Stansted owner Manchester Airport Group calls for further rail investment in south east

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Two championships for Laois camogie clubs this year

first_img Community RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Pinterest Facebook Rugby Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Laois camogie are doing something different to their fixtures this year.There will now be a Division 2 and an intermediate championship for the five adult teams to play in.Division 2 is open to players not involved in the intermediate county team while intermediate fixtures are subject to change depending on the county team’s progress.Intermediate FixturesRound 1 – Monday July 2O’Moores v CamrossSt Brigids v The HarpsNaomh Éamann – ByeRound 2 – Tuesday July 31Naomh Éamann v St BrigidsThe Harps v O’MooresCamross – ByeRound 3 – Friday August 10The Harps v Naomh ÉamannSt Brigids v CamrossO’Moores – ByeRound 4 – Monday August 27Camross v The HarpsNaomh Éamann v O’MooresSt Brigids – ByeRound 5 – Sunday September 16O’Moores v St BrigidsCamross v Naomh ÉamannThe Harps – ByeSEMI-FINALS – Sunday September 23FINAL – Sunday October 7Division 2 FixturesRound 1 – Saturday July 7The Harps v Naomh ÉamannO’Moores v CamrossSt Brigids – ByeRound 2 – Saturday July 21St Brigids v O’MooresCamross v Naomh ÉamannThe Harps – ByeRound 3 – Sunday August 5Camross v The HarpsNaomh Éamann v St BrigidsO’Moores – ByeRound 4 – Monday August 20Naomh Éamann v O’MooresThe Harps v St BrigidsCamross – ByeRound 5 – Wednesday September 5St Brigids v CamrossO’Moores v The HarpsNaomh Éamann – ByeSEE ALSO – Well-known Laois man opens up about his incredible weight loss Home GAA Camogie Two championships for Laois camogie clubs this year GAACamogieSport Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Monday, May 14, 2018Next articleLaois country roads described as being ‘like a jungle’ Siun Lennonún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. TAGScamogieSenior camogie WhatsApp Twitter Two championships for Laois camogie clubs this year By Siun Lennon – 14th May 2018 Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Pinterest Twitter Community Facebook WhatsApplast_img read more

Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, March 31, 2020

first_img Pinterest Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Darragh FennellGlenbrook, Ballyroan, Laois / Portlaoise, LaoisDarragh Fennell, Glenbrook, Ballyroan and late of Coote Terrace, Portlaoise. Died on the 30th March 2020. Predeceased by her father Jimmie Fennell. Deeply regretted by her heartbroken partner Pat (Whelan) her two adored sons Patrick and Ted, her loving mother Regina Fennell, sisters Eva, Kizzy (Lewis), Jac (Billings) brothers John, Diarmuid, George, Evan, Colman and Stewart, sister-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephew, Laura, Jamie and the Whelan family, relatives, friends and colleagues at Shaws Portlaoise.Given the exceptional climate and to protect everyone who knew Darragh, a private funeral with immediate family only will take place.  The family thank you for your cooperation, understanding and support during this sensitive time.Breda Murray (née Sheeran)Colt, Ballyroan, LaoisBreda Murray (née Sheeran) Colt, Ballyroan, Co. Laois. Died March 29th 2020. Peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family. Breda is predeceased by her husband Bernie and baby son Eamon. Deeply regretted by her loving daughters Denise and Aileen, sons Bernard and Sean, daughters-in-law Liz and Anne-Marie, son-in-law Fergus, much loved Gran to Chris (and his partner Anne-Marie) Ben, Tara, Charlotte, Rebecka, her sister Mary (Delaney), brothers, Tom and Dinny, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, her close family friend Catherine Cranny, neighbours, relatives and a wide circle of friends.Breda’s Funeral will take place privately.Covid 19 Protocol must be in place at all times. Breda’s family would like to thank you for your understanding at this difficult time and very much look forward to a memorial Mass for Breda at a later date.Ber DevaneyNewpark, Portlaoise, Laois/Galway City, GalwayDevaney (Diviney), Newpark, Portlaoise and late of Forster St, Galway, 28th March 2020, peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, at the Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise. Former member of the teaching staff at Patrician College, Ballyfin. Bernard (Ber), dearly loved husband of Phil and loving dad to Ronan and Aidan. Beloved brother of Paddy and the late Maura. Sadly missed by his sorrowing family, daughter-in-law Thelma, precious grandchildren Sam, Laura and Kate, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours, former colleagues and wide circle of friends.Given the exceptional climate, and to protect the welfare of everyone who knew Ber, a private Funeral with immediate family only will take place. The family thank you for your cooperation, understanding and support during this sensitive time.Monsignor John V FitzpatrickDeer Park, Mountrath, Laois/Sutton, DublinThe death has occurred of Monsignor John V. Fitzpatrick (Dublin Diocese) Deer Park, Mountrath, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.Fitzpatrick, Monsignor John V. retired Parish Priest of St. Fintan’s, Sutton, Co. Dublin died peacefully in the wonderful care of the Blackrock Hospice after a short illness borne with faith and conviction. Son of the late Thomas and Josephine Fitzpatrick, Deer Park, Mountrath, he is deeply regretted by his brother William, his sisters Mary (Mullally) and Josephine, sister-in-law Ann, brother-in-law Pat, nephews, nieces, grand nephews, grand nieces, the Archbishop and Priests of the Archdiocese, relatives and friends.Requiescat In PaceIn keeping with government guidelines regarding public gatherings, a private Funeral Mass for immediate family only, will be held in St. Fintan’s Church, Sutton, on Wednesday 1st April at 11.00 a.m. and this can be viewed via the parish webcam memorial Mass will be arranged at a later date.P.J MaherMonasterevin, Kildare/LaoisMonasterevin and Raheen, Laois. Peacefully, at the Regional Hospital Portlaoise. Deeply regretted by his wife, sons, brothers, sisters, grandchildren, relatives and friends.Rest In PeaceDue to the Covid – 19 Directive a Memorial Mass will take place for P. J. at a later date.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Monday, March 30, 2020 Facebook Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By LaoisToday Reporter – 31st March 2020 WhatsApp Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Facebook Previous articleNolans Locksmiths announce details of 24/7 call out service during Coronavirus pandemicNext articleSinead Grehan: A new way of (remote) working – Guidance for Employers and Employees LaoisToday Reporter Electric Picnic Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Twitter Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Deaths News Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role WhatsApp Twitter TAGSDeaths in Laois Electric Picnic last_img read more

Talking Sport: Laois hurlers Willie Dunphy and James Keyes on getting back to work, super skills, Shinty and 7-aside teams

first_img Facebook WhatsApp By LaoisToday Reporter – 25th May 2020 Electric Picnic Twitter Facebook Both Willie and James are asked the pick their best 7-aside teams – but the teams have to be made up of players that the other person player with.It leaves James having to choose between legends like John A Delaney, Brian Campion and Brian Stapleton while Willie is forced to pick between a number of his current teammates!It’s all a bit of fun and some of the picks are not who you may have thought before.The chat finishes with some quick fire questions where the pair are asked about their toughest opponent, favourite coach, most intimidating teammate and what they would be doing if they didn’t hurl!While this will also be the final Podcast in this format as we are heading in a different direction for the month of June.You can listen to the episode in full here and subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Spotify as well as listen on Soundcloud and Podbean. The LaoisToday Podcast · Talking Sport: Willie Dunphy & James Keyes on work, super skills, Shinty and 7-a-side teamsSEE ALSO – Talking Sport: Laois footballers Ross Munnelly and Evan O’Carroll on Coronavirus life, longevity, early inter-county starts and 7-a-side teams Home We Are Laois Podcasts Talking Sport: Laois hurlers Willie Dunphy and James Keyes on getting back… We Are LaoisPodcasts Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Previous articleHSE considering closing Laois Coronavirus Assessment Hub due to ‘low demand’Next articleBREAKING: No new Coronavirus deaths and just 59 new cases as hairdressers plan safe ‘early’ reopening LaoisToday Reporter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic Pinterest Pinterest Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role WhatsApp Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Talking Sport: Laois hurlers Willie Dunphy and James Keyes on getting back to work, super skills, Shinty and 7-aside teams Our latest Talking Sport is here and we are continuing with the same format as the previous three.Alan Hartnett is in the presenter’s chair once again and he is joined on the line by Laois hurlers Willie Dunphy and James Keyes.The trio chat about getting back to work in the new Coronavirus world, James’ All-Ireland title, Willie’s Dublin memories, club amalgamations, Shinty and then Alan sets them a challenge. News TAGSJames KeyesLaois senior hurlersLaoisToday podcastTalking SportWillie Dunphy Twitterlast_img read more

