Alab holds off Mono for sixth straight win

first_imgAlab’s run propelled them to third place with a 9-4 record while the Mono Vampire fell down to fourth at 9-5.Balkman not only delivered in the clutch for Alab but he was also the focal point of the team’s offense putting up 31 points with 13 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkJustin Brownlee, meanwhile, missed out on a five-by-five for Alab as he finished with 16 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists, five blocks, and four steals.Samuel Deguara led Mono Vampire with 21 points and 15 boards. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak LATEST STORIES Alab Pilipinas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlab Pilipinas stretched its winning run to six games after surviving Mono Vampire, 86-84, in the ASEAN Basketball League Wednesday at Baliuag Star Arena in Bulacan.Renaldo Balkman hit the game-winning jumper for Alab with four seconds remaining 15 seconds after Mike Singletary drilled a three-pointer that tied the game at 84.ADVERTISEMENT Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra bounces back, rips Kiacenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases View commentslast_img read more

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Over US$1M to be spent on filaria campaign this year – Lawrence

first_imgIn an effort to eradicate the mosquito-borne disease filaria, the Government, through the Public Health Ministry, will be spending over US$1 million in pills and sensitisation procedures this year.Filaria pill distribution process ongoingThis was related by Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence during a recent interview. Although the Minister was unable to say specifically how much money was being spent on the Mass Drug Administration (MDA) programme, which was currently being rolled out in four administrative regions, she noted that the Ministry would invest all it had to, to protect its citizens.At the launch of the MDA programme earlier this month, Senior Health Officer Quincy Jones disclosed that each year about US$1 million was spent on the distribution process.Lawrence said, “This year we’re on that push to ensure that we can eradicate filaria from Guyana. It’s a big project for the Ministry of Public Health, we believe that we can do it and we have invested more money with the help of our partners PAHO/WHO (Pan American Organisation/World Health Organisation).”It was in the same breath that the subject Minister sought to explain how the additional money was being spent. According to her, “We have had quite a lot of educational pieces, educating people so that persons wouldn’t get caught up with the rumours and people (who are) just saying things without evidence.”Lawrence reported that so far the MDA programme, which officially began two Mondays ago, has been successful as locals were more interested in taking the pills to prevent the dreaded disease from affecting their lymphatic glands, causing the legs, breasts and even penis to swell, which was often referred to as “goadie”, with the disease often called “big foot”.The Minister said although some were excited to take the pills, others were more concerned about the side effects. As a result, she noted that more information would be provided for locals on the side effects, which are mild, as well as the benefits of consuming the tablets.The four regions benefiting from the free pills – albendazole and diethylcarbamazine citrate (DEC) – are Regions Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara); Four (Demerara-Mahaica); Five (Mahaica-Berbice) and 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) as these were found to be the most affected Regions in a survey conducted by the Ministry a few years ago.The number of tablets will vary per age, and they are not to be given to pregnant women and children below the age of two years old. It is said that a person requires five annual doses of the pills before they become immune to the mosquito-borne disease.Although the pills are being distributed in these four Regions, a Senior Health Officer had assured that the Ministry has not forgotten about the other regions.“Whilst we enjoy the success of the past year and buckle down to the challenges of this year to continually roll out the MDA programme within these four Regions that is currently undertaking, I urge the members of the public and the media to know that the other Regions … are not forgotten,” Jones pointed out.Persons are being urged by the Ministry to take the pills as they will prevent the spread of lymphatic filaria which has no signs or symptoms during the first 10 years a person is infected.It was disclosed during the launch of the MDA programme that epidemiology coverage has improved from 45.7 per cent in 2015, to 54.42 per cent in 2016 as only two Regions received the pills back in 2015, and the Government was able to extend the pill distribution to four in 2016.This was still, however, no major achievement for the country as the pass mark for coverage percentage was 65 per cent, according to PAHO/WHO. The country was finally able to achieve this last year, achieving 86 per cent epidemiology coverage.last_img read more

