Kitatsuru zooms to cycling gold

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 In karate, Japan bagged another handful of medals, including a gold by Yuka Sato in the 60-kg kumite, but there was heartbreak for the Japanese women’s soccer team which lost 4-2 on penalties in the final to Asian Games champion North Korea, while Japan’s women also fell at the last hurdle in field hockey, going down 1-0 to China.Kitatsuru recovered from a gaffe in the second of the final’s three races to beat South Korea’s Choi Lae Seon in the men’s sprint, winning the decider in 10.882 seconds after taking the first race in 11.532 and then being relegated to second in the next for interfering with his opponent. The 21-year-old is the fifth Japanese rider in as many Asian Games to win the men’s sprint gold.At sea, Kondo and Kamata, who had already secured the gold after 10 races, were confirmed as champions with 11 marks after crossing the line ahead of Singapore’s Toh Liying and Tan Li Yong in the 12th and last race. Toh and Tan won silver on 26, while China’s Yu Chunyan and Wen Yimei took bronze on 27.Japan added two silvers and a bronze on the final day of sailing, Shibuki Iizuka and Shingen Furuya finishing second to Liu Xiaman and Cheng Feng Yuan of Singapore in the men’s 420, and Yumi Takahashi and Kae Tsugaya ending as runnersup to Singapore’s Tan Wei Lin and Lim Tze Ting in the women’s 420, while Kan Yamada and Kenichi Nakamura took bronze in the men’s 470.Sato, bronze medalist at this year’s world championships, took Japan’s third gold of the day with a 6-2 win over Thi Hai Yen Nguyen of Vietnam to cap a run of three convincing wins in her weight class.In the men’s weight categories, however, Shion Kayahara was edged for the gold by Iranian Hassan Rouhani 8-7 at 65 kg and Ko Matsuhisa also had to settle for silver in losing 3-2 to Iran’s Jasem Modami Vishkaei in the 75-kg final.Ryosuke Shimizu also missed gold by falling to Kuwait’s Ahmad Mohammad in the 80 kg, while Takuro Nihei took bronze at 70 kg on the final day of the karate at the Doha Games.In women’s field hockey, too, Japan ended with silver after a 1-0 loss to champion China in the final. Ren Ye scored off a penalty corner six minutes after the break, and Japan failed to convert a similar penalty in the dying minutes. The loss meant the Japanese women, who topped the preliminary group and secured a place at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, have yet to win an Asian Games gold. India edged South Korea 1-0 in the bronze medal match.In tennis, Satoshi Iwabuchi and teammate Akiko Morigami had to settle for silver in the mixed doubles after top seeds Leander Paes and Sania Mirza of India rallied with the aid of a partisan crowd to win the gold 7-5, 5-7, 6-2.Earlier in the day in wushu Ai Miyaoka won the women’s taijiquan silver, finishing 0.12 point behind Malaysia’s Chai Fong Ying who claimed gold with 19.38, while Ng Shin Yii of Malaysia took bronze.Japan took bronze in the men’s team sabre after losing to South Korea 45-38 in the semifinals, and it was a similar story in the women’s team epee as Japan went down to South Korea 45-33 in the semis.In the playoff for bronze in women’s handball Japan beat China 25-22, and took another bronze in the women’s doubles in sepaktakraw after losing 2-1 in the semifinals to Vietnam, which went on to beat Myanmar 2-0 for the gold.There was more bronze for Japan in the men’s 3-meter springboard diving as Ken Terauchi finished third on 478.95 points behind China’s He Chong on 530.40 and Luo Yutong on 488.95. In the women’s 3-meter springboard Ryoko Nishii and Misako Yamashita missed out on medals in fourth and fifth places.Japan’s men and women archers were both ousted in the quarterfinals of the team events, losing respectively to India 219-206 and North Korea 208-201. Golden gamers DOHA (Kyodo) Yukiko Ueno threw a perfect game as defending champion Japan trounced Taiwan 7-0 to win its second straight Asian Games softball gold medal on Thursday.Ueno struck out seven, including five in a row, while Eri Yamada and Satoko Mabuchi combined for five RBIs in a lopsided affair called after five innings under the tournament’s mercy rule.Rei Nishiyama led off the bottom of the first inning with an infield single, moved to second on an Emi Naito groundout and scored as Yamada doubled to right-center. A two-out single by Sachiko Ito then drove home Yamada, making it 2-0.Yamada and Satoko Mabuchi hit consecutive RBI singles in the third to increase the lead to four runs before Mabuchi hit a two-run double to cap a three-run fourth. Taiwan ended with silver in softball for the second straight Asian Games. Heartbreaking loss DOHA (Kyodo) Japan suffered penalty heartbreak in the women’s soccer final at the Asian Games on Wednesday after a 4-2 shootout defeat to North Korea saw it finish with the silver medal.Japan battled bravely to take the game to a shootout after a 0-0 draw after 120 minutes, but it missed its first two spots kicks and North Korea kept its cool to retain the title it won in Busan four years ago.“The players did the best they could and to lose the final is very disappointing,” said Japan coach Hiroshi Ohashi.“They gave it their all to the bitter end, but to win titles we have to create a team that can control the game like North Korea did tonight.”Despite the loss, the Japanese women went one better than four years ago, when they took bronze.Looking to hit on the break, Japan spent the first half soaking up wave after wave of pressure and Miyuki Yanagita cleared off the line before goalkeeper Miho Fukumoto pushed away a Ri Kum Suk header six minutes before halftime. center_img DOHA – Cyclist Tsubasa Kitatsuru sped to the men’s sprint title on Wednesday, while Ai Kondo and Naoko Kamata capped a successful Asian Games campaign in style with Japan’s only sailing gold in the women’s 470 event.Japanese cyclist Tsubasa Kitatsuru pedals in the men’s sprint at Aspire indoor arena in the Asian Games on Wednesday. The 21-year-old Kitatsuru won the gold medal by defeating South Korea’s Choi Lae Seon in the decider with a time of 10.882 seconds. KYODO PHOTOlast_img read more