FCA proposes new guidance on dealing commissions

Keywords Commissions and feesCompanies Financial Conduct Authority James Langton British regulators are proposing rule changes and new guidance for investment managers concerning their allocation of dealing commissions. The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Monday proposed changes to its rules, along with new guidance, concerning investment managers’ use of client commissions. The FCA says that the proposals are intended to ensure that the commissions investment managers pay for executing trades and related services are fairer and more transparent. Related news “The proposals are designed to ensure investment managers make appropriate judgments and seek to control costs to clients when using dealing commission to pay for research goods and services,” it says. The proposals include measures to: clarify the criteria for determining the goods and services that can be purchased by investment managers with dealing commissions; define ‘corporate access’, and providing guidance on how investment managers should treat corporate access under these rules; and, guidance on making assessments where investment managers purchase bundled brokerage services that contain both research and non-research elements, to ensure that only research is paid for with dealing commission. The FCA estimates that last year, the asset management industry generated over £3 billion in dealing commission, and that about £1.5 billion of that was spent on research. “However, it is not clear that all the research commissioned offered good value to clients, or would have been commissioned if investments managers had to pay for them using their own funds,” it says. The regulator says that it believes that improving transparency will ensure better investor protection and promote market integrity. The proposals are out for a three-month comment period. The FCA expects to finalize new rules in the second quarter of 2014. It notes that this consultation forms part of a wider effort to consider potential reforms to address flaws in the use of dealing commissions amid possible EU reforms in this area, and a growing consensus in the industry that existing practices can be improved. “We need to be confident that managers are putting their clients’ value for money, good returns, and transparency at the heart of how they do business. So today’s consultation is part of a wider debate on the need to reform the use of the dealing regime, particularly the use of dealing commissions, and how industry practice can be improved now to the benefit of all,” said Martin Wheatley, CEO of the FCA. “As a forward-looking regulator, we expect firms to exercise judgement to act in the best interest of their clients – seeking to manage their clients’ costs as effectively as they pursue investment returns.” Australian regulator aims to address fee problems Regulators sticking to their plan Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Market for advice improving, but slowly: FCA Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

CIBC named best wealth management provider – Canada

first_img Keywords Awards,  Wealth managementCompanies CIBC IE Staff CIBC(TSX: CM) has been named Best Wealth Management Provider in Canada for 2014 by World Finance, a UK-based leading financial magazine. “We’re honoured to be acknowledged as Canada’s best wealth management provider,” said Steve Geist, group head, CIBC Wealth Management. “This award recognizes the strength of our business and commitment to providing leading solutions, a team-based approach, and personalized advice and service to support our clients in achieving their financial goals.” Canaccord reports record revenues, drops proposal to acquire RF Capital TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning One in five Canadian investors plans to switch wealth providers: EY study In naming CIBC the top wealth management firm in Canada, World Finance cited the bank’s high calibre advisors and relationship managersto support clients, strong research teams and best-in-class investment managers and proactive understandingof theneeds andchallenges facing high-net-worth individuals. The awards recognize sector-leading expertisefor thebanking industry globally. The selection panel uses a wide range of quantitative and qualitativecriteria to select the award winners. “CIBC offers clients a strong value proposition, combined with leading research capabilities and innovative investment solutions,” said Bryan Charles, World Finance vice president of banking awards. “Along with a highly skilled and professional group of advisors and relationship managers to support clients’ needs, CIBC has become the leading firm in Canada for allwealth managementmatters.” CIBC’s Canadian wealth management group includes: > CIBC Wood Gundy, which offers a complete array of financial products and services to clients through a network of over 1,000 investment advisors in more than 80 branches across Canada; > CIBC Private Wealth Management, which serves high-net-worth clients by integrating private banking, investment management, estate and financial planning, business transition and trust services; > CIBC Investor’s Edge, a discount brokerage; and > CIBC Asset Management, which provides a range of investment management services and products to individual and institutional investors. Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Release jailed dissident on medical grounds, UN experts urge Iran

