A millionaire’s mission: Stop hospitals from killing their patients by medical error

first_imgMasimo went public in 2007, and Kiani, still at the helm, is rich beyond his dreams. (Masimo’s board balked at his lucrative contract a few years ago and renegotiated, but he still takes in more than $5 million a year.)“His life story,” said retired California Senator Barbara Boxer, a close friend, “reads like a fairy tale.”But his business success wasn’t enough. The fight to open up hospital purchasing practices had stirred an activist bent in Kiani. He soon found his target.Masimo medical monitoring devices are seen on display on a wall at the company’s headquarters. Turning patient safety into a glitzy causeAfter years of working in the medical field, Kiani knew the grim statistics: Some 100,000 patients in the US die each year of medical errors, according to a 1999 Institute of Medicine report. Some researchers, using newer screening tools, think the number could be four times higher. Others say it’s lower.But everyone agrees these deaths can and should be prevented.When Kiani began to put faces to the statistics, he was shaken.One of those faces belonged to 11-year-old Leah Coufal, who died in December of 2002 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She’d had routine surgery to correct a mild chest deformity and apparently received a massive dose of fentanyl to control pain — enough to stop her breathing.Her mother, Lenore Alexander, couldn’t talk about Leah’s death for a decade. When she started speaking out, Kiani listened. He was shocked to realize his own daughter — who is fine now — had surgery in the same hospital, with the same surgeon, in the same week as Leah.“That could have been me,” Kiani told the people gathered at his first patient summit in 2013. “It could have been you.”He was also shocked to find Leah had not been monitored after surgery, not even with a simple pulse oximeter. Another name Kiani couldn’t keep out of his mind at the time was Rory Staunton, a 12-year old from New York who scraped his arm in gym class, then died from a sepsis infection that simple screening tools could have detected. By Usha Lee McFarling Feb. 13, 2017 Reprints Newsletters Sign up for Weekend Reads Our top picks for great reads, delivered to your inbox each weekend. Photos by Kendrick Brinson for STAT “It’s probably better he didn’t become a doctor. He wouldn’t have saved nearly as many lives.” National Science Correspondent Usha covers the toll of Covid-19 as well as people and trends behind biomedical advances in the western U.S. Leave this field empty if you’re human: And many in the field, even competitors, say Kiani’s work is making a difference, by turning a spotlight on the uncomfortable topic of patient death and also by reshaping market forces.“The pledge for open data does make an impact. Customers are starting to demand it,” said Stefan Dräger, the CEO of Germany’s Dräger, a medical technology manufacturer which signed up early on. He predicts more and more companies will jump in: “They have to,” he said. “It would look awkward if they refused.”Medtronic, a medical device giant, has started to embrace open platforms, including in some of its insulin pumps and glucose monitors. Another powerhouse, Philips, has been working to develop industry-wide standards so devices can talk to each other.Electronic medical records makers also need to come aboard, noted Johns Hopkins’s Pronovost, or they risk becoming “dumb data entry and billing systems” without access to the streams of data coming in from monitors and devices — or the powerful analytic tools used to make sense of it all.Ed Cantwell, who runs the nonprofit Center for Medical Interoperability, said it’s a national embarrassment that companies have been allowed to own patient data instead of sharing it. He’s working to create the architecture that hospitals could use to network their tens of thousands of devices into what he calls a “truly neutral, two-way plug and play” system. Once those standards are in place, he said, “I’m going to call vendors on their data pledges — very publicly.”  That can’t come too soon for Kiani. He’s already revved up about what it could all mean: Once more devices are linked and data is flowing, he said, computers should be able to predict in advance which patients are headed for trouble and alert clinicians. All that’s needed, he said, are a few good algorithms.“It’s easy for a computer to do,” Kiani said. “It’ll be phenomenal.” Usha Lee McFarling “I’ve seen very little substantive action coming from this particular patient safety organization. I don’t see the results to justify the costs.” About the Author Reprints Some critics also raise questions about the money Kiani has handed out to politicians. His foundation, which is funded by Masimo and other corporations, paid $315,000 to Clinton for a 2014 speech (though the former president has waived his fee for the past three years, Kiani said). Another of Masimo’s foundations has contributed $2.5 million to the Clinton Foundation.