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Eskom failures boost solar sales

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Eskom’s failures have had a positive consequence – people are increasingly investing in environmentally friendly solar systems to generate their own electricity. More houses are sporting solar panels on their roofs and technicians seem to be working on new installations in every suburb.

“Nobody trusts Eskom anymore,” says Johannes van der Walt, director of Powerhour Solar in George.

Powerhour is one of several large firms in the area that install solar systems in surrounding towns and on farms, and it is worth mentioning that only a few small businesses were operating in the industry 15 years ago.

“It is not a luxury to purchase some kind of backup system for your home anymore – it became a necessity,” says Van der Walt.

“It is not only the discomfort of regular load shedding that is a factor. Lots of people are working from home, with most needing a reliable electricity supply to have internet access.

“Students and school children still rely on online education to a varying degree. Security is also a factor. You simply cannot sit in the dark.”

Van der Walt noted something very important: “You will be surprised how many people rely on some kind of medical device – mostly electronic.”

Start small

Preparing for power cuts starts with buying a few lights. Hardware stores and most supermarkets stock rechargeable light bulbs. These bulbs simply replace the normal bulb in light fittings and use a small built-in battery when there is no electricity.

It is anybody’s guess how good they are at around R50 each. “It will last until the battery is flat and maybe needs replacement after six months or a year,” said the local electrician, “but they are much cheaper than a candle falling over and burning down the house.”

Strip lighting under kitchen cupboards works well too, connected to a battery similar to those found in alarm systems and gate and garage door openers.

The next step would be to change the whole lighting system in the house to run permanently off a (bigger) battery. This is as easy as separating the lighting circuit and connecting it to a battery and a small inverter. Only a small battery charger will be necessary to keep the battery charged.

Next step, a mobile system

To run more equipment, some people buy a mobile system. These are usually built into a square case, housing one or two batteries, and an inverter (with built-in charger) – and can be wheeled to any room where electricity is needed during a period of load shedding.

At around R3 000 to R7 000, it can power lights, a television, computer and similar devices that don’t draw too much current at once.

Van der Walt says a lot of people are actually looking beyond these emergency-like solutions and opt to wire all the lights in their houses and a few plugs points permanently to a separate circuit, as the first step towards becoming more independent of a failing electricity network.

“This is when many homeowners also start adding solar panels to incrementally build a bigger grid-tied or off-grid system. However, more and more people install solar panels right from the start,” he says.

A quick look at prices at different suppliers shows that R20 000 to R40 000 can buy you quite a decent system to keep you going during load shedding.

Van der Walt noted that solar panel prices have been increasing lately, after previously declining year after year while technology improved and production increased.

“Currently, we are struggling to import panels to satisfy growing demand, partly due to problems at SA’s ports,” he says.

“The only local manufacturer of solar panels closed down,” adds Van der Walt.

The other bits and pieces, such as inverters, controllers and batteries followed the same trend as solar panel prices. “I would not say that equipment is becoming cheaper anymore, but the technology has improved tremendously,” says Van der Walt, adding that ever-increasing electricity tariffs are shortening the payback period with every increase.

As an example, he mentions newer solar geysers that use photovoltaic (PV) panels to warm water in place of the older solar geysers that warm water in tubes. An array of PV panels with capacity of around 900 watts is enough to power the geyser directly.

The system can be retrofitted to existing geysers by replacing the heating element in the geyser with a special low-power titanium element. “The payback of the cost is measured in months, rather years,” says Van der Walt, “due to the high cost of electricity and the fact that geysers are one of the things that use the most electricity in any house.”

Big-system independence

The next phase is installing a system big enough to generate enough power to make a household independent.

Nowadays, it is possible for an investment starting at R120 000, depending on how many people stay in the house and their lifestyle.

It assumes changing, for instance, to a solar geyser and a gas stove and oven, as well as energy-efficient appliances overall.

Systems linked to the national grid (grid-tied) tend to be smaller and some electricity is still taken from the municipality.

More solar panels and more and better batteries, as well as a top-end inverter, ensure an off-grid system where the residence is not connected to the local electricity network at all.

Surplus power

“Many households generate excess electricity that goes to waste,” says Van der Walt, explaining that pumping power back into the national grid is possible “in theory” only.

He says there are too many practical and administrative hurdles, such as an electricity meter that can feed power back into the grid. The homeowner needs to fork out some R3 000 for one of these.

“Then the municipality will pay only 13c per kilowatt hour when buying electricity from one of my clients – but sells the electricity back to them at R3 per unit when they use it.

“Look here,” says Van der Walt, turning his computer screen around. “This is one of my client’s systems, linked via internet. It’s barely 11am, his batteries are 100% charged. Look, the PV array [is] switched off and is producing nothing at the moment.”

He argues that load shedding will reduce if all the excess power from thousands of small scale embedded systems could be fed back into the grid.

In theory, households can supplement electricity supply during the day to run businesses, and should then be able to tap into the network in the evenings after businesses close.

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Van der Walt says he and his clients expect little improvement in electricity supply. “It is becoming normal practice to include a solar geyser and a solar system for generating electricity when building a new house,” he says.

This is all good news for the environment, as it results in less dependence on Eskom and its dirty coal power plants and expensive diesel generators.

However, it is bad news for Eskom’s finances, as well as the finances of local municipalities.

It is the best-paying customers who can afford to invest in solar systems. They are probably the same people who would have bought Eskom bonds, if they hadn’t had to invest the R150 000 or R200 000 in their own electricity systems.

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Fisker Pear To Launch In 2024 For $29,900

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Fisker Automotive has announced that it will launch its second car, the Pear, in 2024 and it will have a price point lower than its first EV, the Ocean. It revealed the car will first launch in the US for $29,900. These numbers are obviously excluding taxes. Fisker intends to manufacture the vehicle in Ohio where its partner Foxconn has taken over the manufacturing plant of Lordstown Motors. 

Unlike the Ocean, the Fisker Pear is a sporty hatchback as per the teaser renders released by the company. The Pear will be a revolutionary electric vehicle that won’t fit into any existing segment. The terror design will feature new lighting technology and a wraparound windscreen inspired by glider plane glass canopy enhancing frontal vision,” said Henrik Fisker, the chairman and CEO of Fisker motors. 

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After the Pear, Fisker will launch the Ronin 

Fisker has revealed that the car was designed and engineered the Pear to reduce parts for rapid, simplified manufacturing thanks to a proprietary architecture. It has also the Ocean and a GT car in the works which it claims will have the highest range for an EV. 

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Fisker has a partnership with Foxconn and Magna. Both Foxconn and Magna also have plans to manufacture electric cars in India. Fisker has already announced that it will launch the Ocean in India. It as also revealed that the Pear will launch in India and probably it will be manufactured in the country giving it the jump on global EV players like Tesla. 

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Ground Broken on Park Avenue Relocation Project in Georgetown

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Front row: Todd Lawson, Sussex County Administrator, State Senator Brian Pettyjohn, DelDOT Secretary Nicole Majeski, US Senator Tom Carper, DelDOT Deputy Secretary Shante Hastings, Sussex County Councilman Doug Hudson, Sussex County Councilman John Rieley, Council President Mike Vincent, former Councilman Sam Wilson

Ground has been broken to enter the construction phase of the Park Avenue relocation project in Georgetown. DelDOT officials have been working on this project for a number of years – taking public comment at multiple workshops – including choosing the preferred design option out of six that were presented. This project has been a priority for the Sussex County Council which has spent the past 20 years acquiring property for the eventual relocation of Park Avenue.

The relocation has dual purpose – to make a safer and wider bypass road for trucks traveling from Route 9 to Route 113 and to allow the final expansion of the main runway, 4-22, at the Delaware Coastal Airport. Runway 4-22 was extended to 5000 feet long – a 500-foot extension in 2012-2013. The goal is to extend the runway another 500-feet to bring the main runway to 6000 feet and able to safely handle larger planes. This will also include continued upgrade of airfield lighting systems, improving aircraft storage options and increasing aircraft apron space. However, the relocation of Park Avenue was necessary in order for the second runway expansion to 6000-feet to occur.

Preferred option chosen in 2019

Once the County Council listed the relocation of Park Avenue as a top priority, DelDOT began public workshops on this project in 2016. The preferred design option was selected in 2019. For the past 20 years, the Council Council has been working to acquire property for the relocation. Park Avenue will eventually connect with South Bedford Street in the area of Arrow Safety Road, where a roundabout will be constructed to better handle traffic. At the opposite end of Park Avenue the roadway will be widened with shoulders to better handle the trucks using the bypass from Route 9 to Route 113.

DelDOT Secretary Nicole Majeski says that funding for the relocation project is 80% from the federal government and 20% from the state. State Senator Brian Pettyjohn said this project has been a long time in the making – when it was being discussed back in the 1990s.

Since the first expansion of Runway 4-22, then Councilman Sam Wilson had one question to ask when DelDOT appeared before the Council – When are you going to do Park Avenue? Wilson was at the groundbreaking and Council President Mike Vincent told him. “We’re gonna do Park Avenue!”

While construction work is just beginning – the earth-movers and other large hardware have been arriving on the property over the past week or two. Construction on Phase 1 is expected to be completed sometime in 2023.

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New stop on the Holy Family Trail

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In the parched desert of the Beheira governorate stand the four monasteries of Wadi Al-Natroun enclosed within high walls as an enduring testimony of early Coptic monasticism in Egypt.

The serenity of these monasteries was disturbed early this week when the ministers of tourism and antiquities and local development arrived in the governorate to inspect development work being carried out on one of the stops the Holy Family made when travelling in Egypt at the beginning of the first century CE and to open it to the public.

The inauguration took place ahead of the day marking the arrival of the Holy Family in Egypt, which is celebrated on 1 June.

The development work, costing almost LE80 million provided by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the Beheira governorate, included the paving of roads leading to points on the Holy Family Trail, new landscaping, the installation of a new lighting system, and new signage, seats, and sunshades.

Entrance gates for each monastery were also installed.

Most of the restoration work carried out at the Wadi Al-Natroun monasteries since 2016 has now been completed, including the restoration of the Al-Sheyoukh and Abasekhiron Churches at the St Macarius Monastery and the restoration of the St Pishoy Church, the monks’ cells, and the mill and outer wall of the St Pishoy Monastery.

The main church at the Paromeos Monastery and its eastern outer wall and monks’ cells were also restored, along with the Virgin Mary and 14 other chapels at the Syrian Monastery.

The development and inauguration of the Beheira stop is another milestone in the development of the Holy Family Trail in Egypt, said Khaled El-Enany, minister of tourism and antiquities, who explained that the ministry has allocated LE60 million for the development of stops on the trail and the restoration of monuments on it.

Facilities are being upgraded and infrastructure installed to assist visitors following the route of the Holy Family’s sojourn in Egypt. The goal of the project is also to develop poorer areas and communities in the Delta and Upper Egypt, restore archaeological sites, and create suitable services for visitors at sites along the Trail. This is part of developing spiritual tourism that can appeal throughout the year and not just during special seasons.

“The Holy Family’s visit to Egypt bestowed on the country a unique honour and blessing and made Egypt one of the most sacred Christian centres in the world,” El-Enany said, adding that the Holy Family’s sojourn in Egypt had great historical and religious significance for Egyptians. It had given the Egyptian Coptic Church a special position among other Christian churches, he said.

The Holy Family travelled in Egypt for around three years and six months. The duration of the Holy Family’s sojourn in the places they visited varied from a few days to a few months. The Holy Family’s flight to Egypt is associated with archaeological sites from Sinai to the Delta and Assiut in Upper Egypt. The government has been keen on documenting the Holy Family’s period in Egypt with a view to registering it on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

A scientific committee has been formed to document the Holy Family’s sojourn in Egypt, El-Enany said, and the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in collaboration with Egypt’s Coptic Church has carried out a number of restoration and development projects at churches and monasteries on the Holy Family’s route.

These include the restoration and inauguration of the Abu Serga Church in Old Cairo, the St Abba Noub Church in Sammanud, monks’ cells and other structures at the Wadi Al-Natroun Monasteries, and the Virgin Mary Church at Gabal Al-Teir in the Minya governorate, which is to be inaugurated soon.

Mahmoud Shaarawy, minister of local development, announced the completion of the development of 25 points on the path of the Holy Family’s sojourn in Egypt in eight governorates in full cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the Coptic Church, with the support the president, the follow-up of the prime minister, and the patronage of Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St Mark.

He said that the eight governorates had almost completed the development of the Holy Family Trail with a view to presenting it to the Egyptian public and to the world as a whole as one of the world’s most important heritage and human landmarks.

He described the opening of the Wadi Al-Natroun stop on the Holy Family’s sojourn in Egypt as a further success to be added to efforts carried out to develop the trail and mentioned the previous inauguration of another three stops in Samannud in the Gharbia governorate, Tell Basta in the Sharqiya governorate, and the Church of the Virgin in Sakha in the Kafr Al-Sheikh governorate.

He said that more stops would soon be opened to announce Egypt’s readiness to welcome pilgrims and tourists from all over the globe to seek blessings from these holy places.

Wadi Al-Natroun Monasteries: The Wadi Al-Natroun monasteries marking the Holy Family’s sojourn in Egypt are the Syrian, St Pishoy, and Paromeos Monasteries.

