Newry’s Kate Mirams awarded Wellington Citizen of Year

first_imgNewry’s Kate Mirams awarded Wellington Citizen of Year Award winners Cathy Cook (Covid Hero), Kate Mirams (Citizen of the Year) and Heather Baird (Group of the Year) with Wellington Shire Council Mayor Cr Garry Stephens.‍Newry woman Kate Mirams was today named the Wellington Shire Council Citizen of the Year at Council’s annual Australia Day Awards luncheon.Kate has been a consistent contributor to her local communities of Newry and Boisdale for many years and was today acknowledged and congratulated for her hard work and contribution to making Wellington a great place to live.Some of Kate’s achievements include extensive involvement in the Boisdale Consolidated School’s student kitchen and new multi-purpose room developments, along with her guidance and drive to establish new school values and its strategic plan.Kate was also instrumental in the redevelopment of the Upper Maffra Mechanics Institute Hall, using her considerable governance and finance skills to apply for and gain a grant for $218,000 to have the hall refurbished.In other awards, A Better Life for Foster Kids was awarded Group of the Year, in recognition of extensive work providing Crisis Cases and other items to foster families and children who cannot live with their biological families through no fault of their own.A Better Life for Foster Kids Inc founder Heather Baird travels all over Gippsland assisting children and foster families, along with advocating for their needs across all levels of Government.Due to mass cancellations of events in 2020, the Event of the Year category was not awarded this year, but replaced with a Covid Hero award. This category was for those who went above and beyond to assist their community during the Covid-19 pandemic. The winner of this award was Cathy Cook from Yarram.Cathy worked incredibly hard in her community to ensure children involved in the Scouting movement did not miss out on any programming during the pandemic, delivering items to children’s homes and conducting programs online so they could all participate.Cathy also co-ordinated local volunteers to sew face masks for the vulnerable and disadvantaged, along with delicious meals prepared by the volunteers, were delivered to homes.Wellington Shire Council Mayor Garry Stephens said:“The year 2020 threw us many challenges and the beauty of these awards is that we were able to acknowledge and congratulate those who rose to those challenges and kept going in the face of adversity.“Some of the people here at the awards luncheon today have become shining examples of what it means to step up to the plate and lead a community through turmoil.“Congratulations to all the nominees and the winners on being exemplary leaders in your communities.”‍Summary:‍Citizen of the Year Kate Mirams‍Group of the Year A Better Life for Foster Kids‍Covid Hero award winner Cathy Cook‍Young Citizen of the Year – not awarded‍ /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, biological, Boisdale, children, community, Cook, covid-19, Foster, Government, local council, Maffra, Newry, Student, Victoria, Wellington, Wellington Shire Council, Yarram, younglast_img read more

Intelligence Brief: Are homes the next battle-ground?

