Laurie Foster: Preparing ‘Champs’ stars for global stage

first_img‘Champs’ 2016 is now consigned to the history books. In some cases, it has unearthed, and in others, cemented a more than fair share of awesome talent. It never ceases to amaze how much is being done with so little. In this regard, Foster’s Fairplay, focusing on the future at the world level, will be looking in particular at two athletes, drawn from the many coming to mind. That the country is now the envy of the world in the area of sprints is impatient of debate. The recent feats of the Kingston College (KC) phenom, quarter-miler Akeem Bloomfield and sprinter Nigel Ellis out of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) and described in knowledgeable quarters as the real deal only serves to drive home the point. Coming from a history-making 44.93 at last year’s world spectacle event, Bloomfield has his compass set beyond that stage. So confirmed coach Neil Harrison, who sees the World Junior Championships in July and a spot on the Rio Olympics team as the season’s chief objectives. Although no such crystal-ball glance is coming from Ellis’ camp, a wise coach must see the repeat 10 teens as a promise of things to come. Another point to be made here is that the cash-rich Bahrain trek has claimed a couple of the nation’s fast men who were understudying the Bolt, Blake, Powell top rung. Ellis, barring being steered in that direction, could ‘run in’ on one of the vacancies created. A few years ago, the highly respected track and field legendary disciplinarian and JAAA president, Neville ‘Teddy’ McCook, was hosting a top-ranked administrator in the business. Enthralled with the island’s outstanding global performances, the visitor requested to be taken to where “these fantastic athletes did their training”. The pride-ridden ‘Teddy’ headed for the North Street campus of his own KC. After about one hour of watching some of Jamaica’s most gifted young athletes, the seemingly impatient guest, with a flight to catch, asked if they could relocate to the spot, as previously requested. With no regard for his shortness of stature, Teddy drew himself to full height, made a two-handed, all encompassing sign and said, “You are standing on it”. Against this background and an ever-mushrooming storehouse of talent with less-than-adequate quality or quantity of proper facilities for preparation, a recent comment by the sport’s world governing boss is quite interesting. That Usain Bolt has rescued the sport has become almost a clichÈ at forums across the world. Well, Lord Coe is calling for “more Usain Bolts”. Once the suspicion that such call is a request for a lifeline to be thrown to a badly drug-tainted sport is accepted a way forward can be sought. Typically, what is not mentioned is the role played by the equally excellent, coach, Glen Mills, who has stage-managed the Bolt act. However, that is for a different story at another time. Having said all that, there can be but a single response to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) president’s musings. There is a role here for Dr Warren Blake, local athletics’ top man. Picking up on the ‘more Bolts wanted’ comment, he should meet with the good upper house British parliamentarian and assist him and track and field to rise above the ongoing Russian drug debacle. Coe should be invited to assemble his IAAF executive in an initiative to afford Jamaica the infrastructure pivotal to enhance its already glorious product. The Coe remark could not have come at a more opportune time, with a new Government taking office. For a start, a synthetic track in every parish would be handy. A travelling cadre of talent scouts, fuelled by some of the current high-performance-oriented coaches, would also have to be slotted in. Much like Coe, the Jamaican president needs to turn a few things around. This would be a lasting legacy to his tenancy. Image cleaning is required both in Monaco and here, and Coe has left a door open. Enter, Dr. Blake. For Feedback, email lauriefoster2012@gmail.com. FANTASTIC ATHLETESlast_img read more

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Meeting South Africa’s guide dogs

