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The race is on to create real-time alcohol monitoring wearable

first_imgTags:#alcohol monitor#contest#Internet of Things#IoT#US Government#wearables 8 Unusual Ideas for a Dentistry Business How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… FDA Extends Collaboration on Living Heart Proje… Related Posts center_img Can IoT Bridge The Gaps In Modern Mental Health… Last year, the US government hosted a competition to develop a new alcohol monitoring wearable and ended up giving the $200,000 first prize to San Francisco-based, BACtrack, for creating a prototype of a wrist wearable that can detect alcohol diffusing through a person’s skin.The wearable works by studying blood alcohol levels through the skin using fuel cell technology. While most alcohol is processed within a person’s body, some molecules escape through the skin in the form of ethanol.BACtrack is capable of reading this ethanol output, and via sophisticated algorithms and device calibration, it can convert the raw data into an estimated Blood Alcohol Content reading. The device is still in the developmental stages, but you can sign up to be first in line when it comes out, via the BACtrack website.See also: Your wearable alcohol monitor is worried about youWearable blood alcohol monitoring devices could play a vital role in reducing alcohol-related fatalities and accidents. About 90,000 people in the US die each year due to alcohol-related issues. Drunk driving is the leading culprit, responsible for 9,900 deaths. Studies suggest that wearables can provide an easy and reliable way for individuals to track their alcohol intake. These gadgets have the potential to help minimize too much drinking that can lead to car crashes and poor health found in heavy drinkers.Feds issuing a new challengeIn the ongoing quest to discover more sophisticated technology that is able to measure blood alcohol levels in real time, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism announced it is running another wearable competition. This year, priority will be granted to wearables that use non-invasive technologies to measure alcohol concentration in the blood or interstitial fluids.Whoever designs the winning prototype this year will win $200,000.  The second place winner will receive $100,000 from www.challenge.gov. The website has provided more than $250 million in prize money throughout its variety of competitions, since 2010, along with unique and valuable incentives.Anyone who thinks they have an ingenious idea for a device that measures real-time blood alcohol levels can sign up and submit their solution on the website by May 15, 2017. The winners will be announced on August 1, 2017. Amanda Razanilast_img read more

