San Diego proposing ordinance to regulate Segway tour companies

first_img October 17, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego plans to crack down on local Segway tour operators following a $1.7 million injury settlement in June and another lawsuit filed last spring claiming a protruding sidewalk caused the death of a Segway rider two years ago, it was reported Wednesday.An ordinance proposed by city officials would require Segway tour companies to apply for special permits, follow safety procedures and obtain commercial liability insurance of at least $2 million per case and $4 million per year, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.The ordinance discussed aims to shrink the number of injury crashes and limit the city’s vulnerability to large payouts when injuries occur.In the case that led to the $1.7 million settlement, the tour company that rented out the Segway didn’t contribute to the payout because it didn’t have liability insurance and the company’s owner had limited assets, according to the Union-Tribune.Segways, which were invented in 2002, are two-wheeled motorized vehicles that carry one person standing upright. Segway is the name of the leading company in the industry.In order to make sure the city’s new law would also apply to competitors, it refers to the vehicles as “electronic assistive personal mobility devices,” the Union-Tribune reported.The new law would not apply to the electric scooters that have become increasingly popular in San Diego this year, according to the Union-Tribune. City officials are exploring separate legislation for those devices.The ordinance would require Segway tour companies to obtain a special permit requiring them to have adequate insurance and follow new safety procedures.Those safety procedures would include prohibiting Segway use by intoxicated people, requiring users under 18 to be accompanied by an adult, requiring tour guides to have a driver’s license and conducting on-site training for all riders before tours, the Union-Tribune reported. Companies would have to pay a $48 annual fee for a permit.The new legislation was prompted by a $1.7 million payout by the city to a woman who suffered a shattered pelvis in a Segway crash on a La Jolla street three years ago.The settlement includes $1.5 million for Regina Capobianco, who was injured when she drove a Segway over a large area of damaged street on Camino de la Costa at Winamar Avenue in July 2015, and $200,000 for her husband, Christopher Capobianco, because her injuries damaged their marriage, according to the Union-Tribune.A few months before the city settled that case in June, the family of Jeff Hassett filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city blaming a protruding section of sidewalk in Old Town for his eventual death.The suit, filed by Hassett’s four siblings, claims Hassett struck a 3- inch to 4-inch concrete stub in the sidewalk, created by a light pole removal on Taylor Street near Congress Street, while riding a Segway in March 2016, the Union-Tribune reported. Hassett suffered broken ribs, a toe injury that required amputation and damage to an internal heart defibrillator.The heart issue and an infection eventually caused his death in May 2016, according to the Union-Tribune. The budget committee will continue to research the issue and will resume discussion at their next meeting scheduled for November 14, 2018. Updated: 11:55 AM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img KUSI Newsroom San Diego proposing ordinance to regulate Segway tour companies Posted: October 17, 2018last_img read more

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OBITUARY Jay Traynor 63

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — Jay Traynor, 63 years old of Tewksbury, MA, died peacefully at home with his beloved family by his side. Throughout his short battle with cancer, he maintained a positive outlook and never lost his sense of humor.Jay was the devoted husband of Denise for 37 years, childhood sweethearts who met when they were just 14 years old in Woburn, MA. They moved to Tewksbury to start their family, bringing two sons into the world, James E. and Ryan D.His children were the love of Jay’s life. He was the coach for Jimmy and Ryan’s soccer, baseball and football teams, as well as the Cubmaster of Pack 49. He taught them about his love for fishing, hunting and camping, and passed on his passion for music, horror movies and motorcycles.There wasn’t a person Jay met who he did not call a friend, and remained close with childhood friends for over 50 years. One of Jay’s favorite activities was fishing at Plum Island with his dear friend, Mike Winn. Tony Ciampa was his first friend when he moved to Woburn from Medford. He met Sam Petricone, Jack Lynch, John Albano, John Swain, KC Hayes, Victor Minghella, Joe Ciccarelli, Bob Miguel, Bob Mearls, Jeff Holt and Brian Doyle soon after, and became lifelong friends/brothers. Through his sons, Jay also created new friends, Charlie Webber and Tim Dooley, who he loved dearly as well. Every one of Jay’s friends were alongside him every step of the way during this terrible time, and for that we are extremely grateful.Jay worked at H.B. Fuller for 20 years and devoted his spare time to community service, working on upgrading homes of the elderly in Wilmington and with the House of Hope in Lowell. He also worked at Wonder Bread, and at the Blaire House in Tewksbury. His compassion for the elderly came from the close relationship he had with his grandparents.Jay was preceded in death by his father, James (Jimmy), his mother, Janet, and his grandparents Eddie and Ann. He is survived by his wife, Denise, his son, James, his son and daughter-in-law, Ryan and Korinne, his sister, Marybeth, his brother, Paul, and several cousins, nieces and nephews. He also had a very special bond with his nephew Jason Fogg.“At the end of your life, you will never regret not passing one more test, reaching one more verdict, closing one more deal. You will regret not spending time with your wife/husband, your children or a friend.” Barbara Bush.Calling hours are Thursday, March 21, from 4-8 p.m. at the Farmer & Dee Funeral Home, 16 Lee St., Tewksbury. His funeral procession will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 22, at the funeral home, followed by his Funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. at St. William’s Church, 1351 Main St., Rte. 38, Tewksbury. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made on line to Pug Rescue of New England, http://www.pugrescueofnewengland.org or mailed to P.O. Box 441667, West Somerville, MA 02644.Jay Traynor(NOTE: The above obituary is from Farmer & Dee Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Donald R. Donahue, 80In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: William J. “Bill” Wolfe, 75In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Robert “Bob” Alan Coste, 59In “Obituaries”last_img read more