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Govt creates positions for Gaskin, Roopnaraine … still receiving super salaries

first_imgThe Government of Guyana has created two new positions to accommodate the rehiring of former Ministers Dominic Gaskin and Dr Rupert Roopnaraine.On Tuesday, the Ministry of the Presidency announced that Gaskin has been appointed Director of Manufacturing and Marketing within the Business Ministry with responsibility for the enforcement of standards, providing assistance to small producers and access to markets, particularly Eastern Caribbean markets. Additionally, Dr Roopnarine has been appointed Director of Public Service Training within the Ministry of the Presidency with responsibility for training standards at the Bertram Collins College of the Public Service, Guyana Defence Force Staff College and Guyana Police Force Staff College.Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge has been appointed Foreign Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with responsibility for the Department of Frontiers and Territorial Integrity and the Department of Trade and Economic Cooperation. Guyana Times understands that both Gaskin and Roopnaraine continue to recieve super salaries.Gaskin, Dr Roopnaraine, Greenidge and former Minister Joseph Harmon, all dual citizens, resigned as Ministers and Members of Parliament (MPs) effective April 25.On April 30, Harmon, a United States citizen, was appointed Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency.Article 155 (1) of the Constitution of Guyana states that “No person shall be qualified for election as a member of the National Assembly who (a) is, by virtue of his own act, under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or state”.In February, Chief Justice (ag) Roxane George had ruled on the case filed by Compton Reid over the dual citizenship of former AFC MP Charrandas Persaud. In the case it brought to the Chief Justice, Government had argued that Persaud’s dual citizenship status invalidated his vote in support of the No-confidence Motion that brought the Government down.The Court of Appeal later upheld the January High Court ruling that it is illegal for persons holding dual citizenship status to be sitting in the National Assembly.These latest appointments by Government have already received much criticism by sections of society as the move by the Administration is viewed as an unnecessary burden on taxpayers. From their job descriptions, Gaskin and Dr Roopnarine have full control of several aspects of the Ministries, despite having a sitting Minister.With respect to Greenidge, he has gotten much support since he plays an integral role in the Guyana/Venezuela border controversy case.Last week, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo threw his support behind the retention of the services of Greenidge, saying “With all due respect, with our border case before the International Court of Justice, you need someone who has in-depth knowledge about the issue…he should be retained because of that concern”.last_img read more

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DONEGAL TOWN 5K DETAILS RELEASED

first_imgThe Donegal Town 5k will be held this Friday evening 3rd June – at 7.30pm.Traditionally this event, part of the Donegal Co Board Grand Prix attracts a large field from all over the North West and beyond –last year there were 164 finishers.Details Fast ,flat, accurately marked course – race starts at Super Valu and proceeds through the town onto the Mountcharles Road, to the first roundabout, onto Ballydevitt and Drimark and back onto theKillybegs/Donegal Rd. to finish opposite Tir Conaill,GAA ParkRegistration – Abbey Voc. Gymnasium from 6.30pmEntry fee – €10/£8Changing/showers, warm up, cool down areas – Abbey Voc. School – 300metres from the start. Prizes –€750 in prizes – First three, Male and Female, Senior, 40+, 50+, 60+ and Junior plus numerous spot prizes – also first 5 fit4life athletesPresentations – Abbey Voc. Gym at 8.30pm plus refreshments for all competitorsResults will be posted immediately on the results board and onthe Tir Conaill athletics club site www.tirchonaillac.comPre race entries can be emailed to Pauline O’Gara at paulinedonegal@gmail.com -simply state your name, age on race day and club! Your race number can be picked up on the evening when payment is made. The entry fee is £8/€10.Special Hotel rates have been agreed with local Donegal Town hotels -enquiries to Eamon Harvey harveyeamon@hotmail.com or phone 087 2797548 / 0749721578 DONEGAL TOWN 5K DETAILS RELEASED was last modified: June 1st, 2011 by gregShare 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)Tags:donegal town 5klast_img read more

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FAMILY IN €1.25M MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CASE URGE: ‘DON’T BE AFRAID TO TAKE ON THE SYSTEM’

