Unit will undercut DPP, GPF to entrench political witch-hunt – PPP/C Chief Whip

first_imgGovt’s proposed ‘Special Prosecutions Unit’The People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira has condemned the proposed move by Government, through its spokesperson, Raphael Trotman, to establish a “Special Prosecutions Unit” with particular emphasis on forensic audits. Trotman, who is also Minister of Natural Resources, had outlined that Government was considering setting up this body separately from the already established Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), all of which are vested with the powers to prosecute.According to Trotman at a press briefing on Thursday: “Cabinet is overwhelmed at the scale of the (forensic audits) findings… this brings back the issue of special prosecutors because the Police Force, SOCU, and even the DPP Chambers are overwhelmed and lack certain capacities to address all of these.”In this regard, Trotman disclosed that Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan was tasked with holding discussions with Legal Affairs Minister and Attorney General Basil Williams, on the feasibility of a Special Prosecutor’s Office since the service of more than one counsel may be required in some of the matters. He noted that Cabinet is expected to get a feedback from Ramjattan within the next fortnight.However according to Teixeira, this recent contention by the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) Government, to set up a separate prosecuting unit for forensic audits, not only undermines the Rule of Law, but is also institutionalising the witch-hunt of political opponents.She outlined: “The Constitution by Article 187 confers the powers of prosecution in criminal proceedings on the constitutional Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. This new action is a departure from the existing functional and professional system of prosecutions. The proposal to create a Special Prosecutions Unit cannot be seen as anything else but further than the institutionalisation of another attempt to witch-hunt political opponents.”The Opposition Chief Whip noted in a released statement that the Coalition’s intention to undercut the already established prosecuting bodies (GPF & DPP) is because they have “no faith” in them. “Were the Government to go through the DPP and the Guyana Police Force, both professional bodies, governed by the Constitution and statute, they would be expected to abide by a level of professionalism and follow specific guidelines and acts based on evidence.”According to Teixeira: “This new Special Prosecutions Unit is intended to bypass these bodies and create a separate and parallel prosecutions arm, supported by the SARU [State Assets Recovery Unit] and SOCU under the total control of the political elite in the Ministry of the Presidency. The rationale for such a radical departure from the existing constitutional and legal provisions can only by interpreted as one designed to target and witch-hunt the parliamentary opposition and political opponents.”What is also significant Teixeira remarked, “is that this is coming on the heels of an admission by President David Granger that the audits themselves did not turn up “sufficient evidence” to bring criminal charges against former government officials. Yet, according to Minister Trotman, this is exactly what this proposed Special Prosecutions Unit will be investigating and leading prosecutions on these forensic audits.”“This announcement follows ominously on the statement by Minister Jaipaul Sharma that Cabinet will be deciding on who will be charged with criminal offences based on these forensic audits. The same audits which were carried out by select political supporters of the APNU/AFC government,” the Opposition MP declared.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: ST MICHAEL’S LAUNCH THEIR RUNEGAL 10K

first_imgLiam McElhinney Chairman St. Michael’s GAA, Charlie McLaughlin Manager St. Michael’s Senior Team, Suzi Roarty organiser and Andrew Coll Centra Dunfanaghy and St. Michael’s team members pictured at the launch of RUNEGAL 2013 which will take place on Saturday 13th July at 1pm.Registration at St. Michael’s Clubhouse The Bridge Hornhead Road Dunfanaghy from 10am on the 13th.The proceeds this year are in aid of the St. Michael’s GAA Club and the Donegal Hospice. The event will be followed by a Bar B Que at Molly’s Bar Dunfanaghy.For more information contact Andrew on 0879274892. GAA NEWS: ST MICHAEL’S LAUNCH THEIR RUNEGAL 10K was last modified: June 25th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA NEWS: ST MICHAEL’S LAUNCH THEIR RUNEGAL 10Klast_img read more

