Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Oct. 3, 2018 • By Andrew Sorensen Key takeawaysColorado business confidence dropped sharply ahead of the fourth quarter.All Leeds Business Confidence Index Components remain positive for Q4.Panelists appear most concerned about the national economy.Learn more about the Business Research Division.Colorado business optimism dropped sharply heading into the last three months of 2018, according to the latest Leeds Business Confidence Index (LBCI). That marks the seventh-largest drop since the Leeds Business Research Division at CU Boulder started the index more than 15 years ago.The LBCI measures Colorado business leaders’ optimism on the state economy, the national economy, industry sales, industry profits, industry hiring and capital expenditures.All of those components remain positive in the fourth quarter (above 50 on the index), though business optimism dropped for all six in the fourth quarter, and fell further looking to the first quarter of 2019.“There has been a lot of conjecture about the national economy in 2019, and then further in 2020,” said Leeds Business Research Division Executive Director Rich Wobbekind. “Perhaps they’re looking at higher interest rates. The uncertainty in the U.S. economy is out there.”The national economy marked the softest part of the index, dipping into negative territory (below 50) looking ahead to 2019.State expectations marked the largest decline (8.1 points). The Colorado economy remains strong, however, with jobs, real gross domestic product and personal income all on the rise. The LBCI reflects that with the state number still well into positive territory.The mix between positive economic numbers and lower business confidence could be due to election season. “Political uncertainty tends to affect the confidence. It has in the past,” Wobbekind said. He noted the last big drop was in the fourth quarter of 2016, though confidence bounced back quickly afterward.Read the complete report through the Leeds Business Research Division.Categories:Business & EntrepreneurshipNews Headlines
Author Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more Finland’s regulator Traficom finished the country’s third auction of 5G spectrum just a few hours after it began, with major operators all winning mmWave blocks.Elisa, Telia and Telenor Group-owned DNA each paid €7 million for an 800MHz block of 26GHz spectrum, which will be available from 1 July. In separate statements, Elisa and Telia noted the fee will be paid in five annual instalments.Jarkko Laari, DNA’s director of radio networks, stated the operator’s purchase “secured its future competitiveness in the 5G market” because the new spectrum will enable capacity expansions “long into the future” and open the door to “an even wider range of 5G applications”.Telia explained the spectrum will enable gigabit connections, allowing it to offer an alternative to high-speed home broadband in urban areas, and serve low-latency use cases including smart city and industrial applications.The auction followed earlier sales of spectrum in the 700MHz and 3.5GHz bands.All three operators offer commercial 5G services: Elisa launched in June 2018, Telia in October 2019 and DNA in January 2020. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Previous ArticleChina Telecom fights for US licenceNext ArticleTwitter flags 5G misinformation Mobile Mix: Buzzing for Barcelona Tags Nokia scores Philippines 5G deal with Dito Telkomsel turns on 5G in major cities Related Diana Goovaerts AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 09 JUN 2020 Asia Home Finnish operators boost 5G spectrum holdings 5Gspectrum auction
VETERAN attacker Raffaele Cretaro has confirmed his intention to retire from League of Ireland football again after helping Finn Harps secure their Premier Division status. Last year, Cretaro hung up the boots after leaving Sligo Rovers, but Ollie Horgan, the Harps manager, convinced him to go again.Horgan, who had tried before, finally lured Cretaro to Finn Park. Now 38, Cretaro made 30 appearances for Harps in 2019, including 90 minutes in last night’s 2-0 extra time win over Drogheda United in the play-off. “That’s me finishing on a real high,” Cretaro said.“I gave it what I had to try and keep Harps up.“I’m grateful to Ollie for giving me the chance and I enjoyed the season.”Cretaro said Horgan was someone who he ‘admired’ and had been keen to work under. He said: “It was a new experienced and a really positive one.“The atmosphere was just electric here, like a Cup final. It was a great experience. The players showed character to go and get the result.”Horgan will face a battle to hold onto some of his key players.Unlike their Premier Division counterparts, Harps have none of their senior players tied down for next season while Horgan’s own two-year term from the end of 2017, has also expired. Mark Russell and Harry Ascroft, Harps’ goalscorer last night, have proved big hits with the Finn Park faithful but could both move on. Jacob Borg – who has had two fine campaigns at the club since joining midway through 2018 – is in a similar position while striker Nathan Boyle is understood to be moving abroad. Raffaele Cretaro signs off as Finn Harps’ task of building starts again was last modified: November 2nd, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2019 League of Ireland Premier DivisionDrogheda Unitedfinn harpsHarry AscroftMark RussellOllie HorganRaffaele Cretaro