first_imgMedical negligence lawyer Roger Murray from Callan Tansey solicitors:THE family of an 11-year-old Co Donegal girl who won a €1.25 interim settlement in an alleged medical negligence case has urged others: “Don’t be afraid to take on the system.”Jessica McHugh, from Ardara, is quadriplegic and has to use a wheelchair.Her mum Louise sued the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin on her daughter’s behalf for alleged negligence and breach of duty arising from personal injuries she suffered at the time of her birth on July 20,2002. The claims were denied.Yesterday the High Court awarded €1.25M for Jessica’s medical care over the next three years and the case will return to court at that stage.Roger Murray, a specialist medical negligence lawyer with Callan Tansey solicitors, issued a statement to Donegal Daily on behalf of the McHugh family.“The family feel vindicated by the outcome and are very pleased that the case is over,” said Mr Murray. “The substantial settlement means that Louise’s financial future is secure. The interim nature of the settlement means that the figure for care, Occupational Therapy and Computer and IT equipment is fixed only for three years and at that point we can seek further payments.“The family wish to pay tribute to the fantastic support they have received over the years from family and friends. Jessica’s younger siblings Iona,Kayla and Calvin also deserve special mention for the love and fun they provide to Jessica day in and day out.”Mr Murray added: “The family want the message to go out to other families who have unanswered questions about healthcare/treatment which they or their loved ones have received – they should not be afraid to seek advice and stand up for their right to straight answers.”Ms McHugh was admitted to the labour ward of the hospital at around 9pm on July 19, 2002.It was claimed there was a failure to properly or at all interpret a CTG trace and, at one stage, the CTG was stopped for 45 minutes and Ms McHugh was told to go for a walk. It was further claimed there was later a failure to to make a decision on the basis of an abnormal CTG to deliver by caesarean section and a failure to have the baby delivered at the earliest possible opportunity.Jessica, it was claimed, had to be resuscitated on birth and later had further seizures.The hospital said the CTG trace was interpreted in a reasonable manner and a decision to stop CTG monitoring to allow the mother to mobilise was also reasonable.The judge in the case said she would look at health care costs again in three years’ time. FAMILY IN €1.25M MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CASE URGE: ‘DON’T BE AFRAID TO TAKE ON THE SYSTEM’ was last modified: October 11th, 2013 by John2Share 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)Tags:ArdaraCallan Tansey SolicitorsdonegalFAMILY IN €1.25M MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CASE URGE: ‘DON’T BE AFRAID TO TAKE ON THE SYSTEM’Jessica McHughRoger Murraylast_img read more

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SICKENING – DOG FOUND WITH BULL WIRE EMBEDDED IN ITS NECK

first_imgThe dog is tended to by vets after bull wire was found embedded in its neck.An investigation has been launched after a collie dog was found with bull wire embedded in its neck.Animal welfare officers believe the wire may have been used to keep the dog tied to a fence.The dog was found by a member of the public close to a beach in the vicinity of Erraroey, Falcarragh. The local dog warden initially responded to the call and ISPCA Inspector Kevin McGinley was called in to investigate.The length of heavy duty fencing wire which was wrapped around the dog’s neck is believed to have been used to tether the animal.The wire which was embedded in the dog’s neck.The wire had cut into the dog’s flesh leaving a deep open wound when found on Thursday last.The female collie, who is aged approximately 2 to 3 years, is currently being treated in a local veterinary surgery. When fit, she will be taken to the ISPCA’s National Animal Centre to complete her rehabilitation. “This is a very serious injury” commented Inspector McGinley, “but we are confident that she will make a full recovery.“We would appeal for anybody who may have information as to the origin of this dog to contact the ISPCA on 1890 515 515”. SICKENING – DOG FOUND WITH BULL WIRE EMBEDDED IN ITS NECK was last modified: January 27th, 2014 by StephenShare 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) Tags:COLLIEDOGFalcarraghISPCAKevin McGinleylast_img read more

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Welfare, Medicare reductions approved