MARGO REVEALS SHE HASN’T BEEN BACK TO KINCASSLAGH SINCE MUM JULIA DIED

first_imgMargo O’Donnell has revealed that she has not visited her Co Donegal hometown since her mother died almost a year ago.Margo – hasn’t been back to Kincasslagh since death of her mother Julia.The older sister of Daniel O’Donnell said she finds it too hard to go back to Kincasslagh since Julia died last May.Julia was 94 when she passed away at Dungloe Community Hospital. Margo said “I used to go back [to Kincasslagh] a lot. I went back for her month’s mind [Mass] and I’ve never been back since.And she added “I don’t know when I’ll go. It’s too hard at the minute so I’ll stay away. I find it very difficult to live without my mam.“I miss her so much. I never thought it would be like this but I’m getting there. She is helping me.”She revealed last year that a build-up of stress and anxiety in the weeks following her mothers death led her to suffer a heart attack. MARGO REVEALS SHE HASN’T BEEN BACK TO KINCASSLAGH SINCE MUM JULIA DIED was last modified: April 5th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:daniel o’donnelldonegalKINCASSLAGHMARGOlast_img read more

Fernandes ‘proud’ after QPR’s defeat against Wolves

first_imgTony Fernandes took to Twitter after QPR’s home defeat against Wolves, insisting that the players could be proud of their efforts.Rangers were beaten 2-1 at Loftus Road, where James Perch was sent off during the first half.The result means Rangers have lost two of their three matches since Ian Holloway’s return as manager, but the co-chairman remains positive.Was always going to be hard with 10 men but we played with real heart and never gave in and could have nicked a point . Proud of the boys— Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) December 1, 2016   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Play Your Part episode 12: get involved

first_imgHere’s how you can get involved the guests on episode 12 of the Play Your Part TV series, Silindile Makhathini, Thato Mokhothu and Catharien Saayman.With the tagline “Your self-care is our number one priority” Silindile Makhathini’s company, Zinakenjalo Hygiene, makes hygiene products at affordable prices. She is one of the guests on episode 12 of Play Your Part. (Images: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterSilindile Makhathini and Aseema Kazi are founders of the 100% black female-owned manufacturing company, Zinakenjalo Hygiene, which makes and distributes hygiene products.Makhathini is one of the guests on episode 12 of the Play Your Part TV series, to be broadcast on SABC 2 on Saturday, 2 December 2017 at 18:00.Here’s how you can get involved with Makhathini and other guests on this episode:Silindile MakhathiniThe empowerment of women and education are key to Makhathini’s company, Zinakenjalo Hygiene. Company representatives give menstrual hygiene educational tips and entrepreneurial talks at schools when the sanitary pads the company makes, are delivered.Contact detailsTwitter: @sliemak and @AuthenticareSAWebsite: zkkhygiene.co.zaThato MokhothuThato MokhothuMokhothu’s non-profit organisation, Phenomenal Women, is a network that allows women to share information and business opportunities. It also undertakes various charity events, such as working with an orphanage in Heidedal, in the Free State.Contact detailsTwitter: @mokhothu_thato and LinkedInInstagram: thatomokhothuEmail: thatomokhothu@gmail.comOffice: 051 444 0702Facebook: Thato MokhothuCatharien SaaymanCatharien SaaymanSaayman is the principal of Abraham Kriel Child and Youth Care Centre in Potchefstroom. The children are sent to the centre by the children’s court because they were exposed to various traumas. The centre also does community outreach programmes leading to emotional upliftment, poverty alleviation and development.Contact detailsWebsite: www.akpotch.org and FacebookPlay Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on Saturdays on SABC 2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA;Like us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Ohio Cattlemen’s Association 2019 Meeting and Awards Banquet

