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Woman found dead in Naples pond

first_imgNAPLES, Fla. – A woman was found dead in a car after it ended up in a pond in Collier County Tuesday.Collier County deputies said they are investigating the crash as a suspicious incident. The crash happened at Bellaire Bay Drive and Gervais Circle. The car was found around 8:13 a.m. The 55-year-old Naples woman failed to turn along with a left hand curve and traveled off the road into the pond, Florida Highway Patrol reported. FHP is still investigating the crash. A dive team is helping with the investigation. AdvertisementTroopers said the car was fully submerged in the pond. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Car retrieved from pondInitial reports show only one person was involved in the crash. AdvertisementTags: Deadly crashnaplespond crash Study ranks Naples as best beach town in America to live June 16, 2021 Sea turtle caught on camera nesting on Naples beach June 16, 2021 Naples soldier facing charges for wife’s murder June 16, 2021 Woman shot outside Naples Waffle House June 16, 2021center_img Advertisement RELATEDTOPICS Advertisement AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 commentslast_img read more

SunPass offers new transponder that works in 12+ states

first_imgAdvertisement The new SunPass pro is $14.95. The old SunPass is only compatible in Georgia and North Carolina.You can pick up the SunPass Pro at CVS, Walgreens, and Publix. Advertisement The future of how LeeWay collects tolls will be decided today June 16, 2021 Could this app replace SunPass transponders? January 26, 2021 AdvertisementDave Wick lives part of the time in Fort Myers and the other half in the Chicago area. He was excited to hear that his EZ Pass will now work in Florida.Those without EZ Pass can now purchase the new “SunPass Pro” which gives drivers access to toll roads in 15 additional states.“You get a lot of midwest people, I’m sure, down in this area like us.  So you’ll get folks who want to come in and use the same pass,” Wick said. Advertisement Tags: EZ PassSunPass AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments LEE COUNTY, Fla.– Since the COVID-19 pandemic, most tolling plazas have been shut down. Transponders are necessary unless you want to receive a bill in the mail.  The good news is SunPass is now offering a new transponder that will work in more than a dozen states.Jeff VanSickel lives in Wilmington Delaware and is visiting Fort Myers. He currently only uses EZ Pass in all of his vehicles but that was useless in Florida until just recently.“The problem is, if we were to come down here, you guys have SunPass and probably stupidly go right through the toll and then get something in the mail because they caught our tag number,” VanSickel said.That was the case until SunPass and EZ Pass became compatible which means anyone with an EZ pass can now use it on 900 miles of Florida toll roads.last_img read more

Laois minor hurling panel for 2018 named

first_img WhatsApp Laois minor hurling panel for 2018 named TAGSLaois minor hurlers Facebook Previous articleLaois Lithuanian Community set to welcome their Ambassador to PortlaoiseNext articlePlans for new public toilets in Portlaoise LaoisToday Reporter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Facebook Twitter By LaoisToday Reporter – 21st February 2018 Pinterest Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squadcenter_img Pinterest Community Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Twitter Council Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Laois have played a number of challenge matches already this year including games against Westmeath, Kildare, Tipperary, Colaiste Cholm Tullomore, St Fergal’s Rathdowney and Carlow.LAOIS MINOR HURLING PANEL:Conor Breen (Castletown-Slieve Bloom)Ben Shore (Castletown-Slieve Bloom)Conor Walsh (Castletown-Slieve Bloom)Tadgh Cuddy (Castletown-Slieve Bloom)Bryan Bredin (Mountrath)Killian Kirwan (Mountrath)Gearoid Williams (Mountrath)Lorcan Fitzpatrick (The Harps)Jim Kirby (The Harps)Billy McEvoy (The Harps)Kevin Mulhall (Clough-Ballacolla)Mark Hennessy (Clough-Ballacolla)Evan Hawkes (Clough-Ballacolla)Rossa Duffy (Rosenallis)Conor Cosgrove (Rosenallis)Shane Farrell (Rosenallis)Niall Carey (Portlaoise)Eoin Naughton (Portlaoise)Oisin Murray (Clonaslee-St Manman’s)DJ Callaghan (Clonaslee-St Manman’s)Darragh Lyons (Ballyfin)Allan Connolly (Ballyfin)Fionan O’Mahony (Abbeyleix)Ciaran Byrne (Abbeyleix)Cillian Maher (Rathdowney-Errill)Thep Fitzpatrick (Rathdowney-Errill)Dan Moore (Camross)Niall Bennett (Camross)Adam Kirwan (Trumera)Gearoid O’Neill (Trumera)Danny Brennan (Park-Ratheniska)Keelin Kelly (Borris-Kilcotton)Dylan Cuddy (Shanahoe)Cathal Shaughnessy (Ballinakill)Fionn Holland (Clonad)SEE ALSO – 17 clubs represented as Laois minor football panel for 2018 confirmed Home Sport GAA Laois minor hurling panel for 2018 named SportGAAHurling Laois minor hurling manager Enda Lyons has named a 35-man panel for the coming year.Like the footballers, 17 clubs are represented in total in the squad.The U-16 champions from last year were Clough-Ballacolla/Mountrath and they habe a combined total of seven players on the team.Mountrath have four of those and that is the joint highest alongside Castletown-Slieve Bloom who won the U-16 shield last year.Like the football, the minor hurling championship in Leinster has been changed to U-17 and has a new format – one with three tiers.There will be four teams in Tier 1: Kilkenny, Dublin, Wexford and Laois; four teams in Tier 2: Offaly, Meath, Antrim and Kildare; and three teams in Tier 3: Carlow, Westmeath and Down.Laois begin away to Wexford on May 12 before facing Dublin at home on May 19. They end their group campaign at home to Kilkenny on May 25.All of the Tier 1 teams are guaranteed a place in the quarter finals, regardless of where they finish in the group. Rugby last_img read more