first_img 5GGSMAihomeWiFi Cable operators were among the first in the telecom space to start to take the home experience seriously, but there have been a range of announcements from other telecom operators over recent months indicating the industry as a whole is now focusing on the issue.At a recent cable conference in London, the panel which provoked one of the most interesting discussions between participants was one focused on the in-home experience and whether this was explicitly part of the service provider’s responsibility.Attitudes ranged from “no, it stops at the door” to “of course it is”. A couple of cable operators from the latter camp were also keen to highlight newly-launched commercial solutions targeting issues including blackspots and seamlessly connecting new devices to home networks.Home experience a growing focusWhile cable operators were among the first to start to take the home experience seriously, there have been a range of announcements of similar services from other telecom operators over recent months. Examples in Europe include:– Bouygues announced it will deploy a managed home Wi-Fi solution to its broadband customers in France, using the AirTies Smart Wi-Fi software and Mesh extenders;– BT chose a white-label mesh Wi-Fi solution as the basis for its Whole Home Wi-Fi solution, with an app that advises on device placement and Wi-Fi discs that self-configure;– Virgin Media has offered a similar service, with a new app which monitors Wi-Fi signal strength in the home. Customers can order a Wi-Fi booster when blackspots are identified, a feature that is free to higher-tier customers.Having tried the Virgin app myself I can testify that it works, and I received a power line adapter set soon after using it to identify blackspots in my home. While this adapter feels a less future-ready and slightly clunkier choice than the mesh Wi-Fi solutions favoured by others, it certainly works and offers a more reliable connection than my previous Wi-Fi booster.Interestingly the services from BT and Virgin offer a range of additional features, including the ability to proactively manage the whole network including temporarily pausing internet access or blocking access for specific devices.From a strategic perspective, the move to offer managed Wi-Fi services has two benefits, namely generating incremental revenues and reducing costs.Typically operators are positioning these managed Wi-Fi services as either a premium service for an additional cost, or including them for free in higher-end packages. As well as a new source of revenue, these services can be an important a tool for churn reduction as satisfied customers are typically less likely to switch. In-home connectivity problems can be a major source of calls to customer support teams, and issues can be challenging if not impossible to solve remotely. So addressing these issues upfront can be an important cost saver at a time when operators are looking to increasingly digitise their customer service functions.Among multiple networks and standards, don’t forget the customerAs we enter the gigabit era, with a range of access technologies promising ever higher speeds to end users (whether delivered over FTTH, cable networks, fixed wireless access, or pure mobile), it is important that, in the real world, customers get to experience something close to what they are promised by operator marketing. As noted above, operators will increasingly need to accept responsibility for the in home experience, especially if the higher speeds on offer mean higher prices for customers, rather than adopting a somewhat utility style perspective that their responsibility ends at the home gateway.With the advent of the new Wi-Fi 6 standard alongside the launch of 5G services, consumers are facing an often bewildering array of acronyms and technologies, few of which actually make their life easier. At the same time, the growing number of connected devices in the home can further increase complexities for the non tech-savvy user. Operators which can address these issues, ensuring both full home connectivity and the seamless connection of new devices, will likely create a clear competitive advantage. As well as happier customers, newer routers and intelligent network apps can also provide improved information to operators on network performance, allowing issues to be identified and addressed remotely – again, contributing to cost reduction.Technological advances could also help, for example with the promise of seamless roaming between mobile and Wi-Fi networks with the arrival of 5G and Wi-Fi 6. But the proliferation of new networks also highlights the need for operators to manage increasing levels of network complexity. This does raise a separate point, though: Wi-Fi and 5G will coexist for the foreseeable future, putting the onus on operators and vendors to ensure these technologies can be managed to work together for the benefit of users.– David George – head of consulting, GSMA IntelligenceThe editorial views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and will not necessarily reflect the views of the GSMA, its Members or Associate Members. 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Law Society launches scheme to deliver PII help

first_imgThe Law Society’s professional indemnity insurance helpline is braced for a surge in calls from firms looking to secure cover before the 1 October renewal deadline. To assist those firms having difficulty securing renewal terms, the Law Society today launched a SafetyNet scheme. The scheme will provide assistance to ‘distressed’ firms, that is those firms seeking to avoid entering the assigned risks pool (ARP) or attempting to exit it, in obtaining professional indemnity cover from the insurance market. SafetyNet, managed by Lloyd’s broker PYV, will seek to provide such firms with access to insurers that specialise in distressed risks. Firms that apply will undergo an assessment to determine their suitability for the scheme, and solicitors may also be required to undergo a risk assessment survey prior to their proposal being presented to the insurers. Law Society chief executive Desmond Hudson said: ‘The PII market this year has, as expected, proved challenging for some legal practices.’ But he said there will still be an opportunity for firms to find PII cover after 1 October. Commenting on the SafetyNet scheme, Hudson said: ‘We are committed to doing all we can to offer an opportunity to distressed legal practices to escape the ARP or avoid it. This is a positive development for those unable to obtain professional indemnity insurance cover.’ PYV director Nick Pointon said: ‘The scheme is designed to deliver a positive change to firms through effective risk management, and by so doing enable them to not only obtain cover now, but also enhance their risk profile moving forward, so they are in a much stronger position to secure cover at future renewals.’ The PII helpline can be contacted on 020 7320 9545.last_img read more

