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Breaking: Gardaí seal off area after discovery of body

first_imgThe body of a man in his 50s has been discovered in Bundoran.Gardaí are investigating the sudden death, which occurred in the Ardfarna area of the town at 2pm on Tuesday afternoon.Forensic investigations are underway. A garda spokesperson confirmed that no foul play is being suspected at this time. The man’s body was removed to Sligo University Hospital for a post-mortem examination. Gardaí said that the results of the post-mortem will determine the course of the examination. A file will be prepared for the coroner’s court.The area has been sealed off to the public.Breaking: Gardaí seal off area after discovery of body was last modified: December 12th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cape Town: top innovator

first_imgCape Town is one of the world’s mostinnovative cities, according to innovationagency 2Thinknow’s latest review.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library.) MEDIA CONTACTS Sam Roen2Thinknow, Communications+61 3 9225 5284 USEFUL LINKS• City of Cape Town• 2ThinknowJanine ErasmusGlobal innovation agency 2Thinknow has named Cape Town as one of the 256 most innovative cities in the world.The Melbourne-based company published its annual global innovation review in mid-2009. Since 2007 2Thinknow has published what it claims is the first comparative review of global cities according to innovative capacity. Innovation, it believes, is the key for future economic growth.The company also states that cities which show a potential for innovation today will prosper socially and economically in years to come, overcoming the effects of the global recession more quickly than those that lag in innovation. These are the cities to consider when looking for long-term investment opportunities.Although the world’s top innovative city for 2009 is Boston in the US, European cities dominated the upper section of the list, taking 61% of the top 75 positions.Boston came in second in 2008 but snatched top spot from last year’s winner, Vienna in Austria – the only other city to match its score of 28 – based largely on its two innovation powerhouses, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Cities were categorised into one of four regions: Europe, Asia, the Americas, and the emerging region. Most of the listed cities in the emerging region were in the Middle East.There were just four African cities in the line-up, two from South Africa. Cape Town, as well as Casablanca in Morocco, Johannesburg in South Africa, and Dakar in Senegal were the continent’s representatives.Four categoriesAccording to their score, most cities were placed in one of four categories.These were nexus cities (the top 25 cities, with critical innovation junctures); hub cities (the next 50 cities, with major innovation intersections); node cities (outside the top 75, but still showing key points of innovation); and influencer cities (cities that drive innovation globally).Cape Town, as a node city, is on a par with cities such as Taipei, Salt Lake City, St Petersburg, Jeddah, Mexico City, Mumbai, Athens, Adelaide, and Birmingham.Casablanca, with a score of 17, was named as an influencer, while Johannesburg, with a score of 16, was not assigned to a category. Only eight cities on the list were uncategorised. Dakar, at 11, was the lowest-ranked city on the list.In 2008 Johannesburg was the only African representative and came in with a score of 19, making it the second-highest emerging city, after Dubai at 20. In 2009 Dubai was eclipsed by Abu Dhabi.Broad range of indicators2Thinknow has developed a number of models to gauge innovation, taking into account that not all cities and regions are the same, neither can they all be assessed according to the same criteria.The company uses 162 innovation indicators focused on a broad range of cultural and economic activities, and measured against current trends, to compile a ranked list of cities. The indicators range from science and engineering, to global connectivity, to food and wine industries, tourism, government at all levels, and media, journalism and censorship.Cities were also analysed according to their ability to sell their innovations on global markets. Interconnected cities such as those in the European Union scored high here, while cities in regions with under-developed infrastructure, such as Asia, did not fare as well.“The key to innovation success is to know which innovation can succeed where,” said data analyst Christopher Hire, executive director of 2Thinknow.This benchmarking data is then used by 2Thinknow as a foundation for further comparative analysis. Cities receive a three-part score, each part out of 10, which adds up to their global innovation index score out of 30.Besides the compilation of the list, says 2Thinknow, the benchmarking data is useful for a number of other purposes. City management can use it in a competitive analysis of their city’s performance and to devise programmes for improvement where necessary.They can use it as a starting point for consultation with other cities and governments around the world, or to match areas where the city is strong or weak with those where other cities may be correspondingly weak or strong.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

