Homeowners Making the Best of Their Nests

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: The See-Saw of Home Sales and Inventory Next: The Industry Pulse: Updates on Nationstar, Auction.com, and More June 14, 2018 2,183 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Baby Boomers Generation X HomeAdvisor Millennials remodeling silent generation Whether a minor refresh or a major redo, tons of homeowners seem to be sparing no expense to spruce up their spaces. In the last 12 months alone, they’ve doled out an average $6,649 on remodeling and home improvements per household, according to HomeAdvisor’s just-released 2018 True Cost Survey, which surveys current national trends and spending in the fixer-upper sector.Nor does this tendency toward homeowners improving their existing homes look to be changing anytime soon. Nearly two-thirds of U.S. homeowners anticipate paying as much or more for improvements in the coming 12 months over the past 12 months, HomeAdvisor reports.The generation that’s really going gaga for upgrading their digs? Millennials, the study says. This group not only completed the most home-related projects per household in the past 12 months—72 percent, 42 percent, and 18 percent more than the silent generation, baby boomers, and Gen Xers, respectively—but five in every six homeowners plan to ante up as much or more money on improvements in the coming 12 months, HomeAdvisor reports. Oh, and they’re also not shying away from kitchen and bath refurbs: Millennials are twice as likely as baby boomers to make over these rooms.As for the group that’s plunked down the most dough for dwelling improvements in the past 12 months, that No. 1 ranking goes to baby boomers. They’ve spent 32 percent, 14 percent, and 10 percent more to spiff up their shelters than millennials, Gen Xers and the silent generation, respectively.Across the entire spectrum, homeowners are opting to remodel rather than selling their house and moving to another one, HomeAdvisor found. Eighty percent plan on remaining in their existing residences and half are mulling a remodel. The main impetus behind remodeling? “Aesthetics,” the survey says, followed by “improved comfort” and “added value.”Interior painting, landscape installation, bathroom remodeling, flooring installation, and exterior staining and painting projects crown the list of projects homeowners are contemplating to complete in the next 12 months.No matter what shape it takes, the trend doesn’t show any signs of letting up, HomeAdvisor Chief Economist Brad Hunter contends. “Ultimately, I believe we’ll see continued vigor for home renovations, and increased home improvement spending, for many years to come,” he said. “And when it comes to millennial influence, we’ve only just begun to scratch the surface.” Share Save Home / Daily Dose / Homeowners Making the Best of Their Nests Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agocenter_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, Market Studies, News Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: Alison Rich Homeowners Making the Best of Their Nests  Print This Post Alison Rich has a long-time tenure in the writing and editing realm, touting an impressive body of work that has been featured in local and national consumer and trade publications spanning industries and audiences. She has worked for DS News and MReport magazines—both in print and online—since they launched. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Baby Boomers Generation X HomeAdvisor Millennials remodeling silent generation 2018-06-14 Alison Rich Related Articles Subscribelast_img read more