The Syrian Monastery was originally built during the 6th century CE in the aftermath of a theological dispute between the monks of the neighbouring St Pishoy Monastery over the incorruptibility of the body of Christ. The monks who refused to abide by the so-called “Julian heresy” that spread in Egypt during the papacy of Pope Timothy III of Alexandria left the monastery and established a duplicate one and called it the Monastery of the Holy Virgin Theotokos.

The Julianists believed in the incorruptibility of Christ’s body, which contradicts Orthodox Christian faith.

From the 8th until the 16th  centuries, Coptic and Syrian monks lived together inside the monastery. Like other monasteries in the Wadi Al-Natroun desert, the Syrian Monastery was subjected to fierce attacks that led to extensive damage and drove away many of the inhabitants.

According to a Syriac inscription found on one of the monastery’s walls, two monk brothers called Mattay and Yakoub then took the initiative to rebuild the monastery. It flourished in the 10th century, when the Syrian Moses of Nisibis, who was responsible for important renovations in the eastern part of the church, was abbot.

Nisibis travelled to Baghdad to ask the Abbasid caliph Al-Muqtadir to grant tax exemption to the monasteries. He then travelled to Syria and Mesopotamia in search of manuscripts. After three years, he succeeded in buying 250 Syriac manuscripts, making up the core of the monastery’s library that now houses the largest collection of Syriac manuscripts in the Middle East.

The St Pishoy Monastery was founded in the 4th  century CE on the spot where the bodies of St Pishoy and St Paul, Coptic saints, lie in the main church along with those of other saints.

The monastery has five churches, the main one being named after St Pishoy. The others are named after Mary Abaskhiron, the soldier saint St George, and the Archangel Michael. The monastery is surrounded by walls built in the 5th century to protect it against attacks by Berbers. A keep was built early in the 20th century and was later replaced by a four-storey structure built by the late Pope Shenouda III.

The monastery also contains the Well of the Martyrs, which according to a Coptic tradition was used as a burial place for the bodies of 49 martyrs killed by the Berbers. Tradition says that the Berbers also washed their swords in the Well after the assassinations.

Local Christians later retrieved the bodies and buried them in the nearby Monastery of St Macarius the Great, founded in the 4th century, who was the spiritual father to more than 4,000 monks of different nationalities. The monastery was restored in 1969.

The Paromeos Monastery is probably the oldest among the four existing monasteries of Wadi Al-Natroun. It was founded by St Macarius the Great, and its name refers to the saints Maximus and Domitius, children of the Roman emperor Valentinian I, who had cells in the present monastery, rebuilt in the 5th century CE after the destruction of the old one by the Berbers.

The monastery still preserves much of its ancient character and has five churches. The oldest is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and dates back to the 6th century. The second is dedicated to St Theodore of Amasea, the third to St George, the fourth to St John the Baptist, and the fifth to the Archangel Michael.

It also contains a keep, a tower, two refectories, and a guest house.

The Holy Family in Egypt: “Take the young child and his mother and flee into Egypt,” says the Gospel of St Matthew (2:13). But while it recounts how the Holy Family fled to Egypt seeking safety from King Herod in the early 1st century CE, the Gospel offers no details of their actual journey.

For that we must turn to a mediaeval manuscript that includes the places visited by the Holy Family in Egypt, as revealed by the Virgin Mary who appeared in a vision to Pope Theophilus, the 23rd patriarch of Alexandria, in the early 5th century CE. The places named in the manuscript have been held to be sacred until today.

The late Coptic Pope Shenouda III approved itineraries drawn up for Christian pilgrims in 2000. During an audience in St Peter’s Square in Rome in 2017, Roman Catholic Pope Francis blessed an icon by a Vatican artist representing the Holy Family’s flight into Egypt and effectively gave his blessing to the millions of Christians around the world who may want to follow in the Holy Family’s footsteps.

The Holy Family’s flight to Egypt is associated with many archaeological sites, noted Osama Talaat, head of the Islamic and Coptic Antiquities Sector at the Ministry of Antiquities. They journeyed south from Palestine across the wilderness, avoiding main roads for fear of capture. They entered Egypt at modern-day Rafah, where a lone sycamore tree is said to have survived on the site since their visit.

The Holy Family reached Arish, and from there they followed the old Horus Road along the Mediterranean coast to Zaraniq, where the Byzantines later built three churches. They continued to Al-Mohamedeya, and their last station in Sinai was on the northwest coast near the edge of the Delta at the city of Pelusium, now the sprawling ruin of Tel Al-Farama. Here, archaeologists have discovered traces of several Roman churches.

They then travelled south along the Pelusiac branch of the Nile, which has long since dried up. They stayed in the city of Bubastis, now the ruin of Tell Al-Basta near the modern city of Zagazig. They then went on to Mostorod, where the Virgin is said to have bathed Jesus. There is a church in Mostorod named after the Virgin Mary that was built in the 12th century and that has been recently restored.

They then turned north again towards the town of Bilbeis, travelling northwest across the Delta. When they reached Damietta, they embarked on a ferry which took them to Sammanud. The Holy Family then continued north to Borollos. The next stop was Sakha in the western Delta. Here, the Virgin Mary is believed to have held her son against a rock which retained his footprint. A relic in the church dedicated to the Virgin in the area bears this mark.

The Holy Family then moved on to the Western Desert, eventually reaching Wadi Al-Natroun, where monastic settlements were later established. They then headed for what is now Cairo, where they stopped at Ain Shams and Matariya, where they sheltered under a sycamore tree, now known as the Virgin Mary Tree. One story says that when the Virgin Mary sat there, a spring of water gushed out of the ground.

The next stop for the Holy Family was Al-Zeitoun, and then Al-Zweila. Travelling south, they reached Old Cairo and hid in a cave that is now the crypt of the Church of Saint Sergius. In what is now Maadi, they went to the place now named the Virgin’s Church of the Ferry. From there, the family took a ferry across to Memphis and embarked on a boat that carried them to Upper Egypt.

Their first stop there was on the west bank of the Nile near a village now called Ashnein Al-Nassara at a place called Al-Garnous where a monastery was later built. A church dedicated to the Virgin was built at Deir Al-Garnous in the 19th century, on the west side of which is a well that is believed to have provided the family with water.

The journey continued towards Al-Bahnasa, Samalout, and then Gabel Al-Teir, where a monastery now stands. The Holy Family took shelter in a cave that is now covered by an ancient church. They travelled to Al-Ashmounein, Armant, and Dairout, and then crossed the river again and reached the town of Al-Qusseya.

They travelled east into the desert to Mount Qussqam, perhaps the most important of all their stations, where they stayed for six months and 10 days. This place was later called Al-Muharraq, which means “burnt,” as there was an abundance of grass there which had to be burned so food could be grown in its place.

Mount Qussqam is sometimes called “the second Bethlehem,” and its church is held to be the first ever built in Egypt. The cave in which the Family sheltered later became the altar of the Church of the Virgin Mary.

According to Ahmed Al-Nemr, a member of the ministry’s scientific office, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in Assiut and told him to return to Palestine because Herod was dead. The family then went back through Assiut and then probably sailed down the Nile to Memphis, landing at what is now Al-Badrashein near the ancient capital.

Once again, they may have passed through Maadi, Babylon, and Heliopolis before crossing the desert to Palestine and finally reaching their home town of Nazareth. “Not all of these places are archaeological sites, but they all share religious, social, and cultural rituals which derive from the holy journey,” Talaat said.

The places at which the Holy Family stopped that house archaeological sites are the Virgin Mary Tree in Matariya, the Church of St Sergius in Old Cairo, the Monasteries of Wadi Al-Natroun, the Church of the Virgin Mary at Gabal Al-Teir in Minya, and the Al-Muharraq Monastery in Assiut.

*A version of this article appears in print in the 2 June, 2022 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.

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Injured cyclist froze to death after PCSOs called off search in under 10 minutes

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Jacqueline Parsons, 56, froze to death after police were sent to find her (Picture: SWNS/Paul Glazzard)

A woman who fell off her bike in a cemetery froze to death after PCSOs couldn’t be bothered to get out of their car to look for her.

The family of Jacqueline Parsons have received a payout from Humberside Police, whose officers called off their search after less than 10 minutes.

A passer-by saw the cyclist fall in October 2018 and called the police from home as he didn’t have a mobile, fearing she’d be locked in overnight.

But Jacqueline, 56, was left to die and her body was discovered by a dog walker the following morning in Western Cemetery in Hull, East Yorkshire.

Humberside Police has now agreed a settlement with her loved ones, who accused the force of breaching its duty of care.

Jacqueline’s heartbroken brother Stephen, 64, said he’d been left angry at the ‘basic failings’ and had taken legal action to ensure lessons were learned.

‘Still to this day I can’t come to terms with the fact that Jacqueline would still be here if the police had just done their jobs and done a proper search of the area,’ he said.

‘If they’d just got out of their car and walked around it is likely she’d have been found.

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Parsons’ family have received a payout, accusing Humberside Police of breaching its duty of care (Picture: Hudgell Solicitors/SWNS)

‘I remember it was a cold and wet day and I have always wondered how much that influenced what happened. To think of her left there alone is heartbreaking.’

Following the initial call. at around 4.45pm on October 27 2018, the incident had been logged as urgent.

But according to the family’s solicitors, it took until 6.20pm for two PCSOs to be dispatched to assist a woman described as being under the influence.

The dispatcher said that only a ‘quick area search’ was required given the time which had passed since the initial call without any further reports, Hudgell Solicitors said.

An inquest into Jacqueline’s death heard that at no point did the officers leave their vehicle and the search was called off after about 10 minutes as she hadn’t been found.

It heard their search consisted of them driving slowly with their car windows down to scan the land adjacent to the main cemetery road which looped around the cemetery.

Neither were trained in search techniques and their torches were not as powerful as dedicated lighting systems that marked police vehicles are equipped with.

It ruled that freezing overnight temperatures, the alcohol in her system and the injury to her ankle from falling off her bike had all contributed to her death.

Ms Parsons’ body was discovered the next day – almost 17 hours after the first call was made to cops.

Stephen added: ‘I think from the moment the call was logged, and she was described as being intoxicated, there was a dismissive approach from all involved.

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An passer-by saw Jacqueline fall and called police from his home as he didn’t have a mobile phone (Picture: Paul Glazzard)

‘To not get out of the car and to leave after around 10 minutes, having simply driven round and shone a couple of torches, was appalling.’

Humberside Police’s Deputy Chief Constable Paul Anderson said: ‘We have agreed a settlement with the family following a claim that was received on conclusion of the inquest in 2020.

‘Jacqueline Parson’s death was a terribly tragic incident and our thoughts and condolences remain with her family and loved ones.”

‘On conclusion of the inquest we further looked at lessons to be learned and have already implemented additional training for officers and staff to prevent any unnecessary distress or worry and to assist should there ever be this type of incident across our force area again.’

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ITA Airways to unveil new features on its A350 debut

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ITA Airways will debut its A350 aircraft on the Rome Fiumicino-Buenos Aires route on June 2, using the opportunity to launch a raft of new on-board features.

The new A350-900 features 334 seats, including 33 fully-flat seats in business and 39 seats in comfort economy with more legroom.

The Rome FCO-Buenos Aires route will operate five times weekly, increasing to daily from August. Flight times are as follows:

AZ680 Rome-Buenos Aires depart 2145, arrive 0650

AZ681 Buenos Aires-Rome depart 1240, arrive 0640

The airline’s new features have a focus on Italian products and sustainability, with ITA Airways stating that 75 per cent of its aircraft will be new-generation by 2025. The A350 aircraft will allow for a reduction of more than 20 per cent in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions per seat.

Interiors by Italian designer Walter De Silva have been inspired by Gino Paoli’s song ‘Il Cielo in una stanza’ (The Sky in a Room), with a colour scheme of blue and sand along with a lighting system which changes depending on the time of the flight.

New uniforms for the cabin crew have been developed by the ITA Airways team in collaboration with Brunello Cucinelli, with production and manufacturing by medium-sized Italian enterprises.

The men’s uniform consists of a dry-fitting jacket and trouser suit with a one-and-a-half-breasted jacket, while women will have the choice of a jacket and trouser or suit combo.

The uniforms will gradually enter service on the entire fleet over the next few months. ITA Airways explains: “This gradual approach is intended precisely to avoid wasting money by managing the end-of-stock of old uniforms and thus making the operation neutral with respect to the Company’s budget.”

The airline’s new inflight catering will also launch on June 2 on all intercontinental flights. It will offer a seasonally rotating menu by several world-renowned Italian chefs, beginning with award-winning chef Enrico Bartolini – the other chefs have not yet been named.

Bartolini will serve traditional Italian dishes in business class, such as pappa al pomodoro (Tuscan soup). Meanwhile, economy class will also see a renewed menu featuring products produced in Italy.

Looking to the future, the airline said it will announce partnerships “with world leaders in specific sectors” in the coming months, and hinted at coffee and wellness experiences.

The new on-board features will gradually be introduced throughout the airline’s fleet.

Meanwhile, the airline is launching new routes from Rome FCO to Los Angeles (seven-times-weekly) on June 1:

AZ674 Rome-Sao Paulo depart 2205, arrive 0525

AZ675 Sao Paulo-Rome depart 1425, arrive 0710

And from Rome FCO to Sao Paulo (five-times-weekly, increasing to daily from August):

AZ620 Rome-Los Angeles depart 0915, arrive 1315

AZ621 Los Angeles-Rome depart 1515, arrive 1215

The airline aims to reach a total of 42 weekly flights between the US and Italy by August, with customers already able to access over 130 US domestic destinations through the airline’s codeshare with Delta.

