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Invisible Grantmakers 2018 published

first_img Tagged with: Funding Research / statistics Invisible Grantmakers 2018 published AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis41 Advertisement  251 total views,  1 views today Howard Lake | 7 June 2018 | News  252 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis41 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. The latest edition of Invisible Grantmakers has been published, offering a new resource for trust fundraisers and prospect researchers.Social Partnership Marketing LLP has published the 21st edition of the annual specialist trust publication. The ‘invisible’ element indicates that it features grantmaking trusts “not listed in the most widely used trust directories”, according to its editor Robert Pike.Invisible Grantmakers 2018 details 100 trusts, collectively worth over £2 billion, that are distributing funds to a wide range of charitable causes.Pike explained: “Many fundraisers assume that the classic directories give a comprehensive account of all grant givers, but this is far from being the case, which is why Invisible Grantmakers reports have since 1998 reported on over 2,000 unlisted trusts. These might be relatively new trusts, or older ones that have only recently become financially active or that have changed their objects for operational reasons. All of the trusts are listed on the Charity Commission Register.”Invisible Grantmakers is compiled primarily as an aid to charities, fundraisers and researchers that are already actively raising grants from trusts and foundations, and is not for charities hoping to raise funds quickly and easily.“Trust fundraising is a skilled activity requiring considerable patience, discernment and attention to detail,” added Pike, “The fundraisers are the ones who have to do the difficult part – we are simply trying to help them by providing practically useful information.”Print copies of the limited-edition report cost £126. PDF copies are also available.last_img read more