540 Covid-19 deaths now confirmed on the island of Ireland

first_img By News Highland – April 14, 2020 WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter 41 more people have died in the Republic from Covid-19, with the death toll now at 406.548 new cases have been detected in the past 24 hours, while there were 284 positive tests sent back from German labs.The total number of confirmed cases here now stands at 11,479. There have been further 39 cases confirmed in Donegal, a confirmed total in the county of 264.Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan has given more details on the people who have died……..Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/18holohan-virus.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.10 more people have died as a result of covid-19 in Northern Ireland, 134 people have now lost their lives from the virus north of the border, an All-Island death toll of 540.*******************Press statement in full -The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that 41 people diagnosed with COVID-19 in Ireland have died.·        36 deaths located in the east, 4 in the west, 1 in the south of the country·        the people included 16 females and 25 males·        the median age of today’s reported deaths is 85·        31 people were reported as having underlying health conditionsThere have now been 406 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.As of 1pm Tuesday 14th April, the HPSC has been notified of the following cases;·        An additional 548 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported by Irish laboratories·        An additional 284 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported by a laboratory in GermanyWith the latest figures from Germany included, there are now a total of 11,479 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.As of midnight Monday 13th April, 90,646 tests have been carried out. Of these tests;·        62,952 have been completed in Irish laboratories·        27,694 completed in a laboratory in GermanyOver the past week, 20,468 tests were carried out in Irish laboratories and of these 4,233 were positive, giving a positivity rate of 21%.Dr. Cillian De Gascun, Chair of NPHET’s Expert Advisory Group said; “Having come through a challenging few weeks, we have significantly strengthened testing capacity and will continue to do so over the coming week, to put us in a very strong position to identify and suppress the virus.”Today’s data from the HPSC, as of midnight, Sunday 12th April (10,385 cases), reveals:·        54% are female and 45% are male, with 408 clusters involving 1,999 cases·        the median age of confirmed cases is 48 years·        1,903 cases (18%) have been hospitalised·        Of those hospitalised, 275 cases have been admitted to ICU·        2,707 cases are associated with healthcare workers·        Dublin has the highest number of cases at 5,438 (52% of all cases) followed by Cork with 780 cases (8%)The National Public Health Emergency Team met today (Tuesday 14th April) to continue its ongoing review of Ireland’s response to COVID-19. Discussed at today’s meeting;·        Residential care settings; In addition to existing protective measures and financial supports, HSE will put in place a coordinated national process to identify the prevalence of COVID-19 across nursing homes and other residential healthcare settings; as recommended by the ECDC.·        Testing; HPSC to develop a strategy to conduct a seroprevalence study which will identify the proportion of the population who have ever had COVID-19, regardless of testing.Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “We remain concerned about the prevalence of COVID-19 in nursing homes and residential care settings.“The National Public Health Emergency Team is monitoring developments in these facilities and continues to advance supports and actions where needed.“From the beginning, we have been aware that vulnerable groups, including the elderly, are at greater risk from this virus. These groups will continue to be our priority.”Dr. Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer, HSE, said; “We are not seeing a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 positive cases in our hospitals or our ICU’s over the last number of days, and that is down to the efforts of every individual who has followed advice to stay apart and slow the spread of the virus. To everyone playing their part, the health service is grateful.”Department of Health’s COVID-19 Information Dashboard; providing latest case information. Google+ Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic center_img 540 Covid-19 deaths now confirmed on the island of Ireland Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleEvening News, Sport and Obituaries, Tuesday April 14thNext articleInterTrade Ireland publishes special Covid-19 business portal News Highland last_img read more

Owners of this 1970s beach house are hoping to get lucky off their prime position

first_img8 Darwalla Ave, Currumbin.ALL three owners of this beachfront property could become be paper millionaires over night with help from their Currumbin unit block.Located at 8 Darwalla Ave, the beachfront property is on the market for $3.15 million. The home stretches out on 653sq m and comes with comes with 18m worth of golden beach frontage. One of the owners is soil scientist Dennis Baker who bought unit one of the three for $77,000 in 1983. “I couldn’t even afford it at the time but my wife and I agreed we would just get a loan and pay it off,” Mr Baker said.The father-of-three said he and his wife had been using it as a holiday-home for the past 15 years. “When we first inspected it we stepped off the street, through the front door and the right through the house to the sandy beach,” he said.“The kids bolted towards the sand.” 8 Darwalla Ave, Currumbin.Sophie Carter from Sophie Carter Exclusive Properties is marketing the property, Sandy Cove, and said the three-unit block is one of six left. “The whole property is on the market for the first time since it was built,” Ms Carter said. “Sandy Cove has never been inundated during cyclonic conditions and it sits in a natural cove that protects it from even the biggest tides or high seas,” she said. The property has a medium density residential and a three-storey height limit. 8 Darwalla Ave, Currumbin.Mr Baker said it has been his paradise ever since.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North6 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“We love the Gold Coast, we decided to officially move from Brisbane and officially set up here.”While Mr Baker lives in Surfers Paradise he swears by taking a holiday on the southern end of the Gold Coast.“When the kids we’re young we spent six long weeks at that Currumbin unit,” he said. Mr Baker said he and the other two owners have agreed to sell the block after holding onto it tightly. “The unit block was originally built by the family in unit two, its been in their family for years,” he said.Mr Baker said the home reminded him of the 70s every time he stepped through the door. “It’s a bit of a flashback, with all the developments on the coast this place is a nice reminder of what life was once like.” last_img read more

