Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Oklahoma teachers strike question

first_img Loading … Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. The Oklahoma teachers are on strike. What’s your feeling about that here in Kansas? Good for them. Teachers need to be paid more everywhere. The teachers need to get back to work. The Kansas Legislature should take notice. Kansas might be next. It’s Oklahoma. Who cares? View Resultscenter_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +5 Vote up Vote down CivilServantStrike? · 123 weeks ago Ah, it’s America folks, if someone doesn’t like their job or pay then they may want to seek employment in another field or move on. I think it was former President Reagan who fired a bunch of air traffic controllers years back, so go ahead and strike if one feels like it. No one is beyond being replaced in many fields. Report Reply 0 replies · active 123 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Taxpayer · 123 weeks ago Schools must be financed more from the income tax. This experiment these past 8 years have shifted the school finance too heavily on the property tax. I got into a heated argument with Steve Abrams when he was State Senator. They did not cut taxes, only shifted it onto property. Then Larry, Moe, and Curley in the Sumner County courthouse joined in on the pile on along with townships. Money should be taxed when it is earned and then what you buy or spend your money on is your business. Report Reply 1 reply · active 123 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Vickie · 123 weeks ago But I don’t have kids in school anymore does that mean I keep paying higher taxes for others ? Report Reply +5 Vote up Vote down Larry · 122 weeks ago This is nothing new, teachers have been unpaid and overworked for over 40 years. The thing is that these people that went to school to become a teacher knew the pay was low but did it anyway. I commend you for that. But you knew that the pay was not good and to complain know is a little late. Il Civil said, if you don’t like it, find a job that pay more so you can have more, but stop complaining and get back to work. I was a law enforcement officer for 40 years until I retired, and heard the same thing that it didn’t pay and long hours. I never went on strike and wouldn’t even think to. But I liked my job and found a way to make it work and I could make a living. I never regret my choice. Report Reply 0 replies · active 122 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Report: Medicaid enrollments, costs begin to stabilize

first_imgStates are seeing more stability in their Medicaid programs after experiencing a surge in enrollment and costs associated with the Affordable Care Act, suggesting that one of the major pillars of former President Barack Obama’s health overhaul may be nearing its peak.At the same time, they are experiencing a high level of uncertainty as Republicans in Congress continue to advocate for a major overhaul of a program that provides health insurance to tens of millions of lower-income and disabled Americans.Thursday’s report by the Kaiser Family Foundation found Medicaid enrollments in the states slowed considerably to an increase of just 2.7 percent in fiscal year 2017. By comparison, states reported a 13.9 percent increase in enrollment during fiscal year 2015 following implementation of former President Barack Obama’s health care law.The Affordable Care Act allowed states to expand their Medicaid programs to include more lower-income adults without children. Regular Medicaid roles also increased because of the heightened publicity associated with the law, commonly referred to as Obamacare.State spending on Medicaid, the second largest budget item behind education for most states, grew a modest 3.9 percent in the most recent period. That compares to the 10.5 percent increase in spending states saw in fiscal year 2015.Rising costs for prescription drugs and long-term care services, along with increases in payment rates to providers, account for most of the spending growth, the researchers said.Thirty-one states plus the District of Columbia opted for the Medicaid expansion, with the federal government paying most of the cost for the new enrollees. In 2015, an Associated Press survey found more than a dozen states that opted to expand Medicaid had seen enrollments and costs surge beyond their expectations. In a report to Congress last year, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said the cost of expansion was $6,366 per person in 2015, about 49 percent higher than anticipated.The federal government currently is picking up 95 percent of the costs for the Medicaid expansion population, something Republicans in Congress say is unsustainable. Recent GOP proposals would have ended the expansion and significantly reduced federal funding for the overall program.The Kaiser Family Foundation report is based on a survey of state Medicaid directors that is conducted annually. The report’s authors said nearly all the Medicaid directors expressed concern about the Republican proposals, which so far have been unsuccessful.“States really need stability to know the funds that they count on from the federal government are not going to disappear overnight,” said Diane Rowland, executive vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation. “It takes a long time to plan and implement systems.”The federal government pays an agreed-upon percentage of each state’s Medicaid costs, no matter how much they rise in any given year. The Republican proposals would have transformed that into a fixed amount per recipient.Follow Christina Almeida Cassidy on Twitter at .last_img read more