first_img “When finished with the training, we will look at the waiting list and see if anyone is suitable,” says Guide Dog Services Manager, Gail Glover. “We will always give preference to people who have had a guide dog before.” It all comes down to making a suitable match. “The dog and person are a team,” she explains. Once all training has been completed and a match has been made, the blind people receiving dogs will go to the training centre for three weeks of orientation and bonding. It costs the blind person R5 for the dog and R100 for three weeks of board and lodging. “After the three weeks, the dog and person will go home accompanied by a trainer for a week or two,” Glover says. “When the dog is working safely and effectively, the trainer leaves.” The association stays in touch with guide dog owners throughout the dog’s working life and pays them regular visits to maintain safety standards. Training and matching dogs with blind owners is only a fraction of the work that the Gladys Evans Training Centre does. Service and social dogs are also trained there to assist people with disabilities other than blindness, such as those with autism or confined to a wheelchair through multiple sclerosis or as the result of motor accidents. Training for service dogs is different to guide dog training as it is food and clicker- based. The process for matching dogs and owners and training them to work together as a team is the same, though.The life cycle of a guide dog The puppies at the centre come from specially selected stock, often from dogs already bred by the association. They live at the centre for the first seven or eight weeks of their life. Training for their future careers begins with sound CDs, which play noises such as hooting cars to acclimatise them to factors they will have to deal with as working dogs. After this, they will go to “puppy raisers” – all of whom are volunteers – for approximately a year. During this period, puppies are socialised as much as possible through socialisation and obedience training sessions, as well as individual home sessions. The dog will then progress to advanced training, which involves obedience training, obstacle and traffic work, among other things.A rich history The association has come a long way since it was founded in 1953 by Gladys Evans after she returned from England with her dog Sheena and rented a temporary training centre in Parkwood, Johannesburg. It moved to its first real home in 1958, to a six-acre property called “Vale Cottage” in Parkmore, Sandton. It was later renamed the Gladys Evans Training Centre and remained the home of the organisation until 1986, when demand outgrew space. The Gladys Evans Training Centre moved to an 11-acre property on Wroxham Road in Rietfontein, where it still stands today. There are also offices in Cape Town and Durban. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The Johannesburg centre boasts all the necessary facilities to handle and train dogs from puppyhood to retirement, as well as train people receiving either guide or service dogs. It is an independent organisation and relies on donations and sponsorships in addition to its own fundraising initiatives. For more information on the work done by the South African Guide Dogs Association for the Blind, you can visit www.guidedog.org.za.center_img 21 December 2012 Along a leafy suburban street, a man walks his dog. It could be a scene from any South African town, but this is one duo with a difference. The young Labrador is a guide dog in training and her companion is a professional trainer – known as a guide dog mobility instructor – with the South African Guide Dogs Association for the Blind. The day’s activity involves trainer Joel van Stavel taking his six charges from the Gladys Evans Training Centre in Rietfontein, north of Johannesburg, to busy suburb Parkview. Here the dogs will be put through their paces in what will be a “natural environment” for them once they have graduated and become working dogs.Training the next generation of guide dogs Tyrone Avenue in Parkview provides a perfect training ground for the dogs as it has “everything a guide dog needs and will deal with”. There are stop streets and traffic circles to contend with, busy roads to traverse, as well as human traffic and other dogs to deal with. There is the hubbub of daily life going on around them, which they will need to be able to deal with without getting distracted when they are working guide dogs. Parkview is only one of a number of locations around Johannesburg used for training. “We go to different places for different needs,” Van Stavel says. Norwood, Rosebank and shopping malls around the city also feature as training grounds. “It depends on what the dogs need.” However, training the dogs in public places also poses a risk as many people want to touch the dogs. As it distracts the dogs from their work, the guide dog association encourages people not to pet them without asking first. “Some people, especially children, rush up to touch the dogs,” Van Stavel says. “Stop and ask first, I will never say no.”Adapting to each dog’s personality Van Stavel has been a trainer since 2008, although he has been involved with the Guide Dogs Association since he left school. When a position for a trainer opened, he applied and got the job. There followed a three-year apprenticeship with exams every six months. “During and after your apprenticeship, you are constantly learning,” he says. “One thing doesn’t work for every dog, so you need to adapt.” Like people, each dog has his or her own personality and trainers need to adapt their approach to accommodate each of their charges. Van Stavel’s current class of six is made up of Rankyn, brothers Luca and Lexus, and the “O” sisters: Ohio, Odette and Oakley. Rankyn is an excitable white Labrador with a tendency to get distracted by other dogs. In terms of his training, Van Stavel focuses on doing lots of obedience work with him and calming him down. “I only need to work on his distraction with other dogs,” he says. “He is not bothered by loud noises and traffic; he is the type of dog who could work in Johannesburg city centre, but his issue with other dogs could get him rejected.” There are two reasons a dog in training would be rejected and not go on to graduate as a fully-fledged working dog: health or temperament. Should a dog be deemed unsuitable to work as a guide dog, he or she will be re- homed as a pet. First option goes to the people who have raised and looked after the puppies, and if for any reason they are unable to take on the dog, the Guide Dog Association will find a home. There is a waiting list for these dogs.Sibling rivalry Black Labrador Ohio is one of Van Stavel’s star students and has overtaken her sisters. “Ohio is a little bit ahead of the others.” She is already in harness, while her sisters remain in jacket. “In harness the dog is doing the work, while in jacket the trainer is doing the work and moulding him or her to become a guide dog,” Van Stavel says. Odette and Oakley are both still in jacket. “Odette is not ready for the harness yet, she is lacking in confidence and is scared of dogs barking at her,” he says. “She is also not leading, she is hanging back.” Oakley has no such confidence issues, but having only joined Van Stavel’s training group five weeks ago, she is not at the harness level. “She hasn’t learnt everything she needs to yet.” Golden retriever brothers Luca and Lexus are both advancing well with their training and are in harness. Luca is a sensitive soul, and Van Stavel needs to adjust his training accordingly. “My approach has to be different. Because I’m a big man, I’m dominant over them so need to be calm. “Luca also loves people, which may be his downfall.” Lexus, on the other hand, only battles with motion sickness. “He is the only dog named after a car that gets car sick.”Finding a suitable match Throughout the training process, Van Stavel monitors each of his dogs and mentally tries to match them to people on the association’s waiting list. “Ohio is a slow dog so would be suited to someone who does not live a fast-paced life,” he says. Also, to ensure that the dogs are not responding solely to the trainers, they will work with a blindfold coming to the end of the training cycle.last_img read more

