first_imgCOAST Guard staff and volunteers are to issue children with plastic ID bands in a bid to prevent the repeat of the chaos on Rossnowlagh beach last year.A child went missing on the famous strand amid fears he was in the water during last July’s heat wave.Thousands of people in their cars caused gridlock on the beach when they all tried to leave at the same time as the tide came in. The Sligo 118 rescue helicopter and lifeboat crews were forced to scramble to the beach in an attempt to find the child who later turned up safe and well.“With the beach weather hopefully sticking around for a while Irish Coast Guard units around the country have started distributing wristbands for children under the “Give us a hand” campaign,” said Dara O’Malley-Daly from Malin Head Coast Guard station.“The wristbands which are disposable allow parents/ guardians to write their phone number on it and place on a child’s hand.“If the child gets lost the phone number can be contacted and everyone reunited quickly, minimising the need for a large scale search and undue concern for parents. The wristbands are free and made of Tyvek material which is durable and waterproof. “Coast Guard units around the country are distributing the wristbands at coastal/ inland waterway locations. They are also making them available for collection at lifeguard stations and public buildings like libraries.” CHILDREN TO BE ISSUED WITH ID BANDS TO PREVENT REPEAT OF ROSSNOWLAGH SEARCH was last modified: June 17th, 2014 by John2Share 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:childrendonegalID bandsIrish Coast GuardRossnowlaghlast_img read more

Bison designated the national mammal

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On May 9, 2016, President Obama signed the National Bison Legacy Act into law, officially making the American bison the national mammal of the United States.Last week, private bison ranchers joined with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, congressional leaders, conservationists, and tribal representatives at a special celebration at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.  to celebrate the bison’s designation as America’s National Mammal.Three bison business leaders were among the speakers addressing the roughly 150 individuals who gathered to celebrate the enactment of the National Bison Legacy Act.“A combination of conservation leaders and individual ranchers pulled bison back from the brink of extinction in the late 1800’s,” said Roy Liedtke, president of the National Bison Association. “We are pleased that ranchers, conservationists and tribal leaders today are continuing to work together to restore bison on rangelands and pastures across the country.”The celebration underscored the guiding principles that bison represent as Americans honor this national symbol: unity, resilience and healthy landscapes and communities. The event also highlighted the diverse interests supporting bison, represented by the more than 60 organizations, tribes, conservation groups and businesses of the Vote Bison Coalition, led by the Inter Tribal Buffalo Council (ITBC), National Bison Association (NBA), and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).“We in the foundation are proud to be a part of the coalition to see that the animal we love was named as the national mammal,” said Dick Gehring of Kansas, representing the National Buffalo Foundation and several bison businesses sponsoring the special reception.He also reported that the foundation is sponsoring a traveling bison history exhibit that will be appearing at museums around the country.Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, whose department’s seal bears the image of a bison, spoke about the bison’s enduring legacy on America’s public lands, refuges, forests and parks.last_img read more

