Place values – Carfin http://carfin.org.uk/ Thu, 20 Jan 2022 10:02:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.2 https://carfin.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/icon-41-150x150.png Place values – Carfin http://carfin.org.uk/ 32 32 Make silent calls in a noisy place with the EKSA H1 Bluetooth headset https://carfin.org.uk/make-silent-calls-in-a-noisy-place-with-the-eksa-h1-bluetooth-headset/ Thu, 20 Jan 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://carfin.org.uk/make-silent-calls-in-a-noisy-place-with-the-eksa-h1-bluetooth-headset/ I’m not someone who has to spend a lot of time in virtual meetings or calls, but I checked out the EKSA H1 headset for those who do. The H1 uses EKSA ENC technology to filter out noisy environments such as customer call centers, manufacturing plants, warehouses, trucks and taxis. EKS Telecom H1. Photo: Noel […]]]>

I’m not someone who has to spend a lot of time in virtual meetings or calls, but I checked out the EKSA H1 headset for those who do. The H1 uses EKSA ENC technology to filter out noisy environments such as customer call centers, manufacturing plants, warehouses, trucks and taxis.

EKS Telecom H1. Photo: Noel Campion.

The H1 features a non-removable mic arm that can swivel up and away from your face or to the left or right of your face when needed. At 140 grams, they’re lightweight and easy to wear for long periods of time. There is only one earbud while the opposite side has a soft silicone head mount made from soft silicone.

Right in the middle of the mic arm rotation is a mic mute button. Above are volume up, power/pairing, and volume down buttons. At the base of the headset is a USB-C socket which is used to charge the headset.

The headband has a good adjustment range to fit all head sizes as well as a soft silicone band around the top for added comfort.

Characteristics

The device comes with soft padded ear cups.  Photo: Noel Campion.
The device comes with soft padded ear cups. Photo: Noel Campion.

The EKSA H1 features Bluetooth 5.0 for a stable connection up to 50 meters in open spaces. The H1 also includes an advanced ENC microphone where the built-in ENC chip filters out 96% of background noise. The 270° rotatable boom microphone with precise positioning also ensures clear voice pickup in any environment.

During my testing, I increased the background noise in my room to the point where I had to crank the headset volume to maximum to hear the caller on the other end. Despite all the background noise, callers couldn’t hear anything but my voice on their end. They said my voice was crystal clear.

EKS Telecom H1.  Photo: EKSA.
EKS Telecom H1. Photo: EKSA.

The H1 is ideal for business use and conference calls when working at home or in the office, as it can connect to two devices at the same time, such as a phone or laptop, without having to disconnect and switch .

Having one of your ears uncovered means you can still hear your own voice and everything around you clearly. However, this can be a slight inconvenience if you work in a noisy environment.

Sound quality

EKS Telecom H1.  Photo: Noel Campion.
EKS Telecom H1. Photo: Noel Campion.

Call quality is excellent, and the mic in particular does an amazing job of isolating your voice from all background noise. I did notice some distortion if I spoke too loudly, but in general vocals are crisp and clear. The headset speaker is great for calls but not so good if you want to listen to music or watch a movie. For one, it’s only mono since there’s only one speaker, but that’s not what the headphones are designed for anyway.

Drums

Thanks to its built-in 500 mAh rechargeable battery, the H1 is capable of delivering 57 hours of music, 30 hours of talk time and 165 hours of standby time. The H1 only takes 1.5 hours to fully charge.

Verdict

The EKSA H1 is a great option for those who spend a lot of time on calls and don’t want the added weight and expense of standard headphones. At just €56 (amazon.co.uk), the H1 represents excellent value for money.

Visit eksatelecom for more information

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Key pillars mostly in place to accelerate Africa’s free trade in 2022 https://carfin.org.uk/key-pillars-mostly-in-place-to-accelerate-africas-free-trade-in-2022/ Wed, 19 Jan 2022 09:48:44 +0000 https://carfin.org.uk/key-pillars-mostly-in-place-to-accelerate-africas-free-trade-in-2022/ Africa, Development and Aid, Economy and Trade, Featured, Gender, Global, Headlines, Inequality, Poverty and SDGs Opinion Factory workers producing clothes for foreign customers, in Accra, Ghana. Credit: World Bank UNITED NATIONS, 19 January 2022 (IPS) – The official launch of free trade under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in January 2021 brought a […]]]>
Africa, Development and Aid, Economy and Trade, Featured, Gender, Global, Headlines, Inequality, Poverty and SDGs

Opinion

Factory workers producing clothes for foreign customers, in Accra, Ghana. Credit: World Bank

UNITED NATIONS, 19 January 2022 (IPS) – The official launch of free trade under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in January 2021 brought a major continental aspiration closer to reality.

A year later, cross-border trade in goods and services may not be in full swing as expected, but there are signs that there is progress — the cup is half full, not half empty.

A major obstacle is the ongoing negotiations on the remaining crucial elements of the trade pact, in particular the rules of origin.

However, in a interview With Africa Renewal last month, the Secretary General of the AfCFTA Secretariat, Wamkele Mene, outlined an optimistic vision for 2022.

In sum, the implementation of the AfCFTA will kick into high gear, traders would be delighted, and the push towards the accelerated industrialization of the continent should begin in earnest.

Concluding negotiations on rules of origin, which essentially involves determining the “nationalities” of thousands of products to prevent dumping, will be the key to success.

Already, negotiators have reached an impressive 87.8% agreement on rules of origin. This includes more than 80% of the approximately 8,000 products listed under the World Customs Organization’s Harmonized System of Rules of Origin and Tariffs. Such a high consensus threshold ensures that the vast majority of products can be marketed.

“What is exceptional are automobiles, textiles, clothing and sugar. These make up about 12 to 15 percent of what we call the rate book. We want to conclude the negotiations on this so that we can achieve 100% convergence of rules of origin,” Mene said.