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseThe 2019 installment of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet featured a wide array of topics and a great crop of award winners.The Outstanding County Affiliate Award was presented to Clark County Cattle Producers; the Environmental Stewardship Award was presented to Andy, Erin and Brian Stickel of Wood County; the Young Cattleman of the Year Award was presented to Brad Thornburg of Belmont County; the Commercial Producer of the Year Award was presented to Allan and Kelly Robison and Thad and Amanda Robison of Champaign County; the Seedstock Producer of the Year Award was presented to the Lee Miller family of Paint Valley Farms in Holmes County; the Industry Service Award was presented to Tom Price of Delaware County; and the Industry Excellence Award was presented to Bob Agle of Clark County.Among the discussion topics was the fair amount of criticism recently regarding sustainability in the beef industry. Sara Place, with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, is working to correct the misinformation out there and share the very sustainable story of U.S. beef production.“There is a lot of misinformation out there about greenhouse gas emissions and beef. Methane is a greenhouse gas and that is something we get attention on with cattle. There is no doubt that cattle make methane and they haven’t just started doing that in the last few years. It is a greenhouse gas,” Place said. “However, when we look at data sources like the EPA puts out in a greenhouse gas emission inventory, the total direct emissions that come from beef cattle production are 2% of emissions. Transportation is 26% of the emissions and electricity is about 30%, just to put it into context. We produce greenhouse gas emissions [in the beef industry], just not to the extent that sometimes the media attention would lead you to believe.”In contrast, beef production has many positive benefits for the environment.“The value proposition for beef is really strong. We call it upcycling. Cattle are taking things that are of little to no value to people and making a much higher value product. They are making more high quality protein for the human food supply than they use. Most of the production land we use for beef can’t be used for anything else, so we are expanding the land base available for producing food,” Place said. “Even in the agricultural industry it can be hard to know what is true and what the facts are. There are a lot of different views out there about eating animals. One question I have gotten is, ‘Have you ever looked into a cow’s eyes and seen its soul?’ People have different views and that really drives these conversations. Most people just interact with animals like their cats and dogs. Food production is a little different for most people to grasp.”Allison Rivera, the executive director of government affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, covered some of the legislative highlights from 2018 and the challenges for 2019.“We just got a farm bill passed right before the shutdown, so that is great. We were pleased with that and we would love to start implementing some of the wins that NCBA got. The foot and mouth disease vaccine bank and the Conservation Title are wins for our producers but we have to get USDA back up and running so that we can start implementing some of those wins,” Rivera said. “We are working with appropriators on the fake meat language and making sure that the food safety aspects of these cell culture products go through the rigorous inspection process that our producers’ products go through. We have a lot of members of Congress — both Republicans and Democrats — in a good place on this, but while we are in this shutdown all that is at a standstill.”The shutdown has also caused uncertainty for livestock haulers operating under the electronic logging device (ELD) exemption. Currently, transporters of livestock are not required to have an ELD and drivers do not need to carry any documentation regarding this exemption. The statutory exemption will remain in place until further notice.“We are sitting in a ‘until further notice’ for ELD delay for livestock haulers,” Rivera said. “What that looks like moving forward is based on what Congress gives us when they come back. We hope they continue to give us that ELD delay until Sept. 30 of 2019.”These and other issues, including trade, remain up in the air for the duration of the government shutdown.“At the end of the day, Speaker Pelosi and President Trump are going to have to come together and find some common ground on the border issue. We have a lot of producers down at the border and this is of great concern to NCBA,” Rivera said. “We’re going to continue to keep a close eye on what’s going on. We hope the government gets up and running soon because the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Department of Transportation and Department of Interior are very important to our producers and we want to continue working with them.” The Industry Service Award was presented to Tom Price (left) of Delaware County. The Seedstock Producer of the Year Award was presented to Lee Miller (right) of Paint Valley Farms in Holmes County. The Young Cattleman of the Year Award was presented to Brad Thornburg of Belmont County. The Industry Excellence Award was presented to Bob Agle of Clark County. The Commercial Producer of the Year Award was presented to Thad, Allan and Kelly Robison and Amanda Robison of Champaign County.last_img read more