House Passes Resolution On Proposed Plan For Offshore Lease Sales

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska House of Representatives passed House Resolution 6, weighing in on the 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposed Program. Speaker Edgmon: “I am grateful that the House was able to move quickly and show overwhelming support for both economic development and respect for all stakeholders in that development. I appreciate the Administration giving us the opportunity to speak to this issue, and hope they heed the combined voices of our Federal delegation, Governor, and State House.” Originally introduced by the House Rules committee, Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon (D-Dillingham) was added as the resolution’s primary sponsor on the House floor at the request of Minority Mike Chenault (R-Nikiski) so that other members could add their names as co-sponsors. HR 6 was amended on the floor on Wednesday, February 21, by Representative John Lincoln (D-Kotzebue) to further request that the existing deferrals in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas be continued in future lease sales. House Resolution 6 passed by a vote of 33-5. The resolution was presented to U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) after she her annual address to the Legislature yesterday, at 11 a.m.center_img The current draft program calls for lease sales in 14 of the 15 planning areas in Alaska (there are a total of 26 planning areas across the country). Story as aired: Rep. Lincoln: “My district is home to the world’s most productive zinc mine, and one of the world’s preeminent oil fields, but we also rely on subsistence and have preserved our way of life by keeping it in the forefront of our minds whenever we pursue economic development. My amendment simply asks that we keep intact decades of work between industry and local communities identifying and protecting a crucial migratory corridor for Bowhead whales and two modest subsistence hunting areas adjacent to the whaling communities of Kaktovik and Utqiaġvik.”last_img read more

Sasol in R8.4bn local wax investment

first_imgTotal production of all the wax products from the Sasolburg site near Johannesburg will increase by two-thirds. South African petrochemicals giant Sasol is to invest R8.4-billion to double the production of hard wax products by its Sasol Wax division in the country by 2014. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “It is in line with Sasol’s strategy to leverage our advanced proprietary technology and is also aligned with our longer term plans to significantly grow the chemicals business of the Sasol group.” ‘Significant investment’ “This is a significant investment for the Sasolburg site and demonstrates our commitment to our South African Asset base,” Sasol GM Reiner Groh said in a statement this week. 2 December 2009 The investment will also result in increased production of medium waxes, mostly used by the candle industry in Southern Africa, as well as liquid paraffins used in a variety of industrial applications. Sasol Wax is a major producer and marketer of synthetic and petroleum derived waxes, with production facilities in South Africa, North America, and Europe. An environmentally friendly application for hard wax is as an additive in bitumen used in road construction. The product is also used in printing ink. The investment will be done in two phases, with the first phase coming into operation by 2012 and increasing Sasol Wax’s production capacity by 40%. The company has already completed the basic engineering and ordered some of the long lead items for this phase. The second phase will come into operation by 2014. Another important application is as an additive in the forming of PVC objects such as pipes or window frames. Lead based stabilisers in PVC are being phased out and hard wax is a critical component in the additives that are replacing the lead based product. Hard wax is used in a number of unique applications. An important application is in hot melt adhesives – the glue which is applied at high speed, for instance to seal cereal boxes or milk cartons. This is a rapidly growing application, especially in the developing world. “This large investment shows Sasol’s commitment to the wax business and enables us to grow with our customers in this market,” said Sasol Wax MD Johan du Preez. Used in unique applicationslast_img read more

