Employees residing in Government buildings to pay for rental

first_imgThe Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) administration has registered its disapproval over attempts being made to have employees residing in Government buildings pay for rental.According to Councillor Zaman Husain, copies of a 2001 correspondence were recently sent to persons who are occupying Government quarters in the region. An advisory dated June 8, 2001, states that there will be rentals attached to Government quarters.Under the Public Service rule N3, occupants of Government quarters and public servants are required to pay rent, to be fixed by the Public Service Ministry, except where entitlement to Government quarters have been approved previously as a condition of service.For unfurnished quarters, employees are required to pay 10 per cent of his or her salary, while they are required to pay 12 per cent for a furnished apartment.The letter was signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Public Service Ministry, Nanda Gopaul, in 2001.Husain explained that the conditions were never implemented, however, circulars were recently sent to workers who occupy Government quarters in the region.“I think this will be affecting not only public servants on the outside, but internally; this will affect the workers at the sluice in the Canje River area and this will lead to persons leaving the job. They have said if they have to pay 10 per cent of their wages, then they will be working for nothing and they will leave the job,” he said.According to the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Councillor, many of those who are forced to occupy Government quarters can ill afford to pay the rent. He explained that many of them are in those quarters because of the functions they carry out at a specific location.He also argued that many of those workers, at the time of their appointment, were not aware of this requirement.Doctors are among the persons being asked to pay rental for Government quarters.Regional Chairman David Armogan told the RDC that some doctors have threatened to leave, if this system is implemented. He called on the entire RDC to reject the implementation.“When the messages we sent to the doctors, they threatened to leave the job because they are not prepared to pay 12 per cent of their salaries in rental. Now I noticed that recently the REO sent out notice that all those persons who are living in Government quarters to say that the law will now be implemented whereby you will to pay 10 per cent… So this thing will also affect those guys at the pump stations. Those guys live in small houses and some of them are in a bad state too and then they will charge these young fellas 10 per cent of their pay for renting those things. We are now putting additional burden on those people.”According to Armogan, many of those who are employed in outlying areas live in what can be considered shacks and are paid minimum wage.last_img read more

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Russian giants Zenit refusing to take Dundalk lightly in Europa League

first_img1 The Irish side took the lead in the reverse fixture before eventually losing 2-1 Zenit St Petersburg manager Mircea Lucescu has warned that his side’s Irish opponents in the Europa League have nothing to lose in Thursday night’s clash in Russia.League of Ireland champions Dundalk play a multi-million pound team packed with internationals in a wintry St Petersburg on Thursday.The Russians’ veteran Romanian coach said their opponents were strong and well-organised and had already shown ability at this level.“I expect tomorrow to be a very difficult match,” he said. “They have nothing to lose – only to win. Zenit have a lot of things to lose in this.”Lucescu said Dundalk played well when they drew with Dutch outfit AZ Alkmaar and beat Israelis Maccabi Tel Aviv during earlier Group D games, as well as for 70 minutes in the first fixture against Zenit in Dublin.The Lilywhites took the lead against Zenit before eventually succumbing 2-1.Lucescu said Dundalk did not play in a British style, but more in a European fashion.“It will not be easy. The players are really skilful,” he said.“It is a good team, a serious team.”Zenit are full of attacking threat. Russian international striker Aleksandr Kerzhakov said he was aiming to help his side win and was feeling fit and confident.He acknowledged that Dundalk played powerful football and said the first match was difficult.“We have great expectations and have a good standing. The aim for tomorrow is to win – just to win,” he said.last_img read more

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Arndt is Hart High’s go-to receiver