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Ukraine

first_img February 26, 2021 Find out more News Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV News LINKS:- The freedom of expression body The Institute of Mass Information- The opposition paper Antenna- The online opposition paper Ukrainskaia Pravda Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority June 19, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ukraine Ukraine is rather behind where the Internet is concerned. The price of computers and especially the cost of connections is too high for most people. Continuing delay in privatising UkrNet, the government telecommunications firm, is also an obstacle to the introduction of competition and thus much lower prices.But bold journalists in this country under the iron hand of President Leonid Kuchma have been using the Internet since the late 1990s to put out independent news. This has come at a big price, as shown by the murder of journalist Georgy Gongadze.Progress in the Gongadze murder enquiryUkrainskaya Pravda was founded in spring 2000 as the first opposition newspaper published only online. Its incisive articles soon made it popular with Ukrainians. “It’s a way to be a free journalist that’s otherwise impossible in Ukraine,” said Gongadze, its founder and editor. In the months before he vanished, he several times reported he had been threatened. In July 2000, he even complained to the country’s prosecutor-general, Mihailo Potebenko, about “deliberate intimidation” to frighten him and stop him working.On 2 November that year, his headless corpse was found near Tarashcha, 140 km from Kiev. Revelations that top government officials were probably involved jolted Kuchma’s regime. But the authorities vigorously blocked a search for the truth. The prosecutor-general’s office and the interior ministry opposed any serious attempt to investigate Gongadze’s disappearance and murder.But investigations started making progress in 2002. On 19 July, the prosecutor-general ordered a new analysis of tape recordings implicating Kuchma and agreed to a new autopsy on Gongadze’s body with the help of European experts. On 5 August, a new prosecutor-general, Svyatoslav Piskun, granted Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard the right to legally represent the civil parties in the case. On 3 September, Piskun admitted the law had been broken during the enquiry, formally recognised the body as Gongadze’s and that he had been decapitated. On 10 September, Piskun said the public prosecutor in Tarashcha, where the body had been found, had been charged with forging the initial statement about the body and with not having tried to identify the body immediately. The Tarashcha police investigator, Sergy Belinsky, was also charged with forgery.On the second anniversary of Gongadze’s disappearance, on 16 September, Reporters Without Borders asked for permission to re-examine, with an independent expert of its choice, all the forensic tests done so far as well as related documents. It also asked the prosecutor-general’s office to question four men who reportedly followed Gongadze in the weeks before he vanished.The same day, Gongadze’s widow Myroslava, with the help of the Damocles Network and the Institute of Mass Information, filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights, accusing the prosecutor’s office of obstructing investigations. In October, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Ménard and a French pathologist went through all the results of the previous forensic analyses. An independent autopsy, at the request of Gongadze’s mother and arranged by Reporters Without Borders, was done in January 2003 and formally identified the body as that of Gongadze. The investigation, which should now focus on former interior ministry officials, has not produced any further results.Monitoring increasesIn January 2001, an Internet department was set up in the State Information Committee with the aim of “monitoring false news about Ukraine.”On 28 February, a government decree put the State Centre for Information Security under the secret police, the SBU, which thus gained control over the Internet.On 1 June, an NGO was set up to administer websites using the national domain name “.ua”. Among its founders, apart from the SBU, were several ISPs previously in charge of running the domain but which had yielded control to the new body. The NGO proposed a law on 12 November to step up monitoring of the Internet under the guise of fighting terrorism, organised crime and pornography.On 26 June, investigative journalist Oleg Yeltsov was summoned for questioning by the SBU and accused of “violating state secrets” by posting on the website Ukraina Kriminalna (Criminal Ukraine) an article describing the lifestyle of former secret police chief Leonid Derkach and his son, a member of Ukraine’s oligarchy. Yeltsov’s apartment was searched while he was away being questioned.On 16 July, SBU chief Volodymir Radchenko told a press conference in Kiev that the SBU wanted all Internet users to register with the authorities. He said this was so a directory could be produced for users.On 23 August, President Kuchma signed a decree about openness of telecommunications in Ukraine that gave the government a month to spell out steps to improve state regulation of the flow of information.On 25 September, access to the website of the opposition newspaper Antenna in Cherkassy was blocked. The previous day, the local militia had visited the paper’s offices and offered “protection” for the website.In December 2001, journalists of the online newspaper Forum were called in by the SBU and accused of revealing state secrets on the website on 15 June that year in an article reporting the results of an inspection of the state reserves office. Legal aid from the Institute of Mass Information enabled the journalists to escape prosecution.On 21 February 2002, the editors of the online political newspaper Obkom filed a complaint against the national tax authority the day after its officials went the paper’s offices to search them even though they only had a warrant to search a bank on the floor below. Despite editor Sergy Sukhobok’s protests and presentation of various legal documents allowing the site to operate, the officials seized computer equipment and some of the archives. Although the tax authority said later the search had been done “by accident,” the computers were never returned. Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media September 7, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts March 26, 2021 Find out morecenter_img UkraineEurope – Central Asia Although not yet very widespread, the Internet has proved a boon to investigative journalists whose online publications are the only places they can publish uncensored material. But these websites are under constant pressure from the authorities. to go further UkraineEurope – Central Asia News Help by sharing this information News Organisation Follow the news on Ukraine RSF_en last_img read more

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NBC Excites Fans at 2018 Lagos Yacht Club Boat Racing