The airline’s 2022 summer season includes 63 new destinations, of which 22 are domestic, 34 are international and seven are intercontinental. The airline has also signed a total of 24 codeshare agreements with carriers, reaching over 300 destinations.

ITA Airways began flights in October 2021 following the closure of its predecessor Alitalia, and recently unveiled its Volare loyalty programme, alongside the opening of a new lounge at Rome Fuimicino airport.

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Flight review: ITA Airways, A320 business class

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Global Vertical Farming Market (2022 To 2027) – Players Include 4D Bios, Aerofarms, Agricool, Altius Farms And Bowery Farming'

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DUBLIN, May 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The ‘Global Vertical Farming Market (2022-2027) by Structure, Growth Mechanism, Offering, Geography, Competitive Analysis and the Impact of Covid-19 with Ansoff Analysis’ report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

The Global Vertical Farming Market is estimated to be USD 3.81 Bn in 2022 and is projected to reach USD 10.02 Bn by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 21.34%.

Market dynamics are forces that impact the prices and behaviors of the Global Vertical Farming Market stakeholders. These forces create pricing signals which result from the changes in the supply and demand curves for a given product or service. Forces of Market Dynamics may be related to macro-economic and micro-economic factors. There are dynamic market forces other than price, demand, and supply. Human emotions can also drive decisions, influence the market, and create price signals.As the market dynamics impact the supply and demand curves, decision-makers aim to determine the best way to use various financial tools to stem various strategies for speeding the growth and reducing the risks.

Company Profiles

The report provides a detailed analysis of the competitors in the market. It covers the financial performance analysis for the publicly listed companies in the market. The report also offers detailed information on the companies’ recent development and competitive scenario.

Some of the companies covered in this report are 4D Bios INC, Aerofarms, Agricool, Altius Farms, Bowery Farming, Eliospectra Ab, Ertical Future Ltd, etc. Countries Studied

  • America (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, United States, Rest of Americas)
  • Europe (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle-East and Africa (Egypt, Israel, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Rest of MEA)
  • Asia-Pacific (Australia, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Taiwan, Rest of Asia-Pacific)

Competitive Quadrant

The report includes Competitive Quadrant, a proprietary tool to analyze and evaluate the position of companies based on their Industry Position score and Market Performance score. The tool uses various factors for categorizing the players into four categories. Some of these factors considered for analysis are financial performance over the last 3 years, growth strategies, innovation score, new product launches, investments, growth in market share, etc. Ansoff Analysis

The report presents a detailed Ansoff matrix analysis for the Global Vertical Farming Market. Ansoff Matrix, also known as Product/Market Expansion Grid, is a strategic tool used to design strategies for the growth of the company. The matrix can be used to evaluate approaches in four strategies viz. Market Development, Market Penetration, Product Development and Diversification. The matrix is also used for risk analysis to understand the risk involved with each approach.The analyst analyses the Global Vertical Farming Market using the Ansoff Matrix to provide the best approaches a company can take to improve its market position.Based on the SWOT analysis conducted on the industry and industry players, The analyst has devised suitable strategies for market growth. Why buy this report?

  • The report offers a comprehensive evaluation of the Global Vertical Farming Market. The report includes in-depth qualitative analysis, verifiable data from authentic sources, and projections about market size. The projections are calculated using proven research methodologies.
  • The report has been compiled through extensive primary and secondary research. The primary research is done through interviews, surveys, and observation of renowned personnel in the industry.
  • The report includes an in-depth market analysis using Porter’s 5 forces model and the Ansoff Matrix. In addition, the impact of Covid-19 on the market is also featured in the report.
  • The report also includes the regulatory scenario in the industry, which will help you make a well-informed decision. The report discusses major regulatory bodies and major rules and regulations imposed on this sector across various geographies.
  • The report also contains the competitive analysis using Positioning Quadrants, the analyst’s Proprietary competitive positioning tool.

Key Topics Covered: 1 Report Description 2 Research Methodology 3 Executive Summary

4 Market Dynamics 4.1 Drivers4.1.1 High Yield Associated With Vertical Farming Over Conventional Farming4.1.2 Advancements in Light-Emitting Diode (LED) Technology4.1.3 Year-Round Crop Production Irrespective of Weather Conditions4.1.4 Requirement of Minimum Resources4.2 Restraints4.2.1 Lack of Technically Skilled Workforce and Limited Crop Types4.2.2 High Start-Up Costs4.3 Opportunities4.3.1 Reduced Environmental Impact from Agriculture by Adoption of Vertical Farming4.3.2 Potential Market Opportunities in the Asia Pacific and the Middle East4.3.3 Cannabis Cultivation Through Vertical Farming4.4 Challenges4.4.1 Maintenance of Temperature, Humidity, and Air Circulation in a Vertical Farm4.4.2 Vertical Farming on a Large Scale 5 Market Analysis 5.1 Regulatory Scenario5.2 Porter’s Five Forces Analysis5.3 Impact of COVID-195.4 Ansoff Matrix Analysis 6 Global Vertical Farming Market, By Structure 6.1 Introduction6.2 Building-based Structure6.3 Container-based Structure 7 Global Vertical Farming Market, By Growth Mechanism 7.1 Introduction7.2 Aeroponics7.3 Aquaponics7.4 Hydroponics 8 Global Vertical Farming Market, By Offering 8.1 Introduction8.2 Climate Control8.2.1 Air Purification/Control8.2.2 Ventilation Fans8.3 Hydroponics Components8.3.1 Meters and Solutions8.3.2 Pumps and Irrigation8.3.3 Water Filtration8.4 Lighting8.4.1 Light Ballasts8.4.2 Light Reflectors8.4.3 Lights8.5 Sensors8.5.1 CO2 Sensors8.5.2 Crop Sensors8.5.3 Nutrient Sen 9 Americas’ Global Vertical Farming Market 9.1 Introduction9.2 Argentina9.3 Brazil9.4 Canada9.5 Chile9.6 Colombia9.7 Mexico9.8 Peru9.9 United States9.10 Rest of Americas 10 Europe’s Global Vertical Farming Market 10.1 Introduction10.2 Austria10.3 Belgium10.4 Denmark10.5 Finland10.6 France10.7 Germany10.8 Italy10.9 Netherlands10.10 Norway10.11 Poland10.12 Russia10.13 Spain10.14 Sweden10.15 Switzerland10.16 United Kingdom10.17 Rest of Europe 11 Middle East and Africa’s Global Vertical Farming Market 11.1 Introduction11.2 Egypt11.3 Israel11.4 Qatar11.5 Saudi Arabia11.6 South Africa11.7 United Arab Emirates11.8 Rest of MEA 12 APAC’s Global Vertical Farming Market 12.1 Introduction12.2 Australia12.3 Bangladesh12.4 China12.5 India12.6 Indonesia12.7 Japan12.8 Malaysia12.9 Philippines12.10 Singapore12.11 South Korea12.12 Sri Lanka12.13 Thailand12.14 Taiwan12.15 Rest of Asia-Pacific 13 Competitive Landscape 13.1 Competitive Quadrant13.2 Market Share Analysis13.3 Strategic Initiatives13.3.1 M&A and Investments13.3.2 Partnerships and Collaborations13.3.3 Product Developments and Improvements 14 Company Profiles 14.1 4D Bios INC14.2 Aerofarms14.3 Agricool14.4 Altius Farms14.5 Bowery Farming14.6 Eliospectra Ab14.7 Ertical Future Ltd14.8 Everlight Electronics14.9 Freight Farms14.10 Grilution14.11 Growpod Solutions14.12 Infarm14.13 Intelligent Growth Solutions14.14 Merican Hydroponics14.15 Osram14.16 Plenty14.17 Rban Crop Solutions14.18 Reen Sense Farms14.19 Right Farms14.20 Sananbio14.21 Sky Greens14.22 Spread14.23 Uture Crops14.24 Valoya14.25 Vertical Farm Systems14.26 Wegreen 15 Appendix For more information about this report visit

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Family of woman who froze to death in cemetery when police called off search paid undisclosed sum

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Humberside police pays damages to the family of woman, 56, who froze to death in a cemetery when PCSOs called off a search after less than TEN minutes and didn’t even bother getting out of their car to look for her

  • Jacqueline Parsons, 56, froze to death in Hull, East Yorkshire, after a fall in 2018 
  • Two PCSOs were sent to find her but they called off search within ten minutes 
  • Her body was found the next morning after freezing overnight temperatures
  • Humberside Police has now paid an undisclosed sum to her family and partner 

A police force has paid damages to the family of a woman who froze to death in a cemetery after PCSOs called off a search after less than ten minutes.

The officers from Humberside Police didn’t step foot outside of their car to look for Jacqueline Parsons, 56, as she lay dying in Western Cemetery in Hull, East Yorkshire.

Miss Parsons had fallen off her bike and injured herself, prompting a passer-by to call police from home as he didn’t have a mobile and feared she’d be locked in overnight.

Her body was discovered by a dog walker the following morning on Sunday, October 28, 2018.

Humberside Police has now agreed a settlement with her loved ones who took legal action alleging its failures were a breach of its duty of care to protect the right to life.

Miss Parson’s brother Stephen, 64, said he’d been left angry at the ‘basic failings’ and had taken legal action to ensure lessons were learned.

He said: ‘Still to this day I can’t come to terms with the fact that Jacqueline would still be here if the police had just done their jobs and done a proper search of the area.

‘To think of her left there alone is heartbreaking.’

Jacqueline Parsons, 56, died after spending 17 hours in freezing temperatures, despite two police officers being dispatched to search for her after she was found by a dog walker who raised the alarm

Jacqueline Parsons, 56, died after spending 17 hours in freezing temperatures, despite two police officers being dispatched to search for her after she was found by a dog walker who raised the alarm

Following the initial call at around 4.45pm on Saturday, October 27, 2018, the incident had been logged as urgent.

But it took until 6.20pm for two PCSOs to be dispatched to assist a woman described as being ‘under the influence’.

The dispatcher said that only a ‘quick area search’ was required given the time which had passed since the initial call without any further reports, Hudgell Solicitors said.

An inquest into Miss Parsons’ death was held in October 2020. 

Tributes were left at the scene in a Hull cemetery where Jacqueline Parsons died in October 2018 after PCSOs called off their search for to find her in just nine minutes

Tributes were left at the scene in a Hull cemetery where Jacqueline Parsons died in October 2018 after PCSOs called off their search for to find her in just nine minutes

Miss Parson’s fiancé, Malcolm Cuthbert, told the coroner that she had gone cycling on her bike on at around 9am on Saturday and he became concerned when she had not returned home later in the afternoon.

He said: ‘It was raining heavily and I was worried. I expected her to return the next day and left the door open [as she had no key] and slept on the sofa.

‘On Sunday morning I expected her to return and was tired of waiting, but then saw on Hull Live that a female in her 50s had been found in the cemetery and had a gut feeling it was her.

‘I phoned the police and they arrived later to tell me she was dead and I just broke down.’

The hearing was told that at no point did the PCSOs leave their vehicle and the search was called off after about nine minutes as she hadn’t been found.

It heard their search consisted of them driving slowly with their car windows down to scan the land adjacent to the main cemetery road which looped around the cemetery.

An inquest ruled that freezing overnight temperatures, the alcohol in her system and the injury to her ankle from falling off her bike had all contributed to Miss Parsons' death

An inquest ruled that freezing overnight temperatures, the alcohol in her system and the injury to her ankle from falling off her bike had all contributed to Miss Parsons’ death

Neither were trained in search techniques and their torches were not as powerful as dedicated lighting systems that marked police vehicles are equipped with.

It ruled that freezing overnight temperatures, the alcohol in her system and the injury to her ankle from falling off her bike had all contributed to her death.

Her body was discovered the next day – almost 17 hours after the first call was made to police.

Miss Parsons’ brother added: ‘I think from the moment the call was logged, and she was described as being intoxicated, there was a dismissive approach from all involved.

‘To not get out of the car and to leave after around ten minutes, having simply driven round and shone a couple of torches, was appalling.’

Adam Biglin, from Hudgell Solicitors, described the search as ‘wholly inadequate in terms of both approach and attitude’.

Police community support officers pictured at the Hull Cemetery where Jacqueline Parsons' body was found on Sunday, October 28, 2018

Police community support officers pictured at the Hull Cemetery where Jacqueline Parsons’ body was found on Sunday, October 28, 2018

On behalf of Humberside Police, Deputy Chief Constable Paul Anderson said: ‘We have agreed a settlement with the family following a claim that was received on conclusion of the inquest in 2020, as we fully acknowledged the decision reached by the Coroner.

‘Following Jacqueline’s death in October 2018 we immediately and voluntarily referred the incident to the Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC) due to our involvement. 

‘They asked us to carry out a full and thorough review and identify any learning, which was completed and guidance provided to those involved at the time.

‘On conclusion of the inquest we further looked at lessons to be learned and have already implemented additional training for officers and staff to prevent any unnecessary distress or worry and to assist should there ever be this type of incident across our force area again.’ 

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EcoClipper signs with broker New Dawn Traders to fill first cargo sailing ship

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Dutch sailing cargo vessel start-up EcoClipper has signed up with sustainable shipbroker New Dawn Traders to fill its first ship.

