Disruptive Technologies Permeate the Safety and Security Markets

first_imgA massive transformation is underway in the safety and security world. The days of DVR-like safety and security systems are long gone. Based on my more than 15 years in the business, I spot four key trends:Emergence of new devicesHigher pixel resolutionIncrease in device count and retention timesNeed to integrate safety, security and IoT dataA significant trend across safety and security is the evolution of the underlying technologies such as connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices, Edge Computing, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML). These technologies can be used to develop video analytics solutions which would help harness the value of safety and security data.Here are some intriguing data points to consider:There will be 41.6 billion IoT-connected devices by 2025, an increase of 75% over 2019.¹The data generated from IoT cameras and other devices will amount to 79.4 ZB in 2025, up from 13.6 ZB in 2019.²These data points illustrate that safety and security is now a data challenge. Organizations face escalating demands for accessing, managing, storing and securing massive amounts of safety and security data that is growing exponentially. We can broadly categorize the growing infrastructure challenges into these three categories:Management: The storage silos / separate islands of storage associated with the traditional IT infrastructure makes it hard to deploy, configure and manage.Scalability: As it is hard to scale efficiently with traditional storage, organizations find it time consuming and labor intensive to keep pace with growing data needs and evolving workloads.Availability: System uptime can be compromised in case of disk failures which may result in lost data and regulatory non-compliance.To tackle these challenges, organizations require a safety and security solution that is enterprise-grade, resilient, scalable and reliable. Organizations need to simplify the Edge Computing and IoT deployment to build an open foundation that scales to meet the demands of a connected world. The need to integrate with other applications like analytics and evidence management are part of the everyday demands placed on the safety and security department and the technology entrusted to deliver the video on demand.Learn more here.¹ and ² IDC, Worldwide Global DataSphere IoT Device and Data Forecast, 2019–2023last_img read more

Off-Broadway Gets a Slice of Pizza & Divorce as Money Grubbin’ Whores Opens

first_img Related Shows Directed by Brian Cichocki, Money Grubbin’ Whores follows a back-room divorce negotiation between Matt, a New York plumber and Aviva, his Israeli wife. To cut costs, the two, mediated by Matt’s friend and Aviva’s cousin, battle it out in the party room of a New Jersey pizza restaurant. New comedy Money Grubbin’ Whores officially opens off-Broadway on September 30. Written by Sean J. Quinn, the show will run through October 19 at The Lion Theatre at Theatre Row. Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 19, 2014 The cast includes Adam Mucci, James Andrew O’Connor, Penny Bittone and Carmit Levité. View Comments Money Grubbin’ Whoreslast_img

Flu Prevention

first_imgHand-washing is critical to protecting yourself and loved ones from catching the flu this season, according to Roxie Price, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Family and Consumer Sciences agent for Tift County.“It’s so important to keep your hands clean throughout the day,” said Price. “Kids’ hands touch everything possible, so it’s really important that they practice good hygiene habits early.”Each winter, Price teaches Tift County first-graders the importance of washing their hands throughout the day. Through her lesson, children become aware of the germs they spread.“We put lotion on the children’s hands that can only be seen under a black light. Then we tell them to wash their hands like normal,” Price said. “If they come back with the lotion still on their hands, they know they didn’t wash properly, so we teach them to really scrub for at least 20 seconds.”Children and adults should wash their hands with soap and warm water, while being sure to scrub around fingers and under fingernails, for at least 20 seconds.“I’ve also been told that kids drag their hands down the wall as they walk, so teachers should definitely make sure the children wash their hands after they have traveled somewhere other than the classroom,” Price said.Price stresses that, if possible, hands should not come into contact with the mouth and eyes, and that sick adults and children should stay at home.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot. There are other ways to keep yourself and your loved ones safe this season as well.A healthy diet can also protect against the flu, according to Alison Berg, UGA Extension nutrition and family health specialist.“It’s important to maintain a healthy diet that includes vitamin-C-rich foods like oranges, tomatoes, peppers and strawberries,” Berg said. “You should also exercise regularly and get plenty of rest. All of these are factors in maintaining good health this time of year.”According to the CDC, the flu season typically lasts 20 weeks. Influenza symptoms include a fever, chills, cough, sore throat, headaches, fatigue, and runny or stuffy nose.For more information about the flu, visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/takingcare.htm.last_img read more

