UPS Driver Saves Emaciated Great Dane

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThis past January, UPS Driver Gavin Crowsley was making a delivery on his Indiana route when he spotted a large-breed, emaciated dog with no food, no water, no shelter, and tied to a short chain.“I could see every bone in his body,” said Crowsley. “He was just lying on the ground. I knew if that dog didn’t die from starvation, he was going to die from the weather. I just couldn’t leave him there.” Within hours after calling the Clay County Humane Society, they arrived on the scene and rescued the dying Great Dane, which they named Phoenix.The dog made a complete recovery and is now living with a loving family.Crowsley subsequently went on to raise money for other dogs in need of rescue through a Facebook Page called Phoenix Fighters.(Source: Life With Dogs TV)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Rain and Lightning Halts Play at NCAA Championships

first_img Share Kevin Ducros (Photo by Matt Rowley, UWF Sports Information) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships Round of 16 match between No. 2 West Florida and No. 42 Nebraska Kearney in Louisville, Ky., has been suspended for the evening due to rain and later lightning. UPDATE: The NCAA has determined the schedule for Thursday at the Division II Tennis Championships.  All unfinished or unstarted first round matches will resume or begin play at 8 a.m. ET.  The second round women’s matches will be pushed back to approximately 11 a.m. ET, and the men’s second round matches will start at approximately 4 p.m. ET..Rain delayed the start of the match. The teams were introduced and players were warming up when the rain began. Play was delayed for an hour and 15 minutes. Once the rain stopped, the courts were cleared of water and the match began. Doubles got underway, and West Florida took early leads at all three positions. Lightning was detected in the area and play was halted again at 6:30 p.m. ET. Shortly after 7 p.m. ET, the decision was made to suspend play until tomorrow. The Top Gun Tennis Academy, where the match is being played, does not have lights.The winner of the UWF-UNK match will advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships to face the winner of the No. 12 Ouachita Baptist-No. 43 Bluefield State College match. This match was also suspended, and Ouachita Baptist was leading 1-0 when play was halted. Live stats, video, results and a recap of the UWF-Nebraska Kearney match will be available on www.GoArgos.com. For information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. — www.GoArgos.com –Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Rain and Lightning Halts Play at NCAA Championshipslast_img read more

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Internet of Things: Businesses Invest Heavily in Machine To Machine (M2M) Communication

first_imgThe Internet of Things (IoT) encompasses a broad set of technologies.  One facet of IoT is Machine to Machine (M2M), a technology that allows machines to connect to and to exchange data among themselves.  A recent Vodafone survey of M2M technology found that 27 percent of businesses globally have started to use some type of M2M technology to improve their businesses.Much of the data communicated by machines is done via cellular services.  Examples of M2M devices include meters, home security devices, connected cars, healthcare monitors  and vending machines.  More recent examples of how and where M2M is being deployed are for digital signage, remote patient monitoring and contactless payments.  Healthcare, utilities and automotive, transportation, logistics, public safety, retail, and consumer electronics industries are all using M2M.Other findings of the Vodafone M2M report include:81 percent of businesses using M2M expect to increase their investment59 percent of businesses using M2M report a significant return on investment83 percent of businesses see M2M as a source of competitive advantage A separate report by Market Research Store found that just one segment, the Health M2M market, is expected to grow at an annual rate of 33 percent over the next five years.Michele Mackenzie, principal analyst at Analsys Mason, said that “there are compelling examples of cost savings.  Positive impacts on customer retention and the ability to unlock new revenue streams are also cited as tangible benefits that continue to drive investment in M2M.”Cellular M2M connectivity services that are benefiting from this trend to M2M include AT&T, China Telecom, EE, KT, Sprint, Verizon and Vodafone.last_img read more

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[REVIEW] Can a Browser App Pop the Internet Filter Bubble?

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Read that sentence again and see if you can spot the problem phrase: “someone has posted.”While the filter bubble works automatically and behind the scenes, rbutr needs lots of people to actively find rebuttals and post them: a cumbersome process that needs a five-minute how-to video to explain.rbutr does have some interesting concepts built in, including an upvote feature to push the most useful links to the top. And to be fair, it is perhaps too soon to be reviewing rbutr: the app depends on people posting links to content, and it’s new enough that few people have. rbutr openly acknowledges the issue on its website, saying “this is a real problem, and our primary focus at this point.”No Solution in SightBlog comments are not a perfect vehicle for airing a diversity of opinion, but they work – better than rbutr, at least. At this writing, 71 comments follow the Guardian’s review of Chomsky, which provide a diverse set of viewpoints, as well as a link to the same alternative commentary rbutr turned up.If I’m going to take the time to find a link and a counterpoint of view, why would I post it in rbutr without comment – presumably where only other rbutr users will see it – when I could post it in the comments section of the post? rbutr ultimately takes a simple task and makes it monumentally complex. Sad to say, the filter bubble won’t be going away anytime soon.Photo by Harley Pebley The Internet’s ability to show us only what we want to see is notorious. We click things we like. Algorithms look at what we’ve clicked on and deliver more of the same. Author Eli Pariser called it the filter bubble: the sphere of agreeable viewpoints we find ourselves trapped in once the Web figures out what we pay attention to. rbutr, an app for the Chrome browser, aims to pop that bubble.The ProblemPariser coined the phrase filter bubble in his 2011 book of the same name. As Pariser sees it, the online world is increasingly controlled by behemoths like Facebook and Google. Because they want to sell us ads, they present to us a version of the Internet that suits our tastes and exposes us to content that we find agreeable.Clicking on an article about Obama while skipping one about Romney, for instance, speaks volumes about a user’s taste. Over time, we create an Internet that matches our world view through the click signals we send. We aren’t exposed to different points of view, which Pariser says is a threat to everything from creativity to democracy. Adding to the threat is that the filter bubble usually works behind the scenes: In fact, it must go unnoticed to be effective. So while we make the media that ultimately makes us, we don’t notice that we’re being exposed to certain content because we never see the content we’re missing.Pariser outlines several ways to address the problem, including building serendipity into search engines and helping users find alternative viewpoints, particularly when it comes to news. That’s the angle rbutr is trying to address.How rbutr Worksrbutr is an add-on app for Chrome, with versions for Firefox and Internet Explorer in the works. Its goal is lofty: to give you other points of view by listing content that shows a counterpoint to whatever it is you’re reading. Say you land on the The Guardian’s negative review of Noam Chomsky’s new book. If you have the app installed, you can click on the rbutr button and see that someone has posted a link to Chomsky’s response to the review: Tags:#Reviews#web 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… dave copeland 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more