The ketch De Tukker will begin operations in August, carrying cargo and passengers on the North Sea, the English Channel and as far south as Porto in Portugal.

New Dawn Traders has experience working with a range of sail cargo companies and have created a programme called Voyage COOP to bring together a network of producers, ships and ports to deliver goods in a sustainable way.

Alex Geldenhuys, the founder of New Dawn Traders, says he was inspired by people, projects and businesses that promote resilience in local food systems.

He wants to extend this movement across oceans.

“New Dawn Traders continues to build relationships across the supply chain to ship ethically produced, high-quality produce with a carbon footprint that is close to zero,” EcoClipper said.

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The sailing company’s chief executive Jorne Langelaan added: “We are very excited to go into partnership with New Dawn Traders and their network. We share many of the same values and hope to help further their work to promote coastal communities and sustainable businesses.”

Geldenhuys said working with EcoClipper allows his brokerage to link shipping capacity to farmers “who really give the best care to the land but wouldn’t normally have an opportunity to export.”

The 40-metre-long De Tukker (built 2012) will be able to carry a maximum of 70 tonnes of cargo and 12 passengers between ports including Amsterdam, London, and Antwerp.

The ship is currently undergoing refit work at Talsma Shipyard in the Netherlands where its draught has been increased by an extended keel to provide more stable sailing.

Partnerships explored

Research is being carried out into installing a propeller generator and solar panels on the galley deckhouse to cover the onboard lighting system and navigation and further reduce fossil-fuel use, EcoClipper said.

The company added that it is talking to potential partners including sailing holiday agent Classic Sailing and sustainable ferry service FairFerry.

UK-based brokers Shipped by Sail and Raybel Charters have also been approached, it said.

EcoClipper was founded in 2018 by Langelaan, co-founder of Fairtransport, and has plans to develop a fleet of sailing ships offering emission-free transport and travel worldwide.

Its three square-rigged mast EcoClipper500 prototype aims to carry 500 tonnes of cargo across global deepsea routes.

It will be a steel replica of the clipper Noach, originally built in 1857 which has been called the fastest Dutch sailing vessel ever.

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Samsung Likely To End LCD Manufacturing Soon Due To Reduced Profits

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Samsung is said to be ending the LCD manufacturing due to reduced profits.

Samsung is said to be ending the LCD manufacturing due to reduced profits.

No investment plan details have since been announced, and the employees of the LCD business are expected to be transferred to the Quantum Dot business, the report said.

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South Korean tech giant Samsung is reportedly planning to close down its last liquid-crystal displays (LCD) production lines. The decision to close the LCD business, by Samsung Display, will be completed by June of 2022 as the company faces tough competition from its Chinese and Taiwanese counterparts, reports GizmoChina.

The company has decided to focus on manufacturing organic light-emitting diode (OLED) and quantum dot (QD) displays, as OLED panels have started to become the norm in the smartphone market. That being said, the main reason for the shutting down of LCD panel production is the reduced profits in the venture, as per the report. A recent Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) revealed that the price of an LCD is 36.6 percent of what it used to be in January 2014, the component’s peak production period.

No investment plan details have since been announced, and the employees of the LCD business are expected to be transferred to the QD business, the report said.

Samsung Display had decided to close its LCD business in late 2020, but the plans were delayed at Samsung Electronics’ request due to a sudden increase in the prices of LCD panels during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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GE Cync smart lighting review: A worthy Philips Hue competitor

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GE Cync lights set up in gaming room.
GE Cync smart lighting
MSRP $19.99

  • Easy to set up
  • Easy to use
  • App is uncluttered
  • Great variety of lights
  • App control is quick and responsive
  • Works with all digital assistants
  • Could use a few ‘extra’ features
  • Motion sensor was glitchy

As smart homes become more reliable and powerful, more brands are branching out into this space. While products like Ring and Philips Hue are well known, there are definitely less popular brands that are also making waves. One of those is GE Cync. The company’s smart home lineup includes a vast variety of gadgets from lights to thermostats to cameras. You could say the Cync system (formerly C by GE) is the dark horse of the smart home world.

GE Cync smart lighting review

GE Cync smart lights review.

I recently had the opportunity to try a handful of GE’s lighting gadgets for a few weeks. In this review, learn how the system works as a whole, and look in more detail at these products:

  • Cync Wire-Free Dimmer Switch
  • Smart Motion Sensor
  • Direct Connect Color Smart Bulb
  • Direct Connect Light Strip
  • Outdoor Smart Plug

While many smart home and lighting systems use hubs or bridges to connect these devices to your home’s Wi-Fi, GE Cync has chosen to make its devices direct-connect. That means there’s no extra (and expensive) components to buy; the lights are able to communicate with the Cync app on their own, making for a more streamlined system.

Setting up GE Cync using the Cync app

GE Cync is a refreshingly easy smart home system to navigate. The Cync app serves as the system’s control center. The app is delightfully uncluttered, sleek-looking, and easy to navigate — even for new users.

The app allows remote control over devices, plus you can set up schedules and group lights into rooms and areas. You can also use the app to link some devices together, such as a light and motion detector.

Once you have a Cync account, adding devices is as simple as clicking the Add device, ‘+’ sign, and then choosing the type of product you’re setting up. Every single device we set up inside the app went online in seconds. In short, the Cync system is as easy or even easier than other systems like Hue and Ring when it comes to set up.

Smart lighting: GE Cync Direct Connect Color Smart Bulb & Cync Wire-Free Dimmer Switch

GE Cync smart lights review.

I set up the GE Cync Direct Connect Color Smart Bulb to be used with the Cync Wire-Free Dimmer Switch in the bedroom, making it easy to turn on the bedside lamp from across the room. Setting up both the lightbulb and the switch was extremely easy using the GE app, requiring just a couple of taps on the screen. I created a room called Bedroom, then added each device to it. A few more clicks, and I could assign the Wire-Free Dimmer Switch to control the light bulb.

The light bulb is an easy option as a foray into the system — particularly if you’re starting to build a smart home. It changes colors, and has different temperatures of white light, too; perfect for setting the mood. The Dimmer Switch works great with it, and gives additional control because it lacked such a switch previously.

It’s also possible to set a timer for the light bulb in the Cync app using Scenes. I set my Scene to turn the light on dimly just before bedtime, then I would turn it off before going to sleep. The Scenes feature is intuitive to use and works well.

GE Cync Direct Connect Light Strip

GE Cync smarts light strip review.

Next, I set up the Direct Connect Light Strip behind the sofa, so it could act as a kind of background ambient light in the living room. I intended to set up the motion sensor to turn on the light when I enter the room, but ran into some troubles.

The motion sensor didn’t actually seem to work, in that it would not trip the strip lights at all. In my troubleshooting, I re-connected it to the light bulb in the bedroom, and found it would turn that light on, but it took almost a full 20 seconds for the light to illuminate after walking in the room. Not ideal. My guess is that there’s a glitch in the app or the firmware of this sensor (that I trust may be remedied at some point), so I set it aside and moved on.

GE Cync Outdoor Smart Plug

GE Cync smart plug review.

Lastly, I tried the GE Cync Outdoor Smart Plug, and this is a great device for automating older patio or string lights, or something like a water fountain or bug zapper. The Outdoor Smart Plug is a large oval-shaped block attached to a short cord. While the case is quite large, it feels well made, and there are two plugs under rubberized flaps that keep things weatherproof. You can turn the plug on and off with a press of the button on the top of the unit, or use the app as a remote control. You can also set each plug on a timer. There’s a mounting hook on the back as well, giving it all a clean look.

My husband found the button feature handy to control these lights, while I loved giving our patio string lights, and putting a fountain on an automated schedule so its lights would turn on each evening and turn off at bedtime.

The GE Cync Outdoor Smart Plug worked like a dream and was super easy to set up and use; plus it seems durable enough to withstand the weather.

GE Cync smart lights review

One thing I couldn’t figure out how to do was link the devices together to create more complex Scenes. For example, I couldn’t create a Scene to turn on the lights when the motion sensor was tripped along with a GE Cync camera to start recording (Ring can do this, for example). It seems this type of interconnectedness is not yet available in the app.

The other feature I like in a smart lighting system is a sunrise/sunset automated schedule that will automatically turn lights on at sunset and off at sunrise, adjusting to the sun cycle throughout the year. I didn’t see that option in the Cync app, but I’m hoping it will be an option in a future firmware update.

Control with Siri, Google, or Alexa

Another positive feature of GE Cync is that it will work with your preferred digital assistant: It’s compatible with Siri and Apple HomeKit, Google, and Alexa. I opted to connect my light to Google Home and was able to easily ask to turn the light on or off, or adjust the colors — all without needing a phone.

Our take

Overall, the GE Cync smart lighting system is quite impressive. There’s a variety of lighting devices, the ecosystem is simple to set up and use, whether with the app or your voice.

When it comes to the aspects of GE Cync smart lighting that could be improved, it comes downs to the glitchy motion detector, that we wish offered support for sunrise/sunset scheduling. In truth, these factors don’t detract from the system as a whole. The GE Cync smart lights are a must-have for those looking to get started with a smart home and smart lighting.

Is there a better alternative?

Perhaps a better question would be, is there a different alternative? Philips Hue is the granddaddy of smart lighting, with other producers like LIFX and Sengled also making capable smart home lighting. Philips Hue is definitely a great system (I have numerous Hue lights at home) but I would say the Cync brand stands up against it well.

To choose which is best for you, ask yourself what you want the smart lights to do, how you want them to look, and if you need to integrate them with a particular smart home system. Price may also factor in, and it’s probably fair to say Hue products cost more than similar versions of Cync lights. That said, cost can vary wildly if you buy one light or a 4-pack, and where you get it. Keep in mind though, Philips Hue is also one of the systems that need a hub to operate, though they do have some Bluetooth-only options. Prices range from about $25 for a 2-pack of lights to about $50 for the light strip.

Should I buy it?

Absolutely! Particularly if you’re just starting out with a smart home ecosystem, this lineup of products will have you wanting to expand your kit in no time. If you’re not sold on the GE Cync, you can read more on our best picks for smart lights for other options.

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Agenda: Let's make Scotland a smart country

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THE concept of ‘smart’ technologies is nothing new. From smart thermostats to smart motorways, connective technology is being used to streamline operations and create efficiencies for decades to come. It works by making use of advanced technologies like IoT, AI, machine learning and big data to collect and better interpret data to facilitate improved decision making.

‘Smart communities’ – whereby ‘smart’ technology is used by town planners and councils to improve the lives of citizens by addressing local challenges such as waste management, improving energy efficiency and optimising energy usage – are not new to the UK but we are still yet to realise their full potential.

Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Manchester and London have all deployed technology to collect data and provide smart solutions in recent years. Glasgow, for example, has invested £24m since 2014, to, among other things, improve street lighting solutions and better energy efficiency, helping the city realise more than £150m in benefits.

With Scotland needing to become a net zero economy by 2045, smart technologies will prove pivotal in our ability to solve society’s biggest challenges – from combatting climate change to improving town planning and resource sharing.

Every community is unique, and smart solutions must reflect that to maximise the chances of success, with a clear understanding of what the issues are and how smart solutions could help to address them.

Without clear, specific objectives, it can be difficult to get buy-in from both the people who run and use the solution, making it harder to demonstrate the value or benefits of the initiative. It also runs the risk of wasting money on the wrong things – which is one of the main reasons why smart projects have failed in the past and a key concern as the cost-of-living crisis continues to bite.

To stand the greatest chance of a smart project succeeding, a bottom-up, problem-led approach is needed so that the correct solutions can be identified by councils and town planners on a case-by-case basis. This provides the necessary ownership to both implement the solution and then monitor the resulting impact to understand how this can address the identified problem or enhance service delivery.

Moreover, a robust, transparent governance structure is required to focus smart technologies on the needs and interests of local users and fully realise the benefits of being a smart community.

Given the wide range of stakeholders involved in smart projects, governance should be open to enabling knowledge exchange and inclusive to help raise awareness of the benefits of smart technologies and improve their acceptance among local communities.

Clear governance also enhances the accountability of ‘smart communities’ by providing a well-defined strategic framework to guide the implementation of technologies and assess their outcomes. Setting objectives and performance indicators further maximises transparency and ensures a fair balance between the interests of all involved – which should be a priority for local authorities.

Ultimately, smart communities have the potential to revolutionise society – but only if we identify the right solutions and challenges and we communicate how these will improve people’s lives. If local authorities can do this, then smart communities can improve and nurture better social cohesion and economic resilience, a key challenge as we look to Build Back Better.

Steve Smith is head of Smart Places at FarrPoint

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Morning headlines: Most area swimming pools opening today

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Most Fargo pools open Monday

Most Fargo-area pools open Tuesday, May 31.

FARGO — The Fargo Park District plans to open its five outdoor pools for the summer at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 31.

The pools include Island Park Pool, Madison Pool & Splash Pad, Davies Recreational Pool, Southwest Recreation Pool and Roger G. Gress Northside Pool.

The park district has new scanner cards as pool passes for the 2022 season. Season passes can be purchased online at

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or at the Fargo Park District main office at 701 Main Ave.

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Also on Tuesday, the water spouts at Broadway Square are set to open for the season. The spouts, which are open to the public and free to use, operate daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. May to October, weather permitting.