Huntington Woman Pleads Not Guilty to Stealing $866K from Boss

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Huntington woman has been indicted on charges of stealing more than $866,000 over a six-year period from her former employer to pay for her vacations, shopping sprees and high-end restaurant tabs.Lori Maceluch pleaded not guilty Wednesday at Nassau County court to grand larceny and 378 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument.Prosecutors said the 48-year-old woman used her position as bookkeeper for a Locust Valley-based architecture firm to forge a firm partner’s signature on 568 checks she wrote to herself between 2005 and 2011.Maceluch, who was the company bookkeeper for about 15 years, allegedly disguised the theft by fraudulently enhancing legitimate expenses in the company’s financial records that she had unrestricted and unsupervised access to.Aside form spending tens of thousands of dollars at Lord & Taylor and Bon Bon’s Chocolatier, her vacations included trips to the Berkshires, Nantucket Island, Fire Island, Florida and the Dominican Republic, authorities said.The alleged thefts were uncovered and referred to investigators following an internal audit two years ago.Maceluch was later fired. She faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted and is due back in court Aug. 13. She is being held on $250,000 bail.last_img read more

6 Things About Homeland’s Finale That Went Horribly Wrong

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]O[/dropcap]n behalf of our respected readership, we three Long Island Press perpetrators—Jaime Franchi, Rashed Mian and Spencer Rumsey—would like to issue a public apology. When we collaborated to write our Squawkler about Homeland, we anticipated a thrilling–or at least coherent–season finale.Obviously, we were going on bad intel.The finale of Homeland fizzled out in a disappointing series of disjointed scenes attempting to reconcile the earlier plot points. Everything wrapped up, but rather than in a neat bow, we were presented with a horrid mess of hackfleisch. Very humbling to our hubris.Let’s dig in, shall we?1. Otto During: The president of the During Foundation, and Carrie Mathison’s former boss, Otto proposes. A business relationship? Marriage? We can’t be sure. It was totally creepy and utterly out-of-nowhere, especially since a few episodes back, Otto had confided to Jonas, Carrie’s German lover, that due to her instability, he didn’t even want her working for the foundation any longer. Now it looks like he’s offering her the keys to the castle.2. The subway scene: After the buildup that was—we don’t know, almost the entire season?—the scene where Carrie foils the plot of evil terrorists to poison the Berlin subway station with sarin gas is resolved within the first three minutes of the last episode in such an unexciting, ho-hum fashion that Carrie has literally 2 seconds to convince the skittish Qasim to confront and shoot his own cousin while she sneaks upon them and opens fire. The bad guys die. She saves the day. The show goes on. For another 40-odd minutes.3. Carrie returns to her apartment, takes a nap, and awakens to have sex with Jonas, the boyfriend who’d broken up with her earlier in the season when the shit started getting real, terrorist/CIA-wise. So that looked like a sweet righting of wrongs, a coming back home. Until we realized that Jonas still wanted to break up, suspects she was the mysterious blonde who singlehandedly saved Berlin, and so wants nothing more to do with her—a conversation that might have been better to have pre-sex, we think. At least, she gets a foundation sweatshirt as a parting gift. What the actual fuck, Homeland-writers?4. Seeing the light: Carrie learns that Quinn is in emergency surgery due to a severe brain hemorrhage. Things look bleak. So she heads to the chapel where she is bathed in a supernatural white light that we guess was God? We don’t know. After we hear Quinn’s voice-over about how he doesn’t believe in horoscopes and fate, etc., which Saul interrupts (a great bit), the “Highway to Heaven” illumination appears again, just as Carrie bends over to snuff him out. Which would have been fine if the show hadn’t been so clear-eyed and reality-based up until now. We didn’t watch her beloved Brody go into the light. We saw his body jerking as his neck snapped and his airways closed as he was hung in an Iranian town square, both Carrie and Saul powerless to help. So why do this now?5. Is it because: Carrie is “not that person anymore” as she tells her ex-CIA boss, Saul Berenson? Not the person who just saved mankind (or at least Berlin)? Not the only one (yet again) with the instincts and the talent to uncover insidiously evil plots that go unnoticed by the entire intelligence community? Not the one haunted by 9/11 and compelled to never let an attack of that scope and scale happen against her people ever again? Now that Jonas is officially gone and with him her sense and obligation to lead a normal life, why wouldn’t she take her rightful place at the throne of the CIA and just fix the world now?6. Because of Frannie? WHEN IS CARRIE GOING TO CALL HER DAUGHTER AND TELL HER THAT SHE ISN’T DEAD AFTER ALL?As season finales go, it was lame, padded and, worst of all, exhausted. What were we thinking? We figured this show had managed to capture the zeitgeist of all the western cultural anxiety about terrorism and repackage it into a provocative, profound program that would have something more to say! But these writers seemed like they couldn’t get it over with fast enough. Maybe the producers were being water-boarded by HBO at an undisclosed location. Showtime let us down big time. No adrenaline rush. No edge-of-your-seat suspense. And now, no Quinn—unless he pulls a Jon Snow from Game of Thrones and returns from the white beyond. Alas, that’s a different network. Can Homeland redeem itself in season 6? We’re hoping for much better intel.(Photo: Carrie convinces Qasim to attempt to disrupt an impending terror attack in Berlin. Credit: Homeland/Facebook)last_img read more