first_imgNEWHALL – Brandon Arndt, who has switched jersey numbers from No. 42 to No. 5, has undergone more than a cosmetic change for Hart High’s football team. A returning senior defensive back, Arndt also will be a wide receiver for the first time, and the Indians are counting on him to have a big season on both sides of the ball – but especially on offense, because no one else on the team totaled more than six receptions last year. After a solid summer, Arndt is Hart’s go-to receiver entering the season opener at 7 tonight against visiting St. Bonaventure of Ventura at College of the Canyons. “I think Brandon is going to be a great player on both sides of the ball, and I’m just really confident in him,” quarterback Alex Pettee said. “He’ll be prepared and ready to play. I’m sure of it.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesAfter making 62 tackles, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries to help Hart to the Div. II final last year, Arndt can’t wait to see what it’s like on the other side. “I’m really looking forward to my first pass, my first touchdown,” he said. “That’s why I switched to No. 5 – because that number just looks more like a receiver. I just want to score some touchdowns and help my team win.” Hart needs Arndt to come through with a productive season, especially now that Taylor Embree, who would have been top returning receiver, has moved out of state. The Indians are hoping Arndt can follow in the footsteps of recent standout receivers such as Troy Yudin, Ryan Wolfe and Kevin Ciccone. “Let’s put it this way: We’ve had a dominant receiver every year that we’ve been successful,” coach Mike Herrington said. “Brandon is just a solid two-way starter, and he brings experience to the table because he was a starter on defense last year. He had a great summer during passing league.” If there’s one question mark for Hart, it’s the receiving corps. That’s only natural because there are so few experienced receivers, but Pettee and Arndt strongly believe Hart’s storied passing offense will be as strong as ever. “I think we’re going to be just as good as last year – or better,” Arndt said. “The reason I think we’ll do so well is because we just play well together as a team.” Hart won’t have an opportunity to tiptoe into the season because many of defending Div. IV champion St. Bonaventure’s most talented starters return, and the Seraphs (14-0 last year) have defeated Hart three times in a row over the past three seasons. “Whatever they give us is what we’ll take. That’s the way the Hart offense has always worked,” Pettee said. “I think we have the talent to be a good team, and Brandon has always been an athlete and a smart kid.” Pettee and Arndt have tried to stick together as much as possible since coming through the ranks, beginning on Hart’s frosh team three years ago. They hang out together when not playing football, and by now they have a natural feel on the field for where each other will be. “We kind of know what the other one is thinking,” Arndt said. “I’m just glad we’re on the same team.” gerry.gittelson@dailynews.com (661) 257-5218160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Watford fined by English Football League for forged documents

first_img The Premier League club have been handed a £4.3million penalty Watford have been fined £4.3million by the English Football League.The punishment relates to a provision of funding letter which had previously been confirmed as forgery, the governing body said on Thursday.Watford pleaded guilty to the charge, which was handed out on June 19, having previously launched their own investigation into the matter.It related to Gino Pozzo’s sole takeover of the Hornets of 2014, where he assumed complete control from his father Gianpaolo.A forged letter was provided to the EFL to show Pozzo had enough funds to complete the transaction.Watford’s chairman at the time, Raffaele Riva, has been charged by the EFL and will face a separate disciplinary hearing.The EFL said it was satisfied that neither Pozzo nor any other Watford director or employee had any knowledge of the forged letter.The fine, reduced from £5.75million in recognition of the club’s co-operation, is made up of a £3.95million sanction and £350,000 of costs.A Watford statement read: “Watford Football Club fully accepts the findings of the English Football League (EFL) and with it the sanction imposed.“As soon as this matter was brought to the club’s attention, it reacted swiftly and openly in co-operating with the EFL’s investigation.“The club is pleased that throughout his independent inquiry, Ian Unsworth QC praised the level of access and co-operation and with it exonerated all currently serving club employees and officers. This point was also fully accepted by the EFL.” 1last_img read more

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Daniel narrowly misses being showered in cow dung while filming ‘B&B Road Trip’

first_imgDaniel O’Donnell had a close encounter with a cow’s manure when he attempted to milk a dairy cow while filming ‘Daniel and Majella’s B&B Road Trip’.Daniel was being shown how to milk a cow by Oliver O’Gorman at Glasha Farm House in Ballymacarbry in County Waterford in the second episode of the new series.He said “come on now don’t be shy” as he began milking the cow – and the cow certainly wasn’t shy as Daniel narrowly missed being showered in fresh manure! Although the cow missed, Daniel fled back into the house and will probably be avoiding cows for the rest of the series!You know what they say about sh*t – it happens!You can catch this unmissable episode on RTÉ One at 8:30pm on Tuesday evening.They kicked off the new series of the programme on Tuesday last by staying with Nancy at Lee Farmhouse in Kerry who took them dancing. Daniel treated everyone to a song before fulfilling Nancy’s wish of waltzing with her. He also showed them the “Donegal slosh”, and Nancy remarked that he’s “fantastic with his moves!” They then went on to Noel and Lorna Burke’s Gallán Mór B&B on the Sheep’s Head Way in Cork. Lorna baked them some sweet treats before taking them out to see their 120,000 bees!To watch episode one in full you can get it on RTÉ player by clicking here.Daniel narrowly misses being showered in cow dung while filming ‘B&B Road Trip’ was last modified: March 12th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:B&B Road Tripcowdaniel o donnellMajellapoolast_img read more

