Senators Emerge Tight-lipped, Stone-faced after 2-hour Executive Session

first_imgLawmakers are not taking kindly to what they consider a half-hearted attempt by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to appease (quiet down, calm down) them for ‘misbehavior’ by one of her lieutenants: the Chief of Police, Chris Massaquoi.Senators seem dissatisfied with a recent communication from President Sirleaf, concerning their call on her to take strong and appropriate action against Massaquoi, for what some have referred to as juvenile behavior .It may be recalled that President Sirleaf recently wrote the Senate replying a communication sent her in which that body complained of Director Massaquoi “laying siege to the Capitol Building while the Senate was in plenary (full attendance).”President Sirleaf informed the Senate that she had written Director Massaquoi “a strong letter of reprimand (scolding  him) and…suspending him for two days to allow him time to write a letter of apology for personal presentated at a plenary sitting of the Senate.”Since that communication, lawmakers have been observed as having  assumed a non-cooperative stance with the Executive.That suggests that the Senators are divided over a decision they obviously have been mulling (considering, thinking about) in connection with reprimand they believe insufficient to discourage the Police Chief from misbehaving in the future.Yesterday’s unadopted agenda was loaded with several important items, among them discussion on the proposed Amendment to Elections Law; Report from the Committee on Banking and Finance; Report from the Ways, Means, Finance and Budget on the Act to Provide Fifteen Percent of the Fiscal National Budget for County Development; and a communication from Police Director Massaquoi.Other important items on the unused agenda included a report from the Committee on Banking and Currency on the confirmation hearing of Hon. Boakai S. Kamara, Deputy Governor for economic Policy-Designate, Central Bank of Liberia; and the much talked-about communication from the House of Representatives on the placement of US$73,000,000 in the 2014/2015 National Budget.Meanwhile, one of the older Senators confided to a few journalists that executive sessions are being convened to deliberate important national issues that need to be kept out of the media. “What is for the media and the general public, we discuss in plenary; what is for Executive Sessions remains exclusively so.”For the second time since returning to the Capitol Building from their Constituency Break on January 13, Accordingly, members of the 53rd Senate yesterday failed to conduct open plenary; instead,the presiding officer seized the proposed agenda and asked for an Executive Session to discuss pressing national issues.Every attempt yesterday to draw even the most press-friendly Senators to divulge  a gist of what is being discussed in executive sessions, failed to yield results.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Injured woman airlifted off Errigal

first_imgA walker has been airlifted to safety after becoming injured on Errigal today.The alert was raised after 5pm, when Donegal Mountain Rescue volunteers were tasked to find a female walker.The Rescue 118 helicopter was then called to assist the operation. The woman was successfully located and placed on board the helicopter shortly after 6.30pm. The extent of her injuries is not yet known.The DMR team has been stood down. Injured woman airlifted off Errigal was last modified: June 22nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

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Your Doctor’s Visits Will Change Forever With These New Technologies