Why major American corporations have struggled in China: Home Depot

first_img5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption Related Posts Clayton Jacobs How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D…center_img Tags:#China#Home Depot#Internet of Things#IoT Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu… This article is part of a series about the importance of cross-cultural design, other installments of which have been published over the last month.Home Depot is another retailer that has struggled in China. However, unlike Walmart, it did not figure things out. Home Depot’s story in China began in December 2006 with its purchase of a Home Depot imitator which already had twelve locations throughout China. The deal was rumored to have cost Home Depot around $100 million USD.See Also: 3 key tech developments for your smart home from CESThe story of Home Depot contains perhaps some of the most important lessons for any foreign business entering China as, no matter what it did within its business model, it had little potential for success because the model itself was doomed to cause failure. This assertion might be hard to make sense of since, according to a Gallup poll from March 2005 taken in China, 93% of those who responded said that they owned their place of residence. Homeowners are the bulk of Home Depot customers of course. With a market that massive, it was no wonder Home Depot thought it would hit a homerun by expanding into China.Similar to Walmart’s mistake discussed in the fourth installment of this series, Home Depot’s mistake was to have a fundamental misunderstanding of the Chinese consumer and his/her desires. Very few Chinese homeowners want to do their own repairs, upgrades, and renovations. This overlooked fact blew a massive hole in the Home Depot business model, since its model is based on selling to people who want to do their own home improvement projects to save money.However, even with such a flaw within Home Depot’s business model, its true mistake was not altering its strategy to provide the types of products and services Chinese customers do value. If Home Depot had done decent market research, it would have realized that the Chinese consumer generally does not like do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. If it had still wanted to take a shot in China, it could have changed its model to offer the service of carrying out home improvement projects with its own products. As a result of not adequately understanding Chinese consumers, Home Depot closed its final seven stores in China in September 2012.To see the success Home Depot could have had, one needs to look no further than IKEA. IKEA is absolutely making a killing in China, which might seem strange given what I previously said about the Chinese not wanting to build their own things and that this concept is synonymous with the IKEA brand in the West.See Also: Meet Viki, Nokia’s new hire for their AI personal assistantBut in China, IKEA learned about Chinese market differences and developed a two-pronged strategy in order not to repeat the fate of Home Depot. First, it was able to keep and leverage its classic showrooms within its retail stores. The showrooms alleviate one of the largest reasons many Chinese don’t want to do their own home upgrades: they lack confidence in what they are doing. Many Chinese who are ready to purchase their first home have not ever lived in a modern style home. This causes uncertainty about what is typical or stylish and, therefore, frustration about making design choices. The Chinese typically would much rather see how something works or looks, then purchase it exactly how it is, rather than come up with their own design.In addition, the typical Chinese life experience means that most of them do not have the skill or know-how for DIY projects. So, unlike its marketing approach in the West, and in other international markets, in China IKEA offers and promotes a service of designing and building home improvement items.This solves the related problems of the Chinese people not knowing how and not wanting to do DIY projects. Home Depot may well have been able to win over China by employing a similar approach from the outset. And even after its initial lack of success, instead of re-strategizing to figure out and solve its customer’s needs/desires in China, Home Depot kept a fixed frame of reference, which ultimately led to its inability to gain market share there.The author is Clayton “CJ” Jacobs, who is currently an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with, and the Head of Cross-Cultural Design at, ReadWrite. An area of focus for him is helping American companies understand and enter the Chinese market through taking a modern user-centric product design approach. You can contact him directly at clayton.michael.jacobs(at) or find him on Twitter & LinkedIn.last_img read more

NGT seeks report on steps for gharial conservation

first_imgThe National Green Tribunal has directed the Madhya Pradesh government to submit within three weeks separate progress report of the departments concerned on the steps taken according to an action plan to conserve gharial habitat along the Son river.Stating that the government had filed an additional status report instead of a progress report as directed by it, the NGT held that the status report didn’t make clear the action taken so far or what remained to be done. In an order dated July 31, 2018, the NGT had constituted a committee to prepare an action plan to check illegal mining, conserve gharials and turtles, and maintain a minimum ecological flow downstream the Ban Sagar Dam. While it was asked to frame a plan within a month of its constitution, it had to submit a report within three months. However, it submitted the report only in February this year. The petition, filed by Nityanand Mishra, flagged the declining population of gharials along a 200-km stretch of the river due to illegal sand mining. Contending that even the Forest Department and the police were unable to check it, Mr. Mishra said that according to the IUCN, their population has declined by 96-98% since 1946, despite the Centre declaring it a protected species under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.Intense fishing“The increasing intensity of fishing using gill nets, and large-scale illegal and impermissible mining activity in the protected area of the Son Gharial Sanctuary along the Son river is rapidly killing many of the scarce adults and many sub-adults,” said Mr. Mishra. “Earlier there were between 400 and 600 gharials in the area and later their population went down to 18 in 2004. Now there are 45 gharials. Mafia kills gharials selectively and illegal sand mining worth ₹2 crore takes place on the riverbed every day,” Mr. Mishra told The Hindu. MCBT study The petitioner quoted a study by the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust which highlighted the excessive, irreversible loss of riverine habitat caused by the construction of the Ban Sagar Dam, changes in the river’s course, artificial embankments and large-scale illegal sand mining.last_img read more

HTC Desire 820 to be unveiled at IFA 2014

first_imgIts time for HTC loyalists to cheer up as the brand has officially announced its upcoming model Desire 820 handset that is set to touch base with a 64-bit octa-core soC, brand’s first ever smartphone with a 64 Bit octa-core soC. The news was affirmed through Chinese informal communication site Weibo after the Taiwanese firm posted several pictures as a teaser, for the promotions.HTC has in fact said that the Desire 820 is situated to be showcased on September 4 at a pre-IFA 2014 occasion. From the two images that have been posted one displays key specifications including firstf/2.0 camera aperture and full HD display. The second picture displays its front facing camera that appears near the front-facing speaker grill. The short content that is going hand in hand with the second teaser picture likewise guarantees that this is the “world’s first octa-center 64-bit smartphone. However HTC is yet to announce the details about processor, but again passing by the image posted on the web, it will be powered by 64-bit Snapdragon 615 chipset. However, all streets are leading to the approaching IFA so far, and that’s where we can discover if the device undeniably sports such specifications.last_img read more