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African footballers call on their juju men

first_imgAfrican soccer is unique Abedi Pele has said, talent is as important as juju when it comes to winning. (Image: Jake Brown). Sulaiman PhilipFootball is a game controlled by rules: 17 immutable laws that govern everything from the size of the goals to the equipment that can be used. Despite these edicts, the game remains one of exciting chaos barely contained within them.Some of this anarchy is down to the superstitions competitors bring to the game. Superstition, of course, is not restricted to European players who put on their shorts last; we Africans just do it better, with more colour, spirit and panache. Africa is different.The African Cup of Nations will be upon us soon; 16 nations will hold their breaths, pray to ancestors and pay their chosen marabout – or juju man – to bestow their strongest magic on their heroes. Charms, amulets, spells and even animals buried in the vicinity of a stadium have all been used by African teams to bring them success on the field.Rituals on show during the tournament, and in football leagues the breadth of Africa, are based in Africans’ deeply held religious beliefs. Reverend Emmanuel-Kenneth Goode, official chaplain of Ghanaian club Asante Kotoko, doesn’t believe in juju but he does accept that belief in something enhances a team’s luck. “Almost everything an African does he wants to believe in something. So they want to believe that some deity or power can help them to win matches,” he told journalist Kent Mensah of Goal.National teams visit men like Gbass of Dabu, a medicine man who helped Ivory Coast win their one and only continental title. A dispute over an unpaid bill for his services resulted in him putting a curse on the Elephants; they would never win another title until things were made right.Gbass had been hired by Michel Zoah, then the country’s minister of sport, who earnestly claimed the subsequent failures were down to one simple fact: the juju men that followed Gbass did not possess magic as strong. Performance enhancingMohammed, a Cameroonian diviner, claims that he has been consulted by players and team managers searching for an edge. He explained to the BBC: “European players take drugs to improve their performance. We Africans do not have access to drugs. We’ve got a third eye and traditional concoctions that scientific tests cannot detect.” “Almost everything an African does he wants to believe in something. So they want to believe that some deity or power can help them to win matches,” says Reverend Emmanuel-Kenneth Goode (Image: JBDodane).Manyanga – or palm oil – is the most common ingredient of most of these concoctions. They are rubbed into self-inflicted cuts; players may be given kola nuts to eat or made to jump over a bonfire before a game. They have been known to refuse to shake hands with opponents out of fear that their rivals will transfer their own black magic.Some teams have gone to even more extreme lengths to win the esteem of the spirits. A team from Zimbabwe, for example, lost a player after they were ordered to jump into a crocodile-infested river as part of a cleansing ritual.In an effort to harness the spirits of the departed, some club teams have been known to camp out in graveyards before a big game. They do so with the words of their juju ringing in their ears – any bump in the night is just the departed filling their boots with otherworldly power. Expertise takes a back seatGhanaian and African football legend Abedi Ayew Pele believes that to an extent, the practice of juju has held African football back. Pele told website Goal.com that juju permeated the beautiful game in Africa to such an extent that technical expertise, discipline and tactics had been subjugated.“I think we must acknowledge that juju is part of the African tradition, and we shouldn’t forget our tradition. I don’t think any such thing like juju works in football, because it has been proved worldwide that we Africans have more juju than any other people, but we cannot win the World Cup,” he said.Whether out of habit or routine, football is rife with superstitions players believe will give them the upper hand every time. World Cup-winning French captain Laurent Blanc believed his country’s 1998 success was down to the kiss he planted on the bald head of goalkeeper Fabien Barthez before the start of every game. Rituals – from not cutting you hair until you score to wearing the same underpants for an entire winning season – have been adopted by players in Europe.Argentinean goalkeeping legend, and male model, Sergio Goycochea earned fame as a master penalty stopper. His secret was his discreet habit of emptying his bladder before facing the dead ball. He told his biographer: “It was my lucky charm and I went before every shoot out. I was very subtle; nobody complained.”Barry Fry, one time coach of English club Birmingham City, believed the club’s lack of on-field success had something to do with the evil spirits inhabiting the club’s St Andrews home. To ward off the evil he urinated at all four corners of the ground. But his juju was not strong enough to fight the curse, apparently, and he lost his job. Stress relieverIn elite competition the margin between victory and defeat is so slim that every avenue to build confidence and self-belief matters. So if juju or rituals build that confidence, that is all that matters, or so Western sports psychologists will tell you. Studies by European universities have shown the positive effect of superstition on performance, especially in high-pressure events. Those studies have found that magical rituals or repetitive behaviour help to focus the mind and relieve the stress of competition.Sports psychologists – ask some people and they will tell you that psychology is voodoo science – warn, though, that reliance on magic or ritual is fleetingly shimmery. Psychologists like Brad Busch, who works with footballers in the English Premier League, counsel their clients to concentrate on the proven. “The brain craves control and if it does not have a sense of certainty then superstitions might help to introduce a better sense of control. This is invariably a placebo effect but the feeling can be a powerful one.”In the end, no matter the magic drizzled over their performance, one nation will praise their juju man and 15 others will be throwing out their concoctions come 8 February.last_img read more

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The benefits of foliar fungicides

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Jailbreaking iOS 4.0? How To Keep a Jailbreak For iPhone 3G or 3GS