“That’s a lot of money. You wonder if it’s a way to legally channel money to a candidate,” said Beth Waldron, a patient safety advocate and consultant in Chapel Hill, N.C. She once hoped to work with Kiani on her key issue — death from venous thromboembolism, or blood clots — but grew concerned after looking at how the foundation operates.“I’ve seen very little substantive action coming from this particular patient safety organization,” said Waldron. She notes that plenty of other groups also work on patient safety and, in her view, get more done. “I don’t see the results to justify the costs,” she said.Kiani said he resents any implication that he’s trying to buy access to promote his company or alter tax policies that affect his industry. Former Senator Barbara Boxer Raising an alarm, doctors fight to yank hospital ICUs into the modern era Of course, making a pledge is one thing. Carrying it out is another. While smaller companies have been eager to open up their data, many heavyweights are moving slowly. Some cite concerns about patient privacy; others are working on big integrated systems to sell to hospitals and aren’t interested in cooperating with competitors. Makers of electronic health records have been especially reluctant.Yet outside experts such as Dr. Peter Pronovost of Johns Hopkins University, a world leader in patient safety, see glimmers of hope.Pronovost once thought it would take federal regulation to force companies to make their devices talk to one another, which he calls a crucial safety feature, akin to making sure a pilot can can check on the plane’s landing gear from the cockpit. He’s heartened by Kiani’s progress.“When Joe first stood up and said he’d make data open, he was the lone wolf in the industry,” Pronovost said. “Most of the others put their heads down and stayed silent. He’s been a visionary.” Zoll, which manufactures defibrillators and data systems in ambulances, was one of the first to open its data. Patient information captured in Zoll-equipped ambulances can now flow directly into the patient’s electronic health record, for review by hospital staff.As a next step, CEO Rick Packer is pressing the health records companies to send data to his ambulance devices, so paramedics have crucial background on the patients they’re transporting.“I use the data pledge as a moral high ground” in negotiations, Packer told a panel at Kiani’s patient safety summit last year. “Eventually it’ll come around and we’ll get what we need.”Kiani’s medical device company, Masimo, has its headquarters in Irvine, Calif. A science geek hits it richKiani runs his own medical device company, Masimo, from a building so airy and modern it stood in for Stark Enterprises in the first “Iron Man” movie.With a volleyball court in the lobby and hemp milk and artisanal chocolate served in the employee cafeteria, the building pulses with California startup vibe.Kiani, 51, a father of three with slightly silvering hair and a penchant for wearing dark tailored suits with no tie, lives in nearby Laguna Beach. But his life wasn’t always so easy.When Kiani arrived in the US from his native Iran at the age of 9, he spoke three words of English. His family settled in tiny Albertville, Ala., because his father, a technician, had a friend there. (Many who admire Kiani note he’s the kind of successful immigrant who might be barred from the US under President Donald Trump’s temporary immigration ban.)Kiani raced through high school, finishing at 15, and planned to become a doctor. But chemistry at San Diego State  University foiled him. Instead, he turned to engineering. @ushamcfarling “His life story reads like a fairy tale.” Joe Kiani, founder and CEO of Masimo, at the company’s headquarters in Irvine, California. Related: How one hospital is beating sepsis and saving lives “He really helped open up the market for smaller companies that had better, disruptive technologies,” said Ronald Newbower, an MIT-trained physicist who’s spent decades using technology to improve patient safety at Massachusetts General Hospital.As hospital purchasing rules began to change, Kiani’s company began selling huge numbers of pulse oximeters. It is now one of the top sellers in a market estimated at $1.5 billion globally.The company is moving into other areas, including brain monitoring. Kiani is extremely proud of Masimo’s technology and the sleek, iPhone-like devices he’s been creating of late. But the company took dings — and received an FDA warning letter in 2014 — for not adequately responding to complaints about some of its devices. Kiani said the company has since overhauled that process. Frederic J. Harris, engineer and mentor to Kiani Hospitals struggle to address terrifying and long-lasting ‘ICU delirium’ Related: [email protected] HospitalsA millionaire’s mission: Stop hospitals from killing their patients by medical error Medicare patient deaths shortly after leaving the ER raise questions about rural hospitals “It’s probably better he didn’t become a doctor,” mused Dr. Steven Barker, a professor emeritus of anesthesiology and aeronautical engineer at the University of Arizona who now works as chief science officer for Masimo. “He wouldn’t have saved nearly as many lives.”Soon after graduating, Kiani got a chance to work on pulse oximeters.  