Healthcare blogs – Hospice Of Howard County http://hospiceofhowardcounty.com/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 12:44:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://hospiceofhowardcounty.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/cropped-icon-32x32.png Healthcare blogs – Hospice Of Howard County http://hospiceofhowardcounty.com/ 32 32 Need to prevent, respond to the treatment of snakebites: Experts | WeForNews https://hospiceofhowardcounty.com/need-to-prevent-respond-to-the-treatment-of-snakebites-experts-wefornews/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 01:33:48 +0000 https://hospiceofhowardcounty.com/need-to-prevent-respond-to-the-treatment-of-snakebites-experts-wefornews/ International Snakebite Awareness Day: KP, an 18-year-old boy, gets bitten in the remote village of Gumte in Arunachal Pradesh in the evening as he walks home through the jungle. He complains of severe pain in his bitten hand which begins to swell in no time. His mother rushes him to the nearby primary health center, […]]]>

International Snakebite Awareness Day: KP, an 18-year-old boy, gets bitten in the remote village of Gumte in Arunachal Pradesh in the evening as he walks home through the jungle.

He complains of severe pain in his bitten hand which begins to swell in no time. His mother rushes him to the nearby primary health center, where there are no health personnel available.

His mother takes him to a nearby traditional healer who incises the wound with a used blade despite the excruciating pain the boy is in, then applies a serpent stone, which the healer says sucks the venom out of the body.

The boy slowly begins to become unconscious and shows signs of respiratory distress. He was then rushed to Pakke Kessang Community Health Center 30 km away, but arrived there unconscious and was pronounced dead on arrival.

Snakebite envenomation (SBE) was added to the list of neglected tropical diseases in 2017 by the World Health Organization (WHO), which also estimates that there are 4.5 to 5.4 million snakebites worldwide, resulting in 1.8 to 2.7 million envenomations, 81,000 to 138,000 deaths, and permanent disabilities out of 400,000 per year.

International Snakebite Awareness Day is celebrated on September 19 every year.

India has the dubious distinction of accounting for half the number of bites, around two million and 58,000 deaths a year. More than 70% of SBEs occur in men, usually in the productive ages between 20 and 60, and therefore have a considerable socio-economic impact, particularly in the event of the death of the only time-saving family member.

Doctors say the reasons for the neglect are many, including the general lack of snakebite awareness among healthcare workers, the community, and more. the available general-purpose anti-snake venom having no neutralizing effect against North East Indian snake species; victims in remote villages rely on traditional healers for treatment; and the absence of a national treatment protocol.

All of these factors, along with the general apathy shown towards EBS by health policy makers, the pharmaceutical industry, funding agencies and the health system in general, despite the considerable social ramifications, contribute to it. .

The problems highlighted are more pronounced in the northeast, as the snake species here differ greatly from the rest of India and the effect of anti-snake venom against common envenomers like the naja kaouthia (monocellate cobra) and the species of vipers is doubtful.

In order to be able to prevent death and complications, the community needs to be educated about snakebites, how to prevent them, first aid measures, and the value of snake venom as the only available treatment for envenomation.

The awareness campaign should seep into the community through school children, ASHA workers, etc.

Physicians should be trained in immediate first aid, signs and symptoms of envenomation, dosage of snake venom, and premedication and complications.

In order to address this neglect and inequity, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has formed a National Task Force for the Study of Incidence, Morbidity, Mortality and Socio-economic Burden snakebites in India.

The task force includes Jaideep C. Menon, Cardiologist at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in Kochi, Omesh K. Bharti, State Epidemiological Officer with the Government of Himachal Pradesh, and Santanu K. Sharma, Scientist G at the Center Dibrugarh Regional Medical Research Center.

They are currently on a field visit for an analysis of the situation in the four northeastern states of Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura.

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Keys to Petco’s Success | Blogs https://hospiceofhowardcounty.com/keys-to-petcos-success-blogs/ Tue, 06 Sep 2022 20:00:00 +0000 https://hospiceofhowardcounty.com/keys-to-petcos-success-blogs/

After experiencing its 15th consecutive quarter of comparable sales growth, Petco’s The leadership attributes much of the company’s steady acceleration to its multi-channel ecosystem. It’s pretty hard to argue against that when you look at how Petco caters to the needs of pet parents everywhere…just check out some of this information from the recent report from the company. Presentation of Q2 results:

Regular customers

A key aspect of Petco’s success is its loyal and active customer base, which grew by double digits year over year as 325,000 net new customers were added this quarter alone. Of course, these numbers aren’t just down to Petco’s passive shoppers, as recurring customer revenue also grew 54% year-over-year.

This growth was propelled by repeat deliveries, insurance, PupBox (a customizable monthly delivery of assorted pet products) and VitalCare membership which reached 282,000 in the second quarter. Not only are these members signing up for the service, but they are increasing their visits and spending by double digits.