first_imgMaybe you’ve seen one of those Norman Rockwell paintings of kids in a physician’s office that make it seem as if taking your child to the doctor is an oil-painted slice of Americana.In reality, a pediatrician’s office can be a nightmarish place, rampant with germs and interminable waits. One reason a visit to the pediatrician has become such a trial is that the setup of a doctor’s office has not changed all that much since the 1950s. Name any other industry with a customer experience philosophy based on something called a “waiting room.”During a routine checkup, you may see your doctor or nurse for less than 20 minutes, but on average, those visits involve two hours of travel and waiting time. Technology could allow us to wake up from the ordeal of modern medicine and receive quality care outside of the four provider walls.As Dr. Eric Topol, a California cardiologist and author of “The Patient Will See You Now,” noted: “It takes 2.6 weeks to get an appointment with a primary care provider. Now you can do it in 2.6 seconds.”Imagine never having to set foot in another waiting roomSay your child has something minor like an earache. Technology has already reached a level where you should not have to brave the waiting room for a consultation.Instead, you could plug in a smartphone attachment that reads your child’s vital signs and, afterward, input that data into your doctor’s app. The nurse at your pediatrician’s office reviews the stats and symptoms, shoots you a follow-up text and in under an hour, your doctor has prescribed medication.In short, the art of medicine (with apologies to the timeless Rockwell) is ripe for a technological revolution. Healthcare organizations have traditionally been digital innovation laggards. But the time to embrace digital disruption is now.The good news: New care delivery business models and cutting-edge patient enablement tools have arrived and will continue to advance. Receiving on-demand urgent care from the comfort of your home or work is a reality through DispatchHealth’s mobile-based app, saving time and money. Concurrent, 24/7 e-visits are beginning to supplant traditional in-person office visits. Kaiser Permanente of northern California reported that it has seen e-visits conducted via email, phone and video outpace traditional doctor’s office visits.House calls 2.0 are on the horizonThese on-demand and telemedicine experiences are on the rise, in part due to a burgeoning DIY outlook on medicine that has taken firmer hold thanks to breakthrough technology. The market for mobile device apps related to health and fitness exploded into an estimated $26 billion industry in 2017. Medicine in the palm of your hand is no longer a thing of science fiction, which is further proven by the development of the tricorder.The tricorder — which at one point was literally nothing but a term for a fictional device used on “Star Trek” — is now a real handheld medical device that originally only allowed self-measurement of vital signs. That technology has advanced at warp speed into a powerful diagnostic instrument.The winner of the inaugural $2.5 million Tricorder XPrize, Final Frontier Medical Devices, developed a tricorder with diagnostic capabilities for 34 medical conditions. This wave of smart tools will increase our ability to receive home-based care. Patients could conceivably transmit quantitative and qualitative measurements of their health status to a doctor without ever leaving their bedroom.When you combine this rapidly advancing tech with advances in genetic databases and wearables, a more complete picture of patient health can be captured.And a machine shall lead usTrue analytics-driven medicine has been a goal of the industry for some time, but machine learning is putting that goal within closer reach. Robust computing platforms and sophisticated algorithms targeted for healthcare are increasing the accuracy of diagnoses and treatment on both macro- and micro-levels.For instance, machine learning has measurably improved diagnoses derived from echocardiograms. And while we may have a knee-jerk reflex to distrust machine-made medicine, we know that a big data approach to treatment in ovarian cancer patients has already extended lives: The analytics-driven prescription of beta blocker medication to ovarian cancer patients gave those patients up to four extra years of life.Some customer-driven companies try to deliver personalized service, but medicine startups Color and HumanCode are now taking that concept to a new level. Both companies developed DNA-driven products to identify genetic markers and redefine just how personalized medicine can become. The genetic test unveiled by Color, for example, tags genes that are known risk factors for a host of diseases, including ovarian, breast, pancreatic, prostate and colorectal cancers.Not only is technology advancing so far as to allow targeted, personalized care driven by the human genome and big data, but we are now also at a tipping point where the healthcare industry is implementing and leveraging those advances.Our long wait for the space-age modernization of medicine is over. The wave of healthcare’s future is beginning to crest. Now is the time to get on board and ride it to better health. Related Posts Susan McReynolds In the role of vertical strategy manager for CenturyLink, Susan McReynolds works with customers, analysts, and industry leaders to keep a pulse on the IT trends and challenges facing today’s healthcare and retail enterprises. Susan provides thought leadership on topics related to cybersecurity, digital transformation, and next-generation networking strategies. Prior to joining CenturyLink, Susan helped guide national and global athletic brands in developing custom visual merchandising programs. Tags:#health FDA Extends Collaboration on Living Heart Proje… Can IoT Bridge The Gaps In Modern Mental Health… How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… 8 Unusual Ideas for a Dentistry Businesslast_img read more

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IoT in Action: Building Secure, Sophisticated Solutions