Multi-million euro horse racing facility planned for Laois to compete with Punchestown and the Galway Races

first_img Facebook TAGSApril FoolsGalway RacesPunchestownThe Heath RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Multi-million euro horse racing facility planned for Laois to compete with Punchestown and the Galway Races Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory WhatsApp Pinterest GAA Home We Are Laois A Bit of Fun Multi-million euro horse racing facility planned for Laois to compete with Punchestown… We Are LaoisA Bit of Fun Twitter GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Previous articleLaois GAA Masters football team announce training details as championship approachesNext articleLaois Open Door Theatre performing the ‘Perfect Wedding’ this weekend in the Dunamaise LaoisToday Reporter By LaoisToday Reporter – 1st April 2019 A multi-million euro horse racing facility is being planned for Laois which, when completed, will be holding festivals to compete with the likes of Punchestown, Cheltenham and the Galway Races.LaoisToday understands that a site just off the M7 motorway outside Portlaoise is the chosen location and that planning is at an advanced stage.Land has been identified on The Heath for the massive development which will be seen as a huge boost to the local economy.It’s also a development that is expected to bring massive benefits to The Heath community with the new facilities to be shared with the local GAA and Golf Clubs.“First of all, this project is going to be a very exciting one in terms of the Irish horse racing scene,” said a source close to the development.“The scale of what we are planning will be similar to the Galway Races in terms of a social event but the quality of the racing will be right up there with Cheltenham – we will expect to attract the owners from both Ireland and England due to our incredible location.“The big four-day festival we are planning will be around the October Bank Holiday to co-incide with the start of the National Hunt season but we will also have a number of one and two-day race meetings as well as evening events during the summer.“We are also looking to add huge value to The Heath so the grand stand that is being developed in such a way that will be able to be used by the football club. Similar to other racecourses, the track will go around the golf course.”Locals have reacted positively to the news. “The races are a huge money-spinner,” said one local. “It’ll be mighty craic and the horses generally attract a well-dressed crowd for their ladies day and what have you – all of them with plenty of money. The more of it they spend around here the better.“The lads in Cheltenham only do four day festivals but I’m hearing that once this gets up and running, we’ll go one better and go for five!.”A farmer, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “Won’t someone think of the sheep?“They’ve been happily grazing on The Heath for decades and how is bringing thousands of people into their environment going to impact on them? They’ll be absolutely terrified.”But another local suggested that it could be a place to bring back the infamous political hospitality tents that were a feature of some of the big races, particularly in Galway.“They can wine and dine whoever they want here – and what harm if they brought back the tents.“They’ve been gone long enough now at this stage and we’d be delighted if they could make a new home in The Heath.”SEE ALSO – Breaking: Global music star set to play intimate gig at Laois venue Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook GAA Twitterlast_img read more

Taxpayers Responding Positively

first_imgTaxpayers Responding Positively UncategorizedJuly 10, 2008 Advertisements RelatedTaxpayers Responding Positively FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Audley Shaw, has said that the public has been responding positively to the Government’s call to pay their taxes.“We are getting tremendous response. This June compared with last June, we raked in $12 billion more compared with last year; 37 per cent higher than we collected last year. (During) the first quarter of the fiscal year, April to June, we have collected some 24 per cent more than the first quarter of the previous fiscal year; and the collection of arrears has increased by 71 per cent when compared with the same period last year. It means therefore that the tax-paying public (is) responding to the call of the government (to pay their taxes),” Mr. Shaw said.He was speaking at the annual members’ luncheon of the Jamaica Securities Dealers Association (JSDA), held under the theme: ‘Opening up New Market Opportunities’, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston yesterday, (July 8).Mr. Shaw noted that the Government intended to instill in individuals a whole new respect for paying taxes. “I want it to be a partnership. Pay your taxes and watch your money being spent in a transparent and fiscally responsible way,” he stated.The Finance Minister said that the long term objective of the government is to spread the burden compliant tax-payers usually bear, by bringing more people into the tax net, and in doing so, lower the overall rates of taxes. “We are committed to bringing corporate taxes in line with personal income tax rates over time, as we have this increased level of respect and compliance. We want to begin after that, to lower our overall rates of personal and corporate income taxes,” Mr. Shaw pointed out.Turning to the status of the economy, the Finance Minister noted that this issue is no longer a major concern for Jamaican citizens as they feel assured about how the economy is being managed. He pointed out that over the past nine months “we (the government) have been taking purposeful steps to put the management of the economy on a sound footing, because the truth is, no matter what we are doing, no matter the circumstances that face us globally, the starting point has got to be a strong and a sound and fiscally responsible foundation on which to build the economy and the truth is. the state of the economy is no longer a primary issue.because there is a sense in which some stability is in place in terms of the management of the economy.”President of the JSDA, Anya Schnoor in her remarks, said that in the 16 years since the security dealers market opened in Jamaica, there have been numerous changes and growth in the sector. “From humble beginnings, we have grown to manage in excess of $600 billion of client investment funds, far exceeding the assets under management of the commercial banking sector. This remarkable growth is a testament to the creativity of the indigenous Jamaican companies and a tremendous achievement we should all be proud of,” she noted.“The industry survived during some of the most turbulent times in our financial sector and has become the major source by which the government is able to raise funds to finance its ongoing budgetary obligations,” she continued.Miss Schnoor noted that the industry was deserving of the respect of the wider financial community and that “indeed the JSDA has proven to be an effective lobby group which represents 25 of the largest security dealers in the island.”The Jamaica Securities Dealers Association, which began on September 11, 2002, was established to promote the consideration and discussion of all questions affecting the business of licensees under the Securities Act of 1993 in Jamaica, and generally to watch over, protect, speak, and act on all matters relating to the Act and the trading of securities.The JSDA also aims to promote, support or oppose legislative or other measures affecting the association’s objects; and to assist, influence, develop, improve and uplift the codes, standards, conduct and calibre of trading in securities generally.The JSDA’s mission is to promote the interest of the securities industry in Jamaica and to develop and improve standards in the industry. As such, the Association works closely with regulators to develop appropriate regulations for the industry, which facilitate development of the industry and protection for investors.center_img RelatedTaxpayers Responding Positively RelatedTaxpayers Responding Positivelylast_img read more

