first_imgDo you remember the hilarious scenes of the summer of 2016, with people running around in public spaces, staring at their smartphones, looking for rare Pokémon? Although the Pokémon Go mania has died down, the future for Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality is bright, even for Business-to-Business (B2B) applications. For Service Providers looking for a lucrative niche, here’s a great opportunity.According to IDC, worldwide revenues for the augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) market will reach almost USD 14bn this year, an increase of 130% over 2016. AR/VR spending is expected to accelerate over the next few years, says IDC, achieving a compound annual growth rate of 198% between 2015 and 2020, when the market will total USD 143bn. Over 40% of AR/VR spending this year was found in the consumer space, but applications in discrete manufacturing, retail, process manufacturing and personal and consumer services are set to take up a larger portion. Gartner too believes in the future of ‘immersive technologies’ in the B2B working space: “Enterprise architecture (EA) and technology innovation leaders should consider integrating AR and VR to improve customer and employee interactions and business performance,” their analysts wrote earlier this year.Business leaders share this vision on the future of AR/VR: in a survey among participants in Dell EMC’s Transformation Conference in the Netherlands last June, 85% of them firmly believed that AR will be incorporated in all cars by 2030.Getting ImmersedWhile it goes without saying that AR/VR is just one of the many shining stars in the sky of emerging technologies, it is also clear that this is a potentially lucrative niche for technology- and service providers. The possibilities are endless. To name just a few:Product design: in collaboration with Dell, Meta and Ultrahaptics, Nike is using immersive technology to let its creative thinkers develop new shoes. We showed a great movie on that at the recent Dell EMC World in Las Vegas.Testing and simulating in production environments: Airbus and Boeing are already building ‘virtual’ prototypes of airplane parts. This accelerates production, decreases prototyping cost and reduces time to market.Product launches: Jaguar Land Rover premiered its I-PACE concept car) during a virtual press event in both LA and London. All journalists were equipped with VR headsets and underwent an immersive experience, actually seeing the car being built around them. Each user was also able to interact personally with the car. This too happened in collaboration with Dell, check out the video!Maintenance: at the most recent CeBIT show, Atos and Siemens demonstrated how AR can be used to remotely manage maintenance assignments. Atos is building AR into Siemens’ MindSphere IoT operating system, and has been a true believer in AR/VR for years already.Hands-on training: online learning is a great tool already, but very unpractical if you need to get hands-on experience during the training. With VR/AR, you can actually perform and train all the movements you need to do.Construction: architects can build virtual houses, and let their customers take a tour through their house before any brick or mortar have been bought.Selling: how about ‘try-before-you-buy’? Getting the experience of driving a car definitely beats just sitting in the vehicle in a showroom.VR-as-a-ServiceSimulation has been around for a long time already, just think of pilots training to fly new airplanes. Over time, equipment will continue to go down in price, giving more companies access to these emerging technologies. In the meantime, both marketing- and technology service providers are setting up ‘VR-as-a-Service’, touting cloud platforms that allow companies to get experience on immersive technologies without having to invest in infrastructure themselves. This is definitely an area where our partner ecosystem can shine.Another opportunity this market holds is for service providers offering ‛Data-Lakes-as-a-Service’: immersive technologies both use and generate huge amounts of data in different formats and from different sources. Being able to address, process and update data quickly can only enhance the immersive experience.From a hardware point of view too, there is a fast-emerging market: workstations for the creative workers, servers that allow fast processing of data and scale-out storage to keep all the data in a safe environment. On the infrastructure side too, there are sales possibilities: AR/VR will boost the adoption of Edge Computing, since latency is the worst enemy of VR apps. That will provide Telco operators with a new very compelling competitive advantage in the arms race of the Digital Revolution.Not every industry will benefit from AR/VR immediately, although the examples above show that there is a wealth of applications already. For Service Providers, there’s a great opportunity to diversify and differentiate themselves from the competition. Analysts predict enormous growth for the coming years. In the B2B market, AR/VR is definitely guaranteed a longer life than last summer’s hype on ‛Pokémon Go’ alone.last_img read more