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Sligo GAA Results April 21-22

first_imgOwenmore Gaels2101322932 TEAMPLDWONDRAWLOSTFORAGAINSTDIFFPOINTS Eastern Harps32014046-64 Enniscrone/Kilglass42027456184 Cúil Áine / Mullach na Bréine / Coolaney / Mullinabreena4211757325 St Patrick’s41125268-163 St John’s42024858-104 Easkey43016352116 Fureys Coaches Senior Football League Division 1Sat, 21 Apr, (Round: Round 4), Tubbercurry 0-17 Curry 1-10Sat, 21 Apr, (Round: Round 4), CooleraStrandhill 3-7 St Mary’s 3-17Sat, 21 Apr, (Round: Round 4), Coolaney/Mullinabreena 2-18 Shamrock Gaels 1-14Sat, 21 Apr, (Round: Round 4), St Molaise Gaels 1-15 Drumcliffe/Rosses Pt 2-9Sat, 21 Apr, (Round: Round 4), Tourlestrane 1-16 Eastern Harps 0-7 St Mary’s30032068-480 St Mary’s44009266268 Curry/Curraigh40045371-180 Calry/St Joseph’s44008038428 Fureys Coaches Senior Football League Division 2 TEAMPLDWONDRAWLOSTFORAGAINSTDIFFPOINTS Bunninadden4202595904 Curry/Curraigh3300443686 Tuarloistreáin/Tourlestrane20022532-70 Castleconnor G.A.A Club4211615655 Tuarloistreáin/Tourlestrane44006037238 Ballymote Round Towers33006023376 Tubbercurry GAA Club3102403912 Eastern Harps30122642-161 Fureys Coaches Senior Football League Division 2Sat, 21 Apr, (Round: Round 4), Enniscrone/Kilglass 1-8 Calry/St Joseph’s 2-12Sat, 21 Apr, (Round: Round 4), Geevagh 3-14 St Patrick’s/Dromard 1-7Sat, 21 Apr, (Round: Round 4), Bunninadden 0-12 Castleconnor 4-8Sat, 21 Apr, (Round: Round 4), St John’s W/O St Michael’s  –Sat, 21 Apr, (Round: Round 4), St Farnan’s 2-9 Easkey 1-13 Cúil Irra/Leathros/CooleraStrandhill42115459-55 St Molaise Gaels4202575254 Drumcliffe/Rosses Point GAA club41125456-23 TEAMPLDWONDRAWLOSTFORAGAINSTDIFFPOINTS Shamrock Gaels/Gaeil na Seamróige41035975-162 Fureys Coaches Senior Football League Division 1 Geevagh43017454206 Fureys Coaches Senior Football League Division 3 Cloonacool32015928314 St Farnan’s40044267-250 Shamrock Gaels/Gaeil na Seamróige30033957-180 St Michael’s/Naomh Mícheál40042267-450 Fureys Coaches Senior Football League Division 3Sun, 22 Apr, (Round: Round 3), St Mary’s 2-5 Curry 1-9Sun, 22 Apr, (Round: Round 3), Ballymote 2-10 Shamrock Gaels 1-8Sun, 22 Apr, (Round: Round 3), Cloonacool 3-13 Eastern Harps 0-8last_img read more

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The dos and don’ts of flight upgrades