Wyss Institute, Sony Corporation create tennis ball-sized surgical robot

first_img Comments (0) By EH News Bureau on August 27, 2020 The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Share Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Harvard Universitymedical robotics engineeringMinimally invasive laparoscopic surgerySony CorporationWyss Institute Related Posts Wyss Institute, Sony Corporation create tennis ball-sized surgical robot MedTech News Read Article Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Origami-inspired miniature manipulator improves precision and control of teleoperated surgical proceduresMinimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, in which a surgeon uses tools and a tiny camera inserted into small incisions to perform operations, has made surgical procedures safer for both patients and doctors over the last half-century. Recently, surgical robots have started to appear in operating rooms to further assist surgeons by allowing them to manipulate multiple tools at once with greater precision, flexibility, and control than is possible with traditional techniques. However, these robotic systems are extremely large, often taking up an entire room, and their tools can be much larger than the delicate tissues and structures on which they operate.A collaboration between Wyss associate faculty member Robert Wood, Ph.D. and robotics engineer Hiroyuki Suzuki of Sony Corporation has brought surgical robotics down to the microscale by creating a new, origami-inspired miniature remote center of motion manipulator (the “mini-RCM”). The robot is the size of a tennis ball, weighs about as much as a penny, and successfully performed a difficult mock surgical task, as described in a recent issue of Nature Machine Intelligence.“The Wood lab’s unique technical capabilities for making micro-robots have led to a number of impressive inventions over the last few years, and I was convinced that it also had the potential to make a breakthrough in the field of medical manipulators as well,” said Suzuki, who began working with Wood on the mini-RCM in 2018 as part of a Harvard-Sony collaboration. “This project has been a great success.”A mini robot for micro tasksAccording to a release from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, to create their miniature surgical robot, Suzuki and Wood turned to the Pop-Up MEMS manufacturing technique developed in Wood’s lab, in which materials are deposited on top of each other in layers that are bonded together, then laser-cut in a specific pattern that allows the desired three-dimensional shape to “pop up,” as in a children’s pop-up picture book. This technique greatly simplifies the mass-production of small, complex structures that would otherwise have to be painstakingly constructed by hand.The team created a parallelogram shape to serve as the main structure of the robot, then fabricated three linear actuators (mini-LAs) to control the robot’s movement: one parallel to the bottom of the parallelogram that raises and lowers it, one perpendicular to the parallelogram that rotates it, and one at the tip of the parallelogram that extends and retracts the tool in use. The result was a robot that is much smaller and lighter than other microsurgical devices previously developed in academia.The mini-LAs are themselves marvels in miniature, built around a piezoelectric ceramic material that changes shape when an electrical field is applied. The shape change pushes the mini-LA’s “runner unit” along its “rail unit” like a train on train tracks, and that linear motion is harnessed to move the robot. Because piezoelectric materials inherently deform as they change shape, the team also integrated LED-based optical sensors into the mini-LA to detect and correct any deviations from the desired movement, such as those caused by hand tremors.Steadier than a surgeon’s handsTo mimic the conditions of a teleoperated surgery, the team connected the mini-RCM to a Phantom Omni device, which manipulated the mini-RCM in response to the movements of a user’s hand controlling a pen-like tool. Their first test evaluated a human’s ability to trace a tiny square smaller than the tip of a ballpoint pen, looking through a microscope and either tracing it by hand, or tracing it using the mini-RCM. The mini-RCM tests dramatically improved user accuracy, reducing error by 68 per cent compared to manual operation – an especially important quality given the precision required to repair small and delicate structures in the human body.Given the mini-RCM’s success on the tracing test, the researchers then created a mock version of a surgical procedure called retinal vein cannulation, in which a surgeon must carefully insert a needle through the eye to inject therapeutics into the tiny veins at the back of the eyeball. They fabricated a silicone tube the same size as the retinal vein (about twice the thickness of a human hair), and successfully punctured it with a needle attached to the end of the mini-RCM without causing local damage or disruption.In addition to its efficacy in performing delicate surgical maneuvers, the mini-RCM’s small size provides another important benefit: it is easy to set up and install and, in the case of a complication or electrical outage, the robot can be easily removed from a patient’s body by hand.“The Pop-Up MEMS method is proving to be a valuable approach in a number of areas that require small yet sophisticated machines, and it was very satisfying to know that it has the potential to improve the safety and efficiency of surgeries to make them even less invasive for patients,” said Wood, who is also the Charles River Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).The researchers aim to increase the force of the robot’s actuators to cover the maximum forces experienced during an operation, and improve its positioning precision. They are also investigating using a laser with a shorter pulse during the machining process, to improve the mini-LAs’ sensing resolution.“This unique collaboration between the Wood lab and Sony illustrates the benefits that can arise from combining the real-world focus of industry with the innovative spirit of academia, and we look forward to seeing the impact this work will have on surgical robotics in the near future,” said Wyss Institute Founding Director Don Ingber, M.D., Ph.D., who is also the the Judah Folkman Professor of Vascular Biology at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, and Professor of Bioengineering at SEAS. 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Tropical Storm Warnings and Watches Issued