first_imgRelease jailed dissident on medical grounds, UN experts urge Iran The United NationsUnited Nations independent human rights experts, on Tuesday, called on Iranian authorities to immediately release a political activist, said to be at risk of severe health complications and even death, if not provided with appropriate medical care.Filmmaker Mohammad Nourizad received multiple sentences in February last year, including a seven-and-a-half-year prison term, after being convicted on charges relating to an open letter he and others signed calling for the Supreme Leader’s resignation and for constitutional changes, according to a news release by the experts.The Iranian authorities must release him immediately in line with medical opinions and give him free access to the required medical care and treatment– Human rights experts“We are seriously concerned at the mistreatment of Mohammad Nourizad and his continued imprisonment for expressing his opinion”, the rights experts said, noting that his “case is emblematic of the situation many Iranian political activists face in detention”.They added that Mr. Nourizad’s continued detention despite medical professionals’ finding he cannot stay in prison given his serious health condition, and the resulting denial of adequate medical care, may amount to torture.“He must be immediately released”, the experts said.While in detention, Mr. Nourizad carried out hunger strikes and refused to take medications, most recently starting 10 March, to protest against his imprisonment and his family’s mistreatment by authorities. He also reportedly attempted suicide in prison, and began to self-harm as a form of protest on 19 February.The experts previously raised concerns with the Iranian Government about Mr. Nourizad detention as well as access to medical care, according to the news release. The Government sent comments in response to the concerns raised.In no medical state to remain in prisonAccording to the news release, Mr. Nourizad was diagnosed with a heart condition while in detention and frequently lost consciousness.Last month, he was transferred to a hospital in capital Tehran, after fainting. When he regained consciousness, he found someone injecting him with an unknown substance, which he did not consent to or was informed of. He was also not provided any information, in spite of requesting officials what he was injected with and why.“It is clear that Mr. Nourizad is not in a medical state to remain in prison,” the experts said, noting also that Legal Medical Organization of the Iranian judiciary and other medical professionals reportedly found that he should be released on medical grounds.“The Iranian authorities must release him immediately in line with these medical opinions and give him free access to the required medical care and treatment.”Many imprisoned for exercising their rightsThe experts also said that many individuals in Iran are detained for merely exercising their right to freedom of expression. They reminded the Government that detention on such a basis is a clear violation of several of the country’s human rights obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).“We remain extremely disturbed by continued reports of detainees, including those imprisoned for exercising their human rights, being denied or unnecessarily obstructed from receiving adequate medical treatment or care”, the experts added.“In extreme cases the denial of adequate treatment has resulted in death. The Iranian Government and judiciary has an obligation to ensure that all detainees receive proper treatment as prescribed not only under domestic law, but also under its international human rights obligations and the Nelson Mandela Rules on the minimum standards for the treatment of prisoners.”The human rights experts making the call include the special rapporteurs on the situation of human rights in Iran; on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of expression; on rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association; on the right to physical and mental health; and on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.The Special Rapporteurs are part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. The experts work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary. They are independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity. /UN News Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Assembly, council, detention, Government, hospital, Human Rights, Iran, mental health, Nelson, prisoners, protest, suicide, Tehran, Torture, treatment, UNlast_img read more