Mene is convinced that traders in Africa deserve an enabling environment, including solid market information and other incentives to propel their businesses.

the Futures Report 2021 launched last December in New York provides traders with valuable trade insights, making it one more item in the AfCFTA’s toolkit to catalyze intra-African trade.

Kingsley Ighobor

Produced jointly by the AfCFTA Secretariat and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the report, titled “What value chains for a made in Africa revolution”, highlights for market players the value chains value offering lucrative opportunities in value-added goods and services.

Noting growing inequalities, the report states that “Africa is the only continent where the number of poor has increased, from 392 million in 2000 to 438 million in 2017”.

Africa needs to “diversify into other commodities…beyond the current commodity cycle pitfalls in different high-tech industries,” comments Mene, in the report’s foreword. “Africa has 42 of the 63 elements needed for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), including coltan, cobalt, copper, nickel and graphite, for which global demand will increase by 1000% by 2050. “

UNDP Regional Director for Africa, Ahunna Eziakonwa, urges Africa to stop exporting raw materials, but to “industrialize its economies, produce goods rich in African content and create decent jobs for generations to come “.

One year of free trade in Africa worth celebrating despite initial problems

ZLECA: traders will have the opportunity to develop and expand their markets in 2022

Besides 100% completion of the rules of origin negotiations, Mene’s radiant optimism for free trade in Africa in 2022 will depend on other pillars:

    • The first is to establish a trade finance facility support SMEs, especially those run by women and young people. The timing of this initiative is less certain given the involvement of commercial banks.
    • This conversation [with commercial banks] is going slower than I would have hoped because there are several technical issues that we need to resolve,” says Mene. “It may take a little longer.”
    • The second pillar launches the African Trade Gateway, which is a unique digital platform containing information on rules applicable to thousands of products, customs procedures, market information and trends, and payment transfers. Mene said, “The African trade gateway is under our control. We can deploy that pretty quickly.
    • The third pillar is an AfCFTA adjustment facility, which should cushion the budgetary effects of tariff losses in the countries. Mene was quick to point out that this facility is not intended to fill the budget gap; rather, “it will be about supporting specific value chains in specific productive sectors of the economy, for example, textiles and agro-industry”.

The AfCFTA Secretariat and Afreximbank have raised $1 billion for the adjustment facility, a good start, although the seed liquidity estimate is between $7 and $10 billion.

    • The fourth pillar is the deployment of the Pan African Payment and Settlement System (PAPSS), a platform that facilitates cross-border payments in local African currencies and is expected to save African merchants around $5 billion a year in currency convertibility. The PAPSS was officially launched on January 13, 2022, while a continent-wide roll-out and outreach campaign to traders is expected to ramp up in the coming weeks.

“We have over 42 currencies in Africa. We want to reduce and eventually eliminate this cost [$5 billion] because it limits the competitiveness of our SMEs and makes trading costly and inaccessible for many SMEs and young entrepreneurs,” Mene explained.

    • The final pillar is to ensure that Africa’s Special Economic Zones (SEZs) are compatible with the AfCFTA. Countries that establish SEZs subject these zones to special trade laws, such as tax breaks, to attract investment and boost employment.

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), champion of the success of the AfCFTA and SEZs, reports that there are 237 SEZs – and counting – in 38 African countries.

In anticipation of increased activity in the African Free Trade Area, UNCTAD recommends appropriate policies to enable SEZs to adapt to both the “new trade and investment environment in Africa” ​​and to “future changes in global value shifts and investment patterns”.

Source: Africa Renewal, January 2022

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A former homeless man turned an ambulance into a safer place for drug use https://carfin.org.uk/a-former-homeless-man-turned-an-ambulance-into-a-safer-place-for-drug-use/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 19:09:26 +0000 https://carfin.org.uk/a-former-homeless-man-turned-an-ambulance-into-a-safer-place-for-drug-use/ Peter Krykant began experimenting with drugs when he was just 11 years old, first smoking cannabis, before moving on to ecstasy and then heroin at the age of 17. As his addiction took hold, Peter’s life spiraled out of control, leading to him becoming homeless and sleeping rough. Eventually, he was able to kick his […]]]>

Peter Krykant began experimenting with drugs when he was just 11 years old, first smoking cannabis, before moving on to ecstasy and then heroin at the age of 17.

As his addiction took hold, Peter’s life spiraled out of control, leading to him becoming homeless and sleeping rough.

Eventually, he was able to kick his habit, find a job, and meet his wife.

But after seeing the damage the drug had done not just to his life but to those around him in Scotland, where more than 1,300 people died from drug abuse in 2020 – the highest in Europe, he decided to do something.

In August 2020 he transformed an old van, then later a disused ambulance, into a mobile drug-taking unit, which was a safer place for Glasgow’s homeless, away from rat-infested alleys and doorways some stores. often frequented.

Speaking to LADbible, the 45-year-old said: “The ambulance was quite a symbolic vehicle, you know, because it was a vehicle that I could say was a health response to a health issue. .

Peter bought his first van in 2020. Credit: Supplied

“And it’s a health issue, when people publicly inject drugs in the back alleys, you know, it requires a health response to support safer drug use to reduce infections, – HIV, hepatitis C transmissions, to keep people alive in the event of an overdose, etc.”

Along with supervising their drug use, Peter also distributed food, drink, and new clothes.

“I believe that people who are among the most marginalized people in society – rough sleepers who inject drugs in filthy, filthy conditions – deserve a new pair of socks rather than a second one. pair of socks,” he said.

With his connections in the homeless community, people trusted Peter, and after a few weeks of driving around downtown, dozens of people came to see him every day.