The geek in him was captivated. “I couldn’t believe you could shine light in your finger and measure oxygen in your blood,” he said. “I just loved the idea.”But devices being used in the mid-1980s were terrible. Just about any patient movement caused the devices to sound a false alarm that oxygen levels were low. Patients would then be blasted with too much oxygen, which often led to blindness in premature babies. “He wondered: “Why are people going into hospitals and not coming out?’” said Frederic J. Harris, an electrical engineering professor at San Diego State University who taught Kiani and remains close to him.Kiani decided to tackle such senseless deaths through engineering.“God bless him. He’s working on this and he’s got people all over the place working on it,” said Alexander, Leah’s mom, who has spent years pressing to get patients monitored after surgery. “I believe he’s a really good man. He’s not doing this for his own pocket.”Critics, however, look askance at the high glitz content of Kiani’s annual summits, run through his Patient Safety Movement Foundation.Held at beachside hotels, with splashy staging and tickets priced at $500 to $1,000 apiece, the summits rely heavily on political star power. (This year, for instance, the foundation is dangling a private fishing trip with Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter as a prize; health care institutions can enter to win by committing to specific steps to reduce patient deaths.) Trending Now: Drawing on what he’d learned from fields like submarine warfare and satellite communication, Kiani and colleagues came up with adaptive algorithms that helped the oximeters ignore signals that made no physiological sense. That cut down on false alarms and improved reliability. In 1989, Kiani and engineer Mohamed Diab launched Masimo. It began, as so many of California’s great companies have, in a garage.The next decade was tumultuous. Bigger companies were trying to steal his ideas. Kiani couldn’t seem to get hospitals to look at his device. At times, his sales reps were even physically escorted off hospital grounds.Joe Kiani, left, and Mohamed Diab discuss innovation projects at the Masimo headquarters in 1996. (photo courtesy Masimo) “It was so frustrating. I can’t even tell you,” he said.Kiani had stumbled into the scandalous world of hospital GPOs, or group purchasing organizations. His pulse oximeter was being locked out by larger competitors who paid hefty fees to hospital purchasing agents in order to land exclusive sales contracts.Kiani was initially afraid to get involved, not wanting his young company to be blackballed. “It wasn’t in my personal interest to try to change this industry,” he said. But he did speak out, in a series of high-profile articles and in testimony before the Senate in 2002. Beth Waldron, patient safety advocate IRVINE, Calif. — Joe Kiani likes to point out that the most worn spot on most medical monitoring devices is the mute button.He’s out to change that — and, he hopes, to stop the epidemic of preventable hospital death that kills tens of thousands of Americans each year.It’s not a glamorous cause. And Kiani is not a household name. But he is a multimillionaire with a proven track record of using engineering smarts to fix dogged problems; he made his fortune improving the humble pulse oximeter, which measures oxygen saturation in the blood. Now, he’s pushing a nerdy, but elegant, idea for saving lives: prodding manufacturers of medical devices and electronic records to open their platforms so all the systems can talk to each other.advertisement Related: Please enter a valid email address. “He wondered: ‘Why are people going into hospitals and not coming out?’” Dr. Steven Barker, chief scientific officer, Masimo In the past five years, Kiani has encouraged — some would say browbeat and publicly shamed — 70 companies to sign a pledge to open their platforms. The group includes some of the biggest medical device manufacturers — who also happen to be some of his most bitter corporate rivals.“It’s really surreal when I look at where we are,” Kiani said. “People who were our mortal enemies like Medtronic and Philips are now joining us.” Related: His tech fix — if widely implemented — could bring order to the cacophony of beeps, buzzes, and blaring alarms that can so overwhelm nurses and doctors that they push “mute” and miss true emergencies. It could make it easier for staff to monitor patients with complex needs. And it could flag, in advance, potentially fatal errors like incorrect dosing and drug allergies.Manufacturers, naturally, aren’t so eager to share their computer code. But Kiani is not one to give up.He stages a glitzy patient safety summit each year, attracting big-name speakers like Bill Clinton and Joe Biden to pound home the need for hospitals to stop killing their patients. “If President Clinton or Vice President Biden says it, it has far more weight,” Kiani said. “When I say it, it’s like a flea screaming.”advertisement Privacy Policy Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Tags hospitalsmedical devicesmedical technologypatientsprofileslast_img read more