Artists collect more than 30,000 knots for papal art exhibit

first_imgPHILADELPHIA | Artists are finishing construction of an unusual exhibit they hope resonates with Pope Francis during his trip to Philadelphia and with anyone experiencing trouble in their daily life.When it opens Sept. 3, the grotto outside the city’s Roman Catholic cathedral will house more than 30,000 knots, each representing a personal hardship or societal challenge.“It’s deeply moving to see the universal quality of these struggles,” said lead artist Meg Saligman.Organizers are crossing their fingers that Francis, who celebrates Mass at the basilica on Sept. 26, will visit the installation because it’s inspired by one of his favorite paintings, “Mary, Undoer of Knots.” The artwork shows her untangling a long ribbon — a symbol for smoothing life’s difficulties.FILE- In this May 22, 2015 file photo, artist Meg Saligman shows knots tied to a mock-up of an art installation at her studio in Philadelphia. The installation is planned to be in the shape of a latticed grotto and will greet Pope Francis and millions of others when they travel to Philadelphia this fall. Visitors will be invited to leave their own problems behind in the form of knots affixed to its walls, or help others by loosening and removing a knot already in place. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)Knots for the project have been gathered worldwide. At a recent public event outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art, passers-by wrote their burdens on strips of cloth and then tied the fabric in a knot. Challenges ranged from addictions to student loans to health problems.Participants were then invited to undo someone else’s knot — to symbolically share that person’s hardship — and weave it through a loom for all to see.“I thought it was nice to be aware of someone else’s pains, someone else’s struggles, and that you’re not alone,” said Abigail Quintos of Rochester, New York. “A lot of other people are going through tough times in their lives.”Quintos’ own knot addressed the strain of living so far away from her family; the one she untied dealt with an individual’s housing and child custody hardships.Lisa Cerasaro’s knot concerned what she described as the scourge of corporate greed in America. When she randomly reached for another person’s knot, it turned out to be in Spanish — which she doesn’t understand.“But I’m just weaving it in, wishing good thoughts for that person,” said Cerasaro, of Middletown, New Jersey.Francis is scheduled to visit Philadelphia on Sept. 26 and 27 to close out the World Meeting of Families, a triennial Catholic conference focused on strengthening family bonds. Kathy Matheson at read more

Titans of table tennis

first_imgAROUND 70 members have signed on for regular table tennis sessions at a Beaconsfield community centre – and more are…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Klein, Peirson bring home the prizes at SK8 competition

first_imgNelson’s Stew Klein and Levi Peirson of Slocan City topped the prize category at the SK8 Skateboard Competition Sunday in Castlegar.The Castlegar competition is the latest stop on the 2011 Kootenay Skateboard Series.Klein wowed the judges with some flawless skateboarding to edge Dan Larson of the Sunflower City in the 15-plus-division.Boarder Ben Demoskoff of Glade finished third.Meanwhile in the 14-year-old-division Peirson continued his fine form two capture the title away from Michael Graham of Castlegar.Franky Bergmann of Slocan City took home third place.The Kootenay Skateboard Series started last year as an idea to get kids off the streets, instead giving competitors a chance to shine on tracks in various cities.Each event on tour has its own separate format and is individually sponsored but is sanctioned as part of the series.Some of the ideas include game of skate (skateboarding version of Horse), jams format that has competitors scored on style, speed and tricks or just tricks.Helmets are mandatory.Divisions this season include under-14 years and 15-plus open. There is also room at events to have a women’s category.Competitors receive 50 points just for showing up. Other points are accumulated on a sliding points scale — first 10 points, second nine points, third eight points, fourth seven points, fifth six points.Castlegar is the third stop on the circuit. The 2011 Kootenay Skateboard Series opened during Trail Silver City Days before heading to Kaslo for May Days.Next stop on the tour is in the Heritage City, June 17th at the Nelson and District Youth Centre.For more information check out the series website at Weekend for BoardersSkateboarders will not want to miss a couple of upcoming events set for Friday in Castlegar and Saturday in Nelson at Finley’s Bar and Grill.Friday, at the Black Russian SK8shop in Castlegar, Mia is presenting the Art Show “Warrior”. The show was inspired by former skateboard star Josh Evin.There are skate ramps, a barbecue and free love all day.The event runs from noon to 6 p.m. at the Black Russian SK8shop, 1335 Columbia Ave.Saturday, there is a fundraiser for the Nelson SK8 Park at Finley’s Bar and Grill.Unfortunately, this event is only open to patrons over the age of 19.For a $10 donation, there are prizes for best party [email protected]last_img read more