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – California’s needy families will lose more than $550 million a year under a deficit-reduction bill approved Wednesday by the U.S. Senate, marking the first cuts to welfare, Medicare and other entitlement programs in nearly a decade.Vice President Dick Cheney cut short his Iraq trip to cast the tie-breaking vote on the controversial $39.7 billion package, opposed by California’s Democrat Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein.State finance officials said the cuts will hurt many families and children already struggling in high-cost California, but noted a month-long lobbying blitz helped avert more than $1.7 billion in other reductions, including much-feared cuts to child support enforcement.“We dodged a very big bullet,” said David Wetmore, director of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Washington office.“It’s hard to go through one of these exercises and not know there’s going to be some hits coming. We worked very hard to mitigate them or outright defeat them,” added H.D. Palmer, spokesman for the California Department of Finance.Because of some technical changes in the measure, the bill must return to the House for another vote but it still is widely expected to be approved.The five-year budget bill cuts $4.8 billion from the nation’s Medicaid health program for the poor and disabled; $6.4 billion from the Medicare health program for the elderly; and about $13 billion from student loans.It also denies foster-care payments to low-income grandparents caring for abused and neglected youngsters, a provision that may affect more than 4,400 California foster children.In pleading with fellow lawmakers to pass the bill, Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, called it “the one vote you’ll have this year to reduce the rate of growth in the federal government.”Joan Lee, legislative liaison for the California Gray Panthers advocacy group in Sacramento, said the bill increases prescription drug co-payments beyond the means of many low-income senior citizens.“Frankly, I think there’s another way to balance our budget than to do it on the backs of people like that who can’t even afford a few dollars a month,” Lee said.Feinstein said she was particularly concerned about the bill’s failure to protect Medicaid adult day health-care services and a requirement that states increase the number of welfare recipients in federal work activities by two-thirds in 2007 unless they see a substantial drop in caseloads.Feinstein said conference negotiators stripped out a provision she had inserted to block the administration from forcing California into a program she said would disqualify 40 percent of participants – about 47,000 seniors and disabled people from community-based health care services.A spokesman estimated California will lose $200 million annually under the change.“This bill is just another step to further the Republican agenda of severely cutting benefits to working-class families while handing out tax cuts to the wealthy,” Feinstein said on the Senate floor.Still, Wetmore and Palmer said California sidestepped three potentially devastating budget blows.Medicaid cuts will now cost the state $175 million over five years – significantly less than the $700 million that had been proposed in a House version of the measure.In addition, House and Senate negotiators decided to ditch a provision that would have opened California’s preferred mental health drug list to all newcomers and could have cost the state about $250 million a year.Officials said the final version also eliminates a major cut to federal child support enforcement that would have cost California $1 billion over five years.“That was essentially a billion-dollar gun that was pointed at our heads, and that’s now gone,” Palmer said.Stan Trom, director of the Ventura County Department of Child Support Services, noted that the measure still restricts funding, but far less than feared.“It’s very encouraging that members of Congress listened to the people involved in child support,” Trom said.The Associated Press contributed to this report. lisa.friedman@langnews.com(202) 662-8731last_img read more

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€109,000 allocated to Donegal heritage projects

first_imgA total of €109,000 in funding has been allocated to Donegal to support local heritage projects.The funding was announced by the Minister for Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, under the 2018 Structures at Risk Fund and the Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2018.Mr McHugh, Government Chief Whip and Minister for the Irish language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, said: “New funding totalling €109,000 has been granted to Donegal for heritage projects here. This funding for Donegal is part of an announcement by my Fine Gael colleague, Minister Josepha Madigan of €3.3 million for 446 heritage projects across the country. “Through the Structures at Risk Fund, Donegal will receive €59,000. This includes €30,000 for works to prevent the imminent collapse of Rathmullan Abbey; €22,000 to re-thatch the roof of the Vernacular Thatched Cottage on Pound Street in Carndonagh; and €7,000 to rewire Dunmore House in Carrigans to reduce the risk of fire.“Separately, Donegal heritage projects will receive €50,000 through the Built Heritage Investment Scheme.“The projects to benefit from this Scheme are Bundoran Community Centre CLG €2,500; O’Doherty’s Fort, Tullyarvan, Buncrana €5,500; St Ernan’s House, Donegal €4,000; 2 Church Lane, Letterkenny €4,000; Leitir Corn Mill, Leitir, Cill Chartha €7,500; Convoy Cottage, Ramelton €6,500; Warehouse, The Mall, Ramelton €2,500; the Old Court House, Lifford €7,000; Buncrana Castle €5,500; and Dunmore House, Carrigans €5,000.”Nationally, the scheme will provide a €2 million euro investment in 2018 for the repair and conservation of historic structures. The BHIS provides funding for works to protected structures in private and public ownership. The grants awarded range from €2,500 to €15,000 per project.Of the 370 structures awarded funding, many are historic places of worship and residences. A number are for re-thatching of buildings of special interest and there are repairs to follies, cathedrals, mills and forges among the successful projects.“This funding will allow for the conservation and repair of protected structures across Donegal. These buildings and structures are so important to our heritage. Maintaining and repairing these monuments help communities preserve their cultural identity and give people a sense of pride of place.“The funding is also very important in terms of developing our tourism offering and helping to attract visitors to Donegal, with all the benefits that can bring,” McHugh concluded.These grants have been awarded following assessments by local authorities who accepted applications from members of the public and put recommended projects forward to the Minister for approval. Announcing the funding Minister Madigan said: “Historic buildings are important to communities who have a great sense of pride in their built heritage. These grants will help to regenerate towns and rural areas and will come as a welcome boost to those charged with looking after our heritage properties.“Our heritage is a vital part of our cultural landscape. I am delighted to be able to continue our investment in protecting it for the future.”€109,000 allocated to Donegal heritage projects was last modified: April 5th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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)Tags:Fine GaelgrantHeritagehistoryjoe mc hughjosepha madiganlast_img read more