Raptors clinch Atlantic Division after rallying past Magic

first_imgMonday marked the 18th anniversary of Tracy McGrady’s first game back in Toronto after leaving the Raptors to sign with Orlando. Booed all night by a capacity crowd, McGrady scored 24 points as the Magic won 104-101.UP NEXTMagic: Host New York on Wednesday.Raptors: At Brooklyn on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Danny Green scored a season-high 29 points, Kawhi Leonard and Serge Ibaka each had 15 and the Toronto Raptors clinched their sixth Atlantic Division title Monday night, rallying from a double-digit deficit to beat the Magic 121-109.“We’ve got to know who we are,” Clifford said. “We ain’t scoring 115 every night. We don’t have that kind of roster. We have to defend, whether we’re scoring or not.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe win also means Toronto can finish no lower than second in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors began the day three games behind Milwaukee for first.Green piled up the points despite jamming his left thumb in the first quarter. X-rays were negative but Green was not available following the game because he had left to undergo additional testing. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives between Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (00) and center Khem Birch (24) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Toronto on Monday, April 1, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO  — Even though his team was ahead by seven points after the opening quarter, Orlando Magic coach Steve Clifford didn’t like what he’d seen on defense.Turns out he was right to be worried.ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants “We had played them three other times where they didn’t get to 100,” Clifford said. “They had more readiness tonight than we did.”Toronto trailed by 11 points early in the second before turning the game around with a 31-10 rally before halftime. The Raptors pulled away after the break, leading by as many as 24.“They picked up the intensity late in that second quarter and we never really responded,” Fournier said. “It’s that simple.”Nikola Vucevic had 13 points and 13 rebounds, but the Magic lost for the second time in three games after winning their previous six. Fournier scored 21 points.“We just didn’t play good defense all game long,” Vucevic said.Orlando remained a half-game behind Miami for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.The three teams ahead of Orlando all lost Monday. Miami lost at Boston, Brooklyn lost at home to Milwaukee and Detroit lost at Indiana.Asked whether he paid attention to the Magic’s closest competitors, Fournier lifted his cellphone to reveal an NBA scoreboard.“It’s impossible not to look,” he said. “We’re the ninth seed right now, so we have to look at other teams.”Toronto won its fourth straight and improved to 31-9 at home. Only Milwaukee (32) has more home wins this season. Green connected on 11 of 15 attempts, going 7 of 10 from 3-point range, before sitting out the final quarter.“He’s an elite shooter,” Orlando’s Evan Fournier said. “That’s what he’s known for.”First-year coach Nick Nurse said he was proud to help hang another banner in Toronto.“There’s a lot of satisfaction in it,” he said. “I know it doesn’t mean a lot in this day and age but it’s not every day you win a division. That’s a thumbs up, man.”Marc Gasol scored 13 points and Kyle Lowry had 12 as the Raptors snapped a two-game losing streak against the Magic.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James out for Fiba World Cup, says 2020 Olympics ‘possibility’center_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Up 36-29 after one, Orlando led 42-31 on Fournier’s basket at 10:22 of the second before Toronto responded. The Raptors took their first the lead on a four-point play by Gasol at 1:49 and were up 62-52 at halftime.“Once our offense stopped clicking, they took a big lead,” Vucevic said.TIP-INSMagic: Orlando shot 12 for 33 from 3-point range. … Wes Iwundu shot 7 for 7 and scored 16 points. … Canadian Khem Birch scored 11 points off the bench. Birch is from Montreal. … Former Raptors guard Terrence Ross shot 2 for 10 and scored six points.Raptors: Leonard paid tribute to slain rapper Nipsey Hussle with a message on his shoes. Hussle was fatally shot Sunday outside the clothing store he founded to help rebuild his troubled South Los Angeles neighborhood. … F OG Anunoby (concussion) missed his third straight game. … Toronto’s 29-point defeat at Orlando last Dec. 28 is its most lopsided loss of the season.DAN THE MANGreen made his first five shots and scored 16 points in the first, going 4 of 5 from long range. Green’s previous high this season was 24, set against Memphis on Jan. 19, when he made a career-high eight 3-pointers. He scored a career-high 33 against Phoenix on April 11, 2014.HARDWARE HAULToronto F Chris Boucher picked up a pair of G League awards Monday, winning MVP and Defensive Player of the Year. He’s the first player to win both awards in the same season, and the first international player to be named MVP. Boucher, 26, is from Montreal. He averaged 27.2 points, 11.4 rebounds and 4.1 blocked shots in 28 games with Raptors 905.WHEN T-MAC CAME BACK View comments Google Philippines names new country director PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon eventlast_img read more

Worried your presale condo might be cancelled Research the developer first

first_imgTORONTO – With a sigh and hesitant pause, Jason Paris confides that in retrospect he wishes he’d done more research before putting down a deposit on the now defunct Museum FLTS condominium project in Toronto’s trendy Lower Junction area.The 43-year-old television production manager is one of hundreds of would-be homeowners who recently had their money returned and dreams dashed when the building’s developer, Castlepoint Numa, cited lengthy delays obtaining the necessary approvals, building permits and financing, as reasons for the halt.“If I had the knowledge I have now, then, I definitely would have researched Castlepoint further,” said Paris, who subsequently found out that the developer did the same thing to other hopeful Toronto condo buyers a few years ago when another one its projects fell through.While Castlepoint Numa said it’s giving original Museum FLTS buyers the first opportunity and a discount on the next residential phase of its greater Lower Junction neighbourhood project, Paris points out that some buyers have been burned twice in a row by the same developer.The best line of defence for prospective presale condo buyers seeking to mitigate any potential fallout is to do the appropriate due diligence on the developer before signing any contracts, experts say.Unfortunately, there’s not much that can be done to protect Paris and others like him who become the victims of a cancelled condo complex, said Vancouver real estate lawyer Richard Bell.“It does happen in various scenarios, particularly if there’s a significant downturn in a market over a short period of time. So really, people are at risk,” said Bell, who works for law firm Bell Alliance.The bottom line? Do your homework, Bell said.“Who is the developer? What have they built previously? A new developer entering the market place is going to greater risk in a situation for a buyer than having a very experience developer in the market place.”The key advantage of using seasoned developers is that they have a name and brand to protect, notes Toronto real estate lawyer Mark Weisleder.“I have heard of situations where the builders have cancelled the deal and then turned around and then resold units at a $100,000 more each, and there’s virtually nothing that the original owners could do because there were lots of clauses in the contracts that allowed builders to cancel,” said Weisleder.“But you will find that reputable people, people who have been around a long time, they don’t do that. When they plan a development and plan units, they’re expected to complete. They price accordingly and they complete.”Keep in mind, Weisleder added, that even in Toronto’s increasingly competitive condo market — where the average selling price for a unit is about $523,000 — approximately 95 to 97 per cent of developments will see completion. According to real estate consultancy Urbanation, 23 condo projects have been cancelled in the city since 2012 — five of them in the last year.Bell said that the last time he’d heard of a cancelled condo development in Vancouver was in 2008, during the financial crisis.Jason Paris believes he is luckier than some because he only got involved with the cancelled condo project in February, when he signed a contract and handed over his deposit.“Some people had their investment off the market for a year and a half. I’m off the market for nine months,” he said.“But in a crazy property market like Toronto, those nine months are really going to make a huge a difference on what I can afford going forward.”Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