first_imgFlight upgrades are harder to get. Once, getting an upgrade to business class was about who you knew, not what you know.A call to a mate who had a direct line to the airline’s state manager would have you turning left, and not right, in a flash. Fast forward to the era of accountability, and in most cases, you have to battle with a very sophisticated computer system which does not care less who you know but only what your FF status is and how many points you have.And with aircraft cabins almost always full, the game of airline seat monopoly has become more difficult.According to The Points Whisperer aka Steve Hui, chief executive at www.iFLYflat.com.au,  as passenger numbers grow and airline profits shrink, the day of free and unscripted handouts are long gone.WATCH: Automatic landing in blinding fog“Today, upgrades are run by an airline process, involving both staff and systems working together,” says Mr. Hui. “Most airlines allocate them based on a ranking algorithm that considers the following from each passenger; loyalty status, fare type/class; the size of traveling party, the timing of your request and original booking and type of flight, length, connecting route.”READ: Check out before you fly with Emirates 3D virtual reality Mr. Hui points out that not all upgrades happen at the last minute. “Airlines in recent years have been improving their pre-flight upgrade options by developing ‘bidding’ systems that are run by algorithms to offload (sell) business class seats on specific flights.”This is particularly the case for holiday periods when business class traffic is low and school holiday passenger loads are high.Upgrades are all about FF status Upgrades are all about FF status. Air Canada 787 business classMany airlines now have bidding systems built into the online reservation with sliders to give you an indication of your potential success level.“You may (also) be invited by email or SMS to upgrade using cash, or more often – your points, “says Mr. Hui.However, he points out that that number of points needed for an upgrade is now very close to that needed for a full business class redemption. For example, to bid for an upgrade on a Perth to London flight with one airline is 120,000 points and you don’t know until 24 hours before if you are successful.“However, an outright points redemption in business class oneway is just 128,000 points.”For just 8,000 points you have the comfort and enjoyment of knowing you’re flying up front. And just to make things confusing the systems vary significantly between airlines, with some not having the sophisticated reservation computers to orchestrate complex points upgrades or bidding.That is where at holiday time, dressing to impress can help, suggests one Perth airline airport manager responsible for handing out upgrades.“There is no question at holiday time there are a few spares seats up front,” he says. “Dress like you belong in the back and that is where you will stay. A middle-aged well-dressed couple is our target.”So here are the tips:Prior to the airportApplying with Frequent Flyer pointsBidding with cash / FF Frequent Flyer pointsAt the airportLast minute cash / Frequent Flyer points upgrade dealFrequent Flyer status with the airlineFrequent flyer status with airline’s alliance partners (Oneworld / Star)Single travelerWell dressed, middle age coupleWhat will not workIt’s my birthdayIt’s our anniversaryYou lost my baggage last timeThe state manager said he/she would fix itAbuselast_img read more

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Working the Clouds – Report from Structure 08

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… lidija davis 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#enterprise#web center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Lidija Davis is reporting for ReadWriteWeb from the Structure 08 conference in San Francisco In a recent report, Gartner predicted that early adopters will forgo capital expenditures, and instead purchase 40% of IT infrastructure as a service by 2011. Alistair Croll, senior analyst at Bitcurrent, and MC for the first Structure 08 conference in San Francisco, sees things differently. According to Croll it will be a lot sooner: “Right now, almost every company has someone in their IT department using the cloud to some degree.” Croll predicts that by 2009 it will no longer be almost every company; it will be 100% of companies. Led by Alistair Croll, panelists included: Geva Perry, GigaSpaces, Jason Hoffman, Joyent, Tony Lucas, XCalibre, Lew Moorman, Rackspace, Christphoe Bisciglia, Google and Joe Weinman, AT&T. Here are my real-time notes from the panel, followed by a primer on cloud computing.Grid vs. CloudJason talks about how grid computing is more about running multiple batch jobs. He predicts that there will be a proprietary stack and an open business model based on the cloud. Simply put, if the cloud is not billable it’s a grid; the difference is the notion of pay-per-use.Geva insists there is room for both models. The major goal is to build applications that are platform agnostic.Are we selling our souls – or should we not worry about lock in?Of the panel, five deal with general purpose clouds; only one, Christophe, deals with specialized clouds. Jason explains that in this emerging market, standards haven’t been set. This produces lock in issues, but hopefully as time goes on, we’ll have standards. Specifications are a major issue to what an open ‘loving’ cloud should do and we need to be able to reach open protocol standard and give people assurances the cloud is a good place to be.Because we are trying to convince people that buying hardware and software is a bad idea, we need be open source and trustworthy.Tony says that Google’s Big Table is basically a lock in and Christophe responds by pointing out that it is still just a developer preview; the theory is that it will be a very open platform.Alistair asks what the setup is for Google; put everything in the cloud or put more out at the edge.According to Christophe, Google has geographically distributed clusters with a lot of their services being replicated to keep customers safer. They want to ensure that if you trust them with your e-mail, the most current may be in a datacenter close to you.What has to change for enterprise to buy into cloud computing?Christophe says we need to allow people to do what they do best and gives the example that originally even banks were not considered safe. People kept money under mattresses. As time went on, they realized their home could also be broken into, so storing it at a bank is a smarter solution. He expects that over the next couple of years we’ll see companies keeping data more safe, and enterprise more willing to buy in.Joe thinks benefits will come from a commitment to the enterprise space and ensuring the infrastructure is secure.Geva is concerned that companies don’t want quick credit card access as afforded with most cloud computing solutions. They want contracts and support; they want help. It needs to be given. Lew thinks the definition the concept is very confusing for enterprises. The word cloud is starting to mean less and less, yet at the same time it is cheap easy and it’s getting into enterprise through the back door (IT departments are beginning to investigate).The session went well and was held before a standing room only audience.Cloud Computing: A PrimerThe ‘cloud’ is a well known metaphor for the Internet. IT folk have been drawing puffy blobs to represent it for decades. The latest buzzword ‘cloud computing’ however, is not as well defined, and not as familiar.However, the general consensus is that cloud computing has become an umbrella term covering various solutions. Here’s a basic rundown:SaaSSoftware as a Service is a subscription based application that is hosted on a remote server, and accessed through the Internet. Subscription based because you don’t pay a licensing fee–as long as you’re subscribed (whether the service is paid or not) you have access to it. Accessed through the Internet because the software is not downloaded onto your computer; the program and the data is accessed via the Web. Think Gmail as the basic SaaS, salesforce.com as the larger model.IaaSInfrastructure as a Service offers computing services on the Internet designed to make web-scale computing easier and more cost effective. You no longer need to buy servers, network equipment, memory, CPU, disk space or data center facilities; they are provided as a monthly service, generally based on capacity used.Given there is no up front capital to purchase hardware, software, or facilities, corporations and developers are quickly moving to this a smarter option. Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud, or EC2, is a prime example of IaaS.PaaSThe idea behind Platform as a Service is to deliver development environments as a service; offering programmers everything they need to create applications via the Web – including building, testing, deploying and hosting services – without the need to ever install anything on their own computers.Examples of PaaS: Google App Engine, Yahoo Pipes, and Force.com from SalesForce.com Related Posts last_img read more