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail At 4:00 a.m. the centre of Tropical Depression Nine was located near Latitude 15.2 degrees north and Longitude 51.2 degrees west or about 1150 kilometres east of the Leeward Islands. Ninth Depression of the Season Forms East of the Lesser Antilles The Depression is moving towards the west near 32 km/h and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the cyclone should move through the southern Leeward Islands and northern Windward Islands Wednesday afternoon and emerge over the eastern Caribbean Sea by Thursday morning. Maximum sustained winds are near 55 km/h, with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and the Depression is expected to become a tropical storm later today. The Meteorological Service will continue to monitor Tropical Depression Nine. Tropical Storm Warnings and Watches Issued EnvironmentAugust 21, 2012 RelatedTropical Storm Warnings and Watches Issued RelatedTropical Storm Warnings and Watches Issuedcenter_img Advertisements RelatedTropical Storm Warnings and Watches Issuedlast_img read more

Parliamentarians Urged to Speak out Against Illicit Gun Trade

first_imgSpeaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Michael Peart, has called on Parliamentarians in the region to speak out against the illicit trade and irresponsible use of small arms and light weapons.The House Speaker made the appeal as he addressed Wednesday’s (June 25) opening session of the two-day Parliamentary Forum on small arms and light weapons, being held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel from June 25-26.“One often hears about the ravages of nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction, but small arms and light weapons can often have as devastating an impact,” Mr. Peart said.“This conference will give us the opportunity, as Parliamentarians, to chart the way forward. We can, through dialogue with all sectors of society, conceive creative ways to get the message across to our constituents,” he pointed out.Mr. Peart, in urging Parliamentarians to take action, said it is estimated that there are at least 639 million small arms and light weapons in circulation across the globe and that each year, more than eight million guns and 16 billion rounds of ammunition are produced.“More frightening than all of this, however, is the fact that according to small arms surveys, 70 per cent of these small arms and light weapons are to be found in civilian hands,” he lamented, noting that these weapons cause death and injury to tens of thousands of victims.Mr. Peart noted that Jamaica has sought to control the supply and possession of illicit weapons and has taken steps to ensure the responsible use of small arms and light weapons both at the national and community levels.The conference, organised by the Parliamentary Forum on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW), is discussing the Arms Trade Treaty and the United Nations Programme of Action (UNPoA) to Combat, Prevent and Eradicate the illicit trading in Small Arms in Light Weapons in All its Aspects, which are complementary and mutually reinforcing initiatives, aimed at stopping the uncontrolled proliferation of arms.In addition to speaking out against the illicit use of guns, Mr. Peart said Parliamentarians should also encourage ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty and adoption of the provisions of the 2001 UNPoA, noting that such action will impact positively on the security landscape in Latin America and the Caribbean.The Arms Trade Treaty seeks to regulate international trade in conventional weapons, so as to prevent their diversion from the legal market to the illicit trade.It also establishes common international standards governing the transfer of conventional weapons, including small arms and light weapons.Jamaica ratified the Arms Trade Treaty in June 2014, which will assist the country in addressing the challenges related to the inflow of small arms into the country.At the end of the conference, participants are expected to affirm a declaration of their commitment to the provisions of the Arms Trade Treaty to ensure the comprehensive implementation of the UNPoA. RelatedSenate Members Express Delight at Removal of Cuba from Terrorism List FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedGuilty Plea in Court Cases Urged Where Offences Have Been Committed Parliamentarians Urged to Speak out Against Illicit Gun Trade ParliamentJune 28, 2015Written by: Llatonya Linton Story HighlightsSpeaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Michael Peart, has called on Parliamentarians in the region to speak out against the illicit trade and irresponsible use of small arms and light weapons.The House Speaker made the appeal as he addressed Wednesday’s (June 25) opening session of the two-day Parliamentary Forum on small arms and light weapons, being held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel from June 25-26.Mr. Peart noted that Jamaica has sought to control the supply and possession of illicit weapons and has taken steps to ensure the responsible use of small arms and light weapons both at the national and community levels. center_img Photo: Donald DelahayeSpeaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Michael Peart (left), listens to a point from Minster of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Hon. A.J Nicholson, during Thursday’s (June 25) opening session of the Parliamentary Forum on small arms and light weapons held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston. Parliamentarians Urged to Speak out Against Illicit Gun TradeJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedRecruitment for Canada Farm Work Programme August 10 to 28 Advertisementslast_img read more