The President Versus Democracy – The New York Times

first_imgEasy cookingThis chicken Marsala is easy to make thanks to a quick sauce of mushrooms and shallots. Serve it over some linguine or with roast potatoes.A gripping new showThe latest hit Netflix series is about chess. Set in the 1950s and ’60s, “The Queen’s Gambit” follows a prodigy from an orphanage as she becomes an elite player. Adapted from a 1983 novel, the series depicts a world that’s both glamorous and wrenching, as Beth — played by Anya Taylor-Joy — excels in a male-dominated sport while struggling with addiction.“If you did it as a movie, it becomes a sports movie: ‘Is she going to beat the Russian guy?’” Scott Frank, the series co-creator, told The Times. “And that’s not what the book is about. For me, it’s about the pain and cost of being so gifted.” Subscribers make our reporting possible, so we can help you make sense of the moment. If you’re not a subscriber, please consider becoming one today.PLAY, WATCH, EAT, CHESS In the simplest terms, the president of the United States is attacking American democracy in an effort to remain in office.For more: Dahlia Lithwick, Slate: “We are as confounded today about the lies as we were in 2016. We ignore them at the peril of democracy; we engage with them at the peril of our sanity.”- Advertisement – A sitting president has spent months telling lies about non-existent voter fraud. Now that his re-election bid is in deep trouble — but with the outcome still uncertain — he has unleashed a new torrent of falsehoods claiming that the other side cheated. He has demanded the Supreme Court intervene to decide the election in his favor. His supporters are staging protests in Arizona, Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania meant to interfere with legitimate vote counting. In Phoenix, some have showed up at the State Capitol with guns (as you can see in this short video taken by my colleague Simon Romero).The worst democratic outcome — in which judges appointed by the president’s political party intervene to overrule the apparent will of voters — seems likely to be avoided. The Supreme Court has shown no signs of halting vote counts, and Joe Biden’s leads in the decisive states may end up being large enough to avoid the election hinging on the sort of ballot-counting minutiae (like hanging chads) that decided the 2000 result in Florida.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – This is a dark and dangerous moment for American democracy.- Advertisement – Want to get The Morning by email? Here’s the sign-up.Good morning. Biden’s position remains strong, and Trump tries to stop vote counting.center_img Lives Lived: Three decades after becoming the first Black student body president at Penn State University, H. Jesse Arnelle helped start one of the first minority-owned corporate law firms in the United States. “It was an audacious plan,” Arnelle told The New Yorker in 1993. He died at 86. Morning Reads The pangrams from yesterday’s Spelling Bee were archival, archrival and chivalric. Today’s puzzle is above — or you can play online if you have a Games subscription.Here’s today’s Mini Crossword, and a clue: Snowman’s neckwear (five letters).Thanks for spending part of your morning with The Times. See you tomorrow. — DavidP.S. The word “reshook” — about Election Day’s twists and turns — appeared for the first time in The Times yesterday, as noted by the Twitter bot @NYT_first_said. Susan Glasser, The New Yorker: “There have been many times, over the past four years, that covering Trump’s Washington felt like a foreign assignment to me, never more so than while driving around the capital these past few days and seeing boarded-up storefronts and streets cordoned off for blocks around the White House, in anticipation of unprecedented post-election violence. I have seen such scenes before, in places like Azerbaijan and Russia. This is Trump’s America. It is not the America I have known.”Steve Vladeck, University of Texas law professor: “For anyone complaining about the ‘late’ shift in totals toward Democrats in MI, PA, and WI, most of those votes actually came in *first.*” But Republican-controlled state legislatures refused to allow the counting of mail ballots as they arrived.Nicholas Kristof, a Times Op-Ed columnist: “If Biden wins after this poisoning of the chalice, he will inherit a badly divided country after an election that many will deem illegitimate, and it will be harder to govern and more difficult for the United States to exert influence around the world.” But President Trump’s actions are still causing significant damage. They undermine his supporters’ faith in the country’s government. They also undermine the credibility of the United States around the world. And they force election officials, journalists and social-media platforms to choose between telling the truth and sounding nonpartisan; it is impossible to do both about Trump’s election claims.last_img read more