From Designed to Built: Delivering Your Green Home

first_imgOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTChris Briley: Hey everybody, welcome to the Green Architects’ Lounge podcast. I’m your host, Chris Briley.Phil Kaplan: And I’m your host, Phil Kaplan. How’re you doing, Chris?Chris: I’m doing absolutely great, Phil. Yourself?Phil: Excellent! I’m doing great. I noticed it was nice and chilly for the first time last night. Did you see frost?Chris: I don’t know if I saw frost, but dude, I felt it. I woke up and took the kids out to the bus and went “Whoa!” Went out in a T-shirt and was like “This bus better hurry up!”Phil: Welcome to fall. It’s all downhill from here.Chris: So they say. Fall season brings what?Phil: It brings apples — Am I right?Chris: Let’s go right to the cocktails. Not only is it fall, but we got the news that Steve Jobs passed away. Our cocktail is in honor of Steve Jobs and also fall. It’s called the Northern Spy.Phil: Man, it’s hot.[The guys share the recipe.]Phil: It’s getting a little chillier. Aren’t we glad we live in warm homes, Chris?Chris: Yes, we are. Energy-efficient one.Phil: And we’re glad we’re building them and designing them…Chris: That’s right. The title of this podcast says that we’ve designed you a great house; now we have to make it a reality. There’s the challenge of bringing in a builder, controlling the budget and schedule, and making this thing happen. Not the easiest thing in the world to do…Phil: And then there’s the inconvenience of having a client involved… I mean, someone’s gotta pay for it. No, really, we love our clients — especially when we have a great team. Spectacular things happen — intense joy and creation. One of the things we can talk about is what defines success.Chris: So, what’s a successful project?Phil: The number one thing is a happy client. If the client is happy and they’re going to recommend you after the fact, and they’re going to live in this house…Chris: You’ll sleep at night if you know the client is happy.Phil: It also helps if the architect is happy and likes the design.Chris: If it’s one you’re passionate about and excited to show your friends, then that is special.Phil: Things come together, and the client shares your goals and believes in your vision. It also helps if you make a little money on it. And the builder has to have great satisfaction — he’s out there all the time. He also has to make money on it.Chris: And be proud of what he’s done. The ultimate successful project, then, is happy client, happy architect, happy builder.Phil: We can get there. It’s been done. Does it happen most of the time? I’d say not. We’re in a tricky profession. We’re here to try to resolve some of these issues. And in Part 2, we’ll talk directly with some builders to figure out what we need to do to come together as teams and make it work better.Chris: Clients want to understand the process. Lots of times they come to us and say they’ve never hired an architect before. And they’ve never built anything before, never hired a builder before. Part of the architect’s job is to demystify the process. It’s not a magical thing that happens behind some green curtain. There are real, tangible people involved who care about the whole process.Phil: It’s true. They come to us because we’re good at what we do. We see things in a different way because that’s how we’re trained. But, my little tangent is this: I personally think architects have a PR problem. People think our egos and their dreams are going to be exceeded and cost them a lot of money, and they’re not going to be in control of the process. That’s sad. Our goal is to be a trusted advisor.Chris: As architects, we’re a different profession than we were 20 years ago.Phil: Absolutely. The idea of a master builder is nice, but we need a team to do all these things.Chris: So, let’s talk about that. The team member we’re going to talk about most right now is the builder. In the old days, Phil, you’d hire this master builder/architect who’d draw your plans, write your specs, hand them to you, and say, “This is the house you want.” And you’d take all that to every builder in town to get their budgets, and then you’d pick one. It’s called “going out to bid.”And commercially that still happens; the stakes are higher and you need that level of control. But with a house, the problem with that is the client is going to be paying the architect to protect them. If you have a good builder who’s on board and part of the team, though, you don’t need protection. The times have changed.Phil: Especially when we talk about sustainable homes.Chris: Speaking of green, I’d like to not introduce Dan Morrison. He was going to travel here.Phil: Dan is the executive editor of Fine Homebuilding and GreenBuildingAdvisor. We are very excited to almost have had him as a guest.Now that we’re doing these green homes…Chris: They take a higher level of focus, and not just from the builder. It’s even more important that the builder gets this stuff right. So choose the builder ahead of time.Phil: In integrated design, we get the builder on board early rather than go out to bid. We need a team to make the sure the details we’re drawing are going to be built properly. And also, it’s a check for us. We’re architects; we don’t swing hammers. If we’re not careful and screw this stuff up, it’s a huge risk for green building in general.I’ll tell you how we bring a builder in. Typically, there’s a schematic design, and then there is design development when pricing is set. It’s certainly before construction drawings; we don’t go out to bid. We advocate getting the drawings done to a certain level to get the builder to set a price within 10 to 15 percent. We just ask for an estimate. Then we ask the client to hire that builder, and then we form a team.We’ve had issues with bringing builders in really early in the process, having to do with cost control. They offer an estimate based on sketches; they’re hired, and then we do the construction drawings. The building costs then go way out of control.Chris: Clients listening to this say, “That’s other people, not me.” Well, it is you. It would be me, if I were building my house. There’s