How to Turn Retail Traffic Insights into Better Business Results

first_imgDo your physical stores have a system in place to collect accurate traffic data? Are you using that information and applying those insights to optimize your conversion rates? If you think this responsibility lies outside the realm of loss prevention, you may want to reconsider: many of the systems that now perform LP functions also have retail traffic counting capabilities.The huge jump in online shopping means that brick-and-mortar traffic is declining. Thus, the key is to convert those customers who do enter the store. But there’s a range of variables that impact conversion rates, and it can be challenging to know where to focus your attention.[text_ad use_post=’128086′]- Sponsor – Mark Ryski, trend analyst and contributing writer, delves into conversion optimization possibilities and challenges in the retail space in his feature article for the September-October 2017 issue of LP Magazine. From the issue:In physical stores, many variables impact conversion rates, including store layout, inventory levels, merchandising mix, promotional activity, and most importantly, the front-line associates and managers who run the store and serve customers. And herein lies the challenge with CRO for brick-and-mortar retailers—variability. This variability in physical stores not only makes consistently applying conversion improvement initiatives across stores a challenge but also makes measuring results more challenging.Furthermore, new in-store service features like “buy online, pick up in-store” (BOPIS) make calculating and interpreting conversion rates trickier. Think about it. When customers buy online and then pick up their orders in-store, store traffic increases, but conversion rates decrease since the sales transaction was already captured online and therefore not attributed to the traffic count captured when the customer visited the store to pick up his or her order.Check out the full article, “Conversion Rate Optimization,” to discover how A/B testing can be done in physical stores and what benefits can be gleaned from optimizing your retail traffic conversion rate.You can also read the other articles in the September—October 2017 issue of LP Magazine by going to the Table of Contents. Not yet subscribed? No problem – register here for free.This post was originally published in 2o17 and was updated November 15, 2017. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

How Much Did The NCAA Selection Committee Screw Your Team Over

In the long, drawn-out days between Selection Sunday and the beginning of the round of 64, college basketball fans have two pastimes: filling out their brackets and complaining about the NCAA Tournament selection committee’s decisions.This year was especially ripe for the latter, with grievances coming in from all corners of the college basketball universe. (Hint: When even the No. 1 overall seed — in this case, Kansas — has room for complaint, the committee might not have done its best work.) But how much does this stuff really matter? Can small changes to the committee’s decisions make a big difference to a team’s odds of going deep in the tourney?To figure this out, we used the same method that drives our March Madness predictions and randomized the bracket around the committee’s S-curve rankings — the actual 1-68 ranking of teams the committee uses to guide the seedings and overall placement of teams in the bracket. Because the committee doesn’t adhere strictly to the S-curve within each “seed line” — it has the leeway to place teams according to factors (like geography) that go beyond balancing each region’s strength — we can judge how much the committee’s decisions at the margins affected each team’s chances of advancing to various rounds. And because we’re keeping teams in the same S-curve slots as the committee’s, we can examine these differences without delving into alternate universe-type scenarios in which the crusty old voters valued the teams differently.Here are the teams whose odds to get to the Sweet 16 and Final Four were helped and hurt the most. As far as the championship is concerned, these tweaks don’t matter much; most teams’ odds of winning it all were affected by less than a percentage point. But in terms of advancing to prestige benchmarks like the Sweet 16 and Final Four, the draw can have a relatively large effect. By being in a favorable region, for instance, Oklahoma’s Final Four odds were boosted by 12.1 percentage points, while Villanova was dinged by 4.4 points because it was dropped into the same region with Kansas.And that’s just looking at the committee’s deviations from its own S-curve. What if the crusty old voters did value the teams (slightly) differently? In another simulation, we randomized the S-curve itself, giving a team the potential to move up or drop down into the top or bottom half of the next “seed line.” For instance, a No. 3 seed could have moved up into one of the bottom two slots on the S-curve for No. 2 seeds or just as easily dropped into one of the top two slots for No. 4 seeds. For each of those random draws, we simulated the bracket and then tracked how much each team’s odds changed in their most and least favorable draws.Here are the results when we model the S-curve this way: By Neil Paine and Jay Boice More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Our sports podcast Hot Takedown previews March Madness. For top teams, the difference between its 20th- and 80th-percentile draw was 10 to 15 percentage points of Final Four probability, all due to the whims of its position on the S-curve.Certainly, there are more factors determining how far a team goes in the NCAA Tournament than simply its starting point in the bracket. But in a wide-open field in which every edge counts, even small shifts in probability can add up.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s 2016 March Madness Predictions. Embed Code read more