Manchester United join rivals in race for Lyon midfielder Tanguy N’Dombele

first_imgMANCHESTER UNITED will fight Tottenham and Chelsea in the hunt to sign highly-rated Lyon midfielder Tanguy N’Dombele, according to reports.N’Dombele, 21, would cost the Red Devils £53million but it is believed Jose Mourinho is keen to bring the youngster in.3 Tanguy N’Dombele, left, in action for Lyon last season in the Europa LeagueCredit: AFP or licensorsThe France U21 international, likened to N’Golo Kante, spent last season on loan at Lyon from Amiens, impressing in his 46 appearances across all competitions.Lyon signed N’Dombele on a permanent basis earlier this summer but Lyon would be willing to sell the player should they receive the right price, according to Le10 Sport.If United do complete the deal, it could mean that 2016/17 Player of the Year Ander Herrera will be on his way out of Old Trafford.Herrera is thought to be wanted by Athletic Bilbao, the club he joined the Red Devils from in 2014, in a transfer which could be worth €30million, it is reported.3WE’RE RON THE BALL All the latest action, news, goals and gossip from the World Cup most read in footballLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Follow all the latest updates from Stamford BridgeLive BlogUNITED LIVEMan Utd news LIVE: All the latest updates and transfer gossip from Old TraffordLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea transfer news LIVE: Havertz deal LATEST, Willian move updatesLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesAZPI BETTERAzpilicueta reveals turning off phone saved his season after horror startART ATTACKInside Arsenal’s celebrations as Arteta is showered with champagne as he dancesLive BlogTRANSFER NEWS LIVEStones update, Sancho latest, Havertz to Chelsea news3 Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea are all thought to be interested in the 21-year-old midfielderCredit: Getty – ContributorBut Mourinho will have to beat Tottenham and Chelsea to N’Dombele’s signature with the London clubs both believed to be interested.Mousa Dembele could be leaving Spurs this summer and N’Dombele has been lined up as a potential replacement.Meanwhile, across London, Kante’s future at Stamford Bridge is uncertain with Paris Saint-Germain thought to be keen on signing the two-time Premier League champion.L’Equip believe Chelsea have already made a formal enquiry to Lyon and that the French club rejected Spurs’ initial £35million bid.Patrice Evra mocked by France vs Peru viewers on Twitter for outfit choice during World Cup coveragelast_img read more

Cowgirls Fall to 14th-Ranked Baylor

first_imgBaylor retook the lead (5-4) with a run from Robin Landrith but the Cowgirls got the run back on a single by Taylor Goree to tie the game at five. Baylor sent their ace Heather Stearns to the circle for the final three outs of the game. Stearns got Lauren Langner to go down looking before Erika Piancastelli popped up to first for the second out. Vincent kept the Cowgirls’ hopes alive with a two-out single to right center. The game ended one batter later when Tori Yanitor popped out to second base. Baylor plated two more runs in the seventh on two hits and two Cowgirl errors to extend the lead to 8-5.  Back-to-back errors helped Baylor score the first run of the inning then Vincent intentionally walked Friudenberg to load the bases. With two outs and no place to put designated player Lindsey Hays. Vincent walked Hays on for the second run of the inning before getting Jordan Strickland to pop out to short for the third out. McNeese picked up eight hits and was led by Piancastelli, Vincent and Schmidt with two apiece. Piancastelli’s other hit was a double in the first inning. No. 14/13 Baylor 8, McNeese State 5LAKE CHARLES, La. – Fourteenth ranked Baylor scored three runs in the final two innings to pick up an 8-5 softball victory over McNeese here Thursday night. With the scored tied at five all after four innings, Baylor took the lead for good with a run in the sixth on a RBI single by Shelby Friudenberg.  Cowgirl pitcher Jamie Allred, who was in relief of starter Rachel Smith, walked Lindsey Cargill and Ari Hawkins with one out to start the sixth.  Allred was then replaced by Emily Vincent who gave up the single to Friudenberg. McNeese (26-15, 12-3 SLC) will return to Southland Conference action this weekend to host co-conference leaders Northwestern State (22-14, 12-2 SLC) in a three-game series beginning with a single game at 6 p.m. Friday.  The series will conclude Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. Sarah Beth Toben improved to 7-0 on the year with the win. Toben threw three shutout innings, gave up two hits, one walk and struck out one. Stearns earned her fourth save of the season in one inning of work, giving up one hit and struck out one. McNeese took an early 1-0 lead in the second inning on a run by Yanitor. Baylor responded with four runs on four hits in the top of the third to take a 4-3 lead.  The Cowgirls kept up with Baylor and scored three runs of their own on three hits and one Baylor error in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at four apiece. Piancastelli hit her 14th home run of the season, a two run shot to centerfield to cut the lead to one before a Taylor Schmidt single scored Yanitor to tie the game. McNeese used three pitchers in the game and Baylor used four. Allred took the loss for the Cowgirls, falling to 6-7 on the season. Allred gave up two runs on one hit and struck out one in three innings.last_img read more