US Yotaphone 2 debut dropped

first_img Steve Costello Previous ArticleSony refreshes mid-tier smartphone portfolioNext ArticleFrontback returns from the dead Yota denies ditching Android for Sailfish Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more Yota Devices, maker of the dual-screen Yotaphone smartphone line, shelved the launch of a US-targeted version of Yotaphone 2, citing manufacturing issues.The company noted “unforeseen delays including both production and delivery of the North American variant of YotaPhone2 from our manufacturer”.In an email sent to backers of an Indiegogo campaign supporting the launch, Matthew Kelly, its US head, said: “It’s not an easy life for a startup smartphone company and the aforementioned manufacturing difficulties have been one of the biggest challenges we’ve faced”.The company said that while it had met with its manufacture partner “in a last-ditch effort” to bring the device to North America, it would arrive too late.“We believe the likelihood of a severe delay in these shipments would have created a conflict with our international roadmap for 2016, leaving Indiegogo supporters behind when customers in other regions will be offered a newer, cheaper and better Yotaphone.”According to Kelly, Yota Devices is now “bringing on a new manufacturing partner who can support the scalability we need in order to quickly bring YotaPhone to various regions around the world, including North America”. A “new generation YotaPhone with the latest specs and technologies, but also at a lower cost”, was promised.Two options are now available: customers in North America can receive the international version of the device, which means that while 3G connectivity will be supported, 4G (LTE) will not.Alternatively, refunds will be made.The Yotaphone 2 Indiegogo campaign was heavily over-subscribed, hitting 572 per cent of its target, reaching nearly $300,000. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 03 AUG 2015 HomeDevicesNews US Yotaphone 2 debut dropped Tags center_img Yota Devices seeking YotaPhone 3 funding Devices Yota picks up new backer with $50M initial support Related Author Yota DevicesYotaphoneYotaphone 2last_img read more

News / Long delays at major US airfreight hubs caused by ‘handling problems’

first_imgAustrian Airlines By Ian Putzger, Americas correspondent 16/06/2020 Air cargo volumes are considerably down on a year ago, but trucks are having to wait longer at large US airports to collect imported freight.Forwarders also face earlier cut-offs for their exports to make it onto departing flights at large gateways.“We’ve seen this mainly in the big gateways, like Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas,” reported Bob Imbriani, senior vice-president international at Team Worldwide.“I hear LA is a disaster,” one airline cargo executive told The Loadstar.According to multiple sources, the problems stem from a combination of factors, chiefly shortages of handling staff and issues with loading and unloading ‘passenger freighters’.Passenger aircraft flying cargo missions have become a familiar sight, and for many airlines they have become a kind of white knight, bringing in desperately needed revenue while passenger operations are on hold.However, loading is cumbersome and time-consuming. With no cargo doors, the freight moved in the passenger cabin – on and under seats and in overhead bins, or with all seats removed – and has to be handled manually.Mr Imbriani said there were multiple issues with cargo in a cabin: from load and balance problems, to securing the freight, and especially in cases where forwarders have submitted incorrect dimensions of a shipment.Some handlers admit they are not set up to handle ‘passenger freighters’.Air Canada has managed to speed up the process by installing rollers in the cabins of aircraft where seats are removed. Tim Strauss, vice-president cargo, claimed his crews could unload a B777-300ER without seats in one hour, 15 minutes.Manpower is another problem area. With their passenger business in limbo, handlers have laid-off or furloughed many their workforce, in some cases up to 50%. In addition, measures against Covid-19 are having a negative impact. Some handlers split teams in two smaller units, kept separate to avoid any outbreak throughout the entire crew.Team Worldwide now trucks departing freight to the airport several hours earlier to make sure its cargo does not miss a flight. Inbound waiting times have been longer, Mr Imbriani said.But in some cases delays are massive.“We sometimes got to wait three-to-five days,” reported Joe Delli Carpini, president of Cargo Tours. With one large handler at New York’s JFK airport, delays can be as long as 10 days, he added.He recently visited the airport to extricate an overdue inbound shipment and was informed that the pallet it was on would not be ready for another three days, even though the flight had landed the previous week.“The problem has always existed. The real problem, even before the pandemic, was that all of the freight handling at JFK has been abdicated by the airlines,” he explained.“We have trucks parked 24 hours at the various cargo facilities because it is not possible to just go and wait an hour or so to get your freight,” he added.“Things were not much better before the pandemic. Then the excuse was that there were too many flights to take care of. Now the excuse is that they don’t have enough personnel.”And the challenges with ‘passenger freighter’ will likely persist for some time, said Mr Imbriani, despite assurances from the airlines that these are not a lasting phenomenon, but it is unclear how much longer they will last. It could be a matter of a few months, or more than a year, he said.The recent problems do not augur well for a recovery. If volumes pick up significantly, as more businesses resume operations, while bellyhold is capacity still constrained, the bottlenecks could get a lot worse.“As US exports pick up, it may be challenging,” Mr Imbriani said.Read our related story today on passenger freighter guidelineslast_img read more