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The Secret River — Geocache of the Week

first_img SharePrint RelatedWalensee 8° — Geocache of the WeekAugust 7, 2019In “Community”NO LIMIT – Centrale d’Oxygène Liquide — Geocache of the WeekAugust 16, 2017In “Community”Ring of Fire — Geocache of the WeekAugust 30, 2017In “Community” “Close your eyes. You hear nothing but silence and the faint sound of trickling water in the background. Imagine you are 80 feet below ground with your eyes open in the pitch black. You are one with Mother Earth. You are somewhere along an 800 meter stretch of a 14 kilometer underground river that originates in the interior of the peninsula and empties into the sea. The lights come back on. Look up and see thousands of jagged-edged stalactites pointing towards your head like the tips of poison Mayan arrows. It looks like you are either on another planet or on the set of a blockbuster Hollywood movie”.This is a direct quote from the cache page for The Secret River, and they’re not kidding about the cinematic environment. The EarthCache could easily be featured in the next Indiana Jones movie. At 215.2 kilometers, the Secret River or “Sistema Sac Actun” (White Cave System) is the longest running underwater cave in the world. Its unique geological history make it a destination for geocachers and geologists alike. EarthCaches provide an opportunity to learn a geological lesson and visit awe-inspiring geological locations. Visitors can see how our planet has been shaped by geological processes, how we manage its resources and how scientists gather evidence. Typically, to log an EarthCache, you will have to provide answers to questions by observing the geological location. The geocacher who visits The Secret River will leave with a solid understanding of how the cave and river were formed and how to differentiate between Stalactites, Stalagmites, Columns, Helictites. Logs from a few recent geocachers to visit the caves:  “What a hidden gem. If you are anywhere near this area, you should take this tour and log this Earthcache. We happened upon it almost by chance. We were just looking for something local to do for the afternoon. We were in the area for 10 days and it was one of the best things we did. Wondering along with a guide for a couple of hours in an underground system of caves, along a river was simply amazing. This is not my first dave tour, I’ve done several in the US. But this was my first underground river cave tour.So glad we happened upon this earthcache, and this tour.Thanks Dragonfly E&N for creating and maintaining it, favorite point for sure! – JeeperDad“One of my favorite caches on this trip. After spending a few days in warm swimming pools at the resort we were all happy to have this refreshing river to jump into. Our tour guide was really good and I enjoyed the history along with some local stories. Glad to share this experience with Dix1, 800rmk, tumbler77, the wee-ones and some friends. Thanks for sharing this secret river with us. Deserves a favorite.” – del2uThe unique structure and vastness of the cave/river is what draws tourists to this location from around the world. The geological lessons, highly informative cache page, and the required logging tasks are what draw in geocachers from around the world. One might say the bat’s out of the bag for GC2NTRK – The Secret River.Share with your Friends:More Difficulty:4Terrain:4 Location:Yucatán, MexicoN 20° 35.259′ W 087° 08.061′ Earth CacheGC2NTRKby Dragonfly E&Nlast_img read more

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Where are all the women in tech? They’re in wearables