Wolmer’s Boys clip tough Holy Trinity

first_imgAfter watching his side grind out their fourth victory in the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup competition yesterday, coach of Wolmer’s Boys, Alex Thomas, believes his side has the mental stability to make another deep run in the competition. The boys from Heroes Circles capitalised on the chances they created to eke out a 2-1 victory over Holy Trinity High at the Bell Chung Oval. Revaldo Mitchell broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time for Wolmer’s, but Phillon Lawrence restored parity for Holy Trinity with a volley from top of the 18-yard box in the 67th minute. And after staving off a wave of attacks from Holy Trinity, Clayon Haynes made sure that Wolmer’s grabbed all three points with a header in the 73rd minute. “Holy Trinity are a very good team, and they were able to break us down defensively on too many occasions,” Thomas said. “They put us on the back foot, but the boys withstood the pressure, held their nerve, and we came out victorious in the end.” He continued: “The thing about this Wolmer’s team is that we are mentally strong, and I really like that about our boys. We are able to withstand pressure and able to grind out victories very well.” Holy Trinity’s coach, Devon Anderson blamed his team’s loss on poor officiating. “The results are not going to show a reflection of the game when calls have been made consistently. Sometimes we wonder why we play these games. We should just give the opposing team the three points because they seem to have something against us,” Anderson lamented. Despite his frustrations, Anderson believes that their display suggests that they can advance to the latter stages of the competition. “On a level playing field, any day, we can play against anyone and give a good showing,” Anderson said. Wolmer’s are now four clear at the top of Group G with 19 points while Holy Trinity still hold the second position with 15. Wolmer’s Boys 2 Holy Trinity 1 Edith Dalton 1 Jose Marti 0 Camperdown 2 Eltham High 0 Waterford 0 Pembroke Hall 0 Charlie Smith 3 Meadowbrook 0last_img read more