It illustrates that pet owners continue to value companies that provide convenient, quality all-in-one services and subscriptions, and Petco is a step ahead by announcing the money that pet owners pet parents can save with the current VitalCare 2.0 model – especially important in today’s economy. climate.

Extension of services

The company’s veterinary business, in particular, has grown exponentially over the past quarter, with Petco completing its acquisition of Thrive Pet Healthcare in May, adding more than 600 veterinarians to its network in the past six months, opening 11 new veterinary hospitals during the quarter and improved its online reservation system.

Petco’s grooming, training and veterinary care offering has resulted in a 62% increase in demand for services on a two-year basis. This multi-faceted model allows Petco to maintain an edge over online-only competitors by allowing pet owners to shop and maintain the health and well-being of their pets under one banner. .

Improving pet nutrition

The rapid premiumization of the nutrition space is another growth model that Petco is participating in, as its consumables sales have grown 37% over a two-year stack. The company is stacking its shelves with more premium, healthy kibble brands, and launched its own proprietary brand – WholeHearted – which has taken more share than lower quality, more widely distributed brands, and has seen growth of more than 30% year over year.

Digital growth

The second quarter also brought 10% growth to Petco’s digital business, with digital customer spending now up more than 20% year-over-year. That’s largely due to the company’s success in fulfilling same-day delivery orders — which hit a record number this quarter — and online shopping with repeat delivery. Petco has also added 75 new brands to its online assortment so far this year and significantly increased its ad network revenue with more than 200% year-over-year growth.

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Keys to Petco’s Success | Blogs https://hospiceofhowardcounty.com/keys-to-petcos-success-blogs-2/ Tue, 06 Sep 2022 20:00:00 +0000 https://hospiceofhowardcounty.com/keys-to-petcos-success-blogs-2/ After experiencing its 15th consecutive quarter of comparable sales growth, Petco’s The leadership attributes much of the company’s steady acceleration to its multi-channel ecosystem. It’s pretty hard to argue against that when you look at how Petco caters to the needs of pet parents everywhere…just check out some of this information from the recent report […]]]>

After experiencing its 15th consecutive quarter of comparable sales growth, Petco’s The leadership attributes much of the company’s steady acceleration to its multi-channel ecosystem. It’s pretty hard to argue against that when you look at how Petco caters to the needs of pet parents everywhere…just check out some of this information from the recent report from the company. Presentation of Q2 results:

Regular customers

A key aspect of Petco’s success is its loyal and active customer base, which grew by double digits year over year as 325,000 net new customers were added this quarter alone. Of course, these numbers aren’t just down to Petco’s passive shoppers, as recurring customer revenue also grew 54% year-over-year.

This growth was propelled by repeat deliveries, insurance, PupBox (a customizable monthly delivery of assorted pet products) and VitalCare membership which reached 282,000 in the second quarter. Not only are these members signing up for the service, but they are increasing their visits and spending by double digits.

It illustrates that pet owners continue to value companies that provide convenient, quality all-in-one services and subscriptions, and Petco is a step ahead by announcing the money that pet owners pet parents can save with the current VitalCare 2.0 model – especially important in today’s economy. climate.

Extension of services

The company’s veterinary business, in particular, has grown exponentially over the past quarter, with Petco completing its acquisition of Thrive Pet Healthcare in May, adding more than 600 veterinarians to its network in the past six months, opening 11 new veterinary hospitals during the quarter and improved its online reservation system.

Petco’s grooming, training and veterinary care offering has resulted in a 62% increase in demand for services on a two-year basis. This multi-faceted model allows Petco to maintain an edge over online-only competitors by allowing pet owners to shop and maintain the health and well-being of their pets under one banner. .

Improving pet nutrition

The rapid premiumization of the nutrition space is another growth model that Petco is participating in, as its consumables sales have grown 37% over a two-year stack. The company is stacking its shelves with more healthy, premium kibble brands, and launched its own proprietary brand – WholeHearted – which has taken more share than lower quality, more widely distributed brands, and has seen growth of more than 30% year over year.

Digital growth

The second quarter also brought 10% growth to Petco’s digital business, with digital customer spending now up more than 20% year-over-year. That’s largely due to the company’s success in fulfilling same-day delivery orders — which hit a record number this quarter — and online shopping with repeat delivery. Petco has also added 75 new brands to its online assortment so far this year and significantly increased its ad network revenue with more than 200% year-over-year growth.