Unveiling of lighting for sandbagging sculpture is Tuesday

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FARGO — A community celebration is planned for Tuesday night, May 31, at 9:30 p.m. to unveil the lighting of the “The Spirit of the Sandbagger” sculpture in downtown Fargo.

Last September, the Fargo Lions Club gifted the monument to the city in honor of the club’s 100th year of service to the community and to recognize the thousands of volunteers who fought numerous Red River floods to save the community.

During the last several months, a state-of-the-art lighting system was procured, designed, installed and programmed with the help of three companies at the site on Second Street and First Avenue North.

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Novel deep learning technique developed for photoacoustic imaging technology

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The system is designed to improve visualisation of immersive medical devices during minimally invasive procedures

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A postgraduate student from the School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences has developed a deep learning framework to enhance a novel light emitting diodes (LED) based photoacoustic imaging technique to improve visualisation of immersive medical devices during minimally invasive procedures.

The paper, published in Photoacoustics demonstrated that the learning-based framework substantially improved the needle visibility in photoacoustic imaging in vivo compared to conventional reconstruction by suppressing background noise and image artefacts – meaning the images were much clearer and provided better visualisation of the needle.

The researchers say the proposed framework could be helpful for reducing complications during percutaneous needle insertions – procedure or method where access to inner organs or other tissue is done via needle-puncture of the skin, rather than by using an “open” approach where inner organs or tissue are exposed – by accurate identification of clinical needles in photoacoustic imaging.

Ultrasound (US) imaging is widely used for guiding minimally invasive percutaneous procedures such as peripheral nerve blocks, tumour biopsy and fetal blood sampling.

During these procedures, a metallic needle is inserted percutaneously into the body towards the target under real-time US guidance. Accurate and efficient identification of the target and the needle are of paramount importance to ensure the efficacy and safety of the procedure.

Photoacoustic imaging is a hybrid modality that is based on the detection of US signals generated from tissue in response to tissue absorption of light.

As each type of tissue has absorption preference for certain colours of light, photoacoustic imaging can differentiate various tissue types at high spatial resolution, which could help surgeon to better identify procedure targets and avoid damaging critical tissue structures.

First author and PhD student Mengjie Shi at the School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences said as the framework has been validated on healthy human volunteers, it can be integrated into real-time applications. This can give clinicians real-time feedback of the needle position so they can approach the needle to the procedure target with high confidence as they receive feedback from the photoacoustic images and US images to conduct better procedures.

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If we could achieve a high imaging quality that could be provided to the surgery it would reduce complications such as nerve damage.– Mengjie Shi, PhD student, School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences

The researchers say it could also work well in a clinical environment as LED is safer and more cost-effective compared to commonly used bulky and expensive laser systems. Light-emitting-diodes (LEDs) are one of low-cost alternatives to solid-state lasers. PA could use different light sources for light excitation such as solid-state lasers, laser diodes, and LEDs. Here, LEDs are promising alternatives for their compact size, low cost and safe operation.

This means surgeons and clinicians may not need to wear goggles to protect their eyes from the laser’s radiation. For LED-based photoacoustic imaging systems, only two pieces of LED arrays and cables are needed.

With these two factors in mind, clinical translation of this photoacoustic imaging technique could be accelerated.– Dr Xia, Lecturer, Department of Surgical & Intervention Engineering, School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences

This research adds to their work showing how photoacoustic imaging is optimizing and merging hybrid imaging modalities that could be used for guiding minimally invasive procedures.

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Beverly Shores Museum and Art Gallery exhibit to share town's history

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A new history exhibit at the Beverly Shores Depot Museum and Art Gallery will explain how the Duneland town of Beverly Shores came to be.

In June, the museum will host the 75th town anniversary exhibit. It looks back at how the town on Lake Michigan blossomed from one developer’s vision.

“What makes a community, and how do communities transform? What causes these changes, and how do individuals experience the transformation of their communities? In 1929, Frederick Bartlett, one of Chicago’s largest real estate developers, purchased 1,400 acres on the shores of Lake Michigan to create a lakeside resort community,” the museum said in a press release. “Borrowing styles popular in Florida resort communities, he attracted tourists to his planned town via the newly constructed South Shore Line. During the heyday of Bartlett’s community, the town had an inn, stables, golf course and clubhouse, a church, casino, art colony, tavern, theater, post office, fire department, school and several recreation areas.”

The local history exhibit opens June 10. An opening reception for the public to attend will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. that night.

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People can learn more about the lakefront town’s history, including the historic World’s Fair homes that look out over the Lake Michigan lakeshore and are now part of the Indiana Dunes National Park.

“The community experienced its first transformation with the onset of the Great Depression. In an attempt to continue the expansion of Beverly Shore despite financial pressures, Robert Bartlett, Frederick’s brother, capitalized on the success of the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair,” the museum said in a press release. “Bartlett moved futuristic model homes, such as House of Tomorrow, along with replicas of the nation’s most famous historical structures, for instance, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, to the beaches and wetlands of Beverly Shores. What emerged from Bartlett’s planning is one of the most architecturally diverse communities in Porter County.”

Beverly Shores eventually become a largely residential town that pulls in tourists to a few different National Park sites, including the Great Marsh Trail and the Dunewood Campground. It was incorporated as a town in Porter County 75 years ago.

“When Bartlett left Beverly Shores behind, selling his lands, the town was forced to incorporate in 1947 to provide services to residents of the community. The 1950s marked a period of stability with a mix of full and part-time residents,” the museum is a press release. “However, another transformation was on the horizon. In 1966 the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore was created. The town faced new pressures as two-thirds of the town became parkland. This year we celebrate 75 years of our incorporation.” 

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Police payout after woman died as they spent under 10 minutes looking for her

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A police force has paid damages to the family of a woman who froze to death in a cemetery after PCSOs called off a search after less than 10 minutes. The officers from Humberside Police didn’t even step foot outside of their car to look for Jacqueline Parsons, 56, as she lay dying in Western Cemetery in Hull, East Yorks.

Jacqueline had fallen off her bike and injured herself, prompting a passer-by to call police from home as he didn’t have a mobile and feared she’d be locked in overnight. Her body was discovered by a dog walker the following morning in October 2018.

Humberside Police has now agreed a settlement with her loved ones who took legal action alleging its failures were a breach of its duty of care to protect the right to life. Jacqueline’s heartbroken brother Stephen, 64, said he’d been left angry at the “basic failings” and had taken legal action to ensure lessons were learned.

He said: “Still to this day I can’t come to terms with the fact that Jacqueline would still be here if the police had just done their jobs and done a proper search of the area. If they’d just got out of their car and walked around it is likely she’d have been found.

“I remember it was a cold and wet day and I have always wondered how much that influenced what happened. To think of her left there alone is heartbreaking.”

Following the initial call at around 4.45pm on October 27 2018, the incident had been logged as urgent. But according to solicitors who acted for the family, it took until 6.20pm for two PCSOs to be dispatched to assist a woman described as being under the influence.

The dispatcher said that only a “quick area search” was required given the time which had passed since the initial call without any further reports, Hudgell Solicitors said. An inquest into Jacqueline’s death heard that at no point did the officers leave their vehicle and the search was called off after about 10 minutes as she hadn’t been found.

It heard their search consisted of them driving slowly with their car windows down to scan the land adjacent to the main cemetery road which looped around the cemetery. Neither were trained in search techniques and their torches were not as powerful as dedicated lighting systems that marked police vehicles are equipped with.

It ruled that freezing overnight temperatures, the alcohol in her system and the injury to her ankle from falling off her bike had all contributed to her death. Ms Parsons’ body was discovered the next day – almost 17 hours after the first call was made to cops.

Stephen added: “I think from the moment the call was logged, and she was described as being intoxicated, there was a dismissive approach from all involved. To not get out of the car and to leave after around 10 minutes, having simply driven round and shone a couple of torches, was appalling.”

Adam Biglin, from Hudgell Solicitors, described the search as “wholly inadequate in terms of both approach and attitude”. He said: “At no point did the officers leave their police vehicle and they used torches that were not powerful enough to carry out a proper search.

“Nor did they make any attempt to check that Jacqueline had retuned home safe, given that they had been provided with her name and address by the man who called to report that she needed help. “The police failed to do their job of investigating and instead made a number of assumptions.

“These assumptions, and failings to follow proper procedures, proved fatal.”

Humberside Police has been approached for comment.

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Family get damages after police call off search in 10 minutes and woman freezes to death

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A police force has paid damages to the family of a woman who froze to death in a cemetery after PCSOs called off a search after less than 10 minutes.

Humberside Police didn’t even step foot outside of their car to look for Jacqueline Parsons, 56, as she lay dying in Western Cemetery in Hull, East Yorkshire.

Jacqueline had fallen off her bike and injured herself, prompting a passer-by to call police from home as he didn’t have a mobile and feared she’d be locked in overnight.

Her body was discovered by a dog walker the following morning in October 2018.

Humberside Police has now agreed a settlement with her loved ones who took legal action alleging its failures were a breach of its duty of care to protect the right to life.

Jacqueline’s heartbroken brother Stephen, 64, said he’d been left angry at the “basic failings” and took legal action to ensure lessons were learned.

He said: “Still to this day I can’t come to terms with the fact that Jacqueline would still be here if the police had just done their jobs and done a proper search of the area.






Jacqueline Parsons froze to death after police called off a search for her

The 56-year-old spent 17 hours in freezing temperatures despite officers being dispatched to the scene
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“”If they’d just got out of their car and walked around it is likely she’d have been found.

“I remember it was a cold and wet day and I have always wondered how much that influenced what happened.

“To think of her left there alone is heartbreaking.”

Following the initial call at around 4.45pm on October 27, 2018, the incident had been logged as urgent.

But according to solicitors who acted for the family, it took until 6.20pm for two PCSOs to be dispatched to assist a woman described as being under the influence.

The dispatcher said that only a “quick area search” was required given the time which had passed since the initial call without any further reports, Hudgell Solicitors said.






Jacqueline Parsons froze to death after police called off a search for her

Jacqueline had fallen off her bike and a passerby called 999
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Hull Live/MEN)

An inquest into Jacqueline’s death heard that at no point did the officers leave their vehicle.

In addition, the search was called off after about 10 minutes as she hadn’t been found.

The court heard the police search consisted of officers driving slowly with their car windows down to scan the land adjacent to the main cemetery road which looped around the cemetery.

Neither were trained in search techniques and their torches were not as powerful as dedicated lighting systems marking police vehicles are equipped with.

It ruled that freezing overnight temperatures, the alcohol in her system and the injury to her ankle from falling off her bike had all contributed to her death.






Jacqueline Parsons froze to death after police called off a search for her

Jacqueline’s family took legal action against the force
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Hull Live/MEN)

Ms Parsons’ body was discovered the next day – almost 17 hours after the first call was made to cops.

Stephen added: “I think from the moment the call was logged and she was described as being intoxicated, there was a dismissive approach from all involved.

“To not get out of the car and to leave after around 10 minutes, having simply driven round and shone a couple of torches, was appalling.”

Adam Biglin, from Hudgell Solicitors, described the search as “wholly inadequate in terms of both approach and attitude”.

He said: “At no point did the officers leave their police vehicle and they used torches that were not powerful enough to carry out a proper search.

“Nor did they make any attempt to check that Jacqueline had retuned home safe, given that they had been provided with her name and address by the man who called to report that she needed help.

“The police failed to do their job of investigating and instead made a number of assumptions.

“These assumptions, and failings to follow proper procedures, proved fatal.”

Humberside Police has been approached for comment.

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The Worldwide Head-Up Display Industry Is Expected To Reach $8.9 Billion By 2027

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Dublin, May 31, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The ‘Global Head-Up Display Market (2022-2027) by Type, Component, Technology, Application, Geography, Competitive Analysis and the Impact of Covid-19 with Ansoff Analysis’ report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.
The Global Head-Up Display Market is estimated to be USD 3.14 Bn in 2022 and is projected to reach USD 8.91 Bn by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 23.2%.
Market dynamics are forces that impact the prices and behaviors of the Global Head-Up Display Market stakeholders. These forces create pricing signals which result from the changes in the supply and demand curves for a given product or service. Forces of Market Dynamics may be related to macro-economic and micro-economic factors. There are dynamic market forces other than price, demand, and supply. Human emotions can also drive decisions, influence the market, and create price signals.
As the market dynamics impact the supply and demand curves, decision-makers aim to determine the best way to use various financial tools to stem various strategies for speeding the growth and reducing the risks.

Company Profiles

The report provides a detailed analysis of the competitors in the market. It covers the financial performance analysis for the publicly listed companies in the market. The report also offers detailed information on the companies’ recent development and competitive scenario.

Some of the companies covered in this report are Alps Alpine, Bae Systems, Bosch, Collins Aerospace, Continental, Denso Corp, Elbit Systems, Envisics, Garmin, Honeywell Aerospace, Hudway, I4Drive, etc.
Countries Studied

  • America (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, United States, Rest of Americas)
  • Europe (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle-East and Africa (Egypt, Israel, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Rest of MEA)
  • Asia-Pacific (Australia, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Taiwan, Rest of Asia-Pacific)

Competitive Quadrant

The report includes Competitive Quadrant, a proprietary tool to analyze and evaluate the position of companies based on their Industry Position score and Market Performance score. The tool uses various factors for categorizing the players into four categories. Some of these factors considered for analysis are financial performance over the last 3 years, growth strategies, innovation score, new product launches, investments, growth in market share, etc.
Ansoff Analysis

The report presents a detailed Ansoff matrix analysis for the Global Head-Up Display Market. Ansoff Matrix, also known as Product/Market Expansion Grid, is a strategic tool used to design strategies for the growth of the company. The matrix can be used to evaluate approaches in four strategies viz. Market Development, Market Penetration, Product Development and Diversification. The matrix is also used for risk analysis to understand the risk involved with each approach.
The analyst analyses the Global Head-Up Display Market using the Ansoff Matrix to provide the best approaches a company can take to improve its market position.
Based on the SWOT analysis conducted on the industry and industry players, The analyst has devised suitable strategies for market growth.
Why buy this report?