Project to clean San Diego River continues

first_img Steve Bosh, July 11, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: July 11, 2018 Steve Bosh Project to clean San Diego River continues 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The city of San Diego is continuing to aggressively remove trash and debris from 17 miles of the San Diego river that flows within the city limits.Since October, over 130-tons of of trash has been removed, and the number of homeless encampments has been cut in half.A third of the land along the river is owned by the city, a third is owned by other government agencies, and a third is owned privately, and under a deal with property owners the city will clean up the trash, and the property owners will be responsible for maintenance under penalty of fines. last_img read more

Intrinsically worthy Jean Vaniers legacy to people with disabili …

first_img Share This! Yonat Shimron Yonat Shimron is an RNS National Reporter and Senior Editor.,Load Comments,Asia Bibi, a Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy, leaves Pakistan By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Moody Bible Institute to stop publishing student paper Buttigieg walks fine line in courting religious left August 29, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Jean Vanier’s ministry to people with developmental disabilities began with a simple gesture: He invited three men who had spent the majority of their lives in a large institution to come and live with him.The four settled into a house in the small village of Trosly-Breuil in France in 1964. Soon more homes opened, and L’Arche, a worldwide network of homes where people with and without intellectual disabilities live and work together as peers, was born.Vanier, a Catholic who believed people with developmental disabilities were intrinsically worthy and had something to give and teach others, died Tuesday (May 7) at age 90 in France.A winner of the Templeton Prize and numerous other honors, Vanier (pronounced Van-YAY),  transformed the way people think of caring for the disabled.But his impact was just as great on Christian ethics.“He was a person of profound humility that was able to see into the heart of disabled people and know that they were fully human,” said Stanley Hauerwas, a Christian ethicist and Duke Divinity School professor emeritus.Hauerwas, who co-authored a book with Vanier, “Living Gently in a Violent World: The Prophetic Witness of Weakness,” said Vanier challenged people’s presumptions of self-importance and showed that the least presentable people are part of God’s plan and, indeed, its very core.Jean Vanier shaking hands with one of the core members of L’Arche Daybreak, John Smeltzer, in October 2009. Photo by Warren Pot/Creative CommonsIt was not a given that Vanier should devote his life to people at the margins. He was born into a prestigious, well-to-do Canadian family. His father was the British monarch’s representative in Canada, the governor general. Vanier trained for a career as a naval officer with the British and later Canadian navies but then resigned his commission and went to France, where he earned a doctorate in philosophy. His appeared to be a life of upward mobility.Butt in 1964, he decided to follow his mentor, a Dominican priest named Thomas Philippe who had become a chaplain to a small institution for people with disabilities. Wanting to be close to him, and horrified by the way disabled people were treated in institutions, Vanier bought a house nearby and took in people with profound developmental and intellectual disabilities.“The cry of people with disabilities was a very simple cry: Do you love me? That’s what they were asking,” Vanier wrote. “And that awoke something deep within me because that was also my fundamental cry.”While the L’Arche organization — the word means arch or bridge — was sometimes critiqued for not addressing policy concerning people with disabilities, it was also prized for offering homes where disabled and able-bodied could live side by side as equals. Daily rituals, such as meals, prayers and birthday celebrations, are shared.Susan McSwain, who co-founded a Durham, N.C.-based Christian nonprofit that offers various programs for developmentally and intellectually disabled people, said Vanier was a major influence on her work.In particular, she cited Vanier’s commitment to mutuality in friendship.“A lot of work with people with disabilities comes from a mindset of someone who has something to give somebody who doesn’t have something,” said McSwain, the co-founder of Reality Ministries. “It’s a one-way street. Jean Vanier turned all that on its head by saying, ‘We’re incomplete without each other.’”His work was also distinctly Christian, though L’Arche homes are ecumenical and interfaith.Vanier talked of the brokenness of both the disabled and the abled, and of the transformation that can happen through relationships of mutuality. He also founded a similar organization, Faith and Light,  which consists of small groups that meet regularly to support and celebrate people with developmental disabilities.“I’m not interested in doing a good job,” he wrote. “I’m interested in an ecclesial vision for community and in living in a gospel-based community with people with disabilities.”Jean Vanier. Photo courtesy of Templeton Prize, John MorrisonBill Gaventa, who directs the Summer Institute on Theology and Disability, said the homes created by L’Arche — there are now 150 communities in 38 countries — were meant to be spiritual.“At the heart of that community was the sense of spirituality and a spiritual journey that they were all undergoing together,” Gaventa said. “For him, it was about being called to be with the marginalized, the weak and the wounded, or as the Apostle Paul would say, ‘the foolish,’ and what we learn there, rather than from the powerful and the mighty.”L’Arche homes function much like extended families, said Tom Murphy, who has lived in a L’Arche community since 2002 and serves as a member of the board of directors for L’Arche Boston North.“L’Arche is a place that provides services and care and licenses with the state to make sure disability services are carried out with excellence,” said Murphy, who is writing his doctoral dissertation on Vanier. ‘But along with that is family.”For Vanier, who never married and early in life considered the priesthood, living among people with disabilities was a religious calling.Yet Vanier was also a man who loved to laugh and play. He spoke frequently about how his friends with intellectual disabilities taught him how to have fun and not to take life too seriously, Murphy said.James Martin, a Catholic priest and the editor at large at America, a national weekly magazine published by the Jesuits, was quoted as saying of Vanier, “During his life, there was no one I thought more deserving of the title ‘living saint.’” By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Share This! Share This! Yonat Shimron YonatShimron News News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email DIY Faith • News Dinner church movement sets the table for food, faith and friendships August 29, 2019 By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Tagsdevelopmentally disabled disability homepage featured Jean Vanier L’Arche,You may also like Share This! 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Energy Sector Pushes Back Against New York Citys Climate Change Lawsuit

