Sleepless in Seattle as they hunt for smart city program head

first_imgSurveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Tags:#Internet of Things#IoT#Jobs#Seattle#sensors#Smart Cities#smart city#Washington How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … David Curry How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi…center_img Seattle, one of the finalists in the Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge, is on the hunt for a smart city coordinator to oversee the city’s strategy and start dialogues between the city and private partners.The coordinator will also be responsible for making sure smart city programs across multiple departments mesh, to reduce inefficiencies and avoid departments tripping over each other.See Also: San Diego gets its smart city on with GE Current hookup“We’re creating the smart cities coordinator role to help drive collaboration across these stakeholders and to make sure we have basic consistency in our smart cities deployment,” said Seattle Chief Technology Officer Michael Mattmiller to Government Technology.Understanding what to do with smart city programs is a necessity for the job, as Seattle already has some programs that may require upgrades. One of those is RainWatch, a network of sensors that monitor precipitation in the city. This could do with an upgrade in the near future to smaller, cheaper, and more efficient sensors, which should be installed in more places, according to Mattmiller.Trying to keep everyone on the same pageAs Seattle becomes more infatuated with smart city technologies, it will be the coordinator’s job to reign-in overzealous departments that work on too many programs. They will also need to ensure the various programs don’t break the budget, either by reducing the amount of programs or enlisting the help of private organizations.Standardising the platforms for smart city programs and making sure departments are following the best practices will also be a key role for the coordinator, according to Mattmiller.It is one of the first job titles specifically for smart cities, but don’t expect other metropolitan cities to be far behind. Internet of Things (IoT), traffic, and networking tech is entering into the public domain and a lot of cities want to be ahead of the curve, as seen by the massive response to the DoT’s smart city challenge last year. Related Posts For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more