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Teenage night owls at high obesity risk

first_imgIf your teenage kid loves to spend night time with gadgets, ask him or her to reduce this habit as this may make him fat in just five years’ time.According to research, teenagers and adults who go to bed late on weeknights are more likely to gain weight than their peers who hit the hay earlier.“The results highlight adolescent bed times, not just total sleep time, as a potential target for weight management during the transition to adulthood,” said Lauren Asarnow, lead author and doctoral student in University of California-Berkeley. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’For this, the researchers analysed data from a nationally representative cohort of more than 3,300 youths and adults. They found that for every hour of sleep they lost, they gained 2.1 points on the body mass index (BMI). This gain occurred roughly over a five-year period.The results show that many teenagers do not get the recommended nine hours sleep a night and report having trouble staying awake at school.The human circadian rhythm, which regulates physiological and metabolic functions, typically shifts to a later sleep cycle at the onset of puberty.The results suggest that adolescents who go to bed earlier will “set their weight on a healthier course as they emerge into adulthood”, Asarnow added. The paper appeared in the journal Sleep.last_img read more

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4 Ways Technology Is Changing the Events Industry

first_img Register Now » The events industry is growing all around the world. According to Meeting Professionals International, events contribute $115 billion to the United States gross domestic product (GDP), with subsequent billions funneled to both state and federal tax revenue.The event industry isn’t just growing in the U.S., though — it’s also getting bigger in nations like the U.K., India and Japan.With that growth comes a need for technology that meets the consumers’ expectations and makes event production easier, and an influx of startups, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists are working together to develop solutions for the events industry.While this new technology makes a difference for eventgoers around the world, it is important to note how it changes the industry. Here are four of the most important updates:1. Tickets go mobileMobile is taking every industry by storm, and the events industry is no exception. The first wave of mobile innovation has come with ticket buying systems.“Ticketing is increasingly about establishing a higher touch point with your fans — it is about being made available to everyone, everywhere.” explains Neetu Bhatia, founder and CEO of Kyazoonga, a global online ticketing agency. Mobile ticketing also allows vendors to do a lot more. Bhatia explains, “Clients can access and manage the ticketing back-end in a much simpler fashion than the older terminal based systems – now anyone with a mobile smartphone can become a ticketing point-of-sale.”Consumers want have fully integrated mobile experiences during events, as well — research shows that usage rates for mobile apps at some events can be as high as 94 percent. As a result, venues, promoters and planners need to partner with providers who can take their experiences mobile. The good news is that customer adoption is usually quick: Research from Guidebook found that 88 percent of event professionals agreed the use of event apps improved attendee engagement.2. Cost reduction, revenue generation A study from Enterprise Event Marketing found that the use of event technology can create a 20 percent increase in event attendance while reducing related costs by up to 30 percent. Even so, numerous studies also indicate that one of the biggest reasons events professionals don’t integrate new technologies is due to costs.Companies and vendors will need to work harder to compete in an increasingly cost-sensitive industry.“We consider ourselves net revenue generators on a client’s profit and loss.” Bhatia shares, “We do that by using predictive analytics to enable and drive purchase decisions and algorithms to enhance the in-seat experience with real-time notifications to motivate future purchases.”In the past, providers have tried to be low-cost solutions, but the future of the industry may require them to be no-cost or provide additional value.3. Attendee dataBig data is king in most industries, but its potential remains unrealized in the events industry.Event tech expert Mike Piddock shares, “Event tech that gathers data, both during live events and presentations, and dipping into social media profiles to understand event communities, will be a must have rather than a nice to have.” Technologies like scannable QR codes, much like the ones used for online ticketing, can help event professionals collect data from attendees that are actively scanning different objects at a live event.Near Field Communication (NFC) and other location-based tracking used by companies like Google also serve to deepen consumer insights from live events. Google already