7-year-old shot & killed while sleeping in Florida

first_imgRIVIERA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Police in Florida are searching for the person who shot into an apartment and killed a 7-year-old boy who was sleeping inside.The boy’s 28-year-old mother was injured in the shooting which happened early Wednesday, Riviera Beach police said during a news conference.Police Chief Nathan Osgood said the shooting was targeted, but it was unclear if the shooter knew there were children inside the apartment.The boy, whose name has not been released, another sibling, and their parents were asleep when the shots rang out early Wednesday, the Associated Press reports. The boy was shot several times and his mother was hit at least once, police said. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments AdvertisementThe mother is recovering from her injuries, Osgood said.“There’s people out there who know who did this,” Osgood said. “We have to come together as a community and say we can’t take this anymore. We will not take this anymore.”Riviera Beach is near West Palm Beach. Store owner dead after shooting in Arcadia May 20, 2021 Man convicted of first-degree murder for shooting that killed 19-year-old April 15, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 commentscenter_img Man arrested for killing Arcadia store owner during robbery May 21, 2021 AdvertisementTags: Riviera BeachShooting death RELATEDTOPICS Man arrested in connection to Lee County woman’s death at Brown Sugar Festival May 7, 2021last_img read more

Six-goal Mulhall leads Clonaslee to Division 2 plate victory

first_img GAA Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Previous articleBallacolla pull through extra-time test against ClonaghadooNext articleBuilding, Buying, Moving or Improving? Then the Laois Great Home Event could be for you Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún 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. Home GAA Cumann na mBunscol Six-goal Mulhall leads Clonaslee to Division 2 plate victory GAACumann na mBunscolSport Twitter By Siun Lennon – 16th May 2018 GAA Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Twittercenter_img TAGSCumann na mBunscol The winning Clonaslee side in the Division 2 plate final Clonaslee 8-5 Raheen 2-4Roinn 2 Hurling PlatePaul Mulhall is certainly a name to watch out for in the future. The young Clonaslee man scored 6-3 for his side today and managed to cover all aspects of the game, including blocking, long pucks, and those crucial, crucial goals.Raheen secured their first point from Jack Coogan in the first minute. James Dunne got on the scoreboard for Clonaslee with a goal in the second minute to start what would be this 10-goal fest. Pinterest Six-goal Mulhall leads Clonaslee to Division 2 plate victory Rugby Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Dunne and Mulhall added one point each with Mulhall striking his first free straight at goals, landing the ball in the back of the net.He followed up on this with a peach from the right-wing but it would be five minutes until Clonaslee would score again, with two goals in the space of a minute coming from Mulhall.The final minutes of the second-half saw Mulhall convert yet another goal while Liam Conroy pucked over a score for Raheen. The score at half-time read Clonaslee 5-3 Raheen 0-2.Goals galoreLiam Whelan got his side rolling in the second half with a point in the third minute. James Dunne replied with a point for Clonaslee before Mark Hearns buried the sliotar in the goals in the 30th minute.The Raheen side who lost in the Division 2 plate todayFair Play award winner Whelan followed this with a point for Raheen and a goal of his own in the 32nd minute. Paul Mulhall converted a free and followed with a brilliant solo run through the defence to land his fifth goal of the match.Conor Thorton got his name on the board with a goal flicked in off the ground and Mulhall added a sixth goal with his last strike of game. The match finishedBut unfortunately for Raheen, Clonaslee took control back from here. The game finished Clonaslee 8-5 Raheen 2-4.SCORERS: Clonaslee: Paul Mulhall 6-3 (1-1 free) (0-1 65′) James Dunne 1-2, Conor Thorton 1-0. Raheen: Mark Hearns 1-0, Liam Whelan 1-2, Jack Coogan 0-1, Liam Conroy 0-1RAHEEN: Evan Farrell; Jack Farrell, Jim Holland; Liam Whelan, Liam Conroy; Mark Hearns, Jack Coogan. Subs: No 8 for Coogan (28 minutes)CLONASLEE: Jack Smith; Manus Dunne, Darragh Mulhall; Paul Mulhall, James Dunne; Caolan Callaghan, Gary Fitzpatrick. Subs: Conor Thorton for Fitzpatrick (32 minutes)SEE ALSO – LIVE BLOG: Follow all the action from Day 1 of the Cumann na mBunscol hurling finals Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApplast_img read more