Technologies Redefining In-Store Customer Experience

first_imgAI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… Related Posts The rate at which customers are shopping online is skyrocketing by the day. The high rate of retail customer defection means that it is now doubly important for brick-and-mortar retailers to enhance the levels of customer experience in-store. A lot of things are being discussed in the global retail arena to achieve this. Ranging from AI to AR and everything in between, there is no denying that the scope and opportunity for in-store enhancement are here. But as you redefining in-store customer experience — are you being cool or being creepy?Although there is a lot that can be done, retailers must keep in mind what it is precisely what their customers want. Wowing customers when they enter the retail store is one thing — making them feel invaded is something completely different. As recent findings suggest, there is a difference between the cool and the creepy.Redefining in-store customer experience — being cool or being creepy.All the premium talks of the modern-day customers’ innate love for technology and automation, there is a certain line that retailers must not cross. Customers don’t mind embracing technology if it makes their shopping journey convenient, or provides them a one of a kind in-store experience. The problem starts when technology gets too invasive.Customer data enables retailers to curate customized offerings for each customer. What customers worry about is data privacy and security. Similarly, there is no denying the marvels that artificial intelligence empowered chatbots are. However, when it comes to customer service, a lot of people can have that connect only with a human being. The whole idea of computer programmed bots emulating humans might seem creepy to them as well. It’s not about how right a specific technology might be — it’s still about what percentage of people can willfully adapt and be comfortable with the technology that matters. What is comfortable is especially the exact point in retail.The following chart clearly identifies what customers treat as cool and creepy when it comes to retail technology. The above chart is a fair indication of what people generally are comfortable with and the impact on the in-store experience for customers.Note: This chart data was provided to eMarketer by RichRelevance.Methodology: Data is from the June 2018 RichRelevance “Creepy or Cool 2018: 4th Annual RichRelevance Study.” 1,037 US internet users ages 18+ were surveyed online in May 2018. RichRelevance is an omnichannel personalization company.Let’s look at a few areas in retail technology that are certainly having an impact on customer in-store experience.1) Robots & Drones.Customer service is one thing that can help brands and retailers score high brownie points in their quest to attain customer loyalty. Robots in retail certainly have the capability to wow customers in the store, at the same time, be un-invasive.Generally robots have been known to optimize business processes along the supply chain by improving productivity in distribution warehouses. But now they have their work cut even inside retail stores.From the essential meeting and greeting customers to keeping track of stock inventory, the use cases of robots are pretty extensive. Robots can now also be used in store to detect hazards like spills and spoilage.Retailers are also looking to install drones in a store that can keep track of misplaced product on shelves and stock inventory. The whole idea is to ensure that the human personnel inside the store are always at the beck and call of customers.Customers don’t appreciate it if they don’t get proper assistance in stores. Human personnel must be available at all times. Coupled with the expert assistance of drones and robots will mean that customers are always engaged. The overall in-store experience of customers can be elevated as a result. 2) AR & VRAugmented and Virtual Reality is making all the right sounds across the globe as digital marketers look to leverage its power to fulfill their branding and marketing ambitions. Most of us are aware of how we can just put on a pair of VR headsets and enjoy a walk at the Great Wall of China, all from the comfort of our living rooms. When it comes to retail, much of the same is possible. People can now wear their headsets to scroll through the online stock and get an idea of how the model or mannequin would look in a particular dress.When it comes to furniture shopping and interiors, VR and AR can genuinely elevate customer experience to a whole new level. Through AR, people can now get an idea of how particular furniture would look at their home, whether it would fit properly in the available space, how different colors would look against the wall, etc. through their mobile phones. Brands like Ikea and Macy’s have already started extensive adoption of the technology.So where does it leave physical retail stores? On the one hand, in-store retailers are planning to flood stores with robots to increase customer engagement. On the other, technologies such as AR and VR are further re-instating the fact that going to a physical store can be done without. It is quite the predicament for sure. Well, physical retailers have no choice but to adopt AR and VR in-store as well.The first thing that comes to mind is smart mirrors. Although they are not entirely new to the equation, the voice assistant upgrades are sure to make it more engaging. Smart mirrors allow customers to virtually try out apparels before deciding the one to purchase. Based on what customers are wearing, these mirrors can also recommend alternatives to customers.Apart from mirrors, retailers can also augment the store ambiance by installing digital shelves that will display digital product description and demo videos. Despite the surge in online shopping technology, as long as retailers keep the store up to the latest digital standards and lay enough emphasis on retail graphics, people will keep hitting the doors.3) Cashier-less check out.One of the biggest reasons people generally get frustrated inside a retail store is when they realize they need to queue up. People don’t have the time for a long wait at the check-out counter, and after online, there is no good reason why they should. Retailers must understand that extended check-outs can convince people not to bother going to the store. They absolutely need to devise faster check-out mechanisms, especially now that everyone’s emulating Amazon Go; at least the check-out bit.Cashier-less checkouts would mean that people would have to make their payment within an app digitally or through a fingerprint device, or even through one of the kiosks. But, who wants to be fingerprinted? Faster check-outs mean faster shopping. Time is at a premium, and customer convenience is the key. Automated, cashier-less checkouts are the future.TakeawayIn-store customer experience is one thing that every brand and retailer is aiming to enhance to remain a force to reckon with against their online counterparts. It’s not just about implementing any technology to boost marketing endeavors, but adequately understanding which the ones that their customers want are. Talking about the road ahead, there is no doubt that technology will continue to make in-roads in every industry, including retail.Retailers must leverage the power of technology to stay at a competitive advantage. However, a proper analysis of their customers and their expectations will only make it easier for them to adopt or implement a particular technology in their marketing strategy. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Aditya, through his company Digital Polo, has reached the zenith of brand-design expertise by delivering true value to brands & marketers. He believes that every brand deserves to unlock its true branding prowess. Through Digital Polo, he aims at comprehensively serving the same. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Aditya KathotiaFounder & CEO of Digital Polo Follow the Pucklast_img read more