first_imgStay tuned for additional event dates and locations, and be sure to supplement your IoT learnings with the IoT in Action webinar series._ _This article was originally published on Microsoft. Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… With a compound annual growth rate of 28.5% forecasted by 2020, the global Internet of Things (IoT) market is exploding, and the technology behind IoT continues to evolve at a feverish pace. Here at Microsoft, we’re working hard to secure, simplify, and democratize IoT so that every customer can transform business, and the world at large, with connected solutions. This is why Microsoft has committed $5 billion to IoT over the next four years. While IoT offers companies across industries a wealth of powerful benefits, the reality of implementation poses serious considerations such as security, complexity and scalability–not to mention keeping up with all the innovations flooding the market. In the run up to the IoT in Action kickoff event for FY18 (where you’ll definitely learn more), I’d like to briefly touch on some key areas to consider when preparing to build out your IoT solution. Make security intentional with Azure SphereDid you know that more than 9 billion microcontroller units (MCU) are deployed each year? From a risk standpoint, that’s 9 billion more opportunities for compromised security. Which means, making end-to-end security a priority from the start is a top priority. Recently, as part of our commitment to secure IoT, Microsoft introduced Azure Sphere, which is the industry’s first holistic platform for providing security for MCU devices. Azure Sphere combines cloud security, a secured OS, and a secured MCU to protect and power devices at the intelligent edge. It also fully addresses what Microsoft has identified as The Seven Properties of Highly-Secure Devices.Azure Sphere enables MCU manufacturers to build highly secure devices that are protected through their connection to the Azure Sphere Security Service. Designed for efficiency, Azure Sphere comes with Visual Studio tools that streamline development and can connect quickly to Azure or another public or private cloud of your choice. Learn more with an upcoming two-part Azure Sphere webinar.Enable greater sophistication with Azure IoTCustomers across industries are implementing increasingly sophisticated IoT solutions in countless scenarios to achieve their own unique objectives. From launching new products to creating new services to streamlining operations, our customers continue to find new ways to leverage the Azure IoT platform.To stay ahead of advancing needs, Microsoft continues to innovate. Below is a short summary of how our innovations are enabling more sophisticated IoT solutions.Azure IoT CentralWe recently introduced multiple new features to Azure IoT Central. The new state measurement enables devices to report the current state of the device or its components. Our new event monitoring template enables users to set up roles to monitor and be alerted to critical events within minutes of an occurrence. Bulk device import and export enables users to set up a large number of devices in IoT Central at once using a csv file. Plus, IoT Central now leverages Azure Maps, giving users geographic context to location data. Azure IoT EdgeIntroduced just over a year ago, Azure IoT Edge enables devices to act immediately on real-time data. And today it is available globally. Recent innovations have increased its flexibility. IoT Edge is now open-sourced and available on GitHub. We’re also offering support for the Mob container management system. And we’ve expanded the Azure Certified for IoT program to certify core edge functionalities like security and device management. Furthermore, IoT Edge integrates with Device Provisioning Service for more scalable deployments. Connect with compatible technology and partners Microsoft has the most comprehensive and secure portfolio of IoT offerings on the market. And while getting the technology right is critical for your IoT solution, it’s also important to connect with compatible partners. Microsoft relies on our extensive partner ecosystem to develop and implement secure, scalable, and repeatable IoT solutions that meet customers’ needs. To enable and expedite successful connections, IoT in Action events will feature a digital matchmaking tool designed to help attendees identify and meet the partner or customer most suited to their immediate business need or opportunity.Build IoT solutions with endless possibilitiesTo learn more, be sure to register for a one-day IoT in Action event in your area. IoT in Action is an in-person event focused on addressing the latest topics around IoT security, innovations, and solutions. It’s a great opportunity to meet and collaborate with Microsoft’s customer and partner ecosystem. At this year’s event, we’re providing an increased number of hands-on technical sessions and in-depth learning around IoT security and Azure Sphere. By attending, you’ll gain actionable insights, deepen partnerships, and unlock the transformative potential of intelligent edge and intelligent cloud.Register today Seats are limited so I recommend that you register today. Also, by registering early, you’ll get access to keynote slides from last year’s event as well as technical training resources for Azure and Windows IoT. This event is ideal for anyone interested in learning more about transforming business through IoT and for technical leaders looking for practical guidance.Register for an event near you:Barcelona – October 15, 2018Santa Clara – October 25, 2018Taipei – December 12-13, 2018Shenzhen – December 18, 2018More locations and dates coming soon! Top 5 Areas Where Companies Want IoT Solutions Tags:#Azure IoT Suite#iot in action Related Posts center_img Justin Slade Justin is part of the Microsoft IoT Channel Marketing team and is responsible for developing channel marketing programs – such as IoT in Action – that target Microsoft’s IoT partner ecosystem & build awareness of Microsoft IoT solutions. Follow the Puck Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…last_img read more

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Through Some Miracle You Are Here