a compulsion for everyone to hear what they want to hear. Let’s say the builder quotes a house between $250,000 and $400,000. That’s a massive range; if they quote you that, it practically means nothing. The client walks away thinking, “All right, if we do everything the architect says, we’ll be at the low end of that range.”Phil: If we bring builders on too early, the client thinks they’ve lost the competitive advantage. They have a little bit of regret.Chris: So, what do you do? On a recent project, in the design development phase, we hired two builders and paid them to come up with a ballpark price, within 15 percent. We got plans, elevations and a good wall section for a real complicated project, but we had to make allowances. We got two prices back, but you’re not choosing based just on numbers, but on a relationship. We hired one of the builders and said “sorry” to the other one, but at least they got paid a little.We’re afraid of builders offering up numbers too soon that are not based on enough information — we need plans, elevations, a good wall section, maybe schedules.Phil: Sometimes we push it to structural information — framing plans — to get more accurate bidding. In Part 2, we’ll talk to a few prominent builders to get their point of view.Chris: And we’ll make fun of them.Phil: It’ll be really interesting to see what kind of alignment there is between our thoughts and their thoughts. If we’re not completely aligned, then we need to work on that.Chris: It’s all about managing expectations. It’s all about being clear with the client and the builder.Phil: We can’t reiterate enough about clarity at the outset for program and scope, schedule, and budget. Have them written down somewhere. Be honest every step along the way.Chris: It’s like the key to a successful marriage — communication. Of course, really, it’s sex and money. Which is not the same with building and design; I’ve not had that project yet.Let’s leave it here. In Part 2, we’ll play “Three Questions” with the builders.Sheila, let’s bring in Jesse to play “What’s Bothering Jesse Thompson?” With us now is architect Jesse Thompson.Jesse Thompson: Why do we spend so much time talking about walls? With each other, with clients, with builders, probably code officials.… Yeah, there are more walls than roof in a house. Maybe they are important.Phil: I get it. When you’re talking to a colleague about a house, they say “It’s got R-40 walls.” We always begin with the walls. What did you get in the walls? I’ll judge you from there.Jesse: In Passivhaus consultant training, we talk about moisture profiles in walls. We get clients with detailed lists of technical aspects they want in their buildings. Well, let’s go back and talk about the house first, then about what’s the right thing to do. We get clients who are as quality obsessed about the guts of their building as they are about …Phil: It’s a paradigm shift.Jesse: Well, they’re coming fast. They sit up all night reading GreenBuildingAdvisor before they talk to anyone. It’s playing defense on their part; they realize there are good buildings and crappy buildings.Phil: Remember when low-e first became a big thing? People didn’t understand it. They just thought they were getting crappy windows if they weren’t low-e. Now they want more insulation in the walls.Jesse: If someone wants a SIP house, we can talk about 10 different ways of doing the walls. We don’t spend as much time talking with clients about the roof or the basement or the foundation in the same way. Let’s talk about the whole building, not just obsess about the walls. The framing is 25 percent of the cost. We still have 75 percent of the house to talk about — like nontoxic materials. There are other things going on here, to try to get a building ready.Chris: Jesse, this segment’s starting to bother me. See you next time. Subscribe to Green Architects’ Lounge on iTunes—you’ll never miss a show, and it’s free! It’s one thing to design a house, and it’s another thing entirely to turn that design into a physical reality. In this episode, we kick back with an autumn cocktail (the Northern Spy) and talk about the process of bringing on a builder and the challenges of keeping relationships, quality, cost, and expectations managed along the way.Hey, do you want to talk about wall sections? Too bad. Jesse joins us for our “What’s Bothering Jesse?” segment, and he lets us know that he’s a little tired of all the attention that walls command from the green community. So, we’ll talk about that instead.The Highlights:The Northern Spy: Fresh apple cider makes this is a great cocktail for the fall season. It also makes a great beverage for toasting one of the great creators of our time, Steve Jobs, who passed away on October 5th. Here’s to you, Steve, without whom we would likely not even have a podcast. Also, I failed to mention in the podcast that this is a fairly modern drink, and as such, credit can and should be given to its creator Josey Packard of Alembic in San Fransisco.What defines a successful project? A happy client, to be sure, but also a happy architect and a happy builder.The architect’s public relations problem. We discuss how the architect is widely perceived by the public and builders.What’s the process? You could go out to bid, but we think a team approach is better.Bringing the builder in early? Here are the pros and cons. Pro: You get some cost control and input on methodology, but this must come with some understandings. Con: Did you lose your competitive advantage? What assurance do you have that you are getting the best bang for your buck?Have and set clear expectations. Like a good marriage, good communication is critical.What’s bothering Jesse? Walls! (Bet you didn’t see that coming.) RELATED CONTENT Integrated DesignThinning the Herd: How to Pick the Best Eco-BuilderDon’t forget to check back in later for Part 2, where we play “Three Questions” with three prominent green builders and get their input on this subject. Also, we tip our hats to some fellow Mainers for the work they’ve done, and of course Phil finishes with a song you should be listening to while you design.Thanks for listening. Cheers.last_img read more