EU commits to $25m solar project in Africa

first_img Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Image credit: Stock The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a $25 million financing plan for the installation of off-grid solar systems, to strengthen energy access in Africa.EIB vice president, Ambroise Fayolle, announced the project at the 6th African CEO Forum in Abijan, Cote ‘Ivoire and stated the focus countries are; Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and Uganda. The project will boost power delivery to both rural and suburban populations.The bank will be working with d.light Design to supply energy through solar kits rather than through grid connection. The kits are inexpensive for users and utilise a pre-payment system.European Investment Bank: financingFayolle said the EU financing would enable d.light design to develop the installation of solar kits, including the panels and lamps, as well as low-energy equipment such as radios and TVs, in sub-Saharan Africa with the ambitious goal of reaching 10 million solar installations within five years.“I am delighted that the EIB has signed this new financing with d.light in Africa for an off-grid solar project that will have a major economic and social impact on people and micro-entrepreneurs.“The EU bank is determined to implement the Paris climate agreement and to cooperate to achieve the sustainable development goals, particularly when it comes to ensuring access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy for all. With its unique technical and financial expertise in the support of solar projects, the EIB will mobilise new investments to develop renewable energies in Africa,” Fayolle said.Climate action and the development of renewable energies are major priorities both inside and outside the EU.The EIB has confirmed that it plans to expand its activities to support the development of solar power infrastructure in developing regions to support emerging economies.Since 2002, the EIB has allocated €6.3 billion ($7.9 billion) to financing solar projects, with 50% going to emerging and developing economies. Generation Finance and Policy UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentcenter_img AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector BRICS TAGSEthiopiaEuropean Investment BankKenyaNigeriarenewable energysolar powerTanzaniaUganda Previous articleImpact of African energy initiatives to be evaluated at Africa Energy Forum in MauritiusNext articleEarth Hour 2018: South Africans save 410MW PamL RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

S.Africa: energy minister welcomes BEPA launch

first_img Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA TAGSBEPAJeff RadebeREIPPPPSouth African energy ministerthe Black Energy Professionals Association Previous articleChina leads global natural gas growth by 30%Next articleS.Africa: Italian Consulate installs off-grid solar PV system Ashley TheronAshley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa. Generation BRICS RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Feature image: The Department of Energy (DoE). At the launch of the Black Energy Professionals Association (BEPA) on Thursday, South Africa’s minister of energy, Jeff Radebe, stressed the importance of this platform for “black professionals to share ideas, forge closer working relationship with government, to influence government energy policy, and collaborate”.The Minister said that government, public and private sector need to work together towards a radically transformed and inclusive economy: “This is a non-negotiable for our country.”“My recent approval and sign off of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Projects supports an increase in black participation through increase not only at ownership level, but at operational and manufacturing level towards the creation of black industrialists,” he added.Local participationAccording to Radebe, the government’s IPP Programme “remains the only vehicle that progressively enables participation by black investors and industrialists in electricity generation. Through its unique programme design, the Renewable Energy IPP Programme requires a mandatory 40% of South African Entity Participation and black enterprise and broad-based black participation in the form of ownership, economic and socio-economic benefits.”“With these latest projects, black shareholding of 64.2% of local ownership has been achieved, and shareholding by black South Africans has also been secured across the value chain. Black ownership and participation in Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) and Operating and Maintenance (O&M) Project Companies have improved under this new round of projects.“Around 86%, or 1 748, of the top management jobs of the new IPP Project Companies will be filled by black professionals,” the Minister added.Black-owned enterprises“The IPPs have committed to an average of about 40% or R8.90 billion of the local goods and services spend to be procured from black-owned enterprises during the construction period,” Radebe said adding that a key focus for the Programme is to ensure rural communities receive sustainable benefits.“The Renewable Energy IPP Programme is embracing local community socio-economic and enterprise development and through an inclusive geographic approach it has created opportunities across the country – in all 9 provinces – in mostly lagging rural areas,” he said.According to Radebe, “local community shareholding (total equity) in the newly signed projects amount to 7.1% (or R1 627 million).  The local community shareholders for these projects will receive R5.9 billion net income over the 20 year life of the projects.  In addition, the IPPs will enable local communities to further benefit directly from the investments attracted to the area and IPP commitments in the areas of education and skills development social welfare, healthcare, general administration and enterprise development.”The Minister concluded: “The newly signed projects will contribute a total R9.8 billion to socio-economic development initiatives and R3.39 billion to enterprise development over the 20 year life time of the projects.”Click the link👇🏽to watch @BEPA_SA Launch keynote address #energy— Minister of Energy (@radebe_jeff) April 12, 2018 Finance and Policy UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more

THW Kiel sign Danish goalkeeper – Kim Sonne

first_imgLeave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Related Items: ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsGerman THW Kiel will get the third goalkeeper from the North of Europe. After two Swedish guys, Palicka and Sjostrand, “Zebras” t-shirts will wear the Danish youngstar Kim Sonne. A 22-years old goalie of Skive FH will sign a two years contract with the EHF CL finalist, writes DR SPORTEN.He will play for the second team of “Zebras” and will wait for his chance in the first squad. Click to comment ShareTweetShareShareEmaillast_img read more