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Without hot, there would be no cold. Without darkness, there would be no light. Without up there is no such thing as down. Without winter, no summer. No illness, no health. No poverty, no wealth. No sadness, no happiness. No scarcity, no abundance.Through some miracle, you are here. You have been given this life, your life, to do with what you will. This is the greatest of all gifts and the greatest of all opportunities; one life that belongs to you and you alone, free and clear of any and all obligations. Not an easy life, and not a life without worry, but a life. Through chance, a chance. Your chance.Everything that you are grateful for starts and ends here. Your family. Your friends. Your mentors. All the opportunities, and all of your experiences. You are here, and regardless of your present circumstances, be they good or bad, you have cause to be grateful. You have been given this life.There are things that you wish you did not have to experience in this life, things that cause you discomfort, pain, and suffering. It’s difficult to be grateful for everything that comes into your world, but that doesn’t stop them from doing so. They are, regardless of how they make you feel, part of your life. There has not been a life that did not include these things. These things are all part of the package that is life, and they also belong to you. Without them, you would not know their opposite.Gratitude is a position that you hold. It is more than a feeling and more than words you say. Gratitude is a belief structure and a set of actions you take. If you are grateful for what you have been given, your gratitude is evidenced by your actions, by what you do with your gifts, how you treat them. Gratitude is also visible in how you respond to the things that you’d rather not experience, things that belong to you that you’d prefer not to experience.Today is a day for giving thanks. But tomorrow is also a day to be grateful. Through some miracle, you are here.last_img read more

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Odisha attempts to improve work participation under MGNREGS

first_imgIn light of drought-like conditions in many districts of western Odisha and distress migration of labourers appearing imminent, the government is trying to improve the average number of days of employment under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) — from 38 to 65 days. The government has decided to mobilise all active job-card holders to form informal groups, which will be called ‘Shramik Sangh’. There will be one such group for every 50 beneficiaries in each revenue village.The move is aimed at ensuring job for each active card holder through close coordination with government officials at the block level. One member in each group will be assigned as a ‘mate’ and will be responsible for providing jobs to others in the sangh.“With a mandate to arrest migration and ensure effective convergence for sustainable livelihood development… we must relook at strategy for implementation [of MGNREGS]. We need to focus on active job-card holders and provide them at minimum average 70 days of wage employment,” wrote Panchayati Raj secretary D.K. Singh in a letter to all collectors.Mr. Singh said that work participation needs to be raised from 33% to 65%, and average number of days of employment from 38 days to 65 days. All collectors have been asked to ensure formation of Shramik Sangh, selection of mates, their training and meeting with government officials between August 20 and 25.Welfare schemesThe government has also announced that it will include card holders in welfare schemes and skill upgradation schemes; and extend insurance coverage and other economic benefits to them.In the past few years, the government has floated several strategies to arrest distress migration from Odisha’s poverty-stricken districts. A few years ago, entitlement of employment was increased from 100 days to 150 in migration-prone blocks. “While the entitlement of employment is 100-150 days, the government is now focusing only on 70 days. The scheme says whoever demands unskilled work will be provided. There cannot be a selective target. There is also no strategy to end late payment of wages. Delay in payment is one of the key factors in people distancing themselves from MGNREGS,” said Umi Daniel, an expert on migration issues.“To arrest seasonal migration, there should be seasonal targets for providing employment during lean period such as drought, which is looming over Odisha,” he said, adding that even 10 years after MGNREGS, Odisha was struggling to provide average 38 days of employment.last_img read more

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‘Singh is indeed the king on the hockey field’