first_imgRelated Posts If your device fits these specific parameters, here’s how to do it:Download and install the most recent version of iTunes first and back up your phone. Do not upgrade your phone’s firmware to 4.0 at this time. Download sn0wbreeze from the ih8sn0w.com homepage here. Download the iOS 4.0 firmware. (Links available here and here and elsewhere on the net. Remember, you’re downloading the iOS 4.0 firmware for your device, older versions or those for other devices don’t work.) Run the sn0wbreeze executable you downloaded.Choose “Simple Mode” from the first screen of the setup program.When prompted, point it to the iOS 4 firmware file you just downloaded. The software will verify the file and then you can click “Next” to continue. On the following screen, click “No” on the pop-up message that appears if you are using your phone on an official carrier (like AT&T in the U.S). Click “Yes” if you want to use your phone on a different carrier. The software will then proceed to jailbreak your iOS 4.0 software file.The final step is to restore your phone to the now-jailbroken software. Connect your phone to your computer, launch iTunes and select your phone in the left-side menu of iTunes.Hold down the SHIFT button on your keyboard while clicking on the “Restore” button in iTunes. Then let go of the SHIFT button.  iTunes will now prompt you to select the location of your custom firmware file (the now-jailbroken iOS 4.0 software). Direct it to wherever you had originally downloaded that file and click “open.”iTunes will now “restore” your phone to that jailbroken version of the iOS 4.0 firmware. Do not do anything else on the computer while this is taking place. When the process completes, your phone is jailbroken. Those who then want to then “unlock” their phone for use on a non-standard carrier (like T-Mobile in the U.S.) will need to follow further instructions to do an unlock. This guide can help. Keep in mind that if you have a jailbroken phone, you can’t get support from Apple for any issues you may have. However, jailbreaking isn’t permanent. You can revert your phone to its factory settings at any time via iTunes with no one the wiser. Tags:#Apple#How To#mobile#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology sarah perez Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Earlier we published a guide on how to jailbreak the iPhone 3G or iPod Touch (2nd generation) using the jailbreak tool known as “redsn0w.” However that tool, still in beta format at the time of publishing, did not support a jailbreak for owners of an iPhone 3GS. But there’s a second tool called “sn0wbreeze,” which does. This software also supports jailbreaking the iPhone 3G and iPod Touch second generation. However, sn0wbreeze is a Windows-only tool and even more importantly, it is meant just for devices which have already been jailbroken. If you upgraded to the new iOS 4.0, you cannot use sn0wbreeze.Jailbreaking vs. UnlockingFor the uninitiated, “jailbreaking” refers to the ability to open up a device in order to install unapproved, third-party applications. Given both AT&T and Apple’s restrictions regarding the iPhone, this process is a must for many Apple device owners. Jailbreaking allows access to many new functions, including turning the phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot, being able to fully customize the phone down to its icons, forcing Wi-Fi only apps to run over 3G and, for those whose older devices don’t support all of iOS 4’s new features, jailbreaking offers some viable alternatives.  Jailbreaking and unlocking the iPhone are two different hacks which allow you to take control of your mobile device in different ways. Jailbreaking, as noted above, is a type of hack that lets you install unapproved third-party applications on your iPhone or iPod Touch from searchable repositories provided by apps like Cydia and Icy. Unlocking, on the other hand, is a hack that lets you use your iPhone on another cellular network. Here in the U.S., that means you can use the iPhone on T-Mobile instead of AT&T. You have to first jailbreak your phone before you can unlock it, but you don’t have to unlock a phone in order to jailbreak it.How to Jailbreak with Sn0wbreezeThe “sn0wbreeze” jailbreak software has a very specific use case. You can only use it if your phone has already been jailbroken and if that jailbreak was not performed using the popular jailbreak tool called “Spirit.” It is also a Windows-only software program.To be clear, if you have an iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS or iPod Touch that’s already jailbroken with redsn0w or the Mac software called Pwnage Tool, you can use sn0wbreeze. It also does not work on “MC” model iPods – those whose model numbers begin with the characters “MC.” To check your device, go into “Settings,” “General,” “About,” then scroll down to “Model Number.” Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

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IoT – The Buzzword for Market Researchers