first_imgAccording to him, Nigerian Bottling Company Limited values its stakeholders includingcompany staff and customers hence the decision to sponsor the Yacht Club annual boating Competition on a yearly basis.“We have been doing this for the past seven years and would continue to give support to this kind of initiative. As you are aware, we are also fully involved in other areas of sports particularly football. Just recently, NBC brought the World Cup trophy to Nigeria and we are also giving opportunities to consumers to enjoy the World Cup in Russia. This only demonstrates our commitment to our valued customers, staff and communities that they are crucial to the growth that we have enjoyed. We remain determined to contribute in our little ways to sports development in Nigeria”He further stated that the focus has always been on other sports but this time we want to motivate people to develop interest in boat racing such that it becomes more of a lifestyle than a game as we have witnessed in other sports. “This NBC Regatta Cup is one sure way to promote the sport and we will do our best to give consumers and boat lovers exciting experience” he stated”.No fewer than 59 sailors and 24 boats (11 lightning and 13 Hobie) participated in this year’s edition of the competition which lasted several rounds after which prizes were awarded to the winners.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram It was fun and excitement for boat race lovers in Lagos as Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) Limited, manufacturers of Coca-Cola products hosted the 2018 edition of the Lagos Yacht Club Annual Boat Racing Competition held on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Lagos Yacht Club, Onikan, Lagos.At the end of the competition which was witnessed by a huge crowd of boat race loversincluding the company staff, consumers and foreigners from different parts of the world, winners emerged in two different categories- Hobie Class and Lightning Class and were rewarded with several awards.Speaking shortly after the closing ceremony of the competition, the National Sales Director, Nigerian Bottling Company Limited, Mr. Dan Fratila disclosed that the Nigerian Bottling Company’s sponsorship of the Lagos Yacht Club Regatta Cup is part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives that is aimed at contributing its quota to the development of sports in the communities where it operates.last_img read more

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Volleyball: Wisconsin faces challenging home and home against Washington

first_imgNumber 9 ranked Wisconsin (4-2) boasts one of the greatest home environments in NCAA volleyball. The Badger faithful pack the Wisconsin Field House every night with the second-highest attendance in the NCAA in 2018.But due to a relentless early schedule, the University of Wisconsin volleyball team (4-2) is in danger of entering Big Ten play without a home victory. Wisconsin has managed to win at least one non-conference home game every year for more than three decades, so a loss in their final home game against Washington would break that streak.The Badgers come off of a tournament win at the Clemson Classic where they swept both the University of South Carolina and Clemson University.Volleyball: Badgers rebound from tough weekend with pair of sweepsThe No. 9 University of Wisconsin volleyball team (4-2) looked the part with a dominant performance this weekend in Clemson, Read…The No. 10 Washington Huskies provide a much tougher task for the Badgers. The Huskies are 7-1 with impressive wins against No. 15 Creighton and No. 19 Illinois. Their lone loss came on the road against No. 13 Hawai’i — a raucous environment similar to the Wisconsin Field House.Washington possesses a balanced attack with five hitters averaging more than 2.5 kills/set. The Badgers only have three such hitters in Dana Rettke, Grace Loberg and Molly Haggerty.For Washington, 10 of their players competed in 17 or more sets proving their depth amidst a tough non-conference schedule.Senior outside hitter Kara Bajema leads the Huskies with 4.63 kills/set and notched a spot on the 2018 AVCA All-American Third Team.Women’s Volleyball: Wisconsin looks to take a step forward after Elite Eight exit last seasonThe University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team just got their season underway following the Big Ten/ACC Challenge against Florida State Read…Wisconsin’s size-based attack will be tested against a Washington team that has some size of their own with 6-foot-4 Lauren Sanders likely facing Rettke at middle blocker. Rettke continued to dazzle this weekend, recording team-high kills in both matches.Perhaps a return to their serving prowess could be critical in the two match-ups with Washington. The Huskies have allowed 1.03 service aces/set, and freshman Izzy Ashburn has led the Badgers with a stunning 0.62 service aces/set on her own — the best mark in the Big Ten.Head Coach Kelly Sheffield spoke of Ashburn and her serving efforts in a press conference Monday.“[Ashburn] can hit it anywhere on the court,” Sheffield said. “You say, ‘Here, I want it to the left of the passer,’ and she’s gonna put it to the left of the passer with a lot of pace and a lot of movement on it.”Women’s Volleyball: Kelly Sheffield shines light on team depth for upcoming seasonThe University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team recently began their regular season schedule. Hopefully, this season will be one of Read…An Ashburn serving spree could be the difference in a set where the Badgers pull away or mount a comeback.The Badgers face Washington in the Wisconsin Field House Thursday at 8 p.m. and travel to Seattle to complete their non-conference schedule against the Huskies 8 p.m. Saturday. Thursday’s match will be on Fox Sports 1, and Saturday’s contest will be on the Pac 12 Network with both games broadcasted live on 100.9 FM.last_img read more