Call to help identify child-headed households

first_img6 June 2014Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has called on South Africans to help identify and locate child- and youth-headed households in the country, to ensure that they receive the necessary support from the government.The department is in the process of compiling a register of child- and youth-headed households, and by the end of May had recorded 885 households.“Once identified, an assessment of the needs of the child- and youth-headed households is done and thereafter linked to the necessary therapeutic interventions and resources,” the Department of Social Development said in a statement this week.“Citizens with the knowledge of child- and youth-headed households in their areas are requested to inform social workers in the local and district Social Development offices, as well as local authorities and community leaders such as chiefs, traditional leaders and faith-based leaders.”Members of the public can also contact the children’s unit of the Department of Social Development on 082 786 4961 or at tshidim@dsd.gov.za.Cases may also be referred to child protection organisations such Child Welfare, Child Line, and the Suid Afrikaanse Vrouense Federasie (SAVF).The department helps child- and youth-headed households through the Isibindi programme, which deploys trained community-based child and youth care workers to provide support and protection to vulnerable children and families. The programme reached nearly 90 000 orphaned and vulnerable children in the 2013/14 financial year.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Is Amazon Go a sign of the downfall of a retail workforce?

first_imgInternet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Amazon#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#retail#robotics#top#unemployment#workforce center_img Any time a disruptive technology with industrial or productive applications comes into play, the question arises as to whether or not that technology will result in the loss of jobs. This issue has been tackled extensively in the manufacturing sector, but what about retail? Are robots and IoT technologies putting our retail workforce at risk?The Bureau of Labor Statistics has predicted a 7% growth in the retail workforce over a period of ten years, ending in 2024. This is a positive sign for the 4.8 million retail workers in the United States. However, what impact will technologies like those that drive the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and robotics have on the industry is harder to predict.For one, these technologies are being developed at a breakneck pace. In the past year, drones and other automated delivery methods have promised to give online retailers an edge in both speed and reach of delivery. This adds pressure on brick-and-mortar retailers to not only make their stores more appealing to a modern customer base but to find ways to increase efficiency to remain competitive.The impact of these disruptive technologiesTo better understand the plight of the retail sector, we should first examine what has been going on in the world of manufacturing.Manufacturing, especially in the auto industry, experienced a significant shift in employment as automated equipment became commonplace in facilities around the world.Warehouse-level work for online retailers especially are a different story. Robots are already rolling around Amazon’s expansive warehouses, grabbing shelving units full of merchandise and bringing it to their human counterparts which pick items and place them in boxes for shipping. Amazon’s robotic armies haven’t ceased Amazon’s need to hire. Amazon grew its labor force by 47% over a period of a single year, much of this growth occurring in its fulfillment centers.Back in 2012, PCWorld reported on Amazon’s vocational training program enabling employees that were currently working in unskilled warehouse jobs to train for more high-demand jobs. This includes job skills that aren’t directly related to Amazon, such as nursing.While a direct connection between an increase in automation and the decline of U.S. manufacturing jobs is a topic of debate among economists, there is no question that corporations in virtually every sector are actively seeking ways to lower staffing costs while improving efficiency.There’s no doubt that robots change the dynamic of the workplace. For retail workers, robots are being tested as a replacement for some of the many customer-facing retail jobs out there, but they’re in no danger of hitting the mainstream anytime soon. Human customers are slow to embrace a robot rolling down the aisles, asking customers if there is anything they can help the customer find.The perks of a new generation of retail technologiesAmazon, a predominantly online retailer, has offered its own solution to the problem in the form of a brick-and-mortar store that cuts the cashier out of the purchasing process. Customers of the upcoming Seattle-based Amazon Go store will walk in, pick out their item(s), and walk out. The only thing the customer needs to do is load the Amazon Go app on their