Seattle and Alberta offer lessons for Ontario on Fight for 15 min

first_imgTORONTO – Protests, labour unrest and a public feud between Tim Hortons and the premier of Ontario have erupted in the wake of the province’s recent minimum wage hike, raising questions about the wisdom of raising the standard by 30 per cent in just two years.The experiences of Alberta and Seattle, two jurisdictions that share Ontario’s $15 an hour goal, offer some lessons on how to adjust to a higher minimum wage: that is, if Ontario businesses can weather the short-term storm.Ontario’s rate increased to $14 per hour from $11.60 — a 21-per-cent jump— on Jan. 1. The province aims to get to $15 by Jan. 1, 2019.Measures taken to offset Ontario’s changes have landed several businesses, including the country’s iconic Tim Hortons, in hot water after it was revealed that some franchisees cut employee benefits, breaks or tipping to offset the impact of minimum wage hikes.A similar scene unfolded three years ago in Seattle when that city’s minimum wage legislation went into effect.The city committed to phasing in a $15 minimum wage increase, using a tiered system that gives small businesses several more years to adjust than large corporations.Still, reports suggest some businesses levied surcharges to cover higher wages, while others discouraged customers from tipping.The backlash has mostly subsided, but economists are divided on what the early findings suggest about the economic fallout from the substantially higher standard.A University of Washington study published last year revealed Seattle’s wage hike triggered higher salaries but a reduction of hours for lower earners, with a net effect of reducing low-wage workers earnings by $125 per month.However, the research methods of the study have been called into question by some economists who argue that it failed to account for a booming economy that pushes more workers into higher paid jobs, resulting in a decrease of hours for minimum wage workers.The University of California, Berkeley, published a conflicting report around the same time finding the predicted doomsday scenarios had not materialized.“So far there is nothing alarming happening in Seattle due to minimum wage,” said Sylvia Allegretto, one of the authors of the report.“Certainly we don’t see any effects to be concerned or worried about.”The June 2017 study by Allegretto and two colleagues on Seattle’s restaurant industry found that for every 10 per cent that the minimum wage rose, pay in the overall industry rose by about one per cent, with no impact on employment.Allegretto said she’s working on updating the study, which will contain observations from five other cities rolling out minimum wage increases — including San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago.A broader U.S. study published in May 2016 from the National Employment Law Project looking at 22 federal minimum wage hikes over seven decades found no connection between wage increases and dips in employment rates. It further revealed that in 68 per cent of the cases examined between 1938 and 2009, employment jumped after a hike.Elsewhere in Canada, companies in Alberta appear to be adjusting to the hike from $12.20 to $13.60 last October and are getting ready for plans to further increase it to $15 this year.James Boettcher, the CEO of Calgary ice cream purveyor Fiasco Gelato, said Ontario businesses will see challenges with the hike, but “good companies will find a way to make it work.”Still, he said he’s frustrated that governments haven’t taken tipping into account or considered a lower wage for teenagers still attending school or living at home when it comes to setting new standards for minimum wage.Carolina Lopez, owner of Calgary’s Minas Brazilian Steakhouse, initially tacked on a four per cent “small business support fee” to bills after the province’s minimum wage hike but instead decided to raise menu prices after receiving some backlash. At her own favourite restaurants, she said she’s seen “a decrease in the quality of the product and the amount.”To Ontario business owners she said to remember: “There is always a way, but there is also a limit and it won’t be easy.”last_img read more