Who’s in charge…

first_img…on the Big JailBack in 1981, when Maggie Thatcher and Ronald Reagan had just taken over the Governments of Britain and the US, the short-lived band, “Fun Boy Three”, came out with a hit single, “The lunatics have taken over the asylum”. The phrase, of course, means those in charge are the most incompetent and unqualified – and was around long before them.One verse goes, “No nuclear!” the cowboy told us/ and who am I to disagree / ‘cause when the madman flips the switch/ the nuclear will go for me.” The “cowboy”, in case you forgot, was Ronald Reagan, and the next year, he invaded Grenada. The neo-liberalism he and Thatcher launched have been more devastating than any nuclear bomb. The financial meltdown of 2008 is their legacy.But here in Guyana, we’re also seeing the expression come alive – literally and figuratively. Over at the Camp Street Prison, while the authorities are doggedly sticking to the line that the inmates have taken over the prison ain’t true, reports are too credible to be ignored. So we have a situation where 900 criminal and remand prisoners – armed with homemade knives and other makeshift weapons – are in charge of a prison in the middle of the city.Back in 2002, five of these guys broke out – and we all know what went then. Imagine if a dozen of them do a repeat performance. The Government has announced what’s really going on is a “sick-out” by prison wardens. Well…that’s one way to explain why most of the wardens haven’t shown up for work to the prison! The other, of course, is that guarding armed prisoners with violent records while they have free reign of the facilities, is a bit over their pay grade!The Government has thrown up a cordon of TSU units around the prison – but significantly – NOT inside. And this is where we now get to the figurative aspect that the lunatics are now running the asylum. Where’s National Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, in all of this? Isn’t he the face of the Government’s crime fighting resolve and readiness? And that’s precisely the nub of the mess we’re in – of which the prison is only the top of the iceberg.The Alliance For Change (AFC) coalesced with the People’s National Congress (PNC) – let’s cut to the chase, will we? – and demanded key ministries. But in each of them they’ve failed abysmally – either because of their own ineptitude (like Ramjattan and Holder) or emasculation (like Nagamootoo and governance).Will someone not minister to these bumbling and inept “Ministers”? Or better yet…rid us of them?…of the WPA?The WPA just sent out a release on the Report of the Rodney Commission. It’s one of the most schizophrenic documents your Eyewitness’ read in a long, long time. It opened with this beauty: “The only victory we think the entire country may posture (sic) now is…the imminent official release to the public of the Report.” It’s “posturing” all right!! Did the President tell its coalition partner this? So Pat Rodney may finally see it?The release warned: “We will have to consider too that the Commission barely survived a persistent effort to abort the hearings…”. Yet didn’t explicitly say it was their coalition partner PNC that attempted the “abortion”.And then gave this free pass to the same PNC “For a new administration that could bear no responsibility for the state terror of that period…the inquiry fortifies the moral base for intensified investigations and/or another inquiry.”So could the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) tell us how the present Administration – with several operatives from when the PNC murdered Rodney – “could bear no responsibility”?…of governance?When in Opposition, the APNU and the AFC both made quite a racket about “governance” – usually concatenated with the word “good”. Like in “The [People’s Progressive Party] PPP lacks good governance, which we will practice when we get in.”So is Nagamootoo responsible for the mess the Government’s presently in?last_img read more

Watch Can, Wijnaldum and Mane take part in Liverpool’s carpool karaoke

first_imgLiverpool players are no strangers to being serenaded by the Anfield faithful.But it was Reds trio Emre Can, Georginio Wijnaldum and Sadio Mane who provided the tunes as they took part in a carpool karaoke session.Can was responsible for whisking him and his teammates around on a leisurely drive, before bursting into song with a rendition of the club’s famous ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.The German midfielder and Wijnaldum proved willing contestants but Mane, lurking in the backseat, was a little more reserved.last_img

County spends surplus

first_imgIt noted that counties, cities and schools could be forced to make large cuts in services in the years ahead to pay for the promises. Using conservative estimates, retiree health care costs for public employees in California are expected to reach $31billion per year by 2020, according to the report. Using the surplus, the supervisors also approved spending $1 million to hire more investigators and prosecutors to combat identity theft. As one of the region’s fastest-growing crimes, the number of identity theft cases soared to more than 25,000 last year, but only a fraction of the cases are prosecuted. The supervisors also approved giving the Probation Department about $24 million to hire more staff, reduce staff ratios at the camps and improve security at the juvenile halls where violence and escapes have soared in recent years. With the additional staff and funding, Probation Department Director Robert Taylor said his agency is undergoing a change in the organizational culture. “When it comes to changing offenders’ criminal behavior, there is no silver bullet,” Taylor said. “We have to look at some of the things we have done in the past and ask ourselves if those practices have been helpful, or in some instances if they have actually caused harm.” The supervisors also approved an $80 million spending plan to fight homelessness, including an $800,000 outreach campaign to deal with community opposition to locating regional homeless stabilization centers throughout the county. Janssen said some communities in the South Bay have recently expressed an eagerness to work with the county to locate a center in their area. (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Since then, the county has collected an unexpected $238million more in property tax and other revenues, boosting the county’s total budget this fiscal year to $21 billion. “It’s more than we planned on in June,” Chief Administrative Officer David Janssen said. “It involves additional property taxes, additional penalties and additional unspent funds from the departments. Almost all of it, except $10 million, will be going into one-time expenditures, and the $10 million is primarily for the Probation Department.” In an effort to address rising unfunded liabilities to provide health care to its retirees, the supervisors set aside $17 million. Last year, the county Grand Jury estimated the county’s unfunded liability for its retirees’ health costs at $9 billion. On Tuesday, the California Healthcare Foundation released a study that found most public agencies have not set aside funds to pay for health coverage promised to current employees when they retire. With Los Angeles County coffers overflowing with an extra $238 million in property tax and other revenue, the Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to set aside most of the money for capital projects and allocate $17 million for retiree health liabilities. The supervisors also agreed to spend more for staffing and security at probation camps, staffing for the identity-theft task force, expanding the county cable channel and saturating unincorporated areas with gang-suppression units. The county is paying for the smorgasbord out of a $1.1 billion surplus amassed this year, mainly a result of increased property tax collections. Earlier this year, the supervisors allocated the balance of the $1.1 billion on programs to help the homeless, hire hundreds of sheriff’s deputies and improve the jails, juvenile halls and camps. last_img read more