He was finally able to buy an old ambulance.  Credit: provided
He was finally able to buy an old ambulance. Credit: provided

During the service’s 10 months of operation, Peter oversaw nearly 900 injections and saved nine people from overdose.

Peter says, “If people use drugs on their own, there’s a good chance they’ll die.

“We dealt with a number of overdoses, we administered naloxone on several occasions.

“It’s normal. When I was still an injection drug user, I overdosed several times.

“There have never been millions of visits to supervised consumption facilities around the world…and we have yet to record a death.

“And luckily Glasgow didn’t have the first.”

He adds: “That was always going to be a concern, of course – we weren’t a sanctioned site, we weren’t carrying oxygen etc.

“But one of the volunteers, who was a regular volunteer, was a former nurse, so we had some kind of trained medical staff there.”

Peter oversaw nearly 900 drug injections in 10 months, saving nine people from overdoses.  Credit: provided
Peter oversaw nearly 900 drug injections in 10 months, saving nine people from overdoses. Credit: provided

Unfortunately for Peter, the service had a massive impact on his personal life, he lost his job due to an alleged “conflict of interest” and then had to fund much of the service himself, accumulating over £10,000 ($13,600) in debt.

He recalls: “I went from £1,100 a month to nothing, living beyond my means every month because I always had a car to pay for and bill etc. with pay coming in to a house .”

Financial difficulties forced him to end service last year and return to full-time employment.

But Peter, who now works as a project manager for the charity Cranstoun and was recently accepted into a postgraduate course in substance abuse at the University of Glasgow, says he is proud of what he has achieved.

Despite the financial hardship he suffered as a result of the program, Peter says he is proud of what he has accomplished.  Credit: provided
Despite the financial hardship he suffered as a result of the program, Peter says he is proud of what he has accomplished. Credit: provided

He says: “It had to be done. Someone had to break up the constitutional wrangling over this.

“The mantra was ‘we can’t do this’ because of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. But since I proved there’s nothing illegal about it, the government Scottish has completely changed its tone.”

In 2020, Peter was charged under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 after police attended the drug van.

The charges were later dropped after his lawyer argued there was no public interest in prosecuting Peter as he tried to save lives.

Peter continues: “So yeah, I did something that changed the course of Scotland and got recognition for the value of harm reduction as a stand-alone treatment option.

“Our systems have been balanced toward abstinence and a drug-free utopia.”

He is now confident that Scotland will see its first fixed drug use site next year.

He says: “Glasgow will see a fixed site model this year. After the recent announcements… I just can’t see how it won’t progress.”

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At home: Tia Alysse | Sunbury and Macedon chains https://carfin.org.uk/at-home-tia-alysse-sunbury-and-macedon-chains/ Sun, 16 Jan 2022 03:13:04 +0000 https://carfin.org.uk/at-home-tia-alysse-sunbury-and-macedon-chains/ Tia Alysse is an artist based in Malmsbury. Having studied the arts while attending Alice Miller School, Tia’s work often includes the influence of her surroundings in the Macedon Ranges. His new series of art lessons called Country Canvases has received support from the state government. She spoke with Oliver Lees What is your connection […]]]>

Tia Alysse is an artist based in Malmsbury. Having studied the arts while attending Alice Miller School, Tia’s work often includes the influence of her surroundings in the Macedon Ranges. His new series of art lessons called Country Canvases has received support from the state government. She spoke with Oliver Lees

What is your connection to Sunbury and the Macedon Ranges? (An opportunity to talk about where you grew up, community work, etc.)

My family has been based in the Macedon Ranges for 15 years. I finished VCE at John Marsden’s Alice Miller School in 2017, and from there decided to become a full-time artist working from my home studio. The native flora and fauna of the Macedon Ranges have become the subject and inspiration for many of my works. Living rurally on an acreage allows me to have companion deer and horses that feature prominently in my artwork and are a great addition to the perfect home studio. I’m lucky to have such a passionate local clientele who hail from the Macedon Ranges and so appreciate the original artwork of the lives of young locals myself.

Do you have a favorite part of town?

One of the places I like to go is Merchants of Malmsbury to have tea in Devonshire with my mum and sit in Len’s garden and marvel at his photographs and roses. My partner and I also like to hang out at Zig Zag Winery. They have a wonderful sparkling Shiraz, perfect in the summer and very popular during closings. You can relax on the terrace and picnic with a view of the vineyards. For something a little fancier, Miss M’s on Piper Street in Kyneton has a wonderful menu of cocktails and tapas – which are to die for. During the lockdown, I also wandered a lot around the picturesque Malmsbury Botanic Gardens for a picnic to observe the family of geese that live there.

What can you tell me about your next Country Canvases project?

Country Canvases is a series of intimate, artist-guided acrylic painting lessons. All sessions are BYO food and drink, we will provide you with all the art materials needed to create your artwork, including your canvas to take home. Classes last three hours and can accommodate up to 15 people, on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 2 p.m. I have created outdoor space amongst my deer and pet horses which is perfect for gatherings in the warmer months with friends and family. I hope to help people reconnect to both regional Victoria and metro Melbourne in a relaxed country setting, while having fun, relaxing and creating a piece they love.

How would you describe your personal approach to your job?

I create original works on canvas and paper inspired by my regional environment and the animals I love. I have found great joy recently in painting Australian native wildlife such as Major Mitchell’s, Sulphur-crested and Black-crested Cockatoos among others. I always try to develop my technical skills by constantly putting my brush on the canvas every day. Recently I have acquired some unique materials, box framed canvases and large ornate frames, in much larger sizes than I am used to, and plan to work on them over the next year.

How can people get involved?

People can get involved and show their support by visiting my website, by email, call, text or message me through Facebook or Instagram. stag. I’m sure there’s something you’ll like in my gallery.