Lamborghini might build a super-aerodynamic McLaren Senna rival

first_imgTrending in Canada Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Think the Lamborghini Veneno roadster is wild? Wait until you meet the Centenario. We’re excited to see what Lambo can come up with, and what gets spied at the ‘Ring. ‹ Previous Next › Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever advertisement See More Videos RELATED TAGSLamborghiniLuxuryNews COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Lamborghini is no stranger to speed: it recently set the fastest time around the infamous “Green Hell” – the Nurburgring – for a production car with its Aventador SVJ, at 6:44.97.Now it wants to go even faster with an extreme car designed to compete with the McLaren Senna, and maybe even infringe on AMR Valkyrie territory.Although it built more than a few, the automaker calls its special-edition models like the Veneno and Centenario “one-offs.” It’s currently working on another one-off with the code name LB48H, with a rumoured hybrid drivetrain; the car could be the model that takes the brand to the next level of speed.Stefano Domenicali revealed his company was working on something with “extreme aero” in an interview with Autocar, something that would put it in the ballooning – what are we calling these things now? – F1-derived-tech hybrid hypercar segment.Chief rivals would be cars like the McLaren Senna, or, a step up, the AMG One, and the AMR Valkyrie. Domenicali did not confirm if the LB48H was that beast, though, or whether this aero car went by some other codename.The Lamborghini boss also said the company will stress-test these cars at the Nurburgring – basically offering an invitation for spy photographers to book a ticket, there – because it is important the cars run smoothly lap after high-performance lap. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Trending Videos PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | last_img read more

These teams of volunteers show Canadian commuters new Waze through traffic

first_img RELATED TAGSFlexNew VehiclesAppsFlexManitobatrafficWaze We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Trending in Canada If you’ve ever had to stare down the double barrel that is the Lion’s Gate Bridge at rush hour or perform mental calisthenics in order to figure out if time saved on the 407 is worth the cash, you’ve probably used Waze.Created in 2006 by an Israeli startup bent on making everyone’s commute a little bit better, Waze has grown into a global company with a presence on nearly every continent and an estimated 130 million active users.Oh yeah — did we mention that 99 per cent of the people who help make the app function are actually volunteers? PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | The NYPD has a bone to pick with Waze over sharing ride-check locations The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Except you won’t be sitting idle in traffic, thanks to Waze and its 60,000-strong volunteers. Taming the Lion’s Gate bridge or getting the 311 on 407 tolls has never been easier. center_img It’s true. With 540 employees in 20 locations across the globe, Waze is certainly more than just a sideline player in the transportation sphere. Those employees are staff developing the app, maintaining and creating features, liaising with various outside stakeholders, and making sure the wheels roll smoothly — both literally and figuratively.But it is the nigh upon 60,000 active community members across the globe who are relied upon to develop maps, input toll pricing and feed the engine of information that actually makes the app useful to a frazzled commuter who just spilled their double-double and is late to drop the kids off at soccer practice.The new subdivision across town whose roads appeared on Waze the day it opened? It wasn’t magic but instead the time and effort of enthusiastic volunteers who, often in the wee hours after their real-world shift work ended or their family retired to bed, dutifully inputted information into Waze servers to make sure those new streets appear in the app.This is a dedicated bunch. At the 2020 North American Meetup held this February, a portion of those volunteers and a few Waze staff got together to share new ideas. Ron Wiesengrun, who leads the Waze core product team at its home base in Tel Aviv, told us one of the main pillars upon which they stand is the driving experience their users receive out on the road, knowing what turn to take and where hazards may appear. Even simply providing fun voice options are part of an important company pillar which decrees the app be fun and social.RELATED See More Videos Lorraine Explains: Here’s why Google Maps’ newest changes are actually helpfulNew features roll out frequently, such as the recent inclusion of road tolls in the app. This newly added feature permits the estimation of a total dollar amount for which drivers will be on the hook should they select a certain route. When the company added this functionality, Waze employees didn’t input any toll information, instead constructing the feature’s programming and giving the keys to their most trusted volunteers. It was those people, after a day at their paying job or putting the kids to bed, who manually uploaded toll data into Waze servers.People like senior Canadian map editors Phillipe Royal, Vinujan Aravinthan and Jason Mushaluk, three of the roughly 1,500 active map editors in Canada. Explaining with infectious enthusiasm why they are part of the Waze volunteer community, it’s easy to see how much effort they invest into making their (and their neighbour’s) commute just a little more bearable. Aravinthan mentioned he was a Waze user prior to becoming a map editor, with the push to edit maps stemming from is experience with the app and its propensity to route him into one particular Toronto area sodden with construction delays. Learning how to edit the map solved that issue — for him and other drivers.Mushaluk, from Manitoba, jumped right into both using and editing the map. As his role in health care takes him on road, he rightly figured using that time to edit Waze maps would be beneficial for him and his colleagues responding to emergencies, not to mention other road users who simply want to get to work on time. Royal serendipitously worked at a division of transportation in Quebec transportation. Since he had access to information about upcoming new infrastructure and what roads might be closed for construction that week, he could get that detail into Waze with rapid-fire speed and accuracy.This development speaks to why Waze has formed a division called Waze for Cities. Realizing that Waze is packed with information that is useful to city planners and vice-versa, the company is in the midst of leveraging those relationships in an effort to smooth out the evening (or morning, or afternoon) drive. Dani Simons heads that charge at Waze and told us there are now roughly 1,300 government partnerships around the world, thanks in large part to the team’s efforts in creating a new and approachable front door for cities to contact Waze and work with them.These entities, which include port authorities and airports, can now go back and look at past traffic data. This is especially helpful if a city experienced a crazy-bananas traffic day for no discernible reason. Pairing the Waze data with their own tools such as traffic cams can uncover what the problem was so steps can be taken to mitigate future issues. It’s also possible to pair this data with past weather metrics to estimate if that storm scheduled to hit on Friday may cause traffic snarls. In one instance, a municipality reported an 18-per-cent month-over-month reduction in congestion at key intersections thanks to the partnership.“But Matthew,” you cry, hurling packs of chewing gum and stale Vachon cakes in my general direction, “since Waze is owned by Google, doesn’t this represent an overlap?” On the surface, this may appear to be so, especially since Google Maps can provide routing and some traffic detail. One of Waze’s main differentiators – and massive strength, in this author’s opinion – is its enthusiastic volunteer community, one which will stay awake to the wee hours updating maps and seeking ways to improve the user experience.This community feel was driven home – pun intended – by a presentation on Day 2 of the Meetup from an experienced map editor who spoke of ways to help new map editors and how to best mentor those newbies. Having met Waze volunteers earlier in the day who’ve been editing maps since 2009, it’s certain the well of knowledge from which these tutors can draw is deeper than the dish on the rims of that white Lambo you’re sitting next to in traffic. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS advertisement Trending Videos ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