first_imgA shooting at an apartment complex in the 1200 block of South Bend Avenue on Wednesday evening left one man dead and another wounded, according to a report in the South Bend Tribune. The suspect in the incident remains at large and should be considered armed and dangerous, police said Thursday.Police named Brian Rankin, 28, as a suspect in the shooting, which occurred at the South Bend Avenue Apartments about a half mile from campus at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. He is wanted on an initial charge of being a serious violent felon in possession of a firearm, according to officials from the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit.Police said Rankin should be considered armed and dangerous, and he was very accurate with his weapon in the attack.Both victims sustained gunshot wounds to the head. Tommy Thompson, 26, died overnight and his father, Rick Thompson, 46, is expected to survive.Police did not provide details about the relationship between the Thompsons and Rankin except that they knew each other. Police described the incident as an isolated event, according to the Tribune report.Tags: Brian Rankin, police, Shooting, South Bendlast_img read more

first_imgSince its establishment in 1897, Badin Hall has played an integral role in the Notre Dame and local South Bend communities. As such, it holds true to tradition and continues to foster academic, spiritual and social growth among its residents.Before Badin became a residence hall, its many functions included a barbershop, the bookstore, a shoemaker and cobbler, a post office and St. Joseph’s industrial school. The industrial school included animal husbandry, farming, carpentry and blacksmithing. Two notable past residents of Badin Hall include former University Presidents Fr. Ted Hesburgh and Fr. Edward “Monk” Malloy.“Fr. Hesburgh lived there prior to his presidency,” Badin rector Sister Sue Sisko said. “When Badin became a women’s hall in 1972, Fr. Hesburgh continued to have coffee and social events with the women in Badin when they were just arriving on campus.”According to tradition, Badin was built with clay from St. Joseph’s Lake. Badin’s new chapel will also be composed of these same bricks. Badin Resident Assistant senior Zosia Zdanowicz attributes the sisterhood in Badin to one of its unique traits: the second floor porch. “One of our greatest features in our other building is the porch that we have,” Zdanowicz said. “It’s a fun communal space. We also have one communal staircase that we all use and that allows us to run into each other and bond as a community. Not a lot of other dorms have a common walkway.”Badin’s hall staff places a special emphasis on its traditions and history to ensure that all residents feel welcomed and accepted in the community. “We spend a lot of time talking with our residents — particularly our first years — about Badin’s history because it has such rich traditions,” Sisko said. “We spend a good deal of time reminding everyone of this.”Badin’s signature event — Conscious Christmas — supports the Hope Initiative for Nepal. Badin’s efforts have thus far aided the construction of a playground and school in Nepal. In addition to Conscious Christmas, Badin also hosts the Polar Bear Plunge, which takes place each February. Sisko said the plunge benefits St. Margaret’s House, a day center that assists women and children. “The plunge used to benefit the Hope Initiative for Nepal, but over the last couple years our women wanted to establish a charitable presence in South Bend, so they adopted St. Margaret’s House for the plunge,” Sisko said. “Depending on how much we would receive, it could also benefit Badin.”Sisko said that Badin’s Founder’s Week is a staple for the Badin community and emphasizes what it means to be a Bullfrog.Badin’s Founder’s Week features a variety of events, Badin assistant rector Chinelo Udokoro said.“Every night is dedicated to something like trivia night or section decorations,” Udokoro said.At the end of Founder’s Week, the Bullfrogs attend mass in the Log Chapel because that is where Fr. Stephen Badin is buried. “This year our brunch at the end of the week was in celebration of our 120th anniversary and we still took our annual dorm photo in front of old Badin,” Sisko said.Zdanowicz and Udokoro said Badin’s close-knit community of approximately 160 women this year makes special and welcoming.“We don’t really distinguish who’s in what section necessarily,” Zdanowicz said. “We’re all just in one dorm.”Sisko said that the Badin community’s new residence in Pangborn has allowed for the greater accommodation of international students. “This hall is a larger space, so we received the blessing of a number of international students that we ordinarily would not have because we just would not have the capacity,” Sisko said. “They have really blended right in. They have shined and so many of our residents have embraced them. They have embraced us back and it’s been beautiful to see. We’re going to miss them.”Sisko praised the women of Badin for accepting its year-long relocation to Pangborn with an open mind and taking the change well. “Badin has a tremendous amount of character, and no one wanted to see that character erased, only enhanced,” Sisko said. “It is such a historic building, and no one wanted to take away from the beauty. But Badin is more than a building. It’s the spirit and community we have, and they have really shown that this year. First and foremost, we can be this community anywhere. We’ve been trying to be good caretakers of the building for this year, and we hope that the men of Morrissey have as positive of an experience as we have had.”Ultimately, Badin’s tradition and history have engendered a spirit of rapport and harmony among its students, staff and alumnae. “As an outsider into Badin, my favorite part was my staff and still is my staff,” Udokoro said. “For me, it’s very necessary because I can love my girls all day, every day, but I also need to love the people I work with. Hall staff meetings make me feel like I’m coming in to see another extension of my family… My staff is my most important and favorite part, and the relationships with the girls is just icing on the cake.”Editor’s note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Badin Hall became a residence hall in 1972. Badin served as a men’s residence hall starting in 1918 and transitioned into a women’s residence hall in 1972.Tags: badin hall, Conscious Christmas, dorm features, founder’s week, Hope Initiative, Pangborn Hall, Polar Bear Plunge, St. Margaret’s Houselast_img read more