Details: www.tiaalysseart.com/

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Column: Wrong people, wrong place, wrong project | Opinion https://carfin.org.uk/column-wrong-people-wrong-place-wrong-project-opinion/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 17:15:00 +0000 https://carfin.org.uk/column-wrong-people-wrong-place-wrong-project-opinion/ Image by James Yang / The Chief Give NEXT an hour to talk, and they’ll fill it with promise. This is what venture capitalists know how to do best. We appreciate the City Council’s efforts to resolve the NEXT issue, but the neighbors closest to the NEXT facility know that the project will be unsustainable […]]]>









Give NEXT an hour to talk, and they’ll fill it with promise. This is what venture capitalists know how to do best.

We appreciate the City Council’s efforts to resolve the NEXT issue, but the neighbors closest to the NEXT facility know that the project will be unsustainable as currently proposed. NEXT’s latest Dogs and Ponies show won’t change the basic reality: Port Westward is a terrible place to set up a major fuel refinery.

The Council has given us an emergency late night meeting to consider an issue that could have decades of impact, upend people’s livelihoods and poison our water if a spill were to occur on site with chemicals or dangerous fuel. We shouldn’t face such a difficult challenge simply to ask a series of obvious questions, such as “Will the project alter local drainage systems?” (The answer is unequivocally yes.)

As usual, local political actors filled the room and there was obvious pressure on council members asking questions, to drown out any concerns. If local leaders are concerned with “making tough decisions,” then think about that more deeply first. Do your homework and come up with something that makes engineering sense – not the wacky scheme of NEXT. Saying yes to NEXT is the easy way out.

If you look closely and have done your homework, you’ll realize that NEXT spokesperson Christopher Efird hasn’t said anything new. Like his predecessor Lou Soumas, Efird’s responses were cursory at best and misleading at worst when it came to addressing his own background and NEXT’s ability to responsibly plant his project. We haven’t had a chance to refute Efird’s many erroneous claims about his Houston-based company.

Despite the discomfort of being thrown under the bus by our own elected leaders for asking questions, we celebrate that our community sees beyond the corruption charade of our local politics, when a business based in Houston can come in and sow division by making false promises. We know our neighbors outnumber all project supporters where it counts in Port Westward, and it’s in the drainage district that would be hit the hardest.

So Save Port Westward is officially moving on to solving solutions for our community in a different way.

First, we support the Beaver Drainage Improvement Company and nearly all of the landowners adjacent to the proposed site who oppose NEXT’s proposal. After Tuesday night’s special meeting, we refuse to be intimidated and we will continue to stand up for our neighbours.

Second, details of NEXT’s official plans were only recently released at the start of their licensing process. Relevant details such as train and truck traffic have changed often and drastically from the original proposals. There should be an environmental impact statement for this project, which will give us more information. Why would we first approve the project without analysis? That does not make any sense. Let’s see what the EIS says first.

Third, we are not anti-jobs, anti-tax revenue or even anti-renewable diesel. We do not support a poorly designed NEXT project that sets out to be a real danger and a major polluter in our community. Renewable diesel has enormous potential if produced in a way that does not compromise its purpose even through industrial farming practices that promote massive emissions, soil and water contamination and the destruction of communities in the whole world. The NEXT proposal is simply the wrong plan, in the wrong place, by the wrong people.

Fourth, Christopher was involved in the Odessa mess, period. No matter his spin, Odessa got on his watch, and the watch of his former associate Lou Somas. An EPA cleanup and unpaid debt is not something to be dismissed, and a thorough third-party assessment of one’s conduct is the responsible thing local leaders must demand.

Fifth, agricultural land is disappearing at an alarming rate and drinking water is hard to come by. We don’t know where you will be getting your food from in the future, but we plan to get ours in Port Westward. Our soils here are of great value. You can’t make them or buy them, and you can’t imagine how important it will be for us to preserve what we have left.

Finally, we ask you: Clatskanie, are we going to put the future of our communities in the hands of one man from Texas?

Think about it, but don’t give yourself too much time. The hearing is January 19 at 10 a.m. Protectoregonfarms.com.

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The place of an integrator in the emerging trend of virtual reality collaboration https://carfin.org.uk/the-place-of-an-integrator-in-the-emerging-trend-of-virtual-reality-collaboration/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 19:56:27 +0000 https://carfin.org.uk/the-place-of-an-integrator-in-the-emerging-trend-of-virtual-reality-collaboration/ For the past 18 months, the world has lived primarily on video conferencing platforms as the COVID-19 pandemic forced organizations to adopt a remote work strategy that relied heavily on services like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Webex and others. Cloud-based video conferencing and collaboration services were relatively easy to deploy and scale across an organization, which […]]]>

For the past 18 months, the world has lived primarily on video conferencing platforms as the COVID-19 pandemic forced organizations to adopt a remote work strategy that relied heavily on services like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Webex and others.

Cloud-based video conferencing and collaboration services were relatively easy to deploy and scale across an organization, which helped many businesses avoid the negative effects of the pandemic and social distancing guidelines while continuing their job.

What quickly set in, however, was a growing weariness of these platforms and long back-to-back meetings confined to a computer screen.

However, with general optimism towards the trajectory of the pandemic, companies are now beginning to return to the office in a hybrid approach that will continue to rely heavily on these technologies.

Software vendors have been rapidly innovating during the pandemic in response to their customers’ needs and a growing level of video fatigue by adding new video interfaces and layouts designed to make virtual meetings more engaging.

This includes recent announcements from Microsoft, Cisco and Meta (formerly Facebook) integrating a virtual world into widely used collaboration platforms.

Software giants are pushing the boundaries of VR meeting

These soon-to-be-released offerings revolve around what’s widely referred to as the “metaverse,” a virtual world where organizations can meet, collaborate, and just hang out via personalized avatars.