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How Eddystone Will Take Beacons Further Than Ever Before

first_imgWith This One Question, You’ll Never Need an Ic… Tags:#Beacons#Bluetooth#Bluetooth beacons#Eddystone#Google#Guest Posts#Kontakt.io#Nearby API#wearable world 6 Best Video Conferencing Services for Small Bu… How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Szymon Niemczura is the CEO and cofounder of Kontakt.io, a provider of microlocation tools. Kontakt.io is a Wearable World Labs company. ReadWrite’s parent company, Wearable World, takes a stake in Wearable World Labs companies.In its new Eddystone standard, Google has offered a complete package that solves proximity for developers in a number of ways. What should you do about it?Eddystone is an open format from Google that takes the primary capability of beacons—their ability to broadcast a unique number via short-range Bluetooth signals—and extends it to an impressive degree. What does that mean? Let’s start by looking at what makes Eddystone different from iBeacon, the well-known beacon format from Apple.iBeacon is Android and iOS compatible, but native only for iOSEddystone is Android and iOS compatible, and may be a native part of the upcoming Android M releaseiBeacon is simple and easy to implementEddystone is flexible and opens new possibilities, but is more complicated to codeiBeacon is not open source—the specification is in Apple’s handsEddystone is published openly on GitHubiBeacon broadcasts a unique ID numberEddystone broadcasts three different packets: a unique ID number, a URL address, and sensor telemetryTake in the broader set of data you can broadcast with Eddystone-compatible beacons. You have the capacity to broadcast URLs directly to users’ smart devices, or take temperature or other sensor data from beacons and broadcast it to smart devices for a variety of uses. Google has done more than that. This week, it also launched two new services: the Nearby API and the Proximity Beacon API. The Proximity Beacon API is a Google-sized solution for a problem many other businesses have tried to solve: How does a developer manage all of the data involved in working with beacons and smart devices? They’re hardly the first ones to present a solution for this (every beacon manufacturer worth their salt has developed its own approach), but Google is making their own attempt at being the one API to rule them all. The Nearby API is also a good answer to a hard problem: putting proximity features into smart devices at the operating-system level instead of at the app level. Through Nearby Messages and Nearby Connections, Google is looking to own the data flow from beginning to end.The Internet Of Things Is Where The Money IsGoogle knows that the Internet of Things is going to be where the money for the Internet is, in a few years’ time. In order to be there in the future, it is running hard at its target now. For a young company like ours, in a space that’s attracting attention from companies as big as Google and Apple, you know you’re doing something right. It’s also kind of scary. Do we all really want to give Google even more data points about our lives?Eddystone represents a big jump forward in what you can expect from the Internet of Things. For the Internet of Things to reach the kind of saturation point that it needs to transform our lives in the manner which the Internet itself did, it needs to be ubiquitous. By building a complete framework that expresses how you broadcast data from Bluetooth Low Energy beacons (Eddystone format), where this data resides (the Proximity Beacon API), and even how to present that data to smart devices (the Nearby API), there’s one coherent framework for the Internet of Things to operate on. This improves how developers will create experiences across platforms and makes it easier to create an endless stream of proximity data for our devices to interact with. So how does this bring ubiquity? If, as many expect, Google natively supports Eddystone in Android M, developers will get the ability to push notifications to someone’s smartphone through the Nearby API. Their apps can also take into account what the user’s smart device has been doing (like searching for a given term or getting directions to a specific place) and present relevant data to users with virtually no effort on their part. By putting a native integration into the most popular mobile operating system in the world, Google will create a huge demand for beacons and smart-device interactions, and will hugely increase the beacon installations around the world.Here’s an example. Imagine you’re taking a trip. When you look up directions from an airport to a hotel after you rented a car, the Nearby API can be used to see if you’ve left the parking garage and automatically take care of most of the steps required for checking in. Upon arriving at the hotel, you’re prompted to install the hotel’s registration application to speed things up. It also sets the room you’re going to be in to your preferred temperature, informs the hotel staff when you’ve parked in their parking lot, and can even have your phone serve as your room key. When you check out at the end of your stay, your phone passes by a beacon as you leave the hotel parking lot, checking the exact registered location with the Proximity API, and checkout is handled automatically. All of these features are proximity interactions that can be driven by a native integration with Android and beacons through Eddystone, the Proximity Beacon API, and the Nearby API. What To Do About The Eddystone OpportunityIn any market, the main differentiator between the winners and the losers is that the winners correctly identify the major market trends and get ahead of them. The losers don’t even notice things have changed until they’re irrelevant. Blockbuster didn’t worry about Netflix—until too late. Taxi medallion owners didn’t worry about Uber—until too late. If your business is in a space where proximity is valuable—and that’s almost every business segment out there—now is the time to start thinking about what your plan to embrace proximity in your organization is.  If you don’t determine how your business can make use of proximity to better serve your clients, odds are someone else will, and by offering better service in a world where Internet of Things functionality is ubiquitous, they’ll get and keep clients faster than you will. Just like no one takes a business without a website seriously these days, it will soon be the case that no one takes a business that doesn’t have good proximity integrations seriously either. As the leader of a company that manufactures beacons and beacon software—and who was one of the select few companies working with Google on this project as they got it ready for launch—I’m excited about what Google’s Eddystone is bringing to the space. We hope it will help drive more sales of beacons, but that’s almost incidental to the kind of experiences that it makes possible. It helps us by giving developers everywhere a language that they can use to construct something other than just another couponing app, and by raising expectations for what developers deliver, will increase the value of the Internet of Things to everyone who’s looking at joining the space.Lead photo by Jonathan Leung; other images courtesy of Kontakt.iocenter_img Related Posts szymon niemczura Top 5 Areas Where Companies Want IoT Solutionslast_img read more

