“Insurance hike for ‘first responders’ is deplorable and unjustified” – McConalogue

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“Insurance hike for ‘first responders’ is deplorable and unjustified” – McConalogue

first_imgPOLITICS: Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue says he is dismayed by reports that insurance companies are hiking motor insurance premiums for volunteers who provide life-saving first aid in their communities.Deputy McConalogue made the comments after Aviva introduced a 20% loading fee on motor insurance policies for volunteers operating under the Community First Responder Scheme.“The news that Aviva has decided to hike the insurance policies for volunteer first responders is deplorable. In Ireland, up to 5,000 people die annually from cardiac arrest. Consistent efforts have been made to reduce the number of deaths caused by cardiac arrest, and the presence of volunteers operating under this scheme is crucial to achieving this goal,” said Deputy McConalogue. “The scheme is particularly important in counties like Donegal, with a large geographical area, and where first responders can get to the scene of an incident much quicker than an ambulance can.  In many situations community first responders are the first people to come to the aid of a person who is suffering chest pain, breathing difficulty, choking, stroke and cardiac arrest. They save lives right across the country on a daily basis.“The move by Aviva to hike motor insurance premiums for first responders will undo all of the good work that has been achieved to date in reducing the number of deaths caused by cardiac arrest. I’ve been contacted by a number of volunteers who have said they are reconsidering their voluntary work following the sharp increase in motor insurance costs. They want to continue providing a valuable voluntary service, but Aviva is making it impossible for them to do so.“This hike in insurance costs will only lead to a reduction in the number of volunteers in towns and villages across Donegal, and could ultimately cost lives. Aviva should reconsider this move, and I’ll be pushing for Fianna Fáil to bring forward proposals to prevent unfair loading on motor premiums for first responder volunteers.”“Insurance hike for ‘first responders’ is deplorable and unjustified” – McConalogue was last modified: September 30th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Cartoon: A Use Case for the iPad

first_imgAh, yup. Between the price point, the locked-down App Store approach, the spiffy design, the tech specs, the lack of camera, the lack of multitasking, the lack of phone, the cool iBook Store, the corny iBook shelves, the impending transformation of personal computing, the impending collapse of Apple stock, the green light for 3G voice-over-IP apps, the telco deals, the publisher deals, the rumor fact checks, the comparisons with Windows, the Kindle-killing, the not-Kindle-killing and the just-have-to-wait-and-see, all of the good points are taken.Okay, except maybe pointing out how disappointed cartoonists are that there’s no pressure-sensitive stylus. But That Would Be Self-Serving, so I won’t say it.I’m sure there are probably a few more sanitary-napkin jokes left waiting in the wings (Anyone joke about a Maxi model yet? They did? Bugger.) but I’d like to think I’m above that. (Addendum:Alex tells me that “wings” is also circulating as an iPad joke. God, I’m clueless about this stuff. Is there a course I can take somewhere? Or maybe an app?)All I can say is this: Dollhouse wrapped on Friday night, and I’m just about certain that even if the zombie apocalypse was brought about, not by the depradations of the Rossum Corporation, but by an iPad OS update that went horribly, horribly wrong… I’d still want one of the gorgeous damn things. Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#Cartoons#web rob cottingham 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout More Noise to Signal. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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Beta Testing At Spiceworks: A Surprising Place To Find Qualified Guinea Pigs