Egypt, Vietnam report new H5N1 cases

first_imgFeb 9, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Egypt’s health ministry reported that an 18-month-old Egyptian boy has been hospitalized with an H5N1 avian influenza infection, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today, following news reports yesterday that a 23-year-old Vietnamese woman is also battling the virus.The boy, from Menia governorate, got sick on Feb 6 and was hospitalized the next day at Maghagha Fever Hospital, where he is in stable condition, according to the WHO. His illness boosts Egypt’s H5N1 case count to 55, of which 23 have been fatal.The boy received oseltamivir (Tamiflu) treatment, Xinhua, China’s state news agency, reported today.Egypt’s Central Public Health Laboratory confirmed the boy’s infection. Menia governorate is about 100 miles south of Cairo.An investigation into the source of the boy’s illness found that he had close contact with dead poultry before he got sick, the WHO report said.So far this year Egypt has had four H5N1 cases, and all were in children age 2 or younger who had contact with sick or dead poultry. None of the children have died, and all received prompt hospital care after they got sick, according to WHO reports.In Vietnam, a hospital official from Quang Ninh province said a 23-year-old woman has an H5N1 infection, according to a report today from Agence France-Presse (AFP). If the woman’s case is confirmed by the WHO, she will become Vietnam’s 108th case, of which 52 have been fatal.A doctor from the provincial hospital told AFP yesterday that the woman has been hospitalized for 5 days and is “not doing very good.” She is Vietnam’s first official H5N1 case of the year. The country’s last case, an 8-year-old girl from Thanh Hoa province, got sick on Dec 27, so the WHO counted her infection as a 2008 case. She has since recovered.The woman got sick on Jan 28 after eating chicken, AFP reported. Sick and dead poultry had been reported in her neighborhood. Quang Ninh is on Vietnam’s northeastern coast.If the WHO confirms the Vietnamese patient, the two new cases would push the global H5N1 case count to 407 cases, 254 of them fatal.See also:Feb 9 WHO statementlast_img read more

Chart of the Week: ECB to end QE-fuelled balance sheet expansion

first_imgHowever, while the central bank will stop growing its balance sheet through asset purchases, it will not stop buying assets entirely. The European Central Bank (ECB) yesterday confirmed its decision to halt its asset purchasing programme – better known as quantitative easing (QE) – as of 19 December 2018.Starting in 2009 with covered bond purchases, the ECB has since bought trillions of euros worth of assets in an effort to maintain liquidity in financial markets, buying up public sector, corporate and asset-backed securities.The purchases totalled more than €2.5trn, according to Mirabaud Asset Management, more than doubling the ECB’s balance sheet to €4.7trn – equal to roughly 40% of euro-zone GDP.The policy was maintained through Europe’s sovereign debt crisis but has been scaled back gradually since 2016. At the start of this year the ECB’s monthly purchases halved from €60bn to €30bn. They were reduced again to €15bn a month from September. Source: ECBAt yesterday’s press conference, ECB president Mario Draghi said: “We intend to continue reinvesting, in full, the principal payments from maturing securities purchased under [QE] for an extended period of time past the date when we start raising the key ECB interest rates, and in any case for as long as necessary to maintain favourable liquidity conditions and an ample degree of monetary accommodation.”In a note issued yesterday after Draghi’s press conference, Mirabaud’s strategy team said: “Both this stock and signalling effects will help keep sovereign yields in the euro-zone low during this normalisation phase.“Hence, the ECB follows the path drawn at the time by the Federal Reserve by strengthening its forward guidance and by guaranteeing a very accommodative monetary policy until at least 2020.”The ECB’s asset purchases since 2015center_img Source: ECBKey: PSPP – public sector purchase programme; CSPP – corporate sector purchase programme; CBPP3 – third covered bond purchase programme; ABSPP – asset-backed securities purchase programmeInterest rates remain at all-time lows. The rate on the bank’s main refinancing operations is zero and has been since March 2016, while the rate on its marginal lending facility has been 0.25% since then. The deposit facility rate turned negative in June 2014 and reached -0.4% in March 2016.ECB’s interest rate 2008-18(main refinancing operations)Chart MakerDraghi said yesterday: “We continue to expect [interest rates] to remain at their present levels at least through the summer of 2019, and in any case for as long as necessary to ensure the continued sustained convergence of inflation to levels that are below, but close to, 2% over the medium term.”last_img read more