first_img View Comments After mastering hoop skirts on Broadway, Kelli O’Hara is heading to the small screen for some Sex. The Tony winner (and reigning Broadway.com Star of the Year) will join the cast of Masters of Sex for the Showtime drama’s fourth season. According to TV Line, she is set to play Dody, a long-lost love of Dr. William Masters (played by Michael Sheen).O’Hara won a Tony Award for her leading performance as Anna—the titular “I”—in The King and I last year. She has also received nominations for The Bridges of Madison County, Nice Work If You Can Get It, South Pacific, The Pajama Game and The Light in the Piazza. Her previous screen work includes Peter Pan Live!, Sex and the City 2 and a PBS special about Alexander Hamilton in which she played Maria Reynolds (she did not sing “Say No to This”).Among the cast of regulars is fellow Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford. A number of Broadway favorites and alumni have appeared on the show before, including Beau Bridges, Heléne Yorke, Allison Janney, Keke Palmer, Finn Wittrock and Alex Wyse.The fourth season of Masters of Sex is set to premiere on September 11. Kelli O’Hara(Photo: Bruce Glikas)last_img read more

first_imgBig Poultry Conference Set May 26 The Deep South Poultry Conference will provide the latest updates for poultry growersMay 26 in Tifton, Ga. Sessions will cover all aspects of managing a broiler business. Theprogram will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Rural Development Center off I-75. It will end at3:30 p.m. The $35 fee covers lunch and all other costs. The deadline to register is May19. To learn more about the program, or to sign up, call Keith Bramwell at (912) 386-3418.last_img

first_imgBarbara Snelling has been selected as the Vermont Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year. Mark and Senator Diane Snelling will present the prestigious award at the 2002 Citizen of the Year Banquet, which will take place Wednesday, October 23 at the Radisson Hotel in Burlington. Vermont Chamber President Chris Barbieri will lead a lively evening of roasts and toasts, with speakers Helen Riehle, Fred Hackett, Sheldon Prentice, Charlie Kittredge, and Rabbi Max Wall.In the crowded field of awards given to Vermont community members, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award has become one of the most prestigious. Presented annually for nearly four decades, the Citizen of the Year Award honors the person who contributes to Vermont communities through service, self sacrifice, and volunteerism.”I can’t think of anyone more deserving to receive our Citizen of the Year award,” stated Chamber President Chris Barbieri. “Barbara Snelling has touched generations of Vermonters through her support of many organizations as well as her substantial years of public service as Lieutenant Governor and Senator.””It certainly is very exciting and flattering to be honored with this award,” noted Barbara Snelling. “We have strong communities in Vermont and that’s because people get involved on all levels.”The Snelling name is not new to Vermont. For many Vermont citizens, the name “Snelling” represents professional values, dedication, philanthropy, personal integrity, and the will to endure.Daughter and Senator Diane Snelling, with whom Mrs. Snelling works closely to this day, remembers “When the State of Vermont was in shock over the sudden death of her husband, Barbara comforted and reassured people by her bravery in grief.” Five years later, when Mrs. Snelling’s life was threatened by illness, “the same determination and success also led to her miraculous recovery… she instantly became a symbol of overcoming adversity against all odds.”Mrs. Barbara Snelling’s list of achievements is long: Lieutenant Governor and two-term State Senator; President of Snelling & Kolb for fourteen years. She has been a Board Chair, Trustee, or Board Member of dozens of charitable and community organizations, with interests ranging from education and the arts, to humanitarian concerns. She has received a number of honorary degrees. Currently, Mrs. Snelling is a member of the United States Peace Institute, appointed by President Clinton.The Citizen of the Year Award dates back to 1964. Past recipients include Diane Mueller (2001), Francis G.W. Voigt (2000), Governor Thomas Salmon (1996), Sister Elizabeth Candon (1985), and Perry Merrill (1978).last_img read more