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Business Matters: Finding Opportunity in Adversity – The Financing Environment for SMEs | Blogs https://hospiceofhowardcounty.com/business-matters-finding-opportunity-in-adversity-the-financing-environment-for-smes-blogs/ Mon, 05 Sep 2022 06:06:01 +0000 https://hospiceofhowardcounty.com/business-matters-finding-opportunity-in-adversity-the-financing-environment-for-smes-blogs/ Mathew Deering, partner at TDC, says it’s no surprise business investment is slowing amid the current turmoil of soaring inflation, sky-high energy prices and low consumer confidence . Companies face an array of challenges and in response, many lenders and investors are likely to ration their capital towards larger, more stable companies in defensive industry […]]]>

Mathew Deering, partner at TDC, says it’s no surprise business investment is slowing amid the current turmoil of soaring inflation, sky-high energy prices and low consumer confidence . Companies face an array of challenges and in response, many lenders and investors are likely to ration their capital towards larger, more stable companies in defensive industry sectors.

Many commentators point to lower activity levels in 2022 compared to the “post-pandemic rebound” of 2021. Deal valuations also appear to be slowing, with earnings multiples of private equity deals seeing some decline after years of sustained dynamism. In addition, there is evidence that debt markets have tightened, with many lenders opting to “do nothing” under current conditions, or preferring to focus on larger transactions where credit risk is perceived as being weaker.

Despite this climate of uncertainty, at TDC we intend to ‘stick to the knit’ – our core business is to provide structured debt finance to the UK base of lower middle market companies, to support transactions such as private equity-backed buyouts, mergers and acquisitions activity and the creation of shareholder value. Having deployed nearly £180m across 23 transactions over the past 18 months, we have put our capital to work and intend to continue to do so. Generally, our loans are non-repayable and highly flexible, often giving businesses more breathing room to conserve cash to support growth rather than facing heavy debt repayments.

There are a few key reasons why we have the confidence to continue investing, despite some of the dark storm clouds gathering over the economy.

First, we see many examples of leadership teams that have successfully led their companies through the chaos of the pandemic and emerged “skinny, mean, and hungry for a fight.” These companies are often experiencing strong organic growth and have attractive opportunities to pursue buy-and-build acquisitions in industry sectors recovering from the pandemic. While we expect to be more cautious about consumer-facing businesses, we are seeing a steady stream of growing businesses in sectors such as technology, digital transformation, human capital and healthcare . Companies in these sectors are always looking for capital to support their growth ambitions and take advantage of emerging opportunities.

Second, unlike the financial crash of 2008, there remains strong liquidity in the market. Private equity and debt funds have raised significant capital before and throughout the pandemic period and this “dry powder” should continue to make its way into the market. Our pipeline of private equity sponsored deals remained strong throughout 2022, we successfully closed three partnership deals with private equity backers in the last three months and saw eight successful exits over the past 18 months as companies have been acquired or capital raised in our portfolio – all evidence that the capital is there for the right companies with compelling growth stories.

Finally – what else are we here for? We think you can’t say you’re supporting UK middle market businesses, if you only do so when times are good and all economic indicators are positive. Businesses need capital markets to function efficiently to enable them to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities of the times.

Earlier this year, we raised a £50m impact fund to support growth and job regeneration in the North. We are also actively preparing for the establishment of a major new fund in the coming weeks, with a focus on supporting more private equity-backed deals, bringing the total funds raised since our inception to £1 billion. In a market where secure and deliverable financing is likely to be in high demand by companies and their corporate finance advisors, we believe these new capital resources should put us in a strong position to help companies seize the opportunities that come with adversity.

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Rohingya refugees still desperate five years after genocide – PRIO Blogs https://hospiceofhowardcounty.com/rohingya-refugees-still-desperate-five-years-after-genocide-prio-blogs/ Thu, 25 Aug 2022 13:05:05 +0000 https://hospiceofhowardcounty.com/rohingya-refugees-still-desperate-five-years-after-genocide-prio-blogs/ Without access to education, jobs, healthcare and citizenship, the Rohingya are calling on the world to act. The start of the brutal massacre of the Rohingya people in Myanmar marks its anniversary on August 25. It has been five years since thousands of men and children were herded by the Myanmar army, many of […]]]>

Without access to education, jobs, healthcare and citizenship, the Rohingya are calling on the world to act.

The start of the brutal massacre of the Rohingya people in Myanmar marks its anniversary on August 25. It has been five years since thousands of men and children were herded by the Myanmar army, many of whom were brutally massacred or burned alive.

Photo: Abdullah Khin Maung Thein. Courtesy.

Countless women were raped and assaulted by soldiers as the world watched a relentless stream of traumatized and seriously injured people flee to the Bangladesh border to escape the carnage behind them. As they walked, thick smoke filled the sky as their villages in northern Rakhine State turned to ash.

Conservative estimates indicate that at least 6,700 people were killed in the first month of the massacre. Among them, 730 were children under the age of five.

Some 400 villages were razed and more than 700,000 people became refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, now the largest and most densely populated refugee camp in the world.