Cisco calls its solution the Webex Hologram. A new service that combines the Webex platform with immersive 3D holograms; it leverages augmented reality headsets to bridge the gaps between virtual and in-person collaboration, delivering photorealistic, real-time holographic experiences to enhance meetings.

The Webex Hologram leverages augmented reality headsets to bridge the gap between virtual and in-person collaboration.

Cisco says Webex Hologram users can also share physical and digital content. For example, an automaker can use the platform to interact with a physical prototype of a vehicle to review and provide feedback on the design. Renders and other digital content may also be shared on the platform.

Microsoft, meanwhile, announced Mesh for Microsoft Teams, a new solution that integrates the mixed reality capabilities of Microsoft Mesh with its collaboration platform.

The company is pitching it as an extension of its video fatigue solutions like Ensemble Mode and Presenter Mode, but into the metaverse via mixed reality headsets.

According to Microsoft, Mesh for Teams presents a “gateway to the metaverse – a persistent digital world that is inhabited by digital twins of people, places, and things.”

“Think of the metaverse as a new version — or a new vision — of the internet, a version where people come together to communicate, collaborate and share with a personal virtual presence on any device,” the company said in a statement. Press release.

To start using Mesh for Teams, users will only need to join a standard Teams meeting as a custom avatar of themselves instead of a static image or video. Organizations can also create immersive spaces — metaverses — within Teams, the company says.

Users can then take their avatars to these spaces to “mix and mingle, collaborate on projects, and experience those chance encounters that spark innovation.”

Related: Cisco Announces AR Collaboration Platform, Devices and AI Features at WebexOne

Meta, which recently changed its name from Facebook, also recently announced Horizon Workrooms, a virtual reality collaboration experience that brings people together to work in the same virtual room.

According to the company, via an Occulus Quest 2 headset, the solution offers mixed reality desktop and keyboard tracking, hand tracking, remote streaming, video conferencing integration, spatial audio, and new Occulus avatars. .

VR integrations into platforms that most AV integrators are familiar with seem like an added value to any unified communication and collaboration offering. However, many consider the technology to be in its infancy, leaving third-party vendors such as integrators to wait for new developments and a clear business case.

VR meetings always a buzzword … for the moment

If you’ve attended a professional AV conference or trade show, you’ve probably been told about the opportunities that arise in the virtual reality or augmented reality space.

Including InfoComm 2021 and The NSCA Pivot to Profit events organized in September, during which several panels of experts discussed virtual reality, including one on emerging technologies.

Harry Aller, CTO of Innovative Lighting, told Pivot to Profit that a lot of money is being invested in virtual reality and augmented reality, citing Workplace Horizons specifically.

“I don’t know yet how integrators can really embrace this, but keep an eye on it,” says Aller.

And, at the Almo Professional A/V E4 Experience in Dallas, ARHT Media’s hologram technology was showcased.

This implies that the remote individual occupies a studio space with an area of ​​approximately six feet– wide green screen. The hologram then appears on a display surface on the other side, blending into the background environment. The person appearing via a hologram is able to speak, move and interact with the audience.

According to ARHT Media, its technology is different from the holograms of Michael Jackson and Tupac Shakur seen at concerts because the content is streamed live and in real time, with virtually zero latency.

ARHT MediaThus, integrators could market it as an alternative to business travel, allowing a senior executive to make a lasting impression at a conference or event by appearing holographically, rather than as a face on Zoom or Teams. Other applications include higher education and high-end retail, for example flagship stores.

However, there haven’t been many viable use cases for virtual reality in conferencing environments so far. This may soon change as integrators may expand their partnerships with collaboration software vendors and offer solutions to augment these software innovations.

However, how integrators can do this is still unclear, as these software vendors have provided little guidance to integration partners on how they can add value to these platforms.

In emails to Business integrator, Both Microsoft and Cisco spokespersons said they wanted feedback from end users first before onboarding service providers such as integrators.

John Bailey, senior vice president of technology and innovation at global integration leader and top service provider partner of Microsoft and Cisco, AVI-SP, said the technology is still in its infancy. beginnings, but that customers are more and more curious.

“It’s a topic that a lot of clients like to talk about,” says Bailey.

The idea of ​​a virtual reality meeting, Bailey says, is still largely a concept. Instead, Bailey says the most currently applicable place for this kind of technology is where VR/AR is already in use.

Instead of adding VR to collaboration, current use cases are adding collaboration to VR use cases.

“So these are usually things that you need visualization for, like design, product management, product creation, industrial design, or things that we as a team want to look at and evaluate. , manipulate or co-design something in a shared space,” says Bailey. .

In these use cases, a three-dimensional visualization already exists, and then the avatar concept is added. However, Bailey says some users struggle with the concept.

“Using Avatar for a lot of people feels like playing a video game,” he says. “It is difficult for them to understand [it]. ”

The technology still needs to mature

The concept of an augmented reality environment in which a physical room full of people wearing glasses can see visual representations of distant participants in empty chairs is exciting, but largely unsuccessful.

According to Bailey, the most viable use cases have been in educational settings and the medical field as well as other industries that require hands-on experiences and tutoring.

For example, a surgeon looking at the operating table or a technician looking at parts of a machine through goggles or special glasses can show remote participants what they are looking at.

While it’s impractical for some business environments to have a room full of people wearing glasses just to see representations of distant colleagues in the room, there’s an undeniable cutting-edge appeal to technology, Bailey says.

“It looks so amazing that someone could practically be there without being there,” Bailey says. “I think that excites people.”

The demand is there, but the technology has yet to mature enough for the widespread adoption that many predict. Above all, VR glasses should be less intrusive and easier to wear, says Bailey.

But like the software giants who offer this technology, integrators must listen to their customers who use these solutions to find their place in this conceptual virtual reality.