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Joshua Cheptegei’s 5K world record ratified

first_imgCheptegei record ratified.  PHOTO FACEBOOK MONACO RUN/Robert PalombaParis, France | THE INDEPENDENT  |  The world athletics governing body IAAF has ratified four records, including that of Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei, that were set before the COVID-19 pandemic brought activity to a halt.Others ratified are that of Armand Duplantis, world pole vault record of 6.17m, Yulimar Rojas’s world indoor triple jump record of 15.43m and the US men’s 4x100m relay quartet.On February 16, 2020 in Monaco, Cheptegei set an opening kilometre timed at 2:31,  just the blistering pace that he needed to shatter the 5km world record- that remained unofficial until this ratification. IAAF makes sure the right distance, drug tests, wind speeds and other criteria are met, before confirming a record.How Cheptegei did itIn Monaco that Sunday, 23-year-old Cheptegei followed the opening lap with times of 2:35, 2:36, and 2:35—for the next three kilometers, before finishing with a final split of 2:32.When it was all done, he had shaved 27 seconds off the previous best set by Kenyan Rhonex Kipruto —13min 18sec in January in Valencia. The Uganda lowered the 5km world record with a time of 12 minutes 51 seconds and revealed he had set out to “really go for” breaking the sub 13 minutes barrier.“Wow, this is really great,” Chepetegei told World Athletics. “I had sub-13 minutes on my mind today, so when my legs felt good during the race I decided to really go for it.” “To take this many seconds off the record makes me very happy and is a great first test for me in an important season,” he said, with the Tokyo Olympics in mind.The COVID-19 outbreak has unfortunately blown away his Olympics dream this year, with the Tokyo Games postponed to next year.Cheptegei last year also broke the 15km road record and now becomes the first Ugandan to hold three world records, moving a step ahead of the legend John Akii Bua, world record holder in the 400m Hurdles in 1972.Cheptegei’s 12:51 is the fastest over the distance on the roads and the track in the last year. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Farmer accused of breaking neighbour’s cheekbone in row over cow found not guilty

first_imgA farmer accused of breaking his neighbour’s cheekbone in a row over a straying cow has been found not guilty.Hugh McBride, aged 44, was accused of punching Gerard McGarvey, 51, at Golan, Milford. A three day trial at Letterkenny Circuit Court heard completely conflicting reports of an alleged assault on July 8th, 2015.McBride emphatically denied that he ever assaulted his neighbour and claimed he may have been picked injuries to his face while working on his farm.However, Mr McGarvey claimed it was McBride who struck him twice in the head which resulted in him having his cheekbone broken and being forced to have an operation.The pair agreed that a dispute between them stemmed back to a long-running row over a right-of-way between them.Mr McGarvey claimed that at 8.30am on the morning of the incident he went to retrieve a cow which had strayed onto his neighbour’s land.He went to take his cow out but he said McBride shouted at him not to open the gate or come onto his lands.Mr McGarvey walked on and he said McBride began to push him but he continued to walk past him.When he did, he said he suddenly felt a blow to the right side of his head and claimed that McBride said to him “Hit me, hit me, hit me.”Mr McGarvey said he walked on saying “I never reacted or I did not do anything to provoke him. I just wanted to take my cow out.”Dr Karena Hanley told the court that she attended to Mr McGarvey when he attended her surgery and that he was later diagnosed with a fractured cheekbone.In his evidence, the accused claimed his land was constantly being over-run by cows, horses, sheep and even ducks.He said he had suffered enough trespassing of animals belonging to Mr McGarvey on his lands.He referred to one occasion as far back as eight years ago when his daughter was two years old when his daughter was surrounded by cows belonging to Mr McGarvey on his front lawn.He said “All I wanted was for the Gardai to see what my family was going through between me and him.”He added that he never touched Mr McGarvey.Barrister for the accused, Mr Peter Nolan asked Mr McGarvey if it was not the case that he should have his animals under control at all times.Mr McGarvey agrees but Mr Nolan asked him was it not the case that some of his sheep had actually broken out duirng the trial and the alleged victim agreed.Mr McBride’s wife Maura said there is not a week that passes that Mr McGarvey’s animals do not stray onto their land and into their gardens.She said she did not see her husband hitting Mr McGarvey as alleged.“There were no punches thrown. I didn’t see any punches,” she said.She added that her husband had asked her to film the incident from the house but she said she could not manage her phone as she had a small baby in her arms at the time.Summing up Judge John Aylmer told the jury of eight men and four women that they must come to a decision in a cold and calculated manner.He said they must not act of sympathy for either party if they believe that Mr McGarvey was attacked or if Mr McBride’s land was over-run by straying animals.The jury took two hours and 15 minutes to return a not guilty verdict.Farmer accused of breaking neighbour’s cheekbone in row over cow found not guilty was last modified: May 13th, 2019 by StephenShare 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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Warriors’ Kevon Looney to play in Game 6