Sudan plans women’s football league

first_img“The women’s football league will start in the first week of September,” Mirvat Hussein, the top federation official in charge of women’s football, told AFP.She said a national team was also in the works to represent Sudan in international events.The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has no continental cup for women’s club football yet.The announcement came on the same day as the swearing in of a joint military-civilian Sovereign Council in Sudan.The body replaces a military council that took over in April when Bashir was forced from power by months of relentless protests.In what was seen as a significant advance, the 11-member ruling council, two of the six civilians on the council are women.Many Sudanese have voiced the hope that the three-year transition will see more liberal policies implemented across the country, including measures to advance freedom of speech and women’s rights and promote sport and arts.Speaking during a training session with her club Tahadi, 22-year-old Rayan Ibrahim Rajab said a women’s league would have been unlikely just a year ago.“In the past, it was difficult for women to play football, there were many complications that prevented women from participating,” she said.“Now everybody is looking for a new reality and has new ambitions,” Rajab added.Sudan joined FIFA in 1948 and established the CAF along with Egypt, Ethiopia and South Africa.But women’s football has faced an uphill fight since the country adopted Islamic sharia law in 1983, six years after which Bashir seized power in an Islamist-backed coup.0Shares0000(Visited 51 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000‘A new reality,’ said Rayan Ibrahim Rajab, a 22-year-old at training with Tahadi women’s football club in Khartoum © AFP / Jean Marc MOJONKHARTOUM, Sudan, Aug 21 – Sudan’s first ever women’s club football league will start next month, a federation official told AFP Wednesday.The championship, which will involve 18 clubs separated in three regions, would have seemed unlikely only a year ago when Islamist general Omar al-Bashir was still in power.last_img read more

Mike Mayock sit-down: What we learned at the Senior Bowl

first_imgMOBILE, Ala. — Mike Mayock has been living in the Alameda Hampton Inn since taking the Raiders general manager job on Dec. 31. He told his wife, who still lives in Philadelphia, to find a place they could rent in Alameda. His one restriction? The house had to be within a five-minute drive of team headquarters.She found one three and a half minutes away, and they hope to move in later this week or next.Mayock’s life since (officially) assuming an NFL front-office job a little less than a month …last_img