first_img Share Bruce Gordon via FlickrOil and gas development seen in the West Texas Permian Basin.Energy companies targeted in a lawsuit by the City of New York for their role in the world’s changing climate are criticizing the city’s legal action, saying it’s the wrong avenue for addressing the problem.On Wednesday, the city announced a lawsuit seeking damages from five major energy companies “for the billions of dollars the City will spend to protect New Yorkers from the effects of climate change.” The city also announced a goal to divest from fossil fuels roughly $5 billion of its pension funds within five years.The lawsuit targets Houston-based ConocoPhillips, along with BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron and ExxonMobil.ConocoPhillips told News 88-7 its practice is not to comment on pending litigation. In statements, other companies acknowledged the risks of climate change, but painted the lawsuit as unproductive.“Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a global issue and requires global participation and actions,” read a statement from ExxonMobil. “Lawsuits of this kind — filed by trial attorneys against an industry that provides products we all rely upon to power the economy and enable our domestic life – simply do not do that.”In a statement, Shell called climate change a “complex societal challenge” that instead of being addressed by the courts, should be dealt with through “low-carbon choices” driven by “sound government policy and cultural change.”Chevron, also in a statement, dismissed the lawsuit as “factually and legally meritless,” saying it “will do nothing to address the serious issue of climate change.”Victor Flatt, head of the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Center at the University of Houston, said the lawsuit is the latest in a string of similar climate-related litigation aimed at the energy sector. But, he noted, New York’s case goes beyond similar challenges like those from cities in California.“It’s the first public organization that has sued and really brought up allegations not just that greenhouse gases have caused harm, but that the companies responsible for these amounts of greenhouse gases purposefully hid what they were doing and had bad intent,” Flatt said. “It shows that this drumbeat of litigation is just going to continue.”Correction: a previous version of this story stated that New York City announced a goal to divest from fossil fuels its $189 billion in pension funds within five years. In fact, the goal is to divest roughly $5 billion, which is the amount the city’s pension funds hold in fossil fuel companies. last_img read more