Local Youth Liason Officer Goes Back to School

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – In September of 2018 the Fort St. John RCMP initiated a pilot project for a Youth Liaison Officer for the Detachment.Constable Chad Neustaeter had been selected for this position for his extensive history in working with youth.Staff Sergeant Steve Perret chose to implement this proactive position as it is part of the RCMP’s strategic priorities. Officer Chad looks for any opportunity to connect with students while visiting various schools. His interactions vary from schools visits, participating in recess activities with the youth, to presenting classes with proactive information on topics that are relevant to their safety.Officer Chad says the interactions with the youth in elementary schools is about Who are the police and what do they do. While Sexting and managing your online presence, are key topics for middle school students, the Party (Preventing Alcohol-Related Trauma in Youth) Program allows him to connect with students in the Senior Secondary Schools.“Although the program is still in its early stages, I am starting to see the benefits already. In the fall, I received feedback from a parent who let me know their children couldn’t stop talking about how I had participated in a game of Tag with them. I am extremely flattered that the youth in our community recognize me and feel comfortable just stopping to say hi.”If anyone has any questions or concerns about this project, please feel free to contact S/Sgt. Steve Perret of the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100. “Youth Involvement is of the RCMP’s national strategic priorities that impact RCMP planning and operations within our community. Our goal is to reduce youth involved in crime, both as victims and/or offenders.”The RCMP say this position will run until June 2019 where it will be re-evaluated at that time to determine its effectiveness and if any modifications will be required.Constable Neustaeter introduces himself to students as Officer Chad.Even though he has almost three years’ experience as a police officer, he comes to the position with 16 years of experience in working with youth.Officer Chad is one of two DARE (Drug Awareness Resistance Education) trained officers at the detachment that is instructing the DARE Program to grade five students.The goal of the program is to provide students with the knowledge to make safe and responsible choices with the hope of protecting themselves now and in the future.last_img read more

VIDEO – Two vehicle fires start late Sunday night

first_imgVehicle fire on 86 street Sunday night – Submitted by JenniferAt this time there is no official confirmation that both incidents are connected.Our staff will reach out to the authorities in the morning to learn more about what happened. If you have any photos or video you’d like to share, email news@moosefm.caA photo of the vehicle fire on 114a avenue – Submitted by Tamara FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Fire Department was busy Sunday night responding to two different vehicle fires at almost the same time.Just before 10 p.m., crews were called to a vehicle fire on 114a avenue near 100 street. Eyewitnesses say a small explosion was heard after the fire started. The fire quickly spread to a nearby parked car.At almost the same time, the Fort St. John Fire Department was also called to a vehicle fire at an apartment building on 86 street near the Best Western Hotel. A photo of the second fire shows the vehicle was located in the parking lot of an apartment building near 86 street and 85 avenue.last_img read more

Hardik Patel moves SC challenging Guj HC order rejecting to stay his

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress leader Hardik Patel Monday moved the Supreme Court challenging the Gujarat High Court order rejecting his plea to stay his conviction in the 2015 Vispur rioting case. His petition is likely to be mentioned Tuesday for urgent hearing and his lawyers would seek stay of the March 29 order of the High Court which is coming in the way of his contesting the Lok Sabha election. Patel, 25, had started preparations to contest from Jamnagar on a Congress ticket after joining the party on March 12 and the last date for filing of nominations is April 4. Polling for 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat will be held on April 23. The Sessions Court at Visnagar in Mehsana district sentenced Patel to two years’ imprisonment last July for rioting and arson in Visnagar town in 2015 during the Patidar quota stir which he led. The high court in August 2018 suspended the sentence but not the conviction. Under the Election Law — Representation of the People Act and a related Supreme Court ruling — a convict facing a jail term of two years or more cannot stand for election unless the conviction is stayed. In the high court, the state government had submitted that there were 17 FIRs including two sedition complaints against Patel who is known for making inflammatory speeches. The high court had declined the contention of Patel’s lawyers that if the conviction was not stayed, it will cause “irreparable damage” as he intended to contest the Lok Sabha election. In the order, the high court noted that a conviction can be stayed only in rare and exceptional cases, and the case did not fall into that category.last_img read more