first_imgrieva lesonsky Related Posts How to Get Started in China and Have Success Tags:#Beta Testing#networking#small business#startups Beta testing can be a bitch – especially when you’re working with complex business technology that doesn’t make sense for consumers. It can be incredibly difficult to find good test subjects with enough of a knowledge base to give you intelligent feedback on these kinds of sophisticated products.That’s exactly the issue facing Pertino as it prepared to launch its cloud-based network launch last fall.Where To Find Qualified Beta Testers?Pertino’s concept was to build a cloud-based global network, requiring no specialized hardware or virtual private networks. The company envisioned a network affordable enough for small and midsize (SMB) companies with the security and performance of an enterprise network.How the heck do you beta test a product like that?Pertino CEO Craig Elliott turned to the Spiceworks.com community of more than 2.4 million IT professionals, centered around the company’s free, ad-supported IT management tools for SMBs.Elliott and many Pertino employees were already Spiceworks members, and they started with a 20-company private beta program that grew into “a community-exclusive public beta” involving 250 “Spiceheads.”Spiceworks’ co-founder Jay Hallberg says three to four years ago the Spiceworks team was “dreaming big that someday we’d have a company launch within Spiceworks.” Pertino turned out to be that company. Beta Testing Feedback Is EssentialWhile the usual point of beta testing is to find out if your product is good enough to launch, most initial offerings end up requiring signficant tweaks. “If you’re not thoroughly embarrassed by the first product you release,” Elliott says, “you’ve overthought it, and you’ve come to market too late.”Beta testing in Spiceworks enabled knowledgeable IT professionals to actually use the product and offer Pertino “incredible, first-hand feedback and insights,” says Elliott.Todd Krautkremer, Pertino’s VP of marketing, explains that, “Since so many members of the Spiceworks community work IT at small and mid-sized businesses, it was a way to treat SMBs as consumers… The Spiceheads provided feedback in real time [that] shaved months off what the normal development timeline would be.” Beta testing in Spiceworld gave Pertino “validation and the ability to go back to the drawing board based on the feedback,” Krautkremer adds. If you can’t make it in the Spiceworks community, how can you succeed in the broader market?Speed WinsPertino didn’t worry about launching its “private” beta to such a large community. “”In the world of open-source tech,” says Krautkremer, “to rest your laurels on defensible IP is not a recipe for success.” Patents can’t protect you.Instead, seizing the market as early as possible is the best way to become a dominant leader, says Krautkremer. It’s not necessarily being first to market,” Krautkremer continues, “MySpace was there before Facebook.” To win, your idea has to be novel and simple, and you have to pursue it aggressively.So far, that approach is working for Pertino. The company publicly launched its product in February: “6,000 people downloaded it on day one,” Krautkremer says, and more than 300 Pertino networks were built.Beta Test TipsSharing what he learned from the Spiceworks beta, Krautkremer offers tech companies 4 quick tips:Use the freemium model: make it easy for potential customers to try your product.Keep it simple: “Click, click, done wins. Click, click, click, done loses.”Eat your own dogfood: use and test your own product.Get to market first and then grow fast.Oh, and find qualified beta testers to provide useful feedback before you make your product publicly available.center_img China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star…last_img read more

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NIA team in Bhopal to probe blast in train

first_imgA team of National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday reached Bhopal to probe the blast in a train, suspected to be a terror attack.The blast occurred near the Jabri railway station under Shajapur district, about 60 km from Bhopal.NIA officials would interact with the Madhya Pradesh police personnel and verify leads available with them to ascertain whether the explosion was a terror attack, official sources said.Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh on Tuesday said the initial investigation suggested that the blast was a terror attack and investigation was underway to unravel the conspiracy behind the incident.Ten people were injured, three of them seriously, in the blast on the Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train.Madhya Pradesh Inspector General (Intelligence) Makrand Deoskar had said the blast was carried out “by planting an improvised explosive device (IED)”.last_img read more

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Trinamool plays down desertion, calls it ‘temporary’

first_imgDownplaying the desertion of three MLAs and dozens of councillors from three municipalities in West Bengal, the Trinamool Congress leadership on Tuesday described it as a “temporary phase in politics”. Trinamool leaders addressed a press conference in Kolkata.Among the MLAs who joined the BJP on Tuesday were BJP leader Mukul Roy’s son Subhrangshu, Roy elected from Bijpur on Trinamool ticket; Tushar Kanti Bhattacharya from Bishnupur, who won the polls in 2016 on Congress ticket and later switched sides to Trinamool; and Debendra Roy, an MLA of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) from Hemtabad. All MLAs are from south Bengal.In the Kancharapra, Halishar and Naihati municipalities in North 24 Paraganas district in south Bengal, where BJP leader Mukul Roy grew up and started his political career, the BJP is now in the driver’s seat.Meanwhile, a number of councillors in the Bhatpara municipality joined the BJP, making the balance tilt in favour of the saffron party. Arjun Singh, the Trinamool leader who joined the BJP shortly before the Lok Sabha election, orchestrated the desertion in Bhatpara, where he was the municipal chairperson till recently. Elections to the civic bodies in the State are scheduled for 2020, a year before the State goes to the polls. “This is no crisis at all. I refuse to call it a crisis when some opportunists have switched sides. We are keeping an eye on the situation,” Tapas Roy, Trinamool leader and chief whip in the Assembly, said. Trinamool leaders, including former Minister Madan Mitra and North 24 Parganas district party president Jyotipriya Mullick, attended the press conference and said a number of party offices of the district have been occupied by the BJP. “People of West Bengal are firmly with Mamata Banerjee. Today, only 2 of our 221 MLAs went to the BJP. One of them is the son [of Mukul Roy], a step in the right direction for BJP to encourage dynastic politics,” a tweet from the official Twitter handle of the Trinamool said. Meanwhile, stray incidents of post-poll violence were reported in the State. At Canning in State’s South 24 Paraganas district, a Trinamool activist was attacked allegedly by BJP workers. State Minister Rabindranath Ghosh was heckled by BJP supporters in Cooch Behar. A few days ago, Forest Minister Bijoy Krishna Barman’s vehicle was attacked in north Bengal.last_img read more