Bombers soar to title at Immaculata High School Girl’s Soccer Tourney

first_imgFirst team to take the sting of the L.V. Rogers Bombers was NorKam from Kamloops.Score was 3-zip for LVR.Next it was Okanagan Mission of Kelowna. The score was closer this time, 3-2, and powered the Bombers into the semi finals.During the first round of the playoffs it was Pemberton’s time to fall, 4-1, thanks to a hat-trick by Naomi Perkins.In the final, there was no stopping the Bomber attack as LVR thumped Kootenay rivals Mount Baker Wild 4-0 to clinch the championship at the eight-team Immaculata High School Girl’s Soccer Tournament Saturday in Kelowna.Perkins and Taylor Zimmer, each with the pair sparked the Bombers past the Wild in the all-Kootenay finale.Also scoring for the Bombers in the tournament that saw teams from the Kootenay, Okanagan and Lower Mainland, were Emma wheeldon, Laurel Halleran and Emily Taylor.Perkins led all Bomber scorers with a tournament high eight goals in four games.last_img read more

New Orleans’ Brown Named Women’s Basketball Player of the Week

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – New Orleans freshman guard Randi Brown has been named Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league office announced Sunday. Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the players of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his or her own player. Brown found her grove to end the season, starting with tying a career-high in the home finale against Southeastern on Thursday. Brown went for another 30 points, a mark she accomplished first against the same Lady Lions two weeks earlier. Brown grabbed five rebounds, four steals, and three assists in Thursday’s game. On Saturday, Brown turned it up in the second half against Northwestern State. With the Privateers trailing by as many as 10, Brown went to work going 6-for-8 from the field in the final 20 minutes of play and scoring 15 points to help New Orleans close the season on a four-game winning streak. Brown scored 159 points (26.5 per game) over the final six games and the Privateers were 5-1 in that stretch.center_img Honorable mention this week goes to Houston Baptist senior forward Erin McGarrachan, Lamar junior guard Addesha Collins and Stephen F. Austin senior center Porsha Roberts. To receive honorable mention, a player must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland women’s basketball sports information directors.last_img read more

Chiefs vs Pirates remains SA’s biggest drawcard

first_img2 July 2014With 64 800 tickets sold by Monday, the popularity of Premier Soccer League (PSL) giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, and the popularity of the Carling Black Label Cup, which will pit the great rivals against one another, was plain to see.The powerhouse clubs, which are set to do battle at the FNB Stadium in Soweto on 26 July, will see their team’s line-ups selected by their supporters. The selection format is part of the unique concept of the Carling Black Label Cup.With ticket sales ticking over swiftly, the organisers have urged those keen on taking in the showdown to move quickly to secure their seats, if they have not already done so.Now into its fourth edition, the pre-season tournament had proven to be a huge hit with fans, with the participation of the supporters growing each year.‘Phenomenal’“South African fans have once again thrown their support behind the Carling Black Label Cup and we are excited to see just them rally this campaign. The growth we saw in fan participation from year one till now has been phenomenal,” Carling Black Label General Manager Vijay Govindsamy said in a statement on Monday.“We anticipate a good turn out and would like to encourage fans to keep on voting for their starting line-ups until the closing date. It is going to be another fantastic match.”VotingThe concept sees supporters able to vote for the starting line-ups of the Soweto giants until 22 July. Fans can do this by purchasing a Carling Black Label beer and either dialing *120*764* or going to winnersIn 2013, after winning the PSL title, Kaizer Chiefs also lifted the Carling Black Label Cup. In their third attempt at victory in the clash, they defeated Orlando Pirates 1- 0.The Buccaneers were PSL champions when they won the first edition of the Carling Black Label Cup in 2011. The teams were level at 0-0 after a tight contest before Pirates triumphed 4-3 from the penalty spot.In 2012, the rivals played to a 1-1 draw, but the Buccaneers took the honours, again in a penalty shootout, 5-4, in front of a crowd of almost 93 000, which established an all-time attendance record for a football event in South Africa.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