tracks and publishes data about high-traffic times at entertainment locations, and can easily zero in on more specific data about what kind of searches originate from a live event. Similarly, NFC-enabled phones could help event organizers track where users most frequently purchased concessions or merchandise, giving rise to the potential of split testing live marketing tactics.4. Still-emerging trendsThough not yet mainstream, it’s important to note the trends that may have an impact on the industry in later years. The most likely development in the near term is cashless events. Mobile payments like Apple Pay and social payment platforms like Venmo are making the use of cash at events a thing of the past. This could significantly reduce costs for venues that have to deal with everything that comes along with cash management.Another shift may come in the use of VR technology. Virtual attendance has the potential to provide low-cost options for people who otherwise wouldn’t be willing to spend money on tickets. Additionally, those people could have a view from the best seats in the house without damaging ticket sales in those areas.The industry is rapidly investing in new technologies, but factors like cost and concerns surrounding the way tech integration may impact event experience continue to prevent some professionals from trying new solutions.Bhatia shared, “The shift to mobile, emphasis on complete experiences over transactions, and in-venue cloud-based systems rather than terminal driven access are just some of the key trends that will shape the events industry.”For businesses working to gain bids with major events providers, the focus should remain on being a cost-effective partner while providing solutions that increase attendee engagement.For event organizers, the key will be assessing what technologies have the best return on investment, both in revenue generation and attendee satisfaction. Those that capitalize on the right technologies stand to gain a significant competitive advantage in the evolving event landscape. 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. March 24, 2017last_img read more

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VMware Essential PKS Use upstream Kubernetes to build a flexible costeffective cloudnative

first_imgLast week, Paul Fazzone, GM Cloud Native Applications, announced the launch of VMware Essential PKS “as a modular approach to cloud-native operation”. VMware Essential PKS includes upstream Kubernetes, reference architectures to help design decisions, and expert support to guide users through upgrades, maintenance and reactively troubleshoot when needed. Paul notes that more than 80% of containers run on virtual machines (VMs), with the percentage growing every year. This launch keeps up with the main objective of establishing VMware as the leading enabler of Kubernetes and cloud-native operation. Features of Essential PKS #1 Modular Approach Customers who have specific technological requirements for networking, monitoring, storage, etc. can build a more modular architecture on upstream Kubernetes. VMware Essential PKS will help these customers access upstream Kubernetes with proactive support.  The only condition being that these organizations should either have the in-house expertise to work with those components, the intention to grow that capability or the willingness to use an expert team. #2 Application portability Customers will be able to use the latest version of upstream Kubernetes, ensuring that they are never locked into a vendor-specific distribution. #3 Flexibility This service allows customers to implement a multi-cloud strategy that lets them choose tools and clouds as per their preference to build a flexible platform on upstream Kubernetes for their workloads. #4  Open-source community support VMware contributes to multiple SIGs and open-source projects that strengthen key technologies and fill up the gaps in the Kubernetes ecosystem. #5 Cloud native ecosystem support and guidance Customers will be able to access 24×7, SLA-driven support for Kubernetes and key open-source tooling. VMware experts will partner with customers to help them with architecture design reviews and help them evaluate networking, monitoring, backup, and other solutions to build a production-grade open source Kubernetes platform. The Kubernetes community has received this news with enthusiasm. In November, VMware announced it was buying Heptio at VMworld. Heptio products work with upstream Kubernetes and help enterprises realize the impact of Kubernetes on their business. According to FierceTelecom, “PKS Essentials takes the Heptio approach of building a more modular, customized architecture for deploying software containers on upstream Kubernetes but with VMware support.” Read Next Rancher Labs announces ‘K3s’: A lightweight distribution of Kubernetes to manage clusters in edge computing environmentsCNCF releases 9 security best practices for Kubernetes, to protect a customer’s infrastructureTumblr open sources its Kubernetes tools for better workflow integrationlast_img read more

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