IoT, AR and AI are Found Revolutionizing the World of Mobile Apps

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Rooney Reeves is a Technical Geek. She has expertise in cloud computing, data science, entrepreneurship and project management. Currently, she is working in web & mobile app development company – etatvasoft.com she likes to play chess and explore new places. Also, she’s a person with high spirit and fond of social activities. You can click here to know more about her company. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Follow the Puck What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Augmented Reality#Internet of Things#mobile apps Related Posts Rooney Reeves Used creatively in hitherto unheard of sectors, the Internet of Things (IoT) shows no sign of slowing down especially in the mobile app realm. As never before in time — it’s ubiquitous. You can explore the Android or Apple store all by yourself. Whether it’s about booking a cab or ordering some food, making a purchase — mobile apps are considered no less than a wallet.Speaking about the next big thing in town — sometimes we fail to think big enough with AI and IOT.Not thinking big enough is not due to lack of imagination; it’s because of the pure lack of observation. Determine in your life — to keep the future within sight — so that you don’t have to keep thinking upon what’s coming up next.The rare combination of the Internet of Things and Mobile Apps continues to be hot on our heels these days across the globe.IoT with Mobile App DevelopmentIoT app development is no longer a buzz-word; it means a subsequent demand for mobile apps for such type of devices seems to ride a wave day in day out. Right from energy to healthcare, retail manufacturing, agriculture — endless real-life IoT implementations can be found. In a nutshell, we all seem to be heading towards smart retail, connected cars, wearable devices, smart cities, etc.Physical devices connected to the internet and the usage of smartphones seems to gain popularity in no time. It may quite interest you to know that one can have complete control over their features that are offered by these gadgets.Here are some specific points that emphasize on why there is a need for AI and IoT.#1 Offers personalized experience to users.Have you wondered why mobile apps are found in widespread adoption? It’s because they work as dedicated digital assistants for the users. A variety of pieces of information is collected to give custom responses to the end users. This is the information that is generated during customer usage. Each usage has interactions or commands that are being used with the apps.  Because of the data, the apps are becoming smarter and their responses tend to become more accurate.In fact, it can leverage real-time data and location-based services to deliver an enhanced personalized experience.#2 Reduced app development time.Right from personal and professional lives, the roots of IoT and mobile apps have given its Midas touch like never before. IoT allows developers to complete building an app in much less time, saving them significantly on the efforts involved. It may quite interest you to know that with the help of IoT several innovative and more engaging features in the app.#3 Improved efficiency.As the point says IoT in mobile app development can lead to higher efficiency and better utilization of resources. This integration will automate several processes offering a unique way to smarter homes and smarter cities. Mobile strategies powered by IoT can ensure to free up a good part of employee bandwidth. This is indeed a win-win situation where more attention be given to core tasks. For example, the remarkable results of this collaboration can be witnessed in the manufacturing and supply chain operations.#4 Modified and more efficient apps.Future of mobile apps will always be revolving around connected devices. Like it or not but in case of absence of connectivity, apps will lose the interest of users and hit a dead end. As a result, mobile app developers are striving to come up with future-proof apps. Smart devices are no longer a luxury, so think of something different to increase user adoption.