phone and check in. Their Amazon account gets charged after leaving the store.This process takes advantage of a number of emerging technologies including computer vision, sensor fusion, and deep learning to track the customer’s movements throughout the store and which item(s) they take off the shelves as you shop. Upon leaving, your Amazon account is charged for any item(s) you have with you as you walk out the door.This has many upsides for customers. Shoppers don’t have to interact with a store employee if you don’t want to. You can rush in and rush out in seconds rather than waiting in line to check out. For the store, it means less overhead. You won’t need as big of a staff, or the staff that you have can spend more time concentrating on providing good customer service prior to checkout.For nearly a decade, technologists have been predicting that technologies such as RFID would enable shoppers to load their carts with goods and bypass the checkout line. Some stores, including Kroger’s, have been testing technologies that would speed up the checkout experience by automating the process utilizing 360-degree barcode scanners.Smart carts with location awareness and integrated RFID readers are already being tested and show a lot of promise. These carts, which include a tablet-like interface can do things like present shoppers with location-aware ads that direct them to a sale or recommend recipes based on nearby ingredients. These carts can even track shopping habits of particular customers and offer directions to specific items.This technology doesn’t inherently supplant a worker. It enhances the customer experience in a way that complements the customer service that can be provided by the human staff. It also provides the retailer with an additional source of revenue through ad sales and upselling.But for every upside….Any time you change a customer’s experience, a level of friction presents itself. Change is very difficult. People, in general, don’t like change if it means they have to learn how to use a new system. Efficiency has to come with a heavy dose of convenience.Right now, supermarkets and grocery stores around the world the United States are taking advantage of self-checkout lanes. These lanes enable customers to scan, bag, and work the register for their own purchase. This enables a single cashier to monitor 6, 10, or more checkout lanes at a time. This means fewer cashiers are needed.Self-checkout lanes are an alternative that these stores are turning to in order to improve efficiency. That creates less demand for cashiers in particular. Employees are often cross-trained to assist with any number of tasks when checkout is slow.The challenge of these self-checkout lanes comes in the form of increased occurrence of theft. Scales that weigh produce at the self-checkout scanner can be tricked by a crafty customer where a trained cashier ensures an accurate accounting for the merchandise being ringed up.Will Reynolds Young member of UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers) said, “Self-checkout lanes are slower and less efficient for customers, despite the misconception that they’re faster. They’re also easy to trick. A single “watcher” can only really monitor three lanes, and even then that’s too much.”Take the challenges of keeping an honest account of a customer’s purchase on a self-checkout lane and cut out the checkout part of this experience. We’ve all seen what a madhouse retail stores can be during sales, such as those held on Black Friday each year. How accurately can cameras and advanced scanning systems track merchandise when it’s being fumbled around in a crowded store?RFID tracking is a possible solution, but RFID-blocking bags and accessories are very easy to acquire.Just as with most technologies, the more convenient you make them, the less secure they become. People are crafty, and they will find ways around these systems. It could be argued that for every cashier replaced by a robot, there would need to be a human standing at the door checking receipts.What does the future hold?Amazon Go’s model is intriguing. If successful, it would become a proof of concept for a technology that would undoubtedly be licensed and/or adopted by other retailers. Go’s model isn’t one for a supercenter or a giant grocery store. It’s a test, with a small retail space in a calm corner of Seattle. Despite some claims in the media that as many 2,000 Amazon Go stores are in the works, the company insists that the checkout-free trial will be anything but a massive brick-and-mortar rollout.So while these technologies are certainly changing the world of retail, the idea that a store would be entirely powered by IoT technologies and staffed by robots is still a bit far-fetched. Beyond the boutique examples of trendy Quinoa restaurants, which still have human attendants present to assist customers with using the technology, the vision of retail stores smattering the landscape devoid of a human workforce remains one of science fiction.For now. Ryan Matthew Pierson Follow the Pucklast_img read more


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