Hamilton targets win as pack scramble for points

first_imgMercedes’ British driver Lewis Hamilton powers his car during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix, at the Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on November 12, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / EVARISTO SALewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team will be aiming to end an already-triumphant season on a high while the chasing pack scrap for points, positions and prize money at this weekend’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.Much more than pride will be at stake for the middle and lower order teams, as they seek to finish strongly and boost their 2018 budgets, in the twilight showdown at the Yas Marina circuit.ADVERTISEMENT Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion While the championship is already decided, the leading drivers may well also be challenged by their teammates Bottas, Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo.While they scrap at the front, it will lower down the field that some of the most ferocious battles are likely to take place.The Toro Rosso, Renault and Haas teams are separated by six points, and an estimated payout of around $12 million (10.2 million euros), in sixth, seventh and eighth places in the championship.Renault team boss Cyril Abiteboul, whose outfit are two ahead of Haas and four ahead of Toro Rosso, said: “This race is almost a championship in itself.”As the tension eats up the midfielders, it will be an emotional release for Williams’ Felipe Massa again as he competes in his final race before retiring.The 36-year-old Brazilian said: “I’m looking forward to it and plan to enjoy every moment, to finish my Formula One career on a high note.”F1 may also bid farewell to the Sauber drivers Pascal Wehrlein and Marcus Ericsson, tipped to be replaced next year, and to the McLaren-Honda partnership.McLaren are to be powered by Renault next season while Honda will supply Toro Rosso.The final race of 2017 may also prove the final event with fully open cockpits on the cars before next year’s planned introduction of a ‘halo’ closed cockpit protection system. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice Howard, Hornets rally to beat Wizards in overtime Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “But we have not been on the top step of the podium since winning in Austin and we are determined to change that in Abu Dhabi.”Hamilton was the victor in Texas a month ago and, like his team boss, wants to end his season strongly with a 10th victory this year. “I’m going to give it everything in Abu Dhabi,” said the Briton, who has seen rivals Max Verstappen of Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari win the last two contests.Vettel will also be keen to impress again and clinch second place behind Hamilton in the drivers’ championship. He goes into the weekend with a 22-point advantage ahead of Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.And Verstappen, buoyed by high praise from Mercedes executive chairman Niki Lauda, will be a threat as he seeks a third win of the season. Three-time champion Lauda last week described the 20-year-old Dutchman as the best young driver to enter F1.“In all my many years in motor racing, Max is the most fantastic young driver I’ve ever seen, no doubt,” said Lauda. “He impresses me – he is aggressive and fast. The only thing I would tell him is to keep his feet on the ground.”ADVERTISEMENT Hamilton has already wrapped up his fourth drivers’ world title and Mercedes their fourth consecutive constructors’ championship, but team chief Toto Wolff said the team is determined to win in Abu Dhabi for the fourth year in succession.“Regardless of what stands in the trophy cabinets back at base, our focus is always on the next race and the next championship,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Our goal in Abu Dhabi is quite simple: to give the best of ourselves, to extract the maximum from our ‘diva’ in her final race and to win.“We saw promising pace in both Mexico and Brazil, circuits where we had expected to struggle more than we did, and this is a positive sign of the progress we have made in understanding our difficulties this year. 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10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri wants Isco to play with Hazard – not replace him

first_imgChelsea boss Sarri wants Isco to play with Hazard – not replace himby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri wants to sign Isco to play with Eden Hazard – not replace him.The Sun says Chelsea are readying a £70m bid for Real Madrid midfielder Isco.Sarri sees Real Madrid maestro Isco, 26, as the perfect foil for the Belgian.As a creative midfielder with brilliant technical ability, Isco would no doubt slot in seamlessly to ‘Sarriball’ at Stamford Bridge.And the plan for the Italian gaffer is to use Isco, who plays mainly on the left-wing, to allow Hazard to flourish in his new central role.They will make a £70m bid for him today with the hope of securing a £250,000-a-week, four-and-a-half-year contract in the first week of January. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

NEIGHBOR NEWS Whats Making Headlines In Tewksbury

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — Ever wonder what’s making news next door in Tewksbury? Bill Gilman, editor of Your Tewksbury Today, has the answer!Below is a collection of top Tewksbury stories, primarily written by Gilman, that were recently published on his popular website.Top Tewksbury Stories (April 23-April 30):Arrest On Attempted Murder Warrant Leads To Additional Gun, Drug ChargesTMHS 3rd Term Principal’s List, Honor RollTewksbury Students Named To 3rd Term Honor Roll At Shawsheen TechMichael Bajdek, Emma Pereira Honored As Hats Off Winners For AprilOP-ED: Rep. Jim Miceli Died Doing What He Did Best, What He LovedYoung Tewksbury Resident Celebrates Little League Opening Day With Boston Red SoxAt Your Library: Meet The Team Photographer For The Bruins, Celtics & Red SoxRockies Demote Oberg To Triple-A Your Tewksbury Today is Tewksbury’s premiere online hyperlocal news source. Follow YTT on Facebook and Twitter.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”NEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”NEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”last_img read more