#5 Strengthening data security measures.Using an app means it keeps on collecting ample of information regularly. Moreover, this is how it provides personalized responses and recommendations. At the same time, it also raises concern about user privacy and security of data. Many of you have this misconception that mobile apps pose a high likelihood of data breach. Unfortunately, attacks cannot be denied, but as a professional, you can definitely work on your defense. With the help of IoT systems, you can come up with an additional active layer of safety. In the end, data continues to stay protected- all thanks to data encryption and multiple entry points.How Are Mobile Apps Leveraging IoT?1. Wearables — Bluetooth, Wifi used to connect devices like watches, eyeglasses and even bands to your mobile phones. With IoT any form of data, starting from information to videos, audios, images can be exchanged between two devices.2. Healthcare — The urge for Home-based medical devices is on the rise. Thanks to mobile apps powered by the Internet of Things this is becoming a reality. Technically speaking, medical devices are connected to servers where professionals can receive health data from the patient via a mobile app.Further, this crucial data can be moved remotely to the relevant doctor. As a result, the need to visit the hospital for minor issues is substantially reduced. Managing chronic diseases, monitoring clinical conditions, assisted living, wellness monitoring and preventive measures are some of the common IoT solutions in healthcare.3. Retail — RFID inventory tracking chips, Wi-Fi tracking system, and digital signage are all part of the tech systems now. In simple words, these sensors receive relevant data that are then transferred to mobile apps. Businesses can proactively into the customer’s needs depending on the time and place.A Few Pointers to Take Into Account While Embracing the IoT TechnologyIoT tech is about a decade into the digital revolution; businesses are still found struggling issues related to disruptive technologies. The extreme level of connectivity of devices creates concerns regarding security and privacy. Remember to put additional security measures and maximize response time and efficiency.A few factors to consider when it comes to IoT app development and security.#1 Adhere to license agreement — Make sure that each of your equipment is original or get it conformed to different license agreement strictly. Basically, businesses have to ensure that they are duly aware of these terms and adhere to them.#2 Connectivity — Of course, you are going to connect your devices to the internet, so don’t forget to consider the mode of connectivity. Whether it’s Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, traditional mobile network, make sure it’s safe to use. You’ll want to carve out a strategy to assign permissions.#3 Hardware Capabilities — Along with software, it is also essential to consider hardware capabilities with your enterprise. Large businesses these days can easily add different hardware capabilities, but the entire process can be quite pricey and complicated.#4 Follow all the programming protocols — Having different programming protocols in place is another crucial element when connecting different devices at the same time.In the case of iOS apps, the External Accessory framework allows the communication with external hardware which is connected to any iOS-based device via Apple Lightning, wirelessly using Bluetooth or 30-pin connector.The framework supports need to figure out which kinds of app that various IoT devices can access through its connected iOS devices.It’s a Wrap.Considering all the pointers above into account, we can assume that businesses regardless of their size bound to provide innovative ideas and launch IoT mobile apps to carry out long-lasting engagement with their valuable customers.IoT is a massive change seeping into the technology world. Most industries will find valuable customer helps in wearables. High on the list is the healthcare industry’s high adoption of this technology.Businesses will need to cope with the latest trends now to gain experience so that they can move forward with all of the innovations to come.last_img read more