Humans: Uniquely Endowed, Unnaturally Evil

first_imgHow could such ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’ beings be capable of unspeakable atrocities?Wonderfully UniqueComprehensive skin microbiome analysis reveals the uniqueness of human skin and evidence for phylosymbiosis within the class Mammalia (PNAS). Only humans among mammals have naked skin. Four scientists say that their findings “demonstrate that human skin is distinct, not only from other Primates, but from all 10 mammalian orders sampled.” In order to rescue Darwinism, they claim that humans and their skin biota have ‘co-evolved,’ but that fails to answer how, when, and why humans became so distinct. The team sampled microbiota from farms, zoos, and the wild, collecting data from 38 species and 10 mammalian orders. Then they compared what they found with us.Previously published skin microbiome data from 20 human participants, sampled and sequenced using an identical protocol to the nonhuman mammals, were included to make this a comprehensive analysis. Human skin microbial communities were distinct and significantly less diverse than all other sampled mammalian orders. The factor most strongly associated with microbial community data for all samples was whether the host was a human.Odors are perceived the same way by hunter-gatherers and Westerners (Science Daily). Evolutionists believe that humans diversified millions of years ago, and spread around the world with little contact between populations till recently. It should be expected that large differences would appear between people groups. As we saw 23 June 2018, brain size can vary twofold, and yet all members of Homo sapiens belong to the same interfertile species. Anthropologists have found that all humans have similar facial expressions to express happiness and disgust. Now, another study shows that hunter-gatherers from Malaysia and Dutch westerners have the same sensations of smell, finding some odors pleasant (like roses) and others disgusting. “This suggests that although culture shapes language, odors are perceived in the same way across the globe in diverse cultures.”Improved ape genome assemblies provide new insights into human evolution (Phys.org). Without careful reading, you might miss the implications in this pro-evolutionary article. Genetically, there are more differences between apes and humans than previously reported.New, higher-quality assemblies of great ape genomes have now been generated without the guidance of the human reference genome. The effort to reduce “humanizing” discovery bias in great ape genomes provides a clearer view of the genetic differences that arose as humans diverged from other primates.The paper in Science (Kronenberg et al., 6 June, 2018) avoids stating a percent difference as a single figure, requiring geneticists to sort out the implications of the data comparisons for different genes. There are indications, however, of substantial structural variants (SVs) between humans and apes, and a three-fold increase in brain size in humans compared to apes. For instance,We focused on identifying all SVs >50 bp in size within ape genomes because these are the least well-characterized differences and are more likely to affect gene function than SNVs [single nucleotide variations]. SVs were identified by mapping each assembly back to the human reference genome, by using the two newly assembled human genomes as a control for reference effects and fixed human differences… We detected 614,186 ape deletions, insertions, and inversions, with the number of SVs increasing as a function of evolutionary distance from human (Fig. 3 and Table 3).The work is not yet complete, but the press release on Phys.org suggests bigger differences are coming than have long been reported in popular media, e.g., that only a 97% difference separates humans from chimpanzees. That faulty conclusion relied on flawed methods of comparison and also a “‘humanizing’ discovery bias” in the ape genomes. Building ape genomes from scratch, like this team is doing, should show truer contrasts.The scientists caution that the ape genomes and their work on them are not yet complete because the genome assemblies are still missing other larger, more complex structural variations that cannot yet be assembled.“Our goal,” said Eichler,” is to generate multiple ape genomes with as high quality as the human genome. Only then will we be able to truly understand the genetic differences that make us uniquely human.”Unnaturally EvilWhy is it that some human beings can rise to the sublime in good deeds, while others sink to the lowest levels of depravity on earth? President Trump just awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously to a World War II veteran “who braved enemy fire to direct U.S. forces during a battle in the war’s final stages” (The Hill). Great acts of valor and creativity we applaud, but we shudder at the worst acts of evil (many in the 20th century committed by regimes that embraced Darwinian evolution). Human evil goes way back, including not only evil actions, but evil beliefs used to justify them.Peruvian genius and atrocity. One article on Science Daily marvels at “Remarkable skill of ancient Peru’s cranial surgeons,” shown in skulls that healed after brain surgery. In fact, researchers at Miami Miller School of Medicine figure that the survival rate of surgical patients in ancient Peru was twice that of Americans in the Civil War. And yet another article, this one on Phys.org about a month earlier, states, “Archaeologists find ancient mass child sacrifice in Peru.” What society could stoop so low as to murder its young? This was an ongoing horror in Old Testament times that the Hebrew prophets condemned in the strongest of terms. And yet here, on the opposite side of the globe, the same Peruvians who could perform successful brain surgery did this to 140 young children aged 5 to 14, a mass grave shows. The Aztecs to the north were just as bad. Fox News reported finding a pile of 650 skulls where the victims had been decapitated and defleshed. The site originally had thousands of skulls, archaeologists think. The Spanish Conquistadors were no angels, but even they were appalled at the “skull rack” they saw in Tenochtitlan (Mexico City) in 1521. The Aztecs used human skulls for bricks there.What does Lizzie Wade, writing in Science Magazine, have to say about the human capacity for evil? In “Feeding the gods,” she doesn’t call it evil. “Social scientists who study religion have shown that costly offerings and painful rituals, such as the bloodletting ceremonies the Mexica also practiced, can help define and strengthen group identity—especially in societies that have grown too large for everyone to know everyone else.” This lets the Peruvians off the hook; they just used different “costly offerings” than western religions do, but neither is more immoral than the other.Gomóz Valdás found that about 75% of the skulls examined so far belonged to men, most between the ages of 20 and 35—prime warrior age. But 20% were women, and 5% belonged to children. Most victims seemed to be in relatively good health before they were sacrificed. “If they are war captives, they aren’t randomly grabbing the stragglers,” Gómez Valdés says. The mix of ages and sexes also supports another Spanish claim, that many victims were slaves sold in the city’s markets expressly to be sacrificed.Wade had referred back to her 2015 article, “Birth of the Moralizing Gods,” what ascribed religion to evolution. “a growing scientific consensus that belief in the supernatural is an evolutionary byproduct of the quirks of the human brain, piggybacking on abilities that evolved for different purposes.” So much for the Ten Commandments; “Thou shalt not murder” is just a product of natural selection, according to her.Evil in the form of self-refuting ideas. Science Daily promoted the foolish idea of two psychologists who claim, “You don’t need to believe in free will to be a nice person.” They conducted “a series of studies of 921 of people and found that a person’s moral behavior is not tied to their beliefs in free will.” Later in the article, they backpedaled a bit, admitting that it is not clear how their results should be interpreted. We can help them out. It should be interpreted as stupid, and whatever is stupid is also evil for humans who should think rationally. Any self-refuting proposition is stupid because it incoherent; it is logically false right out of the starting gate. The psychologists had to use their free will to conduct the study, and the participants who said they don’t believe in free will actually had to use free will to answer the question. And besides, evolution has no category for “nice.” Everybody thinks they are nice. Lenin thought he was nice for helping the Russians launch a worker’s utopia. In his thinking, it was not nice to stand in the way, so he acted nicely by ordering they be shot in the back of the head. Mass murderers think they are good people (15 Oct 2017).Humans: we are uniquely constructed, yet capable of incredible evil. If you think Peru and Mexico were bad, consider that communists like Chairman Mao murdered tens of millions as part of their belief in ‘survival of the fittest.’Let’s test the evolutionary theory. What would Darwinians think of a society that captured evolutionists as slaves to be sacrificed to pagan gods? And what if the goal of that society was to eliminate all opposition to the false religion, and erase all memory of Darwinism? Would they rise up in horror and call that evil? Hey, it’s the Stuff Happens Law in action. Actually, we can accuse evolutionists of committing a similar atrocity. They round up public school children and sacrifice their brains to the Bearded Buddha. According to a new book, that is “how belief in evolution is enforced by expunging dissidents.”Atheists often lash out at Christianity by citing alleged evils in the Old Testament. In this, they confuse permission with sanction, taking passages out of context. But they have no right to call anything evil. In evolutionary theory, stuff just happens. “Feeding the gods” is just an evolutionary strategy for social identity, no different than writing a Constitution or Bill of Rights. The God of the Bible, however, promoted truth, freedom, and righteousness. He was angry at sin, and wept over human depravity. Speaking for God, Jeremiah wrote, “They built the high places of Baal in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to offer up their sons and daughters to Molech, though I did not command them, nor did it enter into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin” (Jeremiah 32:5).The only answer to the conundrum of human exceptionalism and human depravity is Creation as described in Genesis. We were fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 136), but our first parents chose to follow Satan. They were warned of the consequences: death. The story of the Bible is God’s sovereign plan to bring back the sinners into his domain, but since God is a holy and righteous judge, reconciliation demanded punishment for sin. Death, however, ends any chance for reconciliation. The story of Jesus Christ describes how God the Son took on himself our sin, and suffered on our behalf, paying our debt. Then he conquered Satan by rising from the dead. C.S. Lewis used to mock this as just another version of the “death of God” myth he had encountered in his studies of the classics. When J.R.R. Tolkien responded, “Yes, but this is the one myth that is true,” Lewis was stunned by that idea. It began his journey to see that the other myths were corruptions from the memory of the true “myth” which, being true, is not a myth at all. He became a passionate defender of Christianity for the rest of his life. You can, too. 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Mandela Day: libraries in containers