first_imgWhile the demand for IoT has increased dramatically, the skill shortage continues. The skill shortage is why more than two-thirds of companies are unable to hire the experts they need for app development and use of IoT. Smaller players that are not up for IoT are focusing on certain types of devices and data movement to solve their specific industry challenges.2016 was a milestone that marked the importance of IoT across the globe, and this technology has only gained more popularity since then. Businesses across industries have IoT on their radar, and it is already impacting millions of lives.Different IoT platforms are now facilitating the development of faster, simpler, and intuitive. With apps, the market researchers are undertaking predictive IoT analysis. Meanwhile smart applications and wearable devices have already become top IoT applications.If we take a look back, the Internet disrupted most industries in 1995; Kodak disappeared with the launch of digital cameras, Encyclopedia lost to Wikipedia, Amazon crushed book stores, and blockbuster was blown off by the Netflix wave. The Internet has changed the way people purchase investment plans, movie tickets, and plane tickets.Just like the Internet, IoT has triggered a revolution, and with thousands of projects being launched, this trend is here to say, and researchers will have a lot on their checklist for their next project.Leveraging the Full Potential of IoT with Market Research Software Customers are not that knowledgeable as yet, and so it is the suppliers who need to know the right stuff when making their products and systems. Market researchers can conduct interviews with end-users who’ve used IoT systems and learn their triggers for investing in this technology. Market research can also uncover IoT vendors, the pain points of their existing clients.Then there are the expectations of their potential customers. Companies need to know how the installations went, and also what is driving consumers to invest in IoT devices and products. Market research can also discover what is lacking in IoT products and identify opportunities for making positive changes in the value chain.To create the perfect market research surveys, researchers can use market research software.Market research survey software allows you to create highly engaging online surveys that can be distributed across multiple platforms. A survey generates useful data before launching a new project, for improving an existing product, or for identifying potential new target markets.Surveys are a surefire way to extract accurate data on virtually anything. With fully-featured market research survey software that comes with ready templates, researchers can have reliable data and detailed analysis in hand. With advanced filters, researchers can generate precise responses.The advanced filters sift through the data without missing out any crucial piece of information. When this data is employed well, it can turn projects around quickly and moves the data into a powerful marketing tool. IoT hardware sensors are evoking a lot of interest and being researched, but the software powers the underlying technology, which facilitates the real-time transfer of data. Researchers can study the code so they know what keeps the hardware up and running as it can get overlooked otherwise. Also, with the advent of drones and robots, market researchers will need accurate insights to figure out if buyers are ready to embrace the change. The primary purpose of IoT is to make data sharing quick and easy, which is why major corporations like Cisco and Microsoft are building secure IoT solutions for different devices. Increasing the focus on security is now a focal point of research for most projects. But, how much does the general public care about safety in their IoT devices? And, does this affect their purchase behavior? It is questions like these that enable market researchers to determine future business trends.The Scope of IoT in 2019 and Beyond  Researchers are in their nascent stage of discovering the latest IoT trends, and so they can use qualitative research to understand the role of IoT in different projects. Understanding the role of IoT projects would also help researchers uncover the pain points faced in these projects so they can shed light on unexpected problems and the solutions to cope with them. Qualitative Research Projects. SaaS Companies. Big Players will Dominate the Market. Platform vendors like Google, Amazon Web Services, and Microsoft and leading carriers like Vodafone, AT&T, and Verizon will increase their IoT footprint. While these big players battle their IoT market share, much of the market research here will revolve around investigating the launch into a market.As a result of this, security will become the focal point of research for most projects. Market researchers will be entailed the responsibility of determining the importance of security among buyers and how it will impact their purchase decision. So it will become crucial to have a bigger view.      