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts While we read about the gender gap in technology almost every day, it’s worth championing a sector that seems to have a strong showing of talented women in tech – the wearables industry.Women have an extensive history in the wearables field: There’s Leah Buechley, inventor of the Lily Pad Arduino; academics like Dr. Rosalind Picard, founder, and director of the Affective Computing research group at the MIT Media Lab; Corinne Vigreux, founder, and COO, TomTom; and Ivy Ross, Vice President, Head of Design/User Experience for all Hardware Products at Google.Then, of course, there are a plethora of wearables companies headed by women including Vinaya, Wearable Experiments, ElektroCouture, Roar for Good and Bellabeat, to name but a few. Women in wearables include academics, entrepreneurs, female directors, designers, and engineers.They all  have been part of setting the wearables agenda and moving the technology forward. One well-known woman in the sector is Stacey Burr, former startup founder of Textronics and now Vice President, Adidas Wearable Sports Electronics. I spoke to her recently about her experiences in the wearables space.I was interested in learning about how Burr got her interest in wearables. She recounted:“My first exposure was in the late 90’s. I was working for DuPont, in spandex and I have a tech engineering background and I was at one point finding the field of textiles very old-school and not as innovative as I would like. I heard about some researchers that were trying to integrate electronics and wires into fabric and as soon as I heard of it…It just sparked a fire in me about all the things that were possible as we started bringing technology sectors and conductive material closer to the body or onto the skin looking at lighting, heating, and physiology and motion sensors. It set me on a whole area of innovation that I’m still in love with and pursing today”.Burr’s time in the early stages of wearable tech means that she’s seen the conversations change from technological hurdles to the killer app and the user experience and business models and how do you communicate the innovation.  She noted:“In the earlier days, products had to be standalone because there weren’t any standards or protocols and or powering objects like a smartphone that people were also carrying around with them so the phone screen opened up a whole new range of ideas around innovation.”Of course,  the technology is constantly developing and changing and we are now thinking about “How do we utilize technologies like VR or machine learning or AI in different ways.”Where is the connected clothing?Many of us expected that connected clothing would become commonplace, but the trend has largely been limited to sporting apparel, DIY tinkering and limited custom ranges at one end of the spectrum and one-off pieces consigned to languish in museums and galleries as examples of artistic technology at the other end. Burr explains:“Clothing is such an interesting challenge. Not only does the tech have to be rock solid but the items have to possess all of the familiar consumer expectations that people have for their clothing — it needs to be fashionable, it needs to be ‘wash and wearable,’ it needs to meet a certain price point expectation that people associate with that category. So, not only is it an electronic device, it must meet all of the consumer requirements around clothing — not to mention comfort. The other challenge is where you merchandise these products: are they in the clothing department or do they go over by the consumer electrical?”Burr notes that bridging the nexus between technology and fashion has not always been successful:“I would say in my observation that when the electronics industry has tried to approach the clothing, it’s generally been unsuccessful because they have failed to understand a lot of the user consumer expectations and the imprecision that happens within the textiles supply chain. The typical assembly process for textiles is much sloppier than the electronic industry is used to, so it’s hard to get it all together in a way that’s satisfactory to consumers.”Yet Burr and her team were responsible for a successful number of wearables including the Adidas miCoach Seamless Sports Bra. She explained:“When Textronics and then Adidas bought consumer heart-rate-monitoring apparel forward, it was really a bit of a breakthrough in terms of meeting all those expectations, not to mention having FDA approval for heart rate electric sensors. It was a great example of where it all comes together in a really nice execution.”The litmus test for men in women’s wearablesBurr’s experience in managing teams in the wearables market means that she’s been able to see first-hand the growth of women in technology. She notes that on her own team “we have quite an accomplished list of women in our Adidas wearables organization and are currently looking for more.”She views the representation of women in women’s wearables as important in that women download fitness apps at twice the rate of men and explains “you really need a working team that represents and can speak for, and look through the lens for the consumer and I think that we have that.”Men who want to join her team are given a little test to gauge their suitability to working with women’s attire:“I have a little litmus test for some of the men that are interested in coming into our wearables team.  We put a heart rate monitoring sports bra on the table during the initial discussions and if a man can’t touch it, it’s unlikely he’ll work well on our team. I’ll be thinking ‘pick up the sports bra, and see it as a sensor system, as an engineering challenge with skin as the user interface!’”Ultimately one of Burr’s greatest pleasures in the wearable sector is that it is a great way to attract women who may otherwise be excluded from technology:“I love that you can combine something that’s traditionally a feminine love like fashion with technology. It’s the way to spark a fascination or get someone involved in the maker movement or get someone to try to program an Arduino so that they can have something that lights up or get an exposure to soldering, I love it, I love it.” Tags:#Adidas#Arduino#BellaBeat#connected clothing#featured#Google#Internet of Things#IoT#Roar for Good#smart clothing#textronics#TomTom#top#VINAYA#wearable experiments#wearables#women in tech#women in wearables Follow the Puckcenter_img Cate Lawrence Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

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