first_img10 July 2013 The Mandela Day container library project, an innovative response to the shortage of libaries at South African schools, will celebrate Nelson Mandela month with the handover of its 28th library – a custom-adapted 12-metre shipping container – to Alpine Primary School in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town. The 28th Mandela Day container library went on public display at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront at an event marking the launch of Mandela month on 1 July, and will remain on display through 18 July, Mandela’s 95th birthday as well as Nelson Mandela International Day. Marked across the world on 18 July each year, Mandela Day aims to inspire people to take action to change the world for the better and, in doing so, to build a global movement for good. “The public is invited to view the library, get involved in activities within and around the library, such as writing their messages of hope on the 67 minutes wall of hope, painting the external wall of the container, reading to school learners and donating books,” Puleng Phooko, programmes manager for Breadline Africa, said at launch event at the V&A Waterfront’s Clock Tower square. Breadline Africa is one of a number of NGOs and corporates that have partnered with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory to drive the container library project, with corporates providing financial support, sponsorship of books and employee volunteers, and literacy organisations, book donation agencies and publishers providing books, educational equipment and materials. “The installation of Mandela Day libraries continues to spread the Mandela Day message about people’s capacity, when working together, to bring about positive change,” the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory says on its website. “The libraries promote a reading culture and address the call for equal access to resources for education.” According to Phooko, the project, inspired by Mandela’s own love of reading and belief in the transformative power of education, can only be successful through the joint efforts of partners willing to make positive changes in children’s lives. The first Mandela Day container library was opened on 18 July 2011 at Tsakane Primary School on the East Rand in Gauteng province, and since then a further 26 have opened, covering deserving underprivileged schools in urban and rural areas countrywide and collectively touching the lives of over 20 000 pupils. Alpine Primary School in Mitchells Plain, which will receive the 28th library later this month, currently has no library for its 1 370 pupils. To ensure the sustainability of the project, the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, with support from LegalWise, Macmillan South Africa and other partners, hosted librarian training sessions in Johannesburg and Cape Town in October for teachers who run the libraries in recipient schools. Last month, the centre hosted a networking event bringing together “the companies that sponsor libraries, publishers and booksellers, architects and engineers who help design the libraries, and non-profit organisations that make the libraries a functional reality for learners and educators”. Tim Smith, director of Breadline Africa, appealed to corporates in South Africa and abroad to get involved in taking the project forward. Also speaking at the event, Kimberly van Dyk, CSI manager at JPMorgan Chase Bank, spoke of the bank’s sponsorship of a library, saying it was well received by people working at the bank, especially at its New York headquarters. Florina Tshikane, principal of Meadowlands Primary School in Soweto, spoke of the her pupils’ excitement about their container library, which opened in August. “They are so enthusiastic about the library,” she said. “They rush to library during break time.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