Senate Approves Cricket World Cup Bill

first_imgRelatedSenate Elects First Visually Impaired President RelatedSenate Approves Bill on Charitable Organisations RelatedAttorney-at-Law Appointed to the Senate Senate Approves Cricket World Cup Bill SenateOctober 30, 2006center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Bill seeking to make provision for the fulfillment of Jamaica’s commitment to the efficient and effective staging of Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2007, was passed in the Senate on October 27.The ICC Cricket World Cup West Indies 2007 Act, was also passed in the House of Representatives on October 24.“This Bill seeks to reflect the rights of a company called Cricket World Cup 2007 Incorporated, and obligations of Jamaica Cricket 2007 Limited under what is called the host venue agreement,” said Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Senator A. J. Nicholson, who piloted the Bill.“The essence of the clauses of the Bill is to provide for the procedures and arrangements that are necessary to be implemented to ensure the security of the organizers, players and patrons of Cricket World Cup 2007,” he added.The law, which is also called the Sunset Legislation, is a required stipulation for the nine countries in the Caribbean region that will host Cricket World Cup games.Participating CARICOM countries are required, as a condition of their hosting, to enter into an agreement called the Host Venue Agreement between ICC Cricket World Cup and Cricket World Cup West Indies, a subsidiary of the West Indies Cricket Board.“It should be noted that this requirement for the implementation of the Sunset Legislation by countries hosting cricket events or matches is not novel. In fact, South Africa which was the venue of the last Cricket World Cup 2003, was required to and did pass the Sunset Legislation as part of its preparation for the event,” Senator Nicholson informed.He noted that concerns have been raised concerning the freedom of movement of persons during the staging of the matches and events of Cricket World Cup.“Having regard to the fact that the public may be affected by the declaration of an area known as a Cricket World Cup venue, and a time known as a match period, the Bill also provides that when the Minister is exercising his powers, he must have due regard to the rights and convenience of persons who reside or seek to do business within the affected areas,” Senator Nicholson explained.He added that there “are no intentions to disturb any person in the enjoyment of his private property. Wherever the use of private property is involved, the consent of the owner must be obtained and such consent is a pre- requisite in relation to the closure of a private road”.In the meantime, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Anthony Hylton, said the Jamaican Government and the country would benefit tremendously from hosting the event next year.“The hosting of mega sport events has proven to effect positive change on business development, trade and tourism for the host cities and countries. The Jamaican Government views the ICC Cricket World Cup West Indies 2007 as a significant economic opportunity for the Caribbean region and Jamaica,” Senator Hylton said.“The government of Jamaica is looking to use the hosting of the event as a catalyst and an accelerator of change,” he added.Cricket World Cup 2007 bowls off in Jamaica on March 5 with the first of four warm-up matches, followed by the opening ceremony on March 11, at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium. On March 13, the event moves into Kingston for six first round group stage matches, and one semi-final match at the historic Sabina Park. The ICC Cricket World Cup West Indies 2007 Act will expire on June 30, 2007. Advertisementslast_img read more