Ensignbus reduces near-misses by 57%

first_imgThe M25 bottleneck east of London is a massive inconvenience to most drivers, but for Thurrock-based Ensignbus, it can rapidly become a “complete nightmare.”The M25/A13 junction’s slow-moving traffic and the QE2 bridge frequently push traffic onto local roads that too often put Ensignbus’ 120 drivers into conflict with impatient road users. It can quickly lead to risky driving or, worse still, potential collisions.But, since adopting the Lytx DriveCam Video Telematics Programme, Ensignbus’ near collisions have decreased by 57%.Reversing trendsEnsignbus Driver Training and Standards Manager Mark Turner-Monk is responsible for the Lytx programme.Ensign’s directors searched for a solution to improve the already good, safe driving behaviour. As an award-winning medium-size operator, it was important to Ensigbusn to further reduce the potential risks of operating their fleet on some of the most congested roads in the UK.  Operations Manager Ryan Scott (r) and Driver Training and Standards Manager Mark Turner-Monk“Insurance costs are rising in our industry,” says Mark. “Insurance claims in general are on the rise with more alleged accidents and passenger falls. Our policy premiums were going through the roof and we had to demonstrate to our insurance company that we were doing everything we could to limit our exposure to claims.”Ensignbus initially installed telematics from another supplier, but Mark says it produced ‘mountains of useless data’. “It would tell us there was a hard braking incident at, say, 0955hrs on Tuesday. But, what happened? We hadn’t a clue. How do you take action based on raw data alone? “We needed to know the root cause to attempt to prevent it from happening again.“As Driving Standards Manager, I need to know who was driving, where they were, and what had happened inside and outside the bus immediately before and during the incident.”Pinpointing driversIt wasn’t until Ensignbus installed the Lytx DriveCam programme that it was able to pinpoint drivers who represented the most risk, and help them improve their driving behaviour.The Lytx DriveCam safety programme is a telematics solution that combines video capture of road incidents such as hard braking or sudden swerving, with data analysis of those incidents, and personalised coaching insights to enable fleet managers to improve driving behaviour. The net result is reductions of collision-related costs by up to 80%.“DriveCam is a training tool, not a disciplinary tool,” says Mark. “We look after our drivers – they’re individuals, not numbers. We want them to arrive home safely and to be able to put food on the table for their families. We’re helping them protect their livelihoods by becoming better drivers.  The Lytx DriveCam video is the first step in our extensive training programme.”What and whyThe DriveCam video, Mark says, tells both what happened and more importantly, why.“You can take action on the why – now we don’t have to fight through mountains of irrelevant data to find what happened and the associated risks,” he said. By coaching drivers with specific data-backed insights, Ensignbus reduced its overall coachable driving events by 54%.It’s also helped it take pre-emptive action with local officials to fix traffic trouble spots.Mark describes a road junction with a dedicated bus lane, separate from the adjacent car lane that presented a problem. It was by reviewing the DriveCam footage that Ensignbus had the proof it needed to tackle the problem.“The sensors on the traffic lights were faulty, clearing the other lane too early, before our bus could make it through the junction,” he said.“Within the first week of having the DriveCam system, we had two incidents at that junction. We were able to take the video to the local authority who could see for themselves that the sensors weren’t working properly. That’s the value of the video.“We could see it wasn’t a driver issue at all. It saved us so much hassle from collisions that would have otherwise taken place at that spot.”M25 bottleneck pushes frustrated car drivers onto local roads, bringing conflictDelivery speedMark also appreciates the speed with which DriveCam data and video are delivered. Once captured, clips are uploaded and analysed by reviewers, who then deliver them along with coaching insights to a web-based workspace.“We know quickly what happened and why. We can identify and address the issue and get on with coaching the driver concerned,” he said, adding that the ability to coach drivers using a tablet further enhances the speed of event resolution.Their insurance company also likes the programme, and it’s seen claims-related events with passengers drop by one-third. The video footage and telematics data is playing an increasing role in dispute resolution and claim handling. An additional benefit is the ability to identify good drivers. “We’ve had one driver who’s never triggered a coachable event, despite long shifts, a myriad of different buses and driving all our routes,” says Mark. “He’s a model to the company.”Find out more: Visit www.lytx.comlast_img read more

OneBus attacks ‘frightening’ Manchester franchising

first_imgThe Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s (GMCA) proposed franchising scheme has generated a stinging response from OneBus, the association that represents most bus operators in the region. It describes the future of Manchester’s buses under franchising as “frightening”.OenBus Chief Executive Gary Nolan claims that GMCA has outlined no specific plans to improve the bus network. He also says that there is neither an agreed plan nor funding in place to deal with congestion. Additionally, passengers will see “inflation busting” fare increases under franchising.The latter point is based on proposals that fares would increase at the rate of inflation plus 1.4% per year. OneBus says that if enforced, that would lead to prices rising by 18% by the end of 2023 under government inflation predictions.The group also says that no greener buses will join the region’s fleet under the franchising process. It will also lead to higher taxes for residents, OneBus claims.“We do not believe that Greater Manchester taxpayers should be forced to pay for such a costly and unnecessary system. It promises high fares without addressing congestion or air quality,” says Mr Nolan.OneBus instead advocates partnership working. GMCA’s franchising proposal document shows would deliver a better benefit/cost ratio than franchising.It points out that the Merseyside Bus Partnership has led to a 15% rise in fare-paying passengers since 2013/14 and that partnership in Bristol has helped to grow patronage by 52% in six years. The same process in Greater Manchester would deliver greener buses, improved ticketing and live journey information, the association adds.“Our vision is investing in a network fit for the future, delivering regular improvements for the travelling public,” says Mr Nolan.last_img read more