The Coming Data Explosion

first_imgrichard macmanus Related Posts Tags:#Features#Google#Internet of Things#mobile#NYT#Real-Time Web#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … One of the key aspects of the emerging Internet of Things – where real-world objects are connected to the Internet – is the massive amount of new data on the Web that will result. As more and more “things” in the world are connected to the Internet, it follows that more data will be uploaded to and downloaded from the cloud. And this is in addition to the burgeoning amount of user-generated content – which has increased 15-fold over the past few years, according to a presentation that Google VP Marissa Mayer made last August at Xerox PARC. Mayer said during her presentation that this “data explosion is bigger than Moore’s law.”During my visit to Hewlett Packard Labs earlier this month, I spoke to Parthasarathy Ranganathan – aDistinguished Technologist at HP Labs – about this large influx of data onto the Web.Like Mayer, Ranganathan compared the online data growth rate to Moore’s Law. He told me that it’s rising significantly faster than Moore’s Law. HP CEO Mark Hurd put it this way in June 2009: “more data will be created in the next four years than in the history of the planet.”281 Exabytes of Online Data in 2009In her presentation at PARC, intriguingly entitled “The Physics of Data,” Mayer noted that there have been three big changes to Internet data in recent times: Speed (real-time data);Scale (“unprecedented processing power”);Sensors (“new kinds of data”).Mayer went on to say that there were 5 exabytes of data online in 2002, which had risen to 281 exabytes in 2009. That’s a growth rate of 56 times over seven years. Partly, she said, this has been the result of people uploading more data. Mayer said that the average person uploaded 15 times more data in 2009 than they did just three years ago. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology A Sensor RevolutionMayer talked about “a sensor revolution,” including data from mobile phones. She remarked that “today’s phones are almost like people,” in that they have senses such as eyes (a camera), ears (a microphone) and skin (a touch screen). HP’s Ranganathan used the term “ubiquitous nanosensors,” that can have multiple dimensions per sensor:VibrationTiltRotationNavigationSoundAir flowLightTemperatureBiologicalChemicalHumidityPressureLocation Ranganathan noted that there will soon be millions of sensors working in real time, with data sampled every second. He said there’ll be lots of different applications for this data, including retail, defense, traffic, seismic, oil, wildlife, weather and climate modeling. Exascale WebHP sees its role as providing the computing platform required to deal with this massive influx of data and the complexity of processing it in real-time. Google clearly sees itself as a provider of exascale Web services. We don’t know yet which computing or Internet companies will be most successful over the next 5-10 years, but one thing is for sure. They’ll have to know how to process and make sense of massive quantities of data flowing through the Web – and do it in real-time.Photo credit: nasa1fan/MSFClast_img read more