Tapping IoT Talent Will be Challenging. Bhavika Sharma Traditional Industries. Big Tech. The Internet of Things (IoT) is fast evolving as a service and revenue generator in a hyper-connected universe. While IoT is already churning out an enormous volume of data every day, it is only a fraction of what is likely to come up in the next ten years. IoT is the buzzword for market researchers — and their success.Virtually everything, from industrial machines to wearable tech to medical devices, generates streams of data continuously. This data is stored, processed, and analyzed to empower different use cases. Going forward, market researchers can leverage big data analytics to gain granular visibility into separate data sets.This IoT is producing big data that will help in generating useful insights to produce concrete results concerning IoT devices and projects.Leveraging IoT Trends for Market Research   Here are five ways market researchers can use IoT to their advantage: 5G Networks Will Rollout and Rule. Investments in IoT are expected to cross $1 trillion by 2020. Currently, there are about 1.3 billion connections, and IoT services have already reached an inflection point of 18 to 20 percent adoption. Bhavika Sharma is a survey designer at SurveySparrow, where she designs surveys that work by making them more conversational and engaging. When she isn’t designing killer surveys, she loves to travel in search of adventure and to meet new people. Her travel experiences have taught her the importance of conversation and that is what she brings to the table while creating surveys or content for her readers. IoT Security will Take Center Stage. Follow the Puck Cloud Applications. The rollout of 5G networks will impact all the IoT devices that are currently running on low-data-rate networks. With this, all the IoT apps that are linked to automation technology, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and virtual and augmented reality will enhance their capabilities.Specific applications like self-driven vehicles and cognitive computing will transition to the next level with the rollout of 5G networks. From manufacturing and transportation to public safety and emergency services, every industry will enjoy significant benefits as 5G networks finally become available on the market. The increasing use of IoT devices will automatically increase the risk of cyber attacks. From smart phones and home appliances to high-security commercial installations and government applications, everything will become vulnerable to attacks. IoT can also be used to create botnets which hackers can use for cyber attacks on Wi-Fi enabled networks, routers, and IoT devices. For all of these reasons, IoT security will become a top priority. IoT will Continue to Stay Hot – in Data and Devices. Manufacturers, government organizations, and oil and gas companies are the first to adopt advanced technologies, and they are ones who are leading the IoT revolution. IoT has a much higher acceptance rate in traditional industries that leverage the Internet of Things for monitoring traffic, tracking speed, or detecting pressure drops.For market researchers, the prominence of IoT in the old school industries is an excellent opportunity to determine future patterns for the application of IoT. When constructing market research, the best way to start is to investigate where and how the existing IoT solutions can be enhanced through intelligence and instrumentation. Related Posts Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… IoT sensors are internet-enabled, and so they are always sharing and receiving data through cloud technology. As a result of this, IoT has a significant impact on cloud computing, big data, and streaming analytics. With a massive amount of data being exchanged on cloud apps, market researchers can collect the data from major cloud vendors like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure and benefit from it. 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Meghalaya CM pushes for regulated coal mining