  • The report offers a comprehensive evaluation of the Global Head-Up Display Market. The report includes in-depth qualitative analysis, verifiable data from authentic sources, and projections about market size. The projections are calculated using proven research methodologies.
  • The report has been compiled through extensive primary and secondary research. The primary research is done through interviews, surveys, and observation of renowned personnel in the industry.
  • The report includes an in-depth market analysis using Porter’s 5 forces model and the Ansoff Matrix. In addition, the impact of Covid-19 on the market is also featured in the report.
  • The report also includes the regulatory scenario in the industry, which will help you make a well-informed decision. The report discusses major regulatory bodies and major rules and regulations imposed on this sector across various geographies.
  • The report also contains the competitive analysis using Positioning Quadrants, the analyst’s Proprietary competitive positioning tool.

Key Topics Covered:
1 Report Description
2 Research Methodology
3 Executive Summary
4 Market Dynamics
4.1 Drivers
4.1.1 Increasing Awareness about Passenger and Vehicle Safety
4.1.2 Enhanced Convenience Offered by Combination of Satellite Navigation Technology and Head-Up Displays to Enrich In-Vehicle Experience
4.1.3 Growing Adoption of AR-Based Head-Up Displays
4.2 Restraints
4.2.1 Space Constraints in Automotive Cockpits
4.2.2 High Luminance, Power, and Brightness Requirements of Head-Up Displays
4.2.3 Incorrect Interpretation of Symbols Used in Head-Up Displays
4.3 Opportunities
4.3.1 Growing Demand for Semi-Autonomous and Electric Vehicles
4.3.2 Emergence of Screen-Less Displays
4.3.3 Enhanced Driving Experience Offered by AR-Based Head-Up Displays
4.4 Challenges
4.4.1 High Costs of Advanced Head-Up Displays
4.4.2 Availability of Laser-Based Volumetric Displays as Alternatives to Head-Up Displays
5 Market Analysis
5.1 Regulatory Scenario
5.2 Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
5.3 Impact of COVID-19
5.4 Ansoff Matrix Analysis
6 Global Head-Up Display Market, By Type
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Conventional Head-Up Displays
6.2.1 Windshield-Based Head-Up Displays
6.2.2 Combiner-Based Head-Up Displays
6.3 AR-Based Head-Up Displays
7 Global Head-Up Display Market, By Component
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Projector/Projection Unit
7.2.1 Projectors/Projection Units
7.2.2 Liquid Crystal On Silicon (LCOS) Projectors
7.2.3 Digital Light Processing (DLP) Projectors
7.2.4 Laser Beam Steering (LBS) Projectors
7.3 Display Units
7.3.1 Digital Micromirror Device (Dmd) Technology
7.3.2 Liquid C
8 Global Head-Up Display Market, By Technology
8.1 Introduction
8.2 Cathode Ray Tube
8.3 Light-Emitting Diode
8.4 Microelectromechanical System
8.5 Optical Waveguide
9 Global Head-Up Display Market, By Application
9.1 Introduction
9.2 Aviation
9.3 Automotive
9.4 Wearables
9.5 Others
10 Americas’ Global Head-Up Display Market
10.1 Introduction
10.2 Argentina
10.3 Brazil
10.4 Canada
10.5 Chile
10.6 Colombia
10.7 Mexico
10.8 Peru
10.9 United States
10.10 Rest of Americas
11 Europe’s Global Head-Up Display Market
11.1 Introduction
11.2 Austria
11.3 Belgium
11.4 Denmark
11.5 Finland
11.6 France
11.7 Germany
11.8 Italy
11.9 Netherlands
11.10 Norway
11.11 Poland
11.12 Russia
11.13 Spain
11.14 Sweden
11.15 Switzerland
11.16 United Kingdom
11.17 Rest of Europe
12 Middle East and Africa’s Global Head-Up Display Market
12.1 Introduction
12.2 Egypt
12.3 Israel
12.4 Qatar
12.5 Saudi Arabia
12.6 South Africa
12.7 United Arab Emirates
12.8 Rest of MEA
13 APAC’s Global Head-Up Display Market
13.1 Introduction
13.2 Australia
13.3 Bangladesh
13.4 China
13.5 India
13.6 Indonesia
13.7 Japan
13.8 Malaysia
13.9 Philippines
13.10 Singapore
13.11 South Korea
13.12 Sri Lanka
13.13 Thailand
13.14 Taiwan
13.15 Rest of Asia-Pacific
14 Competitive Landscape
14.1 Competitive Quadrant
14.2 Market Share Analysis
14.3 Strategic Initiatives
14.3.1 M&A and Investments
14.3.2 Partnerships and Collaborations
14.3.3 Product Developments and Improvements
15 Company Profiles
15.1 Alps Alpine
15.2 Bae Systems
15.3 Bosch
15.4 Collins Aerospace
15.5 Continental
15.6 Denso Corp
15.7 Elbit Systems
15.8 Envisics
15.9 Garmin
15.10 Honeywell Aerospace
15.11 Hudway
15.12 I4Drive
15.13 Microvision
15.14 Nippon Seiki
15.15 Panasonic
15.16 Pioneer Corp
15.17 Renesas Electronics
15.18 Saab Ab
15.19 Stmicroelectronics
15.20 Texas Instruments
15.21 Thales Group
15.22 Transdigm Group
15.23 Visteon Corp
15.24 Wayray
15.25 Yazaki Corp
16 Appendix

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As the world battles economic and climate crises, brands like Hi-tec

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New Delhi [India], May 31 (ANI/GPRC): The increasing human dependency on electronic devices has led to the mushrooming of multiple brands that promise amazing output.
However, it often gets overwhelming for the buyers to choose among the flood of brands and products. Going to shops and suppliers doesn’t help either because ultimately everyone is in for profit. Business owners push brands that promise them maximum margins.
This leads to a gap between offerings and customer satisfaction. Rohit Kohli of Hi-tech AV systems says that electronic products like air conditioners, lighting solutions, and AV systems are lifelong investments and conscious business people must take adequate care to offer the best products and services.
The failure to bridge this gap not only causes dissatisfaction but also harms the environment with sub-standard products that will not stand the test of time. We as responsible citizens of the world must try hard to ensure we invest in and recommend products that do not contribute further to the earth’s miseries.
This is a huge responsibility that businesses need to shoulder and only recommend products that offer the best return on investment. While profitability cannot be ignored, they need to sync their objectives with the needs of customers.
The Karol Bagh market in Delhi is bustling with stores that deal in electronics and people from across Delhi/NCR head here to get the best products. The customer base ranges from individual customers to businesses like nightclubs, salons, gyms, restaurants, bars, corporate houses, etc.
Theatre and multiplex owners also head to the market for screen and sound systems. Rohit says that only a few businesses are conscious and look beyond profitability.

Some popular brands available here include JBL, Bose, Martin Audio, Tannoy, Pioneer, Sony, Samsung, Epson, Optma Pioneer, DENON, Marantz, Qsc, Focal Audio, b&o, b&w/ Electro Voice / Klipsh Audio / Yamaha Audio, Mitsubishi Electric, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, O General, Sonos, Electro voice, Harman Kardon, Rcf Audio, Db Technology’s, and White Westing House.
We hope more businesses come forward with sustainable initiatives that offer the best and latest products to customers. This is a step in the right direction and some brands like Hi-tech have already taken it. When the brands are consumer and sustainability-centred, the global market will be a profitable space for brands too.
Interested ones can contact us through:
https://avjunction.in/contact-us/
Email- hitechavsystems@gmail.com
Ph- 9873585800, 9990585800, 9711585800
https://www.facebook.com/avjunctionindia/
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What is Always-On Display, the newest expected feature of the iPhone 14 series

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Always-On Display, or AoD is expected to be one of the major features coming to select models of iPhone 14 later this year. While those who have been using iPhones for a long time may be new to the term, Android users have enjoyed Always On Display for years.

In fact, Apple has made use of the technology in the past. Every Apple Watch since the Apple Watch Series 5 has had the feature and we can now expect it to come to the upcoming iPhones as well. But what is Always-On Display and how does it work? Why did Apple not enable the feature all these years and most importantly, will older iPhones get the feature? Let’s find out.

What is Always-On Display and how does it work?

Always-On Display allows select pixels on your phone’s screen to light up when it is off, to alert you of elements like the time, incoming calls, notifications, etc. The feature was made popular on Android years ago by phones like the Motorola Moto X series. When AoD is enabled, the majority of your phone’s screen remains off, not using any power, while a small portion of the pixels light up to show you information. Since the pixels that are off, are truly off, the feature doesn’t take a huge impact on your battery, despite it being on all day.

Apple is bringing the feature to iPhones that have two key technical specifications in their display panels – OLED (organic light emitting diode) and LTPO (low temperature polycrystalline oxide)

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What are OLED panels?

The display panel on your smartphone is made up of many tiny pixels, however, it is how these pixels light up that differentiate between the two major types of screens in use on phones today – LCD panels and AMOLED/OLED panels.

LCD panels have backlights behind the screen that emits  white light, and the backlight panel only works with the LCD panel because the liquid crystal panel cannot emit light. With OLED panels, each pixel is essentially, its own lighting source, using organic compounds to light up at various intensity levels depending on the current passed through it.

Due to this difference, OLED panels offer more minute customisation pixel-to-pixel. What does that mean? It basically means that every pixel in an OLED panel can be configured to be turned on or off, and even show any particular colour.

This allows manufacturers to implement Always-On Display on phones that do feature an OLED panel and these do offer controlled customisability of each individual pixel. The feature would be redundant on LCD displays because even if you want to show one single pixel in the middle of the screen “always on”, the entire backlight needs to be on the whole time, draining your battery very fast.

Apple didn’t make the switch to OLED panels until the iPhone X, which also featured a complete design change and the switch from TouchID to FaceID. However, it wasn’t until the iPhone 12 series that Apple made OLED mandatory across the series. The iPhone 11 series only had OLED panels on the Pro-models.

But now that OLED panels have come to all iPhones in the series for the last two generations, why don’t we still have Always-On display? The answer is Apple’s second requirement that we mentioned above – LTPO technology.

What are LTPO panels?

Putting an OLED panel alone on a phone should allow it to use Always-On Display (like so many Android phones out there). However, Apple likely wants to add AoD only to phones which feature both OLED and LTPO, yet another technology that helps save power.

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While Always-On Display is possible with just OLED technology and no LTPO, the inclusion of LTPO helps significantly with battery drain. (Express Photo)

An LTPO panel allows a display to precisely switch between very low and very high refresh rates based on the content on offer. Hence, when showing a stationary page on a website or your settings panel, an LTPO panel can drop the refresh rate way below the usual 60Hz (as low as 1Hz on the newer LTPO 2.0 panels), saving considerable battery.

Using LTPO panels in conjunction with OLED offers the lowest power consumption and therefore the least battery drain. This is because in addition to only selective pixels being on, LTPO allows the panel to drop its refresh rate as low as possible since you won’t virtually need anything above 1-10Hz to show the time and notifications.

Which iPhone models could we see get Always-On Display?

As we mentioned above, Apple is rumoured to bring Always-On Display only to phones which have both OLED + LTPO panels. The ‘Pro’ models of the iPhone 14 series are the top contenders for the feature but two of Apple’s current iPhones could also get AoD with an update in the future.

These are the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. The first iPhones to implement LTPO and OLED panels, last years iPhone 13 Pro-series phones offered the benefits of OLED displays like rich colours and deep blacks, as well as higher refresh rate up to 120Hz via Apple’s ProMotion feature. These two models should be able to get the feature with a future update.

However, other iPhone variants (including newer ones like the iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13) are unlikely to get AoD support due to not featuring an LTPO panel, an OLED panel, or both.

We should have more information regarding Always-On Display and what devices it will support next week during WWDC 2022, where Apple is also expected to make the next iOS update official.

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Fighting For Survival in the Shadow of Covid-19

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BOLGATANGA, Ghana A nurse dressed in a white hazmat suit stands at a rickety wooden table folding surgical instruments into sheets of blue paper and placing them into a cardboard box on the floor. Next to her sits a white microwave-looking machine, one that is supposed to help sanitize scalpels and forceps, but is on the fritz — the door keeps popping open.

“We have to try and sanitize each tool individually ourselves,” she says. “Then we wrap it to save it for the next surgery.”

It’s hardly the ideal way of cleaning and storing tools, but it is the only option for the health care staff here at Kings Medical Center in Bolgatanga, located in the Upper East Region of Ghana near the border of Burkina Faso. The center, funded in part by the government and a consortium of Christian missionary organizations, is one of the only hospitals in the 140,000-person district. It treats patients from infancy to adulthood for a slew of health problems, including mild respiratory infections, malaria, diabetes and basic surgical cases. It is one of the most well-resourced facilities in the area, but it lacks basic tools needed to take care of people, doctors and nurses here say. They don’t have the necessary personal protective equipment, there’s only one light working in the surgical theater and the machine that administers anesthesia has to be used manually during procedures because it lost its automation feature.