first_imgOAKLAND – Despite nursing ongoing pain to his chest and ribcage, Kevon Looney will play when the Warriors host the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday at Oracle Arena.Looney went through a pre-game warmup with Warriors assistant coach Chris DeMarco, and the Warriors felt encouraged enough about Looney’s health.“He’s doing decently. So I think he’ll give it a go,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “We’ll see how he holds up.”Looney sat with 4:50 left in the third quarter …last_img read more

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NCR raising credit awareness

first_img17 October 2007The National Credit Regulator (NCR) has spent the last four months conducting an intensive outreach campaign to educate consumers, lenders and court officials about the new National Credit Act, members of Parliament have heard.The Act, which came into effect on 1 June this year, protects consumers from undue risk and creates a fair and non-discriminatory lending market by prohibiting reckless credit extension and providing for debt reorganisation in cases of over-indebtedness.It also outlaws the practice of job applicants being turned down from prospective offers due to their poor credit histories.NCR chief executive Gabriel Davel told members of Parliament that the regulator had, since the Act came into effect, focussed on incremental awareness on the general content of the act, promoted cautionary messages in relation to over-indebtedness and informed citizens about their rights in respect of credit bureau information.He said that to date, the NCR had hosted 128 consumer education workshops, 32 workshops and presentations to industry and had placed 37 educational advertisements, while there were 185 articles on the act in the print media, 170 inserts on radio and 25 television interviews relating to the Act.Davel added that the new Act was a radical departure from previous legislation and would put huge demands on magistrates, who deal with approximately 65 000 debt-related judgements per month.Accordingly, the Justice College has developed a training manual and implemented a training programme to get magistrates acquainted with interpreting and applying the Act. More than 700 magistrates would have undergone training by the end of the year.“There was a huge effort in preparing for the implementation of debt counselling, and it remains the biggest challenge of the institution,” Davel said, adding that various initiatives had been undertaken to make debt counselling a reality.The effective implementation of debt counselling, he said, depended on the good will and cooperation of a number of stakeholders, including credit providers, credit bureaus and magistrate courts.Credit boomDavel also pointed out to some of the key findings of research conducted by the NCR into the growth in credit extension:Household credit provided by banks increased by R391-billion over 4 years, representing a 135% growth;The bulk of this growth was mortgages, which grew by R270-billion over the period.Credit cards also grew considerably, and although amounts remain relatively small, they are an important contributor to debt stress; andConsumer credit extension grew faster than household consumption and the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth.Obtaining informationThe National Credit Act requires credit bureaus to remove information on a number of small debts (below R500) and paid up judgments.All credit bureaus must also be registered with the National Credit Regulator and will have to follow the steps clearly laid out by the Act, which sets out how consumer information can be used.Consumers can request their credit records from the credit bureaus once a year at no charge, thereafter at a fee not more than R20 per record.To verify that the information held by a credit bureau is correct, members of the public may enquire at the credit bureau and present their Identity Documents and address.To complain for non-compliance by the credit bureau, consumers can contact the Credit Information Ombudsman at 0861 622 837. Further to this, complaints can be lodged with the National Credit Regulator at 0860 627 627.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Who Wants an iPad? The Young, the Social & the Pop-Culture Addicts