From the SVC: Building momentum

first_img Published: Dec. 19, 2017 As our community focuses on the last few days of the fall semester, I am reflecting on the energy and engagement found across campus at the start of this academic year. It has been an inspiring few months, including a new round of innovation grant proposals, major announcements regarding accessibility in education at the State of the Campus and the launch of the Academic Futures initiative. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Senior Vice Chancellor and CFO Kelly FoxThe beginning of this month also saw the first all-staff gathering of Enrollment Management, Finance and Business Strategy, Human Resources, Infrastructure and Safety, Office of Information Technology, and Strategic Relations and Communications—an event demonstrating our commitment to reimagining how we do our work.In partnership with the leadership team in these areas, I am actively supporting cross-team collaboration and innovation. We are opening up new lines of communication, removing inefficiencies and bringing even more focus to our mission of supporting our students and the research enterprise. Reflecting this unified approach—while we still have our area names—collectively our group will now be known as Strategic Resources and Support.What I love about this name is that it represents what I see our team members doing every day—the forward planning as well as each moment of engagement that stewards our university’s mission. Higher education is at a pivotal point, examining both its role in society and how knowledge is delivered, and this dynamic team is well-positioned to support this evolution.Whether it is Academic Futures, innovation grants or fresh approaches to everyday processes—I want to thank everyone who is engaging in this reimagining work while we continue to excel in the teaching, learning and discovery that characterize CU Boulder. I know the momentum you are building will bring an amazing finish to the semester and lay the groundwork for a vital future. Your leadership, engagement and imagination are truly appreciated.Sincerely,Kelly Fox,Senior Vice Chancellor and CFOCategories:Leadership CornerCampus Communitylast_img read more