Smart Luggage Eases Travel; Strict Industry Regulation Could Jeopardize the Market

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Abhishek Budholiya is a tech blogger, digital marketing pro, and has contributed to numerous tech magazines. Currently, as a technology and digital branding consultant, he offers his analysis on the tech market research landscape. His forte is analysing the commercial viability of a new breakthrough, a trait you can see in his writing. When he is not ruminating about the tech world, he can be found playing table tennis or hanging out with his friends. Tags:#luggage market#smart baggage locks#smart luggage market Follow the Puck Ever since internet was introduced to the world, it has undergone startling evolution. What began by connecting institutions and businesses for efficient work, no connects everything from our bodies, homes, communities to goods and services and our whole ecosystem. All of these factors are a enough for a ‘perfect storm’- read: Internet of Things (IoT), which has nearly engulfed every ‘thing’ and changed the way we live over the next decade. IoT’s unimaginable vast network where people-to-people, people-to-things, and things-to-things are connected, our living ecosystem is fundamentally changing because not just how decisions are taken, but who makes them and where are those decisions taken will impact our work and homes.Among other connected things including the buildings we live in, products we buy, the food we eat, the room we sleep in, our food and the soil we grow- everything potentially a part of IoT, key leaders involved in the IoT technology development are looking at the next important step- Smart Luggage . Whether traveling by rail or flight, travelers always have to be careful with their luggage as the fear of bags being stolen, mislaid or harmed in any way always exists.Smart Luggage Means Never Having to Worry about Your Bags Ever AgainTag, Track and, Locate: Though carryon baggage lets travelers skip the queue, checking in those bags is time consuming and labor intensive task, as travelers need to print tags, secure them to their bags and drop-off at the check in counters. In a bid to simplify this process, a Germany-based luggage manufacturer rolled out a range of suitcases that comes with an embedded E Ink display. Same size as the standard paper luggage tag, E Ink display gathers data from either supported airline mobile application or the manufacturer’s own app. The airline app then have to simply use its check-in feature and sync it with the electronic tag- helping the airline to drop-off luggage at the dedicated airport counter. The luggage manufacturer also claims that its own app can also be used for initiation as well as switching the tag to contact information mode – making the E Ink display useful even if the airlines or airports do not support electronic tags. Presently available at available at Munich, Hamburg and Frankfurt airports, smart luggage tags have major potential.Missing or permanently lost baggage are a nightmare for travelers. The feeling is sinking to say the least. With advanced IoT based solutions, travelers would never have to worry about losing their bags. With the help of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, data stored in the smart luggage tags can be consistently and accurately captured by scanners utilizing radio waves. This makes way for simple and effective tracking. Travelers are literally omnipresent with their bags at all times- ensuring they have made it on to the plane and unloaded at the other ‘relevant’ final destination. The RFID technology- likely to be used at 344 airports around the world with a success rate of 99.9% after numerous trials coupled with management reporting systems- will make baggage handling efficient.Secure with a Lock: Considering how easy it is to lock luggage and lose the key to it or forget passwords, advanced ways to smart lock luggage are in contention. Among the contenders: locks that allows users to easily unlock the luggage through a tap on their smartphones, locking and unlocking using fingerprint ID, smart baggage locks with GPS that would enable travelers to check on their bag and ensure it is still locked along with real-time along with notifications when the bag is loaded onto a plane. The smart luggage locks uses Near Field Communication (NFC) NFC and a battery or at times smart locks can also be accessed using a pre-paired NFC smart sticker– that travelers can put in their wallet, in case of non-availability of an NFC-enabled device.Knock off Weighty-issues: Ceiling on baggage weight is the biggest gripe for flyers. While manufacturers have made advancements in materials and design along with other features such as GPS tracking, many players are beginning to take a hold and have come up with smart inbuilt scale that would indicate- on the phone screen the luggage’s weight- on pulling the handle of the suitcase and if it meets the airline’s baggage requirements.Remote-controlled Smart Wheels: Even those most luggage have wheels attached to them, travelers still have to trawl it. To further enhance the traveler experience and more it less harrowing, smart luggage that does not need trailing are doing rounds. These smart luggage, having wheels can be controlled by a remote.Additionally, to get the smart luggage game even more high-tech, a groundbreaking ‘seeing’ suitcase was introduced in the smart luggage market last month, and is billed as the world’s first ever ‘vision-powered carry-on’. Powered by ‘Computer Vision’, the luxury smart luggage recognizes its user and analyzes surroundings. The suitcase is designed to move alongside its user at the speed of 6 mph in “Side Follow” mode. And, in case of an obstruction, the suitcase will stop, drop back and follow from behind.Smart Luggage That Convert into Beds, Kitchen, and Offices?Did you ever want to have a bed, kitchen and, work station all combined in your luggage? The answer is in a suitcase that the world welcomed last month, designed by an Australian-born designer. The smart luggage made of aluminum and wood exterior and leather interiors– come in various designs. The smart suitcase can be converted into a work desk and a sleeping bag- with cushions and side frames to keep accessories and belongings. In the next phase, the company is also set to launch a series of smart, luxurious suitcase that will work as a kitchen with foldable chopping table, mini fridge, built-in power supply and drawers for cutlery.Are Smart Luggage Secure? Multiple Bans, Poor Enforcement, Information Theft to Decelerate Market The smart luggage is in for some challenges after the US airlines put a ban on lithium-ion batteries. These batteries are what make a luggage ‘smart’- is highly inflammable and could cause a fire break mid-flight. Although, Lithium-ion batteries present in devices like laptops and suitcases are acceptable, the ones present in smart luggage are not owing to the fact that these are often pushed in the overhead cabin. However, to ease this ban, airlines are allowing travelers to carry such smart luggage only after removing the batteries. But this raises two issues: firstly, removing batteries can be an extremely difficult task as it would involve a lot of unscrewing and wire snipping of the smart luggage, and secondly it would be stripped off its ‘smart’ functionality, reducing it to a regular luggage. The ban went in full effect starting early this year leaving a number of companies in a tough spot.  However, poor implementation of this ban- wherein TSA- approved smart luggage are allowed, could add to the pain of manufacturers and could be a major drawback for the smart luggage market, restraining people from buying one. Travelers will be allowed to carry on or check in their smart luggage as long it has removable battery.Owing to connectivity issues, feasibility of smart luggage is limited to only airports and is expected to be one of the major areas of concern. Additionally, since these products have wires, screws, battery chargers and RFID tags often confuse TSA scanners. Also, security factors such as theft of personal and confidential data including travel itinerary are expected to slow down the smart luggage market growth.This fallout has definitely affected the smart luggage market and if the restrictions continue, many other smart luggage manufacturers will either start looking for new technological advancements or fold entirely. Although, some manufacturers have already started making onboard batteries modular instead of integrated ones, the full potential of smart luggage is yet to be realized. Abhishek Budholiya Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industrylast_img read more