National Approach To Stevedore Infrastructure Charges

first_imgNational Approach To Stevedore Infrastructure Charges VIC PremierThe Victorian and New South Wales Governments have welcomed an agreement between the states and territories to develop voluntary national guidelines for stevedore infrastructure and access charges.Infrastructure and access charges have been implemented and charged by stevedores to transport carriers for the pickup and drop off of import and export containers.Australia’s Infrastructure and Transport Ministers endorsed a plan for the National Transport Commission to develop voluntary national guidelines for applying stevedore infrastructure and access charges at Australia’s container ports.Taking a national approach will support consistency between Australian ports.The development of these guidelines will provide greater certainty for both stevedores and landside transport operators and provide greater understanding of the benefits of investment in terminal facilities.The National Transport Commission, as the national land transport reform agency, will lead this work and will engage with industry and jurisdictions on developing the guidelines.This work will include consideration of Victoria’s Voluntary Performance Model at the Port of Melbourne.Draft guidelines will be provided to the Infrastructure and Transport Ministers for endorsement in 2021.Industry will continue to be updated and consulted as details on the project development timeframe become available.As stated by Victoria’s Minister for Ports and Freight Melissa Horne“Victoria’s commitment to fair pricing and transparency at our ports led to the development of a landmark voluntary port pricing model.”“The adoption of a similar, national model at ports around Australia will deliver consistency for the rest of the country’s producers, too.”As stated by NSW Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance“We are pleased to have negotiated a national approach to developing voluntary guidelines as it will provide consistency and transparency for the transport industry.“The ultimate aim of the guidelines is to help improve efficiency and consistency for everyone who relies on our ports for the movement of freight.” /Public 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:agreement, AusPol, Australia, Australian, Commission, efficiency, Government, industry, infrastructure, Investment, Melbourne, Minister, New South Wales, NSW, project, reform, Transport, Victorialast_img read more