Work is underway in the Elkmont Historic District in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to preserve four structures and to remove 29 others as specified in the 2009 Memorandum of Agreement among the National Park Service, Tennessee State Historic Office and Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.In 2017, park crews will preserve the Levi Trentham Cabin, Mayo Cabin, Mayo Servants’ Quarters and Creekmore Cabin in the Daisy Town area. The 29 structures slated for demolition are along Little River Trail and Jakes Creek Trail.“Elkmont has long been recognized as a special place that tells the story of early logging and tourism, while at the same time harboring a rare alluvial forest that supports unique species like the synchronous fireflies,” said Superintendent Cassius Cash. “I’m pleased that we have the opportunity to move forward in helping both preserve pieces of the rich cultural history and restore natural habitats.”Park staff plan to complete the stabilization work of the four Daisy Town structures by November 2017. Workers will repoint masonry features, replace rotted wood, paint and make needed repairs to windows, doors and roofs.The Daisy Town area, Elkmont Cemetery, Spence Cabin, Appalachian Clubhouse and Elkmont Campground will remain open throughout the work project. Campers should expect noise throughout the day, but all quiet hours will be observed.Weather permitting, demolition work will be completed by May 26 for the 29 structures located along Jakes Creek Trail and Little River Trail.Both trails, which are also used as administrative roads, will be closed during the demolition work to accommodate heavy equipment. Access to the river near the near the structures will also be restricted during demolition.Little River Trail will be closed, Monday through Friday, from March 6-24 to remove six structures in the area known as Millionaire’s Row.Jakes Creek Trail will be closed, Monday through Friday, from March 27 through May 26 to remove 23 structures in the area known as Society Hill. Crews have already salvaged useable items from the structures for use in preserving historic structures in the park.For more information about the Elkmont Historic District Environmental Impact Statement, visit www.parkplanning.nps.gov/grsm.
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Google and 45 other organizations have sent a public letter to President Barack Obama calling for federal support for technology and education that would give consumers access to information about their energy consumption and give companies the ability to build applications on top of that information.Google, AT&T, General Electric, Intel, The Climate Group and the Natural Resources Defense Council and others will hold an event tomorrow titled “Power in Numbers: Unleashing Innovation in Home Energy Use.” “By giving people the ability to monitor and manage their energy consumption, for instance, via their computers, phones or other devices,” the group wrote in its letter to the President, “we can unleash the forces of innovation in homes and businesses.”Substantial challenges stand in the way of widespread smart-grid innovation. We highlighted a write-up by green tech reporter Katie Fehrenbacher last year that discussed the foot dragging going on in the world of local utility providers. (Why Smart Grids Could Be Slow to Beat Web 2.0) Fehrenbacher argued that utility companies don’t get it, are afraid of the costs, and are thus unlikely to offer the kind of “real time” data delivery that could serve as a foundation for eye-opening innovation like we’ve seen from the networked world of the Internet.Fehrenbacher wrote last year. Many people (myself included) have painted a picture of how the consumer piece of the smart grid could develop into a real-time, two-way communication network that looks a lot like the Internet. In that world, consumers would be able to see variable pricing change in real time, while smart meters and energy management devices read and visualize energy consumption data every second, leading to changes in consumer behavior. The ultimate vision of that landscape is that real-time energy data unleashes innovations and applications that we haven’t yet thought of, which will deliver substantial behavior changes.Well, that’s the outcome for which entrepreneurs and innovators are hoping. The reality is that the consumer piece of the smart grid will look very different for many years to come.Perhaps a large coalition of organizations can prompt meaningful government support that will engage with these and other obstacles to energy data innovation. marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts Tags:#news#NYT#Real World#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology owen thomas ReadWriteBody is an ongoing series where ReadWrite covers networked fitness and the quantified self.There’s a lot of