Politicians in North reach talks agreement

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Facebook By News Highland – December 23, 2014 Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Twittercenter_img Pinterest Politicians in Northern Ireland have reached an agreement on issues following lengthy talks at Stormont in Belfast.In a statement released in the past half an hour, the Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan, says the agreement -in 75 sections- covers a broad range of political, social and economic issues.Minister Flanagan says the deal sets out a plan for financial and welfare reform and proposes a way forward on flags, identity, culture and tradition – through the establishment of a commission.He says it establishes a programme of institutional reform at Stormont and progresses a number of outstanding aspects of prior Agreements. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Politicians in North reach talks agreement Google+ Previous articleDerry Chamber of Commerce calls for more university fundingNext articleMary Berry is BBC’s Absolute Favourite News Highland Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Teenagers still wedded to idea of marriage

first_imgThe Times 27 January 2018Family First Comment: And why not? Even young people aspire to the ‘gold standard’ (not perfect, but still miles ahead of the alternatives)….. “Cohabiting parents are also far more likely to split up than those who walk down the aisle. Only a quarter of parents who were married when their first child was born had separated by the time the child turned 15. This compared with 56 per cent of parents who were unmarried when their first child was born and married later and 69 per cent of those who had never married.” www.protectmarriage.nzThe vast majority of teenagers want to get married when they grow up, despite the growing trend for cohabitation, a study has found.More than three out of four youngsters aged 14 to 17 said it was one of their key aspirations and that marriage was not the same as living together, according to the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ).The right-wing think tank is calling for teaching on marriage and commitment to be part of the revised sex education curriculum. The guidance will be updated for the first time in 20 years in the spring, with sex education lessons becoming compulsory, and campaigners fear that the emphasis on life-long commitment will be lost.While the desire for marriage remains strong, statistics suggest many teenagers will never realise their ambition. The last census found that more than a third of people are not or have never been married, an increase of three percentage points on ten years ago. The number of weddings taking place each year is at a historic low. The Marriage Foundation predicts that on current trends half of today’s 20-year-olds will ever marry.Marriage has also become a perk of being rich. Among the highest earners, 87 per cent get married, compared with only 24 per cent of low earners.Cohabiting parents are also far more likely to split up than those who walk down the aisle. Only a quarter of parents who were married when their first child was born had separated by the time the child turned 15. This compared with 56 per cent of parents who were unmarried when their first child was born and married later and 69 per cent of those who had never married.Frank Young, head of family policy at the CSJ, said: “Despite growing up with no better than a 50/50 chance of their own parents separating, young people still have strong relationship ambitions. Not only do young people want a lasting relationship in adult life, they aspire to marriage. Updated guidance on relationships education shouldn’t ignore the word marriage.”READ MORE: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/cba0b654-02dd-11e8-9de1-e6776d524215Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

USG reveals mental health initiatives, passes SLAC resolution

first_imgSenators Emily Johnson, Chris McMorran and Benjamin Shiff are in the process of approving a task force of eight students to collaborate with Engemann Student Health Center on redesigning the mental health resources page on its website. Chuang met with Dr. Sarah Van Orman, chief health officer and associate vice provost for student affairs, and Dr. Robert Mendola, executive director and division chief of student mental health, to discuss the issue. Since then, the official billing dispute form has been added to the USC Student Health website and a line concerning the dispute process has been included at the end of the letter sent when charges are sent to the student account. Undergraduate Student Government updated a statement released Sept. 10 reaffirming its commitment to campus mental health to include specific ongoing senate initiatives during a Senate meeting Tuesday.  Sen. Angela Chuang said the statement’s updates help promote concrete initiatives USG is working on to improve mental health issues on campus.  Eight projects sponsored by USG senators were included in the updated statement. One initiative, spearheaded by Chuang, aims to increase transparency in the dispute process for the $20 missed mental health counseling appointment fee. While there has been a dispute process in place, Chuang said many students are unaware of its existence. Undergraduate Student Government senators passed a resolution Tuesday formalizing USC’s involvement in the Student Leadership Association of California, which holds a conference that brings together student government leaders from across 15 universities. (Elshaddai Mulugeta | Daily Trojan) USC, Pitzer and Occidental initially created SLAC in 2018 to build connections between student leaders across California. The resolution will formalize its support for the association of student governments. The task force intends to incorporate student perspectives on website changes and informational clarity. The senators are currently revising their initial proposal for the taskforce and expect it to be approved in the next few weeks. Aside from the revised statement, USG unanimously passed a resolution to continue its involvement in the Student Leadership Association of California during Tuesday’s meeting. The resolution follows USG’s participation in a SLAC conference Oct. 6, where student government representatives from 15 universities met at UCLA to discuss issues of administrative transparency and student engagement.  “We felt that [the website] wasn’t as intuitive as it could be … it seems very text-heavy,” Johnson said. “It wasn’t as approachable as it could be.”  “We really want to ensure that students recognize that we’re here to support them, and we’re here to work on projects that will benefit them and will hopefully support them regarding mental health,” Chuang said. last_img read more