“We’ll figure out where it fits in and how it will be most valuable to customers, with customers helping us do that,” Bailey says.



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The last frontier: the place of rugby in America | Sports https://carfin.org.uk/the-last-frontier-the-place-of-rugby-in-america-sports/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 05:30:00 +0000 https://carfin.org.uk/the-last-frontier-the-place-of-rugby-in-america-sports/ LA Giltinis player Dave Dennis watches fireworks erupt above the Los Angeles Coliseum during the 2021 season. Photo via Los Angeles Giltinis EL SEGUNDO, CA – On a quiet street filled with upscale apartment complexes, warehouse and startup space, sits an indescribable building that looks like the countless others surrounding it. There is no distinctive […]]]>






LA Giltinis player Dave Dennis watches fireworks erupt above the Los Angeles Coliseum during the 2021 season.




EL SEGUNDO, CA – On a quiet street filled with upscale apartment complexes, warehouse and startup space, sits an indescribable building that looks like the countless others surrounding it. There is no distinctive sign, no signage hanging on the outside that identifies it. It would be easy to walk past without even noticing what you missed.

While the exterior is unremarkable, what’s going on inside this building is more exciting than it looks. It is the seat of the Los Angeles Giltinis, Major Rugby League (MLR) the most recent addition of. Team operations are almost entirely self-contained, with sales and marketing services just steps away from the team gym, locker rooms, coaches’ offices and even a state-of-the-art coffee bar. The space is small but growing, reflecting a bigger movement – rugby is finally here in America, and it’s starting to take off.

“I think the potential for the future of rugby in the United States is almost limitless,” said David Grunfeld, director of business operations for the Giltinis. “We have seen with our team, there is a desire and a demand for people to come and watch rugby and have fun watching professional players do it. All the pieces are there.

The Giltinis are entering their second season with MLR and have already met with success by winning the Ileague championship in their inaugural season. The team compete at the Los Angeles Coliseum and are committed to getting as involved as possible in Los Angeles – and bring rugby with them.

Rugby is finally taking root, but it took a long time to get there. The United States may be the craziest sporting country in the world, but where some countries have focused their laser dedication on singular sports, the United States is supporting hundreds professional, collegiate and amateur teams, in almost every sport imaginable. America has proven its willingness to devote time, energy and copious amounts money on athletics, but with almost every other sport factored in, why isn’t rugby one of them?

The necessary aspects all seem to be there: Rugby is a fast paced contact sport that remains exciting with many changes of possession, athletes are touted as being the toughest in the world to take hits and tackles without the protection of guards or helmets and the game uses rules and stats that are easy to follow once you know them. In fact, American football developed from the rugby roots, which means most Americans should be familiar with the basics – or at least be able to pick it up quickly.

In the modern sports landscape obsessed with advanced statistics, rugby offers a refreshing change of pace: there are only a few categories of statistics that matter to every player. Where other supposed team sports can focus on individual performance, rugby is actually focused on the team. Together, these ingredients should have the makings of success, but America has historically been slow to embrace it.

In addition to the technical side of the game, rugby has developed a unique culture over the course of its rich 200-year history. It is now one of the the most popular sports around the world, both to play and to watch. According to Rugby World Cup, almost 10 millions people play rugby all over the world, from his hometown in England to rugby home in Oceania and almost everywhere in between. In many ways, rugby has influenced the ensemble cultural identities, and helped put smaller nations like Fiji, Tonga and Samoa on the map for good. However, what really sets it apart is that for millions of people, rugby has been more than a sport. It’s a lifestyle, and the values ​​of the game have become cornerstones for the people who cherish it most.

These values ​​include respect, integrity and, most importantly, community. Spend time in rugby oriented circles and this fact becomes immediately apparent.

“If you get involved in rugby, you’re going to have a new group of people who are going to care about you and that you are going to care about,” said Grunfeld. “There is a social component to rugby that you don’t get when you’re involved in other sports. It’s almost like an integrated package … I think it’s such a unique and cool thing which is a main reason for someone who has never heard of this before [to get involved]. “

Those sentiments were echoed by Alana Gattinger, the Giltinis’ director of rugby and business operations, as well as Giltinis forward Adam Ashe.

“It’s like a small family. Every rugby club you go to, it’s just really tight and that’s a cool thing. So I think a lot of people, you know, young people who haven’t found their place in other sports, I think they could really find something that they like in rugby. So it’s really cool to see people trying it out, I would love to see more people doing it, ”said Gattinger, who joined the squad after two World Cup trips as a member of the World Cup. Canadian national team staff.

“Rugby has values ​​that have been around forever – a few hundred years, maybe even more. Respect, discipline, hard work, community, camaraderie, ”said Ashe, reflecting on her childhood playing rugby at home in Scotland. “Rugby has certainly been the biggest contributor to my own value system; how I view the world and how I treat people, how I generally interact with the world. Rugby has a lot to do with it.






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A few kilometers from Giltinis headquarters, another team is making progress in promoting rugby in its community. Rugby has a long history at LMU, with Loyola Rugby in business for over 60 years. Make no mistake, team members are quick to point out that this is just Loyola, not LMU Rugby, as the team dates back to 1958, 15 years before the University merged. Loyola and Marymount College in 1973.

Like many club sports, it may not receive recognition from its college counterparts, but the team has enjoyed success over its long history. It is regularly ranked among the best club teams on campus, and they compete as part of the Gold Coast Conference for Intercollegiate Rugby (GCCIR) against other teams from varsity clubs like USC, UCLA and Cal State Long Beach as well as development academies sponsored by professional teams. The club also attracts both newcomers and veteran players, such as Nick Miller, a major junior in management and the team’s safety officer, who has been playing for nearly a decade.