As Rohingya survivors mark the fifth anniversary of that dark moment, what they call Genocide Day, their situation remains dire.

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Six Months: Delivery, Impact and Challenges | News and blogs https://hospiceofhowardcounty.com/six-months-delivery-impact-and-challenges-news-and-blogs/ Mon, 22 Aug 2022 14:36:46 +0000 https://hospiceofhowardcounty.com/six-months-delivery-impact-and-challenges-news-and-blogs/ 08/22/2022 Orla Murphy, HelpAge International’s Humanitarian Response Manager in Ukraine, reflects on the past six months of large-scale war in Ukraine and future plans to meet the longer-term needs of those caught up in a protracted war . Orla Murphy, Humanitarian Officer for Ukraine, HelpAge International, visits displaced people and staff at a residential care […]]]>

08/22/2022

Orla Murphy, HelpAge International’s Humanitarian Response Manager in Ukraine, reflects on the past six months of large-scale war in Ukraine and future plans to meet the longer-term needs of those caught up in a protracted war .

Orla Murphy, Humanitarian Officer for Ukraine, HelpAge International, visits displaced people and staff at a residential care facility for the elderly in Dnipro Oblast, Ukraine.

Just before February 24, everyone was preparing but no one thought an invasion was going to happen. So he did.

This had a direct impact on our staff and volunteers who were mostly in eastern Ukraine, where HelpAge International has been supporting older people since the conflict with Russia began in 2014.

They and millions of others have been displaced. They moved to Lviv, to Dnipro, left the country. Some had no choice but to leave behind older relatives.

The impact on them, as people and as humanitarians, has been colossal. But they took what they could, piled into trains and started working in new areas: meeting with different authorities, reaching out to other organizations to help those in need, all the while finding accommodation and getting up four times a night for the bomb shelter.


Their courage and determination enabled us to open two new offices – in Dnipro and Lviv – in a relatively short period of time. Through them, we distributed 35,000 food kits in Dnipropetrovska and Lviviska and Chernivetska oblasts further west.

Meanwhile, volunteers who remained in the east helped coordinate food distributions and continued to provide telephone support to more than 2,600 of the older people we previously worked with, helping them cope with trauma. of a war so close and precarious.

It is in large part thanks to our national staff and these volunteers that we have achieved what we have, and I remain in awe of what they have done.


A new answer

The broader response has been extraordinary. The volume of volunteers is changing the face of humanitarian action on a scale I have never seen before. They set up new organizations, providing food, clothing, shelter and support.

I have never experienced so much public generosity. Support has come from governments and people around the world, including the over £350m raised by the DEC appeal in the UK and over €226m from the public appeal in Germany.

This funding is very much needed. Ukraine is different and more complicated than most emergencies in that functioning government and systems are still in place. This requires a different approach, which has been difficult, especially with the pace of change and the uncertainty.

Ukraine is also in Europe so it’s expensive. Rent, for example, can be prohibitive for those who have fled their homes and lost almost everything, including their income. How can they also afford to buy food, fuel and other basic necessities for an unknown length of time?

Millions of older people have stayed at home despite the danger, either by choice or because of mobility difficulties. Many need food, medicine and access to healthcare – as well as emotional support as they face the horror of war alone. For older people who have moved, they often need specific support to help them navigate their new environment, find shelter and access the services they need, such as health care, pensions and life-saving drugs. Our assessment shows that 89% of displaced older people had a health problem while 12% did not have access to the medicines they needed.


The HelpAge response

A quarter of Ukraine’s population is over 60, and one in three people affected by the conflict in the east since 2014 – even before February – were older, making Ukraine the oldest humanitarian disaster in the world. Even so, the needs of older people are often overlooked by humanitarian response.

Our goal is to support older people and people with disabilities. We work with them, new organizations and local partners, listening to the challenges they face and giving them a chance to make key decisions for themselves. By shaping our plans with them, we are likely to be more efficient and focused.

With so many elderly or disabled people staying at home, rolling out our home care in the four oblasts where we work – Dnipropetrovska, Lviviska, Chernivetska and Kharkivska – is central to our work. We train volunteers who are themselves often older to help.

We have registered 4,000 displaced people in need of assistance and have set up a scheme for them to receive a lump sum payment from Ukraine Post to enable them to buy what they need for three months.

Our work to establish safe community spaces for older people to be heard and access services also continues.

Six months after the start of the war, thousands of displaced people are still living in collective centres. We give small grants to 38 centres. The inhabitants of the center and those who run it have decided on the most urgent needs. They bought beds, built badly needed bathrooms, bought food or just paid bills.

At the same time, we need to start looking at longer-term needs, helping people who know they won’t be going home because of the protracted nature of this war. They need support to adjust to this new future that they could not have imagined at this time last year.