Ghana, often cited as having one of the strongest health care sectors in sub-Saharan Africa, has in recent years experienced chronic underfunding. Health care workers here say Covid-19 completely depleted their facilities’ coffers, preventing doctors and nurses from being able to provide for patients with chronic, and often deadly health conditions. Now, staff in Bolgatanga, a region with one of the strongest public health offices in Ghana, and health care workers across the country are increasingly concerned about their ability to treat patients and save lives in the coming years, especially as some of the most well-funded hospitals in the country are taking on fewer cases in order to preserve resources. If new Covid variants cause cases to spike or there is another large-scale infectious disease outbreak, Ghana’s entire health system could collapse.

While the World Health Organization, the United Nations and various other global health organizations have tried to help low-income countries like Ghana build up their health care sectors over the last two decades, the investments have not met the need, health care workers here say. Without additional and sustained assistance from the international community and the Ghanaian government for equipment, medicines and additional staffing, doctors and nurses at the King’s Hospital worry they will never be able to catch up — putting millions of people at risk during the next pandemic. Without more help, they won’t have the resources they need to give tests, and administer shots and therapeutics — to save lives, they say. And if health care workers in Ghana are worried, so too are those working in other countries in the region where receiving any health care is seen as a luxury, such as Sierra Leone and Uganda.

Since the start of Covid, little funding has been put aside by the international community specifically to expand the scope of the world’s investment in health system strengthening as it relates to pandemic preparedness. In 2021, the World Bank, in coordination with the U.S., created the Financial Intermediary Fund — a pot of money set up to help low-income countries build the capacity of their health systems so that they can more quickly contain outbreaks.

The fund has only received $962 million in pledges, and it is still unclear how much of the money will go directly to governments to strengthen their public health infrastructure versus helping them pay for medical countermeasures such as vaccines and therapeutics. Governments and global health organizations have already pledged billions of dollars to invest in the development of those tools for the next pandemic. Investing in health care systems in low-income countries will take tens of billions more — a much higher expense than the development of medical countermeasures.

Even if the Financial Intermediary Fund were to dedicate significant resources to help countries respond to outbreaks by, for example, developing better surveillance networks, that still leaves facilities like Kings Hospital in Ghana vulnerable.

“We need quite a lot. We are trying to get space for the patients. We don’t have an intensive care unit. We don’t have the specialized staff. We need all the equipment, too,” says Wenceslaus Apungu, the medical director at Kings Hospital, adding that the hospital’s laboratory can only perform a few tests and that the facility lacks working ultrasound, X-ray and MRI machines. “They’ve broken down.”

A History of Underfunding

The G-20 estimates that $34 billion in public financing per year for five years is needed to help the world prepare for the next pandemic, including strengthening health systems in countries like Ghana.

However, it’s unclear if the world will ultimately take the risks of another pandemic seriously enough to stabilize the health care systems of low-income countries so they can adequately respond. Global Covid funding is beginning to run dry and health facilities in some of these countries are once again trying to figure out how best to manage the virus while also dealing with other systemic diseases. Global health organizations, governments and pharmaceutical companies are focusing on tests, therapeutics and vaccines. But the conversation about dedicating funds to help countries actually absorb and distribute them often has faded into the background.

World health leaders and advocates have for years argued that the international community needs to do more to consistently finance and prop up health systems in low-income countries, including those in Africa, by helping to hire and train staff, provide essential medical supplies and broaden access to supply chains. And in the course of the last several decades, through multiple infectious disease outbreaks, wealthy Western countries have promised to transform the way countries prepare for large-scale health disasters. But, health advocates say, that money is usually attached to emergency funding packages and the cash usually falls off after a few years.

During the 2014 Ebola outbreak, the U.S. was the largest single-country donor to respond to helping Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone get their health systems back to base — and then more. Congress appropriated $5.4 billion in emergency funding as part of its 2015 spending package through various agencies, many of which only had guaranteed funding for three years or until it ran dry. The next year, the Obama administration moved to repurpose some of the appropriated funds for the U.S. global Zika response.

U.S. funding continued to flow into the global response. But the international strategy changed, transitioning toward helping countries revamp their health systems and build their capacity to prevent, detect and respond to future outbreaks. Ebola cases decreased substantially. But in 2018, they reemerged in Congo. By 2019, the World Health Organization warned that it was running out of money to fight Ebola.

“African countries need a lot of support to build these [health] systems,” said Ernest Darkoh, the co-founder of BroadReach Group, a health care company working to expand Africa’s health system. “Everything from management and leadership skills to supply chains and HR systems, data, and IT systems.”

Over the last 20 years, Ghana has received hundreds of millions of dollars to establish programs to treat a range of diseases, including HIV, tuberculosis and malaria as well as a set of other more chronic health issues like child malnutrition and maternal mortality. The U.S. alone has allocated more than $120 million in Ghana’s HIV/AIDS response through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. In the northern part of the country, where the land is less developed and communities are poorer, global aid organizations such as UNICEF and Oxfam have set up shop to try and assist the local health facilities with their work.

Some of Ghana’s internationally-funded programs have flourished — the country has significantly reduced its child mortality rate. And malaria cases have dropped, with treatment becoming more widely available. According to data from the World Health Organization, malaria-related deaths in Ghana dropped from 2,799 in 2012 to 308 by the end of 2020. But the country is still struggling with high HIV rates. Expanding treatment coverage is slow. Among children, malnutrition rates are consistently high — one in every 27 children will die before the age of one and about one in 19 will die before the age of five, according to a 2021 analysis by the U.S. Agency for International Development. These numbers have improved over the years, but malnutrition is still a prevalent condition, especially among children in the northern part of the country.

In addition, facilities throughout the country are underfunded — and have been underfunded for decades, with health care staff operating without essential medicines and equipment.

The country relies on Community Health Programs, launched by the government in 1999, as the first line of defense. The creation of these kinds of local health facilities was viewed in the global health world at the time as revolutionary — they significantly expanded access to care for millions of Ghanaians. Before their establishment, millions of people in Ghana had to travel far distances to find basic medicines. The centers, known as compounds, are small — just one or two rooms — and are located throughout each region. Now, many can walk or take a motorbike to seek care for things like colds, flu-like symptoms and even maternal care. Complicated cases are referred to a health center, a step above the CHPS compounds, where Ghanaians can access a higher level of care. Some of the health centers in the country include malnutrition programs and can keep patients overnight. The most complicated cases get referred to district hospitals and then regional hospitals that have trained surgical staff and other specialists.

But the facilities in Ghana are so strained that many are overwhelmed by normal, daily patient loads. They’re stretched to the brink when there’s an outbreak, for example, of yellow fever, or during the rainy season when malaria cases grow exponentially. The local health compounds, in particular, suffer from a lack of funding. While the Ghanaian government has propped up its health care sector by hiring more skilled nurses to work in the facilities, it has not dedicated enough money to ensure they have the goods needed to perform.

The Ministry of Health grew its health budget by 19 percent between 2015 and 2021, but funding from development partners decreased. In 2015, development funding accounted for about 23 percent of Ghana’s total health expenditure. In 2021, that number was just 10 percent. Of the money that the government of Ghana allocates to the health sector, almost 80 percent of it goes toward compensation, leaving little money for things like goods and services. In 2021, that goods and services line item accounted for less than 1 percent of the Ministry of Health’s overall budget.

“This low allocation severely constrains the ability to deliver key services … which can adversely impact Ghana’s drive to achieve universal health coverage,” according to a 2020 UNICEF report about the country’s health care sector.

USAID has tried to step in to help Ghana’s Ministry of Health improve the way it invests in its own public health sector, helping it procure medicines and equipment for the most chronic health issues.

“For us, improving the [Ghanaian] health system means you’re improving the quality of care. It’s the quality that saves lives,” says Janean Davis, acting mission director of USAID in Ghana in a recent interview. “Nobody wants to go to the CHP compound if it’s falling apart and there’s no one there to staff it or they don’t have lab tests and don’t have supplies. That’s not a health system. That’s just a dilapidated building.”

‘Sometimes it can get a bit dicey’

Problems in health care delivery that were severe before Covid-19 became completely untenable afterward, health care workers here say.

Ghana’s overall Covid-19 numbers — both cases and deaths — are among the lowest in the world and the lowest in Africa, with about 161,370 infections and 1,445 deaths, according to an analysis by Reuters. But health care workers on the ground say the infection numbers are much higher — that people often do not get tested unless they need to be admitted to the hospital. And, they say, even though the overall numbers are relatively low in comparison to other African countries, the surges overwhelmed the health care system as the government rushed to repurpose funds to go toward containing the spread and treating patients.

At one of the country’s newest and best-resourced hospitals, the University of Ghana Medical Center, staff could not fully staff the intensive care unit. The machines and medicines were ready. But there were not enough qualified nurses to man the beds. At other, smaller facilities across the country, doctors had to turn away patients who showed up for normal visits — wanting routine vaccinations, hypertension medication or maternal care. But health care workers were focused almost primarily on Covid — testing for it, treating it and trying to sort referrals for those who needed ventilators.

The health care system is still playing catch up, with doctors and nurses needing to stretch their limited resources. Inside the surgical theater at the King’s Medical Center in Bolgatanga, also known here as Bolga, one of the main doctors — who requested to remain anonymous to speak freely about the hospital’s shortages — said staff have for months performed procedures with virtually no light.

There’s only one bulb that still works in the overhead lighting system that sits above the bed in the operating room. The anesthesia machine is malfunctioning. And the team needs more surgical gowns and gloves. Down the hall and through a red doorway, there is a half-finished concrete maternity ward that sits idle due to lack of sufficient funds.

The financial situation is set to get even worse at King’s. Even though Covid cases have fallen precipitously, the regional hospital has stopped receiving what it defines as minor cases from the district hospitals and local health centers because it wants to ensure it has enough resources to handle its current caseload. That means the medical staff at the Kings Hospital are going to soon have more patients at a time when it is already struggling to provide services.

This district hospital’s financial situation — and its lack of life-saving medicines and equipment — is emblematic of the straitened circumstances of many health care facilities in Ghana.

At a health compound in a small neighborhood outside Accra, funded in part by the Salvation Army, a team of seven nurses and midwives are trying to find new ways to get funding so they can provide better treatment and accommodations for people living in the area. To the left of the small pink building lies a dirt and gravel patch of land on which the health care workers hope to put a small waiting room so patients that need blood and IVs do not have to sit in plastic chairs in the sun. Inside the small, five-room building, the director of the center lifts a bedsheet off a table, unveiling the facility’s only laboratory machine. It’s small and white and can run just a few tests.

“We have to send the rest of the tests to the hospital,” she says. “It is about a 45-minute drive from here.”

In the room down the hall, a large, singular maroon doctor’s chair sits in the dark. It’s duct-taped together, torn from years of overuse. An empty oxygen tank sits in the corner. This is where women in this community give birth — several of them now lie in the room next door, recovering. There’s space for just six people here.

“We do not have a permanent sonograph,” says Olivia Koduah, the physician’s assistant who helps treat patients on a day-to-day basis. “Sometimes it can get a bit dicey.”

Koduah says the facility also lacks an electrocardiogram machine and a generator — and the lights often go out. When that happens, the health care workers use flashlights to see.

The staff at this facility is committed to filling the resource gaps whenever and however they can. Last week, a woman from the community came in for an appointment. She needed medication for high blood pressure — it had been weeks since she’d taken it because she did not have money. One of the nurses here used her own, limited cash to help pay.

Doctors and nurses have learned to adapt to their situation, but the pang of wanting to provide quality for their patients has not dissipated.

“We are doing the best we can,” Apungu, the medical director at King’s Hospital, says.

Seeking a solution

Top officials at the World Health Organization, the World Bank, the World Trade Organization and other global health advocates are pushing for more investment in low-income countries’ health systems in order to help prepare for the next pandemic. But there is no central funding mechanism for the task.

The World Health Organization’s ACT-Accelerator, originally formed in 2020 to fast-track Covid-19 tests, therapeutics and vaccines, has dedicated some funding — $120 million — to strengthening global health systems. And the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, one of the largest nonprofits that dedicates significant funds to strengthening health systems, is asking donors this year to invest $18 billion to cut the death rate for HIV, TB and malaria while helping to prepare the world for the next pandemic. About $6 billion of those funds would go directly toward strengthening health systems — ensuring countries have the necessary staff and resources.

Perhaps the best chance for a specific pot of money lies within the World Bank in the Financial Intermediary Fund. As of last week, the U.S. was the sole contributor — pledging $250 million. At the Biden administration’s second Global Covid Summit May 12, several more countries pledged money, bringing the total to $962 million — far less than the $10 billion a year the U.S. and other world health officials have called for in order to adequately help low and middle-income countries prepare for the next pandemic.

The fund’s original purpose was to raise money with the specific focus of helping countries stand up new surveillance systems and expand their health care workforce. Now, a year later, It’s unclear what percentage of the fund’s money will go toward strengthening health systems in low-income countries.