“I just had some friends in college saying, ‘Dude, you gotta go out and try this. You would be very good, you would have fun. I used to play baseball and stuff, but I started playing rugby and sort of focused on that. I gave up my other sports, ”Miller said. “I focused on rugby. I had so much fun playing it and it’s just a good group of people at the end of the day.

Veterans like Miller are invaluable to the team, which is the first exposure to the sport for many players.

“Last season I think over half of our starters were rookies,” said Wilson Chatham, an entrepreneurship senior and social president of Loyola Rugby.






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With just one coach, the teaching responsibility often falls on veteran players to help their less experienced teammates. It’s not the only struggle to keep the team going; with such limited visibility for those outside the realm of rugby, it is often difficult to secure the necessary resources. The team relies heavily on donations from alumni, the conference has undergone tumultuous changes in recent years, and as a club team there are no recruiting opportunities available. However, the passion for the sport runs deep and the team feels confident for the 2022 season.

“I think we have a chance to be really competitive,” Chatham continued.

Ultimately, there are many emerging opportunities for people who want to start gambling. But the biggest draw is that there is a place in the game for everyone. Whether on the pitch or in the stands, everyone is welcome.

“I think in the future it might be the kind of thing where you could go and watch a rugby match on the weekends, like you and your friends go out and watch a rugby match instead of going to see a football match, ”said Meunier.

Rugby is here. It’s accessible, it’s exciting and it just gets bigger. It’s time for America to see what it lacks.

This is the opinion of Catherine galanti, a freshman journalism student from Los Angeles. Email your comments to ekinney@theloyolan.com. Tweet comments to @LALoyolan and like the Loyolan on Facebook.

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Extreme cold warnings in place Monday evening for parts of Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick https://carfin.org.uk/extreme-cold-warnings-in-place-monday-evening-for-parts-of-ontario-quebec-and-new-brunswick/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 00:17:00 +0000 https://carfin.org.uk/extreme-cold-warnings-in-place-monday-evening-for-parts-of-ontario-quebec-and-new-brunswick/ Environment Canada issued extreme cold warnings Monday for northern and eastern Ontario, all of southern Quebec and western New Brunswick. Residents of southern Ontario could expect the coldest air they have seen in about three winters, CBC meteorologist Colette Kennedy said. “This cold hasn’t been felt for a while,” Kennedy said, noting that the strong […]]]>

Environment Canada issued extreme cold warnings Monday for northern and eastern Ontario, all of southern Quebec and western New Brunswick.

Residents of southern Ontario could expect the coldest air they have seen in about three winters, CBC meteorologist Colette Kennedy said.

“This cold hasn’t been felt for a while,” Kennedy said, noting that the strong winds were the result of an arctic front coming in from the northwest. “We have had relatively mild winters in many cases, particularly in the east.”

With the wind chill, temperatures could reach -45 ° C in northern Ontario and parts of central Quebec, while temperatures in southern Ontario and western New Brunswick are expected to drop to about -35 ° C, Environment Canada said.

Due to a push of arctic air, unusually cold weather is being felt in many parts of Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick, Environment Canada said. (Environment Canada)

Coldest southern Ontario since before pandemic

In Ottawa, the wind is expected to worsen what is already expected to be the coldest temperatures in the pandemic city, Environment Canada said.

The forecast for the capital calls for a constant drop in temperatures tonight and tonight between -25 C and -32 C as dawn Tuesday. Wind chill could give the impression that -35 ° C.

Environment Canada has said Toronto is expected to drop to -18 ° C tonight.

Kennedy said the last time it was so cold in southern Ontario was before the pandemic began in 2020.

She said such low temperatures mean people should cover as much of the exposed skin as possible, dress in layers – ideally a wind-resistant outer layer – and watch for cold-related health issues such as aches and pains. muscles, numb extremities and shortness of breath.

“Strong winds push any heat your body provides away from you,” Kennedy said. “So that’s another reason people have to be so careful because it can be a very, very short period of time where you might find yourself in a situation of frostbite or worse.”

Montreal shelters are in desperate need of volunteers

In Montreal, temperatures are expected to drop to around -26 C overnight and wind chill values ​​could be as low as -38 C tomorrow morning in Montreal, Laval and the South Shore of Montreal, Environment Canada said.

It hasn’t been that cold in Montreal since January 14, 2018, when temperatures hit -27 ° C, according to the agency.

Meanwhile, local homeless shelters say they are in desperate need of volunteers, with COVID-19 threatening to overwhelm the system as temperatures drop to extremely low levels from Monday evening.

A new report reveals that Montreal police and city transit inspectors are profiling members of the homeless population socially and racially. (Ivanoh Demers / Radio-Canada)

Due to COVID-19 epidemics among people experiencing homelessness in Montreal, there are fewer places available in city shelters and warming centers, said Émilie Fortier, chief of emergency services at the Old Brewery Mission.

Weather could be coldest in two years in the Maritimes

Temperatures will drop to about -30 ° C overnight with a wind chill in most areas of New Brunswick, but could drop to as low as -38 ° C in parts of the western part of the province.

“It looks like it will be one of the coldest air masses we have seen in two years,” CBC meteorologist Ryan Snoddon said. “We have to go back to February 2020 to find such cold temperatures in many places like Halifax, Charlottetown, Moncton and Fredericton.

The weather is expected to warm up by Wednesday

Snodden said extreme cold warnings could potentially be issued further east as the arctic air mass moves.

Temperatures are expected to continue to drop over the next two days in the Maritimes and will reach their coldest point late Tuesday evening or early Wednesday morning, he said.

Kennedy and Snoddon both said the cold snap should be over by the end of Wednesday in Ontario, Quebec and the Eastern Townships.

