Among these is the increase in opium poppy cultivation, which reached record levels in Afghanistan last year; an expanding illicit market for synthetic stimulants; and an “alarming” increase in new psychoactive substances.“We have learned that sustainable success requires a balanced, cooperative, comprehensive and integrated approach, addressing both supply and demand,” the Executive Director said. A balanced approach relies on evidence-based responses, with an emphasis on public health, he added.Also, any public health response should also consider alternatives to penalization and incarceration of people with drug use disorders, as well as measures focusing on prevention, treatment, and social rehabilitation and integration, he maintained. In his remarks to the opening, UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said the response of the UN family to the drug problem is firmly rooted in the fundamental principles of the three international drug control conventions, namely the protection of the health and welfare of humankind as well as the promotion and protection of human rights through the rule of law.“Globally, however, the implementation of the international drug control conventions has been uneven and incomplete,” he stated. “We can all do better, individually as nations and collectively through international cooperation.”The three international drug control conventions are the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961, the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971 and the UN Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988.“The three Conventions are the legal basis for our work. But let us remember that Member States also can take action on the basis of these Conventions to promote public health, prevention, treatment and economic and social progress,” Mr. Eliasson said.The two-day review also marks the start of the 57th session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs, which will run through 21 March and discuss issues such as regional efforts to reduce the supply of illegal drugs, implementation of the international drug control treaties and the challenges posed by new psychoactive substances.The review also marks a milestone on the road towards the special session to be convened in 2016 by the UN General Assembly on the world drug problem. read more

Xbox One design From bulky and rectangular to super sleek and back

first_imgWhen Sony announced the PlayStation 4, the company made waves by declining to show the physical unit itself. Logically, it seemed like no one should care that much — it would probably be black, roughly box-shaped, and contain a fan or three — but there was global outrage among gamers. People wanted to put on their industrial designer hats and talk about the console they would inevitably be spending their money on in a few short months.Gamer gripes aside, no one buys a console for design. And yet Xbox design lead Carl Ledbetter said in a recent official blog post, that the Xbox brand has always had something to say with its physicality, far more-so than Sony’s big black box.The original Xbox (the console formerly known as the Xbox 1) was a chunky green-emblazoned monster that emphasized a distinctly North American aesthetic. It featured an annoying plastic nubbin on top that did an admirable job of toppling any equipment you might have presumptuously tried to stack atop it. The Xbox 360 took this design philosophy even further, adopting the infamous concave shape of an “inhale.” Again, the box was designed to be difficult to incorporate into any sane stack of AV machinery — the 360’s only saving grace in this respect was that the PlayStation 3 was even more annoyingly sloped on top.The new Xbox controllerSince the concept of the Xbox One is far wider-reaching than the 360’s, it makes sense that Microsoft would finally design an Xbox that plays nicely with the rest of your home entertainment setup. This is supposed to be the center of your digital world, from watching television to browsing the web to buying and playing games. This goal is evident in every facet of the Xbox One’s construction. Microsoft has spoken about the new design language that’s led them to a “consistent, efficient, and simple form.” Aswe learned last month, this basically translates to rectangle.The edges of the new Xbox feature a fairly extreme bezel, probably so it can call out the look of a home theater hub without actually being mistaken for one. The front of the unit is divided equally between a matte and gloss finish, a decision that looks distinctive and actually quite pleasing. The top features a similar design, though mirrored, and a slatted vent in place of a solid matte finish. This decision was supposedly to remind gamers of the tiles found in Windows 8 and its mobile counterpart.Actually, the words “matte” and “gloss” are a bit too conventional for the Xbox One, which incorporates a new liquid black, supposedly the “blackest black creatable.” This was evidently in response to all the gamers who could not focus on Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 with an off-white console right there. Now Microsoft’s console will melt into the background, allowing your flitting mosquito brain to consume its media in peace.Xbox One will feature a power brick like the 360.By far the most relevant design features of the XBox One lie outside of the core box itself: the new Kinect and the new controller. Both feature the same liquid black finish as the console itself, and will benefit from it far more. The buttons on the controller really do seem to stand out brilliantly, and Kinect is impressively free of visual noise in the promotional shots.Microsoft’s new controller is wisely kept quite similar to the 360’s beloved Controller S, with very minor adjustments to shape and button placement. The thumbsticks have a new convex shape, which is sure to provoke all sorts of unwarranted emotion from gamers, but seem otherwise unchanged. The most necessary change is an all-new D-pad, presumably one that works this time, and Microsoft has even contracted a digital barista to give each of the face buttons a “triple shot” of colored resin.All joking aside, this is clearly the product of an extreme amount of love and attention, even if some of it does seem frivolous. It’s a slick looking box, and if the enthusiasm of the design team is any measure, the Xbox One will be a seriously polished piece of hardware — in every possible sense of the term.The most important thing? It’s flat on top. The ball’s in your court now, Sony; I dare you to make me balance boxes ever again!last_img read more