first_img“A good cloth mask is made of triple-layered cotton because of its ability to filter the virus particles. The more layers the masks have, the better the ability to filter such particles,” Wiku said during a press briefing on Tuesday.He reminded the public to use face masks properly in public places. The mask should cover the entire nose, mouth and chin for better effectiveness in preventing virus transmission, Wiku added.Read also: Masks reduce infection risk, likely preventing thousands of COVID-19 cases: StudyPT Kereta Commuter Indonesia (KCI), the operator of Greater Jakarta commuter line, recently advised passengers against using the “scuba” mask and scarfs upon riding the train. Health authorities have advised the public against wearing face masks made of thin materials, such as neoprene fabric often marketed as a “scuba” mask, and multipurpose scarfs, citing their ineffectiveness in preventing COVID-19 transmission.National COVID-19 task force spokesperson Wiku Adisasmito said “scuba” masks and scarves were often made using only one layer of fabric, making it less effective in filtering respiratory and saliva droplets that carry the SARS-CoV-2 virus.He went on to say that neoprene masks could slip under the nose more easily than any other types of mask. “[The masks] are only 5 percent effective in preventing the risk of exposure to dust, viruses and bacteria,” the company posted on its official Twitter handle, @CommuterLine, on Wednesday.https://twitter.com/CommuterLine/status/1306049737146073088Citing Indian pharmaceutical company Varsoy Health Care and the Indonesian national COVID-19 task force, the train operator advised passengers to use N95 masks that had an 95 to 100 percent effectivity rate in filtering dust, viruses and bacteria; followed by surgical masks with 90-95 percent and cloth masks with 50-70 percent.KCI had limited the number of commuter line passengers to 74 per car – 45 percent the usual capacity. The operator also enforced measures to reduce lines and crowds at stations.The company also reduced train operational hours to 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. It also only allows passengers aged 60 and above to ride trains between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.Topics :last_img read more

first_img“As more and better ESG data become available, it is concern over increased costs – of data, process and investment talent – that will come to the fore,” said BNP Paribas. “This kind of uncertainty around the business model is giving industry participants pause for thought, and is acting as a brake on more widespread and rapid adoption.”Over half of respondents said a lack of robust data was hindering greater adoption of ESG across their investment portfolios currently, with this being a particular concern for asset owners (64%). However, only 15% expected this to be a significant barrier in two years’ time.Respondents expected a lack of advanced analytical tools and skills to be a bigger challenge by then, according to the survey. Almost a quarter of respondents said this would be a significant future barrier. Analytics, said Jean-Philippe Hecquet, risk and performance analyst at BNP Paribas Securities Services, was about the ability to interpret and extract value from data, and would come to the forefront as the data challenge was overcome.Trevor Allen, product specialist for investment risk and performance at BNP Paribas Securities Services, said: “That is where smart data, artificial intelligence, and ESG specialists will step in.“We expect to see both managers and owners really ramping up their tech and personnel capabilities to address these needs in the coming years.”Among other findings, the survey found that “frontline ESG practitioners”, such as ESG analysts and heads of responsible investment, were typically less confident about their organisations’ overall ESG capabilities than CIOs or CEOs. BNP Paribas noted that the sample of CEOs was small, however, counting 18 respondents.Of the 20% of respondents who said they did not incorporate ESG in their investment decision-making/products, the main reason given was an inability to define ESG.PRI – CFA Institute to tackle ‘important questions’The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) is collaborating with the CFA Institute on a global study of ESG investing to “determine how widely ESG issues are used by mainstream investors”.It is the first time that the PRI and the CFA Institute, the association of investment professionals, have worked together.The PRI said that although ESG investing strategies have gained considerable ground over the past decade, for many investors it was not yet standard practice to consider ESG considerations across all asset classes.The organisations said they hoped the collaboration would “determine the depth of the remaining barriers to ESG integration, particularly on the part of investment managers”.Paul Smith, president and CEO of CFA Institute, said:  “We look forward to working with this recognised leader on ESG matters.“Our CFA Institute members and investors around the world are increasingly interested in getting answers to these important questions.”The study will be based on information gleaned from workshops with groups of analysts and portfolio managers working on listed equities and fixed income. They will also be given a survey to complete about ESG integration.More information about the study is available here. Asset managers are concerned about the cost of incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors, according to a BNP Paribas Securities Services survey.Asked about their views on barriers to deeper integration of ESG across their investment portfolios, 31% of asset managers cited costs as their biggest challenge over the next two years. It was also the single most important future barrier cited by all respondents, according to BNP Paribas.The survey was of 461 respondents, with 233 asset managers and 228 asset owners participating. The largest share of respondents was based in the US.The concern about rising costs was seemingly linked to the need for resources to deal with expected improvements in ESG data.last_img read more