first_imgTags:#Analysis#Apple#Facebook#NYT#web Apple iPad fans are also rather social, with 33% having over 300 friends on Facebook and 8% with more than 500 friends. Additionally, perhaps due to their age, a lot of the iPad fans were fans of other pop culture themes like favorite celebs, brands and memes. By analyzing the top 100 other fan pages of these users, Rapleaf discovered interests like Starbucks, Megan Fox, Coca-Cola, Michael Jackson, YouTube, Will Smith, Twilight, Lady Gaga, pizza, and other various Facebook “memes” like “Pants on the Ground,” random laughter, “I need a vacation” and “I really hate slow computers,” (the last being a problem the iPad hopes to solve, incidentally).iPad for the Young? What does this tell us about the market for Apple’s new device? Mainly that it has a lot of youth appeal, apparently. While some have predicted the iPad is the sort of computer that your “mom” will use – implying that the iPad is a sort of computer for non-computer users – it appears that “mom” isn’t actually a top demographic among the iPad’s Facebook fans. But then again, you can’t read too much into that finding – after all, “mom” (the older Facebook user) may not even know how to fan things on Facebook yet or she may simply not be interested in doing so. But the study does at least solidify that there is quite a bit of iPad interest out there among the youngest tech users, something that bodes well for the device’s adoption. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit sarah perez Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Social media data company Rapleafrecently investigated the profiles of users who “fanned” the iPad on Facebook in order to get a better sense of the type of users who are interested in Apple’s upcoming slate device. After analyzing the top three Facebook pages and their respective fanbases, Rapleaf discovered that there were some common themes among these users. The prospective iPad buyers on Facebook are young – much younger than the overall Facebook population, in fact. They’re also fairly social, with nearly a third of the fans having over 300 friends. And finally, iPad fans are also very interested in other pop culture activities and themes including various celebs, brands and internet memes. To make these determinations, Rapleaf looked at the top three iPad fan pages on Facebook. At the time of their study, these were: The iPad (#1) (69,293 fans), The iPad (#2) (23,637 fans) and The iPad (#3)  (5,009 fans).There weren’t any major variations in gender differences among the iPad fans. Although the second page skewed more female and the third page skewed more male, the overall numbers balanced out to a fairly even split. However, when Rapleaf delved into the ages of the fans, they discovered that iPad fans were a lot younger than your typical Facebook user. While 61% of the U.S. Facebook market is under 35, nearly 50% of the iPad fans were between 18 and 25. You can see the differences between the pages and Facebook in general (U.S. only) plotted on the chart here. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

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Is a digital pill the key to in-flight customer service?