Our goal is to help older people and people with disabilities regain control of their lives, despite the unpredictable situation they live in – and we are committed to doing the best we can.


By Orla Murphy, Head of Humanitarian Response in Ukraine.

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Grace, Hopper, NVSwitch detailed at Hot Chips https://hospiceofhowardcounty.com/grace-hopper-nvswitch-detailed-at-hot-chips/ Fri, 19 Aug 2022 15:15:08 +0000 https://hospiceofhowardcounty.com/grace-hopper-nvswitch-detailed-at-hot-chips/ In four lectures spread over two days, experienced NVIDIA engineers will describe innovations in accelerated computing for modern data centers and systems at the network edge. Speaking at a virtual Hot Chips event, an annual gathering of processor and system architects, they will reveal performance figures and other technical details for NVIDIA’s first server processor, […]]]>

In four lectures spread over two days, experienced NVIDIA engineers will describe innovations in accelerated computing for modern data centers and systems at the network edge.

Speaking at a virtual Hot Chips event, an annual gathering of processor and system architects, they will reveal performance figures and other technical details for NVIDIA’s first server processor, the GPU Hopper, the latest version of the NVSwitch interconnect chip and the NVIDIA Jetson Orin system-on-module (SoM).

The presentations provide new insights into how the NVIDIA platform will achieve new levels of performance, efficiency, scalability, and security.

Specifically, the discussions demonstrate a design philosophy of innovating across the entire chip, system, and software stack where GPUs, CPUs, and DPUs act as peer processors. Together, they create a platform that already runs AI, data analytics, and high-performance computing across cloud service providers, supercomputing centers, enterprise data centers, and autonomous systems.

Inside NVIDIA’s first server processor

Data centers require flexible clusters of CPUs, GPUs, and other accelerators sharing huge pools of memory to deliver the power-efficient performance that today’s workloads demand.

To address this need, Jonathon Evans, Distinguished Engineer and 15-year veteran at NVIDIA, will describe the NVIDIA NVLink-C2C. It connects CPUs and GPUs at 900 gigabytes per second with 5 times the power efficiency of the existing PCIe Gen 5 standard, thanks to data transfers that consume only 1.3 picojoules per bit.

NVLink-C2C connects two CPU chips to create the NVIDIA Grace processor with 144 Arm Neoverse cores. It’s a processor designed to solve the world’s biggest computing problems.

For maximum efficiency, the Grace processor uses LPDDR5X memory. It allows one terabyte per second of memory bandwidth while keeping power consumption for the entire complex at 500 watts.

One Link, Many Uses

NVLink-C2C also bridges Grace CPU and Hopper GPU chips as memory sharing peers in the NVIDIA Grace Hopper Superchip, providing maximum acceleration for performance-intensive tasks such as AI training.

Anyone can create custom chiplets using NVLink-C2C to seamlessly connect to NVIDIA GPUs, CPUs, DPUs, and SoCs, expanding this new class of embedded products. The interconnect will support AMBA CHI and CXL protocols used by Arm and x86 processors respectively.

First memory markers for Grace and Grace Hopper.

To scale at the system level, the new NVIDIA NVSwitch connects multiple servers into a single AI supercomputer. It uses NVLink, interconnects running at 900 gigabytes per second, which is more than 7 times the bandwidth of PCIe Gen 5.

NVSwitch allows users to link 32 NVIDIA DGX H100 systems into an AI supercomputer that delivers an exaflop of maximum AI performance.

Alexander Ishii and Ryan Wells, both veteran NVIDIA engineers, will describe how the Switch allows users to build systems with up to 256 GPUs to tackle demanding workloads like training AI models that have more of 1 trillion parameters.

The switch includes engines that accelerate data transfers using the NVIDIA Scalable Hierarchical Aggregation Reduction Protocol. SHARP is a network computing capability that debuted on NVIDIA Quantum InfiniBand networks. It can double the data rate on communication-intensive AI applications.

NVSwitch systems enable exascale-class AI
NVSwitch systems enable exascale-class AI supercomputers.

Jack Choquette, a distinguished senior engineer with 14 years of experience in the company, will give an in-depth tour of the NVIDIA H100 Tensor Core GPU, aka Hopper.

In addition to using the new interconnects to reach unprecedented heights, it incorporates many advanced features that improve the performance, efficiency and security of the accelerator.

Hopper’s new Transformer Engine and improved Tensor Cores deliver 30x the previous-gen acceleration on AI inference with the world’s largest neural network models. And it uses the world’s first HBM3 memory system to deliver a whopping 3 terabytes of memory bandwidth, the biggest generational boost ever by NVIDIA.

Among other novelties:

Choquette, one of the main chip designers on the Nintendo 64 system early in his career, will also describe the parallel computing techniques underlying some of Hopper’s advances.