Antarctique le projet daires marines protégées revu à la baisse

first_imgAntarctique : le projet d’aires marines protégées revu à la baisseJeudi, la Nouvelle-Zélande a annoncé qu’elle reverrait à la baisse son projet de création d’une vaste aire maritime protégée en Antarctique. Il semblerait que l’opposition de la Russie, soutenue par l’Ukraine, ait fait fléchir le gouvernement néo-zélandais.Les États-Unis et la Nouvelle-Zélande ont pour projet de créer une aire maritime protégée dans la mer de Ross, au sud-ouest de l’Antarctique. Une vaste zone qui s’étendrait sur plus de deux millions de kilomètres carrés. Proposée en juillet à la convention sur la conservation de la faune et de la flore marines de l’Antarctique (CCAMLR), la mise en place de cette aire marine avait été favorablement accueillie par les 24 états membres et l’Union européenne (qui constitue un 25ème membre). Toutefois, aucun accord n’avait été conclu, en raison, selon les ONG, de l’opposition de la Russie, soutenue par l’Ukraine. Aujourd’hui, la Nouvelle-Zélande a semble t-il décidé de fléchir. Jeudi, le Premier ministre néo-zélandais, John Key, a en effet estimé qu’il fallait réétudier ce projet afin d’obtenir le feu vert de l’ensemble des pays membres de la CCAMLR. “Si nous voulons que ça bouge, nous allons sans doute devoir procéder à quelques modifications, mais c’est un projet qui est en cours”, a-t-il assuré. Mais il sait bien que les choses ne seront pas simples puisqu’il a admis avoir “toujours su qu’il y aurait de l’opposition de la part de ceux qui ont des intérêts liés à la pêche dans cette région, ou qui pensent qu’ils en auront un jour”. Bien que rien ne soit encore décidé, les médias du groupe Fairfax, citant des sources diplomatiques, indiquent que la surface de l’aire marine protégée pourrait être réduite jusqu’à 40%.”Une aire qui réduit la protection de la mer de Ross”À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ? Ajouté à cela, le nouveau projet pourrait autoriser la pêche à des endroits où se trouvent des espèces protégées. En effet, les eaux de l’Océan austral autour de l’Antarctique abritent des écosystèmes exceptionnels aujourd’hui menacés par le développement de la pêche et des activités humaines. Avec de telles modifications, le nouveau projet a donc de quoi inquiéter l’Alliance pour l’océan antarctique (AOA), qui rassemble une trentaine d’ONG. Selon l’organisme “les États-Unis et la Nouvelle-Zélande cèdent beaucoup trop et se retrouvent avec une aire qui réduit sensiblement la protection de la mer de Ross”. La chose est d’autant plus regrettable que le projet que soutenait la France, l’Australie et l’Allemagne pour la création de sept aires marines protégées sur la façade est de l’Antarctique était également tombé à l’eau en juillet. La prochaine réunion de la CCAMLR aura lieu le 23 octobre prochain en Tasmanie.Le 6 septembre 2013 à 19:25 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Events to discuss childhood trauma