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Standardizing the Hospital Discharge Summary in a Metro Area

first_imgThere’s essentially a 1-in-5 chance that a Medicare patient will be readmitted within 30 days of being discharged from a hospital.The U.S. government estimates $17 billion USD a year could be saved by preventing unnecessary readmissions through better care coordination, not to mention the improved quality of life and lowered infection risk for patients who don’t have to go back to the hospital.Under new federal rules, hospitals with readmission rates considered too high now carry risk of having portions their Medicare reimbursements withheld.The hospital discharge summary is an important document to aid communication that can prevent unnecessary returns to the hospital. If incorporated into an effective workflow, it helps open a window of opportunity for patients and their normal care teams to get on the same page with the hospital on next steps, such as making follow-up appointments, monitoring to prevent complications, managing a new medication regimen, etc.So, if each hospital creates a better discharge process, we will tackle the readmission problem, right?Not entirely. The problem, especially in metropolitan areas, is that patients go to several providers, and a few different hospitals. Therefore, the needed care coordination cannot be confined to one hospital alone. It needs to be spread across the community, including the patient, the patient’s primary care provider, specialists, and in some cases, non-traditional health workers. And to do that efficiently, communities need to standardize the discharge document as well as some targeted post-discharge interventions. That’s the fundamental premise behind an important project that a small Intel team joined in the metropolitan area of Portland, Ore.  We were honored to work with a team led by Melinda Muller, MD, of Legacy Health, who directs a pilot to standardize the discharge summary and process.We describe the project and its initial lessons in a new whitepaper: Developing Community-Based, Standardized Hospital-Discharge Summaries.There are other efforts all over the world to improve the discharge summary process. We’re interested in your thoughts.What’s happening in your community?last_img read more

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Education Ministry to Receive 10,000 ICT Devices

first_img Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says a Jamaican diaspora organisation in the United States is to donate more than 10,000 information and communications and technology (ICT) devices to the education sector. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says a Jamaican diaspora organisation in the United States is to donate more than 10,000 information and communications and technology (ICT) devices to the education sector.The items will include computer servers, laptops and desktop computers, the Minister noted.Senator Reid was speaking to JIS News at the opening of a new classroom for grade one at the Mona Heights Primary School in Kingston on Thursday (October 25).The Minister pointed out that the offer was made when he attended the Enactus World Cup 2018, held from October 9 to 11 in Silicon Valley, California, in the United States.Senator Reid said following talks with representatives of the organisation, the California-based non-profit organisation will donate an estimated 10,000 computer items annually.“We are hoping that by June, if not before, we can get all those devices and have them distributed across our schools,” the Minister said.Senator Reid pointed out that the additional equipment will help to address the challenges in technical subject areas such as mathematics and science.“We have to get our students and teachers to recognise that the Internet is a tremendous asset in terms of teaching and learning, but we have to provide the equipment,” he said.The Minister said the collaboration is timely, as the Ministry is encouraging more computer-aided teaching in the classroom.“We will make sure that we provide support in terms of Internet connectivity or offline solutions by having information backed up on servers, so that this can be used.We have to prepare our schools and students for the imperatives of the future, and we are very happy for this contribution from the diaspora,” he added.He also noted that the United Kingdom-based diaspora charity, Angel Foundation, has indicated an interest in supporting the Ministry’s ICT thrust.The new classroom was constructed, furnished and outfitted with a state-of-the-art multimedia projector, flat-screen television and a reading corner, at a cost of $3.5 million provided through the school’s fundraising activities and stakeholder contribution.In 2017, the Ministry provided $4 million to construct bathroom facilities for the grade-one block.Also attending the ceremony were Member of Parliament for St. Andrew Eastern and Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Fayval Williams; and Councillor for the Mona Division, Andrew Bellamy. Story Highlightscenter_img The items will include computer servers, laptops and desktop computers, the Minister noted. last_img read more

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