West Ham upload and then delete video poking fun at Mourinho ahead of Spurs clash

first_img LIVE on talkSPORT West Ham uploaded and then quickly deleted a video poking fun at Jose Mourinho ahead of his first game in charge of Tottenham this weekend.The Portuguese returned to management to become Spurs’ new manager on Wednesday after the club had sacked Mauricio Pochettino. West Ham could regret riling up Jose Mourinho 1 Fulham vs QPR (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2West Ham vs Tottenham (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTCharlton vs Cardiff (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Arsenal vs Southampton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Man City vs Chelsea (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTMiddlesbrough vs Hull (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2center_img Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week The result saw Chelsea fall three points behind eventual Premier League champions Man City.And, following that match, an enraged Mourinho accused Sam Allardyce’s men of playing ’19th Century football’.He said: “This is not the best league in the world, this is football from the 19th Century.“The only [other] thing I could bring was a Black and Decker [tool] to destroy the wall.“It’s very difficult to play a football match where only one team wants to play. It’s very difficult.“A football match is about two teams playing and this match was only one team playing and another team not playing.”Following the news of Mourinho’s appointment at Tottenham, West Ham tweeted a video which played highlights of the club’s previous victories over the 56-year-old’s teams.The short video also included the goalless draw at Stamford Bridge and replayed Mourinho’s ‘19th Century football’ comments.The caption on the post read: “See you Saturday, Jose” with a winking emoji.After receiving a number of negative replies to the post, the video was soon removed.Could  it come back to haunt West Ham? Only time will tell, but Mourinho will love nothing more than to get off to a winning start with Tottenham.Jose Mourinho’s first game as Tottenham manager against West Ham is LIVE on talkSPORT this Saturday, kick-off 12:30pm And his new side face a potentially tricky trip to West Ham on Saturday, in a game which is LIVE on talkSPORT.Mourinho has lost two of his last four games at West Ham, once with Chelsea at the Hammers’ old ground Upton Park and once with Manchester United at the London Stadium.But his struggles against the Hammers stretch further back than that, with the Blues being held to a goalless draw at home in January 2014.Mourinho’s side had 39 shots on goal, with nine on target, compared to West Ham’s solo effort.last_img read more