first_imgRelated Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Puckcenter_img We live in a time where aviation and IoT are intrinsically entwined. From smart gates security to sensors measuring the journey of passengers throughout a terminal to connected robotic luggage. There’s also the IoT behind the scenes in transport operations, plane maintenance, food services and security.Technology certainly improves the passenger experience. Once aboard we can enjoy in-flight entertainment, Wi-Fi on some airlines, and the benefits of bringing the latest noise-canceling headphones. But in reality there’s a certain inevitable pain in any long-distance flights, keenly felt by those of us without the budget to enjoy the pointy end of the plane.As flight prices drop and airlines seek ways to gradually increase the plane population through smaller seats, shrinking headspace and patents for standing “seats” on planes, clearly something has to give.A connected in-flight experience?British Airways has recently put forth a patent titled “Travel Environment Control.” The underlying premise behind the patent application is to utilize sensor tech to create a system “that facilitates greater efficiencies within the aircraft travel environment and enables improved control and personalization of the passenger’s travel environment, in particular for enhanced passenger wellness and wellbeing when flying.” Data is collected via a series of sensors and would be used to provide a detailed well-being travel plan for each passenger.Plane cabins would be embedded with sensors to determine the environmental conditions in the vicinity of the passenger such as the lighting, as well as to provide automated actions including seat adjustment and a lighting schedule, presumably to dim the lights at required times and ensure that seats are upright during meal times.Take your pre-flight pillThe data could be received from a range of sensors: a temperature sensor, a lighting sensor and sensors to measure the pressure, noise and altitude of the cabin. The physiological state of the passenger would be measured through “a humidity sensor, a body movement sensor, a sleep phase sensor, an eye movement sensor, a body movement sensor, a heart rate sensor and an ingestible sensor.”Yes, that’s an ingestible sensor. The patent mentions the use of “digital pills or other ingestible sensors that detect internal temperature, stomach acidity, and other internal properties and wirelessly relay this information outside the passenger’s body.”In response, the flight staff would be able to provide water if the passenger is dehydrated, a blanket if their body temperature is too low, and do not disturb or wake up for a scheduled meal according to the passenger’s sleep phase. No longer would you need to utilize the call button to get your needs met.The sensor data would be connected to a travel app that details the passengers’ flight details and corresponding transport and accommodation bookings and could initiate any changing requirements, from booking a new forwarding flight to notifying contact people of a late arrival or suggesting adjustments to the passenger’s itinerary depending on their level of jetlag.Sensor connected pills in actionSensor connected pills were deployed for the first time this year for patients with uncontrolled and co-morbid hypertension. They were developed by Proteus Digital Health as an example of  “Medicine as a Service” including drugs that communicate when they’ve been taken, wearable sensors that capture physiologic response, applications that support patient activation, physician decision making, and data analytics to serve the needs of health systems.The FDA-cleared ingestible sensor, which is the size of a grain of sand, is placed in a capsule with the patient’s prescribed medications by a pharmacist, based on a healthcare provider’s prescription. When a patient takes the co-encapsulated medication, the ingestible sensor sends a signal to the small wearable patch, which records the time each pill is swallowed and also collects physiologic metrics such as heart rate, physical activity, and rest.Notably the company failed to receive FDA clearance in April this year for their collaborative efforts to combine Otsuka’s ABILIFY (aripiprazole), an atypical antipsychotic, with the FDA-cleared Proteus ingestible sensor embedded in a single tablet at the point of manufacture.The proposal was submitted as a system that measures medication adherence to aripiprazole to be indicated for the treatment of schizophrenia, as an acute treatment of manic and mixed episodes associated with Bipolar I Disorder and as an adjunctive treatment for Major Depressive Disorder. The FDA has requested further data  on the performance of the product under the specific conditions in which it is likely to be used, as well as further investigations to evaluate use-related risks and confirm that users can use the device safely and effectively.Back to our airplane flight, it’s easy to question the justification for flight staff accessing the physiological data of passengers. In reality, for those of us in economy, a blanket and a bit of a walk around the plane will not do all that much to increase our comfort levels and prevent jetlag.Could future sensors also include ones to track sleeping pill and alcohol intake, the panacea of long haul flights for many? It also opens issues about what flight data is recorded in the future and with whom it is shared; it’s foreseeable personal biometric information could find its way in the hands of airport security. And let’s be honest, how many passengers would consent to swallow a digital pill during a flight, particularly if the connected costs are added to their flight expenses? It’s questionable how much the passengers would benefit. Cate Lawrence Tags:#Adobe Digital Index#air travel#airports#biometric data#british airways#connected device#digital health#medicine as a service#Proteus Digital Health#sleep tech#smart pill last_img read more

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