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Getting your home ready- knee or hip surgery

first_imgAlternate NamesHip or knee surgery – getting your home readyIntroductionBefore you go to the hospital for surgery, set up your home to make your recovery and life easier when you come back. Do this well in advance of your surgery.Ask your doctor, nurse, or physical therapist about getting your home ready.Make It Easy for YourselfMake sure everything you need is easy to get to and on the same floor where you will spend most of your time. If you will need to use the stairs, you should limit using them to once a day.Have a bed that is low enough so that your feet touch the floor when you sit on the edge of the bed.Set up your bed on the first floor if you can. You may not need a hospital bed, but your mattress should be firm.Have a bathroom or a portable commode on the same floor where you will spend most of your day.Stock up on canned or frozen food, toilet paper, shampoo, and other personal items.Either buy or make single meals that can be frozen and reheated.Make sure you can reach everything you need without getting on your tiptoes or bending down low.Put food and other supplies in a cupboard that is between your waist and shoulder level.Place glasses, your teapot, and other items you use a lot on the kitchen counter.Make sure you can get to your phone. A portable phone can be helpful.Place a chair with a firm back in the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and other rooms you will use. This way, you can sit when you do your daily tasks.If you will be using a walker, attach a sturdy bag or a small basket to it to hold your phone, a notepad, a pen, and another other things you will need to have close by. You can also use a fanny pack.You may need help bathing, using the toilet, cooking, running errands, shopping, going to the doctor, and exercising. If you do not have someone to help you at home for the first 1 or 2 weeks after surgery, ask your doctor or nurse about having a trained caregiver come to your home to help you. This person can also check the safety of your home and help you with your daily activities.advertisementOther items that may help:A shower sponge with a long handleA shoehorn with a long handleA cane, crutches, or a walkerA reacher to help you pick up things from the floor, put on your pants, and take off your socksA sock aid to help you put on your socksHandle bars in the bathroom to allow you to steady yourselfBathroom SetupRaising the toilet seat height will keep you from flexing your knee too much. You can do this by adding a seat cover or elevated toilet seat or a toilet safety frame. You can also use a commode chair instead of a toilet.You may need to have safety bars in your bathroom. Grab bars should be secured vertically or horizontally to the wall, not diagonally.Do not use towel racks as grab bars. They cannot support your weight.You will need two grab bars. One helps you get in and out of the tub. The other helps you stand from a sitting position.You can make several changes to protect yourself when you take a bath or shower:Put non-slip suction mats or rubber silicone decals in the tub to prevent falls.Use a non-skid bath mat outside the tub for firm footing.Keep the floor outside the tub or shower dry.Place soap and shampoo where you do not need to stand up, reach, or twist.Sit on a bath or shower chair when taking a shower:Make sure it has rubber tips on the bottom.Buy a seat without arms if it is placed in a bathtub.Avoiding FallsKeep tripping hazards out of your home.Remove loose wires or cords from areas you walk through to get from one room to another.Remove loose throw rugs.Fix any uneven flooring in doorways. Use good lighting.Have night lights placed in hallways and rooms that can be dark.Pets that are small or move around may cause you to trip. For the first few weeks you are home, consider having your pet stay elsewhere (such as with a friend, in a kennel, or in the yard).Do not carry anything when you are walking around. You may need your hands to help you balance.advertisementPractice using a cane, walker, crutches, or a wheelchair. It is especially important to practice the correct ways to:Sit down to use the toilet and stand up after using the toiletGet in and out of the showerUse the shower chairGo up and down stairsReview Date:11/15/2012Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more

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