Wyndham City calls for action on East Werribee

first_imgWyndham City calls for action on East Werribee Wyndham City has called on the State Government to deliver some certainty for the East Werribee Precinct to create jobs and boost one of the largest local economies in Victoria.Wyndham Mayor, Cr Adele Hegedich, said the site had now been vacant for years.“This is a missed opportunity. We need the State Government to work with Council and prioritise decisions around the future of the site,” Cr Hegedich said.Future Focussed Economy portfolio holder Cr Mia Shaw said work on a masterplan for the site should begin immediately.“At 775 hectares, this is the biggest opportunity in Victoria right now to kickstart the economy post Covid,” Cr Shaw said.“The precinct masterplan should be focussed on building the local economy and boosting local jobs,” she said.“What we need for this site is an approach that provides the foundation for a robust local economy and reimagines office space for a post-Covid world,” she said.“This is an opportunity to provide contemporary retail experiences and 21st century commercial development that recognises the benefits of working and shopping close to home as aspired to in Plan Melbourne through the 20-minute neighbourhoods.”The 775-hectare East Werribee precinct is the largest undeveloped surplus State Government land in metropolitan Melbourne, and includes the 400-hectare site known as the East Werribee Major Development Parcel.“I am concerned that the site will be used predominantly for housing and not what it was intended for – local jobs. We don’t need housing in this precinct area, ” Cr Shaw said.Currently, a portion of the site is used as a medical and technology hub with two major hospitals, a private medical specialist centre, three universities and health research operating from East Werribee.The Victorian Planning Authority completed a Structure Plan (PSP) for the East Werribee Employment Precinct in October 2013. It was designed to guide the development of a mixed-use precinct that would create opportunities for 58,300 local jobs as well as homes, key infrastructure, advanced integrated water cycle management, sports facilities, and local parks. /Public 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:building, Century, council, Economy, employment, future, Government, infrastructure, local council, Melbourne, planning, research, sports, technology, Victoria, world, Wyndham, Wyndham City Councillast_img read more

Ministry seeks to boost agricultural productivity Through GIS

first_imgRelatedMinistry seeks to boost agricultural productivity Through GIS RelatedMinistry seeks to boost agricultural productivity Through GIS Ministry seeks to boost agricultural productivity Through GIS AgricultureAugust 22, 2012 RelatedMinistry seeks to boost agricultural productivity Through GIScenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is seeking to better utilise the data gathered through the Geographical Information System (GIS) method, as a key strategy to further boost agricultural productivity. To this end, a workshop was held at the Ministry’s Hope Gardens offices in Kingston on August 21, where GIS stakeholders discussed the way forward. The GIS is a computable structure, designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyse, manage and display all types of geographically referenced information. Addressing the workshop, Principal Director for Policy Co-ordination and Administration in the Ministry, Dwight Uylett, said the meeting was held to see how best to utilise the data on hand to inform policies and programmes. “We have a lot of intellectual material as far as GIS is concerned and we also have a lot of intellectual capacity, and what we want to do, is to have a meaningful discussion on the best way forward,” he said. Mr. Uylett said the Ministry is seeking to take greater advantage of GIS material as it is committed to strengthening its agricultural supply chain, noting that one of the key components of this, is primary production. “We are looking for efficiency, economy and effectiveness in the outputs that we get from this area of the supply chain,” he pointed out. He further noted that the Ministry’s Rural Physical Planning Division is a critical area in this endeavour. “In this regard, we have been doing a lot of work with the division and its leadership to strengthen the capacity to perform and strengthen its ability to deliver on key service imperatives,” he added. The core functions of the division include: conducting soils and land cover/land use surveys; rural land evaluation assessments and make recommendations on the use of agricultural lands; and land capability assessments. The division also assesses soil fertility and makes recommendations for soil and land management; designs and prepares maps; GIS data processing, manipulation, analysis and output; and captures spatial data through aerial photo-interpretation, satellite imagery and global positioning systems. The workshop also sought to determine stakeholder needs and strengthen the capacity of the Rural Physical Planning Division to: respond and forge partnerships; utilise GIS as a decision support tool in expanding the food health and traceability infrastructure; pursue a deliberate export strategy; and to mainstream climate change adaptation to programmes, policies and production processes. Advertisementslast_img read more