Holy Quran also forbids embezzling fund of orphans

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses a rally in Rajshahi on Thursday. Photo: Focus BanglaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday termed her Awami League’s logo “boat” as the symbol of Bangladesh’s independence and development, seeking peoples support for it in the next local body and national elections.”The boat of Prophet Nuh (SM) had saved people from disaster and (our election symbol) boat awarded us the independence and led the nation towards development,” she told a mammoth public rally at this north western divisional city.The premier urged the people to vote for “boat” in the upcoming local government and general elections to keep up the current trend of development and spirit of independence describing her call as “my ardent appeal to you all”.Rajshahi district and city unit of Awami League staged the rally at the city’s Madrasa Maidan with city AL president AHM Khairuzzaman Liton in the chair while the party’s presidium member and health minister Mohammad Nasim, joint general secretaries Mahbubul Alam Hanif, Dipu Moni and Jahangir Kabir Nanak, among others, spoke.Sheikh Hasina, who also heads the Awami League, said all these elections would be held with party symbols and “I seek your votes also to let people live in peace and happiness”.”We want to build a hunger and poverty free, prosperous Sonar Bangla as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” she added.Sheikh Hasina blasted the opposition outside parliament BNP for waging movement to defend their party chief, calling it a campaign for “a thief” convicted of emblazing orphans money.”This movement is for a thief (Khaleda). It is also forbidden in the Holy Quran to embezzle fund of the orphans . . . so she is now paying the price and suffering the punishment,” she said.The premier also wondered about the location of the orphanage and number of orphans there for whom the fund was raised and said “Khaleda along with her family members and her party men grasp the money meant for the orphans”.She said Khaleda Zia brought funds from abroad to set up the orphanage long 27 years back but never set it up and rather plundered that fund.”That fund did not go to the orphans . . . so the Anti Corruption Commission filed the case and she (Khaleda) was eventually punished in that case,” the premier said.Sheikh Hasina said, looting and plundering, however, symbolised BNP’s character as Bangladesh became champions for five consecutive times during their tenure in power while her incumbent government managed to repatriate the money siphoned out by the ex-premier’s sons from abroad.The prime minister said despite their frantic efforts the past caretaker government failed to find any irregularity in the operations of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Trust.The trust was set up to assist the students, injured of the 21 August grenade attack and the distressed AL leaders and workers.The premier said whenever Awami League was elected to power the country witnessed massive development benefitting its people while darkness and destruction featured the past BNP rule as their motto was to plunder everything.”If anyone fails to overcome the greed to embezzle orphans money, how he or she could offer something to people,” she said.The premier said Ziaur Rahman died in 1981 leaving nothing but a broken suitcase and a torn ‘genji’ but in few subsequent years the Zia family amassed cash and property worth hundreds of crores of taka and at a certain stage started to siphoning off the money abroad.Sheikh Hasina alleged that they had procured sets of marine vessels giving those names like Coko 1 and Coko 2, set up Dandy Dyeing Industry, took bank loans of Tk 9 billion not refunded ever.”Simultaneously they (BNP) were resorted to looting, corruption, terrorism, militancy and even created ‘Bangla Bhai’ and thus snatched away the peoples’ peace,” she said.The premier said no mayor could do what Awami League’s Khairuzzaman Liton did for the development of the old divisional city of Rajshahi though her government also provided sufficient fund to the BNP-supported mayor this time to continue the development campaign.”We didn’t stop development here, but they (BNP mayor and councilors) failed . . . they failed because their minds are always filled with the mindset of looting,” she said.Sheikh Hasina added: “If their leader embezzles the orphans’ fund what the followers will deliver, please judge this.”The premier urged people to recall how the unbridled corruption, looting, terrorism, militancy shook the country and particularly Rajshahi region during the BNP tenure.”This region was turned into a den of terrorists, militants and ‘Bangla Bhai’,” she said adding that simultaneously entire country witnessed serial bombings at 500 points in 2005 alone as BNP “played ducks and drakes with the peoples fate”.The premier also reminded the rally the violent street campaign spearheaded by BNP and its crucial ally Jamaat to upset the 5 January elections and in subsequent years claiming hundreds of lives through arson and bomb attacks.Taking a swipe over the BNP claims that Ziaur Rahman reintroduced multiparty democracy in the country; Sheikh Hasina said Zia’s multiparty democracy featured leaders who were war criminals and killers of father of the nation.”He had made them prime ministers, ministers and advisers while curfews were enforced every night in his (Zia’s) tenure . . . then, how come he established democracy,” the premier said.The premier announced that a medical university would be set up in Rajshahi while works were underway to set up an ICT Park for the people of the region.She highlighted various achievements and successes of her government in various socio-economic fields over the last nine years.”Some 20 million students across the country are now getting stipends, some 35,42,90,162 textbooks are being distributed free of cost students on the first day of the year, some 1 million Bangladeshi workers went abroad over the last one year while the country has already entered into 4G world,” she said.Moreover, the premier said, Bangladesh’s power generation capacity now rose to 16,000 MW while by 2021, every household of the country would get electricity.last_img read more