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FY2022 EPS estimates for The Children’s Place, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCE) supported by B. Riley https://carfin.org.uk/fy2022-eps-estimates-for-the-childrens-place-inc-nasdaq-plce-supported-by-b-riley/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 07:15:27 +0000 https://carfin.org.uk/fy2022-eps-estimates-for-the-childrens-place-inc-nasdaq-plce-supported-by-b-riley/ The Children’s Place, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCE) – B. Riley lifted his FY2022 EPS estimates for shares of Children’s Place in a research note released on Friday, January 7. B. Riley analyst S. Anderson now expects the company to post earnings of $ 13.18 per share for the year, up from its previous estimate of $ […]]]>

The Children’s Place, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCE) – B. Riley lifted his FY2022 EPS estimates for shares of Children’s Place in a research note released on Friday, January 7. B. Riley analyst S. Anderson now expects the company to post earnings of $ 13.18 per share for the year, up from its previous estimate of $ 12.83. B. Riley also released Children’s Place earnings estimates for fiscal 2024 at $ 12.22 EPS.

A number of other equity research analysts also commented on the PLCE. Telsey Advisory Group raised its price target on Children’s Place from $ 125 to $ 130.00 and gave the company an “outperformance” rating in a research report released on Friday, November 19. TheStreet downgraded Children’s Place from a “c” to a “b-” grade in a research report released on Thursday, November 18. Citigroup raised its price target on Children’s Place from $ 105 to $ 115 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research report published on Friday, November 19. Finally, Monness Crespi & Hardt raised its price target on Children’s Place from $ 120.00 to $ 132.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, November 19. Three analysts rated the stock with a conservation rating and four issued a buy rating for the company. Based on data from MarketBeat, the company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $ 118.57.

Shares of PLCE opened at $ 72.22 on Monday. The company has a 50-day simple moving average of $ 88.77 and a two-hundred-day simple moving average of $ 88.12. Children’s Place has a 12-month minimum of $ 51.54 and a 12-month maximum of $ 113.50. The stock has a market cap of $ 1.04 billion, a PE ratio of 6.92 and a beta of 2.14. The company has a quick ratio of 0.26, a current ratio of 0.97, and a debt ratio of 0.22. Children’s Place (NASDAQ: PLCE) last released its results on Thursday, November 18. The company reported earnings per share (EPS) of $ 5.43 for the quarter, beating analyst consensus estimates of $ 4.40 by $ 1.03. Children’s Place achieved a return on equity of 108.28% and a net margin of 8.29%. The company posted revenue of $ 558.20 million in the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $ 566.42 million. In the same quarter of the previous year, the company achieved EPS of $ 1.44. The company’s revenue for the quarter increased 31.2% compared to the same quarter last year.

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Meanwhile, CEO Jane T. Elfers sold 62,259 shares of the company in a transaction that took place on Monday, November 22. The stock was sold for an average price of $ 104.09, for a total trade of $ 6,480,539.31. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available on the SEC’s website. In addition, director Joseph A. Alutto sold 5,424 shares of the company in a transaction that took place on Monday, January 3. The stock was sold for an average price of $ 79.13, for a total value of $ 429,201.12. Disclosure of this sale can be found here. 5.01% of the shares are held by company insiders.

Hedge funds have recently bought and sold stocks. First Trust Advisors LP increased its stake in the shares of Children’s Place by 98.8% in the first quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 10,020 shares of the company valued at $ 975,000 after purchasing an additional 4,979 shares in the last quarter. Amundi Pioneer Asset Management Inc. increased its stake in the shares of Children’s Place by 12.1% in the first quarter. Amundi Pioneer Asset Management Inc. now owns 13,865 shares of the company valued at $ 1,349,000 after purchasing an additional 1,502 shares during the last quarter. Advisor Group Holdings Inc. increased its stake in Children’s Place shares by 241.7% in the second quarter. Advisor Group Holdings Inc. now owns 9,473 shares of the company valued at $ 882,000 after purchasing an additional 6,701 shares in the last quarter. Envestnet Asset Management Inc. increased its stake in the shares of Children’s Place by 2.4% in the second quarter. Envestnet Asset Management Inc. now owns 6,901 shares of the company valued at $ 642,000 after purchasing 161 additional shares during the last quarter. Finally, Mutual of America Capital Management LLC increased its stake in the shares of Children’s Place by 7.0% in the second quarter. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC now owns 2,085 shares of the company valued at $ 194,000 after purchasing 136 additional shares in the last quarter.

Company Profile Children’s Place

The Children’s Place, Inc provides clothing, footwear, accessories and other items for children. She also designs, contracts to manufacture and sell trendy and inexpensive merchandise under the brands The Children’s Place, Baby Place and Gymboree. The company operates in the following segments: Children’s Place US

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Latest Bitcoin Drop Comes After US Fed Meeting https://carfin.org.uk/latest-bitcoin-drop-comes-after-us-fed-meeting/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 09:04:46 +0000 https://carfin.org.uk/latest-bitcoin-drop-comes-after-us-fed-meeting/ (MENAFN) Bitcoin costs have fallen to the lowest rates in months after the United States released information on the Federal Reserve. The value of the cryptocurrency has fallen from $ 47,000 previously this week to less than $ 42,000 for each digital coin. This cut only took place a few minutes after the Federal Reserve […]]]>

(MENAFN) Bitcoin costs have fallen to the lowest rates in months after the United States released information on the Federal Reserve. The value of the cryptocurrency has fallen from $ 47,000 previously this week to less than $ 42,000 for each digital coin.

This cut only took place a few minutes after the Federal Reserve meeting, as it involved information about the interest rate hike. The capacity of the network has also been affected by the political conflicts in Kazakhstan.

Since Bitcoin is getting an international and decentralized character, it is difficult to say that the reason for the coin’s rise or fall dates back to an incident. However, many analysts believe the Federal Reserve issuance plays an important role in the latest updates.

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