first_imgOn Tuesday at the Dhyan Chand National Stadium, patriotic fervour reached a crescendo with Chak De India ! blaring from the speakers and the Tricolour to be seen virtually in all corners.Had it not been for police restrictions, you could have even expected bhangra inside the venue as fans got rewarded for the long wait to enter the venue.Yet if one song could actually have described the evening’s thrilling action where India fought like wounded lions after being down 1- 3 for most part, it should have been Singh is King .For those who have been in touch with Indian hockey despite the highs and lows in the past four years, Sardara Singh is a well- known name. Consistent and calm, he typifies excellence on the field. But it was two other Singhs – Sarvanjit and Dharamvir – who turned this into a memorable evening.Agreed hockey is a team sport and individual brilliance on a synthetic pitch doesn’t really count.It is well known that in a match such as this, where the crowd support is raucous, even tiring legs find the energy to keep running the perimeters of the field.And that is what India did today against an English side which started clicking just when the half- time whistle was to blow. For most part in the second half, England looked marauding and it seemed all over.But the way India regrouped and struck was fascinating. The three Singhs named above, a tight defence and goalkeeper Bharat Chetri defined the Indian resilience.advertisementIt was as if they were responding to the crowd’s roars of wanting solid action – thick and fast.Time and again, the Indians have choked in tight matches.History was against India, having never made it to a Commonwealth Games final ever before.In a pressure cooker situation, the ability to still keep playing and maintain the flow on the field came as a whiff of fresh air despite the humidity.In the stands, former hockey greats were applauding each effort, from Balbir Singh to Harcharan Singh, not to forget Zafar Iqbal and Ajitpal Singh.Among the VIPs, sports minister MS Gill was happy, even as BJP’s Kirti Azad and Vijay Kumar Malhotra soaked in the atmosphere.A 3- 3 draw at full time and with extra time not resulting in a goal, the penalty shootout was all about nerves.On Tuesday we saw a new Indian team, one which surpassed itself against an English side which couldn’t handle the pressure.Chak De, Chak De India . No, this was a Singh is King affair.last_img read more

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National Children’s Day Celebration at West End Infant School in St. James

first_img​ Manager, Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Montego Bay Regional Office, Tashion Hewitt Stennett, presents a JIS publication to students of the West End Infant School in St. James, Shamoya Pearce (centre) and Jadan Towsend. Occasion was a visit by the JIS to the institution on Friday, May 17 as part of activities to mark National Children’s Day. Students of the West End Infant School in St. James perform a dance routine at the National Children’s Day celebration held at the institution on Friday, May 17 under the theme, ‘Encourage, Enable, Include me!.’​ Manager,​ Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Montego Bay Regional Office, Tashion Hewitt Stennett (second left, back row) presents JIS publications to Principal of the West End Infant School in St. James, Sheridah Malcolm (second right, back row). Occasion was a visit by the JIS to the institution on Friday, May 17 to observe National Children’s Day, under the theme, ‘Encourage, Enable, Include me!.’ Sharing the moment are JIS Technical Officer, Jermaine Stewart; JIS Office Attendant, Paulette Reid, along with children of the institution. Teachers of the West End Infant school in St. James perform a cultural dance during the National Children’s Day celebration at the institution on Friday, May 17 under the theme,’Encourage, Enable, Include me!’.last_img read more

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GLSEN Respect Awards To Honor Harvey Weinstein

first_imgThe GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles will take place at the Beverly Hills Hotel this week.The GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles is an annual gala to recognize the exceptional efforts of individual and corporate leaders who have made a significant difference to ensure schools are safe for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students and their allies.Five awards will be presented onstage in order of presentation to: Bob and Harvey Weinstein (Chairman’s Award); Adam Fitzgerald and Blake Drummond (Special Recognition); Simon Halls and Matt Bomer (Inspiration Award); Luis Veloz (Student Advocate of the Year); and Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg (Lifetime Achievement Award). A complete list of bios can be found at: www.glsen.org.Guests include: Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning actor Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory); Oscar Award winning actress Octavia Spencer (The Help); Oscar nominated actress Amy Adams (The Master); Tony Award winning actress Ellen Barkin (The New Normal); Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning actress Kyra Sedgwick (The Possession); filmmaker Brett Ratner (Tower Heist); Tim DeKay (White Collar); Tiffani Thiessen (White Collar); Willie Garson (White Collar); Jonathan Del Arco (Major Crimes); Jeri Ryan (Body of Proof); Brittany Ishibashi (Political Animals); Greg Rikaart (The Young and the Restless); Clementine Ford (The Young and the Restless); Rami Malek (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2); and GLSEN Executive Director Dr. Eliza Byard. More names to be announced.WHEN: Friday, October 5, 2012 5:15pm Media Check-in6:00pm Arrivals & Cocktail Reception7:30pm Awards CeremonyWHERE: Beverly Hills Hotel: 9641 Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90210The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community. For information on GLSEN’s research, educational resources, public policy advocacy, student organizing programs and educator training initiatives, visit www.glsen.org.last_img read more

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