RCMP say Manitoba prison inmate died after injuries he suffered during fight

first_imgSTONY MOUNTAIN, Man. – RCMP are investigating a homicide at a federal prison in Manitoba that killed an inmate who was serving a life sentence for beating a woman to death.Police said they were informed of a fight at the Stony Mountain Institution on Sunday night that involved numerous inmates.An 42-year-old prisoner was transported to hospital in serious condition, but police said he later died from his injuries.A news release from Correctional Service Canada has identified him as Max Maurice Richard.Richard was twice convicted of second-degree murder in the August 2011 death of 24-year-old April Hornbrook, who the Crown argued was stomped to death after she refused to have sex with him.The defence had argued that the prosecution’s theory was “pure speculation.”Hornbrook’s body was found leaning against the wall of a Winnipeg warehouse about 30 hours after she was assaulted.Richard was sentenced in January 2017 to life in prison with no chance of parole for 13 years after he failed to convince a judge his murder charge should be thrown out because of court delays.As in all cases involving the death of an inmate, Correctional Service Canada said it will review the circumstances of the incident and contact the police and the coroner as required.Police said two other male inmates, a 30-year-old and 21-year-old, suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the incident.RCMP from the Stonewall Detachment, along with the Winnipeg Major Crime Unit, continue to investigate.last_img read more