Michael Ditty, chief architect for Orin and a 17-year tenure with the company, will deliver new performance specifications for NVIDIA Jetson AGX Orin, an engine for edge AI, robotics, and advanced autonomous machines.

It integrates 12 Arm Cortex-A78 cores and an NVIDIA Ampere architecture GPU to deliver up to 275 trillion operations per second on AI inference jobs. That’s up to 8 times more performance with 2.3 times higher energy efficiency than the previous generation.

The latest production module contains up to 32 gigabytes of memory and is part of a compatible family that narrows down to the handheld Jetson Nano 5W development kits.

Performance benchmarks for NVIDIA Orin
Performance benchmarks for NVIDIA Orin

All new chips support the NVIDIA software stack which accelerates over 700 applications and is used by 2.5 million developers.

Based on the CUDA programming model, it includes dozens of NVIDIA SDKs for vertical markets such as automotive (DRIVE) and healthcare (Clara), as well as technologies such as recommendation systems (Merlin) and Conversational AI (Riva).

The NVIDIA AI platform is available from all major cloud service and system manufacturers.

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SPECIAL WEATHER BULLETIN | Woodlands Online Blogs https://hospiceofhowardcounty.com/special-weather-bulletin-woodlands-online-blogs/ Thu, 18 Aug 2022 19:25:46 +0000 https://hospiceofhowardcounty.com/special-weather-bulletin-woodlands-online-blogs/ SPECIAL WEATHER BULLETIN ISSUED: AUGUST 2:18 PM. 18, 2022 – NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE …Strong thunderstorms will impact parts of Burleson, Grimes, Brazos, northern Washington, northwest Montgomery and southwest Walker Counties until 245 a.m. CDT… At 9:00 p.m. CDT, Doppler radar was tracking strong thunderstorms along a line stretching from near Anderson 7 miles southeast of […]]]>

SPECIAL WEATHER BULLETIN

ISSUED: AUGUST 2:18 PM. 18, 2022 – NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

…Strong thunderstorms will impact parts of Burleson, Grimes, Brazos, northern Washington, northwest Montgomery and southwest Walker Counties until 245 a.m. CDT…

At 9:00 p.m. CDT, Doppler radar was tracking strong thunderstorms along a line stretching from near Anderson 7 miles southeast of Snook to Tanglewood. The movement was south at 15 mph.

DANGER…Winds above 40 mph with isolated gusts approaching 50 mph.

SOURCE… Radar indicated.

IMPACT… Gusty winds could knock over tree branches and blow around unsecured objects.

Affected locations include…
College Station, Bryan, Navasota, Caldwell, Washington, Somerville, Montgomery, Snook, Millican, Anderson, Lake Somerville Dam, Kyle Field, Lake Somerville State Park & ​​Trailway, Lyons, Deanville, Dobbin, Independence, Chriesman, Dacus, and Plantersville .

PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES/PREPARATION…

If you are outdoors, consider taking shelter inside a building.

Torrential rains also occur with these storms and can lead to localized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle on flooded roads.

Frequent cloud-to-ground lightning occurs with these thunderstorms. Lightning can strike 10 miles from a thunderstorm. Seek safe shelter inside a building or vehicle.

MAXIMUM HAIL SIZE…0.00 IN;
MAX WIND GUSTS…40 MPH

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Afghanistan under the Taliban: told by an Afghan woman https://hospiceofhowardcounty.com/afghanistan-under-the-taliban-told-by-an-afghan-woman/ Mon, 15 Aug 2022 08:13:04 +0000 https://hospiceofhowardcounty.com/afghanistan-under-the-taliban-told-by-an-afghan-woman/ August 15, 2021 is a date engraved in the memories of all Afghans around the world. It was a nightmare to witness the fall of the Afghan Republic and of our flag, symbol of our identity within the international community. A year later, the majority of Afghans still have not come to terms with everything […]]]>

August 15, 2021 is a date engraved in the memories of all Afghans around the world. It was a nightmare to witness the fall of the Afghan Republic and of our flag, symbol of our identity within the international community.

A year later, the majority of Afghans still have not come to terms with everything that happened after August 2021. Personally, I still struggle to understand the events that unfolded and ultimately led to the downfall of Kabul, my homeland.

Conflict has been synonymous with the name Afghanistan for the past four decades. Globally, Afghanistan is commonly associated with terrorism, war and opium. No one cared to look beyond stereotypical and generalized notions about my homeland. I’m not saying these projections were all wrong, but they weren’t entirely true. Afghanistan has so much more to offer.

Here we are on August 15, 2022, marking the first anniversary of the fall of Kabul and the victory of IEA forces in Afghanistan. Although we all know how the political transition unfolded and what happened next, it is far more important to understand the grave implications this transition has had for the millions of ordinary Afghans, especially the women and girls.