Family that Hosted Ebola Patient Confined to Home

first_imgThis 2011 photo provided by Wilmot Chayee shows Thomas Eric Duncan at a wedding in Ghana. Duncan, who became the first patient diagnosed in the U.S with Ebola, has been kept in isolation at a hospital since Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. He was listed in serious but stable condition. (AP Photo/Wilmot Chayee)DALLAS (AP) — Four members of a family the U.S. Ebola patient was staying with were confined to their Texas home under armed guard Thursday as the circle of people possibly exposed to the virus widened, while Liberian authorities said they would prosecute the man for allegedly lying on an airport questionnaire.The unusual confinement order was imposed after the family failed to comply with a request not to leave their apartment, according to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.Texas State Health Commissioner David Lakey said the order would help ensure the four can be closely watched, including checking them for fevers over the next three weeks.“We didn’t have the confidence we would have been able to monitor them the way that we needed to,” he said.The family will not be allowed to receive visitors, officials said.The case has raised questions about whether a disease that has killed 3,300 people in West Africa could spread in the United States. U.S. health officials say they remain confident they can keep it in check.A woman who lives in the apartment, Louise Troh, said she has been quarantined with her 13-year-old son and two nephews.“Who wants to be locked up?” she said in an interview with The Associated Press.he Ivy Apartment complex is guarded by Vickery Meadow patrol, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, in Dallas. The complex is where Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola patient who traveled from Liberia to Dallas last week, was staying. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Nathan Hunsinger)Troh said she was waiting for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to collect a bag of the bed sheets and towels Thomas Eric Duncan used.A hazardous material crew arrived to decontaminate the apartment Thursday evening but did not have the required permits to clean the home and remove hazardous waste, city spokesman Richard Hill said. He said the crew, contracted by the county and state, will return to complete the job on Friday.The family must also be relocated before the cleanup can begin, Hill said. He had no information on where the family will go.Visitors from the American Red Cross were seen Thursday bringing food to the apartment door. The North Texas Food Bank said it sent three days of cereal, tuna, produce and other supplies.Outside, the management of the 300-unit complex in northeast Dallas was passing out flyers about Ebola to residents. Private security guards and local sheriff’s deputies blocked off the entrance to dozens of reporters.Apartment manager Sally Nuran said employees were power-washing sidewalks and scrubbing common areas, though she believed Duncan had not visited most of the complex in his short time there.Elsewhere, Texas health officials expanded their efforts to contain the virus, reaching out to as many as 100 people who may have had direct contact with Duncan or someone close to him.None of the people is showing symptoms, but public-health officials have educated them about Ebola and told them to notify medical workers if they begin to feel ill, Erikka Neroes, a spokeswoman for the Dallas County Health and Human Services agency, said.The at-risk group includes 12 to 18 people who came in direct contact with the infected man, including an ambulance crew and a handful of schoolchildren, she said.“This is a big spider web” of people involved, Neroes said.The virus that causes Ebola is not airborne and can only be spread through close contact with someone who has symptoms. People must come into direct contact with the patient’s bodily fluids — blood, sweat, vomit, feces, urine, saliva or semen — and those fluids must have an entry point.Ebola dried on surfaces can survive for several hours, according to the CDC.For example, people might get infected by handling soiled clothing or bed sheets and then touching their nose, mouth or eyes, or if they are not wearing gloves while doing those tasks and have a cut on their hand.“If you sit next to someone on the bus, you’re not exposed,” CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said.Neighbors in the Liberian capital believe Duncan become infected when he helped bundle a sick pregnant neighbor into a taxi a few weeks ago and set off with her to find treatment. However, it was not clear whether he had learned of the woman’s diagnosis before traveling.Nonetheless, Liberian authorities announced plans to prosecute Duncan, accusing him of lying about not having any contact with an infected person.Duncan answered questions about his health and activities before leaving for Dallas. Among the questions asked on the Sept. 19 form, obtained by The Associated Press, one asked whether Duncan had cared for an Ebola patient or touched the body of anyone who had died in an area affected by Ebola. He answered no to all the questions.“We expect people to do the honorable thing,” said Binyah Kesselly, chairman of the board of directors of the Liberia Airport Authority in Monrovia.Duncan arrived in Dallas on Sept. 20 and fell ill a few days later. His sister, Mai Wureh, identified him as the infected man in an interview with The Associated Press.A Dallas emergency room sent Duncan home last week, even though he told a nurse that he had been in disease-ravaged West Africa, and raising questions as to whether the decision to release him may have put others at risk of exposure to Ebola.In a statement emailed late Thursday, the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital said that it followed communicable disease protocols by also asking Duncan if he had come into contact with anyone who was ill, to which he replied he had not. At that point his symptoms were a temperature of 100.1F, two days of abdominal pain, a headache and decreased urination, the hospital said. He said he had no nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, and based on that information, the hospital decided to release him.He returned to the facility two days layer and has been kept in isolation at the hospital since Sunday. He was listed Thursday in serious but stable condition.Liberia is one of the three countries hit hardest in the epidemic, along with Sierra Leone and Guinea.___Associated Press writers Krista Larson and Jonathan Paye-Layleh in Monrovia, Liberia; Paul J. Weber in Dallas; Emily Schmall in Fort Worth; and Lauran Neergaard in Washington contributed to this report.last_img read more