first_img 10 Views   no discussions Share Share Tweet Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! LocalNews No Audit Report & Conflicting Data raise doubts about level of Government Public Debt , says Roseau MP, Norris Prevost by: – July 8, 2011 MP for Roseau, Hon. Norris Prevost. Photo credit: uwpdm.com“This budget presented for the year ahead, 2011/2012, which is also meant to report on the Governments performance for the year past, 2010/2011, and which failed to present the accompanying Director of Audit report for two years ago, ie.2009/2010 portends serious failures within the government financial system”says Roseau MP Norris Prevost.“The Public debt as reported in the budget, does not include the huge amount Government owes to Venezuela, under the  Petro Caribe program where fuel is supplied on credit. When this is taken into consideration, the Dominica Govt Debt/GDP ratio could well snowball to the region of about 100 percent. Having failed to present the  Audited accounts for 2009/ 2010, on p 12 of 2010/2011, government states as follows: “..in terms of the fiscal year 2009-2010 I can report that our debt to GDP ratio now stands at 72 percent”.GDP for 2009/2010 current prices in Memo on  p15 of 2009/2010 budget is reported to be $1126M whilst in 2010/ 2011 Budget to be S1309.9M. The failure to present to  Parliament the audited accounts for the 2009/2010 financial year, and the seeming inconsistencies in these data, raises serious questions of credibility about the Governments statement on p 15 of the 2011/2012 budget that its Debt to GDP ratio as at June 2011 is 55.8 percent, especially when, according to information published by the same Government, it has contracted loans of $100M from China directly to Government, and well close to another $100M for the AID Bank, from Venezuela , CDB and EIB.“In 2003, Dominica with a debt to GDP ratio of 130% and a worsening negative growth rate found itself in the clutches of an IMF Stabilization and debt restructuring program, which lead to Public Servants salaries being cut by 5% and a Stabilization being levied on all income earners. As predicted, Dominica’s Economy got worse before it got better, and at best, has remained in stagnation. “Even the unaudited statement in the budget p15, is reporting increase in Govt disbursed debt of $38 million.  Government needs to come clean in reporting of the Public debt,” says the Roseau MP Norris Prevost, “government must be transparent and accountable, especially in the matter of reporting the Public debt”.Press ReleaseRoseau MP, Norris Prevostlast_img read more

first_imgJoshua Wong, secretary-general of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Demosisto party, talks to the media before submitting his application for his race in the 2019 District Council Election at the Southern District Office in Hong Kong, China on Oct. 4. REUTERS/SUSANA VERA Protests, which started over anow-withdrawn extradition bill, have evolved into calls for greater democracy.(Reuters) He added he supported the idea of anon-binding referendum for people to have a say over Hong Kong’s future butthat he is against independence, according to his social media post onSaturday.  HONG KONG – The government heredisqualified prominent pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong from the upcomingdistrict elections on Tuesday. Hong Kong’s government said onecandidate was deemed invalid because they fell afoul of the electoral lawsprohibiting “advocating or promoting ‘self-determination.’” It did not identifyWong by name.  Wong, who was 17 when he became theface of the 2014 student-led Umbrella Movement, has not been a prominent figurein the current anti-government protests in the Chinese-ruled city. Wong said he was the only persondisqualified out of over 1,100 candidates in the district council elections setfor November.last_img read more