A rollercoaster of emotions took hold of us. Fear, pain, grief, loss and uncertainty overshadowed our hopes. The trauma will continue to haunt us for years and perhaps only perseverance and time will heal us.

With the fall of the republic and the establishment of the new regime, the public sector was hit hard. While the system was already facing a number of challenges, the political transition only made matters worse. Sectors such as health, education and the economy were severely crippled and continue to struggle to this day.

Access to education is considered one of the most vital rights for a child and every nation must ensure that all children have the same opportunity to benefit from a quality education.

However, the ban on teenage girls returning to school is the perfect example of how political chaos deprived Afghan girls of their basic right to education for over 330 days (and counting).

The Twitter hashtag #LetAfghanGirlsLearn has been trending for months on different social media platforms while on the other hand we have INGOs and local NGOs trying to advocate and call on the world and the current authorities in Afghanistan to to bring about a change. regarding this issue. However, there are no actual results.

Every day my teenage cousins ​​ask me if they will ever go back to school? Will they be able to achieve their aspirations? Unfortunately, I don’t have answers for them. I feel absolutely helpless thinking of the millions of other destitute girls.

With each passing day, the world is failing Afghan girls by choosing to be silent. In my opinion, nothing good will ever happen in a country where girls are deprived of their right to education.

Following the collapse of the previous government, I still remember the chaos that could be witnessed outside the banks after August 15, 2021. Everyone was just trying to rush to the banks and withdraw their money because that they knew they would lose all their savings if the banking system collapsed.

Unfortunately, there is not much improvement for the Afghan economy. Even after a year, the economy is only collapsing and worsening the already existing humanitarian crisis.

In the first days after August 15, 2021, there was a huge liquidity crisis across the country which crippled the banking system and to further add to our miseries, Afghanistan’s foreign exchange reserves were also frozen. . Moreover, Afghanistan was a country heavily dependent on foreign funding for its survival, so with the fall of the republic and the cessation of funding from donor countries, the situation worsened.

People across Afghanistan have plunged into deeper levels of poverty over the past year and the situation remains dire. Nearly 97% of families struggle to provide enough food for their children (Save the Children, August 2022) and that small meal impoverishes us in every way.

Moreover, it is not only the banking system, but also the health system and other basic public services that are affected and will endanger the lives of millions of Afghans.

We are in a deep humanitarian crisis.

More importantly, let us be mindful of recognizing that the fate of my country is nothing but a manufactured disaster.

Unfortunately there has also been a significant brain drain since the Taliban came to power, I am sure the majority will return to Afghanistan if and when conditions are stable. No one wants to leave their home and stay away by choice.

Like me, there are many in Afghanistan who have chosen to stay and yearn for a better future. It is inspiring to see many Afghan-led initiatives such as PenPath, Charmaghz, Ehtesab, LEARN AFG and many others continuing to make the best of the worst conditions for us.

May the Afghan spirit never cease to exist!

The author is a postgraduate researcher in international relations, majoring in peace and diplomacy from Kardan University, Afghanistan. She is currently engaged with a leading INGO working in the humanitarian sector.

(Disclaimer: The views of the author do not represent the views of WION or ZMCL. WION or ZMCL also does not endorse the views of the author.)

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Top 6 Findings from IoT Signals: Manufacturing Spotlight https://hospiceofhowardcounty.com/top-6-findings-from-iot-signals-manufacturing-spotlight/ Thu, 11 Aug 2022 15:35:23 +0000 https://hospiceofhowardcounty.com/top-6-findings-from-iot-signals-manufacturing-spotlight/ If you want to stand out in today’s dynamic manufacturing world, your organization must be agile, resilient and sustainable. In this changing landscape, many manufacturers are investing in innovative solutions to make their products and operations smarter by leveraging advanced technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), AI, and digital twins for manufacturing. Against […]]]>

If you want to stand out in today’s dynamic manufacturing world, your organization must be agile, resilient and sustainable. In this changing landscape, many manufacturers are investing in innovative solutions to make their products and operations smarter by leveraging advanced technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), AI, and digital twins for manufacturing.

Against this backdrop, Microsoft has decided to spotlight the manufacturing industry for its August 2022 IoT Signals report. IoT Signals is a series of thought leadership content curated by Microsoft to update the community on the latest technology developments and trends in the IoT industry. The first report, released in 2019, provided an overview of IoT across a variety of industries, from manufacturing and energy to healthcare and retail, based on a comprehensive research based on surveys.

For this edition of the IoT Signals: Manufacturing Spotlight report Microsoft, Intel, and IoT Analytics surveyed 500 decision makers working on digital transformation initiatives in discrete, hybrid, or process manufacturing across North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. We conducted more in-depth interviews with select participants to better understand their transformation strategies, execution plans and challenges.