first_imgMeghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma on Friday sought regulated mining with “utmost care on safety of miners and environment” to help the State tide over revenue loss and provide relief to people dependent on coal.“There is a need to have regulated mining in Meghalaya with utmost care on safety of miners and environment. The ban on mining has affected the socio-economic condition of the people who are dependent on coal as well as loss of revenue generation for the State,” Mr. Sangma told Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi.The Chief Minister had called on Mr. Singh along with senior leaders of parties in his coalition government and officials from Meghalaya’s Department of Mining.State Mining Secretary C. Manjunath underscored how the ban on mining was affecting livelihood and pressed for tweaking provisions of rules governing mining in Meghalaya, a State covered by the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.Search haltedMeanwhile, the agencies engaged in the search and rescue operation at the coalmine where 15 miners have been trapped since December 13 are awaiting a decision from the local authorities on retrieving a body detected by an underwater Navy robot on Wednesday night.Efforts to pull the body up mechanically failed as it had decomposed. A few skeletons were also detected in the rat-hole mine at Ksan in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district.The search operation was halted on Friday since the district magistrate, doctor, forensics expert and the families have to be present to proceed forward, a Navy spokesperson said.last_img read more

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Cavs officials downplay tension between James, Irving

first_imgCleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (left) reacts during a game in this April 20, 2017 photo. , in Indianapolis. At right is Kyrie Irving. AP FILELOS ANGELES, United States — Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and general manager Koby Altman downplayed reports of tension between superstar LeBron James and Kyrie Irving Wednesday, but neither confirmed nor denied that Irving had requested a trade.“These things are fluid,” Gilbert said of Irving’s situation at a press conference at the team’s Ohio training facility, Altman’s first since he was confirmed as the team’s new general manager on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments LATEST STORIES National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Numerous US media outlets have reported that Irving has requested a trade, indicating he wanted to join a team where he could emerge from James’s shadow and become the focal point of the offense.“We think that Kyrie Irving is one of the best guards in the NBA,” Gilbert said. “He was part of a championship, three years straight to the Finals and we value his talent significantly.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIrving played the last three NBA Finals alongside James with Cleveland, winning the title in 2016 and falling to the Golden State Warriors in 2015 and this year.He has two seasons left on his contract and a player option for 2019. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Double duty: Standhardinger takes place of Blatche as Gilas reinforcement Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Whatever his reason for wanting to leave, Altman — who served as assistant GM under Dan Gilbert, who departed in June — said reports of friction between James and Irving were “overblown”.“I think the people who are in this building every day haven’t seen any of that animosity,” Altman said. “This is, along with Kevin Love, this is a group that got us to three straight Finals and won an NBA championship together. They play great together on the floor and a lot of that I do think is overblown.” CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantlast_img read more

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