Pilots pushed Boeing to act after Lion Air crash

first_imgWashington DC: After a deadly crash in Indonesia, American Airlines pilots called a meeting to press Boeing executives for safety changes to the 737 MAX aircraft, US media reported Tuesday. The call for changes, which could have required the best-selling aircraft model to be temporarily grounded, were reported by The New York Times and CBS News after they obtained an audio recording of the November 27 meeting between the American Airlines pilots union and officials from the aircraft manufacturer. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe 737 MAX 8 is currently grounded worldwide after the March crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 that killed all 157 people onboard and drew scrutiny to the new Boeing model’s anti-stall system, which investigators believe may have brought the jet down. But the meeting shows that pilots were already worried about the safety of the model following the October 2018 crash in Indonesia of a Lion Air 737 MAX 8 that left no survivors of the 189 people onboard. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysAccording to the reports, the pilots were particularly concerned about the MCAS anti-stall system that investigators in both Indonesia and Ethiopia have blamed for the crashes. “No one has yet to conclude that the sole cause of this was this function on the airplane,” Boeing vice-president Mike Sinnett told the meeting. “The worst thing that can ever happen is a tragedy like this, and the even worse thing would be another one,” he said later in the meeting held four months before the Ethiopian Airlines disaster. Meanwhile, the pilots in the meeting said they felt they weren’t told enough about the MCAS system, which was new to the 737 MAX 8. “These guys didn’t even know the damn system was on the airplane, nor did anybody else,” said Mike Michaelis, head of safety for the pilot’s union. Following the Lion Air crash, Boeing had issued additional instructions to pilots in case they faced a malfunction of the MCAS. But in a letter obtained by AFP, Michaelis said the instructions weren’t sufficient for pilots to know how to handle malfunctions with the anti-stall system.last_img read more

HC brings RWAS registered societies within RTI purview

first_imgGurugram: The Punjab and Haryana High Court in its recent order has directed that all residential societies registered under the Haryana Regulation and Registration of Societies Act (HRRS), 2012, have to become fully compliant with the provisions of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005, by July 2.The directions were given in a civil writ petition — Saraswati Welfare Association Vs. Pradeep Kumar Raparia and others. The petition challenged an order of the State Information Commission (SIC), Haryana, directing all RWAs registered under the 2012 Act to implement RTI, which was given on a complaint by Raparia. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesAn order to this effect was has been sent to the principal secretary, the chief secretary, and the registrar general of societies, Haryana. The order makes it mandatory for all residents’ welfare associations (RWAs) in the state to appoint a public information officer (PIO) responsible for communication coordination and a first appellate authority designated to hear appeals. Various societies and RWAs registered under the HRRS Act, though obliged to provide information in response to RTI requests, have not been proactive about the same, allege RTI activists. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar”This is because there is no formal system in place for sharing information, such as appointing PIOs or appellate authorities,” said city-based RTI activist Aseem Takyar. These will now have to be appointed in two months once the state gives instructions. The advantage of the ruling is that RWAs will have to become more transparent about their finances, and can no longer hide any information about their books, Takyar added. It is important to note that there have been various complaints of how the residential societies in Gurugram are not using the maintenance funds to its proper use. “Due to various residential societies in Gurugram and people pay maintenance for upkeep of common areas, street lights, etc., several RWAs have become money syphoning machines. They lack transparency and accountability. It takes years to get information on how much has been spent on what,” said Karan Ahuja, a city resident Even though the 2012 Haryana society act states that RWAs are liable to provide information under RTI, most RWAs claimed they were non-governmental organisations, making the extraction of information extremely difficult. I’m glad about the clarification in the high court’s order. Now, RTI responses will help resolve many issues,” said Abhay Puniya, who has been active with various city RWAs for 20 years.last_img read more

Tiger Woods Moves Wrong Way At British Open

On what is called “moving day” in golf, Tiger Woods moved the wrong way at the British Open. After posting 67 in consecutive rounds, Woods got off to a slow start and shot an even par 70, which left him five shots off the lead going into Sunday’s final round.Adam Scott, after a 68, is 11-under for the championship and leads Graeme McDowell and Brandt Snedeker by four shots, Woods by five and  Ernie Els and Zach Johnson by six.The weather at Royal St. Lytham for the third straight day was benign, leaving plenty of scoring opportunities. Tiger Woods, however, did not take advantage of the lack of wind and rain. He missed two putts the he rued and generally was unable to gain any kind of momentum.“I just didn’t make anything,” Woods said simply.Did not win any of his 14 majors while trailing in the final round. He also held the lead or shared it with someone else.Having to play from behind Sunday, Woods said he has “to make birdies” to apply pressure on Scott, who has been virtually flawless. On his bag is Steve Williams, the caddie Woods fired. Woods will be playing in the group behind Tiger Woods.Weather also could be a factor. If  the forecast of wind and rain happens, it could  help bring Scott back to the pack. Even still, Woos has to hold his round together, unlike Saturday.Woods got off to a sluggish start with a couple of bogeys, but he made the turn at 1-under 33 after closing the front side with three birdies in four holes. He hasn’t won a major title in more than four years, the last of his 14 championships coming at the 2008 U.S. Open, before his personal life imploded and his body was wracked by injuries.Tiger Woods couldn’t keep it going on the back side, a couple of misread putts costing him two crucial strokes. read more