first_imgVancouver – The Prevent! Coalition is hosting two free events — a documentary screening and a presentation — about adverse childhood experiences and the difference a trauma-informed approach can make.Each event is led by Jim Sporleder, the former principal of Lincoln High School in Walla Walla who turned the school around by using a trauma-informed approach.The first event is a screening of the documentary “Paper Tigers,” which takes a look into the lives of students at Lincoln High School, an alternative school that specializes in educating traumatized youth. After the film, Sporleder will lead a 30-minute discussion.• When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 6.• Where: La Center High School commons, 725 N.E. Highland Road, La Center.The second event is a presentation by Sporleder. “Catching Kids Before They Fall: A Paradigm Shift Responsive to Trauma” touches on how traditional methods for discipline in schools have lost their impact and how a new trauma-informed approach is more successful.• When: 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 7.• Where: Educational Services District 112 conference Center, 2500 N.E. 65th Ave., Vancouver.For more information, call Joy Lyons at 360-952-3397.last_img read more

Community Kitchen in Fruit Valley aims to address lack of food options

first_imgTony Fantozzi emerged from the new Community Kitchen food pantry at Fruit Valley Village excited about cooking. “I did great,” he said, hefting two bulging plastic bags of groceries to his car. “I’m going to start cooking soon. This will come in handy.”Fantozzi said he’s been living in a tent in the vicinity of Share House for more than two years now, but he’s eager to move up in the world. “I’m 65; I don’t want to be doing this forever,” he said. But until things start looking up for Fantozzi, the Community Kitchen provides what he needs to cook on his own camping stove.One door east of the Community Kitchen is the new Lighthouse Community Credit Union, bringing financial services and savings accounts to low- and moderate-income Fruit Valley people whose modest assets are generally overlooked by traditional banks. A couple doors west is the long-standing Minit Mart that will undergo renovation and expansion soon — adding a teaching kitchen where neighbors can learn to cook healthy food, according to developer and property owner Don Rhoads.The common goal at Fruit Valley Village is lifting up the local population, according to Lighthouse board member Brett Bryant. “It’s a collaboration across a lot of different organizations … to address the root causes of hunger and poverty,” he said. “Access to food and access to services is the path to transformation.”“The (Minit Mart) store has been here since 1968,” Rhoads said. “It’s a well-traveled corner and it’s part of the fabric of the Fruit Valley community. We realized it’s a great place to develop into more than just a store. We’re trying to provide infill that really serves this community.”last_img read more

Alisson on Liverpool move I feel at home already

first_imgLiverpool new signing Alisson Becker is already feeling at “home” in his new surroundings after completing his first training session at the clubThe Reds announced the shock signing of Alisson for a transfer fee of £66.8m (72.5m euros), in what is a world record fee for a goalkeeper.While Alisson couldn’t make the team’s preseason tour of the United States, after having an extended summer vacation following his participation with Brazil at the World Cup, he has now trained with his new teammates for the first time on Tuesday at the club’s five-day training camp in Evian, France.“It has been a great day which I had been looking forward to,”Alisson told the club website.“I’ve had a good few resting days with my family but we all couldn’t wait to get the new season underway soon.“It’s only my first day and I feel at home already.”? @Alissonbecker ?— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 31, 2018Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United. Last season’s Champions League runners-up will face Torino at Anfield on August 7 in their final pre-season friendly, before they take on West Ham United in their Premier League opener just five days later.“Although these two weeks don’t seem like a long time, it’s enough for us to be ready for our first game against West Ham,” said Allison.“We’ll play two friendlies before this game and I’m sure the hard work the squad have put in so far is going to help me become a member of the squad as quickly as possible so that I am 100 percent ready for our first game to kick off the Premier League in a good way.“This initial training session has been useful for me to see what our playing style should be in the Premier League.“It’s also showed me that the team are very well adapted to it and everyone seems to be physically fit, not to say technically — they’re all great players after all.“I’m very happy to have them alongside me and to be a part of this project that Liverpool have and the great work they have been doing over recent years.“I hope I can help and bring something extra to the team.”last_img read more