enthusiasm about Apple’s newly announced HealthKit software, especially from the makers of fitness apps and connected devices.I hate to throw everyone into the locker room and turn the cold-water faucets on full blast, but someone’s got to do it.Here’s an example of the hype that’s getting thrown around:“HealthKit appears to be a great platform that Strava can use to serve our global community of athletes with more insight about their athletic performance.” —Strava strategy VP David LorshAppearances aren’t everything. The bottom line is that HealthKit is largely geared around delivering very basic vital statistics to medical personnel, and its nutrition- and activity-tracking features are rudimentary at best.That will limit the adoption of HealthKit to a fairly small set of users intensely interested in tracking vital signs. As Google and Microsoft have found through their past misadventures in online health, that market just isn’t very broad. It’s not clear to me why Apple thinks putting this data on your smartphone will change consumers’ minds.Meanwhile, apps like MyFitnessPal, RunKeeper, and MapMyFitness will keep ingesting massive amounts of data from their tens of millions of users (who have both Android and iOS phones)—and sharing it broadly through their well-established application programming interfaces. The data they collect about calories in, calories out, and types of activity, may get fed into HealthKit. But because HealthKit’s data types are so limited at present, any useful analysis that helps guide people to better health decisions will have to happen outside of Apple’s health universe. Apple executive Craig Federighi shows off an app using Healthkit at the 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference.Down In The DocumentationThere’s no need to speculate about what HealthKit can or can’t do anymore. The details are all in the documents Apple has published, as well as a presentation Apple engineers delivered at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this week.It’s clear that Apple had a hard decision to make on what data types to include. Should HealthKit support a wide variety of medical, health and fitness apps, and risk making choices that conflict with developers’ preferences or medical experts’ ideas of what data is most valuable? Or should it focus on a narrower set of uses, and risk disappointment when consumers realize it can’t store the information they’re most interested in?The decisions Apple made, though, don’t really fall towards either extreme. In the end, they’re just confusing.Apple, for example, supports a host of options for taking your temperature from your eardrum to your rectum:HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocation HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationArmpitHKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationBody HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationEar HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationEarDrum HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationFinger HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationForehead HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationGastroIntestinal HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationMouth HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationOther HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationRectum HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationTemporalArtery HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationToeIt’s also got a wide variety of nutrients available for recording. It tracks steps, flights of stairs climbed, and Nike’s proprietary NikeFuel measure for activity. It can track the number of times you’ve fallen and your inhaler usage.Where Apple falls far short, at least in terms of the concepts built into HealthKit, are the useful details of what we eat and how we work out.There are some basic features for food logging, but there doesn’t appear to be a concept of timing for food consumption, for example, or support for grouping food items into meals. It’s also not clear what kind of food database Apple might tap to match food items to standardized calorie and nutrition information. MyFitnessPal users accustomed to its very rich food-tracking capabilities will be sorely disappointed by anything built purely with HealthKit.In exercise, HealthKit appears to count numbers of activities and the energy burned in performing them, but that’s it. You can’t even compare that to RunKeeper’s very well-developed Health Graph application programming interface, which has an extensive software vocabulary for cardio and strength training.Our Prescription For HealthKit: An Intensive Training ProgramI asked RunKeeper CEO Jason Jacobs for some perspective on what it takes to build a sophisticated interface for connecting health and fitness apps, since his company did exactly that back in 2011 with the introduction of the Health Graph.Jacobs says RunKeeper realized that it was best off building apps for consumers, rather than trying to build what Jacobs calls “middleware” for other app developers. It recently introduced a new activity-coaching app called Breeze alongside its eponymous fitness-tracking app.