Rep Hughes advises area residents to be aware of fraud illegal change

first_img LANSING – Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, is advising Muskegon County residents to be aware of fraudulent behavior that has affected multiple people within the 91st House District.“During an ‘office hours’ event in Whitehall today, I was approached by a resident who had – unknown to her – her mailing address changed online without her permission,” said Rep. Hughes. “This resident’s mail was being sent to a Detroit address for fraudulent purposes including obtaining credit cards.“After meeting with the constituent, I went to the local U.S. Post Office in Montague to inquire about this issue and learned 15 to 20 residents had the same thing happen to them in December,” said Rep. Hughes.  “The local postmaster indicated the proper authorities had been notified. I’m asking all residents to be aware of this growing problem. If you notice a sudden change or stoppage involving your mail delivery, please do not hesitate to directly contact your local U.S. Post Office.” 11Jan Rep. Hughes advises area residents to be aware of fraud, illegal change of address Categories: Hughes News,Newslast_img read more

Rep Cox Recordsetting investment in education brightens Michigans future

first_img Categories: Cox News,News Rep. Laura Cox today said newly signed school funding legislation will provide more resources to improve academic performance and better prepare Michigan students for jobs and careers.“This investment will brighten the future for kids across Michigan, regardless of where they live or what career pathway they choose,” said Cox, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, after Gov. Rick Snyder signed the school funding bill for the upcoming budget year. “We are laying the foundation for schools to improve and students to succeed.”More than a quarter of the overall state budget will go to K-12 schools, with $14.8 billion establishing a new record for investment – including the largest annual per-student increase in 15 years, ranging from $120 to $240 per student. This raises the minimum per-pupil foundation allowance to $7,871 per student and sets the maximum guaranteed foundation allowance at $8,409.Early literacy and special education programs will receive a boost in funding. Support for academically at-risk students is set at $499 million to improve their performance in reading and math.The budget bill signed today also includes funding for universities and community colleges. The legislation includes provisions to raise standards for handling sexual assault complaints at universities, holding institutions accountable for student safety.House Bill 5579 is the final major piece of next year’s budget plan to be signed into law.Earlier this week, Snyder signed legislation to provide $100 million to better prepare students for emerging, high-demand jobs of the future – an initiative the governor calls the Marshall Plan for Talent.Michigan’s new budget includes more money to improve school safety across the state. The budget also provides more resources for road repairs, public safety and to improve community mental health services – all without growing state government overall.### 28Jun Rep. Cox: Record-setting investment in education brightens Michigan’s futurelast_img read more

Google is expected to close its acquisition of Mot

first_imgGoogle is expected to close its acquisition of Motorola Mobility this week following the crossing of its last major hurdle, approval by the Chinese regulatory authorities.The Chinese authorities gave the US$12.5 billion (€9.8 billion) acquisition the green light on condition that Google continues to offer its Android operating system free of charge for the next five years.Google is known to be interested in acquiring Motorola’s extensive patent portfolio, particularly strong in the mobile devices area, which would position it better to challenge patent lawsuits from Apple, Microsoft and others.To allay fears on the part of other Android device manufacturers that the acquisition would mean Google competing directly with them in the hardware market, Google is expected to keep Motorola Mobility at arms length, operating as an independent unit. There has been speculation that Google could sell off the set-top box part of the business at a later date.last_img read more