Bradford White Buys GeoSpring Rights and Equipment

first_img RELATED ARTICLES According to a report at The Wholesaler, the move is expected to take a couple of months. In the interim, Bradford White will continue filling orders from its inventory.AeroTherm water heaters, like the GeoSpring, are produced in 50-gallon and 80-gallon versions. Heat-pump water heaters are twice as efficient as conventional electric water heaters, but they also cost two or three times as much. GE Appliances launched the GeoSpring in 2012 but sales never matched company expectations. Overall, heat pump water heaters are “a very small segment” of the total market, roughly 60,000 units a year, according to GE Appliances.Bradford White Corp. executive vice president and COO Bruce Carnevale told The Wholesaler: “With GE Appliances’ announcement that they were exiting the business for this product, we saw the opportunity to acquire the assets and continue to be able to provide our customers with best-in-class heat pump water heaters and still build them in America.”As part of the agreement, The Wholesaler reported, Bradford White will extend its around-the-clock customer support to existing GeoSpring water heater owners. Heat-Pump Water Heaters Come of AgeGE Will Drop Heat-Pump Water HeatersDomestic Hot Water: No Perfect Solutioncenter_img Bradford White will pick up where GE Appliances left off as it buys the production equipment GE used to make the GeoSpring heat-pump water heater and moves it to its own facilities in Michigan.Citing low sales, GE Appliances stopped general production of the GeoSpring last month. The company has been selling the water heaters to Bradford White, which rebadged them as AeroTherm water heaters. The deal allows Bradford White to continue making and selling the appliances without interruption.Terms were not announced.A GE Appliances spokeswoman said the company is under contract to continue producing the water heaters for Bradford White until March in its Louisville, Kentucky, plant. After that, the manufacturing equipment will be moved to Middleville, Michigan, where Bradford White will begin making them.last_img read more

Sustaining IoT growth

first_imgIn 2011, Cisco famously stated in a white paper what later became IoT gospel, circulated endlessly and uncritically: The world will have 50 billion connected devices by 2020.Fast forward to March 2019. We all cringe — realizing how wildly optimistic the industry was and how gullible we were.Since 2011, market predictions for connected devices have been repeatedly adjusted. The 2020 outlook now ranges from 20 to 30 billion connected devices, about half of Cisco’s rosy forecast.Don’t get me wrong. I’m hardly suggesting that market growth for IoT devices has stalled. Au contraire, it is growing steadily. But a few unresolved issues prevent this segment from racking up its next “trillions.” Oft-cited alibis for the slow growth of IoT are security — or lack of thereof — and fragmentation among IoT products.IoT products built on diverging connectivity technologies, communication protocols and system-level applications remain problematic. The insecurity of devices is a lingering concern. Viability of Cellular IoT Connectivity choices for IoT products include: broadly available short-range solutions such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy; mesh technologies including ZigBee, ZWave; and Low-Power Wide-Area Network (LPWAN) that allows communication over large distances using minimal power. These LPWAN technologies are divided into licensed (LTE-M, NB-IoT and EC-GSM) and unlicensed (SigFox, LoRa and others).(Source: STMicroelectronics) Of all, those who promote cellular IoT (LTE-M, NB-IoT, etc.) are banking on their long-term viability. They claim that cellular connectivity specifications “can cut the fragmentation of IoT” and might even settle the security issues. They say IoT applications such as smart metering, automotive, home automation, agriculture, and asset tracking will benefit from using cellular infrastructure in licensed spectrum, across bandwidth and power operating points.But here’s the thing. Cellular IoT, too, comes with its own challenges, including the complexity of billing and provisioning for cellular network operators. Every chip company selling modem ICs into cellular IoT devices must worry how their customers — device manufacturers — expect to make money on IoT.Chip designers mired in building reliable cellular IoT modems might not have had time to ponder this business-model conundrum. But they should all ask this question: Who is going to pay how much to do what so that who can make how much money?Assume manufacturers of automobiles, refrigerators, containers and maybe thermostats all want their products connected to the Internet — so they can send new features or fix bugs over the air. Maybe they want to track their assets, or plan to develop new business by monitoring the health of connected devices on the field.The mystery we have yet to solve is who’s willing to pay the cellular IoT connectivity fees that underwrite these blessings.One thing is clear. A consumer with a brand-new fridge gives little thought — even nowadays — to the joy of connecting his or her icebox to the Web. This is why the appliance company is the likely party footing the connectivity bill.Here’s the rub. Most appliance manufacturers have never been mobile phone suppliers. They don’t talk the lingo of the mobile world. Could they negotiate a reasonable data plan for their refrigerators with mobile network operators? Conversely, are mobile network operators — who don’t know Frigidaire from an ice-fishing hut — prepared to offer fridge-makers a deal they can’t refuse, in hopes of joining (cold) hands in the humanitarian cause of IoT device proliferation?Another lingering question: Are mobile network operators planning to waive roaming charges for appliances makers? After all, fridge makers want to sell their appliances not regionally, but nationally. Similarly, what happens if a fridge owner moves, taking his Frigidaire to a part of the country where the same data plan doesn’t work?Just when he got used to talking with his vegetable bin. Continue Reading Previous VadaTech: 1U MTCA chassis with 6 AMC Slots,10/40GbE, dual PSUNext dhs tools to sell the video interface test tools of Unigraf “Hereu2019s the rub. Most appliance manufacturers have never been mobile phone suppliers. They donu2019t talk the lingo of the mobile world how?? https://adwaamecca-sa.org/transfer-and-relocation-company-in-mecca/“ 3 thoughts on “Sustaining IoT growth” Log in to Reply “That is how it is in almost every market isn’t it? Today, we find that the products are flying off the shelves, but the very next day, they could face a major dip in sales. The same goes for the IoT industry whereby certain limitations would still be proj Log in to Reply March 11, 2019 at 2:43 pm MarkSindone says: March 25, 2019 at 1:11 pm Log in to Reply “I honestly don’t see why IoT wouldn’t be able to sustain itself. At this point in time where everything is slowly being set up to communicate with each other and everybody is raving about the opportunities and possibilities of all this connectivity, we ha MelBrandle says: Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: IoT elomiry says: Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. March 29, 2019 at 10:40 am last_img read more