“It’s really hard, so I wish them luck!” Jacobs told me. “If [Apple’s] not successful, it doesn’t hurt us. If they are successful, it should help us.”That’s broadly true, I believe, for most of the apps in the fitness category. HealthKit may help them simplify some aspects of data entry, but it’s far too underpowered and unsophisticated to do much on its own.How Apple Can Slice Up Our DataThe one thing that’s intriguing about HealthKit is its ability to consolidate and reconcile overlapping data from multiple sources. In a WWDC presentation, Apple software engineer Justin Rushing showed how HealthKit could take step data from two different apps, sort it by time periods, and based on the preferences of the user, eliminate redundant data.That would be great for someone like me, who’s constantly trying new apps and devices which often track the same kinds of statistics, like hours of sleep, steps walked, and even heart rate during a workout. I use MyFitnessPal and connect it with apps like RunKeeper, Pear Sports, and Jawbone Up.Here’s an example of how Apple’s HealthKit sorts out conflicts in fitness data.That’s valuable to me because I now rarely have to log a workout in one app and then record it again in another app. The challenge comes when the Up counts the number of steps I take during a run while RunKeeper logs the same activity and estimates calories based on mileage and speed—and they both feed MyFitnessPal data that not only overlaps but often disagrees.As we add sensors and apps that can passively track our activity, the problem of data overlap will only grow. HealthKit will have to rapidly add more data types and get better at understanding the relationship between steps, calories, and activity, though—otherwise its abilities to reconcile data won’t keep up with the demands of consumers or developers.It’s important to recognize HealthKit as it exists today as a beginning, not an end, to Apple’s presence in the health and fitness world. There are some valuable things it can bring—things as simple as letting users update their weight once and have that information flow to all available apps. I typically have to enter my height, weight, sex, and age every time I sign up for a new app. A central storehouse for that information just makes sense.I’d be happier, though, if that storehouse weren’t so tightly tied to a particular device. As we enter a world of wearables, our devices will increasingly talk directly to servers over the Internet—the cloud, in other words—without the mediation of a smartphone. Smartphones and tablets will be access devices where we can review and analyze this data, but they don’t need to be the central hub.I can understand why Apple, which makes its money selling mobile devices, would favor a device-centric approach. I’m just worried that it won’t give HealthKit a very long lifespan.Photo by Shutterstock; screenshot via Apple What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#api#APIs#Apple Health#Body#digital fitness#exercise#fitness#fitness apps#health#Health Graph#HealthKit#Jason Jacobs#MyFitnessPal#quantified self#RunKeeper#Strava#workouts
Klaire is the current assistant coach for the Under 18 Tasmanian NYC team and has significantly contributed to the success of our touring teams. She has been a part of Touch Football for a number of years and has previously volunteered as a coach before.Kliare exhibits TFAs core values every time she volunteers, often going the extra mile especially when it has come to fundraising and organisation of her team. She has done an exceptional job in reducing team levies for her players. Her commitment to the team is undeniable, from writing to local government to running two separate Bunnings BBQ’s, she has shown maturity and professionalism beyond her years. While balancing a university degree, part time work and her own playing, she has never missed a training session and is constantly asking how she can do more to help the team and Touch Football Tasmania.Klaire is seen as a role model and leader amongst the team and other volunteers, she was asked to increase her role and take on more responsibility as a coach and has successfully transitioned into taking full training sessions by herself and developing her skills as a coach. We are lucky to have such a dedicated volunteer here in Tasmania and this nomination is highly deserved.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer admits admiration for Bournemouth striker Kingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken of his admiration for Josh King.The Bournemouth striker has been linked with a return to United since Solskjaer’s appointment.On facing King today, he said: “You’ve got to be concentrated. Josh is strong and quick, with loads of energy about him, so you’ve just got to be aware of him. Josh has really developed since I had him in the Reserves here. “It’s great to see him having such a great career. He’s doing well for Norway, so back home he’s one of the few that we can really enjoy watching in the Premier League! But I hope the Norwegians won’t enjoy watching him in this game, because hopefully we can stop him.”