5 Industries Likely to Be Disrupted by Blockchain

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. In 2018, everyone seems to have a Bitcoin story. Remember that guy you read about who became a millionaire overnight? But the Bitcoin story is much more significant than this. Blockchain, the technology underlying and enabling Bitcoin, has the unique ability to change the world. Blockchain is an open, distributed database of transactions — think of it as an unhackable digital accounting book — and it has endless possibilities for making everything we do more secure, efficient and quick.Related: 4 Everyday Industries Blockchain Technology Is Changing1. Energy grids.What if you could replace America’s ancient, crumbling energy grids with automatically executing, efficient, green and affordable energy systems that could withstand the ravages of hurricanes and other climate change-triggered extreme weather events? Blockchain offers a path to that future. Already, in Brooklyn and in neighborhoods around the country, innovators are experimenting with blockchain-enabled smart grids that allow anyone with a solar panel to buy and sell energy, executed using automated “smart contracts” based on data gathered through smart meters installed in homes. All transactions all verified and secured by blockchain, and no middleman utility company is needed — cutting prices and increasing efficiency.2. Real estate.Anyone who’s ever purchased a home knows how many steps — and how much of a headache — that process entails. But blockchain offers the potential for doing the whole thing online, securely, and all at once. Sellers could securely transfer over the title and deed, while buyers would send money via cryptocurrency. Blockchain would also provide a way to send property records to the appropriate government agencies. I asked Rawad Rifai, cofounder of Taurus0x, exactly how blockchain applications impact real estate, and he responded, “Blockchain’s applications in real estate speak to the heart of the technology, its unparalleled and revolutionary potential to conduct instantaneous and completely secure transactions,” said Rifai. “There’s no reason this could not be expanded to retail, entertainment, tourism or any of our day-to-day transactions.”Related: How Blockchain Will Help Small Businesses Challenge Even the Largest Rivals3. Healthcare.Blockchain could create a future in which all our health data — doctor visit records, prescriptions, emergency room visits, shots, X-rays and insurance data — is secured and can be easily shared from doctor to doctor. Nearly everyone changes doctors throughout their lifetime. Imagine having a seamless network of secured records that would ensure that your information travels with you, from birth to end of life.This system could also save your life. Emergency room doctors could be authorized to access your information about allergies, blood type, and even genetic information, to make informed decisions about your care if you were incapacitated and unable to communicate. This system could also be revolutionary in improving health outcomes in developing countries that do not currently have a centralized or digitized health record database. Earlier this year, five healthcare groups started a pilot program surrounding blockchain and its uses in healthcare.4. Transportation.Blockchain could create the potential for the Internet of Things–enabled smart cities. Street signs, traffic lights, cars and other moving and static objects would be embedded with sensors, which would collect and send data to a system that would reroute buses, trams, emergency vehicles and other municipal vehicles to find the quickest routes and avoid traffic. The end result? Less congestion, faster commutes and lower carbon emissions. Blockchain-secured sensor data could also help drivers find open parking spots or charging terminals, pay traffic tickets, and report car crashes or maintenance issues. Related: 12 Startups Utilizing Blockchain Technology in New Ways5. Education.As demand for MOOCs and distance education grows, we need a better system to verify graduates’ educational records. Blockchain could essentially act as a notary, ensuring that people can’t forge diplomas and fool prospective employers. Transcripts, diplomas and certificates could all be secured and stored by blockchain and could be easily sent out to employers and other academic institutions. This would help boost the credentials and reputation of nontraditional educational organizations, and help employers ensure they are hiring the right person for the job. Many industries will feel the positive impact of blockchain. Some will move faster than others, but many industries will eventually need blockchain. The future is wide open, and the opportunities are endless. The most difficult part about blockchain won’t be growth; it will be human adaptation and the ability to hire great tech talent for these new companies. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global June 19, 2018 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Book a Goway Outback NT adventure and get a 100 gift card

first_imgBook a Goway Outback NT adventure and get a $100 gift card TORONTO — Goway Travel has teamed up with Australia’s Northern Territory to offer agents $100 gift cards for every new Australia vacation booking that contains at least four nights in NT.“They say you haven’t really been Downunder until you’ve been ‘Outback.’ There’s no better place to explore the Australian Outback than in the Northern Territory. With several of Australia’s most iconic natural sights, some of its most awe-inspiring national parks, and an Aboriginal heritage like nowhere else in the country, NT is the place to get out there and really explore,” says Goway.Goway’s travel tips include everything from self-drive 4WD adventures from Alice Springs to Darwin, to a fully escorted coach trip from Ayers Rock to the Top End, to explore Kakadu’s Ancient Secrets. Clients can also opt to take the journey further for the ultimate Outback and Indigenous Adventure.To be eligible for the incentive agents must have completed the Aussie Specialist NT module in their own legal name by the paid-in-full deadline. Eligible bookings must be booked and deposited by July 1, 2018, and paid in full no later than Dec. 31, 2018. Full details can be found on Goway’s Agent website, and some restrictions apply. << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Travelweek Group center_img Tags: Goway Travel Posted by Monday, April 2, 2018 last_img read more