Six Key Findings on Digital Transformation and IoT in Manufacturing

This new IoT manufacturing report reveals insights from real-world manufacturers who have begun their digital transformation journey. It also reveals new learnings about the state of industrial IoT devices and technology in manufacturing, particularly in the areas of manufacturing operations and smart products.

During our research, we uncovered six key trends in digital transformation and IoT manufacturing:

  1. Most manufacturers continue their efforts to build smart factories. Three in four respondents (72%) said they were implementing their smart factory strategy.
  2. Operational improvement remains one of the primary goals for manufacturers. Four out of five survey respondents said they consider overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) to be the most important key performance indicator to measure the success of their smart factory strategy.
  3. Organizations are shifting their investments towards process control based on industrial automation. To date, most manufacturers have focused on quality control and condition monitoring for smart factory projects. However, the need for greater agility is leading these organizations to redirect their investments over the next three years towards process control based on industrial automation, i.e. the use of automated control systems. , such as IoT and AI, to automate manufacturing processes.
  4. Manufacturers are facing new challenges with scaling smart factory initiatives. Half of respondents said they face challenges developing new software applications, and the majority (eight out of 10) said they face skill gaps, particularly in the areas of data science, AI and cybersecurity.
  5. IT-OT convergence is happening in the manufacturing industry. With 76% of manufacturing assets now connected, many manufacturers are moving workloads and applications from on-premises infrastructure to public and private cloud platforms.
  6. Manufacturers plan to increase their investment in smart connected IoT products. Manufacturing companies are not only optimizing their own operations with smart connected IoT products, but they are also creating new revenue streams by selling these products to customers. Manufacturers already selling connected IoT products plan to increase their investments from 33% today to 47% by 2025, with a strong emphasis on value-added services, such as predictive maintenance and Remote Support.

Read IoT Signals: Manufacturing in Focus to learn more about the drivers behind these six key trends and holistic understanding of the six key components of digital transformation in manufacturing.

The six key trends and a holistic understanding of the six key components of digital transformation in manufacturing.

Accelerate digital transformation and embrace IoT with Microsoft Cloud for Manufacturing

The six key findings of this Manufacturing IoT report share a common theme: manufacturers around the world are advancing their digital transformation efforts. These organizations are harnessing innovative solutions to rethink manufacturing and build a more resilient and sustainable future.

By adopting transformative technologies such as industrial IoT devices, AI, and digital twins, your manufacturing organization can:

  • Transform your workforce. Eight in 10 manufacturers say they have at least a significant skills gap, especially when it comes to advanced data analytics and IT cybersecurity. In this environment, manufacturers are looking for tools that will help them close the gap and increase employee productivity. Today’s manufacturers can transform their workforce by equipping their frontline workers with digital tools and modern devices that enable real-time collaboration, improve training, and improve worker health and safety. workers.
  • Build more agile factories. The ability to quickly adapt to rapid change is a defining factor between manufacturers that simply survive and those that thrive. That’s why manufacturers around the world are harnessing advanced technologies to build more agile and smarter factories.
  • Create more resilient supply chains. According to the report, 74% of manufacturers ranked supply chain resilience as a top priority. This is not surprising given that, now more than ever, manufacturers are under pressure to prevent and minimize supply chain disruptions. Microsoft Cloud for Manufacturing is already helping manufacturers improve end-to-end supply chain visibility and build supply chain resilience.
  • Engage customers in new ways. If you want to gain an edge in the manufacturing industry, customer engagement is essential. As manufacturers look for innovative ways to engage their customers, many are selling smart connected IoT products. Our research shows that today, 33% of manufacturers’ revenue comes from smart products.
  • Stimulate innovation and offer new services. Manufacturers are investing in advanced technologies to create a more resilient future. According to our research, 28% of manufacturers have deployed digital twins, and 4% of them have fully deployed them in their factories. 45% of manufacturers are in the development and proof-of-concept (POC) stage for digital twins, and 39% are at the same stage for augmented reality (AR).
  • Reduce your environmental impact. Most manufacturing board members (59%) believe that reducing their carbon footprint is an important area of ​​focus. Manufacturers are uniquely positioned to drive sustainability while reducing costs and improving safety through cloud-based automation, machine learning and AI.
  • Improve security. Security is a top priority for manufacturing companies, and 62% of manufacturers have strict data privacy policies. Over the next three years, manufacturers plan to reduce the average time to detection of cybersecurity incidents by 30%.

Build a resilient future with IoT manufacturing

Manufacturing organizations are learning from COVID-19 to build resilience and build a better future. Digital transformation remains a priority for these manufacturers as they strive to increase agility, improve customer engagement and drive growth. For insights into the digital transformation journeys of real-world manufacturers, read the IoT Signals: Manufacturing Spotlight report.

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