How to solve the unique complexities of industrial IoT

first_imgPeople have marveled at the possibilities born out of the Internet of Things for some time. But really, the scale of what it can accomplish in the industrial sector dwarfs the smart home capabilities of a Nest thermostat or the wearable innovation of a Fitbit. The possibility of leveraging the data generated from billion-dollar machines communicating with one another creates tremendous potential for making our world more sustainable, efficient, and safe. The scale of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) makes it uniquely complex – bigger problems with more expensive equipment require bigger solutions with more intricate, more connected technology.In the industrial sector, IoT is often about bringing antiquated processes into the modern era so we can bring things like new foods, consumer products or services or alternative energy forms to market more quickly. Many of the manufacturing plants and oil refineries we work with today are running decades-old equipment. This becomes less and less sustainable as the equipment gets older and the skilled laborers operating it age each year. Parts are harder to find, data from these systems become too hard to integrate into other systems and industrials can’t sustain the cost of running two separate systems and teams for OT and IT.See also: Will blockchain drive the fourth industrial revolution?But IIoT is also about data and improving overall efficiencies in various processes, either to drive costs out or to increase production. This leads to more competitive companies driving new innovations faster. While the ROI from IIoT is still in its infancy, an example I can point to I saw recently involved a business partner using data and real-time analytics to monitor and optimize the performance of just one industrial kiln, which alone saved the company about $300K a year. That is an incredible example of the value of IIoT in action. A more standardized infrastructure is neededHowever, to realize more of these benefits, as an industry, we need a reliable and standardized infrastructure upon which to run these very IIoT components, since at its core IIoT is a journey where new solutions are integrated with old ones. This type of integration may be common in today’s data centers, but the same cannot be said as the infrastructure extends down through the factory floor. The infrastructure of tomorrow needs to be virtualized, downtime-proof and easy to operate. Why? Beyond the physical requirements of the infrastructure, the technical skillsets of industrial operators need to evolve even further – in parallel with the rate of innovation of the equipment. Beyond common standards, the other large barrier to advancing IIoT is security. Even if we had common standards  — which we don’t today — until we as a sector figure out how to shut down or detect vulnerabilities in more connected systems, people will fear IIoT and all we can achieve with it, as the potential risks will push them too far out of their comfort zone. Like cloud before IIoT, not everyone embraced innovation at the same rate. However, those who did invest in it early are now seeing the fruits of their labor on a larger scale than their peers who were slower to adopt. Similarly with IIoT, early innovators are working on trial projects, learning and adjusting as they see the potential for faster product development times, new business models and new ways to save money, while the slower adopters are still contemplating how much value IIoT can bring and how to get started. Jason Andersen, Vice President – Business Line Management, Stratus TechnologiesIndustrial IoT can enable a greater goodAs we move forward as an industry, however, we also need to be conscious of the wake we create with this sort of disruption. One of the problems we’re potentially creating as an industry is the one we are actually trying to solve: by connecting devices we’re expanding our networks, but we’re also putting more eggs in one basket. Think of a set of holiday lights – when one bulb is out, often the entire string goes out. In this hyper-connected, IIoT environment, more than ever, we need to think of the implications of an internet failure. The costs could be devastating to people, to businesses, to sectors like commerce and, in some markets, to entire economies. These are concerns that are unsurprising when we consider how great of a transition we’re trying to drive for the industrial sector. A consumer may be concerned that his or her Nest may be feeding too much personal information to Google, but an operator of an oil rig needs to be concerned that he or she isn’t opening up an operation to hackers that could shut down a city’s access to oil. These are concerns to pay close attention to, yes, but we must also recognize the greater good we’re enabling. This same oil operator stands to also create efficiencies that could drive down the price of gas and bolster local economies with a switch to IIoT and the more streamlined network of devices and technologies that go along with it. It’s this scale and reach that make the Industrial Internet of Things a matter the population at large needs to be concerned with as opposed to just the everyday consumer – and it’s the job of the technology community to ensure IIoT’s growth and evolution is occurring at a pace that exposes us to its benefits more than to its vulnerabilities. The author is vice president – business line management at Stratus Technologies, a major producer of fault tolerant computer servers and software. Jason Andersen is vice president of business line management and is responsible for setting the product roadmaps and go-to-market strategies for Stratus Products and Services. Jason has a deep understanding of both on-premise and cloud-based infrastructure for the industrial internet of things (IIoT) and has been responsible for the successful market delivery of products and services for almost 20 years. Prior to joining Stratus in 2013, Jason was director of product line management at Red Hat. In this role, he was responsible for the go-to-market strategy, product introductions and launches, as well as product marketing for the JBoss Application Products. Jason also previously held product management positions at Red Hat and IBM Software Group. Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu… Related Posts Tags:#IIoT#Industrial Internet of Things#Internet of Things#IoT#Stratus Technologies The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption Jason Andersenlast_img read more