Calm, cruel and connected: July’s best and worst of IoT

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#air pollution#child safety#Dubstein#Elvie#Internet of Things#IoT#Medical Wearables#music#Porkfolio#Smart Device#speakers#wearable#wifi#women’s health What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces It seems that every day a new IoT device or means to connect existing devices is revealed. With so much energy in being devoted to tell us how, when, where, what we can connect to each other, the “why” may be getting a little blurry. So we want to take a step back every now and take a critical look at the connected devices that actually go out and buy, right now.Here’s what caught our eye, for all the right – or wrong – reasons:Smart HandbagsWhile I’m not really the target market that lusts after luxury bags, I do know that if I was to purchase one, I would want proof that I was buying the real deal and not a cheap knock-off.Electronics and smart systems company Thinfilm recently announced a partnership with Maria&Donato, a craftsman leather-goods manufacturer and provider of premium handbags. The two companies are integrating Thinfilm’s NFC SpeedTaü tags into Maria&Donato’s exclusive handbag collections to battle counterfeiting and address growing concerns of fraud within the broader luxury goods market. The smartphone-readable NFC tags will also enable consumers to learn more about the brand and the product, and purchase limited-edition handbags online.SpeedTap tags are thin, flexible labels that integrate with a product’s packaging or label and can be read with the tap of an NFC-enabled smartphone. Each tag is uniquely identifiable and and is virtually impossible to clone. Once tapped, the tag wirelessly communicates with the cloud, instantly delivering authentication messaging, serial numbers, and other relevant content from the brand or manufacturer.   Verdict: HitKiBandChildren running away from their parents is an everyday problem. When I lived in Australia it was not uncommon to see children on leashes to stop them running across the road. Now there’s a wearable wanting to address this problem in a more technical way.The Kiband is a wearable device designed for situations when children wander off in public places like parks, malls, grocery stores and public events. It’s a wristband, or ankle band if you prefer, with a patent-pending internal locking mechanism. A corresponding app and the power of Bluetooth track a child’s distance from a parent parent  — up to about 200 feet — and emit a 95-decibel siren, the equivalent to a fire alarm, if they stray too far.It also notifies the parents if the band is submerged in water for more than a few seconds. Surely the Kiband’s biggest failure, besides a sound fit to torture any human or animal in their vicinity, is that is does not utilize any tracking capabilities. The company admits that “Kiband’s goal is to prevent a lost child, not find a child after he or she is lost. GPS is not necessary in this application and ultimately lowers the cost of the product for you, the consumer.”However it’s easy to imagine a willful child that would deliberately set off the alarm, making the much more peaceful child leash a far more appealing option. The product retails for $149 and is available on pre-order.  Verdict: MissElviePelvic floor dysfunction encompasses a range of health conditions that can affect up to 60% of women at a stage of life. Elvie is a wearable device that facilitates exercise therapy to successfully treat these conditions. It’s a connected pelvic floor exerciser worn internally short periods of time and gives the user real-time feedback as they undertake a series of pelvic floor exercises. This includes detecting if you are exercising incorrectly using motion sensors, while the force sensors measure the strength of your squeeze. Bluetooth connects to the app, allowing you to visualize each exercise.  Each device retails at $22o.Verdict: HitDubsteinWhen people write articles about the utilization of “technology for technology’s sake,” I suspect this is the kind of devices they are thinking about. Dubstein is dubbed by company Dubgear as “the world’s first Bluetooth stereo speaker with beverage integration”. Basically it’s an insulated drink cozy that connects wirelessly via Bluetooth to  Smartphone, MP3 player, tablet or computer. Dubstein assures us that “your tunes have never tasted so good” It could be a fun novelty product except for the C$129 price tag. Maybe if it actually made me coffee I’d be more interested.Verdict: MissTree Wi-FiTreeWifi-1020x610Air pollution is one of the problems of modern society where the Internet of Things can be part of the solution. Amsterdam based start-up TreeWiFi  are building birdhouses that measure air pollution and make the levels of pollution visible through an LED status light. Obviously visibility is only one part of the tools needed to fight pollution.TreeWifi take this a step further. When the server detects an improvement in air quality, it allows the birdhouse to share it’s internet connection with everyone in the street. Users that connect to the network get tips & tricks on how to improve air quality locally before going online. It’s an innovative way to tackle a problem where residential engagement can be difficult.Verdict: Hit PorkfolioMoving to a country where cash is king and coins are still in existence has taken some getting used to. Getting rid of small change can be a challenge. But now there’s Porkfolio, a smart piggy bank that enables you to track your balance and set goals through a corresponding app. The nose lights up each time a coin is added and I can see why at a glance,  this would be a good introductory product to get children interested in saving money.But I’m not convinced coins are the future. I’d be more impressed if the pig converted coins to bitcoins or at least notes or took my money to the bank for me.Verdict: Misscenter_img Cate Lawrence Follow the Puck How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua…last_img read more