There is a debate among leaders in the global health community about what to prioritize over the next several years. Some advocates are calling for large portions of the fund to be put toward research and development of vaccines and therapeutics. Others say more needs to be done to ensure the issue of strengthening health systems does not once again fall to the bottom of the global health priority list behind vaccine and therapeutic development.

“The African continent is in a position where we have the largest burdens of disease and vastly lowest per capita resources. On a good day, it’s difficult to address even simple challenges,” Darkoh said. “When you multiply the complexity of the challenges in the context of poverty and in some cases civil war … you can just imagine how much more difficult it gets on the continent [with Covid]. The capacity is just not there.”

But international funding could yet run dry as rich countries begin to move on from the pandemic. Across the world, governments are beginning to roll back public health restrictions despite case counts increasing in Europe, China and the U.S.

As the international community has shifted away from the emergency phase of the pandemic, so too has it rolled back Covid funding.

In April, the U.S. Congress approved $10 billion in supplemental Covid funding for the Department of Health and Human Services to continue to prop up its response to the pandemic — billions less than what the agency said it needed. But lawmakers did not approve any supplemental funding for the administration’s global Covid response despite USAID and the White House urging Capitol Hill to consider an additional $5 billion. And at the administration’s second Global Covid summit, participants pledged $3.1 billion in new funding for the world’s fight against the virus — but tens of billions more are needed, including for disbursement of vaccinations and therapeutics.

“What you need is not just stuff, but staff,” said Tom Frieden, the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and CEO of the company Resolve to Save Lives. “I think that’s a really big problem in some of the discussions. There’s a huge need for staff — people who are good at managing, who are good at running programs and who know how to analyze data.”

Frieden has proposed what he describes as an “accountability framework” and “rapid quality improvement mechanism” that countries can use to prepare for the next pandemic. The metric, known as 7-1-7, pushes countries to detect a suspected infectious disease outbreak in seven days, notify public health authorities and start an investigation within one day and respond in another seven.

“We’ve partnered with countries in Africa to first look retrospectively on past outbreaks, and determine [whether] they meet the 7-1-7 criteria and when they don’t, to understand why they didn’t and what can be fixed,” Frieden says. “It gives countries a way to rapidly improve progress.”

If countries continue to roll back cash for the global Covid fight, it’s likely the money for strengthening health systems, although minimal, will also disappear, Darkoh says. And it’s not clear whether it would surface again before the next pandemic — at least not in the amount that’s needed. The global health community needs to completely rethink how it approaches helping low-income countries prepare, he says.

“I think first and foremost we need acknowledgment that we need to innovate very radically if we’re going to survive and if we’re going to actually get this right, particularly for the African continent,” Darkoh says. “Trying to keep pursuing this traditional approach of ‘Well, we’re going to train more doctors’ … We’re locked into that schema of how this needs to be addressed. But it’s just not going to get us there.”

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Crown Paints brings an ode to the natural world

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  • 31 May 2022

Stately Home, Hestercombe House, has unveiled the first milestone in an extensive 18-month project, which will see 15 rooms in the 320-acre estate being redecorated. Thanks to specialist redecoration services and expert colour insights from Crown Paints, the interior of the Portman and Jekyll rooms now reflects the estate’s luscious 50-acre Georgian landscape garden, blending the boundaries between indoors and outdoors.  

A popular venue for weddings, art exhibitions, and family days out, Hestercombe House and its garden have been managed by the Hestercombe Gardens Trust since 2003 and have been fully open to the public since 2013. 

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With the Stately Home’s last noticeable redecoration investment taking place a decade ago, Estates Manager, Warren Leavens, called in the experts at Crown Paints for colour and product recommendations, as well as architectural and design advice on how to transform the estate. 

Armed with a fairly open brief, Crown Paints’ Colour Studio has enjoyed the freedom involved in taking the entire project from concept to completion. The team has used the first two rooms as an opportunity to create welcoming spaces that bring the outdoors inside, focusing on a colour palette that takes inspiration from nature and the estate’s surrounding gardens. 

The first part of the works saw Crown Paints’ Colour Studio transform the Portman Room to create a new retail space with close links to Hestercombe’s contemporary art gallery. The team used Crown Trade Clean Extreme Scrubbable Matt Emulsion in Fern Canopy on the walls and Crown Trade Vinyl Matt in House Palm on the ceilings, with colour hues inspired by rich greenery and foliage.

Crown Trade Clean Extreme Scrubbable Matt Emulsion in House Palm was also used on the room’s infill panels. This type of paint prolongs the decoration cycle, which is ideal for spaces like the Portman Room that are open to the public and are faced with regular high traffic. 

The new space will showcase the work of artists and craftspeople from across the South West and will allow visitors to browse, enjoy, and purchase art works for their own homes. 

The Portman Room is known for its extensive wooden panelling and collection of artwork, which is why the Fern Canopy colour was chosen to fit in with the room’s era and enhance its historic features. This first part of the project also saw Crown Paints work with other teams to redecorate, repair plaster work, refurbish the floor, rewire, and install a specialised lighting system.  

Historic features also had to be considered when it came to redecorating the Jekyll Room, which had been neglected in recent years. Crown Paints’ Colour Studio used Crown Trade Clean Extreme Scrubbable Matt Emulsion and Crown Trade Vinyl Matt in White to enhance the yellow tone of the tiles of the room’s large open fireplace.

Crown Trade Acrylic Eggshell in Antique Cream was also used on the wood panelling. Continuing with this fresh, green colour scheme ensures the meeting room is a welcoming space and the perfect venue in which to host Board meetings. 

Crown Paints was also able to advise on floor restoration and finishing techniques. The next part of the project will involve redecorating the Column Room, using warm, neutral colours to provide the ideal wedding venue.  

Warren Leavens, Estates Manager, Hestercombe Gardens Trust, says: “I am passionate about colour, but with such a wide variety of shades to choose from, I found it difficult to devise the perfect colour scheme that would enhance all the rooms’ original features.

“It was great to work with Crown’s team of experts to finesse the final scheme and specify the best products. Crown’s advice really brought the room to life. 

“This project shows that historic house restoration can be done sympathetically. I’m looking forward to the next part of the project to begin and being able to provide a beautifully serene venue that is perfect for a wedding day.”

Amy Johnson, Architectural & Design Consultant, Crown Paints, says: “For heritage projects like this, it’s so important to strike the balance between being sympathetic to the original design, while also delivering a change that refreshes the space.  

“Big spaces can be quite overwhelming to redecorate, and it’s important to respect features such as high ceilings and wooden panelling. By using a green colour scheme to reflect the outdoors internally, we were able to create two holistic rooms that really soothe the mind and invite quiet contemplation and relaxed conversation. 

“The team at Crown Paints know that it isn’t just paint, it’s personal. Our specialist colour services find the best colours and tones to enhance a space. It’s been fantastic to work so closely with the A&D team on this project so far and I look forward to transforming the estate further in the months ahead.”

Rich in its history, the Hestercombe Estate dates back to at least the 11th century, when it was owned by Glastonbury Abbey. The current manor house dates back to the 16th century and was built for the Warre family, who continuously owned the property from 1391 until 1872, when the last member of the Warre line passed away. 

The house was extended in the 18th century, and was then comprehensively remodelled by Edward Portman, 1st Viscount Portman in 1875, with the Victorian façade hiding the earlier historic core of the building. The Honourable Edward Portman, his wife, and grandson then commissioned Sir Edwin Lutyens to create a new formal garden with a planting scheme designed by Gertrude Jekyll. 

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Wilcon Depot opens its 76th store at Lemery, Batangas

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Wilcon Depot, the Philippines’ leading home improvement and construction supply retailer, successfully opened its 76th store nationwide, located at National Highway, Brgy. Malinis, Lemery, Batangas City on May 27, 2022.

Batangueño homeowners can now shop daily at Wilcon Depot Lemery from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM. The newly-opened store features almost 7,000 square meters of selling space, offering thousands of high-quality local and international brands and vast product selections ranging from Tiles, Sanitarywares, Plumbing, Furniture, Home Interior, Building Materials, Hardware, Electrical, Appliances, and other DIY items.

Wilcon brings top-of-the-line products and home solutions with the highest quality standards, innovative, and sustainable features to all Batangueños.

Wilcon Depot Lemery serves as the company’s fourth store in Batangas province. Wilcon first entered the province in 2010 with the opening of Wilcon Depot Batangas City. After a great reception of Batangueños, Wilcon opened another two branches at Lipa City in 2018 and Sto. Tomas City in 2019.

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From L-R: LIXIL Philippines Leader for Sales and Marketing Joralyn Ong, Wilcon Depot Brand Ambassador Tessa Prieto, Lemery Batangas Hon. Mayor Geraldine Ornales, Wilcon Depot President and CEO Lorraine Belo – Cincochan, Batangas 1st District Congresswoman Hon. Eileen Ermita Buhain, Batangas 1st District Congressman – Elect Hon. Eric Buhain.

The launching of Wilcon Depot Lemery branch started with a motorcade along the nearby barangays, and numerous valued suppliers and industry partners joined it.

The store opening celebration continued with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Wilcon Depot President & CEO Lorraine Belo-Cincochan together with the local government officials of Batangas and Industry Partners.

Wide product offering

Wilcon Depot Lemery offers limitless home and building products and solutions. Discover the various exclusive brands and in-house brands like GROHE and KOHLER Sanitarywares, FRANKE Kitchen Systems, POZZI Bathroom Solutions, Sanitarywares, Whirlpool Bathtubs, Ceramics, and Shower Enclosures, ARISTON Water Heaters, GEBERIT Monolith Puro, MACROAIR HVLS Fans, RUBI Tile Cutter, and REHAU Premium PPR pipes.

Premium quality Italian tile brands such as NOVABELL, ENERGIE KER, GARDENIA, IMOLA, HERBERIA, OPERA, CASTELVETRO, KERADOM, NAXOS, DOM, and VERSACE alongside with Spanish tile brands ALCALAGRES, GRESPANIA, ROCERSA, CIFRE, EMIGRES, KEROS, TESANY, ONIX, OSET, VITACER, GRUPO HALCON, MYR, ECO CERAMICA, and ETILES are showcased in their Tile Studio.

Asian tile brands are also available like ARTE, SOL, LOLA, HUANQIU, VERONA, PICASSO, ROMAN, MULIA, KIA, CHINA NATURAL GRANITE, BASEL, SAIGRES, and GEMMA.

HERITAGE and NOBIZZI Furniture and HEIM Home Interior, Furniture, and Decor are exhibited at the Home Living Showroom. The Appliance, Kitchen, Lighting section displays HAMDEN Kitchen Appliances, KAZE Ceiling Fans and Air conditioners, and ALPHALUX Lighting Solutions.

HOMEBASICS and INTERDESIGN Housewares, BIRKE faucets and Bathroom Accessories, SEFA Specialty Bathroom Faucets, Bathroom Accessories, Shower Heads, and Kitchen Organizers, SUNCRUST BBQ Grills, LANDJACK Bicycles, CROWN and PRUSSIA Kitchen Sink QUARTEX Quartz Kitchen Sink, ELECTRON Generators, DIRECT HARDWARE, TRUPER Tools, P.TECH Builder’s Aid and Quartz Stone, FOREST Wood Products, Woodland flooring, IGLOO and RUBBERMAID coolers, UNITED SOLUTIONS Outdoor trash bins, and SOLUTHERM PPR pipes and 304 stainless Steel Pipe Fittings are displayed in the DIY Section of the store.

Excellent customer shopping experience

Wilcon Depot Lemery also provides the utmost customer satisfaction. It has redefined the home and building shopping experience through its Design Hub, Home Living Showroom, Tile Studio, and Architects, Builders, Contractors, Designers, and Engineers (ABCDE) Lounge, including their value-added services such as ample free parking spaces, reliable delivery service, and tile cutting service.

For a bigger and better home shopping experience, valued customers can also shop online at Wilcon by visiting shop.wilcon.com.ph. Shop for all-around home needs and have your items delivered right to your doorsteps or choose to pick-up in store. Online store customers can conveniently pay with their credit card, debit card, BancNet, and GCash.

To ensure a safe and convenient shopping environment in all Wilcon stores, the company continuously prioritizes the implementation of safety protocols for the health and well-being of both employees and valued customers. Wilcon also offers Browse, Call, and Collect or Deliver, and Wilcon Virtual Tour services to complement the in-store shopping experience. In addition, Wilcon provides contactless payment options like bank transfers, GCash, PayMaya, Instapay, PesoNet, WeChat, and Alipay for customers’ convenience.

Wilcon makes loyalty more rewarding for their valued customers by offering exclusive perks and discounts. The Wilcon Loyalty Mobile App allows customers to earn and check their points and convert their purchases to rewards after signing up. The Wilcon Loyalty Mobile App is available for download at the Google Play Store and App Store for free.

Store expansion plans

Wilcon Depot now has 18 branches in Metro Manila and 58 stores in key cities and municipalities of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

The company continuously strives to improve and provide high-quality products and customer experience to its valued shoppers nationwide. The newly-launched store represents Wilcon’s relentless efforts and commitment to providing its valued customers a more convenient and better home shopping experience and fulfilling its aspiration to be part of every Filipino’s journey to build, improve, and refine homes for a more sustainable and comfortable life.

This year, Wilcon Depot plans to open nine more retail stores nationwide.

Start building big ideas for your home and shop now at Wilcon Depot Lemery at National Highway, Brgy. Malinis, Lemery, Batangas City.


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