Gerrard expects tough second leg against FC Shkupi

first_imgRangers manager Steven Gerrard believes his side will face a difficult game against the Macedonian side for their second leg Europa League qualifier.Gerrard’s men secured a comfortable 2-0 win in the first leg at Ibrox but failed to put the tie to bed completely. Now the Liverpool legend believes Shkupi will attack Rangers using altogether different tactics for the game on Tuesday night.“I think the scoreline suggests that FC Shkupi have to be aggressive,” said Gerrard, as reported by STV.“They’re the home team. So it doesn’t make sense for them to be defensive and sit back. So we’ll be ready for an aggressive style.”“They came with a game plan to be organised and a team block and to be difficult to break down. I respect their game plan at Ibrox but I expect something very different tomorrow.”The Scottish side exited the competition at the very same stage last season and a second consecutive early exit would be a catastrophic start to Gerrard’s tenure at the club.However, the 38-year-old insists his players are ready to get the job done despite the constant pressure of expectation.“The only pressure we feel tomorrow is representing Rangers”ScotlandScotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.“Because Rangers is a huge football club so every time you represent the club there’s huge pressure. The players are used to that pressure, the ones like Daniel [Candeias] who have been around for quite some time.”“We come into the game with confidence high. We’re really excited” ?️ GERRARD: “We believe one goal kills the tie. We know it is going to be hot and humid, and it may be a tricky surface and a tricky game, but we are ready for whatever gets thrown at us.”READ: https://t.co/u2TWgJHBzb pic.twitter.com/nkEqIe9oWS— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) July 16, 2018last_img read more

Lionel Messi and Suarez are the best attackers in the world

first_imgHaving watched Argentine international star Lionel Messi perform wonders during matches and with an important assistance from Luis Suarez, Barca centre-back Gerard Pique maintains both are the best attackers.Barcelona wiped out Levante on Sunday night with 5-0 where Messi shined with a hat trick to give Barcelona lead.“Luis and Leo are the best couple of attackers of recent years,” Pique said to reporters after the match via Marca.“It’s true that Luis has goals in his blood and Leo just does everything.”“The match was very good, we are playing better in the last few games, conceding fewer goals and that’s positive,” he continued.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“Now we will try to win against Celtic in the next match and have a good Christmas.”“I struggled at the start, as always, but I’m eager to continue enjoying this generation of footballers,” Pique added.“Semedo’s injury was breaking news but I had some minor discomfort on Saturday, so without a pure right-back, we decided to play like that”.“Sometimes it doesn’t work and can be uncomfortable, but despite not being the usual defensive set up, things went well.”last_img read more