Etisalat fires warning shot to operators

first_img Operators admit big change needed for IoT success AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 17 OCT 2016 LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE 360 MIDDLE EAST: Operators are no longer the “cash cow” that governments and the media believe, insisted Hatem Dowidar, CEO, international operations, Etisalat, as he slammed the industry for failing to grow in the technology value chain.In an honest overview of the mobile players’ current status, speaking in a keynote speech at Mobile 360 Middle East in Dubai, Dowidar hit out at a common misconception that being an operator was “fancy”, and they were “having a great time”, given the amount of money generated.Accusing government of “milking” operators because of this, through taxes, spectrum prices and excise duties, among other fees, Dowidar revealed, out of the 18 countries Etisalat operates in, it is only generating “real profit” in four.This, however, doesn’t mean it could stop investing and, citing analysts that estimate a $1.7 trillion capex spend on mobile networks and fixed infrastructure over the next five years, he suggested the situation could get worse, unless operators begin to evolve beyond pure connectivity.“The big investment is not creating the returns we would hope for, or that we would like to see,” he said. “We want to be more than just a pipe. In the new world we want to be a hub of it all. We hope we are a bigger part of the value chain.”Apple comparisonCommenting on Apple’s evolution from hardware, to software, services and even payments, Dowidar said operators had “failed to grow in the value chain”, in the same way, while urging mobile operators to stop focusing competition on each other, and look at new competitors that were emerging.He also had a few choice words for regulators.“In the new world we are not only competing with the operators in the same regions, we are competing with Amazon, Google, their cloud services, IoT platforms and other applications,” he said. “This is a message to regulators to be open minded about what you allow the operators to do. Today we are smothering the operators’ capabilities to compete.” Kavit Majithia Author Related Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more center_img HomeM360 2016 Middle East Articles Etisalat fires warning shot to operators M360 2016 Middle East Articles Previous ArticleOnePlus CEO out to change shopping behaviourNext ArticleEgyptian operators now on board for 4G licences Tags Etisalatlast_img read more

Iliad targets Vodafone, TIM tower deal

first_img Strengthening LTE foundation to maximise 5G potential Related Author Manny joined Mobile World Live in September 2019 as a reporter based in London. He has previous experience in telecoms having worked for B2B publication Mobile News for three years where he climbed up to the position of Features Editor…. Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 31 JAN 2020 Previous ArticleBids in latest US mmWave auction top $7BNext ArticleOrange opts for Nokia, Ericsson for 5G TIM, Telefonica, Claro strike Oi deal Iliad Italia CEO Benedetto Levi (pictured) raised concerns with competition bodies over a pending merger of tower assets by Telecom Italia and Vodafone, a little over a week after seeking to block fellow rivals Fastweb and Wind Tre from sharing 5G infrastructure, Reuters reported.The move appears to be another attack to gain ground on rivals in Italy. Telecom Italia and Vodafone Italia signed a merger agreement in July 2019 to enable a joint 5G rollout. The deal, which would see the pair merge their infrastructure into Telecom Italia’s Inwit tower company, is currently under review by European antitrust bodies.Levi argued the merger posed a risk to competition, Reuters stated. The executive added Iliad Italia is “not against network sharing agreements per se”, but said such deals should not distort the market.The news agency stated Iliad Italia is the only operator in the country yet to ink a 5G network sharing agreement, although Levi revealed the operator aims to launch its 5G network by the end of the year. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Tags Home Iliad targets Vodafone, TIM tower deal Oi mobile asset sale saga nears conclusion Iliad ItaliaTIMVodafone Italia Manny Pham last_img read more

‘No pain no gain’ as more works planned for Donegal

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Google+ Pinterest Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows By News Highland – December 20, 2019 Facebook Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Previous articleFurther warnings over flu virusNext articleHopes of pre-Christmas Stormont deal dashed News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest ‘No pain no gain’ as more works planned for Donegal DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook A Donegal County Councillor hopes that efficient traffic management plans will be place for various road projects in Donegal next year but says it’s very much a case of no pain no gain. As part of a Government announcement yesterday, around 44 million euro was sanctioned to the local authority to carry out road improvements across the county next year.2019 saw a significant amount of traffic disruption due to works, particularly around the Letterkenny area.While acknowledging the impact this had on traders, Cllr Michael McBride says we need to be looking at the bigger picture:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/mcbxfgdfgdfgdfrideTII.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more