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McDonald’s Happy Meal wearable rubs people the wrong way

first_imgInternet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… David Curry Tags:#fitness tracker#health#Internet of Things#IoT#McDonalds#Olympics#Rio 2016 Related Posts McDonald’s has prematurely ended fitness tracker sales in the U.S. and Canada, which came inside the fast-food chain’s Happy Meal.Intended as a way to get kids active, McDonald’s inadvertently caused a lot of parents to worry what was happening to their child’s skin. It received complaints from customers about skin irritation a few hours after the first day of sales. Within 24 hours, the fitness tracker was removed from all stores.See Also: Will connected tech shake up the jobs market even more?A McDonald’s representative said the firm is investigating the issue, but we doubt the fitness tracker will return to Happy Meals anytime soon.McDonald’s isn’t alone in suffering from skin irritation issues, for most of 2014 Fitbit struggled to fix problems with its Force tracker. Intel recently recalled all Basis Peak wearables as well, citing overheating issues.McDonald’s wanted to capitalize on the OlympicsThe wearable was built by the fast-food chain and manufactured in China. It had a pedometer inside to track steps and physical activity, but unlike the pervasive fitness trackers we are used to, the McDonald’s toy had no wireless connectivity.McDonald’s had lined up the launch of the fitness tracker with the 2016 Rio Olympic games and summer break, two factors that should have more kids playing outside and doing physical activities.It is a bit ironic that McDonald’s, a fast-food chain known for its high sugar and fat content, giving fitness trackers to kids. However, the company has tried for the past few years to change how its perceived by customers, adding fruit to its menu, improving the quality and sourcing of its food, and taking steps to reduce calories.center_img Follow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

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