Michael Jordan says Tiger Woods comeback ‘greatest I have ever seen’

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Just two years ago his back pain was so bad Woods thought he might never play again, let alone win another major.“Mentally, you always think you can. But you can’t answer to what your body has to deal with,” former NBA superstar Jordan said of Woods.“I’m pretty sure he questioned himself, whether he could get it back, and he had to put a lot of work in. But he took it head-on. He had to change his game; he had to change his perspective a little bit.“Dealing with his emotions, obviously he believed in himself. But until you put that into action, sometimes it’s a struggle.” Jordan added that Woods’ confidence will be soaring and that should translate into more victories.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “I never thought he’d get back physically. He didn’t think he’d get back physically. But he did it. No one expected him to be back the way he is now. “He’s probably the only person who believed he could get back. To me, that’s a major accomplishment. To me, it’s unbelievable.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWoods ended an 11-year major drought with a thrilling and emotional Masters victory on Sunday.Aged 43, Woods trails only Jack Nicklaus who won at age 46 in 1986. Woods has 15 major championships, second to Nicklaus’ 18. US golfer Tiger Woods (back) walks during as US former basketball player Michael Jordan (L) poses with a spectator on the third day of the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National Course at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, south-west of Paris, on September 30, 2018. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)Michael Jordan described Tiger Woods’ Masters comeback as the “greatest ever” and added he called the golfing icon to personally congratulate him.“To me it is the greatest comeback I have ever seen,” Jordan told The Athletic. ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIEScenter_img “I think he’s gotten over the hump. I think he’s going to win more. It’s tough mentally. It’s absolutely tough mentally. And then you think about the physical. I’m elated.“You don’t know what Tiger is capable of doing.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Terence Crawford seeks win first and respect after vs Amir Khan View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

All eyes on Lodha committee meet as BCCI continues to remain defiant

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) defiance over the last couple of months hasn’t gone down well with the Lodha Committee, which has been appointed to oversee the implementation of the Supreme Court order.The Lodha committee will meet in New Delhi on Monday and will discuss a range of issues and where all has the BCCI faltered as far as implementation of the reforms are concerned. The BCCI was to submit a compliance report to the Lodha committee by September 10 but the Board has missed the deadline. To make matters worse, the Board went ahead with its Annual General Meeting (AGM) last week and took some decisions which seem to be in violation of the Supreme Court order. (Also read: Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar feel some Lodha panel recommendations are harsh)The Lodha panel, which came up with the recommendations before the Supreme Court to bring reforms in the BCCI, has not revealed its plans on whether they will report the reported violations to the Supreme Court.The BCCI, after the AGM, issued a statement that all the decisions taken at the AGM are subject to the orders of the Supreme Court.However, there is still uncertainty  prevailing in the power corridors of the BCCI. The Supreme Court, in its order, had made it clear that the national selection committee should have three members. But the BCCI went ahead with its tradition of five selectors and appointed a new committee headed by former India wicketkeeper MSK Prasad. (Also read: Ravi Shastri blasts Lodha panel recommendations)advertisementThe next one week could well be a crucial one for the BCCI with the Lodha committee meeting on Monday and the Board has convened a Special General Body meeting on Friday.Lodha panel is expected to take some tough calls on Monday and could well report the progress or failure in implementing the reforms to the Supreme Court. Depending on what Lodha committee decides to do on Monday, the BCCI’s SGM will become equally important.Failure in implementing the reforms will draw contempt of court for the BCCI and a number of top office-bearers could well be in the dock. (Also read: BCCI refuses to blink in fight with Lodha panel, names five-member selection committee)For now, all eyes will be on the meeting among the Lodha Committee members on Monday and decisions it comes up with.last_img read more