Ye ‘Olde World’ pub with no beer up for grabs near Brisbane

first_imgGuests can easily find their way from the main house to the replica pub for a pre-booked dinner or Devonshire tea. Daly Cherry-Evans’ second shot at selling “Well, firstly, I’m English and we’d been looking for somewhere to do a bed and breakfast for years, and I always wanted to do it with my parents in England. It was a day out and we just found it — (we were) astonished,” Mrs Franklin said. The substantially-sized replica pub is unlicensed, but the cosy snug, complete with fireplace and Chesterfiled lounges, is perfect for a spot of tea and a scone. The Mount Mee Country Inn and pub is owned by the Franklin’s, who bought it in 2015. The Mount Mee Country Inn Bed & Breakfast comes complete with a Tudor style manor and a replica Ye Olde World English pub.The four bedroom house comes with a fully certified kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a butler’s pantry, airconditioning, a 5kw solar system, pool and about 90,000 litres of water storage.The four bedroom house comes with a fully certified kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a butler’s pantry, airconditioning, a 5kw solar system, pool and about 90,000 litres of water storage.The property at 239 Robinson Rd, Mount Mee is listed for sale at offers above $685,000 with Kirst Hopkins of Craig Doyle Real Estate. A bed and breakfast that comes with its own replica British pub is up for grabs, and while it may have no beer, it has so much charm it could put a smile on Basil Fawlty. Inside the deserted city of Disney castles RELATED:center_img More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoThe main bar is quite authentic — although there is no beer on tap as the venue is not licensed.She said the pub, which was built by the previous owners in about 2010, was a true replica, with everything from a bar, to a kitchen, snooker room and even a “snug” with fireplace and chesterfield lounges. Pool anyone? Guests can relax to play a game of snooker, or watch a movie on the projector screen.If it wasn’t for changes in the family’s circumstances, Mrs Franklin would not be selling, describing the home and Mount Mee as the perfect place to live.“The neighbours are perfect, the weather is perfect, we just love it, absolutely love it, and it’s only due to family circumstances that we are moving,” she said. >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< Film industry couple sell Wynnum home In the distance you can see the ‘snug’, more traditionally known as the ‘ladies room’.Although she said the snug was traditionally the “ladies room” — where the women used to drink separately to the men.Tiffany’s tea room, named after one of Mrs Franklin’s daughters, is where guests can enjoy breakfast as well as Devonshire and afternoon teas. MORE:last_img read more

Ports of LA, Long Beach to Fund Clean Air Technologies

first_imgThe US ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are offering new funding in an effort to boost the development of goods-movement technologies that improve air quality.This year’s 2018 call for projects requests concept papers for a variety of projects that have the potential to reduce emissions, including diesel particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides and greenhouse gases.Projects for vessels, trucks, trains, terminal equipment and harbor craft that warrant further consideration would be invited later to submit a full proposal, the ports said, adding that concept papers are due on May 22.Since 2007, the ports distributed over USD 21 million in funds to advance the commercial availability of technology that will help lower health risks posed by air pollution from ships, trucks, harbor craft, cargo handling equipment and rail locomotives.The funding is a part of the ports’ Technology Advancement Program (TAP), which was created by the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP), adopted in 2006. The CAAP was updated last November, calling for even more aggressive strategies to reduce pollution and greenhouse gases and to ultimately transition to zero emissions operations over the next 20 years.Compared to 2005 levels, port-related air pollution emissions in San Pedro Bay dropped 87 percent for diesel particulate matter, 56 percent for nitrogen oxides, and 97 percent for sulfur oxides.Targets for reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs) from port-related sources were introduced as part of the 2017 CAAP Update. The document calls for the ports to reduce GHGs 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.last_img read more