Retreating investors threaten poor with hammer blow to development

first_imgBetween 10 May and 20 June, according to Maarten-Jan Bakkum of ABN-Amro Asset Management, shares in emerging market countries, which include giants such as India and Brazil as well as economic minnows like Egypt and Pakistan, plunged on average by 20%. In some markets, the falls were much steeper.The prices of bonds and the international value of many of these countries’ currencies clattered down with their stock markets. The prices of commodities, some of which are vital to certain developing economies, slid too. For some economists, the falling prices raised the question: are we on the verge of another developing country financial crisis? Or is this just a market correction which is already petering out as inflated asset prices return to more realistic levels and investors pay more attention to the improved medium-term economic foundations which many developing countries have constructed since the crashes of 1997-98?The answers are important not just to footloose speculators but also to governments, companies and the ordinary citizens of these countries. On 31 May the World Bank, in its 2006 Global Development Finance report, disclosed that in 2005 a record $491 billion (€391.4bn) of net private capital flows had poured into developing countries, compared with $154bn (€122.7bn) in 2001. The IMF’s Rajan says that in future, in a global economy, policymakers in the US, Europe and Japan will need to think more about the way in which their economic policies spill over into emerging markets and developing countries.Hans Timmer, manager of the World Bank’s Global Trends Team, was already warning at the time of the market turmoil in May that “high oil prices, rising interest rates and building inflationary pressures are expected to restrain growth in developing regions over the next two years”. But he said: “These regions are still expected to out-perform high-income economies.”If, however, tens of billions of the near $500bn of private capital which the World Bank says flooded into developing countries in 2005 are even now in the process of flooding out again, then there may well be trouble ahead for the weaker developing countries. The money flooded into privatisations of state-owned assets, mergers and acquisitions, external debt re-financings and bond markets, the bank said, helping to lift growth in developing countries’ gross domestic product (GDP) to 6.4%, more than double the advanced economies’ rate of expansion, propelled by a near 10% expansion in China and 8% in India. The World Bank refrained from saying that billions upon billions of the inflow was also ‘hot money’, triggered by speculators’ ability to borrow in countries such as Japan at rates of 1% or 2% and then, for example, invest for a while at five or more times this level in developing country securities, part of the so-called carry trade. Provided, that is, that they took the currency risk.What does all this have to do with development? Put simply, it highlights just how dramatically globalisation and the integration of world financial markets have transformed the economic policy calculus for all but the poorest countries.Private capital flows have long outstripped official development finance, but never by so much as now and never through such a diversity of different financial institutions and instruments, from plain vanilla bank loans to complex credit derivatives, from hedge funds to pension funds. Many would argue that this is all to the good, that aid is too blunt an instrument to create development, even that it is counterproductive and that private capital is vital. At present, much of this private-sector business, particularly the financial flows, is so-called north-south transactions, between rich, advanced economies and medium-income developing nations. But south-south financial flows are increasing. South-south foreign direct investment (FDI), where investors build factories or build banks, for example, hit $47bn in 2003 according to the World Bank, 37% of the developing countries’ total FDI. South-south trade, another engine of development, almost tripled from 1995 to $562bn in 2004, the World Bank says, and accounted for a quarter of total developing country trade. So what is the significance of the recent slump in emerging financial markets? Is it just a summer storm or are there forces at work which will require policymakers, in both the developed and the developing world, to re-engineer their economic toolboxes as they did after 1997-98?center_img Since those crises, those developing and emerging market countries that have been able to, have built up their defences. Some have constructed mountainous foreign exchange reserves ($1,000bn in China alone), partly to insulate themselves from investor panics, and fought to get their current account balances into surplus and their budget deficits under control. They have reduced their public sector debt and financed more of it domestically, limiting their exposure to devaluation.Many (China is a notable exception) have been more careful about pegging their currencies to the US dollar. Some are curbing the freedom of their banks and citizens to borrow heavily in foreign currencies, so exposing themselves and their nations to the devaluation risk which was at the heart of the initial Asian meltdown in 1997.But the international context has changed, too. The US, western Europe and Japan, have been living through the longest period of low interest rates since the ten years after Second World War. In response their investors have been stretching for yield, chasing riskier higher returns or trying to ‘goose up’ their performance through leveraged investments, not just with the notorious hedge funds, but also in pension and insurance funds. In a speech at the beginning of this month Raghuram Rajan, director of research at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the government-owned international financial institution, suggested that such riskier investment strategies may be “amplified when interest rates are low”. So has there been a bubble, fuelled by low interest rates, in emerging market assets and some commodities, similar in some ways to the bond market and housing bubble in advanced economies and the bubble in 1999-2000? If so, now that central banks around the world are withdrawing liquidity, ie raising interest rates, to fight inflation, is this emerging market bubble bursting? Are developing countries, particularly the weaker ones, going to have to put their economies through the wringer yet again in response to rising interest rates, slower growth and an increased aversion to risk in the advanced economies? last_img read more